Michael Morpurgo ~ mini reviews

Heyy all. This month I decided to read a few of the gazillion Morpurgo books that have been waiting on my bookshelf to be read for a couple decades because they were feeling a bit unloved. The ones I read are more like stories actually being told to you than books, which makes them all pretty short, so I’m doing mini reviews for them in one post. Hope you enjoy!

Little Manfred

Who knew that one small wooden dog could have so much history behind it? When two mysterious men turn up on a beach, young Charley and Alex are determined to find out how their lives have intersected before. But for that, they will need to go back twenty years, to WWII and the people from opposing sides of the war that it brought together.

I read this book a long time ago and adored it, and still do now. It’s just such an incredible story of the war and, through all of its horrors, the smidgen of good that came out of it. The book is told in different parts: how the two pairs meet, the story the two men tell the children, their reunion with the children’s mother, and how after so many years, they can all finally let their wounds of the past heal. As we all know, I love a good war book with flashbacks and individual stories of how the war impacted people in so many different ways. A wonderful story told with wonderful illustrations. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

Billy the Kid

80-year-old Billy is sitting on a park bench, watching a football match and reminiscing about the days when he was out there, on the pitch, scoring goals for Chelsea. That was before he was torn from his home and family to the terrors of war. From playing football to the chants of “Billy, Billy the Kid!” to kicking a ball around with fellow soldiers in a prisoner-of-war camp, Billy never loses the hope of some day returning to the pitch. But to do that, he has to escape the camp and wander across Italy’s countryside to France, to the Americans, to safety, and it’s going to take more than a few football tricks to achieve.

Even though it’s about football which I’m not particularly a fan of, this book was probably my favourite of the four, maybe because it was just about one person and their experiences. I know most of these books don’t have very many characters either, but this book felt a lot more personal and I liked that. Billy told the whole truth, his flaws and his strengths, although there wasn’t much room for emotion, which is the one thing really missing from a book about war and life and death and family and friendship; but I shall accept it because in this type of story when it’s being told to you, there isn’t meant to be much emotion. Also, the young couple who let Billy live in their house after the war were so squishy-hearted and I’d love a lil story on how they met and their lives as kids and all that. I must write to Morpurgo immediately. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

The Dancing Bear

This is the tale of an orphan girl who finds a bear cub in the mountains where she lives, and the story of them growing up together. When a film crew arrive to shoot a music video in the village where they live, the now very large, grizzly bear is asked to dance in it. But how can you persuade a bear to dance?

This book was the shortest and because of that, it was probably my least favourite? The characters were slightly dull, but maybe that was just because there wasn’t much space for them to grow, in a sense. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable though; the drawings were beautiful and I loved how the story was told. Bruno, the bear, was the cutest and I want a pet bear please now so we can run away together, into the mountains and escape the horrible human things of the world. BEARS ARE JUST SO CUTE ARGH. I mean, when they’re not, you know, trying to eat your face and all. Overall, this is a beautiful but sad little tale of friendship told in a lovely way, as expected from Morpurgo. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (7/10)

Farm Boy

Young, um do they even tell us his name? I honestly don’t think he has one. I shall just call him Phil. So, young Phil feels most at home when he’s on his Grandpa’s farm down in Devon, driving his Grandpa’s tractor. But there’s a deeper meaning to why this tractor is the pride and joy of the family, and Phil is longing to discover what it is. Grandpa’s stories have always been one of his favourite things, along with raindrops on roses, obviously, and this summer, Grandpa might just tell him a tale, or even two, that he’ll never forget.

