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!

 

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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!

DANIEL DANIELS AND THE WORLD’S WORST ZOO – Robbie Yates

3.5/5

A fun first chapter book filled with animals and mischief.

I love a good early reader book; they’re just so easy to get into and, as an adult, they create a sense of achievement when you can read a whole book in under an hour! So, when the opportunity to be involved in the blog tour for Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo came up, of course I had to read this one, and I wasn’t disappointed!

Daniel Daniels is a very likeable narrator who, despite having a hard time both at school and at home, is very optimistic and caring. We soon learn of his love of the local zoo, even though it is definitely the World’s Worst Zoo, and get to meet all the animals he encounters there. But, the story takes an unexpected twist…

Robbie Yates’ writing style is very fluid and makes the story very easy to get lost in, and I also liked how his love of poetry shines through making this an enjoyable read for readers of all ages!


Thank you to Shalini at Digital Reads Blog Tours for the eBook of this title and for involving me in the blog tour!

WWW Wednesday: 4th July 2018

I’m really looking forward to today; I’m off to Birmingham for an Orion book blogger event which is my first one! I’m not too sure what to expect and am a bit nervous, but it should be good!

What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates, which I’m on the blog tour for this week. It should be a fairly quick read as it’s a younger reader book, and so far I’m enjoying it!

the kissing booth
What did you recently finish reading?

The Kissing Booth. I’m now listening to the audiobook. I love it so much. Full review to come, but the Netflix adaptation was actually really good and true to the book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to make my way through all the books I have on NetGalley to read so that I get up to 100% feedback!

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2018

I’ve seen this tag floating around the bookish community, and it seems like a lot of fun – I can’t believe it’s already the middle of the year! So, without being tagged by anyone in particular, here is my Mid-Year Freak Out Tag for 2018!

i was born for thisBEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

I have a few favourites…but I’m trying to avoid repeating books on here which makes this question a little easier! I’m going to go with I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – I ADORED this book and can’t wait to finally get around to reading Alice’s other books!

legendaryBEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

LEGENDARY. Hands. Down.

 

i stop somewhereNEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

I Stop Somewhere is one that I’ve had on my TBR for ages, and I really need to get around to it! Just look at that cover.

 

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Kingdom of Ash. Of course! Although, I still haven’t read Empire of Storms or Tower of Dawn. But I’m still super excited!

flooredBIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I feel like this is going to be a controversial choice, but Floored left me feeling a bit disappointed. IT’S STILL A FOUR STAR READ. But, for me, it just felt like it was missing something. The writing is, as expected, fantastic, but the story itself just felt a bit lacklustre.

no sad songsBIGGEST SURPRISE

No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli really surprised me; I did expect to like it, but not as much as I did in the end! It’s so well-written and is such an important read.

the exact opposite of okayFAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

Laura Steven, author of The Exact Opposite of Okay! I was very lucky and got to meet her at Foyles in Birmingham this year, and she’s just as funny in real life as her main character Izzy is on the page!

to kill a kingdomNEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Elian from To Kill a Kingdom. He’s just…ah! A FRICKIN’ PIRATE PRINCE. He’s dreamy. I love him.

 

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Lyra from To Kill a Kingdom. This sassy siren is such a good character, and it’s so much fun to read from her POV!

differently normalBOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson. It. Broke. My. Heart. But it’s still a good book!

 

a spoonful of murderBOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens; Daisy and Hazel were back with another mystery to solve! I couldn’t put it down, like all of Robin Stevens’ books and I’m so excited for the series to continue!

the kissing boothFAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

The Kissing Booth. The Kissing Booth. The Kissing Booth.

 

 

sunflowers in february
FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

My review for Sunflowers in February! It’s my most successful post to date, and it’s a review I’m proud of.

 

the art of cocoMOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

The Art of Coco. Coco is easily my favourite film this year, and the art of books from Disney are simply stunning. This one is absolutely no exception!

 

philosopher's stone illustratedWHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

SO MANY BOOKS! I need to read all my NetGalley TBR books (about 8 titles) and I need to reread Harry Potter and Throne of Glass!

 

And that’s it for this post! I tag anyone who hasn’t done their Mid-Year Freak Out tag for 2018!

 

THE NIGHT DRAGON – Naomi Howarth

3.5/5

A beautiful look at how it’s okay to be different and on the importance of trying.

I know you shouldn’t judge a book on its cover, but, seriously, look at this one! It’s such a beautiful illustration that I just had to read the book!

The Night Dragon is a gorgeous story that’s perfect for people to read to young children, all about how we are all different and unique in our own ways, and how you don’t have to be the same as everyone else. It also highlights the importance of trying and not giving up, and believing in yourself and others.

I really enjoyed reading The Night Dragon, especially for the illustrations which were so beautiful and colourful! The end of the story was so heartwarming and the illustrations complimented that perfectly.


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

JOSEPHINE BAKER – Isabel Sánchez Vegara

4.5/5

One of my favourite additions to the Little People, Big Dreams series!

I adore the Little People, Big Dreams series, and, since looking into the titles in this series, Josephine Baker is one that I really wanted to learn more about and read! So, I was very excited to see it go up on NetGalley and just had to read it straight away.

So far, this has been one of my favourite books in the series; the illustrations compliment the story beautifully and are simplistic without being boring. It was fascinating to learn about a brave and inspirational woman who I hadn’t heard of before.

This book is definitely aimed at older children; it covers some of the trickier periods of history to explain to young people, but, nevertheless, it is an important one for learning about race, the Second World War and following your dreams in the face of adversity.


Thank you to Frances Lincoln Children’s via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!