The Second Quarterly Update | my first Tahereh Mafi book & a new favourite read


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THE UNBROKEN BY C. L. CLARK // this fantasy debut book just ticked all the boxes, with ease. The politics. The writing. The characters. The relationships. The drama. The risks. The plot. It was really compelling and the main relationship was so human… in an endearing and deadly way. Review coming soon.

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TURTLE UNDER ICE BY JULEAH DEL ROSARIO // this felt like capturing a moment in these sisters’ lives. Only slightly touching on who there were, but I felt every emotion of this specific moment in their lives. It was different but I did really enjoy and appreciate it for that difference.

FAR FROM THE TREE BY ROBIN BENWAY // this was a solid contemporary. I love the family focus and how it did three perspectives really well. I liked how each one was distinct and seeing the siblings earn their bond with each other. Maya was my favourite.

THE GOOD IMMIGRANT, EDITED BY NIKESH SHUKLA // the use of multiple short stories allows authors to pinpoint specific experiences, but when combined it allows you to begin to see how widespread and nuanced racism is in the UK. With many different voices, it allowed for a variety of tones to be included such as humourous, analytical, and emotional. This makes it an entertaining and interesting read, as well as important.

THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN BY A. J. HACKWITH // a fun read for a change but it still maintained a lot of danger and risk. The cast of characters were really unique, I loved the magic and the writing was great. A solid read, no doubt.

DAISY JONES AND THE SIX BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID // a re-read for me and I loved it. The characters are flawed, and it isn’t necessarily your typical rock ‘n’ roll group but with many of the classic elements. I love how Reid talks about art and love in this book.

THE THINGS WE DO NOT TELL THE PEOPLE WE LOVE BY HUMA QURESHI // a short story collection that captured very human emotions. That was definitely the strength of this book, it didn’t try to make you love characters in 15 pages, it made you feel what they were feeling. And it was always complex feelings.

MIRAGE BY SOMIAYA DAUD // such a good fantasy premise and execution. A royal political drama with an unlikely character at the centre. It prioritised feelings and relationships over action, unlike some fantasy stories, but nonetheless very compelling. The plot is so solid and the sequel looks even better.

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FINDING MY VOICE BY NADIYA HUSSAIN // as it wasn’t in chronological order, but split into her different “roles”, it made for a slightly stuttering but conversational read. I love Nadiya so it was great to learn more about her life, especially as she is quite a funny. It was very empowering read too.

EMPIRE OF GOLD BY S. A. CHAKRABORTY // the plot could have been soo much more (in fact, my least favourite perspective in the prior books was the saving grace of this one) but I loved the characters and writing sooo much. Check out all my spoilery thoughts?

THE ROAD TRIP BY BETH O’LEARY // this book gave me bridge jones vibes. When I first started it, I thought this was going to be a drag in terms of both characters and plot, but then the character hooked me. It ended up quite interesting but it is more vibes/relationship than plot, for sure. It could have been a bit shorter.

good but for me, slightly missed potential

THE SWITCH BY HELLY ACTON // for a reality show book, it should not have been this bland. Still, I admired the message and empowerment at the centre of the book.

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES BY JESSE SUTANTO // the chaotic murder, rom-com worked really well for me. It was both fun, dramatic and endearing. However, the romance. I struggled with it a lot. It was overly perfect and not in a fun way. The book did not need the romance and it put such a downer on the book for me.

THIS WOVEN KINGDOM BY TAHEREH MAFI // I was really excited about this and it was a good book, but disappointing as well. It had the potential for more and I wish I liked the main characters more. Still, the setting, mythology, writing and run-up to the ending were great. I will still be checking out the sequel, hopefully, it will have less of an overstretched plot too.

HOW TO KILL YOUR FAMILY BY BELLA MACKIE // a very cynical main character who was alright for a change, but she would grate on you after a while because she has a problem with EVERYTHING. But, at least her character voice gave the novel uniqueness as she recounts events. I wouldn’t say it was a remarkable book, as it had very few twists and the entire book is recalling the past so it could be a bit dry. Yet, I liked it for a change as it caught me in a good mood.

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THE AFTERPARTY S1 // this genre mash-up, comedy murder mystery was “just what the doctor ordered”. Mystery and comedy go together so well and I love how the comedy was in the delivery in this, it wasn’t just about making the plot OTT. I watched this with my sister and we had such a blast, it was so fun guessing every week. I 100% recommend it.

BRIDGERTON S2 // It was a well-done love triangle. The emotions were there and Kat and Anthony were great leads. I much preferred it over S1.

KILLING EVE S4 // Season 4 wasn’t the same as it had been. It was slightly a drag but I am glad I experience the conclusion to this series.

HAWKEYE // I don’t think the Barton children have natural chemistry with Clint at all, but I love the introduction of Kate Bishop. She’s perfect. I think the plot would have done better in a movie but I enjoyed watching it nonetheless.





TRUST // Quite a slow show, but I loved the filming style and production. Plus, the plot captured the human ways plans can go wrong and how people try to rectify them. It was different so it was alright for a change.

