YALC 2017 Recap

Today I am very excited to be posting something that I’d been anticipating writing for a while: my YALC 2017 wrap up! In my Christmas bookish haul I said that my main present had been YALC tickets, so this post really has been planned on for a while. I had such a wonderful time, with my sister Bex for all three days, and with our friend Liv as well on the Saturday and Sunday, and I cannot wait to share more about the event.

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My Ideal Reading Space

Something that I think every bookworm has a secret dream of creating is the perfect reading nook. I know that my sister and I have discussed this on many occasions and I have so many thoughts on the matter, so I’m looking at Arhaus‘ selection today to show you my favourite pieces from their site, and hopefully inspiring some of you to think about your own ideal reading space.

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Review: Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

foasTitle: Flight of a Starling
Author: Lisa Heathfield
Publisher: Electric Monkey
UK Release Date: 29th June 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Thank you so much to Electric Monkey for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing – flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with.

Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?

Trigger warning (highlight as I have put it in white because it’s also a spoiler): suicide.

Lisa Heathfield is an author who I’m always on the lookout for new books from. Whenever I hear about a new book coming from her, I add it to my TBR – I was so impressed with her fantastic debut, Seed, and with her second book, Paper Butterflies, that I knew I had to read Flight of a Starling too. It definitely had a different tone to her other books, with less of the shock of a horrific world, and she explored similar themes to her other books, but in a completely different way. Overall, I really enjoyed it!

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July TBR

So I haven’t really been posting much recently (does guilty face) as I have had an incredible amount of stuff on, which unfortunately has meant that my usual blogging patterns have gone out the window. Normally, I’d have done a few posts on July releases, my June wrap up, and my June book haul by now, and I don’t think I’m really going to be able to catch up! However, I thought it would still be fun to make a post on my TBR for this month, as I think it’s got some pretty good books on it.

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A Celebration of Pride! Review: Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

9781407179940Title: Noah Can’t Even
Author: Simon James Green
Publisher: Scholastic
UK Release Date: 4th May 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Humour
Pages: 365
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Thank you to Scholastic for sending me a copy of this book! All thoughts are honest and my own.

Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is…Well, it’s pure HELL. Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.

Today is a very special review because this blog post is a part of the Celebration of Pride that Scholastic are running, which does what it says on the tin: celebrates pride. I think LGBT+ books are so important, as people should be able to see themselves in books – books are a place where you can find solace and solidarity, and therefore they should cater for everyone. I also think that LGBT+ books are a great way for others to learn more about different sexualities; I know I’ve really learnt a lot!

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