WWW Wednesday: 18th July 2018

I’ve had a very productive blogging day; I have 45 drafts…which is a bit insane! They shall be making their way on to here over the next few weeks or so…which may be useful since I AM GOING TO DISNEYWORLD IN 2 WEEKS!

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What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading Frienship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager which is cracking me up; it’s so funny and I’m really enjoying reading it! I didn’t realise that this was a sequel, but I’ve ordered a copy of Editing Emma so I can read more about Emma!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve had a bit of a down week so haven’t read that much, but I did read Llive Llaugh LLove Like a LLama which was actually a really good book! It really cheered me up – it’s not just llamas; there’s life advice too!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m still making my way through my NetGalley TBR! I’m off on holiday in two weeks so am hoping I get a chance to read a couple then!

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LOOKING FOR JJ – Anne Cassidy

5/5

One of my favourite books of all time from my personal Queen of Teen Crime.

Looking For JJ starts with the story of Alice Tully, a 17 year-old girl living and working in Croydon. She seems to have it all – a job she enjoys, a loving boyfriend, prospects for university, a caring home…but all is not as it seems and we soon learn that Alice is hiding a dark secret.

Flash back 7 years, and we are introduced to Jennifer Jones, a 10 year old girl living a very dysfunctional life with her mother, a model of sorts, and struggling to deal with growing up in an environment where she is left to fend for herself. Jennifer is quiet, reserved and seemingly innocent, but all that changes when she and two friends go out to play…but only two of them return.

This book crafts the story of JJ perfectly – it’s so hard to actively dislike the young girl who we know does a terrible thing. It’s a book that makes you question rapidly judging people and whether we should give people second chances. The writing is exquisite, grips you from the get-go and draws you into the lives of the characters in such a way that it really does feel as though you know them. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2018

I’ve seen this tag floating around the bookish community, and it seems like a lot of fun – I can’t believe it’s already the middle of the year! So, without being tagged by anyone in particular, here is my Mid-Year Freak Out Tag for 2018!

i was born for thisBEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

I have a few favourites…but I’m trying to avoid repeating books on here which makes this question a little easier! I’m going to go with I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – I ADORED this book and can’t wait to finally get around to reading Alice’s other books!

legendaryBEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

LEGENDARY. Hands. Down.

 

i stop somewhereNEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

I Stop Somewhere is one that I’ve had on my TBR for ages, and I really need to get around to it! Just look at that cover.

 

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Kingdom of Ash. Of course! Although, I still haven’t read Empire of Storms or Tower of Dawn. But I’m still super excited!

flooredBIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I feel like this is going to be a controversial choice, but Floored left me feeling a bit disappointed. IT’S STILL A FOUR STAR READ. But, for me, it just felt like it was missing something. The writing is, as expected, fantastic, but the story itself just felt a bit lacklustre.

no sad songsBIGGEST SURPRISE

No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli really surprised me; I did expect to like it, but not as much as I did in the end! It’s so well-written and is such an important read.

the exact opposite of okayFAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

Laura Steven, author of The Exact Opposite of Okay! I was very lucky and got to meet her at Foyles in Birmingham this year, and she’s just as funny in real life as her main character Izzy is on the page!

to kill a kingdomNEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Elian from To Kill a Kingdom. He’s just…ah! A FRICKIN’ PIRATE PRINCE. He’s dreamy. I love him.

 

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Lyra from To Kill a Kingdom. This sassy siren is such a good character, and it’s so much fun to read from her POV!

differently normalBOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson. It. Broke. My. Heart. But it’s still a good book!

 

a spoonful of murderBOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens; Daisy and Hazel were back with another mystery to solve! I couldn’t put it down, like all of Robin Stevens’ books and I’m so excited for the series to continue!

the kissing boothFAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

The Kissing Booth. The Kissing Booth. The Kissing Booth.

 

 

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FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

My review for Sunflowers in February! It’s my most successful post to date, and it’s a review I’m proud of.

 

the art of cocoMOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

The Art of Coco. Coco is easily my favourite film this year, and the art of books from Disney are simply stunning. This one is absolutely no exception!

 

philosopher's stone illustratedWHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

SO MANY BOOKS! I need to read all my NetGalley TBR books (about 8 titles) and I need to reread Harry Potter and Throne of Glass!

 

And that’s it for this post! I tag anyone who hasn’t done their Mid-Year Freak Out tag for 2018!

 

NO SAD SONGS – Frank Morelli

4/5

A heartfelt story of family, friends and life.

Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined.

And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

As soon as I heard the details for this book, I just knew I had to be involved in the blog tour and read this title! Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, No Sad Songs touches upon so many aspects of Young Adult fiction that I, and many other readers, love, such as friendship, crushes and an emotional rollercoaster!

I have very rarely come across a book that focuses on the very common illness of Alzheimer’s, so this was a very interesting yet heartbreaking subject to read about. That said, the warmth that comes off the page doesn’t make this a depressing book to read, and rather it serves as an important book in YA to highlight what so many young people go through when relatives have this illness. No Sad Songs focuses a lot on how important it is to live in the present and to not focus on the past, and how life can throw all sorts of curve balls at us.

