• All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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  • I had a wonderful evening with my favourite families eating so much amazing food and drinking all of the gin💕
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Seriously, I mean all the gin😂
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There’s a fair few reviews up on my blog at the moment (link in bio✌🏻)
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One of which is for The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle - what a fab little story!
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  • After a lovely little night out eating lots of cheese, drinking and even ending up in a pub quiz I’m now I’m my lazy clothes having laptop time💕
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Alllll the prep is being done for before I go on holiday😂
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There’s a new review up of Norroway Volume One (Link in my bio✌🏻)
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’ve spent most of my night binge watching Titans. I think I’ve found a new favourite show😍
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It’s everything I love about the Titans but soooo much darker!
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There’s also a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I didn’t think I could get so emotional over a children’s book😂
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Books Events

Headline Books New Voices 2018

January 18, 2018

Last night I was incredibly lucky to have been invited to the Headline Books New Voices 2018 Roadshow in Manchester. Booksellers, bloggers and friends all gathered for a night of books, drinks and food. Firstly, a massive thank-you to Headline for the invite and for making me so welcome. Secondly, an equally massive thank-you to the five lovely authors who took time to chat to each of us about their books, their interests and randomly Preston train station. I had a fantastic evening and walked away with a bag of incredible novels, all of which are to be released throughout 2018. You don't want to sleep on these titles. Mark your calendars, get your pre-orders in, pester your friendly local bookseller. 

In Our Mad and Furious City* by Guy Gunaratne

Coming on May 3rd In Our Mad and Furious City* follows the lives of Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, three young men growing up under the towers of Stones Estate. They spend summers like anyone else, playing football and listening to music. That is until a soldier is killed and riots erupt across the city. Selvon and Ardan attempt to maintain some normalcy but Yusuf is caught up in another storm. Radicalism has started sweeping across his mosque and he's determined to protect his troubled older brother from it, no matter the cost. 

Considering the current political climate across the world I couldn't think of a more apt time for a novel like this to be released. Islamophobia is sadly very prevalent in our society and it's novels like this that I hope will assist in the decrease of it. Immediately, I felt as though this would be a similar but aged up version of Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. I cannot wait to read this. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

The Tall Man* by Phoebe Locke

Coming 14th June The Tall Man* is a psychological thriller spanning decades. Strange things happen and the only connection between them is a shadowy figure known only as The Tall Man. Three girls go looking for him in the woods, a young mother disappears leaving behind her daughter and husband and a teenage girl is charged with murder.

I'm not usually the biggest fan of thrillers or crime novels but when speaking to Phoebe (who also writes YA under her real name) she mentioned that initially she struggled to get the story right. It was only when adding in the somewhat supernatural element to the novel did everything click into place. Rivers of London, which is one of my favourite novels, fits this kind of structure too. It's a detective novel with magic. So, I have a very strong feeling that I'm going to love The Tall Man.

You can find the Goodreads page here

The Wolf* by Leo Carew

Coming April 3rd The Wolf sees the revival of an age old feud between two rival races. The Anakim are a very stoic people, their lives measured in centuries not years and their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver. In contrast the Sutherners live in the moment, their vitality much more immediate and ephemeral than their Anakim neighbors. The tenuous peace is shattered when the Sutherners invade the North. 

The minute I saw the cover of this I started squealing. It looks so much like the armor from Skyrim (one of my favourite games) and had to ask if that was the inspiration behind it...WHICH IT WAS (I think, the room was very loud). I know this is going to be an incredible high fantasy, I couldn't help reading the first few pages and it was a struggle to then put it down. Look out for a review coming soon! Also the author is so accomplished, at 26 he's already publishing a novel, is a Cambridge Graduate, now studying medicine and has lived in a tent in the High Arctic. I'm 21 and it's a miracle if I take all my pots and glasses down into the kitchen! 

You can find the Goodreads page here

1. The Perfect Girlfriend* by Karen Hamilton

Coming March 8th The Perfect Girlfriend wants to make her boyfriend happy, she's even become an attendant for the Airline he's with. The fact that he broke up with her seven months ago doesn't matter, she will get him back. 

So I'm getting Stephen King Misery vibes every so slightly with the amount of obsession involved in this. Again I'm not normally a huge fan of thrillers but I like the premise for this one. Sounds like the kind of book I can spend a Sunday curled up with whilst it throws it down (or Snows) outside. My mum also loves the sound of this, when I showed her what I'd received at the event this was the novel she was most interested in. So, I know where this is going to end up!

You can find the Goodreads page here

The Feed* by Nick Clark Windo

Last but by no means least coming on January 25th (though I have seen copies in stores already) The Feed controls everything, knows everything. Your memories, your knowledge, your dreams. But no-one knows what happens if The Feed goes down, what the people will become. Six years Kate and Tom have spent fighting to survive the collapse of the world, each day tougher than the last. When their daughter goes missing they start to question who can they trust, they question if they can trust each other. 

So, as I'm writing this I squealed (I squeal a lot) because I've just looked on the blurb and seen that this has been likened to The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey, which is one of my favourite ever novels. I think I'm going to be picking this one up pretty soon, if the impending TBR allows. When talking to Nick he spoke about his inspiration for the novel, which was a dream where he was refreshing his dreams as though on a twitter feed. I'm thinking this is Black Mirror-esque with a little more post apocalyptic setting. Also, I have to say the man knows how to mash an avocado to perfection. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

One again a huge thank-you to Headline and the wonderful authors for putting up with incessant questions, frequent flapping and Yorkshire Terrier like enthusiasm. I cannot wait to read these novels. 

Are you going to be picking up any of these novels?

Which do you like the sound of?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

  • Reply
    JJ @ This Dark Material
    January 18, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    The Tall Man sounds great! I’m definitely going to be picking that one up this summer. Sounds like it was a great night 🙂

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      January 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      Ooo yay! Let me know what you think?
      It was lovely, really hoping they do another event soon!

      Katie x

  • Reply
    Lauren
    January 18, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Lovely post! I too thought it looked like Skyrim inspired.
    I cant wait to read these

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      January 19, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Thank-you darling!
      Hehe, I did a double take when I saw the cover.
      Let me know what you think!

      Katie x

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