Series I Want to Finish in 2021

Before sitting down to write this post I was fully expecting this list to be filled with lots of unfinished series but to my surprise I could only find a handful! Last year one of my reading goals was to clear out my TBR and I did just that! 2020 saw me finally experience the epic conclusions to some of my favourite series including Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas as well as starting some new favourites. Like many, I’m guilty of starting a series, then get distracted by something else and forgetting about the previous series entirely, so this year I plan to leave no series left unfinished!

Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

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I’m fairly positive that I’m going to finish this entire series by the end of the month, because I’m in love! I’m a sucker for a scandalous period dramas with beautiful costumes and witty characters so when the adaptation dropped on Netflix I knew I was going to adore it! Fast forward 24-hours and I’d binged watched the entire show and had ordered the books as I needed more! I’m currently half-way through the first book and its everything I expected and more, they’re just so lighthearted and easy to read!

The Witchlands by Susan Dennard

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I read the first book during last years O.W.Ls read-a-thon and fell instantly in love with its wonderful world, magic system and characters. It was such a fun and easy read that I flew through, but as expected I got distracted with the other books on my TBR and never returned to finish the adventure! I 100% plan to return to this series as I’m eager to learn more about the wonderful world Dennard has created.

The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I’m OBSESSED with these characters and this entire series! This fast-paced and witty space adventure is the perfect combination of Guardians of the Galaxy and Annihilation, everything about it is perfect! Sadly the paperback version of Aurora Burning isn’t released until 1st April so until I’ll just have to wait patiently and keep myself pre-occupied with more Kaufman’s sci-fi adventures…

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I re-read the first book in this series last year and had every intention of finally completing the series but once again I got distracted and never started the second book. I did enjoy the first book but I still struggle with the world Aveyard has created, its all a bit mix-matched for me in regards to technology etc. I’m still undecided about whether or not I’ll continue with this series but I still wanted to included it on my list just in case I change my mind!

Cursebreakers by Brigid Kemmerer

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I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I didn’t think that this series lived up to all the hype it’s been receiving but nevertheless I’m curious to see where Kemmerer takes these characters and storyline next! It’s a solid Beauty and the Beast adaptation with a intricate storyline and good characters but I swear if I read another Beauty and the Beast adaptation I’m going to DIE, there’s a whole world of untold fairytales than need adapting so pick something else!

Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Another forgotten series of 2020! I was initially hooked by the haunting concept and world of book one, sadly book two didn’t have the same effect! I remember really struggling to finish this book and I probably couldn’t even tell you what happened! I do hope to pick up this series again in the future but right now it’s not at the top of my TBR.

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Series I Want to Start in 2021

I know I shouldn’t be adding anymore books to my TBR, but this style of post is really helpful to look back on throughout the year especially when I’m stuck on which book to pick up next. These are just some of the series that I’ve been dying to start and I hopefully 2021 will finally be the year I dive into them!

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman

It’s official, I’m am completely and utterly in love with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I need more! I saw these books in a bookshop in Oxford a couple of months ago for only a couple of pounds and I stupidly didn’t buy them! But not to worry I’ve just ordered them and I can’t wait to start reading them next month! I’ve heard so many good things about this series, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally read them!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang

If I don’t read this book by the end of the year then I’ve failed! This has been on my TBR for TWO YEARS and I’m suffering from some serious FOMO! Every time I re-read this books synopsis I get more and more excited and equally frustrated at myself because I know I’m going to adore this series.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

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 As many of you know I’m obsessed with Brandon Sanderson and I’m eager to start another series! After looking through all of his series I decided I was craving more high-fantasy rather than sci-fi and settled for the epic that is the Stormlight Archive. I can’t wait to dive back into the wonderful world he creates and to meet a new and exciting cast of characters!

Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Ever since I heard about this series, I knew had to have it! There is a strong, fierce heroine and her swoon-worthy personal guard, which leads to some pretty smouldering romance. YES PLEASE! As England has once again gone back into a full lockdown, I think it’s only appropriate that I treat myself to a few new books to keep me occupied and to provide me with some much needed escapism.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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I remember receiving the first chapter of this book and being completely hooked by not only our protagonist Paige but the whole concept of dream-walkers! The world Shannon has created is one I’m eager to explore and I think it’s about time I experience her wonderful writing and imagination. Plus this book has been sitting all alone and forgotten on my shelf for years and I think it deserves some much needed love.

