Bimonthly Book Haul

Bi-monthly she said, well that didn’t happen did it. I went on a wildly unsuccessful book buying ban, and due to the country shutting down and my brush with Covid-19 I didn’t managed to read many books let alone buy ’em but now we’re back baby. This is going to be a bit of a long clean-up post so we can get back on track with this whole book haul thing, and so I can call myself out for buying books and then forgetting about them like a fool. There’ll also be no ARCs in this post because I did, somehow, manage to resist requesting advanced reader copies and I’m quite proud of myself!


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February Wrap Up ’21

Hi, hello, anyone actually ready for March yet? I cannot believe that February has been and gone, how has this happened. My office in Oxford closed officially on the 23rd of March, so it’s quickly becoming a whole year since I’ve sat at my desk at OUP and I miss seeing peoples faces. I love the freedom work from home has given me, lunch time naps have been a newfound ability that I love, but I miss my independence and friends.

The part I’m finding scariest, I suppose, is the worry of what the heck I’ll do when lockdown lifts and we’re free to move. Work from home allows me to live anywhere, but I’m so worried that moving away from the southeast will limit my career options. I really am hopeful that more publishing companies will be offering more remote opportunities at all levels, but the closer we get to even the vaguest hint of normal the less likely this seems. It’s a real shame because the industry has proved that it can function without forcing people to exist in London, but hey maybe they’ll get there eventually.

Anyway, lets end this little pity part and push on with the wrap-up. It was a quiet month on the blog, but here are the two lovely posts I published this month:

January Wrap-up | Review: Mexican Gothic
Prioritsing in Publishing: Trade, Impact, and Monograph

Currently Reading

My whole getting my “advanced reader copies read” thing didn’t really work out last month. I did manage to read Reaper of Souls though (review incoming), and I started a book I’ve been waiting forever to read Gideon the Ninth so hopefully that review will come out this month too! My copy of Klara and the Sun arrives this week too, I probably won’t be reviewing it but I’m so excited to read another Kazuo Ishiguro book.

To Be Read

So I need to carve out some real time this month to get through arc’s! This time we’re going to focus on Hall of Smoke and The Cup and the Prince, but I really want to make an earnest attempt at There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job before I dnf it. Hopefully, my mental health will improve and we’ll be powering through books and reviews like a beast!

February has been a bit of a mess, but I’m hopeful that as we come out of the darker winter months I’ll feel much better. Vitamin D and longer days really do make me feel better and more productive, so look forward to more from me this month!

Bimonthly Book Haul

It’s that time again, let’s talk about my newfound lockdown book buying addiction. That hit of dopamine that I get every time one arrives is just so good, and my new favourite addiction is Illumicrate and their gorgeous special editions; I’ve gone from owning none to owning four…and it hasn’t been too good for my wallet.

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Books I read in September


Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

This book is honestly beautiful inside and out and is definitely one of my favourite reads this year. There’s just so much detail, I think I could read it over and over again and still manage to miss some of the nuances. My review is on its way, but I need to find the right words for how this book made me feel!

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September ’20 Wrap up

Hello again friends! I took a week off which is why this post is coming at you a little late, because ho-boy has September been exhausting. I’ve just made a side-ways move into a different team within my department, which has been the strangest experience. I’m still working with all the same people but on completely different things, and there’s been bit of a learning curve that’s come with it. I’m also in an area that’s currently in local lock-down so I’ve had to stop a lot of the fun stuff I’d been doing lately. No bouldering, and I’ve reluctantly been avoiding the gym to prevent accidentally infecting my parents. It’s the indefinite feeling that has made this particular iteration of “lock-down” worse for me, and I think this will likely be part of our so called “new normal” for a while yet.

