My first bookish event! |The story of how I fangirled so hard my face hurt from smiling

first book event

Believe it or not my friends, I hadn’t been to any sort of bookish event before now.  Here in the UK, it’s rare for people to come to my city…which is quite surprising actually, considering I live in one of the largest cities. But, with my inability to travel elsewhere, I just hadn’t been to any kind of bookish event.

Until now. And ohhh I started with a good one. Because Samantha Shannon – one of my FAVOURITE authors – came to do a book signing/”evening with” event. And when I found out, I genuinely squealed. I was at my friends house and just shouted at her “OHMYGOSHWECANGOWECANGOI’LLGETTHETICKETSTOMORROWWE’REGOING.”

And so this has been planned for over a month.

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Beyond the Wall by Tanya Landman | DNF’ed and a call out of possible racism

Beyond the Wall

I didn’t expect to find myself publishing a book review at 9:30pm on a Saturday evening. Especially when I have another blog post coming in the morning. But I just decided to DNF this book, and while I usually just leave my explanation on Goodreads…well, this one took some explaining. My “mini review” wasn’t exactly mini anymore. So I did a quick hop-skip-and a jump over here, and decided to publish it here too.

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Let’s get into it!

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Such an important story featuring one of the best family units I’ve read

This book guys. This book.

I don’t even know how to introduce this review other than to say this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I was extremely lucky to get an early copy.

Let’s dive into The Hate U Give!

The Hate U Give

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon | Such an intense read, I can’t even

The Mime Order

How glad am I that I reread the first two books in this series before going onto the third? VERY.

I forgot so much. I feel like my mind has been enlightened. Like…I knew I was missing details, but not quite so much. And for a favourite series? Well, we can’t be having that now can we.

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The Mime Order

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Favourite underrated characters | Some characters just aren’t appreciated enough

 

underrated characters

We all have our favourite characters. More often than not, they’re one of the main set. After all, we do read about them the most.

But there’s always the characters that aren’t-quite-a-main-but-are-very-much-there. Or the side-characters, if you will. And a lot of the time, these characters go unappreciated. All the limelight goes on the main few, and so everyone else is left out.

Well NOT TODAY.

Today, we’re shining a light on those underrated characters.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Screenplay)| Good for a quick trip back into the wizarding world, but not too impressive

Fantastic beasts

I didn’t even intend on reading this one for a very long time. But I felt like I was reading slowly lately (even though I was reading at my usual speed) and wanted a quick read, and so this happened.

*shrugs*

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Let’s dive into the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them screenplay!

Fantastic Beasts

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group

Series Status: A prequel screenplay to the Harry Potter series, but can be read as a standalone

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages:  294

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Seeing how music played a big part in the war, with all the consequences too…Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

Symphony for the city of the dead

So here’s a book I’d never heard anyone talk about before, but when Walker Books offer to send one my way – while it took me a while to decide – I gave it a chance.

I wasn’t sure how it would go, since I’m only just getting into nonfiction and this is over 400 pages, which will have been double the size of my longest nonfiction read so far. But I love learning about history, and so here we are today.

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Let’s dive into Symphony for the city of the dead!

Symphony for the City of the Dead

Title: Symphony for the city of the dead

Author: M.T. Anderson

Publisher: Walker Books

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography

Number of Pages:  456

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Let’s Talk: Our favourite types of romances and everything they entail

favourite romances

For some unknown reason that really quite baffles me, romances are found in pretty much every single book. If you find one that doesn’t contain a romance, then shout it to the heavens because that’s a rare occurrence.

While we might not find it realistic for every story to have a romance, the majority of us can’t help but love them.

But what’s your favourite type of romance?

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor |A wonderful story full of details that no other author could create

Strange the Dreamer

We have an exciting one today guys!

I’m pretty sure everyone has been fawning over photos of this book on twitter and instagram. I can’t blame them – 1. because I’m part of that crowd and 2. because this book has such a stunning cover.

But I was surprisingly sent an early copy of this book, so I have the pleasure of telling you guys whether this book is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. (Hint: look at the title of the post. Pretty big spoiler for the review there)

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Let’s dive into Strange the Dreamer!

Strange the Dreamer

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series Status: The 1st in a duology

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  544

Release Date:  28th March 2017

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Book Title Appreciation | Because some book titles just roll off the tongue in that nice way

title appreciation

It can’t just be me that really appreciates it when a book title is just SO GOOD.

Whether it’s one of those that catches your attention, or makes no sense, or just feels really good to say, there’s always those title that you just think “YES. I LIKE YOU.”

Or…at least there is for me.

So come on, let’s have some title appreciation!

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