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Unboxing | #MKBParty Box!

When Come Round asked me if I’d be interested in looking at their new campaign for my Kinda Book, Macmillan’s teen book imprint, I said of course. I expected a little package to arrive, with a book and maybe a leaflet about what the campaign was – and OH MY GOODNESS, THE SIZE OF THE BOX THAT ARRIVED.

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The #MKBParty is set to happen this weekend – lots of people across the country have been sent, or have applied for, one of these packs of bookish goodies. It’s such a fantastic scheme to get people talking about reading – I love the idea! Here’s a photo encompassing everything in the box (minus the lamp, obvs):

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Contents:

  • An #MKBParty Leaflet / Invite
  • Many, many postcards / bookmarks / posters
  • My Kinda Book bunting
  • Badges!!!
  • Three books – Fangirl, Beautiful Broken Things and The Lie Tree
  • Travel Mug, complete with an appropriate Fangirl quote

And six of each of these:

  • Candles with quotes from The Lie Tree
  • Love Hearts tubes
  • Galaxy hot chocolate
  • Cheek sticks
  • Hand cream
  • My Kinda Book pencils
  • Notebooks branded for Gemma Cairney’s debut book, Open

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever received such an epic parcel before! I adore it, and I can’t wait to make use of everything in here. Keep scrolling to see some of the many photos I had to take:

Join in with the party using #MKBParty!

Don’t have a party pack? Keep an eye out on Twitter – there are lots of giveaways happening and I’ll be tweeting some out soon!

YALC 2016: Recap and Book Haul

YALC YALC YALC YALC YALC!! YEAR THREE!!

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I was so pumped for YALC this year, though admittedly, slightly less pumped than usual -I haven’t been to a book event in such a long time (was my last book event YALC 2015…? OH NO) due to exams and stress and life being ridiculously busy and draining. So I was pretty nervous about going and talking to (or not being able to talk to) the many lovely bloggers I know online but haven’t talked to in so long because, as mentioned, life is busy and draining.

BUT. To the fun stuff; let’s ignore my brain for a sec. I was very excited to go, and see how the convention is developing even further in its third successful year. So, onto a messy recap/book haul post!


I arrived at around 8.30 to YALC – earlier than the starting time, because I was very honoured to have been invited to this year’s blogger’s breakfast before the opening. I was really excited for this, as each year of YALC a few authors come and do a small, more intimate talk with bloggers and vloggers – this year, to celebrate You Know Me Well and #BookPride, it was David Levithan and Nina LaCour!

29848950Being me, I didn’t take photos, because I’m stupid. I was also a little in overdrive at the prospect of my two favourite authors in the same room as me. I adore their books more than anything, they’re all so important to me – reading titles from You Know Me Well, to Wide Awake, to Everything Leads To You have been pivotal moments in my life, no exaggeration. David and Nina discussed YKMW, then opened up to the bloggers for questions – and there was a short signing after, in which I was much too shy to say a huge thank you to them for such beautiful books.

It was incredibly cool of them to do the press junket the day after their big YALC appearance, especially as they must have been a lil jet lagged. Thank you to the both of them for the great morning, and to the YALC team for organising the press junket and inviting me!

The first things I did when YALC started officially was sit in on the first two panels. The first was a range of authors mostly with their debut novels releasing this year, celebrating new talent in YA. It was really interesting to hear from a lot of them, as I don’t think I would have otherwise. Claire Hennessey was on this panel, and Nothing Tastes as Good is set to be an awesome release –  in fact, I read an early manuscript of this so can vouch for it!

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The second panel of the day was ASK YALC, with Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson and Rosalind Jana, hosted by Gemma Cairney of BBC Radio 1. I loved this panel so much! It was probably my favourite. It had a little twist to it, as beforehand audience members wrote down questions they wanted advice to – and the panel members answered them on stage. I loved hearing all of the advice – they’re all such brilliant, intelligent and funny people. I was also introduced to Rosalind Jana through this panel, whom I hadn’t previously heard of (ok I probably have, I just have an awful memory). I rushed to buy a copy of her book afterwards!

