Top Ten Tuesday: 1st October 2019

IT’S BLOGTOBER! I will try my best to do it again this year; I really enjoyed last year and just posting something every day! First up, Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and today’s list is a surprisingly challenging one! I wanted to try the tougher option which was to correlate the answers to the numbers, but I couldn’t do it!

book titles with numbers in them

  1. I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella
  2. The Secret of Platform 13 – Eva Ibbotson
  3. The Secret Seven – Enid Blyton
  4. The Famous Five – Enid Blyton
  5. The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  7. You’re The One That I Want – Giovanna Fletcher
  8. Cat O’Nine Tails – Julia Golding
  9. Five Little Pumpkins – Ben Mantle
  10. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Well, this list was harder than I expected it to be! I honestly thought I’d fly through but I found myself struggling a bit to think of books I’ve read or own that have numbers in! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

Top Ten Tuesday: 23rd April 2019

Hello! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

First Books I Reviewed

  1. THE GOLDFISH BOY – Lisa Thompson
  2. WITCH FOR A WEEK – Kaye Umansky, Ashley King
  3. SUNFLOWERS IN FEBRUARY – Phyllida Shrimpton
  4. THE SMOKING HOURGLASS – Jennifer Bell, Karl J Mountford
  5. THE LIGHT JAR – Lisa Thompson
  6. THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS – Emily Barr
  7. THE TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK – Emily Barr
  8. THE HAZEL WOOD – Melissa Albert
  9. ALMOST ANYTHING – Sophy Henn
  10. THE SACRIFICE BOX – Martin Stewart

Some of the reviews that I’m most proud of are included here! I didn’t realise quite how many books I’ve reviewed in the past year or so!

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 4th February 2018

I really wanted to get involved in this tag created by Steph over at alittlebutalot! Basically, each week there is a different topic to choose six books/bookish things for! You can find the prompts here. This week’s is:

Favourite Tropes

1. instalove

Who doesn’t love a bit of instalove?! Done correctly this trope can work so well although it’s certainly accompanied by a bit of eye-rolling.

Example: The One Memory of Flora BanksThe Truth and Lies of Ella Black

2. the bad boy with a soft side

We all love the tough guy who ends up being the hopeless romantic who you fall head over heels in love with. Think Flynn Rider becoming Eugene Fitzherbert. GAH!

Example: A Court of Mist and Fury (oh Rhys *swoons*), Me Before You

3. “just friends”

There’s nothing better than when two besties end up falling for each other (I’m basically living a YA contemporary trope IRL. It’s wonderful.). They know each other better than anyone, know each others flaws and likes and dislikes.

Example: Harry Potter’s Ron and Hermione. Too cute. 

4. love triangle

My favourite love triangles are those where you are left in a dilemma because you just don’t know who to root for! Am I team A or team B?

Example: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses 

5. sassy anti-heroine

A good high fantasy ALWAYS should have a sassy stabby anti-heroine who is just totally badass and you love her for it. Celaena, Lada, Lira…there are so many!

Example: To Kill a Kingdom, And I Darken, Throne of Glass

6. the “chosen one”

Some books just wouldn’t be the same without the chosen one; it’s essential to the plot and the characterisation. Think Percy Jackson if Percy was just a side character, Harry Potter if Harry wasn’t Harry. It just wouldn’t work!

Example: Harry Potter

There are so many more tropes I could’ve chosen, along with many more wonderful books!

What are your favourite tropes? Are there any books that you think fit these tropes better?

THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS – Emily Barr

5/5

A gripping and unique book that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

I can’t express just quite how much I LOVE this book; it’s so unique and exquisitely written!

The One Memory of Flora Banks is so much more than your average Young Adult contemporary novel, and, whilst it already sounds amazing from the blurb, there is a much deeper and engrossing story within its pages. Flora is such a relatable character as she navigates the challenges of growing up even though for her this is very much hindered by her amnesia and the over-protectiveness of her parents, but everyone can understand the feelings she experiences throughout the book. The fact that it’s a first-person narration means that we see the world entirely through Flora’s eyes and learn things along with her, and this made it a book that I simply couldn’t put down and meant that the twists throughout are even more unexpected!

Flora is a highly relatable character as it’s essentially a coming-of-age novel in my opinion. Many things she thinks and does are things that we all experience growing up and so it will resonate with so many readers. “I am ten years old. I don’t know why I am in a grown-up’s body. I hate it and I want to go home.” – even at the age of 23 I can relate to this, and I think many teens and young adults will too. It’s hard growing up; things change, life moves forward very suddenly and it can feel a bit like you’re a stranger in your own skin. I still feel like I’m a teenager trying to navigate through growing up!

This book had me feeling all warm and bitter-sweetly nostalgic, it had me in tears, it made me laugh (“…smiling at me in the manner of a person who would like me to leave. He is holding a set of keys.” – every retail worker will understand! ) and I just want to thrust it into everyone’s hands so that they read it too. Trust me, you won’t regret picking this one up! I can’t wait to see what Emily Barr comes up with next because she is definitely a talent in YA to look out for.

“Don’t panic, because everything is probably all right, and if it’s not, panicking will make it worse.”


Thank you very much to Penguin UK for sending me a proof copy of this book!

snailycanflyy Book Award 2017

For 2017, I decided to host my first snailycanflyy Book Award, where I narrow down my top books of the year. 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 2017 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 Nominees

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Best Young Adult Book Nominees

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Best Middle Grade Book Nominees

BEST PICTURE BOOK:

The Worm and the Bird – Coralie Bickford-Smith
Thank You, Mr Panda – Steve Antony
The Grotlyn – Benji Davies
Grumpy Frog – Ed Vere
Grandad’s Secret Giant – David Litchfield

BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK:

The Bookshop Girl – Sylvia Bishop, illustrated by Ashley King
See You In The Cosmos – Jack Cheng
Moonlocket – Peter Bunzl
The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson
A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan, illustrated by Karl J Mountford

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
Life In A Fishbowl – Len Vlahos
Caraval – Stephanie Garber
All About Mia – Lisa Williamson
A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard

AND THE WINNERS ARE…drumroll please!

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Winners of the snailycanflyy Book Award 2017

BEST PICTURE BOOK
Grandad’s Secret Giant

BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK
See You In The Cosmos

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
A Quiet Kind of Thunder

OVERALL WINNER
The Goldfish Boy

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 2017!