HART OF DIXIE // I rewatched the entire show, the first two series are really entertaining. The last two didn’t have the same feel. Nonetheless, I love the romantic chemistry, the comedy approach to a drama, the small-town feel and the proof you don’t always need a big villain to have an interesting story. It’s a feel-good show.

MOON KNIGHT // I LOVED THIS! Steven has my heart. The plot and characters really stood out to me. Plus, Moon Knight has to have one of the best costumes in the MCU. It was genuinely interesting to watch. Episodes 1 and 4 were my faves.

DERRY GIRLS S3 // the final season. honestly, slightly disappointing as I don’t think it lived up to the prior two seasons but still I loved the characters and moments. It just didn’t have a ‘final feel’.





THIS IS US S6 // this is the show that makes me cry all the time, in a good way. I think it is a really clever, heartfelt drama series and I love the focus on family. It was ready for its final chapter and I liked seeing everything wrap up. It had less Jack, but I liked the focus on Rebecca.

STRANGER THINGS S4 // I was really into Stranger Things this year and whilst I wish certain characters got more screen time and development, I loved it. I do think volume 1 was better than volume 2. But the acting was really good, Caleb, Sadie and Gaten really stood out to me!

OBI-WAN KENOBI // To me, a really interesting extension of the world. I love the characters, and it brought back a lot of feelings. Kenobi and Anakin have such a compelling relationship. I like how this show brought some love back to the prequels.

MS MARVEL // (up to episode 5) I know the show hasn’t finished yet, but I wanted to talk about it. The visuals are stunning, the characters are lovable, the music is amazing and I REALLY enjoy it. Please watch it.

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A very successful blogging time section. I felt like I was consistent (for me) with my content and most importantly, I enjoyed it a lot. In May, I hit 800 followers which feels surreal and I am so eternally grateful for everyone who has supported me. ❀️

I got my features page up, finally. For specific sections on my blog like movies, writing etc. I am really happy with it so please check it out.

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my favourite posts on the blog…

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I liked a lot of posts so I am doing a list format but I did miss writing specific details about each post so can you just imagine me gushing about said posts.





How has the first half of the year been treating you? What have you been reading and watching? Any new favourites or great disappointments?


62 thoughts on “The Second Quarterly Update | my first Tahereh Mafi book & a new favourite read

  1. Glad to see that you liked The Library of the Unwritten, I’m hoping to finally read it this month πŸ₯° I also preferred the second Bridgerton season to the first as I liked the main leads so much more! Congrats on reaching 800 followers πŸ₯³ Also thank you so much for sharing my posts πŸ’•

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    1. Yay, I hope you enjoy it! Quite different in a good way.
      The second season leads of Bridgerton felt very distinctive in personalities which added a lot for me. 😍
      Thank you sooo much Caro πŸ’—πŸ’š of course, I loved your posts! πŸ₯°

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  2. I’m a bit late here, but thank you so much for sharing my post, I appreciate it SO much!! πŸ₯° So happy you enjoyed Far From the Tree, it’s such a great book, I loved it so much. And yay for rewatching Hart of Dixie! I love that show, such a feel-good show πŸ™‚

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    1. No worries about being a little late, honestly thank you for still reading πŸ₯Ί of course, it was a fabulous post πŸ₯°
      Far From The Tree was a good book. I am so glad I picked up a backlist book.
      Yayyy Hart of Dixie 😍 it is very feel-good and all the characters are so lovable! Just what I wanted! πŸ’—


  3. I’m sorry for vanishing off of here so frequently. Tbh I’m probably still not doing a lot of blog hopping yet (I majorly want to get my tbr down a bit more before I start too much on my blog) but I am determined to at least stay on top of replying to comments now. And I’ll look out for the next two check ins like this too & try to read them on time.

    Firstly congratulations on 800 followers!!! Thats incredible!! Although you definitely deserve each & every one of them.

    I honestly can’t believe I still haven’t read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I definitely want to at least get Evelyn Hugo out of the library next year though (no library for me until at least March I’d imagine – unless it’s for a sequel to something I own like Six Of Crows – as I seriously need to reduce my physical TBR)

    I can’t believe I haven’t read City Of Brass yet either but thats one of the kindle owned series I really do hope to read by the end of the year.

    We’ve already discussed This Woven Kingdom but I’m still sorry that it wasn’t quite as good as we hoped. Fingers crossed for book two though.

    I don’t think I’ve seen that cover for Mirage before πŸ€” although I forgot it was on my tbr so maybe I’m just misremembering it.

    And I so have to check out The Unbroken. I mean this ‘main relationship was so human… in an endearing and deadly way.’ is 100% what I adore.

    I’m glad you enjoyed so many books. Sorry to hear about the ones that let you down though.

    I couldn’t get into Bridgerton. I found some of the characters too silly. And I still need to watch the final season of Killing Eve πŸ™ˆ I want to reach the end but couldn’t get into it.

    I swear I’m the only person who has never seen Stranger Things πŸ™ˆ and I’m intrigued by what you’ve said about Ms Marvel. Will have to check it out one day.

    I’m also saving this post to check out some of the others you’ve shared too. Particularly intrigued by the one about fairytales & violence. Saving it for when I start returning.

