Six for Sunday (Books From Your Childhood)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is a celebration of kids’ books, and this week’s topic is: books from your childhood.

1) Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson. I read so many books by this author as a child – I had a boxed set and everything. To be honest, looking back, the plots were actually quite dark!

2) Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins. This was the series my Mum got me when she decided I was too old for Jacqueline Wilson. I really loved this series and read most of the books (not even in order, what a disaster!)

3) Room 13 by Robert Swindells. I remember reading this book at primary school in the advanced reading group. It was super creepy at the time and I was really excited to see what happened and disappointed that I couldn’t read ahead.

4) The Magic Spell by Linda Chapman. OK, so this series was actually my younger sister’s, but I used to sneak them away and read them without anyone knowing because I thought they were baby-ish and didn’t want anyone to know I loved them. I mean, it’s My Secret Unicorn, how cool is that?

5) Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. We read an extract from Knife Edge in Year 8 at school and I went straight to the school library to find the series. Honestly one of the darkest series that I read at that age (12).

6) Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan. This was another school library find, but they didn’t have all the books in the series so I didn’t ever get to finish! I remember enjoying this series quite a bit, and being angry I couldn’t read all the books.

I really enjoyed looking up these books – I had to ask my sister about the My Secret Unicorn series and had to google ‘Laura unicorn books’ only to discover the character’s name is Lauren.

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This or That Book Tag

Rules:

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Bed is more comfortable but the couch is where I am most of the time.

Sweet or Salty snacks while reading?

None really, but like eating dry cereal in the morning with a good book.

Trilogies or Quartets?

Whatever the series needs to tell its story to be honest.

First person or Third person POV?

Going to go with third person because the plots tend to be a bit more complex.

Night or Morning reader?

I like my sleep, so when I don’t have work I’m a morning reader.

Libraries or bookstores?

Honestly I’ve never really used a library except to learn from textbooks when I was at university (oh I spent too much time trying to teach myself electromagnetism because my lecturer was a sexist jerk). I really love bookstores, especially cute independents in towns I haven’t been in before.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

How about books that make you laugh and make you cry? I love emotional rollercoasters.

Black or White book covers?

Black because it doesn’t show the dirt as much hahaha.

Character driven or plot driven?

Honestly character driven, but I do need some sort of plot to remain engaged. My favourite books always have an amazing plot that doesn’t take away from the character development or the emotional aspects. Looking at you The Poppy War and Jade City.

I tag:

Fictionally Crazy | The Reading Addict | HDs Reading Life | Luminosity Library

WWW Wednesday (28th October 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Every Heart a Doorway. I am so intrigued so far, it’s a book about kids and teens who go through doors to other worlds and get kicked out, return home and wish they could go back to the places they could be themselves. The world building is really unique, and I can’t believe it is a novella because so much has happened and I’m only a third of the way through!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished From Blood and Ash. It was good, but I wasn’t blown away or anything. I felt it was a bit too predictable, and didn’t get too attached to any of the characters. It did have a cool spin on vampires though, which I enjoyed, and the romance was good. The overall plot just didn’t do it for me.

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is tricky! I have no idea to be honest. I think I’m going to read The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo (I’ve already read the beginning few stories but took a little break). This is such a gorgeous book and I like the art.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.

Let me know what you’ve been reading this week!

Top Ten Tuesday (Freebie – Contemporary YA novels)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is:  Halloween Freebie! So I’m going to choose my favourite contemporary YA novels.

1) Meat Market by Juno Dawson. A grim look at the fashion industry and its treatment of models, this is one of my favourite books of all time.

2) The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I mentioned this in my last Top 10 but honestly it’s so unique. It’s one of the best YA books out there, but it’s very dark.

3) A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Again, this one hasn’t changed from last week. I read it recently and loved it – it’s a great YA thriller that I have a lot of love for.

4) Sadie by Courtney Summers. Another that I love! A friend gifted me this and it’s so heartbreaking!!!

5) There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. This book is incredible, I love the culture, the romance and the characters.

6) With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I love this perspective on teenage motherhood. Emoni is one of my favourite protagonist (and this book has such amazing descriptions of food).

7) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Ah this one is so much fun I swear! Liz Lighty is an amazing protagonist and I am in love with this book.

8) Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. One of the most level-headed protagonists I’ve ever read in YA, Camila is a joy to read about. This is the only book I’ve read that is set in Argentina and I really loved it!

9) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Ah, one of my first loves of reading contemporary YA books. This is a book that captured academic pressure and choices perfectly for me. Highly recommend it.

10) Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli. This one is for all the gymnastics fans out there. I really liked this book – it links closely to what’s happening in USA gymnastics today and after the last few years. This one will always be close to my heart.

