Ugly Lies The Bone follows Jess who returns home from Afghanistan to a small town in Florida. She begins to experiment with virtual reality therapy, where she learns how to escape and cope with her pain. We also see how Jess’ return affects her relationship with her mum, her sister Kaciee and former flame Stevie. Kate Fleetwood is fantastic as Jess. She’s an incredibly versatile actress … Continue reading Ugly Lies The Bone @ National Theatre
Title: Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Year Published: 2015
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24926015-simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda
“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Title: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Year Published: 2017
Source: own copy
“Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.”
Today, I bring you the Book Buying Tag. I have seen this tag do the rounds on Booktube and wanted to do it! 1. Where do you buy your books from? My go to points are either independent bookshops, Waterstones or Foyles. If I’m ordering online then Waterstones, Foyles or Hive.co.uk. Only as a last resort, do I buy books from Amazon. 2. Do you … Continue reading Book Buying Tag
I had a massive reading binge over the Christmas break. What with the office being closed and being on a blogging break, I certainly had the time to get down to it. Here are three fantastic young adult books that I read over the break. Birdy – Jess Vallance Birdy is a fantastic, thrilling ride of a novel. The main character, Frances, has always been … Continue reading Three Fantastic #UKYA | Birdy, Radio Silence & Beautiful, Broken Things
I have seen posts and videos and tweets all about the book related challenges people are taking on this year. Now, I use the goodreads goal. And I barely scraped it in 2016. I’ve decided to keep my 2017 challenge at 60 books, so I can make more time for reading and cut down my to read pile. I also have a reading list page … Continue reading Books To Get To In 2017.
Title: The Art of Asking
Author: Amanda Palmer
Year Published: 2014
Source: Owned copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23511311-the-art-of-asking-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-let-people-hel
“Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.
Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn’t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.”
We are so close to the end of the year, it’s time to start reflecting back on what we achieved. I had set myself a reading goal of 60 books on Goodreads, but to be honest I don’t think I’m going to make it to the finish line. I spent most of my year being really exhausted so I didn’t always have time to read. … Continue reading My Top Books of 2016
Last week, my friends Jen, Claire & I went to a signing at Selfridges to celebrate the release of Tom Fletcher’s book The Christmasaurus! And what with the news of a stage show of The Christmasaurus being released earlier in the week,I thought I would write about the signing! I was particularly excited about this one as I had grown up with McFly from when I … Continue reading Tom Fletcher – The Christmasaurus signing @ Selfridges
*Just a heads up – this is a book about sexual assault/rape/rape culture so if you feel you may be triggered then I wouldn’t recommend picking up this book.
Title: No Virgin
Author: Anne Cassidy
Year Published: 2016
Source: Sent from the publisher Hot Key Books to review.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31114950-no-virgin
“From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.
My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.
Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.
A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.”