S4S – YA besties

Bonjour! 

How are we all? 

Welcome back to anther installment of #SixforSunday, hosted by me, Steph! How are we all doing? Are we all keeping up with this year’s #SixforSunday posts. Remember you can join in by checking out the prompts at S4S – YOU Join In 2018 and the prompts for the second half of the year will be up soon! Thank you for joining in if you have so far! I’ve loved seeing all of your posts! 

Today we are talking:

Characters that would make good best friends

I’ve chosen 6 characters I think would make great best friends. They’re all YA characters, no surprise!

  1. Izzy O’Neill – The Exact Opposite of Okay
    You can GUARANTEE that there would be lots of laughter, lots of sassy texts and I think she’s an amazing human. 
  2. Twylla – The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy
    QUELLE SURPRISE. I KNOW. I’m predictable. Get used to it. She’s brilliant, she’s badass, she’s brave. I ADORE HER.
  3. Eden – Goodbye, Perfect
    This girl has a bit of a disaster with her own bestie, I’d quite like to be her bestie so I could hug her. She’s excellent. She’s loyal, a realist and fiercely honest. 
  4. Amani – Rebel of the Sands trilogy
    OH MAN. I would love to Amani’s best friend. She’s a brilliant human and she could teach me to be a sharpshooter. I’d like to live in her world too – all those stories and mythology. YES PLZ.
  5. Storm – The Extinction Trials
    She’s one of my favourite characters that I discovered last year. Imagine going on a dinosaur hunt with her? She’s brave and not scared to tell you she’s scared. Dinosaurs and swimming? Yes thanks.
  6. Diana – Wonder Woman: Warbringer
    SHE’S WONDER WOMAN MAN. Plus she’s got this like really dry and literal sense of humour which DEFINITELY cracks me up every single time. 

YA has some amazing friends, and some of these aren’t even obvious choices. I’d love to see who you’d have as your best friends! Share them with me using #SixforSunday on twitter. 

S x

BOOK BLOG: Steven Butler

The Nothing To See Here Hotel – perfectly good fun!

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Welcome to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. When a goblin messenger arrives at The Nothing to See Here Hotel, announcing the imminent arrival of the goblin prince Grogbah, Frankie and his family rush into action to get ready for their important guest. But it soon becomes obvious that the Banister family are going to  have their work cut out with the demanding prince and his never-ending entourage, especially when it turns out the rude little prince is hiding a secret…”

The Nothing To See Here Hotel is one of those great books that comes along and is just sheer fun. As an adult, I sometimes miss things that kids find hilarious (which is natural, I don’t necessarily expect to find kids books hilarious… I’m not your target audience after all), but there was definite moments here where I actually laughed out loud. It’s just one of those great funny books. The kids at school are loving it

Add to this, the fact that the cover is GORGEOUS and you have an utter winner. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book on its cover. We all do it though. A bit of shelf appeal is a GREAT thing. The cover reflects the book brilliantly – an interesting mix of characters, a bright and bold style and the gorgeous hotel at its centre! The illustrations of this book are gorgeous too! They add a brilliant level to the story. I take my hat off to Steven Lenton, I wish I could draw that beautifully!

You meet a whole host of different characters in this book. From the gorgeous main character, the staff who work at the hotel, Frankie’s brilliant grandmother and the great hotel guests. There’s guests of all shapes and sizes! When the Troll prince comes along, hiding from something, bringing along with him secrets, there are a whole host of panic, hilarity and problems for the hotel staff. 

There’s a great pace to this book and it keeps kids gripped. I’d definitely recommend it for 6+ years! I’m loving seeing all the children discover it and share their joy of it with each other!

Would you like to stay in a magical, hidden hotel?
Which fantastical character would you like to meet?
Have you got any recommendations for children of this age?

S x

BOOK BLOG: Padraig Kenny

Tin – an incredible story which explores what it really means to be “human”

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“Christopher is ‘Proper’: a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher’s world is changed for ever… What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human”

I had seen so much positivity surrounding this book from the people on my Twitter that I HAD to have it. So when I saw it was Waterstones Book of the Month and the incredible window display at Waterstones Newcastle, I ran in and bought a copy.

