British Books Challenge 2015

So every year I join challenges and every year I forget about them. I am ashamed to admit to this but it is the truth and I should face it.

I am determined to make 2015 better but I know that with a stupid amount of personal stuff expected to happen next year I am inclined to say that it will fail once again. I will still give it a try though and I will try it by just completing one challenge, my favourite challenge – the British Books Challenge.

The British Books challenge as hosted by Clover at Fluttering Butterflies

This challenge, hosted by the lovely Clover at Fluttering Butterflies, involves reading at least 12 books during the year by a British author. Usually this would equate to one a month but I’m going to hold my hands up and say its likely that the middle of next year may not result in any reading for me so I will be trying to read a few a month for the first couple of months and catch up later in the year if I need to.

 

 

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The Voices of Silence – Bel Mooney

“When I was a little girl I actually used to dream of it. I would be in a boat, gliding through sparkling water, and there in the distance I’d see an island. But it wasn’t green like real islands are. It was all dark and brown, as if someone had lit a fire and burnt up the whole place. But of course, I knew differently. And as my boat came nearer I grew more and more excited, until at last, with only a few yards to go, I couldn’t wait any longer. So I’d leap out, feel the water cool on my skin, wade forward, then throw myself on the ground and scoop up the brown pebbles on the beach, cramming them into my mouth. 

Only they weren’t pebbles of course. 

Chocolate.” 

Flora is 13, lonely and lives under the strict rules of Romania, where no one is to talk badly about the leader and no one is to question their way of life. People are meant to stay quiet and hail their leader and the ways of their country, but one day Flora and her mother see words daubed onto a wall near their building – ‘Down with Ceausescu’. Filled with fear they rush home but this is just the beginning, Flora will soon learn that it has never been more of a suitable time to stay quiet and keep her head down. But with a new friend in the picture and her parents lying to her that might be easier said than done. 

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This book was incredible. I am often drawn to books set in important parts of history and whilst I didn’t know much about this time and place I was intrigued as soon as I read the blurb. Having visited Bulgaria, a former communist country, and seen what its like even now there I thought this would probably be an eye opener for what the people of those countries went through at the time their leaders fell.

I was very much correct in my assumptions and I soon found that there was so much I didn’t realise, like the fact that so many of Romania’s people went to university and were stuck doing jobs they were well overqualified for, for very little money. It was horrible to read what people went through just to get the basics in these times and I felt so bad for Flora and her family. The story was so good because it led with that aspect and then went into the revolution, so I felt that I knew the characters really well and understood their situation more.

Because of this the glitz and glamour of Daniel and what he had to offer really stood as a contrast to everything you know about Flora and her family by the time he is introduced, its easy to understand why Flora wanted to be his friend. She was very young at the start of the book and you see her grew in both age and maturity as you carry on reading which is brilliant. I really loved that aspect of the book especially because it was really little in length.

I believe that this book was first published in the 1990s and my edition followed in 2014. I think its length was probably very normal for a high MG/ low YA age range book at that time but reading it now it seems to be really small and a very quick read. I really liked what it showed of the time and the character development of Flora but I wish it went into a bit more detail about some of the other characters.

I really would recommend this book if you are hoping to develop your knowledge of the wider world or if you have a genuine interest in history, and especially revolution. I hadn’t heard of The Voices of Silence before I saw it on a shelf at the publishers offices so its likely you won’t have either and its always good to champion books that haven’t been championed for a while!

The Voices of Silence was published by Walker Books in 2014, as a re-release of the first edition which came out in 1994. My copy was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 
 
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Cakes in Space – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

“The trouble with space is, there’s so much of it. 

An ocean of blackness without any shore.

A neverending nothing. 

And here, all alone in the million billion miles of midnight, is one solitary moving speck. A fragile parcel, filled with sleeping people and their dreams. 

A ship.”

