Here’s Your Halloween TBR, Based on Your Favourite Spooky Movie

Halloween is right around the corner! So what could be better than some film and book recommendations to get you in the spooky spirit? Whether or not you’re a fan of scary stuff, I’ve got a whole ton of suggestions. From things that are fun and funny, like Coco and Ghostbusters, to films that are seriously messed up, like Midsommar, there’s something for everyone on this list!

So grab a pumpkin spiced latte, find a comfy spot, and let me recommend some excellent books and movies for you to curl up with in the lead up to Halloween. Enjoy!

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10 Reasons Why You’ll Love FRANKLY IN LOVE

IT’S FINALLY OUT! One of my most anticipated releases of 2019! Ever since I heard that my fave, Nicola Yoon’s, husband was having his debut novel published, I’ve been super excited to get my hands on it. Then when I heard that Frankly in Love was all about fake dating and had Korean-American representation, I was praying to the bookish overlords to receive a sneaky ARC in the mail.

Finally, I had the chance to read it, and quite frankly, it’s one of the best books I’ve read all year. This book is swoon-worthy, heartfelt, and so incredibly real. Frank’s voice is unique and engaging, and I loved every single moment I spent with him. Trust me when I say that this book is completely and utterly worth every ounce of hype it’s been receiving.

But if you’re still not convinced, find out ten reasons why you’re going to fall in love with Frankly in Love!

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Do These Popular 2019 YA Releases Deserve The Hype?

Hype is a fickle thing, isn’t it? On the one hand, hype gets people excited about new releases and encourages them to add books to their TBRs. But on the other hand, too much hype can lead to disappointment, or even putting people off certain books altogether.

Whether you’re a fan of hyped books or not, there’s a chance you’ve read a few of them in your life. And I’m sure you all know which books I’m talking about! You only have to scroll through social media to notice which books are getting a lot of attention, and those that have seemed to have been overlooked completely.

So today I wanted to share my thoughts with you on TEN OF THE MOST HYPED YA RELEASES OF 2019! Whether you’ve been thinking of picking these ones up, or if you just want to know if I think they’re deserving of the hype or not, check out my selections!

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Misconceptions about YA

Being so involved in the bookish community in Melbourne, it’s easy for me to forget what other people think of YA — and that there are even people who don’t appreciate YA like I do. I’m sure I’m not just speaking for myself when I say that a lot of us get so incredibly wrapped up in the YA community. I mean, YA is such a major part of my life. I blog about it, I write YA stories, I attend book launches, I run a book club, I make booktube videos about YA, I created a YA podcast… YA is everything to me, and I’d be lost without it.

But it wasn’t until last week, when I attended my first Contemporary Australian Writing class at university did I realise not everyone who loves books is as passionate about YA as I am. And of course, people are entitled to their own opinion and everyone has a different taste in books, but I was just so surprised by some of the things that were said about YA in this class. There were so many misconceptions, and it took everything I had not to get up and do a Ted Talk on what YA actually is to my tutorial. Sigh.

So instead of making my classmates sit through my crash course on YA, I thought I’d come here to rant instead! Today, I have five of the main misconceptions about YA and why they’re false — and, not gonna lie, I’ll probably airdrop this link to everyone in my class if someone says something negative about YA again. Let’s get down to business.

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The Five Types of Rereading

Recently, as I’ve picked up some of my favourite novels for the 3728th time, I’ve noticed that there’s more than one kind of rereading. I mean, sometimes I feel in the mood to just reread one of my favourite novels. Other times, I’m feeling more reminiscent and I want to read something I haven’t read since my middle school years. And, of course, there are some books that I don’t even count as rereads because there’s never not a week when I don’t pick up that particular book.

So today I wanted to share the five different types of rereading with you!

Nostalgic Reread

The Hunger Games

It’s difficult to remember which book exactly got me into YA—it may have been The Hunger Games, or it may have been Twilight, or maybe Hush, Hush. But regardless, The Hunger Games was definitely very influential in forming my love for YA. I even remember buying my copy when I was maybe 12 in my favourite bookshop, the bookshop I now work at, and starting it as soon as I got in the car. I’m still such Hunger Games trash, but this series is definitely a nostalgic reread.

Vampire Academy

Another one of my earliest adventures into YA! I started reading these books in Year 8 and I remember being thoroughly shook when the news came out about Vampire Academy being turned into a movie. And then I read Bloodlines and WOW. I still stand by my opinion that this series is phenomenal, and no one can ruin that for me. I mean, I’ve read better books now and my taste has definitely changed, but when I’m in the mood for reading about sexy vampires like Adrian and Rose, this is always the series I go to.

The Mortal Instruments

Let me just take a moment to CRY OVER JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER AND HOW HE WAS, AND FOREVER WILL BE, THE PERFECT JACE. Ahem. Okay, now back to the books. Let me begin by saying that I cosplayed as a Shadowhunter more times than I care to remember, and I can see Past Me painting on Runes with an eyeliner pencil in the Year 9 bathrooms before going to see the premiere of the film at the cinemas. Sometimes when I can’t decide what to read and I just want to fall into a familiar world, I’ll pick up The Mortal Instruments. The only problem is that starting these books prevents me from reading anything else for two weeks. ONCE I START I JUST CAN’T STOP.Read More »

Seven Empowering Books

The books I often find myself recommending the most are the empowering ones. The type of books that make us want to stand up for what we believe in and fight for what’s right. The type of books that leave us a little different from when we turned the first page. It’s these books that show us just how powerful the written word can truly be.

It’s incredible that a few letters rearranged on a page can make us laugh or cry, but what’s even more amazing are the ability for books to allow us to see the world in knew ways and gain empathy from these experiences. Books make us better people, and it’s these books that I want to share with you that have shaped who I am and have the ability  to transform every reader.

These are seven of the most empowering novels.

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