Let’s Discuss! Meeting Alice Oseman and Lauren James

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Alice Oseman and Lauren James

I had another exciting opportunity recently in the form of a book signing! Although it makes me so nervous to meet my favourite authors, it’s always so fun and I end up having an awesome time.

This time, I was lucky enough to meet Alice Oseman and Lauren James. Alice is the author of Solitaire, I Was Born for this, Radio Silence and the Webcomic turned graphic novel series, Heartstopper. She was signing to promote Heartstopper, and being interviewed by Lauren James! Lauren is the author of The Next Together, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. The Quiet was only released last month, and I’m super excited to read it!

I actually met Lauren a couple of years ago when she only had The Next Together and The Last Beginning out. It was so awesome to meet her again having read a few of her books and really enjoyed them.

It was such a cute and small venue, which made the event so intimate and casual. Lauren interviewed Alice, then they both answered questions in a q&a session and signed books! As it was so small, we had as much time as we needed with the authors, which was awesome. Also featuring my lovely friend Chloe who I went with!

How cute are the little doodles they both did in the books?! Overall, I had such a fun and special night that I won’t forget anytime soon.

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

As a reader, I’ve found that I’m definitely one of those people that forgets most of the things that happen in books over time. I guess after you’ve read 50 books, the 1st you read kind of fades into the background. So there are some books I read like 2 or 3 years (or 100+ books ago) that I want to rekindle the love for! It was hard to split it down to just these few.

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is definitely one of those books I’m scared to re-read in case I don’t love it as much as I did the first time, because this book is so significant for me. It completely kickstarted my love for YA, and I actually cried when I met Jennifer Niven a few years ago. But it means so much that I definitely want to attempt it again someday soon.

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Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

I read this book when it was released, and adored it so much I even wrote an open letter to the author. She responded to it, which is definitely a highlight of my time as a blogger so far!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I adored Six of Crows, but I think I would have loved it even more if I’d have read the Grisha trilogy first. So I’m planning on buying and reading that soon and giving this one another go!

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

I loved Illuminae as a standalone, but unfortunately I really didn’t like the rest of the series. However, I definitely want to re-read this and pretend it’s only one book, haha.

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Jude and her twin Noah are close until a tragedy drives them apart. Now they are barely speaking – and both are falling for boys they can’t have. Love’s complicated.

This book was honestly so amazing, I cried at the end just because I was so overwhelmed with love for it. It’s definitely one I want to pick up again!

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Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

I read this book so so long ago that I don’t remember much (if anything) that happens. But I’d still love to continue with the series so a re-read is in order!

Which books would you like to re-read?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Meeting Cassandra Clare

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Cassandra Clare

One of my favourite things about being a blogger is having the opportunity to join other fans at events! I have a few upcoming signings, and if I see anyone I like, I always try to attend events.

Since late last year, there’s been a small group of my friends who head off all over the UK to go to signings together. So far we’ve met Ransom Riggs, Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli and now Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

I actually met Cassandra Clare for the first time almost 3 years ago, but at the time I had only read City of Bones and mainly went for my friend at the time who adored Shadowhunters. Of course, I’m now a massive fan of all of her books and have read most of them since early December! It was so awesome to go back and meet Cassie as a reader.

Other than the event being in a strange venue (a club/venue for gigs) which was very loud and had disco lights (??), it was brilliant. Cassandra and Holly chatted for a while on stage, and then took questions. There were some really interesting Q&As too! After a couple of hours waiting, we finally got through to meet the authors. I also made Cassie a cake, pictured below, which she loved!

I made her a very British Victoria Sandwich cake, which is layers of sponge with jam and buttercream in the middle. When I told her, she said she’s wanted to try one since researching for The Infernal Devices years ago! Her and Holly Black’s reactions to the cake were priceless.

I absolutely loved this signing and I’m so excited for my upcoming ones!

-Beth

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Top 5 YA Romance Books

Top 5 YA Romance Books

It’s been a week of romance with Valentine’s Day – and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to post about some of my favourite cliche romance reads. I’m going for overly cheesy and jam-packed with lovey-dovey teenagers, so if that sounds like your guilty-pleasure, check these out!

