Adventures in Edinburgh✨


Do you ever just want to go on really big adventures? or even just little weekend ones? If the answer is yes, they what’s stopping you? Buy that train ticket, book that hotel or even book that plane ticket!

At the beginning of February me and my boyfriend decided to take a little trip to Edinburgh and stay overnight! We went during the week as I had recently left one of my jobs and therefore I had a bit more free time (as due to Christmas and Sales I was super busy in December and January.) So we booked our train tickets and a BnB in Leith (which is about a 40 minute walk from the train station and a 20 minute bus trip) and went!

Places we visited:

  • Old Town
  • New Town
  • Carlton Hill
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia (owned by the Royal Family and used for over 44 years, travelling over one million miles. Lasted used in 1997 on a farewell tour around the UK.)
  • Parliament Building
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Greyfriar’s Bobby Statue
  • Pubs: Tolbooth Tavarn and The World’s End.


We had such a lovely time even though we were only there for a day and a night! I also got to try some veggie haggis for the first time! 🌟


2017 Scrapbook: A Summary 🌟

With 2017 over, I thought I’d write about my favourite memories of last year as well as what I got up to! So I hope that you enjoy it and reflect on the past year yourself! 😊🎉 I also thank you for taking the time to read this post, especially if you’ve read my blog regularly this past year! So here is a breakdown of my year and what I got up to!

So here is a little summary of what I got up to this year:

January 2017: At the start of the year I read my first Sarah J Maas book which led me down a rabbit hole of her books as well as bringing back my love for reading! It took me 6 days to read which actually was pretty fast because I had just started the second semester of my Masters course! I got offered a permanent contract in my part time job. At the end of the month my parents visited as they were on route to Scotland and Ireland. I also made this blog!


February 2017: I visited my friend in Plymouth which was long overdue and ate way too much vegan junk food! Celebrated Valentines Day and bought too many books at Waterstones as they had a 20% student discount evening. My boyfriend’s friends from home visited and stayed with us. It was really cool as we got to visit some historical places such as the Yorkshire Moors, Byland Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey. (Photos are below)



March & April 2017: March and April was a month full of stress with two exams, a dissertation proposal and two essays! I tried to de-stress and booked to see some trainee guide dogs and retired ones at my university! At the end of the month and beginning of April I visited Sicily which was amazing! My friend also booked to come and see me in June and a snap election was announced by the UK government.


May & June 2017: A Court of Wings and Ruin came out so I spent the first week of May  reading it! I dyed my hair brown after it being blonde for a year and then made the decision to dye it red in June. My friend who I visited in January came down to visit at the end of May which was nice as I hadn’t seen him since then! On the 8th of June I voted in the general election and then I stayed up all night and watched the results! Another friend visited and we spent that time playing games, watching films, going to a vegan BBQ, a 1920s ball, a day trip to Scarborough and visiting the Harry Potter shop on the shambles! A few days after she left, I had two exams.


July & August 2017: I was quite ill in July as I had an infection which led me to be on antibiotics for two weeks! I also went back to my hometown to celebrate my sister’s baby shower and met up with my friend who had visited me the month before. At the end of July I went to Nottingham to celebrate a friends birthday. My parents visited in August and in between writing my dissertation, I also moved house.

September 2017: My new baby niece was born at the start of September so I went back to my hometown to meet her! My boyfriend handed in his dissertation and I carried on writing mine. I started applying for a new job in between dissertation writing. At the end of the month, I went on a solo adventure to Newcastle for the day which was so lovely!

October 2017: I had an interview for a job and the next day I got offered it! I celebrated turning 23 by going pumpkin picking with my boyfriend. I attended another student lock in at Waterstones, and a few days later a lot of my friends came down to visit. It was that weekend that me and my best friend got matching tattoos! At the end of the month I visited New York with my mam, sister, two nephews and boyfriend, we flew back to the UK on Halloween.

