Anything But Books – Tag

AnythingButBooks 2.jpg

Hey guys!

I’m back with another Tag! I just love doing these posts and I’m fortunate to have the greatest blogging friends to tag me in them – my lovely Megs at BetweenThePages tagged me for this, thank you!

So the clue is in the name, this tag is for anything BUT books, let’s get started!

Q1: Name a cartoon(s) that you love?
Oh there’s so many! I absolutely loved Ed Edd & Eddy when I was younger (I would probably still watch it now – shhh) but for now I still enjoy the Simpsons.

Q2: What is your favorite song right now?
I can’t get enough of Despacito by Luis Fonsi (as the rest of the world can’t) and I’m also enjoying Attention by Charlie Puth.

Q3: What could you do for hours, that isn’t reading?
Definitely writing, I do write for hours! I’ve been writing a YA book for a few years now. Also watching Youtube, the likes of Makiplier and Ohmwrecker keep me entertained for hours.

Q4: What is something that you love to do, that your followers would be surprised by? 
You might not be surprised by this – but I love gaming! I play a lot of games with my husband in the evening and I’ve had a love for The Sims since I was 8!

Q5: What is you favorite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about? 
Henry VIII – I love the Tudor history! I’ve always watched TV shows about it and studied it.

Q6: What is something unusual that you know how to do?
Um – I can curl my tongue? Seriously I’m not very unusually talented.

Q7: Name something you’ve made in the last year?
Well technically it’s not a year until the 20th of August, but I made my son’s birthday cake last year! 

Q8: What is your most recent personal project?
My very personal project (if you can call it that) is weight loss. I had my second child last September and I’m happy to say that I’ve lost quite a lot of weight since!

Q9: Tell us something that you think of often? 
I think about my kids and husband often, they’re what my world revolves around, I’m lucky to have them!

Q10: Tell us something that’s your favorite, but make it oddly specific?
Chocolate cake – but not just any chocolate cake – a chocolate fudge cake with chocolate icing in the middle and chocolate on top, decorated with chocolate curls and accompanied with vanilla ice cream – was that too specific? ( or too much chocolate) 😉

I hope you enjoyed!

I tag my girls:


Make sure you check them out!

Sarah xo



The To Be Read Tag

I wanted to do another tag, as I enjoyed the Book Blog Newbie Tag so much! If you didn’t see that post then go check it out.  I was tagged by my bookish friend and fellow blogger Danielle – TheIntrovertedBookNerd she’s lovely, go take a look at her blog!

Enjoy guys!

Q1: How do you keep track of your To Be Read pile? 
I generally use Goodreads to keep track. I have a ‘Want To Read’ list and ‘New Releases’ list to organize it a little bit.

Q2: Is your To Be Read mostly print or E-books?
It’s definitely 90% printed books. I love holding a book and collecting them (and sniffing them..) . I do read E-books every now and again, I read them a lot if I’m on the train etc.

Q3: How do you determine which book from your To Be Read to read next?
Oh god this is a hard question. If the book that I’ve just finished has a sequel, then I tend to read that. Otherwise it’s just a toss up of what I’m feeling in the mood for on that day (not very methodical).

Q4: A book that has been on your To Be Read the longest?
I had to look up the dates for this! Red Queen – By Victoria Aveyard was my first TBR book that I added. I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet, I’ve heard amazing things about it! I think new books get released and it just gets pushed to the back – I will conquer it one day!

red queen

Q5: A book that you recently added to you To Be Read? 
The Beasts Heart – By Leife Shallcross. I love love the cover of this book – like it’s so stunning! I adore Beauty & The Beast re-tellings and I can’t wait for this to be released!

TheBeastsHeart edit

Q6: A book on your To Be Read strictly because it has a beautiful cover?
I don’t think I have one. There are MANY beautiful covers but I add books because I WANT to read them, not because of the cover, that’s just a bonus!

Q7: A book on your To Be Read that you never plan on actually reading? 
I plan to read them all eventually. But there is a book that I might not get round to reading for a good while. Remembrance – By Meg Cabot, I loved the Mediator series when I was younger and when I saw Meg had written ANOTHER I was so excited, but I haven’t bought it yet and it’s really at the back of my list.


Q8: An unpublished book on your To Be Read that you’re excited for? 
Probably Caraval 2 – By Stephanie Garber. It hasn’t got a title yet but I loved Caraval and I can’t wait for the next book!

Q9: A book on your To Be Read that everyone else has read but you?
Please don’t hate me – I’ve never fully read Throne Of Glass – By Sarah J.Maas. I started it, read a chapter and put it back down, it didn’t grab me like ACOTAR did.

throne of glass

Q10: A book on your To Be Read that everyone recommends to you?
Hunted – By Meagan Spooner. I’ve had this book recommended so many times, I hope to get round to it eventually, it does sound intriguing.


Q11: A book on your To Be Read that you are DYING to read? 
It’s absolutely killing me that Shadowsong – By S Jae-Jones isn’t out until next year! I loved Wintersong and I NEED the next one – Like NOW!!


Q12: The number of books on you To Be Read?
Both of my lists added together is 70 – not too many, but I constantly update it and clear out the ones I’ve read (I like organized – OCD).

My goodreads is on my blog if you want to discover books with me! 🙂

I tag my fellow book bloggers:


I love these guys, go check them out!

Sarah xo

Fairyloot – Tricksters July Unboxing

*this post is very old and needs updating with pictures that were accidentally deleted*

It’s that time of the month again, the time when we all wait anxiously for our monthly Fairyloot boxes to arrive! It’s such an exciting time for me and I love seeing everyone’s pictures and posts. I got my July Tricksters box over the weekend and was ecstatic at it’s contents! Let’s take a peek shall we?!


First up is the book ..ooh the book! I had a guess at what the book would be (as I always do) and I was correct. The stunning ..and I mean STUNNING.. book is Daughter Of The Burning City by Amanda Foody. A dark fantasy set in a travelling carnival of debauchery. I’ve been waiting for this book to be released for SO long, I’m so happy that I have it in my hands! The cover is absolutely gorgeous, with the mixture of purples and pinks and the smoke effect on the lettering ..I could just cry. I’ve already started reading it and I am so excited to review it soon, so keep a look out for that!


Also in the box was this beautiful bookmark designed by Lexy Olivia. I’ve seen Lexy’s work before and this is exquisite. It features a quote from the Six Of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo. It reads ‘Better Terrible Truths Than Kind Lies’ also loving the feather on the back.

HP Cards

Hands up if you’re a Harry Potter fan? too. I was so so happy to see these Hogwarts Playing Cards in the box, which are officially licensed merchandise, so you can get your hands on them too!! Each set has the different house animals instead of diamond, spade etc, so freaking cool!

Oven glove Edit.jpg

I’ve seen a lot of Geeky Clean in the recent boxes and this is another great item. They have created the Loki Lotion which is made with dragons blood I’m kidding but that is in fact the name of the scent that they used. You should definitely go check them out, their products are handmade, vegan and cruelty free. Also in the box was a Fortune Telling Kitchen Glove, made my Fairyloot themselves. The design is inspired by the book of the month because it has fortune and palm reading. I think this is such a unique item and I look forward to using it when i’m baking!


Now I’m not a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I do think this Sherlock Enamel Tin Mug is pretty cool. It was designed by Fictiontea Designs and reads ‘I Have To Go To My Mind Palace’. I will be gifting this item to my mum as she LOVES Sherlock.


The last item is the magnificent Harley Quinn Print, created by Miss Phi whom has worked with Fairyloot before. I love her designs and this one is based on Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad. It reads ‘It Doesn’t Matter Who Broke You Down What Matters Is Who Made You Smile Again’ I love this quote! Go check her out.

Bonus item: Behind The Pages discount coupon.

Fairyloot always include a signed bookplate and letter from the author. They have also been creating exclusive bookmarks with the design of the month printed on it.

