Seasonal Reading Lists

SPRING Reading List! [2019]

The Spring Equinox (20th March) marks the start of Spring! At least where I live… I don’t really mind Spring, but because it’s that much closer to hot weather already has me crying inside. BUT it does mean I enjoy contemporaries, poetry, and fantasy! There isn’t really much to a theme for this season, these just seem like the books that are rising on my radar and am interested in reading soon!

 

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  3. Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
  4. The Priory of The Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  5. Girls on The Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller
  6. Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. A Heart in a Body in The World – Deb Caletti
  8. The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory
  9. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  10. Maybe In Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  11. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  12. All The Ever Afters – Danielle Teller
  13. The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory
  14. Wicked Like a Wildfire – Anna-Marie McLamore
  15. Circe – Madeline Miller
  16. The Dreamers – Karen Thompson Waller
  17. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia
  18. Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippencott
  19. Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  21. Normal People – Sally Rooner
  22. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  23. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
  24. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  25. The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  26. Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D. Jackson
  27. The Library Book – Susan Orlean
  28. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

 

So what are you guys planning to read in Spring? Do you gravitate towards a certain genre or plot? Any of these you recommend I get to first and make my priority? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING?

 

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Buzzword Readathon Round 3 TBR!

It’s already time for another round of Buzzword Readathon, and it feels like we just had one! Because we did and I’m not at all complaining because I love the theme for this round!

The idea for this readathon is that we read books that include a certain ‘Buzzword’ within the title. The Buzzword for this round is actually a GROUP of words! They are ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘Where’, ‘Why’, and ‘How’. They are known as the Five W’s and How / 5W1H / Six H’s of writing, which are the ‘key’ questions needed to collect or provide information on something. You can read books with any of the words you want, whether it’s just one or all of them! The hosts for the third round of the readathon are BooksandLala and chelseadollingreads, and it will be running from 18th – 24th March. There are no reading challenges, just the main aim of reading books with the buzzword! There is even a Goodreads page listing books with any of these words! There is also a Twitter account to stay up-to-date on all the jazz.

I’ve decided to try and read one book for each of the buzzwords, so six books in total! Below is my TBR, enjoy!

 

 

2209787The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King

FICTION, ADULT, THRILLER, HORROR, SUSPENSE

Pages: 226

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

35795960What I Lost – Alexandra Ballard

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL HEALTH, TRIGGER WARNINGS

Pages: 400

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

34964957When The Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLamore

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, MAGICAL REALISM, LGBT

Pages: 270

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

18721778Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

FICTION, ADULT, FANTASY, URBAN FANTASY, ADVENTURE

Pages: 372

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

34845395I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

NON-FICTION, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MEMOIR, CLASSICS

Pages: 317

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

34538386How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne

FICTION, ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, WOMEN’S FICTION

Pages: 368

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

So are any of you participating in this readathon? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these and what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

 

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

Top 10 Reads of Winter 2018/19!

It’s time for a fond farewell to Winter. As much as I hate the dark mornings and dark evenings, I have loved evenings by the fire and drinking Hot Chocolate, and of course Christmas! Spring is literally just around the corner, and new beginnings ahead! I had read a whopping 42 BOOKS in Winter which goes to show I love using the cold/dark weather as an excuse to stay inside and read!

Narrowing those down to just 10 and then putting those in order proved to be quite a struggle, but I knew the books which needed to be on the list and quite a few stood out as well! I won’t go into much detail about them here (because clearly I loved them!) so I’ll link their Goodreads and also any review/posts I mentioned them in! Hope you enjoy!

 

 

3487928310/ One Day in December by Josie Silver

“Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away. Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be. What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.” – Goodreads

I posted a mini-review on Goodreads, here!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

183002609/ Emma by Jane Austen

“Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my February Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

319319418/ Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my January Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

376779067/ The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

“On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything…” – Goodreads

I have a review on my Goodreads page!

4.75/5 stars!


 

 

237318816/ Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling

“In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force.” – Goodreads

5/5 stars!!


 

 

392961145/ Book Love by Debbie Tung

“Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries! Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

322005954/ A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

“THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED… The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.” – Goodreads

5/5 stars!!