When Astra asks the Nom-o-tron for the ultimate cake she doesn’t realise that it might mean the end of the world for the space ship that her family is being carried to a new world on. She doesn’t realise that the ultimate cake will be a race of cakes that can eat their way through the space ships controls, and she doesn’t realised that her dad is coming to put her in her sleeping pod in just a few minutes. The Nom-o-tron has been happily spewing out cakes for 99 years when Astra finally wakes up, the space ship is off course and she is the only human awake. Can Astra defeat the human-eating cakes and stop the ship from being a wreckage with only the help of Philbeam, one of the only ship robots that doesn’t want to just put Astra back to sleep.

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This book was hilariously funny and has a brilliant storyline aided by fantastic illustrations which make me want to shout from the rooftops that this pairing of authors should never be allowed to stop working together.

In the typical vein of an 8-11 book the storyline of Cakes in Space is not exactly complex. However what makes it stand out from the crowd is the brilliant illustrations which I mentioned above, the fantastic writing, and the fact that the story takes you places you will never have been before. The title, and one line in particular within the book, reminded me of the Samuel L Jackson movie Snakes on a Plane and I don’t know if the authors were trying to refer to that movie or if its by pure coincidence but I loved it… the simplicity of the title captures you and makes you wonder what cakes are doing in Space and why this is such a big thing, and the line that I refer to within the book was the perfect way to get that well known motherf*ing quote from the movie, into speech from a 7 year old, without the swears! I thought it was brilliant and something for the adults reading this book to their kids, if it was done on purpose!

Like I have said above the storyline is that Astra and her family are going to live on a new planet and have gone on board a space ship to get there. Right at the beginning of the book Astra is hungry and goes in search for food. When she finds the Nom-o-tron she realises that it will make anything she asks for and makes her first mistake of asking for the ultimate cake. She is put to sleep before the nom-o-tron can deliver her request but the Nom-o-tron keeps working because it knows that the ultimate cake request has not been met… the cakes it spurts out evolve and turn into something very nasty indeed. This all kicks of a sequence of events that Astra awakes to and that the reader is alerted to in the book. The story is nothing special when you think about it but whilst reading it it is turned into something very special indeed.

I think my favourite things about the book was that the authors have written a book that is perfect for a wide range of kids, be them male, female, younger or older. This book falls into the 8-12 reading range but it is easily accessible for younger readers if they are being read to by their parents or with the aid of their parents and I’m fairly sure that some older kids will love the story as well, if they gave it a try. It appears to be a book aimed more at boys because the topic of space so frequently is but the use of the female protagonist really makes it more accessible to girls whilst hopefully not excluding boys.

I loved the illustrations in the book and while there were some pages with little to no text on them I still took my time looking at them cos the illustrations told so much of the story. I think Sarah McIntyre is a completely awesome illustrator and really love her work from what I’ve seen of it so I am not surprised that I loved this… The level of detail that goes into the pictures and the amazing things that come out of them go much further than my imagination could on its own so they add a lot to the story!

I love the pairing of Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and really hope they continue making book for years to come. I now have all the Goblins books on my wishlist along with every picture book that Sarah McIntyre has been involved with in the hopes that I can grow more of a love for these authors following on from this and their first collaboration Oliver and the Seawigs.

Cakes in Space was published on September 24th by Oxford Children’s Books. My copy was gifted to me by a friend. 
 
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Letterbox Love (#98)

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Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about.

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For Review: 

The Door that Led to Where – Sally Gardner 

The latest book from the incredible Sally Gardner has one of the coolest covers I have ever seen and I can’t wait to read it. I honestly would read anything this author wrote but thank you to Hot Key for sending this book out!

Published: January 1st 2015 

Vendetta – Catherine Doyle 

This is a Chicken House book and to be honest all their books generally are awesome. Its a love story which puts me off slightly but something about the blurb really struck me so I decided I would give it a go, thanks for sending Chicken House!

