S4S – Favourite covers of 2017

HELLO THERE. 

#SixforSunday is in its 4rd week of 2018. So far I’ve had some controversial opinions, and you’ve all shared your opinions too! This week should be far less polarising!

Today is a lovely one! Today we are thinking about:

Favourite covers of 2017

I’m actually going to show the covers! You don’t need spiel about them! Just enjoy their gloriousness.

I went with all YA books. I will share MG book covers if people are interested! 

Remember to share your six favourite book covers from 2017 using the hastag #SixforSunday on twitter! Link me to your posts too. I would love to see them!

S x

S4S – 2017 books I didn’t enjoy

HELLO THERE. 

So #SixforSunday does 2018. I hope you all didn’t fall out with me at last week’s responses… I know I am a terrible human. I just have different bookish moods ha.

Today we are thinking about:

2017 books I didn’t enjoy

NOW. I am not here to put any hate out there. I’m just here to mention books I didn’t enjoy. A bit of a healthy conversation as I normally only talk about the ones I love. So please lets have a good conversation about these, but don’t be angry yeah? It takes all kinds to make this bookish world turn.

  1. Freshers – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen
    I just didn’t GET it?
  2. Because You Love To Hate Me – various
    I don’t even know where to start. There’s only one bit of this that I actually now thinking back actually like.
  3. I Have No Secrets – Penny Joelson
    I didn’t NOT like this, it just made me MAD.
  4. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
    I have spoken about this book LOTS.
  5. We Come Apart – Sara Crossan and Brian Conaghan
    Whilst beautiful, the layout made it hard for me to read.
  6. The Monstrous Child – Frances Hardinge
    I finished this just feeling a bit underwhelmed?

DON’T SHOUT AT ME OK. 

Remember to share your six books from 2017 that you didn’t enjoy using the hastag #SixforSunday on twitter! Link me to your posts too. I would love to see them!

S x

BLOG TOUR: The Extinction Trials

Today, I get to share quite an exciting mood board I created for the blog tor of the amazing The Extinction Trials by S.M.Wilson

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“Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…”

My full review of this incredible book will be up in a few weeks time, but today I get to share my moodboard and talk you through my choices. If you haven’t read this book yet then you absolutely need to. It is exceptional. If you don’t believe me, go check out some of the other stop on the blog tour and see what they’ve got up to!

Extinction Trials: mood board

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I think my moodboard captures this book, or at least my imagining of the book, really well. I tried to capture scenery most prominently as this was the thing that stood out most for me. The amazing scenery and the characters of this book make this an interesting and deepening book – their relationships with each other, and their emotions towards each other complicate everything!. From climbing treacherous cliffs to prove bravery and ability, to wide open land with the threat of dinosaurs, to actual threat of dinosaurs, I’ve tried to capture the essence of this book in my mood board. I could’ve gone on with this mood board for pictures and pictures, but I definitely am happy with the finished result. 

I’d love to know what you would include in your mood board! Let me know in the comments. This book is brilliant and I implore all of you to read it! 

If you have already read it and would love to know more about the second book, check out #SundayYA this Sunday as Susan is the guest of honour talking about book 1 and revealing the cover and title of book 2. 

If that’s still not enough, if you sign up to Usborne’s YA newsletter you can get a sneak peek at the first chapter of book 2. I know I can’t wait! Sign up here

Thank you so much Usborne (especially Stevie) for letting me join this amazing blog tour! Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour and join us on Sunday for #SundayYA Extinction Trials!

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S x

S4S – 2017 unread books

HELLO THERE. 

Welcome to #SixforSunday does 2018. I wonder if I’ll have any friends this year! Thank you to everyone who joined in last year, keep joining in #SixforSunday. It makes my little heart very happy!

Anyway… 2018 brings new promps. Today we are thinking about:

2017 books I didn’t read

Books which were published last year that I didn’t get round to reading? HA SO MANY. But let’s go with 6 of the most talked about ones…

  1. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
    I know. I know. HOW DID I NOT READ THAT? I just didn’t. It never shouted at me and the mood never took me.
  2. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
    Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big John Green fan but I didn’t round to even OWNING this book never mind reading it. I’m hoping to in 2018 though. I’ve heard good things.
  3. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
    I almost owned this at one point last year. I don’t own it though. I will read it. I’ve heard great things.
  4. Warcross – Marie Lu
    Now this is one I actually own. I will read it. I promise. I love the cover.
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
    Again, I do own this but the mood never struck me. 
  6. They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera
    I’ve heard a lot about this book and I do actually own this, so I might have to give it a try. 

