Sunday, 31 May 2015


First Class Post (83) & May's Monthly Recap

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Check out Sunday mail memes:
Showcase Sunday on Books, Bisuits and Tea
The Sunday Post on Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Stacking the Shelves on Tynga's Reviews.

For review:
Free Sample from work:
Lots of great reading ahead of me! I've read three - reviews below - and I'm reading Summer Love at the moment for A Daydreamer's Thought's LGBT Readathon!

Really looking forward to reading All I Know Now and Being a Girl; I'm really passionate about helping young girls have positive body image and good self-esteem, so these should be good!

What Was Never Said sounds like a difficult read, and I'm super excited for Dorothy Must Die because it sounds amaaazing!
    Thank you to Penguin, Little, Brown, Simon & Schuster Children's Books, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollin's Children's Books, Poppy, Faber & Faber, Chicken House and Hot Ket Books for the review copies and Usborne for the gift.


    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.

    As Mental Health Awareness Week fell in the last month, I held Mental Health May, where some of the books I read and reviewed covered mental illnesses.


    Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin I Was Here by Gayle Forman Sweet by Tammara Webber Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

    Oliver & Patch by Claire Freedman & Kate Hindley Roo the Roaring Dinosaur by David Bedford & Mandy Stanley I Need a Wee! by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

    Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff Panther by David Owen Old Possum's Book For Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart

    This Is Not a Love Story by Keren David

    My favourite books reviewed this month are Denton Little's Deathdate, which is just so funny, Sweet because Tammara Webber can do no wrong, Every Last Word, which is just simply amazing, and Panther, which was so poweful! I was disappointed by I Was Here as I love Gayle Forman, but this one didn't do it for me, and I didn't like Playlist for the Dead at all. Oliver & Patch is the cutest picture book read this month. 


    Earlier in the year I was sent a proof of The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt very early for the opprotunity to provide a quote for the finished copies. My quote was used!

    Quote in The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt

    Blog Posts and News:
    • As you might have guessed from the photos at the very top of this post, I now have Instagram. I'm jo.stapley - go and follow me! There will be a lot of book related photos, but it will also include other photos I wish to share, so not strictly a blog Instagram.
    • I posted a discussion about promoting your blog using social media.
    • I posted Characters Abroad! where I recommend books in which characters are visiting/living in other countries. 
    • Also, on my personal blog, I wrote a post on something that I find difficult to talk about, but I felt it was important: Don't Dismiss Your Pain: On Sexual Assault and Rape. Please read, and, if you feel inclinded, share. I'd love for my post to reach the people who need it.
    How has your month been? Tell me all!


    1. Wow. So many nice books and I see a few I'd like to read. Especially Playlist For The Dead. Looks like you have some fun reading started for the summer. Enjoy!

      My Sunday Post -

      1. Thank you! I wasn't a big fan of Playlist for the Dead, sadly :( But I hope you enjoy it!

    2. WoW! Such a wide array of books and genres! I'm impressed and like Lauren I see some I'd like to read.

      Have a good week (and month!).

    3. Lots of nice books this week! I actually got a copy of Clariel last week, too - I'm really excited to read it, I love Garth Nix's 'Old Kingdom' books.

      ~Ailsa @ The Book Bundle

      1. I've never read anything by Garth Nix before, but I've heard such great things about his Old Kingdom series. Really looking forward to this! :)

    4. Wow, that looks like a lot of great reads! Happy reading!

    5. I loved Denton's! I LAUGHED SO HARD.'s probably good I read it alone, because gee I snorted. heh. And Dorothy Must Die is INCREDIBLE. Trust me!! IT'S JUST SO GOOD. Creeptastic too, which I loved. What can I say? I'm a villanious little bookworm. *cackles*

      1. Yessss, I just loved Denton's! So much laughter! :D Oooh, I'm so excited for Dorothy Must Die, it looks brilliant! :D