The Sunshine Blogger Award (2.0!)

I’ve been super MIA for the last month and I apologise! I have super exciting things happening right now that I can’t wait to share with everyone soon! In the meantime, I’m hoping to get back into the swing of blogging more regularly for June (starting with my new review for Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel). One of the things on my blogger ‘to do list’ is to complete the tags some of my favorite bloggers have been so kind to include me in. So a big shoutout to both Reader Voracious and This Dark Material for tagging me in The Sunshine Blogger Award! Be sure to check out their amazing book blogs and give them a follow!


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

I’m going to be super brave and attempt to answer both Reader Voracious and This Dark Material’s questions in this post. I don’t want to pick between the two so I might as well answer them all! Here we go!

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REVIEW: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Publisher: Picador
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 339
Author: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Purchase on Amazon

Synopsis via GoodreadsAn audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

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REVIEW: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (1967)

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1967
Length: 196
Author: Goodreads

Purchase on Amazon

Synopsis via GoodreadsIt was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.
They never returned. Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.

(Photo taken in Hazlemere within the Chiltern Hills in southeastern England.)

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Back to business!

Hi everyone!

I’m back and super excited to be blogging again after my week (and a bit) off! As I discussed in my last post, my mom was here visiting last week from Canada so I took a brief hiatus. I meant to come back at the beginning of this week but life has been so so so busy that I haven’t had enough time to sit down and write. I have been reading though!

Before I talk about my current reads here are a few photos of our travels from last week:

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Taking a short break!

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. My mom is coming from Canada to stay with my boyfriend and I (for my birthday on Friday!) so I won’t be posting at all for the next week. This will likely include my social media unless I snap a cute bookish photo while we’re out that I want to post on my new #bookstagram!

Expect me back the week of the 7th of May 🙂

Wishing you all the best!

Ashley x