July TBR: Ignoring my Existing TBR and Buying a Bunch of New Books

I have a list of purchased books sitting on my bedside table to help me keep track of them all and ensure I don’t let “the stack” get out of control. So, the logical thing to do in order to keep this list manageable would be to pick a TBR for July from these books. Right? Right?

Yeah, that would be a noooooo.

Instead, I went to the bookstore and bought a bunch of new books to read. Because clearly I want both myself and my credit card to suffer. Feel the joy. Here are the books I’ll attempt to tackle in July (50% of which I have a high chance of disliking. Woo?):

The Secret History – Donna Tartt


There seems to be two kinds of responses to this book. 1) This is fantastic and 2) What is this pretentious load of boring bullshit? As I’m sure you can guess, I hope I fall into camp one. TSH is about a group of New England University Classics students who take part in a Bacchian rite and end up killing one of their classmates. It’s dense, slow, and supposedly full of terrible people. What a page turner, am I right? Yet, somehow it’s also a lot of people’s favourite book and apparently addictive. TSH has been around for a while now (28 years in fact) but if you haven’t heard of it, you’re probably familiar with Tartt’s more recent hit, The Goldfinch.

Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney

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I have no idea why I have the sudden urge to read this book, but the sudden urge I do have. I was kind of lukewarm towards Rooney’s Normal People and didn’t really see myself reading anything else from her, but then I watched the TV adaptation, loved it, and now here we are with a copy of Conversations with Friends. It’s about a college student named Francis and her ex-girlfriend Bobby who end up drawn into the world of a journalist named Melissa and her husband, Nick. Francis soon begins an affair with Nick which changes her outlook on life and herself. I’m probably flirting with disappointment on this one but I live in hope.

The Little Drummer Girl – John Le Carré 

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Yes, we’re trying some espionage. I know, not my usual wheelhouse at all. I’ve probably read one book in this genre period. Temporary insanity, maybe? This is another one of those cases where I saw the adaptation, liked it (probably because I adore Florence Pugh) and decided I’d read the book. It’s also a book I’m very nervous about not enjoying because COMPLICATED. But hey, you never know unless you give things a try. The Little Drummer Girl is about an actress named Charlie being used by Israeli intelligence to infiltrate a Palestinian Terrorist cell and capture their leader. I don’t anticipate this being an easy novel to read but sometimes it’s good to challenge yourself. At the very least I’ll be able to say I’ve tried le Carré , right?

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid

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My only not brand new purchase this month, I picked up Such a Fun Age on audible a few months ago. However, until this month, I just haven’t been in the mood to listen to it. Well, its time has come! I’ve heard some good things about the story, ideas and light, easy writing style so I’m looking forward to it. Such a Fun Age tells the story of an African-American woman named Emira who babysits for a wealthy, white family. After taking two year old Briar to a supermarket, Emira is accosted by security and accused of kidnapping her. Things kind of go pear shaped when Briar’s mother, Alix, tries to get justice for Emira. The book looks at race, privilege, white saviors, cultural awareness and more. I’ve heard the ending is a bit disappointing but I’m expecting an enjoyable story for the most part.

If I Never Met You – Mhairi McFarlane

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While romance is usually associated with summer, I’m feeling like bucking the seasonal trend. Plus, I definitely need something light to break up the rest of this month’s selections. I shamelessly love a good fake dating trope so this is pretty much gold for me as far as the blurb goes. The story revolves around Laurie who sets up a fauxmance with the office playboy, Jamie, after her partner of 10 years leaves her and shortly after shows up with a pregnant girlfriend. Meanwhile Jamie is in need of a respectable girlfriend if he wants to impress the higher ups. I’m looking for some fun banter, cuteness, laughs and a teensy bit of steam.

Five books for July. I have absolutely no clue if I’ll manage to read them all or just get stuck on one for over two weeks (pray for me – I started The Little Drummer Girl first). Guess we’ll have to see. I’m keen to try a few things which are very different from my usual reading choices but at the same time, this could also be a recipe for disaster.

What’s the number one book on your TBR for this month?

And That’s a Wrap: July Edition (+ OWLs Readathon Results)

As usual, another month has now come and gone, and once again it’s time for me to blab about the books I read and the (massive) damage I did to my bank account.

