BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR

I haven’t done a book post for a while, and I’ve read some great books so far in 2021, so I thought today I’d do a little roundup of them all and what I thought of them so far!

Olive by Emma Gannon (4 stars)
I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about Olive, and whilst at times the main character comes across negatively, I still found it a really honest read, and I was kept interested the whole way through. I liked how everything wrapped up at the end, and in a relatable way too.

The Flip Side by James Bailey (3 stars)
I’m always intrigued to read a ‘rom-com’ from a male perspective, and I did enjoy this about the book, but unfortunately it was a book that was very hit and miss for me. At the end I was struggling to finish it and really started lacking enthusiasm for it!

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simison (5 stars)
The final instalment of ‘The Rosie Project’ was a great end to the series, and I immediately was transported back into the lives of the characters. I liked how it all wrapped up at the end too!

The Rumour by Elin Hilderbrand (4 stars)
I’m yet to read a book by Elin Hilderbrand that disappoints me, every one I love! I think now she’s one of my favourite authors, thankfully there’s lots that I haven’t read yet! The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because I enjoyed some of her other books more. The plot didn’t immediately strike me, but after a few chapters I got really into it and it had kind of a ‘desperate housewives’ vibe.

The Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (3 stars)
I probably would of enjoyed this more if I read it over the festive season, and although there were parts of the story I enjoyed, it just felt a bit weak overall and I wasn’t gripped.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley (5 stars)
This is exactly the kind of lives-entwining book I love, and that’s why I was hooked right from the beginning. I liked how each character was different from the other, and I didn’t want it to end!

FireFly Lane by Kristin Hannah (4 stars)
A great story about love, friendship and life complexities throughout the years. It was a beautiful story that the more you read, the further hooked you become. Excited to see it be made into a Netflix show, but at times it can be heavy reading!

Us Three by Ruth Jones (4 stars)
I adored Never Greener which was Ruth Jones’ first novel, and whilst I didn’t love this one quite as much, it was a really detailed, beautiful and relatable story of 3 friends throughout the years.

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton (4 stars)
When deciding if a book is a 4 or 5 star read, I think is there anything that I still wanted from it when it finished? For this book, I kind of wanted more explanation of an ending, it felt a little short and things didn’t wrap up in as much detail as I would have liked. Apart from that though, it was a fantastic read about life and love through the lead characters life. I would definitely recommend!

Have you read any of these books?

MY FEBRUARY GOALS

Photo from my Instagram

I missed January’s goals post, but lets move on from that shall we? I’m back blogging and today I want to share Februarys goals with you all. As we all know, I’m a massive goal orientated gal so having a few small goals to focus on throughout the month really motivates me!

GOAL ONE: SELL TWO PRINTS
So this one is kind of out of my hands somewhat, but in another way not, I suppose. I would LOVE to sell two prints this month, I had my first sale to a really lovely customer last week! I want to keep mentioning my prints on my Instagram stories, now that I’ve kind of adjusted my thinking on ‘selling’ online i.e am I talking about it too much? Basically, you can never talk too much about something you’re passionate about!

GOAL TWO: READ 3 BOOKS
I’m pretty sure I will be able to do this one, but I haven’t read quite as much lately. I’ve just finished Firefly Lane which I really enjoyed, and I’ve got a massive stack of books on my bedside table which I can’t wait to dig into.

GOAL THREE: 2 RUNS A WEEK (OR AT LEAST ONE)
I’ve had a few weeks off running by the time I wrote this (to be honest I’ve struggled trying to work up to a half marathon distance) so I’m going back to basics with a few 5k’s a week. I’ve been able to run with my dad outside too which is great family bonding time! I’ve got a bunch of podcasts I want to catch up with which is also something I really enjoy doing whilst out on a run- it definitely passes the time on!

Do you have any goals for February?

MY PRINT SHOP IS NOW OPEN!

A dream I never thought would of come true.

My print shop is officially OPEN!

I won’t talk about the why in this blog post, I’ll save that for a later date, but I just wanted to do a quick blog post to let you guys know that they are available on the ‘shop’ section of my blog.

I’m super happy with them so I hope you are too.

MY WORD OF THE YEAR FOR 2021

Last year, my word of 2020 was ‘abundance’. And well, the world was a LOT. So I guess you can kind of apply it in some way, depending on how you look at it. I’m still kind of struggling to sum up what 2020 was like for me to be honest, looking back it all seems kind of a blur. I’m not sure whether or not I want to delve further into all that, but I probably will at some point in the future.

When I was brainstorming a word for 2021, all I knew was the words I didn’t want. I didn’t want to ‘grow’ this year. I don’t want to focus on ’empowerment’. For me, those kind of words felt way too pressurized and heavy. It wasn’t until my mum came up with ‘present’ that I knew I loved it immediately, and I felt an instant connection to that word.

I’ve always thought too far in advance and been a life-long worrier, so the word present is perfect, especially in these times too.

Present to me means taking it one day a time, heck, even one hour at a time when you need it. It means connecting with what’s HERE right now at this moment. It means going outside and noticing the weather. Ringing a loved one to chat and check in every day. Accepting that things can and will change, and knowing you can do it whatever happens.

What’s your word for this year? I would love to hear it!

MY TOP 5 READS OF 2020

Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post. Without going into too much information, I’ve had a really tough couple of weeks. (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by the way!) Things are starting to look up now, and I want to get back into posting on here. So, if you wouldn’t mind I would absolutely LOVE any feedback on what you’d like to see on my blog, that would be super helpful, especially because I want to priortise posting on here a bit more.

For todays post, I wanted to chat about my top 5 favourite books of 2020. I managed to read 120 books in 2020 which I’m super happy and impressed with! I really discovered my love of reading last year. I’ve set this years goal for 80, which doesn’t feel as intimidating.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
This is a really heavy read, so definitely be aware of that before going into it, but it’s a book I’ll never forget and it also happens to be the first book I read in 2020.


The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
2020 was the year I discovered how much I love contemporary fiction. Especially those of a family, spanning through their lifetimes, I suppose it’s because they are so detailed you really get to know the characters and get attached to the story. This was a long read from memory, but I’d go as far to say I’d read it again because I loved it that much.


28 summers by Elin Hilderbrand
Erin Hilderbrand an author I discovered last year, and I fell in love with her style of writing since the first read. This book is equal parts heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. It’s still a book I think about every so often.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A hyped up read, but worth all the praise it gets. I probably recommend this book the most, because I haven’t quite read a story like this one before. I also think it would make an incredible film! 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I can’t believe I’ve never read this book before. It’s an absolute EYE-OPENER, and I was hooked the whole way through. I’d recommend *everybody* to read this at some point in their life. It’s a must.

Which has been your favourite book of 2020?

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