It’s a well-known saying that books have the power to change us, and I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment. Some of the most important things I’ve learned, not only about myself, but also about the world around me, has come from books.
Book have taught me that I’m not alone in whatever I’m going through or whatever I’m feeling. Books have taught me to be brave. Books have taught me how to stand up for myself, and believe in myself, and learn to love myself—flaws and all.
And most importantly, books have helped me realise that I am indeed hella queer, and they’ve helped me not only come to terms with my sexuality, but EMBRACE it. Be PROUD about it. And I think that’s a really important thing. I have YA to thank for that.
Packing books for my vacation is honestly SO DIFFICULT. How am I meant to know what I want to read for the next month? I can’t even stick to a weekly TBR. *sigh* Life is just too hard sometimes. (I’m totally kidding.) But it’s a real problem that a lot of people face when packing for trips, whether that be a short getaway or months abroad!
I’m an over-packer at the best of times, and that definitely extends to my books. When I went to New Zealand for two weeks, I took 12 physical books. When I was coming home from China, I literally shoved two books in the waistband of my trackies and two under my shirt so I wasn’t over the luggage limit. SO YEAH. I miiiiight have a little bit of a packing problem when it comes to books.
Although, over the years I have discovered some methods to make sure I don’t run out of books to read while I’m abroad. It definitely helps that ebooks and audiobooks are a lot easier to get hold of than even five years ago. But I’ll be talking a bit about that later! So without further ado, here are five different methods I use to make sure I pack enough books for my vacation.
Ebooks are the obvious choice, right? It’s so handy being able to store a library of books on your phone. I don’t have a Kindle though, so I don’t like to read on my phone for long periods of time. That being said, I do love reading when I’m waiting for public transport or eating meals on holiday. I don’t always have enough room in my backpack to take a book out with me, so having a few ebooks loaded onto my phone is always comforting! I always stock up on ebooks when they go on sale so I’ll never run out. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.Read More »
So you just finished the finale of Game of Thrones—now what? How do you move on from a show that’s been the backbone of pop culture for basically the past decade? It’s hard, especially when the finale probably didn’t give you everything you wanted, and is definitely leaving you with an unexpected and unshifting feeling of loss. Like this big part of all of us has just… ended. Endings are weird, right?
But what can you do to try and fill that void in your life now, you ask? Well, I have some book recommendations based on your favourite character in Game of Thrones! Whether you’re a lover of assassins, morally grey characters can’t help but root for, or just girls wielding weapons in stunning dresses, then I have some great picks you should add to your TBR!
HELL. YES. Arya is easily my favourite character in Game of Thrones—I mean, she’s an assassin, she can wield a sword like a badass, and she’s basically a pirate. If only she were MY WIFE as well. Ahh, a girl can dream. But Arya definitely reminded me of Lila Bard in the Shades of Magic series. If you haven’t read these yet, I URGE YOU TO DO SO. Seriously. Lila is mine though. Back off.Read More »
Answer me this: when am I not screaming about Aussie YA?! Let’s be real… when am I not screaming about books in general? Or just screaming into the void. Ya know. Waiting for the void to start screaming back at me. BUT ANYWAY. I’m here to talk about books, not my impending existential crisis. SO LET’S DO THAT.
Today, I wanted to speak about some new Aussie releases that I’m excited for! One of them I’ve already read, but the others are on my TBR: three fantastic upcoming #LoveOzYA novels, and one middle grade one! There’s just something so comforting and warm to me about Aussie YA. About falling into a story in a landscape you know and love. It really feels like home, with all that Aussie slang and mentions of snags on the barbie and sangas.
We’re going to start off this recommendation post with a book I actually have read! Yes, I’m as shook as you are! After reading—and adoring—Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky, I was so excited to receive a copy of his latest novel, Promise Me Happy. Heartbreaking #LoveOzYA?! SIGN ME THE HECK UP. And wow, this book took my heart and slowly crushed it… but like, in the best way possible. I HAD FEEEEELINGS. I should have expected the pain this book would inflict upon my soul—it’s about a boy who’s just out of juvie and left with an uncle who doesn’t know or want him—but I was just all naive being like WELL IT SAYS “HAPPY” RIGHT THERE IN THE TITLE. I am but a smol mistaken child.Read More »
I’m absolutely OBSESSED with sorting people into Hogwarts Houses. One of my first questions when I’m getting to know someone new is “what’s your Hogwarts House?”, because I really feel like it gives you a snapshot of a person and what they might be like. As a Slytherin, I’m well aware of the bad reputation we have in society (WE’RE NOT ALL EVIL, I SWEAR), but I just loooove finding out how my friends and my colleagues have been sorted. I also love hearing what people’s Myers-Briggs type is, but less people know that than their Hogwarts House. *sigh*
And you know who else I love categorising into Hogwarts Houses? Characters! Especially the characters I write about in my own novels. Right now, I’m working on one with a Hufflepuff whose love interest is a Gryffindor, and I’m having so much fun with it. So today I decided to sort my recent reads into Hogwarts Houses, inspired by Christine @ polandbananasbooks‘s epic video where she did a similar thing! If you’re looking for a new novel to pick up based on your Hogwarts House, I definitely recommend these ones!
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.
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.
I JUST FINISHED WATCHING BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FOR THE FIRST TIME. EVER. I know right?! I’m about twenty years late to the party, but oh my god, it was absolutely incredible. I seriously haven’t fell in love with a show like I did with Buffy for a very long time, and I know I’ll be rewatching it so much in future. THE CHARACTERS WERE INCREDIBLE. THE PLOT WAS GRIPPING. THE EPISODES WERE FLAWLESS. Everything about this show makes me want to scream about it from the rooftops.
So that’s what I’m doing today! I thought there’s no better way to celebrate finishing watching such an iconic show like Buffy than to do a book tag about it! This one is inspired by Book Slaying’s book tag, but I changed some of the prompts and added some of my own just to showcase some of my other favourite characters. If you’re a fan of Buffy, I’d love you to do this book tag as well! Enjoy!
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!
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 »
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.