September Wrap Up

This has been a bit of an odd month. Once again, the amount I’ve read has really dropped off, though the books have been brilliant, and I’ve barely been blogging. I think I’m getting out of this funk now so we’ll see what October brings!

What I Read

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Huntress: Sky by Sarah Driver

We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

No Shame by Anne Cassidy

Book Post

Because I’ve been so behind on reading and blogging I’ve not requested any Netgalley books this month – very restrained for me! I did have 3 gorgeous pieces of book post though:

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

(Thanks Walker Books!)

Monster by Michael Grant

(Thanks Electric Monkey)

Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick

(Thanks Gollancz!)

What I Wrote:

I’ve written about a chapter and a half of the latest pass at my novel, which is basically a complete rewrite. I’m really into it but progress has been slow due to busyness/stress/illness. I’m making myself commit to just 10 minutes of writing a night – and then any more is an added bonus for now!

What I watched:

TV

The Defenders was as amazing as I imagined. I’m so in love with Luke Cage and Daredevil – such amazing characters and actors! We also watched A Series of Unfortunate Events which I had mixed feelings about. The style and actors were all amazing but I found it a bit repetitive, like the books really.

Films/What I Did

We didn’t watch any films at home this month, but I did take a trip to London to see The Room – if you don’t know it, it’s widely known as the best bad film ever and is absolutely hilarious. I took my best friend as a birthday present and we met Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero too, which was awesome.

 

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore is about to change rooms at nursery now and loved his settling in session – apparently he cried when he had to go back to his old room! He also had an allergic reaction this month and looks like he won’t be able to eat lentils for the foreseeable future – very sad for us as lentils are a staple in this house!

July Wrap Up

Once again, it’s been a slow month, but I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read, especially the two from The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White. This month also marks my first audio book, which is pretty cool.

What I Read

Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson

S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

A Change is Gonna Come by various authors

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

 

Book Post

Absolutely no book post this month, which hasn’t happened in a while but has given me some much needed catch up time! And I’ve still had some awesome books from NetGalley:

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

(Thanks Bloomsbury Children’s Books!)

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

The Princess and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

(Thanks First Second Books!)

Sky by Sarah Driver

(Thanks Egmont!)

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

(Thanks Hodder Children’s Books!)

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

(Thanks Macmillan Children’s Books!)

What I Wrote:

Still chipping away at the editing. I’m trying to focus on the story structure and have made a timeline that zigzags across my study, and I think that’s really helping to visualise the story.

What I watched:

TV

Pretty Little Liars finally ended, and after watching the finale I’ve gone right back to the start to see it all again. There’s so much stuff from the earlier seasons that I don’t even remember!

Films

I can’t think of anything significant we’ve watched this month, other than a god awful horror on Amazon called Slaser.com It’s badly shot and badly acted, with a terrible, nonsensical story. Good for a laugh if you like those ‘so bad it’s good’ horror films though!

What I Did

My best friend and I did a breakout room at ClueHQ in Coventry and were their fastest two person breakout. Yes, I’m bragging, but we thought it was pretty cool! Still going with the driving lessons and starting to get nervous for my test. Hoping that by this time next month I’ll be able to drive!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore is finally getting more confident with his walking. He’s taking more steps between us now, and will happily potter about a little on his own between toys and furniture. He’s also got a Cozy Coupe – you know, those big red and yellow cars everyone had as kids – and is obsessed with getting in and out of it.

June Wrap Up

I’ve had a bit of a slower reading month than usual this month, but I’ve read some amazing books and am getting back into the swing of things again now.

What I Read

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Day 7 by Kerry Drewery

The Hundred Names of Darkness by Nilanajana Roy

Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Book Post

I’ve realised I’ve not been including my NetGalley books on this list so I’m adding all my NetGalley TBR onto this month’s new books.

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

(Thanks Gollancz!)

And on NetGalley…

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

(Thanks Hodder and Stoughton!)

A Change is Gonna Come by Various

(Thanks Stripes!)

We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

(Thanks Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

What I Wrote:

Ugh I’m stuck in editing hell at the moment. It feels like there’s a billion things to do and I don’t even know where to start. Any tips appreciated!

What I watched:

TV

I finished watching AMS: Roanoke and I think it’s actually been my favourite season so far. Super creepy and gory and I loved it. They still don’t know how to end things though: I feel let down by each final episode, though this season wasn’t as bad as previous ones.

