Cover Reveal ~ Lightporter by C.B. Cook

Hey bookworms. Today I’m just doing a short post but it’s an exciting one!! Your kitten socks just fell off it’s so exciting. Yes, it’s really happening, Lightporter by C.B. Cook is about to be released!! BUT NOT YET SO STOP SQUEALING. However you can squeal a teeny bit because the cover has just been released and it’s beautiful argh I love it. Firstly, here is its brother, Twinepathy.

Yes, awesome I know. BUT EVEN MORE AWESOME, HERE IS LIGHTPORTER!!

I like the first book cover, but just look at this one. LOOK AT IT. It’s simple and distinguished and the colours are so so beautiful. I love how the mask has taken a more cunning sort of look, if you know what I mean. ARGH IT JUST SO PRETTY.

I feel like I’m not worthy to be posting this because, although I have Twinepathy on my kindle, I am yet to read it. Treacherous, I know. But my excuse is that I’m awaiting the release of Lightporter so I can read them back-to-back, as is my habit.

Goodreads: Twinepathy and Lightporter

Amazon: Twinepathy (and for fellow Brits, here’s the Amazon UK link)

C.B. Cook: blog, pinterest, goodreads

IDIA: pinterest (group board)

GO BUY TWINEPATHY RIGHT NOW AND DON’T FORGET TO BUY LIGHTPORTER TOO WHEN IT COMES OUT IN SEPTEMBER!! What do you think of the cover?? Have you read Twinepathy?

Just a random lil update

Heyy y’all.

So sorry for not posting last week! I’ve already failed one of my 2017 goals haha. Today I’m just going to be doing a random update post because I have so many posts lined up but unfinished so obviously I’m going to go and write this whole new one. Yeah, I don’t really know either. Moving on…


  • I’ve finished Heroes of Olympus and I’m very upset so don’t anger me or I may eat you.
  • Finally got to 60 followers! My cat is so proud of me. Only 40 more to go…
  • This is obviously the time of year for rereads because I’ve just reread one of my favourite children’s books, The Two Princesses of Bamarre (review coming soon!) and I’m rereading the wonderful Time Captives series by the wonderful Morgan Elizabeth Huneke because I need to read Crannig Castle but I have a horrific memory when it comes to books, so I’m having to reread the whole series, but I don’t mind because it’s fabulous and one of the only Christian fantasy series that I actually like.
  • I’m turning 14 soon which, for me, has nothing to do with getting older but is about getting new books spending some quality time with family and friends, obviously.
  • A review for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is coming soon! I’m a huge Lemon (my marvelous name for a Snicket fan) and I actually really enjoyed this show! And now I’m waiting in agony until, like, 2018 for the next season. Why do they torture us so?
  • Hopefully going to change my blog name soon! Ya never know, next week you could be visiting “What’s Simi Reading/Generally Doing With Her Life Because She May Or May Not Be Branching Out In Her Posts” (see below).
  • And finally… I’m going to start writing Discussion posts! Someone be proud because I’ve been blogging for 3 ½ ye2017-discussion-challenge3ars and still feel like a complete beginner. At least I can say my blog is still maturing! And just to prove that I’m actually going to do this, I’ve signed up for the 2017 Discussion Challenge, hosted by It Starts at Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction (brilliant blogs might I add). Fingers crossed I’ll have the courage to post a Discussion at least once a month, so keep your eyes peeled. If you’d like to join the challenge, click the image ⇒

Thanks for reading! I hope to post a review for The Blood of Olympus soon, as well as my first discussion post! Are you taking part in the 2017 Discussion Challenge? Any ideas for discussions?

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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)

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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?

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Book look back ~ 2016

Heyyyy bookworms.

I hope you all had a happy Christmas or, if you don’t celebrate it, a relaxing day of being awesome! My Christmas was 100% fabulous because I ate a lot of food and received a lot of books and I am currently all flail and no chill. I literally sent my mum my Goodreads TBR and it’s now in my hands and the books are all shiny and new and I definitely have not spent more time petting them than reading them… But you’ll have to wait till next week for me to tell you which books I got because haha I’m evil that way. But for now I’m going to be looking back at my favourite books of 2016 because I’ve read some EPIC books this year and I hope you have too so we can flail together in the comments.

And EXCITING news: I’m doing my FIRST EVER link-up oh my goodness I can feel the excitement radiating off my laptop because it has never experienced a link-up before (or maybe it’s just overheating haha) and so it is buzzing and I am buzzing and the world is buzzing and the bees are confused. I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday so I can tell the world my Top 5 Best Books of 2016 because you definitely want to know and it’s definitely Tuesday today. Wait, did I hear myself right? It’s Top Ten Tuesday and yet I’ve said I’ll share only 5? Well, I don’t want to bore you to Tartarus and bookworms are hungry busy things so I’m only doing 5. Sheesh, stop complaining. Now, let’s get this 2016 book look back party started!

