My Friends (and Family) Pick my TBR!

I’ve been doing the ole’ TBR box and pile for a while and it’s done me well. When I started it, I finally got through the books I’d had for years. And since then I’ve been getting through books only a few months after getting them.

Whenever I get a new book, it goes in the TBR box and then when I only have a few books in my current pile left, I pick out a few I’m really excited for and some I aren’t and have to read through that pile.

It’s pretty simple and after watching so mnay TBR games I wanted to change it up a little.

Hence showing my friends, brother and mum all my books and asking them to pick what I should read. This was mostly judged via the cover so I had some good variety.

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Review: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

It’s not a secret that though I’m not a huge fan of romance novels, I adore chick-lit. There’s something so easy to read and fun. I love losing myself in these women’s lives.

Would Like to Meet was a book that I’ve had an arc of for a while but it took me ages to get to. But when I did, I devoured it. It follows Evie Summers, a publishing assistant who had always wanted to be a screenwriter. When a famous screenwriter refuses to write a rom-com until he believes they’re realistic, Evie has to recreate famous movie meet cutes to prove they can lead to love.

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Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete ‘side quests’ during the readathon to collect extra points. The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character


Hinata is a curious little wolf who may spend most of his time running about exploring. But when the darkness arrived he was determined to make things right. He might seem like a troublemaker but he would do anything to protect his home and friends.

My Pondathon TBR

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

A fantasy book that I got for christmas and have been dying to read. It’s about a girl who’s job it is to clear up after death.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

A contemporary with an ace MC that I’ve been needing to read for a while. It’s about a girl who runs a fancomic based on Tolstoy’s work/

Bookish Resolutions

So maybe this is a little late. It’s mid-January but better late than never, right?

One of the things I want to do this year is get more involved with the bookish community. I read a lot anyway but there’s other things I want to do that are related to books. Chatting more about them, blogging more and getting the chance to share my love for books and bookish goodies.

So I thought up some things I’d like to do this year and I want to share them with you all!

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Charity Shops: Tips and Tricks for Book Shopping

So as someone who loves books and doesn’t have much money; charity shops are my saviour. I use the library too but sometimes you’ll find things in a charity shop that you can’t get in the library and you can also wind up getting a whole series for cheap.

I know that Becca from Becca and the Books on YouTube has done a video showing how many books you can get from a charity shop for £15. I’ve never quite been able to spend quite that much in charity shops as I’ve never found that many books I want at once. But there’s something so pleasing about the thought of getting so many books for so little if I so wanted.

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Review: The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

For those who are new here, I’m big on reading and reviewing queer genre books. I want to enjoy them and shout about them to the world even when the queerness isn’t specific to me.

So when I heard about The Fever King last year it was an immediate pre-order and 5 stars when I finished it. The moment I saw the sequel on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. And I was so lucky to be granted a copy.

Title: A Electric Heir
Author: Victoria Lee
Age Range: YA
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopian
Publisher: Skyscape
Release: 17th March 2020

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Review: A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden

I’ve been so picky recently on what books I review and and what I turn down. So when I was offered a book that sounded right up my alley for the…first time in a while. So when I was offered a copy of this book I had to agree to read it and I’m glad I did.

Even if I’ve been slow with the review!

Title: A Touch of Cold
Author: Rebecca Crunden
Age Range: YA
Genre: Sci-Fi (dystopian)
Publisher: Self-published
Release: 23rd February 2017

Buy Link: Amazon UK

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