One year of blogging – a recap

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In October 2016, I started to consider starting my own book blog. I had been thinking about it all summer, ever since my sister Jess started her blog and I was getting massive FOMO; but, at the beginning of the school year I resolved that I was definitely starting my own blog. I took coming up with a name very seriously – I even remembering DMing Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf to ask a question about naming my blog (which she, of course, very helpfully answered). From the moment I published my first post, I have adored blogging. It was just what I needed, filling me with an excitement that I haven’t felt for years – a feeling which, come to think about, I have only ever felt towards book-related things.

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Review – Moxie

35383830Title: Moxie
Author:  Jennifer Mathieu
Published by: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication date: 21st September 2017
Pages: 340, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, feminism

It’s time to fight like a girl!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

TIME TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

A page-turning read with a feminist message, for anyone who has ever had to deal with #everydaysexism

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It’s official: Moxie is exactly what YA needs at the moment. To be honest, it’s what the world needs at the moment. This book had me so fired up, in a totally inspiring way. Lots of people have been talking about this book at the moment, and it is definitely worth the hype (though for anyone who has not read this yet, please note that this book does touch upon sexual harassment and sexual assault – not in too much detail, but this is something to be aware of)!

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In September I Read | 2017

September has flown by – summer’s long gone and I started back at school, which means I now have less time to read than I would like to. That said, I did manage to read six books this month, and a couple of them were ones I’ve been looking forward to all year round!

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The first book (well, play) I read was A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams. I just started English Literature A-Level and this is one of my set texts, so I decided to read it to give me a better understanding of the play when I’m studying it. I really enjoyed it – the characters are very complex, and in particular I find Blanche incredibly interesting. I look forward to studying this in more depth!

Next I read what was perhaps my most anticipated book of 2017: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I cannot believe it took me this long to read this book, but I finally have, and I loved being back in the Shadowhunter world. I actually rated it slightly lower than other books by Cassandra Clare (meaning, four and a half stars as opposed to five), simply because it was so long, but I thought this book was really excellent. I posted my review in September as well, so you can see my full thoughts there!

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Book Box Club September Unboxing!

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I have been wanting to try a book box subscription for months now – a while ago, I did a post on different YA book box subscriptions, and decided that my favourite was Book Box Club! At YALC in July, I ordered the September box, and have been looking forward to it all summer long – it was a wonderful surprise last week when I got home from school and it had arrived! This month’s theme was ‘Outlaws’, and I was so happy with everything in the box.

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Review – The Upside of Unrequited

upsideTitle: The Upside of Unrequited
Author:  Becky Albertalli
Published by: Puffin
Publication date: 11th April 2017
Pages: 336, paperback
Genre: YA, romance, contemporary, LGBTQ+

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love-she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is.
Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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Having loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Since the release of this book, I have heard so many amazing things, particularly to do with the outstanding representation in this book. I bought my copy a few months ago, and now I have finally managed to read it!

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Review – Lord of Shadows

30312891Title: Lord of Shadows
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Published by: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 23rd May 2017
Pages: 701, paperback
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

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Lord of Shadows was, without a doubt, my most anticipated release of 2017, and I have been looking forward to reading it for so long. My excitement for this book is older than this blog, in fact. So when I finally sat down to read it this September, I had high hopes, and was ready to delve back into my most-loved fictional world.

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Bookshelf Tour!

At the end of the summer holidays, I redid my bedroom; nothing huge, just some new bedding, fairy lights, some pictures to collage my wardrobe – and three new bookshelves above my bed!

Until about two weeks ago, I had five stacks of books on my floor, that had just gotten bigger and bigger all summer, and it was seriously stressing me out. Now, however, I have reordered everything so that all my books have a shelf to go on, and it has made me like my bedroom so much more. I thought I would take you through my different shelves in this blog post, and talk about the ways I have organised each one!

Favourites Shelf

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This is definitely my favourite shelf of all – it makes me so unbelievably happy to see my favourite books all lined up like this. I did not include my favourite series’ in this, because there are a number of trilogies I adore, plus the entire Shadowhunters franchise, so there simply wouldn’t be space for all of them (although, if I’m being completely honest – I haven’t actually read the whole of The Upside of Unrequited yet. I thought it looked nice on the shelf, and I’m really hoping it will be a favourite. From what I’ve heard, I’m almost certain it will be!). As I don’t have any bookends yet, I’m using a money bank on one end of the shelf, and this picture of Taylor Swift my (amazingly talented) friend Anna drew for me a few years ago!

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