 

 


 

 

357959873/ Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

“Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. A deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest portrayal of a destructive relationship, Bad Romance is a young adult novel about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.” – Goodreads

Further reviewed in it’s own post (spoilers) and in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

361144092/ The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson

“Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients. Through the smallest of actions, nurses provide vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion. ” – Goodreads

Reviewed in it’s own post and also in my January Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

350043431/ The Bear and The Nightingale/The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden

“At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.” – Goodreads

Book 1 in my January Wrap-Up, and Book 2 in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

So those were the top 10 books I read in Winter, all of which I rated 4.5 and higher! What were your favourite books read in Winter? Any new recommendations? What are you most looking forward to in the new season? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

MARCH TBR [2019]

So this was the first month of the year where I let a TBR wheel decide what I’m reading, and it was really fun and helped my choices. There’s only one readathon which I am participating in which is the Buzzword Readathon, and I already have my TBR decided which I’m really excited about and will post closer to the start date! I suspect that I’ll be completing less books this month, mainly because of the GIANT I’m attempting to read, but I am really excited to get to as many of these as possible! Here are the books I really want to get to in February, listed by priority, I’m also including my classics and non-fiction pick for the month. Enjoy!

 

 

The Winter of The Witch – Katherine Arden

The Priory of The Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

In An Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

When The Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore

How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne

Cress – Marissa Meyer

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling *re-read*
  • Classics pick: The Color Purple  – Alice Walker
  • Non-Fiction pick: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – Michelle McNamara

 

So what are you planning to read this month? As we’re nearly at the end of the first quarter of the year, how’s your reading challenges going? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

February Wrap-Up! [2019]

So I didn’t end up completing the readathons I had planned, I did try! But working a lot of 13 hour shifts means I am too tired to read after work and those shifts seemed to clash with the readathon dates, oh well! I still managed to read 14 books which I still can’t believe. Let’s see below what my stats were like for the month:

MONTHLY WRAP UP

 

39296114book love – debbie tung

format: hardback

length: 144 pages

Goodreads

After her first book, Debbie Tung quickly became an auto-buy author and I had this pre-ordered for months. Of course I loved it, it’s about growing up as a bookworms and the little quirks we all have experienced! I couldn’t pick a favourite page because it was all just incredibly relatable! It’s an ideal read for bookworms and the art style is so gorgeous and it’s so quick and easy to read. I will definitely re-read this over and over.

5 stars!!


 

 

18300260emma – jane austen

format: paperback

length: 592 pages

Goodreads

I enjoyed this so much more than Pride and Prejudice, it’s so unique and entertaining for the time period. About a girl who isn’t really interested in getting married and spends most of her time being a match-maker, and how she grows as a woman and realises who she is. The friendships and relationships were really well done and I loved the slow burn, ‘will they won’t they’ romance; it really kept me on my toes. This is so unlike any other romance I’ve read, and to think this was written 200 years ago simply astounds me. Looking forward to reading the rest of Austen’s books.

4.5 stars!


 

 

30653719hunted – meagan spooner

format: hardback

length: 374 pages

Goodreads

This was enjoyable, and I’m trash for any fairy-tale re-telling, although this didn’t exactly give me the ‘wow factor’ I was looking for. It felt way to similar to Beauty and The Beast, and there wasn’t much originality and didn’t give me anything new to really grab me and keep me entertaining. It was still a retelling of Beauty and the Beast so I still enjoyed it to some extent, and I did adore the winter/snowy setting and the inclusion of Slavic/Russian folklore.

3 stars


 

 

24937342northern lights – philip pullman

format: paperback/audiobook

length: 397 pages

Goodreads

I have decided to re-read this series, and I’m so glad that I did! Not only is there going to be a BBC adaption coming soon, it was one of my favourite series when I was younger (next to Harry Potter) and I’m happy that it still stands the test of time. Pullman does a fantastic job in creating a captivating world and an unique magic system, and a great cast of characters. I was still thoroughly entertained whilst reading and can’t wait to continue the series!

4.5 stars!


 

 

36653792sky song – abi elphinstone 

format: Kindle

length: 273 pages

Goodreads

What an enjoyable book! The writing is simple, yet it bears some rather important messages of love, hope, courage and friendship. I loved how the main character stuck to her beliefs and put her mind toward every obstacle which came her way. Pulling together as one, regardless of differences, is such a great message! What I loved the most was the crafting of the world, it was beautiful! I was entertained, and I was smiling at the end when all the tribes came together!

