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Feature: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

This is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is bookish resolutions and goals. I did briefly mention some of my goals in my 2017 in review post, but I’ve had a think and expanded them!

1. Spend less money on books

My TBR is the size of a mountain, and I’m also lucky to receive a good few review copies from publishers. With that in mind I’m hoping to spend a bit less on books and focus more on reading the books I already have. I’m planning to put £1 in a jar for every book I read (I have £8 so far) and then if there’s a book I really want I can get it with the money in the jar. That’s the idea anyway!

2. Finish those series

I have a really terrible habit of starting series and not finishing them. I haven’t finished the Divergent Series, or the Shadowhunter books and I’m not up to date on Throne of Glass or Red Queen. I’m aiming to catch up on some of those big series, so I’m not completely in the dark.

3. Read 100 books

My goal for 2017 was to read 75 books and I managed to read 89, planning to push myself in 2018 to go for the big 100!

4. Read outside my comfort zone

If you look at my reviews you cans see I read a lot of fantasy and a lot of YA, this year I’d like to try and read outside my comfort zone, maybe with a bit more crime and a bit more literary fiction.

5. Read more non-fiction

I could probably count on one hand the amount of non-fiction books I’ve read in the last few years. My friend Barb (thecoffeewoods) is a big fan of non-fiction, and I’m hoping she’ll give me some good recs to read more non-fiction in 2018. If you have any non-fiction books you love, definitely me know what they are.

6. Donate books to charity

I hoard books like they’re going out of fashion. I currently have 5 (5!) bookshelves, and I’m already running out of space. I’d like to periodically clear some books out, and donate them to my local charity shop.

7. Try more book boxes

I’ve had a subscription to FairyLoot in the past (I really loved it but quite a few of the books that were in it I had already read) and I would love to try some different ones. If there’s any you subscribe to and love let me know!

8. Read outdoors

I tend to read in doors under a blanket with the cat, I’d like to try going to parks and things, getting a bit more fresh air and reading outdoors.

9. Find a new way to organise shelves

My bookshelves are bit of a mish-mash of titles. I’d love to find a nice way to organise them that makes them look really lovely, I’ve been thinking about colour, but not sure how it would look overall.

10. Try new authors

Like many people I’m a creature of habit, I tend to read books from authors I already know and love, or recommendations I’ve got from other bloggers. I’d love to try some new authors that I maybe haven’t heard much about and find some new favourites.


Feature: 2017 in Review & 2018 Goals


This post is slightly later than planned but I wanted to post about my 2017 stats and the goals I have for 2018. So here goes!

I read a total of 22,464 pages across 89 books.

My goal for 2017 was to read 75 books, so I’m really pleased that I made it to that goal and surpassed it by quite a few titles. My average pages was 251 – this was a bit on the low side and am hoping to read slightly larger books in 2018.

My biggest book was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, which I also gave 5 stars. My smallest title was a small Harry Potter prequel that J. K. Rowling wrote for charity. (4 pages)

My average rating for titles was 4.0.

I’m honestly quite surprised at this. I thought that it would be lower but there were plenty of books I read in 2017 that I thought were amazing.

My most popular book was Divergent by Veronica Roth, and least popular Twist by Pippa Little.

I rated 29 titles as 5 stars, which I think goes to show just how many amazing books I read in 2017. This is a trend I’m definitely hoping to continue in 2018.

2018 Reading Goals

There are a few goals I have planned for 2018.

1. As of January 1st I have put myself on a book buying ban. My TBR is out of control and I am hoping 2018 will be the year I finally conquer it. For every book I read from my mountain I’m going to put £1 in a jar and only buy books with that money.

2. I’m increasing my Goodreads challenge to 100 books, I’m hoping to hit this target fairly easily as I’m reading much more on my commute.

3. I have a terrible habit of starting series and never finishing them, so I’m hoping 2018 will be the year of catching up on some of those big series, including the Throne of Glass series (of which I’ve read two), the Red Queen series (of which I’ve read one) a load more in between.

