Books, General

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

I have taken part in the Bookish Naughty or Nice tag before and love that it seems to have become a Blogmas staple! When I took part last time I reviewed my life prior and think this time round I am just going to review the last year, seems fair right?

The lovely Jenn @ Jenniely came up with the festive treat a couple fo years back, and as the wonderful Jenna @ J K Exploring tagged me in it this year, I thought I’d quite like to find out if I have been any better this year. I have tagged a few of you lovely people at the bottom, but as always if you would like to take part, please consider yourself tagged.


– Tag & link the person who tagged you
– Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
– Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
– Tag another 10 people!

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The Full Monte Read-Along: Week Two/Chapters 21-40

Well hello there and welcome back to The Full Monte read-along. Last week, we were introduced to some of the main men in the game, and left our reading on a cliff-hanger, so what has happened this week? Well, I’ll tell you what, lots of things that stopped me reading the book as fast as I should, and in the book, well lots of things that have caused a significant decline in how much I like it. Suddenly, I am aware that this is a loooooooong book, but, hopefully this is a blip and things will get interesting again real soon.

I’ve signed up to take part in The Full Monte Read-Along hosted by Laura @ Reading in Bed. We’re all joining together to read/weight lift this French bad-boy, and post about it every Monday, sharing lots of insightful stupid, serious funny, and important irrelevant aspects and thoughts on the week’s ‘assigned’ reading. You can follow my ‘progress’ through my Goodreads and this handily coded spreadsheet that changes colour when I have actually done what I am supposed to.

*warning* spoilers for The Count of Monte Cristo ahead. Continue reading “The Full Monte Read-Along: Week Two/Chapters 21-40”

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Tome Topple 6 Sign Up & TBR

Hello, what do we have here? Is it another readathon? I think so! Because doing one or two at once is just not enough for some people! I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since the last tome topple! I’ve collected a few tomes since the last readathon, and I have a big challenge ahead that involves finishing The Count of Monte Cristo, so this really couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

Tome Topple is a two week readathon created by Sam aka Thoughts on Tomes and this time the readathon is taking place from midnight in your timezone on 29th June until 11:59pm on 12th July. The aim of this readathon is to read big books, aka books over 500 pages aka “tomes”, so unlike many readathon, it’s about the number of pages in a book rather than the quantity of books you manage to finish over the fortnight. Want more information? You can watch Sam’s announcement video or check out the readathon Twitter page and/or the Goodreads group.

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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street | Review

Title: Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Author: Natasha Pulley

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 02 Apr 18 – 13 Apr 18

Publication date: 02 July 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy


In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history.

When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something.

Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.

As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.

Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius – and a clockwork octopus – collide. Continue reading “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street | Review”

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The Feminist Book Tag

This week saw the world celebrate International Women’s Day. I have to admit, I let it fly by relatively under the radar. The reason, I don’t think I could possibly begin to thank everyone who has had an influence in making me who I am today, or all of the women (and men) who have made me a stronger woman. I would undoubtedly classify myself as a feminist. I definitely want equality for everyone, and so when I saw a feminist book tag @ Karis Books I definitely thought it was perfect timing.

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24 in 48 Readathon: Wrap

24in48The idea of the 24 in 48 readathon is simple and awesome. I love the idea, and one weekend it will fall when I am able to complete it. Unfortunately, this weekend was not it. I was in work, which is naturally removing vast amounts of reading time. I am tired from the copious amounts of overtime I am doing, and I was generally weary. I needed some time to just, well, do nothing, y’know? Continue reading “24 in 48 Readathon: Wrap”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reads in my beach bag this summer

toptentuesdaySo Jade and I have reached our final place in Australia: Melbourne. As much as I have loved it here, and I really have, I think I am ready to move onto somewhere new now! I took a break from TTT last week as it was a freebie and I was busy driving and sorting posts related to my travels. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reads in my beach bag this summer”


Top Ten Tuesday: Books from my childhood and teens I’d like to revisit

toptentuesdayI am technically cheating writing this on Monday while waiting for my transfer, but I like being involved in this group, so I am going to do it and schedule it for tomorrow anyway. I haven’t done it for a few weeks, so it will be nice to do a post like this again. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Books from my childhood and teens I’d like to revisit”