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Review | Calling All Witches by Laurie Calkhoven

Calling All Witches

It feels like forever since I last did a book review so here is a brand new one for you, of course, all about Harry Potter called Calling All Witches! Not just Harry Potter for a change but all the females in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe. When I say all the females, I mean ALL OF THEM! Not just the main ones. I saw this book on my wander around Waterstones and fell in love with the illustrations. You could tell they were based off the actresses who played them but there were definitely little differences!

See?

Doesn’t Hermione look beautiful?! You get the name of the character, 3 words to describe them, a quote about that character and then a few paragraphs chatting about more about their journey. I love how there isn’t pages and pages on detail because we already know and love these ladies and so many books are there already with all the detail you can want. Calling All Witches also has little topics you can work on about specific characters such as what you remember and so on!

Luna’s page definitely has to be one of my favourites because it really shows off her style and charm compared to the others. We obviously have a copy of The Quibbler, a thestral (because that’s how she and Harry really start to connect), some Spectospecs, her cork charm to keep away the Nargles and Ravenclaw’s diadem which is a Horcrux! I think the Ginny page up above describes more the book version rather than the film version but that’s just my opinion! Haha!

I love that we got to see Laurie’s take on how the more minor characters looked if they weren’t featured more in the films such as Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw! Helga looked so sweet and Rowena so radiant! We also got to see more of Alice Longbottom, Lily Potter and Bunty (from Fantastic Beasts!). I wish we could have seen more of them but I will happily accept their little mentions in this!

What are your thoughts on Calling All Witches and who is your favourite witch in the series?

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What Is On My Reading List/TBR (July 2019)

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A new month means a new reading list full of YA books that I’m super excited to read! I’m particularly happy with this month’s selection because my local library has outdone themselves with new books! You should have seen my face when I saw Dear Evan Hansen on the shelf after being told that it wasn’t even in our county a few weeks ago. I don’t like my reading list to be too long or reading becomes a chore.

Diary of a young girl (anne frank)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Anne Frank’s diary over the years! My RE teacher at school really opened my eyes about the Holocaust and to Anne and her family. We visited The Holocaust Centre where we got to listen to a talk from an actual survivor and the centre itself, while sad, is so relaxing. The garden is gorgeous and there is a little hill of stones where people have placed a stone as a tribute. I might have to visit again and do a post about it! There is something so special about Anne’s story. How she went from a normal life to one of terror and fearing that she could be discovered at any moment.

All that said, she was so strong! I admire her intelligence, her confidence and her outlook regardless of what she has been put through! I really want to visit the Annex in Amsterdam to both pay my respects but also to see for myself where she was.

Field Notes On Love (Jennifer E. Smith)

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up with them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

You know when you need that kind of book that has romance, adventure and trying to discover yourself? Yeah…I think that may be this book. I really loved the sound of the plot when I read the back. A guy being dumped after booking a massive trip before university started and he ends up having to try and find a girl with the same name who wants to take the spare ticket. I’ve never read any of Jennifer’s books so can’t wait to read her style!

Birthday (Meredith Russo)

Birthday

I had to show a picture of this book because LOOK AT IT! This has to be one of my favourite designs that I’ve had for a long time! It’s so cute and colourful and, seeing as it’s LGBTQ+, the rainbow is perfect! I’m definitely purchasing my own copy of this next week but for now we have this library copy!

Meet Morgan and Eric: born on the same day, at the same time and bonded for life. In this moving dual narrative, we meet them every birthday from the age of thirteen, as Eric figures out who he is, as Morgan decides to live as her true self, and as they realize they are inextricably part of each other.

This plot is such an interesting concept. Two people born on the same day and same time. I don’t know exactly what makes this LGBTQ+ but I’m wondering if Morgan is transgender. Just a feeling though! I’ll give a better idea when I review it!

Only love can break your heart (Katherine Webber)

Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you…

The first line of this synopsis is actually what made me want to read. The choice of words like ‘endless sky’ and ‘electric colours’ painted an amazing image in my head and I just had to read the rest after that! This is a different kind of book to what I usually read but sometimes you just have to have a break-up book on your reading list!

