Cosy Autumn Comforts

Besides the torrent of rain we’ve been subjected to recently, I’m so happy that we’re now nearly three weeks into Autumn.

It is my favourite season because despite the weather, it is full of warmth and cosiness.

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Preliminary TBR For The Fantasy Tropes Readathon

Yes, you’ve got that right. Me, Emma at A Dreamer’s Library is creating a TBR and joining in with a Readathon! This is not me at all, but my lovely friend @SifaElizabethReads has created a three-month-long readathon (from September to November) based on fantasy tropes and I thought it would be a great way of bashing through a lot of the fantasy that graces my bookshelves.

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Books Filled With ‘Magic’

As readers of fiction we all love the fact that as soon as we open a new book and read that first line, reality fades and fantasy comes to life. It’s akin to walking under the Main Street Railroad station, turning onto Main Street USA and seeing that Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella castle straight ahead. This is where the magic starts. It is where you feel at home and everything around you is filled with joy, discovery, and excitement. They are also the memories that never fade and which you love to experience time and time again on closing the back cover.

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My Desert Island Discs


I’m back from a couple weeks hiatus and I could say it was intentional but I’d be lying. A reading slump pushed me into a blogging slump (as per usual) and life happened. Anyway you don’t need to know any of that. I might do an update at some point, but not now.

Now is ‘challenge time’ and a challenge I’ve wanted to do for a while now. Saying that, it’s not classed as a challenge. It just feels like one!

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Under-hyped YA Contemporaries.


Welcome to the post where I ramble and rave about a few Young Adult books I consider to be rather under-hyped. By this I mean those books I’ve rarely heard spoken about in the YA book community and seem to fall under the radar. You know we all have these lists of books we can’t wait to read and love as soon as they are released, but at the same time, there are some smaller authors whose books don’t receive the same fuss and they’re missing out because the books happen to be really good and showcase some important messages! Three of these might be on the younger side of YA but the themes portrayed transcend the age range of the characters and the target audience.

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Showcase – The Ones That Disappeared


The end of the month is nigh so here is another unread book from my bookcase to share with you.

The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon

Image result for the ones that disappeared by zana fraillonDate of Publication – 13th July 2017

Format – Paperback

Number of pages – 320

Beautiful, magical and moving, this is a SKELLIG for a new generation, from the author of THE BONE SPARROW, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017 and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016.

Some stories need to be told… A moving, beautifully-written and poignant novel about child trafficking and the search for freedom.

Kept by a ruthless gang, three children manage to escape from slavery. But freedom isn’t just waiting on the outside.

Separated, scared and looking after a small child, Esra will do whatever she can to reunite with her friend Miran, who was captured by the police – the police who she mustn’t trust.

Hiding in the shadows of the forest, Esra is found by a local boy, a boy with his own story. Together they will create a man out of mud. A man who will come to life and lead them through a dark labyrinth of tunnels until they finally have the courage the step above ground. Until they finally have the courage to speak their story. Until they finally have the courage to be free.


Miran pulls the door shut behind us, and the thud of it thumps fear through my gut. Those footsteps are coming hard and fast through the kitchen and down the hall, His eyes seeing that metal door hanging open, seeing The Jungle with all its dead plants, seeing into the corner, following our handprints to the door.

We didn’t make it. We got so so close. Thirty seconds sooner and we could have done it. We could have been over the front gate and down the street. That’s all we needed. Thirty more damn seconds.

Seriously for a book that has such a dark and powerful subject, why is there absolutely no fuss about it? Why, like the Bone Sparrow, has it been allowed to fall under the radar?

Everybody screams for books like The Hate U Give and The Exact Opposite of Okay because they deal with contemporary political and societal occurrences but so does this, even if its subject doesn’t have as much awareness and activism behind it. Nonetheless that is my point. This is a book that highlights such an important issue all over the world and we need to get behind it, champion its message so that more people know and stand up saying this is not okay.

I know when I’ve finally read it, it will be a book I never stop talking about.

Maybe one of you can prove me wrong and knows about this book.

If you have, what are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!

Books With d/Deaf Representation – Adult Edition


Welcome back to the weekly posting of anything to do with d/Deaf Awareness!

I’m on a bit of a book kick with this at the moment as this will be part two of the books with d/Deaf representation post that I published a couple of days ago. That edition was mainly centred on YA and I’ll leave the link here if you missed it. As you can see from the title, this edition is more focused on adult fiction and memoirs and it’s not so much d/Deaf representation but deafness as a subject and way of life – something I believe it is important to distinguish.

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Book Haul


How is April treating you all? I hope everything is okay. I seem to have more motivation to do things at the moment and it’s definitely making life a little bit better. I daren’t say much more and jinx it because knowing me, things will go south immediately.

Anyway, I’m here today with a book haul because I did receive and treat myself to some books for my birthday a few days ago. I know I’m meant to be cutting down on the book buying until after YALC, but birthday books, as well as a new set of crochet hooks, sort of come hand in hand with birthday money. They’ve also been on my wish list for a while now so it made sense to pick them up!

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