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

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Just before Christmas I treated myself to this entire series and I plan to make it my mission to read all of them! I have an unhealthy obsession with Dragons, so its crazy that I’ve yet to read this iconic series. And I know this is a controversial opinion but I don’t mind the film adaptation…!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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This is a new addition to my TBR, and one which has finally captured my attention. Like many people, I weirdly enjoy a good-old murder documentary and I’m curious to see how Maniscalco adapts this classic murder mystery.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Post-apocalyptic mixed with Fantasy? What more could you want? One of my good friends from Univeristy keeps recommending this book to me, she loved it so much that she based her masters on it so I think it’s about time that I witness what all the fuss is about! I’ve yet to read a bad review about this series, so it’s fair to say I’m going into this series with high expectations!

Reading and Blogging Goals for 2021

I don’t know about you, but to me it doesn’t feel like we’ve started a New Year? It just feels like 2020 part 2! Anyway I’m trying my best to kickstart my motivation and hopefully make a start into achieving some of my goals for this year!

The last three months of 2020, were some of the best months of my entire blogging journey, and I hope to bring that energy and creativity with me into 2021! It was during these three months that I started to discover my ‘blog identity’ and the style of posts that not only I enjoyed writing but others enjoyed reading. One of my main aims this year is to dedicate more time to my blog and content, I want to start investing my time into making the most out of this a platform and connecting more with like-minded people from all around the globe. I’ve already started off the year with a colour co-ordinated spreadsheet that has all my posts planned for both January and February, and it’s working wonders. I’ve never been this organised!

I’ve done this style of post for three years now and it’s great to look back on throughout the year and track your progress. I’m pleased to say that I managed to complete 5/6 goals I set for myself last year, so I’ve once again have high expectations for this year! Anyway, I have BIG plans for 2021 and I look forward to sharing my journey with everyone!

Reading

Goodreads Goal of 52 Books – Last year my initial goal was 35 books and one which I later surpassed by reading a total of 42 books. This year I’ve set myself the challenge of reading 52 books which would equal to one book a week for a year, and I’m quietly confident that it’s something I’ll be able to achieve! If you want to follow along with my reading be sure to follow me on Goodreads @ Amy (A Fangirls Opinion).

Read Something Each Month that’s not ‘YA/NA Fantasy’ – Last year my reading habits were not what I expected and I ended up reading a lot more reflective contemporaries and classics, all of which I really enjoyed! I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too much fantasy so hopefully by changing it up now and then will do some good.

Sort Out My TBR – This has been annoying me for a while now, nothing is organised and it’s about time I had a good-old sort out! My plan is to create a TBR for this year of books I really ‘want’ to read and to make it my mission to tick off as many books as possible!

Blogging

Post at Least Once a Week – This is one of my goals every year as I like to try and maintain a consistent blogging schedule and hopefully my beautiful new spreadsheet will help with planning and scheduling! I definitely plan to show of my spreadsheet in a different post so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!

Invest in a Domain Name – As I’ve mentioned previously my plan this year is to make the most out of my blog and I think it’ll be really nice to have a proper domain name! I also want to update my theme this year as I’ve had the same one for a couple of years now, so I think it’s time for a change!

Start a Bookstagram? – This is something that’s been on my mind for a while now and I’m still undecided to whether I’m going to give it a go or not? I follow so many wonderful accounts that post stunning pictures and I’m eager to try it myself, so I might trial it for a month and see how things turn out.

Writing

Write at least 150 words a day for a year – After failing at NaNoWriMo 2020, I’ve discovered that I don’t cope well with time pressure especially when it comes to my creative outlets, it worked when I was writing essays at university but this is completely different! So the aim from the 1st January 2021 is to write 150 words a day for an entire year which would total to just under 55,000 words by December 31st 2021. And hopefully, at the next NaNoWriMo I should have 46,000 words down and a more detailed outline of this story, so things should be a little easier and more productive. I know it’s not much but hopefully by writing little and often will help maintain my creative juices!

