Reading, Reviews

Don’t Be Afraid To Admit Book Defeat

Our second choice for A Court of Books and Bullshit 2022 reading list has been looming over us for a long time. We put it off at first only because of life commitments, and then because we picked up other books to get us through the busy season at our separate reading paces. So, finally,… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid To Admit Book Defeat

Reading, Reviews

Stars Above – stella review

Foreword: We actually read Stars Above by Marissa Meyer in April of 2022 and, despite our immediate debrief together, Willow waited for three months before Lauren wrote her blog review! We can forgive her since she was busy planning her July wedding; congratulations, by the way, it was great. It looks like our reading plan… Continue reading Stars Above – stella review


Thoughtful Book-nerd Gift

"I WISH I could listen to audiobooks on my very long commute to work," I lament to Lauren the night of her birthday. We're talking about the last book on our reading list - Winter by Marissa Meyer. Since I raved about the audio of Cress in our last review, Lauren got the finale on… Continue reading Thoughtful Book-nerd Gift

Reading, Reviews

Cress is apparently a type of lettuce

Look at the Dutch cover by Tara Spruit! Hi there, it's Willow kicking off today's book review. Not only did this once again send me reeling with glee the entire time, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as an audiobook, too. Rebecca Soler ticks every one of my boxes - multiple voices, use of pitch and… Continue reading Cress is apparently a type of lettuce

Reading, Reviews

Cinderella – the cyborg mechanic in New Beijing

Introducing: MY FAVOURITE BOOK SERIES EVER. Willow here, and let me tell you how much I love the Lunar Chronicles: Not only is book one FANTASTIC, but so is the whole series. I mean, maybe I don't love book two, but for a whole series to be epic? That's rare. Re-reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer… Continue reading Cinderella – the cyborg mechanic in New Beijing

Reading, Reviews

The Eve Illusion – not the popcorn flavour you were expecting

So, it’s 3am and I’m lying in bed trying (and failing) to go to sleep. I know, I think, I’ll read The Eve Illusion for a bit. That’ll be a good bedtime story – cute romance with a chance of mild threat.   Fast-forward to 4am and I’m now lying in bed, further away from… Continue reading The Eve Illusion – not the popcorn flavour you were expecting

Reading, Reviews


Look at that book cover. Mmm. Delightful. ❤ Tis Willow leading the review today. My mum actually chose this book for Lauren's birthday (hi Mum). I enjoyed this way more than expected. I'm not sure what made me nervous - probably just the premise "beautiful teen girl living in a world of literally only men"… Continue reading Eve of Man – DON’T WORRY, LADS, SHE’S HOT

Reading, Reviews

A Vow so Non-existent and Deadly Boring

Hello, Lauren here. OK. I'm going to try and be nice. You know when you have a wobbly table? Well, I’m sure A Vow so Bold and Deadly would be an excellent book to shove under the shorter leg. Highly useful book, this one, several extremely practical uses for it. Fire kindling, chip wrapping, bog...… Continue reading A Vow so Non-existent and Deadly Boring


The Goddess In The Machine & The Chapter In Binary

If you're here just because you want the binary chapter translation - skip to the SPOILER WARNING heading! From Lora Beth Johnson's instagram. Lauren here - seasoned member of the month-old Court of Books and Bullshit club, cousin of Willow and book-lover usually lacking the commitment to actually, well, read. Book one on our list… Continue reading The Goddess In The Machine & The Chapter In Binary


A Court of Books and Bullshit

The thought of someone else choosing books for me to read has always seemed horrifying. I’ve never joined a book club for this reason. There are so many books out there – I will never read all the ones I have chosen for myself, let alone what a group chooses. So, naturally, I’m starting a… Continue reading A Court of Books and Bullshit

Reading, Reviews

My Best Books of 2019

Hello bibliopals! I didn't just succeed at my reading target this year (to read 25 books), I smashed it (I've read 38 books), whoo! But how many of those would I actually rave about? Here are the few that make my shortlist of best reads in 2019*. *Note: I do not mean published in 2019.… Continue reading My Best Books of 2019

Politics, Reading

What do librarians even DO anymore?

When I announced to my previous employers that I was leaving them to work in a library, their response wasn't, "Congratulations," but, "Aren't libraries dying? What do librarians even do? Won't that be boring?" And I was both incredibly irked and flustered. I didn't know what to say other than I'LL DIE BEFORE I LET… Continue reading What do librarians even DO anymore?

Reading, Reviews, Voice Acting

The Carrow Haunt | Audiobook Review

If you've floated around this blog long enough, you might know that I love good voice acting. I adore it. When I'm reporting for MCM Comic Con, I'm the only one who throws herself forward to interview voice actor's like she's just heard Daniel Radcliffe is selling ice cream in the foyer. The human voice is incredible,… Continue reading The Carrow Haunt | Audiobook Review

NaNoWriMo, Reading, Writing

We Need More Lesbian Knights

In the wake of being made redundant, hopefully scoring a new job with greater prospects, and forever waiting to hear back from my agent (I've bought Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2018 because I'm beginning to worry he doesn't have time to take me on - I also need to brush up on knowledge of publishing contracts), I am desperate… Continue reading We Need More Lesbian Knights