Dream Book Conference Panel | Author Edition

There aren’t many book conferences that take place where I live, however if I were to create my own book conference I would use Eventbrite!  Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. Eventbrite are currently working on a project right now, and have encouraged me to share my dream panel for a book conference!
I thought the project sounded really interesting so here is my post!

My Dream Author Panel

J. K. Rowling

Sarah J. Maas

Marie Rutkoski

I would love to get these three authors together to talk about fantasy in Young Adult fiction. I think it would be super interesting to get their takes on world building and character description/development in the fantasy genre, because let’s face it, they’re all pretty incredible at it. I’d also love to get them talking about kickass female characters, the likes of Hermione, Aelin, Kestrel, Molly Weasley and Professor McGonagall, whether they’re the main heroine or play a minor role in the narrative. 
They’re the three authors I’d love to get together to talk fantasy, I’d love to know who you would pick! I really enjoyed writing this post, so if you’d like me to do a character based post then I would be more than happy to do so!

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My Christmas Book Wishlist | Wishlist Wednesday


I, like many other booklovers, have more than one book on my Christmas wish list. Of course I also have quite a few items that I would love Santa to bring me that aren’t books at all, but I do have a list of books that I would really love for Christmas this year. The books that have made it onto this list are books that I wouldn’t particularly buy for myself for one reason or another, but do really want. I in no way expect all of these books for Christmas, it’s simply a list of books that I have never got around to buying for myself,  although I may end up gifting myself a book or two!

The first book is the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I got Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas last year so I’d love to continue on the tradition and add the second illustrated book to my collection!



Next up I would love one of the Penguin Classic editions of Jane Austen’s books. I’ve mentioned these editions more than once before, but they’re beautiful and not the kind of thing that I would buy for myself! So one of them would be the perfect Christmas treat, and as Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourite books, I’d have to say that’s the one that I’d love to have a spot on my bookcase.



This book is a little on the pricey for Amazon side of things, which is honestly the big reason that I’ve put off buying it for myself. Again I’ve spoke about this book before and really love the sound of it, but over a tenner for a book? I don’t think I could justify spending that on a book for myself!



This books sounds so cool! My sister has a slight love for Russia due to her history course, and from being constantly told about it, when I saw that The Crown’s Game is set in Tsarist Russia I knew it had to be. As with Blackmoore I feel that this book is slightly pricey at just over £12 on Amazon, so again I’m not able to fully justify buying it for myself.
If you have any recommendations for books you think I should invest in then please let me know in the comments!

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What I’m Planning To Read This Christmas

I have not sat down and read a book in the longest time, I got Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them on release day and it’s still just sitting on my bookcase. In fact, I’ve had quite a few new books recently that I’m really excited to read but I just have not felt like reading, which has not been helped by the fact I’ve been incredibly busy these past two months. I had to make the very sad decision to lower my Goodreads Reading Goal once again, because there was simply no way I was going to manage to read 75 books by the end of December, considering that to this day I have only read 35.
But my Christmas break is right around the corner, and so help me God I will be reading, although my break is looking like it’s shaping up to be pretty busy too! This list is for myself as much as it is a sharing of what I’m going to read with all of my fellow bookworms. The way I see it, if I put it in a list, on the internet no less, then I am definitely more likely to get (at least some of) these books read! I would also absolutely love for you to share with me what you’re planning on reading this Christmas, I love nothing more than finding new books that people recommend and adding them to my wish list! So please share what you’re wanting to read, whether that be writing the books in a comment, or adding a link to your own post in the comments!



I want Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to be a book that I just sit down and read in as close to one sitting as possible. So although my copy arrived on publication day I’ve put off reading it until I’ll be able to blitz it. I’m excited to read and watch this, and see what I think of the American wizzarding world.



I’ve been anticipating this book for quite a while, and it’s been sat on my bookcase for too long. I am excited to read this book, but as I said, I’ve been really busy lately and not had much time to read at all. I’m looking forward to reading this book, hopefully with chocolate, next to the fire with my doggy curled up next to me.





 I have owned this book for an embarrassingly long time considering it has quite simply spent it’s time looking pretty on my shelf. I’ve heard amazing things about this and I want to read it, the amount of time I’ve had it suggests I need to read it!




Sometimes I just want a New Adult novel to enjoy, Smut is the book I’ll be picking up when I’m craving New Adult. I heard about this book on booktube and have since downloaded it on my Kindle, hopefully it’ll be a quicker read and will up my 2016 reading total!

That’s a list of the main books I’m hoping to read over Christmas. I hope to be reading these along with a few other books too! As I have already mentioned I would love to know what books you’re hoping to read this holiday period, so please let me know in the comments!

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How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You | Blog Tour | Review

Title: How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You

Author: Tara Eglington

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

Rating: 3 Stars

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description:
Sweet sixteen and never been kissed – and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding guys for her two best friends, counselling her sensitive New Age dad (the NAD), and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mom. But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s existence. Smart, funny, and always around toes her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else… and that’s what makes him so intriguing.

When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day is she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?

Aurora’s clever manœuvres keep her away from kisses, but they can’t seem to bring her any closer to her secret admirer – a potential prince. A humorous take on the trials and tribulations of crushes, secret admirers, and first loves, How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You will keep you laughing up until the page.

