The birth of Leia, the birth of Carrie

A random charity shop find, I always look in the non-fiction section for anything new or unique or just random that jumps out at me. And this time, The Princess Diarist was that book! This is an autobiography from the late Carrie Fisher about her time as a starlet. It predominantly focuses on her time in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, and talks about how she got used to this fame and how the experience was. As well as about Harrison Ford ;P

I really enjoyed reading through this book, as always Carrie is blunt and honest, and makes you feel like she’s really being truthful with you and telling you so much about herself. I love the star wars movies, and I really enjoyed seeing her explain the whole process of becoming Leia, but I also learnt a lot about Carrie herself. About her life and her ambitions and her past. There is also a section of the book where photocopies of her diary entries are published, now of course these could’ve been written in the modern day, however, with Carrie Fisher’s reputation for being so open I honestly think she probably just published parts of her diaries! Of course there is information she kept to herself, and that’s her right, but she does tell us a lot.

This is a really interesting book to look at the movie business back in this time period, as well as the formation of Leia and the formation of Carrie Fisher as the badass woman we know and love. Definitely one to pick up if any of these topics interest you!


It’s time for us bookworms (well, a decent number of us) to decide what we want to read for the next month! February is a short one, and I also have 2 exams and a 5000 word assignment this month (and I have to do work on my thesis too) so this isn’t going to be a huge tbr. A little spoiler into my January wrap up, I didn’t read Fall of Giants. It was too much for me in my surgery month and it’ll be too much in this hectic time at uni so I’m not adding it to my tbr again this February. Instead, I have three smaller books!

all the walls of belfastAll the Walls of Belfast by Sarah J Carlson -> RELEASE DATE: 12th March 19

This is an arc copy of a book set in the capital of Northern Ireland, as a woman who is half-Irish, and grew up in America, comes back to meet her father and explore his world. If all goes well there’ll be some cool stuff up on the blog closer to March for this one. Fingers crossed!!

the princess diaristThe Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

I couldn’t resist picking this up from the charity shop (thrift shop for non-Brits) and I know that if I don’t read it soon it’ll collect dust on my shelves for a while. So I’m intending to read this sooner rather than later so I can actually get the enjoyment out of it that I wanted when I bought it!

orphan monster spyOrphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Simply put I’ve owned this for far too long and I really need to read it!! As it’s YA and a topic I love to read I’m really hoping that this’ll be a speedy one and I’ll be completely sucked in and absorbed.


And that’s it! Again, another short tbr. But I never stick to this small number of books and always end up reading something else (my smallest reading month since tracking was 4 books) so fingers crossed I’ll get to some more books as well, but I’ll only stick to these three for now so I don’t overwhelm myself.

What are you wanting to read in the coming month?