Another week, another TTT for you. This week I decided to share with you the Netgalley books I had meant to read ages ago, but like always another book gets in the way. So these 10 are on the top of my to-read list!
Baker Street Academy: Sherlock Holmes And The Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn ~Goodreads~
Published by Scholastic 2016
Hardback edition 176 pages ~Amazon~
Thank you to Faye and Scholastic for inviting me on the blog tour!
John Watson has barely settled into his new school, Baker Street Academy, when his teacher announces a trip to one of London’s top museums, home to the world’s most famous jewel. But it’s been stolen! When police catch the thief it seems the case is closed. Can Sherlock Holmes uncover the mystery behind this extraordinary gem?
Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan ~Goodreads~
Published by Image Comics 2016
Paperback 128 pages ~Book Depository~
Thank you to my wonderful boyfriend Sam for giving me this for Christmas, you know me so well!
The smash-hit series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues with a bold new direction, as intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future…the year 2016.
It’s been a while since I updated you guys with how my studies with the Open University are going, so I thought I’d squeeze and update post in before I start back and being term two.
As of October this year I have started my Level 2 (Year 2) studying English Literature and Philosophy, and my module codes are A230 and A222 for those who are interested in checking them out on the OU website.
I read some great books in 2016, and many of them I hadn’t heard before and some that no one else seemed to be reading. I guess these are my favourites of 2016 that I would like everyone to read, because they are just fantastic!
I’ve linked all of my reviews for you to check out, I think there’s something for everyone here…
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard ~Goodreads~
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books 2017
Paperback edition 320 pages ~Book Depository~
Thank you to My Kind of Book and Macmillan for sending me a review copy of this fantastic book.
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
I’m a big fan of reading classics. There’s something about reading a book from the past, that really grabs my attention. Perhaps it’s reading the diverse language in particular, because it’s always interesting and a bit of a challenge at times.
Another week, another TTT that I’ve actually prepped for! For some reason I feel really determined to get my blog back on track this year, 2016 I did well and improved tremendously but this year I have the feeling that I’ll do a lot better.
There were SO many books in 2016 that I had meant to read so I wasn’t short of choosing, but these are one’s I particularly regret not reading last year…
Okay so I’ve been rather slack these past few months with blogging, but if I’m completely honest it’s been a lovely break.
I’ve put my studies first and boy if you have read my OU Term 2 post then you’ll know just how busy I’ve been.
I’m lucky to have spent as much time with my boyfriend Sam as possible, and 2016 has probably been the best Christmas for a long long time (despite the blown up leg of course). I’ve seen family and friends, and just had some chill time from the intensity from studying. I needed it because I know as the New Year begins it’s going to be a bit of a stressful one, but I like being busy and it will keep me occupied from missing Sam.
I’ve offered my tips on “how to be a book blogger” previously on Emma’s Bookery, but I realised I had never discussed what I like to include in my book reviews. I won’t say my reviews are always top notch, but I try to stick to the points that I’m going to share with you all.
Sometimes when I write a review I find it hard to perhaps give all my reasons for why I did/didn’t like it. Therefore they’re short and sweet, to the point and not much in between. I guess at times I have given up on the book or perhaps I can’t quite convey how good it is, but I just insist that everyone in the world should read it.
Anyway, here are some pointers that I try to follow when writing my reviews. I’d like to point out though that everyone writes their reviews differently, and this is just my personal go-to list of what to include. My advice would be to keep your reviews interesting is to come up with your own spin on them, perhaps not include a star rating but perhaps quotes instead. For example, “beyond awful,” “eh it was okay,” “OH MY GOD I WANT TO RE-READ THIS BOOK FOREVER.” You get me?