Six for Sunday (Children’s books you’d love to jump into)

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 you’d love to jump into

1) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Okay so this isn’t exactly a kids book (it is about kids though!) but I would like to see what kind of world I’d end up in!

2) Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. I haven’t read this series yet but it sound so cool and I’d love to hang out in what seems like a magical world.

3) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. If I was still at school I’d really want to be friends with Liz Lighty! She’s such an amazing protagonist.

4) The Magic Spell by Linda Chapman. Using this again. Who wouldn’t want a secret unicorn?

5) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (RIP Rachel). Again, a Young Adult but I’d really want to live in a space whale!!!

6) Loveless by Alice Oseman. OK I am cheating again and going for a YA, but I wish I’d had friends like Georgia does when I was at university.

I threw in some YA as well as Middle Grade since I don’t read enough kids books!

Sorry I’ve been a bit absent from blogging this week, I have been applying for a new job and work has been a bit chaotic!

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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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Six for Sunday (Characters You’d Be Scared to Meet)

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: Characters you’d be scared to meet!

1) The Darkling from Shadow and Bone. Just noooo! That guy is creepy and manipulative who knows what would happen? (Fun story, when I met Leigh Bardugo this time last year, I asked her about the British weather….urgh, so cringe, well done Becca.)

2) Ruven from The Swords and Fire trilogy. One of the creepiest f’d up villains I’ve read in fantasy. Yuck.

3) Banu Manizheh from Empire of Gold. Just what a fierce character that’s absolutely awful but you can’t help but be drawn to.

4) Howard Doyle in Mexican Gothic. One of the most horrific characters ever written. Nasty doesn’t even cover it.

5) Ayoola from My Sister the Serial Killer. Korede is a more patient sister than I ever would be, helping clean up her sisters murders. Love that. Ayoola seems innocent which makes her terrifying.

6) The King in Girls of Paper and Fire. This whole book is awful to read because the situation the girls find them in is horrifying. Wouldn’t even want to be in the same building as him….

I’ve been really tired this week so hopefully I’ll feel better next week. Went for characters I would be terrified of rather than those I’d be scared to meet because I love them so much.

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Six for Sunday (Coffee Date!)

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: Characters/authors you’d like to go for coffee with. I’m going to stick with characters this time.

1) Henry Strauss from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue no question. I connected so much to this guy, just wow. Check out my review of the book and book inspired playlist!

2) Samiah Brooks from The Boyfriend Project. I want to go to coffee with Samiah, London and Taylor! Their friendship seems so fun (plus I want to quiz Samiah on being a woman in tech and on the events of the book).

3) Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’d probably not say a word from awe and intimidation but I love Evelyn so much and I would really love to meet her. I mean, Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote her so well she felt real!

4) Jasmine Santos from From Lukov with Love. So I absolutely love Mariana Zapatas characters and this is one of my fave books of hers. I’d love to quiz Jasmine on all things figure skating.

5) Sissix from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. To be honest all of the characters in this book are amazing, but I’d like to talk about Sissix to learn more the Aandrisks! You can read my Becky Chambers Spotlight post here for all the reasons why I love her books.

6) On to the last character! I think I’d like to take Galadriel ‘El’ Higgins from A Deadly Education for a coffee. I finished this book yesterday and I really empathised with this girl, I just want to be like an older sister to her. You can check out my review for some incoherent ramblings on this amazing start which I think will become one of my favourite series ever.

And there we have it, six characters I’d like to go and get coffee with (though I’d definitely be ordering tea). This was way more difficult than I thought it would be. Hope you are all well and having a great weekend (I am still waiting for my COVID test results, so still self-isolating. I think it’ll be negative because my cough is very nearly better).

Six for Sunday (Devious Main Characters)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday for the first time, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is on book characters, and this week’s topic is:  Devious Main Characters.

1) I just finished The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant and Nina, the protagonist, is definitely devious. She’s always throwing a spanner in the works for the reader! You can find my review of this amazing debut novel here.

2) How can I make a post about devious characters without mentioning the notorious Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows? Kaz is a master schemer which means the plot of this duology is awesome.

3) Alessandra from The Shadows Between Us is full of ambition. She’s definitely the kind of girl that will stop at nothing to get what she wants, including killing The Shadow King by making him fall in love with her. Her task will definitely take all of her devious skills if she’s going to succeed!

3) Time for a contemporary devious character. Pip from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is honestly a good bean – but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a devious streak! Interviewing people of interest in a murder case that everyone thinks is already solved definitely takes some nerves of steel. You can read my review here.

5) Oh Nehza, you broke my heart. The Poppy War trilogy has plenty of devious characters including the protagonist Rin. But Nehza is one of a kind in terms of being a character that you can’t trust and don’t know whether you’re supposed to love them or hate them. You can read my review of the eARC of The Burning God, the final instalment in the series, here.

6) Finally, back to the contemporary genre – Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I actually named a cactus after Evelyn – I definitely put her in the devious character category, especially as she has kept some huge secrets!

In my choices, devious doesn’t exactly equal bad. I love characters that are full of surprises with more than a few tricks up their sleeves. What do you think of my choices? Have you read any? Let me know in the comments and link your Six for Sunday posts!