April Wrap Up!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers!! Sorry I have been MIA recently…well pretty much all of April really, again sorry! If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that the reason I haven’t been able to post on here is because I had my little boy, and of course my family has taken priority as we have been getting used to the new dynamics of our household!

I am fine, had a comepletely natural and normal experience, baby is perfect – we are all besotted with him in the Book Steff household 😂! We are doing great, and now that things are becoming more “routine” I can now come back to mingling with you lovely people!

So, as stated above this is April’s Wrap Up post, and without further rambling…let’s get to it!

1 – A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

My Rating: 4*

This was a re-read for me, and I absolutely loved it…again. Mostly because well…dragons, but also because I love the relationship of Lady Trent and her husband. I love her inability to take no for an answer! If you haven’t read this…you should definitely look into it!

2 – Daugther of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

My Rating: 4*

Again, another re-read! After finishing Warrior of the Wild last month I needed more Levenseller goodness so picked up this duology again (because apparently despite my massive tbr I’m okay with picking up books I’ve already read 🙄)! Anyway I love this duology it’s some pirate/ siren goodness!

3 – Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

My Rating: 4*

Same as the above – a re-read that I really enjoyed!

4 – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

My Rating: 4*

This had been on my shelf for too long, so I finally picked it up, and oh my fecking feck!! I adored this book, I loved the concept, the characters, the political manoeuvring! It was great and I needed the next book immediately.

5 – Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

My Rating: 4*

As I said, I needed the next book, and I read it! Normally I’m not a fan when you have one book in the POV of one character then the next book follows someone else, but I have to say I love it! I needed this POV, and I didn’t even know it until I started reading this! The thing I love about these books, are that they tackle such difficult issues/ topics. This book in particular really touched on some tough topics and I loved that about it!

6 – The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

My Rating: 2*

This was another that had been sat on my shelf for too long! I decided to pick it up and have to say I wasn’t impressed. There was no tension, because I didn’t give a bloody hoot about the characters, and to top it all off I felt like everything was just too easy for the MC!

7 – Temeraire by Naomi Novik

Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1) by [Novik, Naomi]

My Rating: 5*

Okay, so I loved it!! I loved the dragon, I loved the relationship between the MC and temeraire, and it just gave me so many feels! I will definitely be continuing in this series!

8 – Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

My Rating: 3.5*

I enjoyed this book, it had intrigue, it had a good storyline. For me it was let down with the characters, although I didn’t by any means hate them, I found they weren’t as well developed as I would have personally liked. There were elements that let me see into the characters way of being etc, but I didn’t feel as connected to them as I would have liked. However, I will say that I wasn’t expecting the twist. I recommend this book, because I think it will be loved by many, but I personally needed a bit more.

9 – Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

My Rating: 4*

This has been a long time coming!! I read the first book nearly a year ago now, which is madness. It was time I continued, and I was really surprised, because I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it (no idea why lol)! I wasn’t expecting the twists this story took, and can’t wait to see what the final instalment brings!

10 – A Pack of Vows and Tears by Olivia Wildenstein

A Pack of Vows and Tears (The Boulder Wolves Book 2) by [Wildenstein, Olivia]

My Rating: 4*

I am officially trash for this series and Olivia knows it all to well! The amazing Olivia Wildenstein sent me an arc of this (I previously reviewed book 1 for her as an arc and so she kindly sent me the next instalment) and I just couldn’t put the damn thing down! I don’t own many shifter stories (a I own about 3 maybe 4) but this series just has me hooked; like I said…I’m utter trash for this lol! I will do a review later – closer to pub date – that way you won’t be spoiled if you plan on reading this.

11 – Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

My Rating: 3*

I wanted to love it, but sadly I just felt the pacing let the story down. It’s as simple as that really. I know many people have raved about this, and I can honestly say I wish I could be one of them, but it just didn’t do it for me.

So there you go 11 books later we have my wrap up, which if I’m being honest with you – I’m quite impressed with because I had a baby this month lol! Have you read any of the above? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!


Reading Update #10

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week and another reading update!

So I’ve been neglecting you all, and I must admit that sucks – don’t worry instagram has been neglected too if not more lol! Unborn baby has had me in and out of the hospital (he is running amok)!

