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Sorting YA Books Into Their Hogwarts Houses

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I’ve been told in the past that it’s impossible to Sort objects into the Hogwarts Houses that suit them. I don’t see it as something impossible. I see it as a challenge for me to accept! I’ve been playing around with the idea of looking at YA books and wondering which Hogwarts houses they would be perfect in.

You’re obviously looking at subjects that contain loyal, brave, cunning and bookish characters. Surprisingly it was pretty easy to find a small list of books that I personally think match!

Let me know what you think of my choices and which books you would sort!

Hufflepuff

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)
Paper Towns (John Green)

I had to start with my own House: Hufflepuff! According to the books, we badgers are known to be loyal, patient, fair and hard-working. I’m going to ignore the fact that some people see us as bland! The books I’ve chosen look at the importance of friendship, accepting any differences and being loyal to what you believe.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has a small group of girls who have different personalities yet still hang out! They all want to buy a pair of jeans and are shocked that the same pair fits all of them. These girls are connected through their friendship and, even though their lives go on different paths, they remain friends.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because it’s just so Hufflepuff! Simon even says that he’s a Hufflepuff! You can even see the little Hufflepuff badge in the film! Haha! His friends are super loyal (though do feel hurt) especially when he is being targeted after being outed as gay!

As soon as I started planning this post about YA books into Hogwarts Houses, I knew that Paper Towns would be on my mini list for Hufflepuff! What else screams patience and loyalty than helping Quentin decipher clues left by Margo and then travel across country to find her before their graduation?! This has to be my favourite John Green book and everyone needs to read!

Slytherin

One of Us Is Lying (Karen McManus)
Isles of Storm and Sorrow: Venom (Bex Hogan)
Lost Boy (Christina Henry)

Slytherin was the hardest one to find books for because I didn’t want to just limit them to being ‘the bad guys’. That’s too stereotypical for this Potter fan! I wanted to look a teeny bit deeper. One of Us Is Lying seemed to fit the idea that no-one is who they seem at first glance. If pushed hard enough, anyone is capable of murder. I did allow myself to the Isles of Storm and Sorrow series because the main character has been trained to be the Viper and obviously a viper is a snake!

As for Lost Boy, I do have a reason for choosing it because that’s a big spoiler! Let’s just say that not everyone is good and not everyone is bad. Such a great book by the way!!

Ravenclaw

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (Holly Jackson)
Paper & Hearts Society (Lucy Powrie)
Matilda (Roald Dahl)

Ah, the house of the book lovers and intelligence! Hermione was so close to being here and, no matter what you think of Luna, she was smarter than she looked. Look at how she explained the world to Harry in Order of the Phoenix!

Back to the post: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder really kept me on my toes! Like the title suggested, a girl wanted to test herself and do coursework investigating a local murderer. You get to read emails, transcripts and really feel like you’re a part of it! Detective work takes a lot of thinking and Ravenclaws know how to use their heads! Paper & Hearts Society is all about a group of friends who love chatting about books (the sequel is coming soon!) and everyone has to have read/watched Matilda by now! This remains my favourite childhood film to this day!

Gryffindor

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Dumplin’ (Julie Murphy)
Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)

Woo!! The final of the Hogwarts Houses! Agh, another tough one to put YA books to! Remember that these are my opinions so might not match with yours! Haha! Gryffindors are seen as brave and if life has taught me anything, it’s that bravery comes different shapes and forms.

The Hunger Games was a 50/50 choice for me for Gryffindor! Part of me thinks it would have gone in Slytherin too! Katniss did have to lie to keep herself and Peeta alive! That said, the stuff that she had to do and the fact that she became the Mockingjay showed how insanely brave she was! Dumplin’ may not seem like an obvious Gryffindor but any girl that will take on the idea that a plus-sized girl can’t win a beauty pageant is a heroine in my eyes! Plus DOLLY PARTON! As for Speak, I’ve really been getting into graphic novels lately and this one is going to break me. I can tell! It touches on the survivors of sexual abuse and finding their voice.

If you could sort your favourite YA books into Hogwarts Houses,
which would you choose and what House?

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5 World Book Day Costume Ideas For Grown-Ups

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5th March marks World Book Day and it’s such a fun day for both kids and grown-ups alike.

Every supermarket I’ve been in lately have had some amazing costumes for kids to wear. There was Mary Poppins, Matilda, a Golden Ticket, Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. They even had some adorable teeny costumes for babies!

I know that adults have fancy dress shops to make costumes but they’re never particular book characters! I mean…half the costumes you see for women in those shops are sexy! Not every woman wants to look like that. Some of us would like to have a nice costume without having to worry about showing much of everything.