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Tin explores the story of Christopher, an orphan who lives with an engineer and his robot friends, who discovers something which changes his life forever. He isn’t the person he has believed he was. His life changes drastically. There’s an incredible adventure he goes on, with some brilliantly fun and other sinister characters. His robot friends go on a mission to save him, to remind him who he really is. He doesn’t need to be a human to be Christopher. He doesn’t need to be “proper” to be the person they really love. 

There’s an amazing portrayal of friendship in this book and that was such a wonderful thing to read. You see the robots and the “proper” characters getting on swimmingly. There’s bravery from all. You learn about Christopher’s history, how he became who he is today. The book touches beautifully on what it means to be human – the robots show incredible compassion and love towards each other and the humans. That’s what it means to be human. To show compassion, empathy and love towards people who need it. 

The world building in this book is brilliant. The vocabulary is so rich and the descriptions so inviting that you feel like you’re in the world. You feel the warmth of the house in Christopher’s memories; the coldness of the room Christopher is held in; the harshness of the city. I love when a book gives me the feeling of being immersed in the world with the characters, and this one does not disappoint. 

I loved the characters a lot. Round Rob is a particular favourite of mine. He’s just wonderfully fun. I was a little bit taken by Gripper too. He’s this big chunk of metal. What’s not to love? I particularly loved the brazen brilliance of Estelle too. She’s a “proper” (a human girl), who makes skin, and she’s just a massive ball of feisty-ness. Along with the robots, she goes in pursuit of what she knows is right. She wants to save her friend. She’s brilliant. She’s a firm favourite with the kids at school too. 

Have you read Tin?
Could you imagine learning that your whole life has been a whole lie?
What would you do if your friend was taken?

Talk to me! Send me a postcard, a tweet or a comment. 

S x

BOOK BLOG: Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep: an incredibly duality in the pages of a beautiful book

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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Two centuries ago, in the small, isolated town, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return from the depths, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them down to their watery deaths. Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything…

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters. But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.”

The Wicked Deep tells the story of Penny, a young girl, living in a small town, which has been haunted by the spirits of 3 sisters from centuries ago. The sisters take the bodies of young women and seek revenge on the town that once betrayed them. Penny knows the tale of the three sisters. The town has accepted their fate – the sisters will come every summer and take the bodiesof 3 young women. They will then use these bodies to lure 3 young men to their death, in the very same waters that the sisters were sent to their deaths in. This particular summer, Penny meets a young man named Bo, who has some of his own demons to battle, and they hit it off. Bo has no sense of the danger being in this town brings him and it is ultimately up to Penny to try and save him… or save herself.

I absolutely adored this book. The plot is one which I’d not read before. We’ve all read books of revenge and of young men being lured for revenge. This one felt special. It felt new. There’s so much mystery and the town set in their legacy that I just was taken. I’m a sucker for anything with a bit of history. I love an author who weaves stories within their story. Having the sisters’ backstory in the book made me believe it. 

The characters in this book are just brilliant. Seeing the town and its happenings through these teenagers’ eyes, but also through the sisters’ eyes was fascinating. You get to see a town clouded in mystery and panic. A town overcome with an anger and a grief. There’s a lot of high intensity emotions that this town, and the teenagers, feel. Flaunting legend and tempting fate all for the sake of what is to come! I loved in particular the moments where you see the sisters together. You read their plotting, their mysteries. They’re fascinating. Their interactions with each other really gives a sense of sinister, dark magic. 

There is quite a big plot twist that I did not see coming. I mean, I suspected it… but I loved it. Thinking back to it now, I probably SHOULD’VE seen it, but what can I say, I’m a bit gullible and I’ll believe what a narrator tells me! I loved Penny’s voice, her point of view. Throughout the book, I believed her. I wanted to be her friend, I properly rooted for her. Even towards the end. I truly believed she’d changed. I’m a sucker for romance. A total and utter sucker. 

While we’re here talking romance… I’d like to just mention Bo. I REALLY liked him. I was totally taken by him. Like, I think teenage me would be smitten with him. He just gave me this lovely vibe. The mystery surrounding him was quite intiguing too… I wanted to know more about him. When his backstory was revealed, I was like ‘yep, you’re lush’.

