Showcase Sunday #104 – Another Charity Shop Haul!

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

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*cough* Erm. Yes. I acquired quite a few books in the past three weeks, didn’t I?

Mum and I popped into a charity shop when we went to Dover last weekend and spotted this beauty. I LOVED Kevin Brooks’s latest novel, The Bunker Diary (it’s one of those books I keep recommending to all my friends whenever I can. Seriously, it’s really good.) and I’ve been meaning to pick up his other books ever since. Black Rabbit Summer sounds like a perfect summer read!

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

We also stopped by my favourite charity shop in Camden, where I spotted a gazillion Tess Gerritsen books. I’m serious. They had at least 15! I fell in love with Tess’s writing in The Surgeon, so I decided to pick up books 4, 5 and 6 in the series. I already have the second one, so one more book to go and my collection is complete. *air punch*

Tess Gerritsen books

I also got a few review books, one of which was In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. The synopsis kind of reminded me of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (a secluded location, half a dozen strangers invited to said remote location, a killer) so I was instantly intrigued. I started reading it the other day and really enjoyed it so far! Many thanks to Random House for the review copy.

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4 Reasons Why We Need Negative Reviews Too

Negative Book Reviews

The idea for today’s blog post has been with me for the past couple of months but for some reason, it never made it to the blog. I knew I wanted to talk about it in some form but I never thought it was important enough (or rather it would be stating the obvious) to dedicate an entire post to it.

However, the issue of writing negative book reviews – whether we should write them at all and if so, how far can we go – keeps popping up on my news feed, so I decided to sit down and talk about my experiences and why I think negative reviews do matter.

We’re all different

Each book blogger is different. We have different writing styles, different taste in books, and different preferences when it comes to writing our reviews. I know people who only review books they genuinely enjoyed reading and would recommend to others, and people who review the good and the bad. And that’s fine. We’re different and that’s how it should be.

I belong to the latter category but I totally understand why people would decide not to review books they didn’t enjoy and I completely respect their choice. Personally, I always attempt to review even the ones I didn’t like but being a slow reader and working full time, I don’t think I would be able to keep my blog going if I ignored every bad book I read. And I don’t want to, either. As a blogger, I think it’s important to talk about both good and bad stories.

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Review: The Baby – Lisa Drakeford

The Baby by Lisa Drakeford

The Baby by Lisa Drakeford
Publication date: 2 July 2015
Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910002230
Length: 223 pages
Genre: Contemporary
Age group: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon UK | The Book Depository
My rating: ★★★

When Olivia opens the bathroom door, the last thing she expects to see is her best friend Nicola giving birth on the floor – and to say Nicola is surprised is an understatement. She’s not ready to be a mum, and she needs Olivia’s help. But Olivia has her own problems – specifically her bullying boyfriend, Jonty, and keeping an eye on younger sister Alice. And then there’s Nicola’s friend Ben, who’s struggling with secrets of his own…

I fell in love with the idea behind Lisa Drakeford’s debute the minute I saw the book and once my copy landed on my desk, it went straight to the top of my reading list. Teenage pregnancy – and especially teenage parenthood – is a hugely important issue which, I think, doesn’t get the attention it should in YA literature.

Interestingly, and unlike the very few other novels I’ve seen and read so far, The Baby focuses on parenthood and not the pregnancy itself. It explores how Nicola and the dad deal with new-found parenthood and how the dynamics change among their group of friends after the baby is born, which really intrigued me. It also touches upon, however briefly, the subject of domestic violence and bullying, two equally significant topics that don’t get mentioned enough. I have to applaud Drakeford for bringing such important subjects to the attention of younger readers and dealing with them in such a delicate way.

Understandably, I had really high hopes for this novel but, unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.

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Showcase Sunday #103

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hi guys! How are you all? Are you having a nice bank holiday weekend? I’m dashing off to London in an hour or so and I still need to get ready so I’ll try to be quick. 😀 Lots of books to talk about today so let’s get cracking!

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The Last Summer of Us

This is Not a Love Story

 The Last Summer of Us | The Baby | No Safe House | This is Not a Love Story

I had a pretty good week book-wise, although some of these arrived last week when I didn’t have the time to post them on the blog. Last weekend, I was in Notting Hill and popped into a local Waterstones to have a look around. I spotted The Last Summer of Us, which has been on my wishlist for a while, and decided to treat myself to a copy. It looks and sounds like the perfect summer read so it’ll be perfect for next month.

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