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    My favourite books of 2014

    So I am a little late with this, I usually do this post towards the end of December but I didn’t get chance! I wanted to share with you my top books of last year, in no order at all and the books I read last year, not just those that were published! I usually do 10 books but I have found that because I fell short of my targets for 2014 I have also fallen short of my favourite books. I think there will only be about 6 but these are the very best and there are a number of books that came up close to these!   The…

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    Celebrating the Classics: Stig of the Dump Extract

    Today marks the launch of something special in classics for kids. The awesome folks at Puffin have created new covers and more for 20 fantastic classics which they want to bring to a new generation of readers.  These days the classics are often ignored in favour of tv show tie in books, picture books and interactive books. I honestly think that parents don’t tend to chose classics to read to children anymore, favouring those they can read together or that can be read through quickly… and whilst there is nothing wrong with that I do feel bad for the amazing collection of classic children’s book there are out there.  Thats…

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    In celebration of #UKYA – My favourite UK authors

    Forgive me for using a hashtag in the title of my blogpost, that is something I would never do unless the hashtag needs more coverage and I feel that UKYA does! It is a hashtag started by Project UKYA, a blog dedicated to the awesome fiction which comes from our home soil. This weekend sees the #readUKYA hit twitter in a readathon designed to focus purely on home grown fiction. The readathon started on Thursday and runs to 11pm on Sunday, and as my part in it all I decided to share with you some of my favourite UK authors. There are some authors who jump straight to mind when…

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    Official Grisha Trilogy Re-read Announcement

    “In a lavish world where darkness reigns and science collides with superstition, Alina Starkov has the power to save her country…but it comes with a price. Join us as we cross the Shadow Fold, fangirl over the Darkling, discover untapped power, join forces with a pirate named Sturmhond, and come to the realization that Darkness. Never. Dies.  Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Orion Books are teaming up for a re-read worthy of RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo, on sale June 17. Soldier. Summoner. Saint. In the final battle, who will rise?” *** So I don’t usually post twice in one day but I just had to share with you…

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    Lets look at Curious Fox’ Spring titles

    Curious Fox recently turned 1 and to celebrate they had an awesome party. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it but they sent me their catalogue so I could see what books they had coming out at the beginning of 2014 and I just had to share some of them with you!  The first book in the catalogue really jumped out at me and I really, really wanted a copy. The title is Alex As Well, it is by Australian author Alyssa Brugman and it will hit the shelves in May 2014. Alex As Well is the story of Alex, who was born as ‘sexually ambiguous’ – there were both male and…

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    Faber & Faber, books and cake session!

    So last week I told you about my trip down to London and the Random House book event…. this week I want to share with you the Faber & Faber book event, complete with cake!  I went from the Random House event to Foyles for book shopping and the pub next door for food with wonderful bloggers Viv from Serendipity Reviews, Sarah from Feeling Fictional, Kirsty from The Overflowing Library, Jesse from Books4Teen and Michelle at Much Loved Books. Then we struggled to find the Faber Offices but eventually got there last and had to sit at the back, oops! But nevermind, we made it!  The event started with Leah…

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    Random House invited me to the movies – and I loved it!

    On Saturday 25th January I got up super early – seriously, like 5am – and made my way down to London town for a day filled with books, bloggers and bites to eat! First of a lll I got off the train and treated myself to a hobbit-like second breakfast in Burger King. But you don’t want to hear about that.  What you want to hear about is the fun filled events I went to at Random House and Faber and Faber… Alas you shall only be hearing about one of these today though. The Random House Movies Brunch was the first call of the day. First was a run…

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    Certificates for YA books? Seriously?

    So this article recently published on the Telegraph website got to me. Should kids books come with certificates? Of course they shouldn’t. I think the notion is ridiculous, it’s something that even when put into place is going to cause problems because how is it going to be regulated and what are the punishments that are going to be put into place? Before I even get there though, lets discuss the other factors. So a book has a 14 rating on it and a 12 year old wants to read it. They aren’t allowed. They have to read for their own age group which in my opinion could limit their…

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    My forthcoming year in books

    So I know I’m a little late to this party and you’ve probably seen a thousand ‘2014 book resolutions’ and the like in your feed before you got to mine but I thought I’d share my goals for this year with you anyway. I was absolutely gutted to miss my goodreads target last year and I felt like a failure, I managed to get to 173 books and my target was 175. This might be good for some and I should really not kick myself about it considering for the latter part of the year I had a lot of other stuff on, including work two jobs and trying to…

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    Favourite books of 2013 – July to December

    So back at the beginning of July I wrote a post about my favourite books of the year up to that point. Since then my reading has suffered in quantity but thankfully not quality and I have more 2013 favourites to share with you. Reading has died down because of stuff going on in my offline life, I have been working two jobs while applying for more, trying to see friends and family more and it would appear as I get older there are more weddings and things to go to! I am behind schedule for my 2013 target of 175 books, currently on 163, but I’m hoping I can…