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: 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?

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: 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?

Six For Sunday: 18th February 2018

Hello! It’s that time of week again – I really enjoy Six for Sunday! Sorry that the formatting is a bit naff this week – I’m using my iPad ’cause I’m away in a log cabin for the weekend! You can find all the prompts here. This week:

Favourite Partners

I’ve decided to go for any partnership – romantic or platonic.

1. Hazel and Daisy from Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series

2. Rhysand and Feyre from Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series

3. Finch and Violet from Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places

4. Elian and Lira from Alexandra Christo’s To Kill a Kingdom

5. Steffi and Rhys from Sara Barnard’s A Quiet Kind of Thunder

6. Harry, Ron and Hermione from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter

I could put so many more wonderful partnerships on here! Who are your favourites?

Top Ten Tuesday: 13th February 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a tag hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week it’s:

LOVE FREEBIE

So, I’ve decided I’m going to go for my top ten book boyfriends. I’ve ended up with several hopeless crushes over the years so here are some of them (in no particular order; I can’t decide who makes me swoon most!)

1. Luke Brandon from the Shopaholic series

2. Jack Harper from Can You Keep A Secret?

3. Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series

4. Dorian from the Throne of Glass series

5. Sam from The Assassin’s Blade

6. Elian from To Kill a Kingdom

7. Damon from The Vampire Diaries

8. Finch from All The Bright Places

9. Julian from Caraval

10. Chaol from the Throne of Glass series
I could go on! It’s interesting as well how the main character’s feelings can really impact upon how you see a character, for example I’ve always had a soft spot for Rax from Love Lessons even though I know he is in a position of trust and doesn’t respect the boundaries, but, because our main character adores him, only his good qualities shine through in the character development. It’s an interesting thing to think about.

Have I missed any of your book boyfriends/girlfriends off? Or do you totally not get some of mine?

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?