Must-Read 2016 New Releases

Must Read 2016 New Releases

Must-Read 2016 New Releases

2016 has been a great year for reading. Not only did Netgalley and Edelweiss approve some of my requests for review copies, while traveling I purchased many new books – long before they were released in South Africa or Indonesia. I smashed my Goodreads challenge and released my first #BooksWithWings book into the wild.

But which of all the new 2016 releases I read during the year stand out? The must-read books that need to be shouted from the rooftops? Surprisingly  these are all 5-star reads – I don’t give out 5 stars lightly. But anyone who stayed still long enough for me to force them to read brighten their day knows just how much I loved them.

This is my list of 2016’s Must-Read New Releases

 

under rose-tainted skiesUnder Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I didn’t expect it to touch me as much as it did. It was real and sad but at the same time full of hope. Read more of my review

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

With the combination of superb characters and the rich storyline which flows like thick treacle, oozing with venom,  this is a book I will not forget. So very dark. Read more of my review

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue HitchcockThe Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Invited into the homes of Alaskan families, I discovered warm, rich characters whose lives interweave in extraordinary ways. Read more of my review

In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Four very different lives are about to become entangled.  Abstract from Goodreads.com

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All the Missing GirlsAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

An original, unpredictable story line and a very unusual format. Read more of my review

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. — Abstract from Goodreads.com


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Recoil by Joanne MacgregorRecoil by Joanne Macgregor

Recoil is an unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride. Read more of my review

When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Way I Used to BeThe Way I Used to Be  by Amber Smith

An emotional rollercoaster that I am so glad I got on. Read more of my review

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.— Abstract from Goodreads.com

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heartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

I gobbled this book, dreaming of the characters. Trying to savour the flavours but instead gulping it almost all at once – like an unexpected treat that could be snatched away at any moment. Read more of my review

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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1P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestP.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The richly layered fudge cake characters were climb-under-my-skin and sprinkle-crumbs-over-pajamas. The kind of characters who are now your best friends because you know and love them. Read more of my review

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery? While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk!  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Summer Before ForeverThe Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

I loved the unique, edgy characters, but the real plus is the inclusion, and positive portrayal, of a learning difficulty. Read more of my review

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs  — Abstract from Goodreads.com 

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And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

Dark at times, with a rich deeply layered plot and well-developed characters. Intrigue, espionage, treason, murder, betrayal, loyalty and lies interspersed with love and swords. Read more of my review

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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#BooksWithWings – Let Them Fly

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Books With Wings… Let Them Fly

#BooksWithWings, a pay-it-forward style book exchange, is something that has been brewing in the back of my mind for a couple of years. Although I have left books behind before I’ve always wondered where they end up.

A global book share project#BooksWithWings

I envisioned a global book share project that starts simply by leaving a book in a random place with a message inside. Yesterday, as I sat among the orchards in Changi Airport’s Terminal 2, #BooksWithWings began and I posted the following on FaceBook.

I have just left a book at Changi Airport, Singapore with a message inside. I hope it will find its way into happy hands. This is the first of many books I hope to release into the wild in a project called #bookswithwings.

I always read a physical book when flying as many countries don’t allow the in-flight use of electronic devices during ascent and descent and this is the time I need to be distracted the most! I had just purchased a new books in Singapore so it was time to let one go.

I hope the book(s) get read to death

Despite the daily affirmation that this is naïve, I believe in humanity. I root for people. So I hope that this project that truly takes wings. That the books find themselves read to death, literally. That they pass through so many hands, hearts and minds that they eventually fall apart and the remains recycled to become part of a new book.

#BooksWithWingsThe first #BooksWithWings book

The book I left in the wild is a YA (Young Adult) contemporary, aptly entitled Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between. Written by Jennifer E. Smith and published by Headline in 2015. Although this will be its first journey with new readers, the book has travelled over borders before. Originally bought in South Africa, it travelled with me to Indonesia before it was set free in Singapore.

The bookmark I left inside the book is one that author Katie McGarry kindly posted to me in South Africa. It features her book Nowhere But Here.

I’d love to track the book(s) progress around the world

If you find the book let me know, I’d love to track its progress around the world. I hope to be able to share photographs of traveling books in their new surrounds. But please for privacy reasons don’t share photos that include people.

Spread bookish love

I would love this project to spread. Anyone can join in. Leave books for others to discover.
Spread bookish love. #BooksWithWings

Book Bloggers – Who Reads Your Posts?

Who Reads Your Posts

Book Bloggers – Who Reads Your Posts?

