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Six For Sunday: Books That Have Been On Your TBR Forever

Six For Sunday is a weekly tag hosted by A Little But A Lot. Each Sunday, a tag is set and you post about six books which meet that tag.

The tag for this week is books that have been on your TBR forever and it’s probably the easiest prompt of the year so far!

1. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

I added this one to my Goodreads on 5th November 2016 and still haven’t read it!

2. Midwinter of the Spirit by Phil Rickman

A family friend gave me this back in November 2016 and I keep forgetting about it.

3. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

This book has been sat on my shelves for so long that I’m getting sick of looking at it! I bought it in December 2016 but keep putting off starting it.

4. A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

I really like Milly Johnson’s writing, but I keep putting off reading this one because of the plot. I added it to my TBR in January 2018.

5. A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie

This was a “blind date with a book” that I purchased back in July 2018, but am still yet to read.

6. The Nine Giants by Edward Marston

I bought this book in a sale on New Years Eve 2018…and haven’t looked at it since!

Happy Sunday!

– Elanor πŸ™‚

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Stacking the Shelves (4th April 2020)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly book meme which is co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, in which you are encouraged to share the books which you are adding to your shelves this week (including books you have bought, borrowed or received as gifts)!


I seem to have lost all concept of time and the only things reminding me of what day it is are weekly blog memes…

Books I’ve Borrowed

This was a complete chance find in my library’s app, but it sounds really good – I’m hoping to start reading it in the next few days.

Books I’ve Reserved

Earlier in the week, I read The Selection by Kiera Cass. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to read the rest of the series. Unfortunately, books two and three are currently out on loan, so I’ve reserved them!

I also stumbled upon another chance borrow; an audiobook this time. It’s a Scooby Doo spin-off and I used to love Scooby Doo so I’m looking forward to being able to read it!

Books I’ve Bought

I’ve bought the next two books in the Shopaholic series as neither of them were available to borrow as ebooks. Hopefully they’ll arrive soon!

Based on the way I’m going with adding more and more books to my shelves, you’d never believe that I’m trying to bottom out my TBR!

– Elanor πŸ™‚

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My April 2020 TBR

Since my TBR for March was such a great success, I’ve decided to set one for April, in the hopes that I will stick to it just as well!

In March, I only set four books on my TBR, which I found worked quite well. As I am more of a mood reader, I was able to vary what I read to suit my mood, but still read the books I had included in my TBR.

I’ve decided to stick with setting only four books on my TBR for this month and they are as follows:

1. Got You Back by Jane Fallon

2. The Elite by Kiera Cass

3. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

4. The Holiday by T. M. Logan

Have you set a TBR for April?

– Elanor πŸ™‚

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The Spring Book Tag

I can’t believe it’s only Thursday…

Today felt like a good day to upload a new tag! I saw this tag over on A Little But A Lot blog, but I’m not sure who originally created it.

1. What’s on your Spring TBR list?

So much! I’m actually planning on uploading a proper post about this in the next few days but it includes:

2. If someone asked you for a spring release recommendation, what would it be?

I haven’t read it yet, but probably Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare as I’m yet to read one of her books that I dislike.

3. Which two books coming out before summer are you eagerly awaiting?

There are so many more than two!

I think the two I’m looking forward to the most are Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins!

4. Which character would make a great Easter bunny?

This is such an odd question…

After thinking about it, I’m going to go with Luna Lovegood. I feel like she’d really get into the spirit of distributing Easter eggs, or setting up an Easter egg hunt.

5. What book makes you think of Spring?

I may be cheating a little bit with this one as the book has spring in the title…

6. Name a cover with flowers on it.

The Unhoneymoors by Christina Lauren: one of my favourite reads so far this year!

7. Which two characters would you go on an Easter egg hunt with?

Sticking with the Harry Potter theme, I’m choosing Fred and George Weasley; I’m sure they’d be fun to go on an Easter egg hunt with!

8. What is your favourite Spring bookish activity?

Read in a sunny spot! Or take bookish photos because it’s finally light enough to do after work!

