Book Blogging & Mental Health

chatI have a bit of a strange relationship with blogging, reading and generally keeping up with the book blogging community lately. I know I’ve never been the most present on our Twitter and Sarah writes most of the posts for the blog but I’ve felt quite isolated in the online community recently. The reasons are nothing to do with anyone in it but my state of mind right now. This post is mainly just me wanting to vent a little about my conflicting thoughts and also to ask if anyone else has felt similar or has any tips!

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Book Club Night 6 – Noah Can’t Even

BOOHey! So I know it’s super late and we usually post these the week after book club but here is our latest update! For our July-August book we chose to read Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green. I finally had the pleasure of meeting him at YALC and he is such a lovely man! Sarah has met him before and has said only good things so I was really looking forward to meeting him. Anyway! Onto our book club chats! Continue reading

What Makes a Five Star Book?

chatI’ve been using Goodreads a lot more recently as well as Letterboxd (pretty similar but better features and for films! Give us the half star option Goodreads, please!) and this has made me rate books using a star rating more. I never used to do this much a few years ago and I think blogging has made me more aware of it but I really struggle with them sometimes. Seeing everyone else rate a book with star ratings makes me subconsciously do it now and sometimes I really struggle and just write a paragraph about how I feel overall about the book as well as what I liked and disliked. I am intrigued however, by how people work their star ratings and I wanted to have a little chat about it.  Continue reading

YALC Round Up – Sophie

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Long time no see! I’ve had a ridiculously busy few weeks – straight after YALC weekend I had three days of interning, work and then a five day trip to the Peak District! Though busy, it has been a brilliant time spent with close friends and I feel tired but also refreshed and happy from being around books, bloggers and authors to being around nature and away from the internet altogether! Now I’m back and ready to tell you all about my YALC weekend! If you haven’t read Sarah’s already, here it is.

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Akemi Dawn Bowman Interview

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A few weeks ago, we got the wonderful opportunity to interview Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of debut novel, Starfish. It’s a beautifully written book which has difficult and heavy themes, such as abuse and mental health struggles. It also features some wonderfully positive relationships too however. I absolutely fell in love with the book when I read it and it is definitely one of my all time favourites. This is the transcript of the interview! Continue reading

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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I’d been looking forward to starting Starfish for a while and I am so, so glad I’ve read it now! It is absolutely amazing and brought me out of a bit of a reading slump. I think I needed something with heavier themes as I’ve been reading a lot of light stories lately and I wanted something with a bit more to it. This is Akemi Dawn Bowman’s first novel and honestly, what a debut to have. I can’t wait to read her future books.  Continue reading

Book Club Night 4 – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

BOOWe chose to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (AADDTSOTU) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz for our fourth LGBTQ+ book club read. Both me and Sarah love this book and (I’ll be honest) with YALC coming up we wanted a familiar one to read so it was easier for our massive TBR piles. Also, many of the people who attend hadn’t read it and since it is one of my all time favourite books, I wanted to spread the brilliance of it. Sarah couldn’t make this month’s meet up as she was away with her partner so I led this one solo which I was kind of nervous about and missed Sarah a lot but it went really well!  Continue reading