    I’m also really looking forward to reading the post about your favourite YA fantasy novels sometime. I’ve decided to wait until I’ve read a couple more as so many of them are high priority for more but I’m excited for it!!

    Wonderful post as always. And one day I swear I’ll leave a comment that’s not a mile long πŸ˜‚

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    1. Aw.. You don’t need to be sorry, blogging can be intense and time consuming! πŸ’— Good luck with your TBR and staying on top of replies!
      Aw.. That’s really sweet, but no pressure at all ❀️❀️

      Thank you sooo much Charlotte πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯°πŸ˜­ I can’t believe it! Aw… That’s so incredibly kind! Thank youuu πŸ₯ΊπŸ’—πŸ₯ΊπŸ’—

      Aww.. TJR is a big author, I can’t believe I’ve only read two! But I seriously hope her books live up to the hype for you~~ they are an interesting experience nonetheless, different characters and all.
      Aw.. A library restriction. You’ve got your TBR πŸ’ͺ🏻 but I like the allowance for sequels, it helps your memory!!

      I’m excited to hear your City of Brass thoughts when you get to it! Beautiful writing 😍

      It was a shame about This Woven Kingdom but I am optimistic for the sequel 🀩

      I think this cover for mirage came out later, but the sequel matches this one so if you want a matching set, this is the cover to get.

      yes, please read The Unbroken!! it was deadly in a politic way, more than a “daggers” way but sooo good and captivating. hope you love it!! πŸ₯°

      Thank you! I guess we can’t love every book so I was still lucky!!

      Bridgerton definitely had a silly charm, I liked that aspect as I struggle with period dramas but I would say season 2 was less silly than s1 so you may like it more!
      The final season for killing eve wasn’t what it should have been but nice to reach the conclusion. Hope you get to it as you want to!

      Haha stranger things is veryyy popular but entertaining!
      Aw.. Yay, hope you love Ms Marvel then! 🀩

      Glad you found some new posts to check out, I loved them! Becky’s post about fairytales was very interesting and different, hope you enjoy reading it!

      aw.. thank you πŸ₯ΊπŸ’— it was fun to reflect on my favourite YA fantasies! Aw.. Nice, I look forward for your thoughts on the books πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

      Thank you sooo much Charlotte!! Haha I love your comments, always so uplifting. Thank you for reading and commenting! ❀️

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      1. I failed again πŸ™ˆ no idea how tbh as now that I’ve finally started catching up I’ve realised I literally only have a handful of comments to answer.

        Its the truth ❀️❀️ you deserve all the followers in the world.

        Yes fingers crossed. Not quire sure how I’d admit it if I ended up Hating Evelyn Hugo when I finally get to it πŸ˜…
        I so don’t, I think catching up with it is impossible πŸ™ˆ but thank you.

        I’ll let you know when I finally read it. So want to.

        Yeah hopefully it’ll be better. Interested to explore the new setting at least!

        Ah right. That might explain it. Love the colours of it.

        Ooh political can still be exciting though, all the double crossing that can come into play!!

        That’s true, it can just be do disheartening sometimes.

        I’m the opposite I love period deamas but I’m really not a fan of silliness πŸ˜…
        That kind of doesn’t surprise me with how it was going downhill unfortunately. Thank you.

        Yes I can imagine (: always fun to share favourites.

        Aww thank you ❀️❀️ yours are always so thoughtful & considerate too. ❀️

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        1. aw.. it’s okay πŸ₯° you can’t always be in the mindset to reply to comments, I know I am not all the time!

          Thank youuu! πŸ₯ΉπŸ’—πŸ₯ΉπŸ’—

          aw… Evelyn Hugo is popular but I have seen mixed reviews recently. It is becoming a movie soon so I think even more people will read it now.

          haha well I hope you find a new good period drama for you, I really liked Sanditon on ITV.

          Thank youuuu!! πŸ’—πŸ’—

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          1. True. Plus I think once you’ve left it for a while it tends to become increasingly daunting.


            Really? I haven’t but I guess I haven’t exactly been blog hopping or anything. I didn’t know about the movie either πŸ™ˆ will definitely have to make sure I read it before then.

            Thank you πŸ’— im glad you enjoyed it.

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            1. Very true- the more time left, the bigger its presence in some ways!

              I am pretty sure there were some mixed reviews but I can’t remember where I saw them. Yesss the movie, although it will probably take a few years so you’ve got time!

              Thank youuu ❀️

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              1. Definitely.

                Ooh I was looking up 2023 adaptations & saw Daisy Jones mentioned though. Kind of want Evelyn Hugo to be my first read by the author so still going to aim for this year sometime.


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                1. Daisy Jones has had pictured released and a teaser trailer!! Ahh.. I am so excited! That book was made to be a show 😍 but I don’t think it is the best book to start with as the interview format is more of a risk!

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                  1. Ooh that’s good!! Idk if I should watch or not until I’ve read the book though? Yeah that’s why I thought I’d try to Evelyn Hugo first. Definitely want to get to the book before the show though. I hope it lives up to your expectations.

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