The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Year Published: 2015
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23347055-the-girl-on-the-train

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Synopsis:

EVERYDAY THE SAME

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

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The Square Root of Summer + My Summer Time Capsule.

Title: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Year Published: 2016
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27420164-the-square-root-of-summer

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Synopsis:

“Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .”

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Kill The Boyband – Goldy Moldavsky

Title: Kill The Boyband
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Year Published: 2016
Source: Owned copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29008643-kill-the-boy-band

Synopsis:

“Okay, so just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near The Ruperts, our favorite boy band.
We didn’t mean to kidnap one of the guys. It kind of, sort of happened that way. But now he’s tied up in our hotel room. And the worst part of all, it’s Rupert P. All four members of The Ruperts might have the same first name, but they couldn’t be more different. And Rupert P. is the biggest flop out of the whole group.
We didn’t mean to hold hostage a member of The Ruperts, I swear. At least, I didn’t. We are fans. Okay, superfans who spend all of our free time tweeting about the boys and updating our fan tumblrs. But so what, that’s what you do when you love a group so much it hurts.
How did it get this far? Who knows. I mean midterms are coming up. I really do not have time to go to hell.”

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On The Other Side – Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Title: On The Other Side
Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Year Published: 2016
Source: Own copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25744542-on-the-other-side

Synopsis: “Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .”

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LGBTQ* Reads! | George, Unspeakable, All of the Above.

One of the best things about the start of summer is all the Pride events happening around the world!

And recently, I’ve started looking for and reading books with themes on gender and sexuality. I’m trying to read more books along the spectrum, rather than just the centre. And here are some really good ones that I’ve read as of late!

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Creativity and the idea of Big Magic.

Back at the start of the year, I wondered into Foyles and decided to pick up Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This was for a couple of reasons. 1) It was a really nice hardcover and it was half price, who could resist. 2) I had known of Elizabeth Gilbert as she has a lengthy writing career and I hadn’t read anything by her. 3) It was a book about creativity and how to get your creative juices flowing. Because of this I thought Elizabeth Gilbert would be a great person to discuss being creative with as she has published 8 books,including the world famous Eat, Pray, Love; with Big Magic being her 9th.

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Picture from Goodreads. Link for more info on the book is https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24453082-big-magic

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Silence Is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher

Title: Silence Is Goldfish
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Year Published: 2015
Source: Physically owned!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25250548-silence-is-goldfish

“My name is Tess Turner – at least, that’s what I’ve always been told.
I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.
It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too. But the words that really hurt weren’t the lies: it was six hundred and seventeen words of truth that turned my world upside down.
Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them.
I am Pluto. Silent. Inaccessible. Billions of miles away from everything I thought I knew.

Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in and after what she read that night on her father’s blog she knows for certain that she never will. How she deals with her discovery makes an entirely riveting, heart-breaking story told through Tess’s eyes as she tries to find her place in the world.”

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Graphic reviews | Lumberjanes, The Fox & The Star, El Deafo.

Hello all! I have recently been on a graphic book kick! I love reading quick things as it gets my TBR pile down. And also I feel that illustrators need some love too. Lumberjanes Volume 1. Lumberjanes volume 1 is a bind up of the Lumberjanes comic book series, following a group of girls who are attending camp Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp For Hardcore Lady Types. Yes, seriously! It’s a very badass take on Girl Scouts/Girl Guides which I really enjoyed, as I used to be a Brownie (which was the younger version of Girl Guides). Lumberjanes … Continue reading Graphic reviews | Lumberjanes, The Fox & The Star, El Deafo.

All The Rage – Courtney Summers

Title: All The Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Published: 2016
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28320374-all-the-rage

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“”My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armour.”
Kellan Turner is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. But when she speaks up, she is branded a liar. Telling the truth has cost her everything, because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town.
But when news of Kellan assaulting another girl gets out, the cost of staying silent might be more than Romy can bear. With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All The Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.”

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Double Dawson Reviews | Under My Skin & Mind Your Head

Today I am bringing you two book reviews in one post! Both by the fantastic author Juno Dawson. One is a fictional YA horror and the other is a non fiction book all about mental health. Spoiler: I loved both of them.     Under My Skin Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23582973-under-my-skin Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour – and once inside, Sally is quickly seduced by its charming owner, Rosita, and her talk of how having a secret tattoo can be as empowering as it is thrilling. … Continue reading Double Dawson Reviews | Under My Skin & Mind Your Head