WWW Wednesday: 13th February 2019

Good evening! This has been a very varied week full of emotions and hormones, yet I’ve got lots of reading done compared to lately and I’ve had a some really good posts on here what with the The Star-Spun Web Blog Tour and the The Year After You Blog Tour!

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What are you currently reading? 

My current read is still I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella; I finally bought a pretty proper copy and so I’m very excited to get stuck in properly!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I read Happy Girl Lucky yesterday and I LOVED IT! It’s such a fluffy yet important teen book and it gave me all the feels. Please excuse the darkness of my picture of the eBook – I live in the UK where I get like a matter of hours a day in decent light, but I also work full time so rarely see those hours! This weekend, I shall show off my shiny finished copy that I bought yesterday!

I also read Tad by Benji Davies today; it’s so cute and I can’t wait to see it all finished and in proper book form!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not too sure yet; I have a few proofs headed my way and some eBooks to make my way through, so I shall see what I fancy!

kayleigh

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WWW Wednesday: 6th February 2019

This week I’ve not really got around to reading much; it’s been rather hectic and I’ve just felt too tired to read! That said, I’ve started two books that, from what little I’ve read, are really good, and I’ve spent a lot of time reading tweets…that counts right?!

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What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella, which, no surprises, is off to a good start! I love Sophie’s writing style so it’s nice to be back reading one of her books. I’ve also started The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale, which, again, is very good so far!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Star-Spun Web last week, and I REALLY enjoyed it! It’s such a good middle grade mystery and adventure, and I’m very excited for my blog tour post and review to go live next week!


What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I shall continue working my way through my NetGalley list, and get on with reading The Colour of Shadows by Phyllida Shrimpton!

kayleigh

Top Ten Tuesday: 29th January 2019

Hello and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl! This week, could easily have been a top 20, top 50, top 100! The topic is:

The 10 Most Recent Additions To My TBR

  1. The Colour of Shadows – Phyllida Shrimpton
  2. The Skylark’s War – Hilary McKay
  3. The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
  4. Happy Girl Lucky – Holly Smale
  5. Frostfire – Jamie Smith
  6. Gabriel and the Phantom Sleepers – Jenny Nimmo
  7. The Ice Monster – David Walliams
  8. Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers – Anna James
  9. And The Ocean Was Our Sky – Patrick Ness
  10. The Train to Impossible Places – PG Bell

I really could keep going! I’ve just gone for books that I’ve bought/received most recently! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 27th January 2019

It’s the last Six for Sunday of January – one month into 2019 already! This is a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Bookish Beginnings: Bookish Hates

  1. Cover changes mid series
  2. Poorly written books, such as those by PC and Kristin Cast, where it’s very clear that the authors wrote it for a class and it isn’t good enough for publication!
  3. Books about abuse that are too graphic or uncomfortable to read, such as Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield. I don’t get why people love this book; it’s awful!
  4. Picture books with no purpose or with poor morals…which leads on to my next point:
  5. Julia Donaldson
  6. This is going to be more controversial, but I really dislike books where the diversity is thrown in your face; I like it when characters of different races and sexual orientations are part of the story and it’s just a matter of fact, rather than being such a massive deal. I hope that makes sense!

This was quite an interesting topic to think about; something that one person hates, another may love! What are your bookish hates?

kayleigh

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 22nd January 2019

Hello and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. I hope you’ve had a good start to the week! This week’s topic is:

Books I Meant To Read In 2018 But Didn’t Get To

  1. Lady Mary – Lucy Worsley
  2. The Astonishing Colour of After – Emily X R Pan
  3. I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman
  4. Clean – Juno Dawson
  5. The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  6. I Stop Somewhere – T E Carter
  7. Tradition – Brendan Kiely
  8. The Summer of Us – Cecilia Vinesse
  9. The Cradle of All Worlds – Jeremy Lachlan
  10. Peril in Paris – Katherine Woodfine

I could go on…that’s so bad! I really need to read more backlist books this year and get on top of my NetGalley TBR!

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 20th January 2019

Typing the title…one month until my birthday! I’m gonna be 25…I feel so old! Anyway, welcome back to Six for Sunday, hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Bookish Beginnings: Bookish Loves

  1. Glitter! I love a cover with glitter on it; it just makes them look so beautiful and magical.
  2. Sprayed edges. They just make a book that little bit more stunning.
  3. French and Spanish editions of my favourite books, or just foreign editions!
  4. Sassy female lead characters.
  5. A love triangle.
  6. Book boyfriends. I have so many; they can be so wonderful!

I could go on; there are so many tropes that I love and bookish aesthetics that I could talk about! What are your bookish loves?

kayleigh

 

Six for Sunday: 13th January 2019

I wanted to sort out my blog this year and start posting more content and more regularly…off to a bad start! But I’m making sure to do Six for Sunday every week, well, as much as possible. Six for Sunday is one of my favourite bookish tags, hosted by Steph with lots of prompts already sorted for this year! Today’s is:

Bookish Beginnings: Bookish Wishes

  1. More bookshelves
  2. More space for said bookshelves!
  3. A spare room to turn into my own little library with squishy chairs and fairy lights.
  4. Sara Barnard to somehow manage to release many books every year.
  5. To be fluent in French and Spanish so I can read all my favourite books confidently in those languages.
  6. Cats Cradle by Julia Golding to be released in the pretty hardback edition instead of the rubbish paperback change of design that came out.

I think we can establish that I basically want more storage space. What are your bookish wishes?

kayleigh

 

WWW Wednesday: 9th January 2019

Hello and welcome to the first WWW Wednesday of 2019 (that I’ve done)! I’ve had a fairly hectic week, but have still been enjoying some books of course! I’ve been so exhausted, that all I want to do is chill when I get home from work and be lazy, so I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest where I’ve been planning my wedding…awkward moment of the week when I got a call from a venue (I downloaded their brochure the day before just to have a mooch) and had to explain that I am not actually engaged…yet!

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What are you currently reading? 

FINALLY, I’ve started reading Enchantée by Gita Trelease which I am LOVING so much! It’s absolutely wonderful. The description is definitely right; it has a lot of Caraval vibes, and, because I needed a new audiobook, I also started The Night Circus which was also listed! I’m really enjoying that too, especially since the narrator, Jim Kay, is brilliant!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Year After You last week, and it was such a good read! YA meets Enid Blyton; it was brilliant. Look out for my thoughts on this next month when I’m part of the blog tour!


What do you think you’ll read next?

I must read The Day I Was Erased by Lisa Thompson! Her books are always a fab start tot the year!

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 6th January 2019

Hello and welcome to 2019! I totally meant to do Blogmas every day of December, and to have posts scheduled for the first week of January…but life. It’s inconvenient sometimes!

Anyway, I’m back, and very happy to see that Six for Sunday has a whole new list of prompts for the first half of this year over on Steph’s blog, so, without further ado, here is the first Six for Sunday of 2019!

Bookish Beginnings: New Year, New Books

  1. The Day I Was Erased by Lisa Thompson
  2. The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
  3. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  4. The Year After You by Nina de Pass
  5. Enchantée by Gita Trelease
  6. Henry and the Guardians of the Lost by Jenny Nimmo

It was hard to narrow down which books to feature from some of the titles I received over the Christmas period, but I think these ones are some of the best books I got! What books are you starting the year with?

kayleigh

 

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