4 stars


 

 

32602009a shiver of snow and sky – lisa lueddecke 

format: paperback

length: 350 pages

Goodreads

I really enjoyed the premise of this book, but the execution was not exactly what I hoped for. The mystery aspects at the beginning when they were translating the ancient runes were really enjoyable, and the adventure was enjoyable and fast-paced, but for me a little too fast paced. The main character has a bad relationship between her sister and father, only because they blame her for the mother’s death and they kept putting her in danger because of that, which I didn’t like. The unsung hero was the main characters best friend, who stuck with her through thick and thin! I wanted more from the adventure and the quest, and it ended in a way that didn’t really compel me to pick up the next book, at least for now.

3.5 stars


 

 

34536956quiet girl in a noisy world – debbie tung

format: paperback

length: 177 pages

Goodreads

This was a re-read, and undoubtedly a five star read! Nothing is going to move this book down from an all-time favourite. It just means so much to be personally and I will always find a way to relate to it. It’s a biography style graphic novel based of the author’s life growing up as an introvert. I love Debbie Tung’s art style, and how she captures the thoughts of an introvert. A must read for every introvert, or even anyone just so they can understand us introverts a bit more! Highly, highly recommend!

5 stars!!


 

 

38224633the kiss quotient – helen hoang

format: Kindle

length: 336 pages

Goodreads

I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did! It was a cute, quick romance, and not something that I see much of. I loved the representation regarding Aspergers, and it was an ‘own-voices’ book which gave it more of an insight and it interested me how little things can be so difficult for some. It’s also interesting how similar it is to those who suffer from social anxiety, so I could still relate to some of it. The characters were well-developed for a romance, and the steaminess was great! My only issue was that the ‘problem’ was only there because of the rubbish communication from the pair, which always annoys me. But overall I really enjoyed this read!

4 stars


 

 

35795987bad romance – heather demetrios

format: paperback

length: 384 pages

Goodreads

Oh my goodness, I have a lot of thoughts on this book! You can read my full review in my separate post here. It was such a hard-hitting read, and such an important subject matter. We see the main character go through the stages of a relationship with an abusive partner, and how it starts off so subtly, to noticing little red flags but making excuses and pretending it was a ‘one-time thing’ or something that was ‘your fault’,  and when it gets worse and worse, it becomes a lot harder and complicated to leave. I go into more details in my review which I highly recommend you see!

5 stars!!


 

 

31145133i believe in a thing called love – maureen goo

format: paperback

length: 336 pages

Goodreads

This was just okay. I thought the romance was very cute and all, and the father/daughter relationship was lovely, it wasn’t all that spectacular. I just didn’t understand why someone who’s a studious, intelligent and dedicated student would focus her senior year before college focusing on getting a boyfriend rather than getting into her dream college? And some of the things she done were just stupid and dangerous and just unnecessary. It had a lot of potential and maybe if I had an interest in K-dramas I may have enjoyed it more.

3 stars


 

 

42421761where the crawdads sing – delia owens

format: audiobook

length: 370 pages

Goodreads

I got serious To Kill a Mockingbird vibes from reading this, but alas it wasn’t. There’s no denying how beautifully written and atmospheric this book was, it was easy to be lost within the details of the surroundings, but for me I just got bored very quickly and my interest was gone up until half-way when the trial and investigation was picking up. That ending though, I did see the twist coming from the beginning, but the final page I had to re-read again because it was perfectly heart-braking. I did have a mini-review on my Goodreads page so that will be linked here.

3.5 stars


 

 

35900742girl made to stars – ashley herring blake

format: Kindle 

length: 309 pages

Goodreads

Another hard-hitting book! It is told through the perspective of a girl who’s brother is accused of rape by one of her best friends. I didn’t understand why we needed a weird ‘sort-of-but-not-really’ love triangle. The romance didn’t seem to fit in with the main focus of the book. I loved how we got both sides of the story and I felt a lot of rage for what happens. It shows how rape culture is in our world and how much we need it to change. It’s too much of a victim-blaming scenario and too much focus is given on how it would affect the accused, rather than helping the victims who will have to live with the problem forever and the accuser more or less goes back to normal.

