[Off Topic #2] ​Vacation, Vacation, Vacation!

In this week’s Off Topic post I’m talking about my next holiday and some of my favorite past vacations.

2012 – Monterey / Carmel 

Back in 2012, I spent 2 glorious weeks in Monterey and Carmel. I had been wanting to visit there since I read the Mediator Series by Meg Cabot and it was so much better that I could have ever have anticipated. I was hands down one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on. It’s such a beautiful place to visit.

Carmel Beach

2013-  Los Angeles and San Francisco

When we visited Monterey we saw a little bit of San Francisco so and knew we had to go back and see more so for our honeymoon we decided to do a road trip from LA up to San Francisco. I’d have to say that one of the highlights of this holiday was driving along highway 1, it’s the most beautiful road I’ve ever been on. We also did the usual tourist things in both cities. There was so much to see and do!


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Los Angeles
San Francisco


This Year

Today is 45 days until my next holiday. I’m so looking forward to it. I haven’t been away in over a year and a half.

This year we are a going to Las Vegas to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We have been before but it was just for a couple of days so we didn’t get to do everything we wanted but we did get see the Grand Canyon which was pretty incredible. Anyway, we decided a trip back as in order.

The Grand Canyon

Anyway, this it from me today. What are some of your favorite holiday destinations? Leave your answers in the comments!

Until Next Time! 🤓

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[Off Topic #1] Blogging Resources​

Welcome to my first off topic post. This week I’m sharing all the different resources I use to blog.



To create the vast majority of the graphics you see on this blog I used Canva. This is one of my favorite tools to use. Canva is an online graphic design tool, the great thing about it is that accounts are completely free to make and you only need pay if you want to use premium features. It also has lots of pre-made templates for a variety of different social media platforms which are fully customisable as well as the option to input your own size template.


For images I use Pixabay, this is an international website for sharing high-quality photos, illustrations, vector graphics and film footage. Again accounts are free to make. All images have a creative commons deed which means anyone can use, modify and distribute images freely including commercial use without asking permission or giving accreditation.



When I first started blogging I just used the notes on my iPhone to jot down ideas, which was especially handy if I was out and about. However, as time has gone on I found that I needed something a bit more substantial so now I have this nifty bloggers journal which you can get from Paperchase. It has lots of different sections to help you get your blog organized.

I also (for the first ever) bought a diary/planner which has been particularly helpful in keeping tracking of all the arcs and promo tours I have signed up for this year. This was one of the things that stressed me out a lot towards the end of last year. I signed up for all these different 81FcVVZksSL._SL1500_things but didn’t have the foresight to have something to keep track of anything. I
purchased the Boxclever Pocket Life Book Diary which you can buy directly from Boxclever


Post Ideas

When it comes to coming up for ideas for a post there is no one place I get ideas from, sometimes inspiration comes from what I’m reading or something I have seen on social media, in fact, my post about Tamlin came about because of a discussion on a facebook group. However, if I’m out of ideas I do turn to good old google.


That’s it I’d love to hear from you what things you use to blog, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Let’s Talk (19#) Gifts for Book Lovers – Children

Sorry its a bit late, but here it is 10 bookish gifts for children who love books:

1.  Personalised Book

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This one is a classic, the personalized book, I got given one of this when I was a child and I loved that I was magically part of the story.  This one is gorgeous and comes in beautiful gift box.

2. Fairytale Bookends


How fab are these? perfect for any book-loving kids bedroom!

3. Bookish Pillow


I love this pillow! I think this one would make would make a great gift for adults and children!

4. Quote Print


Who doesn’t love a quote? This site has nice selection just for children.

5. Children’s Reading Journal


This such an awesome idea, this allows a child to record a year’s worth of books and it has lots of fun writing and drawing exercises.

6. Litographs


This is great, I first came across the adult t-shirts they do because of Throne Of Glass. It was only while researching for this post that I discovered that they kids sizes, lots of different books too, but this Alice in Wonderland one is my favorite.

7. Personalised Bookmarks


How cute are these? These bookmarks are one of many personalized options on Etsy.

8. Kindle for Kids


Who knew Amazon made a kindle for kids? It’s a little more expensive than the rest of the items on this list but I thought it worth mention.

9. Reading Tent


I would have loved one of these, so it’s not strictly a book thing, but this would make a brilliant reading nook for a child.

10. Owl Mug

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Zazzle has lots of different bookish cups to choose from, this one is so sweet.

That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed the post.

Until Next Time 😂

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Let’s Talk (18#) Gifts for Book Lovers – Adults

With only a few months until Christmas I thought it would be a good time to look at some gift ideas for the book lover in your life:


I actually have one of these so I can vouch for the quality of the product. They are so cute, mine was part of a mystery book box that got for the release of A Court Wings and Ruin.


2. Book Quote Cushion Cover


I have one of these too, it’s just the cover though and it’s beautiful!

3. Quote Mark Earrings


I love these earrings, they are cute! I may even have to add them to my own list! Perfect someone who reads and writes!


4. Framed Book Page Prints


Personally, I’m not a huge fan of these but I’ve included them because I know that they are quite popular, I’d probably have one if I could customise the quote.

 5. Book Spoon


Ok so this is more of stocking filler rather than a full-on gift, but I thought it was so unique!

6. Hot Girls Read Cup


I’m a sucker for a novelty cup, I mean who doesn’t love these? I think this one is pretty damn cool!

