Tuesday, July 17

Bite Sized Fiction: Our Favorite Short Stories and Novellas

Short stories and novellas are my saviors when it comes to getting out of a reading slump. I mean, when you're in a slump, is there anything better than a story that gets to the point incredibly fast and is easy to get through? I don't think so. 

Today, Clare and I have brought you 5-5 of our favorite short stories and novellas, hoping to give you some quality recommendations. Have fun browsing through our lists! 

Saturday, July 14

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Spellbook of the Lost and FoundOne stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.
Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses - and holding tight to secrets.
When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

Thursday, July 12

Helpful Nudges Towards the Right Direction in Looking After Your Mental Health by Alice James & Louie Stowell

We talk about our physical health - but not so much about how we’re feeling. With lots of practical advice, this lively, accessible guide explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them. Covering everything from friendships, social media and bullying to divorce, depression and eating disorders, this is an essential book for young people.

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing UK.

Looking After Your Mental Health drew me in with it's promise of tackling serious topics in a not-so-serious way, and I was not surprised to see it delivered what it set out to. If I were to list what exactly had it going for this book, I'd say- 

Saturday, July 7

MY PLAIN JANE: A Disappointing Sequel To One Of My All Time Faves

“You’re definitely not coming with us,” Alexander said. “Not a chance.”
Reader, Miss Brontë definitely went with them.

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

I've just finished reading My Plain Jane, and boi, I have some conflicted thoughts to share. At the moment, I haven't yet decided how to rate it - to help myself out & give you a more logical, easier to read post, I'm going to list the pros and cons of the novel separately. 

Thursday, July 5

The Beach Read We All Deserve - Alex, Approximiately by Jenn Bennet

Alex, Approximately

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

Tuesday, July 3

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out

We love books. We freak out about them all. the. damn. time, thus Clare and I decided that the The Mid-Year Book Freak Out was created for us. #dontargue

For those who don't know what this is - it was designed for readers who want to showcase the best and worst of their reads, as well as their TBRs for the following half year. Warning - we went so overboard, mentioning multiple books in each category, so hopefully, you'll find some recs here. 

Monday, July 2

New YA Releases That Have Us Bewitched

Well, hello there. Look at us marching into the second half of 2018 already! I won't mourn on this rapid passing of time but...can you believe we're closer to 2019 than we are to 2017? Wild. As is the norm, though, we are here to distract you with all the books we'll be blessed with this quarter of the year so without further ado- here are the YA releases of July, August and September we're the most stoked for!

Saturday, June 30

June Recap | a.k.a. All the Books, Movies & Shows We Ate This Month

Woah, I feel like June has just started, and now it's already over!? What the hell is up with that. To be fair, I was mostly lazing around the house relaxing at home after my last exam of the semester, so that probably explains why time seemed to fly by. But shh, don't berate that from me.

One thing that does showcase the passing of time is how many books I've read, because wow, I'm proud - but also slightly worried - for myself, as I've managed to eat 20 books. TWENTY. BOOKS. I'm... shocked. 

Anyhow, enough about me, because this post is not just mine - it is also Clare's debut in a TRC recap (!!!) which is full of books (duh), with some movies, tv shows & bookish news thrown into the mix. We worked TONS on this, so I'm super-excited to see what y'all think! 

Thursday, June 28

Ancient Myths, Talking Leverets and a City on the Brink of Danger - The Wild Folk by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

When the Star-Priest Brotherhood from the City threaten to ravage and destroy the land of the Wild Folk, their only hope rests with two young hares and their human companions – Tin, an orphan City boy with a passion for invention, and curious Country girl Comfrey. In this magical quest, to protect the precious stargold that runs through the land, Tin and Comfrey must complete seemingly impossible tasks set by the mysterious and terrifying Wild Folk - each stranger than the last - to find the one who holds the secret to saving their world.

The Wild Folk is a timeless adventure, weaving fantasy and folk lore into an enchanting tale that will fill you with wonder. The first in a duology, with a dash of Ursula Le Guin, a pinch of Frances Hardinge, and a generous helping from C.S. Lewis, this is a future classic, filled with unforgettable and diverse characters, and a story to be read time and again.

Tuesday, June 26

Ten Series We Want to Binge-Read

The original topic for this week was Series We've Given Up On/Don't Plan to Finish. This didn't work for me because I am a notorious binge-reader - so I'm dragging Vera into binge-reading with me and looking at the series we most want to marathon! Because why suffer through cliff-hangers and long waits for the next book when you could just binge the entire series at once? 

(We're completing this topic for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl)