Sampler Sunday

Since I had so many samplers from the last three years at YALC that I’ve not read *shame*, I decided that had to change. So, I’ve created this new feature ‘Sampler Sunday’ where I will post mini reviews of the samplers that I have accumulated and finally read.

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1423 QI facts to blow you over

I normally love QI but although these facts were really interesting, it’s just not the same without the brilliant banter. Some of the facts were really fascinating with my favourite fact about a German airline that allows an extra free kilo of hand luggage provided it’s books. How cool!!

1/10 need as non-fiction books aren’t my thing although it does sound interesting

The Boy who drew the future

Wowzers! I absolutely love this and the characters. I really need to know about their gifts and lives; past and future. A really interesting premise that I need.

10/10 need


This is such a cool concept. Was a curious world. I feel bad for ‘caged’ Simon but do think he’s a bit creepy. I’d love to know more about the Otherworld. I hope his relationships improve and that he can fully explore this Otherworld.

9/10 need


The Treatment by C.L.TAYLOR – Review

the treatmentAll sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.

Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.


The opening chapter was just wow. It certainly gripped me with the immediate whirlwind of mysterious events. We see Drew delve into the mysteries of The Academy after receiving a fearful note from her brother. She gets caught up in the mysterious events to try and unravel the dark secrets of The Academy.

I really liked this plot and the concept of The Academy and their secrets. The tag line ‘Welcome to the Academy. We’re here to cure you. OF EVERYTHING’ really had me hooked. I thought the book was good but I felt that the action was sped up, with significant plot points happening too quickly.

Drew is very brave to have gone after her brother at a school she knows little about that is surrounded by weirdness.  I was very proud of her; overcoming her fears and control. As a reader you find things out in real time as Drew does which made my heart feel like it had been ripped out when I thought things had gone wrong.  I was rooting for her all the way through and was so pleased when things eventually went to plan.

The Treatment itself is probably my worst nightmare, being stripped of myself and having everything take away. It’s certainly no cure and just a brutal, immoral ideal so I was glad that the ending was good but due to having some little peeps of unsettledness, I do wonder if there will be a sequel.

A bit of a fast paced story but none-the-less a good one.

Freshers – Review


I’ll admit that trying to write a spoiler free review of this was so hard but I persevered and here it is…

After being recommended this from the lovely bunch at #SundayYA, I popped to my local library to borrow a copy so I could read it before I started as a Fresher on the 23rd September. I’m glad I did as despite all the cringey and weird situations, it surprisingly made me feel better about going to university.

This book follows Phoebe and Luke as they tackle their first few months at university. The split narrative was brilliant as it allowed multiple view points to this transition period in their lives. The book was laugh-out-loud funny and really cringey. It covered some awkward situations in a delicate but not cotton wool way.

Luke and Phoebe’s complex relationship had many twists and turns and I have so many spoilery feels about it (message me if you really want them). My feelings towards Luke also twisted and turned but ultimately although I feel he often got the wrong end of the stick, he was also equally to blame for being a bit of a dick.

As for the other characters, I love Phoebe’s close relationship with her flat mates, I thought it was adorable. I also loved Josh – a second year that helped Phoebe settle in.

Overall, not only was it a great read, it taught me a few things, mainly to hide my Nutella in my bedroom. If you’re off to uni soon or at some point in the future I would definitely recommend reading this brilliant book.


Fresher Friday #2 – Moving

Hi guys! So it’s Friday again and the last week has flown by and the big day has finally come round. I actually move to university tomorrow and due to an early start, I’m spending today packing. I’ve started throughout the week but today will be neatly stuffing, folding and Tetris-playing to fit my things into boxes and suitcases.

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It’s an overwhelming task so I have a big bag of chocolate and Ed Sheeran on repeat, as I try not to get upset that I’m moving tomorrow.

I’m afraid that this is all for today as I’m super busy. I’ll see you all with my next (hopefully longer) update next Friday from university.

Top 6 essentials for a bookworm starting university (with Inked Books)

As University is just around the corner (we know others have started already but it is for us), Alex (Inked Books) and I thought it would be interesting to write a pair of blog posts looking at this transitional period from a book worm’s perspective; taking the format that we write one half each.

For this post hosted on my blog we’ve decided to share out top 6 essentials for a bookworm starting university. If you want to, check out our other post ‘Our dream literary flatmates’


Megan and Alex 😀


My (Megan’s) top three

Bookish badges – to put on your student lanyard or backpack. You’ll be able to show your book pride and maybe it will create conversation starters that will lead to a great bookish friendship. This is especially good if like me your doing a very none bookish subject and want to find some like minded people.

Decorations – A lovely bookish quote pillow or a poster will add comfort and cuteness to your uni room. It will give a snuggly, homely feel to help combat that inevitable homesickness.

Tote bags – with the 5p carrier bag charges you will need those bags for grocery shopping. We might as well make it even more fun with our favourite bookish tote or multiple totes as bookish totes spawn like tadpoles (lots all at once – cheers YALC 😀 )

Alex’s top three

A selection of books– Although this obvious, it is very essential and requires a lot of thought! I know Megan has chosen to organise her books into labelled piles ensuring her family know which to bring her when they visit. I think this an ingenious idea! I would recommend taking a variety of books to ensure you able to read what you fancy rather than being stuck with what you have. I definitely think less is more especially if you are taking a book heavy or time-consuming subject!


Alex’s book nook


A book nook– Now this isn’t a singular item to take to University, it is rather a selection.  When going to university it is inevitable you will feel homesick. So, one of the best ways to counteract this is by attempting to recreate where you enjoy reading at home within your university room.

Your favourite or most comforting read– To accompany your book nook it’s a great idea to take a book you often re-read. This is a rather specific item but when you are feeling lonely or homesick you can be comforting by those characters which surround you with familiarity because everyone knows that Harry, Hermione and Ron will help you get through anything!







Fresher Friday #1 – Preparing

It’s a week and one day until I move to uni and I still have quite a bit to do. I’ve brought everything I need and decided on a book system (explained below) but my bedroom needs sorting and I need to stop feeling like I’m going to be sick every time I think about university.

My thoughts are currently a mix of this


and this


Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited, but I don’t feel ready. My timetable is released today, the union have announced the fresher’s events, I know how to cook pasta but whilst I should be buzzing, I just feel deflated and refusing to either leave my bed or my mind. I quite frankly just feel sick!

To get over this, I’ve been trying to decide which books to take to uni. No easier said or done. Whilst I still keep changing my mind, I have come up with a system which means I can change my reads. I will be taking one pile with me to uni and have created 5 other piles on my shelf at home. I’ve labelled them all (see image) so that when a family member comes to visit I can ask them, for example, to bring pile D to swap over with the books I originally took and read. And just in case I read them waaay to quickly to swap over, I also have a few books on my Kindle.


Do you have any tips for me about my pre- uni jitters? Please leave on a postcard in the comments

Fresher Friday #0 – The intro

I know it’s not Friday but I wanted to introduce my new feature before Friday’s first post. 😀 After the ‘Freshers’ book #SundayYA chat a couple of weeks ago, I have decided to blog my university experience for those of you interested, whether you are deciding about going to uni or just nosey.

In just under 2 weeks, I will be preparing to travel up to Bath University to start my undergraduate maths degree. I’m currently a giant ball of a thousand thoughts, feelings and emotions; including fear, terror, excitement and nerves.

I’ll be posting every Friday to share my experiences and all these thoughts. If there is anything you want to know as I go along my Fresher journey please feel free to comment on any of the posts. Look out for the first post this Friday!