Books I ReadYou guys may or may not be aware that I was undertaking the OWLs magical (Harry Potter themed) readathon in July created by G @Bookroast. You can find my original post here if you missed it. The results are in and I’m happy to say I completed 9 of the subject requirements for the readathon:

  1. Ancient Runes
  2. Arithmancy
  3. Astronomy
  4. Charms
  5. Divination
  6. Defence Against the Dark Arts
  7. Care of Magical Creatures
  8. Muggle Studies
  9. Transfiguration

This means I have achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade for my readathon. Yay! In August I’m moving on to the much more challenging NEWTs readathon which I’ll be posting my TBR for very soon. As for the books, I read in July, here they are, all 10 + the 1 comic:

July Reads Update

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo  ★★★★

I waited quite a while to get my hands on this one and it largely lived up to expectations. I rarely read fantasy stand-alones so it was a nice change. The story’s a little dark (enjoyably so) and I loved the fact that the lead characters were morally ambiguous. The world itself was actually really compelling and I’d love to see more of it in other books. Unfortunately, the villain was a little cartoonish for me and a lot of the background characters felt underdeveloped.

The Wicker King – K. Ancrum ★★★.5 | Review

Now this was a change of pace from my usual reads. The visual aspect was fantastic and I loved the fact that Ancrum tackled some really serious issues such as discovering your sexuality, mental health, and abandonment. However, I wasn’t a massive fan of the writing style, with the short chapters often feeling choppy and disrupting my connection with the characters. I was also a little disappointed with how the overarching complication was resolved. Still, Ancrum’s love for her characters, and their relationship with each other, really shone through.

My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton & Jodi Meadows ★★★.5

This book was a bit of fun. The narration is great, the situations are outlandish, and there are heaps of fabulous references to pop culture. I liked each of the characters and it was interesting to see just how completely the story would deviate from history. The downside is that the book felt padded at points and went on for a little too long. I zoned out on a few occasions and was slightly impatient for it to finish by the end. Otherwise a light, entertaining read.

One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus ★★★★ | Review

I’ve had the urge to read some YA thriller type pieces lately so I thought this one might fit the bill. The mystery side of things is a bit unrealistic and doesn’t exactly end surprisingly but I enjoyed the book overall. The characters are likeable and the development of their relationships with each other was nice to see. The author also tried to incorporate a few important themes like bullying, slut shaming, and abuse which are handled quite well, even though there’s not much room for great depth.

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher ★★★

The second of my attempts to get into biographical reads this year. My family and I really love Star Wars so I was interested to read about some of Carrie’s experiences on the set of the original movie. The book is mostly about her affair with Harrison Ford and I felt a little sad for her through a lot of it. Overall I enjoyed the book but I could have done without the actual diary excerpts in the middle which were very poetry focused.

The Princess Bride – William Goldman ★★★★

I’ve seen the adaptation of The Princess Bride a few times now and it’s still just as fun and quotable as ever so I decided to try the original book. Essentially, if you like the film, you’ll enjoy the novel. There are a few things that are expanded on, like character back stories and longer scene sequences, but it’s still pretty much the same with added amusing narrations from Mr Goldman. A great read. Inconceivable, right?

Grace & Fury – Tracy Banghart ★★★★.5 | Review

My unexpected read for July! I requested an ARC, it was granted, and for once I got stuck into it straight away. This was one of my favourite reads of the month and I flew through it in under 2 days. The use of two POVs and concurrent storylines worked very well and gave the book plot diversity. The twist is a bit predictable and one storyline could definitely have been a lot stronger, but the characters are well done and the book as a whole is just so damn empowering for women!

Saga Vol. 1 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples ★★★★. 5

I don’t usually read comics or graphic novels but I decided to give this one a go because I’d heard so many great things & the art looked striking. I ended up having a blast. Some of it’s sort of…weird (people with TV heads?) but in an interesting way. The story was entertaining and the back and forth between Marko & Alana made me laugh aloud several times. I’ll definitely be picking up Vol 2.

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus 1#) – Rick Riordan ★★★★

This was another book I was really looking forward to. I love how Riordan managed to retain the feel of PJO but still make it new and exciting. The incorporation of the Roman mythology was a great way to expand the existing world. I also really liked the new main characters – Piper was my favourite – and the fact that they gave us a bit more exposure to different god parents and cool  powers. There was a little bit of drag at certain points and I’m still confused about a couple of things, but with that ending I’m so keen for Son of Neptune.

The Last Wish (The Witcher 1#) – Andrzej Sapkowski ★★★.5

I love The Witcher video games and I’ve wanted to try reading the books for ages. This first installment is mostly a set of short stories. I’m not a huge short story person but I didn’t mind these. Geralt’s adventures were fairly entertaining and it was interesting to see events I’d previously heard about actually explained, as well as to learn how he met his love interest, Yennefer. I will admit, if I didn’t already know about the world, it’d likely be a bit confusing and I wasn’t a fan of how the author handled women in parts of the book.

