Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

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    It’s February! Yay!  That means January is FINALLY over.  I don’t know about you, but it felt like January was never going to end. The main reason that I couldn’t wait for February to arrive was the publication of a book I was incredibly excited for; Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard.

    Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

    Publication Date:  8th February 2018
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan / Macmillan Children’s Books
    Genre: YA
    Format: Paperback, 300 pages
    Synopsis: When I was wild, you were steady . . .
    Now you are wild – what am I? 

    Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.

    Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.

    As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.

     

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    4th February 2018

    New Bookshelf Additions #1

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    I’ll be honest, I couldn’t think of a catchy name for this blog post, and with my book buying habits, for a potential blog series.  Suggestions are welcome!

    I buy a lot of books, and I enjoy seeing what books other people have bought (as it gives me ideas as to what book to buy next!). I thought that I would share the books I have recently bought, or been given, for those who are looking for a new read.

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    31st January 2018

    My Reading Resolutions for 2018

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    I know I am probably a little bit behind everyone else, but seeing as it is still January, it’s ok for me to talk about my reading resolutions for 2018right?  Usually, I set myself a simple reading target, a set amount of books I want to read.  However, as it is my first year of blogging on Don’t Bend the Spine *jazz hands* I thought I would set myself some challenges to mix things up a bit.

    Resolution #1: Read More Thrillers

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    24th January 2018

    The Power by Naomi Alderman

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    Ooh, what’s this? My very first review on Don’t Bend the Spine! How exciting.  For my first book review (and as an entry for the #britishbookschallenge18), I have chosen The Power by Naomi Alderman.

    The Power by Naomi Alderman

    Publication Date:  27th October 2016
    Publisher: Penguin
    Genre: Dystopian Fiction
    Format: Kindle, 339 pages
    Synopsis:  All over the world, women are discovering they have the power. 
    With a flick of the fingers, they can inflict terrible pain – even death. 
    Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control.
    The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?

     

     

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    21st January 2018

    My Top 10 Books of 2017

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    If you have read all of my What I Read in 2017 blog posts (if you have, thank you!), then you may have already guessed what my top 10 books of 2017 were.  However, I’m always up for recommending books and sharing the love where I can, so I’m bringing all my 5* rated books together in one blog post.

    Instead of using my favourite quotes from the books, I have decided to use the first line; I hope this introduces you to some new reads.

    My Top 10 Books of 2017

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    14th January 2018

    What I Read in 2017 | Young Adult Fiction

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    Hello!

    Now then, it’s time for the FINAL What I Read in 2017 instalment.  You’ve had the autobiographies and non-fiction books, the general fiction, poetry and thriller books, the children’s fiction books and the women’s fiction books.  I do hope you have enjoyed reading these posts… *sweats nervously*.  It’s time for the Young Adult Fiction books I read in 2017.

    Get t’kettle on, this is a long blog post!

    Young Adult Fiction

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    13th January 2018

    What I Read in 2017 | Children’s Fiction

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    Hello!

    Further to the first What I Read in 2017 and second What I Read in 2017 blog posts, I am now bringing you the third blog post.  At the risk of repeating myself,  I read 114 books in 2017 and trying to fit them all in one blog post would have broken my blog.

    Without further ado, for the third What I Read in 2017 series, let’s talk about the children’s fiction books I read in 2017.

    Children’s Fiction

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    6th January 2018

    What I Read in 2017 | General Fiction, Poetry & Thriller

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    Hello!

    Further to my first What I Read in 2017 blog post, I am now bringing you the second.   In case you have somehow stumbled on to this blog by accident (welcome!), I read 114 books in 2017, and I couldn’t fit my thoughts about them into one blog post.  It seemed to be the most logical solution to split them by genre, so I can actually discuss what the books I liked and those I didn’t.

    Without further ado, for the second What I Read in 2017 series, let’s talk about the general fiction, poetry and thriller books I read in 2017.

    General Fiction

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    4th January 2018

    What I Read in 2017 | Autobiographies & Non Fiction

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    Goodbye 2017, and hello 2018!

    I’m not sure how I managed to do it, but I read 114 books in 2017.  My original target was 70 books (I think?) so to surpass that by 44 books is quite staggering. *pats self on back*

    My original plan was to write a blog post about the books I read in 2017, but it was far too long for one blog post; it was almost a novel in length.   I thought it would be best to break it down by genre, so that I can actually talk about the books, rather than simply show you the covers.

    Without further ado, for the first What I Read in 2017 series, let’s talk about the autobiographies and non-fiction books I read in 2017.

    What I Read in 2017

    Autobiographies

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    2nd January 2018