As I went to Juno and Rosalind’s signings after the second panel, I’d missed a lot of the next one, which was a fantasy one including Philip Reeve. I was a little sad about that, but I decided midday to take a lil break from YALC, and hop down a floor to LFCC to see what was going on there!

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Having spent most of my money on books, it wasn’t the best use of my time; LFCC is mainly a place for buying merch from stands, and queuing for paid autographs and photos with Sci Fi icons. (Very cool, but less so for a broke student like moi)

I did enjoy wandering around a lot, though! It was so different to YALC. The cosplay that I was was amazing (note: a small six y/o-ish Harley Quinn that outdid EVERY other Harley Quinn I saw, like, whoa) and I loved looking at artists’ stands of prints and comics.

I then went back to YALC, to watch the Morally Complicated YA Panel. Even though I was basically winging the whole day, going to panels on a whim, I knew I had to go to this one. It was set to be fantastic – Louise O’Neill and Melvin Burgess, two authors very well known for their controversial but life changing fiction, were joined by Monsters author Emerald Fennel (which I am still yet to read!) and Girl, Detached author Manuela Salvi (this looks SO GOOD).

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So many interesting points were raised about censorship in young adult fiction – from where we draw the line, to banning books, to comparisons with movies. This is a topic I’ve been quietly interested in for a while – and, as I’m currently looking for EPQ ideas (an essay project for extra UCAS points in sixth form) this has actually inspired me to consider writing about YA and censorship for my project!

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The only author photo I got at YALc was with Louise O’Neill, but that was incredibly cool – I’ve been to one of her signings before, but I only bought Asking For It today and I cannot wait to read it. I have a feeling I’ll have an in-depth discussion blog post following reading.

I didn’t actually spend as long at YALC as I did the last two years – I left before the last panel (a Harry Potter Party!) had ended. But I still had a fantastic time!

Similarly to my smaller amount of time at YALC, I also got surprisingly few books (I mean, look at 2014…). However, they’re some pretty awesome books. I can’t wait to delve into them asap. Also pictured: a tote bag and poster from the lovely Hot Key Books, and some postcards of books I must keep and eye out for!

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Books purchased:

-Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Finally, it’s here! I can’t wait to go back to my childhood again.)

-The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance (Loved Jess’ debut. This looks very mysterious.)

-Notes on Being Teenage by Rosalind Jana (Rosalind was fantastic on her panel and this sounds nice!)

-Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (I’ve needed this book in my life for. so. long.)

-[FREE PROOF:] Girl, Detached by Manuela Salvi (This sounded very interesting, and I don’t read much translated fiction)


A HUGE thank you to the organisers behind YALC for putting together such a fantastic event – the whole weekend looked amazing, and the day I visited was really enjoyable. Thank you also to the authors and publicists for putting together such cool panels! Bring on next year 🙂

Event Recap and Book Haul: The Fire Sermon blogger’s event

This is a kinda mish-mash of a post, because I really wanted to talk about the event I recently went to – and also I’m debating whether or not to bring back regular book hauls, which I used to do around fortnightly but haven’t done so for ages. Let me know if you’d like to see book hauls in the future!

Last Saturday, I was invited to an event at the shiny new Harper Collins office to celebrate the release of The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig (read my review here!) – a début fantasy that I’m sure is going to be talked about a lot this year. I was really excited as I knew some bloggers I know would be there and, of course, Francesca Haig would be talking about her book!

The event was really fun: The office was right by the Shard, and on the fourteenth floor, and all of the walls were windows… A little terrifying but the view was so stunning. I couldn’t get a good picture because I forgot to bring my camera’s memory card…

Sigh/facepalm/headdesk/etc etc.

Francesca read some of The Fire Sermon, and gave a talk & Q&A about her writing process. It was really enjoyable and bloggers (not me, obvs, I’m quiet and introverted) asked some really great questions – someone asked what I would’ve; there was a nod to John Wyndham in the book!!