Blog Posts I Loved This Month | December 2020

What better way to start the New Year off, than by highlighting and celebrating some of my favourite posts from last month! During December many of us, including myself, participated in Blogmas, so there was lots of really good and fun posts to read, but that also made it really difficult to choose which ones I wanted to include this month!

Anyway, here’s a few posts I loved last month! Enjoy!

December is a month of reflection and one of my favourite posts to read is everyones ‘favourite new-to-me authors of that year’ as I love discovering new authors and seeing if any of my favourites have made it on to other readers lists! Both Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books and Mehek @ The Critiques of a Fangirl shared some of their favourites and I couldn’t resist adding a few authors and books to my TBR!

I’ve just finished Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I’m OBSESSED and am seriously craving some more sci-fi space adventures, so Eliza @ Dusk Angel Reads post about YA Sci-Fi Recommendations was well timed and the perfect read!

As many of you know that I’m in love with everything Sarah J Maas, so when I saw that Marta @ The Monogamist Reader had done The Throne of Glass Book Tag I knew it was tag I had to bookmark for the New Year! I can’t believe that I’ve never heard of this tag! I really enjoyed all the themed questions and reading Marta’s answers, so if your a fan of the series then go check it out!

I also really enjoyed Tilly @ The Biblioshelf’s post on the Six Books She’d Like to Spend the Holidays In! This was such a fun and creative post that got me thinking about which books I’d love to spend the festive season in, and I think I’d have to agree with Tilly and choose either Hogwarts or Narnia!

When buying Christmas presents I made it my aim to try and support small businesses, and even though Christmas is over I still enjoying scrolling through Etsy and discovering independent bookish shops! The lovely Kira @ Kira Jeanette shared some great bookish shops in her post Bookish Small Businesses to Shop From This Christmas and its the perfect read for any book lover! I think I might have to treat myself to a few bits as I don’t think I can resit!

Another book tag I loved this month was The Evermore Book Tag inspired by Taylor Swifts second surprise album! Both Becca @ Toastie Books and Georgia @ Lost in Neverland completed this tag, and as always, I really enjoyed reading their answers.

Last year I discovered the Storygraph and it’s quickly become my go-to website for tracking my reading habits. Siena @ Booksophobia shared her experience with Using The Storygraph vs Goodreads and discusses the pros and cons of using The StoryGraph in comparison to Goodreads. I agree with all of her points and I 100% recommend trying the Storygraph if you’re looking for something a little different!

Fantasy will always be my favourite genre, so when Alex @ PA Reads shared her list of 10 Memorable Fantasy Books You Should Read Today, I knew I had to give it a read! It’s nice to see that some of my go-to favourites (good-old Brandon Sanderson) made it on to her list and I’ve now added Air Awakens by Elise Kova and Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller on to my TBR, as they both some like something I’d love!

There are so many fantasy sub-genres that I’ve yet to fully dive into, and one of my reading goals this year is to explore more fantasy worlds and authors. Jess @ Jessticulates shared a wonderful post about the Desert Fantasy on Her TBR and I couldn’t resist adding pretty much all of the books mentioned on to my TBR! I remember reading The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh a couple of years ago and really enjoying it, so I’m eager to read more similar adventures soon!

On Monday, England announced it was going back into another full lockdown, so it’s fair to say that these next 6 weeks are going to be a bit of a struggle for me. BUT recently Bertie @ Luminosity Library shared 10 Comfort Reads to Beat Those Winter Blues and I definitely plan to add a couple of these feel-good reads to my monthly TBR, and hopefully they’ll help keep my spirits up!

During December there was also lots of exciting announcements!

Lila @ Hardcover Haven announced her Written in the Margins Travelling Book Club, a book club where a chosen book is sent to eleven readers during which the participant reads and annotates the book before sending it to the next person. This is such a fabulous and fun idea and I can’t wait to follow along! For more information be sure to check out Lila’s post!

And finally, Ahaana @ Windows to the Worlds and Becky @ Dusts of Magic announced the After the Story Writing Project, a collaboration of book bloggers that focuses on writing more and building the confidence to write something you enjoy, while having fun! This is such a brilliant and creative project for any aspiring writer or anyone looking for a unique creative outlet! Be sure to check out their posts for more information!