That’s why I wanted to come up with some possible World Book Day costumes for grown-ups to wear. Whether they are for teachers, librarians or anyone who works with books.

Mary Poppins

There are so many fun ideas that you could take from Mary Poppins!!

You could be:

  • Mary herself (from either the original film or the more recent one)
  • Bert (who wouldn’t want to be Dick Van Dyke or Lin-Manuel Miranda!)
  • Mrs Banks (woo for votes for women!)

The great thing about days like these is that you can be super creative with whoever you choose. As long as you give people the book you’re from, you get to let them use their imagination. The fact that we’ve had Mary Poppins Returns means kids will more than likely know who you are. If I could, I would’ve loved to have done Mary in her ‘A Cover Is Not The Book‘ costume! Love that song.

Harry Potter

How I wish my teachers would have done this when I was still at school. I think mine were super boring because they never bothered to dress up and even scolded a few people who dressed up. These days I’ve seen so many incredible pictures of teachers who have dressed up for World Book Day as the teachers from Harry Potter. There are so many you can choose from too!

There have even been some that went as more creative characters such as Moaning Myrtle (toilet seat and all), Fred and George and one of the House mascots! I never thought of going as a badger but I might do that for a convention one day. That’s if I can figure out how!

Never be afraid to think outside the box!

Roald Dahl

I’ve literally seen so many people chatting about doing Roald Dahl characters. He’s never been as popular and I’m loving it!

He wrote legendary characters that both adults and kids alike adore. We’ve all read at least one of his book at some point in our lives. Since there are so many characters to choose, their costumes can be as easy as you want them to be.

Some amazing adult characters to try could be:

  • Miss Trunchball
  • Miss Honey
  • Miss Spider/Mrs Ladybug
  • Grandpa Joe
  • Mr Fox

Lord of The Rings

Depending on where you work, I think more people should dress up as characters from J.R.R Tolkien’s books.

You can’t go wrong with either being a badass elf like Arwen or Lady Galadriel or being one of the Hobbits such as Samwise Gamgee. The costumes are a little bit more tricky to do but I reckon it would be a great challenge for anyone who is up to trying.

If you do, let me know so I can fangirl over you!!

Disney

I’ve seen a few who say that people shouldn’t dress up as Disney characters because they’re not from books. At the end of the day, a lot of those characters have either ended up in books or did come from them. Look at Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan!

I adore all things Disney! It’s such a magical fandom to be a part of, you get to visit the kingdoms and you can relate to the characters. I grew up during the 90s when films such as The Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast came out. It was an amazing time to be a kid and experiencing all of these coming to life. I think I still have The Lion King soundtrack on cassette tape! Haha!

Who could you be? Well…take your pick!

  • Jessie (Toy Story)
  • Jane (Tarzan)
  • Phillip (the guy Robin Williams plays in Flubber)
  • Rapunzel (Tangled)
  • Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

There is nothing wrong with dressing up for World Book Day regardless of the fact that we aren’t kids anymore. We read books too and love the characters so embrace your bookish love!

Who would you dress up as for World Book Day?

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AD | Finding Balance by Kati Gardner

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AD | This advance copy was kindly gifted by NetGalley
and North Star Editions for an honest review.

Synopsis

Jase Ellison doesn’t remember having acute lymphocytic leukemia when he was three years old. His cancer diagnosis only enters his mind twice a year. Once at his yearly checkup at the oncology clinic and one when he attends Camp Chemo in the summer. No one in his “real” life knows about his past, especially his friends at Atlanta West Prep.

Mari Manos has never been able to hide her cancer survivorship. She wakes every morning, grabs her pink forearm clip crutches, and starts her day. Mari loves Camp Chemo—where she’s developed a healthy crush on fellow camper Jase. At Camp, she knows that she’ll never get “the look” or have to explain her amputation to anyone.

Jase wants to move on, to never reveal his past. But when Mari transfers to his school, he knows she could blow his cover. That’s the last thing he wants, but he also cannot ignore his attraction to her. Mari wants to be looked at like a girl, a person, and not only known for her disability. But how do you move on from cancer when the world won’t let you?

Review

Prior to reading Finding Balance, I hadn’t actually read of Kati Gardner’s books or heard of her work!

That has definitely changed now I’ve read this book and fallen in love with the characters she has created. When I saw this up for grabs on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. It had such a intriguing plot and unique compared to most books out right now.

You not only have characters who have been through cancer, but you also have the main character Mari who lost a leg to it. It always makes me super happy when I see a disabled character leading the plot and I just loved the determination of Mari. She didn’t let missing a leg stop her from getting around. You felt enraged with her when she gets targeted for being different.

I related to this so much!