Published: January 1st 2015

The Sin-Eaters Daughter – Melinda Salisbury 

This intrigued me because of the idea of a goddess hidden in the body of a girl and the situation of the girl. I want to know more about her just from the blurb and how she came to be where she is. It sounds like it will be quite a sad story at least at the beginning but hopefully good will come of it! Thanks Scholastic and Lovereading4kids.co.uk for sending this through

Published: February 25th 2015

Sleepless – Lou Morgan

This is a Stripse book from their new YA horror collection and sounds fantastic! I love YA horror and can’t wait to read both this and the other book I have got from this collection, Frozen Charlotte. Its awesome that a publisher is pushing YA Horror in a way that hasn’t really been tempted since the days of Point Horror I don’t think.

Published: 1st October 2014

Gifted: 

This week I visited my favourite indie bookstore for their late night Christmas Shopping event. While there I just bought christmas presents so I can’t really show them off but I also got a few proofs from Katie who owns the store with her mum. I want to say a massive thank you for always making me feel welcomed at the store to both of them and thank you for passing these proofs on to me!

Afterworlds – Scott Westerfield 

I love Scott Westerfield but his books always take me forever to read and I doubt Afterworlds is going to be any different! As far as I can tell form the blurb its a book within a book, and that whole concept sounds incredible to me!

Published: September 25th 2014

Solitaire – Alice Osman 

This is a book that I have heard loads of people talking about and I am not sure about, but I am more than willing to give a go. Solitaire’s blurb doesn’t give much away and I’m told that the protagonist is quite angsty but I am looking forward to giving it a read and seeing what I think of it for myself.

Published: July 31st 2014

Cakes in Space – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (not pictured) 

This isn’t in the picture because I am currently reading it. I couldn’t not start reading it straight away! From the creators of Oliver and the Seawigs this book is about cakes that take over a spaceship. I’m about a third of the way through and already its just as brilliant as Oliver and the Seawigs was, I wish I had Reeve and McIntyre’s imagination!

Published: September 4th 2014

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Never Ending – Martyn Bedford

“Waking in the dark chill before dawn, she imagined her first glimpse of the swimming pool, shimming at their journey’s end. 

The sun soaking honey-coated heat into her skin as she stands at the water’s edge. 

Liquid light unfurling before her. Blue and white and silver and gold. 

She imagined diving in.”

Kyritos was meant to be Shiv’s best family holiday. But when tragedy hits in the glorious sun of the Greek island, it hits Shiv harder than anyone else. She knows she’s to blame and knows that the best place for her now is the Korsakoff Clinic where she can face the truth about her brother’s death. The unconventional methods that the Clinic put her through have the change to fix Shiv but theres a fine line between helping and hindering recovery. 

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Never Ending is about loss, grief and blame, and how sometimes something can happen which feels almost impossible to recover from.

The book tells the story of Shiv, a 15 year old who has lost her little brother. Only a couple of years between them they were actually good friends and were very close, which is shown in the flashbacks to the holiday before Dec dies. He was funny and sweet, but you don’t find out how he died until late on in the book. That is a major part of the book as Shiv is grieving and is struggling to really come to terms with the death.

The main plot line within the book is that Shiv has been placed an a top psychiatric unit to try and get over what has happened. This was really interesting for me as I wanted to learn more about how the methods would actually help Shiv and if they would work for her and I liked seeing how the author included different reactions from the different characters. I wanted to know what happened to Dec, of course I did, but really I wanted to find out how this special clinic was meant to help Shiv, and what made it so special.

The characters really helped me love this book too as they were all so interesting. I really enjoyed the relationship between Shiv and Mikey and the role Mikey played in Shiv’s recovery process. I think the contrast of these two characters was really well done and I thought it was interesting seeing their relationship bloom in the way it did.

The ending of the book was really brilliant but I won’t say much for fears of spoilers, however I really thought that it went where I needed it to as a reader and the revealing of what went on was cleverly done. I am definitely interested in the author and will be trying to get my hands on his other YA book, Flip, as soon as possible!

Never Ending was published by Walker Books in February 2014. My copy was sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
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Golden Boy – Abigail Tarttelin

“‘Daniel’

My brother gets all As at school, and is generally always nice to everybody. He is on the county football team that trains and plays at his high school, and they rotate captain between the three best players, which is him and his best friends, so for one month out of every three, he is captain of the team. People like him because he is fair and alway calls out the names of the other players to support them and claps when they win, plus if they won because of someone else’s goal, he will always make sure that that person holds the trophy in the picture for the paper.