December Wrap Up and January TBR

Happy New Year!

Last year wasn’t anyone’s year to say the least, but hope is on the horizon and I pray that this year will bring a degree of normality and a fresh start for everyone, so let’s make 2021 a good year to remember. But before I start something new, I thought it was only right to have big sort out of both my TBR shelf, NetGalley account and all the unread books on my bookshelf. I’m officially on a book buying ban until I’ve read all the books on my shelf, so this month is being dedicated to all the books I didn’t manage to read in 2020. Last year I managed to read 42 books and I think this year will finally be the year I tackle the challenge of 52 books (aka one book a week for a year)!

December

Finale by Stephanie Garber – I loved it. I loved it. I loved it! I swear all I’ve done recently is go on and on about how good this series is, so I’m going to keep it simple and say if you haven’t read it then you need to add this series to your TBR ASAP!

In A Holidaze by Christine Lauren – If you google ‘best Christmas reads’ then this one is always number one so I thought it was only fitting that I gave it a go! Turns out this book was just what I needed, it’s lighthearted and just a bundle of fun that I managed to devour in a couple of hours. I was gutted when it finished, I need MORE.

Finding Love at the Christmas Market by Jo Thomas – This was our Book Club book of the month for December and it was only fitting that we chose a trashy festive romance! I love a good-old Christmas market and it breaks my heart that I missed out on them this year so I just had to settle for my imagination! As expected I really enjoyed it and it was such a lovely read for the festive season.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Another new series I’m obsessed with! I loved all these characters and I really enjoyed all SEVEN first person POV’s, every character had a distinct voice and tone, it was incredible! I’m huge fan of anything sci-fi and hopefully plan to read a lot more this year, so any reccomendations would be wonderful!

January

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I started reading this in December but I’m going to finish it January so this counts doesn’t it? So far I’m really enjoying the whole concept and world Rogerson has created, I’m just gutted that it’s a standalone because I need more!

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This book still haunts my TBR and even I’m getting frustrated that I still haven’t read it! I’m suffering from some major FOMO and I’m desperate to jump on the bandwagon and experience all the wonder and magic everyone has been raving about.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn – I’m completely and utterly obsessed with the Netflix adaptation Bridgerton, so much so that as soon as I finished the final episode I jumped online and order all FIVE books! Last year is was erotic Highlander novels and this year it’s steamy period romance novels, I just can’t get enough!

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – I’m pretty sure I’m going to fly through the first book so I’ll be sure to have the second book at the ready. I’m trying to pace myself with this series otherwise I’ll end up binge reading it and suffering from a major book hangover.

Fable by Adrienne Young – I was sent a copy of this book through NetGalley and have seen it appearing on a few peoples 2020 favourites posts so I’m excited to start reading. The synopsis is EVERYTHING and I’m already predicting that it’ll be five star read, so no pressure!

Blood Metal Bone by Lindsay Cummings – Another book that I received from NetGalley and one which I planned to read before I got distracted by Addie LaRue! I’m curious to explore more about this book and the world Lindsay has created! Years ago I remember reading her Murder Complex series and really enjoying her writing style so I’m looking forward to reading another one of adventures.

A Fangirl’s Opinion – A Year in Review 2020

It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t been the best year for anyone, but I’m trying my best to look at the positives and celebrate the ‘little’ wins. This post is a little different than usual but I want to take the time to reflect on everything thing that has happened this year and plan out the next step in my blogging journey!

This year the UK has experienced various national lockdowns, which meant that I’ve had all this extra time on my hands and to keep myself busy I’ve been investing this time into my blog and reading goals. By channeling all this additional time and energy I’ve finally (for the first tine in years) managed to maintain some sort of consistent blogging schedule! At the start of the month I created a spreadsheet to help stay organised during Blogmas, and it’s been so helpful that it’s something I’m going to adopt permanently, I’m already so organised for January 2021 and have got lots fun posts planned!