I also related with Jase as well in the fact that he tries to hide his differences and seem ‘normal’. I can safely say that being normal is over-rated! Finding Balance literally had me hooked from the first page and I had no problem at all reading the entire book in one day. I couldn’t put it down!

I’ll be making sure to find the first book in the series so I can be up-to-date.

Everyone should pre-order this book, especially if you’ve been through similar situations. You’ll find all of the characters really developed and that all of them have a vital role to the plot! Finding Balance will be released on 5th May so check it out!

What are your thoughts on this book? Do you think you’ll read?

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10 Book Adaptations On Netflix I’ve Watched/Need To Watch

What I’ve loved about Netflix is the amount of book adaptations they have on their site! Whether they’re a series or a film, there are so many and I love it. You do worry that any adaptations aren’t going to do the books justice but I think Netflix has done incredible.

They even made books from their own creations so it works both ways.

With the UK being hit by two nasty storms in a matter of weeks, us Brits have been trying to find ways to stay in and hide from the weather. For me, that meant curling under my fluffy red blanket and watching Netflix. I think we’re allowed to do this!

Book Adaptations

PS I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

I’ve been a big fan of Jenny Han’s writing ever since I read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty‘! You knew I was going to love watching ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before‘! It was such a relatable book. I did send an anon love letter to a crush when I was 10. We didn’t know his address so we just put his name and hoped for the best! Haha!

I thought Lana smashed it as Lara in the first film and she was perfect in this sequel!! You can see her heart being pulled in all directions and, unless you’ve read the book, you don’t know who she picks. If only I had guys fawning over me like this! Plus Anna Cathcart was in this!! She played Dizzy in The Descendants films!

If you haven’t read any of Jenny’s books or seen these films, do it!

All The Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)

I’m going to be honest…I haven’t read this book yet but I had to pop on this list because of its power. The only reason I haven’t read it is because it chats a lot about mental health and looks at a boy who wants to die. Way too triggering but I’m really hoping in the future I can both read and watch this!

I love the idea of two people are struggling with two different but similar things helping one another. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of both Violet and Theodore. I already discovered the end to this book and it’s so strong!

I love Elle Fanning as an actress so I know she’ll kill it as Violet and I thought Justice Smith was awesome in Detective Pikachu!!

It comes out on February 28th.

Anne With An E (based on Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

This show…

THIS SHOW!

Anne With An E has to be one of the most incredible shows on Netflix by far and there are a lot of shows on there! As soon as I saw the trailer for Season 1, I knew that it would capture a special place in my heart. I grew up watching and reading Anne of Green Gables, especially the 1985 film with Megan Follows!

This comes with everything and more. The acting is phenomonal, the cinematography is utterly breath-taking and I would happily sit and listen to the soundtrack all day.

The one person who ties everything together has to be Amybeth McNulty who plays Anne. She’s fiesty, heart-breaking and stubborn all at once and I love it!

Sad that the final season was released last month. I honestly wish we could have more but I was glad that this book adaptation was created!

Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford

There are a few reasons why you need to watch this TV series:

  • It has Benedict Cumberbatch in it and he was amazing! He even won an Emmy for his role in this so that’s pretty awesome right! Plus he gave us this gif:

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  • It has a stellar cast with the likes of Roger Allam (he’s in a play with Colin Morgan soon!!), Miranda Richardsoon and the screenplay was adapted by Tom Stoppard!!
  • It’s pretty heavy going since it’s set before and during World War I but it’s just so good! Bring tissues to use and throw at your screen!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)

If you ever watched the 90s show ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’, then you need to watch it. I warn you in advance though: the characters are far more sinister, darker and tormented. You still have those we love such as Sabrina, Aunt Zelda and Hilda and Harvey, but we get more characters too!

My favourites have to be Ambrose, Lillith/Mrs Wardwell, Prudence and Theo!

Seeing as I don’t usually do horror shows, I was nervous about watching this but I genuinely love it! There is so much heart behind the fear! That and I just love Lucy Davies and Michelle Gomez!

Part 3 started last month so watch the 2 parts you’ve missed and join us on the dark side!

Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard)

I didn’t even know that Pretty Little Liars was a book series before I saw it on Netflix! I guess because it came from the US and wasn’t in our bookstores until the series kicked off.

I haven’t actually read the series yet but I’m planning to at some stage. It’s on my TBR list and anyway…A will kill me if I don’t.

This show is amazing, messed-up, confusing, intriguing and more!

You literally have 0 clue who the heck A is until the very end! You actually begin to suspect everyone is A! It has so many clever moments. If you love mystery/thrillers, then you will love this!

It’s a little like Sherlock Holmes meets Clueless! Probably not the best description but that’s how it seems in my head!

Heartland (Lauren Brooke)

Here’s a quick story: I loved horses ever since I was young. The end.