There was a lot of time to talk to other bloggers, and it was great to talk to Andrew, Stevie, Debbie and others again. Also, it was so great to finally get to meet Charli from To Another World IRL, who is as awesome offline as she is online!

There were some very cool Fire Sermon cupcakes, and we were also given goodie bags with some books in after Francesca had signed our books. Thank you, Harper Voyager, for hosting a really fun event! (:

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Fire Sermon cupcakes!

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Book received from HarperVoyager – Birdbox sounds especially awesome.

After the event, I went to Waterstones Piccadilly to go buy more books. Heh. WHAT BOOK BUYING BAN. While in the YA section I bumped into Sophie, from A Day Dreamer’s World – I’ve known Sophie and loved her blog for a long time so it was crazy to finally meet her in person! We spent a while in there discussing booooks. And I ended up buying these:

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Also, on Friday I received this in the post and it looks fantastic – The Bell Between Worlds by Ian johnstone. I’m 90% sure this is a paperback release and that it was published last year in hardback, originally – I think I remember checking the hardback edition out in a store! I’m really excited to start it, so thanks to HarperCollins.

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 That’s all!:D Have you read any of these? What do you recommend I start first?

New Books! #53

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I’ve realised it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything aside from book reviews. Starting year ten this month has been pretty hectic, homework and coursework-wise! Since the end of summer I’ve bought and received a lot of books, so here’s my book haul for the last few weeks. I’m also hoping to be posting more often soon, as I’ve got a lot of new blog posts planned. (:

Received in Post:

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Thank you to Orchard books, Indigo/Orion, Hodder, Hot Key Books, Harper360/HarperTeen and Doubleday!

The Hit, Skink no Surrender & The Edge of the Water: These were all sent to my dad for review, actually… However, seeing as he no longer blogs frequently and also as these are all YA titles, so they don’t really fit his blog demographic, they were passed onto me to review! I’m looking forward to reading all of these as they all sound like great crime novels.

Breakdown by Sarah Mussi: I enjoyed Sarah Mussi’s RIOT (read my review here!) earlier this year. When I heard about this I was really excited for it, as the premise seemed fantastic! I love the striking cover too, and it’s got me sure the story is going to be a gritty dystopia.

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes: From the Harper360 email I received, this sounded awesome. I’ve read a lot of glowing reviews, so I’m very excited about reading it but a little nervous too. I hope I enjoy it. Review up soon, as this is going to be one of my next reads!

Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud: Squeeee!! I loved Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase (book one, read my review here) last year, so I was so grateful when this came in the post. I jumped straight into the story, and I’m hoping to finish it tonight – so a review should be up very soon.

Purchased:

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke: This book is one I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about. I’ve always been put off of reading it, though, because it’s just so big… Though I found this really gorgeous box of the novel split into three volumes at a charity store and my dad and I couldn’t not buy it!:D I’d really like to try this soon as the blurb had me really intrigued.

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler: I’d run out of reading material on a long journey home from a festival – I found this at a service center store and decided to read it on the way home, especially after having read Ruby’s review! I adored it and I’m hoping to write a post soon.

Since You’ve Been Gone & The Giver: I bought these in Waterstones a couple of weeks ago. Waterstones sales are awesome:D I definitely want to read The Giver as soon as possible, because the movie adaptation is out very soon.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith: This was another charity-shop find. I haven’t read any of Zadie’s books but they all sound really interesting so I’d like to start reading her work.

Saved from Dad’s book clearance: xD

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The Eden Moore stories by Cherie Priest: My dad often clears out his bookshelves but I always end up re-homing things he’s about to abandon… The covers for these books looked really cool and striking. I totally judged them by their covers and put them on the TBR pile, though I’m not sure when I’ll get around to them…

Purchased from the Library:

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Over the summer I volunteered at my local library for the Summer Reading Challenge. The desk I worked at was right next to the shelf of ex-library books on sale… I ended up buying a few from there on my last day!

Forget Me N0 by Anne Cassidy: Anne Cassidy’s Looking for JJ and Finding Jennifer Jones were brilliant, gritty and moving. I don’t really listen to audiobooks but I’d love to change that, and I haven’t read Anne Cassidy’s older books but I’d love to start to… so I had to buy this!:)

Kissing the Rain & The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks: My friend from primary school used to be hooked on Brooks’s titles and I remember always being really interested in them, as I used to steal his copies during reading classes to read the blurbs;) I’ve never actually read any of them however. These two sound great!

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell: I assumed at first this was a romance and I didn’t pick it up, but when I read the blurb it sounded pretty entertaining:’two rebel teens wreaking havoc in a religious summer camp’ was basically what the blurb suggested. I think it’ll be fun!

That’s it for this (pretty long!) book haul post… *exhales* Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think? (:

New Books! #52

As I’m writing this, it’s Sunday night – I normally post book hauls on a Saturday, but I completely forgot I’d taken photos for this post earlier in the week… So, oh well, I’ll mess up the usual blog schedule and post this on a Monday! Why not:)

NewBooksMemeBanner1The most recent books I’ve bought and been sent in the post have been really exciting titles – some I’ve been waiting on for what seems like forever! As there are only a couple of weeks left of the summer before school (*shudders*) I’ve made it my top priority to read all of the ARCs on my tbr… Because I’m sure starting year ten is going to be hectic. I’m hoping to read, review, and schedule lots of things over the remainder of the summer so starting school is less busy!

Purchased:

IMG_0669 Hollow Pike by James Dawson & The Realm of Possibility, Two boys Kissing & Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan: Just before the recent London event with James and David in conversation, I visited Foyles Charing Cross Road and Waterstones Piccadilly’s YA sections to buy the books by them that I didn’t own yet. Between buying it and writing this post, I’ve already read The Realm of Possibility (it was amazing!) and so I’m really hoping to get around to the others very soon. IMG_0670   Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: Although I still haven’t read Anna and The French Kiss, (I know, I know… *hangs head*) I fell in love with Lola and the Boy Next Door, so I preordered the last instalment online! Though it came late (As I think everyone’s Amazon orders did…) I dived straight into it as soon as I got it. I admit I wasn’t as blown away as I was with Lola, but it was still brilliant. After I buy and read Anna, I’m hoping to do a post on all three books.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher & The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski: I’ve seen a lot about both of these titles around the blogosphere, and decided to cave in and use my saved up Waterstones points. 😉

WINGER by Andrew Smith: I have seen even more around the blogosphere about WINGER! I’ve read so, so many stunning reviews, but it was mainly Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary’s review that completely swayed me to rush out and buy a copy at last. I can’t wait to see first-hand why everybody is raving about it. I also didn’t realise it was by author of Grasshopper Jungle, another book I’be read a lot about. If I enjoy this I think I’ll be buying that next!

Received in Post:

IMG_0716  Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: I was interested in this novel right away, just from reading the blurb in an email – and when a copy arrived I was so excited! It’s sounds like it’s going to be a very controversial but poignant and relevant book. Thank you for the copy, MiraINK!

The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan & Vivian Versus America by Katie Coyle: If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might have seen me getting very excited over Natasha Ngan’s début, The Elites, around this time last year. you might have also seen my review of Katie Coyle’s previous book, Vivian Versus the Apocalypsetoo (which was a joint-first ever winner of the Hot Key Books Young Writer’s prize). I’ve been really eager to read more from both authors – so a huge thank you, Hot Key Books!

The Hunted by Charlie Higson: I… I can’t even begin to sum up my feelings. This SERIES. Basically…

Yep, that’s pretty much it. I am so nervous and excited and I’ve just started reading it and it honestly was a struggle to put it down to write this post. Review up soon-ish! (Thanks to Ellie at Four Colman Getty, the publicity managers, for the copy)

[Not Pictured] 365 Days of Wonder: Thank you to Random House for this! I’ve already written a blog post on it, which you can view by clicking HERE. (:

 

 

 

New Books! #51

NewBooksMemeBanner1I haven’t written up a book haul post in a few weeks – so here are all of the books I’ve bought and received over the couple of weeks of summer!

A little while ago I also re-homed my TBR pile, from the wardrobe it was all stacked in to bigger bookshelves. I did a rough count and it’s now around 200 books long… And I’ve run out of shelf space again… oops.

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Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road was a really beautiful book store, so I was really sad to see it closing down! (Though I think they’re relocating somewhere, but to a smaller place) They had a sale of all of their remaining stock, so I picked up a copy of Julie Berry’s début – I have an ARC, but the finished copy is pretty… And also I was really excited to see some bloggers including myself quoted inside! I also spotted Ajax Penumbra 1969 – loved Robin Sloan’s Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and had no idea the prequel was even available in stores – I couldn’t not buy it:D

IMG_0235Morden Hall Park has a really pretty second-hand bookshop, where everything is under a pound, so naturally I got a bit carried away!:D I picked up some books I’ve read really great things about – and also the complete works of Shakespeare because, after studying a couple of plays in school over the past year, I’ve gotten really into reading Shakespeare’s plays – but I definitely get less enjoyment out of them when I’m reading in class and having to dissect everything and study it in so much detail. I’m hoping to read some Shakespeare out of class, plainly for enjoyment, not work.

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Two random titles I picked up in Sainsbury’s a while ago! x3 I have a Galley of The Bubble Wrap Boy on my Kindle, but I never really get around to kindle titles as I read physical copies more often, so I decided to buy it – along with Dead Ends by Erin Lange, which keeps catching my eye in stores and on blogs. I don’t completely know what it’s about, but as it’s being compared to John green’s books I’m really intrigued!

IMG_0247Thank you to Chicken House and Bloomsbury for the ARCs that arrived recently! I’ve really wanted to read a title by Sophia Bennett for a long time, so I hope I enjoy The Castle, her latest book. I’m also a really big fan of Neil Gaiman, and The Graveyard Book – so I’m really excited to read the graphic novel adaptation! I’m a little bit apprehensive, as it’s split into two volumes, and I’m nervous to see if there might be any changes to the story, but I might read the novel first, then this, and do a comparison / dual review post, maybe!

*UPDATE / EDIT because Tumblr distracted me and I totally forgot about the most exciting book AHHH*

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I’m so jealous of my parents, because, as my dad was one of the first reviewers of SJ Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep, he was invited to Transworld’s publicist’s press screening of the movie adaptation. I haven’t yet read SJ’s debut, but ever since it first came out, I’ve been aching to read it. I was so ecstatic when my parents came home, having been able to get a film cover edition of the book for me… And even more so, because SJ Watson was kind enough to sign a copy for me! *flails* I can’t wait to read this, and see the film when it’s publicly released. 😀

Have you read any of these, and what would you recommend I read first? Leave a comment or tweet me @GeorgiaReads!(:

Independent Booksellers Week: The #bookshopcrawl

Independent Booksellers Week is run by IndieBound, and essentially celebrates and publicises independent bookshops annually! Most indie bookshops host events and things throughout the week. I love hearing about things for IBW as I love that it gives a lot of publicity to independent UK bookshops – as sadly there are fewer than 1000 in the UK now.

when I heard about this year’s big event, the #BookshopCrawl, I knew I had to take part! One day, visiting as many indie stores as possible? Yesssss.:D  I really wanted to go up to London to check out some stores I’d never been to, but eventually my mum, brother and I stayed relatively local, visiting four bookshops in four different towns nearby. It was such a fun day!

For the Bookshop Crawl, there’s a competition to make a blog post or video about the day – but I realised I can’t actually enter, as no bookshops I went to seemed to be giving out the IBW2014 BookshopCrawl stickers… (Though I’m not sure if you had to ask for them, I assumed they’d be on the counter, idk:D) 

So, this blog post gives me no chance of winning the prizes, but I really wanted to make a recap of the day anyway, as it was really fun. (: Enjoy!

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