Big News!

Hey guys!

So, I’ve got some big news to share: I’m moving – in both the virtual and real world!!

Virtually, I’ve decided that my blog needs a change of scenery for a little while! I love WordPress, and it looks so beautiful and professional, but I’m really struggling to find the inspiration to blog nowadays. And so, I hope that by moving platforms I’ll be able to get back into gear!

I’ve moved my blog over to Blogger, which is powered by Google. I’m really excited to try this out, and it would mean the world to me if you’d check out the new version of The Book Crunch (which looks quite a lot like the current one)! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

What does this mean for my WordPress site? 

I’m not closing down this site! The move over to blogger will probably be temporary – I just want to get a feel for how this other platform works, and see if it fits me better! This just means that I won’t be blogging on this site for a little while, as I try and get back into the swing of blogging full-time!

Now onto the real-life move!

Because of some recent events, my family and I have decided we’re going to be moving as soon as we can – we’re currently looking at available houses! The process is really daunting but also very exciting, too! It means I can have more book cases, which also means more books, so what’s there not to be happy about?!

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you all for being so supportive of my blog!!

There’s a chance I’ll come crawling back to WordPress in a weeks time, and even if I don’t, I’ll be posting again to say where I’m officially going to run my blog, so this isn’t the last post!

Thanks for everything!

– Emma

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Summer Must-Reads

Hey guys!

With the current heatwave in Britain, it finally feels like summer has started! So with sunny days and sandy beaches in mind, I thought I’d share with you guys some contemporaries I’m hoping to fill my summer with!

 

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I’ve heard such great things about this book, so I can’t wait to delve in! (And how awesome is that title?!)

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bournethe manifesto on how to be interesting

I always see this book sitting on my shelf, and think ‘that’ll be my next read‘, but I’m usually distracted by a pretty paranormal/fantasy book. But I’m determined that this is the summer I’ll finally read it!

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From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Val Thomas

I’ve had this book for ages! It has a pretty similar story to the book above – I always see it on my shelf, and want to read it, but seem to forget about it at the last minute!

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Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! And if I’m remembering correctly, Catherine Doyle is going to be at YALC the day I might be going, so I really want to read it for then! (Are you going to YALC?! Tell me in the comments!)

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Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider

I started reading this book a very long time ago, and though I really liked the writing, I was very slowly being sucked into a reading slump and, well, the slump won. But I’m super excited to finally read it!

What are you planning on reading this summer? Have you read any of these books?

Thanks!

 – Emma

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Favourite Forgotten Reads!

Hey guys!

You might be surprised to know that a few years back, I used to be an avid Kindle user! This was due to the fact that I was getting through books crazily fast, and Kindle books are cheaper than physical books. I started using my Kindle again recently because I decided I wanted to reread some of the books I own on it, and I was quite shocked at all the books I’d sort of forgotten I’ve read.

So, I decided that today was the day that I was going to revisit my virtual library, and share with you guys some of my favourite forgotten reads!

Let’s get started!

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The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown is an absolutely stunning novel! I love vampire books, and I can’t tell you how much I adore the take that Holly Black did with this book, and how original the story line was, too. If you like paranormal books, you need to read this book!

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

I have very conflicting feelings over this book. Back when I read it, I really liked it. But when I think about it now, it gives me that…urgh feeling. I’m struggling a lot to figure out how I feel about Travis (if you’ve read this book, you’ll know what I mean). However, I do think this book deserves a place on my Kindle favourites list, because at the time I read it, I did like it!

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Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book really kept me hooked (my gods, the suspense!), and I remember loving the characters! Sure, there were some moments I remember wanting to punch Samantha (our main character) for how she treated a certain someone, but regardless of that, our author spun a wonderful, intriguing tale!

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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

I distinctly remember disliking our main character quite a bit in this book. However, I fell in love with the story and the rest of the characters! I loved the ending, and I do want to eventually read the rest of the books in the Perfect Chemistry series!

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Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

I loved this book because it broke my heart. I know that must sound like an incredibly strange reason to love a book, but it’s true! This book broke me – it made me ugly sob, and only a few choice books can make me do that. The actual story line was a bit of a strange one, and I don’t particularly like the book when I think about it in hindsight. However, the plot twist came out of nowhere, and hit me hard in the feels, and I would be amiss if I didn’t add this to the list.

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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

I really liked this one! If I’m honest, I don’t really remember what happened in this book, but I remember how it made me feel. I found this book to be very unique, and if you have a thing for faeries, I definitely recommend this book!

What you may have gathered from this list is that my opinion on certain genres has changed quite a bit over the years. And though I’ve said that, looking back on some, I don’t particularly love the books as much as I used to, doesn’t at all mean they don’t deserve to be on this list! They were my favourite reads at the time, and still give me a hit in the feels when I think about them!

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?

Thanks!

 – Emma

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Mini Book-Haul

Hey guys!

I  established today that I can’t be trusted anywhere that has books. I went to the supermarket, and bought books. I seriously couldn’t help myself – the gorgeous covers were staring deeply into my soul, telling me that they needed to sit on my shelves and well…that’s the story of how they ended up in the trolley.

Here are the books I got:

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The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

To say I love Rick Riordan is an understatement. I adore the man – he created Percy Jackson, after all! My friend Sophie raved and raved about this book once she read it, and when I saw it today on the shelves, it had to be mine! I can’t wait to start it (which will be as soon as I’ve finished writing this post!).

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Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I saw this first on Netgalley, but after reading the premise decided not to request it, stupidly thinking it was a contemporary novel. However, ever since it’s been released, I’ve seen nothing but praise for this book! I thought since I really need to claw myself out of this mini reading slump, I’d give this a go. (Also, the cover is stunning!)