Growing up happened along with social anxiety but my love for horses remained. These days I tend to watch Badminton and Chatsworth Horse Trials because I love being surrounded by them and I just find show-jumping exciting!

Heartland was a book series that I still have copies of to this day and it has all the things a horse lover would need. A girl who dedicates her life to horses, a gorgeous person to crush on and lots of descriptions! The show really brought Amy to life and, even though I haven’t gotten through all the seasons yet, I’m still loving!

Gossip Girl (Cecily von Ziegesar)

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Another book adaptation that I didn’t know had books before the show!

I’m going to use the whole ‘it came from America’ excuse like before because that’s the only reason! I was still too young to understand everything that was going on in the books anyway! I even got a little confused by Sweet Valley High (who else remembers that show?!).

Whenever the show came out, I was in my teens so was able to get more and loved how you never knew who to like or hate. It made so happy when Netflix brought the series onto the site! Nothing like a bit of high-class backstabbing to ignore the gales.

Not sure if anyone sees my ad on blog comments, but I always do ‘Daisy xoxo’ as a nod to Gossip Girl!

The Mortal Instruments (Cassandra Clare) and The Kissing Booth (Beth Reekles)

I’ve paired these two together because this post is getting super long and I’ve yet to watch them yet!

I know I’m probably missing out on a fandom with not reading The Mortal Instruments but I have heard about Malec! As for The Kissing Booth, you’ve got to love more teen drama!

What book adaptations have you loved on Netflix (if you have it)?
If not, what book adapations have you loved to watch?

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Review | Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

I’m not embarrassed in the slightest that I have been fangirling over Heartstopper! There is something so special about Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper series and people need to read! This is my call to any friends, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, get Volume 1 and feel all the rainbow feels!

I may have jumped ahead of myself a little.

Kind of saw Alice in person this week at her event for Heartstopper Volume 3 in Nottingham. Yeah…still kind of on a high from that and proud of it.

Heartstopper Volume 3

Since this is a review of the latest volume, I might as well calm myself down a little and give you my honest opinions. This is a continuation following Nick and Charlie’s gentle journey into their relationship. They’ve had quite a few bumps in the road in terms of homophobia bullies (I’m looking at you, Harry!) and Nick trying to understand his sexuality.

It doesn’t matter what these boys go through!

They’re just so in love and I literally feel my heart grow every time I read their moments alone together. You forget that you’re reading a graphic novel and truly feel immersed into their world. It’s so interesting how your brain adds colour to the pictures even when they’re black and white! Alice clearly paints the world with her words!

I can be good with words too, y’know! Haha!

This difference between Heartstopper Volume 3 and the last book is how many different topics are covered! We have depression, sexuality, homophobia, eating disorders and more! I adored how much Alice had me thinking even when the moments got rather dark. I will be honest and say that there were a couple of moments during this where I was triggered and had to step away. It wasn’t that they were super horrifying or anything. I loved them so much! I guess the character going through those moments reminded me of myself and I cried for them.

Just when you think you know what is going to happen, a curveball is thrown at you and you literally can’t turn the page fast enough.

Heartstopper Volume 3

Even though we only get the odd glimpse of her, one of my favourite characters has to be Charlie’s sister Tori. There is something so cool and sassy about her. She says what’s on her mind, doesn’t really if it embarrasses her brother (only sibling banter) and I just love her! I really hope that we get to see more of her in Volume 4 next year because she deserves more paper time!

Other characters I love are Darcy, Tara and Elle. I definitely have to say that Darcy and Tara are just as cute together as Nick and Charlie! They’re always holding hands or sitting in the other’s lap. To see them being so comfortable with who they are after everything is amazing! Plus Darcy is just a big Nick x Charlie shipper!

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This above moment had me giggling for a few minutes!

I’d probably say something along the same lines if I knew two of my gay friends had been caught kissing. Nick and Charlie are still super new to being boyfriends and testing the waters. The fact that they’re having a quick snogging session while on a school trip to Paris (the romance capital of the world!) makes me proud of them. They still have a long way to go until they feel more comfortable being open but they’re taking great steps.

Moments that you have to look out for when you read:

  • Charlie’s reaction to Nick speaking another language
  • A medical emergency
  • Two characters finally getting together
  • Nick and Charlie posting on Instagram (and their comments!)

Oh!! Before I forget: Alice actually has two new books coming out this year which is incredible! They are Nick and Charlie (3rd September) and Loveless (9th July). I can’t wait to preorder my copies next week! We even have the TV show of Heartstopper happening at some point in the future!! Not sure when but I’m already casting people in my mind!

What are your thoughts on Heartstopper Volume 3?
Have you read any of the other Heartstopper books?

