Book Review: Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Synopsis:radio-silence-cover

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.


I received an e-copy of this book courtesy of HarperCollins UK, Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

So finally,  it has come.

The review of my favourite book of last year and my favourite read for a very, very long time. Why it has taken me so long to review it, I don’t really have an answer to that; I could only suggest the fact that this book was such an incredible masterpiece that has stayed seared in my brain for so long after reading it that I could not even begin to fathom words that would do it justice. And I still cannot, but this post is going to be a crude attempt at doing so.

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And feels there were. I am pretty sure I actually cried for a good portion of the story, but with good cause.

Oseman crafted such realistic, diverse and relatable characters it really didn’t take long for me to become attached to them with no way of turning back. And I loved every single one of them.

Frances was a brilliant protagonist (and it was also great to see that she, unlike many other YA protagonists out there had a very supportive, unicorn-onesie-wearing mother in her life to care for her), I think she portrayed the struggles of teenagers in Britain’s sixth forms remarkably well. I mean, with the first-hand experience of how attending one of said institutions feels like – I can definitely confirm that a good percentage of the ‘smart’ individuals definitely have multiple crises a week…

Which in turn leads me to my next point. I honestly feel like thanking Oseman for her realistic take on the British (and probably global) education system. It was not sugar-coated in the slightest – there was failure, it was also shown how easy it is to be deemed a failure; especially by relatives when following a path in life that they do not quite approve of or not wanting to follow a path that they do… This book also dealt with the pressures put on students by the schools themselves, which of course do not help at all when trying to deal with the whole ‘life’ thing whilst being told that it “only gets worse in the real world” whereas, in all fairness, the hardest years will probably be over once school and university for those who want to attend it are over and done with.

Back to the characters, their relationship was so bloody refreshing. A book based solely on the ideas of friendship is rare, especially where there is potential for some romantic chemistry to occur. I mean Frances was bisexual and Aled identified as asexual, so there was basically no reason for them not to get together other than the fact that their relationship was entirely platonic. THANK YOU SO MUCH BOOK GODS FOR FINALLY ANSWERING MY PRAYERS FOR AN AUTHOR WHO FINALLY UNDERSTANDS THAT TWO TEENAGERS OF OPPOSITE SEX CAN BE FRIENDS WITHOUT WANTING TO GET INTO EACH OTHER’s PANTS AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER.

Their friendship was honestly flawlessly written, whilst still possessing flaws – there were fights and disagreements but it was clear that there was a lot of platonic love between them, and paired with understanding and a general love of similar things – they made a wonderful pair.

This book was definitely not an easy read, with the aforementioned reflections on the education system – but also with the general works of being a teenager and trying to find yourself whilst simultaneously losing yourself in the process whilst trying to overcome all the other hardships that life will throw in your way such as familial issues, and general not knowing what to do which comes quite often as a teenager in present-day society which inadvertently pressurises us to get our metaphorical shit together and adult slightly before we are actually ready to in a lot of cases. I mean – deciding what I want to do with my life at 16? No thanks… I’d much rather not, but unfortunately, there is just no escaping it.

I loved every single thing about this book, down to the way in which it was written, the style was easy to read and made the 470 page book shrink down into one sitting of just over an hour and a bit…. The transcripts were a brilliant addition, and I honestly felt as though I could hear Aled speaking when reading them. The concept of Universe City was truly brilliant (have I used the word brilliant enough in this post??) and whilst it definitely made me cry towards the end, I appreciated the messages which it carried.

Also, may we talk about how bloody realistic and relatable this book generally was? Oseman honestly did a brilliant job, and I think that is partly due to her age – there were honestly so many points during the novel at which I simply felt like saying “same” or “that’s me and so and so” and I honestly don’t think enough books have gotten that sort of reaction out of me, so huge HUGE kudos to the brilliant author.

