Looking for a brilliant read for a teen in your life?

Here we are, day 3 of my gift guide. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them! It’s been a blast looking back at my year in books and thinking which ones I would recommend people buy and read AND SHOVE IN EACH OTHERS FACES *ahem*.

Today, on this here final day of recommending, I’m sorting through the MANY MANY YA books I’ve read this year and giving you 12 that you ABSOLUTELY need to buy for the YA fan in your life! (Just as the past few days, none of these books will REALLY come as a surprise!) Without further ado…

2018 ya recs

Scythe/Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury (while we’re at it… The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy too, LBR)

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard (and ANY of her other books too)

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Show Stopper/Show Stealer by Hayley Barker

White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

The Secret Deep by Lindsay Galvin

Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt

Clean by Juno Dawson

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber (and Wing Jones too)

Floored by the Floored Seven

TADAAAAH. You made it. This list could’ve been so much longer. GO AND BUY THEM ALL. READ THEM ALL. LOVE THEM ALL.

Do you agree with my recommendations?
Can you add any to my list?
Which of these books have you loved most?

Talk to me in the comments! Are you SHOCKED by my choices?

S x

S4S – books that made me angry

Hello! Happy Sunday to you all! 

It’s the World Cup final today AND the men’s Wimbledon final… I shall be partaking in beverages and viewing of both! 

Today’s #SixforSunday post is brought to you by the emotion: anger. Today, we’re talking:

Books that made you angry

Now, I don’t get angry often, so books that make me angry (for whatever reason) stick in my head! There’s a common theme with some of my angry books… I’ll see if you can spot it!

  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
    While this book made me HOWL (thanks Izzy), Danny’s behaviour made me SO ANGRY. Ugh, Danny.
  2. Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard
    Again, another book I loved. It just made me SO conflicted. I don’t know who I’m most angry with. Let’s talk about this book please.
  3. Freshers – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen
    Ugh. This book. Those boys. 
  4. After the Fire – Will Hill
    I can’t even because I’ll spoil it. Just read it. Then lets talk.
  5. The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury
    The Queen is NOT someone who should ever be allowed in the world. That woman.
  6. Floored – the Floored 7
    Oh, Hugo. Please go and read this book and then lets talk about Hugo, because… you’ll know why.

Anyone see the common theme?! Let me know if you do!

Thanks for popping by! Why don’t you check out my other #SixforSunday posts or check the hashtag on twitter to see which books others chose. 

See you next week for ‘Books that made you shout’

S x

BLOG TOUR: Floored

Today is an exciting day here at A Little But A Lot. Today’s post is a little different to normal. Today is my stop on the group tour for the brilliant Floored.

The way this worked is: bloggers were grouped into 7s (just like there were 7 authors for the original novel) and then we each had to use one of the first lines of the characters as inspiration for a post. As you can see from the blog tour graphic, I was paired with some brilliant bloggers (all of the links to their blogs are at the bottom of this post) for this venture and I even managed to get the line I most wanted!

Today’s post is an ode to the North East, inspired by Hugo’s disgust of the North. 

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“God, the North is ghastly”

Well actually Hugo, the North isn’t.

As a very proud Geordie, I am here today to tell you all about the wonderful things the North East has to offer you, in particular Newcastle and its surrounding areas.

If you type in “things to do in the North East” in Google, you get 522 million results. That’s not too shabby for somewhere “grim”. If you scroll through these things, you find castles, museums, theatres, beaches, catherals, bridges, churches, ruins from Roman times… the list goes on.

Hugo, man of taste, do you want to see a play? We have you sorted – you have MANY choices! The Theatre Royal and Sunderland Empire to name just two of the biggest theatres around. That’s not to mention to copious amounts of other places you can go.
Do you want to see some beautiful architcture? I can name many a street and building for you to look out. In particular, check out Grey Street in Newcastle (once voted most beautiful street in Britain!) and have a wander along the Quayside (my favourite place to visit).
Bored of people and need somewhere nice to stay? We have hotels a plenty – both big chains and smaller, more quaint ones too!
Need a park or somewhere green to get some fresh North air (to help get rid of some of that Southern air from your lungs)? There’s an awful lot of greenery up here in the North – we have a multitude of parks and there are plenty of National Trust sites to visit.