 

 

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My Top 8 Favourite YA Book Covers

Before we even read a book, we see book covers.

Sometimes you get a simple version to announce that the book will be published. Sometimes you get the gorgeous cover straight away (Alice Oseman is amazing for this!). Other times you’ll get a book that gets a new cover for their hardback or an update for the paperback! The amount of book covers that Harry Potter has had is crazy but I still adore all of them!

This post has been inspired by one of my favourite booktubers, HaileyInBookland. She spoke about being a book collector in her last vlog and you should see her Alice In Wonderland collection!

I have to admit that book covers are one of the big reasons for me to pick up a book and look at the synopsis. I’m a visual kind of person so colour, illustrations and gorgeous font always gets my attention. You’ll be surprised to see that I don’t have any of the Potter books on my list. It isn’t that I don’t love all of the covers but these ones really had me captivated!

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Proud

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for a while then you won’t be surprised to see a couple of LGBTQ+ choices! The pride colours are some of my favourite to see on a cover! They’re just so vibrant and speak volumes on behalf of people who can’t!

What I loved about this particular design, other than the colours, is the fist in the air! It

That to me signifies a person who is celebrating who they are, determined to get their voice across and just has a strong personality! I could be wrong but that’s how it makes me feel!

The Places I’ve Cried In Public (Holly Bourne)

This book is one that definitely was picked because of the cover!

I mean…look at the design!! It looks so wistful! A person sitting on a bench by themselves and a tree with fallen leaves. It’s only when you see the smudge stain from a tear falling onto ink that you get the connection to the story. I know I related to the title when I saw it mentioned on Holly Bourne’s Twitter. I can think of quite a few times when I’ve publically cried about something.

Whether it be from bullying (crying in the school corridor), losing my mum (crying in the nursing home) or being told bad news (crying on the back seat of a bus).

Chasing the Stars (Malorie Blackman)

I’ve been a big fan of Malorie’s ever since I discovered her through ‘Pig Heart Boy’. We were taught about people with differences and bullying through this book and I was always really excited to hear another chapter. After that, I tried to follow a bunch of her other books especially Noughts & Crosses and Chasing the Stars.

Even though I was overly sold on this particular book, I still loved its cover!

The gorgeous pastel colours all blurred, the gold background for the title that reminds me of a supernova and the lines going in circle that also remind me of when you need shooting stars! There is probably a better description of the cover (where are my astrophysicists?) but that’s as much as my mind stretches!

The Raven King (Maggie Stiefvater)

I’ll be honest and admit that I’d never heard of Maggie and her books before today. It wasn’t until I spotted her book covers on the Waterstones website that my interest was piqued.

The reason why this cover is on my list out of the ones I could have chosen should be pretty obvious.

Any guesses?

It looks like Harry’s stag patronus!! The stunning illustration of a stag with blue paintstrokes within it surrounded by ravens is something I would for certain put on my wall. It’s simple yet full of so much detail! I really wish I knew who created this cover so I can fangirl over them! I’ve now got the Raven Cycle on my TBR list to check out so I’ll let you know if I love!

Girl Hearts Girl (Lucy Sutcliffe)

LGBTQ+ cover number 2!

Believe me, my whole list would have been full of books with these covers but I had to kind of draw a line. Don’t worry…I’ll be allowing my little heart to run free for Valentine’s Day! If you have any other books in their genre, I’d love to hear some recommendations! I always want to read more!

This book, like Proud, is based on the personal experiences of someone in the community and that is Lucy. She writes about her experiences of discovering she was gay at 14, trying to figure out where to go next and then meeting her girlfriend Kaelyn. This broke and then glued my heart together when I read!

I already said that I loved the rainbow colours but I also love that blocks of colour are plane tickets! They have little hearts, the London skyline, two girl icons and are just adorable!! It’s amazing when little details are added to the cover and tell you the visual story.

The Paper & Hearts Society (Lucy Powrie)

If you haven’t read Lucy’s debut novel, then it’s a must!! It has such an amazing group of characters and, if you read it now, then you’ll be ready for its sequel ‘Read with Pride’ coming out in May!!

Does it have a Pride link to it?

*shuffles* Maybe.

Okay, yes!! I like what I like and proud of that! Haha!

What I love about Paper & Hearts Society is the sheer vibrance of the cover!! As well as being a brilliant bright yellow (my Hufflepuff side was so happy!), it also had little stars and hearts and a young girl sitting on a bench with a pile of books next to her.

This is me in book cover form!!

Autoboyography (Christina Lauren)

Okay, this list should really be titled ‘My Top 8 Favourite LGBTQ+ Book Covers’ because here is another one!

The main character, Tanner, is bisexual so wooo for the bi community!!