I do have some good news that I wanted to share though! This month I was on the SYP Oxford podcast talking all things rejection with the wonderful Charlotte and Caroline. I think it’s a really important episode as it’s something almost everyone in publishing (and outside of it) will have to experience, perseverance is key my friends! You can listen to the episode here and on Spotify

Well, here’s what I posted this month:

August ’20 Wrap up | Two Years in Publishing | Review: Midnight Sun
Review: The Ghost Tree | Review: The Dragon of Ynys
Remote Interviews: Publishing Edition

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August ’20 Wrap Up

Hi again! I’m back to wrap-up the month and I can’t really believe we’re so close to 2021 now; this year has somehow managed to feel like the longest, and still fly by at a rip roaring pace. One of the few positives of being trapped at home for an extended period has been the amount of time I’ve been able to put into this blog lately! I’ve actually been considering paying for the domain, so if anyone had any advice when it comes to wordpress premium I’d be grateful for it.

Any-ho here’s what showed up on the blog this month:

Books I Read in July | July ’20 Wrap Up | Review: Seven Devils
Review: Boy Parts | Review: Orphanage of the Gods
Salaries on your Job Ads | Bimonthly Book Haul | Books I Read in August

Currently Reading

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Books I read in August!

For some reason I’m still managing to get through a fair few books, I know I’m surprised too, so I figured I’d do another one of these lovely little posts highlighting them!

Seven Devils

When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray. Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.
When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.

The blurb for this is so long that it’s thrown off my formatting but I’m still so excited to include it! This was an excellent start to what’s looking like a fascinating duology.
My Review | Goodreads

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

I’m still shook by the fact I got to read this gorgeous book early, and my review won’t be out until October, but I did pre-order immediately after finishing so that should tell you how much I enjoyed Addie LaRue.

More August Reads

Oh wow theses books have such a red and black theme! I’ve already reviewed Orphanage of the Gods, and sadly it was pretty negative, but the reviews for the other two should come out in September.

My August wrap-up is on it’s way along with my two year publishing updated later on in September! Speak soon ❤

Bimonthly Book Haul

I actually really enjoyed pulling together this post for June, and so, I figured I would do it again by combining July and August! Some of these you may have already seen (because I’ve already reviewed them), but I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak preview at some of my reading plans.


So after my thorough enjoyment of Boy Parts I desperately wanted to bring more literary fiction into my to be read, so I decided Breasts and Eggs would be next. I’m hoping to have the review for that & Midnight Sun up in the next few weeks!


I got approved for some really exciting books over the past few weeks, most of them I’ll be reading closer to their pub dates but holy moly am I excited. I may have already read Addie LaRue, but the review won’t come out until September, and if you had any doubts about pre-ordering you shouldn’t, the book is incredible.

Well that’s all for now folks! Take care of yourselves out there ❤

July ’20 Wrap Up

Hello my friends it’s that time of the month again, time to wrap up the month of July! This month has been chock full of content, and I’m actually kind of impressed that I actually managed to stick with what I planned to read. I got through more books than expected too, so if you want to check out a preview of what’s coming your way this month check out my post about what I read in July! I actually read so much that, in a dangerous move, I increased my Goodreads reading challenge…

Anyway, here’s all the content I posted this month:

June ’20 Wrap Up | Review: The Damned | Review: The Story of Silence
Review: Loveless | Review: If I Had Your Face | Books I Read in July
Cosplay Wigs: Where to find ’em? | Dealing With Rejection: Publishing

Currently Reading

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Books I read in July!

I never usually do these sorts of posts because, normally, I get through about one or two books a month and it doesn’t seem worth the effort. That all changed this month with the introduction of a kindle into my life, and I’ve been absolutely devouring my to be read! I figured it would wonderful to let you guys know what I’ve been reading, and what sort of content will be coming you way.

Because I’ve read rather a lot of books this month I’m going to highlight three favourites, and the rest will be tucked away below!

Boy Parts

Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men she persuades to model for her, scouted from the streets of Newcastle.

Placed on sabbatical from her dead-end bar job, she is offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, promising to revive her career in the art world and offering an escape from her rut of drugs, alcohol, and extreme cinema. The news triggers a self-destructive tailspin, centred around Irina’s relationship with her obsessive best friend, and a shy young man from her local supermarket who has attracted her attention…

This book is shockingly dark, filled to the brim with black humor, and so, so, adult. It’s a difficult but rewarding read, and a full review is on it’s way, but this contemporary is not for the faint of heart.
My Review|Goodreads

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