4 stars!


 

 

25189315smoke gets in your eyes – caitlin doughty

format: Kindle 

length: 272 pages

Goodreads

I picked up a few interesting facts from this, but not as much as I was hoping. It is also semi-autobiographical which I didn’t care for. A lot of the lessons I found really interesting and it is something that is heavily avoided in society. The author focuses on society’s denial and fear of death, but because I’m content with it’s inevitability, none of my current thoughts and feelings changed dramatically. I like the idea of going into the different backgrounds of what a person’s final days were like and how their death is also unique in their wishes. We all seem to deal with death in a different way but ultimately something we all will experience.

3 stars


 

 

35004343the girl in the tower – katherine arden

format: Hardback

length: 364 pages

Goodreads

What a sequel! We delve more into Vasya’s family history, explore the Russian wilderness and Moscow, and develop more political intrigue! I loved the slow-burn effect Arden seems to have on her books. I was captivated! I love Vasya as a main character and how she continues to battle through gender roles and grows as a person, and her battle with what she should do as she now is tied to both the seen and unseen world. Every character is well-developed and interesting, and I just loved every page! I can’t wait to see how Arden ties all this up in the final book, which I have waiting for me

5 stars!!!


 

 

How many books did I read off my official TBR? Let’s see!

TBR books:

 

The Girl in the Tower – Katherine Arden

In An Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire

Vicious – V. E. Schwab

Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios

Hunted – Meagan Spooner

Beartown – Fredrik Backman

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman *re-read*

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo

Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  • Classics pick: Emma – Jane Austen
  • Non-Fiction pick: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Caitlin Doughty

 

= 9/12 TBR books!


 

So what did you guys read for February? Have you read any of these and if so, what did you think of them? Any new recommendations/favourites? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Book Reviews

5 STAR REVIEW – Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

I knew this would be a difficult book before going in due to the subject matter and personal experience. It’s a topic that is very rarely addressed in real-life, let alone in novels, so I found this to be a very important book. One that every teenager needs to read, because domestic violence is not necessarily physical, and more awareness needs to be made regarding what’s okay and not okay in a relationship.

We follow Grace and at the start she is full of ambition, reaching for the stars (i.e. New York) to follow her dream to become a famous, successful directer. She loves musicals and Pepsi Freezes (don’t know what they are, but after reading this I want to find out if they exist and what they taste like) and is enjoying life with her friends and drama club. Enter Gavin, who is your typical charismatic, charming, music loving boy. Basically, any teen girls kryptonite, or blue eyed snake.

We see how he worms his way into Graces life. even from the beginning she had no control, it felt like she was under his spell and he was ready to take advantage, which immediately gave me alarm bells. Straight away I saw him as a manipulative narcissist, but Grace was crazy about him, and love is blind from these subtle signs. He wanted Grace and Grace just needed to sit back and watch it happen. The further we go, the more aggressive, controlling, and dangerous Gavin becomes, and it honestly was scary about how far he was going to go. I started getting really scared for Grace, and it was seriously affecting her mental health. Even though I never went through anything as serious as Grace did, but there are still similarities that I was able to relate to. Making excuses for their behaviour, blaming yourself when they got angry, having such a low self-esteem you start worrying that you can’t leave because ‘no-one else can anyone love me’, using ‘I love him’ as an excuse for sticking around and hoping that you can somehow fix everything if you stayed.

I really empathised with Grace. Her family life was terrible, with her mother suffering from OCD and forcing Grace to clean an already clean spot, doing ridiculous chores, and dealing with an equally abusive step-father. It was clever to include this in the novel, as Grace’s need for love and acceptance from Gavin can be linked to her poor home life. At the beginning, Gavin seemed like a break from them, an escape and a chance to feel happy again. This frame of mind is possibility how people get trapped into abusive relationships. The bad relationship at home is considered ‘normal’, and Grace started to realise this further in the novel, she could she herself in her mother, and what could be her life if she doesn’t get out soon.

