Looking Forward to 2017

Posted on 31 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Looking Forward to 2017

Hello All!

Today I am here to share with you 10 books and 10 films that I am highly anticipating! These are books and films that I am dying to dive into and hope they will be just as good as the wait for them will be!


The Books

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Roseblood by A G Howard
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohue

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt (No cover yet!)


The Films

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
The Lego Batman Movie
Beauty and the Beast

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La La Land
Cars 3
Pitch Perfect 3
War for the Planet of the Apes

Wonder
Thor: Ragnarok
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What Are You Looking Forward to in 2017?

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Posted on 31 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments


I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Posted on 29 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Title: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Author: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Tracey Darnton, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah
Publisher: Stripes
Published: 22nd September 2016
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. £1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk.


Ever since I first heard about this book, I was very excited to read it. There are very few YA Christmas books out in the world and I absolutely love Christmas books so I really wanted to read this. I’m not the biggest fan of short stories but I’m starting to love them a little bit more with each one I read! Thus I was excited and dubious about this book but I’m very pleased to let you all know that I actually really enjoyed this book. It was very different and I completely loved how different and varied all of the stories were. Some were lovely, some darker, some just very unique. It really brought together the theme of home and how it can mean something different to everyone.

Reviewing a book like this is quite hard as I don’t want to bore you all by reviewing each and every story in the book so this is just a little review to say that I really enjoyed reading it, would happily read it again every year and really loved all of the messages that I got from the different stories. Every story was very-well written and entertaining and I got wholly swept away by the entire book as a whole. My favourite three stories were:

Cat Clarke’s, Lisa Williamson’s and Juno Dawson’s

But every author brought something wonderful to this book and made it a complete and utter delight to read. While it is essentially a Christmas book, I really feel this book could be read at any time of year and it’s strong message will always be the same. So if you’re looking for something a little bit different but still an entertaining and thoughtful read, then make sure you pick up I’ll Be Home for Christmas!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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2016 Reading Survey

Posted on 28 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

2016 Reading Survey

Hi All!
This year I have decided to participate in Jamie’s End of Year Survey! You can find a blank copy here.


2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 75 (But may end up being 76, 77 or 78 depending how the rest of this week goes!)
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: MG

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
I can’t choose just one so I’m going to share my top three!

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Unboxed by Non Pratt

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

- 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Series Started: Robyn Silver and The Midnight Chimes by Paula Harrison
Sequel: Far From True by Linwood Barclay
Series Ender: Voices in Stone by Emily Diamond

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Louise Gornall

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Defender of the Realm by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Samantha McAllister in Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“Me and my problems, they only existed because I wasn’t strong enough. Because I was weak and couldn’t pull myself together like everyone else did.” – Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: The boy at the bakery by Katey Lovell
Longest: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Billie and Adam in The Puppet Master by Abbie Osborne

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Frances and Aled in Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
AJ from Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Dear Charlie by N. D. Gomes

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
The Whispers of Wildwerwood Hall by Karen McCombie

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
When We Collided by Emery Lord

Book Blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Linda’s Book Bag

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Music to my Ears

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
YALC.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Meeting up with Chelle, Jess and Ray almost once every month <3

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Keeping on top of everything and keeping motivated!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Finished

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
How I Write.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Litsy!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yeap, I challenged myself to read 75 books and I did!

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
How Hard Can Love Be by Holly Bourne

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Become more organised with my reading and blogging!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
The Breakdown by B. A. Paris


You can view all the books I read this year by clicking here.

What are your favourite books you read this year?

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Posted on 28 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments


Christmas Drinks!

Posted on 24 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Christmas Drinks!

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Every year at Christmas time the big high street chain coffee shops, and some independents, release Christmas cups and Christmas drinks. So this year I decided to try some of the drinks out and share with you all my views of the main three venues, Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa – because that is exactly what you want to read, right?


Costa

I have to be honest with you guys. I really, really, dislike Costa’s coffee. I really don’t know what it is about it but I just think it tastes foul and leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. I have tried on plenty of occasions but I just cannot stomach the drink at all. However, if I could these are the flavours that I ould have loved to have tried:

Honeycomb Latte
Salted Caramel Cappuccino

As it is, I only got a chance to try their hot chocolate but guys… it was pretty damn delicious.

I tried the Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate and it was very yummy. I loved the glittery marshmallows on top too. However, I also think that it didn’t taste that different to their normal hot chocolate which was a little bit of a let down.


Caffe Nero

Now, I have to admit, I actually think Caffe Nero may have won me over with their Christmas drinks this year. Like… they may even be better than Starbucks and that really never happens. At Nero they have a choice of about five different flavours and admittedly I have only tried two of those flavours but boy were they tasty!

First up I tried the Praline flavour in a hot chocolate and it was so incredibly tasty. It literally blew my taste buds away but then again, Caffe Nero really know what they’re doing when it comes to hot chocolate!

Secondly I tried a salted caramel latte and it too was very, very tasty. I think it had the perfect balance of sweet and salty which we have all grown to love.

