Book with a BLUE Cover | Book Travelling Thursday

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Hello everyone! I have decided to start participating in Book Travelling Thursday, which is hosted by the amazing Catia and Danielle. You can find the Goodreads group here. This weeks topic was book with a blue cover. As previously, I have decided to make my country Germany rather than the UK as I lived there for a long time and the UK cover is often like the original! Today, these three covers could all be considered originals although the German edition was actually published months before the others! I also haven’t read this book yet, but I really want to as I have previously read Night Owls by the same author and love it.


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Do you agree with me? I think that the German cover isn’t nice, but the US cover doesn’t seem to fit the blurb as well for me and the fact that a scooter thingy is on both others makes me think it is important. Happy reading, Keira x.

LGBTQ+ Reads | #T5W

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Top 5 Wednesday is hosted weekly and you can find the GoodReads Group here. This week’s theme was about LGBTQ+ books and I decided to pick 5 books with LGBTQ+ main characters (whether or not that is the focus of the book). There are many more that I really like, but here are a few of my favourites!


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What are your favourite LGBTQ+ books? Let me know! Happy reading, Keira x.

Wouldn’t Want to be You | Countdown

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Hello everyone! You likely don’t remember this (or never knew it), but I invented my own segment on this blog called “Countdown” and it’s coming back! Basically, I’m going to countdown my top picks for a category. This time around it’s characters whose shoes I definitely don’t want to walk a mile in!


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I feel sorry for Lucien and hope he gets his redemption… but to be so cowed or misguided or brutalised or scared… whatever he feels that makes him the way he is; I do not want to be that. I don’t want a horrible, vicious family, I do not want friends who force me to keep quiet. I just. Well, yes. Also, if you want to know my hopes for ACOWAR, let me know!


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Yes, Warner is amazing and Juliette goes through so much character development in the story and what I say applies less at the end… but still. I am a very physical person- I get comfort from touch, so to not be able to touch or hug or anything would be painful and decimating for me. So yes, I would never trade places with Juliette, not ever.


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I won’t say too much because… spoilers! However, Ascanio is a very troubled werehyena and his past is quite horrible. He has Aunt B now, but his helplessness and the way he acts to make up for what he has experienced and doesn’t have is devastatingly hopeless and upsetting.


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Credence is abused, manipulated, terrorised and basically mistreated by everyone in his life. I never want that to happen to anybody. If you have read/seen Fantastic Beasts then you know what I mean.


Do you agree with me? What characters do you not want to ever share experiences with? Do you want a post on my ACOWAR hopes/predictions? Tell me! Happy reading, Keira x.

Anything but Books Tag

Title.pngI was tagged to do this by the lovely Kat @Life and other Disasters so without further ado- let us begin!


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Winx Club was one of my favourite cartoons as a kid and I still occasionally re-watch it now (plus more seasons are still coming out!)


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At the moment, I am really enjoying Human by Rag’n’Bone Man!


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Definitely watch TV or YouTube. My favourite show that I’m watching at the moment is Downton Abbey!


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I don’t really know what would be surprising, but I do play League of Legends (which is a pretty crappy video game, but I mostly use it to keep in touch with some seriously nerdy friends so it can be fun).


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I really like learning about the way evolution affected men and women differently and we evolved to have the general different physical and social/emotional features that we do.


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Um… I guess I have pretty good colour vision- I can identify where different shades of a colour aren’t the same really well.


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Well I don’t know recent this was, but it was definitely within the last year, so there is this ACOMAF fanart I made.


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I am currently working on a novel called So the Galaxy Hangs which I will be talking about more in some upcoming ‘Writing Spotlights’


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What would have happened/ how my life would have been different if I hadn’t moved to X country. I’ve moved a few times and I think about all of the moves. Needless to say, those lives would have been very different to my current one.


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I love the feeling of blankets against my cheek…


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I’m not tagging anyone, because a lot of people have been tagged to do this recently, but if you have not and would like to do it please consider yourselves tagged! Happy reading, Keira x.