A Pinch of Magic (Michelle Harrison)

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.
Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.
Will they be enough to break the curse?
Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? …

The description of this book may be super short but it says all that it needs to! This needs to be turned into a film or a show because it sounds like it has everything you could need! You guys know I can never ignore a book about magic and this sounds like a dark Disney plot but I’m only guessing from what you see above! Think I’ll be reading this on a dull day!

Dear Evan Hansen (Val Emmich)

When a letter that was never meant to be seen draws high school senior Evan Hansen into the Murphy family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong.

He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell. 
That the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore. And Connor’s wealthy parents have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his ‘closest friend’.

As Evan gets pulled deeper into their family, he knows that what he’s doing may not be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?

It might sound crazy but I haven’t heard any of the songs from the musical of this or seen it but I have heard some amazing things about it! That and the guy that played Evan on Broadway (Ben Platt) loves Harry Potter and is a Hufflepuff so that got my interest! Haha! I know what it’s like to want to be wanted. I know nothing of the plot or what happens between Evan and Connor so I’ll be listening to the soundtrack while reading this! Wish me luck!

What is on your reading list this July?

 

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What I hope to achieve in July (goals and hopes)

Goals

Another month is coming to the end and that means we’re counting down the months until Christmas! Yes, I mentioned the C word! June might almost be over but that means one thing…it’s nearly Potter Month!! It’s not an official thing but, as the month when Harry, JK and Ali Caitrin were born (yes, they were all born on July 31st!),  I class it as Potter Month. I wish I could come up with 31 different posts to subject you all to every single day but I’m surprised if I can even post once a week sometimes. To get my head ready for July, I’ve decided to come up with a list of goals I want to hit!

June was quite a slow month both life and blog-wise but I’m still so impressed with myself for having kept up with any kind of blog post at all! My mental health was a fun little roller-coaster but I did take myself out of my flat a little bit more when the UK wasn’t getting drenched by Mother Nature.

Try to get 5100 followers on Twitter

You guys know that I’m constantly on Twitter! Whether it’s posting about my blog, chatting away with people using gifs and RTing/liking any fun tweets about fandom or cute animals! Since it’s my most active social media, I would love to get a nice round number before the end of July! I don’t usually set many follower goals because they go up and down so often. That said, I don’t think this is an impossible number to get since I’m already at 5057 followers. 31 days!

Try to get 850 followers on Instagram

Oof! Instagram…Instagram…Instagram! Why must you be so tricky? This is probably one of the hardest goals on my little list because we all know how unpredictable Instagram is at the minute. This time last year I was actually trying hard to get to 1000 followers but after a massive clear-out, I dropped all the way down to the low 800s. Frustrating or what! I could’ve tried to get 900 but that would never happen to me in a month! Not even in 5 months! I’m at 538 at the minute so I’m actually expecting to go down. Fingers crossed!

Visit some Potter locations in Oxford

This has been one of my dream goals to do ever since I watched the Potter films! I’ve always wanted to visit Oxford too so I’d be killing 2 birds with 1 stone. I’ve seen a few friends visiting over the last year and it’s about time that it’s mine! I’m hoping to spend a couple of days there so I don’t have to rush anything and enjoy the city! Have any of you guys visited the locations? If so, do you have any tips for me? Haha!

Read 10 books

One of the easiest goals on my list! I adore reading and there are so many books that I have left in my TBR pile. All YA and I’m looking forward to escaping into them! I could probably read 15 but if I keep a low number I might surprise myself!

Go to YALC at London Film and Comic Con

Carrying on with the bookish theme, I’m really hoping to attend YALC (a book convention for YA books) and it’s based inside London Film and Comic Con! I’ve heard of this convention for a year or two so I’m going to pray that my anxiety doesn’t get in the way of book lover ways and prevent me from going like it did to MCM Comic Con last month. There are so many of my favourite authors attending! Plus I’m going to head into LFCC as well to have a look there too so yay!