November 2017: I came back to the UK from New York and had my last shift in my old job and then two days later, I started my new job! I then had an interview for another job for a Christmas temporary position. I attended my first ever book event which was Sarah J Maas Tower of Dawn Tour in Manchester! My friend then came to visit and I was still frantically writing dissertation which was due at the start of December.

December 2017: My parents visited at the start of December and while they were visiting, I handed in my dissertation and then celebrated (and my mams birthday) with an afternoon tea! As it was Christmas month, I worked a lot but also went to some Christmassy events such as the panto and a light show. I celebrated my first Christmas without any parents and then worked Boxing Day.

And that was basically my year in a nutshell. How was your 2017? Did you have adventures and goals?

Mornings Are For Coffee And Contemplation 🌟

My body aches for adventure, my skin wants to feel the warmth of the sun upon it and for the freckles which are hidden away to come out. I want my bare feet to feel the sand and for the sea to jump up towards my knees. I want to search for shells and for the ocean sea salt to kiss my hair. My legs want to find adventures and aches in hikes to discover new places, to unravel hidden secrets and jewels given by mother nature. I want the freedom to roam, for 7am tiredness, for running to train stations, to take long naps after a day full of adventure. To discover the world which is vast and desires to be explored. To be stuck in a place lacking adventure seems dull to me. To cage ourselves away like a bird desperate to escape.

We are not birds. We are humans. We are explorers and wanderers.

Spring Playlist #2 ☀

So last year I created a post called 25 Songs For Your Spring Playlist. As I love making playlists I thought that I would create another for 2018! It helps me remember songs that I love as well as listening to new songs! As Spring is shortly approaching on March 1st,  this will hopefully get you in the mood to enjoy Spring! I hope you give a few of them a listen and let me know what songs you have been loving lately!✨

  1. Kettering – The Antlers
  2. Zombie – The Cranberries
  3. Wildfire – SYML
  4. We’re Going Home – Vance Joy
  5. Digital Love – Digital Farm Animals
  6. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
  7. Knocking on Heavens Door – RAIGN
  8. The Last Of The Real Ones – Fall Out Boy
  9. Cash Machine – Hard-FI
  10. Find Me – Sigma and Birdy
  11. World Gone Mad – Bastille
  12. Midnight River – Vaults
  13. Us Against The World – Play
  14. Island In The Sun – Empty Trash
  15. IDGAF – Dua Lipa
  16. Fall – Sasha Sloan
  17. Sweat – RY X
  18. Feel It Still – Portugal ft The Man
  19. Bringing The House Down – CLOVES
  20. Running Underwater – Harper

Book Reading Challenges For 2018 📚

Here is a list of reading challenges that I have set for 2018, I thought that I would share them with you to inspire you to create your own and to read more books!

  1. A book that you read in school.
  2. A book published last year in 2017.
  3. A book that became a film.
  4. A book with a name in the title.
  5. A book with a number in the title.
  6. A book based on a true story.
  7. A book someone else recommended.
  8. A book with 500+ pages.
  9. A book you can finish in one day.
  10. An award winning book.
  11. A book with a character with your name.
  12. A book set in the future.
  13. A trilogy or series.
  14. A book you own but haven’t read.
  15. A book with an appealing cover.
  16. A graphic novel.
  17. A book about a villain or an anti-hero.
  18. A book about death or grief.
  19. A book published this year in 2018.
  20. A book with a woman on the cover.

History Post #3: In what ways was Europe of 1913 different to the Europe of 1815, and in what ways were they similar?

Here is an essay that I wrote during my second year in my undergraduate degree. I though it would be interesting to give you a little history blog post on a topic that I found super interesting! So I hope you enjoy reading and if you have any questions then please comment below 🙂 If you would like to use any of this information then please reference me or the books that I have linked below! Thank-you.

Disclaimer: The purpose for this post is not to use my essay for your own gain but merely to educate yourself on this topic.

In what ways was Europe of 1913 different to the Europe of 1815, and in what ways were they similar?

