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?

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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?

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?

Six for Sunday: 10th June 2018

Good evening! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA on here – it feels like a while since I last did a tag post! I’m taking a break from revision for my French exam tomorrow to do this one; it’s an interesting topic!

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Reasons you love books…

1. Escaping to another world, whether it’s set in our world or a fantasy one

2. Finding characters who have similar traits, both positive and negative, as you

3. To learn more about others and what they go through

4. I have an obsessive personality, so I became obsessed with books at a young age, and that’s unlikely to change

5. Finding relatable quotes

6. They take you on emotional rollercoasters and can help you to feel emotions

They’re the main reasons that I love books so much – what are yours?

Six for Sunday: 20th May 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! I’m getting ready for an awesome day; I’m down in Colchester with my friends from uni and we are going to the zoo today! I thought of a really good question for this prompt when I was in the shower, but I’ve forgotten it 😦

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Questions you have for your favourite character…

1. Do you regret any of your actions during your story?

2. What would you do differently?

3. What did you learn from your story?

4. Who’s your favourite character in your story?

5. If you could be in another story, which one would you choose and why?

6. What outcome do you think would’ve worked better in your story?

What questions would you ask your favourite character?

 

Six for Sunday: 13th May 2018

Helloo and happy Sunday evening! This week’s prompt has actually been a really interesting one to think about!

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Questions for publishers…

1. What’s been the one book that stands out as one you just knew you’d have to publish?

2. To what extent do you think that book bloggers play an important part in the hype surrounding a new release? Does this influence you when sending out ARCs?

3. What made you choose the publishing house you work for?

4. How often do you DNF a manuscript?

5. Do you like to read the same genre/type of books that you publish?

6. What would your one piece of advice to a book blogger looking to work with a publisher be?

What would you ask a publisher? Are you a publisher and able to answer any of these?

 

Six for Sunday: 6th May 2018

Ugh! It’s SO HOT today in the midlands – I don’t like it when it’s this warm! I’ve had a lovely day though, properly relaxing and reading which has been so nice for a change! Anyway…

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Questions for authors…

1. Who has been your favourite character to write?

2. Have you based any of your characters on people you know?

3. Which author/s inspired you to write?

4. Which is your favourite book you’ve written?

5. How much research did you need to do for your book?

6. What do you want people to take away from your book?

What would you like to ask your favourite authors? Or, if you are an author, how would you answer these?

 

Six for Sunday: 29th April 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! I really enjoyed doing today’s topic; I love talking about some of these books! What I’ve done is included their Amazon summary so it’s a completely unbiased summary of the books!

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Favourite books people never seem to know about…

1. The Great Good Thing Roderick Townley

Image result for the great good thing roderick townleySylvie had an amazing life, but she didn’t get to live it very often.
Sylvie has been a twelve-year-old princess for more than eighty years, ever since the book she lives in was first printed. She’s the heroine, and her story is exciting — but that’s the trouble. Her story is always exciting in the same way. Sylvie longs to get away and explore the world outside the confines of her book.
When she breaks the cardinal rule of all storybook characters and looks up at the Reader, Sylvie begins a journey that not even she could have anticipated. And what she accomplishes goes beyond any great good thing she could have imagined..

2. The Doomspell Cliff McNish

Image result for the doomspellIn a blaze of light, rush of wind and scrabble of claws, Rachel and Eric are ripped through a wall onto another world. Like thousands before them, they have been snatched by the Witch!

Rachel discovers that she has extraordinary gifts – magical gifts similar to the Witch’s own. The Witch is excited to have found someone she thinks she can use for her own evil purposes. But, for the Witch’s victims, Rachel is the only hope…

3. The Diamond of Drury Lane Julia Golding

Image result for the diamond of drury lane‘I am Cat Royal – Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . .

‘Reader, you are set to embark on an adventure about one hidden treasure, two bare-knuckle boxers, three enemies and four hundred and thirty-eight rioters. I was brought up in Drury Lane, so I have become accustomed to a life less than ordinary. But this turn of events, I have to say, surprised even me. Follow me, and I will show you in The Diamond of Drury Lane.’

Exciting, funny and packed with adventure . . . Cat Royal never fails to stir up trouble wherever she goes. Julia Golding’s award-winning adventure series for girls has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory book for readers aged 9 and up

4. Missing Judy Anne Cassidy

Image result for missing judyKim Hockney has a secret. It’s to do with the terrible thing that happened eight years ago – the day when her five year old sister Judy went missing. Her parents have always been careful not to blame her but she knows they look at her and wonder what her little sister would have been like, if Kim hadn’t let her run off that dark afternoon. Then one day some new evidence turns up…

 

5. The Wind Singer William Nicholson

Image result for the wind singerIn Aramanth, exams are everything, deciding where people should live and what they should wear. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. In order to save them and to restore happiness to Aramanth, Kestrel knows she must restore the voice of the wind singer, an ancient statue standing in the city’s square. She embarks on this dangerous mission with Bowman, her twin, and along the way they encounter Mumpo, the silly, smelly school dunce who adores Kestrel. Their daring journey encompasses the Mudpeople, the malevolent Old Children and bloodthirsty desert tribes.

6. Midnight for Charlie Bone Jenny Nimmo

Image result for midnight for charlie boneSince his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone and her scary sisters soon find out, and send him to Bloor’s Academy. Charlie quickly finds life at Bloor’s pretty tough, with its strict rules and the malevolent head boy, Manfred, set against him. When Charlie discovers that the child in the photograph is being held, hypnotised, against her will, he and his new friends with ‘gifts’ try to awaken her. But can they overcome Manfred’s sinister hypnotic gifts?

I may be a massive Cliff McNish fan…I just LOVE his books so much and they are so so underrated, so anything by him should be on this list! So I was good and just chose one! Also, there are so many more books that I could have chosen for this…narrowing it down to six was so difficult! There are books that, whilst I know they’re still in print, they really do deserve so much more recognition. Have you read any of these or would like to?

Six for Sunday: 22nd April 2018

Sundaaaay! I’ve just got one more French tutorial left of my two week intensive course with uni hurrah! Finally I’m getting to reference French history in it. I’m happy. Anyway…

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Favourite snacks to read with…

1. Ice Cream

I adore ice cream and may have accidentally had this as my reading snack this morning for breakfast.

2. Chocolate

3. Ice lolly

4. Sweets

noticing a trend yet…?

5. Biscuits

6. More chocolate 

So yeah, I think we’ve established that I don’t have a particularly healthy diet! What are your favourite snacks to eat whilst reading?

 

Six for Sunday: 8th April 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! Today’s my last day off before I start my new job – very excited and nervous! I’ve had a fairly good reading week this week, all culminating in an event yesterday at Foyles with Laura Steven which was awesome!

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Favourite books this year so far…

I’ve been looking forward to this S4S – I’ve read some amazing books this year that I keep wanting to shout about!

1. The Exact Opposite of Okay Laura Steven

2. To Kill A Kingdom Alexandra Christo

3. I Was Born For This Alice Oseman

4. Sunflowers in February Phyllida Shrimpton

5. Goodbye, Perfect Sara Barnard

6. The Truth About Alice Jennifer Mathieu

I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH! It was actually pretty tricky to narrow this list down once I’d got the first couple – there are many more wonderful books that I’ve read this year! Would you agree with any of these?