My TBR is massive OK? Don’t be too shocked I haven’t read these. There’s other books I haven’t read too. I’m a mood reader.

Remember to share your six books from 2017 that you didn’t get round to reading using the hastag #SixforSunday on twitter! Link me to your posts too. I would love to see them!

S x

2017 Book Survey

Hello!
We’re in 2018 now, but I thought I would spend some time reflecting on the amazing bookish year I had in 2017 with this brilliant End of Year Book Survey. I saw this on my friend Kelly’s blog (check out her post here). Check out the original post from Jamie here, with all of the questions here

I hope you’re ready for a long one!

Number Of Books You Read: (if we’re going purely on my Goodreads total, which doesn’t include picture books) 112
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: MG or YA

 

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

I rated 56 books as 5 star… so I read a LOT of brilliant books. 
I would go with A Quiet Kind of Thunder or The Scarecrow Queen though.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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I had such high hopes for Caraval and it just kinda failed. It was OK, but I didn’t love it. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

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Everyone had RAVED about this book so I was really glad to get my hands on it and then I ended up really disliking it. I didn’t really enjoy it AT ALL.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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So many people have told me they read this series because of my pushing. Quite happy with that. More people need Melinda Salisbury in their life.

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best series I started? Ink by Alice Broadway. I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait for the continuation this year! I want to know what’s coming next!

Best sequel? Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. This series is EXCEPTIONAL and Traitor is just brilliant. (I’ve also just finished Hero at the Fall and MY WORD)

Best series ender? The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury. So the Twylla you meet in The Sin Eater’s Daughter is an incredibly different Twylla to the young woman in this book. I love her so much. 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Matt Haig. Not really a NEW author, but I hadn’t read anything by him before this year but I ended up reading 5 books by him in one year!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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I don’t read much non-fiction. But this book is exceptional and I would implore each and every one of you to read it.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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I didn’t want to ever put this book down. It is just brilliant. 

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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I’m not a massive re-reader, but kids books I have read to myself and then will take into the classroom. I can’t wait to use A Place Called Perfect in the classroom. It’ll be a BRILLIANT class novel. 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

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I am such a magpie for anything sparkly! Absolutely adored this cover. It was one of my most anticipated reads for YALC.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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Jin. Oh Jin. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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I absolutely adore Kiran’s writing style and this book is an incredibly well written and moving story. I need to reread it. 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

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The writing of this book, and Matt Haig’s writing in general, is brilliant and really makes you think. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

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Everyone shouted at me to read Radio Silence, so I did. In 3 hours. I can’t believe I waited so long!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“The past doesn’t have to define you Leora. Your mistakes don’t have to be for ever. There’s redemption. There’s always redemption.” (Alice Broadway, Ink)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: 96 pages (Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe)
Longest: 570 pages (Traitor to the Throne)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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NO WORDS. I HAVE NO WORDS. I audibly gasped at least 4 times in this book. (Yep, I know. I am a lucky duck to have this!)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

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Amani and Jin forever.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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The friendships between the girls in The Fandom. Especially Katie. She’s HILARIOUS. I want a Katie in my life.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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I’d read Who Let The Gods Out and NEEDED Simply The Quest. I love Maz. I think she’s brilliant and these books are both hilarious and mythological – an excellent combination!

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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I was very lucky to get a copy of this (thank you book fairy Sarah!) and everyone else was reading it. Once my friends were talking about how good it was, I KNEW I needed to read it.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

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The Explorer. A weird one I realise, but yeah, him.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

I can’t talk about these two books enough. I absolutely love them both.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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Mel’s worldbuilding is exceptional. You always feel like you’re IN her world. Immersion is the best!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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I smiled all the way through Unconventional. It is one of those really happy books. I recommend it to everyone when they need something to smile at.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

ALL OF THEM. I cry at all of the books.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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This is one of those quiet favourites of the year. Emery Lord is a brilliant author and this book properly broke my heart at the end. Not enough people are shouting about this book.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

If you read either of these books and they DON’T crush your soul, we need to chat.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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I’m not a massive fan of short story collections, but this incredible collection might’ve changed that a little bit (haha, pun not intended)

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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I read a proof of this and it made me SO MAD. SO SO MAD at society and double standards. This book needs to be read by a LOT of people.

