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

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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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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?

THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY – Laura Steven

5/5

A witty look at young adult life when things turn the exact opposite of okay, focusing on the treatment of teenage girls and feminism.

Izzy O’Neill’s life gets turned upside down when explicit photos of her appear online, and there’s only so far that her natural optimism and wit can keep her going. However, the lads involved are left unscathed as Izzy is shamed for only doing what’s natural at her age. The unfairness of it all, and the manner in which Izzy is treated is disgusting and really riles you up as you read it! I wouldn’t call myself a feminist, but this book really does highlight a massive issue in the world regarding teens, gender equality and sex.

I absolutely adored The Exact Opposite of Okay and couldn’t put it down! Izzy as a narrator was so entertaining whilst showing her vulnerability when her humour couldn’t mask it. She was in essence a very typical teenage girl who you could relate to. A concept I really enjoyed as someone in my early twenties was the differences between all the guys in the book and how being a “nice guy” is very different to being a “good guy”. This is an idea that’s very accurate!

I would definitely recommend that all young girls/women read The Exact Opposite of Okay, especially fans of authors such as Holly Bourne and Sara Barnard. Laura Steven is an exciting new voice in YA and I can’t wait to see what’s to come next!


Thank you to Electric Monkey via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

WWW Wednesday: 21st February 2018

I wanted to do a post yesterday for Top Ten Tuesday, but it was my birthday so I didn’t get around to it! I’m now 24!

This week has been a good reading week – I was locked away in a cabin for the weekend with my bestie so I got a lot of reading done, then I got a load of gorgeous books for my birthday that I’m hoping to get to soon!

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What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley which comes out on 5th April in the UK. I’m really enjoying what I’ve read; it’s a fairly light contemporary that’s really easy to get into!

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What did you recently finish reading?

This week I finished two books which I LOVED – reviews coming soon for both! Firstly, there was The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven which comes out next month and had me thinking and laughing. Then, I also read A Spoonful of Murder, the latest Robin Stevens Murder Most Unladylike book, which I absolutely adored (as I had no doubt I would!)

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up, I plan to read Brigid Kemmerer’s More Than We Can Tell so I have it read before its publication at the beginning of March. I received this on NetGalley a while ago so really need to read it!

WWW Wednesday: 14th February 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m having a good reading week – loving my current read and getting through lots of picture books!
What are you currently reading?

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What are you currently reading? 

I’ve recently started The Exact Opposite of Okay by Lauren Steven…I knew it sounded good but omg! It’s absolutely brilliant and full of humour and I’m really enjoying reading it! I’m very excited to get a finished copy next month!
What did you recently finish reading?

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What did you recently finish reading?

This week I read both mini mysteries in the Wells and Wong series – Robin Stevens is the author of the month for the British Books Challenge and A Spoonful of Murder has just come out and I just felt like a good short story, so I read two. Loved them, expected nothing less!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve got lots of ARCs to read, I think next will either be Wingbound by Heather Trim or Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, depending on whether I fancy a fantasy or contemporary.

 

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday: 24th January 2018

My second week of this tag! I discovered this one through Kelly’s Rambles last week and am really enjoying it!

So, onto my WWW Wednesday for 24th January 2018:

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What are you currently reading? 

I am currently reading To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I received a copy of this from Hot Key Books through NetGalley, and I AM LOVING IT SO MUCH! I haven’t been this hooked on a fantasy for a long time and I’m totally absorbed in this world of pirates, princes and sirens!

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What did you recently finish reading?

The “proper” book that I was reading last was The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart which I ended up DNFing – it just really wasn’t for me! So, I’ve decided to highlight a picture book here that I LOVED! I was sent a copy of Almost Anything by Sophy Henn by Penguin through NetGalley. Initially, I read the book without any images and I adored the story, so when I got to see it with illustrations I loved it even more! It’s such a cute story about believing in yourself and trying. I will update my review at some point this week to reflect the illustrations too!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a feeling I’m going to be in a bit of a book hangover when I finish To Kill a Kingdom! Next I think I’ll read The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven; there’s been quite a bit of hype around this one and since I have a copy I want to get to it before publication!