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

I read this book just last summer, when my reading tastes were rapidly changing, yet I still absolutely adored it.

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

The absolute definition of guilty pleasure for me, this one was so predictable but I couldn’t help falling for it anyway.

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Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother is moving all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. But since the death of her father, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute.

I haven’t read this book in a while, but it’s everything I love about road-trip romance. Including snapshots from a real journey (receipts, photos and playlists), I adored this book.

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Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

This whole trilogy is cotton candy fluff, and sometimes that’s exactly what I need. Cute, sweet and set in the beautiful city of Paris!

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Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo’s new boyfriend.
But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on his future.

One of my more recent romance reads but I loved it! I only discovered Adam Silvera’s books last year and I’m so glad I did.

Which are your favourite romance reads?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! I’m Opening a Shop

Let’s Discuss! I’m Opening a Shop

I’ve been saying for a while now that I’ve been working on something I’m very excited about, and well I think it’s time to reveal what that thing is!

I’m a very creative person, being a photography student and all, and I’ve been wanting to start up a shop for bookworms for a loooong time now (I mean years!). Anyway, I’ve recently got to grips with Photoshop, and realised there was nothing else holding me back from creating some bookmark designs.

It’s about a month since I started this whole process, and I can’t believe I’m revealing it to the world. Here are the bookmark sets I’m starting with – click the image below to explore!


Have a browse if you can and let me know in the comments if there’s any other bookmarks you’d like me to create!

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My Bookish Pop Funko Collection

Let’s Discuss! My Bookish Pop Funko Collection

Hi all! Sorry I needed a break for a couple of days as it’s been a busy and a little bit of a stressful week. However, I’m back now and I’m here with a post I’m really excited for – my bookish Pop Funkos! I’ve recently talked about Pop’s I want to buy, and I thought I could also talk about Pops I already have.

I have a small Harry Potter collection that takes up most of my Pops! These little animals are from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Crimes of Grindelwald. I love how big the 10″ Niffler is compared to my baby (normal size) Nifflers!

My Harry Potter collection also extends to the original films – with my limited edition Harry with Broomstick and this cute little Luna.

I only have a couple of other Pops that aren’t from Harry Potter, but I love them all the same. I have Katniss – Girl on Fire, which has an awesome outfit. I also have Miss Peregrine, who comes with (you guessed it) a tiny peregrine!

Which Pop Funkos do you own or want?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Books I Didn’t Get To in 2018

Let’s Discuss! Books I Didn’t Get To in 2018

With posts about the previous year, I have a rule: you can do it until the end of January. And I still have a couple of year wrap-ups I want to do so here we are! Today I’m going to tell you about a few books I really wanted to get to in 2018, and I hope to finally read this year.

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

I’ve owned this book pretty much since the release, and yet I couldn’t get into it when I finally picked it up last year. I honestly hate that I didn’t carry on at the time, but now I have the chance to meet the author in March, I really feel like it’s time to pick this one up!

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I actually watched the movie before reading the book with this one, and I absolutely loved it! I’m determined to get around to reading the book soon.

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Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself. Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side. Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her.

This is another book I’ve committed a bookworm sin for – I’ve now watched all of the movies and I haven’t picked up a single book. My boyfriend bought us the boxed set a year ago though, so I’m determined to read them this year.

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In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace—until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants—the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

I started this series years ago. I mean years ago. And I desperately need to continue with this series as I only need ONE book to complete my set now!

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In a secret world where half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your best friend and battle partner. Parabatai can be everything to each other–but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs ia a Shadowhunter, the best in her generation. Together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Loa Angeles, where faeries–the most powerful of supranatural creatures–teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When bodies–both faerie and human-turn up, bearing marks that match those found on Emma’s own murdered parents, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge–and Julian’s chance to get back to his brother, a prisoner of the faerie Courts. All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer target them.

Another book that’s been sat on my shelf since release – but I couldn’t read because I knew I had to read the rest of Cassandra Clare’s books first. Now I only have City of Heavenly Fire left, and I’m so excited to pick up this series after!

-Beth

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