Saturday, November 26, 2016

🎉 MyKindaBook Party: Giveaway & More 🎉


Welcome to Becca's MyKindaBook Party Weekend!

It's lovely to have you here, whether you came for the bookish giveaways or because you just love being part of blogger weekends! This weekend, I have the pleasure of becoming a hostess for a MyKindaBook party online and offline (with a few friends!) where I get to share my views on some of the amazing books that MyKindaBook publishes and even throw in two giveaways just for this weekend and my blog readers! 

What is MyKindaBook?
I'm glad you asked, because they are amazing. MyKindaBook.com has been a haven for book lovers and I love going on there and seeing all the bookish things available. You might have seen Fangirl, Beautiful Broken Things and The Lie Tree in your local bookstore and they're the books that my Party is focusing on this weekend! 

How do I get involved?
There are tons of ways you can get in on the action. You can search the #MKBParty tag on social media and catch all the parties happening this weekend (yes, Saturday and Sunday!) or you can stick around on my social channels and enter some giveaways in the meantime! If you follow this link, it will take you to a special Twitter giveaway I have for WHAT LIGHT by Jay Asher (another MKB Book) or below, you can enter to win a special bookish set! Or both, because why not?

All you have to do is enter below or head on over to my twitter here to enter my other giveaway! Here, you can follow the MKB Parties happening RIGHT NOW. 

The Giveaway is now CLOSED! Thank you to the over a HUNDRED of you that entered! And the winner is...

Darla C!

Wondering what my favourite quote of the weekend is so far? It's from Beautiful Broken Things:
“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
happy reading!
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Thursday, November 03, 2016

👕 Review: #OOTD by Laura Hickman



Title: #OOTD
Author: Laura Hickman
Published: September 27th, 2016
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Find the Author: Goodreads 

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



What's your outfit of the day?

Whether you're a boho babe, a rock chick or a seventies sister, show off your #OOTD by coloring in these chic black and white fashion fashion flat lays - giving each outfit your own personal style.

Including real pieces by independent designers and many timeless fashion trends, this book is perfect for every fashionista and coloring enthusiast.


Let me just say, I will be totally biased because I love fashion. I scroll Instagram for the OOTD (which means outfit of the day) of all my favourite icons and celebrities. My style is a mix of boho meets edgy and opening the pages of Laura's #OOTD colouring book, my wishes came true. Inside, there are stunning designs, outfits, different trends and styles no matter what your signature look is. 
I had the pleasure of getting this for review, but if I had seen this in my local bookstore, it would have been coming home with me. Not only do I get to colour (one of my favourite hobbies) but I get to mix two of my favourite hobbies by Laura's craft of merging colouring and fashion effortlessly. One of my favourite designs (below, half coloured in so you can see the chic monochrome design) is with a laptop, candle, pen, headphones, glasses and daily planner, which ultimately looks like my day-to-day life when I'm blogging away. I love that the drawings are so vivid and realistic, equally paired amazingly with ebullient and fashion-forward highlights. 
Overall, I literally can't stop thinking of when I get to colour in this again (right after this review, most likely). It's perfect for girls and guys who love to colour, are addicted to fashion and obsessed with the #OOTD trend. I highly recommend it as a gift also! At this time of year, that family member of yours or your best friend who loves style and fashion will adore this. Five stars completely. 





Everyone who loves fashion.  

Have you heard of #OOTD by Laura Hickman?

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter @LittleMemoirs! Don't forget to scroll that #OOTD tag on Instagram to get some major fashion envy. 

happy reading!
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: "Nordic Wilderness" by Claire Scully


Title: Nordic Wilderness
Author: Claire Scully
Published: October 31st, 2016
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Find the Author: Goodreads 

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



Untouched nature, deep blue fjords, impenetrable forests, rugged cliffs, wolves, owls, and bears – journey into the wild landscape of the Nordic Wilderness with this new coloring book by artist Claire Scully. Discover the species that populate the region and bring the wild beauty of the North to life with your own colors. With some perforated foldout pages that provide scope for panoramic coloring, this irresistible book offers the perfect escape from everyday life.


Nordic Wilderness is a breath of fresh air. When I open the pages for the first time, I can almost reach into the pages and let myself be taken away by the vast lively nature and intricate, beautiful illustrations. I was over the moon to see that the Northern Lights were in Claire Scully's colouring book. For years, I have always wanted to go to Iceland to see them and when I was colouring away fireside, I felt one step closer to the tranquillity of it all.
I was amazed at the panoramic pull-out pages and they were by far my favourite quality about Nordic Wilderness. It was lovely to see such a unique spin on the colouring books that are on the market! I think that with the autumnal and even winter nature that surrounds Nordic Wilderness, it's perfect for the upcoming and current season. I've spent the past few nights with my pencils by my side in awe of it's true beauty.
Overall, if you're looking for a gorgeous and unique colouring book that you'll be instagramming pictures of like crazy (like I was) then Nordic Wilderness is your new best friend. I can't recommend it highly enough. 5 stars by far. Check out more about the book below and my pictures!




 EVERYONE. 


What do you think of Nordic Wilderness?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter @LittleMemoirs! It's out TODAY!

happy reading!
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Friday, October 28, 2016

What to Read this Halloween 🎃

Halloween Season is upon us again. 
It felt like just the other day that I was donning cat ears and whiskers as a little furry kitten for Halloween. This year, I'm deciding to get the help of my Sister and try something a little different. Enter the Corpse Bride idea. Tim Burton films are iconic and except for the task of trying to find a Coraline costume which was my first choice, I settled for the easier Corpse Bride costume. There are plenty of those zombie-esque bride costumes around this year and I managed to find one, get some face make-up and a ghoulish wig to pair it with. 
But that's just the physical stuff. 
First, you need a killer read to dive into on those dark, Autumn nights by candlelight and eerily carved Pumpkins. Below, I've listed my personal favourite dark reads for those stormy or too-quiet nights. Don't forget to stop by my Instagram page on Halloween weekend and on the day of the Pumpkin for my Halloween look!

