My Reading Horizon #2


Hi Readers

This week is my mums birthday week! For a lot of the next few days I’ll be busy with last minute present shopping (I may have left it to the last minute), birthday celebrations and a trip to the cinema to watch the Downton Abbey movie (so exciting!)

But I still hope to get a few pages in between all that. This week I hope to get through a couple of the Booker shortlist, plus I have an exciting new release to get through. Which I’m definitely going to start with. 

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis – This is a debut I actually first saw on bookstagram. It’s not the usual place I go to for book recommendations but when I saw this book about the Bronte sisters being detectives I knew I had to read it. 

Quichotte by Salmon Rushdie – I was hoping I would have started this already but my library is taking ages to get my copy to me. Hopefully it does arrive by the end of week. Or at least before the Booker winner is announced. 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Earlier this month I read Fangirl again for the first time in a few years and came to love it a lot more this time around. I also really enjoyed the fanfiction this time around. Something I skipped over last time. I can’t wait to read the whole story. 

Those are my reading plans for the next week. What are yours?

Thanks for reading 

Jess X

September TBR – These Books Have Been On My TBR For Too Long!

Hi Readers

This month I really want to crack down on the books that have been sitting on my shelf for ages. Some of these books I’ve probably owned for nearly 5 years now and I’ve just never been motivated to pick them up. Well, nows the time to.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Beloved by Tony Morrison
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Unseen World by Liz Moore
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

Honestly there’s so many more I could put on this TBR but seeing as some of these books are quite long I want to keep the amount managable. 

What’s a book that’s been on your TBR for too long?

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

A Very Ambitious August TBR (Newts Readathon 2019!)


Hi Readers

The NEWTs magical readathon is happening again and I couldn’t be more excited! A month long readathon is just how I like to spend my Summer. 

This readathon follows the OWLs readathon, which happened in April, and is hosted by The Book Roast. It comes with so many challenges and to complete them all, you would have to read 36 books in a month! I’m not aiming to do that, but it is pretty close. 

Here are all of the challenges/subjects and what I plan to read for them. 

Ancient Runes –
Recommended by a Friend – Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Written In Past Tense – Nick and Norahs Epic Playlist by Rachel Cohn
On My TBR For Ages – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (maybe).

Arithmancy –
Ends on an even page number – No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

A Standalone Novel – Joyland by Stephen King
Longer Than 350 Pages – Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Astronomy –
Moon in the Title – The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Night In the Title – Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
A Sci-Fi or Stars on the Cover – Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Care of Magical Creatures –
Title Starts With An A – Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Under 300 Pages – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Birds on the Cover – The Orchestra of Minorites by Chicozie Obioma

Charms –
Gorgeous Cover – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Under 150 Pages – War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
A Paperback – The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

Defence Against the Dark Arts –
Black Under the Dust Jacket – The Wall by Jonathan Lanchester
First Book That Comes to Mind – To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
An English Author or Set in England – Lanny by Max Porter

Divination – (I won’t be completing this one).
A White Book 
A Short Story
Last Book Borrowed From Your Library

Herbology –
A Green Cover – Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadines Evaristo
350-390 Pages – Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
Flower on the Cover – 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds In This Strange World by Elif Shafak

History of Magic –
A Fantasy – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
With A Map – Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Reread A Favourite Or A Classic – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Muggle Studies –
The Cover Includes A Photo – The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Set In the Real World – Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
A POC Author – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Potions (I won’t be doing this one).
A Friends Favourite
Hogwarts House Colours
Has A Prologue

Transfiguration (I won’t be doing this one either). 
Not the First in A Series 
Over 500 Pages 

I don’t know if I have time to do this but I really hope to read all of these. Let me know if you’re participating in NEWTS this August!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

May Reading Plans: Female Voices


Hi Readers

In honour of the women’s prize shortlist, and this being the final month before the winner is announced, I’m going to be reading books by and about women for the month of May. 

I tend to veer towards stories written by women anyway (I think two of the books I’ve read so far this year are by men) but this month I hope to delve deeper into feminist literature. 

Here’s a list of books I’d like to get to!

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Gather Together In My Name by Maya Angelou
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte 
Small Island by Andrea Levy
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I also want to finish the women’s prize shortlist so I’ll also be reading Milkman by Anna Burns and Ordinary People by Diana Evans.

