October. The month of horror, of autumn, of hot cocoa and sweet potatoes, of panicking about NaNoWriMo and reading instead of planning. Well, if you’re me anyway. Not that I can complain much right now as I’ve discovered plenty of wonderful books, some of which will lurk in the back of my mind forever. Perhaps one day I’ll even write one of my own, eh? Let’s see how this November goes!
Reading-wise, September was not one of my best months. Between the end of the holidays, preparations to leave the country, an odd reluctance to read, and having to leave an 80% read book behind, my TBR underwent little decrease. Thankfully, the books I did finish were lovely in their own way and left me pumped for all the books to come. Besides, the colder weather always makes one want to read a little bit more, doesn’t it?
The summer heat is unrelenting to a point where if one doesn’t put down their book for a dive, one is bound to melt into a puddle. Ah, the price of living in a country that is prised for its temperate winters. Still, despite the feeling of being in a constant need of a shower, it is utterly lovely to read by the seaside or with your feet deep in the river. The lull of rushing water even makes it easier to finish books you had DNF’ed in the past!
Mm, makes you wonder what it’d be like to read summer books at the beach. Would they be finished within the hour? Would the books feels especially vivid? Guess those are questions to answer next year!
Summer is officially here! So, naturally, it’s time for one to walk outside and explore… books. Never mind swimming in the warmer waters or roast in the sun, when one has a little extra time, one ought to read! Well, at least I try to!
What a month! June is bound to go down in history as one of the craziest, most terrible news-worthy month in the decade. Between Orlando, Brexit, Istambul, and Merlin knows what else, it’s no wonder so many people have been finding it hard to keep their head above the water. That’s not to say that the month was full of no more than tears for me. Not only did I go to my first ever Pride, which was an absolute blast, but I got to intern in a fabulous lab for a month. Nonetheless, the books I held helped to drive away the nightmares and fears better than anything else ever could.
If you’ve read Marieke Nijkamp’s This is Where it Ends, you’ll certainly have realised how it’s a harsh reminder that every moment counts when it comes to living your best life, being your best self, and treating others with love, compassion, and kindness. As such, Sourcebooks is inviting everyone to make this summer count by creating as many “moments” as possible in 54 days (June 15 to August 7).
Make sure to check out the challenge’s website for ideas on how to make your summer both kinder and unforgettable. And don’t forget to share your progress along the way by tagging #thisiswhereitends and #everymomentcounts! There’s the chance to win prizes, and who doesn’t like that?
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
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About the author
Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, and geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies and is the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands. Visit her at mariekenijkamp.com.
May was the month of fantasy and sci-fi, and one where the book count went slightly down. Ah, university! Nonetheless, it was a month when I finally grabbed three books famous in the YA circle, and found one I will forever cherish. So many feelings, guys! So many!
Title: Seven Ways We Lie
Author: Riley Redgate
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: March 8th 2016
Buy at: BookDepository
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
Phew, these last couple of months have been a complete rollercoaster! Between exams, the flu, and so so much labwork, it’s been frankly hard to keep my head floating above the water. It’s times like these I’m thankful for audiobooks. Indeed, most of the books (and I do mean most) I’ve been reading entered my mind through the ear buds, not the eyes.
The majority of these were fantastic books as well. They were the kind of stories that will whisk you away to another land, so that every sound, every object fades away until there is nothing more in the world than the words you’re reading. All a reader could ask for. March and April were definite successes of book picking!
Today, I’m joined by one half of the Rhewination: Erin Rhew. For those that don’t know, Erin is a young adult fantasy author who is married to adult thriller author, Deek Rhew. Together, they are “the Rhews,” and their street team is the Rhewination!
Deek and Erin– Join the Rhewination! ;)