2017 is upon us. The year of big changes for me since it is the year that I finally go to university in September. The changes started this month with me turning 18 but to be honest with you, not much changed since I don’t drink so turning 18 means nothing to me. I did a lot of work and revision this month because I’ve started to really focus on my a levels that are coming up soon. I did manage to read quite a bit though but I didn’t do much else.
Wing Jones is the much anticipated debut novel from Katherine Webber, publishing 5th January 2017 in the UK. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants…
Katherine Webber was born in Southern California but has lived in Atlanta, Hawaii, Hong Kong and now in London. For several years she worked at the reading charity BookTrust, where she worked on projects such as The Letterbox Club which delivers parcels of books to children in care, and YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention. You can find her on Twitter @kwebberwrites
Throughout January, over 40 bloggers will be participating in the #WJphototour – a photo blog tour documenting Katherine’s path to publishing her debut novel. From childhood memories that inspired her writing to her time living in Atlanta and Asia that influenced the book to authors she’s met over the years right up to receiving her first finished copy of the book, follow along to see Katherine’s author life unfold! Keep an eye on the hashtag to see the latest photos!
So 2016 wasn’t the best reading year for me. I did manage to read 80 books but most of those were just fluffy romance reads that I forgot about soon after so when I first sat down to make this list, I struggled. However, when I looked back at the ones that I did read this year, I did somehow manage to come up with 10 books of the year that were my favourites. A lot of these were probably on my favourite books of 2016 so far list that I made in July but we have some new ones too.
So it’s the start of a new year but before we start a new year, first we have to end the last one. No year is complete without me compiling a list of my favourites. Usually, I just do it with books but in 2016, I reached peak levels of Bollywood obsession so obviously I have to count down my favourite movies of 2016. This isn’t exclusively Bollywood as there are a few Hollywood films and it also isn’t exclusively 2016 releases but just movies I watched for the first time in 2016. Also, I have not watched some of the biggest Bollywood and Hollywood movies of the year so if a big, well loved film is not on this list then I probably haven’t seen it yet. Some of you may judge me and think I’m weird or stupid for some that are on this list but hey, favourites are favourites. (Also disclaimer: Pink won’t appear on this list but it is one of my favourite films. As I watched it on the last day of the year, it’s hard to place where it would be/the impact of it since it’s the latest one I saw so the lasting impact is hard to figure out but it’s definitely a film to check out).
It is not 2017. It is not 2017. It is not 2017. Is it 2017? What is this? I don’t believe this. It seems like I’ve done nothing in 2016 yet done everything. It’s always a weird feeling when one month ends but it’s even weirder when one year ends. And obviously, at the start of every new month, I wrap up the last month so lets see what I got up to in the last month of 2016.
THE BLURB OF THIS NOVEL CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE BLOOD FOR BLOOD TRILOGY. THERE ARE NO SPOILERS FOR MAFIOSA IN THIS REVIEW.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Source: Chicken House Books
Rating: 5 books
Buy the book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.
Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?
The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno.
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Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Aditya Chopra
Writer: Aditya Chopra
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor
Rating: 3.5. out of 5
On a whirlwind affair in Paris, Dharam and Shyra are both completely Befikre (Carefree). And to ensure they don’t spoil the fun, they’ve agreed to never say “I love you”.
It’s the most romantic city in the world, and they’re having the time of their lives. Neither of them wants things to turn emotional and sentimental, and they’ve resolved to keep daring each other to go bigger and bolder – they’re going to live life to the fullest, and nothing will get in their way.
Be Befikre with Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, on a thrilling romantic adventure from director Aditya Chopra.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
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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.