In which I adopt kittens and read The League of Dragons

Things have been utterly mad round here for the last fortnight or so. I lost a friend, it’s still raw, it still hurts, and I really cannot describe just how much I hate cancer. But what’s helping me through that is that my fiance and I have adopted two gorgeous, five month old kittens from the local RSPCA shelter.

I mean, just look at their tiny faces! (Leia is the kitten on the right and Zelda is the kitten on the left being squished by her sister.)


My TBR for 2017


I was delighted by how deceptively tiny this pile looked in the photo. Delighted! Until I remembered my to-be-read (TBR) pile for 2017 is the above pile plus last year’s pile as I utterly failed to make much dent in it.

I have high hopes this year though. So without further ado, I present to you…


2016: reviews and house-moves and TBRs – oh my!

2016 was a weird year. It was definitely a year that went out kicking, screaming and flailing its fists.

The biggest thing that happened was easily moving into my new home with my fiance. They’re not kidding when they say that buying a house is one of the most stressful things to do. They’re really not. But we moved and that’s the important thing.

I did manage to achieve a few personal blogging goals last year. I did 29 blog posts and took part in my first weekly meme (The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday). I also branched out a little from just reviewing, with posts on my love for Gail Carriger’s books, musings on re-reading old favourites, and I even posted a basic cake recipe. (more…)

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Hello 2017!

It’s been a while since I last posted – five months actually – and I think I’m ready to come back to blogging. The TLDR of those five months is this: things got really hard in my personal life and 2016 went out kicking and flailing. So I took a Read more…

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is a top ten rewind, so I get to choose any top ten theme to revisit and I’m going for… *drumroll*

My top ten favourite book quotes!

I love, love, love when I find a fabulous book quote and I plan to use a few of these to decorate my future office. However, I’m going to hold my hands up and confess that I had to find the exact quotes on Goodreads – I’m in the process of moving house and all my books are boxed up (great sadness) – but I couldn’t pass up on putting up some of my favourite quotes.

So without further ado, on to the list!


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Books I’d buy right now if I had a fully loaded giftcard

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘ten books you’d buy right this second if you had a fully loaded giftcard’ and this may be the easiest post I’ve ever written.


Seriously. All I needed to do was crack open my Amazon wishlist/saved for later list and it just wrote itself.


Just squeaking under the wire with this, so onwards to the list!


More bookish facts about me than you can shake a stick at

I’m taking part in The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week’s topic is ‘Ten Facts About Me’.

I’ve not been around much recently. All the usual suspects (work/life) have conspired against me and it has left zero time for blogging and for reading. However, this meme is great for getting those blogging braincells into gear, so it felt like a good time to post again.


Anyway, onwards to the facts!


My latest book haul

I haven’t done a book haul post before, but I figured I’d acquired so many new books recently I just had to shout about them.



Ones I boughtuprootedandbrokensky

I walked into my local Waterstones recently and walked out with Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Broken Sky by L. A. Weatherly.

I LOVED the Temeraire series, so I’ve got high hopes for Uprooted, and I grabbed Broken Sky because you can’t just get one book on a buy one get one half price offer. Although it did mean I spent about an hour wandering around reading blurb after blurb. It was an hour well spent I think!