GR: How Many Top 100 YA Books Have I Read #5


My GoodReads Top 100 YA Books is now at the half way point and I never thought I’d get here! It seems to take a while to get through all of these books, but it’s fun and here’s to the next 50 books on the way!

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5 TBR Benchwarmers aka “Why have I not read these yet?”

So we all have a TBR that’s getting out of hand. We wouldn’t be us otherwise. Even though I have cut mine down a lot, especially with the help of Lia’s Down the TBR Hole (who is now over at Sunflowers and Wonder), I still do have a lot of unread books on my bookshelf and I am very aware of this.

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What’s On My Bedside Table? – Aug 2019

I don’t know why I can’t call this “what I’m currently reading,” but I kind of prefer the sound of “what’s on my bedside table?” Also I’m currently watching back episodes of The Bakery Bears (one of my favourite knitting video podcasts) and they ask a similar question to talk about the projects they’ve done, that they’re working on, and also the books they’re reading, and it’s stuck in my head!

By no means is this a TBR because we all know I cannot make and stick to TBRs. It is definitely along the lines of a “currently reading” post because I have started and read quite a bit of the four books on my bedside table.

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The Reader Problems: Book Tag

Blogging is something I’ve not done a lot of recently and I want to ease myself back into it. Normally my way of doing this is via a tag and I came across this one on @DuskAngelReads. I wasn’t tagged or anything, but I’ve seen it around and it is one I haven’t done before so I thought it would give me the push I need to get back into the habit of blogging. Also reading, but that’s a point for another day.

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July to December ’19 Pre-Orders


It’s time for a pre-order post and I’m super excited by all the books that are being published throughout this second half of the year. They sound absolutely amazing, and I’m nearly willing time to speed up so that I can get my hands on them. I am fine with being patient and waiting, but sometimes it’s impossible and I might be getting a little close to that state right now. It could also be down to the fact YALC is around the corner, but this isn’t the time for that. It’s all about the pre-orders!

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January to Mid-July Reading Breakdown ’19

The second half of the year is now upon us and nearly all the book bloggers and BookTubers I know have done the Mid Year Freak Out Tag. I debated doing this too, but it wasn’t really working for me this time round.

Rather than answer all those questions, I wanted to break my reading down into statistics like I would do in my reading journal (if I’d kept it up this year, which I haven’t – oops).

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Pages and Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers

Here’s a book to excite all readers.

Here is a book that I (Sarah) pushed under Emma’s nose and forced her to read because I knew how much she would love it.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.

I love this book because it dives into fantasy worlds I also love, like Alice in Wonderland. It was also easy to understand, which was great! With Alice, all the books Tilly and Oskar wander into are vivid and I can see them come to life, as if I was watching them on film. Tilly also reminds me a lot of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, always excited to be in a bookshop or library surrounded by various worlds and magical stories. The rest of the story was fun, exciting, and I liked that it had a happy ending.

It is a book for the dreamers, and people who always want to see their favourite book characters come to life.

I rate it 5 out of 5★