S.T.A.G.S – M. A. Bennett ★★.5

This was a late addition to my readathon list – I needed a book involving a secret society. Thanks for the recommendation Roxanne Michelle! I really loved the idea of this book but the execution left something to be desired. It sounds weird, but I wish it had been even darker. The climax was up there, but for most of the story, I couldn’t help feeling like it was very surface. The characters were either merely fine or underdeveloped, and I found the MC, Greer’s, constant movie references getting on my nerves after a while.

Books I Bought

So. The word ‘overboard’ may apply to my book purchases for this month. My bank account and bookcase are silently screaming in pain. Normally I try to keep my book buying at a comparable level to my reading so I can at least FEEL like I’ll one day get my TBR down to a manageable level.

That didn’t happen this month. Prepare yourself.

I bought 14 books this month. FOURTEEN. I also requested, and got approved for, one Netgalley ARC (Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart). Like what the actual hell, Ashley. Are you stupid? Do you not recognise the fact that you only have so many hours in a day. So many days in a week? I should be able to start using my TBR as ceiling support soon.  *shakes head*.

Here they all are in their fabulous looking glory:

Purchased July

There are a couple of books here such as Fangirl and The Hate U Give which I’ve been putting off getting for a while before finally cracking this month (20% of YA titles at one of my bookstores for the entirety of July was probably to blame). I’m so excited to read these. No idea when I’ll find the time but I have enthusiasm in spades! That’s something right?

blog posts

Book Reviews

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

The Wicker King – K. Ancrum

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Grace & Fury – Tracy Banghart

Look how many book reviews I wrote! I’m so proud of myself *dances*.

Book Tags

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Top 10 Tuesday

Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)

Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Let’s Talk

Things Book Characters do that Make No Sense

This is sad. Must write more discussion posts (she says to herself every month).


WWW Wednesday | 4.07.18

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Personal Life

Let’s Go to the Theatre

This month I finally got to see The Book of Mormon. Some of the jokes were super cringe worthy and dark, but I had a great time overall. It’s funny, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the performances were really good too. I understand why they’ve had it running in Sydney for so long now.

Also on the theatre front, my friend and I managed to get tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when it comes to Melbourne next year. The buying process was a ridiculous mess and it’s going to be so damn expensive but I am nothing if not a huge Harry Potter fan (Still, this show better be the best thing I’ve ever seen, I’m telling you).


I wish I could say I’ve been spending my time watching fantastically acted dramas or intellectual documentaries. What have I been watching instead?

Project Runway. Yep.

And not even new episodes. We’re talking 2011 Project Runway. SEVEN YEARS OLD. The fashion they’re making isn’t even on point anymore. I should get a medal in pointless time wasting, because gosh I’m good.


In figure news, I hit 500 instagram followers and 200 wordpress followers this month, which is so exciting. Thank you so much guys! It’s nice to know people are reading/seeing this stuff I throw out into the internet void. I promise to watch less Project Runway next month so I can comment on more of your posts.


And that’s about everything from me for this month’s wrap up. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous July.

What was your favourite read and for something different, which post are you most proud of for the month? I’d love to check them out.

Love Ashley

Harry Potter Readathon: O.W.L Exams TBR

Recently I came across a post by Bex @ BexnBookx in which she was discussing prepping for a readathon based on the OWL exams of the Harry Potter series. However, confession time: I’ve never participated in a readathon. *gasps*

Yes, I know.

It’s super weird considering that I’ve now been book blogging for over a year. So, as you can imagine, I was extremely curious about this one and decided to look into it some more. Honestly, the minute anyone says the words ‘Harry’ and ‘Potter’, I’m like WHO, WHAT, WHERRRREEE.

Anyway, so it turns out that this readathon was created by booktuber G @ Bookroast and was actually held back in April – I am clearly late to the party. However, she had so much fun doing the OWLs readathon that she’s now created a second one based off the NEWTs set to be held in August.  Because of this,  many of the people who missed out on doing the OWLs back in April have decided to take them in July, meaning they’ll be able to participate in the NEWTs the month after with everyone else. This seems like the perfect opportunity for me to test the readathon waters and embrace my HP obsession in a new and very TBR productive way.

The way it works is, there are twelve challenges which correspond to each of the courses Hogwarts students take for their OWL exams in their fifth year. By reading a book that fits the challenge, you complete that OWL. 

The scores to pass are (because let’s face it, failure isn’t an option in my mind):

A – Acceptable – Sit and Pass at least 2 OWLs

E – Exceeded Expectations – Sit and Pass at least 3 OWLs

O – Outstanding – Sit & Pass at least 5 OWLs 

I’ve had a good, long think about the challenges and what books will work for both them and me, and man, some of them were hard. I, in no way, intend to complete every OWL on the list, my average book count per month is about 5, but I wanted to have some choice depending on how I’m feeling throughout July so I’ve tried to find a book for as many of the subjects as I can. Here is the TBR I’ve come up with:

Ancient Runes

A Book With A Symbol on the Cover

The Wicker King – K. Ancrum

33158541As you can probably see, there’s a lot of symbolism going on with this particular cover. This is a bit different from my usual reads but it’s got some really great reviews, and I’m very curious about it. It doesn’t look like it’ll be a long read either which is great for a readathon.