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Oh man, so many. Some of the regulars I read come from my favourite people in the world though: KellyCoraLivZoeAoife. So many others. 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

OH WOW. I think it would have to be my review of all of the Melinda Salisbury books: BOOKBLOG: Melinda Salisbury 2, in which I got to ramble about the WHOLE trilogy.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Oh man. Any of the #DesertIslandBooks posts. #DesertIslandBooks was such a hit this year and I was so lucky to have so many participants! 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

2017 was the year of going to many more book events. I was lucky enough to be invited to my first book launch and that was amazing. However, for the sheer scale of it… YALC. You can read all about YALC in my posts: YALC #1 YALC #2

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Spending time with my favourite bookish people at YALC. QuizYA was particularly brilliant!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Finding a balance between blogging and reading life, and my life as a trainee teacher/student. I think I’ve got an OK balance at the minute, but things are sure to change. 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Genuinely couldn’t tell you. My most viewed post ever is a teaching thing

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Hmmm… I don’t think I have one? 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

#SundayYA. I was an active player in the Sunday YA life before 2017, but in 2017 I was there almost every week and it’s such an amazing community to be part of. I love my #SundayYA family.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I had bargained on 52 books on Goodreads, and I wholloped that by reading 112 books. 

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Leigh Bardugo books. All of them. Having read Wonder Woman, and had people recommend them to me, I’m going to get into them. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

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SO MANY. I’ve already been lucky enough to read quite a lot of 2018 releases, however there’s still a few I can’t wait to get my hands on. Beyond the Odyssey is one of them!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Despite the fact I’ve read it, The Exact Opposite of Okay is one of my most anticipated. I can’t wait to see people’s reactions to it. It’s a brilliant story.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Spark by Alice Broadway. I loved Ink and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Keep blogging. Keep reading. Keep sharing books.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

YA books:
Hero at the Fall
Goodbye Perfect
State of Sorrow
The Exact Opposite of Okay
The Fandom

MG books:
Sky Chasers
Sky Song 
The Light Jar
The House with Chicken Legs
The Eye of the North

Wow. Well. If you’re still here, congratulations. You deserve a sticker! 

Let me know your 2017 choices! 

S x

Best of 2017: picture books edition

Hello! So far this week you’ve been treated to my favourite blog posts, MG books and YA books… today is no different, today is my favourite picture books of 2017. 

Now there are SO many books that could’ve been in with a shot, so many amazing books I read in 2017. I’ve tried to stick to books released this yearI hope none have slipped under the radar. 

I must point out now that The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery and David Litchfield would DEFINITELY be on this list, alas it was published in 2016. But go out and buy it, because it’s incredible. 

So anyway… let’s go!

picxture books 2017Just as with the rest of my round ups, they aren’t in any real order, and I will share the links to my reviews (if they are yet to be reviewed, there is a review to come!)

Words and Your Heart – Kate Jane Neal
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I used this book in school to coincide with anti-bullying week and it’s all about the power that our words have. It’s one of those books that makes an impact on you STRAIGHT away. We used it in Reception, Year 2 and Year 6, with all children responding incredibly to it. 

Balthazar the Great – Kirsten Sims
(review to come)
There’s a reason I don’t have a review for this yet… because I can’t put into words how much I loved it. Balthazar is the most brilliant bear. I can’t wait to share my review with you all in the new year! It’s brilliant (the book that is, my review might not quite live up to that!).

Kevin – Rob Biddulph
(review to come)
Another one of those brilliant books. This is one of those books that all kids will love. Plus Kevin is the absolute cutest thing in the world. The gorgeous people at the publishers sent me this book and I was SO happy when it came in the post! Rob Biddulph is a complete winner for me every single time.

Here We Are – Oliver Jeffers
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There is no denying that Oliver Jeffers is the absolute king of picture books. I reckon I own ALL of his picture books, and for me there’s not enough. Here We Are is absolutely incredible: it’s powerful with a brilliant message to deliver too. I definitely did not (I did) cry when I read it. Please get this for your kids, or yourselfyou deserve a treat.

Grandad’s Secret Giant – David Litchfield
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David Litchfield is hands down my favourite illustrator (his collaborations with Ross Montgomery in particular are some of my favourites… see Christmas Dinner of Souls and The Building Boy) and this is his first of 2 mentions on my list. Grandad’s Secret Giant was an instant winner at school: the story is beautiful and poignant. I absolutely adored it.

Superbat – Matt Carr
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My twiglets actually won this book in a competition and I read it to them one day when I was with them. Since then I have bought myself a copy! It’s just brilliant. My twiglets (who are both 6) loved this so much and there’s some amazing illustrations in the book! Poppy even made an amazing bat joke afterwards… check out the blog post to find out more!