YES I KNOW THIS IS THE SEQUEL TO WAR HORSE WHICH I HAVEN’T READ BECAUSE I’M AN AWFUL HUMAN BEING. But who even needs to read War Horse when you can read Farm Boy in which Phil’s Grandpa basically summarises it in 10 pages at the start?? If you’re confused, Phil’s Grandpa is the son of Albert from War Horse, and Farm Boy, thought it never specifies when it’s set, is probably sometime in the 21st century. I love Devon and all things to do with farms seeing as farms and I have a close connection and always end up living very close to one another? So we know each other intimately. I also loved the characters and (mild spoiler) how Phil taught his Grandpa to read and it was just the cutest lil thing because I love my grandparents and there is a lot of grandparent appreciation in this. YAY FOR GRANDPARENT APPRECIATION. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

There you have it peoples! I feel like shorter books like these are more difficult to review than larger books because there really isn’t much to talk about?? But I did still enjoy these stories. Short and sweet, right? What do you think about short stories?

Sketching in snow

Between Shades of Grey ~ Ruta Sepetys

Heyy bookworms. Today I’m doing a review on Between Shades of Grey (it is actually Gray, but I’m a proud Brit so yeah) by Ruta Sepetys! The wonderful Alyssa recommended this on her blog, and if you read her review, you’ll notice that our opinions on Lina are very controversial… but that’s only inevitable because I’m Gryffindor and she’s Slytherin, but she’s a fabulous watermelon so there is only peace between us. Moving on, this really was an excellent book that just had to tug at my heart strings so that by the end of it… let’s just say I was a bit of a mess. But I’m recovering and currently not so feels-crushed that I can’t write a review for y’all.

WWII is raging and innocent people from the Baltics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – are being deported to Siberia and forced to work in labour camps. Trapped between the two leading powers, Russia and Germany, the Baltics are helpless and vulnerable under Stalin’s tyrannical rule over them that the rest of the world is oblivious to. Among the deportees from Lithuania is Lina and her family, torn from their comfortable home and loving father onto a train to a fate worse than death: a life of starvation, ridicule and ruthless treatment. Lina and the deportees’ only hope is the thought of freedom, returning home, feeling the sun on their faces once again and reuniting with their loved ones. But in this world of darkness, can there be any hope, any light between the shades of grey? With nothing left to do but obey orders and stay silent, what can a passionate girl like Lina possibly do? Within the prison she is kept in, her only hope is to draw and note down everything she encounters, so that some day she can find her father and be free at last.

Wow, so this book kinda left me speechless. Well, not actually speechless because I’d probably sit in a dark hole and weep forever if I couldn’t talk. Let’s just say I had few words. I can’t remember if I actually cried at any point in the book? Maybe once or twice, but it’s not really a book to cry about. It’s more of a book that you’d swallow in one gulp and just sit for around 12 minutes just whispering ‘woah’ to yourself repeatedly. This is a really ‘woah’ book, I’ll put it that way. The history is so so terrible and it’s such a moving tale of friendship and family and love and hope and having faith even in the darkest of times. It was just… woah.

I really liked the characters. Jonas was adorable and squishy and I find it so sad just how much he was forced to mature due to everything that was happening. For a 10-year-old to go through everything he did is just so so sad. Lina and Jonas’ mother was alright, but she wasn’t my favourite of the adult characters. I liked how Miss Grybas softened throughout the book, and although it took him a lot longer to soften, the bald man was actually one of my favourite characters. Sure, he was bitter and resentful to almost everyone, but he felt very realistic and I liked that. Andrius felt like every teen boy ever, very ordinary, but his character became increasingly complex as the story continued which I enjoyed. I admit, the romance was so predictable from the minute he was introduced but he was a good character.

The writing was utterly beautiful. It reminded me a lot of The Book Thief, as the style seemed very similar. The only problem with this book was that, even though it was written in first person, Lina’s voice lacked much emotion. The writing was beautiful, but Lina seemed a bit like an angry pebble: she was very relatable, yes, but she expressed her feelings, which were pretty strong, mostly through her actions, rarely going deep enough to actually describe the complexities of the emotions occurring inside her. When there was a twist in the story or something shocking happened, I only ever saw the description of the event, hardly ever how Lina actually felt inside. Basically what I’m saying is that the book felt more like a third person narrative. The aim of first person is to really get inside the narrator’s brainforest (best word ever, I know), but for me, there wasn’t much to explore. Her brainforest was a barren land of empty with maybe a few lonely shrubs.

