9 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2019

Here are nine books out this year that I’ll definitely be reading as soon as I can!


Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson
Lisa’s Williamson’s one of my favourite YA contemporary authors (and she’s an all-round lovely person), so I can’t wait to read her newest novel, Paper Avalanche.

“When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is the expert. It may be lonely but at least this way the truth remains where it should: hidden. Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies.”

The Binding by Bridget Collins
I’ve been hearing so many awesome things about The Binding (it’s meant to be one of 2019’s biggest books for bookish peeps), so obviously I have to check it out this year!

“For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away.”


Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard
I’ve actually already read Fierce Fragile Hearts – review to come soon – but it’ll have been on my list anyway. I really love Sara Barnard’s novels and Fierce Fragile Hearts is a companion novel to Beautiful Broken Things, all about Suzanne.

“Suzanne’s back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they’re about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you’re the one left behind?”


The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
I really enjoyed The Loneliest Girl in the Universe so cannot wait to read Lauren James’ next sci-fi novel – and the cover is beautiful!

“Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence.”


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Another one I’ve already read, but had to include because I enjoyed it so much. It shouldn’t work: you’ve heard about flatsharing, but bed sharing? I read it in a day, immersed in Tiffy and Leon’s story.

“Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course… As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.”


The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
Well, obvs. Lucy’s one of my best friends (who I’m extremely proud of!) and I cannot wait to read her first YA contemporary novel, The Paper & Hearts Society.

“Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in with her classmates. It’s like she hasn’t found her people… That is until she moves to a new town where a book club, The Paper & Hearts Society, is recruiting.”


Loveless by Alice Oseman
I’m looking forward to Alice Oseman’s fourth novel – although I still haven’t read Solitaire, so I really need to get to that first!

“Georgia’s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. Georgia’s is now at university and determined to cure herself of her lovelessness.”


Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Of course, as it was one of my favourite books of 2018, I’ll pick buying the sequel to City of Ghosts when it’s out! I cannot wait to meet up with Cassidy and Jacob again.


‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt was one of my favourite books of 2017 and this is his second book. I really love Adam’s sense of humour and passion for the NHS, and I’m sure this’ll be a brilliant follow-up.

“Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is the hilarious, poignant and entertaining story of the life of a junior doctor at the most challenging time of the year.”

Are any of these your picks, too?

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Top 10 Books I Read in 2018

Here are my favourite books of the year!

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
This was the first book I read in 2018, so my year of reading started off fabulously. It’s one of those books that I just wanted to tell everyone to read as soon as I finished it. It made me feel everything: excited, angry, upset, giddy.

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
Holly’s first adult novel was also a favourite for me. I actually read it in 2017, but it was published this summer. I adored How Do You Like Me Now? because it tackled society’s expectations of how to live your 20s (which are unrealistic and often unattainable goals that are horrendous for mental health) in Holly’s characteristically hilarious, engaging and honest way.

Nevermoor & Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
I’m counting this as one… I love, love, loved Nevermoor and its sequel. I know every children’s book under the sun has been compared to Harry Potter, but in this case it’s accurate and very well-deserved. Nevermoor is one of the most fun, inventive and brilliantly written series I’ve read, and I cannot wait to go on another adventure with Morrigan Crow.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
City of Ghosts was my first Victoria Schwab (aka V.E. Schwab) book. It was my Halloween pick, set in one of my favourite cities: Edinburgh, Scotland. I adored City of Ghosts as soon as I opened the page to a map of the city, and it won’t be the last book I read by Schwab.

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

After her mother commits suicide, Leigh travels to Taiwan with her father. Before they leave, she meets a curious bird – and is convinced it is her mother. I discovered a lot to love about The Astonishing Colour of After, from the glorious setting to Leigh’s friendship/romance with Axel. It’s a novel that I’ve been telling everyone to pick up, including people who don’t usually read YA!

My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton
I bought My Heart Goes Bang for London Pride and it now sits on my favourites shelf next to Freshers. I’d absolutely love to see more books set at university. My Heart Goes Bang follows Ella, Lou, Issey, Liane and Paige through their second year at the University of Liverpool, living in their new student house. 

