We’re now officially into the last quarter of the year! Soon it’ll be 2017 and I’ll have to take a look at the list of blogging resolutions I made at the beginning of this year and judge myself against it, which is terrifying, considering I didn’t actually really stick to it. Oops. 🙈
In September, I finally joined the Bookstagram bandwagon. This has been a long time coming since when I started this blog I actually thought about it, except back then I felt like I wouldn’t have anything to take pictures of as I usually get ebooks and have no props (literally). I still get ebooks and have no props, but I do want to work on my photography skills, so here we are! You can find my bookstagram on @shelatitude_ (yes, with an underscore).
Other than that, I’ve been watching a lot of TV because I have no self-control. Parks and Rec is my poison of choice at this moment, and I’m up to Season 5. 😂
As for the blog…
- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour | ★★★★☆ | Cute LGBT romance. Very much a feel-good book. 🤗
- Paper Princess by Erin Watt | ★★★★☆ | SUCH a guilty pleasure. New Adult reminiscent of Hana Yori Dango where the MC is thrust into the world of the rich.
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir | ★★★☆☆ | Intense, but slightly underwhelming. Fractured focus. Selfish, passive protagonist.
- The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski | ★★★☆☆ | Great end to a great series.
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | ★★★☆☆ | A lot of setting the stage. Interesting world-building, though never fully realised.
- Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (ARC) | ★★★☆☆ | Kind of like Gone Girl, but watered down. An easy read. Loses a bit of its ‘thriller’-ness when it matters.
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (ARC) | ★★★★☆ | Relatable protagonist. Interesting premise. Unfortunately has a hint of romanticising mental illness.
- Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
- Strange Weather by Hannah Mathewson
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- Top Ten Favourite Television Series | Read: what I drown in when I’m not reading or blogging.
- Top Ten All-Time Favourite LGBT YA Books | My personal recommendations.
- Top Ten Podcasts You Should Listen To | All my new podcast obsessions. 💖
- The NetGalley Book Tag | Who’s my insta-read author? What’s the one book I’m dying to read?
- The Book Courtship Tag | In which I basically ‘date’ some books. 😂
Around the Blogosphere
I’ve been a horrendous ball of suck at blog-hopping this month, so I didn’t manage to read as many posts as I’d have liked. Recommendations are welcome! 😊
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books asks: what does it mean to be a successful blogger?
- CW at Read, Think, Ponder starts looking at books from a sociological perspective, her first being Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
- Kourtni at Kourtni Reads says: please stop lecturing people about Amazon.
- Sarah at Written Word Worlds talks about the books she regrets buying.
- N & L at PagePixies offers some ways to deal with a book hangover.
- Ashleigh at A Frolic Through Fiction shares some blogging tips.
- Lauren at Wonderless Reviews is hosting a Halloween read-a-thon! I’m crap at read-a-thons and basically never join any, but if I ever do this is one I’ll definitely join.
- Liselle at Lunch-Time Librarian asks: do we need romance in YA fiction?
- Bookishness and Tea discusses why we need diversity and representation.
- Fadwa at Word Wonders tells us how we can keep reading and blogging while under work pressure.
- Molly at Molly’s Book Nooks shares some very useful blog hacks.
Most Anticipated Reads
Moon Chosen – P. C. Cast
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…
Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.
How have I not heard of this book?! It sounds super cool! I’m getting an ARC from the publisher and can’t wait to tuck into it.
Blood for Blood – Ryan Graudin
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?
I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE. Wolf by Wolf was so good and if the reviews for this one are anything to go by, it’s even better.
Twisted Palace – Erin Watt
Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.
Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.
No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right. With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.
Ah, my rare NA read. I really enjoyed the previous two books and I hope this one is as crazy.
I hope September has been great for you! ❤ Feel free to leave your Instagram accounts below so I can check them out — my feed is feeling lonely. 😉