This title totally intrigued me, because usually in YA books the aim is to get a boy kissing you, not to stop it from happening.
The first thing that hit me when I started reading How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You was that it definitely has an immature tone. The girls are not the most mature group of friends in the world, and Aurora has a serious drama queen, over the top thing going on, and to be honest it did get on my nerves a bit. After just going with it and reading through the annoying, I got over it, but there were still times when the annoying picked up again.
Despite the two new boys who arrived on the scene, it took literally minutes of reading for me to figure out that Aurora and Hayden were clearly going to be romantically linked. It was also pretty clear that Hayden liked Aurora, and Aurora’s deep and OTT hatred for Hayden was just bizarre! 
Despite the immaturity and other issues I had with the book, I did still enjoy reading it. It’s not something I think I’ll feel the need to read again, but I did enjoy it while I was reading. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for YA set in high school with a bit of Shakespeare action, and of course the romance!

About The Author

Tara Ellington grew up in Byron Bay, Australia. Her hobbies when she’s not writing include watching endless cat videos on YouTube, planning pretend holidays to the Maldives, and day-dreaming about who would play Hayden Paris in a film adaptation of How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You. The novel’s sequel will be published in 2017.
‘How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You’ by Tara Eglington
3 Stars

The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day | Blog Tour | Review

Title: The Possibility of Somewhere

Author: Julia Day

Release Date: September 6th, 2016

3.75 Stars

Goodreads | Amazon

Description from Goodreads:
Together is somewhere they long to be. 
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he always wanted – he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore – the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way? 

All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college – and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks… When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have mor win common than either of them could have imagines. They’re both in pursuit of a dream – one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
The Possibility of Somewhere could not have come at a better time; I was in a deep deep contemporary reading place when I picked this book up. I made my way through a considerable amount of Young and New Adult contemporary novels over a short period of time, one of which being The Possibility of Somewhere.

I enjoyed the diversity between Ash and Eden, they were both from extremely different backgrounds, yet are both intelligent with similar aspirations. The relationship between Ash and Eden was enjoyable to see grow and develop, from barely speaking unless forced to in group projects, to sharing a clandestine relationship. They were a couple that I definitely liked, I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re my favourite OTP, because that would be a vast overstatement. However while I was reading I wanted them to succeed in their relationship and overcome the obstacles in their way.

Speaking of obstacles, I understand that are people that view people from different cultures and races in the way that some characters did in The Possibility of Somewhere (I’m talking about the racism and prejudice), however it’s really not something I’ve ever experienced or witnessed. Therefore I found the blatant racism expressed by some of the characters an intriguing element to the setting, because really, how can people still think like that?! So I suppose part of the reason I liked Ash and Eden together was that they were pushing and crossing the racial boundaries (cliques in which people of the same race stick together) set within their town and school.

I also liked Eden’s friend, Mundy. She added to Eden’s character and therefore as a reader I was able to see the growth of Eden. While I did like Mundy and Eden’s friendship, I found that the conversation between them, and various other characters, was annoying. I was not particularly fond of the dialogue style, in my opinion it was rather stilted and appeared random at times. While it in no way stopped me reading the book, it did bug me.

I would recommend reading The Possibility of Somewhere, I think the storyline is important; a book advocating diversity and challenging prejudices.

If you’ve read The Possibility of Somewhere let me know what you thought in the comments!

‘The Possibility of Somewhere’ by Julia Day
3.75 Stars

Monthly Wrap Up | August 2016

August has without a doubt been my best reading month so far, due to the fact I spent to weeks in sunny Cyprus doing as much reading as possible! I limited the amount of physical books I took away with me, but for the list of my top books that I took on holiday check out this post
Internet was extremely limited while I was away, so I couldn’t keep up to date on any social media or even Goodreads! My solution was to record every book I read, including start and end date; I now have a lot of Goodreads updating to do!
Anyway, here are the books that I read this August, as I’ve been away I haven’t got any reviews up yet for these books but I will be writing reviews! I made notes on the books I now just need to sit with my laptop!

What I Read

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Allure of Julian Lefray by R. S. Grey

Live Me by Celeste Grande

The Last One by Tawdra Kandle

The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Texas Summer by Leslie Hatchel

The Crown by Kiera Cass

One, Two, Three by Elodi Nowodazkij

A Summer Like No Other by Elodi Nowodazkij

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Currently Reading

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

As you can see I read lots of books, and while I don’t have reviews up yet you can head over to my Goodreads to see how I rated all of the books!

What did you read this August? Let me know in the comments!

Wishlist Wednesday | #6

Once a month I aim to share with you books or bookish items that have made their way onto my wishlist! This is my sixth Wishlist Wednesday post, and to see all of my previous posts then head over to this page.

I have recently been loving spending time on Instagram and exploring the beautiful bookish feeds. I saw some really cool mugs and cushions and discovered they were all from Bookworm Boutique! So of course I headed over to the Society 6 page to check everything out! I then proceeded to send my boyfriend an overwhelming amount of links! Needless to say I really liked a lot of things! I’ve shortlisted a few of the items that I really loved, because if I were to show everything I liked we’d be here for a while! 
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Mugs – $15
    
Throw Pillows – $20
I’ve included the wonderful bookmarks created by My Bookmark in a previous Wishlist Wednesday post, however they’ve announced a new collection which have taken my heart! If you’ve seen my recent Pokémon Go Book Tag post you’ll know that I’ve been playing and really enjoying Pokémon Go. So isn’t it only natural that these two world should collide to create amazing Pokémon bookmarks?! Sign me up!
My list this month is short and sweet! I’ve recently been introduced into the world of the adult colouring book, and after experimenting on a couple of pages I’ve discovered it’s something I really enjoy, especially while watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix! I think that having a bit of a larger colour selection within my crayons would make for a really fun colouring experience, so that’s right crayons are on my wishlist!
So that is August’s Wishlist Wednesday post complete!! I would love to know which items you have been wishing for this month! Let me know in the comments!