Currently Rereading!

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Hey guys!

It was my induction back at college today, and it was pretty uneventful! I think I’m going to be pretty busy with work as of next week, but I’m still going to be blogging!

Anyway, I recently published a post about my reading slump, and I asked you guys for some ways in which you tackle such dreaded slumps, and I received some awesome suggestions! One of them was try and reread a book – and I did, and so far, it’s worked a treat!

Here’s what I’m currently rereading:

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

I never actually finished this series (I think I was just about to start the fourth book when I no doubt got distracted), but I remember really loving the first three novels. I actually met Jennifer last year, and it was amazing – she’s such a lovely person!

What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Reading Slump City

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: reading slumps are the bane of my existence.

I’m entering reading slump city, and it’s awful. I don’t fancy reading anything, the books I’ve picked up and tried haven’t really helped, and I’m stuck feeling like a bookworm who, very much at the moment, doesn’t like reading. It’s distressing!

I’m currently attempting to read two books:

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

This is my first time reading a book by this author, and I’ve heard pretty good things about it! I’m not really feeling it at the moment, but I think that’s more down to how I’m feeling, not the book itself.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you’ll know I absolutely adore Rachel Caine. Her Morganville Vampires series is one of my all time favourites, and I’m thinking if anything can drag me out of a reading slump, it’ll be one of her books!

I’m starting back at college later this week, and with the weight of the oncoming slew of work on my mind, it seems my brain has gone ‘nope’ and taken away from me one of the best joys life has to offer: reading.

I thought I’d also mention that you might have noticed I’m not posting as much at the moment, as I’ve been pretty busy. With college work piled on top of what’s going on already, I don’t think I’m going to have much time to dedicate to writing posts, but I will still be blogging (just a little less than usual)!

What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Mini Review

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publishers: Hodder Children’s Books

Publication Date: 21st September, 2017

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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This book was wonderful! I absolutely adored it, and I’m struggling to find the words to fully describe how amazing it was.

‘Moxie Girls Fight Back!’

Moxie made me want to get up and start fighting the patriarchy right there in my living room! I’m actually in a feminist club that my friends and I run, and we’re in the midst of setting up a blog, too, and I feel even more inspired after reading this book.

I was so sad when I finished it – I need more Moxie in my life! There aren’t enough YA books that talk about feminism, and it’s such an important topic. Sexism still plagues the world today, and the controversy that surrounds feminism is terrible.

The definition of feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

This book showed our main character discovering feminism for the first time as she realised how crazy it is for men to be treated differently – better, in this case – than women. Some of the injustice we see in this book made me so angry, because they are definitely things that could happen, have happened, and are probably happening right now.

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This book highlighted issues to do with race and sexuality, as well –  inter-sectional feminism is believing every woman, regardless of race or sexuality (as well as trans people) deserve to have equal rights. I personally believe you can’t call yourself a feminist at all if you don’t believe everyone deserves equality. We also saw this book tackle the ‘not all men‘ notion. I won’t go into it, because I don’t want to give anything away that happens in the book, but I will say I appreciated how subtly the author included this.

I really enjoyed the writing style – but something sort of shocked me: there seemed to be a lot of grammatical errors I came across (namely misspellings). This wasn’t really too important, but I thought it was worth a mention.

This book made me angry and sad, but it also made me laugh and smile. It explores some really important topics, and I loved it. I want to see feminism featured more prominently in YA books!

Moxie is a wonderful novel, and I can’t recommend it enough!

Thanks!

– Emma

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September Reads!

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Leaves are turning brown, there’s a crisp bite to the air, and that can only mean one thing – it’s autumn time! It feels like the beginning of this year stretched on, but these past few months have just flown by, and I’m struggling to believe it’s September already.

I have about two weeks left until I go back to college from my summer holidays, and I’m contemplating whether it’s a good idea or not to spend my free days building a book fort and trying to get through my huge TBR pile (which I personally think the answer is yes to, but we’ll see).

Here’s what I’m hoping to read this month:

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

Emotionally-charged and unforgettable, Emery Lord’s storytelling shines with the promise of new love and true friendship, even in the face of life’s biggest challenges.

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
 
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

A very contemporary looking month! If you guys have been following my blog for a while now though, you know that I don’t do well at sticking to planned reads – I’m very much a mood reader, but we’ll see!

What are you hoping to read this month?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | Mini Review

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Genre: Young Adult Realistic/Contemporary

Publishers: Chicken House

Publication Date: 7th July 2016

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I adored this novel. It was an enlightening, emotional and relate-able read, and I’m so grateful I had the chance to read it.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a wonderful book. I absolutely loved it, and didn’t find any flaws while I was reading it. I’m not going to ramble on and on (because I really could just keep saying how lovely this book was), but there are a few key things I’d like to mention.

The first thing I’d like to talk about is our main character, Norah, who we see suffering with OCD and agoraphobia throughout the novel. Our author gave a very honest insight into the struggles of having mental health issues, and handled it with extreme care.

Books with diverse characters like this one can offer comfort to someone who relates to what a character is going through, can teach others who don’t understand, and can help raise awareness. There’s this vile stigma that surrounds mental illness, and it’s horrible. We need books like this to keep being written, to keep being published, so eventually that stigma can be gone and the world be a slightly more accepting place.

‘See, anxiety doesn’t just stop. You can have nice moments, minutes where it shrinks, but it doesn’t leave. It lurks in the background like a shadow, like that important assignment you have to do but keep putting off or the dull ache that follows a three-day migraine. The best you can hope for is to contain it, make it as small as possible so it stops being intrusive. Am I coping? Yes, but it’s taking a monumental amount of effort to keep the dynamite inside my stomach from exploding.’

Another thing I wanted to mention was the romance aspect of this novel, because I really appreciated how it was handled – romance can often be the cure to anything in books, and that’s just not accurate. No matter how lovely Norah’s love interest may be, he will never ‘fix’ her mental illness, and we’re very clearly shown that. (But I will say that Luke is probably one of the loveliest fictional characters I’ve come across, just saying.)

This novel was truly wonderful, and I’m so glad I read it. It’s helped me in a number of different ways, and I’m sure it will do (and has done) for anyone who reads it – which you definitely should!

Topic Awareness:

  • OCD and agoraphobia featured prominently
  • Theft

Thanks!

– Emma

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Birthday Book-Haul!

It was my birthday this week, and I received some awesome books! My parents wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday, and obviously there were a number of books on my list, but my lovely friends also surprised me with some books too!

Here’s what I received:

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Smart idea: don’t shop the day before your birthday, it’s not a good idea. Being the silly human I am, I went shopping the day before my birthday, and all but begged my parents to buy me this book (which they very kindly did)! What I didn’t know was my friend was out at the same time buying me the same book. So now I have two copies (which I’m definitely not sad about haha)!

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This is another book I chose out for myself (thanks again mom and dad)! I’ve been hearing a lot about Adam Silvera at the moment, and I felt like it was time to jump on the hype bandwagon!

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The cover of this book is so pretty! It really was love at first sight, so I’m really hoping the lovely cover matches the story inside. It sounds like it’s going to be a very emotional read, so I’m looking forward to starting it.

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Is it bad I picked this one out because of the cover?! I couldn’t help it, it’s just too pretty. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one – again it seems like it’s going to be an emotional story from Emery Lord!

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I’ve heard a lot of stuff about this novel, and though it’s not the normal genre I go for, I’m intrigued to give it a go! I know the author also wrote The Girl On the Train which I’ve seen mixed reviews of, so we’ll see!

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The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Again, this isn’t a book I’d normally gravitate towards, but it’s good to change up your style! I’m looking forward to reading this one and seeing what it’s all about!

And that’s my birthday book-haul! It’s official: I have the best friends ever. I’ve known this for quite a while now, but it really struck me on my birthday how lucky I am to have the people I do in my life (obviously not just because they buy me books…though it does add to their awesome factor haha!).

Have you read any of these books, or are you planning to?

Thanks!

– Emma

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Weekly Rec | Louise Gornall

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I sat at my laptop for a little while today, pondering what on Earth I could write a quick post about, when it suddenly hit me: I do actually have a schedule that I wrote out a couple of weeks back for moments like this when I need a bit of inspiration.

And so today’s post is a book recommendation!

I recently read Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, and it was such a lovely novel. I’ve been reading a lot of novels recently that include characters facing mental illnesses, and I’ve got to say this book is one of the best.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.

Words really can’t express how wonderful this novel is; I’m struggling to write a review because it meant so much to me.

It’s so important that books like this keep being written and published, because not only do they raise awareness and help destroy the vicious stigma that has become attached to mental health issues, it also offers comfort to those who can relate to these stories and the characters they’re about.

I think everyone should read this book, particularly if you enjoy uplifting Young Adult novels that don’t shy away from hard topics.

Thanks!

– Emma

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