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S4S – Characters I’d go on a date with

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to a prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is six characters I’d like to date. I tend to crush on book characters a lot so this was pretty easy! The only challenge was picking just six and trying to figure out just want kind of dates they would be.

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Kady Grant from The Illuminae Files.
I adore Kady, she’s smart, sarcastic and witty (which seems to be my type looking at the rest of these to be honest). I feel like we would probably have a fun but silly date.

Jace Herondale from The Shadowhunter Chronicles.
Okay, so Jace would either be horrible or brilliant at this. It probably helps that I am absolutely down for learning to use various weapons on said date though, to be honest.

Oz from NPC Tea.
I feel like Oz would be one of the only ones to actually take me on a ‘semi-normal’ date like a restaurant or something but we would probably both be awkward nervous messes.

Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer
The only limit with this date would be our imagination and honestly, that’s kind of scary but also awesome. Lazlo is sweet and kind (not to mention pretty) so I’m very okay with this.

Tric from Nevernight.
I feel like this would be perhaps another attempt at a ‘normal’ date and it would be terrible but hopefully sweet OR he would absolutely surprise me by thinking of something stupidly thoughtful. It’s Tric so I’m fine with either.

Jude Duarte from The Cruel Prince.
This would almost certainly nearly get me killed or cursed but I’m one hundred per cent here for it.

That was fun! I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post as much as I wrote writing it! I hope with everything that’s going on at the moment you’re all keeping safe as possible and I’m sending you all tons of love and have a great Sunday. If all goes well I’ll see you back here Tuesday with a review.

 

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S4S – Six Characters I’d like to be stranded with

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to a prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is six characters I’d like to be stranded with. Now this prompt is fairly open-ended as it doesn’t state where exactly we would be stranded so I would like to think that I’ve managed to cover most eventualities or at least characters that would work in a number of situations.

Janek from Finding Home by Hari Conner
Obviously, he’s a great cook, he’s lovely, supportive and funny so a big win already. I also think we would get on pretty well personality-wise so hopefully wouldn’t be at each others throats after a few days stranded somewhere.

Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Lazlo tells the best stories. If we’re going to end up stranded somewhere I can’t imagine we would have necessarily packed a lot of books (depending on how long we’re stranded that is because we would definitely have a few between us) and when they run out it’s nice to have someone on hand who is full of imagination and stories. Also, think of the games of D&D we could run!

Rumi Seto from Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This one felt a little bit of an odd one at first that I couldn’t quite put my finger on for a specific reason why unlike with the others but she just feels right. I’m sure we could write some awesome songs together at the very least.

Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
So Zuzana is amazing and I would happily be stranded with her anywhere. She is my favourite part of the Smoke and Bone trilogy and she would be first pick if I had could choose who I was stranded with.

Remy Silvers from The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Another slightly weird one I know but I feel like if I got stranded in space then having Remy aboard wouldn’t be too bad or maybe I get stranded aboard her ship for some reason? Think then of all that TV we could watch together and all that fan-fic we could read-write. All sounds pretty fun to me.

Hanna Donnelly from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I was debating between Hanna and Kady but figured that although I adore Kady I do also love Hanna and I think she would be more adaptable and more than capable of any physical tasks that may arise.

Is there anyone on my list you wouldn’t mind getting stranded with? Who would you pick? I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, see you back here on Tuesday for my monthly comic review!

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S4S – Six Favourite authors to follow

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to the prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is six authors you love to follow. I love using Twitter and follow quite a few authors on there, I started following authors whose books I liked and eventually followed those whose books I hadn’t read yet purely because I thought they were awesome (some of which are included in this list), quite often I’ve followed an author first, liked their twitter content and then read their books after. Am I the only one who does this?

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Jay Kristoff  
Probably a fairly obvious one for me. I think I followed Jay fairly early on before I’d read any of his books because he just seemed pretty cool, to be honest, and it definitely (along with the desperate pleas of some of my friends) led to me finally reading Illuminae and it was just a slippery slope from then on. Also please see: Bitch you can teleport.

Sam Sykes  
So Seven Blades in Black is definitely on my TBR but Sam is one of the authors who I’ve yet to read (I’m sorry!) but I do follow on Twitter because honestly, he’s absolutely hilarious.

Christie Golden 
Christie’s Twitter account has everything, Cat pics, warcraft lore nerdiness and more. Christie is my favourite fandom author having written for quite a few fandoms/franchises that I adore and I love hearing about her experiences writing these different books. Also, did I mention the cats? Because they are ADORABLE.