One thing that actually had me bouncing with excitement was the fact that this book was actually set in my home town’s surrounding area. The descriptions of the highstreet and its cobblestone streets rang a bell whilst reading, but it didn’t fully click why it was a little bit too familiar until I found out Oseman’s origins. This in turn left me a wee bit inspired and with hope that I too may be able to create similar wonderful things with my writing if I stick with it… so I guess this is a huge personal thank you for her from me too.

I could easily continue, but I feel as though it would be boring and many of the next points would be bordering on spoilery, so I am going to end my review here. I hope that many of you who read it will choose to embark on the journey that this book provides, because it truly is an extraordinary one that I will likely never forget.

My Rating: More than 5 / 5 Stars

“And I’m platonically in love with you.”
“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”

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2016 End of Year Survey 

So 2016 is (finally) over. And I don’t know whether to be happy or sad – whilst the year had definitely kicked the global butt, taking lives and stealing hope from many-  it brought about changes for the better in my life, which I honestly could not be more grateful for.

Anyhow, I have chosen to do the 7th Annual End of Year Survey for this year, an idea that was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner – I loved how it really made me think about my year last year so I thought that it’d be nice to give it another go!


2016 Reading Stats:

Number of Books Read: 69/50

Number of Re-Reads: One (I should probably raise that number a little in 2017, there’s so many worlds I’d like to visit again).

Genre You Read The Most From: YA Fantasy


Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

This is honestly the hardest question.  From 2016 releases – it’d have to be Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and backlist… definitely Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I think anyone close to me must be sick of hearing about this particular book by now.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige…. Honestly, the book was so bad compared to my expectations of it I was almost on the verge of huddling in the corner with a blanket weeping… I honestly expected it to be great due to the prospects that the synopsis offered. But –

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You can read my review of it here.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I was actually really surprised that I liked a John Green novel, mainly because An Abundance Of Katherines  actually doesn’t follow the “John Green Formula” that his other books tend to religiously.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Definitely Red Rising for this one again. I even got some very non-bookish people to read it – an accomplishment I am incredibly proud of if I’m entirely honest.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

So I won’t include 2017 releases in this question… although I probably would .So Lady Midnight by Cassie Clare was my best series starter, it honestly made me want to return to the Shadowhunter world ASAP. I have high hopes for Lord of Shadows. The best sequel would definitely have to be Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Pierce Brown wrote a masterpiece of a series ender though, taking the cake with Morning Star, I could not be more happy with how the story ended – and that is a rare thing for me to say.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

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7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

This would definitely have to be Hello Me, It’s You by Hannah Todd. To be fair, I have never read a similar book in the style, so that’s why I have chosen it for this question. I would give it ALL OF THE STARS because it truly was a masterpiece in its own right and made me bawl my eyes out from cover to cover…

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Either Red Rising again, or if we’re going to be more original on this question and include a new book which I loved too – Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo would be the one. So much action, so much thrill, I only put it down once to eat and didn’t want to either.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, I have yet to review the book because I could not give it justice with my words at the time I had read it. But I think a re-read would be best before I do.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Vivi from When We Collided has stuck in my head indefinitely. She was so vibrant and so alive in the novel that I still cannot quite get over her story… and how it ended.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

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The metaphors and style of this book were really pleasing to read.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Hello Me, It’s You again. Honestly, the book made me reflect on so many aspects of my present, past and future life… I could not recommend it enough.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

The entirety of the Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin. Those books came out years ago. And I hadn’t read them until Summer 2016 which was a great mistake because  I actually really liked them.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”
Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

or

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Bardugo is truly a genius when it comes to writing. I could have picked many more quotes from the duology with ease.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: History by David O’Hanlon – 52 pages. Longest: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – 698 pages (which is much shorter than I expected my longest read to be really)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse. SO MANY PLOT TWIST. SO MANY FEELS. No need to say more (but my thoughts on it can be found here)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

KAZ BREKKER AND INEJ GHAFA (Six of Crows). MATTHIAS HELVAR AND NINA ZENIK (Six of Crows). STEFFI AND RHYS (A Quiet Kind of Thunder). I have a lot of feelings, okay?