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop – Jen Campbell
(review to come)
I only recently bought this (see: the end of November) and finally got round to reading it to myself the other day, but MAN what a book. I absolutely loved the story and the illustrations. I am still processing my thoughts, give me a week to pull myself together!

The Grotlyn – Benji Davies
(review to come)
The Grotlyn was one of those books that I had seen so many of my twitter friends talk about, so when I was offered the chance to receive this book from the publisher I jumped at the chance. Man, what a book. It’s brilliant. Benji Davies is a master at what he does. This book is just excellent

Look For Ladybird in Plant City – Katherina Manolessou
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Again, the lovely publishers over at Quarto Books sent me a copy of this and I gladly accepted. I read it to the kids at school and they loved it –  the fact it was a “search and find” book had them on side instantly. They loved looking for all of the bits and bobs and then the ladybird too. I then took it to my twiglets, who LOVED it. It kept them engaged while their mam and I had a cup of coffee, and that’s saying something! 

When I Grow Up – Tim Minchin and Steve Antony
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I was exceptionally lucky to be invited on to the blog tor for this book, where Steve Antony, he illustrator, shared some exclusive sneak into some of the original sketches. You all know how much I adore Matilda, so for me, this was an incredible opportunity. This is the book of one of the songs from Matilda the Musical. I recommend everyone, every single one of you, buys this book. It’s wonderful.

The Marvellous Moon Map – Teresa Heapy and David Litchfield 
(review to come)
This is one of the loveliest books I’ve read this year. It’s an adorable tale of going on an adventure, following your dreams! The illustrations (courtesy of David Litchfield) are just wonderful, adding an additional level to a brilliant story. 

You Choose In Space – Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart
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This isn’t TECHNICALLY a picture book, I’m not quite sure what the You Choose books are classed as, but it is too good to miss out. These books always go down a storm and I was very lucky to get a copy! These books are brilliant for talk, but also incredible fun. I’ve known a group of adults crowd around these books and discuss the ins and outs of choices! 

And there you go… my favourite picture books of 2017. There are many, many others I could’ve included! 

Which books would you have on your list?
Have you read any of my choices?
Which is your favourite of my choices?

Talk to me! Tweet me! Email me! Send a pigeon! 

S x

Best of 2017: YA edition

3 more days of 2017. 3 more days of books. 

As you might’ve seen yesterday, I shared my favourite MG books of 2017. Today, I am sharing my favourite YA books of the year. This year was one filled with absolutely incredible YA books and it was TOUGH to whittle it down to only 12. (Why 12 you ask? A 3×4 is much more aesthetically pleasing to me than a 2×5!)

I’ve properly fallen in love with the whole of YA this year, there’s been some absolute crackers. I’ll give a very brief opinion of the book and share the link to my full review, if that’s your cup of tea. If there isn’t a review up of it right now, there is one scheduled in the near future. I promise. I haven’t included any of the 2018 releases that I’ve read this year, just books released this year or earlier. There’s so many books from this year and earlier I haven’t read yet. I’m hoping 2018 I will be able to read all the ones I didn’t get round to, but for now… I introduce:

The best YA books of 2017

2017 YA best(just like yesterday, these are in no order in particular!)

Wing Jones – Katherine Webber
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Bravery, brilliance and some properly amazing family moments. I can’t believe it’s been almost a whole year since I read this. Katie is LUSH.

Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
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I absolutely love this work that Alwyn has created. The characters are brilliant and the ballsy attitude of Amani and her friends is just spot on. (If she kills Jin in Hero at the Fall, I will FALL OUT with her!)

The Scarecrow Queen – Melinda Salisbury
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If you’re a friend or follower of me, you will know my feelings on this book. I LOVE IT OK. Twylla’s journey from TSED to TSQ is everything. If you’re friends with me and you haven’t read these, then you need to get on it.

Paper Butterflies – Lisa Heathfield
(review to come)
This book BROKE MY HEART. It deals with a pretty dark subject, but there’s moments of light in this book that make it worthwhile. Prepare yourself with lots of tissues.

Ink – Alice Broadway
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Oh man, Ink. Ink is something special. Like properly brilliant. I properly want to go and read it again. I can’t wait for the sequel Spark to come out next year.

Countless – Karen Gregory
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Like Paper Butterflies, this book broke my heart. The last page tops off the heartbreaking-ness. It’s so brilliant though. 

