My Bookish Life in Words
Just a girl who wants to share her love of reading.
Hey guys and welcome back to my blog!
Today I have some really exciting news to share! My friend Ross over at The Royal Bookshelf are hosting month long read-along during the month of July for the LGBTQ+ community. I know that pride is in June but there was another readathon was happening and the more rep the better! Along with the readathons, we have chats, fun games, special interviews and exciting giveaways planned for you all! It is always important to create awareness for the LGBTQ+ community and we are so looking forward to celebrating another month of pride!
Below is the schedule for the activities throughout the month:
1st of July - An exciting extract about Malec from the world of the wonderful Cassie Clare!
2nd - An interview with the talented blogger Sarah R. Hatch!
3rd - Our first readathon! A choice between either Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli or Aristotle & Danté Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Ends of the 8th. More info down below!
5th - Interview with the wonderful Non Pratt!
6th - Interview with the fantastic Claire Hennessy!
7th - #LGBTQChat
8th - Our reviews of the readathon books.
9th - The Art of Being Normal extract!
11th - Interview with the superb Lisa Williamson!
13th - Interview with the incredible Moïra Fowley-Doyle!
14th - An extract from History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.
15th - LGBTQ Bingo!
16th - Our second readathon! A choice between either Radio Silence by the phenomenal Alice Oseman or The Space Between by the amazing Meg Grehan! This will end on the 22nd!
17th - Interview with the exceptional Alice Oseman!
18th - Interview with the excellent Jessi at bibliojessi.wordpress.com !
20th - Spotlight on some of our favourite LGBTQ books!
21st - Interview with the marvellous Meg Grehan!
22nd - Our reviews of the readathon books!
24th - #LGBTQChat
25th - Our third and final readathon! A choice between either Spellbook of the Lost & Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle or The Last Beginning by Lauren James! This one ends on the 30th of July!
27th - Extract of Release by the admirable and wise Patrick Ness!
28th - Interview with the splendid Lauren James!
29th - Our favourite LGBTQ book characters!
30th - Our reviews of the readathon books!
31st - We announce the giveaway winner!
A bit about the readathons: For all three, there are two options for each. I’ll be choosing one of them and Meg will be choosing the other. It’s up to YOU to decide which one you want to read along with us! We’ll be uploading our reviews on our blogs also! Can’t wait!
Information for the giveaway! We are giving away two amazing books which we both love! A signed copy of History is All You Left Me by the amazing Adam Silvera! And an illustrated version of A Monster Calls by the incredible Patrick Ness. Both Ross and I have read these and they are tear-jerking, emotional rollercoasters and both are so incredibly written. More info to come on our twitter accounts so look out for that!
I hope you can join us for this month of awareness. We are very excited to be doing this and hopefully, all going well, we can do this again next year!
Leave a comment on what you plan to read during this readathon, if you are joining us and which interview you are most looking forward to!
Much love x
Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! How are you all doing? Can you believe we are halfway through the year!? That's crazy! So, today I will be doing the Mid Year Freak out book tag. I saw this over on Emmmabooks' Youtube channel where she links the creators of this tag so go check them out.
1. The best book you have read in 2017.
I cannot choose any other book but History is All you Left Me by Adam Silver. This book made me laugh and made me cry and it was so beautifully written. I could relate to the main character Griffin so well and I am so excited to read more of what Adam writes. I have a review for this so go check it out and discuss it with me in the comments! history-is-all-you-left-me-adam-silvera-review.html
2. Best sequel you've read of 2017 so far.
This has got to go to A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I flew through this book, starting reading it physically and then picking up the audiobook as I had with the first book in this series. It was honestly one of the best sequels I have ever read. It kept me on the edge of my seat and made me laugh at the sentimental bits. And Rhys, need I say anymore?
