My Rating System

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I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog over the last two years sharing my book reviews with you. I’ve pretty much reviewed every single book i’ve read in the last couple of years and posted it up for others to see, and these include a star rating out of five handily placed at the bottom of the page. But i’ve never really discussed what my rating system is and what a book entails to have a one star or five star review. Here’s the explanation for you!

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Book Haul

I know i said in my last book haul that this book buying needs to stop. It still definitely does need to stop and i’m now back on a book buying ban until YALC at the end of July. However, in the last month i’ve picked up a few bargains and offers that i couldn’t refuse. A lot of these books were bought in preparation for YALC, so it’s kind of an excuse, right? Here’s another haul for you.

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We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan – Review

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Title: We Come Apart

Author: Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

Genre: YA, Poetry, Contemporary

Publication Date: February 9th 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 320

Summary: Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide. Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants. As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?

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Reading Update

It’s been a while since i’ve done an update of what i’m reading, what i plan on reading and generally what is going on in my life that’s letting me read a lot or not read at all. That’s a lot of reading! Here’s a little bit of an update for you of what to expect in the next few weeks and what’s been going on!

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The Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Harry Potter)

Last weekend i embarked on my fourth trip to the studios, in which i once again marveled at how small Daniel Radcliffe actually is, drank Butterbeer and walked down Diagon Ally. I realised that i’ve never written a blog post about how much i love this experience and how much it amazes me every time i go, especially when taking first-timers with me who are taking everything in. Here’s a little bit about my experiences after my fourth trip.
(This post will contain spoilers and photos from the tour, do not continue if you haven’t been and don’t wish to know or see anything).

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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber – Review

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Title: Wing Jones

Author: Katherine Webber

Genre: Contemporary

Publication Date: January 5th 2017

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 378

Summary: 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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BEDM: May 2017 Wrap-Up

I cannot believe we’ve reached the end of May! Doing monthly wrap-ups mean you realise how fast the time is going. I’m sure you know from my other blog posts and from Twitter that i’m in the midst of a YALC panic. I have so many books i want to read before YALC and i definitely don’t think i’ll get through them all. So for the next few months i’ll be solely reading books from authors who are attending YALC and i want to get to before the event. May was the start of that.

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