7. MacBook Case

f3213708b6445f1ffc0cfce096430be447b93785.jpgOk, so this one is only really going to work if who you’re buying it for has a Mac or if you’re buying them a Mac and you want to get them a cool case to go with it then this is perfect!

8. Personal Library Kit


If you know someone who likes to loan out their books, then this would make a great gift!

9. Coffee Mugs with Definitions

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These crack me up! I think they are just so cool! Yes, this is the second cup thing I’ve put on this list, yes I do have an obsession with cups. If you’re looking for a cup for a specific then Etsy has some great ones!

10. Reading Door Mat

and to finish off my list this little beaut!


If you want to play its safe then I suggest getting vouchers from Amazon or whatever local bookstore your book-loving friend/significant other likes to shop at!

That’s it for this week, I’d love to hear your gift suggestions so please feel free to drop them in the comments. Also, keep a lookout for the next “Let’s Talk’ post because I’m going to be sharing my bookish gift suggestions for children.

Until Next Time 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#17) – Overrated Books

Earlier in the week, I saw a post on Facebook about books that are overrated and it got  200wme thinking about the books that I would put in this category. There’s not that many that made it to the list:

Red Queen -Victoria Aveyard
I read this earlier in the year and while the story is ok, I don’t get what the fuss is about.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
I finished this one on the weekend and I’m still trying to write the review for it. I was so pumped to read this but again I felt it wasn’t as good as everyone has made it out to be.

Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Claire
So I read this series years ago before the movie and tv series came along, and back then I thought it was ok, but the way people go on about it now likes it’s the best thing since sliced bread – eh no thanks!

First Life – Gena Showalter
I have seen lots of support this on social media but it just bored me.

Fan Girl – Rainbow Rowell
Again it was ok but I didn’t think it was anything to shout about.

Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
I read this one last year, just beofre the movie came out and it left a really bad taste in my mouth. The majority of it was ok but the ending sucked.

The Fault in Our Stars
I do actually like this one but I do think its overhyped as well, I mean its good but it’s not that good.

Now I do realize that some of these are beloved by a lot of people so please don’t hate me too much, if you happen to love these books then I totally respect your opinion but they are just not for me.

Feel free to let me know of any books you think are overrated the comments.

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#16) – Book Memes

I love memes and so thought today would be cool to share some of my favorite book related ones. Also, this week is dragging its ass and I needed something to make me laugh, pulling this lot together has been hilarious fun!

So, what’s your favorite book memes? I have I missed any good ones out? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Let’s Talk (#15) Pre-Orders!

Earlier in the week, it occurred to me that I have quite a few books on pre-order. Some of them are out fairly soon, others well there feel like an age away. So I thought I share them with you:

Fallen Heir by Erin Watt– Out on 28th August 2017



These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

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If there’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout – Out on 5th September 2017


34225450Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas– Out on 5th September 2017


31450852In the next installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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Iron Gold  by Pierce Brown – Out 16th January 2018


29217027Ten years after their victory over the Golds of the Core Worlds, Darrow and Mustang lead the new Solar Republic, which has replaced the tyrannical Society. The government’s precarious stability is threatened by something arising in the outer regions of the solar system.


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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch – Out 8th May 2018


love-luck-9781534401006_hrAddie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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Starswept by Mary Fan – Out on 28th August 2017


starswept-800-cover-reveal-and-promotional_origSome melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

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Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas – 4th September 2018

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A couple of books on this list are ones that I have received ARCs of. If I enjoy an ARC I do like to order a copy of the book because A) I like to give something back and B) if it happens to be part of a series I need to get a published copy to go with the rest of the series.

I was going to write a paragraph about which book I’m most excited for but I can’t decide! I’m excited for them all and I’ve just noticed Tower of Dawn and If There’s No Tomorrow are both release on the same day! How the heck am I going to decide what to read first??

That’s all from me tonight.

Have you pre-ordered any of these?

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#14) Book Theme Songs

Hi, guys ‘n’ girls!

It has come to my attention that I have yet to music/book mash up post. So today I thought it would be fun to pick out songs that I think would make good theme songs for some of my favorite books. This turned out to be turned out to be trickier than I thought, but it was really entertaining too.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Stars by Sixx:AM

When I ever I listen to this song it always reminds me of Rhys and Feyre on Starfall


The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Smile Like You Mean It by The Killers

Back when I first read the host I listened to this song on repeat so of course it always makes me think of the book. But I also think the lyrics kinda fit with the story.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars

I just think this song captures the story perfectly, particularly these lyrics:

“Into your eyes
Hopeless and taken
We stole our new lives
Through blood and name
In defense of our dreams
In defense of our dreams”

Also whilst researching for this I happened to listen to Stay by Rihanna and it really made me think of Darrow and Mustangs relationship so I’m also including this one too.

Throne of Glass Series, Heir of Fire onwards by Sarah J. Maas.

Bonfire Heart by James Blunt

I chose this one because to me it describes Aelin and Rowans relationship perfectly, especially the beginning part of the song.

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses

Ok, this is technically not my pick but I don’t think there is another song that I could even begin to associate with this series.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

This song just makes me think of forbidden love and that is the basic premise of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

And that it! This post was super fun, I’d love to hear from you if you have other songs that you associate with any of these books!

Until next time! 🤓

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