Unless you knew what colour were on the bi flag (they’re pink, purple and blue), then you might see some of the cleverness of the cover. It’s obviously upside down but I see the colours there as well as the gorgeous night’s sky! It’s a gorge blending of the colours and the two characters seemingly seem to be standing on a book and a mountain! That’s how it looks to me!

Utah has a lot of snowy mountains, right? I watch ThisIsHowWeBingham and they show lots of snowy mountains on their vlogs!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

I had to finish this post with Pride and Prejudice!

I might be bias about this cover since I don’t live all that far away from Chatsworth House and there it is on here, but I do have other reasons for loving this version. It catches the romance of the story with the night’s sky and Elizabeth Bennet with Mr Darcy, but it also shows her sass!

She has her back to him and is too busy with her book! That is the fiesty Lizzy we know!

Puffin always seems to make the most beautiful designs so I’m not surprised that I added one of their classics!

What book covers have you fallen in love with?

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Books I’ll Be Reading Through February

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Hello there, February! Who else thought that January dragged on for way too long? I know I did and I’m glad that we have a new month ahead of us. Since it’s February I get to share with you some of the books that I’m planning on reading. I didn’t do too well last month but, if I read any book, it’s a win!

Reading isn’t meant to be a chore.

Read when you feel you can.

I’m planning on reading around 5 books, depending on my mental health. That always seems to dictate whether I have the energy to read or not.

Orion Lost (Alastair Chisholm)

There was a ship in space, lost.

The transport ship Orion is four months out of earth when catastrophe strikes – leaving the
ship and everyone on board stranded in deep space.

Suddenly it’s up to thirteen-year-old Beth and her friends to navigate through treacherous and
uncharted territory to reach safety. But a heavily-damaged ship, space pirates, a mysterious
alien species, and an artificial intelligence that Beth doesn’t know if she can trust means that
getting home has never been so difficult.

I’d never heard of Alastair before but the front cover of this book really caught my attention. It reminded me a little of Ender’s Game meets Wizard of Oz! I know that’s a weird combo but the bright green had me thinking it! I also love that it has space pirates and aliens! The Whovian in me is really looking forward to reading this!

One Of Us Is Lying (Karen M. McManus)

Five students walk into detention.

Only four leave alive.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks of her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

Woooow! This synopsis really hits you and this is before you’ve even started reading the book! I don’t usually read crime YA books because they don’t tend to be my thing, but this really got my interest. Another combo feeling: The Breakfast Club meets Riverdale! You’ve got an interesting bunch of characters and you literally won’t know who the murderer is until you read.

Karen, I’m ready to be confused and on the edge of my seat!

One Of Us Is Next (Karen M. McManus)

Another year.

Another drama.

A whole new set of rules…

Bayview High is just about recovered from the death of gossip king Simon Kelleher a year ago. Now there’s a new copycat in town who isn’t ready to forget him just yet.

A school-wide game of Truth or Dare seems fun, right?

But this game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even fatal. The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late…

You guessed it. This is the sequel ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ that I mentioned above. This only came out last month and I figured that, if I was going to read the first book, it would make sense to get the second book too. Unlike the first, this sounds a little more vague. You don’t get so much of an idea of what could happen but that tends to make a book more fun reading. It’s fun to think!

Maybe that’s why I love Sherlock! Haha!

The Star Outside My Window (Onjali Q. Rauf)

Following the disappearance of her mum, 10-year-old Aniyah suddenly finds herself living in foster care. With her life in disarray, she knows just one thing for sure: her mum isn’t gone for ever. Because people with the brightest hearts never truly leave. They become stars.

So when a new star is spotted acting strangely in the sky, Aniyah is sure it’s her mum, and she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone else knows too — an adventure that involves breaking into the Royal Observatory of London, a mischievous scurry of squirrels and the biggest star in Hollywood…

I have adored Onjali Rauf’s writing ever since I read The Boy At The Back Of The Class. She has such a way of chatting about difficult subjects that other authors might not write about. I’ve heard that this book looks at domestic violence and, though it might be hard to read about, I think it’s important for children to understand that domestic violence by anyone is not right.

This sounds like it will still be a touching read and I can’t wait to see what journey Aniyah goes on.

The Flat Share (Beth O’Leary)

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

Wow.

I have to admit that this sounds a little like a plot to a fanfiction but I love it!! The idea of sharing the same home and bed but never meeting is such a fun idea! Kind of wonder how they came up with this idea of sharing a flat without having met. That would seriously have me on the friend side of things questioning their sanity, but I’m intrigued!

Let’s see what happen these two! I’m predicting that they eventually meet and fall in love!

What books are you planning on reading this month?