9. Which book did you enjoy that has a Spring-like cover?

I loved Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair At Styles, which has quite a spring-like cover.

10. Who is your favourite contemporary author?

I tag…

Anyone who wants to take part in this tag!

– Elanor πŸ™‚

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*REVIEW* Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

In the (very) early hours of yesterday morning, I finished reading Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, which is the sixth book in the Shopaholic series.

I have to admit, I wasn’t hooked by this at first, which scared me a little because I’ve loved every other book in the series so far. Thankfully, as soon as the book got going, I was as obsessed as ever!

The blurb of the book is as follows:

“Like mother, like daughter…!

Shopaholic Becky Brandon (nΓ©e Bloomwood)’s two-year-old is…spirited. She knows what she wants, whether it’s a grown-up Prada handbag or a toy pony (40% off, so a bargain, surely?) When yet another shopping trip turns to mayhem, Becky decides it’s time to give Minnie her own pocket money. Is it a bad sign when Minnie goes instantly overdrawn?

Minnie isn’t the only one in financial crisis. As the Bank of London collapses, people are having to Cut Back. Everyone needs cheering up, so what better way to do it than to throw a fabulous surprise party? A thrifty party, of course. Except economising and keeping a secret have never been Becky’s strong points…”

I will admit that this wasn’t my favourite book in the series so far, HOWEVER, I did really enjoy it.

As I predicted when I first began the book, Minnie was a fairly spoilt child, but Becky and Luke were as fabulous as ever. As with the previous book, I wish Suze had been featured a little more throughout the book.

Without including any spoilers in this review, this book definitely made me a like a character I’d previously hated a lot more.

I’m definitely looking forward to reading book seven!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted in bookish, Monthly Wrap Ups

Books I’ve Read This Month: March 2020

This month, I set myself a TBR (never a smart move), which you can read here, however, it was also the month in which I read my first five-star rated book of 2020

By some miracle, I read all four books on my TBR for the month! Maybe I’ll set a monthly TBR more often…

In March I read a total of 9 books:

1. It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

I really wanted to read this one and I have to admit, at first I was a little disappointed. Once the book got going, however, I loved it! I do wish Audrey’s friends had been in the book a little more, but I get why they weren’t.

In the best way possible, my favourite part of this book was the ending; it was just perfect.

Rating: 4 Stars

2. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

I absolutely adored this book! So much so that I wrote a proper review, which you can read here.

Rating: 5 Stars

3. How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

I wanted to like this book. I really wanted to like this book. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it, there was just something about it that I just didn’t really like.

I wasn’t a massive fan of the main character, Tori (I prefered her best friend, Dee), so it made it a little difficult to like some of the chapters. Some parts were actually quite relatable (e.g. the validation she got from people commenting on her posts online) but most of the time, I found her quite hypocritical and I wasn’t a massive fan.

Rating: 3 Stars

4. Shopaholic Ties The Knot by Sophie Kinsella

This is the third book in the Shopaholic series and I enjoyed it just as much as books one and two! While Becky irritates me a little, it’s highly entertaining reading as she attempts to hide from problems that would be easily sorted if she faced them head on. You can read my longer review post here.

Rating: 4 Stars

5. Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella

After reading Shopaholic Ties The Knot, I just had to rush straight into reading book four and I absolutely loved it! Amazingly, I didn’t find Becky’s character frustrating at all in this book. I think this may be my favourite book in the Shopaholic series!

Rating: 4 Stars

6. Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman

This is only the second graphic novel I’ve ever read, but it’s one that I’ve wanted to read for a while now. It was such a cute read and I’m now excited to read volume two!

Rating: 4 Stars

7. Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

I really liked the sound of this book but I ended up feeling a little disappointed. All the way through the book, I had no idea what was going to happen and the ending felt a little of a let down.

Rating: 3 Stars

8. Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella

Every book I read makes me love this series more and more! The highlight of this book was the labour chapter; it had me genuinely laughing aloud.

