February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! Long time, no see. I’m really sorry I’ve been quiet on here the past few weeks, I started a new job around the second week of February and I’m still trying to get my bearings with it. Because of this I didn’t get to read as many books I’d have liked to get through. Read more

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February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

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Hey guys, so I’ve been inactive throughout February as it’s been a rather crappy month for me and I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind to be posting a lot. I’ve also done a lousy job of reading all the books I planned on getting through and have only read three this month (that’s including the one I was almost finished at the end of January). So in all it’s been horrible.


Personal Recap

So last month I mentioned that I had been job hunting and that I had received a second interview for a job as a support worker in after school care. I’m pleased to say that I got the job and I’m currently awaiting a start date! I’m honestly so excited to finally be able to do something I’m good at and hopefully will enjoy. Other than that, I’ve not really done much else apart from go to lots of gigs and I also went to Birmingham for a few days which was quite nice.


Bookish Recap

Like I said at the start of the post, my reading was awful in February. The only books I got through were;

  • Even Angels Fall – F.L Darbyshire
  • Seed – Lisa Heathfield
  • Fallout –Gwenda Bond

Seed’ has genuinely became one of my favourite books now that I’ve had time to think about the book, plot and characters. Everything about it was just so unique and different from anything I’ve read and I still love how realistic Lisa Heathfield made it seem.

Books I Received:

  • Solitaire – Alice Oseman

Books I Bought:

  • I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai*
  • Waiting For Callback – Perdita & Honor Cargill
  • Faceless – Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell**
  • Spot The Difference – Juno Dawson**
  • The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
  • How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

Reviews Posted:

Part of the reason I never did much reading in February is because I wasn’t really enjoying ‘Fallout’ but I felt like I had to finish it because I had been asked to review it for a website. It took almost the full month just to read that one book and it made me realise that with how I’ve been feeling mentally the past few weeks it’s best I no longer take review requests for a while. I’ve got so many books that I’ve bought over the last year and a half and I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet because I had a huge list of books to review and I’m using a lot of time reading some books that I’m not even enjoying when I could be reading something else. I tried to organise the requests I got better this year and it was all right in January but more have came through than I expected and it’s starting to stress me out a lot and if I don’t do something now, then the list and my mental health is just going to get worse. As of today, I will no longer be accepting review requests however I am more than willing to host blog tours and giveaways for any authors/publishers etc. I do apologise to you all but at the minute I have to put myself first and plus I don’t want to start hating something I’m passionate about.


 

So there we have my February wrap-up guys. I am gutted to be taking my review requests down but for now it’s probably the best thing to do. I’ll still be posting reviews of the books I’m reading so it’s not as if that will be stopping. It will just be books I’ve bought to enjoy that I review instead.

How did you guys get on in February? Let me know in the comments or even link me to your post!!

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November Wrap-Up

November Wrap-Up

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Hey guys, so we’re finally into December! MY FAVOURITE TIME OF THE YEAR! I honestly love this month so much simply because of the lead up to Christmas and I love watching all the Christmas movies that are on when I’m off work! The only sad thing is that December is also a very busy month in both my jobs so I’m working almost everyday which means I don’t get as much time to read and watch Christmassy movies as I’d like. I’m beginning to feel like that last half of 2015 didn’t want to give me an easy time with reading because the last few months or so I’ve only read between 2-5 books each month! This month was no different as I only managed to read 3 and a quarter books.

The books I’ve read this month

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Am I Normal Yet?

This was the book that was picked by all the members of UKYA In The Rain book club and I was so happy when I found out this would be the novel we would be reading as I had been waiting to read it for months so it was the perfect opportunity! I absolutely loved this book and you can check out my review of it here.

The Other Son

I started reading this book as I received an ecopy from NetGalley in exchange of a review however about 4 chapters in I just had to stop. I was finding excuses to stop me from reading and I very rarely do that! Nothing about it really interested me unfortunately.

Imposter

This is the second book in the Live Once series and I was not disappointed! I absolutely love how different the plot to this story is compared to a lot of popular sci-fi out there. You can also check out my review of this novel here.

Demon Road

UGH THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ THIS YEAR! I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange of review and about halfway through because I loved it so much I ended up buying myself a physical copy! It had bits of everything in it and I just didn’t want to put it down! Again, my review of this novel is here.

I’m hoping December will be slightly better for me but we’ll see how it goes with my work etc. I haven’t fully decided on what I’m going to try and read but a lot of the books from last months tbr will be on the list.

What did you guys read throughout November? Did you manage to get through your tbr list? 

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Holly Bourne – Am I Normal Yet? Review

Holly Bourne – Am I Normal Yet? Review

Title: Am I Normal Yet?

Author: Holly Bourne

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Humour

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy book: Book Depository

Review: THIS BOOK HAS LEFT ME FEELING SO MANY THINGS LIKE WHY????

I honestly don’t know how I’m going to review this book properly without gushing over it because I loved it that much oh my god. Like, I just feel so many good things about it.

The story follows Evie, a young teenage girl who suffers from OCD and anxiety. She has just started at a new college and faces the decision of whether or not she should tell her friends about her illness or not the closer she gets to them. Through the book, we follow the challenges Evie faces and thoughts she has on a daily basis and it gives us a brilliant insight to what it’s like in her head.

I was gripped in this story from the very beginning. I started reading it on the train going to work and on the first page I was laughing, all because she referred to someone as “a sexy ferret.” Bourne’s writing did not disappoint. She flipped between events happening now and events that happened when Evie was unwell but it wasn’t done in a way that would confuse the reader and it still kept a good flow going in the book. One of the main things I loved about this book was the way Bourne made the reader feel what Evie was feeling. The book felt real as you read it and it was as if you were in Evie’s head as her state of mind changed and her health deteriorated. There were moments in the book I was laughing and then other moments I was crying. There was even one point I was angry because the story never went the way I wanted it to go but I eventually got over it and it didn’t ruin the book for me.

Evie is such a strong character and it broke my heart watching her battle with her illness all the time. I was so happy with the friendship she created with Lottie and Amber and prayed she would tell them about her illness because Bourne made it very clear how much the both of them cared for her. When it came to Evie and boys, I hoped she would find someone understanding. Right from the start it seemed that Guy had some sort of feelings for her because of the way he acted around her and the little comments he would make to her.

As well as mental health being spoken about in this book, feminism is another main factor. Evie, Lottie and Amber start their own ‘Spinster Club’ where they discuss a variety of things related to feminism. This book actually helped me understand feminism a bit more as it’s not something I’ve really researched or anything but I felt that the things spoken about in this book have educated me on it more.

I loved how realistic this book was and how relatable each of the characters were. Bourne covered topics that each of us face every day in our life even in we don’t realise it. This book is a must read for EVERYBODY! All of us come across mental illness at one point in our life whether it be an illness we, ourselves have or someone we’re close to. This book tackles such big topics in a serious way but also has that comedy to ease the seriousness a bit. I honestly couldn’t recommend this book enough!

*I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now and I was so glad when Ally started the UKYA In The Rain book club because this was the first book to be chosen for our first read! If you want more information on the book club and how to join just click on the links to go to the page and also check out Ally’s blog!*

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