In December I Read | 2017

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December was a really productive reading month for me – in a race to meet my Goodreads goal, I read 13 books last month, which is the most I’ve read for a while! I’ll admit, I am very proud of myself, and I also think I covered a good variety of books – YA, classics, poetry, plays – so I am really happy with that too!

One thing I want to mention before I begin (which I think I have talked about briefly in the past) is that I am an affiliate for A Great Read, and so I will be linking to some of the books I discuss in this blog post using my affiliate link, and if you do want to use these links, that’d be really awesome! Now, onwards with the longest reading wrap up I have written in a long time.

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Five 2018 Releases I Cannot Wait For!

 

I have been obsessively watching videos and reading blog posts about 2018 releases for the past few weeks, and I think it’s safe to say that next year will be a wonderful year, book-wise. I honestly think there are dozens of books coming out in 2018 that I cannot wait for, but these are the five that have been on my mind for a while!

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr – out of the five books on this list, this is the only one I have an ARC of, so I am definitely going to read this soon (possibly even before it is released in January if I have time)! This story is about a girl who finds out her parents have been lying to her and her whole life is a lie – Emily Barr is a really talented writer, and I have high expectations of this book, so I can’t wait to get started on it (the Goodreads for this book is here)!

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Bex’s Top Ten Books of 2017

The time has finally come for me to talk about my favourite books of 2017 – I have been looking forward to doing this for months, as these are some of my favourite blog posts to write, and to read.

In this blog post, I will begin by sharing my favourite YA, and then mention a couple of older novels I really loved reading this year. A lot of them I have also written reviews for, and so I have linked to them in case you want to know my thoughts in more detail!

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In October I Read | 2017

October was busier than I ever thought it could be. September, in my mind, is the busy month, and by October I expected life to slow down a bit. Unfortunately, this was not the case (although I did have a lovely month), and so I found myself with much less time for reading than I would have liked. Still, I managed to read six books this month, most of which I absolutely adored.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu was my first read of the month, and it was a really great way to start the month – Moxie is such a powerful book, and I loved how proudly feminist it was. I think this is just the sort of book that will empower young girls, and after finishing it I wanted to recommend it to everyone I know. If you want to hear me rave about this book more, you can read my review of it here!

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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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