Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Books that Feature #OwnVoices Characters

It makes me happy to no end that we are seeing more and more diverse books hit bestsellers lists like The New York Times, and even happier to see the success of own voices authors. If you're not familiar with the term, when a book is referred to as own voices it means that the characters of a book represent the author's own identity, and it's super important to be encouraging the publication of these books. We want to see the world represented accurately across all fiction, of course, but whilst doing so we also need to be lifting up authors who are writing about their own experiences.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Books on My Autumn TBR

Autumn means it's back to classes for a lot of us, and for me as an English student, it means back to long required reading lists that I didn't actually get to reading this summer like I should have. I've actually been in a slow place in terms of reading this summer, so having a bunch of new books to be reading that I'm not excited by isn't ideal. Last year I was able to read the books I wanted in between the ones I was assigned, and it really helped me power through them all. But if my weird reading place persists I don't know if I can do the same this year.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

5 Books I Put Down This Year

I'm sorry I missed another week of Top 10 Tuesday - life has been busy at the moment. I haven't actually been able to come up for anything creative for this week's TTT, so because it's a throwback, I'm going to throw back to last week's challenge that I missed! (I feel like I always break all the rules with challenges like this, oh well).

Friday, 8 September 2017

Book Review // Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

It's always a risk when one picks up a book on a whim. It's impossible to know what to expect when you've never heard of a book, and there's always the potential of it going disastrously wrong. But Daughter of the Burning City ended up being a pleasant and refreshing surprise that stands out from the YA fantasy crowd.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

May-August 2017 Book Haul

I'm back today with another 2017 book haul! I decided to share a book haul post every 4 months this year rather than have them at the bottom of my wrap up post every month. I try really hard not to buy too many books, and I find that this is a much more effective way to track my bookish spendings. You can find part 1 of my 2017 haul here.

Friday, 1 September 2017

August Wrap Up

My August reading hasn't been the best in terms of quantity. I was saying last month how I hoped to be reading more books this summer, but I wound up reading fewer in August than I probably have all year. What's worse is that for a lot of this month I had limited Internet, so I definitely expected to have read more. For #TheReadingQuest I thought I'd set my bar to 10 books this month so that I'd be motivated enough to reach at least 5, but perhaps the over-ambitious technique doesn't work for me. I think I'm going to cut back on the ambitious goal setting for the next month, and maybe I'll get to read a bit more of what I want before my required reading is required to be read.