The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hey everyone!

I was tagged by the wonderful Sarah (Book Hooked Nook) to do this tag. This tag looked like so much fun because I’ve never properly thought about my unpopular opinions, so some of these prompts were a real challenge. Let’s get into the tag!

 

A popular book or series that you didn’t like

Leah on the Offbeat

I’ve been trying to read Leah on the Offbeat for around a year now, but I just can’t get into it! So many people absolutely love this book and I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda so much, but I just found Leah so unlikeable and I got half way through the book and couldn’t see any character development. I will still read Becky Albertalli’s other books though as I adored Simon.

 

A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love

 

I can’t think of any books for this prompt. I generally don’t read books that have too many bad reviews.

 

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like

Shadow and Bone

SPOILERS FOR THE GRISHA TRILOGY

As much as I love the Grisha Trilogy, I did not like Mal one bit. I definitely wasn’t a fan of the Darkling either, I was hoping Alina would end up with Nikolai and so I was utterly heartbroken by his ending in the series.

 

A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

Dystopian books were what originally got me back into reading in high school. I was absolutely obsessed with the Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent trilogy. However, I think that as my reading tastes have changed over the years I have mostly drifted away from books set in dystopian worlds.

 

A popular or beloved character that you did not like

Twilight

I was never a fan of Bella or Edward whilst reading the Twilight saga but I loved the rest of the characters.

 

A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

I’ve had to read a few of Shakespeare’s plays during my time in school and I just hated every single moment of them. I really wish I could be someone who loves Shakespeare’s works but I don’t think I ever will be.

 

A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing

Insta-love. One of my favourite things about romances in books is reading about the characters’ feelings for eachother changing and developing. My preferred tropes are hate to love and friendship to love.

 

The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show do you prefer more than the book?

Vampire Diaries

I started reading the Vampire Diaries books before I watched the TV show, and honestly I’m so glad I started watching the show because I instantly preferred it. It will always be a TV show that I hold close to my heart.

I tag:

Jemma

Cora

Jackie

Thanks for reading!
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May Wrap-Up 2019

Hey everyone! This is my first post in a long, long while so I’m sorry if it’s a little bit rough around the edges, I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things.

I had to take an impromptu hiatus from blogging for the past few months because I was feeling completely overwhelmed by all of the coursework and exams that I had for university. However, I finished university for the summer in early May so I was able to read two books in total!

 

Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Length: 10 hours 57 minutes (Audiobook)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarNo Star

Ruin and Rising

I was generally satisfied with the final book of the Grisha Trilogy. I loved the development that all of the characters went through during the book as this lead to some great and unexpected friendships forming.

The only problems I had with this book were that the pacing was a bit slow at times and I wasn’t happy with the romance and main love interest.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to read Six of Crows.

 

Truthwitch

Author: Susan Dennard

Length: 479 pages (UK paperback)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarHalf Star

Truthwitch

I loved this book so much! I absolutely adored the magic system, it wasn’t like anything I’ve ever read before. I also really enjoyed the politics of this world.

My only issue with this book was, again, that some parts felt a bit slow, but I think that sometimes for me this can just depend on the mood I’m in when I’m reading.

I felt like there wasn’t too much or too little romance in this book which I really appreciated and I can’t wait to get to Windwitch.

 

What’s your favourite book that you read in June?

Thanks for reading!

 

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The TBR Tag

Hi all! I was tagged by the wonderful Sarah over at Book Hooked Nook to do the TBR tag. I have seen this tag a few times and I loved reading other people’s answers. So, without further ado let’s get to my answers!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use Goodreads and put my monthly TBR in my planner, but I’m not great at sticking to my TBR.

 

Is your To Be Read mostly print or E-books?

My TBR is mostly print with the odd e-book here and there.

 

How do you decide which book from your To Be Read to read next?

I’m completely a mood reader, so I usually just go with my gut when I pick my next read.

 

A book that has been on your To Be Read the longest?

Northern Lights

Goodreads

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman has been on my TBR the longest. I keep picking this book up then getting distracted by other books and never finishing it!

 

A book that you recently added to your To Be Read?

A Study in Charlotte

Goodreads

I recently added A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro to my TBR. I have only heard good things about this book and I have never read a Sherlock Holmes retelling before.

 

A book on your To Be Read strictly because it has a beautiful cover?

