Six for Sunday: 19th May 2019

Hello! I’ve been fairly quiet on the reading front; it was Mental Health Awareness Week so I tried to do a post most days for that. Please do feel free to check them out! However, linking in to that, I’ve been really struggling with the side effects of reducing my medication this week so have been so sleepy and tired so I just haven’t had a chance to read! Anyway, this week’s Six for Sunday has me thinking about which books I simply must get around to! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

The Ever Growing TBR: 2019 books I want to read

  1. 51836878_259219134954383_139597421038497182_nFinale – Stephanie Garber
  2. Starfell – Dominique Valente
  3. img_4517The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
  4. A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven
  5. A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison
  6. A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

I can’t believe I haven’t got around to these ones yet; they’re all books that I’ve been so excited to read! Have you read any of these and think I need to make time ASAP?

kayleigh

 

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Six for Sunday: 5th May 2019

It’s always good when you go to edit the previous week’s post to do this week’s and find that you also went book shopping last Sunday! Today, I was fairly restrained again…I bought another three books! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

The Ever Growing TBR: 2018 books still unread

  1. img_3179Peril in Paris – Katherine Woodfine
  2. The Mermaid – Christina Henry
  3. i stop somewhereThe Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  4. Skylarks – Karen Gregory
  5. The Colour of the Sun – David Almond
  6. I Stop Somewhere – T.E. Carter

So last year was a learning curve with regards to NetGalley…I still have a fair backlog of 2018 titles that I need to get to! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

 

WWW Wednesday: 1st May 2019

Good evening! I thought I’d check in with a WWW Wednesday post, seeing as I haven’t done one since March…

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What are you currently reading? 

I won a finished copy of Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly (you may remember it from March when I received a proof) and I know I really need to get my bum into gear and read it! I honestly did love what I read, but have just not had enough focus for a fantasy book, but I’m planning on going to bed early tonight and reading!

What did you recently finish reading?

I read a whole book last week (hurrah!) and I LOVED it! It was The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie, and I can’t wait to get reviewing whilst I eagerly wait for it to publish so I can reread it!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know to be honest haha! I’m still working my way through my April TBR…

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 28th April 2019

Today I’ve had a fairly bookish day as I got to spend some time in several bookshops! I was very good and only bought three! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: 2019 KidLit Recommendations

  1. 55837766_2162176580518359_8716889922690661966_nA Girl Called Justice – Elly Griffiths
  2. The Golden Butterfly – Sharon Gosling
  3. The Star-Spun Web – Sinéad O’Hart
  4. img_4359Murder Most Unladylike Book 8 – Robin Stevens
  5. The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
  6. A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison

I’ve read the first three and LOVED them! I highly highly recommend checking them out! The next three are ones that I’m excited to get to this year that are either out already or coming soon! Have you read any of these/are you going to?

kayleigh

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 23rd April 2019

Hello! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

First Books I Reviewed

  1. THE GOLDFISH BOY – Lisa Thompson
  2. WITCH FOR A WEEK – Kaye Umansky, Ashley King
  3. SUNFLOWERS IN FEBRUARY – Phyllida Shrimpton
  4. THE SMOKING HOURGLASS – Jennifer Bell, Karl J Mountford
  5. THE LIGHT JAR – Lisa Thompson
  6. THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS – Emily Barr
  7. THE TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK – Emily Barr
  8. THE HAZEL WOOD – Melissa Albert
  9. ALMOST ANYTHING – Sophy Henn
  10. THE SACRIFICE BOX – Martin Stewart

Some of the reviews that I’m most proud of are included here! I didn’t realise quite how many books I’ve reviewed in the past year or so!

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 21st April 2019

Hello! I’m liking this month’s topic of children’s books! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: 2018 KidLit Recommendations

  1. death in the spotlightDeath in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens
  2. The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig
  3. The Light Jar – Lisa Thompson
  4. the eye of the northThe Eye of the North – Sinéad O’Hart
  5. The Secret Seven: The Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart
  6. A Spoonful of Murder – Robin Stevens

2018 was a fairly quiet year I felt for Middle Grade, but, that said, the ones that did come out were incredible! I loved all of the books I’ve chosen today. Have you read any of them?

kayleigh

 

Six for Sunday: 14th April 2019

Good evening! I’m back today with another Six for Sunday post after a very busy week! I joined the gym and am so proud of myself! Anyway, back to books…this week’s topic was so so hard to narrow down to six! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: Books From My Childhood

  1. Midnight For Charlie Bone – Jenny Nimmo
  2. First Term at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton
  3. The Great Good Thing – Roderick Townley
  4. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
  5. The Doomspell – Cliff McNish
  6. The Prophecy of the Gems – Flavia Bujor