However, I still have to admit that my favourite Caffe Nero drink is probably their White Chocolate Mocha. They really know what they’re doing with that drink!


Starbucks

I’m not going to lie, Starbucks has always been one of my favourite coffee shops. (I mean, aside from Tim Horton’s but we don’t have that chain here, sadly!) And I am always very excited when they finally get in their Christmas drinks because I have an ultimate favourite:

Toffee Nut Latte

I cannot even explain what it is about this drink that I love but I love the flavour and the cream and the nut bits sprinkled on top too. It’s all just lovely and tasty and really tastes like Christmas in a mug to me.

But what I found hard with Starbucks this year is that they didn’t really release anything new this year. Last year they brought out the mulled apple drink but this year they just had their classics – not that there’s anything wrong with their classics! – and it just felt a little boring to me.


The Order

By taste alone and only going by what I have drunk – obviously – here is my order of Christmas drinks!

1. Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks
2. Praline Hot Chocolate from Caffe Nero
3. Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate from Costa

What are your favourite christmas drinks this year?

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Posted on 24 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments


Bout of Books 18: Sign Up!

Posted on 22 December, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Bout of Books 18: Sign Up

Bout of Books 18

Wooo!
It’s that time again!

It’s actually been a while (*cough*ayear*cough*) since I last did a Bout of Books readathon but this year I want to try and do more of them again, starting as I mean to go on; in January!

The readathon is from January 2nd to January 8th.

For more info about the readathon, read this:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


The Books

Normally I have a plan of what books I would like to read during the challenge but this time I don’t really know (and I don’t know what I plan to read before the challenge starts either) so I am just going to list four books here that I might read. But, be warned, these might change completely when the read-a-thon starts!

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I’m really looking forward to all of these books!


I’ll post again closer to the start with my goals for the read-a-thon and the books I do actually hope to read!

Will You be joining the readathon too?

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Posted on 22 December, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


Money Off! Money Off!

Posted on 21 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Money Off! Money Off!

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You know how on Monday I wrote this post about making Christmas cheaper? Well, since then I have been scouring the internet for more wonderful discount websites because I have fallen very much in love with not spending all of my money!

Thus, I am really pleased to tell you about another website that I have found. This one is very similar to the first except that as well as voucher codes for money off, it also just tells you about all of the deals that are currently happening in the world – such as in restaurants that you normally visit in!

But what I really love about this website?

It has a section for books.

Yeap. You read that right! This wonderful website even has a section dedicated to finding cheaper ways to buy books. Now, I definitely want authors to get ALL THE MONEY but I also know that we can’t all always afford to buy books at FULL PRICE. So it’s really nice when you get to stumble across voucher codes to get them for just a little bit cheaper, right?

So… without further ado…

The website in question is: http://www.discountpromocodes.co.uk/!

Now… go an explore and maybe find some last minute bargains for Christmas or you know… for yourself…

*Please note* This is a collaborative post, but all the above content was written by me.

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Posted on 21 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments


Here, There and Everywhere

Posted on 20 December, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

Here, There and Everywhere

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Guys… things have become a little bit all over the place in my life recently. I am starting to wonder if I ever used to be organised, or if it is all just a dream I once had. Needless to say, the not being organised is actually starting to make me lose my mind a little bit. I don’t even know where to start to get back on top of things either. It’s all a little crazy in my head at the moment.

With all of that being said. My blog has definitely felt the effects of this non-organised person this year. I have felt so disconnected from it and it’s been incredibly disheartening because I absolutely love this blog and have put my whole self into it. So, as it is the end of the year, I have decided that I am going to get my life back into order again. Because, well, I think I need to do so for my mental and physical wellbeing!

The Plans

So that means that I need to start getting things organised. I’ve already got plans to get other things in my life better organised – like food plans and tidying schedules – but I thought because it is my blog, I would share with you all how I plan to get the blog organised again. And then you can poke me or prod me if I start doing things wrong, right?

Of course, my blog is still just a hobby and something I do for fun so this isn’t completely mandatory but I’m hoping that if I do these things, I’ll get on top of the blog again and find it fun again and thus will just keep it organised rather than feeling like it’s draining on my creativity and my brain. You know?

So…

The First Step

Before I do anything I have decided that I need to look at all of the books I own and put them in order of release date and whether they are a review copy or not and if, incidentally, I am ever actually going to read the book. For this I think I am also going to create a spreadsheet so that I can keep a visual list of every book I own so when I am trying to decide what to read next I can just scan the list and see what is going on.

Next Up…

And then I need to sort out the blog background work. I need to re-organise the side bar *points at it* which is all over the place. I may even do a re-design but we’ll see if that ever happens or not! For this I just want to get everything in tip top shape, basically.

Plan some posts

So I have a blog schedule that I live by but often times I just have “a non-book post” and then when it comes to posting I get lost or I’ll have a book review but haven’t read a book recently. So I want to get on top of that. Work out what I can do, come up with some banked ideas that I can draw on when I need them, etc, etc.