Buy an outfit out of my comfort zone and take a picture

This is one of the hardest goals for me. I have incredible anxiety when it comes to going into clothes shops. I appreciate the gorgeous clothes in them but I can’t go in. I’m planning what I want to buy and I’m hoping that if I buy online I can cut out the discomfort, get the clothes and then have an OOTD in them! I’m going to ask some advice from fashion blogger friends on what would suit me and hope for the best!

What are your goals for July?

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Review | The Butterfly Circus by Francesca Armour-Chelu

The Butterfly Circus

The day has happened, everybody! TheDeeWhoLived received their first ever gifted item! I know the term ‘gifted’ isn’t the right lingo but it’s still super exciting! It’s actually thanks to the author Francesca Armour-Chelu that I received this so thank you!! I was really interested in The Butterfly Circus when I saw it advertised on the Walker Books twitter since you guys know I love a bit of fantasy in my life!

Sisters Tansy and Belle are the stars of the circus, soaring through the air on trapezes like shimmering butterflies…until one night, Tansy falls. Now terrified of heights, all Tansy can do is watch from the ring below while Belle shines above. But when Belle mysteriously vanishes and Tansy’s shadow miraculously comes to life, Tansy discovers that the courage she needs to rescue her sister may have been inside her all along.

RATING: ★★★★

First off, can we just take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous front cover?! It’s so cute! The trapeze helps make up a butterfly and then you have lots of teeny circus things inside the wings. Beautiful work! You open the book and you actually get a map of the world it is set in which is drawn by Francesca herself! Reminded me a lot of Chronicles of Narnia!

One of the things that you will notice at the beginning of each chapter is that you get a definition for an odd word that is important inside the chapter. For example; at the start of Chapter One, we get ‘Corde lisse’. What is that I hear you say? You’ll have to either buy the book or just check Google. Haha!

I adored Tansy and Belle as characters! They seemed both in-sync and polar opposite at the same time! You have Tansy, who narrates the story, who is super-pale with red hair while Belle has curly black hair. Tansy is the flyer and Belle is the catcher! Reading these moments made me wish that I was anyway flexible! I can’t even touch my toes. Though I may be tempted to see if there are any circus classes nearby to me that I can try! You then have Mrs Fratellini with her thick accent that I tried to speak aloud as I read…you try it! It’s a lot of fun! She is the ring mistress who doesn’t seem to particularly care about health and safety.

There are so many characters through the book that really added to the whole magical feel especially when were introduced to Tansy’s shadow. I always said I’d be honest in my reviews and I’ll admit that I did get a little lost during part of the book but found myself again when Belle was found and everything really kicked off!

Overall I really enjoyed The Butterfly Circus and you guys really need to check it out! Thanks again to Walker Books for gifting me this book!

Have any of you wished you could do some circus tricks?

*This post contains a gifted item but all opinions given are entirely my own. 

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Review | The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

paper & hearts society

Rating: ★★★★★

If you hadn’t heard of Lucy Powrie aka LucyTheReader before today, then you certainly will over the next few days, weeks and months! She is an inspiring booktuber from the UK who not only vlogs about her love for reading but teaches others about classic authors such as the Bronte sisters! From the moment we found out that Lucy was writing her first ever book to the day it was published, I’d been super excited! I adored the plot and couldn’t wait to see Tabby, Henry, Ed, Cassie and Olivia on the pages of The Paper & Hearts Society.

Only a few pages in and we had some amazing book recommendations! It was like we were watching a video on the pages! Some of the titles that the characters suggested reading are:

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Nimona by Noelle Stephenson

There are so many other books mentioned during the book that your TBR (to be read) list will be heaving by the end!

I loved that the plot wasn’t the stereotypical ‘new girl’ path. Tabby had so much on her plate with everything happening to her and then she meets a brand new group of people. They are so alike and yet so very different! My favourite characters had to be Ed and Olivia! They were so hyper and I adored it! Of course I had to love Ed because he’s a Hufflepuff and we Hufflepuffs fight to defend our friends even if we’re suffering! I think Tabby is one too so…Lucy, can we get a Tabby Sorting please? Haha!

As for Olivia…WHERE CAN I GET HER ENERGY FROM?! She’s so full of ideas and excitement over this book club and of getting her friends to love books as much as she does! I really want to make a scrapbook of things because of her now so thank you!

There are quite a few difficult subjects that the characters are subjected to that really test them as a person. A couple of those subjects I completely relate to. I wanted to hug each and every one of them when something happened to them. The Paper & Hearts Society really puts its main character Tabby Brown through one of the worst type of situations that a teen could go through at 15. As someone who went through something similar, I felt like Tabby at those moments and felt her anxiety.

Lucy is busy writing the second book of this series and it is perfect for LGBTQ+ and Pride Month! More Olivia! More Paper & Hearts Society! More book drama!

Have you read the book yet? Have you ever watched any of Lucy’s videos?

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What Will I Be Reading In June? | Daisy’s TBR

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*All items marked with a (*) were gifted to me in exchange for my honest thoughts. Any opinions given are entirely my own.

With June making an appearance next Saturday, I reckon it’s the perfect time to chat about what I’m planning on reading next month. There were so many choices at my local library and I’m actually really pleased with my little selection of YA books!

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

I’ve never come across a book quite like this! I’ve read spy books like Alex Rider, books set during the Holocaust and books set in boarding schools, but not all in one book. It’s such an interesting plot and reminds me a little of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy! Thrillers aren’t my usual genre but I genuinely excited to read this!

The Butterfly Circus by Francesca Armour-Chelu*

This stunningly beautiful book was actually gifted to me so big thanks to Francesca and Walker Books! I adore stories where you have mystery fused with adventure! You get to follow sisters Tansy and Belle who are stars of a circus finale! After an accident and one sister vanishing, you get to join in the search for the missing sister and the journey along the way! I’ve actually started reading this already (and adoring!!) but this comes out on June 6th so hinthint! Haha!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Ever since I read the collab ‘What If It’s Us‘ with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, I’ve fallen for Adam’s writing! I’ve always had a bit of a morbid sense of humour (blame my mum!) and, when I read the plot of the two main characters being told they only have a day to live, my interest was piqued! The characters Mateo and Rufus are total strangers but they manage to hook up through an app designed for the last day and try to cram a lifetime into a day! I’m ready for my heart to be shattered! *sob*

Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt De La Peña

What with Marvel taking over the cinema, DC has been slowly been planning their domination! They’ve had some amazing films out recently such as Suicide Squad, Aquaman and Birds of Prey (coming next year). Not only have they had the big screen but they’ve also been teaming up with incredible authors writing stories of well-known heroes: Wonderwoman: Warbringer, Catwoman: Soulstealer and Batman: Nightwalker! I’ve watched so many things about Superman but I think this book shows his early days in a completely different light! My inner DC nerd needs to do some reading of baby Boy Of Steel!

Doctor Who: Combat Magicks by Steve Cole

I’m missing the Doctor, Yas, Ryan and Graham! I’ve been chomping at the bit ever since the New Year special and, with the new pictures popping up on the Doctor Who Twitter, I needed to find something to do! I’ve not actually picked up any of the Doctor Who books until now since I’m more of a visual person but I saw Jodie and this book somehow ended up in my flat! If you want to hear one of the cast reading this, Mandip Gill (Yasmin) is narrating the audiobook!

Dancing The Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson

You can’t do any reading without a Jacqueline Wilson book in your list! I’ve got a weird reason for wanting to read this book (other than being a big fan of Jacqueline!). I used to do extra work a few years ago and did some in a BBC TV show called The Village! It was being filmed around Matlock and around Derbyshire so of course I wanted to get involved! Cue driving through the Peak District at 4am and getting dirtied up for life as a factory worker! You did get treated like cattle but I was happy! This wasn’t acting work so wouldn’t end up on my CV but it was giving me a chance to learn how filming works and set etiquette! Long story short, it was set in the 1920s and we actually had to learn some steps of the Charleston for a scene! It was so much fun and this book looks just as fun!

What books are you going to reading next month?

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Review | The Princess And The Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Fangirl

With MCM Comic Con happening in London next weekend and all kinds of fangirl and fanboy cosplaying down there (including me!), I figured now would be the perfect time to review Ashley Poston’s nerdy novel ‘The Princess and the Fangirl‘. It’s like this book was written for me! If I could attend every convention out there, I would but unfortunately money doesn’t grow on this fangirl’s tree!

