Top Ten Authors I’d LOVE To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about authors. Authors we’d love to meet or can’t believe we’ve met. I’ve decided to go for author’s that I’d love to meet even if I would go a little fangirly on them.

Jojo Moyes-  Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I’d be happy to be able to tell Jojo just how much I loved her books!

Jolene Perry- I have enjoyed Jolene’s books so much! They’re much deeper than you’d expect which is great.

Cecelia Ahern- I have loved Cecelia’s writing since P.S. I Love You. Her writing is just so magical.

Alison Rattle- I adore Alison Rattle. Her books are so evocative.

Emma Carroll- Another writer I adore. I nearly got to meet her last year but I was too nervous to say hi!

Giovanna Fletcher- I love Giovanna’s writing and she seems like a lovely, bubbly person.

David Walliams- My class adore David’s books. I’d love to tell them I met him!

Michael Rosen- I adore Michael Rosen. I saw him talking at a conference the other weekend, but didn’t have chance to meet him. Sad times.

Kate Karyus Quinn- It would be interesting to have a conversation with Kate to see what she’s like as a person as her books are WEIRD (but wonderful!)

Markus Zusak- I think he would also be fascinating to talk to!

Who have you met before? Have you met any of these authors? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

All The Forever Things

All the Forever Things

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Albert Whitman & Company

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

“How many times have you saved me?” I ask Bree.

She grins. “Don’t you mean how many times have we saved each other?”

Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.

Thought:

I have been a fan of Jolene Perry’s writing since I read The Summer I Found You, I recommend her books whenever I can. When I noticed that she had a new book coming out, I was very excited. I love reading her books because they’re often deeper than you might expect. This book is no exception! I wouldn’t say that this is my favourite book by Jolene, but it’s still a decent read which is well worth checking out!

All The Forever Things centres around Gabriella (Gabe) who lives in a funeral home as it’s the business her family are in. Gabe is a little strange, choosing to dress like Wednesday Addams after being teased about her life. Gabe thought she was happy enough alongside her good friend Bree. However, when Bree starts changing who she is when dating Gabe’s worst enemy, Gabe feels like she’s losing her best friend. Hartman, a new guy at school, comes into her life and isn’t weirded out by the funeral home business. Gabe holds back, not wanting to become one of those girls who changes herself. Gabe’s battle to keep her friend Bree takes a turn for the worse, when she drives Bree, her boyfriend and their group to prom…in a hearse…

I really liked the story line which I felt was quite unique. Gabe was certainly an interesting character. I have the feeling that you’re either going to love or hate her. She’s not the most likeable and can come across quite selfish and unaware of other’s problems. Bree is an interesting character too, I liked that she didn’t have it easy. Hartman was a good character, although I wish we had heard more from him. Hartman had a tragic past, and I feel that wasn’t as in depth as it could have been. I got past not liking some of the characters straight away, because I think that they all grew during the course of the story.

All The Forever Things is a decent YA contemporary read. It may not be my favourite book by Jolene Perry, but I think it’s worth picking up, especially if you’re a fan of the genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

A unique YA read!

This Week In Books #57

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

All the Forever Things Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Letters to the Lost

NOWAll The Forever ThingsJolene Perry– I’m hoping to get a good way through this book tonight. I really enjoy Jolene’s writing and it’s often deeper than you’d first expect.

THENFun HomeAlison Bechdel– I recently finished this book for Beth and I’s Banned Books feature. Look out for our review on Monday!

NEXTLetters To The LostBrigid Kemmerer– I’ve heard so much about this book. I’m intrigued!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to let me know in the comments or leave me a link to post that you do! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR (2017)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books on our Spring TBR.

I’ve started with 5 ARCs that I’m going to be reading first! I seem to have a busy start to April!

Follow Me Down- Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down

I have heard good things so far about this book. I hope to read it after my current read!

All The Forever Things- Jolene Perry

All the Forever Things

I enjoy Jolene Perry’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

I’ve heard a lot about this author although I’ve never read a book by her. Looking forward to them!

Goodbye Days- Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days

I’ve seen this one everywhere… intrigued!

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

I’m nervous about this one as I loved the author’s debut so much!

On My Shelf

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I have had this coming up for a few weeks now, but then other books have got in the way… you know how it is! I am really looking forward to this.

Heartless- Marissa Meyer

Heartless

I have mixed feelings about reading this book. I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations.

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

Another highly anticipated one!

Don’t Touch- Rachel M. Wilson

Don't Touch

This one has been on my TBR for far too long. It’s time to read it…

The Book Collector- Alice Thompson

The Book Collector

My sister Beth, isn’t sure if I’m going to like this book, but I’ll give it a go!