Finally, I must stress how beautiful Frank Morelli’s writing style is – this book was such a good read because of it! I found it so easy to get into and the characters really came to life; Gabe especially is a very interesting and complex character who has had to go through so much and yet continues to soldier on. His life is turned completely upside down and you can’t fault his resilience.

If you’d like to read No Sad Songs, and I highly recommend that you do, then you can get your own copy here: Amazon UKAmazon US.

 


Thank you to Neverland Blog Tours and Fish Out Of Water for the eBook of this title, and for the opportunity to be involved!

WWW Wednesday: 30th May 2018

Hello! I’m sorry for the lack of posting this week – I just haven’t had the energy to do anything really! But I’m back this week with another WWW Wednesday post.

What are you currently reading? 

I’ve just started Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson, which comes out on 7th June. I’m really liking what I’ve read so far so watch this space!

What did you recently finish reading?

I think the last books that I finished were My Box-Shaped Heart and two more additions to the Little People, Big Dreams series – Georgia O’Keeffe and Harriet Tubman, which were beautiful as always.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’m going to try to read The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse. I’m hearing such good stuff about it that I can’t wait to get to it!

WWW Wednesday: 2nd May 2018

How is it already May?! I’ve had to focus a lot on uni this week so haven’t had a chance to read much, but I’ve still read a bit!

we are young

What are you currently reading? 

I started We Are Young by Cat Clarke today, so far so good! I love her writing style and it’s so easy to get in to her books. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this latest title which comes out tomorrow!

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What did you recently finish reading?

This week I read a picture book – Monty and Sylvester, which was alright! I also half read How To Write a Love Story by Katy Cannon, which also comes out tomorrow, which, whilst it started out pretty good, ended up being way too fluffy for me!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read Skylarks by Karen Gregory next, and give Wingbound by Heather Trim another go as I’m more into fantasy at the minute than I was when I first started it!

WWW Wednesday: 25th April 2018

It’s that time of week again – hello and happy Wednesday! This has been one of my favourite reading weeks this year…you’ll see why!

What are you currently reading? 

I’ve just started How to Write a Love Story by Katy Cannon, and whilst I’m not far into it it’s pretty good so far! It seems like a fairly light contemporary. 


What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Legendary this week and OMG! It was even better than Caraval and I just want to experience the magic all over again!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a load of May releases to get on with so probably one of those! I’m tempted to start We Are Young by Cat Clarke next.

I WAS BORN FOR THIS – Alice Oseman

5/5

A fantastic read that’s full of nostalgia, diversity  and is completely unputdownable.

Well. This book. What can I say?

As I am writing this, I am still in a book hangover from I Was Born For This and I feel like my Twitter has been spammed with how much I love this book!

I Was Born For This is a dual narrative YA novel from the perspective of a fangirl, Angel, and a musician, Jimmy. This book brought back so many memories of my days as an All Time Low Hustler (although I did still squee when I saw an ATL reference in the book…) and was such a nostalgic read for me! So many teenagers and young adults will completely understand the fandom of The Ark and be able to relate in some way to Angel and her infatuation with Jimmy and the rest of the band – we all probably had something or someone we were passionate about growing up.

Another thing that I really loved is how diverse the characters throughout the book are but how they’re not defined by their race, gender, religion or health – which is how it should be! That’s part of what made this book so brilliant; it effortlessly ticks all the boxes without shoving it in your face which I find can sometimes happen in YA. It’s also got older teen characters which I haven’t come across too much and, as an older reader, I really enjoyed.

I can’t wait for more people to read this book and fangirl over it with me! It shows the importance of believing in yourself and is one you won’t be able to put down.

 


Thank you to Harper Collins via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

WWW Wednesday: 4th April 2018

How is it already April?! This week has been a fairly busy one for me; I left my job at the school, found out all about the training I’m going to have in my new role at Boots and I went away to London with my boyfriend which was really nice! So, I’m quite happy that I managed to squeeze in reading a whole book!

What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently between reads; I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to read! Out this week and on my NetGalley TBR are Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley, I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman, Clean by Juno Dawson and Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, so I should probably pick one of those! If you’ve read any of these I’d love some help deciding!

29402906_158769411477611_5277069056367656960_n(1)What did you recently finish reading?

I read this week The List of Real Things by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. I always love her books and this one was no exception! It had a lot of Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton and The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson vibes and was a fairly easy read despite being about grief.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Besides my 5th April releases, I really do think I’m going to read Legendary; I just can’t put it off!

Six for Sunday: 1st April 2018

Happy Easter and I hope you’re all happily full of chocolate from the Easter Bunny! I’m quite happy today; I’ve finished my French assignment (finally!) and I don’t have work for another week! So, without further ado, you can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

2018 Books You’ve Been Excited For

There have been, and there are going to be, so many exciting new books out this year; I’ve already read some of my firm favourites for the year without a doubt! I’m going to only go for books that aren’t out yet for this week’s Six for Sunday.

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight Sarah J Maas

2. Floored Various

3. Legendary Stephanie Garber

4. Lady Mary Lucy Worsley

5. Mystery of the Skull Pamela Butchart, Enid Blyton

6. Girl Made of Stars Ashley Herring Blake

Have you been lucky enough to read any of these yet? Or have I missed any off my TBR?