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

Books I Wish I’d Had As A Teen

This post is part of Six for Sunday run by Steph from A Little But a Lot.

I’m going to say it. My reading has really come long way since I was a teenager. I’m onluy in my mid 20s, but there are so many books I wish had been available when Iwas younger. If I had a time machine that helped me go back and visit teenage Aoife, there are more than a couple of books I’d bring her.

Continue reading

Favourite Series and Trilogies

This post is part of Six for Sunday run by Steph from A Little But A Lot.

I love a standalone novel, but there is something about a series. You get to really know the characters as you stay with them for such a long time. There are a couple of series I’ve read that really stayed with me for a long time. I promise, this won’t just be me giving Harry Potter a huge pat on the back. (Sometimes, he doesn’t really deserve one anyway.)

book series or trilogies (1).png

Continue reading