Cats are my favourite pet | Book Travelling Thursday

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Hello everyone! I have decided to start participating in Book Travelling Thursday, which is hosted by the amazing Catia and Danielle. You can find the Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is National Pet Day was a few days ago… choose a book that features your favorite pet. I decided to go for not my favourite pet in a book, but rather a book featuring my favourite pet-animal (which is a cat). Church from the Shadowhunters books fits the bill nicely and as City of Bones has the most editions, I picked that book to share!


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As my country is the UK and often has the same cover as the US, I decided to pick Germany as my own country for this one to make it more interesting, seeing as I did live in Germany up until last year and had lived there for 7+ years. Neither of these covers are great, but I prefer the German one because the US cover just looks like some kind of romance novel, which is false marketing.


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My favourite cover was hard to pick as there are a few gorgeous ones, but the new US cover, I feel, represents the book the best of my 3 top favourites. The Slovak edition however, is simply vile. Clary even has grey skin!


Do you agree with me on these covers? Happy reading, Keira x.

Books That Should Be Video Games | #T5W

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Hello everyone! In my endeavour to post more and more varied content, I am now doing Top 5 Wednesday instead of WWW Wednesday as I personally find it more interesting (if slightly more time consuming to make). Top 5 Wednesday is hosted weekly and you can find the GoodReads Group here.


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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig would be great as a video game, simply because there are so many worlds that the the video game world could explore- have it a location-based video game as a companion to the book, rather than making the story into the video game!


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With all of the beasts and things that go missing in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling, a good video game could be made simply finding them!


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A choose-your-own future type of game where your choices affect the progression of the game would be perfect for Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. The aim of the game? Don’t die. You could play as all different types of people from different houses, just regular farmers… I think it would be fun!


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Similarly to Game of Thrones, the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews would make a great RPG or MOBA game with all the different types of magic-users (and non-magic users). Shapeshifters alone have gajillions of different roles and types, then you have mages, Gods, witches, regular people, mercenaries… the list is endless!


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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell would be another great RPG type SIM-esque game set in college! Again, maybe a choose-your-own path type thing or something along those lines!


There. What books do you think should become video games? Do you agree with me? Let me know! Happy reading, Keira x

If You Like This… Read This | Recommendation and Tag

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Hello everyone! Today I will be combining a recommendations post with a tag- the wonderful Orang-utan Librarian tagged me in the ‘Books to Read in Pairs Tag’ and so I have decided to do it as more of a recommendations type of tag as it is very similar to the If You Like This… You Might Like This style of recommendation. In the ‘Books to Read in Pairs Tag’ you basically pick between 5 and 10 pairs of books that you think go well together and share them with people! I tag the first two people in my reader: Cristina and Ctia as well as anyone else who would like to do this tag!


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Everyone knows Harry Potter… that kind of doesn’t need any explanation. Charlie Bone is aimed at a similar target audience and during a time where my reading was very limited because I got bored with easy books but scared of older books, these were basically constantly on rotation.

Both of these stories are fun, Middle Grade books about a kid who thought he was ordinary suddenly getting magic and going to a magic boarding school… although Charlie’s is across town and he comes home on the weekends. They are fun, reasonably long series that won’t take long and are a great break for adult/teen readers or a wonderful adventure for younger readers.


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Both of these YA Fantasy books take historic empires and corrupt rulers and bring them to a new audience… in a completely new way. And I Darken is based on the story of Vlad the Impaler, except Vlad is now a girl called Lada. Legacy of Kings is based on Alexander the Great. Alexander is still a boy. Both are fast-paced, interesting and slightly violent beginnings to series.


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Okay beyond the obviously similar colourings in these two covers, these are both about transgender teenagers, dealing with similar yet different issues and just generally being very good, fun and important reads.


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The magic systems in these books, although quite different, do remind me a bit of each other and they are both great, GIGANORMOUS high fantasy adult novels.


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I have personally never read Arabian Nights, but according to my mother it is incredibly boring… and she reads a lot of boring books. These retellings however weren’t boring at all!


I really enjoy doing recommendation posts, but I never know what kind of recommendations people would be interested in, so please leave me some ideas down below! Happy reading, Keira x.