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Frances and Aled from Radio Silence. Honestly, I could not contain my excitement when I found out that the love between them was of the platonic kind. Finally an author that understands that maybe, just maybe a guy and a girl can be friends without wanting to get into each other’s pants at any given point….

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

 

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Yes, I know Jen features on this blog a lot. But I do honestly love her work.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Okay, this isn’t a book that got 5 stars from me. But the word solely was highlighted in the question. And a fellow ginger bookworm had recommended Last Will and Testament to me, and I thought it was decent if I’m honest. Despite it not really being my usual reading material.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

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23. Best 2016 debut you read?

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Although it was hard to believe that this was a debut novel because of how well-written it was.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. That world is still ingrained into my brain in vivid detail and probably won’t be leaving anytime soon. Especially given the fact that we will hopefully be receiving another series set in the same world sometime in the not too far (we’re talking couple years max. hopefully) future.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Six of Crows Duology. The jokes and easy banter these characters had between themselves made me chuckle rather loudly at times, probably alerting my family to my weirdness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

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27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Blue Waters by India R. Adams – I had never heard of her books before I was contacted to review them. And I am honestly so glad that I had.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Either Hello You, It’s Me again for this one (I think the bawling my eyes out as an answer to the earlier question may have hinted at this) or Radio Silence. Both honestly made me think slightly too much which ended in a cryfest.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

I don’t know how he does it. Patrick Ness is yet again the answer to this question with The Rest of Us Just Live Here. The book was the right amount of wacky with a good balance of well-handled execution of anxiety and OCD in a character.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

When We Collided made me mad with its ending. But I have gradually come to accept it, so I can’t say that it made me mad in the bad way. Stealing Snow however irked me to the point I saw red…. so I can’t say the same for that particular novel.


Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

It would have to be the blog of one of the nicest people I’ve met because of blogging this year. Namely Sally over at TheDarkDictator. Her blog is honestly everything I would want mine to be!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

My review of Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz was probably the most entertaining to write because I do like meself a good rant now and then. And it provided me with an opportunity to do so. You can read it here.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

The “I Dare You” Book Tag was really fun to answer – I honestly haven’t had more fun writing a post in a long long while.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Howler Party back in February was honestly one of the best evenings of my entire 2016 blog-wise. I had so much fun, met so many great people and I feel like it honestly helped me get over my fear of talking to people in the book blogging community at least partially which was rather nice and felt slightly monumental.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Most of it really, I love having the opportunity to converse with authors of my favourite novels more often than I had dreamed it possible. Also, meeting all the great people I had this year at the events I attended – those were definitely the best things that the blog has brought me this year. As well as the ability to  continue  sharing my passion with people.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I’ve talked about this in my previous post. But it’s either been finding motivation or time. Both of which have been in scarce supply. But I think I’m managing.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My discussion on the existence of the Middle Book Syndrome proved to be quite popular. Followed closely by the “I Dare You” Book Tag.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I mean, this technically had nothing to do with books, or seemingly so anyway. But I sort of wish my Writing Prompt post got slightly more love (or even criticism if I’m honest… I want to know if I’m doing an alright job at this whole writing thing before embarking on a novel writing escapade)

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t actually discovered any new stores or sites this year that I wasn’t already at least aware of. Perhaps you could recommend some down in the comments?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?2016-goodreads-challenge

I think you can say that I have 🙂


Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?  

I’m now starting Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino, which is a January release that I wanted to read in December but didn’t quite have the time.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?lord-of-shadows-cover

Or Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, but it felt like cheating to put that first because I have already read it.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I cannot wait till everyone reads Caraval by Stephanie Garber because it is definitely a special book that I absolutely loved reading and I think that people will definitely enjoy it. But as for a book that I have yet to read. An Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza intrigues me.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

See the above. Lord of Shadows needs to be in my hands like, right now.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Definitely read more, and blog more – try to find the spark that made me want to blog in the first place again.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Either the aforementioned Caraval, or A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. Or Frostblood by Elly Blake. Something for fans for different genres. Honestly all 3 of them have gotten close to or 5 stars. I have yet to review them, but they will definitely get good reviews once I do.


