Tuesday, 31 July 2018


July's First Class Post & Monthly Recap

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First Class Post - because this post is first class!

First Class Post

Books Purchased:

Physical Copies:

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (22nd May 2018)
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez (5th June 2018)
Hello Me, It's You, ed. by Hannah Todd, designed by Jenny Howard (3rd August 2018)

Charity Shop Buys:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (5th September 2011)


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (24th April 2018)

Books Won:

@5GetBookish is Hachette Children's Books' Twitter account exclusively for booksellers. I entered a giveaway to win a mystery bag of books, and I won! Also included (but not pictured) were some gorgeous prints of illustrations from picture books!

Claude on Holiday by Alex T. Smith (7th July 2011)
Toto the Ninja Cat and the Grat Snake Escape by Dermot O'Leary (21st September 2017)
Skellig by David Almond (1998)
Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza by James Bishop (19th April 2018)
The Lost Magician by Piers Torday (6th September 2018)
Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell (20th September 2018)
Oi Frog! by Kes Gray & Jim Field (5th October 2017)

Books received for free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review:

Books with an * are reading copies I received as a book seller.


A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma (4th September 2018)
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera* (18th October 2018)
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke* (4th October 2018)
A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen* (9th January 2018)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon* (26th February 2018)

Finished Copies:

Show Stopper by Hayley Baker (1st June 2017)
Show Stealer by Hayley Baker (2nd August 2018)
One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn* (2nd August 2018)
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (22nd September 2018)

For Becoming a Kindness Ambassador:

I signed up to become a Kindness Ambassador as part of Usborne & Holly Bourne's campaign to spread kindness, and this is what was in my Kindness Ambassador package:

Kindness Ambassador Package

Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne (9th August 2018)

Do check out the #KindnessIsContagious hashtag and Holly & Usborne's Twitter accounts from 9th August to join in!


It Ends With You by S. K. Wright She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox

It Ends With You by S. K. Wright (6th September 2018)
She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox (12th July 2018)

Protected by Claire Zorn A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Protected by Claire Zorn (1st September 2018)
A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney (25th September 2018)
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (9th October 2018)

Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster Children's Books, Raven Books, Macmillan Children's Books, Usborne, and Atom, HQ, Sourcebooks FIRE, Macmillan Children's Group, Amulet via NetGalley for the review copies.

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


On the blog:

Mental Illness in YA Month

July was Mental Illness in YA Month, full of reviews, author interviews and guest posts, blogger guest posts, discussions and giveaways . Here is everything that happened over the course of the month!


Click on the images to be taken to each review.

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman Vanished by E. E. Cooper Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. RodriguezThe Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt The Definition of Us by Sarah Harris For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn Colour Me In by Lydia Ruffles Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

Pointe by Brandy Colbert Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher

Author Interviews & Guest Posts

Akemi Dawn Bowman Tom Pollock Ashley Woodfolk

Eric Smith Mike Schlossberg Lydia Ruffles

Blogger Guest Posts:


Reading Lists:

Other Posts:


These are all ending at midnight, so get entering!

Coming Up On the blog:

So from tomorrow I am on holiday! However, I have a number of reviews and discussion posts lined up in my absence.

I will also be taking part in the blog tour for Show Stealer by Hayley Barker, so do drop by the blog on 13th August for that, and see below for all the other stops on the tour.

Show Stealer by Hayley Baker Blog Tour Banner
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What I've Been Reading Online:

Cover Reveals:




Regarding the CLPE Survey on the how there are very few children's books published in the UK with POC characters:

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1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I missed your whole Mental Illness in YA Month! I'm going to bookmark this and check out all of the posts in August.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction