Six for Sunday: 5th August 2018

HELLO FROM DISNEYWORLD!

I couldn’t resist checking in for Six for Sunday this week! You can find the second half of the year’s prompts here! This week’s is:

Authors you’ll always pick up

1. Sara Barnard 

2. Lisa Thompson

3. Jenny Nimmo

4. Jennifer Niven

5. Sophie Kinsella

6. Cliff McNish 

Problems of a bookworm…lots of authors who’s books I will automatically pick up! Have you read any of these author’s books (if not, check them out!) and who are your top authors that you’ll always read books by?

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Six for Sunday: 29th July 2018

Hello and it’s that time again! Continuing with the second half of the year’s prompts which you can find here, this week’s is:

Books that made you fall in love

I have so many book boyfriends…it’s normal right?!

1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas 

Rhys and his impressive wingspan.

2. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Luke Brandon. *swoons*

3. Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

Another one that Sophie Kinsella is guilty of creating…this time my much older man, Jack Harper.

4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Will Traynor. Oh god. This book made me laugh and fall in love…then it totally DESTROYED me.

5. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is just, ahhhh, I love him. By the time this post goes live, we shall know who is playing him in the film!

6. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas 

Oh Sam Cortland.

I feel all giddy thinking about all of these amazing book boyfriends haha! Would you agree with any of my choices or do you have some totally different books that made you fall in love?

ARCACIA – T.A.Barua

Good evening! I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for Arcacia by T.A.Barua, a new children’s fantasy book. It’s been receiving some good reviews! Here’s the premise:

When a beautiful sorceress-queen, Selina, spurns Setanor, a powerful, jealous northern warlock, an invasion of Western Arcacia begins. To save her newborn triplets from death, they are cast down a magical river to the New World, a place called, ‘London, England.’

Thirteen years later in a cold, Victorian London attic… The future of Sophie, an impoverished orphan looks bleak but everything changes, to her astonishment after a young witch arrives through her bedroom window with an incredible message and a warning. So begins her life in a beautiful, enchanted ancient world…

How do Sophie and her four friends summon the tremendous courage to rescue her long lost family while restoring Arcacia from dark, ruling forces? Mystical beasts, sceptres, powerful witches and daemon-trolls are just some of their challenges. Meanwhile, the dreaded terrifying warlock, Setanor and his witch-consort Lilith have sent a secret enemy to plan their downfall…

Check out the rest of the bloggers involved in the tour!

You can get a copy of Arcacia here.

Have you heard of or read Arcacia? What did you think of it?

Six for Sunday: 22nd July 2018

Hello and welcome back to another Six for Sunday (you can find the prompts here!). This weekend I’ve made more Minnie Mouse ears (if you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram you’ll have seen my first pair!) and then haven’t got as far as planning today! Anyway, this week’s Six for Sunday is:

Books that made you want to shout

I’ve gone for positive shouting, in the sense of these are books that I just want to shout out about as much as possible, throw into people’s hands…quite literally.

1. The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

I ADORE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. PLEASE READ IT.

I want everyone to read this book to truly get an idea of what OCD is like. Plus, it’s a fab mystery. It’s a win-win.

2. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The anxiety representation in here is fantastic! My YA Book of the Year 2017.

3. Worries Go Away by Kes Gray, Lee Wildish

GAH! THIS BOOK! I am literally the little girl, and I think so many people will relate. This book is essential for little people, for big people…for everyone! Plus, Kes Gray signed my copy and wrote the cutest message and I love him for it.

4. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I understand that this one is a little bit more controversial, but I LOVE it. For me, the main message is about how your actions can impact upon others and it’s about making the right choices and so many people would benefit from learning that.

5. Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

I. Love. This. Series.

The Children of the Red King series is one of the most underrated; jenny Nimmo’s writing is exquisite and she’s crafted an amazing story set within our world. Fans of Harry Potter will LOVE this, and I want more people to read it!

6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

So, last but not least, and no list would be complete without this one, is Harry Potter. BECAUSE HARRY POTTER IS THE BEST. If you’ve been living under a rock, or just have never fancied reading it because of the hype…IT IS THE BEST SERIES OF ALL TIME FOR A REASON.

I really enjoyed today’s topic! Would you agree or disagree with any of these? What books would you shout about?

TO PIXAR AND BEYOND – Lawrence Levy

5/5

A fascinating insight into the beginnings, ups and downs of Pixar.

*DISCLAIMER – I am a borderline obsessive Disney/Pixar fan.

I loved the idea of a brand new book all about Pixar, but I didn’t realise that this was a business book. So, when I picked it up I was a tad hesitant about whether I’d enjoy it and how long it would take me ’cause it would probably be a heavy slightly dull book.