Imagine that you’re going to a convention knowing that some of your favourite stars are going to be there and that you’ve been waiting for that day to come for so long.

If you can imagine that, then you are basically Imogen Lovelace!

Imogen has been going to ExcelsiCon with her family year after year selling merchandise, knowing every stall that’s around and practically calling it her second home. This year is a little different as she’s grieving from the loss of her favourite character Princess Amara and refusing to let her die. Her actress Jessica Stone is attending this year and Imogen is determined to make her understand why she can’t stay dead!

One problem though?

Imogen looks just like Jessica!

Just like Geekerella was the retelling of Cinderella, The Princess and The Fangirl retells the story of ‘The Prince and The Pauper’. I really need to watch the Disney version of that story because nothing like a little Disney magic to make your weekend. I really connected with Imogen since I’ve attended conventions in the past and there is something special about connecting with friends from across the country!

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I started off not liking Jessica seeing as she was super snobby and the type of celeb that only goes to conventions to get a pay cheque at the end of it. Thankfully you start to understand why she does what she does and begins to redeem herself in the eyes of the people around her. There is the most perfect LGBTQ+ ship that happens and, by the end, I was absolute mush! Ashley didn’t make it easy for her readers! Oh and Imogen’s brother Milo…I honestly want to adopt him to be my sibling too because he’s adorable and protective and gay! Love it!

Overall, I’m giving this book a strong 4.5 out of 5 stars! It had everything thrown in there! I only knocked a half point off because I wish it was longer! I had too many feels at the end and wanted to know what happened next!

Have you guys ever attended a convention? What was your best moment? If not, would you ever go to one?

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Why I Prefer Getting Library Books Instead Of Buying

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Ever since I’ve started reviewing books on here, part of me thought I would have to constantly buy books to keep things recent but no! I checked out the online catalog of my local library one day to see if it possibly had any new books in and they did!! You have to realise that my library is pretty small so to have any new anything is a big deal!

Anyone who is a lover of books will know how expensive books can be! I once saw quite a short-looking novel that I thought would be relatively cheap and it was actually £14.99! If you bought every single book you were interested in, you’d become broke very, vert quickly!

That is why I’ve been choosing more and more to forego buying books and instead supporting my library by taking out titles from them. Another reason why I’m using them is due to something I discovered last year. My local council announced that they wanted to close some of the smallest libraries, change run from paid librarians to volunteers and even give access to the bigger ones after-hours.

Why they thought that latter idea was a good one I have no clue!

People tried to petition against it but it’s happening in the next couple of months. I’ve been going to this library and our town branch since I was 8, thanks to my dad’s love for reading and it hasn’t changed that much at all! Other than the self-service checkouts and move around of the front desk, it is still the same and I love that! When so much changes in life, you kind of reach out towards the bits that don’t.

The ladies on the front desk remember your name, always offer you a smile, help you find books that you can’t seem to find and they don’t judge you when you constantly lose your library card (for the 13th time…yeah…I think mine end up with my lost socks!).

I also learned a new fact the other day from an author friend who told me that you can still support authors by getting their books from your library! If it proves popular, then they might get more of them into your district or sequels may happen. I never knew this was a thing but it was!

Do you prefer buying books or taking them out of a library?

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What Shall I Be Reading In April? | Daisy’s TBR

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I’ve really been getting into my book posts lately and they’re so much fun to do since I love reading different YA books. If you’re missing my more fandom posts, don’t worry! I’m planning to write more over the next few weeks! Today I’m chatting about my April TBR (to be read) and the books I’m looking forward to checking out.

indigo donut (patrice lawrence)

When Indigo and Bailey meet at sixth form, serious sparks fly. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never have to make. 

This book has literally been calling to me over and over for the last month every time I checked out the teen section at my local library. I’ve never read anything by Patrice Lawrence before even though I’ve heard about her a lot from other book friends. The plot reminded me a little of a film Noel Clarke would make (hint hint) so I’ll let you know how it goes!