~Top Ten Five Best Books of 2016~

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ~ so, this book is AMAZINGLY EPIC AND EXTREMELY HEART-WRENCHING BUT ALSO EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL. It is such a classic and I love it to pieces and everything about it should be given mince pies because it’s utterly fabulous.
  2. The Positively Last Performance by Geraldine McCaughrean ~ this book is horribly underrated and it breaks my heart because it is honestly a masterpiece. I mean, who doesn’t like a book about cute little ghosts with sad little pasts that you want to hug but can’t because they’re transparent?
  3. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan ~ so, this is probably my favourite Percy Jackson book, mostly because of the fabulous characters. My favourite, of course, was Nico – the most broken, complex, rejected but adorable little soul to ever roam the Earth and be betrayed by his official art and capture my squishy heart and make me cry just thinking about him. All he needs is a hug, a plate of mince pies and a slice of love and care and acceptance and I’m sobbing a river now argh.
  4. The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams ~ basically every character in this was squishable and so awesome and encouraging and I loved them all. I felt like it was pretty different from your normal children’s book which is why I loved it.
  5. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan ~ my year has basically revolved around Rick Riordan and his legend-ness. This was my first Riordan of the year so I can’t remember much about it, but I do remember that I adored the characters – especially Magnus and Sam. Magnus is an awesome, witty little mince pie and Sam is so badass and Blitz and Hearth too are the sweetest little things and this book is so diverse and I love it.

How was your Christmas? What were your favourite books of 2016?

P.S. I have a signature now because it makes me look professional.

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Drumroll, please…

How have you bookworms been? Excited to find out the winner of my writing competition? Ok, ok quieten down please, the winner will be announced shortly! But before that, I would like to thank everyone who entered my competition; I absolutely loved every one of the entries and I want you all to know that you’re all winners for doing such a brilliant job with your stories and poems. It was actually a really close competition, all of the entries were really good and I enjoyed every last one. But we all know there has to be a winner, and that winner is *drumroll* … Aminah!!! Well done Aminah! Please could you email me your address ASAP so I can send you your prize! Again, thank you and well done to everyone who entered. Here is Aminah’s entry…

Always Betrayed
Why do I feel like I am always being betrayed?
I just disappear from lives; I start to fade.
People forget me; they just move on and leave me,
I am like that one autumn leaf that just hangs off a tree.
It hurts very much when somebody betrays you,
You feel so alone and you feel so blue.
The whole world just crumbles around me, myself and I,
Nobody cares if I’m depressed or if I cry.
Friends blew into my life like a sweet, summer breeze,
Then, they steal my heart in a flash, and make me weak in the knees.
We said our friendship would last forever – I said we’d never part,
You never cared anyway, even though I gave everything, my heart.
We had such great times, such fun,
But you can never fix something that’s already done.

P.S. Aminah has written a book of poems which you can buy here.

3rd Blogiversary!

Hi everyone! Yeah, you heard me, it’s my 3rd Blogiversary! Woo! Thank you so much to all of my followers and everyone who reads my blog – I really appreciate every comment from you all. My blog has really been a joy for me to write and I hope it’s been a joy for you to read! I hope it continues to grow, which I’m sure it will with the help of all of my awesome blogging friends around the world.

I’ve reached 45 followers, 91 posts, 215 comments, 3395 views and, just in case you wanted to know, my most popular viewing day is Wednesday. A special thank you to my Dad for being awesome and helping me create my blog, and to Alyssa, who has – yet again – left the most comments on my blog. 71 no less! *cue rapturous applause*

Today is also the deadline for my writing competition so please email any last minute entries! The competition is closing at midnight today, August 22nd. The winner will be announced in my post on Friday. Thank you to everyone who has already entered!

Blogiversary COMPETITION / Mini Review

Hey guys!

So you know how for my blogiversary last year I had a Guest Post competition? Well I was thinking I could do a competition this year too! It’s open to anyone and everyone and is completely free to enter. Here is the competition…

You have the choice to write either a poem or short story. The theme (for both) is Betrayal. It, obviously, has to be your own work, and please make sure it’s family friendly. Maximum is 500 words, and don’t forget to add some imagination!

If you would like to enter the competition, please drop a comment below saying “I’M A CRAZY CHICKEN” and email your entry to me at simizat@yahoo.co.uk by my Blogiversary, August 22nd. I will judge the competition and the winner will receive a prize, as well as their entry being posted on my blog. Have fun and good luck!


And now for my mini review! Just to make sure, this review has nothing to do with the competition 😉

The Bunny Slippers ~ Emily from For the Bookish

I came upon The Bunny Slippers one sunny day, from the realm of For the Bookish: a wonderful town of book-related stuff by a fellow book lover by the name of Emily. The Bunny Slippers is a short but sweet story which tells the tale of young Lily, who receives a lovely, soft new pair of bunny slippers for Christmas. The novel is set in the year of 1945, and is a story of Lily’s bunny slippers saving the life of her loving father Henry, who is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Personally I must say that I found this little tale, though quite moving, extremely delightful and wonderfully written; the words flowed gracefully and every paragraph a pleasing one indeed. I must say that Emily has quite some talent! You may, if you wish, peruse this fine story in the kingdom of Wattpad.

Simi Star rating: ***** (5 stars)