Book Recs for Pride Month

Happy Pride Month everyone! This month went by so fast, and I bad for how little I’ve done to commemorate it. I considered doing something different to just recommendations, but in the end I decided that it is always a good thing to be recommending such important books. As Pride Month is over tomorrow, I think these would all make great summer reads. Or reads for any time of the year.

I would also just like to stress that whilst I am not LGBTQ+ myself, these were all books that were also well-received by members of the LGBTQ+ community (as far as I’m aware; please do correct me if I’m mistaken).

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Working at an independent bookstore

So, this week is Independent Bookshop Week, and last week I was lucky enough to do work experience at Gallic Books, a publishing company that translates French books into English, as well as the independent bookshop run in the same place, Belgravia Books.


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Review – Always and Forever, Lara Jean

33148726Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Jenny Han
Published by: Scholastic UK
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Pages: 325, paperback
Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


It’s been a while since I read the previous two books in this series, and I was really looking forward to reading the conclusion to Peter and Lara Jean’s story. I was able to get really stuck into this book, as Jenny Han’s writing style is really light-hearted and fun, so I read this in just a couple of days! (also, there may be a few spoilers in this review, which you can read if you wish by selecting the highlighted font!)

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A few facts about me

As some of you may remember from last week’s blog update, over the summer I want to get a bit more personal here on My Shelf and Myself (but still making sure there is an abundance of bookish content). So, maybe this is because I just hit 100 blog followers, and 100 is a big number so at least a few of you must want to know a little more about me, just maybe? Or perhaps this is just me, indulging my narcissistic side for once. Either way, I thought I’d start with a few facts about me.


So, hello. I’m Bex, short for Rebecca. Hardly any of my irl friends call me Bex, if anything it’s usually Becca. I’ve been reading my whole life, devouring anything as a child, from The Rainbow Fairies to Harry Potter. I’m a Hufflepuff. I’m a feminist, and I spend too much of my time explaining to people (often older, and usually male) what that actually means and why it’s important. But you gotta do what you gotta do.

I have an android, and constantly wish for an iPhone; but still, with the right lighting and some instagram filters, I can take alright photos. Usually, I don’t drink coffee. I like the taste, but I feel no more awake after having a cup, so I tend to stick with decaf. I used to write when I was younger. It was awful, but that’s beside the point, and I hope to get back into it soon.

153 words filled with me. I think I’ll stop here, but do let me know if you enjoyed this post, and if you would like more that are similar. And if any of you noticed the new blog layout, what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Blog Tour: The Devil’s Poetry – Review

35148705Title: The Devil’s Poetry
Louise Cole
Published by: Kindle Press
Publication date: 13th June 2017
Pages: 250, ebook
Genre: YA, thriller

Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.
Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book, it seems an easy solution – too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as the paranormal Cadaveri.
Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?
Dare she read this book? What’s the price – and who pays it?
Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2016, this is an action-packed blend of adventure, fantasy and love story.


Today I will be reviewing The Devil’s Poetry as part of the book’s blog tour – I was super excited when Faye asked me to take part, as this book looked exactly like my kind of thing!

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My YALC TBR | 2017

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YALC 2017 is just over one month away, and myself and my fellow YA-lovers are already getting veeeery excited. I found the full list of authors attending YALC this year on the lovely Kelly’s blog, and I realised there are so many books I want to read. Eleven in fact. I’m not sure if I’ll manage all of them by June 28th, but I want to try and get through as many as possible!

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A Little Blog Update…

As those of you who follow me on Twitter may know, I have had an abundance of exams over the past couple of months that have left me rather stressed and exhausted. I finally finished on Friday, and now have the whole summer holiday to look forward to!

Starting from now, I plan on doing lots of work on this blog, which I am super excited for. Firstly, I want to post more over the summer – I’ve been doing twice a week since I started my blog, but I think I’ll try for three now that I have more time. I may also be doing a few other non-bookish things, just general life stuff (I took to Twitter to ask about this, and 73% of people said to go for it, so I now feel validated n all that). Though, if all you want to see from this blog is books, at least two posts a week will still definitely be book-related, so no different from usual.

A few other things – I may toy around with my blog layout over the next few weeks, may get an instagram, may change the format of my monthly wrap ups. So yeah. There are lots of things I want to work on over the summer, and I thought I would fill you, my lovely readers, in. If any of you have any comments I’d love to hear them, and other than that, I should have lots more posts coming soon!

Review – Tree Magic

32883339Title: Tree Magic
Harriet Springbett
Published by: Impress Books
Publication date: 9th January 2017
Pages: 443, ebook
Genre: young adult, fantasy

Rainbow’s magic hands can shape trees at her will, but her gift is dangerous and has fatal consequences.

From England to France, through secrets, fears and parallel worlds, Rainbow’s journey to understand her powers takes her beyond everything she’s ever known.

To find the truth, she must also find herself.


I’ve been anticipating this read for months, ever since I was lucky enough to be sent an eARC of Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett, the author. It was very different from my usual YA reads, but I found the storyline intriguing and it was a book I enjoyed immensely.

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Your Favourite Music Book Tag

It’s time for another tag! This one is the ‘Your Favourite Music’ book tag, created by Debbie from Debbie’s Library. Thank you so much to Lia from Lost In A Story for tagging me – her post and just her blog in general is FAB so definitely check it out!

Also, I am aware that I have been doing a lot of tags and reviews recently – I have had exams for the past couple of months (as I keep going on about) so have not had lots of time to think of more original, discussion-type content. I will work on that in the summer, but for now, this looked like fun and I really wanted to try it out!

The Rules

  • Tag the creator of this tag and the one who tagged you
  • Pick 5 songs (or more) that you just have to listen whenever they are played
  • Pick the books/characters you think fit that song the best, and explain why you pick this book/character for this song
  • Tag some friends!

The books!

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Review – The Winner’s Curse

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Marie Rutkoski
Published by: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Pages: 359, paperback
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.


I was quite excited to read this book, as I know it’s very popular, and it’s just the sort of fantasy YA I love. I was expecting a five-star read, and honestly, this was quite disappointing. Did I enjoy it? Yes, I did – if fact, I read it in one day. However there were just so many things about this book that frustrated me, so please excuse me if this review sounds slightly like a rant (and be warned, there will be some minor spoilers!).

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