So I guess that’s my 2016 Survey done, it was definitely fun to compare this to my 2015 one and see all the differences between the years. So much has changed, so I am definitely looking forward to doing this again next year!

Happy Birthday To Me! (And To This Blog)

So it’s a Wednesday, which actually thankfully coincides with the day I post and the 2nd Blogiversary of this blog- making my busy, shit-storm (pardon my French but there was no eloquent way of putting it) last week of term slightly easier.

So it’s a Saturday now, and I haven’t wanted to post on here in a while. My absence, whilst probably only noticed by a few has been deliberate, in truth – I do not feel the desire to blog lately and this post is taking me much longer than it possibly should.  It was supposed to be posted on the 14th of December, and yet here we are, ten days later with it still in the editing stages.

I can’t actually believe it’s been two years since I first decided to post on this very website. It feels like much longer sometimes, but then others it feels like only a few months.

I guess that’s because over the last few months (or this year in general really) I’ve started taking the whole blogging thing more seriously, trying my best to keep to all the various schedules and blogging more etc. etc. with varying degrees of success – but I definitely put in a valiant attempt at the whole thing.

And I mean, that all counts for something…right?

Or at least it did.  Until pretty much now where I’ve started questioning it all.

But I mean, I cannot take for granted the things I have been able to do/ learn through blogging. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people; authors, publicists, booksellers, and bloggers alike and honestly it’s been a wild ride because I am an extremely awkward person when it comes to new people (to the point where my opening line once was “HI I’M RATHER AWKWARD AND KNOW NO ONE HERE SO MIND IF I HANG WITH YOU GUYS?” said in a slightly panicked/manic/crazed voice – but hey, no one judged which was great).

I also learned time management, to a certain extent – I mean, I will still do school work the night before it’s due, but hell – I will not allow it to get in the way of me posting even if that means procrastinating both while having the title of a biology essay as well as an unfinished post draft open and unfinished in front of me for hours. But hey ho. I’ve managed to agree the two somewhat this year, surprisingly also around exam time when I learned to be slightly more efficient with my time use which is definitely a good thing.

 I guess I just hope that this learning curve will continue to extend, but it’d be nice if it only extended in the upwards direction and not in the squiggle it seems to have been doing these past few weeks.

I’m definitely thinking of minimising the amount of books I review from publishers, I’ve made mistakes when I first entered the realms of NetGalley, which is the greatest invention going really, but I honestly shouldn’t have requested all those goddamn books which I’m now not sure I really want to read which has actually landed me up in an uncomfortable reading slump over the past year at various points. I’m thinking of taking reading back to the few review copies I’m lucky enough to get given by publishers and the few books I really CANNOT wait to read till after release. Most importantly though, I want to go back to reading books which have been on my to-read for a while but have been shoved to the back of the pile by the review copies my request-happy, younger, silly self decided to acquire.

I’m hoping that the above will enable me to enjoy this whole thing more, perhaps even as much as when I first decided to take blogging on as a hobby after ditching my other ones (I used to draw and write a lot, but both of which I have decided to retire for a variety of reasons which I couldn’t possibly name). Because despite wanting to delete this site at times, I don’t think I’m quite ready to let it go yet, and both my metaphorical and physical voices of reason have tried (and succeeded I guess) to convince me to continue it, at least for a little while. To the voice of reason that actually reads these, thank you – I think I would have had many a regret if you hadn’t been there.

So I guess

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and to this blog, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to those who have been here throughout the last two years, and there are definitely a few- thank you for sticking by with my hectic attempts at writing my posts and let’s hope for a few more years of this whole blogging thing.

“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” 

-Anne Tyler

“I Dare You” Book Tag

 

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I made my own graphic for this tag, I hope the lovely creator of this tag doesn’t mind.

 

Hello, hello!

Today I decided to try something a little different, I was tagged in the “I Dare You” Book Tag by Kayla @ KDrewTheBookworm, a tag originally created by Lena @Bookfandom1001. Thank you so much for the nomination! And for those reading, be sure to check out their blogs.