State of Sorrow

Goodreads

None of the books on my TBR are there purely based on their cover, however, State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury is a book that I’m very interested in reading and it JUST SO HAPPENS to have a beautiful cover.

A book on your To Be Read that you never actually plan on reading?

I go through my TBR quite often to get rid of any books that I don’t want to read anymore, so I can safely say that I would like to read all of the books on my TBR at some point.

 

An unpublished book on your To Be Read that you’re excited for?

Enchantee

Goodreads

I absolutely can’t wait to read Enchentée by Gita Trelease. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book!

 

A book on your To Be Read that everyone else has read but you?

Lady Midnight

Goodreads

I feel like everyone but me has read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I really want to read this book but I need to finish her other series’ before starting this one.

 

A book on your To Be Read that everyone recommends to you?

Illuminae

Goodreads

I feel like people are always telling me to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I really need to get to this one soon!

 

A book on your To Be Read that you are DYING to read?

Hunting Prince Dracula

Goodreads

I am absolutely DYING to read Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I really really enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper and I can’t wait to jump back into this series.

 

The number of books on your To Be Read?

I currently have 135 books on my Goodreads TBR, but I’m sure that there are a few impulse buys on my shelf that I haven’t put on my TBR yet.

 

What is a book on your TBR that you can’t wait to read? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Mini Reviews #1

There are so many books that I have read which I don’t want to write a full review for as I don’t think I have enough to say about them, so I have decided to start writing mini reviews for these particular books. I hope you enjoy this new thing that I am trying out!

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish

Length: 343 pages (UK paperback edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

I loved this book so so much! It was extremely well written and Bowman depicted mental health very well. I really liked that the protagonist of this book was mixed race as I am also missed race and it is something that I feel is hardly written about in YA books.

 

Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Geekerella

Length: 320 pages (hardback edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarNo StarNo Star

I enjoyed some parts of this book, but I think that it is very difficult to write a Cinderella retelling and also make it completely original and interesting as it is a retelling that I think has been done a lot. Saying this, I did enjoy the romance and the friendship aspects of this book.

 

What’s your favourite fairytale to read as a retelling? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

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Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast, so you can only imagine how happy I was when I was tagged by the lovely Sarah over at Book Hooked Nook to do this post. So, without further ado, let’s get to the tag!

“Oh what a guy, Gaston!” – A villain you can’t help but love

draco

I’m not sure whether Draco Malfoy can be considered a proper villain but I think he definitely has villainish tendencies. I can’t help but love him because although he was brought up to be bad, he has a lot of potential to be good.

“Here’s where she meets prince charming” – Your OTP

malec

I’m only up to City of Glass in The Mortal Instruments, but I ship Alec and Magnus so hard.

“I want so much more than this provincial life” – A character destined for greater things

love, hate, other filters

Maya from Love, Hate and Other Filters goes through so much hate and discrimination in this book, but she is extremely talented and is destined for so much more than her small town.

“Be our guest!” – A book that made you hungry

hungry

I’d say any book with food in it.

“Beauty and the Beast” – Opposites attract

ron hermione

I spent a very long time thinking about this prompt and I could only really think of Ron and Hermione. They have such different personalities but they work so well together.

“But there’s something in him that I simply didn’t see” – A character who is more than they appear

Miss Peregrine

You could say it’s because he’s invisible, but Millard from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children proved himself to be extremely brave by the end pf the first book.

“I was innocent and certain, now I’m wiser but unsure” – A book that changed you in some way

tkamb

I will always say To Kill a Mockingbird for prompts like this. That book changed me so much.

“Kill the Beast!” – A book you picked up because of hype

Draker Shade

I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic because of the hype. I certainly was not disappointed and this book deserved all the hype it can get!

“I’ll never shake away the pain” – A book moment that always makes you cry

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I will never not cry at this moment.

“How does a moment last forever” – A book you’ve loved since you were little

when we were very young

My parents and grandparents used to read When We Were Very Young to me as a child. I loved the poems in this book and it is a book that I will read to my future children.

 

Is there a book that you are very sentimental towards? Let me know in the comments.

 

Thanks for reading,

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What I’m Reading Wednesday

14/11/2018

Hey!

2018 has been a very very slow and slumpy reading year for me so far and I’ve only read one five star read so far, which isn’t great considering it’s November. However, I think I’m reading two possible five star reads right now.

