Dealing with book stress?/TBR pressure

If you’re anything like me, your TBR (to be read) is incredibly long, and no matter how many books you read, the list never gets smaller. My TBR is a never ending list, which can really overwhelm me. I am always finding new books I want to read. Despite reading a hundred books a year, I’ll never run out of content to read. I don’t follow any reading challenges, or plan what I’m going to read next. I simply choose my books as and when I feel like it.

My TBR list is very long, despite never actively looking for books. I simply see books in book stores/library, see reviews on blogs or get recommended by others. I think I would be very overwhelmed if I looked for more, as my TBR would multiple! Do you actively search for books, or do you read as and when you see something that catches your eye? I’m interested to see,as I would love to be one of those people who follow new releases or book challenges.

The truth? I rarely look at my TBR, as I don’t want to overwhelm myself. The only time I look at my list is when I am adding a new book, or run out of unread books on my shelf/kindle. It is so satisfying when I return to my list and noticed I can cross of read books without even realizing they were on my TBR.

Thus, my trick to not become stressed with all the books I want to read? I don’t put the pressure on myself to read X,Y&Z. I simply pick up whatever book I desire. This is why I don’t do many #gifted book reviews, as the pressure to finish and enjoy the book takes part of the enjoyment out for me. (Unless it is a book I think I will be passionate about/really enjoy.)

I am a very organised person, and use to plan exactly what and when I would read. Switching genres and introducing intellectual challenging books. I would force myself to finish books I wasn’t particular enjoying, because I HAD to tick them off my list. (mental health even affected my reading). I would see what books were popular and felt the pressure to read them instantly. (Before I started posting on my blog).

Concluding that reading is so personal. Everyone has different reading tastes, thus will not enjoy the same books. THIS IS OKAY. Simply read and add books to your TBR that YOU will enjoy. It sounds so easy, and it may be for you. But for me, this was a difficult hurdle to overcome. Reading is a hobby, a way to relax. My escapism.


Reading Habits Book Tag

I saw this tag on  Audra’s book blabbing! I tag anyone who reads this. I love reading others answers!


  • Do you have a certain place at home for reading? If I am at home, I mostly only read in my bed! Preferably snuggled under blankets with a snack.
  • Bookmark or random piece of paper? I don’t use either, I just remember my page number.. Although I do have a beautiful handmade bookmark!
  • Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages? I can’t stop randomly, it has to be at the end of a page or chapter, preferably on the left, not right page haha. The amount read doesn’t bother me.
  • Do you eat or drink whilst reading? I always have my glass water bottle to hand, and prefer having a snack, mostly a bowl of crunchy crisps or nuts.
  • Multitasking: Music or T.V. whilst reading? Tv is a big no! I only listen to music while I read if I am on a train or plane.
  • One book at a time or several? Only one!
  • Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere, my most common places are my local coffee shop and my bed.
  • Read out loud or silently in your head? Silently in my head. Although I sometimes read out loud to my partner.
  • Do you read ahead or skip pages? Never!
  • Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? Breaking the spine..
  • Do you write in your books? Nope, never! (I have once when I gifted my partner a book when we were long distance)
  • Do you read the back page before finishing the book? No way, I’m not going to give myself a huge spoiler.

Thank you for reading my version! I enjoy doing book tags, but I feel they are too simple for a post, I like writing and putting time into my blog,making it unique to me. Therefore, from now on I won’t often be joining in on tags, just occasionally. I’m trying to alternate between mental health posts and book posts.


September Wrapup 2018


I read 7 books this month, which isn’t very good for me. I was extremely busy, so am glad I still managed this amount. I’m only counting it as 6, not 7, as I couldn’t finish one. Despite only reading 6 books this month, I will still reach my target of one hundred books a year. I shall be rating all the books out of 5. Here goes:

  1. Words in deep blue by Cath Crowley: This was definitely my favorite read of the month. The book was written by two people, which I always enjoy. I got so attached to the bookstore in the story that I actually cried when reading the end of the book. I wasn’t a fan of the love story, but would still give this book 4.5/5.
  2. Walking disaster by Jamie Mcguire: I read beautiful disaster as a young teen and really enjoyed it. I just found out about this book, which is set at the same time, so was super excited about reading. It was weird, the story is identical to beautiful disaster, it was just the same as reading the first, but written in the view of a different character. Disappointing. I recommend only reading one of the two stories,as they are the exact same. 2/5.
  3. Open Road summer by Emery lord: This is the book that I’m not included as having read. I read a few chapters and found it too cringey to carry on reading, which is not like me! I really enjoy Emery Lords other books, therefore was very surprised to dislike this one. 1/5.
  4. Tell me 3 things by Julie Busbuam: I found this book on a list of top YA books, so definitely had to read as this is my favorite genre. The book followed a teenage girl who was writing letter to an anonymous person. The book wasn’t very unique but I still quite enjoyed. It was an easy read. 3.5/5.
  5. We come apart by Sarah Crossman: I picked this book up on whim at the library and was surprised, it is YA but a little different, I like how unique it was. Followed the story of 2 young teens, one from a very underprivileged home, and the other an immigrant with broken English. They meet at community service. I really enjoyed this. 4/5.
  6. P.s I like you by Kasie West: This is a popular book, so thought I would give it a go. I found it very similar to Tell me 3 things, they were both about anon letters. It was good, but nothing exciting, another quick read, which I like sometimes. 3/5.
  7. Goodbye perfect by Sara Banard: I didn’t know anything about this book before reading, and found it quite exciting. It is written by a teenager who is best friends with a girl who runs away with their school teacher. She is the only one in contact with her best friend, she keeps to her promise, but after finding out it is their teacher, she want’s to also protect her. 4/5.

