Around the World in 15 Books

Welcome aboard your epic fifteen-stop world book tour! My name is Sarah, and I’m thrilled to be your tour guide for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. I can see you’ve brought quite a few bags along with you — brilliant, we’ll be encountering all kinds of weather on this adventure. And we might be doing some time travelling too! 

Right, follow me just this way where we’ll be jumping aboard the 1.18pm train to Edinburgh. Say goodbye to London for now, but don’t worry, we’ll be back very soon so you can spend another day in this glorious city. Make sure you’ve got your first book handy, because we’ll have a lot of time on the train to read.

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How to Get Over a Fictional Death

YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER JUST DIED. Now what? How are you meant to keep on living without them gracing this planet with their presence (well, on the pages of books or on screen at least)? How can you ever get over such an emotional experience that’s ripped someone away from you too soon? And most importantly, how are you expected to keep going about your regular life when you just feel like staring at a blank wall for 39 hours and listening to sad songs on repeat?

WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. There are just times when your favourite character dies and it feels like your heart has been ripped in two. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE HEARTBREAK A FEW WORDS ON A PAGE CAN CAUSE. So today I’m going to offer up all my tips and tricks for overcoming a fictional death! Hopefully these five step will give you a little bit of solace in these dark times. My deepest condolences.

Step 1: Cry. And then cry some more.

Sometimes you just have to let it all out. There, there. Seriously, there’s times like these when you just have to sit on your bed — or public transport, or at work… deaths could hit you anywhere — and just let the tears stream down your face. People might stare. Once you start, you might not be able to stop. Give yourself the permission to take some time off work / school / adulting and just CRY. Better out than in, as Shrek always says. Holding in your tears and trying to get on with your life might result to breaking down in the middle of a supermarket (trust me, we’ve all been there). So just… sob to your heart’s content. Read More »

Cooking, Curses, and Cute Contemporaries | MINI REVIEWS

IT’S TIME FOR SOME MORE MINI REVIEWS! I’ve read some pretty great books recently (and some meh ones too, but shh, let’s focus on the positive), so I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done just reviews on my blog, so I hope you’ll find some new releases to add to your TBR if you haven’t got to these ones already! ENJOY!

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Making Friends with Alice Dyson

YAAAAS. I loved this one! I’m always a massive fan of #LoveOzYA contemporaries, but THIS ONE was particularly outstanding! I just related to the characters so much and loved the reluctant friendship, and it was just perfect. I LOVED the banter between Alice and Teddy, and ahh, they were just ADORABLE! This is the kind of book you need in your life.

Alice Dyson knows what she’s going to be doing in her last year of high school. Her plans consist of keeping her head down, studying, getting good grades, and — it goes without saying — not mixing with the most notorious trouble-maker in school. But Teddy has other plans. After a viral video throws Alice into the unwilling centre of attention, Teddy refuses to leave her alone. Great. Making Friends with Alice Dyson is a story about rumours, friendship, and discovering who you really are.Read More »

18 YA Novels for Smashing the Patriarchy

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! Whether you identify as a woman or not, this is a day to celebrate and uplift the females in our lives we should all support and admire. And what better way to do that than by sharing some of my favourite YA novels featuring kickass women, by kickass women?

So I’ve compiled a list of 18 of my favourite empowering YA novels written by some of the most awesome female writers in our community. We’re so lucky to have such epic stories featuring strong women of colour, STEM girls, fearless feminist females, and just young women who we all should aspire to be like.

So gather ’round guys, gals, and nonbinary pals, because this post will provide you with all the feminist YA must-reads you should add to your TBR immediately!

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YA Fantasy Books You Need on Your TBR

2019 is SLAYING with all the amazing new releases – both ones that have just come out and those that are upcoming! I mean, can y’all SLOW DOWN FOR A SEC? Let my bank account and I catch up, and while you’re at it, please add 15 hour to each day so I have time to devour all of these exciting fantasy books.

SO TODAY, I’m going to be sharing just five 2019 fantasy releases you need on your TBR! I’ve only read a couple of them, and the others are on my TBR, so I hope I get to read them ASAP and just avoid allllll my other responsibilities. You know how it is. Oh, and I got to chat to the lovely Gita Trelease about her YA fantasy novel, Enchantée. Check it out!

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Enchantée

IS THIS NOT THE MOST GORGEOUS BOOK YOU’VE EVER SEEN IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE?! Seriously. My eyes are in love. And just when I thought I couldn’t love this book even more, then I read it. And wow — I instantly knew this would be one I’d just devour. I mean, it’s set in 1789 Paris, which is an instant star just for setting alone. The writing was flawless. The world was intriguing. The characters were fun and the banter was solid gold and it was just such an enjoyable reading experience.