After the Fire – Will Hill
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This book came out of nowhere and slapped me in the face with its brilliance. Cults, fire, death, revenge and survival all make for an incredible story.

One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
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Absolutely brilliant. This book continued to impress and stun me as I read. I did not see the ending coming. GO GO GO GO READ IT.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
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This has one of the most sinister characters I’ve met this year in it and I was SO there for it. It surprised me how much I loved it, but I really did. 

The Call – Peadar O’Guilin
BOOKBLOG: Peadar Ó Guilín
This is an excellent, dark and grim dystopian novel. It surprised me at how dark it was, but I devoured it. It’s just so devilishly good.

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman
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This was one everyone told me to read, and when I finally got round to it, I was sufficiently impressed. Alice Oseman is an absolute wonder. I devoured Radio Silence in about 3 hours.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard
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This book is special. This book inspired me to learn, and then teach my kids, some sign language. I absolutely adored this book and its exploration of being brave, bold and the need (or lack thereof) to communicate by speaking. Steffi and Rhys’ story is special.

So there you go.
My favourite YA books of 2017.
There are so so so many others that could’ve been on this list, but all of these punched me in the gut and made me feel so intensely that they needed to be here. 2017 has been an incredible year for YA stories. There’s been love, heartbreak, pregnancy, inclusion, exclusion, friendships, laughter, tears. 2018 has a lot to live up to.

What’s on YOUR list?
How many of my books have you read?
How NOT surprised are you that Queen Mel is there?

See you in 2018 for even more brilliant YA books!

S x

Best of 2017: MG edition

4 days of 2017 left. 4 days of books to add to my Goodreads total. 

However, I have made a decision about the best MG books of 2017, for me. I’m going to give a very short description and leave a link to my review, if you’re interested in more information. If there isn’t a full review on it, there will be one coming, have no fear!

So here goes:

The best MG books of 2017

Best MG 2017(it must be noted that these are not in any order whatsoever!)

Running on the Roof of the World – Jess Butterworth
(review to come)
Adventure filled with incredible colours (and gorgeous chapter pages!)

The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club – Alex Bell
(review to come)
Exceptional. Friendship, equality, fun and gorgeous characters.

Christmas Dinner of Souls – Ross Montgomery 
BOOKBLOG: Ross Montgomery
Another winner from Ross. Devious, delicious and daring.

Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend
(review to come)
Mysterious and magical: I absolutely adored this book.

Letters From The Lighthouse – Emma Carroll
BOOKBLOG: Emma Carroll
Brave, bold and brilliant. I fell in love with this, quickly.

A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan
BOOKBLOG: Helena Duggan
Creepy and brilliant, filled with brave characters and an interesting plot.

The Last Wild – Piers Torday
BOOKBLOG: Piers Torday
Heartbreaking, heart warming and brilliant. This book made me cry on a train.

Simply The Quest (WLTGO #2) – Maz Evans
BOOKBLOG: Maz Evans
Excellent sequel to WLTGO. Was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint. Maz is a genius.

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell
BOOKBLOG: Katherine Rundell
This is one of my stand out books of the year. I completely fell for this book. It is just exceptional. 

The Bookshop Girl – Sylvia Bishop
BOOKBLOG: Sylvia Bishop
This is one of those brilliant books that just spark something within imaginations. This world is one of my favourites of the year.

The Island At The End of Everything – Kiran Milwood Hargrave
BOOKBLOG: Kiran Milwood Hargrave
One of those books that comes along every now and again: inspiring, heartbreaking and touching. Kiran’s books are absolute magic.

Who Let The Gods Out – Maz Evans
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The first in the WLTGO series. Sets the tone by being hilarious and moving, with characters you care about and want to see more of!

And there we have it… 2017 has blessed us with hilarious Greek Gods, touching stories of friendship, stories with magical book shops, mothers and daughters separated, children lost in the Amazon jungle with a stranger to help, brave kids pairing up with animals to do some saving, magical lands of mountains and ice, more magic and rescues aplenty. MG books are wonderful. Kid or not, go out there and read them!

What are your favourite MG books of 2017?
Have you read any of my list?
If you could recommend me one more 2017 MG book what would it be?

Happy reading!

S x

S4S – 2017 recommendations

Hello there! 

Tis Sunday again! Tis I the #SixforSunday monster, taking over the blog again. Today’s blog comes to speak of recommendations. Now I’m only going to throw these names at you and then leave as I have a full round up type of post coming in a few weeks time, where I will talk about these and others! 

