Six for Sunday (Children’s books that would make brilliant graphic novels)

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: children’s books that would make brilliant graphic novels!

1) I would love to see a graphic novel of When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten. Just yes! It would look so pretty.

2) This Young Adult book is one of my faves of 2020. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn would look so incredible – I can imagine the art of the graphic novel already.

3) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson is awesome, and I’d absolutely love to see it in graphic novel form (or a film / tv series, it’s literally made for that, please).

4) There’s Something About Sweetie is probably my favourite Sandhya Menon book to date and I’d love to see a graphic novel because Sweetie is one of my favourite characters! When Dimple Met Rishi got an Indian TV series too, so maybe we’ll see this on the screen someday.

5) Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This is a really important story that got it’s own TV series earlier this year. I think a graphic novel would be a really cool way to make it an accessible read for more people.

6) OK, so since Alice Oseman already has a graphic novel series called Heartstopper, I’d love to see her write and draw one for Radio Silence too. This is one of my fave YA novels and I’d love for more people to be reading it, whatever the format.

Love this prompt idea. I threw in some YA as well as Middle Grade since I don’t read enough kids books!

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

Fall Time, Cosy Time Book Tag

I was tagged in this by The Reading Addict! You should definitely check out their blog, it’s super cute. Let’s get into these prompts!

1. CRUNCHING LEAVES: The world is full of colour! Choose a book with red/orange/yellow on the cover.

Furia is one my favourite 2020 releases. You can check out my review here. I love soccer and girls who put themselves first. Camila is one of my favourite YA characters of all time.

2. COZY SWEATER: It’s finally cool enough for warm cozy clothing! What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I can’t believe I’m talking about this book again but to me it feels like a warm hug. It made me take a long hard look at my outlook on life, but at the same time I feel seen and understood. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is just absolutely that book for me.

3. FALL STORM: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding. Choose a book that you like to read on a stormy day.

Ooooh not sure about this one. I think I’ll go with With the Fire on High just because it has such good imagery of warm spicy food that would be so comforting in a storm.

4. COOL CRISP AIR: makes you breathe freely~ Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Hahahahaha I have absolutely no idea who I would want to trade places with. Maybe Zara in Honor Among Thieves so I could meet Nadim.

5. HOT APPLE CIDER: warm autumn drink. What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Legendborn is absolutely this book for me. It has so much potential, is perfect for TV and needs to be picked up now. Love it.

6. COAT, SCARVES, & MITTENS: the weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up! What’s a book cover you don’t like?

Ooooh. I don’t know! I feel like Jade City? It’s one of my favourite books of all time but I’m just not a fan of the cover design. Definitely read this series though it is fantastic!!!

7. PUMPKIN SPICE: time for some Starbucks! What’s your favourite fall comfort food?

Not really sure! When I went to the US last year I had pumpkin bread for the first time. It was in May so it’s not exactly a fall food but it gives me that vibe and I really enjoyed having it for breakfast when we were in a rush and had to go to Starbucks.

8. WARM, COZY BONFIRE: spread the cosy warmth! Who do you tag?

Oooooh let’s do this!

The Book Berrie | Paragraphs and Pages | Linaria’s Library | Esoteric Elixir | Janel Allison | Whispering Stories | Colorful Bibliophile | Windows to Worlds

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.

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

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my October monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. I didn’t read a lot in October, partly because I read some amazing books that I wanted to read slowly to absorb every moment.

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go.

This month we read two books, A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Both of these books were on my 2020 most anticipated list and did not disappoint.

There’s been a lot of controversy about A Deadly Education which we discussed thoroughly. Whilst some elements of the book are problematic, some are very context dependent. I’d advise reading a variety of reviews and trying the book yourself. For me, the main character El is super driven by her morals and has some really heart-warming character growth. You can read more in my review here.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue also has it’s critcisms, but for me it told the story it wished to tell. I first read this book an ARC and just finished my second read of it. I don’t I’ve ever related to a book so much in my life, and discussing it with my friends who felt the same way during Book Club was honestly so validating. You can read my thoughts in my review here.

Next month we’ll be reading…The Once and Future Witches by Alix. E. Harrow. I think I’ll be skipping this one because I didn’t vibe with Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Favourites

So in addition to the Book Club picks, the other books I read really slowly were Jade City and Jade War by Fonda Lee. I read Jade City a year or two ago, so knew it was good, but I think this time it really hit me just how good it is? The plot is clever and intricate, the characters are all really likable despite the fact they do bad things. This book series is the definition of morally grey and I love it.

Check out my reviews:

Jade City | Jade War

I also re-read Ninth House, again a book that I read slowly to absorb all of the world-building. I think I liked it even more on the second read which is a big surprise. Alex Stern is one of my favourite characters of all time and I think the book contains one of my favourite quotes ever. You can see my review here.

I also read Vita Nostra as it was described as similar to A Deadly Education. It has a similar dark fantasy vibe but for me that’s where the comparison ends. I think I enjoyed it even more than Deadly because there was less info dumping. It was also really quite philosophical, asking what does it mean to exist? I can’t say I’ve read translated novels often, and I really enjoyed the different idioms. You can read my review to find out more about this unique magic school story.

Books to Look Out For

I took a little break from reading ARCs this month – though I did read The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Page. I was really disappointed with this book – it was very cliché, and for what could have been a book about strong female friendships their was a lot of betrayals.

November is the month you’ve all been waiting for though! It’s finally time for The Burning God to be released into the wild. You are in for a wild ride with this final book in The Poppy War series! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book, you can see my review here.

Next month?

I think I should read The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin in November. I would also like to get around to Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko and The Switch by Beth O’Leary.

I also have some ARCs to catch up on – for November I have to read The Awakening by Nora Roberts and The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley.

That’s all from me, hope you enjoyed this book and also had a great month of reading. Looking forward to seeing what everybody has been up to. Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? What did you think?

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.