He is like the perfect one of the two of us.”

Max is different, he has always been different and he has always been fine with it. Born intersex he has always associated with the male gender and that is what his family have brought him up as. Very few people know about Max’s condition, just his parents, their best friends and Hunter, the son of his mothers best friend who is practically family. Max is the model student and the model son, pleasing everyone around him for the past 16 years many people think he can do no wrong. Then, one autumn night, something unthinkable happens to Max and it changes him. Struggling to come to terms with his own identity. Max needs his family, friends and girlfriend more than ever but can they really help him as his world falls apart?

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This was a book that is going to stay with me for a long time to come. Its a book that I am going to recommend to everyone I ever speak to and it is a book that made me feel so deeply for a character that I thought they were a part of my life.

Golden Boy is NOT a YA book. Thats one of the first things I have to say as this blog is mostly about YA books. The topics covered within in the book are interesting and should be discussed with young adults but the book itself is not a book for young adults. That’s not to say it shouldn’t be read by them though and it you honestly think you are mature enough to handle this book then please, please do read it. The book is brutal and uncomfortable and really gets your emotions running throughout. It made me feel every emotion I could possibly think of whilst I was reading and then made those emotions grow more and more with every page. It was incredible and heartbreaking and honestly took twists and turns I didn’t expect.

Its so, so difficult to talk about Golden Boy without spoiling anything. Right from the offset there are things that happen that I didn’t expect and because I didn’t I think it made my reading of the book even better so I don’t want to share them with anyone who I want to actually read the book. It is uncomfortable right from the start and in all honesty if I’d have known what was to happen I wouldn’t have begun it on a packed commuter train at half 7 in the morning! Because of this though it grabs you and makes you want to carry on until there are no pages left and I loved it for that.

The whole story is about Max and the people around him. It is told from multiple perspectives, including Max’s, Max’s mother Karen, Max’s father Steve, his brother Daniel, and his girlfriend Slyvie. There are also chapters told from the point of view of the local GP, Archie, who helps Max out on a few occasions and is an incredible example of what GPs should be, she’s approachable and honest and cares for Max and although she probably gets a little too involved in his life she is a lovely character who I really liked. The other characters are brilliant too and I have to say that my favourite was definitely Slyvie, who I honestly wanted to be friend, I think we’d get on brilliantly.

I really did love this book. It showed me things I never even thought about before when it came to gender identity and if the stats which are mentioned are true it opened my eyes to how many people are effected by gender identity and other LGBTQIA issues. I loved that this book tackled a lot of what it could be like to be intersex and although the condition that Max actually had is very rare, it covered it brilliantly.

Golden Boy was published on January 30th by Phoenix Books, an Orion imprint. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
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Letterbox Love (#97)

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Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about.

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This week I didn’t actually have any books that arrived through my letterbox. Instead I had picked up a few at the Walker Books Blogger Brunch that they kindly put on for us.

The books were given in goodie bags which each contained a Make your Own Gingerbread House Kit, a candy cane, some chocolate santas and some bookmarks. In addition I received the following books:

I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson 

This is a book I feel like I have been waiting ages for. Jandy Nelson’s second book is not linked to her first, The Sky is Everywhere, at all as far as I know but sounds just as incredible and fantastic. I loved Sky and this one sounds like it will be perfect for me. Out next April we have been lucky enough to be given an advanced proof copy which I can’t wait to read. Not only did we receive the book but also a booklet which is full of limited edition illustrations that didn’t make the cut for the final book and a pencil to draw our own thing that we’d give the sun for.

Published: 2nd April 2015

The Voices of Silence – Bel Mooney

This was actually just up on the shelf in the blogger meeting room at Walker and the guys there kindly said that if there were any past titles that we hadn’t read but liked the sound of we could take a look at them. The Voices of Silence’s cover is what grabbed me first then when I read the blurb and saw that it was a (fairly modern) historical fiction book set in Romania I was very intrigued as I have never read anything set in Romania. I decided to give it a go and hopefully I will love its contents as much as I love its cover!

