October 2018 Book Haul

I knew October would be a little bit of a buying month. I had some days with bookish friends planned and some new bookshops in and out of the country to explore, so I knew I’d return with some exciting things. The month started with Bookshop Day and ended with some exciting author events, a perfect excuse to make a few book purchases.

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Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera Book Event

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I am still finding it hard to process that i’ve actually met Becky and Adam. It felt like i’d been waiting years for this event, and honestly i was stunned that it happened at all. They’re such huge names in YA and even the world now after the success of Love, Simon and it was wonderful to hear them talk in Manchester.

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October 2018 Wrap-Up

The end of October has reached us and how is the end of the year right around the corner? I feel like it’s just hitting me and i’m now cold and sad. However, i’ve done plenty of reading this month because i’ve been hiding out from the cold. I’ve had a few books that i’ve definitely had to read, and some i’ve managed to get in for fun!

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Ramona Blue By Julie Murphy

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Our LGBTQ+ Book Club pick a few months ago was Ramona Blue. It’s been on my shelf for a few months now and i had been very excited about getting around to it, luckily so was everyone at book club! I’ve also had Dumplin’ on my shelves for a while, maybe this was the push i need to read everything else Julie has written.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

32327972682_0c6dc7959d_bI think What If It’s Us has been the most anticipated book of the year for so many people. It feels so strange that we’ve been waiting for this for so long and all of a sudden it’s out and released and we’re all able to read it. I picked up a copy of it when myself and Sophie were in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago so i could get a head start (and also i much prefer the U.S. cover to the U.K.).

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Reading Resolutions I’ve Not Yet Completed

It’s been quite some time since i made my bookish reading resolutions, the beginning of the year in fact. I had intended on addressing them earlier, however that hasn’t happened. I wanted to talk about them before the end of the year and see how much i’d actually gotten through. So here is my update!

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Off The Shelf Event – Jamie Campbell

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On Monday night, I got the chance to see a talk with Jamie Campbell (star of documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and inspiration for the amazing musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) as a part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Festival of Words. This was in collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest where I’m currently a trainee! The talk was called Desert Island Reads and was a spin on the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs.  Continue reading