…AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR? – Holly Bourne

and a happy new year?5/5

There’s a reason why people LOVE The Spinster Club girls and this book showcases all three perfectly! Although this is the latest book in the series, it’s a perfect one for people who somehow haven’t yet read the series but would love to see what the hype’s about and who the girls are. I’d love to read more books like this, where you can check in with the girls in a brief story packed with emotion, drama and fun.

I loved this book; it was a quick read taking place on this one night but that doesn’t stop it being an important read for teens and young adults since it’s showing the girls after leaving school/college which is a scary and exciting time! It was so refreshing to read something that shows how not everyone loves uni, not everyone goes to uni and how friendships do inevitably change when people move off to different places and others stay behind, but all of these things are OK!

If you haven’t read The Spinster Club yet, read this and you’ll want to pick up the others straight away to know more about three brilliant characters. If you have…read this one to know what happens next!


Thank you very much to Stevie at Usborne for sending me a copy of this title!
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snailycanflyy Book Award 2018

Last year, I hosted my first snailycanflyy Book Award, where I narrowed down my top books of the year, and after a fab reading year the award is back for 2018! Last year saw some tough competition from some amazing books featuring amazing authors and illustrators with the overall winner being the very worthy The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson which still stands out as one of the best books I’ve ever read!

The award is split into three categories – Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade and Best Young Adult, with a winner in each category and an overall winner. The criteria is simply that it has to be a five-star rated book published in 2018 and one that I want to talk about, one that has stuck with me since reading and one that I would recommend wholeheartedly. So, without futher ado, here are the category nominees:

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BEST PICTURE BOOK:

Oscar the Hungry Unicorn – Lou Carter, Nikki Dyson
The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and the FiddleDavid Litchfield
Ruby’s Worry – Tom Percival
Space Tortoise – Ross Montgomery, David Litchfield
The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty Jessica Courtney-Tickle

BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK:

The Truth PixieMatt Haig
Death in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens
The Eye of the North – Sinead O’Hart
The Light Jar Lisa Thompson
The Secret Seven: Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:

I Was Born For ThisAlice Oseman
To Kill a KingdomAlexandra Christo
LegendaryStephanie Garber
Sunflowers in FebruaryPhyllida Shrimpton
The Exact Opposite of OkayLaura Steven

AND THE WINNERS ARE…drumroll please!

oscar the hungry unicornBEST PICTURE BOOK
Oscar the Hungry Unicorn

death in the spotlightBEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK
Death in the Spotlight

to kill a kingdomBEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
To Kill a Kingdom

OVERALL WINNER
The Truth Pixie

A massive congratulations and thank you to all of the authors who’s books made it to the shortlist! All of these books are so incredible and I’ve loved reading them in 2018!

kayleigh

 

GoodReads Reading Challenge 2018

Admittedly, a large portion of my Goodreads Challenge is made up of picture books; I worked in a school up until April and used books daily to engage with the children which meant I got to share some of my favourites as well as see some of the titles available in the school library. Nevertheless, I’m really pleased with my total this year! I’ve read some amazing books.

Here’s a list to all the books I’ve kept a record of having read in 2018 (most recent first)! It was really interesting to see which ones I’d forgotten about, and which ones really stuck out!

Nightmare Before Christmas Pop Up – Matthew Reinhart

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas – Kes Gray, Claire Powell

img_3582Last Stop on the Reindeer Express – Maudie Powell-Tuck, Karl James Mountford

Queen: Album by Album – Martin Popoff

Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds

Fierce Fragile Hearts – Sara Barnard

The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Case of the Missing Treasure – Robin Stevens

Death in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens

that's not my llamaThat’s Not My Llama – Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball – Laura Ellen Anderson

The Bandit Queen – Natalia O’Hara, Lauren O’Hara

The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig

The Secret Seven: Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart

Wish for a Witch – Kaye Umansky, Ashley King

Anne Frank – Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Oscar the Hungry Unicorn – Lou Carter, Nikki Dyson

img_2482The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle – David Litchfield

Friendship Fails of Emma Nash – Chloe Seager

Llive, Llaugh Llove: Llike a Llama –

Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo – Robbie Yates

Josephine Baker – Isabel Sánchez Vegara

The Night Dragon – Naomi Howarth

The Kissing Booth – Beth Reekles

Floored – Various

differently normalDifferently Normal – Tammy Robinson

Georgia O’Keeffe – Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Harriet Tubman – Isabel Sánchez Vegara

My Box-Shaped Heart – Rachel Lucas

No Sad Songs – Frank Morelli

Grandad Mandela – Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela

How to be a Lion – Ed Vere

We Are Young – Cat Clarke

28430792_195715434362604_5460709922230501376_n.jpgSuffragette: The Battle for Equality – David Roberts

Legendary – Stephanie Garber

I Was Born for This – Alice Oseman

The List of Real Things – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Ada Lovelace – Isabel Sánchez Vegara

