monthly wrap up

June Wrap Up and July Reading Goals

Another month has come to a close and I am definitely NOT READY for June to be over! This month has been jam-packed with book events, gigs, catching up with friends, and trying to reorganise my room for the new bookshelves I’ve bought (and half built) – and when you include the roasting hot weather we’ve been having here in London recently, you get a very very tired Helen.

I popped into Foyles this month (I was very well behaved and didn’t cave and buy any books!) to see if I could finally meet Chloe Coles, author of the brilliant The Bookshop Girl. Luckily Chloe was in that day and we had a little chat and she signed my proof! Thank you Chloe for letting me interrupt your day.

I only managed to read 3 books this month – I know, that is an all time low (heh) for me – but they were all absolute stonkers of books so I can’t complain at all!

(Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to blame TfL for my low reading number – the number of train disruptions and alternative routes I’ve had to take to work has resulted in less reading time for me. Thanks a bunch, trains.)

Books read in June:

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book review

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

First things first: let’s talk about how utterly beautiful this proof is. Look at it. LOOK. Take in the gilded words, the delicately starlit night sky. Feel the softness of the ultra-matte cover (you’re gonna have to use your imagination for that one, but I believe in you, you can do it). See it sitting on your bookshelf, reminding you that you’ve technically stolen it from work as you consider it yours now– I mean… *cough*… work has another copy, and I’m just borrowing it… long term…? (I’m sorry work, I really am. I can’t bring myself to bring it back. Don’t make me. Please?!*)



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monthly wrap up

May Wrap Up and June Reading Goals

June is here already which means that we’re nearly half way through 2018 – is it too much for me to request a pause button, please?! As I’m sure you’re well aware, I have become pretty bad at updating this lil blog, and so will be trying extra hard this month to make sure I get at least one other post published (she says, hurrying off to schedule some posts).

I read 7 books this month, which feels a little low after last month’s 11, but life has been fairly manic recently (with work and book events and trying to see friends and sleep well and all that), so 7 is an okay number with me!

Books read in May:

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blog tour, book review

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman Blog Tour: YA Playlist & Mini Review

Hello and welcome to day 13 of the I Was Born for This blog tour. IWBFT is Alice Oseman’s third novel (after the hugely popular Solitaire and Radio Silence – and Alice has also created the Heartstopper webcomic, which I desperately need to read), and every day on the tour Alice is sharing a different song off of the playlist that is inspired by her new book. As well as this, I’ll be picking a song too, in order to share the love of music and fandoms and all that good stuff. Let’s go!

iwbft I Was Born for This follows Angel Rahmini and Jimmy Kaga-Ricci – two teenagers living in very different worlds, but both connected by the band The Ark. For Angel, The Ark is everything; the fandom has allowed her to find her place in the world, and is how she befriended fellow-fan Juliet.

For Jimmy, The Ark is his dream come true. As the frontman of the band, he gets to write music and perform with his best friends. But unfortunately for Jimmy, his dream doesn’t exactly seem to be working in his favour.

As Angel and Jimmy suddenly find themselves thrown together, their lives are irrevocably changed, and they discover just how far a bit of belief can take you. 
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monthly wrap up

April Wrap Up and May Reading Goals

Oh hiiiii May… Let’s be honest, I completely failed at blogging this April, but for once I didn’t feel horribly guilty about it – success! This doesn’t mean I’m not going to update my blog (I still love it here, and am hoarding lots of finished drafts that are waiting to be freed), but simply that I seem to have finally found a happy balance. Who wants to bet on how long that’ll last…?

Regardless, I definitely got a lot of reading done this month, with a huuuuge total of 11 books. First double figure total of the year!

I was also properly unwell for the first time this year which a) was not fun, and b) made me miss out on several bookish events, including the one with Kiran Millwood Hargrave. I was very sad, as I’m sure you can imagine. However, I did manage to make it to 2 of the Lush Book Clubs (for Katherine Arden and Laura Dockrill), and they were both really, really good. Hearing Laura read from Big Bones made me want to re-read it again already!

I also managed to reach one of my blog goals for this year already: I now have over 200 followers!

Books read in April:

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book review

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid and Nicole have always been best friends, and have always done everything together. That is, until, one day, when Astrid falls in love with roller derby, and Nicole… doesn’t. Nicole doesn’t want to sign up to the Roller summer camp, she wants to sign up for ballet (*GASP!*). Not only is ballet not roller derby, ballet camp also contains Astrid’s least favourite person in the world, the mean Rachel.

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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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blog tour

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.


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. 


“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”

book review

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Rating: 5 stars


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”