There’s a gorgeous sense of duality in this book that kept me hooked:

  • Darkness and light
  • Hope and loss
  • Love and revenge
  • Betrayal and trust

I just adored this book. There’s so much about it that I love. I could’ve read 100 more pages and still have been gripped. I’d love to know more about Penny’s mam. I’d love to see more of the sisters’ past snatches. 

Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy! I loved it!

Have you read The Wicked Deep?
What’s your take on mythology in books?
Would you be a good witch?

Talk to me! I’d love to talk mythology and The Wicked Deep with you!

S x

 

 

A-Z book tag!

Today we have a tag! I don’t do many of these, but when I do, I do them! Thank you to Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles for tagging me. I hope you’re ready for a long one, cause I’ve got 26 letters of the alphabet to get through!

Author you’ve read the most books from

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Ooooh. Roald Dahl. I was a massive Dahl fan as a child. Now as a teacher, I am a massive fan too!

Best Sequel Ever

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OH OH OH Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. That was EXCELLENT.
(On another note, if I’m allowed to talk kids books then Simply The Quest by Maz Evans needs a mention!)

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Currently reading

 

Drink of choice while reading

Tea. If you say anything else, then I’m not sure I believe you.

E-reader or physical book?

Ooooh, I go through phases. My kindle is easier to carry around, but nothing beats a physical book.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school

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Hmmm… Connor from Goodbye, Perfect. I’d love to say Izzy O’Neill from TEOOO but she is way too cool for me.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Having never read anything Bardugo (I know, I’m sorry!) I wasn’t sure how it was. It was initially quite slow, but I’m glad I stuck with it!

Hidden Gem Book

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THE PAPER MAGICIAN TRILOGY BY CHARLIE N HOLMBERG. Guys, seriously. They’re only available on Kindle as far as I’m aware (in the UK especially) but they’re JUST INCREDIBLE. If you like magical books, please please get on it.

Important moment in your reading life

#SundayYA. For so so so many reasons. I could talk about it forever. I have no idea what the first #SundayYA chat I took part in was, or even WHY I took part, but I am so eternally glad I did.

Just finished

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The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu. I really quite loved it.

Kinds of books you won’t read

Meh, I’m not into romance or erotica tbh. I’ll give anything an attempt mind.

Major book hangover because of

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State of Sorrow. I read it in December. I am still not quite over it 3 months later. Now that everyone else is reading it, I am SUPER HAPPY.

Number of bookcases you own

LOL. I currently own 1 MASSIVE bookcase, however I also own many book boxes. And there’s a MASSIVE chunk of my books at school.

One book you’ve read multiple times

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Oh, I don’t reread often? However, Matilda is a book I can read and read and read.

Preferred place to read

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In bed, or on the window seats in Starbucks. I get a lovely view, a good coffee and alone time. It’s where you’ll find me most Sundays.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

OH REALLY? ONLY ONE? I can’t do that. Sorry! (come back to me later, I’ll come up with just one!)

Reading regret

I don’t think I have one?

Series you started and need to finish

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Ooooh. Erm. I’m pretty good at finishing series. Cell 7 trilogy. I’ve read book 1 and 2 but need to buy book 3.

Three of your all-time favourite books

Matilda, The Sin Eater’s Daughter, A Quiet Kind of Thunder. No questions asked. (Ask me tomorrow, it should be the same haha!)

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Very excited for this release more than all the others

My most anticipated releases have all already been released (State of Sorrow, Goodbye Perfect, Hero at the Fall) BUT FLOORED. OMG.

Worst bookish habit

Buying all of the books

[where is X… THIS IS NOT THE A-Z IF YOU MISS LETTERS OUT]

Your latest book purchase

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*shrug* Ermmmmm… OOOH The Hazel Wood.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

State of Sorrow. I stayed up until 2am reading it. I did not regret it for a second.

I tag Charlotte, Cora and Lucinda. ENJOY GUYS.

Are you surprised by any of my choices?
Are there any books you think should be on my A-Z?
Can you recommend a question for U and V? Poor U and V.