Miss Peregrine

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Goodreads

Page: 270 of 352

Thoughts so far: I am absolutely flying through this book! I love every single one of the characters, I love the world and I love the way in which the photographs have been incorporated into the story. I especially love the beautiful imagery Ransom Riggs uses throughout the novel. This is looking to be a five out of five star read.

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

Goodreads

Page: 120 of 688

Thoughts so far: I think this is going to be my second five out of five star read of the month!  Although I’m not far through this loooong book, I have watched the first season of the TV show and I absolutely loved it. I loved the romance and I hope it is as good in the book. I really enjoy the different creatures and their stereotypes and the way they have specific talents depending on the type of creature. I adore the setting of Oxford.

silent companions

The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell

Page: 39 of 364

Thoughts so far: I’m finding this book quite slow at the moment and I feel like I’m taking SO long to read it. It’s also not as creepy as I expected it to be. However, I have faith that this book will pick up as I read further into the story as I have a feeling the slow pace may be to build up tension.

 

Let me know if you’ve read any of the above books and what you thought of them. Thanks for reading!

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The Brooklyn Nine Nine Book Tag

Hey!

After a unintended but much needed break from blogging I’m back with one of my favourite tags yet. I was tagged by the wonderful Amiee to do the Brooklyn Nine Nine tag and I was very excited to finally write this post, so without further ado let’s get to the questions!

Jake Peralta – A character who lives to be the hero

I chose Jace from The Mortal Instruments for this one. I have only read the first two books so far but from what I know of Jace he is very egotistical and seems to live to save the day.

Amy Santiago – A character that empowers you

I think that Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper is so empowering because she defies stereotypes of Victorian women and goes after her dream job even though it is not thought to be suitable for a woman at the time.

Captain Holt – An amazing diverse character character that breaks stereotypes

I believe that Maya from Love, Hate and Other Filters fits this category as she is a diverse character that goes through a lot of troubles which involve stereotypes of her ethnicity.

Rosa Diaz – A bad-ass female character you’d hate to mess with

Honestly, I would hate to anger Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic. She is a force to be reckoned with.

Charles Boyle – An awkward, but oh-so-lovable character

Clark from The Unexpected Everything was so awkward in the beginning of the book but I absolutely loved this character from the start

Terry Jeffords – The big guy that looks tough with a soft heart

I haven’t read past Scarlet in The Lunar Chronicles, but from what I’ve read I believe Wolf fits this description.

Gina Linetti – A book or series on your TBR that has a massive fanbase

I have chosen Uprooted by Naomi Novik for this one as I don’t think I have heard a single bad thing about this novel. I only ever hear massive praises for this book and I really need to pick it up!

Scully & Hitchcock – An iconic fictional duo

I believe that Audrey Rose & Thomas Creswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper fit this description because they work so well together and compliment eachother so well professionally.

Adrian Pimento – A loose canon of a character

I definitely think that Alice from The Hazel Wood fits this description as she is a character who is very impulsive and angry at times. This character is very unpredictable and does some very dangerous things on a whim.

The Vulture – An antagonist that steals the show

Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events absolutely steals the show from the children at times with his funny remarks and very entertaining characterisation.

The Pontiac Bandit – The antagonist you can’t help but love

I have only read the first book from the Shades of Magic series but I loved Holland as an antagonist as he seemed so conflicted and genuinely remorseful of some of the things he had done.

 

Let me know who your favourite Brooklyn Nine Nine character is in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

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August Wrap-Up 2018

August was another disappointing month for me in terms of reading. I only managed to finish two books but also managed to start three. So, without further ado here is my wrap-up!

Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Zenith

Goodreads

Published: January 11th 2018 by HQ Young Adult

Length: 534 pages (UK paperback)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis:

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

-Goodreads

Short Review:

I don’t remember the last time I have read a Sci-Fi book and I felt that this book was a good one to ease me back into the genre. The writing style was easy to understand and most of the characters were enjoyable. However, I felt that the pacing was a bit off as some parts of the book were unnecessarily long winded.

 

Royals – Rachel Hawkins

royals cover

Goodreads

Published: May 3rd 2018 by Scholastic

Length: 304 pages (UK paperback)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis:

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

-Goodreads

Short Review:

I thought that this book was a very fun contemporary read. I enjoyed the variety of characters and loved the romance. However, I thought that this book could be a bit short at times and could have used a bit more description.

Read my full review here.