This book is so educational too. Before reading it, I didn’t even know that this had happened to the Baltic states. The whole situation must have been completely drowned out by the rest of the war at the time, which is why it’s so so important that we now know what really happened, even if it was so long ago. This novel is based on real memoirs told by survivors of what happened, which just makes it even more moving. I just thank the author for bringing this to light, because there really is a lot to be learned from this book, which is why you must read it immediately, or else I will grill you and eat you with BBQ sauce.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

The last revolution

Crannig Castle ~ Morgan Elizabeth Huneke


I’m so sorry, children. I’ve been an awful mother to you the past 2 months or so with the pathetic amount of posting I’ve done. My excuse? Um, well I was on holiday for a bit. I… had to do some stuff. Crazy busy, as you can see.

But I’m back! Let’s throw a party!! Ok, party over, let’s move on to what you’ve all been waiting for… *drumroll* …a review of Crannig Castle by the utterly fabulous Morgan Elizabeth Huneke! I’m telling you guys, she’s a genius. I’m pretty sure the link on her name above takes you to her blog? So yeah, go explore after this review…

The Time Captives have reunited, freed the rightful king of Calhortz and now they have one last mission to complete in order to defeat the strytes: gather an army. Five groups set out to unite slaves, kalicans, merpeople, elves and the people of Briznom. However each group must face their torturous pasts, and reconcile with people they had longed to forget, so as to recruit a big enough army to end the reign of the strytes. No one said it was going to be easy, but the Time Captives have only one chance to save this world they have discovered and finally return home. But with the cruel and powerful Toarna in their way, and the fear of facing the ghosts from their pasts that have haunted them for so many years, will the Time Captives ever succeed? What if no one is willing to fight? Will they be trapped as 12-year-olds in this world forever?

I’m so upset to be finishing this series!! I don’t read much Christian fantasy, but this has definitely encouraged me to find some more. The story was constantly twisting and turning, never losing the reader’s interest. I liked how everything was neatly tied up at the end, but I feel like I could have had more feels. It was just a little too perfect? A little more battle would have been nice, and I know the Time Captives’ weapons were basically enchanted to fight perfectly, but I think it’s a teensy bit unrealistic for there to have been next to no deaths. And there was so much probability of there being a death because there were so many characters. I felt like ten Time Captives was enough for the story, but then there was Adriel, the king of Calhortz, his family, a handful of elves and then darling little Peetur who I felt was completely forgotten about? He was adorable, but also slightly irrelevant to the story. There were just too many characters, which made it difficult to actually connect with all of them. Most of the less important characters were totally forgotten about and there would have been no change to the story if they just weren’t there. Also there were fewer past chapters, which were my favourite chapters in the previous books. And just a lil question, what does everyone look like? There was little description, even of hair colour, so it was hard for me to picture the characters because imagery is one of the most important things for me in a book.

And George my darling boy. I was hoping him and Cam’s (Camthalion is too long a name for me I’m sorry) little reconciliation would be more… I don’t know, deep and full of feels and maybe if there was more shouting at each other… basically just more because George and Cam were alone for 40 years, people, 40 YEARS, and yet their reconciliation was just “hey, I forgive you, it’s cool.” 40 YEARS, children. It was a lil disappointing.