S x

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t rain on my parade…

Working hard. Going places. Smiles from friends. Going back to work. The snow going away. Reading whole books in a day. Laughter. Cocktails. Mexican food. Cocktails and Mexican food with friends. Book launches. Having an incredible bunch of friends. Being supported. Chasing my dreams. Starbucks on a Sunday. Creativity. More books. Book post. When friends are GENUINELY happy for me. The future. Book events. Jellies. Blogging because I want to blog. Light mornings. Zumba classes. Hitting my step total. Rachel Berry’s singing. Ed Sheeran. The twiglets. World Book Day. People having faith in me. Being trusted. Having my opinion respected. Newcastle United winning. Books. Always books.

S4S – Stuck in a lift with WHO? No thanks.

Hello again!

Welcome back to #SixforSunday. Last week I shared characters I would like to be stuck in a lift with… this week I’m sharing:

Characters I definitely would NOT like to be stuck in a lift with

Let’s get on with this… 

  1. The Maestro – A Thousand Perfect Notes
    For those of you who know about this book, you’ll know why. Those of you who don’t… she’s an abusive mother. She’s just horrid. Her actions are unjustifiable. I hated her, so so much.
  2. Katniss – The Hunger Games trilogy
    I know, controversial, I don’t like her. I think she’s an utter whingebag. 
  3. J – The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
    THIS DUDE CREEPED ME OUT SO MUCH. No thanks. Imagine being stuck in a lift with that creep for hours on end? GOD NO THANKS.
  4. Luke – After the Fire
    Now, I know he’s kind of misunderstood but he kind of scares me. He’s intimidating and I think he’s just a serious bean. I don’t know that I could do that for hours on end.
  5. Noah – Noah Can’t Even
    I just think any situation this dude is in will end in an absolute disaster, so whilst he’s not a bad character, I can’t guarantee that it wouldn’t turn into a disaster. I’ll pass on that thanks.
  6. Dan – I Have No Secrets
    A bit like the Maestro, I think this dude is just the worst. His attitude and his actions are disgusting. I would probably want to punch him, quite hard. No thanks.

This list is a stark difference to my list last week… this is mostly men, whilst last week’s was mostly women. Interesting!

Who would you NOT like to be stuck in a lift with? Share your list using #SixforSunday on twitter, or wherever! Link me and I’ll check it out. I’m loving seeing all of these posts! 

S x

Author spotlight: Laura Steven

Hello, today I have the absolute pleasure of introducing you to Laura Steven, author of the incredible The Exact Opposite of Okay. If you’ve not picked it up yet, please do.It’s absolutely incredible. Laura is here answering 3 quick questions about her book… so I should leave you to it really!

Where did the inspiration for TEOOO come from?

In terms of inspiration, this book was SO different to everything else I’ve ever written (I’d written four full manuscripts before TEOOO).
While my novel ideas usually come to me through plot or world first, Izzy’s voice just popped into my head one morning. Seriously, the hilarious voice of a snarky teenage girl just started chirping away in my head. I felt like I might require an exorcism. So all I had to do was come up with a story for her, and the rest is history.

The plot itself is inspired by a few different things that have happened to me since leaving high school – namely a friend-zoned guy who turned aggressive, a former boss who sexually harrassed me in the workplace. I wanted to explore some of the issues facing teenage girls – slut-shaming, friend-zoning, body image, victim-blaming – but also do with humour and sass. Because life is just more fun – and more bearable – if you can laugh when everything is going to shit.

What is your favourite thing about Izzy?

The way she’s so completely, unapologetically herself. When I was that age, I knew who I wanted to be but I was too scared to be that person. Confident, funny, wise in my own way. So in a sense, I relived my teenage years vicariously through Izzy. She doesn’t care what the world thinks of her as long as she’s true to herself. She also holds her hands up when she makes a mistake and dos whatever it takes to make amends. I adore that in her too – I think when we’ve messed up, it’s human nature to go on the defensive and refuse to admit you were wrong. But Izzy readily admits she acted like a royal twat to someone she loves. That’s kinda cool of her.

What do you want people to take from TEOOO?
 

Well first of all, I really hope people learn never to touch their foofer after chopping chilis. In all seriousness though, I really want to inspire teenagers to speak up and fight back against the never-ending stream of misogyny diarrhea they have to face on a daily basis. I believe we’re living in a time of huge change, with the Silence Breakers being named TIME’s Person of the Year, the #MeToo campaign gathering so much steam, and powerful men beginning to be held accountable for their sexual harassment. It feels like the tide is finally turning, and I’m so proud to be joining the fight with this book. 