Have you read any of these? I can’t wait to reread them all!

kayleigh

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 2nd April 2019

Good evening! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ve seen a few of these posts today, and the topic sounded like such fun to think about! This week’s topic is:

Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

  1. Author. Odds are, if I’ve read a book by the author before and loved it, I won’t hesitate to pick up another of their books.
  2. Illustrator. As above, if I love the illustrations, I’m likely to pick it up knowing less about it! For example, if I see a cover by Karl James Mountford or David Litchfield, chances are I’ll buy it.
  3. Recommended by a favourite author on the cover. I’m putting a lot of trust in their judgement!
  4. “For fans of Harry Potter”…need I say more?
  5. Mental Health. Give me a book on mental health and I’m so much more inclined to read it. I personally choose books that relate to the mental health difficulties I’ve dealt with, so I’m spoilt for choice.
  6. Middle Grade Murder Mystery. Robin Stevens is the Queen, but if a book is along those lines I’ll probably love it!
  7. Boarding schools are one of my weaknesses; since being an obsessive Enid Blyton reader when I was younger, I’ll always give a school book a go!
  8. “Scandalous” teen books with topics such as teen pregnancy and teacher crushes…in my experience some of the best teen books!
  9. Beautiful hardbacks under the dustjacket…SO PRETTY!
  10. Publisher. There are just some publishers who usually put out books that I love without fail.

What do you think? Would any of these things make you pick up a book?

kayleigh

WWW Wednesday: 13th March 2019

Hello! I’m sorry that I’ve gone AWOL again; life has gotten very hectic! My boyfriend and I are in the process of buying a flat and it all came along very quickly so that’s taking up a fair amount of time! However, in anticipation of the move, I’ve been having a clear out and am so proud of how much stuff and how many books I’ve managed to unhaul! A year ago I never thought I’d be able to do what I have. Me 1, anxiety 0.

What are you currently reading? 

I have found a little bit of time this week to get started on an AMAZING book – Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly. I’m hooked and can’t wait to get a decent chunk of time to dedicate to getting lost in this book because it’s brilliant so far. I’m also listening to the audiobook of Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson, which is an old favourite. I’ve loved making sure that I just listen to fifteen minutes a day and it helps me to unwind a bit!

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What did you recently finish reading?

Most recently I read The Near Witch by VE Schwab, which was such a brilliant short read! I was captivated by the world of Near and the story of the Near Witch. It came out this week, so I highly recommend getting a copy!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I need to get around to finishing How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow. I started it before Christmas, and unfortunately didn’t get a chance to come back to it, so I can’t wait to continue because I loved what I read.

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 3rd March 2019

Hello and welcome back to Six for Sunday! I had a little break for the month of February; in all honesty I struggled with the prompts but I’ve loved reading everyone else’s S4S posts! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

An Ode To: Favourite Author(s)

  1. Lisa Thompson – Aside from writing one of my favourite books of all time (The Goldfish Boy), Lisa comes across as such a kind and lovely lady on social media and I’d love to get to meet her one day! I am so grateful to her too for sending me French and Spanish editions of The Goldfish Boy, which she didn’t have to do, so I really do appreciate that kindness!
  2. Phyllida Shrimpton – again, an author who has always been so kind and wonderful on social media! I always have felt that she takes the time to get to know her readers, and I always remember how she kindly wished me a merry Christmas last February when my friend and I did our pretend log cabin Christmas!
  3. Robin Stevens – aside from the fact that her books are AMAZING, I always felt touched by the fact that she knew who I was when she signed my books (I was working at the Cheltenham festival as a bookseller so unfortunately couldn’t meet her!).
  4. Anne Digby – I loved Anne Digby’s books growing up, especially her continuations of some of Enid Blyton’s series’, and so when she followed me on Twitter and referred to me in a few tweets about MG reviewers to follow that made me feel really good!
  5. Cliff McNish – again, one of my favourite authors growing up, and I really felt like a superfan as a young teenager when he signed all my books and commented on not having seen anyone else with the hardbacks! He’s such a lovely man!
  6. Kes Gray – apart from that fact that I’ve always loved his books, discovering Worries Go Away made me feel less alone. When he signed my copy, although I wasn’t able to meet him (again Cheltenham festival downside!) he put the most heartfelt and lovely message in it that made the book even more special to me.

I decided to go for a few authors who, by doing something that may seem small, has created memories that I still cherish. There are more that I could’ve mentioned, but these six really do stand out for me!

kayleigh