WWW Wednesday | 26th June 2019

WWW Wednesday | 26th June 2019

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! All you have to do is answers the following three questions:

What are you currently reading/playing?
What did you recently finish reading/playing?
What do you think you’ll read/play next?

It’s been a whole 3 weeks since my last WWW Wednesday and I’ve missed updating you all on the state of my reading and playing. June has been a little bit of a hell month for me as my partner has had a difficult time with surgery (pre-op and post-op) which has made things quite stressful and chaotic for me as well. Although I’ve actually managed to do a lot of reading and playing (escapism is a THING for a me right now), I haven’t been able to keep up with reviews, posts or any actual work.

Things are, hopefully, starting to settle down and I’ve been looking forward to posting up my WWW Wednesday today!

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YALC 2019 | Reading List

YALC 2019 | Reading List

Last year was my first ever YALC, Young Adult Lit Con, and I was hopelessly under-prepared for it. I had no idea what to expect, hadn’t really prepared for it other than picking potential panels to go to, and hadn’t read many books by authors who were attending. Whilst it was great because I got to discover lots of new-to-me authors through hearing them speak on panels, I felt that creating a reading list in advance of YALC 2019 would be a great way to prepare for this year so that I can scope out any potential authors I might want to meet!

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Before we talk about YALC 2019, we need to talk about my books from YALC 2018 because I am an awful book monster who was fortunate enough to get some wonderful books through YALC via gifts from friends and giveaways but then never got round to reading them. I can’t believe that I have had some of these books for almost a year now, so it’s good that YALC is coming up again soon as it will force me to catch up with them (at least, that’s the plan…).

So far, I’ve read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, who attended YALC last year and will be back again this year, and these are the books I still have to read:

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YALC 2019

Part of the reason that I didn’t have to do any prep reading for YALC 2018 is that there were already a fair amount of authors going whose books I had already read such as Akemi Dawn Bowman, Sara Holland, Dhonielle Clayton, Tomi Adeyemi, and Becky Chambers. This year though, a lot of the authors going are ones whose books I haven’t read so I feel like I have quite a lot of catching up to do so that I can enjoy YALC 2019 to the fullest.

As I already have quite a lot of books to catch up with from last year and given how many new-to-me authors there are this year, I’ve divided my reading list up into priority reads and optional reads as I don’t think I could get through 16 books in the next month and a half!

Priority reads:

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Optional reads:

 

Given my reading speed and the fact that I’ve got a lot of uni work to do over the summer, it’s unlikely that I will be able to read even half of the books on this list, but it’s good to be optimistic! There are a lot more authors at YALC than the books that I’ve included here, but these ones are the books that piqued my interest the most. You can check out what authors will be attending YALC on the website if you want to join in with YALC reads too.

Let me know if you’re coming to YALC 2019 as well, and tell me which books you’re most looking forward to reading/have read.


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Blog Tour: Summer Bird Blue | Playlist

Blog Tour: Summer Bird Blue | Playlist

I live for the music

Synopsis: Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying. What to eat, where to go, who to love. But one thing she is sure of she wants to spend her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Now, miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, feeling abandoned by her mother, and the aching absence of music.

With the help of the “boys next door” teenage surfer Kai, who doesn’t take anything too seriously, and old George Watanabe, who succumbed to grief years ago Rumi seeks her way back to music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish. With unflinching honesty, Summer Bird Blue explores big truths about insurmountable grief, unconditional love, and how to forgive even when it feels impossible.

2018 was the year when Akemi Dawn Bowman broke my heart and pieced it back together again with her debut novel Starfish. Since then, I’ve taken every opportunity possible to share my love for Akemi and her powerfully captivating writing. Akemi has a way of writing which has a wonderfully rich depth to it which she skillfully balances with moments of lightness and joy. It’s the type of writing that reaches right down into my soul, opens up all of my emotions, then embraces me in a warm hug that lets me know that everything will be okay again.

When Akemi’s second novel, Summer Bird Blue, was coming up for its UK release I reached out to the publishers, Ink Road, to ask if there would be any chance of getting my hands on a review copy. I had been desperate to read Summer Bird Blue since it was first announced and watched in envy as my US book blogger friends got to read it ahead of us here in the UK. Thankfully, Ink Road was kind enough to not only send me a review copy but also invited me to be part of this fantastic blog tour.

Throughout the book there were countless moments where Rumi’s story evoked strong memories and associations with particular songs for me and I couldn’t resist playing those songs whilst I read. As music is such a huge part of Rumi’s life and has such an visceral presence within the story I decided to create a Summer Bird Blue playlist to share with you all for my blog tour stop. Whilst I know that Akemi didn’t have a specific playlist in mind when she wrote Summer Bird Blue, I hope that this playlist does Rumi’s story justice and captures part of the achingly complex emotional journey that we go on with her as she battles with anger, grief, love, forgiveness and hope. The playlist has been ordered to map this journey and the entire playlist can be listened to on Spotify.


About the Author


Akemi Dawn Bowman is the award-winning author of Starfish, Summer Bird Blue,Harley in the Sky (March 2020), The Infinity Courts series (Spring 2021), and Generation Misfits (Winter 2021). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix.

 

A huge thank you to Ink Road for providing me with a review copy of Summer Bird Blue and for arranging this blog tour. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for reviews, excerpts and other fun content.

Summer Bird Blue is now available to order
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State of the ARC | #8

State-of-the-ARC

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

March was an unexpected ARC month for me as I had a lot of new release ARCs due for release this month. Thanks to January’s Late-a-thon providing me with a way to catch up with a lot of my overdue ARCs, I was able to get my ARC reading (mostly) back on track just in time for many of my new releases. Thankfully, this month’s reading was went much better than last month’s reading as well so it was a great reading month all around!

As of the end of March I am also going on a new release ARC break, with the exception of the four new releases I have coming up in April and May. Although being approved for new release ARCs and getting to read them ahead of release is massively exciting and something that I am always, always incredibly thankful for I have found it making reading a bit stressful lately as well as taking over my TBR’s. I want to start focusing more on the books I own as well as books from the library.

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Blog Tour: Wicked Saints | One of the Best Books of 2019

Blog Tour: Wicked Saints | One of the Best Books of 2019

TITLE: Wicked Saints
AUTHOR: Emily A. Duncan
SERIES: Something Dark and Holy
RELEASED: April 2019; Wednesday Books
GENRE: YA Fantasy
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: divine magic, gods, Russian & Polish inspired, holy war, romance, unlikely alliances

Content Notices

 blood, self-harm (for magical purposes), magical torture, alcohol, war

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