3. New releases you haven't read yet but want to.
Okay, both A Court of Wings and Ruin By Sarah J. Maas and Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare have been out for some time and I haven't finished either of them. I know, it is quite shocking. I got into some bit of a slump in every sense of the word ones exams kicked in and have only started to shake it now. I have used contemporaries to get back into reading so hopefully I will soon get a fantasy kick. Last but not least, When Dimple Met Rishi. I have been waiting for this book for so long. The concept is so interesting to me and something which is so relevant and needs to be talked about. I finally got my hands on it so I will be getting to it very soon.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2017.
May was the best month for new releases for 2017 with A Court of Wings and Ruin, Lord of Shadows and When Dimple Met Rishi but They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera is coming out in Septempter and I am so excited to get my hands on it. Curse those at BEA and Bookcon who got Arcs this weekend!!
5. Biggest disappointment.
This is a book that is on hold at the moment because there are other books that are more of a priority at the moment but that is Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley. I have read about 50% of this book and I know it isn't fair to judge a book I haven't completed yet but I had very high hopes for this and I really hope it picks up. It had a strong situation of Insta-love and some of the actions and words spoken left me with some serious second hand cringe which I am not a fan of. I have notes of what I have read and will write a review once I finish it.
6. Biggest surprise.
This one goes to Hold My Hand by A.C. Oswald. It's not that I didn't think it would be good but it was a book that I have never heard of or of the author but it really surprised me. It was fun to read and made me laugh and cry and it was on a subject that is very hard to think about and discuss. I think the author portrayed it beautifully. I have a review up for this so go check it out here! hold-my-hand-ac-oswald-spoiler-free.html
7. Favourite new author.
There are so many new authors I have read so far this year that it is so difficult to pick just the one. And when I have only read 1 book by an author, (regardless of how much I enjoyed it) can I call them a favourite author?
Nonetheless, the two I have picked for this question are Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. Both have only 2 books our and I have only read 1 from each author to completion. I am halfway through Adam's More Happy Than Not and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have read Adam's History Is All You Left Me and Becky's The Upside of Unrequited earlier this year and both were so beautiful. I have actually reviewed both of these so go check them out! You can check out My Upside of Unrequited review here. the-upside-of-unrequited-becky-albertalli-spoiler-free.html
8. Newest fictional crush.
Hmmm. There are a couple of books with swoon worthy guys and gals in the list of books I have read this year and those are Hayden from the Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, Darien from Geekerella by Ashley Poston and Clark from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson and although he may not be a new fictional crush but I've got to add him. That is Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. That boy... damn.
9. Newest favourite character.
This has got to go to my girl Molly from the Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Her character had so much depth and I really related to her in many ways. I would love to read more on the life of Molly Peskin- Suso!
10. Book that made you cry.
Hold my hand by A. C. Oswald. I wish I could relive reading this for the first time. It was heart wrenching in all the right ways and made you laugh through the floods of tears. I need to find a hard copy of this book and add it to my shelf!
11. A book that made you happy.
Definitely How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh. This was an uplifting book like non other. I listened to the audiobook of this narrated by Lilly herself. I have been following her for a couple of years now and I can whole heartedly say I have no doubt she wrote every word of that book herself. Every word she spoke, made me feel more empowered.
12. Favourite book to movie adaptation you have seen in 2017.
2017 hasn't been a great year for adaptations in comparison to other previous years. So far, the only big ones that this year brings is the TV adaptation of 13 reasons why and Everything Everything. I have not gotten past episode 4 on my watch of 13 reasons Why but I do want to continue watching it to see what happens and Everything Everything is not out in my country until the 18th of August but I do have high hopes for that. All in all, I don't have an answer for this yet.
13. Favourite reviews you have wrote in 2017 so far.
I have not written many reviews this year but I hope to get into a routine once I start reading more books. I am pretty happy with all my reviews so far but I think it is Hold my Hand by A. C Oswald.
14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year.
This is a tough question. A lot of really good book covers have come out this year but I have to go with Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I got it as part of a Fairyloot box and it was the UK hardback edition with the blue sprayed pages and a signed copy and I can't wait to read it, even though it is intimidating.