I hoped you enjoyed my unboxing and you should definitely go check out Fairyloot’s website for more information on their subscription boxes!


Book Blog Newbie Tag

TagI'm It

Since I’m new to the blogging world, I thought it would be fitting to involve myself in the Newbie Tag. I was tagged by my lovely fellow book blogger Dora at Berries and Books.


Line Breaker

Q1. Why did you start this blog?

I’ve always had a massive love for books and also writing. So I decided that I wanted to write about them and share my passion with my bookish friends.

Q2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

This is an interesting question. I enjoy taking fun and lively pictures of books and bookish things to make them captivating to the eye.

Q3. What are you most excited about this new blog?

I’m really excited to just share my love of books with people who are just as in love with them as me and hopefully make some friends along the way.

Q4. Why do you love reading?

Reading transports me to another world, where I can explore magical kingdoms and fall in love with a prince (or vampire – but I’m not too picky). Sometimes we need a little time away from our ordinary lives and reading for me is the perfect way to escape.

Q5. What book or series got you into reading?

I definitely left my adolescent heart with J.K Rowling. The Harry Potter series is my first love and will forever hold a place in my heart. I also loved the Darkside series by Tom Becker and Goosebumps.

Q6. What questions would you ask your favourite authors?

How do you think up such amazing ideas?
What goes into the writing process?
What inspired you to start writing?

Q7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

I think overcoming the fear that no one will like your blog is a huge one! Finding the time to keep up with new posts. Initially growing your blog by making new connections.

Q8. When did you start reading?

My mum always read to me as a small child and I began reading properly myself when I was about 8 or 9. Me and my mum would go to the library every week and check out two books each, those were the days.

Q9. Where do you read?

Anywhere and everywhere! Usually on the sofa with a blanket and hot chocolate – yum!

Q10. What kind of books do you like to read?

YA, Fantasy, Romance, Horror, I can be tempted by a good thriller too.

Line Breaker

I tag my wonderful book friends:


One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus – Review

one of us is lying

Synopsis Logo

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.”

My Rating Logo5 star logo

A unique murder mystery revolved around five entirely different students, this is no Sherlock Holmes novel folks!

My Thoughts

One Of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect and everyone has something to hide!

When I heard about this book launch a few months back, I was so intrigued to read it and see what it was all about. I was really curious about the concept and couldn’t wait to see how it played out. Although it is a YA book – my favourite kind – the theme is not one that I generally read. I love a good old romance set in a fantasy world and this is far from that. That being said I was totally hooked from the very start and DID NOT put this down until I knew ‘whodunnit’.

What initially pulled me in was that the characters had a real ‘Breakfast Club’ feel for me (which if you haven’t seen – seriously you need to!) and I wonder if the author took some inspiration from the film. Simon the outcast is said victim and the creator of the schools gossip app. He was about to air the dirty laundry of each of his detention buddies, making them the perfect suspects.

Bronwyn the brain, Nate the criminal, Addy the beauty, and Cooper the athlete. I love that although the characters are labelled with ‘brain – beauty’ etc, they are definitely not stereotypical high school students. For instance Addy is in the popular group along with Cooper, but neither are stuck up unlike the usual conceited cliche that we are accustomed to. They all have their own issues and secrets, which slowly unravel and come to surface as time goes on. There is a ton of personal development through the book and you start to genuinely sympathies for each character. I think there is a character for everyone in this book, someone you can relate to from personal experience which I really love.

There is a small romance in the book (Yay for me!) and I liked how it slowly built into something and was genuine, no insta love here. Despite the fact that this was a murder book, it had some funny moments and light hearted-ness too, not all doom and gloom. I really wanted to crack the case! There are LOADS of twists and red herrings to keep you on your toes and really absorbed in the story. I had an inkling of who it was throughout the book, but I kept second guessing myself. I applaud the author for her cleverness in fooling me so many times – but the clues are there if you’re smart enough to figure it out!

‘Everyone has secret’s, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.’.