• Getting ready for the first day of my final year as an Undergrad!
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I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone🙊
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Then I’m off to Birmingham with my favourite person for the weekend💕
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There’s also a new Fairyloot unboxing on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - my favourite box to date!
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  • Back to university in seven days...
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I’d much rather be looking over the harbour of Villefranche again.
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At least I get to go back there next year with my favourite person💕
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There’s a few holiday posts gone up about this last cruise (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending the day with my laptop catching up on posts, emails and everything I’ve let slide over the past three weeks😂
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Oh and I start third year in eight days....😱
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I’ve finally put my August Wrap up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I had a real good reading month 😂
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  • #throwback to a lovely Sunday breakfast with my favourite person💕
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After a lovely night in Manchester we headed to @pkbcoffee - a favourite place of ours.
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And the best eggs royale I’ve ever had! Sam’s breakfast tacos were pretty good too😉
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  • On a rare Saturday off my favourite person and I ventured off to Ikea on a furniture hunt.
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Did we get furniture? No. But I do now have new lamps and a very cool teapot.
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Ah the power of IKEA.
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There’s a review up of This Cruel Design on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - IKEA meatballs, yay or nay?
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  • Well and truly a victim of the plane lurgy😂
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A night of netflix and tea for me.
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I’m thinking about starting the Dark Crystal tonight too.
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There’s a review up of This Mortal Coil by @emily.suvada which I adored! •
And there’s a little recommend post up for the Slytherins out there (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - what superpower would you want?
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  • I am wrapped up in a blanket and determined to finish Supermarket by Bobby Hall! I have about ten pages left😱
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But this headache is making it so difficult 😫
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There’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - how do you deal with headaches. I need help😂
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  • All unpacked and getting back on track with little jobs, posts and also going back to Uni....
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Before Sam and I went away I fully intended to keep posting on my blog and on here.
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That really didn’t end up happening and the little digital break was so nice☺️
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Equally as nice to be back and there’s a full review of Dark Age by Pierce Brown up on my blog - be warned it’s full of spoilers 😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - Beach holiday or city break?
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  • Home and nearly unpacked from an amazing ten days with this one💕
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Now I need a brew and a nap😂
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Can’t wait for the next adventure ✈️
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  • Half way through my last shift set before we go on holiday💕
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I can’t wait to be in Sicily with my favourite person eating all the pasta and pizza.
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I can’t wait to get some more sun and take lots and lots of pictures🙊
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There’s a new post up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - the first in a new series: The Cruise Diaries🚢
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#QOTD - last film you cried at?
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  • Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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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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