Sunday, 8 June 2014

First Class Post (64) & Weekly Recap

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First Class Post - because this post is first class!

First Class Post

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(Sorry about the blurry photo!)

For review:

Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret by D. D. Everest - This book sounds awesome! Enchanted bookshelves! Sorcerer librarians! BOOKS! I am excited!

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill - This book sounds awesome! A dystopian novel where the sole purpose of women is to be wives for men. If they are not chosen, they become concubines and live an awful life. Huge focus on body image and perfection. I'm feeling a lot of sexism and stepford-wife-ness coming on. And there may possibly be an LGBTQ aspect? Unless I'm misunderstanding the synopsis. I think this is going to be awesome!

Thank you to Faber and Faber and Quercus for the review copies!


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

On the blog:


Amy & Matthew by Cammie McGovern Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

June is Mental Health Awareness Month on Uncorked Thoughts and Blog of Erised. So far this week, I've posted my intro post - discussing the books I'll read for the month, and previous books I've reviewed that cover mental health issues - and three reviews. Amy & Matthew by Cammie McGovern is a beautiful, beautiful novel, with such a sweet romance between a girl with cerebral palsy and a guy with OCD. It's fantastic! Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais, a book about the relationship between two people where one is a sociopath, really wasn't for me. Didn't like it at all; bad writing and bad story, in my opinion. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, about a boy who's going to commit suicide, was absolutely incredible! You have GOT to read that book!


The Foyles flagship has moved! Check out the article on The Independent's website on the move, and this Foyles blog post, Foyles: Past, Present and Future. You can also watch The Guardian's timelapse video of the move, which is pretty awesome!


  1. I am bummed you didn't enjoy Breaking Butterflies, it is one I was curious about. Have a wonderful week Jo!

    1. Thank you! Yeah, it's a shame, but it just really didn't work for me. I'm currently reading I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells, whose protag has the same mental illness. Enjoying it so much more! More explanation, more understanding! :)

  2. Oooh, Only Ever Yours sounds FASCINATING. I'd love to hear what you think of it! (: Happy reading!

    1. Thank you! I am so intrigued by Only Ever Yours! I think it's going to be awesome and scary! Really looking forward to it!

  3. I've heard amazing things about Forgive Me Mr. Leonard Peacock but I had kind of forgotten about it. I'll definitely have to add it to my wishlist before I forget again. That's too bad about Breaking Butterflies but I can't all be winners or we wouldn't appreciate the truly good ones. Have a great week!

    1. Oh, do! It's such a fantastic story! I absolutely loved Leonard Peacock, just brilliant!

      I know, it's just annoying. Felt really let down by Breaking Butterflies; not because I didn't like the book, but because I think the author did a disservice to those with this particular mental illness.

      Thank you! :)

  4. I'm interested in the two books you were given for review (hey, enchanted bookshelves and sorcerer librarians !) and awaiting their review :) Have a great week !

    1. Thank you! Yeaaah, I'm really looking forward to reading both, so hope they're going to be awesome! :)