Favourite Musical YA Books

Music has been a pretty big part of my family. My Dad’s father played the accordion for years before he passed away, and his parents used to hold dances in a hall by their house. IN Ireland in the 1950s, dances like this were a Big Deal because they were where a lot of relationships started. Ask your grandparents – it’s likely they started “courting” in one of these dance halls.

I played the piano for years, though I haven’t played in ages and I feel like now, I would be really rusty. It doesn’t much help that sight reading was never my strong point. My brother can play guitar, and one of my 2019 new year’s resolutions is to learn it myself. So, it’s no big surprise I love reading about books that also add in a little bit of music in their narrative.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Review: I’ll Be Home for Christmas in aid of Crisis

Challenge criteria: A book with multiple authors

Blurb:

The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. GBP1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity.

Continue reading

Review: I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Challenge criteria: A book nominated for an award in 2018

Blurb:

For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Continue reading

Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

Continue reading

Books That Don’t Get Enough Love

This post is part of Top 10 Tuesday run by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl

I am a pretty big fan of sometimes reading a book not a lot of people know about. It’s like your very own secret thing to enjoy in the world. Like when you buy a tub of ice cream and don’t tell your partner or housemates about it. Other times, I like to share my secrets with the world. I think there are quite a few books that have fallen a little under the radar and need to be celebrated more. Have you read any of these books below?

Continue reading