So now you’ve got plenty to keep you busy, what about the people? Geordies, and Northerners, are famous for being WONDERFUL. Often voted the friendlier and more welcoming than Southerners, you’re guaranteed a warm smile and even a conversation on public transport (imagine that… PEOPLE WHO TALK TO YOU!) Athough Hugo, I’m sure you’ll only be travelling by taxi, none of this public transport lark… don’t worry, we’ve many a taxi company to keep you driven around, with taxi drivers who will talk to you!

Now you’ve things to know, you know you’re welcome… what about food and drink? Well… let’s start with the obvious, Greggs. A wonderful Northern thing that is not a thing which the South has (as far as I’m aware). It is cuisine at its finest. Nothing better. But besides Greggs, we have many a restaurant, for many a cuisine type. Name me a cuisine from the world and I can find you an incredible restaurant that will satisfy your hunger. I can offer you many a glorious restaurant for breakfast too, and we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Besides that there’s also PLENTY of places to drink. For all Northerners are known to be the ones in the papers who don’t wear coats (a truth, we don’t often!) and fall over because we’re drunk, the booze up here is MUCH cheaper than the South! Plenty of bars, some with incredible views of the river, to drink in all night long! 

So Hugo, instead of judging the North before you really KNOW the North… why don’t you give us a visit, check out some of the things we have to offer and then we can talk again. This was just a whistlestop tour of what we have to offer…

Love, A very proud Geordie. xx

Why don’t you check out the rest of the bloggers on my collaboration?

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Monday – Books and Skittles
Tuesday – Sammy’s Shelf
Wednesday – A Cornish Geek
Thursday – ME
Friday – Almost Amazing Grace
Saturday – The Royal Bookshelf
Sunday – Lois Reads Books

 

 

BOOK BLOG: Floored

Floored: what happens when you put some of YA’s biggest names together? Brilliance.

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“When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most. And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year”

So I think I’ve been talking about this book ever since I found out about it.
A while. A long time.
When I was offered the chance to read a review copy, I JUMPED AT IT.
But then again why wouldn’t I want to?
7 brilliant UKYA authors, including 2 of my all time faves?
A contemporary with 7 perspectives?
A brilliant sounding concept?
A cover which makes my eyes VERY happy?
I just… yes please. SIGN ME UP.

What Floored brings to the table is an incredible story, with memorable characters and an honest look at life, relationships and friendships, all wrapped in 7 authors who you know you can trust. Add to that the fun of guessing which author wrote which character and you’ve got what is a sure fire winner. 

(This is one of those book reviews where I’m really struggling to write it because I just want to say I LOVED IT SO MUCH OK?)

One of the things that stood out to me was the comparison between how individual their lives were at the beginning of the book, but then as the book develops you notice that they are part of each other’s lives and then by the end they become each other’s lives. They are all integral parts of each other’s lives. Friendship is a MASSIVE part of this book, but as you go through it, it’s not all plain sailingjust like life isn’t all plain sailing. Things happen that make the friendships hard; the relationships change and develop and fall apart; people naturally are drawn to one over the others. All of these dynamics are explored and for me that’s what’s so brilliant about it. I see so much of my own friendships and relationships in this book. 

I can’t go through this review without expressing my sheer ANGER at Hugo and some of his actions. Oh, this man. Hugo, Hugo, Hugo. I think I could talk about Hugo for a while. But I won’t as his actions, especially at the beginning of the book, do not deserved to be spoken of. As questionable as some of his actions are, he made me laugh. 