Who Reads Your Posts? After almost three years of blogging I’ve noticed a disturbing thing – the majority of people who read (and interact with) my blog are fellow book bloggers. I often feel like I’m recommending ice to polar bears, instead of a book to potential readers.

Just like a review from a book blogger promotes a book, a share on social media recommends a blogger.

I know many authors prefer not to read reviews of their own books, but just like a review from a book blogger promotes a book, a share on social media recommends a blogger. It would mean so much to us if authors (and publishers) shared positive reviews to their followers. Not only of their own books but reviews of their fellow authors too.

Getting comments and shares of my posts mean the world to me.

I’m not blogging for an income, in fact despite affiliate links on my sidebar and on review posts I have made a sum total of 5 cents (not that I don’t wish for more – I dream of the day my earnings allow me to buy a new book to review). And please don’t think I am ungrateful for ARC’s – I would have little to review without them and I work hard to keep my stats up to improve my chance of approval for these advanced copies. But getting comments and shares of my posts? That means the world to me.

One click to share a good review with your fans will make a book blogger’s day.

So, please authors and publishers think of your colleagues in the industry next time you go online. One click to share a good review with your fans will make a book blogger’s day.

What Should I Read Next? TBR Poll October ’16

What Should I Read Next

This is my October TBR

What Should I Read Next?

Spring has sprung in the southern hemisphere and my new hometown is stunning with new leaves and bright colours exploding -even in my own garden. It is not long before I return to my second home in Indonesia where, just north of the equator, the seasons are impossible to distinguish.

Before I go I must read fast. I have a pile of physical books to read and I need to read as many as possible before I go (airline luggage restrictions should not apply to book bloggers!). Some are ARC’s, some purchased recently and some I have had for a while but didn’t make it into my suitcase last time. What if I never get to them? The horror! Save me from myself…

What Should I Read Next

Please vote below

So friends, please help me stop procrastinating and making matters (read: my TBR) worse by browsing for new books. Here are ten books I must read.Which one should I start with and which ones (can vote up to 5) should I not miss under any circumstances?

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Love These Top Ten Crime Books

Top Ten Crime

I haven’t participated in a top ten for a while. Moving house took longer than expected. But I am back and with ten of my favourite crime books. Not necessarily mystery stories, but all these books feature an element of criminal activity that dominates the storyline.

 

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society

What would you do if all your family vacations were planned around the next heist?
Like all Ally Carter stories, Heist Society is fun and addictive.

 


Grass by Cathy MacPhail

Grass

 

 

A hard-hitting story of a witness to gang crime.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak
I love Laurie Halse Anderson’s books and Speak is my favourite. Subtly written and frighteningly realistic.


Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don’t Look Back

A beautifully written, unpredictable and scary thriller.

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Tricks
If you’ve never read Ellen Hopkins’s books this may not be the best one to start with. She does not shy from the truth and these books are all too horrifyingly, raw and edgy. Only the brave go forth and steel yourself – it is gritty and unflinchingly true.
Having said that, they are also not to be missed. Her stories flow almost effortlessly through verse and you won’t want to put them down.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

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Despite the warm and soothing writing, this book packs a powerful punch.

The blurb and hype surrounding the story try to prepare the reader, but I am still reeling in shock…

 


All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls
A very, very cleverly written murder mystery. Original, unpredictable and brilliant!


A Time to Kill by John Grisham

A Time to Kill

Published after he became a best-seller, this is John Grisham’s first novel and by far the best he’s written.

 


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
Another book that packs a powerful punch. I loved this beautiful wistful story of regret, longing, friendship and war.

 

 

 

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Newes from the Dead
Set in 1650, this is a true story of a young girl who was falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to death. Told in alternating POV’s that allow us to see the present while understanding the events that lead up to… (nope! no spoilers here!)

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Are Adult books threatened by YA?

Are Adult books threatened by YA?

This is not a post about whether adults should be reading YA, but rather a look into why YA dominates the current market.Is YA eclipsing Adult books?

Are Adult books threatened by YA?

The short answer is yes. A glimpse at my TBR (to-be-read) shelf on Goodreads confirms that. And I don’t think I am alone. If that doesn’t convince you a quick search online will show you that currently, YA books top the sales statistics and although this could be argued that they not purchasing for themselves, the majority of buyers are adults.

Categories and buzzwords

Before YA became a category (It’s not a genre!), a buzzword and sometimes sadly a condescending sneer, we read what we wanted to. Admittedly books aimed at the YA market a few decades ago were few and far between, think The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Ask Alice, but these were enjoyed by all, alongside adult novels. 