Also I just want to say sorry for not posting an April TBR yet, but honestly with baby being due and with my horrendous case of mood reading, I haven’t been able to sort out a tbr (not one I will be able to stick to any way).

Anyway enough of that; let’s update you all on what I’ve read since I last posted!!

Books I’ve read

So, I’ve re-read Daughter of a Pirate King, and Daughter of a Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller, because after warrior of the wild I needed some Levenseller love!! I really enjoyed this duology again, such fun reads! Funny that I’m literally always moaning about not reading the unread books on my shelf yet feel the need to revisit others lol!

Also I managed to read Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, and oh my gosh! Why did I wait so long for that! It was great! I may even do a review when I get the chance.

What I’m currently reading

So, narurally having read Grave Mercy and having them all on my shelves, I’ve picked up number two in the series – Dark Triumph. I am only a couple chapters in because…well baby chaos, but I honestly can’t wait to devour the rest of it! I can already tell I’m going to enjoy this one too!

Books to pick up next

Depending on how in love I am with Dark Triumph I may pick up Mortal Heart (book 3) next, but as I said last week – I’m still in a funky mood reader kind of mood and I honestly have no idea what I’ll want to read next lol!

Random tidbits

I’m currently not receiving any emails from my contact me page (this was brought to my attention by someone on my other social media accounts) so if you have contacted me for any reason please know I have not ignored it. I just haven’t recieved it, please bear with me as I try to sort this issue, and in the meantime feel free to contact me through dm on Twitter or Instagram. Given that I am about to have another baby I may not see it straight away, but will get back to you as soon as I can.

What have you been reading this past week? Anything to recommend? What about the books I mentioned above, have you read any of them yet? Are they on your tbr? Let me know in the comments below!

And I can’t say this enough right now, but thank you to all who have shown support and patience at this busy time in my life, I can’t wait to update you with the new addition to the Book Steff family, hopefully not long to go (else I might sign a damn eviction notice soon lol)! You are all amazing for sticking with me, so 100 times thank you for your support!

Reading Update #9

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week, another reading update!

I am happy to announce I’ve read a few books since I last updated you all…2 of them have been very typically cheesy YA (which I had never heard of) but I feel like I needed that kind of blowout to get me back in my grove 😂😂!

Books I’ve read

So since my last update I have read A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, which was a re-read for me, but I want to read book 2 this month so needed the recap.

My cheesy YA reads, well, I’m not even sure how I found them to be honest with you but sometimes I like to read something like this to help get my out of a little slump etc. The first was Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins and the second was the follow on novel Sweet Peril. If I’m honest I won’t be adding these reads to my goodreads or anything. They merely filled the task of getting me out if a slump, and I dont really have much else to say with regards to them.

Books I’m currently reading

I know last week I had picked up Ever the Huntedby Erin Summerill and I actually picked up Bitten by Kelley Armstrong too, but I haven’t gone any further with either of them…just because I haven’t been in the mood. I absolutely want to read them, and it is in no way the content that has made me feel this way – just my weird funky reading vibes at the moment 😂!

Anyway, moving on, I am looking to pick up Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence and make a start on that tonight, so hopefully I’ll be able to get through that this week.

Books I plan to pick up next

At this point with my reading preferences – who knows! Its all up in the bloody air right now 🙈😂! I haven’t even managed to put together a tbr for this month because of my indecisiveness [cries dramatically]!! I hate when I mood read 😂! What I do know is that I want to go to my unread shelves, so I’ll be having a hard look at them to decide my next reads!

Random tidbits

So as you may have guessed still no sign of baby, but hopefully he will come sooner rather than later 🤞! I’m very sore (due to chronic hip pain) which means concentration isn’t so great – which means unfortunately my social media is taking a bit of a hard hit 😭! I’m really hoping to be back on track soon 🤞💕. Also thank you to everyone who wished me well with baby – you are all so amazing 😘! I will of course let you know updates as they come.

What have you read recently? Are you in any funky reading moods/ slumps? How do you normally get out of them. As always I love hearing your thoughts and opinions so let me know in the comments below!

March Wrap Up!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So sorry this is a little late, but better late than never, right? Today’s post will be covering what I read in the month of March – which hasn’t been my greatest reading month, but never mind, we all have to make do with the cards we are dealt.