Films

We watched Beyond the Gates, a film that’s been on our radar for a while and I finally bought it for Nathan for Father’s Day. It’s got a great retro board game horror thing going on, a bit like an adult Jumanji (though not as scary in my opinion!) It was good but I think we were expecting more from it.

What I Did

I finally did my theory test – and passed it! I’ve been revising like mad each evening for the last month or so and it paid off in the end. There were a few questions I had to guess but it all worked out in the end. Plus I aced the hazard perception (69 out of 75!) so I’m clearly very perceptive 🙂 Now I just need to practice and get the practical test done. Watch this space!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore still isn’t walking, though we think he’s getting close. He’s more stable on his feet now and will walk holding just one of our hands. Think he just needs the confidence to do it now. He’s been enjoying the hot weather in the daytime, playing in the garden and paddling pool with his cousin, but not so much at night. 30 degrees is way too hot to sleep in!

May Wrap Up

I’ve stuck to my word this month and been alternating between my books and review books. I like reading a mix of new and older books and it’s nice to see each pile finally going down!

What I Read

Like Other Girls by Claire Hennessy

The Sign of One by Eugene Lambert

This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre

Release by Patrick Ness

The Fallen Children by David Owen

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Book Post

I’ve realised I’ve not been including my NetGalley books on this list so I’m adding all my NetGalley TBR onto this month’s new books.

Release by Patrick Ness

(Thanks Walker YA!)

This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre

Monster by Michael Grant

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

(Thanks Electric Monkey!)

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

(Thanks Rock the Boat!)

And on NetGalley…

STAGS by M. A Bennett

(Thanks Hot Key Books!)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

(Thanks Hodder and Stoughton!)

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

(Thanks Penguin Random House!)

What I Wrote:

I’m still reading through my first draft and making scene notes. While the beginning was better than I remembered, the end is just as terrible as I thought and the amount of work needed there makes me dizzy! Slowly starting to chip through it though and I’m looking forward to making some big changes.

What I watched:

TV

Tragedy struck our Green Wing rewatch when I found one of the discs missing 😮 I was so gutted we stopped and went on to Kimmy Schmidt instead, in preparation for the new series (which is excellent). We’ve also started watching The Office (US) boxset, which I got for my birthday and is one of my favourite series. I’ve also finally started watching American Horror Story: Roanoke. It’s been on my to-watch pile for ages and it’s pretty creepy so far.

Films

I don’t think I watched a single film this month, which is not like me! Planning a horror film sleepover with my sisters for June though so should be watching some interesting things soon.

What I Did

This month I’ve finally plucked up the courage to start driving lessons again. It’s been a while and I’m pretty rusty, but it’s not as horrendous as I feared and I’m hoping to take my test this year. My little sister turned 17 this month and has also started lessons and I’m determined to pass before her!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore now has six teeth and is still toddling around using his walker/various parts of the furniture. He’s not confident enough to walk on his own yet, and while I can’t wait to see him do it, I’m trying to enjoy the time we have left of him only being able to crawl! He also got his first bike this month and he loves going for a walk around the block before dinner in these warm summer evenings.

April Wrap Up

For half the month I’ve been getting through my backlog of review books, but towards the end of the month, I started going back to birthday and Christmas books. There’s just not enough time to read all I want to!

What I Read

Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff

Room Empty by Sarah Mussi

Here Be Dragons by Sarah Mussi

Labyrinth by Jim Henson and A. C. H Smith

The Circus by Olivia Levez

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

Ms Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

The Opposite of You by Lou Morgan

Girlhood by Cat Clarke

The Sign of One by Eugene Lambert

Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honour Cargill

Book Post

The book post slowed down a bit this month, giving me a chance to catch up, but I still had a couple of fabulous books come through:

The Adventures of Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke

(Thanks Faye Rogers/Wacky Bee Books)

Girlhood by Cat Clarke

(Thanks Hachette Kids!)

What I Wrote:

After doing so well for the first three months of the year, I’ve given up tracking what I’m writing. But I’m still writing, and that’s the important thing! Now I’ve left my first draft alone a bit I’ve returned to it and am reading through, making notes and editing. Good news is it’s not as bad as I thought! Bad news is there’s still a lot of work to do. I’m enjoying it though, and that feels good.