At first glance, there are many differences and yet many similarities between the Europe of 1815 and the Europe of 1913. To begin this essay, it is necessary to look at what was happening in Europe during these time periods. The main areas that will be focused on are politics, geography, emigration, country agendas and the technology at the time. By focusing on these, together with any additional information and evidence, one will be able to compare and contrast the two.

After the Napoleonic wars, Europe was in turmoil. England had lived in fear of a French invasion led by Napoleon, whilst some saw Napoleon as a hero and throughout Europe taxes were increased to fund the war.[1] “The experience of revolution and war had gone so deep and had been shared by so many, if unequally, that it could not be forgotten easily. Not everyone wanted to forget, however. Indeed, even before his death in 1821, Napoleon became a legend that still had power to move men.”[2] “The Congress of Vienna” was a significant date that took place in 1814 till 1815. Diplomats of the great countries met to reorganise the European boundaries, to settle disputes, and thus by doing so would hopefully prevent any one country from taking over Europe and maintain the structure of Europe. “The Kingdom of the Netherlands had been created; Prussia had been strengthened in the Rhineland; an international guarantee of Swiss neutrality had been given’ the Kingdom of Savoy-Sardinia had been enlarged by the annexation of Genoa. Most fundamental of all, French expansionism had been checked, at least for the time being, by the restoration of the Bourbons to the throne.”[3] Although, some Historians such as J.S. Olson criticise this act for “drastically altering European frontiers.”[4] Which in some ways are true as not every country was happy with the outcome of the congress.

“The Congress System formally ended in 1823, when the Great Powers stopped meeting regularly.”[5] One could argue that because of the Congress System formally ending, it may have contributed to Europe’s borders slowly disintegrating for some countries. “By the 1830s the Concert of Europe was no longer a concert, for each country acted as it wanted to and France had another revolution.”[6] For example, in 1830 Greece became independent after 400 years under Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest empires in history and was made up of many countries, for example, today is modern day Turkey and Egypt. Greece led the way for Europe’s boundaries to become more fluid and for countries to take back control for independence. The unification of Italy happened in the 1850s and the unification of Germany soon followed in 60s. Due to the borders all breaking up, almost a century on in 1913, Europe was again in chaos. Tension arose in the Balkan states throughout the mid-19th century due to the points above, which resulted in the first Balkan war in Europe between 1912 and 1913. The Balkan wars were between the Balkan League and the Ottoman Empire. “The armistice for the cessation of the First Balkan War was signed on December 3 1912.”[7] The “Treaty of London,” which was the truce for the cessation was short lived as the second Balkan War broke out in 1913. Similar to 1815, there was another significant treaty in 1913. The “Treaty of Bucharest” which was signed after the Second Balkan War. Europe was on the cusp of World War I and it was only a year later that war was declared. Tension between France, Germany, Austro-Hungary and Russia had been on the horizon for many years before World War I broke out. “The basic hostilities in the late 19th century Europe were between France and Germany and between Austro-Hungary and Russia.”[8]

The very obvious differences between the two time periods, is that in 1815 Europe had just ended a war, but 1913 was pre-war in Europe. The Europe of 1913 were more prepared for war than the century before it. “There was a 300 per cent increase in the level of armaments, military and naval, in Europe between 1870 and 1914, made possible not only by decision taken by political leaders but by the increasingly wealth and advancing technology associated with industrialization.”[9]

There was a clear difference between the societies of 1815 and 1913 in Europe. For example, in the early 19th century women were certainly different from the early 20th century. With the formation of the suffragettes, who were a women’s organization protesting for the right to vote. In Britain, the leader was Emmeline Pankhurst “the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903 marked the start of a radical new phase in the fight to win the right to vote for British women.”[10] Although the suffrages were not just in the UK, there were many woman’s rights movements all across Europe. In 1913, the suffragette movement was given a new level of publicity. “Emily Davison, committed suicide by throwing herself in front of King George V’s horse during a race.”[11]

