It’s a known fact that October is the best time of the year for book lovers… or the worst, if we’re thinking about our bank accounts and looming TBRs. Yes, it’s release season! The time where new books are flying at us from left, right, and centre, and we’re left desperately trying to keep up. And even though it can be stressful trying to juggle all these amazing releases, it’s undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of the year.
With the start of the spooky season comes all the exciting books that we’re all desperate to get our hands on! It’s like it’s the last rush for publishers to get all there exciting releases out into the world before Christmas, and even though October is a month that breaks my bank, I’m happy to drink terrible instant coffee instead of extravagant Starbucks frappuccinos if it means getting my hands on an anticipated release.
So today I want to fangirl about some of the most excellent books I’ve read recently! I’m still getting through my TBR pile and I’m sure there will be a whole lot more that I want to scream about, but in the meantime, here’s five of them that deserve to be on your shelves too.
It’s hard to believe we’re already 3/4 through 2018 already! I’ve read so many spectacular new releases this year, including some really hyped ones, but it’s time to spread the love for some of the lesser well known novels I’ve adored this year so far.
When I read Heart of Mist last year, I honestly didn’t know how Helen Scheuerer was going to one-up herself. But like Heart of Mist happily surprised me by how much I adored it, Reign of Mist was just as incredible. This series is such a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy that will captivate you from the very first page and won’t let you close the book until you’ve finished and craving more. Reign of Mist picks up right where Heart of Mist left us, again taking us on a journey filled with magic and secrets and intrigue. If you’re a fan of fantasy, this is definitely a series that should be on your radar.
I was desperate to get my hands on Heretics Anonymous ever since I heard about it, and this was definitely a book that didn’t disappoint. It talks about religion and friendship and hypocritical beliefs. Not only does it introduce us to a diverse cast of characters who I loved getting to know, but it also has an adorable romance that I desperate wish we could get another book about. Heretics Anonymous is such an exceptionally-written YA contemporary, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.Read More »
Have you ever thought about what the typical day in the life of a YA heroine would look like? Have you ever picked up on their stereotypical behaviour and thought that a lot of them live their daily lives in similar ways? Well today I’m going to expose the lives of these typical heroines and give you a rundown of what would happen if you were one of these characters. Enjoy!
As much as I’m an avid reader of YA novels featuring queer protagonists, I haven’t actually read that many middle grade books / younger YA novels with LGBTQIAP+ characters. Well, I don’t usually get to read that many middle grade novels, period. But I’ve been wanting to read more of these books recently so that I can recommend them to the younger readers in my life and the tweens that come into the bookstore I work at asking for recommendations. I’m sick of talking about the same hyped middle grade series, and I want to give these people novels that they might see themselves in.
The first book I ever read with a queer protagonist was The Flywheel when I was about 15, and that book holds so much emotional significance to me. It was the first book I saw my feelings represented in. It was the first time I recognised that having feelings for other girls was valid and didn’t make me unnatural or unlovable. If I’d have read more middle grade novels with queer protagonists in my early teen years, perhaps I would have been able to come to terms with my identity as a biromantic asexual sooner.
Although there are undoubtedly a lot more middle grade and YA novels now than there were five years ago, I would still love to hear more buzz about middle grade novels with queer protagonists—and there’s always room for more! So if you have any recommendations for books I should check out, specifically featuring LGBTQIAP+ characters under 14, I would love to check them out. In the meantime, here are three novels featuring younger teens who happen to be queer!
Do you ever just look at how many books someone’s read this month, or what their Goodreads goal is, and just melt into a puddle of despair crying HOOOOW?! Same. I’m that puddle. But instead of wallowing in misery that it’s highly improbable we’ll ever get around to reading all the books on our shelves or finally conquer our TBR, I’m going to give some VERY HELPFUL TIPS about how you can read hundreds of books each year. It’s pretty much foolproof.
My reading habits have remained mysterious to this very day, but NO LONGER ARE THEY A SECRET. I’ve #exposed all those other readers out there who read 200+ books a year, purely for your benefit. Shh… don’t tell them I spilled the tea. So take a seat, grab a notepad, and get ready to learn all about the secret lives of these speed-readers.
Read multiple books at once.
You might think I mean flicking between a few different books at once – perhaps one of them is an audiobook for your commutes. Perhaps one is a physical book you only choose to read before bed. But no, I’m talking about reading multiple books AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. How are you meant to read two or more books at once when you only have two eyes, you ask? GET SOME MORE EYES. I recommend at least eight. It’s the only way to ensure you will have maximum retention of the novels and be able to smash through your Goodreads goal.
What, like, growing more eyes is hard? AMATEURS. Read More »
Ahh yes, the infamous mini reviews. THEY’RE BACK! Yes, it’s true that they never really left, but I’m known to include a touch of the dramatic. *throws glitter*
So today I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve read recently with you! I know we still have a bit of time left in February, but I just have SO MANY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS about the books I’ve been reading, and I have to share them with you! WHAT’S NEW?!
