Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #7

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

Here are my Top Ten Yummy Foods mentioned in books. What are your Top Ten?
  1. The Halloween Feast, yum!! Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Fish & chips in Half Hidden by Emma Blair
  3. The choc ice cups in The Glass Mountain by Martina Evans
  4. I always get a craving for tea & biscuits when reading Any Gail Carriger book
  5. Lemon cakes Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  6. Those barques Asuma takes his team for in Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
  7. Who didn't love the idea of lickable wallpaper & ever lasting gob stoppers as a child? Not just that but the chocolate river too! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  8. Turkish delight & hot chocolate in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  9. Hog roast in The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  10. Choffee Cake in The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes

  1.  The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick
  2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  3. Fireblood by Elly Blake
  4. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
  5. The Changeling by Helen Falconer
  6. Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol
  7. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  8. The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
  9. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
  10. Flames Like Vines by Sara Raasch

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

Which characters do you have crushes on?

Each of the below characters have in some way influenced what I look I for in a partner, more than me having a crush on them (although when I was younger I did crush on some of them), bar Lila. With her it is more that I love her for her sense of adventure, courage and straight forwardness, and I'd love to be like her just a little bit.
  1. Akkarin from Black Magician by Trudi Cannavan 
  2. Aragon from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  3. William Marshal from The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick 
  4. Lucas from Lucas by Kevin Brooks 
  5. Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas 
  6. Cole from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 
  7. Matthais from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
  8. Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 
  9. Lord Maccon from Soulless by Gail Carriger 
  10. Perry from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi 




Friday, 29 September 2017

Review: The Hate U Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas



Three words: Justice, Crime, Family

Excuse me whilst I go hunt for some tissues 😢

A very thought provoking and amazingly written debut novel from Angie Thomas, who has captured a lot of social, racial and political issues which we still face today. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

Meet Starr, a sixteen year old who lives in two completely different worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised, (I know you've just sang part of the Fresh Prince theme tune!) and her posh high school in the suburbs. Apart from the struggles of keeping her two worlds apart, and hoping her dad doesn't find out about her white boyfriend, Starr's live is pretty average until she witnesses the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenage African American boy by a police officer. The differences between her two worlds are brought painfully to light, and friends show their true colours. Being the soul witness to the shooting also puts a mark on Starr's back. Speaking up could get her killed, but keeping quiet can be so much worse, especially when it comes to fighting for justice not only for someone you know, but for all those who have been wrongly accused or unjustly killed by those who swear to protect.

I have no complaints about this book, or the writing style. Is there things that could of been done differently or better? Possibly, but they didn't jump out at me, nor did they interfere with the flow of the story. Not only does Thomas highlight the struggle between authority and those of a different racial background, but also the difficulties that surround those who are in a mixed race relationship. Whether it's having to keep it from your parents, to strangers in the street who may disagree and make you feel uncomfortable. I look forward to seeing more from Angie Thomas in the near future.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Library YA Recommendations

I am currently working within my local council's libraries, and the wonderful Team Leaders where I work gave me the job of taking care of the Graphic Novel, Manga, and YA section.

Now all three of these areas struggle to get issues so I knew I was going to have my hands full. Luckily I read quite a bit of YA and manga - and occasionally a graphic novel - so I at least had some idea of what might work. First move was to put the YA and manga together, a bit like how Waterstones in Newcastle have it set up. This worked amazingly! Especially for the manga as issues went up within the first week or two, and are thankfully continuing to rise.

This left me in a bit of a predicament however. I mean, how was I meant to top that?

Ideally creating a separate space for Young Adults would be fantastic, however due to limited space I can't do that, so instead I thought about doing a display to try and see if this would help. Originally it was meant to be one title a month being displayed, however due to some rule or such, all the books had to be displayed at the same time. I am grateful that this has been the only bump in the plan. As a compromise we're doing a hashtag on Twitter #YAreadsNT for each book.

September's book is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Upcoming Titles



Along with the hashtag #YAreadsNT, I will also be posting my reviews on the last Friday of each month for the corresponding book.

Please feel free to join in using the hashtag, even if you are far from our branches.

I look forward to seeing what you think of each of books either on Twitter or via the comments section. So far the idea seems to be working as the above stand is pretty much empty!

I am still waiting fpr a few of the titles, but hopefully the awesome delivery guys will being me some boxes any day now 😊

Thank you!! xx

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List
Ten Books that are on my autumnal TBR! What will you be reading this Autumn?
  1. Fireblood by Elly Blake
  2. The Leopard Unleashed by Elizabeth Chadwick
  3. Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan
  4. Scarlet by Merissa Myer
  5. The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud
  6. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor 
  7. Maresi by Maria Turtshaninoff
  8. Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  9. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Throwback Freebie
Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog. What were Top Ten books you loved during your first year Blogging? I have only very recently started blogging, but I have been reviewing a little longer and loved these books!
  1. Contagion by Teri Terry
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  5. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  6. Trail by Fire by
  7. Flame in the Mist by
  8. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
  9. The Call by
  10. Ink by Alice Broadway

Sunday, 10 September 2017

#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

The Reading Quest is a reading challenge hosted by Read At Midnight. It runs from 13th August to 10th September.

This is my final wrap up! You can find my original post here.

I was following the Mage path.

Books Completed

Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castell     +10EXP  +41HP
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin     +10EXP  +39HP
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine     +10EXP  +38HP

Updated Points 

30EXP
118HP

How It Went

The Reading Challenge didn't quite go as I expected. Life threw a lot of curveballs at me and generally got in the way, so I didn't manage to complete my character path. But I did have a lot of fun doing it and read some fantastic books so I don't really mind!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #2

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Ten Books I've Most Recently Put Down

Here are my top ten books I have recently put down. Now none of these books are on here because I don't like them, but because I simply haven't got round to picking them back up again. I have made a promise to myself that I will have at least five of these books finished by the end of year!
  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J.Maas
  2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  3. Frogkisser by Garth Nix
  4. Book of Lies by Teri Terry
  5. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  7. Cell 7 by Kerry Drewry
  8. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
  9. Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor
  10. Enchantress by James Maxwell

Sunday, 3 September 2017

#TheReadingQuest Check In #3

The Reading Quest is a reading challenge hosted by Read At Midnight. It runs from 13th August to 10th September.

This is my third weekly check in, where I update everyone on my progress. You can find my original post here.

I am following the Mage path.

Current Points

30EXP
80HP

Books Completed

None 😶


Updated Points

30EXP
80HP

Next Book

Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Progress: 139 pages
Dragons Oath by P.C. & Kristen Cast
Progress: 25 pages