What have you got on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Has To Be Love

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Albert Whitman & Company

Previously read by the same author:
The Summer I Found You
Stronger Than You Know

Synopsis:

Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She’s used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she’s got a secret that’s both thrilling and terrifying–an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren’t as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York. Then Rhodes, a student teacher in her English class, forces her to acknowledge her writing talent, and everything becomes even more confusing–especially with the feelings she’s starting to have about him. Now all Clara wants to do is hide from the tough choices she has to make. When her world comes crashing down around her, Clara has to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life that someone she loves has chosen? Which choice is scarier?

Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed Jolene Perry’s writing, so when I noticed her latest book Has To Be Love, up on NetGalley, I had to download it. I have read the previous two books Jolene Perry has had published, so I was expecting a touching read. The synopsis that I read was not the synopsis included within this blog post. It didn’t mention our main protagonist Clara, being a survivor of a bear attack, so that was a surprise to me! I’m pleased to see that it is now included, as I think it’s such an important part of this story.

Clara has survived a bear attack which unfortunately killed her mother. Clara has severe scarring to her face. She is understandably very self conscious about the marks on her face. Clara has a dream to go to Columbia University (the University that her mother went to and adored) to study writing. Clara doesn’t expect to get in, but does, and wants to see if she can get her scars fixed before she goes. She can’t imagine how it will feel to have strangers looking at her scars. Clara has a boyfriend who she has known before the bear attack who absolutely adores her. He sees a future with her and wants to commit to her. He doesn’t know about her University offer. Rhodes, a student teacher from Columbia University, is introduced to Clara by her father. Rhodes compliments Clara’s writing talent. Clara has to make a choice between her dreams or a stable life with her very committed, loving boyfriend.

I did enjoy reading this story, and thought Jolene Perry portrayed Clara’s emotions and struggles is a believable way. I also enjoyed reading how Clara’s religious beliefs (she was Mormon) contradicted a lot of her feelings. With Mormon being the religion represented in this book, Has To Be Love did have quite a strong religious undertone, yet it didn’t feel like it was thrown into the reader’s face. It certainly didn’t come across as preachy, which some books with a strong religious undertone can.

I think the reason why I didn’t get on with this book as much as Jolene’s previous two, is that I didn’t feel an emotional connection to Clara. I did sympathise with what had happened to her, but for some reason didn’t really ‘get’ her. I still think this book is well worth reading, I just didn’t like it as much as her previous releases.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Not my favourite by this author, but a decent read nonetheless! 

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. I could mention so many wonderful books that do this, so it’s been incredibly hard to narrow it down!

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book has diverse characters and deals with suicide. I was absolutely blown away by this book, especially the ending. Oh my goodness!

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

There is a big secret involved in this story, but I don’t want to give it away. You’ll just have to read it to see why it’s got diverse characters!

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

This book features a wonderful character who goes through so much and grows massively throughout the course of the story. I will always recommend this book!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

This is another diverse and bloomin’ wonderful book. It revolves around an inter-sex character.

Gracefully Grayson- Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson

A beautiful story which deals with prejudice and ignorance!

The Art of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

This book was recommended to me by several trusted book bloggers. I could see why. I think it’s a fabulously diverse book which has a transgender character at the heart of the story.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I absolutely adored this book. The main protagonist is dealing with serious issues. It’s so well written!

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book deals with mental health/suicide in an incredibly raw, honest manner.

She Is Not Invisible- Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible

Marcus Sedgwick’s book has a character who is living without sight. I think this is a beautifully written book.

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

This book involves race and LGBT. It’s wonderful.

What are your Top Ten books with diverse characters/diversity? Feel free to leave a link to your top ten post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #123

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

Has to Be Love

I have really enjoyed books by Jolene Perry in the past, so I snapped up her latest book. It looks cute, but knowing Jolene’s books it’ll be emotional too!

Burn GirlThis book looks intense and emotional, but its synopsis intrigues me!

I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson, #2)I apologise if you have Taylor Swift in your head right now! I love Paige Toon’s writing and I’m intrigued to see how her YA series progresses!

The Mistake I MadePaula Daly is one of my favourite British thriller writers. I didn’t even look up the synopsis of this book before I requested it. I like her writing that much!

Bought:

Dream a Little Dream

I adore Giovanna Fletcher’s writing, so I dived into this book straight away. I’ve managed to write my review already (I’ll be pushing it to the top of my drafts) so I’ll publish my review early next week! I just want to spread the word for a perfect summer read!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your hauls. Happy Reading 😀