15. What book do you NEED to read by the end of the year.
I promised myself I would read both the complete Sherlock Collection and the Book thief. I have the audiobook and a beautiful physical edition of the complete Sherlock Collection and I have heard nothing but amazing things so I am very excited to dive in. The book thief on the other hand is one that is very well known and well loved. I tried reading it before but did not get to finish it, I'm not quite sure why. I really want to give it another shot and I'm hoping this is the year to do it.
Thank you so much for reading this guys, I hope you enjoyed it, I had so much fun writing it and reflecting on the past couple of months. I will be back soon with a new blog post!
Leave a comment below and tell your favourite and least favourite books of the year so far!
Much love x
Finally! My first tag! Thank you to my friend Ross over at The Royal Bookshelf! and I tag my other good friend Sarah at YA bookaholic Go check both of these out, they are incredible as is their blogs!
Question 1: E-Book or Physical book?
Nothing can top a physical book in your hands! I am reading more ebooks now thanks to Netgalley and they are alright and I guess convenient but I went through a phase where I hated audiobooks. Got a kindle when they first came our and I never used it. Physical all the way!
Question 2: Hardback or paperback?
I have a sweet spot in my heart for hardcovers. They are beautiful and sturdy and look good on my shelf and I like how they feel but here in Ireland, they are hard to come by. Paperbacks are convenient for carrying around - and I always have a book with me! Then again, I did carry around Tales from the Shadowhunters Acadamy in Hardcover by Cassandra Clare, to college when I was reading it!
Question 3: Online or in store shopping?
I love Bookdepository. I use it a lot but I have to go with shopping in store. The atmosphere, the peace, it brings me joy to go to a bookstore,
Question 4: Trilogies or series?
Most of my favourite books are from series! Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments and so many more but triliogies are amazing also. I think that if I truly fall in love with the world and the characters like I have with the series mentioned then I will not want to part with them and appreciate more books. Given that the author is able to do a good and creative job and not drag out and ruin the original story.
Question 5: Heroes or Villains?
You got to love a good villain. There is a typical stereotype that travels around of the villain with the tragic backstory and sometimes it can be overused and cliche but no one does it better than Cassndra Clare with Sebastian Morganstern. That boy I got issues.
Question 6: A book you want everyone to read? History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, definitely! Question 7: Recommed an underrated book?
Hmmm. This is a tough question. I dont know why, but Othello came to my mind. Which I don't know if it's underrated or not. I don't have a proper answer.
Question 8: The last book you finished?
I finished The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan (the audiobook) two days ago. I am thirteen minutes away from finishing Scarlet - Marissa Meyer (audiobook) too!
Question 9: The last book you bought?
I bought A Darker Shade Of Magic yesterday and I am so excited about it. I cant wait to jump into this world
Question 10: Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?
I often use my student card or my rail tickets as my bookmarks but they aren't very strange, pens, my phone, probably my dogs ear at some point!
Question 11: Used books, yes or no?
Yes! Depending on the condition they are in. I always buy used books.
Question 12: Top 3 genres?
Fantasy, contemporary, historical fiction!
Question 13: Borrow or buy?
Buy, buy, buy. There is so much pressure and responsibility that comes along with borrowing books from people!!
Question 14: Characters or plot?
Character. I love character driven books and I am a firm believer that well written character driven books, the plot will fall into place to a certain extent. Too optimistic?? Maybe?
Question 15: Long or short books?
As much as long books intimidate me, I have to choose long books. If I love a book so much, then I will not want it to end for a very long time. Short books are nice though, to give yourself a break when you need it.
Question 16: Long or short chapters?
Short, by far. I feel as though I am powering through a book so much faster, long chapters take me so long to read!!
Question 17: The first three books you think of?
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer, A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J Maas, Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare.
Question 18: Books that make you laugh or cry?
I love a book that makes me laugh and cry. I have to say though, I love a book that gives me a good cry.
Question 19: Our worlds or fictional worlds?
Fictional worlds. I love being able to escape our world and jump straight into a ficitional world!
Question 20: Audiobooks yes or no?