L.D Lapinski 
“Many fandoms, one trashcan” in their bio is absolutely perfect. Honestly, follow them if you love anything even slightly Good Omens or Micahel Sheen related their twitter feed is a gift.

Melinda Salisbury  
Definitely check out Mel’s Twitter for witchy goodness, baking, zines and more. Not to mention her sometimes scarily relatable day to day stories.

Alice Oseman  
I mean for a start obviously, you need to follow Alice for all the Heartstopper goodness. She’s always posting loads of lovely sketches and pieces from Heartstopper, not to mention updates when episodes go live on Tapas and extra AU comics etc. That and all the great news and info about her other books should be reason enough but on top of that, we also get quality Alice being adorable in brightly coloured suits too.

Are there any authors that you love to follow? Have you brought a book purely because of an authors social media presence? I know I absolutely have.

 

 

 

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S4S – Reasons I love blogging

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to the prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is “Six reasons I love blogging.” Last weeks was “Favourite Book blogs, Booktubers and Bookstagrammers to follow” but it was such a busy week that I didn’t get around to it so instead I’ve added it to this weeks for a double Six for Sunday post!

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Purpose. It might sound strange but I love that blogging gives me something to focus on. I’m out of work at the moment for various reasons out of my control and last time I was out of work for even half of this long I had a really hard time of it and started to spiral. Having my blog to focus on and keep up to date with has helped me to keep more grounded, to keep track of what day it is (this was a real problem previously) and to engage with others. I love blogging for many reasons but this is the most important to me and I truly worry about what state my mental health would be in without it.

Blogger friends. This one is probably my favourite. I love chatting to other bloggers (and bookish people in general) that I might not have found if I hadn’t stumbled into the world of blogging in the first place. Especially when we find that it’s not just books or blogging that we have in common, there are a good few people I’ve met this way that I consider real friends and I’m so grateful for that.

Events. Again, this is something I hadn’t even considered or really known about when I started vlogging and blogging. I’ve been to so many great events and met so many authors in the past few years and I still can’t believe how incredibly lucky I’ve been to be able to attend these. It’s nice going and seeing familiar faces as well as lots of new ones too.

Lovely publishers. Back when I started blogging it was terrifying sending out e-mails to publishers asking if I could review for them and although it’s still a little scary contacting new publishers or ones I’ve not had contact with before I’m much more confident and I actually really love interacting with the ones I’ve worked with for a while now, especially the lovely teams at Titan Books and Barrington Stoke ❤

BOOKS! I mean duh, obviously. I found a picture of my bookshelf from a good few years back and some of the books on it made me cringe. Not because they were bad exactly but it wasn’t varied at all. Almost all of them were black paranormal romance books and there’s nothing wrong with that or liking one particular genre but I look at my bookshelves now and all the variety and colour and different authors and I know for a fact if I hadn’t started blogging and engaging in the bookish community that there are so many books there that I would never have discovered and I’m eternally grateful.

Writing. So I love to write. When I was younger I thought I remember wanting to be a journalist so I could write about the things I liked or stories I’d find out. I used to listen to people talking in the supermarket when we went shopping and make up stories about the people I saw and then write them up in my own newspaper alongside pieces about my favourite toys and books. I realised as I got older than I don’t have the skill or tenacity to go into actual journalism but I still love writing and when I realised book blogging and blogging, in general, was an actual thing you bet I wanted in on a piece of that.

What things do YOU love about blogging? Do we have any the same?

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I ran out of time to post this last week (it’s been a busy one) but I wanted to make sure I still gave these wonderful people the shout outs they deserved though! These are some of my favourite bookish people out there ❤ (But I love you all)

Charlotte Somewhere

Readable Life

El’s Book Reviews 

Emilys Books

Paperbacks and Pinot 

I should read that 

 

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S4S – 2019 Favourites

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Happy Six for Sunday! This prompt for this week from the lovely Steph at A Little But A lot is 2019 favourites. I did a top ten favourite books for 2019 already SO I decided that I would tweak what I think the intended meaning was a little bit and give you a list of six of my favourite book-related things from last year!

