Friday, 29 May 2015

Characters Abroad!

Characters Abroad

Not going on holiday this year? Travel with the help of a good book!

I recently finished This Is Not a Love Story by Keren David, which is set in Amsterdam, and it got me thinking about YA/NA books I have read of characters abroad. As Summer is just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you these books set in holiday destinations!

Florence, Italy


One Thing Stolen by Beth KephartOne Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart - Something is not right with Nadia Cara. She’s become a thief. She has secrets she can’t tell. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. In Florence, Italy, with her epicurean brother, professor father, and mother who helps at-risk teens, Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom no one but herself has seen. While her father researches a flood that nearly destroyed Florence in 1966, Nadia wonders if she herself can be rescued—or will she disappear?

Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is about language and beauty, imagining and knowing, and the deep salvation of love.
From Goodreads.

I really enjoyed this book! Florence sounds so beautiful, and a wonderful place to explore, but it's also a really poignant story. My review.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Review: This Is Not a Love Story by Keren David

This Is Not a Love Story by Keren DavidThis Is Not a Love Story by Keren David (review copy) - Kitty dreams of a beautiful life, but that's impossible in suburban London where her family is haunted by her father's unexpected death. So when her mum suggests moving to Amsterdam to try a new life, Kitty doesn't take much persuading. Will this be her opportunity to make her life picture perfect?

In Amsterdam she meets moody, unpredictable Ethan, and clever, troubled Theo. Two enigmatic boys, who each harbour their own secrets. In a beautiful city and far from home, Kitty finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But will love be everything she expected? And will anyone's heart survive?
From Goodreads.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Mental Health May Review: One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart

One Thing Stolen by Beth KephartOne Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart (proof) - Something is not right with Nadia Cara. She’s become a thief. She has secrets she can’t tell. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. In Florence, Italy, with her epicurean brother, professor father, and mother who helps at-risk teens, Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom no one but herself has seen. While her father researches a flood that nearly destroyed Florence in 1966, Nadia wonders if she herself can be rescued—or will she disappear?

Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is about language and beauty, imagining and knowing, and the deep salvation of love.
From Goodreads.

Monday, 25 May 2015

The LGBT Readathon Goals

LGBT Readathon

This week, Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts is hosting the LGBT Readathon, and being such a fan of anything that highlights LGBTQ YA, I have decided to sign up!

I don't have any major goals, so these are kind of rough. I hope to read three books at least, and this morning I started by picking up This Is Not a Love Story by Keren David. Earlier today, Charlie, via Jim of YA Yeah Yeah, lent LGBTQ YA anthology Summer Love, edited by Anne Harper, which I will be reading next so I can get it back to Charlie. I have a few other books I can read for the Readathon, which are:

I'll also have Black Iris by Leah Raeder, but as it's NA, I'm not quite sure if it would count - but it's LGBTQ, so I thought I'd give it a mention now.

How about you guys? What are your plans for the week? If you've written a goals post, leave your links!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Discussion: Blogs and Social Networks - Promoting Your Blog

Blogs and Social Networks - Promoting Your Blog

I've been thinking lately about the different ways bloggers promote our blogs.

Social networks has changed a fair bit over the years I've been blogging. I think when I started, Facebook and Twitter were the prevalent social networks in use. Now, it's not uncommon to see blogs linked to Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr or even Instagram.

At the moment, I only use Twitter. I used to have a page on Facebook which was updated with Networked Blogs, but I found it wasn't really bring much traffic my blog's way, so I deleted it. I tried Pinterest for a while, and Google+ for an even shorter time, but I gave up on those, too. I found it became too much work, too time consuming. As things stand right now, I write my review, I post it, I Tweet it, I also post it on Goodreads, Bookbridgr and Amazon. Then I post the link in the various places it's needed on my blog, add it to challenges on other blogs, and email it to the publicist, if it's a review copy. Depending on the book, this can take from an hour to an hour and a half. Without promoting my blog and reviews on other social networks. I do not want to spend any longer on one book, even to promote my blog in the process. It becomes a chore, and seriously frustrating.

Yet I know there are others who do a whole host of things to promote their blog and their reviews elsewhere, and I simply don't know how you guys do it without spending hours on your computer.

So how do you do it? What social networks or other online tools do you use to promote your blog? How much time does it take you? What do you find is most helpful to your blog? And have you tweaked things over time so promoting your blog is more time efficient? Share your tips, because I think I might need to change how I do things, and I'm really not looking forward to the idea.

Thank you!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Scholastic's This Is Teen #IReadYA Week

News from Scholastic US about #IReadYA Week!

#IReadYA

Hey everyone, it’s time once again to celebrate #IReadYA week! Scholastic’s #IReadYA week is a celebration of all things YA! In support of this week, Scholastic will be holding daily challenges beginning today and running through Friday the 22nd. By participating in the challenges, you earn the chance to win some really fun #IReadYA prizes including: #IReadYA tote bags, tumblers and free YA books!

Review: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot & Axel Scheffler

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot & Axel SchefflerOld Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot & Axel Scheffler (review copy) - Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad.

Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity's not there!

This charming new edition contains original colour illustrations by the award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler.
From Goodreads.