 

Books

How To Find Time To Read During The Week

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Reading is one of the few things in my life that I couldn’t live without. It lets me travel to far off places without even leaving my flat and make friends with different people. However there are some days where I just don’t have time to read anything and that makes me sad. We should always have time to read in our day, even if it’s just for an hour. We all seem to be rush, rush, rush these days.

I can remember a young girl telling her friend that she ‘didn’t have to read a book because reading Instagram stories is reading!’. While she does have a point to a degree, NO. That’s only my opinion by the way!

Don’t worry…we’re going to find time to help you read when life gets a little too hectic.

Set aside a time after you get up or before bed

You’d be surprised how setting a reading moment after you’ve woken up or before you head to sleep is great for you. You get the chance to relax yourself, feel accomplished and have fun. It all depends what kind of person you are. Are you a morning or night-time person?

Either way you’ll be chilling with a good book!

Keep something to read on you

You know how I had a little moan about the young girl?

That doesn’t mean that I don’t accept reading other ways. There are so many ways to read these days! You could read a physical book, on a Kindle or even listen to an audiobook. If you use not having time to read as an excuse, be firmer with yourself. You don’t have to read an entire book in a short amount of time! You could just do a page or two for a couple of minutes to tide you over.

Do the Goodreads Reading Challenge

Since we’re just over two weeks into 2020, it’s still perfect time to start the reading challenge on the Goodreads website. It allows you to set a certain amount of books that you can read through the year so you don’t have to rush your reading. If you can only read 12 books, then space it out by reading a book a month.

Life can make it super difficult to read sometimes so don’t feel frustrated when you can’t do it as often as other people.

Use your commuting/travel time

If you’re like me and you don’t drive, then you’ll probably have to use public transport. We might not having the most convenient transport out there but we tend to have no choice but to use them. I know my friend Lindsey uses her commute time to catch up on some reading.

It doesn’t matter if you have only 15 minutes or an hour on the bus/train, catch up on your reading and try to ignore the delays/stress!

Exchange books with a friend

One way that pushes me to read a book is if I’m on a time-frame with it. That describes my library experience over all! I always end up being a bit late with the book because I didn’t take the time to read it when I could. I’m annoying that way to be honest.

A whole different matter when the book comes from a friend. You’re more likely to both want to make sure the book stays looking nice and return it in a good amount of time. Unless they’ve told you beforehand to take your time to enjoy. Though, if someone loans you a book from their bookshelf, don’t take that as a sign that the book is now yours and never return it.

RIP to the books I’ve lost over the years!

Read books you actually like

Have you ever picked up a handful of books that everyone seems to be loving and you don’t? That happens to me fairly often. I end up grabbing books that are on trend because I think that’s what I should be reading instead of going for ones that I know I’ll enjoy.

That’s why I don’t conform to my age group and allow myself to read YA books.

This way I will be excited about reading it and I’ll more likely put aside some time in my day to read. This system doesn’t always work but that’s just one of the things of being a reader!

How do you make sure that you have time to read?

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AD | Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (Blog Tour)

tweet cute

AD | This book was gifted in exchange for a review.

An author whose work I’ve fallen for is Emma Lord’s! Tweet Cute might be her debut novel but I feel I’m going to be fangirling her for a long time. I might also like her because I follow her on Twitter and discovered she’s a Hufflepuff! What? I’m not going to let my badger love take over this review. All of the opinions in this review will be all my own and completely honest.

I was graciously allowed to take part in the Blog Tour for Emma’s upcoming book Tweet Cute (it’s coming out on January 21st!!) Look at that cover! You can tell that the book is going to be ‘cute’. I was also gifted the book to read! This definitely made the start of 2020 very exciting for my little blog!

Synopsis

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

tweet cute

Paperback (21st January) | Hardback (1st February)

Review

My first thoughts on Tweet Cute?

Is it bad that I was already laughing on the first page? Pepper was just so relatable and the banter between her and her sister Paige was hilarious!

“Um, is the apartment on fire?”
“Nope, just my life.”

If that isn’t relatable, I don’t know what is. We’ve all had moments like that and Pepper showcases all of them. She is a teen who had been plucked out of home in Nashville and dropped into a private school in Manhattan! She’s completely focused on the school work (just to keep her away from the popular sharks and keep her head above water), but she had a secret.

She has a friend.

The only problem is that she doesn’t know who that friend is. All she knows is that they are a student at her school and that their username is called Wolf. I automatically got slight ‘Gossip Girl’ vibes mixed in with ‘Pretty Little Liars’. I love how quick Pepper is with her humour and how you tell that something is starting to develop between her and Wolf.

I won’t tell you who Wolf is because you’ll find out yourselves.

The other character I loved is Jack who seems to be battling with his image. He has a twin brother called Ethan who is super popular and smart and he is basically the class clown. I felt for him when I read that people initially smiled at him but then realised he wasn’t his brother.

