book review

March Wrap Up and April Reading Goals

Another month has come to an end, and holy moly what a busy month March was. I attended 8 book related events (which meant I got to meet all these authors: Patrick Ness, Clare Mackintosh, Matt Killeen, Neal Schusterman, Samantha Shannon, V. E. Schwab, Holly Black, Sebastien De Castell, Alexandra Christo, and Angie Thomas, as well as attend my first blogger events – thank you Andersen and Hot Key!), a bookish quiz (we didn’t come last! Rejoice!), another Love, Simon screening, a trip to a board game cafe with work, and a visit to the theatre. And as if that wasn’t enough, this month featured the hugely exciting moment of SEEING MY NAME IN A BOOK. Yes! It is true, I feature as a cameo character in Susin Nielsen’s next book, No Fixed Address, thanks to the #AuthorsForGrenfell auction.

In terms of books read, I managed 7, which I am very pleased with! (Even if I did completely fail in my buddy read of Crooked Kingdom with Julia. Oh well…)

Books read in March:

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YA Shot Blog Tour | Defender of the Realm Author Duo Q&A and Review

Today’s blog post is a bit exciting – not only am I posting on a Saturday (oh, so this is what a weekend is…), but I also have an author Q&A courtesy of the YA Shot Blog Tour. YA Shot is an author-led YA and MG festival that happens every year in Uxbridge. This year, YA Shot is happening on Saturday 14th April – for tickets and more information, check out their website here.

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I’m joined by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, an award winning writing duo. They have worked on many popular tv shows (such as Thunderbirds are Go!, Danger Mouse, and Shaun the Sheep, and are currently working on the script for the new Moominvalley series), as well as being the brains behind the popular middle grade Defender of the Realm series.

Read on for a Q&A with Mark and Nick, and a (spoiler-free!) review of the first book in the series. Continue reading “YA Shot Blog Tour | Defender of the Realm Author Duo Q&A and Review”

book review

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rating: 4 stars

Please note that this copy was sent to me by the publisher in return for an honest review. 

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“What if death was the only thing left to control?”

In a universe where disease and illness have been eradicated, the only way to die is to be professionally gleaned by a Scythe. After Rowan witnesses his classmate’s gleaning, and Citra stands up to a Scythe, they are both chosen by Scythe Faraday to become apprentice scythes – a job that neither of them want to take on. As they start to learn what it takes to be a Scythe, they also discover how corrupt the Scythedom has become, and quickly realise that they need to stick together.

But when disaster strikes, and the two are pitted against each other, Citra and Rowan will have to do whatever it takes to survive. Even if that means gleaning the other. Continue reading “Scythe by Neal Shusterman”

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Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Rating: 5 stars

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Raymie Clarke is determined to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, and if that means signing up for baton twirling lessons, then so be it. For if she becomes Little Miss Central Florida Tire, then her photo will be in the paper, and her absent father will see it and have to come home. However, Raymie hadn’t counted on the two other girls also learning how to baton twirl (the delicate and dramatic Louisiana Elefante, who also wants to win, and the tough as nails, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who wants to sabotage the competition) throwing a spanner in the works and firmly derailing her plan. Continue reading “Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo”

monthly wrap up

February Wrap Up and March Reading Goals

As I’m sure you noticed, I didn’t post much in February. After starting the year so well (post-wise) in January, I was suddenly knocked sideways by a strong dose of anxiety (thanks, brain), and that oh so wonderful feeling of being overwhelmed that had plagued me for months at the end of last year, resulting in only 2 posts going up. As frustrated as I am that I wasn’t able to stick to my ‘one post a week’ schedule, it was also a reminder that I can give myself breaks as and when I need them, and the world won’t stop turning. A huuuge thank you to those who left kind messages on here, instagram, and twitter for me. Your words mean a lot.

Also, I was pretty busy last month, including going to 2 exhibitions (Winnie the Pooh at the V&A, and Harry Potter: a History of Magic at the British Library), a cinema* trip to see an early preview of the upcoming Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda adaptation, Love, Simon (oh, my HEART), as well as a couple of book events, and, y’know, my birthday. Throw in general work and book club and attempting to be somewhat social — and 7 books feels like quite a respectable number!

Books read in February:

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rambles and thoughts

Anxiety and Rabbit Holes…

I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole today.

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Not literally, you understand – one of the anxiety attack variety. I was all prepared to take a photo which would play with perception and then write a whole blog post about it (maybe another day?), when my brain turned traitor on me and pulled the rug out from under my feet (or, to match the photo, knocked me out of the tree I was in), and

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January Wrap Up and February Reading Goals

Aaaand just like that, January is over, and we are into month 2 of 2018! For the first time ever, I actually didn’t hate January. (I know, it’s a shocker of a sentence.) This may have something to do with eradicating an event that happens every Jan, which I’ve been involved with for the past 10 years, it could be because I’m trying to be more organised and had lots of fun events squeezed in between work days, or it could be a combination of all of those factors, and many more.

But regardless, I read 8 books (which is what I’m aiming for each month, as part of my new ‘non pressurised reading’ scheme).

Books read in January:

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The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour! As you might be able to tell, I’m *very* excited to have you here. So, settle in, buckle up, grab your cosiest warm drink, and without further ado, let’s dive in…

Author Q&A

I was lucky enough to be able to steal a few moments of author Katherine Arden’s day, in order to answer some of my questions for her.

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Hi Katherine, thank you so much for answering my questions. It is a pleasure to have you here today! I absolutely adored The Bear and the Nightingale, and was so incredibly excited to read The Girl in the Tower. For those who haven’t yet started the Winternight Trilogy, can you summarise the books so far? Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway”

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Hocus Pocus tag

Thank you to the ever-lovely Lauren for tagging me in this – just as I was wondering what I should do for this week’s post, her notification popped up, and it was too fortuitous not to take her up on the offer.

The Rules

There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love, folks.

(Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!)

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rambles and thoughts

New Year, New You?

2017 is over – goodbye, au revoir, adieu – and, truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of the whole New Year situation (see: the correlation between NYE and panic attacks over the last 5 years). BUT! I am all for fresh starts and the shedding of pasts like old skins and the reassurance of having a second (or third or fourth) chance. I like the freedom of all the inspiring moments and achievements that are ready to wing their way to you and me this year (yes, I am including you, dear reader. You’re gonna smash it). However… I also feel the negative weight of (one of my least favourite phrases,) ‘New Year, New You’.

Let’s take a breath, for a second, and peek back at 2017 – I was, and I am, extremely fortunate, for it was a year full of ticket stubs and laughter and memories and courage and bravery and finding my feet that tiny bit more – and I want to continue to nurture all the good things I discovered (and many were small moments of rediscovery, thanks to the blanket of anxiety beginning to peel away) throughout 2018.

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