Yes, I know it sounds like I hated the book and it was so disappointing and you should throw it deep into a damp pit, but as you can see, I’m literally nitpicking the negatives because it was an excellent book overall, it really was! I loved the Theodore backstory and just Theo in general. I adored the little letters at the end! I honestly cried so much reading them. SO MUCH PEEPS. Even if you hate the book with all of your cold, stony heart, those letters will make you give it five frickin stars. They were the best touch, so thank you Morgan. The sibling love in this was the cutest, by the way. And all the love basically. Eleanor’s story crushes my soul. Adriel’s story melts my squishy heart. Not really a fan of Adriel and Jill? I know nothing actually happened between them, but I totally ship Adriel and Emily…

THE SCENE WHEN EMILY SHOOTS (spoiler) AND SAVES (spoiler)’S LIFE AT THE END WAS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER. I think I actually cried because throughout the whole series the sibling rivalry was so hot and then there was this scene of perfection and argh. I love the sibling relationships in this so much. Bit upset that the two didn’t talk about it or properly reconcile or hug or anything afterwards? But I guess saving each other’s lives is a normal sibling thing in this trilogy. Oh well, I shall weep silently.

Another thing I really liked was just the style of the story. It felt very C.S. Lewis with a hint of J.R.R. Tolkien, but at the same time the story was so original. I loved how there were classic fantasy elements like dragons, pirates, merpeople, but also unique new ones like strytes, kalicans and, of course, Time Captives. At times it did feel a smidgen cliché, but the mix of old and new was a nice touch. I feel like there’s more to say, but I left this review too long so yes throw eggs and tomatoes at me for my procrastination. But basically this trilogy is my favourite.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

A story of sisters

The Two Princesses of Bamarre ~ Gail Carson Levine

Halloo peoples. YES I KNOW I’VE BEEN AWFUL WITH POSTING. Time flies, children. It’s already March for cryin’ out loud. But!! I have made it up to you by rereading a book because I NEVER do this. Like never. Be proud. I admit, I didn’t like this book as much as I did the first time, but that’s inevitable because I’ve read a lot of books since then and my reading taste has definitely changed. I think 5 or so years is enough time for my taste to mature a lil bit, right? But I still loved this book because argh amazing.

Princesses Meryl and Addie live in a world of dragons, sorcerers, spectres, gryphons and unexpected heroes. However the deadliest characteristic of this world is the Grey Death, an illness that has no known cure. First comes the weakness, then 12 days of sleep, 3 of fever and finally… death. Safe from the dangers of the kingdom, Meryl and Addie are as close as sisters can be – Meryl courageous and outgoing, Addie timid and fearful. Meryl has always stood up for Addie, always been there to fight her battles, but when she is struck with the Grey Death, it’s Addie’s turn to be bold and aid her sister by searching out the cure. With the help of Rhys, a young sorcerer, Addie begins a hazardous journey across the kingdom to a land that is yet to be found. But time is running out for Meryl, and Addie is no closer to discovering the cure. Can she save her sister and rid the kingdom of the illness before Meryl is gone forever?

So, um, wow this book. I’m in loooove and I 100% think that this should be an actual fairy tale because it’s so beautiful. You can sort of tell it’s a children’s book because the writing is very simple, but there were some fighting scenes that were pretty graphic. Obviously, being a teen, I wasn’t too bothered by this; in fact, it made the tale a lot more gripping. There was constantly something happening, and it was told in such a beautiful manner. I loved the little poems throughout too, and argh the ending!! I was so so shocked and completely broken and yet I guess I was supposed to be slightly happy? But I was just in tears because it’s such a bittersweet finish, written excellently, similar to the rest of the book. Although I have to admit that reading the beginning felt like walking through caramel, but I think the author was trying to develop Addie and Rhys’ relationship a little more so that, by the end, it didn’t feel like they were rushing into anything. But I still felt like the actual quest took up a pea-sized slice of the book? Can we be a bit more generous here?