There we have it, ten of my top YA contemporary novels. There are a lot more I could have put on this list but I could only choose ten! What are your fave YA contemporary books? Let me know in the comments.

My Life in Books Tag

I usually do my tags on Tag Thursday but this one is really cool so it can have it’s own post. Thanks to Luminosity Library for tagging me in this cool post.

Find a book for each letter of your name:

B: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

E: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

C: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

C: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

A: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Pick a book set in your city/country:

One of my favourite books set in the UK is Meat Market by Juno Dawson

Pick a book that represents a destination that you would love to travel to:

I’d love to go to California some day – particularly to the national parks.

Pick a book with your favourite colour on the cover:

My favourite colour is red! (like this dark red on the cover of The Empire of Gold – I love wearing it)

Which book do you have the fondest memory of?

Double Act was one of the first books I remember reading – I actually met Jacqueline Wilson in 2012 and we talked about this book. She asked me if I preferred Ruby or Garnet and when I said Ruby she seemed surprised. I think Ruby represented the confidence I wished I had.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

The Poppy War is one of the best books I have ever read but it is not an easy read as it’s really dark.

Which book on your TBR will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

I have to go with the same as Bertie…Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is huge!

I tag:

The Book Berrie | Paragraphs and Pages | Linaria’s Library | Esoteric Elixir | Janel Allison | Whispering Stories | Colorful Bibliophile | Windows to Worlds | Fictionally Crazy | The Reading Addict | HDs Reading Life

No pressure to take part of course!

Six for Sunday (Scary Stories / Characters)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is on pumpkin spice goodness, and this week’s topic is: Scary Stories / Characters

1) Mexican Gothic – one of the only horror books I’ve ever picked up is so creepy I can’t even begin to explain. The villains are absolutely vile.

2) Ninth House – another book with elements of horror that is really scary at times. Creepy setting, opens with some horrible scenes, litters them throughout. Excellent world-building.

3) Jade City – this book is fresh in my mind and has some really scary characters in it. Even the protagonists are scary! I feel like Fonda Lee has made me scared to finish this series because she is not afraid to write absolutely anything.

4) Parable of the Talents – the sequel to Parable of the Sower is even more harrowing, scarily relevant to present day and absolutely terrifying in its truths.

5) One Second After – this one isn’t usually my kind of read but my boyfriend got me to read it. It’s awful. Terrifying. Shows all the flaws of humanity. It is real, punched me in the gut a few times, gives you hope only to tear it away.

6) Vox – I must say this was a disappointing read but the premise is terrifying for women everywhere. I hope nobody ever limits our words.

I’m not really a big fan of scary books so this was difficult. Have you read any of these? Looking forward to seeing all of your choices.

Hope everyone is doing well, feel free to share your posts below.

WWW Wednesday (21st October 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Jade War by Fonda Lee. It’s the sequel to Jade City and I love it already. It’s honestly such a good series, Fonda Lee is an absolute genius who definitely knows how to write a gripping plot AND amazing characters.

What did you recently finish reading?

Naturally I just finished Jade City by Fonda Lee. From start to finish it is full of action, twists and turns with some of my favourite characters of all time. Lan, Hilo, Shae and Anden have my whole heart – you should definitely pick up this book and get to know these amazing siblings.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I wish I could say Jade Legacy but it’s not out for almost a year! I think I’ll try and read The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Page – I received the ARC on Monday and I can’t wait to see what it is all about. Sounds so cool. Witchy sorority? I’m all in.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.

In other news, I do not have COVID, so I’m back at work loving life. Hope everyone is doing well.

Top Ten Tuesday (Recommended To Me!)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is:  Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me (tell us who recommended them, if you want!)

1) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. This one was recommended to me by Jaye @ The Book Berrie. I was sceptical because it sounds bizarre, but this is a really amazing trilogy that I adore.

2) The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. Sam @ Esoteric Elixir recommended this one and it’s honestly wonderful. I have rarely read books like this, I highly recommend it.

3) A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. My friend Linaria @ Linaria’s Library read this one first and because of her rating I finally picked it up. It’s a really great YA thriller set in the UK that made me nostalgic for sixth form and kept me guessing.

4) Sadie by Courtney Summers. Another heartbreaker recommended to me by Janel @ Janel Allison. I really liked the format of this book given it’s told in a variety of ways (transcripts, interviews etc). I’ve heard the audiobook is really awesome too!

5) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. When Meaghan @ Paragraphs and Pages recommends a book to me after they read the arc, I know I’ll probably love it too. The Starless Sea is gorgeous, but you probably already know that!

6) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. This one is a book I’d have never picked up if not for my boyfriend. It’s one of his favourites and he gave me his copy when we started dating (clearly knew we would be sharing bookcases in the future, hey?). It’s a really good story that had me pleasantly surprised. It also has some amazing quotes.

7) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Another recommendation from my boyfriend – he tried to get me to read this for years. I finally picked it up when we shared kindle libraries. This book and its sequel are amazing and very very relevant in current times despite their age.

8) A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. My sister doesn’t read a lot anymore but she recommended this one after picking it up in a charity shop. I was really surprised by how much I related to it.

9) From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata. I can’t remember who in The Book Coven recommended this to me but I absolutely love all of Mariana Zapata’s sports romance books now. I really like the way Marianna writes female characters, and the slow burn is gorgeous.

10) Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran. Nikki @ Books and Lemon Squash recommended this one to me. Saw her amazing review and thought this is a book I have to try. It’s a beautiful fantasy with a f/f romance. Great stuff!

It’s always cool to be recommended good books. I’m really lucky to get loads of amazing recommendations from The Book Coven discord server. Why don’t join too and get in on the book talk?

Six for Sunday (Books That Gave You Feels)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is on pumpkin spice goodness, and this week’s topic is: Books that gave you feels!

1) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I feel like this book ends up on my lists every time haha, but I literally can’t get enough of it. As I’ve said before, it spoke to my soul and made me feel all kinds of things.

2) The Burning God by R.F. Kuang. Okay so this entire series gave me feels – it’s one of the only books I’ve read that mixes the heavy military with all the emotions. Every book is heart-breaking and I could not recommend this series enough. You guys are all in for a treat when The Burning God comes out in November.

3) Meat Market by Juno Dawson. One of my favourite YA contemporary reads, as an adult this book was literally one of the most emotional and amazing things I’ve ever read. I’ve never cared so much about a protagonist. This one really made me empathise.

4) Honor Lost by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Okay, so this team of space whale, girl and girl is just the most heart-warming relationship. This one gave me all the good feels. It starts with Honor Among Thieves and these books really need to be read more so if you like sci-fi, get ready to read something different!

5) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Okay….I mention this book a lot too but I can’t help it! Becky Chambers just makes me cry! This is one of the best series I’ve ever read (and all the books could standalone too).

6) When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten. I had the pleasure of reviewing this for netgalley – and guess what? They used my quote on the reader reviews in the inside cover! Honestly this middle grade really hits hard for all ages – I literally didn’t see the twist coming at all. It’s a beautiful story with a vivid setting and you should absolutely pick it up.

This was really hard – there are loads of books that gave me feels but I wanted to choose books with different vibes. Others I have loved include Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Fire by Kristin Cashore, Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

Hope everyone is doing well, feel free to share your posts below.

The Bookish Snob Tag

I was tagged in this by Riddhi at Whispering Stories. Her blog has an amazing aesthetic, you should check it out.

There’s a bunch of questions about what bookish things you’re a snob about, so here goes!

ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?

Pretty much! I can’t think of many occasions where I’ve watched the movie / tv show first. Game of Thrones maybe? I really struggled to get into the book so I gave up. With this one, I’m all for you do you. Books and films give me different forms of enjoyment so it depends what I’m in the mood for!

FORMAT SNOBYou can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books for sure. I really love beautiful books, they make reading an entirely different experience. I also love the practicality of eBooks though – love taking my kindle on holiday with me. Audiobooks are a bit of a miss for me – I find it really hard to listen to books. I did enjoy Becoming by Michelle Obama though!

SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I guess so if they didn’t mind me reading a lot. I am lucky enough to be living with my future husband who is a huge fan of books, though our taste doesn’t really overlap that much. He actually gave me his copy of Bel Canto by Ann Patchett when we first started dating, so that particular book is special to both of us.

GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Not sure to be honest – maybe horror? I’ve never been a big horror fan, though I do like Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy. I do love contemporary novels but honestly, fantasy is such a perfect escape from the real world and the majority of my favourites are in this genre. I’d be sad never to read Meat Market by Juno Dawson again though!

COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Oooooh, maybe fantasy? Some people are really judgy about fantasy, particularly about female authors. Romance gets its fair share of judgement though.

There we have it, I have no idea who started this tag, but it was fun.

I am going to tag:

Jaye @ The Book Berrie

Sam @ Esoteric Elixir

Linaria @ Linaria’s Library

Meaghan @ Paragraphs and Pages

Janel @ Janel Allison

Vicky @ What Vicky Read

Cláudia @ Enchanted by Books

Alison @ Antari Reads

No pressure with any of these tag things but definitely check out each other’s blogs!