When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not. 

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.


A Book with a Number on the Cover or in the Title

One of Us is Lying – Karen McManus

32571395It always seems like I have heaps of novels with numbers in the title but trying to find a book for this one ended up being a struggle. That is, until I remembered that I’d bought my sister a copy of One of Us is Lying which I’d been considering reading a little while back. Apparently this book is the love child of The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars or Riverdale. I’m a fan of TBC however I’m not that big on the other two. Apparently the culprit is pretty obvious but hey, it might be a fun read.


Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


A Science Fiction Novel

Saga Vol. 1 –  Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

15704307According to the rules, graphic novels count! I normally don’t read much in the way of graphic novels or comics but I’ve seen Saga popping up repeatedly on people’s blogs so last week I went out and bought the first volume. It looks weird but cool, and at the very least it’ll be a quick read which fulfills the prompt!


When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Care of Magical Creatures

A Book that Includes Magical Creatures OR Features a Magical Creature on the Cover

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

34499221I’ve wanted to read this one for ages now and I’ve heard SO many good things. I’ve never read a The Little Mermaid adaptation before so that’s exciting, and the fact that it features sirens makes it a good fit for Hagrid’s favourite prompt. Here’s hoping it lives up to the hype. I’d rather not be bitterly disappointed.


Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


A Fantasy Book

Truth be told, I haven’t selected a book for this OWL yet and that’s because I have so many books to pick from for this one. Fantasy books are my usual go to novels so I have a lot of freedom here. I’ll probably just select whichever fantasy book from my existing TBR I most feel like reading during the month.

Defence Against the Dark Arts

A Book about/Featuring Secret Societies or Clubs

I tried guys, I did, but I honestly have no clue about a book for this one which is really annoying because if I was selecting subjects based off my choice of wizarding career, as some people are, this would probably be a necessary subject. *sighs*


A Book Featuring Prophecies

The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan

7736182Despite my mixed feelings at the beginning of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by the end I was really enjoying myself and I’m now so, so keen to get stuck into The Heroes of Olympus. I’ve heard these ones are a bit more maturely written than Percy and it might help having it in third person. I’m also interested in the introduction of the Roman vs Greek gods mythologies and finding out about everyone’s favourite character, Leo.


Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?


A Book with a Nature Related Word in the Title

Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff

10852343I think we can say ‘Storm’ meets this criterion pretty well. I’ve had Stormdancer on my shelf for a bit and I’m not sure why I’ve taken so long to read it. I really love Jay’s books and this was his first published series. Finger crossed it’s as enjoyable as his other books. I’m always up for badass female protagonists who know their way around a sword.


Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.

Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?

History of Magic

A Historical Fiction

Circe – Madeline Miller

32993458Okay, yes we’re being a bit liberal on the “historical” side with this due to it’s reliance on Greek myths and legends as well as historical elements but hey, it still meets the brief. I’m currently reading The Song of Achilles and really enjoying it so I’m looking forward to this one, especially after how much praise it’s been getting since its release. It also happens to have the kind of cover that makes people jealous on a train, so there’s that too.


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Muggle Studies

A Non-Fiction Book

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

26025989This is another genre I don’t usually spend much time with. I bought this book along with Lauren Graham’s memoir in the hopes of shaking my reading up a bit. Carrie was supposedly a very witty and funny woman, and I’m a big Star Wars fan so this feels like a good choice.


The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie. 

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.


Read a Book about/with Alchemy

I kind of wish I hadn’t already read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue because it would have worked perfectly for this prompt but as things are, this has definitely stumped me. If you have any good recommendations, hit me up in the comments.


A Book that Deals with Transfiguration/Shapeshifting or a Similar Theme OR A Book with a Cat on the Cover

My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows


I was struggling to find a book for this heading but then I realised that My Lady Jane, which I was really looking forward to reading very soon, actually involves a character that changes into a horse! I’m so keen for this one, I think it’ll be good for a laugh. I’ll have to buy it to read it which is unfortunate but eh, I was going to do it anyway so now I have a good excuse.


Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?


I think I’ve assembled a good list of books with these ones and I’m really looking forward to tackling my first readathon challenge. If all goes well, I’m hoping to take on NEWTs in August. Unsure how many of these I’ll actually get through but I’ll do my best to read as many as possible and open up my options for the NEWTs challenges. Regardless, I’m sure it’s going to be a really good reading month!

What’s on your TBR for July?

Love Ashley