snailycanflyy Book Award 2018

Last year, I hosted my first snailycanflyy Book Award, where I narrowed down my top books of the year, and after a fab reading year the award is back for 2018! Last year saw some tough competition from some amazing books featuring amazing authors and illustrators with the overall winner being the very worthy The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson which still stands out as one of the best books I’ve ever read!

The award is split into three categories – Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade and Best Young Adult, with a winner in each category and an overall winner. The criteria is simply that it has to be a five-star rated book published in 2018 and one that I want to talk about, one that has stuck with me since reading and one that I would recommend wholeheartedly. So, without futher ado, here are the category nominees:

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BEST PICTURE BOOK:

Oscar the Hungry Unicorn – Lou Carter, Nikki Dyson
The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and the FiddleDavid Litchfield
Ruby’s Worry – Tom Percival
Space Tortoise – Ross Montgomery, David Litchfield
The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty Jessica Courtney-Tickle

BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK:

The Truth PixieMatt Haig
Death in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens
The Eye of the North – Sinead O’Hart
The Light Jar Lisa Thompson
The Secret Seven: Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:

I Was Born For ThisAlice Oseman
To Kill a KingdomAlexandra Christo
LegendaryStephanie Garber
Sunflowers in FebruaryPhyllida Shrimpton
The Exact Opposite of OkayLaura Steven

AND THE WINNERS ARE…drumroll please!

oscar the hungry unicornBEST PICTURE BOOK
Oscar the Hungry Unicorn

death in the spotlightBEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK
Death in the Spotlight

to kill a kingdomBEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
To Kill a Kingdom

OVERALL WINNER
The Truth Pixie

A massive congratulations and thank you to all of the authors who’s books made it to the shortlist! All of these books are so incredible and I’ve loved reading them in 2018!

kayleigh

 

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My Year of Audible: 2018

It’s scary to think that I’m already over halfway through Blogmas 2018! Today I am going to share with you some of the audiobooks that I have loved this year; although I’ve not listened as frequently lately, I have got some brilliant audiobooks this year!

The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson narrated by Leon Williams

The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig narrated by Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig narrated by Matt Haig

The Kissing Booth – Beth Reekles narrated by Cynthia Holloway

I Was Born For This – Alice Oseman narrated by Aysha Kala, Huw Parmenter

The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven narrated by Laura Aikman

Legendary – Stephanie Garner narrated by Rebecca Soler

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo narrated by Jacob York, Stephanie Willis

Daughter of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller narrated by Marisa Calin

Although I haven’t got around to finishing listening to all of these, I have loved the freedom of having an Audible membership and having some wonderful titles added to my audiobook library!

Have you listened to any of these, or are there any you’d recommend?

Cover Buys of 2018

There have been so many beautiful books come out this year, and I saw a post the other day on Matilda’s Library where she showcased some of these and I thought that I’d love to have a think about my favourites! Below you’ll find a selection of these beauties, a mixture between books I’ve bought this year, have come out this year, or requested this year!

Okay, so it’s pretty evident that I buy a lot of books based on their covers! What books have you bought this year because of a pretty cover?

kayleigh

 

Six for Sunday: 28th October 2018

Hello! Today’s topic has been a really interesting one; so many amazing books have come out in the past couple of years since I wasn’t a teenager anymore and I really wish that I’d had when I was younger. It’s also interesting to think about what you would’ve liked back then. Anyway, you can find the prompts for Six for Sunday here, and this week’s topic is:

Books you wish you’d had as a teen

the exact opposite of okay1. I Was Born For This – Alice Oseman

the truth pixie2. The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

the goldfish boy3. The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig

4. The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

5. Worries Go Away – Kes Gray

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

It was actually really hard to narrow down! Would you have liked any of these books when you were a teen?

Six for Sunday: 7th October 2018

I haven’t done one of these for a while…I’m sorry! Welcome back to one of my favourite tags on the internet – Six for Sunday (you can find the prompts here!). I’m actually keeping up with Blogtober too which I am very surprised about! What an excellent topic to get back into S4S with this week with:

Best debut books

There are so many amazing debuts out there, but I will narrow it down to six which absolutely stand out for me!

1. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Still in the running for Best YA Book 2018, this amazing debut all about sirens and pirates is still getting lots of praise, and very deservedly! I LOVE IT!

2. Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Another fantastic debut from 2018 which is up there is this title, focusing on life and death in a warm and moving way.

3. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Always guaranteed to get me out of a reading slump is this incredible series which started as a debut author and has just gone from strength to strength. A must read for all murder mystery fans!

4. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Another one that’s in the running for Best YA Book of 2018 is this hilarious yet important title about the culture of slut shaming, feminism and just the awkwardness of being a young adult that I think everyone can relate to.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling

It wouldn’t be a list of the best debuts without Harry Potter featuring. It’s a phenomenon. It’s Harry Potter. I need not say more!

6. The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

I saved this until last because it’s the first book that came to mind when I saw this tag. Are you surprised to see this on here? You shouldn’t be. Without a doubt, this is one of the best debuts I’ve EVER read. 

Have you read any of these? Would you have included any other titles?

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!

 

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?

 

Six for Sunday: 25th March 2018

Hello and happy Sunday, even though that means it’s the day before Monday and back to work boo! You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Characters you think wouldn’t want to be friends with

This is actually trickier to think of than it seems; there are villains in so many books that it’s hard to narrow it down, but then there’s also the question of in a contemporary YA book for example it may just be a character that you wouldn’t be friends with in real life. I’m going to go for characters from the latter.

1. Danny Wells (The Exact Opposite of Okay)

2. Bryce Walker (Thirteen Reasons Why)

3. Ethan (More Than We Can Tell)

4. Brandon Fitzsimmons (The Truth About Alice)

5. Elaine O’Dea (The Truth About Alice)

6. Kelsie Sanders (The Truth About Alice)

If you’ve read any of these, I hope you can see why I wouldn’t want to be friends with any of these! Do you agree or disagree with any I’ve chosen? 

 

Six for Sunday: 11th March 2018

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

Characters you wouldn’t like to be stuck in a lift with

The opposite to last week! It’s slightly easier to think about who you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a lift with, just tricky remembering which characters I loathed so much that I wouldn’t want to be stuck anywhere with them, let alone in a lift!

1. Tamlin (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

2. The Sea Queen (To Kill a Kingdom)

3. Danny Wells (The Exact Opposite of Okay)

4. Bryce Walker (Thirteen Reasons Why)

5. Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

6. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)

Do you agree or disagree with any I’ve chosen? 

Six for Sunday: 4th March 2018

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

Characters you’d like to be stuck in a lift with

This is actually quite a tricky one! Trying to remember who you could deal with spending lots of time in a confined space with is harder than it sounds!

1. Izzy O’Neill (The Exact Opposite of Okay)

2. Becky Bloomwood (The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic)

3. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass)

4. Elian (To Kill a Kingdom)

5. Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

6. Julian (Caraval)

Do you agree with any I’ve chosen? Or would some of them drive you mad?