On the Fence by Kasie West – A cutesy contemporary with some great family relationships
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – A cute romance set in Paris
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – a fab YA fantasy with a great herione
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – not your cliché werewolf romance
Gone by Michael Grant – all the adults disappear, what happens next?
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – yet another adorable contemporary romance with great family dynamics
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – An unusual paranormal romance with a historical aspect if I remember correctly
So that’s only seven, but I’d say that’s not bad, clearly I’m just good at remembering the plots at books!
What books have you liked but now you think about them can’t really remember much about? Let me know!
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This was my first read of the year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with it! I loved both of our main characters Dimple and Rishi and their romance was just so cute! I loved how passionate Dimple is about coding and how much Rishi loves art and how they can both support and encourage each other in these different interests. I must confess I’m a huge fan of the hate to love trope and this book is kind of an example of that, how Dimple goes from hating Rishi to, well you’ll see! I also loved seeing both Dimple and Rishi’s family life and how their culture affects the way they live their lives – in very different ways!
All in all, I gave this book 4 stars and would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of cute romances, girls in STEM, diverse backgrounds and witty humour!
This book is just so fabulously feminist! As you can tell from my list of feminist reads, I absolutely love a good feminist YA book and this one definitely fits the bill! It’s about a girl slowly growing the courage to stand up and say something about sexism. I loved this because so often YA heroines are either unnaturally brave or complete wimps – Viv is neither! I could really relate to her, wanting to do something but not knowing where to start and then when she does start, starting small and shy but with the support of others, it growing to something awesome!
I also loved this book’s representation of female friendships, it shows the ups and the downs – the unquestioning support, the struggles of a friend triangle and the beauty in making friends and rediscovering friendships. Moxie also contained a romance, which I must admit I adored, it wasn’t the central plotline, which was nice change.
I gave this book 5 stars and would recommend to literally anyone, feminist or otherwise! It really shows the power of teenage girls and that’s why I loved it so much!
I’ve just sped through this book in one evening since I could get it for free with Kindle Unlimited and I really enjoyed. It was a tad predictable but that didn’t stop it from being a cute, fluffy YA romance read. Sally, the main character, is so awesomely geeky! I didn’t quite understand all the references as I’ve never seen either Star Wars or Star Trek but I was loving the Harry Potter references! She’s sick of her best friend and her mum (these two were so funny together!) sending her on so many blind dates so she decides to get a fake boyfriend. This is an incredibly cheesy and unrealistic YA trope but it’s one I love nevertheless, when people go from pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend to more! Our dashing hero here to save the day by volunteering as a fake boyfriend is Becks, all round American boy, attractive, sporty and generally lovable!
Even if you don’t have Kindle Unlimited it’s an absolute bargain and a really enjoyable read. I would give it 3.5 stars and would recommend to anyone wanting a cute quick read!
All of these books are currently less than £3 on Amazon Kindle so I recommend you get your hands on them sharpish! All the links in this post are my affiliate links so if you do decide to buy one of these books based on my reviews, I’d love it if you could use those and help a girl out!
So I thought I’d show you guys my bullet journal! I’ve heard a lot of people say they were planning on starting one for 2018 and I decided to do the same. I tried bullet journal in 2017 and did a couple of months of it but then I became so busy with work, I stopped blogging, reading and bullet journaling. So I thought I’d start again in 2018 and here we are! I’m really nosey and love admiring other people’s bullet journal and spreads so I thought I’d return the favour and show you mine. Although I must warn you, mine are nowhere near as pretty as some of the ones I’ve seen.
The first three pages of my bullet journal – after my index, are my key and my stats tracker. My key includes some of the traditional, widely recognised symbols as well as some of my own, that I’ve just made up because I thought they’d come in handy. The second page is my stats tracker and I know stats aren’t the be all and end all of blogging but I like being able to keep track of my stats and see how my blog is doing. The third page is my reading goals for a year, just being kept track of using circles, cut up into little pizza slices. I must confess I also having a blogging stats page which is currently blank as I’m not quite sure to how to organise it.
Next up in my bullet journal, we have a very basic year overview, where each month gets a third of a page so I can write in some key dates for that month. At the time of photographing, all I had on there was my blogiversary, but I’ve since added the release dates of books I’ve preordered and will continue to add important dates throughout the year.
Next up we have my books read, ARCs and backlist books pages which are pretty simple really. My book read page is organised like a book shelf, just to make a little more interesting to look at than just a straight forward list. My ARCS page contains a table with spaces to write the title, author, date released and date I reviewed it. My backlist books page is the simplest of the lot, with just space for me to write down the backlist books I read and track that challenge.
Then we have three more very basic pages that don’t need much explaining, space to write down all the UKYA books I read, all the films I watch and all the books I’ve reviewed.
After that we get to my first monthly set up, for January. First of all I have a monthly overview so I can record which days I post, when books come out and other important dates in January. Then I have a monthly to do list, where I write down all the things that I want to get done that month, without assigning them to a specific day or week.