In 1913, one of the main focuses on European society was women’s rights, whereas in 1815, nationalism was the main focus of change and this continued to 1913 though it was not as prominent. “The most important political factor of the nineteenth century in Europe was the growth of nationalism. During this period the belief that the nation was the natural and inevitable form of large-scale political organization, and the only one which was morally valid, became increasingly widespread and fanatical.”[12] Nationalism, was not always seen as a good thing by people such as The Austrian royal family, the Habsburgs. “Of all the empires of Europe, theirs as the most vulnerable to nationalism. For 33 years, from 1815 to 1848, any sign of nationalism was eradicated without mercy.”[13]

Linked to Nationalism is Imperialism. The definition of Imperialism is “a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization.”[14] The term and idea came about in 1815, the same time as Nationalism started gaining popularity. “Imperial expansion was continuous after 1815 as nations sought the prestige of oversea conquest. In Africa this became a ‘scramble’ as new colonial powers (like Germany and Italy) increased the momentum to secure territories before their rivals.”[15] Though Imperialism and nationalism may be overlooked by some, it was one of the many causes and contributions to World War I. The effect of imperialism were similarity in both time periods of 1815 and 1913 as Napoleon expansionism had been nationalistic, the Germany Kaiser’s will to expand previous to World War I was nationalist also.

Another area, which needs to be assessed is emigration. Emigration is an important factor both after 1815 and before 1913, showing yet again another similarity between the two. “The movement of the large numbers of people from Europe to the Americas and other parts of the world was one of the most important features of the international economy in the years after the Napoleonic wars. More than 50 million people were directly involved. Emigration could not fail to have profound effects on both the sending and the receiving countries.”[16] It was not only just people moving to America but to many other countries such as Sibera, India, China and Japan. “Migration from Russia into Siberia is thought to have involved 10 million people between 1815 and 1914.”[17] In Britain, many ships such as the Titanic “were literally selling tickets to a new life.”[18] Post-potato famine, it was mainly the Irish who were looking to emigrate. “Mostly small Irish tenants and agricultural labourers fled for the hunger, many of whom were in a state of extreme distress. Driven by recurrent food crises.”[19]

Technology was a vastly different by 1913, when compared to 1815. In the 1800s mass production was becoming increasingly widespread with many new factories forming. “The most crucial development in the latter half of the eighteenth century was mass production. Textiles, and ceramics saw huge expansion of their industries, bring a shift of labour force, from working the fields to working in town factories.”[20] Throughout the 19th century, technology and discovery had expanded. The first photographic image was taken in 1826 by Joseph Niepce and it was the inventor of the Morse code, Samuel Morse that built the first electric telegraph in 1835.[21] Not only was technology growing but so was scientific knowledge. The theory of evolution was developed and anaesthetic and antiseptic were also created. Therefore the society of 1913 were more knowledgeable than their ancestors a century before. There were more beliefs forming, causing people to think for themselves and new medicine were being used. Other major technological advances in the 1800s were the motor-vehicle and the first manned power flight. “Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903 and five years later invented the famous Model T Ford.”[22] In the same year, the first propelled petrol engine were also invented. “Orville Wright took to the air in the ‘Flyer,’ built by him and his brother Wilbur, and propelled by a petrol engine.” As the time period I am focusing on is 10 years after these inventions, they would all be well developed and may have been seen regularly in the community more so the Model T Ford.

Compared to 1815, 1913 had a bigger population which lead to better social reforms. People were living longer and the population had increased. There are multiple reason why the population was increasing. Women marrying young and having children may be an example for the late 1800s although this may have been the same in the previous centuries, “The typical working-class mother of the 1890’s, married in her teens or early twenties and experiencing teen pregnancies, spent about fifteen years in a state of pregnancy and in nursing a child for the first years of its life”[23] Which could contribute to mortality rating decreasing or that health and medicine was improving. “Of these methods, only vaccination against smallpox was in use in the first part of the 19th century, and, even then, not very widely-most of the developments just listed date from the last part of the 19th century or later. These preventive methods were responsible for much of the sharp upturn in life expectancy.”[24] Therefore the vaccine against the smallpox could have contributed to longer life expectancy amongst many other medicines. This gives an insight to the standards of living in the 1800s and early 1900s.