I WAS SO WRONG.

I couldn’t put this down. Seriously, I got home from work and just read, read, read. It was addictive, entertaining and fascinating. I thought I knew a fair amount about Pixar (someone who wears Hawaiian shirts…I know exactly who you’re on about!) but this book truly opened my eyes. Pixar is such an incredibly innovative company, full of some of the most talented people in the world who are so passionate about Pixar that that emotion literally leaped from the page. Levy takes you on a journey from him joining the company during the production of Toy Story where you see a floundering company full of creativity but a lack of momentum, and we see this life injected into it. I felt transported back to 1995 and I cried at their triumphs and worried for Pixar during their difficult times. I honestly didn’t expect to cry at a business book. But there you go.

Taking aside the element of being a Pixar fanatic, this book was highly interesting to read to gain a better understanding of business and the insane money involved in finance and Hollywood. Pixar’s success has been aided by people taking chances and risks, and it could so easily have been a completely different outcome! It was fascinating to learn about how fundamental Pixar is to the world as we know it today – without Pixar, Disney would be a totally different company (my life would certainly be very very different!), Apple would be totally different or possibly not even exist and lots of the technological advances we saw in the 90s wouldn’t have happened.

I did think as I came towards the end that I was going to have one criticism, and that’s the way that after the Disney takeover is covered this book seemed to lose momentum. However, it turns out that those philosophical chapters were actually important, and carry one of the main messages of the book and of Pixar’s legacy.

Pixar definitely can be a way of life (I’m taking this book as evidence).


Thank you to Oneworld Publications for my copy!

Panic! At The Disco Tag

This Panic! At The Disco book tag was created by Jess at Read By Jess, a fellow Panic! fan. As soon as she put out a tweet about if there were people who liked books and Panic! I just had to respond, and I’m very glad that she tagged me to do this tag! 

The Death of a Bachelor – a romance book

the kissing boothThe Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles. Of course this book had to make its way onto this list, although I didn’t expect it to be the first answer! This is just a perfect YA coming of age romance book that I can’t recommend highly enough.

High Hopes – a book you’re really excited for

I can’t wait to read Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe. This came highly recommended to me by my bestie who usually is very spot on with her recommendations for me so I can’t wait to get into this one!

Miss Jackson – a book with a betrayal

I could choose quite a few books for this, but I’m going to go with my gut instinct and choose The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas. I LOVE THIS SERIES. It’s so blimming good, and my favourite is this book (made up of five novellas) although it completely BROKE me. The betrayal in here. OMG. The feels.

Girls/Girls/Boys – a LGBTQ+ book

i was born for this

I’ll be honest, I haven’t read a whole lot of LGBTQ+ books despite owning a few, but one that stands out is I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. With a whole host of diverse characters including a trans narrator, this book is one of the best books released this year.

I Write Sins Not Tragedies – a book featuring a wedding

Shopaholic Ties The Knot by Sophie Kinsella. How I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series, and this book is no exception. I won’t give too much away, but this installment features a very exciting wedding that’s full of all the humour and happenings you come to expect from a Sophie Kinsella book.

Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time – a book featuring a partying protagonist or a party scene

I’m going to choose All About Mia by Lisa Williamson for this one; although it’s been a while since I read it, I remember Mia being a bit of a party girl and there being a party scene. Double tick.

Say Amen (Saturday Night) – a book with an unapologetic main character

the exact opposite of okayThe Exact Opposite of Okay, which fits quite a few of the prompts for this tag, has one of the best main characters in YA – Izzy is hilarious and what you see is what you get. She makes mistakes, she’s flawed, and she knows it. It’s brilliant.

This Is Gospel – a book from a trilogy

So many amazing trilogies…one that stands out is one of the most underrated books EVER. The Doomspell by Cliff McNish is ah-mazing and is like a darker Narnia with scarier witches and an amazing world to get lost in.

Emperor’s New Clothes – a hardback that looks beautiful naked

notes on a nervous planetNotes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig. IT’S A RAINBOW WHEN NAKED. IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

Victorious – an empowering book

Following on from my previous answer, I’m going with Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. One of the most exquisitely written books of all time, it’s just incredible. Read it.

Impossible Year – a really sad book

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield. And no, I do not recommend it. It’s not a good sad; it’s a blimming uncomfortable read that’ll make you feel sad sad. I can’t fault Lisa’s writing (she’s an amazing writer) but I absolutely hated this book.

King Of The Clouds – a prize winning book

I am definitely going with The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson. It’s won a few prizes, was shortlisted for some bigger ones and, not forgetting, it was Book of the Year 2017 in the Snailycanflyy Book Award. It’s a book that I want to throw into everyone’s hands and make sure they read; it’s a the most accurate portrayal of OCD that I’ve ever come across, and it is brilliant.