Finally we have my January habit tracker so I can keep an eye on my reading, post writing, commenting, book buying, tweeting and admin work for my blog. I also have a weekly overview where I write down the tasks I want to get done each day, as well as recording how much I read each day.
So, that’s my bullet journal! What did you think? Do you have a bullet journal? How do you use yours?
So far for 2018, I have preordered four books so I thought I’d share them with you guys!
Love, Hate and Other Filters – 16th January
A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape.
If I’m being honest I don’t really know masses about this book but it sounds really good and it was fairly cheap on Kindle, so I decided just to go for it!
The Exact Opposite of Okay – 8th March
A hilarious, groundbreaking young adult novel for anyone who’s ever called themselves a feminist . . . and anyone who hasn’t. For fans of Louise O’Neill, Holly Bourne and Amy Schumer.
This books sounds absolutely amazing! UKYA does some of the best feminist young adult books and The Exact Opposite of Okay sounds like it will be no exception. Since preordering this book, I’ve also learnt that the launch for this book will be happening in Newcastle where I live and Laura Steven is so lovely so now I’m doubly excited!
The Midnights – 6th March
This voice-driven coming-of-age YA novel is perfect for fans of Katie Cotugno and Playlist for the Dead.
This one sounded like a good read and Sarah Smetana is a debut author for 2018! There is also some pretty awesome preorder swag available internationally, so if that doesn’t convince you I don’t know what will.
Perfect (UK paperback) – 25th January
The thrilling, shocking and romantic sequel to the bestselling YA debut FLAWED is finally here. When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become PERFECT…
I know this book has already been released but I’ve preordered a paperback copy since it’s cheaper than the kindle edition and means it can join Flawed on my shelf. I received an ARC of Flawed and really enjoyed it so I’m keen to get stuck into the sequel.
What 2018 books have you preordered?
Also, before you go I’d love it if you could fill out my survey, which you can find here, so I can understand what sort of posts you enjoy and what you’d like to see from my blog.
December was the month I attempted Blogmas (and failed, but shhhh!) so I spent the whole month frantically trying to write blog posts, meaning I didn’t really get much reading done. I’m currently rereading Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton so I can read Traitor to the Throne (both a backlist and a UKYA book) as my first book of 2018. I’m determined to at least start these challenges well, since who knows what will happen later on in the year.
I intentionally didn’t ask for any books for Christmas since I already own sooooo many books I haven’t read and knew I would receive Amazon vouchers so I could order my own books. However I still received two sets of three books – a YA trilogy and a set of three books I’ve never heard of before but look interesting.
And then this month I posted:
So that’s pretty much it for my December, not that it’s quite over yet – it’s my birthday tomorrow!
How was your December? Did you write a wrap up? If so, comment below your link and I’ll check it out!
So as I’m hoping you will have noticed, during the period of December leading up to Christmas day, I took part in Blogmas. The aim is to post every day for the 24 days. I decided to do it very late on in November so I was woefully unprepared, meaning I actually only posted 15 times during the 24 days. This means technically I failed at Blogmas but I think it’s the most I’ve ever posted in a month, so I’m counting it as a win for me!
I think I would definitely do it again next year – just ensure that I’m more prepared next time, maybe organise some more guest posts. I had a coupe this year and I really enjoyed them so I’d definitely to be keen to have more!
So here are the posts from my Blogmas:
So there we have it! My posts for Blogmas! Did you join in with Blogmas too? If so send a link to your posts!
Since 2018 is creeping ever closer to us, I thought I’d share some of my blogging and bookish new year’s resolutions.
1. Read a book every fortnight- that’s 26 books in the year.
2. Of those 26 books I want 13 to be backlist books and 13 to be UKYA (these two categories can overlap). These two aims are challenges I’ve signed up to so far for 2018.
3. Post at least once a week. I know I have exams this year and I am going to be crazy busy but I’m going to do lots of scheduling, more guests posting and perhaps some author interviews. Let me know if you want to be involved!
4. Join in with at least 3 Twitter chats per month. I love twitter as a way to connect with people so I want to make sure I join in with chats to maximise my chance to talk to new people.
5. Throughout the year take part in at least three blogging events – I’ve taken part in the Loveathon and Bloggiesta in the past and I’ve really enjoyed both, it’s a great chance to write some posts and connect with other bloggers.
6. Start bullet journaling again as a way of keeping my blog organised. I started it a bit during 2017 but ended up forgetting about it and giving up. However I really enjoyed it is a system so I’d like to reintroduce in 2018. If you’ve got an tips or posts on bulletin journaling let me know!
7. Take more of my own photos and design more of my own images – so many of my posts are image free and I know how much I enjoy a good photo in a post so in 2018, I’m going to aim to take more photos and design images using Canva.
So those are my New Year’s resolutions, what are yours?