So those are my 2017 reading stats and my goals for 2018. Do you have any reading goals this year? Did you set yourself a Goodreads Challenge? Let me know!


Feature: My Chronicle Book Box Unboxing!

My Chronicle Book Box is a new monthly subscription book box available here: https://mychroniclebookbox.com/. There are different options available, and these curated boxes come in either Science Fiction and Fantasy or Crime and Mystery themes. I was lucky enough to be sent a Science Fiction and Fantasy box to review, and I think these boxes are absolutely stunning. The items inside were all beautiful and I cannot wait to order another one! Take a look at what’s inside:

1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Print.

This beautiful print was one of the first things that caught my eye in the box. I love tea and Alice in Wonderland, so this print was absolutely perfect for me and I can’t wait to get a frame for this and have it up next to my bookshelves.

2. Darkwoods Crowtree Blend Coffee

This coffee looks and smells amazing. It says on the cover that it ‘tastes of pure dark chocolate’ and I am absolutely dying to try it and my blogging bud and coffee conasciour Barb at The Coffee Woods, will certainly help me sample this beautiful coffee.

3. Northumbrian Candle Works Fresh Green Apple Candle

Oh my goodness this candle smells heavenly. I’ve never smelled a candle that is so exactly like the scent its supposed to be. It’s a strong and delicious smell and I am definitely going to be burning this on one of these cold winter nights. It’s so fresh and beautiful, and I love the clean design the candle has too. I’ve never had a candle from Northumbrian Candle Works before, but I’m definitely going to be trying more of their products.

4. Bookish Mirror

This little mirror is so sweet and charming. It’s got a material back with a lovely bookish design, and it’s the perfect size to pop in a handbag or makeup bag. This little mirror is a fantastic accessory for book lovers and I’ve already had some compliments about how lovely it is.

5. The Really Useful Magnifying Bookmark

I absolutely love this! It’s so quirky (and useful!) It’s very sturdy too, it feels like if I was to have it out and about in my bag and on the train it won’t fall apart easily like a lot of bookmarks do. It’s also great for reading essays with really small print in the footnotes because hey presto it’s magnified.

Inside the box was also this sweet letter with the My Chronicle Book Box wax seal. It’s a really nice touch and adds to the beautiful presentation of the box. The exclusive interview with Joanne Harris was a really interesting read because I love her books, and the letter also gives you information on the items in the box which is really useful now that I want to go and buy more of them!

Now as if all those bookish goodies weren’t enough, this subscription box comes with a whopping three books. For the price I thought this was unbelievable, given they were new books. Each book was beautifully wrapped, which kind of made it feel like Christmas unwrapping them. Here’s what I got:

1. Sweet Dreams – Tricia Sullivan

Charlie is a dreamhacker, able to enter your dreams and mould their direction. Forget that recurring nightmare about being naked at an exam – Charlie will step in to your dream, bring you a dressing gown and give you the answers. As far as she knows, she’s the only person who can do this. Unfortunately, her power comes with one drawback – Charlie also has narcolepsy, and may fall asleep at the most inopportune moment.
But in London 2022, her skill is in demand. And when she is hired by a minor celebrity – who also happens to be the new girlfriend of Charlie’s lamented ex – who dreams of a masked Creeper then sleepwalks off a tall building, Charlie begins to realise that someone else might be able to invade dreams.

2. Strange Sight – Syd Moore

The La Fleur restaurant has a slew of unusual phenomena. Bonnet-clad apparitions pass through walls, blood leaks from ceilings and rats besiege the dining room. Experts from the Great Essex Witch Museum are called in to quell these strange sights. But before Rosie Strange and Sam Stone can do their thing events turn darker. For La Fleur’s chef has been strung up and slaughtered like a pig. More oddly, he only witness, the owner’s daughter Mary, swears blind a ghost did it.
Rosie and Sam must find out what’s happening before Mary takes the fall. But intuitions and tip-offs lead them stumbling into the dark waters of the past, exposing secrets of a wider conspiracy, as well as secrets all Rosie’s own. With strange chills Rosie and Sam learn that seeing isn’t always believing, while thoughts of truth may be just as illusory

3. Proof of A Pocketful of Crows – Joanne Harris

I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.
(The Child Ballads, 295)

So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.

Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.

I was so excited to get these books, I’m a big a fan of Joanne Harris so I can’t wait to read A Pocketful of Crows, and I’ve heard such wonderful things about the Strange Magic books. This box was an absolute pleasure to receive, it was beautifully presented and very carefully curated. The box gets a big five stars from me and if you’re looking for a new book box subscription, this is definitely one to look at.


Big thanks to Louise at My Chronicle Book Box for sending me a box to review!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

Another Tuesday and another top 10! The topic this week is books that I’m thankful for. I thought this was a bit of a difficult one, but I managed to whittle it down to ten:

1. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin is my favourite author and I love pretty much all his books, but A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are amongst my favourite books of all time. I’m so thankful for this series that has spanned a TV show that I’m beyond obsessed with, and so much merchandise my house in inundated with it. I’ll always be thankful for such a wonderful set of books.

2.  The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

There are so many classics that I adore – Tess of the D’ubervilles, Wuthering Heights and Turn of the Screw to name but a few but The Picture of Dorian Gray has got to be my ultimate choice. Reading Oscar Wilde got me into reading so many other classic authors and no matter how many times I read it, I always find The Picture of Dorian Gray a stunning book. I now currently own four editions but I’m always on the lookout for more!

3. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings series is probably what got me into the fantasy books I love so much today. It was also a big bonding moment for me and my mum – we went to the cinema to see the films and we read the books at the same time so I definitely feel thankful that Tolkien wrote these magnificent books.

4. Sabriel – Garth Nix

I was OBSESSED with Gath Nix books as a child. (Who am I kidding, I still am.) I loved Shade’s Children so much, but Sabriel will always have a special place in my heart. I have a signed and very dog-eared copy that I will always treasure.

5. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Somehow I had never read a Margaret Atwood book until I went to University. I was assigned two of her books to read – The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace – and was completely swept away by them both. I’m so thankful that my lecturer introduced me to such a wonderful writer.

6. The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials were the first children’s books I read that I felt were really grown up and I was proud of myself for reading them. I still think they’re magnificent books, and they gave me the encouragement to read bigger and more complex books.

7. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

Let’s be honest, Anne Rice is the Queen of vampire books. Twilight might be immensely popular, but for me nothing will ever beat Lestat. I love The Vampire Chronicles (hence this blog name) and I love that the series is still going on today.

8. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

I’ll never forget picking up Shadow and Bone in my local Blackwell’s because I thought the cover was pretty and it sounded like an interesting read. I was completely hooked and it is definitely one of my favourite books. Getting to meet Leigh at LonCon was also a massive bonus and I’ve loved every one of her books so far (Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I am still not over you oh my goodness).

9. Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

It was difficult to pick which Joe Abercrombie book to put on this list, but Yarvi is one of my favourite characters of all time. It was because of this series that I got into book blogging in the first place, so I’m immensely thankful for this amazing series and to the folks at HarperVoyager that gave me a proof at LonCon.

10. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

This is the most recent book that I’m thankful for. I read this book right at the start of the year and I still think about how bloody good it was. I now have book two at the top of my TBR shelf, and I absolutely cannot wait to dive in. Full of magic and mystery, this book took my breath away.

Special Mentions: (I just couldn’t limit myself to 10!) Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, everything written by Cate Tiernan, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and anything by Neil Gaiman.

Thanks for checking out my top 10 Tuesday, and always be sure to stop by the lovely host The Broke and the Bookish!


Book Review: The White Hare – Michael Fishwick


Release Date: March 9th 2017
Publisher: Zephyr
Pages: 192
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.
Source: I won a proof of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Synopsis:

A beautifully written coming-of-age novel from an acclaimed literary voice.

A lost boy. A dead girl, and one who is left behind.

Robbie doesn’t want anything more to do with death, but life in a village full of whispers and secrets can’t make things the way they were.

When the white hare appears, magical and fleet in the silvery moonlight, she leads them all into a legend, a chase, a hunt. But who is the hunter and who the hunted?

In The White Hare, Michael Fishwick deftly mingles a coming-of-age story with mystery, myth and summer hauntings.

Review:

This book is a quick and interesting read that touches on that difficult topic of grief. The book follows Robbie, a young boy who’s dealing with the death of his mother and the remarriage of his father. The book is a short one – under two hundred pages and most likely you’ll get caught in this fascinating story and read it in one sitting.

The White Hare is a bit of a strange book, it is at times eerie, and I wasn’t always 100% sure what was going on, or where the plot was heading. I enjoyed the mixture of folklore, magic and realism, but I did feel like the ending left me with quite a few questions. That being said, it is a lovely read, watching the characters grow as they deal with the grief of losing their loved ones – Robbie’s friend Mags is dealing with a death also.

I really liked the characters in The White Hare – Robbie who acts out because he misses his mum, best friend Mags who knows more than anyone else about the white hare myth, and Robbie’s dad who’s just trying to do his best. They are very realistic characters, each trying to deal with their grief in the best way they know how.

I loved the idea of the white hare legend – which I won’t say too much about so as not to spoil the story – but I would have loved to know more about this myth and where it all started. I thought The White Hare had a really nice satisfactory ending, and overall the book is a good read. If you’re stuck in doors on a wintery Sunday this month, The White Hare is that perfect magical and heartwarming read to get caught up in.


Book Review: Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods – Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

Series: Warren the 13th #2 (See my review of book one here!)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 224
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.
Source: Quirk Books kindly sent me a copy of this book to review.

Synopsis:

This sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye begins soon after the first book’s conclusion.Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around the countryside, transporting tourists to strange and foreign destinations. But when an unexpected detour brings everyone into the dark and sinister Malwoods, Warren finds himself separated from his hotel and his friends and racing after them on foot through a forest teeming with witches, snakes, talking trees, and mind-boggling riddles. Once again, you can expect stunning illustrations and gorgeous design from Will Staehle on every page along with plenty of nonstop action and adventure!

Review:

I recently read Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye in one sitting on Halloween. I loved it so much I dived straight into the second book in the series, Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods. In this instalment Warren and his friends are back, this time in their moving hotel. All the favourite characters are back, including my new favourite Sketchy the monster. Like the previous book it is absolutely beautifully illustrated, and the overall design is stunning. I loved the red theme than ran through the All-Seeing Eye, and now the green for The Whispering Woods.

Whilst this story has plenty of action and excitement, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the previous book. It is a fun and charming read, but didn’t hook me in the same way. That being said I still think it’s a fabulous story, and a wonderful series for children and adults. This book has a much more witch centred theme than the All-Seeing Eye, and I loved the illustrations of the nasty witches and the evil Witch-Queen.

With Warren wandering around in the woods this book is very reminiscent of old fairy stories, and this was something that I really loved about the book. The book has lots of themes that I think appeal to little ones and not so little ones, like friendship, loyalty and bravery. If you’re looking for a fun read this winter, the Warren the 13th books are the gorgeous books you need to snuggle up with at bedtime.


Blog Tour: The Red Beach Hut – Lynn Michell

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Release Date: 4th October 2017
Publisher: Inspired Quill
Pages: 260
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads. Inspired Quill Bookshop
Source: I was kindly sent a copy of this book to review.

Synopsis:

“Their eyes met and locked. Pulling his hand from his pocket, Neville waved. Once.”
Eight year old Neville is the first to notice that the red beach hut is occupied again.
Abbott, panicked by what he believes is a homophobic cyber attack, is on the run. The hut is his refuge and shelter.

Inevitably man and boy collide. Their fleeting friendship is poignant, honest and healing. But Abbot’s past threatens to tear him away, as others watch and self-interpret what they see.

