Book Review | Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Title: Solitaire 

Author: Alice Oseman

Pages: 400

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Links: Amazon

Overall Rating: 4/5

 

Synopsis

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.

*may contain spoilers*

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Book Haul | July 2016

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It has been a while since the last time I blogged about the books I have bought. Well, that hiatus is over and I am back with a ‘massive’ book haul for you guys – YALC style ( I don’t even know what the heck that means).

So, as you can see from the photograph above, my bed is overtaken my books and other bookish things from my trip to London (and yes, I am milking the fact that I went to YALC) and overall I believe that I have bought a total of 9 books at the YALC and that does not include all the other books that I have bought in my local book shop as well. So – you could say that in the month of July, I may have spent more than £100 on books alone, and that a book buying ban is in line – since I really do have to save up for a car now.

Enough, about that and let’s get on to the books that I have bought!

YALC Book Haul

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  • The Creeper Man – Dawn Kurtagich
  • Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith
  • Dear Nobody – Berlie Doherty
  • The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman
  • I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
  • The Next Together – Lauren James
  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  • What’s A Girl Gotta Do? – Holly Bourne
  • The Special Ones – Em Bailey

I went a little bit overboard with my buying this month, and it’s crazy how I did not mind at the time just how much money I was spending on books! Right at this moment I have incurred another book buying ban, as it is very much needed.

Although I have to say that I am happy with the books that I did buy, and that I would like to thank the girl over at the Electric Monkey stall for recommending me Grasshopper Jungle and The Special Ones.

Book Haul

 

 I really wasn’t helping my bank account this month – I pretty much demolished all my money in a single month, and I am sure that I am going to regret it by the end of this month!

But, nevertheless – here I am writing down all the books that I have bought this July!

  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff – Robert Beatty
  • You Know Me Well – Nina Lacour & David Levithan
  • Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy
  • Solitaire – Alice Oseman
  • The BFG – Roald Dalh
  • The Shadow Queen – C.J. Redwine

Four out of six of these books are bought at ASDA – because they were two for £7.00 and I cannot resist a bargain. So I bought Serafina and the Twisted Staff, The BFG, The Shadow Queen, and Looking for JJ on a whim.

Then there were the two books I bought because the authors were going to be at YALC – but didn’t get the chance to actually read them before the event.

This isn’t the end of the Haul though, as I also bought…

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I couldn’t not buy the 8th instalment to the Harry Potter series! I’ve already read all of it, and it was fabulous. As I understand it, there is quite a bit of controversy about how some fans are complaining about how this isn’t really a book and that it is just a script and that J.K. Rowling owes her fans a proper novel – or some other shite.

But let me tell you what, it has always been advertised as a play – and that Rowling made the decision to release the script book and she did express repetitively that this is not going to be a novel, and that this is simply the script of the play.

I think, we – as part of the fandom, should be grateful that she decided to publish the script book at all! (This is just my opinion). It isn’t her fault that some people clearly misunderstood what was being published – although I thought it was pretty clear that this was going to be a script (meaning, it’s mainly dialogue and stage directions). But, oh well. *Rant Over*

Well, that is all that I have for today. Hopefully I will be putting up a new book soon enough!

Have a lovely day/evening,

Nielle xx

YALC

Hey guys!

I don’t really know where to start with this blog post, it has been so long since the last time I wrote anything down on this blog and I am feeling quite nervous doing this again. But, I do want to give blogging another try and hopefully be able to do it full-time this time around.

YALC

Saturday 30 July, 2016 – It was the first time that I have ever gone to London on my own without parental supervision, this time around I was the adult chaperoning two minors (my brother and his girlfriend – both attended the LFCC) and it was scary and daunting, but it was also amazing and wonderful and exciting!

I got to meet wonderful authors and was able to see that there are a lot of people out there who are as in love with books as I am. I couldn’t bring myself to speak to anyone, which was sad, but it was also amazing being around hundreds of people who share the same passion as I do.

It was a dream come true for me to be able to meet one of my favourite authors of all time – Holly Bourne, and she was so lovely and amazing! Not only that but I got to speak to her even for a couple of minutes. I also got to me Alwyn Hamilton, Lauren James and Alice Oseman and they were all so awesome and wonderful people!

There were any stalls to go to, and so many books to buy – so many panels that I didn’t get to attend and workshops that I missed. Authors that I didn’t get to meet and people whom I didn’t had the courage to speak to. I was anxious and scared, but excited and thrilled all at the same time.

I wasn’t fully prepared for the event, but hopefully next year I will be able to be more sociable and that I am going to be able to attend all of the days! It was so amazing being there and I would say that it has been the highlight of my Summer.

One regret that I have is that I didn’t get to meet all of the author’s that I wanted to meet, which is my fault as I was poorly organised, and I was all over the place. I also wish that I took a lot of photos for you guys to see, but I didn’t really take photos and it’s ridiculous. But, next year – I will try

Tips

  1. Bring someone with you, because when you are in there and you are like me who is afraid to make friends with people, you may feel a little lost. Also, it’s useful to have someone to help you carry all the books that you will be buying.
  2. Carry cash with you, although there are card machines in the stalls, especially in the Waterstone’s pop-up shop, it’s useful to have cash in hand so that you can just hand it over to the people in charge.
  3. Be prepared to stand in line, the lines for popular authors are ridiculously long – and I have to tell you that one of the reasons that I only managed to meet 4 authors is due to the fact that I wasn’t prepared for the massive lines.
  4. If you really want to meet authors, you’re best bet is to sit at their line as soon as possible, even if it means missing their panels.
  5. Bring food with you, I made the mistake of leaving buying food until lunch time – because although there are places where you can buy food on the venue, they are crazy expensive (IMO) and the Tesco across the road literally didn’t have any food left!
  6. Plan ahead