The one with the unintentional hiatus

Hi everyone! So I haven’t published anything in over month (I actually thought it was longer!) and I have to say that I haven’t missed it. I think it seems like longer because I haven’t actually written a proper post in quite a while as my last book review was published mid September and knowing me I probably wrote it quite a while before I actually published it. I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t blogged in a while. I have three half written book reviews in my drafts and I just haven’t had the motivation to finish any of them. The problem with book reviews is also that the longer you leave them, the harder it is to finish them as you often forget how you felt about the book and can’t articulate it.

There have been a few reasons why I haven’t blogged on so long. The first reason is that I just lost my motivation for it. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t find it in me to write anything or even finish posts I had started. I was going to write a more cumulative post of my reviews that I hadn’t yet shared and I couldn’t even find the motivation to do that. In honesty as well I haven’t really read much within the last month so past the posts sat in my drafts I wouldn’t have had anything to share anyway. The second reason is that I started university again about four weeks ago so that has naturally been taking up all my time meaning that my blog ended up on the back burner. In honesty had I not lost my motivation for blogging it probably would have ended up falling to the side as a result of me being busy with uni work anyway. My problem with uni is that it becomes all consuming so I struggle to find time for anything else. I’ve never worked whilst studying because I honestly wouldn’t know how to. 

In honesty, I don’t know what blogging will look like for me going forward. On one hand I love blogging and I’ve loved sharing my thoughts on books so I’d like to be able to keep doing that in some way. However, as a result of restarting uni and lacking motivation Im not sure how I will do this. I don’t want to give up on my blog all together, I just need to find a way of making it work for me. I’d quite like to find a way of making my reviews a bit more short and snappy so I didn’t necessarily have to put so much work into them. I will probably try a few things out and see what works for me.

If you’ve got this far in the post them thank you for reading my rant. I really love blogging and really want to make it work so I will definitely keep going with it. Hopefully I will be able to make it strong again.

Thank you for reading!

Abbie. X

A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard

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.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this book! This is the second book by Sara Barnard by it’s actually the third book I’ve read by her and I honestly cannot believe I waited so long. I loved her other two books beautiful broken things and goodbye perfect and I was not disappointed with this book. I actually feel like this might have been my favourite out of the three. One of the things I love about Sara’s books is the friendship theme that runs throughout. Although this book has more of a romantic element than the other two, friendship is still a strong theme within the book. I love the bond that Steffi and Tem have.

I connect with Steffi in so many ways. I’ve not struggled with selective mutism but I have struggled with anxiety so I really relate to her on that level. I found Steffi and Rhys so sweet and just loved everything about them as a couple. I love the way that Sara dealt with both selective mutism and deafness and how those two things brought Steffi and Rhys together but didn’t necessarily define their relationship. Everything about this book just made me fall in love with it and I honestly didn’t want it to end.

Have you read a quiet kind of thunder? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

Are we all lemmings and snowflakes? By Holly Bourne

“Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?”

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My reading challenge: New author

Hi everyone! So I decided to start something a little different on my blog today. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know I used to take part in the blogger book nook. However, Abbey made the decision that July’s prompt would be the last. Although I enjoyed being a part of the group and taking part each month, I understand why Abbey made this decision.

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You know me well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

“Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

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Floored by Holly Bourne, Sara Barnard, Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Tanya Byrne and Eleanor Wood

“When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

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Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

“Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.” 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have to say I loved this book! I have been wanting to read it for a while and I finally got round to it. I actually wanted to read more than we can tell by Brigid and although it is a stand alone book it is set in the same universe and is about one of the characters that is in this book so I wanted to read this one first and I’m so glad I did. I was a bit unsure about the story at first but the further you read the better it gets. I loved the contrasts between the relationship Juliet and Declan have in real life to the one they have in their letters. I was also quite glad that it wasn’t all happy ever after when they figured out whether were both talking to. 

I also loved that it was written by both of them. I have started to notice a pattern that I have picked up a lot of books that have multiple POVs which is something I am always quite drawn to and it works out quite well for the story. It adds another dimension to the story, especially for the parts that the other character doesn’t see if that makes sense. Particularly in this story, it also contrasts the assumptions that the characters make about each other. I also found it quite funny in parts, particularly with Declan’s friend Rev, who is the main character of more than we can tell which I definitely need to read now!

Have you read letters to the lost? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

Blogger book nook #11: Magic Kingdom

Hi everyone! Welcome to another book nook post. I can’t believe the group will be a year old next month! I’ve only officially done 10 as I missed last October’s but I’ve enjoyed being part of the group since the beginning. If you don’t know what the blogger book nook is, it is a book club created by Abbey and Tabitha where they choose a prompt each month that allows us to choose a book based on that prompt along with a Q&A based on the prompt. This month’s prompt is fantasy and I had flip-flopped on what I wanted to read but I eventually settled on Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton.

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When the curtain falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher

“In 1952 two young lovers meet, in secret, at the beautiful Southern C ross theatre in the very heart of London’s West End. Their relationship is made up of clandestine meetings and stolen moments because there is someone who will make them suffer if he discovers she is no longer ‘his’. But life in the theatre doesn’t always go according to plan and tragedy and heartache are waiting in the wings for all the players . . .

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