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Blurb

Aspiring comedian Izzy O’Neill never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench emerge, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she must figure out who’s behind the vicious website – while keeping her sanity intact. Izzy is about to find out that the way the world treats girls is not okay. It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.

This is a book for anyone who’s ever called themselves a feminist . . . and anyone who hasn’t.  

Bio

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Laura Steven is an author and journalist from the northernmost town in England. Her writing has appeared in The i Paper, The Guardian and Buzzfeed, and The Exact Opposite of Okay, her YA debut, will be published by Egmont in March 2018. By day, Laura works for Mslexia, a non-profit organisation supporting women writers. She has a BA in Journalism and an MA in Creative Writing, and her TV pilot Clickbait reached the final eight in British Comedy’s 2016 Sitcom Mission. Laura is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media Inc.

If you’d like to follow Laura (which you should because she’s WONDERFUL) check out her social links… there’s SO MANY places to follow her.

BOOK BLOG: Laura Steven

The Exact Opposite of Okay: the exact definition of remarkable.

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“Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…”

(massive shout out to Waterstones Newcastle for putting this book EVERYWHERE. I hope it sells out quickly)

There had been a lot of buzz around this book, I remember people at YALC last year were going MAD for it. I missed out on getting a proof back then, but when I managed to get my hands on a proof I was ECSTATIC. Guys, this book is INCREDIBLE.

TEOOO opens with the MOST HILARIOUS first chapter. I genuinely cackled SO HARD over the first chapter (I mean, I cackled a lot throughout the whole book, but my introduction to Izzy and her life just had me gripped). You’re introduced to Izzy O’Neill, who I will HAPPILY put my hand up and say is one of my favourite characters I’ve been introduced to in a long time. She’s hilarious, brazen, bold, honest and just brilliant. She’s this bundle of absolute hilarity. Izzy has been written in such an incredible way – there’s this snarky, sarcastic wit about her that I just adored. She’s a girl who is FULL of self doubt. She has so many worries, but she disguises them so well. She puts on a brilliant face. She’s great at making her exterior very opposite to interior. I very quickly grew attached to her. I wanted to know what was going to happen to her INSTANTLY. 

One of the things that I think makes Izzy so special is that she is so relatable. She’s not some rich kid with 70000 ponies and a gold studded car. She’s very normal. She goes to school, she has best friends, she has secret passions, she has crushes. Something goes wrong. She struggles to deal with it. She has people around her who stick with her, some who aren’t as lovely. She gets through it. She’s incredible. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next... because yes guys there’s a TEOOO2 coming. I can not wait

This book is so much more than just Izzy though. Whilst Izzy is IMPERATIVE to me falling in love with this book, there’s a whole host of other people that I loved and hated (in that bookish loving kind of hatred). Let’s just list the characters I love/hate most because I love a list…

  1. Ajita.
    Everyone needs an amazing best friend like Ajita. I loved that Izzy had such an incredible, equally funny, equally sassy best friend like Ajita. I really liked her. There’s brilliant moments of consideration for Ajita’s cultural background that are woven so seamlessly into the book. She’s hilarious, loyal and bold. We’ve all got a friend like Ajita.
  2. Betty.
    Izzy’s exceptional grandmother who just says things like they are. They’re able to be so open with each other. I’m not sure I’m that open with anyone in my life, so to see quite a brazen teenager have this incredible relationship with her grandma was just spot on. Betty isn’t afraid to tell Izzy how it is either. She’s this wonderful mix of warm, supportive, cuddly with a sharp tongue. She keeps it real.
  3. Danny
    Oh Danny. I won’t spoil it for you guys. Danny is just. I can’t. I wanted to be team Danny, but he’s just no. I think reading this book as an adult made me think back. I definitely had a Danny in my life. I’d like to think that I could stand up to any Dannys in my life now. He’s everything that bothers me about self entitled people.
  4. Mrs Crannon
    As a teacher, it is so SO SO SO SO brilliant to see a positive relationship outlined with a teenager. Teachers are so often silent characters in contemporary books, or are part of the problem in teens lives. To see a teacher written in such a positive, encouraging light made my heart so happy.

So… an incredible cast of characters, who you will love or hate? Check.
A book which will make you laugh, cry and be angry in equal measures? Check.

