Showing posts from December, 2017

Monthly Wrap-Up: December - January

Flipping heck. I'm excited, nervous, and terrified, but more of that in my 2018 resolutions post coming tomorrow ;)

December was a bit of a roller coaster. I went on a camp for the second week, which was rewarding but nerve-wracking, and yet I'm so happy I did it. Christmas was quiet and enjoyable, albeit for the inevitable family drama ;) But I still loved it.
And now for the wrap-up...

Posts of the month:
The Blog Squad: Part 30
Mini TV series reviews
Blog Tour & Excerpt: ROLL THE DICE
Blog Tour & Excerpt: TRIPLE CROSS KILLER
The Joy of Christmas Book Tag
The Blog Squad: Part 31
Merry Christmas!
Oscars @ A Magical World Of Words
Favourite Movies of 2017
Favourite Books of 2017
My 2017 Bookish and Blogging Life

What I Read in December THE MIDNIGHT LINE - Lee Child
KEEPER - Kim Chance
I AM WATCHING YOU - Teresa Driscoll
BONFIRE - Krysten Ritter
MOXIE - Jennifer Mathieu 


My 2017 Bookish & Blogging Life

This is "another division" of the end of year survey that can be found over at The Perpetual Pageturner. Today I'm answering Jaimie's questions about my blogging and bookish life for the year gone by.

Hope you like it :)

1: Best new book blog you discovered in 2017? 
Problem 1: I can't choose!
Problem 2: I can't remember which blogs I discovered this year and which ones are actually discoveries from last year. #help
But......I think Erica Robyn Reads and Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf are new-to-me blogs from this year, and so I'll go with those two :) They're amazing! 

2. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I wrote Abuse is Being Romanticised with every inch of my being, my soul, my heart. It's a topic I've wanted to write about many times, but until now had never got round to it. I'm proud of it :)
3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Earlier in the year I participat…

Favourite Books of 2017

Today I'm going to be sharing my top favourite books of 2017! Of course, I could choose way more than 5, but ever since I created a Goodreads account I've always chosen 5 favourite books a year and made a GR shelf for them at the end of the year.

Here we go...

I read 112 books in 2017.  Favourite review:The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

Here and Gone // Review // This thriller is everything a thriller should be. I fell in love with the three-dimensional characters and their stories, and despite the book being around 400 pages, I whizzed through it in about a day. It's absolutely addictive. Definitely one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Highly, highly recommend it! 

Letters to the Lost // Review // THIS AMAZING BOOK IS SO UNDERRATED I CAN'T EVEN. The sparkling of romance is there, but what really makes this book stand out is its strong, positive themes of friendship and family. Not to mention its incredible, broken characters and gripping plot. It's a work o…

Favourite Movies of 2017

Last year I participated in the End of Year Survey over at The Perpetual Pageturner, but I didn't feel like repeating it this year. So I've sort of split it up into three parts: Favourite Books of 2017, Favourite Movies of 2917, and 2017 Bookish & Blogging Life. Over the next few days, those posts will be going up.

And today, we start with movies! (I love movies. And even though most of these came out in 2016, I only watched them in 2017 so YES THEY COUNT).

I watched 38 movies in 2017. Favourite review: Miss. Sloane

In no particular order

Arrival // Review // Peoples this movie. I have no words. Amy should have DARN WELL AT LEAST BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR I MEAN WHAT A SNUB. She was incredible in this heartbreaking, quiet but powerful film about relationships and choices. I was sobbing my guts out at the end, and was literally left shaking from the twist. 

Miss. Sloane // Review // This is probably the most underrated film of 2016 (yeah, I watched it late. It still makes thi…

2017 Oscars @ A Magical World Of Words

Hi everyone! Today I'm really excited to share with you a new type of post I've decided to make an annual event on my blog.

Although the real-life Oscars are held in March, I'm going to be holding my own Oscars in December each year and choosing the winners and nominees from my own pool of films that I've watched during the year. There will always be three nominees per every category, and I've had to pick and choose which categories to actually include since the real-life Oscars have too many for my purposes.

I hope you enjoy the post!

List of all the films I've watched this year: 

Nominees: Jon Watts (Spiderman: Homecoming) / Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) / Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman)

Winner: Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Nominees: Amy Adams (Arrival) / Jessica Chastain (Miss. Sloane) / Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Winner: Jessica Chastain (Miss. Sloane)

Nominees: Ryan Gosling (LA LA Land) / Dev Patel (

HIDDEN FIGURES (film) is inspiring and brilliant

Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Taraji P. Henson / Octavia Spencer / Janelle Monáe / Kevin Costner / Kristen Dunst
Rating/Content Advisory: PG for some language and thematic material.
Source: Rented.

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

I laughed, I cried, I cheered. This film is unmissable and based on a true story. Watch it.

It's superbly written. The dialogue is witty, gripping, and the cinematography is brilliant. The set design is also excellent - every scene is rich and vibrant, and the use of colour is intelligent. I also love the soundtrack; it's haunting and then energetic in all the right places.

The racism and sexism of the era and the situations these poor women have to contend with are horrifying. It's absolutely gut-wrenching. But I love how the story chooses to focus on hope, too - on triumph over these awful aspects. Unfortunately not …

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!! I hope all of you have an amazing day celebrating in the way you love best, and that we never forget the significance and grace of the perfect Christmas gift: God's gift of a Saviour.

Have a blessed day <3

"Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord."  - Luke 2:11


It's almost Christmas! It's tomorrow! We're having Christmas lunch with family and I can't wait. What are your plans? 
Oh, just a quickie bit of news: as you might have noticed, I've changed the font of my blog header and my colour theme (I wanted something more pink ;) Please left me know what you think! 

Posts of the week:  Book Review: PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW Blog Tour & Excerpt: TRIPLE CROSS KILLER The Joy of Christmas Book Tag Book Review: BONFIRE The Blog Squad: Part 31 Book Review: MOXIE

Currently Reading
I've almost finished this book and I'm still not loving it. I won't be reviewing it on my blog - only on Goodreads.

Around the Blogosphere Kyra shares books she fell in love with this year

Di reviews Everless

Angela does The Christmas Book Bloggers tag

Melissa reviews Big Little Lies

Genni shares her Favourite 2017 releases

Tânia shares Christmas gift guide for book bloggers

Caitlin is hosting an amazing US only YA fantasy/sci-fi giveaway on Twitt…