What I watched:

TV

We watched the first season of Outcast, which was really good and has made me want to read the comics more. We went straight on to Legion, which was a bit weird and I wasn’t sure at first, but the ending was incredible and all the actors were just amazing. We’ve started watching Green Wing now, which is an old favourite of mine and never fails to make me laugh.

Films

I sat down to write what we’d watched this month and came up with one film…not like us at all! My sister came for a sleepover and we watched Knock Knock, an Eli Roth film. I’m a big fan of his but this wasn’t one of his best. Keanu Reeves was wooden (surprise!) and the plot was a bit meh. There were some fun moments though and the ending gave me a chuckle.

What I Did

This month I was lucky enough to see Garth Nix at the Oxford Literary festival. It was amazing to meet an author whose books I’ve been reading for so long! It was also my birthday, but this was a bit low key as we all came down with a vomiting bug – the perfect birthday present! We made up for it with a trip to a children’s farm – Little Moore loved pointing at all the animals and I loved feeding the goats.

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore has another two teeth and is moving around more than ever. He’s really into everything and it’s hard to keep him entertained sometimes, especially when all he wants to do is explore the kitchen cupboards (note to self: do more baby proofing). We went to a local farm and he enjoyed pointing at all the animals and watching me feed the goats. He’s also started trying to join in with hand actions when we do nursery rhymes and screams and claps when we finish. So cute!

March Wrap Up

I read a lot this month! I read the whole Sin Eater’s Trilogy by Melinda Salisbury (all the feels!) and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (even more feels!). I’ve been neglecting my Christmas books because of an influx in review ones but I’m planning on getting through some of them in April.

What I Read

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (reread)

Frogkisser! by Gath Nix

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson

Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter

Following Ophelia by Sophia Bennett

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury (reread)

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Doing It: Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver

Book Post

This month I had some more gorgeous book post, including:

The Wildings and The Hundred Names of Darkness by Nilanjana Roy

(Thanks Pushkin Press!)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

(Thanks Walker Books!)

Here Be Witches by Sarah Mussi

(Thanks Shrine Bell!)

Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter

(Thanks Faye Rogers!)

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

(Thanks Electric Monkey)

Doing It: Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

(Wren & Rook!)

Naondel by Maria Turtschanoff

(Thanks Vicki Berwick/Pushkin Press!)

Into the No-Zone by Eugene Lambert

(Thanks Electric Monkey!)

What I Wrote:

Predictably, my word count has gone lower than last month (I mean it’s technically more but February has less days so…) I’m not going to make excuses but at least I’m still writing! I’ve been working through some exercises in Juliet Mushen’s Writing for YA book and have found them really enjoyable. I’m planning to start editing next month and want to have a solid plan in place when I do.

Total word count: 17,765

What I watched:

TV

We rewatched the first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and went straight onto the second season. I thought the first was perfect, even better second time round. I love Rachel Bloom and the songs are amazing. The second season seems a bit more aimless. It’s wandering around a bit and I think it’s lost the point after such a concept driven first series. Still, the songs are incredible and it’s just as funny. I’d really recommend it if you haven’t watched it yet.

Films

We’ve gotten a bit lax on the film front again as we’ve both been really busy. But, we did manage to get out to the cinema (second night out since Little Moore was born!) and saw Get Out. I adored it, and so did the rest of the cinema. I know because they were all clapping and cheering on the main character, which was a bit weird but fun. If you’ve not seen it yet then get on it, it’s amazing.

What I Did

Aside from our cinema trip, it’s been a relatively quiet month. So much so that I can’t think of anything to put here, which is a shame but hey ho. On to the next section!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore is enjoying exploring the house more and more. His favourite thing to do is pull himself to standing and try to crawl inside the washing machine, or play with the cupboard under the sink. He’s also started using his walker and taking some clumsy steps around the living with it. And he finally has teeth!! It’s taken a year but he’s had two pop through and the rest look like they’re on the way (cue more crying and sleepless nights).

 

February Wrap Up

Well this year is just flying by. I can’t believe we’re into March already! I haven’t read as many books this month – I put a lot of time into one which I eventually DNFd around 50% in. I’ve also started rereading The Sin Eater’s Daughter in preparation for The Scarecrow Queen which arrived yesterday and I am so excited to read!