Over these past three months I’ve also seen a huge surge in my views and engagements and I’d like to think that’s down to my content and the fact that I’m starting to see blogging as fun escape again rather than a ‘job’. All this time has also helped me reignite my own creativity and publish a range of unique posts that I’m proud of. I’m starting to discover who I am as a blogger and I’m eager to see what 2021 brings!

Some of my favourite posts of this year include:

Reading Like Rory Gilmore for a Week (TBR & Wrap Up)

7 Books Written During NaNoWriMo

Blog Posts I Loved This Month | October

My Favourite Book Covers of 2020

It still amazes me that this little blog keeps on growing in size! I started the year with just over 500 followers and I’m ending the year with 648 of us! I’ve managed to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world and I look forward to discovering more bloggers next year! I also want to use this as an opportunity to thank EVERYONE for their continued support, it’s so rewarding hearing that people are enjoying my posts and I’m honoured to be apart of this incredible blogging community!

Not only has this been one of my best blogging years but I’ve also managed to read a total of 42 books, surpassing my original Goodreads goal of 35 books!

I’ve also discovered StoryGraph this year, and it’s the perfect platform for any reader. I love all the different graphs it creates based on your reading habits and it’s a great way to reflect on all your different reading styles and genres. It’s not a surprise to see that my top genres for 2020 was young adult fantasy but it’s nice to see more classics, memoirs and contemporary fiction making an appearance!

It’s clear that I like my reading moods like I like my fictional boyfriends, dark, mysterious and emotional as well as always being up for an adventure! Also it did make me giggle that ‘reflective’ was another one of my main reading moods this year, which was completely unintentional but one of my favourite styles of the year.

I wish you all the best for the New Year and lets hope 2021 is a good one!

Happy Reading!

Amy X

My 2020 Favourites – Books, TV Shows and Films

Last year, I celebrated the new year by declaring that it was going to be ‘my year’, fast forward 12 months and it’s a statement that I’m starting to regret. This year hasn’t been anyone’s year to say the least but hope is on the horizon and I pray that next will bring a degree of normality. I know that 2020 hasn’t been easy for anyone, but seeing communities unite by celebrating the little things and our own resilience towards this new and unique way of life is one thing to take away from this year. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve become a lot closer with family, friends despite living hundreds of miles away from them and have used time to reflect on myself and my plans for 2021. I’m eager to start a new year and begin putting my plans into action! Anyway before we bid goodbye to this year, I thought it was only fitting that I’d share some favourite books, TV shows, films and albums!

Books

This has been a heck of a year for book lovers, with lockdown and quarantine bringing us all the time in the world to dive into fantastical worlds and magical adventures as well as loads of epic new releases.

  1. The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E Schwab – I envy Schwab, and her beautiful ability to craft memorable and magical masterpieces that readers, like myself, will cherish for a lifetime. I’ve still yet to gather my thoughts and opinions into a comprehensive review but it’s easy to say that I loved it.
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – I read a bit of Wilde whilst studying at Univeristy and there’s always that worry when reading ‘a classic’ that I might not ‘get it’ or enjoy it as much as others, but this one surprised me greatly! I found it super easy to read and I certainly wasn’t expecting the intrusively personal thoughts it left me with. This is a true masterpiece that was the perfect read during Halloween and is filled with beautiful quotes that will stay with you long after finishing!
  3. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – I won’t go on about this book anymore and I’m sure that none of you are surprised that it’s on my list of 2020 favourites. If any book makes it on your TBR for the new year then makes sure it’s this one!
  4. Crescent City by Sarah J MaasCrescent City is a perfectly crafted masterpiece. Once again, Maas excels at creating a unique fantasy world filled with an equally fantastic cast of characters and an unexpected storyline that is never once predictable. Like I’ve said before, I could read Sarah’s shopping list and I’d love it, there’s just something wonderfully magical about her writing that sends me head over heels and into her captivating worlds and adventures.
  5. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – A fitting conclusion to an epic series and one which left me with a major book hangover, I thought I was ready to say goodbye to these characters but I was wrong and those last chapters wrecked me.
  6. Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber – The magic, adventure, and mystery are what makes this story difficult to put down, and just like Caraval it sucks you in and invites you to lose yourself in its wonderful world. Garber makes it easy to fall in love with her characters and I can guarantee that it will have you on the edge of your seat through the entire story.
  7. Aurora Rising by Amie and Jay Kristoff – Another new favourite that I’m obsessed with and the only sci-fi that I read this year!
  8. The Holidaze by Christian Lauren – I wanted something fun and romantic to read over the festive season and this one was perfect!
  9. Little Women by Lousia May Alcott – I adore this story and how heartwarmingly wonderful its characters are, everything about it just makes me so happy. This is a beast of a book but I can assure it’s worth it!
  10. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – Now it wouldn’t be a favourites post without an appearance from Brandon Sanderson! This is what you call an epic conclusion, and one which left me with the worst book hangover I’ve ever experienced! It truly left me speechless and in awe!

