Saturday, 20 July 2019

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Bloggers Get Real: Mel of Book Reviews From Canada

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Bloggers Get Real: Mel of Book Reviews From Canada


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Welcome to Bloggers Get Real! Inspired by CW of The Quiet Pond's The Pond Gets Loud series, Bloggers Get Real is a YA book bloggers spotlight interview series with the aim of celebrating and supporting YA book bloggers and the work we do, while also discussing the realities of book blogging, the YA community, and the various controversies that have sprung up. I feel it's important to keep these conversations going - our voices matter, what we do matters, and we should be heard.

I'm really excited to have be spotlighting Mel of Book Reviews From Canada today!

Mel of Book Reviews From CanadaCan you tell us a little about you and your blog?

I had started a few blogs previously to starting the one I’m currently running (including a Tumblr blog which is literally the worst website to run a book blog on). I always fell into the trap that is NetGalley and requested far too much, got overwhelmed and gave up. This time around, I decided pretty suddenly one day in October to sign up for a Wordpress Account and actually commit to blogging. One of the best ways I’ve found to do this is to have a continuous running list of all the books I have to read/review with the dates they need to be read and keep track of them that way. I’m fairly new at book blogging as I started my blog in October 2018.

My favourite genres are Young Adult Fantasy, contemporary and classic literature and my favourite authors are Cassandra Clare, Becky Albertalli, Jane Austen and Shakespeare. I will pick up any books with bisexual characters automatically because as I identify as bisexual myself, I like seeing my identity represented in literature.
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Friday, 19 July 2019

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Books I'll Probably Never Read Book Tag

Books I'll Probably Never Read Book Tag

Books I'll Probably Never Read Book Tag


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Titles marked with an asterisk (*) were gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Today, I'm taking part int he Books I'll Probably Never Read Book Tag, which I stole from Kate of Reading Through Infinity - check out her answers here.

I'm thinking that while this is going to be fun, it might also make me feel a little guilty? We'll see, I guess! Onwards!
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

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Blog Tour: My Personal Response to Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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My Personal Response to Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan


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I received an eProof of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the paperback release of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, and I'm going to give you something different. This book meant more to me than I can ever really put into words, but I'm going to try in the form of a letter to Natasha. This is quite an emotional post that had me crying while writing it, so be warned.

Trigger Warnings: This post discusses rape and sexual assault.
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Monday, 15 July 2019

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Review: Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Published: 2nd April 2019 | Publisher: Titan Books | Cover Designer: Julia Lloyd | Source: Bought
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The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives...

Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape.

And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she'd give the other girl anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh... From Goodreads.

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Trigger/Content Warnings: This book features a house fire, sexual manipulation, fantasy addiction, mentions of Magdelen laundries, mentions of death in childbirth.
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Saturday, 13 July 2019

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Bloggers Get Real: Beth of BooksNest

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Bloggers Get Real: Beth of BooksNest


Welcome to Bloggers Get Real! Inspired by CW of The Quiet Pond's The Pond Gets Loud series, Bloggers Get Real is a YA book bloggers spotlight interview series with the aim of celebrating and supporting YA book bloggers and the work we do, while also discussing the realities of book blogging, the YA community, and the various controversies that have sprung up. I feel it's important to keep these conversations going - our voices matter, what we do matters, and we should be heard.

I'm really excited to have be spotlighting Beth of BooksNest today!

Beth of Books NestCan you tell us a little about you and your blog?

I started blogging back in 2016, reflectively it was probably a way of dealing with leaving university and needing to fill a hole in my life. I also loved reading other people’s blogs and after starting my Bookstagram account earlier that year, it felt like the right path to take. I was always interested in writing my own blog, but I would never settle on the topic, books seemed a perfect fit once I found the confidence to go for it!
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Friday, 12 July 2019

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My Nominations for the Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards

The Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards

My Nominations for the Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards


May over on Forever and Everly is hosting the Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards, originally created by Joce of Write Through the Night. I didn't know about the awards the previous two years, but it's such a fantastic idea, and I can't not nominate my faves!

Fortunately we're allowed three nominations per category, otherwise I'd be in big trouble with some categories, trying to choose just one. There are a number of categories I've not nominated in simply because I just couldn't choose just three. There are a few who I just adore, and I can't not nominate at least a couple of times for different categories. So here are my nominations!
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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

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The Why I am Weird Tag

The Why I am Weird Tag

The Why I am Weird Tag


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Thanks to Delly of Delly Bird, I've been tagged in the blog tag she herself created - the Why I am Weird tag. The aim of this tag is to get to know the bloggers behind the blog a little better.

"Why I am Weird!" Tag rules

  • List ten weird things about yourself, your life or silly habits that you wouldn’t normally share.
  • Tag up to ten people so you can get to know them better.
  • Link back to the person who tagged you & the creator
  • Comment on the posts of people you tagged!

Before I start, I just want to preface this by saying that these aren't things about myself that I think are weird, necessarily, but that other people do/might. So some you might think aren't weird at all, but I've had that reaction before, so they've been listed! And also, these are things I wouldn't normally share on my book blog, because I don't really talk much about myself - not necessarily things I wouldn't share in general. Because I think I'm pretty boring overall, and making this list was hard! Ok, onwards!
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