The 20 questions book tag

Morning! I saw lot’s of blogs doing this tag, so thought I would join in, as I enjoy answering the questions. Would love for anyone reading to have a go themselves, tag me if you do! Enjoy!

1)How many books is too many books in a book series?

There is no such thing as too many, if they don’t lack in quality then infinitely

2)How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Mmm, if there is going to be a next book, but there is a wait, I can handle. Can’t handle when it’s the complete end

3)Hard copy or paperback?

Paper back all the way! Hardbacks are heavy

4)Favourite book?

Flowers in the attic

5)Least favourite book?

Brave new world

6)Love Triangles, yes or no?

Preferably no, but they don’t bother me too much

7)The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Brave new world

8)Book you’re currently reading?

The sun is also a star

9)Last book you recommended to someone

Its kind of a funny story

10)Oldest Book You’ve read?

Jane Ere maybe?

11)Newest book you’ve read?

Cathy glasses new book releases in 2 days, otherwise I have no idea the oldest of a book

12)Favourite Author?

I don’t have a favourite, but I enjoy Cathy Glass, Emery Lord, Marcus Zusak

13)Buying books?

Not anymore!

14)A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Harry potter

15)Bookmarks or dog earring?

I had to google dog earring, so bookmarks it is

16)A book you can always reread?

Its kind of a funny story

17)Can you read while listening to music?

I can, but choose not to

18)One POV or multiple POVs?

Someone explain what this means please? haha

19)Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Depends on the book! I can easily read a book in a day, but majority over a few

20)One book you read because of the cover?

A million little pieces- James Frey


My Anti TBR

I have a very long To Be Read list, and never thought I’d be doing the opposite. I’d love to hear one of your anti TBR in the comments! I saw this on a few blogs, and wanted to create my own. Therefore here is 6 books that I NOT to be read:Picture1

1.Harry Potter: I know, please don’t hate me, this is a very unpopular opinion. I’ve just never been into fantasy, so the books never appealed to me. There’s far too much expectation to read them now!

2. Brave new world: I have in fact actually attempted to read this before, and did not get very far. It messed with my mind too much, I no longer ever want to read this.

3. Red Queen: I’ve always been tempted by this book as its been very popular, as it is in every Top YA book list, and is always on every libraries book shelf. Again, I know I wouldn’t enjoy this book because of the genre, so I won’t be reading.

4. The hunger games: Same opinion as the Harry Potter series^

5. The shining: The main reason I shall not be reading this book as it is far too scary!

6. American Psycho- A book I kind of want to read, but I know will freak me out, so I won’t. I do really like the front cover of the book though!



  • Age: 19
  • Books: Favourite is flowers in the attic. Currently reading Under rose tinted skies
  • Colours: White and mustardy/yellow are my favourite
  • Dream: To just enjoy life
  • Everyday start with: A glass of water
  • Flower: Sunflowers are definitely my favourite, so beautiful
  • Goals: Complete my degree to pursue my career
  • Height: 4ft 11
  • In love with: My boyfriend, food, reading, rain.
  • Job: Student
  • Kids: yeah! but not for another 10ish years
  • Last thing I ate: homemade cornflake cakes
  • Magic power: to be able to fly
  • Number of fears: Quite a few! Failure being the most feared
  • Outfit: Currently wearing a corduroy dress with dr martens and a pastel stripey cardigan
  • Passions: Reading
  • Quotes: A comfort zone is a nice place to be, but nothing ever grows there
  • Reasons to smile: Rain, a good book, gratitude, food, boyfriend, bedtime
  • Season: Easily Autumn!
  • Travels: Japan and Hawaii are the top of my bucket list
  • Under water animals: Whales are interesting
  • Vacation: Either a city weekend, or an exotic country
  • Worst habit: dermatillomania
  • X men character: I have no idea what this even means
  • Your favourite food: Potatoes! Chips, mash, crisps, roast
  • Zodiac sign: Libra ( i had to google this haha)

Thought I would join in this tag so you could learn a little bit more about me. I hope you enjoyed.


Reading a 100 books a year?

downloadFor the past 5 years I have read one hundred books a year. I know, it sounds crazy. How do I have so much time? I read every single day, and can quite often finish a book in one sitting but mainly I’m a fast reader.

This may be the first year(2018) that I fail this. This isn’t because I’ve been super busy nor lost my interest. It’s simple that I can’t find the books. Again this sounds crazy, but I’ve read all the YA books in my local library, and this is currently what I like reading best. This has left me a little lost. I’ve delved into the ordinary fiction section of my library, and read those that stand out to me, but I’m not quite ready to leave my favourite genre just yet. Contemporary is what I read most, fantasy and dystopian just aren’t my cup of tea.

I heavily rely on libraries as my access to books as I no longer want to collect books, I am trying to be more minimal with my possessions. I still crave a physical book, so kindles are my last resort,  I sometimes use my boyfriends if the library can’t get hold of a book I want to read. I have a TBR list (‘To be read’ list for those who aren’t quite a book worm haha) and shall continue adding to this. I have exhausted the google top lists, so would appreciate if anyone reading this blog post would comment their favourite/ must read books I should add to my list.

My all time favourite books are;

–  flowers in the attic -V. C. Andrews (could you have guessed? my blog name was taken from this)

– Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

– It’s kind of a funny story -Ned Vizzini

-The book thief –  Markus Zusak

-My heart and other black holes- Jasmine Warga

-All Cathy Glass books

I may start adding book reviews onto my blog.