I need to get back into reading. I was doing so well this year but I failed miserably in June and July. So one of the ways that I am motivating myself to get back into reading again is by setting myself a TBR and sharing it with the world so that I can be held accountable. This may seem bizarre to some of you but having a set TBR really helps me read more because I spend a lot of time debating what to read. This may be an ambitious TBR but we shall see.
YALC is over. I can’t quite believe that it’s over. The whole weekend went so quickly and I had such a great time. The last time I went was in 2016 so it had been a while but I’ve definitely decided that I will now try to go every year (if finances allow it). Today’s blog post is going to be about my experience at YALC as well as my haul. It’s going to be a long one so grab a drink and read on.
This is one of my absolute favourite tags to do every year. I love getting to a mid year check in on my reading. It’s definitely going be hard to narrow it down this year as I’ve already read 111 books in the first half of this year which is absolutely crazy but I’ve tried to narrow it down.
In case you weren’t aware, July is the month of YALC which is the UK’s biggest YA book convention and one of my favourite times of the year. I am actually attending the convention this year which I am excited about because I have only been once before and that was back in 2016. I thought in celebration of YALC, I would discuss my top favourite UKYA novels. There are a lot on this list. Like a lot. And that is after I removed quite a few from it as well. But that’s just how good UKYA is. Most of these you will probably be already aware of my love for these books but we are making it an official list.
Another quarter of 2019 has gone which means we are officially halfway through the year. I have no idea where the time is going because it feels like yesterday that I was writing up my previous statistics wrap up. However, I’m back again with another one. My reading this quarter hasn’t been as great but I still managed to read 53 books in 3 months which I am thrilled about. Let’s go onto the stats for this month.
So, one day I was just looking at my physical TBR the other day and it started overwhelming me with just how many books I have that I have not read yet. There are actually quite a few books on my TBR that I’m not sure if I actually want to read. So I decided to do the Try A Chapter tag with some of them. I actually had quite a few so I’ve split them into three categories: review copies, fantasy and contemporary. This is the final post in this mini series and I will be trying a chapter of each of contemporary books that I’m not sure about. I do read a lot of contemporary so I’m more likely to keep these ones but let’s see how I feel about them after the first chapter of each.
Before, I was a million things. Now I’m only one. The Burned Girl.
Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose: Her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Even her face. She doesn’t need a mirror to know what she looks like–she can see her reflection in the eyes of everyone around her.
A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. Ava knows better. There is no normal for someone like her. And forget making friends–no one wants to be seen with the Burned Girl, now or ever.
But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone. Sarcastic and blunt, Piper isn’t afraid to push Ava out of her comfort zone. Piper introduces Ava to Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, and slowly, Ava tries to create a life again. Yet Piper is fighting her own battle, and soon Ava must decide if she’s going to fade back into her scars . . . or let the people by her side help her fly.
I got quite a few books this month, some of which I bought and some that I got sent for review. I am really enjoying doing book hauls on my blog again as I get to showcase some books more often, and it makes me feel good about the fact that I’ve read a lot of the books I am buying. Anyway, here’s my June book haul.
This has been a really hectic month and therefore I haven’t read as much as I did in previous months. I still read 10 books which is great for my usual reading pace but not great in terms of my 2019 reading pace. I lost my desire to read a lot and I also got a job so I’ve been a lot busier and a lot more tired. I still managed to read 10 so let’s talk about those and some of the films that I watched.
So, one day I was just looking at my physical TBR the other day and it started overwhelming me with just how many books I have that I have not read yet. There are actually quite a few books on my TBR that I’m not sure if I actually want to read. So I decided to do the Try A Chapter tag with some of them. I actually had quite a few so I’ve split them into three categories: review copies, fantasy and contemporary. This is the second post in the series where I will be picking up some of the fantasy books on my TBR that I am unsure about.