The Boy At The Back Of The Class (Onjali Q. Rauf)

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn’t very strange at all. He’s a refugee who’s run away from a War. 

Another book that I’ve had my eye on for a bit! It was actually a book-seller at Waterstones who recommended this to me since they knew I loved YA/children’s books. This book sounds like it will be so adorable, sad and amazing at the same time and it must be good since it recently won the Blue Peter Book Award and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize! It has been a long time since a book made me cry so let’s see, shall we?

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The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Okay, I’m so late to the party with this book! I haven’t even see the film either! It wasn’t that I was avoiding it. It’s just that so much went on in the year it came out that I didn’t even register it until recently. I’ve seen so many things on TV about the Black Lives Matter movement that it intrigued me! After reading, I might watch the film too since it has KJ Apa in it! Haha!

Nowhere On Earth (Nick Lake)

It starts with a plane crash. There are survivors: a teenage girl and her little brother. They are running from something. But what? Then the men arrive. They are hunting the girl and boy. And-And that’s all we can tell you …

I adore a good mystery! I can never ever solve them but books that make you think or have you on the edge of your seat are so much fun! No names are given and the synopsis is super short. What a great way to push a person to read a book!

Those are all my April TBR! Hopefully I’ll be able to put up some reviews on them over the next few weeks and hope that I don’t have to DNF (did not finish) them. I’ve only had a couple this year!

What is on your list to read this month?

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Spring 2019 Book Releases I’m Excited For

Spring 2019 Book Releases

The Boy Who Steals Houses | Be Kind (Be Your Best Self ) | There’s Something About Sweetie | Free To Be Me (LGBTQ+ Journal ) | The Princess And The Fangirl | This Book Is Not Yet Rated | The Meaning of Birds | How Not To Ask A Boy To Prom | Love From A -Z | Scripted Unscripted

Look at all the pretty books!! There are so many Spring 2019 book releases that I am looking forward to so much! It seems like I’m in a romantic mood from the look of the books I’ve chosen to chat about but I’m also so happy for the LGBTQ+ coming out this Spring! I’m still pretty new to these kinds of posts so bear with me and no judging! Haha!

The Boy Who Steals Houses (C.G Drews – 2nd April 2019)

To be honest, the front cover was interesting but didn’t get my attention. It wasn’t until I read the synopsis that I knew I needed this book!

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

The word ‘autistic’ drew me in because of the obvious! I love that more books are having characters with a form of autism. We don’t know where on the spectrum Avery is but it’s still cool! The plot seems really interesting and reminds ever so slightly of Oliver Twist but I’ll let you know what I think about it!

Be Kind: Be Your Best Self Every Day (Teen Breathe – 7th May 2019)

With supportive, unpatronising and gender-neutral editorial, the ‘Be You’ series offers conceptual and delicate illustrations that invite readers to reflect on the many changes and challenges affecting them. This innovative, informative and engaging approach, makes these books an empowering tool that will be welcomed by teenagers and praised by parents and teachers alike.

It’s been a long time since I was a teen but this still really sounded like it could help me! Apparently this is a guide to help you treat yourself and others with respect with fun illustrations to go along with the advice. If the front cover is anything to go by, the drawings are going to be stunning! This sounds like a great book to have in school libraries!

There’s Something About Sweetie (Sandhya Menon – 14th May 2019)

You know when a book is going to be brilliant just by what the cover is? This is one of those books! I literally grinned whenever I saw Sweetie and immediately put on this list! I’m going to be doing a faux pas and possibly read this first before I read ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ purely because this plot got me first! Haha!

Free To Be Me: An LGBTQ+ Journal (Dom&Ink – 30th May 2019)

Every rainbow-coloured page is packed with LGBTQ+ activities, advice and attitude.

With spreads to colour, scribble, design and glitter, you’ll meet dancing drag queens, rainbow donuts and the world’s sassiest LGBTQ+ dinosaur: Brett the Sassysaurus!

Read quotes from real-life rainbow icons, find out how to throw your own Pride Party, and learn about the history of gay rights. Most importantly: celebrate being yourself and what makes YOU amazing!