What are your thoughts on these books? Have you read them?

Thanks!

 – Emma

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General Update!!

Hey guys!

Earlier this month I finished up the last of my exams, which I’m so happy about! Since I have so much spare time on my hands now, I’ve done something that may cause me to have a meltdown at some point next month, but I really want to give it a go! That thing is…

Camp Nanowrimo!

I love writing, but I’ve been so busy studying this year that I really haven’t had much time to do it. So I thought, before I (hopefully!) begin college in September, I wanted to let myself have a little while dedicated to writing! And so, I signed up for Camp Nanowrimo!

(If any of you guys are doing it, tell me in the comments! Also, do any of you guys know what the cabins are/how they work?)

I’m currently reading:

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Tail And Trouble by Victor Catano

I’m technically reading this book, but I haven’t picked it up for a few days – this is through no fault of the book itself though! I think I’m in a bit of a reading slump, but I’m going to try and push through it!

What I’m hoping to read next:

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A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is the book of the month in the book club I run with my two friends! I can’t wait to start it, because everyone seems to love it! (You can check out our book club on Goodreads here!)

I’ve also started another blog (again)! I was thinking of expanding this blog so I could review TV shows and movies, but then I realised it wouldn’t really be The Book Crunch anymore, so I’ve set up Sound Bandit! I’d love it if you guys would go check it out and give me feedback!

What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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My Favourite LGBTQ+ Books

Hey guys!

Over the weekend, the worst gun crime to ever happen in America took place in Colorado at a gay club. It was a hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community, and because it’s important to show support (or at least tolerance) at a time when hate is dominating (or rather, plaguing) the world, I wanted to do something to show my support at this horrible time.

And though as small a gesture it may be, I wanted to do a post that included the community, as it is pride month as well. So I thought I’d tell you guys a few of my favourite LGBTQ+ books, and why they’ve moved and evoked such emotion out of me.

Let’s begin!

Spoiler Warning: there will be major spoilers for these books, so if you haven’t read them, don’t read my reasons as to why I love them!

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South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

(My review!)

I found this story really touching! It’s the first book I’ve read about a girl character coming to terms with her sexuality, and I felt like our author did a really good job of showing Kaycee’s own personal development throughout the novel. It was lovely seeing our main character accept who she was, and finally be proud of herself!

 

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite series ever, and by book 3, I was obviously very emotionally invested in all of the characters! I was so proud of Alec in this book – he stood up for who he was, let the shadow world know that he was with Magnus, and that he wasn’t ashamed of it! I love Malec, and in the Shadowhunters TV show, I love how they’ve been brought to life by the very talented Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr!

 

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

(My review!)

I’ve never read a love story so tender and beautiful as this one. This book makes me feel all fuzzy inside, and I love it! I do have a few OTPs, and Simon & Baz are well up there at the top! Rainbow Rowell is a wonderful author, and I would say this is my favourite LGBTQ+ book ever. This was such a wonderful book (and hilarious!), and if you haven’t read it, I can’t recommend it enough!

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

(My review!)

Mark made me feel all fuzzy too (unpopular opinion time: I really ship him with Emma! I think he suits her much better than Julian, if I’m honest. But his faerie Prince suits him too…)! Cassie Clare’s writing is so beautiful and rings so true to me, if that makes sense. I love the way she expresses relationships in her books, and I find everything feels so emotional and real with her work.

I just wanted to say that my thoughts are with anyone involved at the shooting, along with the friends and families of the people lost, and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. It disgusts me that our world today still displays such horrific injustice towards innocent people, and I hope one day people will learn that their ignorant opinions and decisions are not okay, and everyone deserves to be seen (and treated) as equals.

Thanks!

– Emma

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The Deal With Kindle Haters

Hey guys!

Earlier this week I saw something on Facebook that really annoyed me. A BookBub ad had appeared on my timeline (BookBub is a site which you can sign up to, and receive daily emails with offers on Kindle/Apple books), and I saw some of the things people were commenting, and, if I’m honest, I got really angry.

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I understand not liking Kindles, or any other electronic device you can read books on. I get it; you prefer paperbacks, or simply don’t like Kindles. That is absolutely fine!

Personally, I prefer paperbacks. But I have a Kindle, and I cherish it. I read faster on it as well, but if I had to choose between the two, I do like actually holding a physical book when reading. Kindles are really handy though, especially when I’m going on holiday and don’t have the room to take the books I want.

What I think is so wrong when it comes to the age old Kindle vs. paperback debate is when people start questioning someone else’s love for books and reading because they enjoy reading on Kindles. How dare you ever question how much someone loves reading simply by what they read on! For goodness sake, I run a book blog and I love my Kindle – does that mean I’m not a ‘real book lover’?

The fact is this: a book is a book, whether it’s in paperback form or Kindle form. The words don’t change, what the author is trying to communicate to us doesn’t change, the story doesn’t change. As I’ve already said, I have no problem with people not liking Kindles! I think it’s important to express your feelings, no matter what they be, and whether they differ from others opinions or not.

However, I do have a problem with people saying that if you like Kindles, you are not a real book lover. It’s actually more likely that people who read on Kindles probably have a stronger love for books than people who read physical versions, because they’re not tempted by pretty covers, or how it’ll look in photos – no, they’re reading them because of the story they tell.

I just need to clarify what I’m saying: have your own opinions on the different forms of books out there in the world, but please don’t be rude to others when you do. There’s a difference in how a paperback feels to read, and how a Kindle does. But the words? They’re exactly the same.

What are your thoughts on Kindles and paperbacks?

Thanks!

– Emma

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