Mental Health and Reading

chatThis is probably the most personal post I’ve written yet but I’ve been struggling for a 28275690_1665442986836620_1556643384_ocouple of years to balance work and leisure time and it’s mainly down to having depression and anxiety. Balancing different areas of my life is something I’ve been working on lately, and have been for a while, as I find it very difficult. I know very few people who can balance quite naturally their hobbies and work and other aspects of life and I just kind of wanted to have a chat about how my reading and writing specifically is affected by my own mental health.  Continue reading

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Has Blogging Changed My Reading Habits? (Blogmas)

I’ve been book blogging now for just over two years, which i came to realise recently is quite a bit chunk of my very short life so far. I started book blogging with very little idea of what i was doing, and very much got involved head first. I think blogging changes the way everyone looks at the thing they’re blogging about. So here’s a chat about what blogging has changed for me.

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Goodreads and NetGalley (Blogmas)

As i’m sure most of you are aware, there has been a massive uproar within the book blogging community that centers around Goodreads and NetGalley. Both of these platforms have started to make it even more difficult for any bloggers outside of the U.S to acquire books for review, pushing aside many, many book bloggers around the world.

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October Book Haul

It’s been quite a while since i last uploaded a book haul to the blog. I’ve been slowly accumulating a lot of books since then on numerous trips or ‘treat’ days (every day). I managed to pick up quite a few new releases and had a shop around in some charity shops for some older novels i’d been after. This could be a big haul so make a brew.

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The Treatment by C. L. Taylor Review

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Author: C. L. Taylor

Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, YA

Publication Date: 19th October 2017

Publisher: HQ Young Adult 

Pages: 384

Summary: All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.

Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets. Continue reading

September 2017 Wrap-Up

August was a great reading month for me. It was the month after YALC and that meant i was ridiculously excited about all my new purchases and ARC’s. I was determined to make September a great month too. Well, you can see what happened…

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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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