I am an absolutely terrible blogger. I am always so excited to read so many books yet when they come, I just don’t read them for some reason. I don’t even know why. Maybe I’m scared they won’t live up to the hype, maybe I’m no longer excited for them or maybe I’m just a terrible lazy person. This habit of mine is especially bad when I have received these books for review from the publishers. To my last count, I have got 28 books on my TBR that I have received for review (knowing me I probably forgot at least 1 book so that may not be an accurate number). Today, I’m going to share 5 of these books with you. These are the ones that I’m the most annoyed that I haven’t read so you guys need to tell me which ones to read ASAP.
Okay, can someone please tell me how 2016 is almost finished already? This is absolutely crazy! We’re in the last month of the year, December which is one of my favourite months because it’s just such a happy, cheery month plus 2 week holidays from college. November has been like most of the past months. I did a lot of homework and revision whenever I wasn’t in lesson and didn’t actually read/blog/watch a lot.
So a week ago, I did a blog post on my top 10 favourite Bollywood actors so obviously the clear follow up post to that is my top 10 favourite Bollywood actresses of course. This list was a lot harder to compile because I love most actresses in Bollywood but after a lot of deliberation, I got to my final 10.
Recently, I haven’t wanted to blog. Honestly, I haven’t really fully wanted to for about a year now but I’ve been powering through. I realised recently though that it was because I wasn’t blogging about what I wanted to blog about. I still love to read and talk about books but I can’t deny that my love for Bollywood is currently on par with my love for reading. I was always scared to include more of my Bollywood interests on my blog and on my twitter because I thought no one would want to see it and that I’d lose followers. But after doing a twitter poll and finding out that most people were fine with it, I decided to screw it all and blog about ALL of my interests. So yeah, you’ll probably see a lot more Bollywood around here from now on but it won’t be exclusively Bollywood. I’m going to try and balance it. I thought that to fully kick off my blogging about Bollywood, I’d start off with a simple list of my top 10 favourite male Bollywood actors.
Ahh October. I miss you already. You were an absolutely amazing month for me filled with loads of bookish fun as well as the release of my most highly anticipated Bollywood film of the year. I saw Cursed Child, met Rainbow Rowell, passed my theory test and did so much more. Check out what I did in more detail below.
So, it finally happened. On the 2nd October 2016, I went to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. It’s been a week and I’m still not over it. Today I’m going to talk about my opinions on the play and the script book as well, with no spoilers.
So this month, I surprisingly read a lot but they were all Entangled Teen Crush romance novels. I’ve been an extreme romance mood for the last couple of months and I seem to have unexpectedly made it my goal to read every Entangled Teen Crush book, god knows why (I have now read all the ones that are currently out so yay). I did manage to watch some films and actually put some blog posts up this month so let’s see what I did this month.
It’s been a while since I wrote a whole blog post dedicated to Bollywood and I’ve been itching to write one. I wasn’t sure which one to write but whilst re-watching my favourite film, I realised that a lot of my favourite romantic Bollywood films feature the same on-screen couples. There are certain couples that I love so much that I can’t help but watch all of their films so today, I thought I’d share these couples with you.
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Source: Borrowed from The Dark Dictator/(Finished Copy for review from Publisher)
Format: Paperback Proof
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.
Picking up about five minutes after Illuminae ends, Gemina is the electrifying sequel to the hottest YA novel of 2015.
UKYACX is coming around again. And with that, comes another epic blog tour. For this years blog tour, I have teamed up with Liz Flanagan, author of Eden Summer to give you a short Q&A about her book. So without further ado, I’ll pass onto Liz…
- Tell us about Eden Summer?
Eden Summer is a thriller that’s also about friendship and resilience. My main character Jess turns up at school one Friday morning to discover that her best friend Eden has gone missing overnight. After helping the police with their investigation, she decides to join forces with Eden’s boyfriend Liam to retrace their steps from that summer. Along the way, they uncover the secrets that both girls have been hiding, as time runs out to find Eden safe and well.
- Why did you set it in your home town?
I set the story in my home town because it’s the place that I know and love best. I grew up in Hebden Bridge, so I have layers of memories, from being a child, a teenager and an adult in this beautiful landscape. It’s also somewhere that contains a certain wildness and darkness, so I wanted to refer to that, too.
It’s also somewhere that many writers have described, which can be a challenge, particularly when so many astonishingly talented poets and novelists got there first. It made me doubt myself and interrogate my right to write about this place. I think anyone growing up here is aware of that, so I’ve given Jess some of that dilemma in the story.
- What has been the most challenging thing about your journey to publication?
Perhaps the most challenging thing was the length of that journey! Eden Summer is the third novel I’ve written, so I had to come to terms with rejection along the way. It was particularly hard after my second novel was turned down by editors, even though it got some encouraging feedback. I think I thought this was my last shot, so perhaps that made me push myself and my writing harder this time.
- What’s your advice to emerging writers?
Keep going! When you’re writing a first draft, don’t think too critically, and don’t compare your early draft to finished books: just get the words out. Afterwards, that’s when your inner editor kicks in, and you might need to edit and redraft more times than you expect! Think of it as a marathon, and pace yourself to keep going to the finish line…
- UKYACX is being hosted in Newcastle City Library – tell us about how libraries have been important to you?
Libraries were absolutely vital for me, growing up, and they still are! As a child, I went to Hebden Bridge library very often. I read fiction, non-fiction, and then later I worked my way through the young adult shelves, reading authors like Robert Swindells, Susan Cooper, Margaret Mahy, Robert Westall, John Christopher and others. I recall borrowing certain books which made a huge impact on me, like Louise Lawrence’s Children of the Dust, or Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien. I wouldn’t have had access to such fantastic reading material otherwise.
I’m delighted that I can nowtake my daughters to the same library to feed their book addiction too.
Thank you to Sofia for hosting this blog interview, and to UKYACX for inviting me to take part on September 17th.
Find out more about Liz on her website:
Follow her on Twitter: @lizziebooks
or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizflanaganauthor
Big thanks to Liz for answering the questions and being awesome! Make sure to follow the rest of the blog tour (UKYACX Blog Tour Banner YA Authors).