Warm, hilarious, caring and insightful, Free To Be Me will fill every reader with self-esteem, confidence, colour and pride.

Rainbows?! LGBTQ+ love? A freaking sassy dino? Where has this journal been all my little bi life?! I adore the blast of colours, the fact that I can relive amazing childhood memories of covering everything head-to-toe with glitter and learn some really incredible things! If any of my LGBTQ+ friends are reading this post, stick this on your TBR!

The Princess and the Fangirl (Ashley Poston – 2nd April 2019)

From the acclaimed author of Geekerella, this geeky spin on The Prince and the Pauper is a perfect story for geek girls of every fandom.

As soon as I saw the word fangirl, I knew this book was for me!! I absolutely loved Geekerella and the plot for this sounds just as nerdy! You can never go wrong with TV royalty and a fangirl at a convention! Maybe one day that will happen to me? You never! Haha!

This Book Is Not Yet Rated (Peter Bognanni – 9th April 2019)

Movies have always helped Ethan Ashby make sense of the world. So when developers swoop in and say the classic Green Street Cinema is going to be destroyed to make room for luxury condos, Ethan is ready for battle. And so a motley crew of cinema employees comes together to save the place they love.

I really wanted to try out more books by male authors and this one was all about a boy who loved films and was fighting to save the cinema he loved the most! Characters who are fighting for something are always the most fun especially when they’re joined by a bunch of amazing supporting characters! I’ve never read any of Peter’s books before so I can’t wait to see how he writes!

The Meaning of Birds (Jaye Robin Brown – 30th May 2019)

Before: Jess has always struggled with the fire inside her. But when she meets Vivi, everything changes. As they fall for each other, Vivi helps Jess deal with her anger and pain and encourages her to embrace her artistic talent. And suddenly Jess’s future is a blank canvas, filled with possibilities.

After: When Vivi unexpectedly dies, Jess’s perfect world is erased. As she spirals out of control, Jess pushes away everyone around her and throws out her plans for art school…

So many books coming out on this day including this one! I don’t know why I keep getting drawn to books that has someone dying in it. Maybe I love making myself suffer and cry quietly into my blanket! I do that a lot! I should invest in more tissues to go along with these! I know what it’s like to lose someone unexpectedly and to lose interest in what you loved so I’m ready to heavily relate to Jess!

How Not To Ask a Boy to Prom (S.J Goslee – 23rd April 2019)

Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and very, very single.

He’s never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It’s not like Penn Valley is exactly brimming with prospects. Nolan plans to ride out the rest of his junior year drawing narwhals, working at the greenhouse, and avoiding anything that involves an ounce of school spirit.

Unfortunately for him, his adoptive big sister has other ideas. Ideas that involve too-tight pants, a baggie full of purple glitter, and worst of all: a Junior-Senior prom ticket.

Is it really a surprise that I have a book of beautiful gay characters? Nope! I had to have this on my list purely because I need to read more books that are stupidly funny and awkward at the same time! Don’t worry, Nolan! I’ll be ready to wave my pride flag all the way through!

Love From A to Z (S.K Ali – 16th May 2019)

Another heartbreaker with fiesty characters and a definite plot to break me! We have Zayneb, the only Muslim in her class, who is being subjected to her teacher’s racist comments about how Muslims are ‘bad’ and Adam who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I’m already in love with these two as a couple and need May to come quickly! Hurry up!

Scripted Unscripted (Kristina Miranda – 15th May 2019)

Ellie Quinn has spent most of her sixteen years behind the scenes, helping her father manage a crew of four-legged movie stars. Although she longs to be acknowledged as an animal trainer in her own right, she often gets stuck babysitting actors’ personal pets and is known around the studio as “the dog sitter for the stars.”

Books about Hollywood always seem to be focused on the stars and their fame, but this book has Ellie who is an animal trainer which is so cool!! I am constantly in awe with how these animals are trained to do certain things and to go to specific marks! I mean…the owls and Fang in Harry Potter!! Love it! My actor self is really interested about behind the scenes on a set and I know I won’t be able to put this book down!

What Spring 2019 book releases are you excited for?