Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is about the Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR List) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

I honestly have so many book on my TBR list that I can’t they would probably fill to houses. Even before I started blogging (which wasn’t that long ago) I still kept lists of book that I wanted to read, although I am ashamed to say that I never got around to actually reading over half of these books.                                                                                                                               However, if I had to chose ten of those books that I want to get around to reading soon (meaning in the next month or so), these would be it:

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  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Anna and the french kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Adorkable by Sarra Manning
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Which books are still on your TBR after all these years?

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July/August Book Haul

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Almost all of these books came from YALC. I went there for the first time this year and had the most amazing experience. I met so may fabulous authors and met many more fellow book lovers like me. I can’t wait to go again next year and I’m hoping that YA Shot will help bridge the gap, before I get too YALC deprived 🙂

I have been meaning to read How to Build a Girl for a while know and of course i couldn’t miss the chance to buy What’s a Girl Gotta Do? and  complete the wonderful Normal series by Holy Bourne.

The books I bought this month and the last were:

  • The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tate
  • How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
  • Kook by Chris Vick
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Panther by David Owen
  • Sugar Rush by Julie Burchill
  • Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  • Under Rose- Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Which books did you buy this month? Did you go to YALC? What did you think of it?

ARCS

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I haven’t been blogging for that long, and I only just picked up my first few ARCS at YALC this past month. I won one in a lucky dip, but I also got some from publishers stalls. I plan to read and review all of them and I am especially looking forward to reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which is the sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

The ARCS I got at YALC were:

  • The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (released 18th October 2016)
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (released 20th September 2016)
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (released 6th October 2016)
  • Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi (released 15th September 2016)
  • The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (released August 30th 2016)

Which was the best ARC you ever got? Have you got any new ones this month?

 

 

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

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Published October 26th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 240                                                                                                                                                  

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Source: Library                                                                                                                                                  

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This is a book that needs to be read. Christmas is a time for celebration for Lily but with her parents abroad and her brother busy, she must find other ways and people to spend time with. So, she writes a set of instructions in a red moleskin diary and leaves it in the local bookstore, The Strand. And so sets of a chain of events that sees both Lily and the recipient of her red notebook, Dash, running around Manhattan, getting into trouble and meeting each of the others’ friends and family along the way.

I was hesitant to pick up this book at first, only because I thought I had read something like this before. I needn’t have worried. I found Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares to be highly original and entertaining.

Lily was very much your friendly and goodnatured yet slightly shy girl, full of Christmas Spirit. Whereas, on the other hand, Dash was your extremely cynical, not to mention pretentious boy, desperately lacking in Christmas spirit. How could they not be perfect for each other?

We don’t see a lot of Dash’s parents, but we understand that his snarly-ness (is that a word?) comes from the fact that his parents are divorced and cannot stand each other in the slightest. To add to that Dash’s father is a very cold, distant figure who never shows any interest or love towards his only son.  This contrasts hugely between that of Lily’s family who are all extremely close to each other.

Our main characters first impressions of each other were far from positive (Lily was somewhat drunk and even though it was a once time thing, Dash did not know that). However, they do finally, get over their initial apprehension of each other, though not before a badly aimed snowball angers a horde of over-protective mothers ending in the both of them being escorted to prison. After all there is nothing more romantic then spending a little time behind bars together…

In short, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares did not disappoint, and I cannot wait to start the sequel.

Rating: 4/5

 

Summer Reading

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With all major exams over, and no new ones coming up, I have a lot of spare time this wp-1470740569348.jpgsummer. So naturally, I turned to reading to fill the time. So far I have not read all that many new books but I have re-read a lot of old favourites like I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I also plan to re-read The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.

20160809_114841As always , my TBR list is ever-growing but at the top is Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, which I hope to get around to reading sometime soon… fingers crossed.

I am also looking for recommendations for more books to read this summer, so if anyone has some please tell me in the comments 😊.

 

Love Song

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Published April 7th 2016 by Chicken House Books

Pages: 384                                                                                                                                                    

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Source: Library                                                                                                                                                  

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“I have spread my dreams under your feet: Tread softly because you tread on my dreams” ~Yeats

It is a good feeling, after starting a book, expecting it not to be to your taste, only to have all preconceived notions blown to shreds. I completely and utterly enjoyed Love Song; the plot, the band, but most of all, I loved Nina.

There is nothing better, in a novel, than having a grounded and relatable main character that you can connect with… (not that I’ve ever been on tour with a band!). Almost everyone can admit to having fan-girled over the likes of 1 Direction or 5SOS at some point or the other, and it will come as no surprise that Nina fell in love with the members of The Point, especially after she got to know them a little better.

The Point. They surprised me. Yes, we have our classic rock diva persona, that was to be expected, but beneath that there was a sense of vulnerability, which is what Nina managed to see. Each member of The Point was different, with flaws of their own, and it was only when they were truly working together in harmony, that we could catch a glimpse of who they were on the inside.

More than my love for The Point, was my love for Ariel. She was a sweet, devoted little sister whose loyalty knew no bound.

There was a point in the book, when I felt that after what Jamie had done, Nina was right not to immediately forgive him, but after reading a chapter from his perspective, I have to admit any doubts I had  about him were swept away. Since Love Song is primarily from Nina’s point of view, the chapter of Jamie’s helped us gain a further insight into the boys’ world and I really enjoyed being able to hear Jamie’s thoughts and feelings.

I would most definitely recommend this book and I have learnt from this experience not to be so hasty about judging a book because maybe, just maybe, the novel may turn out to be more than alright.

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Love Song or any other book about a boy band? What did you think?

YALC 2016

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I first heard about YALC last year from a friend and I knew immediately I wanted to go. Unfortunately, all the tickets had been sold by then, so when I heard YALC was back this year, I leapt at the chance to go and bought my tickets instantly.

Looking at the line up of  brilliant authors attending this year, I realised that  there were many books I hadn’t read or heard of before. So, in preparation for YALC, I compiled a to-read list of books written by authors who will be there.

MY YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
  • London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

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In reality I only managed to read some of the books on my list but I also picked up many more novels at the convention itself.  I still aim to read all of the books I mentioned above, but after attending YALC, I have a few more I want to add to that list.

   UPDATED YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Kook by Chris Vick
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  • And I Darken by Kirsten White

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Have you read any of the books above? What did you think of them?