Sunday, 18 January 2015


First Class Post (77) & Weekly Recap

first class post
First Class Post - because this post is first class!

First Class Post

Check out Sunday mail memes:
Showcase Sunday on Books, Bisuits and Tea
The Sunday Post on Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

For review:

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen - When I was emailed about this book, the email came with a deal; read the first chapter attached, and if you don't like the sound of it, fair enough,  don't request, but if you do, request away. Such a great way to help bloggers decide if they want a book or not! The first chapter of this book, in Stewart's point of view, really moved me, and Jim of YA Yeah Yeah raved to me about it, so I had to request it! I am SO looking forward to reading this!


Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler - Last week, Read Me Like a Book was featured in Clover of Fluttering Butterflies' LGBT UKYA in 2015 post, and it sounded so good! And then this week, I find a proof of it in the staff room at work in the free proofs/damage stock for all boxes. Very lucky! I've never read anything by Liz Kessler before, but I'm really intrigued by this novel! Hope I like it!

Thank you to Andersen Press and Indigo via Foyles for the proofs.

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.


Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Two books reviewed this week! Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley was incredible! Powerful and emotional, and so very brave! I will definitely be reading anything Talley writes in future! My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga was a really fascinating story that kept me gripped, but I wasn't as emotionally invested in the story as I would have hoped.

Other posts:

top ten tuesday

Check out the 2014 releases I meant to read but didn't get to in my Top Ten Tuesday post.

I also started a discussion on reading pressure; books you feel you should be reading.

Big News:

UKYA Blogger Awards

Once Upon a Bookcase has been nominated for the UKYA Blogger Awards! The brainchild of author Andy Robb, the "awards are designed to recognise the UKYA book-blogging community as a whole and to express the industry’s gratitude for their tireless endeavours." I am one of 33 longlisted bloggers nominated by authors, publishers and publicists, with a shortlist of three blogs each for ten different categories released closer to the event. Yes, the event; there will be an actual awards ceremony! And prizes! And trophies! I have no idea if I'll get shortlisted or not, but I am just SO over the moon to have been nominated for the longlist! Thank you to everyone who nominated Once Upon a Bookcase! I've actually been moved to tears that my blog is thought so highly of to have received enough nominations to make it to this point. Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!


  1. Read Me Like a Book sounds awesome, and I wish more publishers would do that with review copies! Worst thing is when you know even from the first chapter it's not your cup of tea.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

    1. It does! I'm really looking forward to it! It makes sense, doesn't it?! Even the first few pages if the chapter is quite long. It's so helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I'm so glad you found a copy of Read Me Like A Book! I'm so excited to read that one :)

    And it took just the first few paragraphs of We Are All Made of Molecules to know that I really wanted to read it!

    1. Oooh, it's going to be good, I can just feel it! :D At least, I hope so!

      We Are Made of Molecules... I am desperate to pick it up and read it now! But I don't want to read it before I can post my review. Lol. But I'm so excited for it!

  3. Your books sound great and are all new to me! I'm going to check them out.

    My Sunday Post -

    1. Awesome, I hope you find something you like the sound of! :)