Reducing Your TBR & TBR Stress

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Hello everyone! Today, I’m here to talk about something that plagues many of us- and at the moment, has been plaguing me. Many people have stopped doing TBRs, #0by16 was immensely popular and tags like the ‘TBR Shame Tag’ exist! TBRs are a massive fixation in this community and whilst I love them, they are also no-good assholes who want to ruin everyone’s fun.

When I was a kid (well, technically I am still a child, but I’m hardly 9 anymore, so when I was a kid) I loved reading. Nothing much has changed there. But I also used to go downstairs after finishing a book and complain about having nothing to read. Now as much as this ailment plagued 9-year-old Keira, it is something that 15-year-old Keira wishes she could say. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. I mean, no I don’t want to have zero options of things to read and resort to buying tons of Kindle books or rereading old favourites constantly, but I want to go back to the days of a more reasonable and limited selection of unread books. I want my bookshelves to bring me pride and happiness and no stress whatsoever.

All this considered, I have decided to reduce my TBR and if you are in a like-minded position, or simply interested in what I am doing (if you are, I’m immensely flattered and rather confused by it), then here is my action plan, laid out (mostly to hold myself to them and not change them…). I’m determined, so let us begin.


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I have two main goals:

  • Be generally less stressed about reading. Reading is a pleasurable hobby, not a chore or a job. You have school to put pressure on you- don’t add any.
  • Have a TBR comprised of a maximum of 25 physical books and 10 e-books and A MINIMUM of 4 physical books and 1 e-book (yes, I’m putting a minimum amount- like I said before, I still want some choice of what to read next).

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This is perhaps the simplest, quickest and hardest stages. Don’t start with your TBR books: start with your read books. You aren’t planning on finishing that series anytime soon? Chuck it. Don’t remember that book and have no interest in finding out what it was about? Chuck it. You get the idea. (Also- don’t actually check it: many charity shops or charities themselves accept donations or you could give them away to friends/family!)

Then go onto your TBR- any sequels to those series you don’t plan on finishing: those can go first. Has it been on that unread pile for over 2 years… you’re probably never going to read it. I recommend reading the first chapter. Does reading it make you feel uncomfortable? Are you bored? Disappointed? Uninterested? Get rid of it. This is not the time for ‘but…’ or ‘I might read it someday’- this is time for being harsh. Pretend the world depends on it or something. I don’t know. Just do it. And do it first. GET RID OF THE BOOKS. If you leave them in the closet or in a pile somewhere, they will almost certainly magically reappear on your bookshelves.

I lessened my TBR by about 16 books doing this and freed up about a whole 2 shelves of space. It’s just good news all around seeing as I lost a lot of baggage and guilt along with those long-unread books or unfortunate presents/impulse buys.


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There are lots of yearly challenges, which I highly recommend doing. Some include:

Others definitely exist: just find the one for you! You can also challenge yourself- I have a list of 12 books to reread by the end of the year, for example.

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Another ‘challenge’ that isn’t so common now, but was popular a couple of years ago is a TBR Jar Challenge. I did this the other year (or tried to) and failed quickly, because I never wanted to read the book I pulled. However, I am restarting it, with slightly different rules. Here they are:

  • All TBR books are eligible unless they are sequels to books I have not yet read.
  • I must pick one book out of the jar every month.
  • I can also pick a book if I am unsure what I want to read next.
  • Once a book has been picked, I have one month to read it.
  • If I either have no interest in reading the book or don’t start it by the end of the month, it gets returned to the jar and another book is picked (whether or not I want another book). The name of the discarded book gets written down for future reference.
  • If a book is picked a second time and gets discarded in one of the two aforementioned ways, I must get rid of it.
  • Rather than constantly going through all the books, if a book is selected which has already been read, then it is simply thrown away and another is selected.
  • This will continue after reaching my goal.

This way, I will have a wildcard on my TBR each month, never need to worry about what to read next and have a way of continuously culling books I will never read.