“Side by side with this growth in the number of Europeans went an even more rapid growth in the economy which sustained them. The result was that by 1914 the vast majority of them, though their standards of physical consumption, health and education were still low by comparison with those of the present day, were decidedly better off than their ancestors a century earlier.”[25] In 1800 Europe’s population was 150 million whereas in 1900 the population had almost doubled to 291 million in Europe.[26] “Nineteenth century life had frequently been short and uncertain, and “retirement” rare. In 1881, three quarters of men in Britain over 65 were still working. It was only in 1898 that the British Civil service began to enforce a retirement age.”[27] Due to people living longer and the population increasing this also contributed to the number of men fighting in WWI and women helping back home in the factories.

Lastly, linked with the growing population bringing change, education also improved too. It developed thus the generation of the 1900s were more educated than the generation before and instead of going straight into work, children stayed in school longer. “Before the First World War, the school leaving age was between 12 and 14 in most of European countries; at the end of the century, it was 18 in Belgium and Germany, 17 in the Netherlands, and 16 in Denmark, France and the UK.”[28] This again is a difference to 1815.

As one would expect, The Europe of 1913 had many differences to the Europe of 1815 although there were a few similarities. To compare and contrast the two, firstly the differences will be looked at. The society of 1815 had just came out of a war, many people had died causing a low population and the rest of society was trying to recover. They were not concerned with women’s rights or technology at that time. Their main focus was to stop living in fear of another revolution and thus the “Congress of Vienna” provided peace and reassurance over Europe. Compared to the citizens of 1913 which the population was ever growing, more educated and preparing themselves for war as they knew that it was a big possibility. Some wanted a war as they thought it would be short, over by Christmas and easily won. The people of 1913 were focused on women’s rights as the 1900s brought the suffragette movement, technology with the invention of the motor vehicle and scientific knowledge due to the development of the anaesthetic and antiseptic. Both societies differed in that way. One which had been damaged by war thus was slowly trying to recover and another which had been rebuilt and was preparing for war. Although there were clear differences, the most significant and important being Europe’s ever changing borders and the fact that the “Congress of Vienna” were ignored by many, as countries such as Greece fought to gain independence. The similarities in both time periods are the effect of imperialism, nationalism and emigration. Emigration was similar in both as people were searching for a fresh start, in Britain it was mainly the Irish searching for more money and to escape famine while others may have been trying to escape the past war in 1815 or the upcoming war in 1914. Imperialism and nationalism came about in the early 1800s and was still important in 1913 although it was less of an impact than it had been in the earlier century, consequently the Europe of 1913 had many differences to the Europe of 1815 although there were a few similarities, and the differences outweighed them.


Mather R, “The impact of the Napoleonic Wars in Britain,” [Date Accessed: 23/11/14] Published: Unknown.


Anderson M.S, The Ascendancy Of Europe 1815 – 1914, Pearson Education Ltd, 2003.


Olson J.S, Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism, Greenwood Press, 1991.


Ghervas S,, Published in History Today Volume: 64 Issue: 9, 2014, [Date Accessed: 24/11/14.]


Munby L, Concise Encyclopaedia of World History, Purnell Books, 1977.


Anderson F.M, Handbook for the Diplomatic History of Europe, Asia and Africa 1870 – 1914, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1918.


Briggs A and Clavin P, Modern Europe 1789- 1989, Addison Wesley Longman Inc, 1997


“Suffragettes. Women recall their struggle to win the vote,” [Date Accessed: 23/11/14] Published Date: Unknown.


Professor Black J, World History, Parragon, 1999.


“Imperialism” [Date Accessed: 24/11/14] Published Date: Unknown.