St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies – Karen McCombie

The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu

More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer

baby birdBaby Bird – Andrew Gibbs, Zosienka

There’s a Pig Up My Nose – John Dougherty, Laura Hughes

Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley

Duck, Death and the Tulip – Wolf Erlbruch

A Spoonful of Murder – Robin Stevens

The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

Happy Hatchday – Rob Biddulph

The Koala Who Could – Rachel Bright, Jim Field

the exact opposite of okayAlphonse, That Is Not OK To Do! – Daisy Hirst

The Squirrels Who Squabbled – Rachel Bright, Jim Field

The Baby That Roared – Simon Puttock, Nadia Shireen

The Case of the Deepdean Vampire – Robin Stevens

Betty Goes Bananas – Steve Antony

The Case of the Blue Violet – Robins Stevens

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

Grumpy Frog – Ed Vere

sometimes i feel sadThe Big Flood – Paul Gully

Sometimes I Feel Sad – Tom Alexander

Quick Quack Quentin – Kes Gray, Jim Field

If I Had a Dinosaur – Gabby Dawnay, Alex Barrow

The Coral Kingdom – Laura Knowles

Goodnight, Mr Panda – Steve Antony

Now I Know My Acovados – Stephanie Wycroff

Almost Anything – Sophy Henn

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Whitehaven Beach – Cathy Maisano

The Sacrifice Box – Martin Stewart

Secret Agent Splat! – Rob Scotton

Dear Daddy – Philippe Dupasquier

The Darkest Dark – Chris Hadfield, The Fan Brothers

Oi Frog! – Kes Gray, Jim Field

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth – Oliver Jeffers

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

In My World – Jillian Ma

 

Phew! Hopefully next year’s list is as good as this one!

kayleigh

 

Most Anticipated Book Releases for 2019

2019 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for books! I’ve been lucky enough to read a few of these titles already, and there are so many more that I’m excited for!

The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson 3rd Jan

Of course this was going to make the list; Lisa’s writing is fantastic and I know lots of people can’t wait to see what she does next with this book!

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods – Samuel J Halpin 10th Jan

This one looks wonderful; it’s got a beautiful cover and it’s from Usborne which is always promising! It sounds like a mystery that’s perfect for fans of Helena Duggan and Katherine Woodfine!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer 29th Jan

You can never have enough Beauty and the Beast retellings. This one sounds brilliant, and I really need to get a wriggle on and read my NetGalley copy!

A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison 7th Feb

Beautiful book alert! Plus it sounds very magical adventure.

img_3588Fierce Fragile Hearts – Sara Barnard 7th Feb

Already read and reviewed, this is a title that any fan of a good YA contemporary needs to put on their TBR. It’s incredible.

Enchantée – Gita Trelease 21st Feb

I was drawn to this historical fantasy as soon as I saw the beautiful proof copy, and I can’t wait to start reading this one.

A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven 7 March

The Exact Opposite of Okay was one of my top books this year, so I can’t wait to read the sequel! No doubt it’ll be as hilarious as the first!

Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds 4th April

Another book that I’ve been lucky enough to read already, this one took me by surprise and I really enjoyed it!

img_3643How To Make Friends With The Dark – Kathleen Glasgow 11th April

I was very lucky to receive a proof of this title; it’s wonderful and very powerful.

Finale – Stephanie Garber 9th May

After how AMAZING Legendary was, I have such high hopes for Finale! If you haven’t read the Caraval series yet, I’d highly recommend it!

The Paper & Hearts Society – Lucy Powrie 13th June

Written by a book lover, for book lovers. I love taking part in UKYAchat over on Twitter and can’t wait to read the debut novel from the creator of the chat!

Call It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer 27th June

This sounds like a very powerful contemporary that touches upon mental health. Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books are usually a certain for a good book so I hope that this one is no different!

The World of Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas 3rd Sep

The series may be over, but there’s still space on my bookshelf for more Throne of Glass books so this companion will fill that gap nicely!

What books are you excited for in 2019? Have you read any of these already or are they on your TBR?

kayleigh

 

 

 

 

My Year of NetGalley 2018

This year has been the first year that I’ve been properly using NetGalley, and what a year it’s been! I’ve been approved for 86 titles, and have provided feedback for …%. I did go a bit crazy at the beginning; I’d never really used NetGalley before December 2017 and so at first I was requesting titles that, whilst I did have an interest in reading, I wasn’t overly desperate to read. As the year’s gone on, I’ve really learnt how to use NetGalley properly to get the best out of my experience both for myself and for the publishers who so kindly approve my requests. I do still have quite a few books from earlier in the year that are outstanding, and are on my NetGalley TBR, but I am really proud of how many books I’ve been able to read and review!