The publishing industry has exploded in the last few years and there are more books published in a year that could be read in any lifetime. It’s all too terrifying to think of the great books we’re not going to have time to read.

Books are now extensively categorised and marketed in different niches. I am known for blurring the lines so it’s no secret I don’t like this. I have never pretended to be pretentious and only read top quality literature. This doesn’t mean I don’t, I just don’t read these exclusively because I believe we should read what makes us happy (yes even sad books can make our souls happy!).

With more than ten years experience in school libraries, I have been exposed to a wide range of books targeted for different age groups. During this time I started making a point of reading more YA to be able to book talk and recommend books to teenagers who according to our statistics were reading less than any other students. Now? Even though I am not currently working in a school 90% of the books I read are YA

Why do I read YA?

So why am I reading YA? Because I am addicted want to. When I am reading for pleasure I want to read what I like.

I believe the appeal of YA books comes down to the following:
Fast-paced, emotional, intense, exciting, the feels, realistic, relatable, dramatic, risky

In comparison adult books often seem slow, boring, tedious, monotonous, tired. Even highly anticipated books built up with media hype, such as the recent The Girl in the Train fall flat when put against the furiously expanding YA category.

Disclaimer: Obviously my opinion on adult books is a generalisation and not all YA is good, but there are many excellent YA reads which can be found on Goodreads or better yet from the recommendations made by honest bloggers & reviewers.
The blogs I recommend can be found on the drop-down menu under ‘About Me’ in the menu above. 

So here’s the question…  Is YA eclipsing Adult books?

Can Adult books keep up? Should we be worried?

Perhaps the key is in marketing?

I am hoping rather than squashing down those adult’s who, like me, happily read YA in public there can be a spark of change coming from the book industry themselves. Perhaps the key is in marketing?

The pre-publishing hype for YA is phenomenal, and in my opinion, it surpasses any other category. When, as a book blogger, I request an advance copy (ARC) of a YA title I already know a great deal about it. Book bloggers are always tuned to the new-book-radar. Listening to the quiet murmurings that a debut has reached the publishers or an established author is working on a new book. I anticipate the cover reveal, debate its aesthetics with fellow bloggers. I have read quotes, advanced reviews and seen book trailers. But when I browse the forthcoming adult titles I am frequently confronted by titles and covers I have never heard of…

Let me know what you think.

Further reading for those interested in the YA debate:
CNN:  A brief history of young adult literature
The New York Times: When Authors Take Risks, That’s Not Kid Stuff
New York Public Library: How did YA Become YA?
School Library Journal YA: A Category for the Masses. But What About Teens?
The New York Times: The Great Y.A. Debate of 2014
The Slate Book Review: Against YA
The English Journal: Young Adult Literature: The Problem With YA Literature
The Guardian: Why are so many adults reading YA and teen fiction?

These Books Deserve More Attention

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It is strange (but true) that many great books just don’t get into the hands of readers. Whether it’s an unappealing  cover / title or just poor marketing I feel sad for those little-known books that are really worth reading.

Here is a list (does anyone else get a spike of joy when compiling lists?) of books I loved but which have had very little attention on Goodreads even though it’s been a while since they were published. One thing these books all have in common, other than that I love them, is that they all have edgy, gritty characters (trust me this is a good thing!).

*All ratings are out of the possible 5 stars, subjective to the individual reviewer opinion published publicly on Goodreads and retrieved on 9 August 2016 .

These Books Deserve More Attention

Between Two Seas

 

Between Two Seas by Marie-Louise Jensen
317 Ratings,   4-star average
Set in Denmark this is a beautifully written historical fiction by a first-class author. It’s about a strong female character who journeys into the unknown to find her father. I have no idea why this book is not more popular. It’s a must read.

 

Dust by Sarah DaltryDust
37 ratings, 4.14- star average

An epic fantasy by an author whose writing is so seductive you’ll be sucked in from the first page. Full of twists the three main characters, a princess, assassin and a thief, will keep you on your toes throughout. Fantasy lovers add this to the top of your TBR. This is one of my rare 5-star reads,

Agora Files

 

The Agora Files by Adam Oster
18 ratings,  3.94- star average 

The Agora Files is a fast-paced, unpredictable and original dystopian story. Full of action, adrenaline, excitement and adventure but with a strong, appealing human element which comes through in family dynamics and unexpected relationships.

 

Scarred

Scarred by Joanne Macgregor
327 ratings, 3.86-star average

Written by a South African author this is a tender, sensitive contemporary story of hope and redemption but with strong, complex characters and witty banter.