Read, Read, Read

Okay, so I do usually do this anyway but I am so behind on the reading/reviewing ratio at the moment and I need to get back on top of it. Mostly because I keep starting books and not finishing them which is not conducive to a review!

Schedule Blog Writing Time

This may seem like a silly thing because surely I should just blog when I get a chance but I don’t and I probably never will. So I need to carve out some time and make sure that I actually keep on top of things. I’m thinking Sunday Morning’s might be a really nice time to do it. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a concrete thing but maybe it will help me not slip up too much!


So that is my plan to get my blog back on track and organised again. It may not work, but I hope it does.

What do you do to keep your blog organised?

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Posted on 20 December, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments


Making Christmas Cheaper

Posted on 19 December, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Making Christmas Cheaper

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Christmas is notorious for being an expensive time of year. With presents alone, some people spend more money than they ever would throughout the year. But then you add on top of that all of the socialising too. The food, the nights out, the experiences. The money you spend at Christmas suddenly really starts to add up. I, for one, have been exceptionally busy this Christmas and this has meant that I have been eating out a lot more than normal and it is starting to make a real dent on my bank balance.

Thus, I have been scouring the internet to find ways to make Christmas a cheaper time of year.

And I have found a really great website that has been bookmarked in my browser and is actually a site I will probably be visiting a lot. It even has money off trains! Where could you possibly go wrong?

The website in question is www.myfavouritevouchercodes.co.uk.

As you can see from the very first page, this website is full of discounted vouchers to use on thousands of brands and shops and restaurants across the UK. Which is absolutely perfect for helping to save money at Christmas, but also a brilliant site to bookmark and go back to throughout the year!

*Please note* This is a collaborative post, but all the above content was written by me.

What do you do to make Christmas Cheaper?

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Posted on 19 December, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


British Books Challenge 2017 Sign Up!

Posted on 18 December, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

British Books Challenge 2017 Sign Up!

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I’m very pleased to announce that I’m going to participate in the British Books Challenge next year! I haven’t done any challenges for the last two years but I thought aiming to read at least one book by a British author every month was probably a good challenge to do. I’ll probably create a goodreads bookshelf to add all the books I read to keep myself up to date!

I’m not entirely sure which books I’ll read yet and I don’t really want to tie myself down to reading any specific books just yet BUT here is a list of the books that I’m really looking forward to reading. This is a selection of books that are coming out next year and books that are already released.


The Potential Book Selection

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So you know… I only have a few books to choose from… so far!

If you want to join up to the British Books Challenge too, you can find out how by clicking here. You don’t even have to have a blog to enter!

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Posted on 18 December, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments


Tidal Patterns by Rachelle Paige

Posted on 7 December, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Tidal Patterns by Rachelle Paige

Hello All!
Today is my stop on the Tidal Patterns blog tour and I am here to tell you all my thoughts on the book!
But before I do there, here’s some more information on the book!

Tidal Patterns is the first book in the Golden Shores series. It is currently only 99p on kindle, as is the second book, Coastal Erosion. The third book, Surface Currents released yesterday!


About the Book

tidal-patterns Elizabeth Shaw is the preeminent, and only, wedding planner at the historic beach resort on Jekyll Island. She’s sure she’ll land the newly created role overseeing all major events. Then she’ll get a raise and won’t be forced to leave.

Mark Edwards doesn’t need any more stress. He’s ready to slow down and enjoy the tiny seaside town he calls home. His boss pushes him to apply for the new management position and he agrees. After a decade in catering, he’s sure he can do the events job without any trouble.

Neither counted on the other getting in the way.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


My Review

There is something so magical about a book that has you flipping the pages incredibly quickly in the hope that it will all turn out how you want it to. I fell in love with all of the characters in this book and all of their conflicting emotions too. I found myself praying for them and filling them with my hope as the story continued. There were so many twists and turns and things to overcome that I wasn’t actually sure it was ever going to end the way I wanted, and lets face it needed it too. And then the ending through me completely but I loved it and felt it really fit with the characters too.

Rachelle Paige has created a strong novel here with lovable characters that you can’t help but support throughout the novel. She pulls you in from the very beginning and makes you curious as to where she takes it. The characters are vibrant and unique, wonderful and caring. I really just loved reading their journeys and finding out how they got to where they were and how that was changing the more they got to know each other as well. It was just wonderful.

I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of romance fiction, especially those that love character-driven romances too. Rachelle Paige has not shied away from disasters in this book either and she has just really made it feel like a real story that you can imagine happening. I, for one, cannot wait to dive into the next book in the series and see what will happen next!


About the Author

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Rachelle Paige lives in the Midwest, spending her days taking care of her family and her nights plotting her next story. Setting her books in some of her favorite locales provides the perfect excuse for plenty of research trips.
Catch up with her on twitter @rpaigebooks and her website for the latest news www.rachellepaige.com.

Website. Twitter.


Follow the Tour

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Will You Be Reading this Trilogy?

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Posted on 7 December, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment