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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…

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    Chicken House tease – Books from January to June 2014

    Hello! Today I thought I would tease you like Chicken House have done to me and share with you some of their upcoming titles for 2014. So a few weeks ago I got a bright blue envelope through to post and in it was a stack of posters… like this:  Just look at the pretty! Anyway… I was at first mesmerised by some of the beautiful, and sometimes intriguing covers; like Fire and Flood and Valentine Joe and Lobsters then I read the blurbs and I got emotional… the emotion I felt the most was pure joy but also tinged with sadness that the books can’t be read yet! So…

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    In celebration of Short Stories: National Short Story Week post

    This week is National Short Story week, no I didn’t know until a few weeks ago either; but I plan on celebrating! I love that short stories have a week dedicated to them because I love short stories; in my eyes they are just as valuable as novels and poetry and other forms of literature and they should not only be reserved for children, everyone should be able to access short stories. The short story is not obviously reserved for children with tales coming from people like Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde over the centuries but I do feel there are more for children than adults, though that is understandable…

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    Children’s (& Illustrated) Books: Being an adult reader

    I get a lot of grief sometimes because I prefer young adult and kids books to adult books. I am not going to lie, I probably ‘should’ read more adult fiction, at 25 its about time I did, but I find I don’t like a lot of what I try and to be honest, there are adult authors that I will read, just not many. The thing I want to discus today is the benefit of reading kids books and what they can do for you, without you even realising. Last week I was ill, I think it was food poisoning. I was in bed for over 24 hours and…

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    My oh so brief affair with Audiobooks.

    So I always said that I very much doubted Audiobooks would be good for me. When I claimed this people questioned why and I explained that I thought I would turn myself off to what was going on too much and that they would only, only, ever work for me in the car, alone.  So I tried it. First of all let me just say that this post is about my experience with my first full length audiobook, I did listen to Click Clack the Rattle Bag by Neil Gaiman last halloween but as that was over before I got to work, at 15 minutes long, I don’t think that counts.…