Here are the rules:

-You must be honest 

-You can’t not answer a question 

-You have to tag at least four people 


1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest? 

Honestly, I have some books I got within weeks of being born somewhere on my shelves, but they are rather hidden behind the multitude of novels I have collected over the years, so it is probably something rather Polish, most probably some sort of book of the fairytale variety.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

I am in the process of reading Six of Crows by the lovely Leigh Bardugo, after having finished Black Waters by India R. Adams this morning. I will most probably be reading Crooked Kingdom right after I am finished with Six of Crows.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

This year’s example of a book that followed the its-not-you-its-me-2

pattern that I don’t often get to experience is definitely Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz, you can read what bothered me about it here , but I do realise that I was amongst the minority when it came to opinions on this particular novel.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Most probably The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had started it before, and each time gave up miles before it was finished; so I think it’s safe to say that it will reside unfinished on my shelves.

5. Which book are you saving for retirement?

Must I really think that far ahead? Can I say a re-read of Twilight? I think it’ll be interesting to see what old, frail (this one’s a joke, I still want to kick butt once I’m retired) me thinks of Bella and her antics. If that answer is not legitimate enough, I can’t think of any other one – sorry!

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?

Lemme tell you a story… On a bright winter’s morning, 12-year old Ola thought it’d be a brilliant idea to read the last page of The Fault in Our Stars. One might think that it was a brilliant idea, surely nothing could go wrong? Could it? Could it??? I was young and naive, and boy was I in for a surprise. Needless to say, I don’t read the last pages of books since that incident.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

I think that acknowledgements are somewhat a necessary part of novels,  but I do find that I am much more likely to read author’s notes than acknowledgements as those usually provide me with more information on the books which I had just read. Although I find the acknowledgement part of books a lovely thank you to those who supported their creation.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Uhm, I think it’s safe to say I’d be at least a wee bit dead if I traded places with most of the characters I love and admire. Could I change places with any of JLA’s girls, though? I mean, they go through some awful things, but for the most part, they come out unscathed and almost all of them are badass. Sign me up!

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?

I think I will forever associate The Woman in Black with my English teacher…. whom I honestly had a rather turbulent relationship with. Two years of studying said novel managed to completely ruin it for me.

10. Name a book you acquired in an interesting way.

Daylighters by Rachel Caine was borrowed from my friend… until she decided that it’d be better for me to keep it, as it looked rather at home with its predecessors on my shelves.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

I can’t say that I have. I don’t tend to let go of my books once I have them, much like a labrador and a tennis ball – you want my books you’re going to have to chase me around the garden in circles. All jokes aside, I lend books to people, but if I want them to have a copy of a book I deem worthy of their possession, I’m more likely to give them a fresh copy which they can enjoy .

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?

All the books on my Kindle have travelled far and wide with me, across borders, towns, cities, villages, seas. I think we get the gist by now. So the answer is too many to name individually without you falling asleep.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high secondary school that wasn’t so bad two years later? 

Honestly, I still either despise the books I was forced to read as part of the curriculum (another reason as to why I dropped English at A Level, I didn’t want to ruin any more novels for myself by having to study them repeatedly), or I found them alright, like Tuck Everlasting, I honestly think  that book was the best book our school forced us to read, followed closely by Private Peaceful… both of which were read in Year 7 – which tells you how long I have despised required reading for, given that I am currently in year 12.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve found in a book?

Apart from all sorts of bookmarks, all I’ve found in books I’ve borrowed from places like the library was a plethora of questionable stains and possibly the most exciting bookmark of all which was made of dried flowers and dated back to the last century, it was rather remarkable.

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15. Used or brand new?

I prefer to buy new books because I have a thing about broken spines and dog-eared pages and sometimes used books have both and my soul dies a little each time and so I just prefer the pristine condition in which I can buy books from bookstores and isn’t this such a long sentence. If someone read that sentence out loud, they would have probably died from lack of oxygen, I apologise for the lack of punctuation but I think it illustrates the mental turmoil that causing harm to books causes me.

16. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

I’ve read bits of Inferno and The Da Vinci Code, but I’m not particularly into those sorts of novels at present. I will most probably finish both books and perhaps read more of his works with time.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

I think that TFiOS was definitely a case of this, I cried more at the film than I did at the book. There have been a few more, but I feel like I’m already committing sacrilege by admitting that so I’ll just go now. Moving on.

18. A book that should have NEVER been published.

I agree with Kayla and Lena on this one, such an awful question to demand a blogger to answer, but I am going to have to say any book that is racist, homophobic, sexist or downright rude about anything (unless it is aimed to look down on such outlooks) should not have a right to be published.

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?

Yes, Heartless by Marissa Meyer did a wonderful job of making me hungry with all the descriptions of the cakes made by Catherine…. I wanted to try all of them.

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I have some trusted reviewers with whom I usually agree on bookish opinions, so most probably those. But I am usually willing to take any recommendations from anyone really, as long as the book sounds vaguely like something I might want to read.


I tag:

It’s okay if the aforementioned people do not wish to participate in this tag, but I would love to see their responses!

Do you largely disagree with some of my opinions? Or maybe we share an unpopular opinion? Have you read any of the books I have mentioned -or perhaps you want to recommend any of your reads? Tell me in the comments below.

October Wrap-Up

MY LIFE THIS MONTH

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This month has been fairly uneventful, which I’m grateful for given the monstrosity that was September, I have settled back into the rhythm of my old school, which is thankfully so much more manageable (albeit almost tediously so sometimes).

Honestly, I can’t really say much more about the month.

For those of you who haven’t noticed, I am now posting twice a week, on a Wednesday/Thursday as well as my usual Saturday post which is proving good for the stats of this blog – I’m really glad that it’s helping me share my passion for reading as well as my opinions on my reads with more and more people and I’m excited to see where it’ll all go.


MY OCTOBER IN BOOKS

READ: 10% of my Goodreads goal (5 Books)

  • 13 Minutes – Sarah Pinborough
  • Heartless – Marissa Meyer
  • Defender – G.X. Todd
  • Imperfect Love – Isabella White
  • Hello Me, It’s You – Hannah Todd (I have never cried through a whole book before this one)

Currently Reading:

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Received/bought:

Okay, okay… I might have requested and received a few more books than I was supposed to this month, well, in my defense it is only 3 titles, two of which I have already read; and the third being Sara Barnard’s 2017 release – A Quiet Kind of Thunder which I am looking forward to reviewing before its release date.  So all in all, I do think that my unwritten contract of not getting more books is still pretty much on track, amirite?

Have you read any of the books above? Or perhaps want to recommend any of your October reads for me to read this month – drop me a comment below:)

Tis “the witching time of night”, / Orbed is the moon and bright, / And the stars they glisten, glisten, / Seeming with bright eyes to listen —

John Keats

September Wrap-Up

MY LIFE THIS MONTH

What an eventful month this has been.

I attended a brand new school and met so many brilliant people; making more friends than I thought was actually possible for a socially inept person like me. I also encountered A Levels for the first time (that wasn’t as nice of an experience but I’ve managed somehow). I played netball in a competitive team for the first time in a good few years which turned out much more fun than expected, mainly because it was actually nice to see that I could do something which wasn’t quite in my comfort zone.

But I also endured a lot of stress, making the past 4 weeks practically hell for me; and whilst I tried to handle everything and not give up on my new school – I honestly feel that I made the right choice in leaving it to go back to my previous school, which I had attended for 5 years. I think that I will be able to excel much more in an environment in which I am comfortable, surrounded by teachers and people who know how to support me better because they’ve known me for much longer. I feel like the next 2 years are looking up now that I start there on Monday.