So onto the characters: Rhys is the cutest, sweetest, squishiest lil guy ever and ah so adorable. He and Addie fitted really well together and they both helped each other in many ways throughout the book. There wasn’t a lot of Meryl, with her being ill and all, but I liked her motherly character and her bravery through everything. Um, their dad?? Did he even care about his daughters a smidgen? His behaviour towards them was actually so awful like what is this parenting. He is king, I know, and the princesses have Bella and Milton (my darlings) to care for them, as well as Rhys to protect them, but that’s absolutely no excuse for him to just ignore them?? I swear he doesn’t even care that one of his daughters is dying and the other is going on a super dangerous quest alone at the age of, like, 18 or however old she is. Especially as they don’t have a mother like what is this man I want to strangle him. But at least he wasn’t evil or anything. And there were so many amazing and really caring and adorable characters that were so squishy and I love them all. Not to mention Addie and Meryl and their absolutely unbreakable bond, and I just love how this book is shaped around their love for one another. Addie is so shy and afraid of almost everything, but when it comes to saving her sister, she’s willing to face her fears no matter the cost. I adore the themes of this book, how Addie’s love for her sister is what causes her to discover her courage and realise that fear can be conquered by love. And it’s so so original because it focuses on Addie’s love for Meryl, and not any kind of romance, which is so refreshing (although there is a teensy bit of romance sprinkled in nonetheless).

ALSO DRAGONS (!!) and if that ain’t an incentive to read this, I don’t know what is.

All in all, this is an absolutely enchanting tale of two sisters’ love, undying friendship, and unspeakable courage. Sure, it’s primarily for younger children, but can be enjoyed by anyone because argh. Perfection.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (7/10)

The ACTUAL Grand Finale

Blood of Olympus ~ Rick Riordan

I CHANGED MY BLOG NAME AND DESIGN WHAT IS THIS. Yes, I am still Simi and yes, it was a Grindylow in a tank that Harry saw the first time he visited Lupin’s office at hogwarts. It’s all good. Change terrifies me, but I hope y’all like. I’ve honestly spent so long deciding on a new blog name and I feel like I’m naming a child, which of course I am because my blog is my child. Obviously. Do tell me what you think in the comments!

Moving on… I’ve just finished the Heroes of Olympus.

Yes, I’m a mess.

I’m kind of utterly broken-hearted to be finishing this series? But at the same time, I totally understand that the seven heroes may need a little break from, ya know, saving the world. However, I do still have Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and Trails of Apollo to entertain me, so it’s all good, there’s no need to spontaneously burst into tears every 5 minutes like I am currently.

(Please note that if you never hear of me after this post, it may be because I’ve become a puddle of feels. Or a river. The River Simi perhaps. But don’t worry! The probability of this is only 107%, calm your chicken chow mein children, and get on with the post.)


As Nico, Reyna and Coach Hedge begin their journey back to Camp Half Blood to make peace between the Greeks and Romans, the seven heroes continue on to Athens to prevent Gaia’s awakening; but the road is bumpier than they think. They are forced to detour to gather the ingredients of the physician’s cure due to the goddess of victory, Nike, warning them that one of the heroes will die fighting against Gaia, and the cure is their only hope. To add to their misfortune, standing in their way of preventing Gaia’s destruction of the world, is all twelve of Gaia’s giants created to defeat each of the twelve Olympic gods, and they can only be killed with a demigod and god working side by side. But with the gods battling against their split Roman and Greek personalities, they have shut themselves off. Will the seven ever succeed alone? And will Reyna, Nico and Hedge manage to transport the Athena Parthenos, the statue which will join the Greek and Roman sides together, to Camp Half Blood before blood is spilled?


Wow. So, I really enjoyed this book. I’d been seeing quite a few negative reviews and so was a bit wary when I dove in, but I actually LOVED it! The complaints were mostly about the ending battle and that it wasn’t as good as it should be for the finale or something like that? But I absolutely loved the ending battle. There is so much more of Reyna in this, as she has POV chapters, and her friendship with Nico is honestly the cutest thing ever and argh they just crush my squishy heart. Her ending ‘battle’ with Orion was THE BEST. She is so brave/badass/totally frickin’ awesome. And Nico!! And Will!! And the birth of Solangelo!! And the melting of my heart!!

