Favourite books of 2017

2017 was a bit of a crazy year. I found it really hard to balance reading with all of the other things I wanted to do, like university work and spending time with friends and family. I only managed to read 25 books (hopefully I will finish the 26th before the end of the year!), but I’m still really proud of this number. I managed to read 25 whole books whilst also finishing my first year and starting my second year of my Pharmacy degree. I had deadlines every few weeks and a mountain of work to do and I’ve struggled so much through this last semester. But I found comfort in the books that I read. They were a much needed distraction when uni stress got too much for me. And although I didn’t have the time to read every single day, I really loved the books that I did read, and that is the most important thing to me.

These are my favourite books that I read in 2017:

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J MaaA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

The ACOTAR series is a new all time favourite of mine. I just loved the world and the characters so much! The character development in this one was done so well and made the novel a joy to read. I loved it so much that as soon as I finished reading it I flipped back to the beginning and started it again, which is something that I’ve never done!

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

This book was the perfect conclusion to a phenomenal trilogy. I was a blurry eyed mess throughout reading most of this novel and I struggled to put it down. This one was a lot more plot driven than A Court of Mist and Fury, which was exciting and really picked up the pace. I love this world so much and I can’t wait to see what Sarah J Maas does with it when she releases her novella next year!

Seige and Storm – Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2)

This was my favourite book of the Grisha trilogy, another series which I thoroughly enjoyed this year! My favourite character was introduced in this book and I loved the character development that ensued. The world is so interesting and I can’t wait to revisit it in Leigh Bardugo’s other series Six of Crows, which I’m hoping to get to in 2018!

We Were Liars – E LockhartWe Were Liars

This book was just so insanely clever and it really hit me hard. The writing style was so unique and for most of the book I had no clue what direction E Lockhart was taking me in. I had so many wild theories and they were all so wrong! I didn’t see the ending coming, it shocked me and broke me and I was just in awe of the author’s ability to pull it off. This book was truly phenomenal.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Illuminae – Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book was unlike anything I’d ever read before. It was told in documents, emails, and files and I was worried I would find it hard to follow the story, however that wasn’t the case at all and I think the style worked so well! It made the story a lot more fast paced and I didn’t want to put the book down. I also don’t often read sci-fi, but this book blew me away and I can’t wait to continue with the series!


What were your favourite books of the year?

Thanks for reading!

Chloe 🙂


Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the top ten things that will make you instantly want to read a book.

1. A pretty cover

Okay, so I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I have to admit that if there’s a book I’m interested in and it also has a beautiful cover, I will be ten times more likely to pick it up sooner rather than later.

2. If I’ve seen people raving about it on booktube

Booktube is a very dangerous place. One minute you’re binge-watching book hauls and reviews and the next, you’ve added approximately 20 books to your basket on Amazon and are clicking ‘place order now.’ If I see my favourite booktubers raving  about a book, it’s almost guaranteed that I’m going to pick it up as soon as possible.

3. If it’s blurbed by an author/someone I love

If a book has a really positive comment on the cover from an author or someone else that I really admire, I will be way more likely to pick it up,  because I trust their opinions.

4. If it was recommended by one of my friends

I have a couple of friends who love reading just as much as I do, and we tend to read and love very similar things. So if one of my bookish friends recommends something to me that they really loved and are excited about, I’m 100% going to want to read it!

5. When a book is described as being similar to Harry Potter

Okay, so I’ll admit that the amount of books that are marketed as ‘The next Harry Potter’ or ‘For fans of Harry Potter’ can get exhausting, but my inner Potterhead can’t say no to them. I can’t help it. I just crave stories about magic that make me feel nostalgic for being a kid growing up with Harry Potter. So anything that is advertised in this way is pretty much an auto-buy for me.

6. If it’s written by an author who I love

There are certain authors who I love so much I will read anything that they publish – they could publish their shopping lists and I would still throw my money at them. So if I see that one of my favourite authors has a new book coming out, I will immediately pick it up – no questions asked.

7. If it has a high rating on Goodreads

Goodreads is not always the best place to get book recommendations and their ratings aren’t always reliable, what with people rating books before they’re released (or even written in some cases) and everyone’s different interpretations of the star rating system. But if a book has a particularly high average rating on goodreads, it will definitely make me want to read it, as it suggests that lots of other people have really enjoyed it.

8. If there are fantastical/magical elements

Fantasy is my favourite genre and I love stories with magic. It’s probably my favourite thing to read about as I love being whisked away to a whole different world where so many crazy things are possible. It just makes me so happy. So if a book is fantasy and contains an interesting magic system, I’m more likely to add it to the top of my TBR list.

9. A strong female lead

The strong female lead is a very common trope in YA books, and I know a lot of people think it’s overdone, but I still really love it. It’s one of my favourite perspectives and I find it so empowering to read about such strong, independent female characters. If a book features this trope, I’m almost definitely going to want to read it.

