Reading slumps:who here hates them?*puts both hands up* Recently, I had the misfortune to be in a slump for what felt forever… until I read Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles.
Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
Publication Date: 14th June 2018
Publisher: Hot Key Books Genre: YA
Format: Kindle edition
Synopsis: Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money. But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ – it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.
Time is ticking – but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?
Do not fear, dear reader. I haven’t abandoned blogging: I just needed a break from a computer screen. What better way to get back into the swing of things by participating in Top Ten Tuesday? This week’s prompt is all about the books we are hoping to read this autumn. Sorry, but I’m too British to say ‘fall’.
The aim of this reading game is to help me read more books and hopefully get on top of the ever-growing To Be Read pile. The more books I read, the more books I can buy. The more books I can buy, the more books I can read. It’s a win-win, right?
Is this it? Is summer over now? Before I crack out the jumpers and start putting together a Christmas TBR, I’ll tell you what I thought of The Island by M.A. Bennett.
The Island by M.A. Bennett
Publication Date: 9th August 2018
Publisher: Hot Key Books Genre: YA
Format: Paperback, 366 pages Synopsis: New boy Link is finding it hard to settle in at the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? Link’s naivety makes him the butt of every school joke and the bullying soon becomes hard to bear. Then his parents relent and say he can leave Osney School if he attends a school summer camp first. Willingly spend time with his worst tormentors? Is he crazy? But maybe enduring it will be worth it for his freedom. This particular trip, though, will require a very special sort of endurance.
It feels like its been ages since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday. What am I like? Let’s remedy that, pronto! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly series hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt was a “freebie”, meaning we could come up with any topic as long as it was related to school or education. For my topic, I have chosen the ‘Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read’.
This week’s #SixForSunday prompt is a topic that I had been thinking about recently: the books that have been on my TBR forever. Looking through my GoodReads shelves, I actually feel quite embarrassed by how long some of these have been languishing on there. In the words of Christina Aguilera, don’t look at me.
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, don’t stop… it’ll soon be here. And by that, Fleetwood Mac obviously meant my review of Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham.
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham
Publication Date: 1st August 2018
Publisher: Walker Books Genre: YA
Format: Paperback, 343 pages Synopsis: Stevie is passionate about music. It’s what keeps her going when things are particularly difficult at home. Hafiz loves football. But he’s hardly played since he set out on the long journey from Syria. Together the two forge a unique friendship that will help save them both.
I DID IT. I WENT TO YALC THIS YEAR! *the crowd goes wild*. Unfortunately, I’m the worst person ever and I didn’t take any pictures of the actual event whatsoever. However, I can still talk about my day at YALC through the books I bought, as well as provide some new reading inspiration to anyone looking for some TBR ideas. Put the kettle on, it’s a bit of a long post!
This week’s #SixForSunday prompt is all about the books people always tell you to read. For this prompt, I had to trawl through my Want to Read shelf on GoodReads to remember the recommendations I have received over the years. A few hours later, I finally narrowed it down to the following six books.