#BookADay One Week Late

The first I heard about #BookADay was early today when I received a blog update from Pretty Books (whose blog I adore) and loved the idea.  Basically, The Borough Press https://www.boroughpress.co.uk/ is asking everyone to tweet #BookADay  throughout June to celebrate Independent Book Sellers Week starting June 28th. I love the idea, and although I’ve come to the party slightly late, as can usually be expected of me, I’m going  to give it a go. I’ll be tweeting and posting on Tumblr for anyone who wants to follow my endeavours.

Below is the #BookADay list:


Week 1 Summary (June 1st -8th)

I’m slightly cheating here as I’ve not tweeted or posted the first 8 #BookADay’s but at least I’m joining in!

1st June – Favourite Book From Childhood

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl – I’ve always loved Roald Dahl novels, they’re the first books I remember being read to at school. I used to sit cross-legged on the classroom carpet with all my school friends, listening to my teacher read. We were read The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits but Fantastic Mr Fox was always my favourite. Weirdly, I don’t even own a copy of it :(.

fantastic mr fox

2nd June –  Best Bargain

How to Be a Woman By Caitlin Moran – I am completed addicted to Caitlin Moran’s writing, she’s hilarious. I read her book How to Be A Woman at the library but was desperate for my own copy. I picked my copy up at a second hand bookshop on an industrial estate in Sharston, Manchester for a £1! Best bargain ever!!!

 3rd June – One with a blue cover

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Okay so I know this is sooo obvious but it’s an amazing book and I can’t wait to see the film next week!

4th June – Least favourite book by favourite author

Paper Towns by John Green – I find it really hard to pick favourites as I read so much (let alone a least favourite)  but I’ve read pretty much everything by John Green, minus Will Grayson Will Grayson, and he’s probably my favourite teen author of the moment. I’ve chosen Paper Towns because it just didn’t have enough John Green quirk in it.

paper towns

5th June – Doesn’t belong to me

I don’t generally borrow books from my mates, as a library lady I tend to just lend stuff from my local library. My latest borrow is A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke.

6th June – The one I always give as a gift

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I’m a sucker when it comes to giving books as gifts. Recently I’ve been buying people Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell because I love all her books but the book I’ve most gifted is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  because it’s an awesome read.


7th June – Forgot I owned it

This probably sounds incredible because Eleanor and Park is one of my absolute favourite books of all , but I forgot I’d already bought it for Kindle when I’d asked my boyfriend to buy it me in paperback for Christmas!


8th June – Have more than one copy

I used to holiday in the States a lot and one year I was travelling back to the UK on the same day Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was published in hardback. So I bought the American edition for the flight back home and when I got home my Mum had bought me the UK edition! Thus I have two copies!



For the Love of Mixtapes

Tape Bookmarks

I love these quirky little bookmarks. They’re so Park-esque!

Wow, like I know these aren’t real casettes but they remind me of old mixtapes I used to make.  Ah the mix tape, oh how I miss thee. They were the 1990’s equivalent to a Shakespearean love letter. I love how Eleanor and Park are bringing the cassette tape back in style.

The Most Awesome Teen Reads I’ve Read So Far*

I don’t care what anyone says, teen fiction is the future. I’d say over half of my reads last year were teen, and I reckon most of this years will be too, so here I go again with another list; The Most Awesome Teen Reads I’ve Read So Far*

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowel

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Legend – Marie Lu

Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece – Annabel Pitcher

Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Where She Went – Gayle Forman

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Book Journal: January 2014

Books Read (7), Pages (1,905), Library Books (3)

29th December 2013 – 13th January 2014

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins – P L Travers

Pages (768), Days to read (16), Rating (4/5)

A fabulously fantastical read; Mary Poppins’ charm is highly contagious A Great read for both adults and children alike.

13th – 14th

Diary of a wimpy kidHard Luck – Jeff Kinney

Pages (217), Days to read (1), Rating (3/5)

Part of a fantastic children’s series. Very funny. Long live Gregg Heffley!

14th – 16th

Anthem For Jackson DawesAnthem For Jackson Dawes – Celia Bryce

Pages (231), Days to Read (3), Rating (5/5)

If you liked John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars, you’ll love this. Brace yourselves for a cute love and a tearjerker ending

17th – 23rd

Eleanor and Park coverEleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Pages (325), Days to read (7), Rating (5/5)

Best. Book. Ever

23rd – 24th

untitledThe Library of Unrequited Love – Sophie Divry

Pages (95), Days to read (1), Rating (3/5)

This was a fabulous concept, it just didn’t have the right execution. It’s a love letter to library people, but a slightly disappointing read.

26th – 28th

1431Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

Pages (191), Days to read (3), Rating (3/5)

An uplifting read. It’s like what would happen if Paulo Coelho wrote teen fiction.



Love & Misadventure – Lang Leav

Pages (78), Days to read (1), Rating (5/5)

A lovely poetry book with some beautiful language and illustrations.