10. If it handles subject matter that isn’t often seen in books such as ‘taboo’ topics

If a book is said to handle a difficult topic or one that isn’t usually discussed, I will be super interested in picking it up. I find it intriguing to see how the author handles the subject and if the topic is something I don’t know much about, I’m even more interested because I want to learn more about it.

So those are the top 10 things that make me want to instantly read a book. I really enjoyed making this list! I had so much fun thinking about all the things that intrigue me about a book and make me really want to pick it up.

What things make you want to instantly read a book?

Thank you so much for reading!

Chloe 🙂 x

My Book Bucket List

My TBR pile is forever growing, and sadly, I know that it’s impossible to read every single book that I’m interested in. However, there are quite a few books that I really do want to read in my life time, so I have decided to write a book bucket list. These are the books that I really want to get to at some point in my life.

  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  3. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  5. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
  8. Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas
  9. A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy – Sarah J. Maas
  10. Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin Manuel Miranda
  11. Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
  12. Harry Potter: Page to Screen – Bob McCabe
  13. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  14. Emma – Jane Austen
  15. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  16. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  17. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  18. Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
  20. Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
  21. Bad Science –  Ben Goldacre
  22. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
  23. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  24. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  25. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
  26. Mistborn series – Brandon Sanderson
  27. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  28. Everyday Sexism – Laura Baites
  29. How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  30. The Manifesto on how to be Interesting – Holly Bourne


What are some of the books on your book bucket list?

Thank you for reading!

Chloe 🙂 x

Top 10 Reasons Why I Love The Harry Potter Fandom

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Fandom Freebie’ and I’ve decided to list my top 10 reasons why I love the Harry Potter fandom and why I think it’s the best.

1. It’s been around for the longest time – and is still going strong!

The Harry Potter fandom started way before sites like Twitter and Tumblr were around to make it easy to keep up to date with everything going on in your fandom. I was only very young at this point, so I don’t remember it well, but I’m amazed at how long people have been obsessed with Harry Potter for.

2. We’re getting new content!

Although it’s not in the way that a lot of fans would like (a marauders book series would be really great, please and thank you), it’s still so incredible that after all this time, we’re still get43db6bf808bd1602f27388e0eaff51d1ting new Harry Potter related content. With Pottermore, the Cursed Child play and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies, it’s safe to say that the magic isn’t gone yet, and I doubt it ever will be. In June, it will have been 20 years since that first book, Philosopher’s Stone, was published and changed so many lives. I’m truly grateful that after all this time we still, as a fandom, have new things to look forward to. I hope it never ends.

3. There are soooo many ships!

shipFrom your canon ships such as Romione and Hinny, to your non-canon ships such as Wolfstar, Drarry and Dramione, the Harry Potter fandom has it all. We may not always agree with certain ships (*cough* anything involving Snape *cough*), but at the end of the day, there will almost always be someone else in the fandom who ships the same pairing as you. You will never be alone.

4. The sheer amount of people in the fandom

The Harry Potter fandom is huge and there are so many different people within it. fa66551feb23dca4bc09b9268162508cThere are people from all over the world, of all different ages. People who weren’t even born when the first books were published. I think it’s truly amazing how many different people there are, who have all been united through their love of Harry Potter. That is truly beautiful. Furthermore, there are so many people in the fandom, that there is bound to be someone else out there who shares your opinions on the series. Whether that’s a certain ship or something you wish they’d put in the movies, you’re bound to find someone who agrees with you, and that is wonderful.

5. Harry Potter is the gateway fandom

Once you join the Harry Potter fandom, there is no going back. One minute you’re just a Potterhead, and the next minute you’ve suddenly developed an obsession with Shadowhunters, Sherlock or Percy Jackson (or all three, all at once!). Once you become a Potterhead, you become involved in more and more fandoms until you forget what your life was like before you discovered this crazy part of the internet.

6. There is sooo much fanfiction and fanart out there

Seriously, there’s loads. I never really used to be that interested in fanfiction – I’d read a couple but decided it wasn’t really for me. That is until I read wolfstar text talk last summer on AO3, on a complete whim, and fell in love with it. I literally did nothing for 2 whole days except read that fanfiction. I was completely obsessed. And when I finished it, it hit me so hard, it was like finishing a book series and not knowing how to continue. So I read more and more fanfiction and now there’s no going back. The people who write this stuff, and the people who make such beautiful fan art are beyond talented, and we’re so lucky that they decide to share their talents on the internet. I think it’s a great thing, to be able to escape reality for a while by jumping into a new story with characters that you already know and have fallen in love with. I love it.

7. The Harry Potter cast love it just as much as the fandom does

It makes my heart so happy to be scrolling through twitter and see a Harry Potter related tweet from a cast member. It’s been six years since the last movie premiered, and the fact that the cast are still obsessed with the story and the world is amazing to me. I think a lot of other actorsScreenshot_20170401-203456 don’t really like it when they’re only ever recognized for one major role that they did, but the Harry Potter actors really don’t seem to mind when they’re recognized as their Harry Potter character, and I think that’s really great. The cast grew up on those movies, just the same as we grew up with the books and movies, so I guess it makes sense that it means just as much to them as it does to the fandom.