Currently Reading

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Goodreads

Published: May 5th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children’s

Length: 517 pages (UK paperback)

Synopsis:

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

-Goodreads

Thoughts So Far:

I’m really enjoying this book so far. I love the plot, I love the characters, I love the writing and, most of all, I love the dogs.

 

Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat

Goodreads

Published: April 30th 2018 by Penguin

Length: 343 pages (UK paperback)

Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

-Goodreads

Thoughts So Far:

I absolutely loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I think that this is the perfect continuation.

 

City of Glass – Cassandra Clare

 

City of Glass

Goodreads

Published: July 6th 2009 by Walker Books

Length: 508 pages (UK paperback)

Synopsis:

*CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES*

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

-Goodreads

Thoughts So Far:

I have already read about half of this book so I am only re-reading the book so far. I like the book but it feels a bit tedious reading something that I have already read.

 

Thanks for reading my Wrap-Up!

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The Disney Book Tag

This tag was created by Katytastic on Youtube back in 2015. I had completely forgotten that this tag existed until now but I am very happy it does exist because I love Disney and I love books, making this the perfect tag.

The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a ‘fish out of water’.

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I chose Daisy from Royals by Rachel Hawkins for this one. Daisy was thrown into a royal life of which was so different from her own life. Everything about Daisy’s new life was different from her old one from the way that she had to act around others to her mode of transport.

Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation.

HP

The only answer I could think of for this was Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series. These characters experience so much development as they grow up throughout the series that they are almost completely different people by the final book than they were in the first book.

Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters.

ACOMAF

I love Rhysand and his friends! They are all so different which is what makes them such a great group. The characterisations contrasted and complemented each other perfectly.

Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep.

The Moonstone

I had to read The Moonstone for college and it bored me soooo much. I couldn’t connect or relate to any of the characters and, being half Indian, I didn’t enjoy the way in which Wilkie Collins portrayed the Indian Brahmins.

The Lion King – a character that had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.

Starfish

I can’t say what happens as it would spoil this book. Kiko has something very traumatic happen to her in Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. This book was very emotional, heartbreaking but beautiful.

Beauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

ACOWAR

The Book Thief

Both The Book Thief and A Court of Wings and Ruin intimidated me very much with their length but once I started reading them I ended up absolutely flying through them and they’ve ended up being some of my favourite books.

Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not.

Cinder

I’m putting Cinder for both Aladdin and Mulan because in this Cinderella retelling Cinder so desperately wishes to be away from her horrible step mother. This is what pushes her to pretend that she is something that she is not and ends up getting her into a terrible situation.

Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

After watching the new Netflix movie, I just want these characters to come to life even more please.

Disney Descendants – your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

city of bones

I have always loved Valentine from The Mortal Instruments as a villain because no matter how awful he is, he truly believes that what he is doing is the right thing. This makes him such a complex character to me.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Royals Spoiler Free Review

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Goodreads

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Length: 296 pages (UK Paperback Edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

-Goodreads

Review

This book was so fun the whole way through that I almost finished it in one sitting. I especially loved the mix of characterisations and the large amount of character development written by Hawkins.

I adored the settings of Scottish castles, countryside and the idyllic town. I felt that the descriptions of the scenes and views were very well done, not too short or too drawn out. This book made me really want to visit Scotland!

I enjoyed the development of the relationships between Daisy and the other characters as her own character developed throughout the novel. I especially liked the relationship between Daisy and her sister, Ellie. I felt that, although there were strong romantic and friendship aspects to this story there was always enough of a focus on the Winters’ family relationships and dynamics. I have thought this about books a lot more recently!

There was one problem that I had with this book and it was the fact that there isn’t actually a Scottish Royal Family. I understand why Rachel Hawkins created a fictional royal family for her story as it is full of scandal, however, I would have liked a bit more context.

The romance in this novel was so mushy and happy and lovely that I just couldn’t get enough of it! (Honestly I could read a whole other book with this romance and be thoroughly content). *SLIGHT SPOILERS FOR THE ROMANCE AHEAD*

I thought that Daisy and Miles’ personalities contrasted each other so perfectly and whilst they argued a fair amount they were also very supportive of one another which I absolutely loved! Seriously give me more of this romance please!

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This book is perfect if you’re in the mood for a fluffy and fun story with the perfect dose of royalty, castles and scandal.

Let me know what your favourite feel-good book is in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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