I’m particularly proud this year of some of my achievements; I’ve been auto-approved by two imprints which I am now on the blogger list for, I’ve had invites to blogger events from another publisher (I think I’m sort of on their mailing list; I get requests every so often!) and I’ve been involved in a blog tour through NetGalley! Through submitting my review of Sunflowers in February on NetGalley, I also gained my highest number of views on a single post on here!

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Do you use NetGalley? How has your year been?

kayleigh

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Kes Gray

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As soon as I saw Kes Gray’s name on the cover of this Christmas book, I just bought it, and I’m so glad that I did! Along with his typical fun rhymes in a story that’s both fun to read and listen to, Claire Powell’s illustrations are beautiful and really bring the story of Christmas Eve Eve to life!

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas is an enchanting book that’ll bring fun and laughter to everyone’s Christmas preparations, telling the story of how Father Christmas gets ready for a busy night! I can’t recommend this book highly enough and it has immediately become one of my festive favourites!

2018 Titles That I Still Need To Read!

So 2018 has seen some AMAZING books come out, and there are many books that either I own or want to own that came out this year that I just haven’t got round to reading yet! Here’s a selection that come to mind as being high up my TBR:

the trouble with perfectThe Trouble With Perfect – Helena Duggan

a darkness of dragonsA Darkness of Dragons – S.A.Patrick

img_3179Peril in Paris – Katherine Woodfine

 

 

 

img_3178The Last Chance Hotel – Nicki Thornton

img_0742-1Boy Underwater – Adam Baron

img_0746-1Ella on the Outside – Cath Howe

 

 

 

img_0686-1The Uncommoners: The Frozen Telescope – Jennifer Bell

img_0692The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill

img_5144-1The Peculiars – Kieran Larwood

 

 

 

img_3284Skycircus – Peter Bunzl

img_3339Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers – Anna James

i stop somewhereI Stop Somewhere – And the Ocean Was Our Sky

 

 

 

And The Ocean Was Our Sky – Patrick Ness

40337922_313615062521646_4768739448783359826_nTheatrical – Maggie Harcourt

37753642_268992100547899_3607785125779079168_nEditing Emma – Chloe Seager

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

 

 

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes – Holly Bourne

Kingdom of Ash: INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER (Throne of Glass)Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas

notes on a nervous planetNotes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

 

 

 

Have you read any of these – would you recommend them?

kayleigh

 

 

 

 

My Year of Audible: 2018

It’s scary to think that I’m already over halfway through Blogmas 2018! Today I am going to share with you some of the audiobooks that I have loved this year; although I’ve not listened as frequently lately, I have got some brilliant audiobooks this year!

The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson narrated by Leon Williams

The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig narrated by Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig narrated by Matt Haig

The Kissing Booth – Beth Reekles narrated by Cynthia Holloway

I Was Born For This – Alice Oseman narrated by Aysha Kala, Huw Parmenter

The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven narrated by Laura Aikman

Legendary – Stephanie Garner narrated by Rebecca Soler

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo narrated by Jacob York, Stephanie Willis

Daughter of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller narrated by Marisa Calin

Although I haven’t got around to finishing listening to all of these, I have loved the freedom of having an Audible membership and having some wonderful titles added to my audiobook library!

Have you listened to any of these, or are there any you’d recommend?

The Festive Christmas Book Tag

It’s already day 17 of Blogmas…December really is flying! I saw this tag over on Jenn‘s blog, taken from the original tag by the booktuber GirlReading, and I had to have a go!

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

The first question is actually the hardest on here! I’m not too sure…I’d probably like to spend it with Clay’s family from Thirteen Reasons Why; his parents seem so lovely!

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

Beautiful bookmarks! I’m such a sucker for them, and I have my eye on the ones from Sonnet and Fable over on Etsy!

3. A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

Of course it has to be Dobby! Socks for everyone!

4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.

In a way, I’d probably say Last Christmas by Wham! would match up to All The Bright Places…it’s got that air of sadness and nostalgia to it.

5. Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

Floored. It was good…but for so many of my favourite authors, I just didn’t love it unfortunately!

6. A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton is one of the most wonderful books to come out this year, and it definitely doesn’t get as much love as it deserves! Expect to find it as a nominee for this year’s snailycanflyy Book Award!

7. Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmassy feel to it.

I would say that the original cover for Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is lovely and Christmassy!

8. A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

THE TRUTH PIXIE! Did you really expect anything else?!

That was a really fun tag to do! I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you fancy doing a quick Christmassy tag, this is the one for you!

kayleigh

 

Young Adult Books for Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, I’ve been looking for some YA Christmas books to read, and was happy to discover that there are a few that I needed to add to my TBR! For day 16 of Blogmas, I thought that I would share those with you!

Almost Midnight – Rainbow Rowell

My True Love Gave To Me – Various

Let It Snow – Various

 

 

 

The Chaos of Standing Still – Jessica Brody

What Light – Jay Asher

All Wrapped Up – Holly Smale

 

 

 

Have you read any of these? Are there any YA Christmas books that I’ve missed?

kayleigh