An evocative portrayal of two outsiders who find companionship on a lonely beach, Lynn Michell’s novel is about the labels we give people who are different, and the harm that ensues.

Review:

 

I took this book on holiday with me because I thought it sounded like such a fascinating read. I unfortunately didn’t get to it until the very last day, and the dreaded wait in the airport. I settled in to start The Red Beach Hut and before I knew it the two hour wait had gone by. I was completely sucked in by this beautifully written book, so much so that I wish I could get the chance to read it for the first time again.

I loved everything about The Red Beach Hut. I could picture the quiet slightly run down seaside town, the kind of place I probably visited with my parents as a child. The images Michell conjours up are so vivid, and so typical of British life. I also thought the characters were fantastic. Child protagonist Neville is perfect, equal parts trusting and questioning. There’s also a host of secondary characters that I thought were really fascinating: Neville’s mum doing whatever she can to make ends meet, as well as the nosy neighbours Bill and Ida who make it their business to get involved with everything that is happening around the little seaside town. These characters felt very realistic, perfectly capturing the essence of real people.

The writing in The Red Beach Hut is enthralling, and I found myself completely absorbed in Michell’s words. The plot is a really fascinating one to think about: a lonely boy makes friends with a man living in a red beach hut, and how that looks from the outside perspective. It gives the reader a lot to think about, and is incredibly relevant with today’s media. I enjoyed The Red Beach Hut immensely, and can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

32601841Release Date: 7th September 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 290
Source: I was lucky to pick up an early copy at YALC!
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.

Synopsis:

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

Review:

This is easily one of my favourite books of 2017. (I know I’ve said that a lot this year, 2017 has been a fabulous year for books after all). But honestly, I can’t reccommend this book highly enough. I’d heard some of the buzz about it on social media, and so when it was announced that people attending this years Young Adult Literature Convention would be able to buy early copies, I jumped at the chance.

This was my first outing into a book by Lauren James, but I’m now eager to read all her other books too. This book is superbly written, enveloping you completely in the claustrophobic confines of space.

I just adored the premise of this book – Romy Silver has never been to Earth, she was born in space, but now she’s completely alone living in a space ship in search of a new Earth for future generations. I loved Romy, the girl who has dealt with so much in her young life, yet never actually set foot on the earth, had a sleepover or been around anyone her own age.

Romy is smart, stubborn and a fantastic protagonist. She might be the youngest Commander of a spaceship, but she also just kind of wants to obsess over her favourite TV series and write fan fiction. She’s relatable in so many ways, she’s a bit awkward and suffers from anxiety – I absolutely adored her.

The plot of this book is tense, and more than a little creepy and on several occasions I definitely felt the urge to gasp out loud. James drew me in hook line and sinker, and I loved every second of it.

I must admit I had sort of expected to read this over a few days, the short chapters being great to read over my lunch break at work. However after getting home from YALC I decided to read the first few chapters and by then I was completely sucked in and finished the book in one sitting.

If you’re looking for a tense, superbly written mystery, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is definitely the book to pick up this month.

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Feature: Liebster Award

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The lovely Katie at KatieJudgesBooks nominated me to do the Liebster Award Tag. I’ve never done this before so thank you so much Katie!

The rules

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Nominate 11 blogs.
4. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Katie’s Questions

1) Why and how did you start blogging?

I started blogging after attending my first ever WorldCon in London. I met lots of lovely publishers and they gave me proof copies of some of my favourite authors and suggested I try reviewing them, especially if I wanted to work in the publishing industry. I figured I would give it a go and I got hooked. After taking a year or two out of doing it, I’m back to blogging as much as possible.

2) Does it ever feel like work and how do you juggle all the other responsibilities?
I think if you have a lot on it really can be difficult. When I was studying I definitely found it difficult to juggle blogging, working and studying. If you’re passionate about it though you should stick with it!

3) Do you ever connect with authors/chat with them?
Sometimes, I’ve started to try and participate in the Twitter Chats hosted online, these are really fun and there’s usually plenty of authors taking part.