What about dealing with something that is NECESSARY? WELL LET’S SEE.

TEOOO deals with Izzy, who is thrust into the centre of a “slut-shaming, revenge porn, victim shaming and blame culture” situation and IT IS SO NEEDED. This book so brilliantly deals with an issue which, in our technologically sound age, could be a very real problem. Laura deals with it in a very humorous, touching, REAL way. It’s needed. People need to read this. This book is going to make a lot of noise. It’s going to stamp on a load of social barriers. It’s going to make people listen. It’s going to make people talk. It’s going to give people a voice who didn’t have one before. I am very passionate about this book. I will thrust it into the hands of so many people. It needs to be seen by teenagers, teachers, adults… EVERYONE. There is no one who I wouldn’t hand this to. People need to read this. People need to read Izzy’s story. 

I’ve heard Laura speak about TEOOO a few times and she’s such a brilliant speaker. She speaks of this book with such warmth, such passion. She’s just remarkable. Laura is HILARIOUS too. I love that Izzy’s humour is clearly evidence of Laura’s own humour. (If you want other reasons Laura is awesome, may I point you in the direction of #FeminismFriday – Laura Steven)

V. QUICKLY WHILE I STILL HAVE YOU… THAT COVER THOUGH. *heart eyes*

My goodreads review of TEOOO is all of these things in far fewer words: (I would DEFINITELY give this book all of the stars in the world, if I could)

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I completely would.

Izzy O’Neill is going to make some noise in 2018 and rightfully so. This book is incredible and necessary. It shouts and barks about important issues like revenge porn, victim shaming and blame culture. I just adored it.

Everyone needs to read this book. Buy it.

Have you read The Exact Opposite of Okay?
Did you also have STRONG FEELINGS about Danny? (We need to talk!)
Who was your favourite character?

Talk to me! Tweet me! Send me a postcard, a carrier pigeon, an owl, a text… whatever. This book is one of my faves of 2018 so far. 

S x

March bujo!

Hello March!

You came about quickly… the further this year goes on, the closer I am to qualifying as a teacher. This excites and terrifies me in EQUAL MEASURES. But I’m not here to talk about that today, I’m here to share my March bujo spreads with you all. My bullet journal posts are quickly becoming some of my highest viewed, so thanks for your love for my silly little bujo!

First off I thought I’d share with you February’s finished mood tracker page! I went with hearts and they look very cute all filled in…

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Now on to March…

I asked Twitter to be the master of the colour scheme for March and I was pleasantly surprised with the results… I’m not gonna lie, I thought rainbow would win. I may let y’all decide on my bujo colour theme for April… we’ll see! 

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I am a little bit in love with March’s title page. I LOVE the flowers, they are very BATB to me. I think I saw the idea on Google a while ago and it stuck with me. Anything that screams BATB is GRAND with me! 

Next up is my staple ‘Book Post’ page – helps me keep track of the books I receive and reminds me to thank publishers and publicists. Next up, I made a monthly ‘To do’ page – this, I’m hoping, will help me keep track on things. I’m not great at using my weekly to do list, so hoping this one will be better. (It has since got things filled in… LOTS to do in March!!)

Then we have ‘March in moods’ – I’ve gone with bunting and I’m currently using words and smiley/sad faces to depict how I feel. On the next pages I have ‘Cause I’m thankful…’ (name that tune!) – where I track one positive thing a day. I love this page in my bujo. On a really terrible day, it’s lovely to look back. You can always find something positive, no matter how small! I’ve got a new page (because I had a spare page… EEK) so I’ve gone with a page for my blog ideas… who knows what’s going to go on that page guys!

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Then, the trusty old weekly spread. This is now a staple in my life. I am still playing around with the layout and the boxes on the right hand page, but tracking my mood throughout the day is BRILLIANT. It’s helped me spot patterns. 

So there we have it! March’s bujo. I only have 1 weekly spread so far, as I kind of skipped the first week because, well, snow took over my life, so no steps to track. My mood suffered because of the snow, but hey ho. Back to work this week has been great!

What’s your theme for March?
Do you do themes?
Would you be brave enough to let Twitter decide on something in your bujo?

Let me see your bujo, tweet me, email me, comment! Let’s talk!

S x