Less Percabeth in this one 😦 but I guess they’ve had their share for, like, 8 books. This book was centered more around Jason, Piper and Leo because they were the three to kick off the series, so they’re the three to wrap it all up. And personally I love that because their friendship is so so awesome and Rick tries his best to make Leo not seem like too much of a third wheel. Speaking of Leo… I don’t want to say much because spoiler alert, so I’ll just say AZJSDFBEH I LOVE HIM SO MUCHH *cue fangirling*

Then there’s Jason. I still don’t 100% get why he didn’t die? HE GOT IMPALED BY AN IMPERIAL GOLD SWORD FOR ZEUS’ SAKE. (No, that wasn’t a spoiler because it happens at the beginning so eh.) And when is Piper gonna stop with all this badass-ness? Where does she even get it? Her cornucopia thingy? She’s just awesome.

I just want to wrap up by saying that Rick Riordan is an absolute legend. I don’t fully comprehend how he can write such an epic, page-turning, jaw-dropping, even slightly educational storyline, as well as characters that are so lovable and badass. I honestly couldn’t choose a favourite book (except The Titan’s Curse and The House of Hades) or character (after Percy, Annabeth, Leo and Nico) because they’re all amazing!! So much love for these books.

Ok, this fangirl is out.

Clover count: ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠ (9/10)

Deep into the depths of death

House of Hades ~ Rick Riordan

Heyyy young mortals.

I can hear the Lemons of the world screaming even from my house in the middle of nowhere in which I read, bake and hold my enemies captive in a cage made of the shattered pieces of my squishy lil soul. Ahaha I’m just kidding, I can’t bake. But yes, today is the day that A Series of Unfortunate Events is released on Netflix and OH MY GIDDY AUNT the hype is unreal, peoples. I might even write a review for it, it’s that exciting.

Moving on, I’ve just finished the penultimate Heroes of Olympus book and arghhh I am SO BUZZING for the last book: my heart is all a-flutter and I’m baking brownies just to calm myself, because food is calming. I’m so close to finishing the series and my squishy heart is breaking a little, but I’ve got a beautiful amount of books itching to be read, so it’s all good! I won’t be turning into a lonely, bookless apple pie anytime soon. On to the review…

And um, to Tartarus with spoilers.

Tartarus (/ˈtɑːrtərəs/; Greek: Τάρταρος Tartaros), in ancient Greek mythology, is the deep abyss that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans.

While Percy and Annabeth attempt to close the Doors of Death from the heart of Tartarus itself, the rest of the heroes must battle their way across the Mediterranean to find the House of Hades, a temple in Greece where the mortal side of the Doors of Death is located. This is the only way to stop Gaia from waking, but, for all of the heroes, it is their biggest challenge yet. Without Percy and Annabeth, the crew are struggling on their journey, and must discover more of their hidden powers to face the House of Hades and the monsters awaiting them. Meanwhile, Percy and Annabeth must travel across Tartarus, trying their best to survive each minute, looking into the face of death with almost every step they take. Can the two groups close the Doors from both sides and live to destroy Gaia once and for all?

Wow, where do I start with this book? There is so much character development and the plot is probably the best of all the Heroes of Olympus books and argh this book is perfection. First of all, Percabeth kinda squished my insides a little. I mean, traveling through Tartarus together was kind of a huge step in their relationship, and that’s saying a lot for these two. THEY ARE JUST THE CUTEST. I really enjoyed their POV chapters because, bein’ in Tartarus and all, there was always a lot going on and they were basically fighting monsters all the time, but it wasn’t just crammed full of action; there were also a few cute Percabeth moments and some lovely walking on the skin of the god of damnation. Then there was some absolutely amazing development going on with Hazel. That girl just amazes me peeps. I love how she’s not wimpy – she has such a calm mind and thinks quickly about things. I did feel like her powers matured a bit too quickly, but I can understand that she’s pretty powerful, and you could definitely see that throughout this book. And a round of applause for Frank! He is the sweetest little thing and I’m so proud of him. I wasn’t overly happy about his ‘growth spurt’ and getting abs and stuff. I know it’s kind of a ‘becoming a man’ thing and a blessing from Mars and all that, but I miss teddy bear Frank because I feel like that was actually Frank. However, I do understand that he is a total beast in this as well, and it’s an understandable change. Oh, and Nico? HE IS SUCH A SQUISHY LIL BALL OF SUFFERING AND CUTENESS and even though I already knew the Nico spoiler in this, it still melted and shattered my soul simultaneously with all that stuff about no one accepting him and ARGH I am broken. Also: Jason and Nico are now, like, my fave friendship of the heroes.