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
I love the tagline ‘A teenage spy. A Nazi boarding school. The performance of a lifetime’ and was gripped by Orphan Monster Spy from the start. It’s a super exciting, dark and intense story. Pick it up even if you’re usually not a fan of historical fiction!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Eliza and Her Monsters is Fangirl meets Radio Silence. I genuinely think if you loved them (as I did), you’ll love Eliza – I want more books like this! Francesca, please may we have a sequel with Eliza at college? I also bought a copy of Made You Up, so I’ll have to read that next year.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
History is All You Left Me was one of my favourite books of 2017, so I had to read They Both Die at the End in 2018. And I completely adored it. I have become a huge fan of Adam Silvera’s writing.

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
Jenny McLachlan’s stories make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and Stargazing for Beginners was no different. From the lovely opening scene describing a young Meg sitting in a cardboard spaceship that her grandfather made her, I knew it was going to be a powerful story – I love YA novels featuring female characters with a passion for science.

Did any of these books make your list?

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10 Non-Fiction Books About Mental Health

For Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20th May), I thought I’d chat about 10 books about mental health that are on my wishlist, TBR, or that I’ve read.

Mad Girl: A Happy Life with a Mixed-up Mind by Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl is super accessible. It reads just like having a chat with Bryony over coffee about her OCD, and is really enjoyable and funny. Mad Girl does what I think we all should do: talk about mental health as if we were talking about the flu, honestly and without fear of judgement.

A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes: Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas by Lucy Nichol

I was sent a copy recently by Trigger Press as part of their mental health awareness campaign. As someone who deals with anxiety, Lucy discusses the ways in which mental illness is viewed, and tackles unfair stereotypes e.g. that people with mental illness are ‘narcissists’, ‘hypochondriacs’ and ‘psycho’.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Matt Haig suffers from depression (like 20% of people) and Reasons to Stay Alive is his award-winning book on how he copes with the illness. It’s loved by many and one I hope to finally read this year.

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental: An A-Z by Natasha Devon

One for millennials, this is a guide to mental illness, from A (anxiety) to Z (zero f**ks given).

It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot

Ruby’s illustrations show what it’s like to suffer from all kinds of mental health issues: anxiety, bipolar disorder, self-harm, eating disorders, and depression. We all know that mental health needs to be talked about more, and I really do think that humour – visual humour especially – can be a great way to do it.

How to Survive the End of the World (When it’s in Your Own Head) by Aaron Gillies

If you don’t follow @TechnicallyRon on Twitter, do it now! He’s so hilarious and relatable, and I can’t wait to read his first book. He talks about the impact that anxiety has and gives readers some tools to fight back alongside his trademark humour.

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope by Nancy Tucker

Nancy was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia as a teenager and The Time in Between is her memoir of her experience and recovery.

The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy

Self care is something we all should do and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, written by the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, a charity that aims to increase awareness and understanding of depression.

It’s All In Your Head: A Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together by Rae Earl

Aimed at teenagers, It’s All in Your Head is full of friendly advice, coping strategies and laugh-out-loud moments to get you through the difficult days written by someone who gets it.

Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons by Dodie Clark

A mix of doodles, poetry and prose all about self-care, mental health, life and relationships: “This is for the people with minds that just don’t stop; for those who feel everything seemingly a thousand times more than the people around them.”

10 Books Everyone Loves That I Haven’t Read (Yet)

I saw Lucy’s (The Book Belle) video and I thought it’d be fun to share ten books that everyone’s read and raved about, but I haven’t read yet… my TBR pile is so ridiculously big!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. Ready Player One is out in cinemas at the end of March and the book will be spoiled for me if I don’t read it first. I bought a copy exactly four years ago – everyone was reading this sci-fi novel and even now, half a million Goodreads ratings later, people still rave about it.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

I guess this is a modern classic now, right? It sounds perfect for me – mystery, university setting, drama!