TV Shows

When I’m not reading it more than likely that I’m binge watching a new TV Show, I dare to think of how many hours I’ve spent watching TV this year!

  1. Bridgerton (Netflix) – Hands down my favourite series of the year (a bold statement considering all the other hit shows I’ve loved this year), so much so that I’ve just finished my second re-watch and have order the entire book series to binge in the New Year! I’ll definitely be writing a ‘7 reasons to watch’ post soon so key an eye out for that.
  2. Gilmore Girls (Netflix) – Like many people during lockdown, I used my time accordingly and started a new TV show and have now ultimately fallen victim to the heartwarming wonder that is Gilmore Girls. Every episode feels like a coffee date with your favourites characters, as we follow them on their journeys filled with life’s ups and downs. I can guarantee that your mood will be instantly improved after just one episode!
  3. Schitts Creek (Netflix) – I found this show just at the right time, it lifted my sprits and bought me so much joy and kept me company whilst I was in self isolation. This charming and light-hearted comedy is the perfect binge-worthy show and follows the Roses and their fall from grace after going bankrupt, their only remaining asset, a small dysfunctional town called Schitt’s Creek.
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+) – As many of you may not know, I’m a huge Star War’s nerd and even have my own lightsaber! This show is successfully filling my sci-fi void and captures everything I love about George Lucas’s masterpiece.
  5. Normal People (BBC) – I read Sally Rooney’s Normal People earlier this year and fell utterly and unexpectedly in love. The story and its characters are so raw and complex, creating a narrative that is more than just a romance. And thankfully the TV adaptation is just as good, the entire show is crafted with the upmost accuracy and care, the producers have done a wonderful job at bringing this story to life!

Films

It breaks my heart to admit that I don’t remember the last time I went to the cinema and I’m really struggling to think of any new release that I’ve watched this year! Some Oscar’s favourites included Jojo Rabbit and A Portrait of a Lady on Fire, both of which were brilliantly clever and are just incredible films I always recommend.

I also finally gave in and subscribed to Disney+, and it’s been one of my best purchases of 2020! My go-to film will always be Captain America: The Winter Solider, in my opinion it’s one of the best Marvel films ever! Also Chris Evans, that man is beautiful! *swoon*! I’ve also particularly enjoyed both Onward and Soul, both are wonderfully emotional films that explore lives we live and our relationships with the people around us, be sure to have the tissues at the ready!

Music

I don’t usually include a music section in my 2020 wrap up post but it wouldn’t be doing it justice if I didn’t mention the Queen herself! This year we were blessed with not one but TWO new albums from Taylor Swift. Like most of the world, I am OBSESSED with this album, it’s everything we’ve been waiting for, especially after the disappointment that was Lover. Both albums are perfect for those cosy autumn afternoons and winter walks! My favourites at the moment are The Last American Dynasty, Illicit Affairs, Betty, Champagne Problems and Tis The Damn Season.

Books I Didn’t Get To Read This Year

Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you’re all looking forward to the New Year! Now before I post my 2020 favourites, I thought I’d share the books I sadly didn’t manage to read this year with the hopes of reading them in the first couple of months of 2020! These are books that are either on my yearly TBR list or ones that I’ve picked up throughout the year and have been sitting on my shelf ever since!

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I couldn’t resist buying this book when I saw it in Waterstones, and I’m gutted that I didn’t get round to reading it this year! This beast of a book is quite intimidating but I’m not going to let it get the better of me!