While we’re talking characters, I just think they’re each lush. 
Hugo – questionable morals, made me laugh.
Kaitlyn – a brilliant badass young woman who won’t let anything stand in her way
Sasha – poor Sasha, I just wanted to hug her.
Dawson – oh complicated little Dawson, I feel you so much my friend. Let’s talk.
Velvet – don’t let them get you down my friend, you’re wonderful.
Joe – keep that ambition about you my friend, keep being lovely.

I just adored this book. It made me laugh, cry, angry. It’s EVERYTHING I hoped for in the celebration of all that is wonderful. 

Massive MASSIVE thank you to the wonderful publicist Bea for sending me a copy – I love you forever and a day! 

Have you read Floored?
Have you had a guess at which character matches which author?
Which Floored character do you think you are?

Talk to me! Comment! Tweet! Pigeon! Postcard!

OH and come back tomorrow where you’ll see my post for the Floored blog collaboration group I’m part of! 

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S x

p.s. I did so well not to use the floored pun. Are you impressed?

S4S – 2018 books

HALLO.

It is Sunday again.How did that happen? It’s the Easter holidays! I hope everyone is eating a chocolate egg, or something equally fun today.

Today’s #SixforSunday theme is

2018 books I’m still excited for

Now, lots of the books of 2018 I was excited for are out already BUT of course there are some I am STILL excited for. 

  1. Beyond the Odyssey – Maz Evans 
    (I technically already own this, thanks Chicken House, but it’s not out JUST YET)
  2. Polar Bear Explorers’ Club 2 (I’m not sure if it has a title yet!) – Alex Bell
  3. Floored – an assortment of brilliant UKYA authors
  4. Katherine Webber – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
    (again, I’ve read it but since it’s not out yet, I can be excited for it!)
  5. Wundersmith (Nevermoor 2) – Jessica Townsend
  6. 1000 Perfect Notes – C.G. Drews 
    (another one I’ve read that I can’t wait for EVERYONE ELSE to read. It’s heartbreaking)

And there we have it! Six 2018 releases that I’m still excited for. There are so so many others. 2018 is killing it in the old book stakes! Keep em coming!

Keep sharing your #SixforSunday posts with me on Twitter and linking me! I’m loving all of the posts! You’re all brilliant!

S x

S4S – 2018 books I’m excited for

Where did 2017 go? But really, WHERE DID IT GO? 

Here we are on the last day of 2017! What is everyone doing for New Year? I will be doing nothing but sleeping, I am not a massive fan of New Year tbh. Keep your eyes peeled for later today, I’ll be posting the prompts for #SixforSunday 2018 later on today! 

Today is the last #SixforSunday of 2017… to all of you who joined in thank you so much! I hope you continue to support little old #SixforSunday! There’s graphics to come too! 

Today’s prompt is:

2018 books I am excited for

I’m not going to list 2018 books I am excited for, rather books released in 2018 that I am excited for!

  1. State of Sorrow – Melinda Salisbury (let’s be real, I’ve been excited and impatient for this since the second I finished TSQ. I need this in my life ASAP)
  2. Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard (yes I’ve read it, but I can’t wait for it to be out in the world. Plus, I need a finished copy!)
  3. Hero at the Fall – Alwyn Hamilton (let’s be real, I need to know if she kills Jin or not. That’s the important thing)
  4. Floored – a whole bevy of brilliant UKYA authors (I’ve read the sampler and need to know which author wrote which character)
  5. Beyond the Odyssey – Maz Evans (this is book 3 in the WLTGO series AND I NEED IT SO MUCH)
  6. Spark – Alice Broadway (I am so excited for the sequel to Ink. I can’t wait)

So there we go. Let’s be honest, there’s MANY OTHERS I am excited for, but these I am particularly impatient for! 

Remember to share your #SixforSunday using the hashtag on twitter! Link me to them, and keep your eyes peeled for next year’s prompts coming later today! 

S x