Yes, I love audiobooks! Right now, I am swimming in them. I have 4 at the moment that I have to read. I use both audible and borrow box! The latter is free where you get free audiobooks. Like a library, you have them for 3 weeks. (For Ireland only)
Question 21: Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Doesn't everyone? I am such a hypocrite when it comes to this. I always tell my friends not to do this if they don't kike a cover of my favourite book that I want them to read but I do not practice what I preach.
Question 22: Book to movie or book to TV adaptations?
This is a tough one, I'm going to say 50/50. They have to be done really well. Both have potential and it depends on how long the book can be cut down or dragged out and the pacing they are going at.
Question 23: A movie or TV adaptation you preferred to the book?
This is a another tough question!!! I don't know of movies or TV shows I enjoyed MORE but I can think of a few that were on par (or thereabouts) The Harry Potter movies were fantastic. (Slightly love the books more though), The Hunger games movies were really good. I really liked the Maze runner movies and also, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Question 24: Series or standalones?
I have to say series. I love staying in the one world for as long as I can, if I love the world enough. People say Cassandra Clare is milking too many books out of the one world and she should stop, I say that I can't get enough and keep them rolling!!
Thanks for reading guys! Don't forget to leave a comment and comment your answers to some of these questions!! I would love to hear your answers.
Have a great day. Much love x
Release date: All editions published on the 11/April/2017.
Age Group: Young adult.
Star rating: 5 stars.
Version read: Kindle edition, 352 pages.
Hey guys, welcome back! Today, I am going to be doing a spoiler-free review of the Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I was approved by Netgalley to read this book in advance in exchange for an honest review. This was the reason I joined Netgalley, someone posted about it on Twitter and I knew I had to try and be approved. Because this was the beginning of my account, I didn't think I would actually be approved for this highly anticipated book! I have a confession, I am one of the very few people on this planet who has not read Simon VS the Homosapians agenda and I am ashamed. I know I will love it just as much as I loved The Upside of Unrequited.
This is a beautiful coming of age story about a 17 year old names Molly who is a part of a twin set. Molly has had a string of over 20 crushes but that's all they stay, crushes. Nothing more, ever. Although she has never had a concrete relationship, she also has never had to experience the heartbreak that is rejection. Molly's twin sister Cassie has had all sorts of flings with different girls and never fails to discuss them with Molly after but thanks to Molly, there is a new girl in Cassie's life and Cassie begins to experience a relationship like she never has before.
Molly meets Cassie's best friend, he's cute, he's hipster and basically too cool for school and she also meets her coworker at her new job. He's sweet, he's nerdy and the two boys couldn't be more different. But, Molly is careful, she has always had to be careful but slowly, she finds herself opening up and letting loose.
Can we just talk about how fantastic Becky Albertalli is as a writer?! I love her style of writing and I cannot wait to read Simon VS and any other work she is coming out with. This was such a cute and lovely idea for a novel. She really knows how to immerse the reader into the world and the story. This story is also riddled with diversity. There is so much of it and it was beautiful. I'll just mention a few to tease you with. Lots and lots of members from the LGBT community for example, gay, lesbian, pansexual, asexuality is mentioned. Jewish characters, Korean-American character, an overweight main character and mental health problems. How amazing is all of that? In one book! Molly was a very relatable character. I have marked two quotes from her narrative. I have decided not to put them here because I don't know how much of a spoiler those are but these quotes really made me think and I had to sit back and take a break just think, did I feel like Molly? There was a lot going on plot wise and it worked really well. There was a lot of little sub plots and I really enjoyed that. I was never bored with any of them. The relationships and the character development is really strong in this novel, the good and the not so good points. Lots of the characters go through hardships and we get to experience their journey with them and their actions never once felt forced or strained, they felt natural.
I really encourage people to buy this book. It was incredible and I cannot wait to buy this book to add to my collection! Thanks for reading and don't forget to leave a comment!
Much love x
Release date: 1/ March/ 2017 (Paperback) 15/ March/ 2017 (Kindle edition).