What I Read

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Dead of Night by Michael Grant

Silver Stars by Michael Grant

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr

Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

The Little Book of Sitcom by John Vorhaus

Book Post

This month I had some more gorgeous book post, including:

The Circus by Olivia Levez

(Thanks Rock the Boat!)

The Devil’s Paintbox by Robin Jarvis

(Thanks Egmont!)

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

(Thanks Chelle Toy/Scholastic!)

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

(Thanks The Pewter Wolf/Scholastic!)

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What I Wrote:

This month I finished off editing the short story I wrote last month and submitted it to a competition. This is a pretty big step for me and I’m really proud I wrote something to a deadline and produced a piece of work I’m proud of.

I originally wanted to write at least 500 words a day but didn’t quite hit that target this month. I still wrote something each day though, so I’m happy with that. I also finished the (very rough) first draft of my WIP, so another reason to celebrate!

Total word count: 16,220

What I watched:

TV

We finished watching Parks and Recreation which was even better second time round and I really want to get the rest of the series now. We started watching Sherlock but haven’t gotten very far because the episodes are so damn long! It’s like watching a film every night, and when Little Moore is playing up we just don’t have time.

Films

Saying that, we did watch a lot of films! Nathan’s had the crazy idea of watching all our horror films in alphabetical order, so that’s our project for the next year or so… seriously, there’s over 300 of them!

We got off to a good start and covered Alice in Murderland (terrible yet hilarious film) All Cheerleaders Die, Almost Human, Bite (so gory, so fun) Tusk (like Human Centipede but with a Walrus…) Yeah, alphabetical went out the window when new DVDs came in!

What I Did

It was Nathan’s birthday this month so I got him out the house for a few hours and surprised him with a drawing desk (and a rearranged living room to fit it in!) It’s been a fairly quiet month other than that – not complaining it’s nice to have a break after the Christmas/New Year madness!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore turned one this month! We’re having a little birthday party with family and friends and cake this weekend to celebrate. He’s also started pulling himself up on furniture, which has been a while coming but I think he’s found it slippy in his socks on our laminate flooring!

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January Wrap Up

I’ve decided to start doing a little wrap up post for the month, not just for books but just everything in general.

What I Read

I’m really pleased with the amount of books I read this month. 12 overall, although that includes finishing some I started last year. I’ve read a good mix of ARCs and books I got for Christmas, and even some non fiction too!

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

The Call by Peadar O Guilin

The It Girl: Don’t Tell the Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Lumberjanes Volume One: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes Volume Two: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson

Dear Charlie by N. D. Gomes

Baker Street Academy: Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Write by Phil Daoust

Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction by Juliet Mushens

The Yellow Room by Jess Valance

Book Post

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I was lucky enough to be sent some books from publishers and various people this month which I’m really excited to start reading. The Huntress is particularly gorgeous and deserves a phot0 all of its own!

Room Empty by Sarah Mussi

(Thanks Rock the Boat!)

The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine

The Huntress by Sarah Driver

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Silver Stars and Dead of Night by Michael Grant

(Thanks Egmont!)

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

(Thanks Walker Books!)

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

(Thanks Vicki Berwick PR!)

Baker Street Academy: Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn

(Thanks Scholastic/Faye Rogers!)

What I Wrote:

I’m trying to write every day this year and I think the habit is sticking, which I’m really pleased about. I’ve been working on my WIP and nearly have the first draft done, and I also wrote a short story which I intend to submit to competitions.

Total word count: 19,665

What I watched:

TV

We finally finished watching Luke Cage on Netflix. It took me a little longer to get into this one than Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but once it got going I really loved it. Luke’s one of my favourite characters from the Marvel TV shows and his fight scenes were so much fun. We’ve now started watching Parks and Recreation from the beginning as I got another season for Christmas. I’m just in love with all the characters and it makes me laugh so much.

Films

We watched Aftershock, an Eli Roth horror film which I bought Nathan for Christmas and was a lot better than I was expecting. Also Casadaga, which he bought me for Christmas and was a lot worse than I was expecting. So you win some, you lose some. Dark Was the Night was an interesting monster movie, great beginning and end but I did get a little bored in the middle.

What I Did

Nathan and I celebrated an anniversary this month so we went out for an evening meal to celebrate, leaving Little Moore at home with my dad on baby sitting duties. It’s the first time we’ve done that since he was born, so nearly a year, which is pretty crazy. The food was incredible and it was nice to be just the two of us again. We definitely need to get out more!