What do you plan on reading in May? 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Non-Fiction November TBR


Hi Readers

I’ve never been able to participate in Non-fiction November although I’ve wanted to for the past couple of years. This year I’m finally going to be able to join in. I’ve got a bunch of non-fiction books I’m excited to read and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

If you don’t know, non-fiction November was created by ABookOlive and comes with words that you can choose to use as prompts if you with. Here are this years words:


I won’t be worrying about these prompts. My aim is to just read non-fiction books. Here are the ones on my TBR:

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah – This book sounds incredible and is so highly praised. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now. It’s about a boy born in South Africa with a white Swiss father and black Xhosa mother.

Radium Girls by Kate Moore – This was a Our Shared Shelf group read a few months ago but I never got around to reading it. Nows the perfect time to get to it.

Quiet by Susan Cain – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now. This is about introverts and I’m about as introverted as you get.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – If my library gets a copy in on time. This is about a womens DNA being used for science without her knowledge. 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates – This is a memoir about ‘race’ in America. 

Black and British by David Olusoga – This tells the history of Black people in Britain. 

I probably won’t just read non-fiction books. So here are some other books I’d like to get to:

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – I haven’t been able to get to it yet. I’m hoping I can start it today. 

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare – The final book comes out the first week of December so I’ll have to reread the first two books. 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – I really wanted to read this in October but never got to it. So I’m hoping I can this month. 

Those are all the books I’d like to get to. Let me know what your most anticipated book for November is!

Thanks for reading!

Jess X



Stephen King Books I Want To Read


Hi Readers

Stephen King has been an author whose always intrigued me. It’s safe to say his books are everywhere and they certainly get people talking. I’ve always thought I was too much of a chicken to brave his books but I’ve kind of developed a love for the  weird and scary.

However I still hold onto my fear of poltergeists and exorcisms so I will be staying far away from books like that.

Stephen King has published 80 something books and so far I have read 1 and a half of those. So I have a long way to go. Here are the ones I am most excited for.

Carrie – This is arguably his most famous work. It’s also his debut. Hopefully I get to this one this month!

Misery – This one sounds right up my alley . It’s about a writer who gets kidnapped by an obsessed fan and now has to literally write for his life. 

The Shining – Now, this book does apparently have ghosts, and that’s something I said I wanted to stay away from. However this is his highest rated book on Goodreads. So that’s making me want to at least give it a try.

The Green Mile – I know this is a famous movie but I definitely want to read the book first. 

The Stand – A post-apocalyptic book where 99% of the worlds population is gone. I love a good apocalyptic book. 

11/22/63 – I actually tried reading this before but I wasn’t enjoying it so I stopped half-way through. I definitely want to give it another try though. This is about a time traveller who is trying to prevent the Kennedy assassination. 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – I might read this in November seeing as it’s NaNoWriMo month.

Joyland – A murder mystery set in a theme park? Hell yes!

Firestarter – The premise of this kind of reminds me of Stranger Things. Government experiment of two people, they have a daughter, daughter has abilities, Government want to use daughters abilities for bad things.

Cell – Apparently this is his goriest novel. Which sounds fun.

What;s your favourite Stephen King book?

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

O.W.L.s Readathon: Charms Extra Credit TBR


Hi Readers

Next week (October 8th-14th) The Book Roast is hosting a mini-readathon to go alongside her month long ‘Magical Readathon’. This is to get ‘extra credit’ which basically means for every book you read during this readathon, you get an extra day to complete your O.W.L.S.

There are 7 spells (challenges) for you to study (complete). Here they are and the books I’m going to read for them:

Alohomora: The First In A Series – I’m going to read A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. I never read this series as a child but I’ve been watching the Netflix show recently and I NEED to know what happens!

Accio: Top of the TBR Pile – I’m currently in the middle of rereading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah. J. Maas so I will read whatever is the next one to read which I’m pretty sure will be Queen of Shadows. 

Incedio: Fire on the cover or in the title – This will either be Heir or Fire of Empire of Storm by Sarah J. Mass. Depending on what I get read this weekend.

Rictumsempra: Tickles Me the Right Way – I’m struggling with this one, mainly because I don’t really understand it. But I think I’ll read the second book in Lemony Snicket’s series as it makes me laugh (I love dark humour) and I’m itching to know the ending. 

Lumos: A Light Cover – I will read Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen for this. I can’t wait to reread this book it’s one of my favourite Austen’s.

Let me know if you’re taking part in this readathon!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X