A Year in Review: 2016

A Year in Review 2016

There was a lot to be sad about and to mourn over in 2016. We lost many brilliant sparks and the political culmination of Brexit and the Presidential Election this year has left us wan with disappointment. So, instead of focusing on all the ways that 2016 was a collective disappointment, I want to take one last look back over the small victories and happenings in my personal life that made 2016 enjoyable!

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The Autumn Reading Tag

Ah and so it has returned! With Autumn comes pumpkin spice latte season with a hint of the autumn reading tag. I don’t drink coffee, so I’ve never tasted one, but I do love that coffee shops now smell at least 50% spicier, since I am partial to ginger and cinnamon.

Thank you to the lovely Almost Amazing Grace for tagging me to do this, you’re almost amazing! 😉

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Tanya Landman discusses female protagonists, literary awards and familial relationships


Just less than a week to go before the main event!

YA Shot is an author-run, author-led Young Adult and Middle Grade festival that raises the money and resources to run a year-long programme pairing libraries and schools for free author events to foster a love of reading, inspire a passion for writing, and encourage aspirations to care
ers in the Arts. If you’d like to know more about what YAShot is then check it out here.

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The Grand Tour: Natasha Farrant’s Favourite Classics

Natasha Farrant is the amazing author of Lydia: the Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice, and while I fully intend to write a full review of her book, I urge you to read it! This book is a brilliant homage to the epitome of classical literature. Farrant puts a unique and nostalgic spin on the character of Lydia Bennet that adds a completely new and intriguing dimension to her life.

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Lost and Found Tour – Q&A with Olivia Levez, author of The Island

About The Island

‘There were friends once, but they melted away. Things are different now I am a MONSTER’

Frances is alone. Cast away on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, she has to find water, food and shelter. But survival is hard. Especially when she is haunted by memories of the things that she did before, the things that made her a monster. Pushed to the limit in extreme conditions, she battles to come to terms with her past, and find a future worth fighting for.

This is a gripping and thought-provoking story about one girl’s journey to become the person she believes she can be.

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Review: Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty – Penguin Originals

*Please note: I received this book gratis in order to provide a review. This review is my honest opinion and is unaffected by the receipt of this for free.*



Dear Nobody is the story of Helen, Chris and Nobody, their unborn baby. Still both in college with bright lives ahead, the last thing Helen and Chris expected after losing their virginity would be that Helen would fall pregnant. Dear Nobody tells the story from both perspectives, through Helen’s letters to their unborn child who are read by Chris including his point of view throughout.

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