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

On my bookshelves you’ll find both Life After Life and A God in Ruins. I’ve not read a book by Kate Atkinson and this feels like the best one to start with. I’m intrigued by the premise: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I’ve just finished The Sun and Her Flowers and cannot wait to read Milk and Honey. I’m not normally one for poetry, but I found that I could relate to many of her poems, especially about friendship and loneliness. I’ve seen this all over the interwebz for the past few months.

Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Again, fantasy isn’t a genre I usually seek out, but I’ve been to a few of V.E. Schwab’s panels and thoroughly enjoyed them – she seems like a lovely person and we share a love of Edinburgh. As a Londoner, I’m excited to check out the Shades of Magic series and discover four parallel Londons.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 

I’ve read We Were Liars and have five more E. Lockhart novels to read – and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is one of them. A boarding school, secret societies and feminism? Yes please!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

I bought my copy for the first ever Books Are My Bag campaign in 2013. It’s another one that has been adapted this year, so I better get my skates on! When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone  

Abi is one of my favourite middle grade authors… but I haven’t read any of her books yet! I went through a phase of reading younger fiction a little while ago. I haven’t read much recently, but The Dreamsnatcher is high on my middle grade TBR.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Matt Haig’s popular non-fiction book was added to my bookshelves last year and I really ought to read it soon. It’s one of my aims (although not one I wrote down) to read and talk about mental health a bit more.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yet another fantasy novel on my TBR! As a fantasy newbie, surely V.E. Schwab and Leigh Bardugo are the best to start with? (I’ve already read S.J. Maas!). I began the audiobook last year but found it difficult to stay focused, so I need to pick it up again – perhaps a readalong?!

Have you read any of these? 

(I also blogged about ten popular books on my TBR nearly 3 years ago and guess who still hasn’t read most of them?).

10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

So many fabulous books will be published this year. Here are ten in particular that I’ll definitely be reading as soon as they’re out.


Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron
As a contemporary reader, I rarely read books about the paranormal, but I’ve heard such wonderful things about Out of the Blue. It features bisexual and gay main characters, takes place during Edinburgh Festival, and is about grief, guilt and fear.

“Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.”


I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
Radio Silence was one of my absolute favourite books of last year, so I can’t wait to read her next novel. I also need to pick up her first book, Solitaire, this year.

“For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm.”

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Love, Simon is one of my most-anticipated movies of the year and I’m looking forward to this sequel to the book.

“Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.”


Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Well, it wouldn’t be summer without a new Morgan Matson, would it? She’s one of my insta-buy authors – her books always make me feel warm and fuzzy.

“Charlie’s older sister is getting married and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.”

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
Like most of the interwebz, I adored When Dimple Met Rishi (perhaps I’ll re-read it this year!), and immediately added Sandhya’s upcoming books (like When Ashish Met Sweetie) to my wishlist.

“Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favourite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.”

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
I’ve already reviewed Holly Bourne’s relatable and hilarious first adult novel, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy and re-read it over the summer!

“Holly Bourne is known for writing relatable teenagers, but, as a 28-year-old, How Do You Like Me Now? is her most relatable novel (for me) so far.”


Floored by Various
I couldn’t not add this! Floored is a YA contemporary story told from the perspective of six characters and a mysterious narrator, written by a bunch of my favourite authors, including Sara Barnard and Lisa Williamson.

“After they go through a traumatic experience together, the lives of six strangers become intertwined, and they decide to meet once a year to commemorate the day they met and the person they lost.”


Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber
I really enjoyed Katie Webber’s Wing Jones and can’t wait to read her next dreamy YA novel. Only Love Can Break Your Heart is about “a popular girl with secrets and cracks in her heart and the boy who thinks she’s perfect.”


The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Much to my surprise, I absolutely loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Henry and Percy are my faves – and I’m sure the sequel will be equally as amazing.

“A sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, narrated by Felicity and featuring travel, pirates, and a science girl gang.”

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
I loved being part of The Book of Dust hype last year and will definitely be picking up the sequel to La Belle Sauvage – I’m sure the cover will be stunning, too.

“The Secret Commonwealth will feature Lyra Silvertongue as a twenty-year-old undergraduate, travelling to Central Asia via the Levant.”

Are any of these books on your wishlist?