June Book Haul

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Today I’m going to share my book haul for the month of June. I had a lovely trip to Waterstones last week to stock up on new reads for the summer, and there are quite a lot to get through because I can’t say no to pretty books, as you’ll know if you read my last book haul post here.

Let’s get started!

The first book I bought was Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan, which I’ve had my eye on since it first came out but didn’t want to buy in hardback, so when I saw this in paperback I snapped it up.20170617_091506

Another book I hadn’t wanted to buy in hardback was Paedar O’ Guilin, mainly because I’m a huge scaredy cat and I’m not sure whether it’ll be too dark for me, but the new paperback was on buy one, get one half price so I decided I had nothing to lose by giving it a go.20170617_091650

My next choice was one I’ve had my eye on for ages, Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. The combination of romance, a foreign setting, a bit of mystery and of course ice cream sounds like EXACTLY my sort of read, particularly in summertime. Also: who could resist a cover this gorgeous?!

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My next pick was a middle grade book which I also think sounds perfect for summer: Bigfoot, Tobin and Me by Melissa Savage, which explores grief, friendship and hope as two children set up a detective agency to hunt for Bigfoot. I first heard about this book on its blog tour (I especially love this post, hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday) and from then on I’ve been super excited to read it.

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Another book I loved the blog tour for was Simon James Green’s debut Noah Can’t Even, which I’m planning to make my first read for the #LGBTQIARead which starts tomorrow and one of my 2 books for the Reading Double readathon, which is starting today.

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Two other debuts I picked up were When Dimple Met Rishi and One of Us is Lying, both of which I’m seeing a lot of love for on my Twitter feed. I’ve already read and loved One of Us Is Lying, and I can’t wait to get round to When Dimple Met Rishi (which I’ve decided to try and save for my summer holiday, which starts a week today 😁😁😁)

 

I also picked out a few excellent middle grade debut novels : The Legend of Podkin One Ear (which is the Children’s Book of the Month for June, and sounds like a lot of fun. I mean, who doesn’t love rabbits?!) and the Amber Pendant by Imogen White, which sounds like a fantastic mystery (and as you’ll know if you’ve read pretty much any of my posts, there really isn’t much I love more than a good mystery).

 

My final choice was the Smoking Hourglass by Jenifer Bell, which has been probably my most anticipated book of 2017. I fell in love with the Crooked Sixpence last year (and it was my favourite debut of 2016 I think), so I cannot wait to dive back into the magical world of Lundinor.

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week: Favourite ‘Order of the Phoenix’ Quote

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I was very excited to discover the Harry Potter Moment of the Week meme (hosted at Lunar Rainbows Reviews) recently, and even more excited to write my first post for it, which is about my favourite quote from the 5th book, which I absolutely love.

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Review: Jack Dash and the Summer Blizzard

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Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Today I’m reviewing Jack Dash and the Summer Blizzard by Sophie Plowden which was very kindly sent to me by Catnip Publishing via Bounce Marketing (which did not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review). Let’s get started!

As I haven’t read the first book in this series, I wasn’t really sure what to expect going in, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.

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I Dare You Book Tag

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A few days ago, Donna at The Untitled Book Blog tagged me in the I Dare You Book Tag.

The rules are: you must be honest, you can’t not answer a question and you have to tag 4 people to join in

Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

The honest answer to this is I’m not sure, but one of the first book series I ever loved was the Pony Club Secrets books by Stacy Gregg so I’m going to say them. My copies are now incredibly tatty, but I still reread them at least a couple of times a year as I love the world so much and I know it so well.

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5 Children’s Classics I Think You Should Read

Hello everybody! Happy weekend!

Today, I’ve decided to write about my top five children’s classics that I think everybody should read. I really got into classics a year or so ago, but over the past few months I’ve barely read any, so with this post I want to spread awareness of some amazing books, and also remind myself why I love reading them.

Let’s get started!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Fathers/Father Figures in Books

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Today I’m taking part in another Top Ten Tuesday (created by and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish ). Today’s theme is anything connected with Father’s Day, so I’ve decided to write about my favourite fathers and father figures ( the latter mainly because so many parents are killed off/disappear in children’s and YA fiction, and I couldn’t find 10 fathers I genuinely love).

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#sixforsunday: Favourite Book Covers

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Today I’m participating in the #sixforsunday meme hosted by Steph atΒ A Little But A Lot. Today’s prompt is six types of book covers that I love, so let’s get started!

1. Bright colours- I really love a book which stands out on a shelf e.g the Murder Most Unladylike mysteries (designed by Nina Tara) or the covers of the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale.

2. Books which just look beautiful somehow, such as Unboxed by Non Pratt, the cover of which is designed by Kate Alizadeh, ( which I actually wasn’t going to read till I saw how amazing the cover was) and the cover of Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny Mclachlan.

3. Pretty sprayed edges- I’m not a big fan of these in most books, but there have been 3 this year that I think nailed sprayed edges as in these cases they really added to my love for their covers/the books in general ; Wing Jones by Katherine Webber (which goes from pink to purple), Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans Β (which has orange with a lightning bolt) and Beetle Queen by M. G Leonard, which is yellow with black polka dots)

4. Julian de Narvaez covers- I only know of one author whose covers this illustrator works on, but they’re probably my favourite covers ever; Emma Carroll’s. I’m a huge Emma Carroll fan in general, and her covers fit her books perfectly. They’re pretty, and intricately detailed, and they always show some of the key points of the book. The cover reveal for an Emma Carroll book never fails to get me even more excited for it’s release date, and there’s never been one yet that isn’t totally gorgeous.

5. Unique covers – I really like covers which just look a little bit different to others at the moment and my best example of this are the Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne. They’re black with brightly coloured lettering and spines instead of the opposite way around, and I just love them, as they stand out straight away in bookshops.

6. I’m struggling to come up with another type of cover for these books, other than they have the main character on the front, so I’m just going to mention a few that I love- I adore the covers of the Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St John (designed by David Dean) and also the covers for the Uncommoners series by Jennifer Bell, which I probably wouldn’t have took a chance on had I not really liked the cover (designed by Karl J. Mountford)

Do you agree with my favourite types of cover? What are yours? Let me know what you think in the comments/on Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed the post, and have a great Sunday!

Amy x