The madness of May…

May has been a very strange month for me. Strange, stressful and filled with a distinct lack of free time. With one thing and another I’ve had very little time to do anything , and I’ve possibly signed more official documents in the past couple of weeks than I have all of last year.


My top 10 bookish delights

I’m taking part in The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week’s topic is ‘top ten bookworm delights’.

This was a pretty perfect topic for me as I’ve been thinking a lot about what I love about being a bookworm. The reason? Well it’s twofold really, on the one hand I’m in the process of buying a house (so I’m thinking about ways to redecorate and it involves LOTS of bookshelves) and on the other I’m getting married next year and I’m looking for little ways to bring my love of books into the ceremony.


Re-reading books: a do or a don’t?

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve had this post drafted for about a week now, however, Kelly at Pub(lishing) Crawl beat me to the punch with her fab post ‘Confessions of a re-reader‘ so you should definitely go read that too!




This has been a really long, stressful week. My fiancé and I are going through the house-buying process (and if you’re wondering what it’s like…it’s just faff, huge, endless enormous amounts of faff and money), work has been quite intense and my car decided to pack in on Tuesday – THANKS CAR! So I grabbed a book and read the stress away. But I didn’t grab a new book. Oh no. I ignored my towering TBR pile and I grabbed an old one off the shelf. One I’ve read multiple times before.


I have a handful of favourites that I’ve re-read more times than I can count:

  • The City Watch books from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (Guards, Guards; Men at Arms; Feet of Clay; Jingo; The Fifth Elephant; Night Watch; Thud; Snuff)
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (Soulless, Changeless, Heartless, Blameless, Timeless)
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (OK, I’ll hold my hands up and confess: for this one I know it so well I just skip through all the parts I don’t find interesting, eg the whole Tom Bombadil section and all the song lyrics)


My not-so-secret love for Gail Carriger’s books


I can firmly blame my friend Kirsty for getting me into Gail Carriger’s books. It started with Soulless from the Parasol Protectorate series and pretty much exploded out from there as I motored through all her other books as fast as I could get my greedy mitts on them.

Why do I love her books? To put it simply: werewolves and vampires in high society, with a hefty slice of humour, intrigue and treacle tart.

All the books are such fun reads. Genuinely fun reads. Sure, there’s the odd dip here and there, but on the whole, they’re just so much fun.

And yes, I realise that I’ve now said the word fun three times.


How many books are there?

At present, there’s three series that take place within the same universe. If you read by the release dates it’s the Parasol Protectorate series first, then the Finishing School and now the Custard Protocol series.

Chronologically it goes:
1) The Finishing School series (four books)
2) The Parasol Protectorate series (five books, plus a short story)
3) The Custard Protocol series (one book – so far!)


Who are they for?

Technically speaking, the Finishing School series is for young adults and the other series are for adults, and you can definitely enjoy one series without reading the other. But! It does add a certain something to the reading experience to get all these little snippets of backstory and character building if you read them all.

As a fan, I say READ THEM ALL!! Perhaps with a slice of treacle tart and a cup of tea on hand.



Let’s take a shelfie

I didn’t actually get chance to read over the weekend – family birthdays, baking and Valentine’s Day quickly ate up all my free time. But what I did manage to do was to set up another bookcase in my living room.

Which makes five bookcases at home and three still at my parents house. That’s normal, right? Right?! (more…)

Spring cleaning books

I have a confession to make, fellow bookworms. Judge me kindly.

I let my books get dusty.

So, I imagine there’s two different types of people right now:

  • First type: “That is really grim and you should feel ASHAMED!”
  • Second type: “I’m not sure why you’re making this a thing”

And to both I say…it wasn’t just a small amount of dust. Sorry. (more…)

My TBR pile for 2016

In the course of January spring cleaning I decided to clean my books and…well…turns out my TBR (to be read) pile is waaaaaaaaaaay bigger than I thought it was. Mostly because it was contained in several small TBR piles around the room.

I’m really bad for seeing pretty books in store, getting all excited, buying them with the intention of reading them IMMEDIATELY…and then getting sidetracked by something else. I can’t be the only one that does this right? Right?

I’m ashamed to say I’ve had some of these books for, uh, a couple of years. Whoops! So there’s a definite mix of old and new in the pile (some of them you might recognise from my new year post).

My plan for 2016 is to get through all these books – I’ll undoubtedly add books to the pile as the year goes on, but the books I’ll list below will be the books I aim to read. We’ll see how far I get! At the end of the year I’ll do an update post to see how I did and each one I read and review will be tagged with #TBR2016.

On to the list!