Rating: 4 Stars

9. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

This book took me longer to read than the rest of the series, but once it got going, I really enjoyed it! As I predicted, Minnie was quite a spoiled child…

Rating: 4 Stars

Which books did you read this month?

– Elanor πŸ™‚

Posted in bookish, Monthly Wrap Ups

Audiobooks I Listened To This Month: March 2020

I read quite a few books throughout the month of March, but I only ended up listening to one audiobook:

Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage written by M. C. Beaton and read by Penelope Keith

This wasn’t my favourite Agatha Raisin book, but I did enjoy it. Without spoilers, I had a suspicion of who the murderer was from about halfway through the book (which makes a change)!

Although, this wasn’t my favourite book in the series, it did leave me wanting to read the next book. Unfortunately, the next book is currently on loan from the library so I’ll have to wait!

– Elanor πŸ™‚

Posted in just for fun, Not strictly bookish, Sunday Makes & Bakes

Sunday Makes & Bakes: Baking Bread

I haven’t uploaded a Sunday Makes & Bakes post in a good while now, so I thought it was about time!

One thing that I quite like making (and that I’m actually not that bad at) is bread.

The recipe I use isn’t my own, it’s just one that I cut out of the bag of a bread flour bag, but I always use it. I’ve also shared it with my best friend so she now uses it too.

This is the recipe that I use:

Here is one of the loaves I baked!

The extra bonus to baking bread is the smell of it cooking drifting around your house!

– Elanor πŸ™‚

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Stacking the Shelves (28th March 2020)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly book meme which is co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, in which you are encouraged to share the books which you are adding to your shelves this week (including books you have bought, borrowed or received as gifts)!


This whole country being on lockdown situation is not helping my TBR…not being able to go anywhere is resulting in me adding even more books to my shelves. Anyone else having the same problem?

Books I’ve Borrowed

I borrowed the following ebooks from my local library over the past few days.

I started this one yesterday! It’s the sixth book in the Shopaholic series.

I’m yet to read a Jane Fallon book that I haven’t enjoyed. I haven’t read this one yet but it sounds pretty good.

One of my friends recommended this book to me. We usually have pretty similar reading tastes, so I’ve decided to give it a go.

Books I’ve Reserved

Earlier in the week, I finished listening to the Agatha Raisin audiobook I was in the middle of. Unfortunately, the next one isn’t available to borrow for a few months now, but I’ve reserved it so I can listen to it asap.

Have you added many books to your shelves this week?

– Elanor πŸ™‚

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First Impressions Friday: Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

First Impressions Friday is a weekly book meme created by J. W. Martin, in which you talk about a book which you have just started. Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little further. Based on this sampling, give a few first impressions and a prediction of what you’ll think by the end of the book!

First of all, yes I am very aware of the fact that my blog seems to be turning into a Shopaholic series fan club. And I’m not sorry.

Secondly, yes this post is coming so late in the day on Friday that it’s almost Saturday but it still counts!

Earlier today, I started reading Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. It’s the sixth book in the Shopaholic series and I’m a couple of chapters in already.

Book five ended with Becky and Luke’s baby being a month or so old, and this book starts when their baby is around two years old.

The blurb of the book is as follows:

“Like mother, like daughter…!

Shopaholic Becky Brandon (nΓ©e Bloomwood)’s two-year-old is … spirited. She knows what she wants, whether it’s a grown-up Prada handbag or a toy pony (40% off, so a bargain, surely?) When yet another shopping trip turns to mayhem, Becky decides it’s time to give Minnie her own pocket money. Is it a bad sign when Minnie goes instantly overdrawn?

Minnie isn’t the only one in financial crisis. As the Bank of London collapses, people are having to Cut Back. Everyone needs cheering up, so what better way to do it than to throw a fabulous surprise party? A thrifty party, of course. Except economising and keeping a secret have never been Becky’s strong points…”

My first impression of this book so far is that Minnie is very spoilt. I’m predicting that Luke is going to realise how spoilt his daughter is and try to prevent it but Becky is going to completely disregard what he says…

Whatever happens, I’m enjoying it so far!

Have you read this book?

– Elanor πŸ™‚