I've been thinking about this for awhile so I thought I might as well start it now since it's getting to summer!
I've seen a few book clubs on Twitter and would love to start one. Doesn't matter how many people we have :) I haven't thought of a name for the book club yet but if you have any suggestions let me know!
So at the start of each month we will decide on a book we all want to read that month and at the end of said month we will discuss it! We can discuss it either on Goodreads or Twitter with a hashtag.
We can always message to see if everyone is free the day we want to discuss the book and why we loved/hated it.
I thought it would be a bit of fun for us bloggers and anyone else and it will be great to get to know other bloggers :)
Here is the sign up form and hopefully can start in July :)
Sign up form here!
Also, heres the cookies I promised ;)
Yesterday I went to Walker Books, along with other bloggers, to hear from some authors and about new books they are going to be releasing this year.
It was my first bookish event and it was so fun. I loved meeting bloggers and talking to people that I know on Twitter, plus finding out about all these new books!
That food though ;)
We got to hear from 3 different authors and about their books that are coming out this year.
First was Katie Everson and her book Drop, this is her debut novel and we got to watch the trailer for the book and I admit, it gave me chills, she also read from the book and oh my goodness it sounds fantastic and I actually can't wait to start this wonderful book-
Carla has just moved to London and starts at yet another new school; she is desperate to fit in. Though she makes a couple of friends, she soon meets the charismatic, good-looking Finn and their whirlwind romance begins. Carla, an A student and gifted artist, lets her schoolwork slip as she enters Finn's world - a world of partying and drugs. Friends tells her that Finn is no good - even his brother, Isaac. But Isaac has an ulterior motive, doesn't he? Is either brother right for Carla? Publication date - 6th August 2015.
Next we had Lauren James and her novel The Next Together, I was amazed when she said she was 22 and was writing this whilst in uni, and graduated with Masters, well done to her! Her book sounds amazing and it's a novel about time-travel and fate -
A powerful and epic debut novel about fate and the timelessness of first love. Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different. Publication Date- 3rd September 2015.
The last, but not least! Was the wonderful and funny Zoe Marriott, she was talking about the last book in her Japanese - inspired urban fantasy - The Name Of The Blade: Frail Human Heart. I haven't read this trilogy but I am going to pick up the first 2 as we where given the 3rd book from Walkers. Zoe also gave us a poster and a bookmark, which was pretty cool. She also talked about some other books she is working on, I am very excited if she does write the re-telling of Mulan -
“For fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare” – Booktrust. Zoë Marriott has been named "a rising star of fantasy fiction" by The Times. In the thrilling final instalment of her epic, Japanese-inspired urban fantasy trilogy, Mio has succeeded in banishing the Goddess of Death’s plague-spreading monsters – by making the most terrible sacrifice. With Mio’s love Shinobu lost, and hell literally breaking loose in London, the only things standing between the human world and an apocalypse are Mio and her sword. Publication date - 2nd July 2015.
They also had a video from Patrick Ness who did a reading from his new book, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, and it sounds so amazing and I really can't wait to get this book. He should also do the audiobook as I could have listened to him for days. His new book is out on 27th August 2015.
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions.
We also had a talk from Maria about the new covers for Cassandra Clare - The Mortal Instrument series! The new covers where designed by Mila Furstova, who did the album artwork for Coldplay's Ghost Stories, she did them by etching and it was so amazing to see the process they went through to get these beautiful covers. Not only that, but Walker Books also gave us the first book, City Of Bones, with the new cover. I may have fangirled over it on the train home...No regrets.
They also talked about the new books they will be publishing and have published this year -
The Red Shoe by Ursual Dubosarsky - 6th August 2015.
The Lone City 2: The White Rose by Amy Ewing - 1st October 2015.
Hell And High Water by Tanya Landman - 1st October 2015.
Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon - 3rd September 2015.
101 Pieces Of Me by Veronica Bennett - 1st October 2015.
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz - 1st October 2015.
The River And The Book by Alison Croggon - 5th November 2015.
Julius Zebra: Rumble with Romans! By and illustrated by Gary Northfield - 5th March 2015.
Codename Eagle by Robert Rigby - 6th August 2015.
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis - 6th June 2015.
Also some Shaun The Sheep books that will be coming out around December.
Not only did we get to hear about some amazing books, at the end of the event Walker Books gave us goodie bags and this is what was inside -
And of course, books! There was 4 books in the goodie bags and then they had proofs on the table and you could take ones that you wanted too read.
Drop by Katie Everson
Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne
Nobody Saw No One by Steve Tasane
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Frail Human Heart by Zoe Marriott
The Next Together by Lauren James
City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
So, thank you to the team at Walker Books for holding such a wonderful event and for the goodies :)
SO I'VE BEEN BOOK BLOGGING FOR A WHOLE YEAR!!!!
My baby is 1 year old, they grow up so fast!
I am really happy I decided that one day last year to start book blogging as I wouldn't change it for the world. I have met so many lovely bloggers who have the same interest as me and it is great to just fangirl with them.
I have spoken to so many lovely authors and book publishers and also thanks to them for sending me books to review! They have been so kind and welcoming, just so amazing.
I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you! You guys who read my blog and enjoy my reviews! So have some cake ;D
So since it is a special day, plus I hit 50,000 views! Also because I love you all I am doing a big giveaway! Loads of prizes up for grabs so go enter!
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Colleen lovely donated a copy of her book for this giveaway so thank you Colleen! :)
A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.
Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.
With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?
Dare To Dream by Carys Jones
The lovely Carys has donated an Ecopy of her book so thank you Carys! :)
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.
It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.
No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.
Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.
Strings by Kat Green
The lovely Kat is giving away 2 ecopies of her book! Trust me, it's brilliant, so thank you Kat and don't forget to enter!
The rise of the Black Eagles was meteoric, from band practice in the garage to global stars almost overnight.
And Melissa Webb, the beautiful girlfriend of the front man, appeared to have it all.
But when Luke Black disappears without a trace and Melissa wakes up in a hospital bed after a savage attack, her perfect world is shattered and their lives are plunged into a potentially deadly crisis.
Where is Luke, and can he be found before it is too late?