Onto the plot, I loved how it was told from all of the seven in this so you could see things from everyone’s brainforests (yes, it’s back) and there was always something going on so it was never boring. I liked seeing Percy/Annabeth’s story in Tartarus and then a completely different plot occurring with the rest of the heroes. THE PLOT WAS PERFECTION BASICALLY. This book is just fabulous and I cannot even contain my squeals for the last one.

Clover count: ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠ (9/10)

Book look forward ~ 2017

Good afternoon bookworms. Or good morning, or even good night, depending on where you are in the world, and when you are reading this. Maybe under the covers at 2 am or on top of the Burj Khalifa at noon. But let’s not dig too deep into this because honestly there is no time to faff about because there are books to be read and posts to be written.

So, it’s 2017 and I’m trying to set myself some unachievable epic goals for this coming year and I’m struggling it’s going great! I’m actually kinda super excited because I have filled another row of my bookshelf after Christmas and I CAN’T REALLY CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT TO READ THESE BOOKS. I’VE TRIED, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TOO WELL. So, before I explode, let’s get on with the post, shall we?

~Books I got for Christmas~

  • Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde ~ I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book in this series, The Eyre Affair, but apparently this one is a lot better so I’m hyped because the first book, even though the plot was a bit slow, was actually pretty well written so I’m hoping this book is good, but my expectations aren’t sky-high. We shall see!
  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine ~ I’ve actually already read this but it was around 4 years ago, so I can’t remember, like, anything. Which is why I’m rereading it and hoping it’ll be as good as I remember!
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon ~ I read this book in English at school but never actually got round to finishing it like I was supposed to, so I’m determined to finish it this year. And earlier last year I saw it in the theatre in London and it was SO GOOD so I’m really excited to read it.
  • Fantastic Beasts Movie Handbook ~ I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the cinema and really enjoyed it but I’m still a little bit confused about some parts of the plot, so this book is going to be super helpful and hopefully enjoyable.
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner ~ I’ve always wanted to read these books, mainly because Thomas Sangster is in the film, but also because I don’t read many popular book series and this one actually sounds decent so I am all a-buzzing.
  • Pick Your Poison and Blink and You Die by Lauren Child ~ wow, it only took me a millenium to get round to finishing this series but I finally am and I’m so excited because I absolutely loved the first 3 books and this series is one of my favourites ever and ah I’m so excited!
  • Holes by Louis Sachar ~ I’ve seen bits and pieces of the film on TV and I really like Shia Labeouf so I thought I’d give this book a go. To be honest, I’m reading most of the books on this list because of the films haha.

~2017 goals~

Blog EVERY week, no exceptions (including illness/busy-ness/death)

Reach 100 followers on me blog (you can see I’m being way too ambitious haha)

Read 40 books (I’m a snail when it comes to everything reading, so I’m aiming high here)

look, I has read 1 book

(psst! you can stalk my goodreads here)

Change my blog name/design

Maybe write one of my books that are currently only plans and have been sitting in my documents for a couple millenia?

Knit a hat and scarf (this is irrelevant to my blog but eh)

Have you read any of the books I got for Christmas? What are your goals for 2017?