Romantic YA Reads

I don’t know about you, but my favourite genre of YA at the moment is the romantic contemporary sort. Give me a YA contemporary any day and I’ll love you, but give me a cute, swoony romance? I’ll bake you a cake every day for a year. Give me a queer, cute, swoony romance?! I’LL BUY YOU A PLANET. No joke. Take your pick. Personally, I’d go for Saturn.

So today I wanted to share reviews for some of the romantic YA books I’ve read recently, as well as provide you with a list of all the upcoming cute contemporaries you simply must add to your TBR. Your bank account may be over in the corner quietly sobbing, but hey, sacrifices have to be made. Be warned that your heart might also be sacrificed to the bookish gods because of all the feeeeeels. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Always be prepared to have your heart ripped out when your OTP is having relationship problems.

Read More »

How to Write a Novel in a Month

HELLOOOOO WRITER FRIENDS! Or readers who want to give writing a shot! Or just that random guy who stumbled upon my blog in the hopes of unlocking the secret to immortality — hi! For those of you that have been here before, or follow me on social media, you’ll know I love writing. I’m constantly chatting about what I’m working on and ideas I have for my next projects, and occasionally trying to take the perfect shot of my coffee for Instagram at a cafe and forgetting to write altogether… you know how it is!

But for the writers among us, you might know that April is Camp NaNoWriMo! How exciting! And by exciting, I mean getting five hours sleep, constantly snacking while attempting to drag words out of your brain, and wishing you could just run away to Bolivia to write in peace. Recently I’ve been a few questions on Twitter asking me how I have such a high word count goal for each day / week / month. The answer is… I don’t sleep. JUST KIDDING. I’m a big fan of naps. Sleep is important, y’all.

So I thought some people might find it useful if I were to make a little post about how you can write a novel in a month! IT’S POSSIBLE. So if you’re wanting to smash out 80k this April, or maybe just 5k, I’m here to impart alllll my wisdom to you (you might think some of it is trash — don’t worry, so do I. What do I know, I’m just a twenty year-old awkward potato who calls real life people characters). I BELIEVE IN YOU. GO WRITE THE NOVEL YOU’VE BEEN DAYDREAMING ABOUT. Yes, I’m talking to you. I like your hair.

Read More »

YA Books for Music Lovers

I absolutely love books that have some kind of music element in them, whether the protagonist be in a band, or they find solace in music, or anything like that. There’s just something so comforting about characters being passionate about the same things as you are, right? And I adore listening to music — especially when I’m reading.

So today I thought I’d share some of my favourite books that you should definitely check out if you’re a fan of any kind of music! There’s characters who enjoy pop music, to those that are into rap, and even some that play classical pieces. Something for everyone!

34325090

I Was Born for This

Y’all are definitely sick of me saying this, but I LOVE ALICE OSEMAN. She’s one of my favourite authors of all time (and yeah, she’s definitely my favourite contemporary YA author), so how could I not include I Was Born for This in my post?! This is a book about fandoms and music and mental illness and friendship, and it honestly… brings a tear to my eye every time I think about it. JIMMY. ANGEL. AHHH. Seriously, this book is perfection. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me swoooon… oh my goodness. If you haven’t read anything by Alice Oseman yet, please do check out her stuff!Read More »

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.

Read More »

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 »

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!

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.

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. 

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!

Read More »

8 Queer Characters I’d Take a Bullet For

“I’D TAKE A BULLET FOR THEM”. It’s something most of us have said about a fictional character at one point or another (or even someone IRL, let’s be real). But how could you not want to protect someone with your life? Well, even if you’re like, look, I’m selfish, and I kinda like how my life is going, TRUST ME, I’VE BEEN THERE. But even this cold Slytherin heart couldn’t help but step into the path of a speeding car if it meant saving one of these cinnamon rolls.

So today I’m going to share with you some queer characters I’d risk my life for! I JUST HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR THE QUEER CHARACTERS IN MY LIFE AND I WOULD PROTECT THEM AT ALL COSTS. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over there weeping in the corner because of how much I love them. I’m totally fine. Nothing to see here.

Read More »