Sunday, 15 January 2017

First Class Post (90) & Weekly Recap

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First Class Post - because this post is first class!

First Class Post

Books Received for Review:


Proofs:


See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (2nd March 2017, MG debut)
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (6th April 2017)

Finished Copies:

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt (1st February 2017, UKYA)
As I now have a finished copy, there will probably be a Twitter giveaway for my proof - just a heads up.

Thank you to Puffin, Boomsbury and Usborne for the review copies.

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

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Here's a recap of my posts from the past week.

Reviews:


The Memory Book by Lara Avery Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

  • I finished The Memory Book by Lara Avery with mixed feelings; I enjoyed the story, but I didn't enjoy how it was told, and felt like I didn't get to know the other characters well enough. But I loved learning about the disease Niemann-Pick Type C and how it affected Sammie.
  • Wing Jones by Katherine Webber is a great story - I loved the diversity of it, and the how it dealt with self-identity - but just not the story for me, as someone who has no interest in athetlics or sport.

Top Ten Tuesday:


Top Ten Tuesday

This Week's Top Ten Tuesday topic was 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To. My ten consist of mostly YA, some diverse books, a retelling, a couple on serious topics, and some fantasy, horror, and magic realism!

Discussions:


2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge

  • Why Are US Covers Generally Better Than UK Covers? - In which I lement over how editions of books published in the US tend to get nicer, prettier, more eye-catching covers than the UK, but also share a few covers where I think the UK got it right.
  • How Do You Discuss a Book When Characters' Marginalised Identities Are Spoilers? - Where I discuss how to talk about and/or review diverse books when the character's marginalised identitites are spoilers. This covers books that simply don't mention marginalised characters in blurbs at all, but also books where discovering a disability, for example, along with the characters makes for a better reading experience rather than knowing about it beforehand - and what should we do in regards to promoting the book as a diverse book in such a case?

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Instagram

I've also created a new Instagram account specifically for Once Upon a Bookcase. I'll be posting mini versions of my reviews and sharing all my book post. It's not exactly going to be a #Bookstagram account, because I'm not as creative photographically as others. But there should be a few things popping up over there. Give us a follow? Thanks!

So that's been my blogging week! How was yours? Link me to your book mail and blogging round ups!

6 comments:

  1. Glad you're opening up an instagram account! I'll follow you there!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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    1. Thanks! I already had one, but I didn't use it much and there was no real point to it. So I created a new one specifically for the blog and book related stuff. I should post more often, hopefully :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I was interested in your US vs UK covers thoughts as I'm in Australia and ours are often different again. And I know some Oz authors who have recently had books out o/s (Jane Harper's Dry; Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things; and Natasha Lester's A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald) and they've all been interested to see the variations.

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    1. I know sometimes Aussie YA have similar covers simply from following Paper Fury (a Aussie YA & fantasy book blogger), so I thought it might be a similar case for all books, but I guess not. I've looked at the titles you mentioned though, and it is pretty cool to see the different covers. What did you think of the overseas covers?

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  3. I love that post on US vs UK covers- so true! The stylish differences can be stark, and I liked seeing your comparisons, most of which I agreed with! Fun post!

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    1. Thank you! :) And thanks for stopping by!

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