A Change is Gonna Come – Waterstones Event

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DKRREHNXUAEf6SaYesterday, I had the chance to go to an event at Manchester Waterstones all about the BAME anthology, A Change is Gonna Come. If you follow our blog here or over on Twitter you will have most likely seen that we read this for our read-along two weeks ago (if not, how on earth have you missed it?) Five of the twelve authors were speaking at the event, four of which are new voices and their story in this anthology is their first published work! This made for such interesting conversations and also made it feel more relatable in many ways. The authors on the panel were Tanya Byrne, Yasmin Rahman, Phoebe Roy, Mary Bello and Aisha Bushby! Also, a big thanks to Charlie from Stripes Publishing who led the questions and was also really lovely to meet!

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International Women’s Day – Inspiring Female Authors

Happy International Women’s Day! In case you didn’t know, this is the day when women can celebrate women, what we’ve achieved, what we will achieve and strong beings like ourselves! It’s wonderful. In celebration of this day, we have pulled together a whole host of ladies talking about their most inspirational female authors. Get yourselves comfortable because this could be a long post…

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Under-Read and Over-Represented

When i was looking over my shelves i realised that i have a lot of books by a lot of authors, but magically haven’t read too much buy them. I think a lot of people get in to the habit of buying books by popular authors and forgetting they have five other copies of their work, un-read on their shelves. I am definitely one of those people. It’s easy to get in to a habit of buying a lot of books by one author when you’ve heard they’re really good, you check a few months later and you have seven books by someone and haven’t read one. Here’s my under-read and over-represented list.

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YALC Round-Up

If you’ve not heard already (sarcasm), we went to YALC this year! Me and Sophie both had an amazing time and cannot wait to return next year. In case you didn’t know, YALC is the Young Adult Literature Convention created by (Queen) Malorie Blackman. It was put in place so that readers of YA literature could have a place where they can celebrate their books with other readers. So that’s exactly what we did. Here’s my round up of our whole day so you can see what we got up to!

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Authors I’m Excited For At YALC

YALC is approaching quickly and that means our excitement is building by the day. We are looking forward to meeting so many incredible authors and finding out more about how they write and the fantastic books that are on our shelves at home. There are a whole host of great authors going to YALC this year (and we’re a little in awe about how many we actually get to be in the same room as at once), so many of them we cannot wait to hear talk. Here’s a list of the authors that we are most excited about seeing.

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Auto-Buy Authors

Every reader has authors that they auto-buy, whether that’s a good or bad thing for our TBR piles! Having auto-buy authors means that as soon as that author releases a new book, you’d buy it without question. If you see a book of theirs you haven’t read, you’d buy it straight away. Even if the story does not seem that appealing to you, you’d pick it up and try the story anyway. These are the writers that have made us connect with their stories so quickly that you cannot help but want to get lost in their worlds again and again.

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Top 5 Authors You’d Want To Meet at Book Expo America & Bookcon

It’s coming to that time of year again when all the great and powerful authors we have grown to love (and sometimes hate, seriously why did you kill her off?!) are coming together to talk all things bookish. Bookcon and Book Expo America are just around the corner. I’m not lucky enough to go to either of these events (no matter how much I’ve priced up and dreams about flying across the sea) but this weeks Top 5 Wednesday is 5 authors that I’d love to meet at these events, I’ll make it easy and say all of these authors will be at Bookcon. A girl can dream.

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