Published: 7th August 2014 (reprinted edition)

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – Teresa Toten

This is a new 2015 title from Walker which will be out in March. It sounds really cool and is set in a hospital ward which focuses on the treatment and support of young people with OCD. I am very interested to see how this book differs from others which have featured characters who claim to be ‘OCD’ and what happens to the unlikely situation that the main character finds himself in.

Published: 5th March 2015 

Thank you so much to Walker for hosting the event and sharing some amazingly great sounding books. I will be writing a post about the event at some point soon so please keep an eye out for that.

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Going Over – Beth Kephart

“We live with ghosts. We live with thugs, dodgers, punkers, needle ladies, pork knuckle. We live where there’s no place else to go. We live with birds – a pair of magpies in the old hospital turrets, a fat yellow-beaked grebe in the thick sticks of the plant trees. A man named Sebastien has moved into the Kiez from France. My mother’s got an eye on him.”

Ada is almost 16, a day care worker by day and a graffiti artist by night she specialises in telling stories. The stories she shares with the children are about not being afraid and being the person you want to be. The strories she tells through her art are about people she knows – on both sides of the wall. Ada lives her life on the West of the Berlin wall with her mother and her Omi. Stefan lives on the East of the wall, with his grandmother, who is best friends with Ada’s Omi. He is mad that his life has been dictated for him and constantly has his grandfathers telescope pointed at freedom. The two of them are in love but with a barricade full of danger separating them the only chance of being together is a daring escape. Can Stefan find the courage to make his escape? And can Ada keep waiting for the boy she believes she loves, who she has only seen four times a year for as long as she can remember?

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A love story separated by one of the most powerful regimes of the past 50 years. The story within the pages of Going Over was incredible and is, in my eyes, a must read.

I found this book captivating and I honestly couldn’t put it down. I got so sucked in on my train that I didn’t realise where I was when I looked up and saw the train pulling into my stop in Manchester. I fully expected to look up and bear witness to the comings and goings around the squat that Ada and her family lived in or the Stasi listening in on the conversations around me. The affect that this book had on me was incredible and it helped me learn a fair bit about a period of history that I honestly don’t know a lot about at all.

The writing is what captivated me and I loved the interchanging chapters, flitting between Ada and Stefan in a seemingly random but in my mind perfect pattern. I loved that we got to have some insight from Stefan and that it wasn’t all about Ada because his life was changing so drastically because of Ada that I wanted to know more about how he felt about that. I loved the switch in pronoun use that Kephart did when switching between the two characters too with Ada always talking about herself as “I” and Stefan talking about himself as “You”.

The only think I honestly wasn’t impressed with with regards to Going Over was how ridiculously short it was. At only 200 pages I thought there was a lot squeezed into one short book and I think there could have been even more if it was given the space it needed. I think most of all though I just wanted more, more of Ada, of Stefan and more of the world they lived in. It was a horrible world but it intrigued me and I love getting history lessons from books so I really, really loved this one!

This is the second Beth Kephart book I have read and honestly I can’t get over what an incredibly awesome author she is. I really do recommend her especially if you like gritty, truthful stories that will pull at your emotions without getting stupidly soppy.

Going Over was published on April 1st by Chronicle Books. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
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Letterbox Love (#96)

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Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about.

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For Review: 

A Whisper of Wolves – Kris Humphrey (Unsolicited)

This arrived in a beautifully presented way, wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with twine, with a white feather enclosed within the package and a letter from the publisher, sealed with wax, explaining what the book is about. I love it when publisher do that, especially with books that you haven’t heard of because it made me excited for it. Its a middle grade book from Stripes and is the first in a series which sounds fantastic. Its not out until March 2015 so I might not get round to it very quickly but I will definitely be reading this one at some point. Thanks Stripes!