I am also putting together a Short TBR Jar Challenge in which all physical books under approximately 300 words (okay, it’s more like 310) get entered again in a second jar, with slightly different rules to the main one. E-books don’t count, because the page count isn’t really a major factor for me with them.

  • A single book is chosen for every 20 books I read.
  • The same rules apply as with the main jar once a book has been picked.

This way I will give myself a bit of a break between possibly longer books. Normally I would do this with a ‘guilty pleasure’ read, which results either in a reread or a purchase of a romance novel. Not that this isn’t an excellent past-time which I enjoy very much, but it tends to lapse into me only reading romances for weeks, which isn’t so great.


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Second only to culling, this is probably the easiest way to reduce your TBR and it’s by far the most obvious one. If you want to have less unread books, you obviously have to read more of them! That requires little explanation.

I will however say that my monthly TBR and current reads have migrated off of my beautiful shelves to take up residence on my bedside table along with a cute little checklist on a post-it note. Why you ask? To make them equally easy to reach as the computer at the end of the bed to hopefully encourage my lazy butt to read when I’m bored and not just wack out a couple of hours of Downton Abbey or something. Also, to keep in my mind that I have actually got a TBR so I don’t leave them all to the last couple of days in the month (which I definitely haven’t done before…) 🙂


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I don’t like book buying bans and they don’t work and they are unrealistic. I don’t have a ban. I am implementing a restriction. And no, that’s not me dressing up a ban as something nicer, it is the pure, unadulterated truth (I really love saying that phrase, it sounds pleasant… I also like the word ‘exuberant’. Say it, go on. Doesn’t it feel good to say? Roll of the tongue nicely? Nope. Okay, that’s just me being a weirdo then… ANYWAY). The terms of this restriction are:

  • One book may be pre-ordered every four months courtesy of my dad. (He usually doesn’t buy books for me, but as I am only 15 and do not have a job yet, he does buy e-books and treats me to these).
  • One book may be pre-ordered every four months with my own money.

However, these pre-orders come with two stipulations:

  1. The pre-ordered book must be the next thing you read once receiving it (after finishing the book currently being read, of course).
  2. The pre-order must be a) an incredibly highly anticipated standalone that you have been dying to get your hands on OR b) a sequel to a favourite series OR c) a book by a favourite author. I don’t want to start too many more series and I want to make sure the pre-orders I make actually get read.

Then, there are a couple of restrictions that only apply to the end of the year.

  • A maximum of 9 books collectively may be requested for birthday and Christmas.
  • Amazon wish lists must be fully up to date and harshly purged by November 1st latest. This is because I made the mistake of not doing this and when splitting my wishlist between 4 families within my extended family, my parents added some extras from my list onto the pile. Mostly, this was great, but there were a few books which I probably would have ended up not getting and which I have now given away, which is kind of sad.

My biggest issue with receiving books for Birthday and Christmas and why I say 9 collectively is that both events take place in the same week and last year my TBR increased by about 35 books (especially when you factor in birthday money spent on books), which is ridiculous and totally disproportionate to my reading.

Other more regular restrictions are:

  • One ARC may be accepted at a time if contacted by the author.
  • One additional ARC may be requested at a time if it a sequel to a previously started series or a book by a favourite author.
  • One “guilty pleasure” (or not guilty) romance book may be purchased each month independently of any other requirements.
  • One book must be purchased for every 15 books read to keep up variety and new life in my TBR.
  • A maximum of 2 additional books may be purchased each month.
  • One audiobook which I do not own a physical copy of AND one audiobook which I do own a physical copy of (if using credit for the previously owned copy).

HOWEVER, there are also some stipulations on these additional books as well! They must be either a) a present OR b) a new release OR c) a sequel OR d) a souvenir. Of course, any schoolbooks I need will be bought… they don’t come under this restriction at all!


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Okay, so I’ve finally reached my goal (hypothetically speaking). At this point I’m probably in the habit of buying less books, but in order to maintain my goal and not go too far under or over it some of the rules will have to change.

