Bout of Books 17 – Sign Up and TBR

Hello all!! Yes, I’ve been away for months now. I didn’t choose to abandon you all – I had a few personal problems I was trying to focus on and blogging took a back seat (an understatement really – blogging was being dragged along on a piece of string behind the car really). But things are better now and to celebrate I’ve decided to throw myself into reading with my first ever read-a-thon!! This is super exciting for me. I chose the Bout of Books read-a-thon because it seemed less intense than some other read-a-thons (which is good for my first one) and because it’s starting tomorrow, 22nd August 2016! If you don’t know what Bout of Books is, here’s the official blurb from their website:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Sounds fun, right? I’m very excited for this, and I’ve set up a little TBR to share with you guys. I might not get through all of my list (in fact it’s really highly unlikely) but I’m going to try my best! My TBR is split into three sections: physical books, kindle books, and audio books. Continue reading “Bout of Books 17 – Sign Up and TBR”


Book Haul…and New Phone Case!

Hey everyone! I shouldn’t be buying things AT ALL right now, but I was in town and saw some books that were so cheap I couldn’t stop myself. At all. All my willpower and self control completely deserted me at the sight of those price tags. The other fun thing that happened was that my new phone case arrived! So without further ado, let’s get into it.

The first book I bought is Wither by Lauren DeStefano. This is the first book in the Chemical Garden trilogy. I haven’t read it, and it was 2 for £1 (along with the book below) from The Works so I thought I’d give it a shot. Wither is a dystopian novel about a society that attempted to create “the perfect race”…and failed miserably. It follows Rhine, a teenage girl who is kidnapped and sold to her (now) husband, and her attempt to escape his home. But in this anarchic society, she may have been better off staying with him. It sounds pretty interesting, so hopefully it’ll be as exciting to read as I think it will.

The second book I bought in the 2 for £1 deal is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. This is the first book in The Infernal Devices series, a steampunk novel set in Victorian times. It follows a young girl, Tessa Gray, who sails to London to be with her brother and instead finds out that she’s not quite who she thought she was, and two best friends, Jem and Will, who fight demons in an effort to keep the city safe. The Infernal Devices is the prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments. I’ve already read this book, and I own the kindle version (as well as the kindle version of Wither) but c’mon…2 hardback books for £1? How was I supposed to refuse?


The other books I bought were the last three titles in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I already own the first book on kindle and the second and third in paperback, and when I saw these I couldn’t help but complete my collection. These books were a set and I bought them from TK Maxx for £3. £1 each! It’s not often I spend £4 on books and come away with 5 (and two hardbacks!) so I’m feeling pretty smug about it.

And finally, I bought this Marauders Map phone case from Amazon last week and it arrived today! It was around £12 including postage if memory serves, and this one fits my iPhone 5c (but there were cases for lots of different phones). It’s very well made, and seems like it’ll last a long time. It has a ccard slot inside which is handy as I can keep my student card there when I’m in and around uni buildings. I love Harry Potter and I’m really happy that I’ve found this case. It’s so cute!!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? I’ve already started Clockwork Angel and I’ll be reviewing it once I’ve finished. And do you have a fandom themed phone/tablet/anything else case?