2017 books I would recommend

Lol, imagine if I actully recommended 2017 books. No, I mean books released in 2017 that I would recommend.

  1. The Scarecrow Queen – Melinda Salisbury (YA)
  2. Wing Jones – Katherine Webber (YA)
  3. A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard (YA)
  4. A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan (MG)
  5. Simply The Quest – Maz Evans (MG)
  6. How To Stop Time – Matt Haig 

There you go! There’s my 6 for #SixforSunday! I talk about these books ALL THE TIME so it’s only fair they get their places on this list!

What are your recommended books from this year?
How many of mine have you read?

Talk to me! Leave me your links in the comments or on twitter, I love seeing the #SixforSunday posts in the wild! Watch out for the prompts for next year coming soon!

S x

November books!

Well hello compadres. 
The year is almost coming to an end! What happened there? 

The day is December 1. I have read books. I have done things. November came and went. It was a pretty stressful month. My poor bullet journal was abandoned due to stresses. I bought a Fitbit and I am coming to terms with the fact I have VERY expressive hands! Also though, I didn’t realise just how many steps I did do in a day. Anyway. 

Books.
November.

I was poorly for most of November, and we had that lovely Ofsted thing come visit us, so I didn’t get as much read as I would like to BUT I did manage to read 5 books! Not bad going for a month filled with illness and winter SAD. 

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Christmas Dinner of Souls – Ross Montgomery
The gorgeous author, Ross, sent me this book and it was a brilliant final book to read this month! It is dark and dastardly and delicious. There’s some brilliant short stories in this and my kids are already going mad for it! Plus there are some incredible illustrations by David Litchfield.

Goodreads
Rated: 5 stars
Devilishly good. Fiendish and delicious. I really loved this. One story with mini scary tales in – Perfect! It would be INCREDIBLE to read aloud to kids too!”

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The Extinction Trials – S.M.Wilson
(release date: Jan 1 2018)

I was very VERY lucky that the lovely humans over at Usborne sent me a copy of this and I just HAD to pick it up one day and I devoured it within a few days. I absolutely ADORED this book. Just exceptional. Storm and Milo are the best. 

Goodreads
Rated: 5 stars 
I absolutely adored this story, from the first page to the last. Dinosaurs, peril, dystopia… what else do you need? I can’t wait to read the second one!!

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Sky Song – Abi Elphinstone
(release date: Jan 25 2018)

Again, the gorgeous humans over at Simon and Schuster sent me a proof copy of this about a month or so ago and I wanted to wait until it was cold enough for this. I am SO SO glad I read this. I just absolutely adored it. Abi continually amazes me. Her books are exceptional.

Goodreads
Rated: 5 stars
“This is a story filled with snow, magic, adventure, friendship, finding yourself, your clan and a whole load of hope and courage. I just adored this. Abi has an incredible way of ensuring you get lost in her world, but always feel looked after. I just adored it. 

Plus the acknowledgements had me BAWLING.”

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The Light Jar – Lisa Thompson
(release date: Jan 4 2018)
This was another proof I got that I needed to get into QUICKLY. I love Lisa so much and she just writes so incredibly. This book very nearly broke my heart. I absolutely loved it. One of my boys has this at the minute and he is LOVING it. 

Goodreads
Rated: 5 stars
“An incredible tale about the strength of the human mind, friendship and imagination. I loved this book SO SO MUCH.”

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How To Bewitch a Wolf – Abie Longstaff
Again, this was a book from the lovely people of Scholastic (thank you lovely humans!). I really love Abie Longstaff (as do my twiglets, so this book will be promoted to their shelves) so this was a great read. It’s one of those great books about magic and friendship and hope

Goodreads
Rated: 4 stars
“A great tale of friendship and magic. I know that 10 year old me would love this book. It’s got all the elements of a brilliant book: a great story, loveable characters, witches and magic, warmth and a bit of danger.”

So there we go! I got through some BRILLIANT books in November! It was a MG heavy month, but hey my mood will read what my mood wants to read! I am very much a mood reader. Reviews are to come for all of these books, but I would totally recommend ALL of them (once they’re released, obv)

I’m currently on 101 books read this year; I am DETERMINED to get to 104. I can’t wait for the Christmas break to get some proper reading in! I should be MUCH better by then (let’s forget all of the work I have to do…!)

What did you read in November?
What was your favourite November read?
Are you a mood reader? Or are you great at following your TBR pile?

Talk to me! Comments are lush, twitter chats are lush, emails are lush! 

S x