So without further ado, here are some of my February reads so far!
WOW. YES. A thousand times yes. I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Valentine, when I read it — but I was absolutely blown away by the second instalment! This novel threw me back into the world where faeries are real (and can be deadly), the Seelie and Unseelie are after Finn, and Pearl is being isolated from her classmates. I’d honestly forgotten how fun these books are to read, and how much I love Pearl’s voice and the way Jodi incorporates humour into the storytelling. The pop culture references are on point, and I just adored this Aussie urban fantasy. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW. JODI, HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME LIKE THIS.
Thanks to Penguin Teen Australia for providing me a copy with this book in exchange for an honest review!Read More »
As I’m just about to go into my second year of university, I’ve never been more desperate to read more YA set in college than I am at this very moment. There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the need for more YA books to be set after high school — and yes, I know NA is a thing, but for someone with the majority of the books I’ve been reading since I was 12 being YA, suddenly jumping into a new readership seems daunting. And plus, I still connect to so many YA stories. I’m only 19, that weird age when you’re not quite a teenager anymore but not quite an adult either, and I still see so much of my life in the protagonists from the YA books I read. And I know I’ll be reading YA for quite some time to come, even once I leave uni.
One of the main reasons I haven’t ventured out into NA and tried to read more of those books has definitely been influenced by the stereotype that NA is more about relationships and romance, and yes, sex. I’m asexual… so you might be able to understand why I wouldn’t be able to see that aspect of myself in the protagonists. I want first romances, cute handholding, and swooning. I’d definitely be happy to give some NA a go that doesn’t involve much or any romance. But another one of the reasons why I haven’t really given NA a try is because it doesn’t have the same platform as YA. YA is everywhere I look — on Twitter, Instagram, the blogs and BookTube channels I follow — and joining a whole new community seems daunting to me.
I’M NOT FREAKING OUT, YOU’RE FREAKING OUT. Honestly, where did the year go? Wasn’t it just 2013, like, last month?! I’m OLD now, and another year is almost over and have I finished all the books I wanted to read this year? DEFINITELY NOT.
NOT EVEN CLOSE.
But instead of focussing on that fact, today I’m going to share some mini reviews for books I’ve read recently because FULL REVIEWS ARE NO LONGER A THING IN DECEMBER BECAUSE I NEED TO SHARE ALL MY FEELS BEFORE THE NEW YEAR MAKES ME FORGET 2017.
Though I wouldn’t be that sad if I forgot the mess that is 2017. We had some good releases, sure, but beyond that? #NotImpressed. 2017 can go have time out in the corner because I’ve had enough of it. BRING ON 2018 PLEASE.
But also… don’t take me one year closer to death. I still have to read all the books on my shelves before then, so spare me for another 274 years. It’ll take me that long to get through everything – please and thank you.
I’ve always had a special connection with books that include characters who love to write or enjoy reading. Part of me thinks that’s because bookish people are some of the most passionate, kind, hardworking people there are, and I want to read about those sorts of people. But really, I think the main reason is because, as a reader and a writer (what a surprise) I’m able to connect with these characters and see a piece of myself within them. As readers and writers, we’re all connected. There’s something about the love of books and the written word that ties us all together — the adoration of stories and storytelling is something we all grow up on, and the ones that keep this passion throughout adulthood have a sense of creativity and empathy that might not be as prominent in other people. So you, as a reader or a writer, are spectacular. That’s what I’m trying to say.
It’s amazing to open a book and be able to see a part of yourself on the page — whether that be represented through your cultural identity, your sexual orientation, your disabilities, your neurodiveristy, or even something seemingly as simple as your passions or interests. It’s so important that readers, especially teens and young adults, are able to see a part of themselves in what they read, because seeing people like yourself is something that shows your identity or who you are is valid. You matter, and as a reader, you deserve to see people like you in the books that you read. That’s why reading diversely and supporting #OwnVoices is so important — to show young people that they matter.
I could go on and on about my identity as a neurodivergent queer cis woman and how I see myself represented in what I read, but today I want to talk about a different part of my identity — my identity as a writer. I love reading about writers and content creators more than anything, specifically because those are the people I identify with and those are the things I want to be doing with my life: writing and creating other cool content. To me, if you hand me a book with a good writer character that I can either want to nurture or swoon over, where their writing process is realistic and relatable, there’s a 99% chance it will end up on my Favourites shelf. So today I’d like to recommend some of my favourite books with writer characters in them to you!
One of the trends I’ve seen in YA in the last couple of years is exploring what it means to be internet famous, and sharing the stories of those content creators who are well renowned online. What I love most about these novels are how they reflect what’s important to me at my place in life at the moment, and how they so clearly give a snapshot into this aspect of society at the present. As a blogger who considers her residential address to be the internet, you could say that social media and other platforms where people post their content takes up a large portion of my life. Because of that, I find reading about teens who write fanfic for a large audience or become a YouTube sensation overnight extremely satisfying to read about. So these are some of my favourite books about internet and the modern era!