This month has been a slow one for me, and I also went off the rails with my TBR, I didn’t manage to complete it, and ended up picking up different reads instead. This isn’t unusual for me, if I’m being honest, I do this frequently but it is something I’m trying to do less.

1 – The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I keep forgetting that I technically finished this in March because it released at the end of February, but turns out I did. Anyway if you have been around here before you will most likely know I’ve already posted a review for this beauty- which you can access here! I loved this book it was great, and I am really gutted that it is a standalone!

2 – The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson

My Rating:🌟🌟🌟. 5

I did enjoy this book, and found it an easy read, but I am sad to say I didn’t by any means love it. It was interesting enough to get through (despite some of my small issues with it), but what I am still unclear on is if I want to continue with the series. This is book 1 of 3 and currently I am still not sure if I will reach for the next book. Of course, if I do pick it up you beauties will be the first to know!

3 – Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Again, you may already know I posted a review for this beauty here on my blog! I really enjoyed this book. The world was so fantastic, the character arcs were spot on, and considering the short amount of pages I was amazed at how attached I was to this story! It’s definitely one I recommend!

4 – An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

My Rating:🌟🌟

*Sigh* This was not originally on my TBR for March, but I was in a bit of a slump and felt something short would be ideal to help. This book wasn’t fantastic, and for the first third of it I was actually questioning my decision. Not a lot happens, things are rather slow to start and quick to resolve, and I just didn’t ship the romance, but that’s just me. It wasn’t as good as I would have liked it to be, and when a friend asked if she should pick it up I genuinely said “you’re not missing anything if you don’t”! I think that pretty much sums up my feelings, don’t you?

5 – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

So, I was really excited to start reading this, and as I got into it I found it wasn’t as great as I wanted it to be. I was really not finding it captivating all that much…until towards the end. That’s when things picked up for me, and made me really pay attention, and because of that ending I will continue with this series. That being said I really felt like this book suffered from ‘sagging middle syndrome’ and that bothered me a bit – hence the rating.

6 – Wintersong by S. Jae- Jones

My Rating: 🌟🌟

This is another one that I hadn’t planned on reading this month, but picked it up because I was in the mood for some magical Goblin Kings, and romance. It was a lot of romance, and whilst I was kind of expecting that what I didn’t like was that the main character had a goal, then completed said goal, and then instead of getting a new goal pottered around doing sweet FA for the plot for a couple hundred pages. 80 pages from the end I literally was like “WTF is happening? What is her goal?” I don’t like books that have a main character lacking a goal/ motivation, and in the second half of this book I really felt as though this was the case.

7 – Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

My Rating: 🌟

I tried! I tried so hard to get into this bloody book, and finally decided to DNF at 40%. It just wasn’t for me at all! My rating is so low based on the fact that I didn’t actually finished it – didn’t have the will to finish it. You may love it, but it really didn’t do it for me. If you want to know my thoughts you can find my review on Goodreads!

So there you have it, my disastrously bad reading month lol! I’m hoping April will be better (fingers crossed)!

Have you read any of the above? What were your thoughts? Do you strongly agree or disagree with me on any of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Buying Ban!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So sorry I have been absent lately, it turns out third babies like to play games of false labour with you…how fun! But I’m back and baby is still cooking for now, but I will warn you that it could be any day now (so if I disappear for a bit you’ll know why)! Rest assured my March Wrap up and April tbr will be coming at you this week!

Anyway, enough of that, today’s post is all about my new rule – No more buying books!


Okay, so let me start by saying that this is long overdue for me! I have an impulse problem when it comes to purchasing books, and I’m finally putting my foot down! I buy more a month than I can physically get through, and that’s just stupid. I have decided that I need to behave myself and tackle the books I have on my shelves – which is too damn many!

So, for the foreseeable I will not be buying any new books, and clearly you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to note I said NEW. Which means I am allowing myself the treat every now and then to purchase a pre-loved book if I manage to work through a load of my tbr! This is just an option – to be honest, I plan not to buy any, but knowing me I have to factor in the urge to buy lol!

I just think it’s time for me to get through my huge tbr and this at least ensures I’m checking off more than I’m bringing home. That being said, I will point out I have kindle unlimited, and may venture down that avenue occasionally too, but since I’m off kindle reading right now (yes, still) I don’t see that being a big issue.

