Should Fanfiction Get More Credit?

Hey guys, here’s another discussion post here and an interesting one I think.

So, fanfiction. Where do I begin?

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June Book Haul (self control prevails)

Hello! Posting a classic end-of-the-month post y’all. Can I just say, it’s been an absolute struggle not to buy every book that was published in between 2016 to 2019. I can’t believe how many fantastic books I’ve missed out on! However despite feeling like I need to buy every single book ever, I showed an extreme amount of restraint and actually bought only three books. THREE BOOKS?! Lets check them out! Continue reading

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.62/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher:  Orion Children’s Books

Summary (Goodreads):

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
 

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World Book Day Books!

Hey guys and happy world book day!

This is one of my favourite days of the year to be perfectly honest. In my primary school, and like many around Britain, we all got dressed up as our favourite book characters and basically just read for the day.  I can’t remember many of my costumes now that I think back on it, but I remember clearly one year of me being dressed up as a girl who walked dogs to make money in the book- I think it was just me cheating and wearing jeans and a top for a day to be honest. But anyway I love the excitement that this day can bring to children!

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I really hope this day encourages loads more children to read. It’s a shame in this day and age reading is treated as an oddity when it really should be celebrated. Books are the stepping stones of knowledge after all!

One thing I love about world book day are the free books  that you can get if you live in the UK or Ireland! I actually didn’t get any vouchers today, but I think I will tomorrow as apparently the teachers forgot to give them out…

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Anyway here are all of the books that you can get if you have the WBD voucher with you or you can buy them for £1! Or you can get £1 off any book in participating stores, including Waterstones if my memory is right.

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Yep so as you can see by the pre-school and the key stages 1 and 2, these are meant for children, but nobody said that you can’t buy a middle grade! As everybody can see one of our favourite authors, Rainbow Rowell, has graced World Book Day with her presence in the form of Kindred Spirits. And it’s only for a quid! I am definitely buying that but I think I want to get Harper and the Sea of Spirits as well which is the second one on the second line as it looks cool and again it’s for a quid.

Here is the complete list of the books down below (going from left to right from the picture) and the links go to their respective World Book Day Page.

Kipper’s Visitor by Mick Inkpen

Supertato: Hap-pea Ever After by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Daisy and the Trouble with Jack by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt

The Great Mouse Plot by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

Welcome to the World of Norm by Jonathan Meres 

Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space by Cavan Scott 

Harper and the Sea of Secrets by Cerrie Burnell and Laura Ellen Anderson

The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked by David Baddiel

Spot the Difference by Juno Dawson 

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Again, happy world book day everyone!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Book Recommendations| January 2016

Hello guys! I’m going to bring this monthly post that I started in October I think. But basically I wanted to create a post were people in the comments can recommend different books to other bloggers in the comments. I just thought it might be good to have nice post sized space to have a good natter about the books people love.

Today, I thought people should try to recommend their favourite series down below.

Now I could say Harry Potter but I will actually recommend the Queen Of The Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen which will be coming to an end in 2016. The two books before have got everything to politics to an evil, magical Queen to a kickass female protagonist.

What series do you recommend? I would love to know what series people hold dear to their hearts.

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

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Top Ten Tuesday- Book Quotes Of 2015

Hey guys! I hope your Tuesday has been superb and productive! Oh and is anybody else loving this new editing system for WordPress? I am really feeling it! I am joining the Top Ten Tuesday squad because this weekly meme is really cool and I have been seeing it all over my feed! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic or theme is top ten book quotes from books you have read in 2015, so let’s get to it!

 “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” 

Six Of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

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“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

3.

“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”

 The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

4.

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire,  J.K Rowling

5.

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard

6.

“Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.”

More Than This, Patrick Ness

7.

“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

8.

“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

9.

“Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon . . . is not the dragon the hero of his own story?”

The Night Circus, Erin Morgernstern

10.

“I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Matilda, Ronald Dahl

This was so hard! I could pick ten quotes from one book easily! I tried to keep with books I have read (or reread) this year and used a different book and author for every quote. I hope you liked my first Top Tuesday post and please comment below what your favourite book quotes are or just link your TTT.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Book Quote Of The Day

This quote is from Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This book is absolutely brilliant and you should definitely read it. My review is here, but here is a quote to tease you.

“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”

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-Astra

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Book Courtship Tag!

Hello guys, tiring day so I thought I would do a post that is easy enough- a book tag!

I was tagged by the amazing Breathing In The Pages blog, so check them out!

On with the tag!

Phase One-Initial Attraction: A Book That You Bought Because of the Cover?

Um well I haven’t bought this book yet but I am purely going by this book because of the cover (and the great reviews. The book is Wrath Of Dawn and I can not wait to get my hands on my book (if I ever get it)!

Phase Two-First Impressions: A Book That You Got Because of the Summary?

I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m going to soon, and it is To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. I just love the premise that this girl’s love letters just go astray. This story is going to be a up and down adventure, I can feel it!

Phase Three-Sweet Talk: A Book With Great Writing?

Six Of Crows. Nuff said.

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Phase Four-First Date: A First Book of a Series Which Made You Want to Pick Up the Rest of the Series?

I have already pre-ordered a hardback copy of Glass Sword aka the second book to the brilliant and page turning Red Queen!

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 Phase Five-Late Night Phone Calls: A Book That Kept You up All Night?

More Than This by Patrick Ness. I had to keep reading and reading and reading! It was that amazing!

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Phase Six-Always on My Mind: A Book You Could Not Stop Thinking About?

I will pick a non fiction this time! The End Of Men and The Rise Of Women. It wasn’t the best read, but it still got me thinking.

Phase Seven-Getting Physical: A Book Which You Love the Way it Feels?

Definitely Fangirl. Every book should feel like that.

Phase Eight-Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern..

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Phase Nine-Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

Easy. Harry Potter.

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Phase Ten-Share the love: Who do you tag?

I tag…

EVERYONE! (Because I’m feeling really lazy today)

I’ll write soon!

-Astra