Published: 2nd March 2015

The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson (Unsolicited)

I have actually read this book already but in anticipation of Jandy Nelson’s second book, I’ll Give You The Sun, coming out Walker sent beautiful new copies out to bloggers. I loved The Sky is Everywhere so will never moan about having multiple copies especially when my other one is a hardback and now I have a paperback to go with it. Thanks Walker! My review of The Sky is Everywhere can be read here.

New cover edition published: February 2015

Atlantia – Ally Condie (Unsolicited) 

I hadn’t heard of this one before it dropped through my letterbox and in all honesty I’m not convinced it sounds like my kind of thing. I wasn’t a massive fan of the Matched series, in fact I only managed to read one book in it, but I will try and give this one a chance but I’m not sure I’ll review it. Thanks to Penguin though for sending it over!

Published: 28th October 2014 

The Map to Everywhere – Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis 

This sounds like a lot of fun and I will definitely be diving right in as soon as possible. I have had experience with Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth and whilst I didn’t enjoy it, I do think that was more because I was trying to listen to it as an audiobook in the car. This is a middle grade book and completely different so we shall see what I think of it soon! Thanks Orion Children’s Books for sending this over!

Published: 20th November 2014

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The Liebster Award

I’m a bit rubbish at doing things like this, mainly because I have this theory that most people don’t want to know much about me an are here to read my thoughts about books. However I have been nominated by one of my favourite blogger Jesse (That Jesse Bloke and Books4Teens) so I thought I should join in!!

In this post I am to share 11 facts about me and answer questions that Jesse has set out for me! I will also be nominating other bloggers at the end of it, so watch out, your name could be on there! Let’s see if I can actually find 11 decent facts about me to share…

11 facts about me

ice skating1. I spend approximately 60% of my waking weekday hours on wordpress. I work as a web editor for a construction media company (UK Construction Media if you are interested!) and my job is basically writing for and uploading content onto its website which is built on a wordpress platform. Add that to my time spent blogging and seriously I feel like I stare at this dashboard forever!

2. I believe there are dinosaurs present in over 50% of the rooms in my house, which is a tremendous feat considering I don’t exactly live in a tiny house! They also appear regularly on items of clothing…

3. I failed my driving test three times before I passed. The fourth time was lucky for me, however I did still pass within 4 months of my 17th birthday so I still think it was a major achievement.

4. Amazingly I didn’t always love reading. While I was at school I kinda hated reading because it reminded me of school. But thankfully I still read a little bit and that developed into a lot during uni and especially afterwards!

5. Another great love of mine is music, I love all kinda but my favourite genres are definitely rock, emo and alternative. If I can’t sit in and read (or blog) my second favourite past time is going to gigs and seeing bands I love live…

6. Because of my love of live music I have a terrible habit of going to see my favourite bands as much as possible. Two of them are US bands and I have only managed to see them a few times each. However one is a Welsh band, Funeral for a Friend and I have seen them live close to 20 times now since 2006.

7. Funeral for a Friend will actually be my baby’s first gig, thats right, I’m going again and its just in time for when my baby starts hearing things from outside my body. I love the idea that a band that means so much to me will be the little un’s first gig, even if its technically not born for another 4 months afterwards!

8. I managed to get through sixth form, university AND get a job writing for a living even after failing my English GCSE. I had to resit of course but considering my GCSE English Teacher told me to give up as I’d never go anywhere with my attitude and grades I think I did alright for myself.

9. I am often called a technophobe because I like reading actual books and not ebooks. I don’t get this as I love technology and it does actually excite me (yes I’m a geek) sometimes. I just prefer the feel of actual paper as I’m flicking through my book rather than the swipe of a screen.

10. I’m a hufflepuff, and I’m proud. I’m also a bit of Whovian, dauntless and personally believe that steal is earned. This fact should basically say that I can be a massive fangirl, but I love it.

11. I really want to cosplay at a convention at least once. Its on my bucket list but as I know I’m rubbish at making outfits it will probably be something rubbish and shop bought, I have no idea what to go as either.

Questions from Jesse.

1) Why did you start blogging?