Anyone want to join me on my good behaviour? We could struggle together lol?

How many books a month do you read? Are you terrible for book buying like me? Or are you a good booklover, and rarely buy new? Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Update #8

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week and another reading update! I can’t believe a week has passed already, it just seems crazy to me! I feel like I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done since I last updated you all, but I have finished another book so that’s something I guess!

Books I have read since last update

So, in my last update I mentioned I was about 100 pages from finishing Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and I did finish it that night so yay me! I know there are some of you who want to know my thoughts on this book so I plan on doing a review for it at some point – keep an eye out for that!

Another book I started and finished since my last update is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. It’s roughly about 500 pages so that is why I haven’t gotten much else read this week, however I wasn’t as pleased with this book as I wanted to be, and while the writing was beautiful the book itself fell short in my opinion. Trust me when I say no one is more upset by this than me!

Books I am currently reading

I have tried again with Once and Future, but I honestly think it is the format letting me down at the moment. I just can’t seem to read anything on my kindle [crying hysterically be right back]. It is so frustrating because I love reading on kindle. It means I can read in bed without keeping the light on. It means I can carry it easily where ever I go, but no…clearly it isn’t working for me right now, and it’s heart breaking!

I have picked up Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill today, so literally am about 10 pages into it right now, but am excited about this story, as I have heard many good things! Let me know if you have read it and what your thoughts were.

Books I plan to read next

Same as last week, I generally want to read the arcs I have, but we shall have to see, because as I said e-copies aren’t doing so well on my tbr at the moment! If not then I will probably pick up something with a dragon in it to lift my spirits aha!

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read any that I have mentioned above? If yes, what were your thoughts? Also, how many of you want to see a full review for Red Queen, or are you happy for me to talk about it in my wrap up alone?

The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Huge, huge thank you to Mani over at Mani’s Book Corner for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! You’re awesome Mani! Go check her out Booklovers! I am so excited/ nervous to share some facts with you all; it’s always scary for me to share things on her that focus on myself, but I am really excited to do it nonetheless!

Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

  • Thank the person who gave you the award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 Facts About Me!

  1. I am a complete science geek, I love all things Quantum Physics, and Quantum Mechanics, as well as Astrophysics! I just find it so fascinating because there are so many theories to wrap your head around, and the facts are always altering. (Not to mention that even those dedicated to studying it find it difficult to contemplate!)
  2. I love to draw! I am terrible at it lol, but nonetheless I love to try, and whilst I’ll never sell anything it’s a nice way for me to unwind.
  3. I sing…a lot! I feel very sorry for my neighbours because I am always belting out tunes at the top of my lungs whilst doing simple tasks like laundry etc. I’ve not had any complaints (yet) but I still feel for them all the same!
  4. I joined the Army at 16 to be a part of something bigger than myself, and that is how I came to meet my husband!
  5. I have a chronic pain issue from an injury sustained during service which causes a lot of issues throughout my day to day life.
  6. I love to write, and currently have several projects; a few are finished (though will not see the light of day aha!) and the rest are either ideas or are in the process of being written. I write primarily for myself, again like the drawing, it is a way for me to unwind and calm myself. It helps me de-stress and I don’t know if I’ll ever publish, but I will continue to write regardless for my own enjoyment.
  7. Since I was 12 I have suffered with disordered eating, I am very lucky to have the support of my husband who always helps me stay on track, and I have not had a relapse in a long time, but it is still something I have to deal with, and believe these things should be spoken about instead of hidden.

My Nominees

Brittany over at Bookaholic Brittany

Ashley over at Bubbly Booknerd

Jules over at One More Word

Ali over at Tea and Turned Pages

Emily over at Emily Kate Reads

Stephanie over at Between Folded Pages

Kat over at Rustic Pages

Emily over at A Short Book Lover

Jackie over at Bookish Coffee Blog

Misty over at Misty’s Book Space

Savannah over at Geekish Books

Stephen over at Stephen Writes

Mireille and Melanie over at TBR and Beyond

Joleen over at Starlight Book Tales

Lucy over at A Novel Purpose

Please link back to me when/ if you take part so that I can read more about you! I apologise in advance if any of the above have been nominated already.

So there you have it some facts about me, and my nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award!