Saturday 31 August 2019

An Update

Hi, and thanks for stopping by.

It's been a little while since I posted, so I figured an update was probably necessary. I've been having a really busy summer and honestly blogging just hasn't been a top priority (actually, I haven't even been reading quite as much as usual; I'm in a bit of a slump, probably because I haven't found a 5-star read since the beginning of July). 

I start my MA in Writing for Young People at the start of October, and I'm hoping I'll have some really interesting insights to share here. I'll also hopefully share my reading list with you guys once I've collected all of the books that I need. That being said, I'm still a little unsure how regularly I'll be able to post once term starts; I'll have to see how the workload is and how much spare time I have to be planning, writing and scheduling posts, as well as being active on social media. I'm hoping I'll still be able to be pretty active, but I highly doubt I'll be keeping up the twice a week schedule I've done for the last week or so.

There isn't much else to say, other than that I hope you're all well and having better reading luck than I am! Let me know some book recommendations in the comments section to get me out of this reading slump.

Till next time (whenever that may be)


Saturday 3 August 2019

A Haul: July 2019

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Another tiny book haul for the month of July. I'd love to know what new, or indeed old, releases you've been picking up over the summer - leave a comment down below letting me know.

Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy

Belly has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things: swimming, the beach and the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer with them at Cousins Beach for as long as she can remember. She has always been in love with Conrad and finally, one summer, it seems like he might have feelings for her too. But it turns out, so does Jeremiah.

As the summers go on, Belly has to choose between two brothers who love her as she comes to the realization that she will have to break one of their hearts.

Brigid Kemmerer’s Call It What You Want

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care. Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle. When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship...

This month I also did preorder the two new releases from Rainbow Rowell (Pumpkinheads & Wayward Son) which won't be arriving until August/September time).

Till next time


Saturday 27 July 2019

Unwrapping My TBR: August 2019

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Today's post is the unwrapping of my August 2019 TBR. I probably only have about two months' worth of wrapped books left now, which I'm pretty pleased about. Let me know what books you're planning to read next month by leaving a comment down below!!

Phyllida Shrimpton’s Sunflowers in February

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact... dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity - to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time...

Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Matt Haig’s How To Stop Time

Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

Sara Farizan’s Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel

High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia's confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.

So those are the books I'll be reading in August - fingers crossed they're good ones.

Till next time