8. I grew up with Harry Potter

I’ve seen it being said many times on the internet, and it’s so true – every child should grow up alongside a good book series. That’s what Harry Potter was to me. And I know it was the same for so many other people. Personally, it’s Hermione who has really shaped me into the person I am today. As a child, I wanted to be just like her, and that made me work really hard in school. I wanted to know everything and I read so many books, simply because of how much I loved this character. I strongly believe that if I hadn’t grown up alongside Hermione, I wouldn’t be as academic as I am now. I wouldn’t have done as well in school and I probably wouldn’t be at university right now. Hermione was my inspiration. Every little girl deserves a Hermione.

9. I’ve made so many friends through bonding over Harry Potter

It’s so much easier to make friends if you find someone who has similar interests to you, and for the majority of my friendships, our shared love for Harry Potter is what brought us together. I think it’s really beautiful how being a fan of something can help create friendships. There have been many times where I’ve sat for hours with friends, discussing things related to Harry Potter. I love that I have people to get excited with when there is Harry Potter news, and people to discuss my theories and opinions with. I have made some really great friendships through Harry Potter and I’m beyond grateful for them.

10. Harry Potter has been there for me through the bad times in my life

Whenever things have gotten difficult or stressful, I have always turned to Harry Potter as a way to escape and find some comfort in a magical world with familiar characters that I love. It has sort of become a tradition of mine now that the night before every results day (where I find out my results for that year’s exams) I reread a Harry Potter book, to help calm me down. And it works. In my opinion, there are few things that can’t be made at least a little more bearable with a Harry Potter re-watch, re-read, or even just scrolling through the Harry Potter tag on Tumblr. For getting me through some pretty bad times, Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart.

So, those are the top 10 reasons why I love the Harry Potter fandom so much. I would love to know in the comments what your favourite fandom is and why you love it so much.

Thank you so much for reading,

Chloe 🙂 x

Top 3 books I read in 2016.

2016 hasn’t been the best reading year for me. So far I have only managed to read 23 books! However, I don’t feel too disappointed with this number as this year has been crazy in for other parts of my life. I finished my A levels this year and started university, which has definitely taken some adjusting to. I’ve also been focussing more on spending time with my family and friends, so I’ve spent a lot less of my free time shut in my room reading, which I’m completely fine with. Of course I will always love reading, but sometimes it’s important to remember that there is more to life and not all of your responsibilities should be ignored! That being said, I did read some great books this year, and here are my favourite 3:

1. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is essentially Rainbow Rowell’s take on the fanfiction written by Cath in her book, Fangirl, about the fictional equivalent of Harry Potter. It sounds very confusing but I can assure you that Carry On is not. It follows the story of Simon Snow during his final year at Watford School of Magicks, and according to his mortal enemy Baz, Simon is the worstimg_0671 chosen one to ever be chosen. I loved the characters so much and watching them develop was amazing. The magic system was so interesting to learn about, and the romance… OMG the romance! It was everything I wanted and more. Rainbow’s writing is just so addictive and I found it so hard to put this book down. There were a couple of unanswered questions at the end, but if you’ve read any of her other books you will probably be prepared for this. Overall Carry On was a fun, lighthearted take on fantasy, with characters that you can easily fall in love with. It really reminded me of why I love reading and is definitely a new all time favourite.

2. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus was actually the first book I read in 2016, and it has definitely stuck with me. img_0927With this story, I feel like the less you know going into it, the better. All I will say is that the novel centres around a mysterious circus, which suddenly appears in certain places around the world, and disappears just as suddenly. The atmosphere of this book was truly magical. I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything like it. There were so many characters that were very complex and interesting to learn more about and the plot was so intriguing. The writing in this book was incredible and the descriptions were so good I felt as though I could actually smell, hear and see the things which Erin was describing. I really felt as though I had been transported to a different world whilst I was reading it. Overall this novel was just immensely beautiful and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

3. The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Okay so this one is sort of cheating because it’s a whole series and not just one book, but I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite. I am also aware that everyone and their mother has already read this series and I am very late to the party. But if by some chance you don’t know what these books are about, they’re urban fantasy and timg_0930hey follow a group of people called shadowhunters, who hunt demons. There is a complex cast of characters in this series which I fell in love with. There are multiple romances, family issues, and an insane plot with lots of twists and turns. Cassandra also incorporates some political issues into this series which I found very interesting to read about. I don’t know why I waited so long to read this series, but it was fantastic! I love the shadowhunter’s world and I can’t wait to return to it in the Dark Artifices and the future shadowhunter series that Cassandra is publishing. I am so glad I finally picked up this series and can now join in on all the hype surrounding it.

So those were my top 3 books of 2016. I would love to know what your favourite books of 2016 were, so feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I will have another post up soon.

Chloe 🙂 x