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July Reads

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (4/5*s)
To Kill A Mockingbird centres on a fictional town in the 1930s and through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, follows their father, Atticus, as he defends a black man accused of rape. To be honest, I don't really know how I felt about this book. Although I gave it 4 stars, there's nothing that I really loved about it - it's just a good book and one that everyone should read at some point in their lives.

A Study In Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle (4/5*s)
A Study In Scarlet is the first book in the Sherlock Holmes series and details how Sherlock and Watson first met, which throws Watson into a world of criminality and violence. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I've never read any Sherlock Holmes novels or watched any of the adaptions but I did really enjoy this. I liked following Sherlock's mind as he unravelled the murders, and I even enjoyed the very long backstory of the criminal and the reasons for his actions.

An Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories #5) by Chris Colfer (4/5*s)
An Author's Odyssey is the 5th book in The Land of Stories and follows Connor and Alex as they enter their own short stories to find allies and take down the Masked Man. I didn't enjoy An Author's Odyssey as much as the previous four books. It followed basically the same plot line as Beyond The Kingdoms which became a bit repetitive and boring. I also found the pacing to be a bit off, with the last section feeling really rushed. However, I did love being back in this world and I can't wait to see what the next book holds!

Re-reads: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (by JK Rowling, 5/5*s)

Mid Summer Wishing

It's been quite a while since I posted a little wishlist on the blog! There's a definite theme to this wishlist - blush and grey seem to be my picks at the moment. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect denim pinafore and a new backpack! I think these Primark picks should do the trick.

What are you wishing for?

June Reads

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare (5/5*s)
The final instalment of The Infernal Devices follows the London Institute as they race to save Tessa from Mortmain and his automatons. The Infernal Devices is a series that gets better with each book and Clockwork Princess was definitely my favourite. Cassandra Clare knows how to keep her readers hooked until the end! This book broke my heart but it had the most perfect epilogue of any book I've ever read.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo (4/5*s)
In the last book of The Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising follows Alina as she hunts for the last of the amplifiers in an attempt to save Ravka from The Darkling. I didn't enjoy Ruin and Rising as much as Siege and Storm, but I still enjoyed it. It was full of twists and turns that I didn't see coming and it kept me guessing until the very end. Again, this was another book where I actually enjoyed the epilogue - although I can see why a lot of people didn't!

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare (5/5*s)
City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instruments series and continues the battle against Sebastian and his endarkened Shadowhunters. This is my favourite book from the series, purely because it introduced the characters from The Dark Artifices! I also loved the links to The Infernal Devices and the inclusion of Jem - my favourite character from the Shadowhunter world.

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (3.5/5*s)
Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy is a series of short stories following Simon on his quest to become a Shadowhunter. To be honest, these stories were either a hit or a miss. I feel like Cassandra Clare tried to include too many characters from her series, which made it feel a bit forced and slightly like a bad fanfic.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5*s)
Lady Midnight is the third series to take place in the Shadowhunter world, focusing on Emma Carstairs as she searches to find out who killed her parents 5 years ago. There's so much I could say about this but basically I loved it. I loved all the characters, especially Julian, and I love the forbidden love arc. I can't wait to see where this series goes!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (5/5*s)
And Then There Were None follows 10 people, each with their own secret, as they attend a dinner party on a private island and are killed off one-by-one. This was my first Agatha Christie novel and I was so impressed by it. I loved finding out about the secrets the characters had and reading about their increasing paranoia surrounding the murders. I had no clue who the murderer was until the last chapter, which made the whole book really exciting!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Maston (5/5*s)
The Unexpected Everything is centred around Andie and the political scandal that derails her Summer. This books is the perfect Summer read and it has everything you could possibly wish for - family, friends, politics, love interests, dogs and fake fantasy novels. I really connected to Andie and I loved reading about her relationship with Clark! I also enjoyed her developing relationship with her father and how they re-connected.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (4/5*s)
The Miniaturist is set in Amsterdam in the 1680s and follows 18 year old Nella as she begins her new life as a wealthy merchant's wife. However, her life drastically changes when she is sent miniature items for a cabinet replica of her new home which mirrors her new life in an eerie way. This book was a strange one, but one I enjoyed nonetheless. I was hooked from the first page, and reading the first chapter back after finishing the book only added to the experience. However, it's very open to interpretation (I still don't know what happened) which can be slightly annoying!

Re-reads: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling (5/5*s) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling (5/5*s)

What have you read this June?

For more updates on what I'm reading see my Instagram or my Goodreads account!

June Street Style Inspiration

Another month, another street style inspiration post. This month is all about the simple, relaxed outfits that perfect for both Summer and Autumn! I'm really loving white or striped t-shirts paired with denim right now, with a leather jacker for colder days! I'm also on the hunt for the perfect striped dress and high-street equivalent of the Acne blush biker jacket!

What's inspired you this June?

For more street style inspiration check out my Pinterest board, my Tumblr or check back next month for the July instalment. 

3 Favourite Bookstagram Accounts

Lotte's account has always been a favourite of mine, ever since I saw her impressive bookcase arrangement. Showcasing her love of classics, adult fiction and young adult, I never fail to add a few more books to my TBR when she posts a new picture.

Emily // @blueeyedbiblio

Emily's account was one of the first 'bookstagram' accounts I came across and is the one that inspired to start my own account. Emily shares her love of young adult books and graphic novels, as well as some adult fiction, through her wonderful photos. Not only that, Emily has also written articles for Seventeen magazine, was featured on Huffington Post and can also be found on her blog and YouTube.

Alexandra // @twirlingpages

Alexandra's account is one that I only found in the last few months, but it's one that I really love. Alexandra regularly posts her insane book hauls and her love for both Hamilton and the Percy Jackson series. Alongside her Instagram account, Alexandra also runs her own blog and regularly posts fun book tags, reviews and tips for new bloggers and bookstagrammers.

Do you have any favourite bookstagram accounts? You can follow mine at @lucyfionabooks!
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