 

Retaliation

Retaliation by Yasmin Shiraz
105 ratings, 4.24-star average

This is a powerful, brutal, raw but ultimately inspirational account of life on gang ruled streets.  Although set in Washington D.C. the story will resonate with any inner city streets of all major cities across the world and as such has the potential of reaching many teens who desperately need to hear the message of hope.

Grass

 

Grass by Cathy MacPhail
87 ratings, 3.75-star average

Grass is a story that will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading. Cathy MacPhail is a well-known author and this is my favourite of her books. A witness to a horrific crime by a local gang is placed in a very difficult situation when he is forbidden to grass (tell on).

Last Summer of Us

 

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt
388 ratings, 3.64-star average

Drama follows three best friends, whose relationships intertwine with unexpected results, as they embark on a road trip.

One Two Three

 


One, Two, Three
by Elodie Nowodazki
237 ratings, 3.61-star average

Passionate, gritty, complicated characters abound in this intense story which revolves around a ballerina’s future career after an accident and her bizarre family relationships


Street Duty

Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down  by Chris Ould
60 ratings, 3.82-star average

Trainee student police officers encounter gritty, streetwise characters on their watch. Fast-paced action and realistic settings. A book not to miss.

 

Goblet Club


The Goblet Club
by S.A. Partridge
34 ratings, 3.75-star average

Set in a boy’s boarding school this is a gothic, sinister, award-winning book by a South African author. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History with the formation of a secret exclusive club which in this case is dedicated to the study of poison. Dark themes and compelling characters make this a book not to miss.

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Six Queens and a King of YA Contemporary

Royal Auto-Buy List

My Royal Contemporary Auto-Buys

The Six Queens and a King of YA Contemporary

It should not come as a surprise that contemporary books are my thing. I devour the books and drool over the covers on Goodreads and Instagram (and sometimes at the library and in bookshops, please don’t tell). Although I like the flirty fun, the edgy angst and the drama, it’s the interactive relationships the characters have with family and friends that I love. People are fascinating. While I can watch them for hours in public places trying to imagine their lives, contemporary books provide a short-cut and I can get my dose of ‘peopleness’ anywhere, anytime in a book… and without the creepy gawking.

I present to you my royal contemporary auto-buy list

There are seven YA contemporary authors that have proven themselves (at least to me) that they rock. I have read  greedily gobbled all their books and any hint of a future book in the works is met with feverously stalking their social media accounts. They rule as the six queens and a king of my auto-buy list.

So in alphabetical order, the crowns go to the following Greats: 

The King

Adi Alsaid

Now before you go off on a rant by gender inequalities let me just say that I have yet to find another male contemporary author who rocks enough to reign. BUT. I would love to add to my list, to look more friendly to the male gender but also because I freaking love YA contemporary. So please hit me with send me lists of candidates who should be on this royal auto-buy list.

Adi Alsaid writes beautiful, realistic, dramatic, character-driven books that I drown in. Pick up one and sink in until you are deeply immersed in his writing and feel your soul rejuvenate. See my review of Let’s Get Lost.
Breaking news: Adi Alsaid announces his new book North of Happy! commences stalking

The Queens

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is (fortunately for me) a prolific author whose books will easily fill a bookshelf. Very popular in the school library, they are full of dynamic family relationships and rich, intense, feel-good depth.
My review of Saint Anything.

Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is known for her big, sink-into-until-you-drown books filled with vibrant, rich characters that will stick with you for life.
My review of Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry rocks so much she agreed to an interview with me way back when I started blogging and ambitiously contacted her. Not only was she friendly and obliging, but she also sent a parcel of bookmarks and printed ribbons all the way to South Africa for our school library.

She specialises in tough, edgy, messed-up characters and her books are gritty, raw and real. Contemporary with a bite. And her characters, which usually find themselves appearing in her other books, are the kind that will loyally stick with you for life. The kind you’d probably be a little nervous (like me) to approach them in the real world, but wish you could.
See my review of Pushing the Limits.

Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson does the quirky so well. Her books are full of life in the offbeat, wildly, crazy rollercoaster, arty way that feeds my soul. I don’t have the words to describe her writing other that it is insanely brilliant.
See my review of I’ll Give You the Sun.

Rainbow Rowell

Although I love Rainbow Rowell’s storylines, it’s her characters that steal the show. These are characters you’ll meet and never forget. Characters that you’ll wish were your best friends.
See my review of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.

Kasie West

Kasie West is the queen of the fun, flirty, feel-good books that I can’t get enough of. Although she doesn’t shy away from serious issues her books are the ones to pick up when you are off to the beach, or wish you were. Because they are going to make you feel as though you are on holiday.
See my review of P.S. I Like You.

