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Books to read during pride month

June is LGBT pride month! An amazing colourful month,as should they all be. The month  of June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. In true bookworm style I shall be reading lots of books that feature LGBT or anything that remotely relates! So here I bring you  my top pick of books to read during pride month. 

32768522 Carry on by Rainbow Rowell. Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

20820994 I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson. At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

19547856 Simon vs the homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met

23058402 The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson. Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. 

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. 

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

Have you read any of these? Are you reading anything for pride month? Let me know in the comments below! 😀

 

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Something to tell you by Lucy Diamond my review

I have recently finished reading Something to tell you by Lucy Diamond. I finished it in record speed time (for me recently anyway) 3 days to be exact and I have it 3 out of 3 stars! It was seriously awesome!

Blurb 

When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she’s delighted to have one last message from her . . . until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth. Brimming with questions, she travels to York to seek further answers from the Mortimer family, but her appearance sends shockwaves through them all.

Meanwhile, Robyn Mortimer has problems of her own. Her husband John has become distant, and a chance remark from a friend leads Robyn to wonder exactly what he’s not been saying. Dare she find out more?

As for Bunny, she fell head over heels in love with Dave Mortimer when she first arrived in town, but now it seems her past is catching up with her. She can’t help wondering if he’ll still feel the same way about her if he discovers who she really is – and what she did.

As secrets tumble out and loyalties are tested, the Mortimers have to face up to some difficult decisions. With love, betrayal and dramatic revelations in the mix, this is one summer they’ll never forget.

My review 

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this story. Oh the Mortimer family,flawed,truthful and oh so perfect in every possible way. Each member of the family has something going on,its life with all its twists and turns. At the beginning I was a little taken aback by how many characters you were hearing about,I didn’t feel like I was going to keep up,but I did! I found I was hooked by the story and I become attached to everyone involved. I would now love to read a book from the prospective of all the men in the family! Once again a book by Lucy Diamond that I have loved,she has never failed me.

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Roar by Cecelia Ahern,my review

I have just recently finished reading Roar by Cecelia Ahern,thanks to netgalley.

Blurb

From the best-selling author of P.S., I Love You, a fiercely feminist story collection that illuminates – sometimes in fantastical ways – how women of all kinds navigate the world today.

In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern explores the endless ways in which women blaze through adversity with wit, resourcefulness, and compassion. Ahern takes the familiar aspects of women’s lives – the routines, the embarrassments, the desires – and elevates these moments to the outlandish and hilarious with her astute blend of magical realism and social insight.

One woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin; another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation; yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him. The women at the center of this curious universe learn that their reality is shaped not only by how others perceive them, but also how they perceive the power within themselves.

By turns sly, whimsical, and affecting, these 30 short stories are a dynamic examination of what it means to be a woman in this very moment. Like women themselves, each story can stand alone; yet together, they have a combined power to shift consciousness, inspire others, and create a multivoiced Roar that will not be ignored

Review

Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful book.Roar is a collection of 30 short stories that celebrate women in all different walks of life. This isn’t my favourite from Cecelia Ahern,how ever I love how these stories aren’t your typical straight forward story. For example the first story it titled “the woman who slowly disappeared” this woman literally started disappearing! and there is your theme. They were thought provoking and uplifting. The only reason that I haven’t given it five stars is because I’m not a huge short story fan,I like a longer story I can get my teeth into

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My favourite quotes

Here are a few of my favourite quotes by authors and in books,just a few mind! I could have gone on forever!

“They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other ever day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The notebook 

“Be yourself,everyone else is taken” Oscar Wilde

“Kinder than is necessary because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed” R.J Palacio,Wonder

“I don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll be expected to finish it” Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough,or a book long enough to suit me” C.S Lewis

“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.”  – Cecelia Ahern,Love Rosie/where Rainbows end

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.” –  Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

These are just a few and I am sure I shall treat you to a part two if not more! What are some of your favourite quotes? Do any of ours match! Let me know in the comments 😀

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On a beautiful day by Lucy Diamond my review.

I have just recently finished reading On a beautiful day by Lucy Diamond. This is my review 😀

Blurb

Treasure every moment. Life can change in a heartbeat.

What the fans say: ‘Wonderful characters and the stories are always great, with twists and turns’ Gemma

It’s a beautiful day in Manchester and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them.

For Laura, it’s a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.

This is a novel about the startling and unexpected turns life can take. It’s about luck – good and bad – and about finding bravery and resilience when your world is in turmoil. Above all, it’s about friendship, togetherness and hope.

Praise for Lucy Diamond:
‘A hugely satisfying read’ Heat
‘Full of emotion and insight – it really makes you think’ Katie Forde, bestselling author of A Summer at Sea
‘Warm, witty and wise’ Daily Mail

Review 

I WANT THESE OTHER STORIES Oh I didn’t want this book to end I wanted to keep India,Eve,Laura and Jo in my pocket forever. I want to hear all about their lives,screw it I want to be part of their group! Real,Raw and Beautiful,I didn’t want this story to end,I had chills near the end and that’s when I know I have read something so very special.