Baines D, Emigration from Europe 1815-1930, First Cambridge University Press, 1995, Great Britain.


“Titanic Village: The sinking of dreams” [Date Accessed: 23/11/14] Published Date: 31 March 2012.


“The Migration To North America” Dr Schrover M, [Date Accessed: 24/11/14]


Easterlin R. A, The Worldwide Standard of Living since 1800, American Economic Association, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2000.


James H, Europe Reborn A History 1914-2000, Pearson Education Limited, 2003.

[1] R. Mather, “The impact of the Napoleonic Wars in Britain” <; [Date Accessed: 23/11/14] Published: Unknown

[2] M.S. Anderson, The Ascendancy Of Europe 1815 – 1914, Pearson Education Ltd, 2003, P.48

[3] Ibid, P.1

[4] J.S. Olson, Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism, Greenwood Press, 1991, p.149

[5] S. Ghervas, <; Published in History Today Volume: 64 Issue: 9, 2014, [Date Accessed: 24/11/14]

[6] L. Munby, Concise Encyclopaedia of World History, Purnell Books, 1977, p.161

[7] F.M. Anderson, Handbook for the Diplomatic History of Europe, Asia and Africa 1870 – 1914, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1918, p .429

[8] L. Munby, Concise Encyclopaedia of World History, Purnell Books, 1977, p.170

[9] A. Briggs and P. Clavin, Modern Europe 1789- 1989, Addison Wesley Longman Inc, 1997, P.141

[10] “Suffragettes. Women recall their struggle to win the vote” <; [Date Accessed : 23/11/14] Published Date: Unknown

[11] Professor J. Black, World History, Parragon, 1999, p.270

[12] M.S. Anderson, The Ascendancy Of Europe 1815 – 1914, Pearson Education Ltd, 2003, p.204,

[13] Professor J. Black, World History, Parragon, 1999, p.199

[14] “Imperialism” <; [Date Accessed: 24/11/14] Published Date: Unknown

[15] Ibid, p.215

[16] D. Baines, Emigration from Europe 1815-1930, First Cambridge University Press, 1995, Great Britain, p.1

[17] Ibid, p.5

[18] “Titanic Village: The sinking of dreams” <; [Date Accessed: 23/11/14] Published Date: 31 March 2012.

[19] “The Migration To North America” Dr. M. Schrover, <; [Date Accessed: 24/11/14]

[20] Professor J. Black, World History, Parragon, 1999, p.226

[21] Ibid, p.227

[22] Ibid, p.299

[23] R. A. Easterlin, The Worldwide Standard of Living since 1800, American Economic Association, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2000, pp. 7-26

[24] Ibid, pp.7-26

[25] Ibid, p.125

[26] R. Cameron, Concise Economic History of the World, OUP USA, 2002) p. 193.

[27] H. James, Europe Reborn A History 1914-2000, Pearson Education Limited, 2003, p.31

[28] Ibid, p.32

A Snippet Of My HUGE To Be Read List 💪📚

So if you read my last post on here then you’d know that my first goal for 2018 is to read 24 books! It may seem like a lot but I ended up reading 19 books last year whilst doing my Masters degree and balancing two part time jobs so I’m relatively confident that I can beat my record! Here (again) is the list of books that I read last year:

A Court of Throne and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Ink by Alice Broadway
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Elite by Kiera Cass.
The One by Kiera Cass.
The Heir by Kiera Cass.
The Crown by Kiera Cass.
Spellbook of The Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
I Was Dead For 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
The Future of Us by by Jay Asher
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

So without much further ado, here is the list and plots for my huge TBR list of 2018!


Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

The blurb according to goodreads:

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris — the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend — but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The blurb according to goodreads:

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

The blurb according to goodreads:

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The blurb according to goodreads:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist: Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached.) Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world.) Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

The blurb according to goodreads:

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The blurb according to goodreads:

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey

The blurb according to goodreads:

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act. Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.