Now you know whose books I love, but what about you? Who is on your royal auto-buy list?

Reading Around the World

reading around the world

The challenge set by the Broke and the Bookish was to find books set outside the US. I have never had the opportunity to visit the US sad face and it wasn’t until I began to look closely that I realised how many books are set in America. It became almost an obsession to find books and my list just exploded. I eventually realised that there was no way I could put all of the books I wanted to on one list. I’ll have to do a series of posts featuring books from different continents- watch this space!

This is a (somewhat shorter) list of books from around the world.  I have chosen books I have read and highly recommend. I hope you can find one (or more) you’d like to read.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled  HosseiniThousand Splendid Suns Afganistan

This beautiful, inspirational but heartbreaking book tells the story of two very different women who find comfort and strength in each other in war-torn Afganistan.

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Jellicoe Road by Melina MarchettaJellico Road Australia

Set in a boarding school in Australia this YA book is one that I will always remember. This book combines two separate stories so that they intertwine and enrich each other as you unravel their secrets.

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood Canada

Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark, spine-chilling YA ghost story set in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sinister, menacing and downright creepy, this is the perfect Halloween read.

Goodreads
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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy God of Small Things

Set in Kerala, Southern India this is a beautiful book that weaves wistful words replete with foreboding menace and the loss of innocence. Unforgettable mental images accompany the words making this a story you won’t disremember.

Goodreads
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Coram Boy by Jamila GavinCoram Boy

Eighteenth-century England comes to life in this sinister story that still haunts me five years after I put it down. Shocking, shadowy events and eerie characters traipse through the pages creating a subtle but dark menacing gothic atmosphere.

Goodreads
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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy

This mesmerising book is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Set in 15th century France it is brilliantly, mysteriously bursting with treason and betrayal. I loved the storyline which has murder, secrets, assassins and villains seeping out its pores.

Goodreads
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Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo by Lawrence Babylon's Ark IraqAnthony

A non-fiction memoir by Lawrence Anthony, a well-known South African conservationist and author of The Elephant Whisperer, about the courageous rescue of the Baghdad Zoo animals during the Iraq War.

Goodreads
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OrchardsOrchards by Holly Thompson

Written in verse this award-winning YA book about complicated family relationships and a clash of cultures. I flew through this inspiring, uplifting story of a Japanese-American girl is sent to stay with her grandparents home in Japan after her involvement in a bullying-related suicide.

Goodreads
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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Between Shades of Gray Russia

This YA historical fiction book is a haunting and compelling portrayal of humanity during the Second World War. Sparks of life, small acts of kindness and decency, shine through between brutal cruelty while the prisoners of war face the reality of survival in an unbelievably harsh environment

Goodreads
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The Trouble with Flying by Rachel MorganTrouble with Flying South Africa

Rachel Morgan is a South African author well known for her YA fantasy series. The Trouble with Flying is the first of a series of contemporary fiction. Although the characters make an appearance in their friend’s stories, each book is about different characters so can be read in any order.

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Scrumptious Bookish Crafts

Scrumptious Bookish Crafts

Recently the lovely blog Candid Cover published a post about hosting a Book Swap Party which I immediately saved under ‘one day when I can get enough bookish friends together’.  It got me thinking about what crafts we could make during the party which lead to hours online literally drooling over beautiful bookish craft possibilities.

A list of bookish crafts that I would love to make

If you’re planning a Book Swap Party, thinking of making a gift for a bookish friend or just want something fun to do during the holidays then take a visit to these brilliant crafters for the instructions to make these scrumptious bookish crafts.

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Leather book necklaces and key chains by Art By Wendy

Leather Book Necklaces

 

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Glass Map Necklace by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects

Glass Map Necklace by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects

 

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Book Page Roses by Twigg Studio

Book Page Roses

 

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Altered Book Journals by Phizzy Chick

Altered Book Journals

 

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Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament by Stephanie Lynn

Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament

 

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5 Pointed Origami Star by Homemade Gifts Made Easy

5 Pointed Origami Star

 

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Paper Garlands by Project Wedding

Paper Garlands

 

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Zipper Book Clutch by See Kate Sew

Zipper Book Clutch

 

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Bookish Jewelry Box by Sincerely Kinsey

Book Jewelry Box

 

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Rolled Paper Flower Wreath by Stephanie Lynn

Rolled Paper Flower Wreath

 

I haven’t made any of these yet, but I would like to get stuck right in – once I’ve made up my mind which one to start with!

Do you make bookish creations? Any advice? Which one would you start with?

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Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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