I started working for a construction magazine (the magazine branch of the company I still work for) and loved to write but hated that I was only getting to write about boring things. I wanted to write about things I loved and my main love is books so I started blogging about them. Seems so long ago now but also so recent too!

2) How did you come up with your blog name?

I have written about this many times. I wanted something very personal to me but related to blogging. I love dinosaurs and playing around with dinosaur names and types. Readasaurus Rex was an option but when I looked around I noticed that the T-rex had been changed into so much and the poor Velociraptor was left out so I decided to use Readaraptor. I love it because it gives the impressed of devouring books, even if it is in a slightly savage way!

3) What’s the best piece of blogging advice you’ve received?

Oh I don’t know… probably to just do your own thing and not feel the pressure of the mounting TBR pile. For book bloggers reading to review can be quite stressful sometimes so you need to actually just take a step back and say “I want to read something for pleasure and then if I want to review it fine, if not my blog won’t suffer if it goes without a post for a day!”

4) What is your favourite book?

Honestly, not a clue. I love the Naughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, the Grisha series from Leigh Bardugo, the Fairytale Retellings series by Jackson Pearce, everything that Zoe Marriott has ever done, Marcus Sedgwicks She Is Not Invisible, and the Harry Potter series.

There are actually 132 five star books on my read shelf on Goodreads and I don’t know which my favourite was. I even have four star books that I think would be listed as favourites above some of those five star ones because its not always about quality when it comes to a favourite book… So I have no clue.

5) What is your favourite film?

I have three:

Ten Things I Hate About You, come on, its based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew!

Thirteen – a little known indie starring Evan Rachel Wood about two 13 year old girls who live their life completely differently to how I lived mine at 13!

Hard Candy – A kinda sick twisted dark drama starring Ellen Page in one of her most haunting roles. I adore Ellen Page, she is like one of my all time favourite actors and this film, and Juno of course, is why I love her so much.

6) What’s your favourite type of post to write?

I’m torn. I love discussion posts but a lot of the time I really struggle to find good things to talk about. I think I enjoy sharing my top books of the year the most because I get to glance over everything that I’ve read and remember how awesome some of them were!

7) If you could blog about something completely different what would it be? (yes, I borrowed this question)

I have actually just started a new blog which is very sparse at the moment but its going to be about my pregnancy and parenting, however often I get to blog on it! I have been thinking about doings a lifestyle type blog for a while and having a baby has definitely given me a good platform to start with.

8) What do you do to relax when you’re not blogging?

When I’m not reading or going to gigs I’ll be either playing video Darkness Hiddengames or watching TV with the boyfriend. At the minute we’re mostly waiting for Smash Bros to come out for Wii U and watching The Walking Dead and The Leftovers!

9) What question would you love to be asked?

Oh, I have no idea… possibly “If you could be one book character from any book you’ve read who would you choose?”

10) How would you answer this question?

I would probably say Jack from Zoe Marriotts The Name of The Blade series because I think she’s awesome, even if she has a bit of a crappy time in the second book. I love her all the same.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I will tag just three people and please, do not feel any pressure to join in, if you want to do this post then please do, if not I understand completely. I am nominating Michelle from Much Loved Books, Jenni from Juniper’s Jungle and Carly from Writing from the Tub!

And here are the rules

  • Link back to me in the blog post
  • Tell us 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the questions above
  • Nominate other bloggers with less than 200 Followers on bloglovin (You are meant to nominate 10 but I didn’t feel right nominating that many so I nominated slightly less)
  • Create your own 10 questions
  • Let those you’ve nominated know
  • Let me know you’ve taken part so I can see your answers

The questions I would like my nominees to answer are:

1) What do you love the most about blogging?

2) Is there anything you dislike about blogging?

3) Why did you start blogging?

4) What is your favourite book?

5) Do you have a favourite reading snack?

6) If you could be a character from any book who would you choose?

7) What TV show could you not live without?

8) What did you last see at the cinema? (Did you enjoy it?!)

9) What do you enjoy doing other than reading?

10) If you could have one thing more than anything else, be in possession, skill or anything like that, what would it be?

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