London Darkdawn Launch
I didn’t go to a huge amount of events last year but the ones I went to I really enjoyed, especially the London event for the Darkdawn launch. I got to hang out with my friends, bring my husband to his first bookish event, visit Goldsboro books, eat ice cream, listen to Jay’s talk chaired by Samantha Shannon and then meet the guy himself and get my books signed, it was amazing and serial and honestly some of the most fun I’ve ever had at an event.

Being asked to recommend Star Wars books 
This one is going to sound a little silly but I’m always insanely flattered whenever anyone asks me for book recommendations and when I posted about Star Wars (which was a LOT last month) a number of people actually asked me about the Star Wars books and where to start, which ones I’d recommend etc and as someone who is a bit of a Star Wars fangirl and still trying to pluck up the courage to email Century about reviewing for them this really touched me and made my week with every message.

Doing a Q&A with Lauren James 
I was so amazed and excited to have been added to the blogger list for Walker this year, mainly as they publish books by Lauren James who is one of my all-time favourite authors so I pretty much lost my mind when not only did I manage to get an early copy of The Quiet at the End of the World but also had the opportunity to host aQ&Aon my blog with Lauren herself! I have never worked so hard on a set of questions in my entire life let me tell you. I’m so happy with how it turned out and it’s hands down I think my favourite blog post I’ve ever done.

Receiving early copies of some of my favourite books  
I guess this one might sound a little simple but I am honestly SO grateful for being able to work with so many great publishers who have given me fantastic opportunities to review books from their authors. Last year I got to receive and review early copies for some of my absolute favourite books including (but not limited to) Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder (who has been a favourite author of mine for over ten years now), The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James, The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman, Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and Sanctuary by V.V/Vic James! (Thank you Maria, Walker Books, Titan Books, Rock the Boat/Oneworld and Gollancz).

Memento 
The Illuminae Files books by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are my favourite books. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time it’s quite likely you already know this as I don’t really shut up about them so when the Memento novella was announced I was devastated it wasn’t something that we would be likely to get in the UK until Goodchoice books in the US announced they were shopping their copies of Aurora Rising with them and I was over the moon to get my hands on one! Reading it was like coming home, I missed the world and format of these books so damn much and DAMN it was good.

Blogger Brunch at MCM 
I was invited to the Blogger Brunch at MCM London last May and although I’ve been invited to other events before this one just felt so relaxed and chill I had the best time. Meeting all of the authors was fun and chatting with them felt organic and it was the least nervous I have ever been in that kind of setting. Not to mention I met some other lovely bloggers, got a bag of goodies and some books signed! A brilliant event and I hope to get invited to another if they have one! Fingers crossed!

There we have it! Six of my bookish favourites from 2019, I’m excited to see what 2020 brings with it! Maybe I’ll finally e-mail Century?

 

 

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S4S – New Year, New Books

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And so we have come to the last Six for Sunday of the year! A new year full of new books awaits! I may have splurged on books the last month or so and as a result, I’m planning to try and curb my book buying until I can make at least a dent in my current physical TBR which is starting to get a little out of control, to be honest. I do have a post coming soon featuring books that I’m looking forward to next year but with this being the last S4S and indeed my last blog post in general of this year I decided to make this list about six of the new books I have brought or been gifted this past month to read in the new year!

Star Wars: A Finn and Poe Adventure by Cavan Scott
This is the most recent book I brought technically as it arrived most recently but I ordered it before any of the other books on this list, such is the beauty of the pre-order. I’ve been tempted by the three others in this series before, also known as the “choose your destiny” books as they are told in the choose your own adventure style. I don’t think it will blow my mind but it does look fun!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
One of the books that have been on my TBR for a little while now after having so many people tell me it’s my kind of book, but I hadn’t got around to buying it yet. I was treated to a lovely hard copy for Christmas by my favourite Star Wars gal! Thank you, El 💜

His Hideous Heart by various authors, edited by Dahlia Adler
After reading a dystopian anthology earlier this year I’ve been looking into more and more anthologies. I saw this one reviewed on one of the blogs I follow (your name escapes me right now but I figure this makes us even for always filling your blogger feed with Jay Kristoff reviews haha!) and it sounds brilliant. I’ve not read anything by Poe before and I’m glad that the original texts are also included so I can read them first! Thank you so much to Lucy for the lovely gift 💜

The Martian by Andy Weir
I’ve been dying to read this book since I saw the film but this is another book I just never got around to buying! This one was gifted to me by the lovely Justine (thank you again also for helping me fix my wish list etc 💜)

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
I have a feeling this book might break me but I’ve been so intrigued by it!! I even ended up with a copy on NetGalley but again it got lost in my huge TBR. I’m hoping this gorgeous physical copy gifted to me by another Jemma will encourage me to finally read it!

Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
I’ve been rewatching the Star Wars prequels this week when I’ve had trouble sleeping and I had almost forgotten just how much I ADORE Obi-Wan Kenobi

I’m not going on a book buying ban exactly but I did find that really thinking about my bookish purchases and trying to avoiding things like cover and impulse buys really helped this year so I’m going to continue with that method in the new year after my Christmas splurge! I also have a big bookshelf shuffle coming up so wish me luck! What books did you buy or receive recently?

 

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My Favourite Reads of 2019

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I originally wrote this as in the place of a Six for Sunday post a week or so ago and then was ill and forgot to post it. So, as I’m a still a little under the weather I thought I would add a few more books to even the list out and share them with you today!

I decided it was time to reflect on some of my favourite books I’ve read this year, which seemed like a good idea at the time but then I had to go through fifty-five books and pick just six and I can’t decide if this was more fun or stressful but it was definitely a little of both so I hope you enjoy my list.

Just a note that this is my personal list and is linked only to my enjoyment. These are not “THE BEST” books of 2019, I’m in no way qualified to judge that and not all of these books are even FROM 2019 but they are my favourites so they count here.

The Wicked King by Holly Black
I’ve enjoyed this series on a whole but shockingly the middle book has turned out to be my favourite book of the trilogy and one of my top books, certainly of the year if not in general. This book had such a wonderful mix of things I just adore, the politics, the fighting, the kissing, Cardan being an ass and Jude just being…Jude. *Chef kiss*

Sanctuary by V.V James
A book I read on a whim after it was recommended by a friend that just completely blew me away. There were some great twists and turns that had me hanging on the edge of my seat, frantically turning pages and wanting to pull out my hair in places. A brilliant witchy read with some themes that remind me of The Crucible.

Finding Home, Vol Two: The Healer by Hari Conner
MY BOYS.
So, I know they’re technically Hari’s boys, not mine but I would happily protect them as if they were my own. Chepi and Janek captured my heart in Volume One of Finding Home but Volume Two was a whole new level. I love these two so much and I just want to keep them safe but at the same time they are both utter messes and honestly, I think that just makes me love them more. This volume had so many, interesting, beautiful, heartbreaking and tense moments throughout, not to mention a couple that made me laugh out loud. I think this might have been my favourite read of the year, I can’t fault it any conceivable way, it was perfect.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Riverdale meets Stranger Things is the best way to describe TDG and honestly, someone needs to make it into a show already because it’s brilliant and has all the right vibes. I love the rival families, the secrets, the ANGST. I am already chomping at the bit for The Deck of Omens like I can’t begin to explain.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
So I was in two minds whether or not to include Nevernight. Partially because it wasn’t released this year and also because I’ve spent so long trying to work out how I feel about it. The beginning is slow and I’m pretty sure anyone who’s read it will agree but MY GODS the rest of it is sublime. Murder Hogwarts? CHECK. Murderous, unapologetic knife wife? CHECK. Sarcastic cat made of shadows?! CHECK CHECK CHECK.

Heartstopper Volume Two by Alice Oseman
This book (both of them really) are my happy place. I could honestly just read them forever. These books feel like a warm hot chocolate on a cold day. The second volume in particular just had so many great moments on so many levels.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Although it wasn’t quite the level of the Illuminae series I loved this first book and I can’t wait for more, Aurora Burning is currently my most anticipated book next year so far. I love Squad 312, Finn especially!

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
A beautiful entwining of two compelling stories both linked to a “soft” apocalypse. This, as I’m sure comes to no surprise to anyone who’s read anything by Lauren James, had some spectacular twists and was incredibly thought-provoking.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
This was not a book I expected to love but I absolutely adored it. I expected it would be a lot of fluff and fan service and although there was definitely that it was so much more, it had an interesting little storyline and I believe paved the way for the next trilogy to come. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it this year.

Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder
After some problems with the first book and not enjoying it as much as I thought I would I was SO pleased that Chasing the Shadows was fantastic! I love the sci-fi lore behind it, we had some great twists and turns, got to know our characters a little better and find out some HUGE secrets!! It was one of the best sequels I’ve ever read and will definitely be rereading via audiobook next year.

Did any of these books make your top list this year? What are some of your top reads of the year?