What Little Moore Did

Little Moore is getting more mobile by the day. He’s now adept at commando style crawling, so we’ve got the stair gates in place and are constantly chasing him round and removing things from his path. He’s obsessed with our extension plug by the TV so we need to find a way to hide that.

Best Books of 2016

It’s been a busy year for me outside of the blog but I’ve still found time to read, which I’m really pleased about. Although I did end up cutting my Goodreads challenge down from 120 books to 100, I do think the initial target was a bit ambitious considering all that’s gone on! Still, I beat that target and am ending the year on 106 books, which is pretty awesome.

For the end of this rollercoaster of a year, I’m picking my favourite book from each month, which is a pretty tough call! So tough, in fact, that I’ve added a couple of books that deserve an honourable mention each month. These are books that I have read this year but not necessarily been released in 2016.

January

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The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

This is easily one of my favourite modern YA fantasy stories. After winning a copy of the first book in a competition in 2015, I was hooked, and was super excited to be part of the blog tour for this book and to get to read it early. I can’t wait for The Scarecrow Queen to come out next year.

Honourable Mentions: Front Lines by Michael Grant, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

February

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This was an incredible debut with one of my favourite protagonists and a setting that really differed to most of the books I’ve read. I loved the Arabian Nights feel to it and I can’t wait to read the sequel next year.

Honourable Mentions: Forbidden by Tabitha Sazuma, Red Witch by Anna McKerrow

March

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

The thing that carried this book was the characters. It’s so rare to see a boy-girl platonic friendship in YA and it was really refreshing to read. It’s also great not to read the same straight, white characters too: this book was really beautiful in its diversity.

Honourable Mentions: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

April 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan  Fiona Staples

Easily the best graphic novel I’ve read all year, possibly ever. The Deluxe Edition is beautiful although I hate that I have to wait so long for the next edition. The story, characters and art all weave perfectly together and I just loved this book.

Honouable Mentions: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

May

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Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

This was brutal book that hurt to read but somehow filled me with hope too. I’ll admit, part of me wished it was a Seed sequel but if I can’t have that then this is the next best thing from Lisa Heathfield!

Honourable Mentions: In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Waas

June

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

I’d seen this book around a lot and had it sat on the shelf for a while before I read it. I regret leaving it so long: it said so many things that I was thinking about femnism and mental health and is a book I really wish had been around when I was a teenager.

Honourable Mentions: Blame by Simon Mayo

July

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The Deviants by C. J. Skuse

This is one of those books that just punches you in the gut and leaves you breathless. As a group of friends reconnect, secrets from their past won’t stay buried and will end in tragedy. The ending hurt me. I’d really recommend it.

Honourable Mentions: The Castle of Inside Out by David Henry Wilson, Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

August

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What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

After reading the first two books in the Spinster Trilogy earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew it was going to be awesome. Lottie’s challenge to call out sexism was inspiring to read and got me thinking about sexism I see every day too.

Honourable Mentions: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by lots of awesome UKYA authors

September

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More of Me by Kathryn Evans

After struggling with reading for a bit, this book got me absolutely hooked. I read it at every opportunity and genuinely struggled to put it down. Unlike anything I’ve read before, I’ve been recommending this to everyone.

Honourable Mentions: Eidolon by Sofi Croft, Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

October 

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

No review for this one as I’ll be publishing it next year, closer to publication. This was a book I heard tons of praise for before I read it, and it certainly delivered. Magical and beautiful and twisting and turning. I loved that I could never tell what was the game and what was real.

Honourable Mentions: The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt, The Ruins by Scott B. Smith

November

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November was a bit of a quiet reading month for me so while there wasn’t a lot to choose from, this was an easy pick. It’s different to a lot of things I’ve read: not quite graphic novel or short story, more like an art book with a beautifully sad narrative.

Honourable Mentions: The King of Rats by Melinda Salisbury, Horns by Joe Hill

December

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Review coming next year, closer to publication date. I love anything to do with Alice in Wonderland and this really hit the spot. An origin of the Queen of Hearts, it somehow fleshes out this insane, angry character into someone you can actually sympathise with.

Honourable Mentions: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr, …And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne (no review for either of these yet, check back next year!)

So there you have it. These are some of my favourite books of the year, but they’re only a selection of all the marvelous things I;ve read this year. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings to me in books! Happy New Year everyone. Hope you all have a wonderful one x