Sundays In Bed With…Love Frankie

Good morning! I woke up nice and early…oh the joys…but it does mean that I get to keep myself entertained for a few hours with a good book! Over the past few days I’ve been reading an amazing book and I had about 20% left to read so I couldn’t wait to finish it this morning! Sundays In Bed With… is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

A few days ago I received a very exciting email saying that Penguin had approved my request to read Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson! I’ve been a massive fan for YEARS since I first read Glubbslyme and I’ve always been keen to read every one of her books. Admittedly, I’m a bit more old school and haven’t read some of her newer books, but Love Frankie immediately stood out as a fine return to her more teen content (my faves!). So, it didn’t take me long to pick this one up from the time that I received it.

Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school.

When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together.

But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love?

Frankie doesn’t want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?

I just flew through this book and this morning was the perfect opportunity to finish it! Right up until the end I wasn’t sure how things would work out which kept me hooked as I turned every page!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Have you read Love Frankie yet or are you looking forward to it coming out?

kayleigh

Sundays In Bed With…House of Earth and Blood

I was looking for a Sunday post for today because my usual Six for Sunday has a tricky topic for today that my brain just isn’t awake enough for haha! I stumbled upon this post on Jill’s Book Blog, and thought it sounded like a fun one to do! Sundays In Bed With… is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

89609235_147859166687304_4908773071042253360_nThis morning, I woke up and was desperate to get reading my BEAUTIFUL SHINY NEW MASSIVE hardback – House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas! It’s finally mine! I carried my copy all around York yesterday and am so pleased to have it! That said, it really is hench.

“Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.

Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.

As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …

With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom – and the power of love.”

89387662_503774120238387_3536049035172384355_nThe only thing that I thought I might struggle with was the fact that it is so big and that it’s an adult book. I firmly love my YA! The first couple of chapters took me a little while just because I was trying to get my head around what was going on, but I think that’s just my brain whenever I read a new fantasy! I’m now on Chapter 5 and it’s all starting to make sense and I can’t wait to keep reading, especially since I’m hearing such good things.

Have you got or read the first book in the Crescent City series? What do you think of it?

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 6th October 2019

When I first looked at the topic for this week’s Six for Sunday, I was like “STEPH. WHY?!” because it seemed so so difficult! However, it’s actually easier than it looks once you get into the swing of it! It’s a perfect theme to kick off Autumn and the first S4S of Blogtober. Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Autumn Feels: books with leaves

  1. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
  2. The Red Tree – Shaun Tan
  3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
  4. Owen and the Soldier – Lisa Thompson
  5. Wild – Emily Hughes
  6. Four Seasons in One Day – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

As I got into it, I found it a bit easier to find books that had leaves on! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

 

Six for Sunday: 4th August 2019

Hello and welcome back to Six for Sunday! Although I’m not going on holiday this year, this week’s theme has really made me feel all summery and like I’m on holiday! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Books and Holidays: Perfect Pool Reads

  1. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  2. Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher
  3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  4. Can You Keep A Secret – Sophie Kinsella
  5. Where Rainbows End – Cecelia Ahern
  6. Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella

I flew through the first couple, but then got a bit stuck! I find chick lit to be the perfect pool read, as you can probably tell! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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: 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

 

Six for Sunday: 2nd December 2018

IT’S DECEMBER! Happy day two of eating chocolate every day, and it’s day two of Blogmas. Today’s post is a return to Six for Sunday (you can find the prompts here)! This week’s topic is:

Santa Will You Please Bring Me…

1.  Hunky Dory Gifts The Grinch Dr Seuss! Soft Plush Cuddly 18 A Cuddly Grinch Plush. LOOK AT HIM.

2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again DVD

3. Lego Brickheadz Jack Skellington and Sally

4. Converse all star glitter ox 4Sparkly Converse. They’re stunning.

5. I don’t know…

6. BOOKS!

What have you asked Santa for this year?

kayleigh