Books Read in April & May 2017

Posted by on May 31, 2017 | Leave a comment

Books Read in April & May 2017

  Feathers by Rose Mannering (Tales Trilogy #2) — Fairytale-inspired YA fantasy. I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, Roses, and have been meaning to read book two for some time. Rose Mannering can *write*; her prose is beautiful. Feathers introduces new main characters and a new storyline, with allusions to characters from Roses. I’m intrigued to see how everything and everyone will come together in the last book.   The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller— Adult historical LGBT fantasy, based on the myth of Achilles. A gift from my bookseller sister. All I knew going into it was that I would likely cry at the end! Epic, romantic,...

Update + Books Read in March 2017

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 | Leave a comment

Update + Books Read in March 2017

So, something new happened in the last month — I had a baby!     Part of me thought that might be the end of this (already quite neglected) blog, as my days are now filled with feeding and nappy changing, and even when my baby sleeps he does it a lot of the time on me. It’s tricky to do much in the way of writing, social media, blogging, or even reading when you only have one hand free for a portion of the day, and zero hands free the rest of the time. But I love the bookish world too much to give it up completely, so although I’ll likely be even quieter on social media and this blog than usual, I’m not going anywhere! Without further ado,...

January Update

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 | 4 comments

January Update

January’s been an unusual month. I’ve read hardly anything. Instead, I’ve: a) Worked a lot. b) Marathoned every single episode of Breaking Bad. Yes, I’m years behind everyone else, and yes, it was clever and dramatic and *amazing*. c) Been preparing for a life change which is happening soon. (I’ll blog briefly at some point to explain my increasing online absence, but it basically involves an oven and a bun.)   Here’s what I did read. (Three books! Three?!)     8 Rivers of Shadow by Leo Hunt — YA fantasy / horror. Sequel to 13 Days of Midnight, which I loved. 8 Rivers...

Books Read in December 2016

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Books Read in December 2016

  How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss — YA contemporary. I loved Clare’s debut, The Year of the Rat, so had high hopes for her follow-up. How Not to Disappear didn’t disappoint; Clare Furniss knows how to pack an emotional punch! HNtD is about a teenage girl taking a road trip with her long-lost great aunt Gloria, who’s suffering from dementia. Along the route, Gloria relives memories and reveals long-buried secrets before they can be lost to her illness. I kept reading to find out Gloria’s big secret, and fell in love with the characters along the way. Thin Air by Michelle...

Favourite Reads of 2016

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 | 2 comments

Favourite Reads of 2016

This year I read 123 books. Last year I read 113, which surprised me, because I thought I’d read less this year! Here are my favourite reads of the year. (Books read, not necessarily published, in each month.) As you’d expect, they’re mostly YA, but a couple of adult books have sneaked in. Click the book covers to go to my reviews for that month. Let me know your favourite 2016 reads in the comments!   January   February   March   April   May   June   July   August   September   October   November   December (review to come) Share...

Favourite YA Writing Blogs

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 | Leave a comment

Favourite YA Writing Blogs

    Today, I’m on the Author Allsorts site sharing my favourite YA writing blogs. I’ve narrowed down the five authors whose blogs I’ve been following the longest and/or which I think contain really helpful and insightful posts about writing. If you’re a writer, I hope you’ll find it useful! You can find my post here — and do let me know your own recommendations!               Business photograph designed by Creativeart – Freepik.com Share...

Books Read in November 2016

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 | 2 comments

Books Read in November 2016

  Inferno by Catherine Doyle (Blood for Blood #2) — YA romantic thriller. I loved Vendetta, the first book in the trilogy, and Inferno was equally good. Lots of action and high stakes as main character Sophie copes with her involuntary entanglement with local mafia families, plus her increasing attraction to one of the Falcone brothers. It’s all such good fun, and I can’t wait for the last book. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern — Adult fantasy. I wanted to love this circus-based romance, since so many other readers seem to, but it really wasn’t for me. The leisurely plot and the...