MY SEPTEMBER IN BOOKS

READ: 10% of my Goodreads goal (5 Books)

  • Stealing Snow – Danielle Page
  • Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven
  • Saint Death – Marcus Sedgwick
  •  A Hold On Me – Pat Esden
  • Unrivalled – Alyson Noël

Currently Reading:

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Received/bought:

A certain person is going to be (hopefully) incredibly proud of me, because this month I haven’t actually bought any books, and only received Defender by G.X. Todd courtesy of Headline Publishing, so I am very much keeping to our agreement unlike I did during the summer. I actually feel as though this agreement has helped me tackle my TBR pile a little, it’s certainly decreased by a few titles in the last few months anyway and I’m hoping this sort of pattern will continue .

Have you read any of the books above? Or perhaps want to recommend any of your September reads for me to read this month – drop me a comment below:)

Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.

Great Big Summer Wrap-Up!!

MY LIFE THIS SUMMER

I think it’s safe to say that this summer has actually been the best summer I have experienced in a loooooooooooooooooooong while.

I had a wonderful time in Poland and managed not to get lost on the way there and back – which I found quite admirable on my part, because it was my first time flying somewhere alone – (planes, you better be aware I am no longer terrified of you).

I enjoyed the natural beauty of my childhood home and revisited an old passion of mine, namely horse-riding; and now wish that it was slightly less expensive to continue riding in this country, because prices here are ridiculous in comparison…

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But this is the sort of thing that I was allowed to see pretty much on a day to day basis seeing as I can’t actually count the number of times I visited the many lakes in the area which makes me want to return to it sooner than it’s probably possible. 

BUT I DO HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS HOLIDAY HAS MADE ME EXTREMELY LAZY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS BLOG. 

And for that I am sorry, and I promise to be a good potato blogger now and post regularly. Or at least try a lot harder to not allow any doubts I may have about the existence of this blog get in my way of doing this. Because in all fairness, I do love writing this blog; it has changed my life – maybe not hugely, but I am now much more confident as a person, but have also had the chance to meet so many amazing people – one of those being one of my ultimate favourite authors whose books are complete auto-reads for me. Namely JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT herself thanks to the Chapter 5 Proof Party.

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My photos with my beloved authors always end up looking a bit dodgy, but what gives.

So yes, I met THE QUEEN and creator of the books that have captured my heart. (Can we also talk about how she wrote a book in 7 days!!!???? I mean,  when I asked her about it she said it was largely caffeine fueled but that’s still a lot to write in a week. Especially something that was that good!) She was also kind enough to sign a pile of about 10 books for me, because she is truly the epitome of awesome 🙂

There were also cupcakes with JLA’s boys’ faces on them, and holy Daemon babies everywhere, they were amazing!

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So yes, this summer has been amazing, but now school starts in what is now basically 5 days, and I am getting ready for the onslaught of work that A Levels will bring!

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Especially after getting the grades I needed to get into my chosen subjects, namely Chemistry, Biology, Maths and French…. I’m not sure if those choices will be something I will be regretting but we’ll see how it goes in the next few weeks and I’m hoping this year will continue to treat me well.


MY SUMMER IN BOOKS

READ: 20% of my Goodreads goal (10 Books)

  • The Deviants by C.J Skuse
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow
  • City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown
  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • If I Should Remember by K.D Van Brunt
  • The entire  Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Currently Reading:

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Which has somewhat been disappointing so far, but I guess I will finish it seeing as my Kindle informs me I have about 15 mins of reading left in it. 

Received/bought:

So I did break my requesting/buying book ban a wee bit during these past few weeks, but I felt the need to because I was given the opportunity to review titles such as Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz.

And of course, the budget I was given on holiday also allowed for me to come back with 6 books (well, 3 of which were technically the Wreck This Box set, which included the insanely popular Wreck This Journal I have been meaning to get for a while).

But I do plan to cut back on requesting once again for a while, mainly because my shelves are getting worryingly full and I will soon just end up with stacks of books everywhere which won’t please any of the inhabitants in my house.

Have you read any of the books above? Or perhaps want to recommend any of your Summer reads for me to read this month – drop me a comment below:)

“There’s so much gray to every story—nothing is so black and white.”
Lisa Ling