New Bookshelf Additions #5: YALC Edition

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    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! 

    New Bookshelf Additions YALC Edition - Don't Bend the Spine, UK Book Blog

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    20th August 2018

    Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, Eleanor Wood

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    Today’s review is about a book I was incredibly excited for; Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, and Eleanor Wood. *stops to catch breath*

    Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood

    Publication Date: 12th July 2018
    Publisher: 
    Macmillan Children’s Books
    Genre: YA
    Format: 
    Review copy from Netgalley
    Synopsis: When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.   And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

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    15th August 2018

    Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

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    Today on the blog, I am sharing my thoughts on one of my most anticipated reads of 2018.  The latest release from one of my favourite authors ever; I am of course talking about Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne.

    Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

    Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

    Publication Date: 9th August 2018
    Publisher:
    Usborne
    Genre: YA
    Format: 
    Paperback, 397 pages
    Synopsis: Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends who are all dealing with their own battles.  But as Olive settles in, she starts to wonder – maybe it’s this messed up world that needs fixing, and not then.  And so she comes up with a plan.  Because together, snowflakes can form avalanches..

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    8th August 2018

    #YALCathon – My TBR

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    I know I won’t be alone in saying – I bought a lot of books at YALC. 

    I went to YALC on Friday with no books in my possession (because I forgot to take the ones I wanted signing with me – rookie mistake) and I came home on Saturday with 8 books crammed in an adorable BKMRK branded tote bag (as well as enough bookmarks to last me about 10 years).   I will try to get a blog post up about the books I bought within the next week or so, just in case anyone would like some inspiration on what they would like to read next.

    Anywho, I digress..  Let’s get to the actual point of this blog post!

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    4th August 2018

    July Wrap Up and August TBR

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    July Wrap Up, Don't Bend The Spine, UK Book Blog

    It’s time for my monthly Wrap Up and TBR post!

    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?

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    1st August 2018

    Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

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    I’m determined to up my reviewing game over the next few months, as there are so many books that deserve to be shouted about from the rooftops.  First up, it is Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls.

    Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

    Publication Date: 7th September 2017
    Publisher: 
    Andersen Press
    Genre: YA
    Format: 
    Hardback, 419 pages
    Synopsis:  Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom.   May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.  But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

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    17th July 2018