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Open Road Summer // Review

Last year, I read The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, and absolutely adored it. Today I can tell you that I’ve finally finished catching up on her other books (you know, all three of them). Not gonna lie, The Names They Gave Us is still my favourite, but Open Road Summer was exactly the type of book I wanted to be reading this summer. Road trip, country music, best friends, summer romance? Can a YA contemporary sound any more perfect than that?


Emery Lord - Open Road Summer

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. 

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. 

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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Books Which Make Me Want to See the World


There are plenty of quotes out there that say that reading lets us travel the world. One of the classics is “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”, and it’s a classic quote for a reason. We do travel through books! But sometimes books just make us to want to actually hop on a plane and discover a whole new place (which isn’t usually possible). But hey, I can dream. So, here are my top five books that make me want to see the world.

Morgan Matson - Amy and Roger's Epic DetourAmy and Roger’s Epic Detour

And by that I mean every single road trip book I’ve ever read, combined with all of Morgan Matson’s books. There’s something that feels so exciting about a road trip, especially if you combine it with the summery feeling of Morgan Matson’s books. Ideally, this road trip would take place in the US, with my besties, and we would see everything.

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Let’s Catch Up!

I used to post semi-regular monthly round ups, and I really loved doing them, but I’m not sure I really want to be writing such structured posts anymore. However, I do still want a place to share my latest reads, my current favourite music, and any random thoughts that have come into my mind lately! So, say hello to a brand new post on The Dragon Reader – let’s catch up! Honestly, I’m not sure how often they’ll pop up or what will be on them, but I guess we’ll find out together. I do know that this particular post will mostly be me gushing about some of my recent reads and my current favourite album.

So I’ve been reading…

Since the end of May (i.e. when my exams finished), I’ve been on a bit of reading rampage. It feels so good to just sit around and read, and not feel the slightest bit guilty about it. One of my newest favourites was A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews (otherwise known as Paper Fury). It was such a great read (also very intense and kind of heartbreaking, so be warned). I also read Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, because at the moment I am a total sucker for anything Hamilton related. It was so interesting learning stuff that couldn’t be put in the musical! It was very biased towards Hamilton though, so I do need to go find myself some nonfiction reads about some of the other founding fathers. Any recommendations?

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Playlists for: Revision

Studying is hard.

It’s just you, sitting at a desk, trying to learn stuff that you feel like you should’ve learnt weeks ago. And so it can be really hard to motivate yourself to actually sit down and study. One thing I find that helps is to have some music on in the background, or just some kind of noise. I sometimes really struggle with sitting in a silent room if I’m trying to study. It sounds weird, I know, but I like some sort of sound, be it music or coffee shop chatter or just my housemates walking around the house.

I know studying to music definitely isn’t for everyone – there are times when I don’t take anything in if I have music on. But I definitely find that it motivates me to get going if I’ve hit that afternoon lull.

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Sunny Days and Summer Feelings

Okay, so the weather we’re having in the UK right now? It’s the best! Sure, technically I should be doing uni work and revising, but how can I not make the most of this beautiful weather? I’m really loving the fact that I’m already wearing summer dresses (even if we are going back to normal temperatures next week). Also, the fact that I can just go for a walk along the river with ice cream – literally living the dream.

And the best thing about this week: guess who just submitted her final year project! I still have a presentation to do on it, but honestly, I feel so happy right now. Submitting that project was such a great feeling. I’m so grateful to my friends for being fab the past couple of weeks – they’ve been so supportive. And most of all, I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to trust in God throughout the past month – knowing that He’s in control no matter what happens has been such a relief.

However, it feels so weird to have turned in my project, because it means I only have 35 days left of university. In just over a month, I’ll have finished my last exam, and I’ll be finished with university! I honestly can’t believe that I’ve been doing this degree for four years already, and I’m not sure how I feel about it being over. But hey, I still have a month to make the most of, plus I have some stuff lined up in the summer that I’m really excited about.

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I made it to The Room Where It Happens!

Take a moment to think back to January 2017. What were you up to? Me, I was in the middle of my exam period, but more importantly, I was planning how I was going to get tickets for Hamilton. They were being released half an hour after one of my exams finished, which meant I’d have to rush to the SU, set up my laptop, and get my friend on the phone pretty quickly. It was stressful, but I got four tickets for the 3rd of March 2018. I was ecstatic, but also, it was so far away!!

Fast forward to the end of February, 2018 – Hamilton was so, so close. I’d been waiting for so long, it almost felt like it was never going to happen. And then, the most ridiculous thing happened.

It snowed.

In March.

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Things Are Changing A Little

How’s everyone’s summer been? (Or your winter, if you’re in that part of the world?) I haven’t been posting very much (or at all since June…) I guess I’ve gotten a bit uninspired with my blog – I haven’t felt like writing reviews, or discussion posts, or anything really. Soooo, I’ve realised that I need to change direction with The Dragon Reader. Like I said, changes are coming! (But they’re not too scary, I promise).

First off, my blogging schedule is changing. I used to post several times a week but that’s pretty much impossible for me nowadays. Instead, I’ll be posting once a week, but they’ll probably be slightly longer blog posts!

Also, the blog’s content might be changing a bit. First and foremost, it’s still a book blog – my obsession is still going strong! But I do want to branch out a little by sometimes writing about uni, about journalling, about bookstagram etc. I want to share more of my interests with you guys!

Let me know what you think of the changes – I’m pretty excited about them!

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Best Reads of 2017 So Far

We’re almost half way through 2017! (Which is insane because I honestly don’t feel like I’ve done that much the past six months.) I thought I’d share my favourite reads of 2017 so far, because honestly you should all go and read them right now

Sandhya Menon - When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Let’s start off with some contemporary reads, shall we? When Dimple Met Rishi is one of the cutest books I’ve read, and I may have accidentally read it in a day… If you’re wanting a summer romcom, look no further.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora // Review


I love a fantasy book about missing royalty and princesses and dragons and politics and wars between countries, but the fantasy books I love even more are the ones about small groups of thieves/criminals/rebels who pull off incredible heists and run rings around the people who are trying to stop them. The Lies of Locke Lamora is definitely the second type of book.

I’ve had it on my shelf since forever, and finally got around to reading it recently. If it’s on your TBR, please bump it up to the top because it’s FANTASTIC. As in one of my favourite reads of 2017 fantastic. And I’ve read some fab books this year.

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