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May 2016 Wrap-Up!

May 2016 has been an interesting month – I’m putting the finishing touches to the last assignment in my 16-year academic career, my thesis in Biophysics. I didn’t think I’d be able to get through many books or blog posts, but it appears instead I’ve broken records. Huh.

Blog Posts

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the YALC Reading List books as much as I’ve been enjoying writing them – they’re a great way of figuring out what books I want to read and get signed before the big weekend in July. I’m so excited to see the timetable tomorrow (1 June) at 9am!

YALC Reading List: Part 3!

YALC Reading List: Part 4!

YALC Reading List Part 5!

YALC Reading List Part SIX!

I’ve also been helping with the UKYA BookBlogger Awards. Here are all the posts from the awards, including the announcement of the winners earlier this week.

2016 UKYA Book Blogger Award Nominations!

UKYA Book Blogger Awards Longlist!

WINNERS of the UKYA Book Blogger Awards!

I also wrote about the boxsets I am so excited to buy, featuring the lovely new boxsets from Leigh Bardugo:

I want ALL of the boxsets!

Books Read

Here I would insert a nice photo of the books I’ve read, but I’m too lazy this month. Next month however…

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The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs – review and my stop on the blog tour here.

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – review here.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

I read this after doing the play at school many years ago, and in preparation for the BBC adaptation (which I’m not entirely sure I’m going to watch – any opinions would be welcome)

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The Crown and the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh

This is a *really* short story bridging the gap between the two books in The Wrath and the Dawn duology.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

OMG. This book. Just go and read this book. 4.77 rating on Goodreads. (I’m planning on publishing my reviews for ACOTAR and ACOMAF over a weekend sometime soon.)

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My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger – review here

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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – review here

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I read this in anticipation for the movie – hoping to do a book/film comparison this month!

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The Girls by Emma Cline – review here

So that’s NINE books, in a month I wasn’t really meant to be reading…

I’m hoping June will be just as productive!

What have you read this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think?

Annalise xxx

#ThisIsWhoIAm Time Capsule

To celebrate the release of The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (review here), I’m going to be making a virtual time capsule, just like Thomas and Gottie do in the book (except theirs isn’t virtual).

First though, let’s appreciate the cover a little more…

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My Time Capsule

Favourite Photographs

So, it hasn’t happened yet, but in less than 3 months, I’ll be graduating! With some picturesque background, I’ll be all dolled up in my academic dress, this time with a big poofy gown (like a black cape rather than a ballgown) and a mortarboard – that will probably make for an interesting photo, so I’ll put it in here.

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I’d also put in a photo of my bookshelf, mostly because the book:shelf ratio is massively off, and I am struggling to fit all the books in my university room. (Pic above a little out of date – many books acquired since then). I’d also throw in a photograph of my collage wall (each room in uni comes with a huge noticeboard, and mine is covered in fashion advertisements and movie posters, as well as cinema tickets and Game of Thrones art prints). The photo below is my collage at the beginning of the year – it’s expanded a bit more now.

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Favourite Songs

This is a difficult one, so I’d probably put a copy of the ‘My Songs’ playlist from my Spotify account – it’s full of loads of random choices from pretty much every decade, and probably sums up my music taste quite well. (Think a lot of cheesy 90s stuff with power ballads, 00s R&B, and a bit of dance music thrown in).

If I had to pick three songs of the moment which I really like, it would be:

  1. Cheap Thrills by Sia; Sean Paul
  2. Me, Myself and I by G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha
  3. PILLOWTALK by ZAYN

Favourite Books

I mean, how am I meant to choose? My favourite books of 2016 so far have been:

  1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  3. How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne – review here
  4. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – review here
  5. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – review here

However, the book that reminds me the most of SUMMER 2016 so far has to be The Square Root of Summer!

Favourite Films

My favourite film of all time is Confessions of a Shopaholic, weirdly enough.

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This year I’ve seen Deadpool (great), Captain America: Civil War (amazing) and Allegiant (a bit meh). I’ve posted about my most anticipated movies this summer here and here. I am looking forward to seeing Me Before You (but I need to read the book first!), Suicide Squad and Bridget Jones’ Baby.


If my time capsule has piqued your interest in The Square Root of Summer, the book will be available from all good bookshops, and online from Thursday 5th May – although I’ve seen some branches of Waterstones have them in early (and they have the most gorgeous sprayed pink pages!)


I’m so looking forward to meeting Harriet at YALC this year, although I may have to reread The Square Root of Summer first…

What would you put in your time capsule? Have you read The Square Root of Summer? What did you think? Tweet me at @annalisebooks or comment below 🙂

Annalise x

Amazon Woes.

Today I bring you… not a rant, but some woes.

I have always loved Amazon. One huge bookshop full of all the books you could ever dream of – delivered right to your door in a few short days. Who could ask for more? (except maybe free books?)

When I first got into YA way way back in 2008, the first books I delved into (some of which were YA, some of which were adult) were books that were acclaimed, but were not published in the UK yet. One of them was Stray by Rachel Vincent, which I don’t believe has ever been picked up by a UK publisher. The point is, I could get books online that I couldn’t from a bookstore, and they were cheap. They were actual bargains.

The first book I bought on my own account was apparently The Immortals: Shadowland by Alyson Noel. I purchased it in 2010 for £3.48. The same book today costs £6.99 on Amazon UK.

In 2011, I bought a lot of books. Almost all of these books cost in the range of £3.49 to £5, and they all now cost their full jacket price – often £6.99, but sometimes £7.99, £8.99.

I understand that authors get paid a pittance, but from a consumer point of view, I’m now getting maybe a third of the books I could have bought in 2010. The same exact books.

This week, a lot of us UK readers have had a problem with a book. The Rose and the Dagger is the final (and second) installment in Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn duology. I, like many, pre-ordered a copy, and expected delivery on release date.

Release date came and my order was still pending. Delivery date pending. I checked the order page, and delivery estimate was 3-5 WEEKS.

Now, my order has been dispatched today (the day after release date) and should be with me tomorrow, but I also have Prime, and expect release date delivery.

So, Amazon is in my bad books for a few reasons. One, prices have gone up massively (and I’m not sure if this is good for the authors – maybe it is?). Two, regular shipping now takes days. Three, books don’t ship on their release date!

I’d LOVE if eBooks and physical copies of books were bundled together. Then I could start reading at midnight on release day, and have a beautiful book for my shelf.

I think it’s time for other bookstores to be given a chance.

Annalise x