Tuesday, 1 September 2015

August's Monthly Recap

Inspired by Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts's Weekly Recap, here is a recap of my posts over the last week, and anything else I found interesting.

August Monthly Recap

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Fan Mail: A Letter to David Eddings

Fan Mail
Fan Mail is a feature where I write fan letters to authors I admire, am inspired by, or are simply brilliant. Fan mail is to show my love for these authors in a fun way that's different from a review.

David EddingsDear David Eddings,

    I never used to like reading. It was a chore I had to do for school, something so incredibly boring, I couldn't understand why anyone would want to do it for fun. There were certain stories that I read (because I had to) that I enjoyed, but those were very rare occurrences, and reading itself just wasn't for me. Until my dad handed me your Pawn of Prophecy, the first book in the Belgariad series.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are by Courtney SummersSome Girls Are by Courtney Summers - Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
From Goodreads.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Review: The Baby by Lisa Drakeford

The Baby by Lisa DrakefordThe Baby by Lisa Drakeford (proof) - When Olivia opens the bathroom door, the last thing she expects to see is her best friend Nicola giving birth on the floor – and to say Nicola is surprised is an understatement. She’s not ready to be a mum, and she needs Olivia’s help. But Olivia has her own problems – specifically her bullying boyfriend, Jonty, and keeping an eye on younger sister Alice. And then there’s Nicola’s friend Ben, who’s struggling with secrets of his own … From Goodreads.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Review: Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers

Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice KuipersLife on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers (review copy) - Mom,

I went to the store. See inside the fridge. I watered the plants. I cleaned out Peter's cage. I tidied the sitting room. And the kitchen. And I did the washing up.

I'm going to bed.

Your live-in servant,


Life on the Refrigerator Door is told exclusively through notes exchanged by Claire and her mother, Elizabeth, during the course of a life-altering year. Their story builds to an emotional crescendo when Elizabeth is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Stunningly sad but ultimately uplifting, this is a clever, moving, and original portrait of the relationship between a daughter and mother. It is about how we live our lives constantly rushing, and never making time for those we love. It is also an elegy to how much can be said in so few words, if only we made the time to say them.

A new edition of this simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-warming novel by Alice Kuipers.
From Goodreads.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Review: How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour & Rebecca Ashdown

How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour & Rebecca AshdownHow the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour & Rebecca Ashdown (review copy) - Rapunzel sits alone in a tall tower block, and no one - not the postman, the baker, her auntie or even the prince - can bring back her sparkle. But when Rapunzel does finally open the postman's letter it contains an amazing offer that changes her life--- Read on to find out how the library saved Rapunzel! From the blurb.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Help Amber Get her Education

Mental illness can not only affect a person's day-to-day life, but can change the course of it.

Fellow book blogger Amber, from The Mile Long Bookshelf, doesn't want to let her mental illness prevent her from getting the education she wants - or the life that education will bring.

Please help Amber to get her education. Read her story, and find out how you can help, here:


(Writing this post from my phone, so I'm afraid I can't create links.)