Okay, I’m going to be perfectly honest with you… my favourite character in this book maaaay have been the dress that feasted on blood? And was magical? WHO CAN BLAME ME, I WANT A VAGUELY MURDEROUS DRESS THAT LOVES BLOOD. What could be better? Okay, well maybe Camille came pretty close to being my favourite as well. She can do petty magic to transform scrap metal into money, but when her magic stops working properly, she has to venture into the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette for something a little more lucrative.Read More »

Ranking the Best YA Novels by Animal Cuteness

If there’s one thing that makes a novel memorable for me, besides having amazing characters that I’d 100% take a bullet for, IT’S THE ANIMALS. Whether they be mythical creatures in fantasy, dogs in contemporary, or anything in between, I’m so here for it. Animals just make life so much better, am I right?! Whenever I see a doggo on the street, I’m like, THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ME WITH YOUR PRESENCE. It’s truly an honour to live on this planet alongside dogs.

So today I’m going to rank some YA books by how cute the animals in them are! There’s honestly no better way to judge how good a book is, in my opinion. So I hope you can add some more fantastic books to your TBR – but prepare to want to drop everything to adopt a teacup dragon. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.

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5 Body Positive YA Books You Should Read

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love books with great characters and even better representation – and that includes books with plus-size protagonists! WHICH WE NEED MORE OF, PLEASE. But I’ve been lucky enough to have read a few really amazing, body positive books recently, and I think these are all ones you should have on your TBR if you haven’t read them already!

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What I Like About Me

THIS WAS SUCH A CUTE, SUMMERY BOOK! Jenna is thoroughly awesome, so it only made sense her book would be the same, but gosh. It was perfect! What I Like About Me is a summer romance about the ups and downs of teenage friendships, the awkwardness of crushes, and the importance of learning to love yourself and your body. I absolutely loved the authenticity of Maisie’s voice and it felt like she was speaking through the pages and directly to me. She was such a fun, fierce character who I loved getting to know, and I’m sure I’ll be rereading this gorgeous novel countless more times. SO MUCH LOVE FOR MAISIE AND HER FRIENDS.Read More »

YA Thrillers to Read Based on Your Current Netflix Obsession

Okay, so the real reason why I haven’t been sleeping recently isn’t because I’ve been staying up late reading… it’s because I’ve been addicted to watching thrillers. I KNOW. NETFLIX IS RUINING MY LIFE. First it takes my money, then it takes my productivity, then it takes my precious beauty sleep?! (I’m kidding, Netflix and I are in a loving relationship. We’re all good.)

OH BOY. 2019 is already blessing us (cursing us? depends how much you enjoy being scared) with some amazing thriller TV shows, and I’m loving them — in a Will-I-Sleep-Tonight? kind of way. I mean, it’s a valid question. Will I be too addicted to the show to sleep? Or will the show be so creepy I’ll think every sound inside my home is a serial killer coming to finish me off? Flip a coin and kiss goodbye to those midnight snacks. I’m too scared to walk around my house alone now.

So today I’m going to share some YA thrillers you should check out, based on your current Netflix thriller obsession! Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with all of these shows at the moment. AND THEN WE CAN GUSH ABOUT THEM TOO. Or, you know, start a support group filled with gifs of coffee on those early mornings after we’ve had two hours sleep and reassuring there-there’s when run out of tea and are too scared to go into the kitchen when it’s dark. 

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The Most Important Books of 2019

Two months into 2019 and I’m pretty sure I maaaay have just found the three most important books of the year (well, so far at least). This year has kicked off with SO MANY AMAZING NEW RELEASES that it’s hard to keep track of all of them – but if you’re looking for some important ones to add to your TBR, you’ve come to the right place!

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On the Come Up

I seriously didn’t know how Angie Thomas was going to be able to write another novel that was just as incredible as The Hate U Give — it’s a heck of a lot of pressure to live up to, when it basically hasn’t left #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 100 weeks. But WOW. I don’t know how it’s possible for me to love On the Come Up even more than her PERFECT FIRST BOOK BABY, BUT I DID. IT WAS FREAKING PHENOMENAL. And this is coming from someone who thought it would be kind of meh because I’m not a fan of rap. LET ME TELL YOU: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A FAN OF RAP TO APPRECIATE AND LOVE THIS BOOK. (warning: you may develop a sudden urge to listen to rap once you’re done.)Read More »

It’s Making a Comeback!

YA is often famous for particular tropes or subject matter taking over our shelves in a rotating fashion. When I first started reading YA, dystopia was all the rage – think The Hunger Games and Divergent and The Maze Runner. We also had a pretty good run of vampires for a while, with Twilight and Vampire Academy and House of Night. You get the idea. We love a good theme.

I don’t know about you, but 2018 definitely felt like the Year of the Water Creatures / Mermaids. We had Sea Witch and To Kill a Kingdom, and it felt like those books were everywhere. But today I want to talk about some particular things I think are making a comeback in 2019 / 2020 that I’m excited about! Ahh! Books!

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