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by Robin LaFevers

His Fair Assassin’s by Robin LaFares – This was on my list of series I wanted to start in 2020, but sadly it was forgotten on my long TBR list. The first book in the series follows Ismae who after escaping an arranged marriage is trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. That sounds pretty kickass, doesn’t it?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern | Waterstones

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – As many of you know ‘The Night Circus’ is one of my favourite books of all time, there’s such an enchanting and captivating quality to Morgenstern’s writing that I’m eager to experience again. I know nothing about this book and despite the all the mixed review, I plan to go into this book with zero expectations!

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Another beast of a book that escaped me this year! I’ve heard a lot of people call this ‘one of the best fantasy reads ever’ so its only right that I see what all the hype is about! I’m already getting serious Ember in the Ashes vibes from the synopsis as it involves a military school and a rich world based on Chinese history.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I recently read ‘Aurora Rising’ by this duo and I’m in LOVE and I’m eager to explore more of their sci-fi adventures. I really love all things sci-fi but I haven’t read anything from that genre in a while, so maybe its time to take a break from all my fantasy worlds and dive into something different.

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The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – When I heard there was a Hunger Games prequel being released, I was really excited to discover more about The Games and Panem, but when I heard it was about President Snow I was instantly disinterested. Why do they tease us like that? Anyway, after vowing not to bother with it, I found it on ironically on sale and couldn’t resist buying it! Now as much as I don’t want to read it, I can’t help but be a little curious…

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – I swear this book has appeared on at least six of my monthly TBR’s and I’m embarrassed that I’ve yet to read it! Mark my words, I will read this book at some point next year!

The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

Happy Blogmas Day 12!

And Merry Christmas Eve! Today is the final day of blogmas and I can’t believe that I’ve managed to compete my 12 days of blogmas challenge! I’ve discovered that the key is to get organised, and if it wasn’t for my colourful spreadsheet I don’t think I would have made it past day 1! I’m fully obsessed with my spreadsheet now and planning things out so much so that I’ve already planned out my scheduled posts for January! Anyway, I’ve really enjoyed blogmas this year and I’ve especially loved reading everyone else’s posts, they’ve all helped me get in the festive mood and ready for the big day!

I want to once again thank all of my readers and followers for all their support and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Lots of love and socially distanced hugs,

Amy X

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren. I read this during my festive 24-hour read-a-thon and it was exactly what I needed, it was lighthearted, it was adorable and most importantly it had everything I love about Christmas. I’ll 100% be checking out more of Christian Lauren’s books next year, so any recommendations would be wonderful!

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury! Everyone else in the series has managed to find their mate and I’m very happy to fill that position for Azriel!

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: THREE FRENCH HENS.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’ve just finished the Caraval series and I’m OBSESSED and also embarrassed that it took me so long to continue with this series! You’d think I was used to all the twist and turns after the first book, but no! Each book held me in it’s grasp and took me on a whirlwind journey of magic, mystery and manipulation…

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FOUR CALLING BIRDS.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. The series starts as an innocent treasure hunting adventure between friends but concludes as something much deeper, darker and emotional. There’s so much hype around this series that I went into it with high expectations, all of which were surpassed. Stiefvater’s writing style is magically unique and has the power to create peacefully unnerving and impressionistic scenes that are equally beautiful and haunting. The complexity of her storylines and the way in which her characters intertwine with each other, adds another layer of intimate adoration for this series, that left me wishing for more.

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favourite Villain/Antagonist?

I’m loving Jacks from Legendary. I love it when an author makes to battle over whether or not you’re meant to hate a character or start falling slowly in love with them! And I wonder why I have trust issues, especially after being betrayed by so many beloved characters!

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SIX GEESE A LAYING.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve always struggled to find a ‘good’ sci-fi and intergalactic adventure that explores the vast expanse and possibilities of space. The possibilities are endless and I think it’s easy for authors to get carried away, but the Kaufman and Kristoff duo manage to create a universe that is limitless yet believable!

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

Mr Kindly from Nevernight or Saphira from Eragon. Not only would I give ANYTHING to own a dragon but both of these sidekicks are great at what they do, they’re always supporting our protagonists, giving them key advice and always have the perfect witty remark at the ready.

