Holding Up the Universe

If by the cover or the blurb it had been made clear that a medical condition that is rarely/never written about in YA novels takes centre stage in Holding Up the Universe, I would have bought this novel far sooner than I did. The book focuses on Jack and Libby, two teenagers who defy all odds, meet and fall in love. Sounds familiar, right? Yeah, that’s because that’s the plot line to every single YA book on the planet (perhaps a slight exaggeration but not too far from the truth -but I’m definitely not complaining). However, in this book, there … Continue reading Holding Up the Universe

Bookish Questions Pt.2

Hi guys, Since I enjoyed answering the last bookish tag questions I posted, I thought it’d be fun to do another one. This tag is more of an amalgamation of different kinds of bookish questions. Enjoy!   The Book Blogger Memory Challenge Q: Name a book written by an author called Michael.           A: Gone by Michael Grant. I quite recently finished this, and was surprisingly impressed.   Q: Name a book with a dragon on the cover.           A: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. More specifically, the Hungarian Horntail … Continue reading Bookish Questions Pt.2

Heartless – A Short Review

~will include spoilers~ Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole… And before the roses were painted red… The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.   Like anyone else, I have always viewed The Queen of Hearts as a crazed, cruel villain, with her notorious catchphrase “off with his head!”.  But this novel opened my eyes to the possibility of Catherine being more than just a tyrannical dictator. The Queen of Hearts in Heartless portrays Catherine as a headstrong, independently minded girl who has an affinity for baking and is only just experiencing … Continue reading Heartless – A Short Review

Would You Rather? (Book Edition)

WOULD YOU RATHER: spend the day with… Your favourite author Your favourite character I’d absolutely spend the day with my favourite character, but the problem is which character. I have so many favourites! I think I’d go for Patrick from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, because I can’t help but smile whenever I read what antics he gets up to in the book. He’s funny, and has an ability to find light in any situation, which I really admire in a person.   WOULD YOU RATHER: be… Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) Tris Prior (Divergent) I’d 100% choose to … Continue reading Would You Rather? (Book Edition)

Can We Really Judge a Book By Its Cover?

Recently, I read a really insightful blog post by written by TheAliceFan about the importance of book covers that opened up by eyes to how much my book buying habits are swayed by its appearance. Initially, it made me panic. Am I really that shallow? How many great stories am I missing out on by subconsciously judging a book by its cover? So in a way, I’m making this blog post to share my thoughts and to hopefully be reassured that I’m not the only one who does this. A positive about using book covers as an easy way to … Continue reading Can We Really Judge a Book By Its Cover?

‘Note to Self’ – A Short Review

I’m not going to lie, I initially bought Note to Self by Connor Franta because of the beautiful aesthetics of the cover. Even as you flick through the novel, an intentionally faded burst of colour jumps from the pages. But my decision to purchase this book wasn’t entirely down to the visuals; I did know of Connor Franta as a YouTuber (not very well, granted), and was intrigued to find out more. After all, this was one of the few book covers made by a YouTuber that I didn’t find horrendous at first glance, no matter how much I like … Continue reading ‘Note to Self’ – A Short Review

To Be United

In light of the recent terror attacks, I’ve written a small piece about the importance of unity and coming together.   To be united, how can we understand this? Is it possible to unite Through the relentless presence, pushing and punch of devastation? Can we use this unity in a way that allows room for joy? Fathomless terror shook the lifeless shells of the innocent. Sorrow has engulfed the souls of the nation. Restless dreams, nights of blackness. Because as we continue, they Halt. While we live, they do not. Let us fight hurt with kindness, Hatred with love, Division … Continue reading To Be United