Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Review: The Island by M.A. Bennett

The Island by M.A. Bennett
Published by: Hot Key Books
Released: 9th August 2018
Page Count: 304 Pages
Edition: Kindle
Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad - however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others . . . 

When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School - forever - if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance. The saying goes 'No man is an island' - but what if on that island is a group of teenagers, none of whom particularly like each other? When oppressive heat, hunger and thirst start to bite, everyone's true colours will be revealed. Let the battle commence . . .

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

July Book Haul

I realised a while ago that I never really do book hauls on this blog and I thought that should change. So, I'm bringing you my July book haul!

I got a LOT of books in July so I won't be talking about them much but I'll link you to where you can find details etc. 

What books did you get in July? Have you done a haul post? Link me!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

My Experience at YALC

So, on Sunday 29th July I went to my first ever YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) at Olympia, London. This was an event that I was so excited about! I couldn't wait to meet fellow bloggers, authors and publishers and have a brilliant bookish day.

This post will just be me talking about my experience and what I thought about YALC overall. It will probably be quite short as I only went for one day.

Did you go to YALC? If so what did you think of it?

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

July Wrap Up

So..yeah..July is at an end. It's been a hot, sticky month and I for one am so glad the weather is becoming cooler again. 

July was actually a pretty good reading month for me. I managed to get eight books read and I am 4 books ahead of my Goodreads reading challenge which is amazing! 

I am really looking forward to seeing what August brings (it's also my birthday today!) and I hope you all are too.

How did you July go? Link me to all your wrap ups.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular books that lived up to the hype

Hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week is all about popular books that lived up to the hype - such an interesting topic!

I've read some amazing books recently that certainly did live up to the huge hype surrounding them! All of the books that will be mentioned in my list are all ones that I recommend to people again and again.

What books lived up to the hype for you?

Friday, 27 July 2018

The Netgalley Book Tag

This is a tag I first saw on Tea Party Princess and have seen on a few other book blogs too. 

As someone who uses Netgalley I thought it would be a fun tag to do! I am, however, not very proud of my feedback ratio at the moment but I am hoping that changes in the next few months..we can pray!

I'm not going to tag anyone but feel free to do it if you wish.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Library Haul #1

As some of you may or may not know I do YA Reviews for my local library website ( and it is something that I really enjoy doing. You may also know that in a few weeks time I'm going to be starting a new job as a Library and Information Advisor at one of the libraries near me. I had my training last week and I am SO excited to start.

This brings me onto the next thing - I love libraries and feel like they are such a great thing to have in communities. I've been going to the library for several years now and it's just amazing to be able to spend hours browsing the books and taking them home to devour for free.

So, as someone who borrows books frequently from my local library I have decided to start off a new series on Amy's Bookish Life where a few times a month I talk about the books that I have borrowed from the library. I am hoping this will encourage some of you to go out and visit your local library more and reap the benefits of it!

Do you visit your local library? If so what books have you taken out recently?