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes food to a whole new level?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone – those feasts!

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: NINE LADIES DANCING.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickass female lead?

Bryce Quinlan from Crescent City. Sarah has the ability to perfectly craft an imaginative and compelling storyline that is enhanced by her breathtakingly attractive and witty cast of characters that you can’t help but instantly love. Bryce is strong-willed, quick witted, emotionally raw and has her fair share of flaws and problems; everything about her was quintessential Maas and I loved her. Crescent City is ultimately her journey of self-discovery and acceptance, and it was a privilege to have been able to share it.

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.

How about your favorite leading lad?

 Ronan from The Raven Boys. For me Ronan was the standout character in this series, his character development and witty interactions are among some of my favourites.

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: ELEVEN PIPES PIPING.

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

My writing playlist has been getting a lot of love and attention this year, it’s now my go-to playlist if I ever need to get anything done! If you read my NaNoWriMo Wrap Up post then you’ll know that one of my aims for 2021 is to write more and my plan is create ‘scene/mood’ playlists to suit what I’m writing about!

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING.

Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I know I keep going on about this book but it is truly the perfect read that shattered my heart. The something deeply romantic and delicately secret about Miller’s prose, it’s so beautifully enchanting and has the ability to transcend our characters emotions straight off the page. Those last five chapter torn my heart from my chest, leaving me empty and alone, and for that I am thankful. If Song of Achillies isn’t on your TBR for 2021, then I would 100% suggest adding it ASAP!

Books on My Christmas Wishlist 2020

Happy Blogmas Day 11!

When my family ask me what I want for Christmas the answer is always books, books and more books! It’s got to the point now that they refuse to buy me anymore books because I’m running out of room on my bookshelves! Nevertheless I still like to make a list, just in case they change their minds! I also thought I’d share my list of books I’ll be giving as gifts this Christmas, just incase anyone needs any last minute ideas!

Books on My Wishlist

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Ever since I heard about this series, I had to have it! For the past month however I’ve been on a book buying ban so I’m praying that my sister gets me this series for Christmas! I’ve never read a JLA book but I’ve heard nothing but praise for her action packed storylines and alluring characters!

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout – From what I’ve heard, I’m going to want to have the sequel ready and waiting for me when I finish!

The Bone Criers Moon by Kathryn Purdie – I always say that I’m going to buy this book next but then something else catches my eye and I vow to buy in next time, it’s a vicious cycle! Even if I don’t receive this book it’s 100% going to be on my shelf by the end of January!

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – As many of you know I’m obsessed with Brandon Sanderson and I’m eager to start another series! After looking through all of his series I decided I was craving more high-fantasy rather than sci-fi and settled for the epic that is the Stormlight Archive. I can’t wait to dive back into the wonderful world he creates and to meet a new and exciting cast of characters!

Books I’m Giving as Gifts

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I had no idea that this story was inspired by Fleetwood Mac so I had to order it for my friend Amy! Between us there has been many karaoke renditions and bad dancing to some of their greatest classics so I’m hoping this book will bring back some good memories! Plus I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and I’m secretly hoping that she chooses it for Book Club next year!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Every time I have a Zoom call with my friends they always ask me if I’ve managed to unhaul any of my copies of the Hunger Games, as I’ve got three copies of the series all with different and special covers! It’s not even my favourite series but teenage Amy clearly had an obsession! I’m now down to two copies of the trilogy (which according to my friends is still two too many) so I thought I’d share the love and send them a personalised copy to keep of their shelves FOREVER!

Unpublished Letters to the Daily Telegraph edited by Kate Moore – This is a go-to gift for my Dad, and a perfect way to reflect on this disaster of a year. This is a collection of unpublished and refreshingly witty letters that The Daily Telegraph receive each year and provide a typically British take on the year.

In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks – And finally it wouldn’t be Christmas without gifting a steamy highlander novel to my best friend, Grace! I’m always on the hunt for a trashy historical romance and I think I’ve hit the jackpot with this one, I’m even a little jealous and might have to grab a copy for myself! Maya Banks’ beguiling new trilogy features three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.