  • Instead of having to buy 1 book for every 15 read, I can now choose to buy 1 book for every 5.
  • The two additional books a month can be anything.
  • If a book has been on the TBR for over 3 months, re-evaluate if you still want to read it.

All other rules will be the same!


Do you get TBR stress? How do you manage it? How many books are on your TBR and how many would you like there to be? Talk to me about your thoughts in this! Happy reading, Keira x.

P.S. This thing is almost 1900 words and there aren’t many pictures so if you read to the end… wow! Comment “squid bubbles” or something because this is probably my longest post ever. Congratulations and thank you 🙂

Will We Fly a Kite? | April TBR

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With the sunnier months upon us (its 25°C right now!) more and more contemporaries are making it into my reading! Also, I have readjusted (again, I know) some things to do with my TBR (which only partially affects this), which I should be doing a post on in the next few days, so this might look a little different to previous TBRs (aside from the genre thing) as there are A LOT less ARCs but a similar number of books.


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  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo was my TBR Jar Challenge pick for this month (more on that in the aforementioned post-to-come). It is a YA Contemporary.
  • One Year Left by J. C. Robinson is an ARC- I was contacted by the author to see if I would like to receive an e-copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. It is a NA Contemporary.
  • The Icarus Show by Sally Christie is my 2017 Challenge book for the prompt ‘the first book you see in a bookshop and is a YA Contemporary.’
  • Rubinrot von Kerstin Gier is a book I am reading for my German tutor (yeah, its also a YA Fantasy with a lot of romance- my tutor is 17, we read a very wide variety of things).
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling is off of my list of ‘Books to Reread in 2017’.

What books are you planning on reading this month? Happy reading, Keira x.

Most Anticipated Releases Spring 2017

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Hello everyone! Today I will be talking to you about the 10 spring releases I am most excited for in chronological order (for the most part). All of these release dates are off of Amazon UK because that is likely where I will be pre-order them from, so they may differ based on where you are in the world and which retailer you get them from! Also, this managed to somehow look kind of colour coded. So that’s always cool.


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  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is a YA Contemporary novel from the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and will be out on the 11th of April. It is a very very diverse read with some good romance apparently!
  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett is ANOTHER Ya Contemporary novel from the author of Night Owls (also known as The Anatomical Shape of the Heart in the U.S.) with a cute romance. Night Owls was one of my favourite books last year, so I really hope this one is just as good. It will come out on the 6th of April (yeah, this one really should have been first- oh well… also the 6th was yesterday so this is already out).
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in the New Adult Fantasy series A Court of Thorns and Roses and although it will be the last major book in this particular storyline, there will be 2 more novellas AND a three-book series set in the same world with some similar characters, but following a different story. This will come out on the 2nd of May, but Bloomsbury already has the finished copies and was giving sneak peaks on their Snapchat and I honestly DON’T KNOW HOW I CAN WAIT A WHOLE MONTH. Also, why does it have to come out on the 2nd and not the 1st… I could have read it on May Bank Holiday 😦
  • The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan is the second book in the Trials of Apollo series and despite coming out on the 2nd of May, does not yet have a cover, hence the lack of a picture.

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  • The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a sort of Contemporary Romance with slightly evil teenage spy organisations thrown into the mix. This is also supposed to be a LGBTQIA+ book and I’m seriously excited for it! It will come out on the 16th of May.
  • Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh is a Mulan retelling form the author of The Wrath and the Dawn and will be released on the 18th of May.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is a Contemporary Romance novel dealing with issues of arranged marriage with Indian-American main characters. It comes out on the 13th of June in the UK and I cannot wait.

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  • Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers is the companion sequel to Assassin’s Heart and is a YA High Fantasy novel. It comes out on the 13th of June.
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White is the sequel to And I Darken and is based on the story of Vlad the Impaler, except with Vlad being a girl as well as, no doubt, some other changes. It will be released on the 27th of June.
  • Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead is the sequel to The Glittering Court and is also released on the 27th of June.

Plus the special new editions of Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s Stone come out on June 1st (the ones with different covers for each Hogwarts House) so that will be exciting too!
What book are you most anticipating this spring? Happy reading, Keira x.