I’m finally out of my reading slump!!! Wooooop! Being in a reading slump is one of the worst things when you’re book blogger. I had so many ideas for posts but no motivation to read. And as I watched the days tick by without a new blog post going up, I desperately wanted my reading slump to disappear. Now it has!
My blogging friends (and real life friends – shock horror! Bloggers have real life friends too!), Sarah and Sophie at The Little Contemporary Corner, regularly host read-alongs on their blog. They’re fun to take part in and cool to read what other people think of the same book you’ve just been reading. What I especially like about their read-alongs is that they’re often anthologies of short stories. I think that’s what pulled my out of my reading slump – reading short stories rather than a whole novel!
Sarah and Sophie’s current read-along is A Change is Gonna Come, an anthology of short stories and poems by multiple authors. All of the authors are BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) and all of the short stories or poems are written along the theme of change. For my stop on Sarah and Sophie’s read-along blog tour, I’m specifically going to talk about the story Fortune Favours the Bold by Yasmin Rahman.
If I had to pick a favourite genre, it probably wouldn’t be fantasy. It’s not that I don’t like them; they just take me a while to read and a lot of the time, I enjoy them less than other genres like YA contemporary. However, debut author Helen Scheuerer got in touch with me recently to tell me about her new YA fantasy novel, Heart of Mist – and I HAD to read it. It sounded far too good to miss!
Not only is the cover absolutely beautiful, but the synopsis sounds great too! If you love the sound of it as much as I did, you can read an exclusive excerpt that I posted a few weeks ago or use the buy links at the end of this post.
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital. But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.
The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.
Yet again, it’s been too long since I posted last. With work, settling into our new house, learning to code and extra distractions like family coming and buying a Nintendo 3DS (yep, that was probably the biggest distraction of all), I’ve pushed this poor blog to the back of my mind. But I’m here now! It’s time for another book review!
I spotted this book, Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan, at YALC last month and I was intrigued by the cover and the title. I managed to grab one when they gave out FIVE proof copies to book bloggers (I didn’t even rush over – I literally sauntered over and managed to grab one!). When I flicked through, I realised it wasn’t written in traditional prose – it looked like it was written in verse. Double intrigued. It was when I saw the quotes on the back of the book from Sarah Crossan (queen of verse) and Brian Conaghan that I knew I had to read this book!
A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.
The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.
When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.
My sister Emily is back today with another children’s book review! To find more reviews written by Emily, have a look through my Index. (I think every single children’s book on the list is reviewed by Emily!) Today review is part of a blog tour for this adorable book called Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival.
Norman had always been normal, perfectly normal…
until the day he grew a pair of wings!
A bold and uplifting book about daring to be different and having the courage to dance to your own tune.
Perfect for soothing even the biggest worries.
Yet again, being the disorganised person I am, I’m writing this on the day it should be published. Oops! I’m just going to use the fact I’m moving house as my excuse for everything at the moment. It’s taking longer than I thought – there’s just so much to do! I did manage to read this book in time, though!
Today I’m going to review Before You Were Mine by Em Muslim as part of the blog tour organised by the lovely Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours. She’s doing such an amazing job (she has tours scheduled for months! What?! I don’t plan a day in advance at the moment!) so go and give her some love!
Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…
Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.
Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…
While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.