When The Isobel Journal Met a Thought Book

From the age of around 15 til I turned 21, (and became too busy for mini projects), I kept thought books. Like mini journals, they were full of old love letters, polaroid pictures, momentos from holidays and trips, my favourite quotes, dried flowers etc. They  were my last gasp at teenagedom; an expression of my teenage dream and I love them dearly.

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So when I came across Isobel Harrops, The Isobel Journal, it was like love at first sight. This girls got serious journaling style.





Book Journal: April 2014

April Reading Stats: Books (7), Pages(2,038), Days Spent Reading (30 days, 4hrs)

March 30th – April 11th

all my friends are superheroesAll  My Friends Are Superheroes  by Andrew Kaufman (Kindle Edition)

Pages, (108), days to Read (13), Rating (2/5)

Loved the idea of this; having friends that have superpowers – ace but aside from the superhero stuff there wasn’t much substance to this. Such a shame.

April 11th -April 14th

Allegiant_DemiJacket_WetProofTest.inddAllegiant by Veronica Roth (US Hardback edition)

Pages (562), Day to Read (4), Rating (3/5)

I really wanted to like this. I had my fingers crossed for the Divergent trilogy to go out with a bang, but alas. There really wasn’t much point to this book, for me, the storyline was muddled and I felt like it wasn’t goin anywhere. AND the ending!!!!!

April 16th – April 18th

We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Kindle)

Pages (321), Days to Read (3), Rating (5/)

A family drama like no other with a fantastic twist. Well worth a read


April 19th

Life on the Refridgerator doorLife on the Refridgerator Door by Alice Kuipers (Library paperback)

Pages (240), Days to Read (3 hours), Rating (5/5)

This is a lovely read. Very emotional. Loved how the whole novel is written in post- it notes .

April 19th  

The Isobel JournalThe Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop (library edition)

Pages (206), Days to Read ( 1 hour), Rating (5/5)

A spot on reflection of teenage life. Made me feel all nostalgic.


April 22nd – April 26th


Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (library paperback)

Pages (278), Days to Read (5) Rating (5)

An extraordinary read. A magical adventure upon Parisian roof tops. Sure to be a children’s classic.


April 26th – April 30th 

 Just One YearJust One Year by Gayle Forman (paperback)

Pages (323), Days to Read (5), Rating (4/5)

Second part in a two book series. Made me travel hungry. Willem’s story is refreshing.









Happy Belated UKYA Day/ Top Ten UKYA Reads

It was UKYA yesterday and as is usual practise with me, I missed it. Sorry. ukya sticker

UKYA day is a day in which we celebrate young adult reads written by authors who were either born or live in the UK. Out of the 27 books I’ve read so far this year, 3 were UKYA, but I’m pretty sure I’ve read plenty. Here, in homage to UKYA day, are my top ten favourite UKYA reads.

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is an American born British author who holds a dual passport. He resides in London.

Anthem for Jackson Dawes – Celia Bryce

Celia Bryce was born and raised in Jarrow and still lives in Tyneside. She teaches creative writing.

Before I Die – Jenny Downham

Jenny Downham was born in London.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K Rowling

Joanne Rowling was born in Gloucester and is the UK’s best selling author 

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

Dorothy Gladys Smith was born in Whitefield, Lancashire. 

Life on the Refrigerator Door – Alice Kuiper

Alice Kuiper was born in Britain but now resides in Saskatchewan, Canada.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher was born in West Yorkshire

Paper Aeroplanes – Dawn O’Porter

Dawn O’Porter (nee Porter) was born in Scotland and as well as being a writer, she is also a television presenter

The Isobel Journal – Isobel Harrop

Isobel Harrop is an eighteen year old art student from somewhere between Manchester and Liverpool, England

The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman was born in Norfolk

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