 

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My sister the serial killer review

I have recently finished reading My sister the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Blurb

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in “self-defence” and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating a doctor at the hospital where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

Review 

Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. Korede’s sister Ayoola has killed for the third time. This now makes her a serial killer. I found myself not particularity liking either of these main characters,I seem to need someone to root for,someone who does the right thing and is likeable unfortunately neither Korede or Ayoola are either of those things. However,this didn’t mean that I wasn’t gripped by this story.I always wanted to know weather Korede was about to spill the beans and I also liked the flashbacks to glimpses of possibilities of why Ayoola was the way she was. One of my favourite lines was “It would be more appropriate to play Brymo or Lorde,something more solemn or yearning,rather than the musical equivalent of a packet of m&m’s” With lines like this it brought some lightheartedness to an otherwise very serious book! Overall I really enjoyed it,I had hoped for a different ending as it did feel kind of rushed but it was a good read.

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Anti Bully Reads

It’s year five people! YEAR FIVE! This is my 3rd year participating and I am beyond excited!

This year’s readathon runs from Monday, November the 12th to Sunday, November the 18th. The idea is you read only books that feature bullying in them for the entire week. The entire book doesn’t need to be based on bullying but it needs to have a little bit in 🙂 This is in support of Anti Bullying week and to raise awareness. Bullying is never okay, nor if possible is it okay to stand by and watch someone else be bullied either. The readathon is hosted by the lovely Sarah Churchill, who works incredibly hard each and every year. Below are some handy links for you 😀

 

goodreads.com/…/147983-anti-bullying-week-readathon

facebook.com/groups/AntiBullyReads/about

Here is my TBR for the week 🙂 46108059_10156815211509173_1271491717559746560_n

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn Porter – It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

Torn by Cat Clarke – Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of her dreams when she sets off on a trip to the wilderness with her mates. But when her best friend Cass decides to teach mean girl Tara a lesson, Alice finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape.

Now Alice is the guardian of a secret too horrific to tell; and a secret too terrible to keep. A secret that will change all of their lives for ever

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine -No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

I would absolutely love it if just one of you that reads this comes and joins in. The word needs to be spread,I personally feel bullying isn’t something should be something you just “put up with” because its “life and thats what happens” it is NEVER okay and it should never be treated as such. This is an amazing cause that comes with an awesome fun week! Come join,come on! You know you want to!

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Journal Chapter one

Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about how much I’ve “wasted” my life. I’ve come to a conclusion, I didn’t. I did not waste any of the last 10 years. I haven’t made the best of choices but I think that each and everything that has happened has made me a stronger person. I left home at 17, quit my college course, quit my 2 jobs and moved into a shared house paid for by housing benefit,a year later I moved into my home I live in now and made it a happy place. Adopted 4 beautiful cats and moved the Mr in. Got a job at Mcdonalds, cried every single day and then started the job I’m in now and managed to leave Mcdonalds. Watched my beautiful best friend raise her two children, and kept an awesome friendship alive. I and the Mr celebrated an entire TEN years together, our relationship takes work every single day and I love him more than I would ever be able to tell you. I was given the opportunity to up my hours at work and I did, this gave us the opportunity to come off benefits. Amazing,I had never been so happy. A year later the opportunity was taken away from me and I was put back down to 18 hours meaning we would have to go back onto benefits or get a second job. Currently, as it stands I am receiving overtime so we can afford to live for now. The day overtime is taken away is when the you know what hits the fan. This has added to my already rocky mental health. I battle with anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts I currently cannot go through the day without having at least one panic attack. I have waited for so long for my life to “begin” to start living what I think is an acceptable life. What I failed to realize is I have been living. I have known hardship,I have known highs and I have known lows. I have had moments where I didn’t want to live, I have had moments where I didn’t think I could become any happier. I have made some very good choices and I have made some absolutely appalling ones. I have hurt people beyond repair, and I have gone above and beyond for others. I have made mistakes, and I have paid for them. I have been a “bad person” and I have been a “good person” I came from a loving family, who made mistakes. I pulled myself out of an unhealthy situation at a young age and I left a life I had known since I was born to put myself out into the unknown with nothing. I lived it, and I survived it and I’m still here. Life still isn’t perfect but I don’t know why I thought it needed to be. I have spent so long concentrating on what I haven’t done yet and I had ignored all the things I have done. We will have children one day, and I will be able to everything I have ever dreamed of. I need to stop thinking that age 30 is my deadline for the world. It isn’t healthy and it, fortunately, isn’t true. As it stands I am going through awful mental health times, I am dreading everything and living my life in fear. I fear the postman bringing me bad news, I fear my phone ringing and I fear a knock on the door. I fear overtime being stopped and I fear this continuing forever. I live my life in fear, but it’s my life and I’m living it.

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Now you see her by Heidi Perks. My review

I have recently finished reading Now you see her by Heidi Perks.

Blurb

SHE WAS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. AND NOW SHE’S MISSING.

Unputdownable psychological suspense from an exciting new talent, perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and I Let You Go.

NOW YOU SEE HER
She’s playing at the school fete with your children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook, and look up again.
NOW YOU DON’T

Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable, tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.

Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PUT THINGS RIGHT?

Review

Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. I was absolutely gripped I couldn’t put it down and made myself a little tired for work the next day! I didn’t actually expect anything that happened to actually happen so its a very surprising book too! I switched from side to side never knowing which side I wanted to be on or who I liked more! This was my first book by Heidi Perks and it won’t be my last!