4) Do you like writing reviews and what do you do when you have to write a bad review?
I always find it difficult to write a bad review. I think you have to be really careful and make sure that your review is constructive, no matter if you loved or hated the book. Writing reviews that just slate a book are no use to anybody. I love writing reviews for books I absolutely adored, although they quickly become a two page rant on how awesome it was.

5) Do you do tags and all these things or do you just post reviews?
I try to do book hauls and discussion type posts every now and then, as well as guest post and author reviews. I haven’t really done any tags, but I definitely want to do more.

6) Do you schedule your posts in advance or just go with it and try to post as regularly as possible?
I schedule posts if I have an agreed date i.e a blog tour or a particular date a review needs to go up, otherwise I just try and post a few times every week.

7) Do all your friends read or are you friends with people who do not read?
Actually most of my friends aren’t big readers, I have one or two who are crazy bookworms which is great, but it’s nice to have friends with other interests too.

8) What do you feel like when watching the movie/series not following the book?
I used to get quite upset about this., I was always the sort of person that would be like “but that’s not in the book!” but then I did a module at university on books and adaptation, and my lecturer talked a lot about how the two mediums are completely different things, there are plenty of reasons that things from books get changed – it might not translate, it doesn’t go with the flow of the film, budget reasons etc. She suggested that if you take them as two completely separate things, you’ll enjoy it a lot more in the long run.

9) Your favourite book at any point of life?
Oh goodness. I have so many books that I love. My favourite book is still probably The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I read it when I was younger and adored it, and I’ve read it countless times since. I also hold a special place for George R. R. Martin’s books, particularly Fevre Dream and the A Song of Ice and Fire books. I also pretty much adore anything by Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas.

10) Do you stick to one genre or do you read diverse books?
I do try and read diversely but I don’t think I’m very good at that. I love fantasy and science fiction books, so I tend to gravitate towards them, whether they’re adult or young adult doesn’t really bother me. I am also a big fan of historical fiction, crime thrillers and literary fiction, but I tend not to read them as often as I do fantasy books.

11) Did you like the books you had to read in school or not?
It’s funny because my English teacher at school estimated that I would probably fail at Higher (GCSE) level. I loved books, but not particularly the ones we studied in school. I loved Macbeth, but was never a fan books like To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies. Now as a grown up I love both of those books, and I got an A in English, so what did he know!

My 11 questions are:

1. What is your favourite thing about being a blogger?
2. Is there anything in particular that got you into blogging?
3. Do you attend author events? If so which authors have you met?
4. You’re stranded on a desert island with only three books. What do you take?
5. How do you keep track of your review books, do you have a schedule or just pick them up as you see them?
6. Who are your favourite book bloggers to read reviews from?
7. You’re having a dinner party, which authors do you invite?
8. What’s the best book (or books) you’ve read so far in 2017?
9. Do you take part in the Goodreads Challenge? How many books have you set yourself and are you on track?
10. What’s one book everyone seems to love but you just didn’t like?
11. What’s your favourite book to screen adaptation?

So I’d like to nominate these lovely bloggers, (I totally apologise if you’ve done this tag already!)

Grace @ City of Novels
Faye @ A Day Dreamers Thoughts
Abby @ Anne Bonny Reviews
Jo @ Over the Rainbow
Tiffani @ The Book Venom
Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
The Maniacal Book Unicorn
Vanessa @ Postcards for Ariel
Nicola @ Fantastic Book Dragon
Chloe @ Chloe’s Cosy Corner
Rae @ A New Look On Books


Blog Tour: Done Dirt Cheap – Sarah Nicole Lemon

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Synopsis:

Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens.

Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of a local lawyer: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.

I absolutely loved this book, the two main characters, Tourmaline and Virginia are fantastic, and you can check out my review of Done Dirt Cheap tomorrow. In the mean time check out these fab character profiles!

 

Done Dirt Cheap was published March 7th by Amulet Books.