I loved how Grace had such a positive relationship with her two best friends Nat and Lys. I loved their characters and story arcs. Nat is a sweet, innocent Catholic girl, and Lys is a scene-kid lesbian and they are all such incredible, supportive friends to each other. They help Grace as much as they can, whilst also helping her see the light without being impatient or pushy. They were always there for her which is such a good thing to see. Friends sticking together. It showed how important friends can be in this situation as they can really see how moods change and red flags show.

The story is told in the second person, and Grace is talking to Gavin (i.e. ‘you’) which I thought was a very good way to tell the story. We see Grace’s inner monolgue throughout the entire relationship and how in retrospect she feels she could’ve left after the first red flags, because hindsight is an amazing thing, right? You feel all the emotions that she goes through and how many times to changes her mind and give Gavin ‘one more chance’ and your rooting for her to finally do it. It is so incredibly brave to stop with the excuses and stop with the ‘compromises’ and cut all ties. At the end, we start to see the Grace we see at the beginning. Excited for life, loving her times with her friends. Although the affects of Gavin are still there, haunting. She still worried about whether he’s going to follow her, or find her, and that’s something that might stick for the rest of her life.

The slight critique I had was that it seemed strange how Summer was no longer present in the novel after a few chapters in, and I really thought her perspective and past would’ve really helped Grace. I also would’ve loved to see a bit more of the aftermath, maybe seeing Grace at College and starting her new life? But I understand why the author left it where she did.

Overall, I think this is such as important read for every young person. But there are trigger warning for abuse, suicide, depression, anxiety. So bare this in mind at all times and don’t feel as if you need to push through them. It’s such a difficult read that not everyone can get through, but still incredibly important.

Find out more about this book, and the author’s other works on Goodreads.
Read-a-thons

Contemporaryathon Round 4 TBR!

Hey guys! Contemporaryathon is back for it’s forth round! The topic for this readathon is really self-explanatory, you just have to read Contemporary books! I love reading contemporary, especially when I’m struggling with what to read next, or need a break from fantasy/science fiction series, or just need some fluffy, light-heartedness in my life!

 

It will be taking place from 11th – 17th February 2019 and has a total of 7 reading challenges, you are more than welcome to double/triple up on challenges! There will also be a live-show hang-out on Chelsea’s channel on 16th February at 6pm PST / 9pm EST (I am in the UK, so it’ll be 2am so unfortunately I won’t be able to join). It is hosted by the same lovely girls; Julie from Pages and Pens, Natasha from myreadingisodd, and Chelsea from Chelseadollingreads, and is introducing a new host Mel from Meltotheany. There are Booktube video challenges to post your TBR (on Chelsea’s announcement), Daily Vlog playlist (on Natasha’s announcement), and your wrap-up video (on Julie’s announcement) There will be photo challenges on their Instagram page as well! See below for all the challenges…

 

~~THE CHALLENGES~~
1. Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired
2. Read book with blurple (blue or purple lol) on the cover
3. Read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History Month!)
4. Read a dark/emotional/hard-hitting contemporary
5. Read a contemporary that you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t
6. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format
7. Read a contemporary with some sort of picture on the spine

 

And here are the books I’m hoping to read to fulfil those challenges!

 

31351689Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, HARD-HITTING, TRIGGERS, ABUSE, LGBT

Challenges: Hard-Hitting, Non-Traditional Format

Pages: 304

Goodreads

 


 

 

 

35795987Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, TRIGGERS, ABUSE, MENTAL HEALTH

Challenges: Hard-Hitting, Picture on the Spine, Meant to Read in 2018

Pages: 384

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35046013I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, HUMOUR, REALISTIC FICTION, DIVERSITY

Challenges: Diverse, Picture on the Spine, Meant to Read in 2018

Pages: 325

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39939417Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, CHRONIC ILLNESS REP, REALISTIC FICTION, DEBUT

Challenges: Blue-Purple on the cover, Most Recent Purchase, Non-Traditional Format

Pages: 288

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38224633The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, DIVERSITY, OWN VOICES, DISABILITY REP

Challenges: Blue-Purple on the cover, Non-traditional Format

Pages: 336

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So are any of you also participating in Contemporaryathon? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these? And if so, what did you think of them? Any recommendations based on these choices? What are your reading plans for the rest of February? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx