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15 in 15: What I’ve been Loving this Year

I hope you had an awesome Christmas and/or holiday!

In 2014, I made a huge infographic of my favourite reads of the year. It took ages, and I read a ridiculous amount last year, so that list was pretty big. I like summary posts, and I thought – why not write about just my top fifteen books of 2015? And, while I’m at it, why not throw in some other things too… So here’s a post of my top fifteen books, albums and movies/tv series of the year! Most of the things mentioned in this post are relatively new (out this year) but some are recent discoveries I’ve made.

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(shhh the Blue Neighbourhood music video trilogy totally counts)

Have you enjoyed any of the things I’ve mentioned above? What’s been your favourite discovery of this year?

Have a great 2016!

British Books Challenge 2015!

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve seen things on lots of blogs centred around the British Books Challenge. The aim is to read twelve books by British authors over one year; A goal I hope is achievable next year, as I’m always on the lookout for more great UKYA, and it’ll be a great new challenge to try.

The lovely Michelle @ Fluttering Butterflies is hosting the challenge in 2015, and I’m really excited about it. For this Sign-Up post, I’ve picked a handful of books that I’d like to read for the challenge. (Maybe not the specific ones I’ll end up reading first in 2015, because I always reorder my TBR… It’s chaotic!)


#1: Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

This is definitely a modern contemporary classic, and a leading title in UKYA – I have no idea why I haven’t read it before, actually! I love Malorie’s books and would love to read this for the challenge not only because it fits into the category, but because the follow-up book is out very soon.

#2: The Manifesto on how to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

I attended the Young Adult Literature Weekender at the Southbank centre last month. I really enjoyed it, and undoubtedly the best panel was the Gender In YA panel, which included Holly. I’ve read great reviews of her two books and TMOHTBI sounds brilliant.

#3: Before I go to Sleep by S J Watson:

This is an adult title! I’ve been interested in reading this ever since my dad first received his proof copy, before it was released and when he was blogging. I remembered that the author is British so decided this should definitely be on my challenge TBR – I’d also love to read it before the DVD of the film comes out!

#4: The Bubble-Wrap Boy by Phil Earle:

love Phil Earle’s books – he’s a fantastic contemporary fiction author whose books should be more recognised, I think! This is his latest book and it’s been on my TBR pile for a while – this will be a good excuse to read it (:

#6: My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick:

I’m a very big fan of Marcus Sedgwick’s books, but this is one of his older titles that I haven’t yet read. I would love to read this (as well as maybe some other Marcus Sedgwick books, like Ghosts of Heaven!) for the British Books Challenge.

Good luck to any body else who is doing the challenge! If you’re a blogger or booktuber, and you’re interested in signing up for 2015, click here to go to Michelle’s submissions blog post.