Hey Look ma, I Made It – a debut author

There are so many I could’ve chosen for this one! This year has seen some amazing debuts, but the first one that I thought of was Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton. This is a YA contemporary book that, although it was about death, was really enjoyable and had lots of warmth and humour in it. Plus, Phyllida is easily one of my favourite authors on social media; she’s so lovely!

 

I really enjoyed doing this tag! It was fun to reflect on some of my favourite books and how they fit in with some of my favourite songs! I would like to tag anyone who loves Panic! and books to have a go at this brilliant tag!

 

WWW Wednesday: 18th July 2018

I’ve had a very productive blogging day; I have 45 drafts…which is a bit insane! They shall be making their way on to here over the next few weeks or so…which may be useful since I AM GOING TO DISNEYWORLD IN 2 WEEKS!

friendship fails of emma nash

What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading Frienship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager which is cracking me up; it’s so funny and I’m really enjoying reading it! I didn’t realise that this was a sequel, but I’ve ordered a copy of Editing Emma so I can read more about Emma!

llive llaugh llove
What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve had a bit of a down week so haven’t read that much, but I did read Llive Llaugh LLove Like a LLama which was actually a really good book! It really cheered me up – it’s not just llamas; there’s life advice too!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m still making my way through my NetGalley TBR! I’m off on holiday in two weeks so am hoping I get a chance to read a couple then!

UNLOCKING FRENCH/UNLOCKING SPANISH – Paul Noble

5/5

An essential addition to your Collins languages collection.

As a languages student, I was so excited to find these books on NetGalley and absolutely had to read them! I have studied French for 17 years and Spanish for 10 years, and whilst I am at a fairly advanced level in both, I’m rubbish at studying and because of being a part-time student am unable to devote as much time as I would like to my languages, so these books sound perfect for me!

I started reading these books almost as soon as I got copies, and I found them so engaging and easy to get into the flow of. Each chapter is of a reasonable length and doesn’t try to cram in too much. I like how the books emphasise the importance of not having to learn everything you read off by heart and instead use repetition to help you remember words and phrases.

unlockingfrenchUnlocking Spanish and Unlocking French are yet more fantastic additions to the Collins language collection, and are ones that I will be thoroughly recommending to people wanting to improve on their language learning. It’s such a unique take on learning a language that really explains why you’re doing a certain exercise and focuses more on how we naturally learn a language rather than expecting you to remember everything you learn.


Thank you to Collins via NetGalley for the eBook of these titles!

Six for Sunday: 15th July 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! It’s been a whole month since I last did one of these posts…I’m sorry! Anyway…we are back with the second half of the year’s prompts which you can find here! This week’s is:

Books that made you angry

1. Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson, Eleanor Wood, Melinda Salisbury, Non Pratt, Tanya Byrne. 

Hugo.

He was just a whole load of stereotypes rolled into one and was a key reason for me not loving this book as much as I’d hoped! I feel awful for not loving it!

2. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

This book. Ugh. It’s easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read, and yet people love it! It just was awful. Well written, but awful.

3. Tiddler by Julia Donaldson (just Julia Donaldson in general)

Picture books are amazing for learning about things that are important. So, what did I learn from Tiddler? If you tell lies, make sure your stories add up and that you can remember them, then you’ll be okay!

4. Marked by P.C Cast, Kristin Cast

Try reading this…then tell me what you think about the writing, and how this got published.

5. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

See above. It’s awful as a fanfiction, let alone as a book.

6. I CAN’T THINK OF A SIXTH! 

This was actually a pretty interesting one to think about! Would you agree or disagree with any of these?

LOOKING FOR JJ – Anne Cassidy

5/5

One of my favourite books of all time from my personal Queen of Teen Crime.

Looking For JJ starts with the story of Alice Tully, a 17 year-old girl living and working in Croydon. She seems to have it all – a job she enjoys, a loving boyfriend, prospects for university, a caring home…but all is not as it seems and we soon learn that Alice is hiding a dark secret.

Flash back 7 years, and we are introduced to Jennifer Jones, a 10 year old girl living a very dysfunctional life with her mother, a model of sorts, and struggling to deal with growing up in an environment where she is left to fend for herself. Jennifer is quiet, reserved and seemingly innocent, but all that changes when she and two friends go out to play…but only two of them return.

This book crafts the story of JJ perfectly – it’s so hard to actively dislike the young girl who we know does a terrible thing. It’s a book that makes you question rapidly judging people and whether we should give people second chances. The writing is exquisite, grips you from the get-go and draws you into the lives of the characters in such a way that it really does feel as though you know them. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!