Six for Sunday: 8th April 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! Today’s my last day off before I start my new job – very excited and nervous! I’ve had a fairly good reading week this week, all culminating in an event yesterday at Foyles with Laura Steven which was awesome!

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Favourite books this year so far…

I’ve been looking forward to this S4S – I’ve read some amazing books this year that I keep wanting to shout about!

1. The Exact Opposite of Okay Laura Steven

2. To Kill A Kingdom Alexandra Christo

3. I Was Born For This Alice Oseman

4. Sunflowers in February Phyllida Shrimpton

5. Goodbye, Perfect Sara Barnard

6. The Truth About Alice Jennifer Mathieu

I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH! It was actually pretty tricky to narrow this list down once I’d got the first couple – there are many more wonderful books that I’ve read this year! Would you agree with any of these?

 

WWW Wednesday: 4th April 2018

How is it already April?! This week has been a fairly busy one for me; I left my job at the school, found out all about the training I’m going to have in my new role at Boots and I went away to London with my boyfriend which was really nice! So, I’m quite happy that I managed to squeeze in reading a whole book!

What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently between reads; I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to read! Out this week and on my NetGalley TBR are Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley, I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman, Clean by Juno Dawson and Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, so I should probably pick one of those! If you’ve read any of these I’d love some help deciding!

29402906_158769411477611_5277069056367656960_n(1)What did you recently finish reading?

I read this week The List of Real Things by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. I always love her books and this one was no exception! It had a lot of Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton and The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson vibes and was a fairly easy read despite being about grief.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Besides my 5th April releases, I really do think I’m going to read Legendary; I just can’t put it off!

Book Blogger Insider Tag

I was tagged by Jessica at Reading With Jessica – thank you! I love Jessica’s blog, so you should definitely go and check it out!


Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!


1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On my laptop

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review? 

Once I actually sit down properly to write it and have finished faffing about with the tags and everything, not too long. I try not to feel like I have to write an essay so that I am purely putting down my thoughts and how I would sell the book.

3. When did you start your book blog? 

I started properly blogging this year, though I do have a few posts from December 2017.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

The pressure you put yourself under to hit goals and review books in time, get the views you want and comparing yourself to others.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

Discussing books and getting involved with promoting a book – if I can persuade just one person to read a book and help that author out then I’m happy! It’s a way I get to use the skills I had as a bookseller for some purpose and for the enjoyment of it.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far? 

It’s so hard to pick just one! One I think that I enjoyed writing in the sense of it was getting a load of stuff that I’ve wanted to write about for a while out was my one on bookshops.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write? 

I love WWW Wednesday posts; they’re just so easy to write and it’s fun reflecting on what you’ve been reading, are reading and are going to read!

8. When do you typically write? 

I tend to write in the evening.

9. Do you review every book you read? 

I try to review as many books that I’ve read as I can; lately I’ve had lots of ARCs to read so I do try to get out my reviews as soon as I can for those. When I get around to reading more backlist I do want to try to review them as well.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby? 

I start off by rating then just try to start typing and not putting it off! I tend to put off writing the review until I’ve faffed about with all the tags and everything.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book? 

It depends – if it’s really far away from publication I might leave writing the review until nearer the time, but generally I try to do it within a week or so of finishing the book.

12. How often do you post? 

I try to post a few times a week – my favourite tags are WWW Wednesday and Six for Sunday and I do try to make sure that I always do at least one of these a week!


Nominations:

Lydia @ SilverWolfReads

Sam @ Fictionally Sam

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks

Cassandra @ The Bibliophagist

WORDS IN DEEP BLUE – Cath Crowley

4/5

A beautifully written story about grief, life and love and the power of books.

I am very glad that I requested this book; I first saw it on my bookseller best friend’s shelf and was immediately intrigued and thought it looked right up my street, and, luckily, I was not wrong! I couldn’t put down Words in Deep Blue – it was so easy to get in to and is a must for fans of young adult contemporary fiction.

The thing that, as a book lover, I loved about Words in Deep Blue was how much it centered around books, how they can bring people together and how they are so much more than just words on a page. Whilst I personally don’t like writing in books, I did love how the books were used to communicate and deepen the story through the messages left inside them.

Another interesting aspect about this book was its look at grief – it shows how difficult it can be to move past a death but also how that’s okay and it’s how it should be. It also looks at first love and relationships and shows the difficulties of relationships that young people often face.

I would definitely recommend Words in Deep Blue for fans of authors such as Sara Barnard and Brigid Kemmerer – whilst covering deep topics and making you think, it’s a light read that so many young people will be able to relate to on some level.


Thank you to Hodder via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

Six for Sunday: 1st April 2018

Happy Easter and I hope you’re all happily full of chocolate from the Easter Bunny! I’m quite happy today; I’ve finished my French assignment (finally!) and I don’t have work for another week! So, without further ado, you can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

2018 Books You’ve Been Excited For

There have been, and there are going to be, so many exciting new books out this year; I’ve already read some of my firm favourites for the year without a doubt! I’m going to only go for books that aren’t out yet for this week’s Six for Sunday.

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight Sarah J Maas

2. Floored Various

3. Legendary Stephanie Garber

4. Lady Mary Lucy Worsley

5. Mystery of the Skull Pamela Butchart, Enid Blyton

6. Girl Made of Stars Ashley Herring Blake

Have you been lucky enough to read any of these yet? Or have I missed any off my TBR?