Quick-fire reviews

As some of you may have noticed, my project for this month has been a brand new Instagram account! I’ve set up this bookstagram purely to share beautiful images of my books and connect with more people who enjoy reading and may benefit from my reviews.

If you’re interested, please do check it out. You’ll find me at: @beauteaful.reads on Instagram or via the links on my homepage and in the side bar.

With that in mind, here’s my first collaboration post to bring my blog and bookstagrams together!

Today’s bookstack features a selection of the white/cream/beige books that I own. As Britian is currently enjoying (or suffering) a heatwave I thought these crisp, clean covers could make some good summer reads. Here’s some quick-fire reviews and thoughts on those I have included!


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Epic Fantasy. Themes of family, sisterly love, revenge, bullying, power, internal strength. Set in Faerieland. Badass characters. Includes LGBT+ characters

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard – Short stories relating to characters in the Red Queen series. Deals with the idea of power and how it destroys. Provides excellent backstories for a much-loved character and one more unknown.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – first in a four book YA series. Strong debut, great start to a series. Kickass characters who you can really get behind. Coming of age/self discovery.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – one of the most impressive debuts I’ve read for ages. Deals with mental health issues. Relatable, funny, heartbreaking, wholesome, awesome.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – despite the volume of YA I read I haven’t actually got around to this one yet…(I know, I’m a terrible person)

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland – this one is on my TBR too. Really hoping I enjoy this one. I haven’t had a good run of books written by YouTubers. I’ve read each of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s and though they were all sub-par at best, a waste of my time at worst. On top of that, we’ve all heard about Zoella’s ghostwriting dramas so I’ve steered clear of books by this group ever since (which is probably unfair). If you’ve read Wilde Like Me, please let me know what you thought…

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell – dystopian fiction set way into Orwell’s future. Coined the phrase “Big Brother.” Eerily prescient in today’s society. Must read modern classic.

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne – my favourite childhood book. The book I learnt to read with. I adore it. Enough said.

A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins – non-fiction, does what it says on the tin. Crash course into English history if you’re a complete history nerd like I am. The rear pages contain some dreamy lists like every Monarch in British History, all of the Prime Ministers and a list of important turning points for the country. I told you I am a history nerd…

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart – I’m ashamed to say I have owned the book for several years and have not yet read it. If any of you have, please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments!

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – I am a huge John Green fan and, like most of us, eagerly anticipated the release of some new material for the last five years or so since The Fault in Our Stars. This did not disappoint. Beautiful novel. Deals with mental health issues and the spiralling anxiety issues within teenagers and young adults.

Votes For Women by Jenni Murray – non-fiction. Educates us on the women who fought for our rights as human beings and gave us the ability to have a political voice. Important in this 100th anniversary year of The Representation of the People Act (1918), especially when every time we turn on the news recently we are seeing these important rights being threatened. Enough said.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – possibly one of my favourite ever modern classics. About a little girl whose father is a lawyer fighting to free a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman in 50s America. Again, strikingly prescient. Another must-read.

A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray – non-fiction. Another book that educates us about the women history choose to forget, or at least diminish their influence. From Boadicea and Mary Wollstonecraft to Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Nancy Astor and Nicola Sturgeon. Important. We should all know these names.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – another terrifyingly relevant dystopian novel. Probably one of the most important books of our time. Recently adapted into a hit tv series. Set in an oppressive society where women are forced into sexual servitude in order to save a declining population. Stirs up emotions and important questions. Another must-read.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – quite possibly my favourite ever novel, and as any fellow reader will understand, I do not say that lightly. Narrated by death, which is absolute genius. A story about the power of words, love, friendship and family. Set in Nazi occupied Germany during WWII this is the kind of book that stays with you forever.

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I haven’t managed to read this one yet but cannot wait to get stuck in. If any of you have already read it, let me know your thoughts!

Until next time!!

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