I wish that I had had a grandma like Jack’s! Grandma Belly is so sweet and stern and sassy! Now I see where Jack gets it throughout the book.

There is so much that Emma Lord crams into this book and I love it! She’s actually teaching me bits about the US Education System that I didn’t know, though I did have to go and google a few words that I had no clue about. As a lover of Twitter and who chats using many random gifs, I love there is an intense battle over it! It’s just like every day life of anyone who uses a form of social media.

We become obsessed.

We retweet and comment to the latest trends/memes.

We respond to any viral tweets and go a little crazy when Twitter blows up at crazy real life things. It’s safe to say that it can be a scary, scary place and Emma has captured that perfectly. Tweets happen, things happen and you are made to see the people you’re reading about in a whole different light.

I think all of my blogger friends and social media people will find Tweet Cute hilarious because it is a little bit of a parody at times and you totally get what Pepper goes through. I know I’m being vague but I’m just subtly pushing you to buy the book when it comes out with each word I type!

Have you ever had a bit of a Twitter war like Tweet Cute?

 

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Looking Back At My Favourite Books of 2019

books of 2019Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash

It’s Christmas next week, everyone!! What are you hoping to get from Santa? I actually have gifts under the tree this time and I’m super excited! In past years I’ve done wishlists, but there’s kind of no point when you know what you’re getting! I will be doing one for my birthday because it’s fun! Haha! There have been so many incredible books I’ve read for the first time this year, some old and some new. I wanted to take the time to look back at some of my favourite books of 2019!

Jemima Small Versus The Universe (Tamsin Winter)

I actually finished reading this book yesterday but I loved it so much!

Jemima Small just wants to be like other girls. She hates being called “Jemima Big”, being forced to join the school health group – aka Fat Club – and that she can’t apply for her favourite TV show without worrying everyone will laugh. But she also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. So maybe it’s her time to shine.

Jemima is such a fun character who has to put up with so much! People can’t see past her size and see the amazing person she is. I loved how strong she was against the others and how, even though she struggled, she fought! I won’t spoil what happens but it’s so good!

She reminds me of so many of my friends who may be judged for what they look on the outside, but who should be looked at from the inside. They’re smart, beautiful, strong, determined and so much more! Tamsin, if you ever read this teeny review, please bring Jemima back for a sequel!! I will be doing a proper review in the next few days but I just had to chat about this!

Heartstopper

Heartstopper: Volume 2 (Alice Oseman)

I’ve been a fan of Alice for a little while after falling in love with her Heartstopper comic on Tumblr. When it was published last year and I knew how much everyone would fall for Nick and Charlie, I was so happy! I continued to be estactic when she announced the she was coming out with Volume 2. You never know what goes on inside Alice’s head. Some people are surprised that you can love drawn characters but the expressions and the story make it hard not to.

REVIEW | Heartstopper: Volume 2

The Paper & Hearts Society (Lucy Powrie)

You wouldn’t think that this book was Lucy’s debut into being an author! She has been such a vital voice for books on Youtube where she spoke a lot about classics! You can tell how much love and attention she put into each of her characters. I think Lucy knows how much I loved her first book and how excited for her sequel: Read With Pride! If you haven’t pre-ordered, do it!!

You won’t regret it!

REVIEW | The Paper & Hearts Society

Calling All Witches

Calling All Witches (Laurie Calkhoven)

Something that I adore about Harry Potter is the amount of strong women that we have! Yes, even Bellatrix Lestrange! There are so many witches that deserve some love and, even though half of these women are mentioned in passing, they are still awesome. My favourites have to be Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Queenie Goldstein and Nymphadora Tonks.

They know what it’s like to be different and do their very best to make their way through the Wizarding World. In times like today, it’s important that everyone is loved! All women are women.

REVIEW | Calling All Witches

Five Feet Apart (Rachel Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis)

It must have been a crazy 2019 for Rachel, Mikki and Tobias! The fact that their book was released in the UK in January and then the film (with Cole Sprouse!) came out in the March! Insane, right?! I absolutely loved this book and Stella’s journey through it. I may not suffer from Cystic Fibrosis but I know what it’s like to have to follow a list and stress when it’s not completed just right. That and I have a bunch of medication that I have to remember.

If you haven’t read or watched Five Feet Apart, please check it out!

There are so many books in 2019 that I’ve loved but we’d literally be here for ages! I discovered yesterday that I had reached my goals for books on Goodreads and I’m pretty proud of myself. For someone who spends a lot of her time battling her mental health, 30 is awesome. Go me!

What have been your favourite books of 2019?
Did you do the Goodreads Reading Challenge?