Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | A cute, quick read that satisfied my contemporary craving

Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda

*Takes out megaphone* I FINALLY READ IT GUYS YOU CAN ALL STOP YELLING AT ME ABOUT HOW GREAT IT IS.

I had a weird urge to pick this one up this month despite knowing nothing about it, as I mentioned in my April TBR video. And so that’s exactly what I did.

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Let’s dive right in!

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November Wrap Up – The weird month where I feel like I’m not reading, then end up reading more than usual

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November. The month that begins with an onslaught of sporadic fireworks. The month where winter begins to settle in, grabbing the bones of us here in the UK, and lies with us for the long run. Fog and frost become a daily occurrence. We have only 6 hours or so of real daylight. Step outside and instantly your cheeks are flushed, fingers stiff, and you’ll be glad for extra layers of clothing.

But inside is a different matter. Inside is where I (and most bookworms) thrive on these freezing days. November was the month where my bedroom became my cocoon of warmth. At some point every day, you could find me wrapped in 5 layers of blankets, cuddling a hot water bottle and cat simultaneously while reading a book by fairy-light.

And so, November was a true bookworm month for me. Even if I didn’t read any more than usual, every comfort my heart longs for – blankets, hot water bottles, warm drinks while fog smothers the outside world – was available to me once again. Every moment of the day I wanted to get cosy and read. And now here we are – getting closer to Christmas, might I add.

So let’s see what November brought…

There’s also a video version of this post if you’d like to see, combined with my December TBR! Click here if you want to see!

PS. Do you like the new intro? Thought I’d try the scenic route rather than just throwing you all in. Let me know if you like!

*ahem* anyway

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Just Juliet by Charlotte Raegan | A cute book full of diversity with a lovably realistic group of friends

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This was actually one of those “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” cases. Because I KNOW we shouldn’t do it, but it’s hard not to when you just don’t like the cover. Yet, here we are.

I can already tell this review is going to be a rambling one, because I just have that much to say about it, there’s no way I can do this coherently. So be prepared.

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Let’s talk about Just Juliet!

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Title: Just Juliet

Author: Charlotte Reagan

Publisher: Inkitt

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Number of Pages:  219

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Not quite knowing how to handle the sheer strangeness of…Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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I feel like this review is just going to be all over the place. So many mixed feelings. So much confusion on how to word them.

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Let’s talk about Kids of Appetite!

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Title: Kids of Appetite

Author: David Arnold

Publisher: Headline

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Number of Pages:  331

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The story of how I really didn’t get along with the miserableness of Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary

Why have all the reviews I’ve done lately been rubbish? Rating-wise, not that actual reviews (though probably that too).

*sigh* I suppose it happens sometimes.

Hopefully after this book, my reading choices will pick up a bit. Because this is the lowest rating I’ve given in a loooooong time.

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Let’s talk about Bridget Jones’s Diary!

Bridget Jones's Diary

Title: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Author: Helen Fielding

Publisher: MacMillan General Books

Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit

Series Status: The 1st in the Bridget Jones series

Number of Pages: 310

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Shouting through clown horns and eating an abundance of cheese in…What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

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Considering how excited I was to get this book early (Waterstones started selling it before release date, I didn’t have an ARC), it’s a bit ironic that I started actually reading it ON the release day.

Either way, I have it and I’ve read it so here we are. 

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Let’s talk about What’s A Girl Gotta Do?

(I forgot to take a separate review photo so here’s my very chuffed face when I got my hands on this early. Enjoy.)

What's A Girl Gotta Do

Title: What’s A Girl Gotta Do?

Author: Holly Bourne

Publisher: Usborne

Series Status: The 3rd book in the Spinster Club trilogy (+ a novella on the way)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Feminism

Number of Pages:  419

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Going through a long pilgrimage full of life lessons in…Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles

Beneath Wandering Stars

Well this was an interesting book, to say the least. I  don’t think I’ve read anything like it before…and I have mixed feelings. But I’ll get to that. Because obviously, this is a review.

Wow Ashleigh, great opening there *facepalms*

I feel like I’ve not written a review in ages for some reason. I mean, it’s been a week, the usual amount of time. But I suppose because I’ve been reading more and reviewing more lately, going back to a week seems a bit stretched? Huh.

Anyway. The review.

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Let’s talk about Beneath Wandering Stars!

Also, can I just mention how much I LOVE this cover? 5/5 stars for the cover alone. It’s stunning. And my constellation map seemed to be the PERFECT background.

Beneath Wandering Stars

Title: Beneath Wandering Stars

Author: Ashlee Cowles

Publisher: Merit Press

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Number of Pages:  260

Release Date: August 1st 2016 (though Amazon says physical copies are published on the 26th)

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Let’s Talk…Slaying my way through YA judgers *cough* possibly a rant *cough*

YA judgers

Now, this should be a fun one. 

Right now I’m suffering through a heat stroke, my head has been pounding for the last few hours and I have very little energy (thanks to my own stubbornness to enjoy the rare sun by sitting on the garden reading for too long). But I’m mustering up just enough energy to write this discussion for you guys.

And by discussion, I mean “rant”, because this topic just gets me so riled up.

What’s this topic?

People judging the YA genre for the worst.

Let’s do this.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | As Ron would say…She NEEDS to sort out her priorities!

To all the boys I've loved before

I was back in the contemporary mood. I wanted a quick read. And ohhh did I get one.

I literally read this in a day.

I can see now why this series is well loved, definitely!

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Let’s talk about To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!

To all the boys I've loved before

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Series Status: The 1st book in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series

Number of Pages:  421

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Let’s talk…Genre stereotypes and the clouding of judgement (+ some recommendations!)

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So when trying to decide this week’s discussion post, I thought I’d just stick to the stereotype theme. Since last Sunday I confessed the fact that I am a stereotypical bookworm (sort of), I might as well, right?

Ahhhhh stereotypes. Aren’t they just everywhere? Greeting us like old friends. Or rather…making barriers and giving people clouded judgements in absolutely everything and basically causing all the prejudice in the world. 

Yeah. That.

But surely it doesn’t go that far, right?

Well, let’s see…

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