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

I read The Devil You Know this month (review to come!) and let me tell you: it delivers. With an eerie Halloween feel and cover to match the story lived up to the hype. 

Scary? No
Thrilling? Yes
Halloween feel out of 10: 6

The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery


When I read The 100 Society back last year, it was one of the first horror/mystery novels I actually loved. It'll forever go down as one of my favourite books with a killer storyline. 

Scary? Yes
Thrilling? Yes
Halloween feel out of 10: 8

Feathers and Flames by Simona Pellegrini


Feathers and Flames was a gem of a novel throughout. If you're more into the myths and legends types of reads this Halloween, this is your go-to for a race against the clock action packed storyline with a dash of romance. 

Scary? No
Thrilling? Yes
Halloween feel out of 10: 5

Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout


THIS WAS JUST EPIC. There comes a time when the caps locks just aren't even enough. Jennifer never fails to amaze me with her writing talents and Don't Look Back was one epic page-turner I won't forget. 

Scary? No
Thrilling? Yes
Halloween feel out of 10: 7

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard


And finally, onto the most Halloween of them all. Pretty Little Liars just ended filming for the TV show forever (crying a river of tears right now, seriously) and this book that started it all (and the amazing book series that followed) will forever be legendary. 

Scary? Yes (ish)
Thrilling? Yes
Halloween feel out of 10: 9

So those are my Halloween reads! I hope you find at least one that makes you want to curl up with a book this Halloween. 

Let me know what costume you're wearing this Halloween or what your plans are in the comments! 

happy reading! (BOO)
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Dear Charlie by n. d. gomes




Title: Dear Charlie
Author: N. D. Gomes
Published: October 20th, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin 
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.




Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.

Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.

School shootings are a huge issue in our society, as sad and devastating as it is. I haven't read any books as of yet that touched upon the subject, yet alone with care and carefulness so when I heard the great things about how Dear Charlie was written, I knew it was going to be a worthwhile read. 
After Sam's brother Charlie takes a gun to school, killing himself and fourteen other students, Sam's entire world tips over and shatters into a million pieces. He struggles in the time that spans after the event, feeling like when Charlie took the lives and his own, he created a void that sucked everything Sam once knew into it with him. He feels alone in the world, pulled apart from his friends and school that he can't go back to, his thoughts thinking over and over if there were any signs he might have missed that would have helped Charlie. 
N. D. Gomes captures the subjects that Dear Charlie covers beautifully and painfully. Not only does the book delve into Sam's head, but Charlie's also. Sam has to recover from the ordeal, inside and out. His Parents are under scrutiny by the media, and also are grieving, causing an even larger wound in their lives. Charlie's actions cast Sam's life into a new one that forces him to change and adapt to a different way of life in the following times as he tries to heal emotionally and come to terms with the fact that his brother is gone and that things will never be the same. 
Overall, Dear Charlie is a gripping, eye-opening YA novel that I wish I could put in everyone's hands. Our world has had some of the biggest disasters because of guns and I am thankful that in YA literature we have a new author to shine a light on the realistic aspects of day to day life in society. I wish that guns never existed in the hands of people who have no business using them or thinking they are entitled to them. Charlie, like many others who have used them, took a gun to school and its a heartbreaking subject, but N. D. Gomes writes it with strength, believable edge and with a memorable story to last a lifetime. Although I found it hard to get through at times because of the enormity of the realistic subject, there is no denying that Dear Charlie is a brilliant book from an amazing author to watch. 


 YA readers who like gripping books with realistic aspects. 






N.D. Gomes was born in Scotland and graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA in Media & Journalism Studies, and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education in the US. She currently works in a public school system to increase educational opportunities for students with special needs. Previously, N.D. Gomes wrote for the London-based online student political magazine, deAlign and stage-managed student plays at the LeeStrasberg Theatre Institute in New York City where she attended for two years. She currently divides her time between the US and Scotland, but hopes to spend more time at her cottage in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Dear Charlie is her debut novel.




Have you read Dear Charlie?

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments or at @LittleMemoirs on twitter or using the tag #DearCharlie.

happy reading!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: FUN SCIENCE by Charlie McDonnell


Title: Fun Science
Author: Charlie McDonnell
Published: October 6th, 2016
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter | Website

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the the world of FUN SCIENCE! I'm Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.

In my book, I'll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!).

Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favourite mind-bending science facts.

So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us… and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!

(Written by a Science Fan NOT at scientist!)

I've always had a love for astronomy, galaxies, the Earth and everything that's not yet been discovered (underwater city theory?), so Fun Science reignited that love for those things. I'd heard of Charlie on YouTube before and saw some of his videos so I knew that there would be a really distinctive, friendly kind of narrative to Fun Science (even if I wasn't the best at Science at School).

Fun Science makes learning things cool. This is the first thing that I learn when I delve into the book. We first learn about The Universe, hence everything from 13.8 Billion years ago in time to learn that we, in fact, are all made of the Universe (and how cool are the illustrations? THE BEST). There are big facts, smaller ones, ones you might have heard before and ones that I was kind of surprised to find out about the Universe, the solar system, the big bang and even our brains. It's these interesting and good-to-know facts and descriptions that make Science actually...fun. 
Being twenty years old and looking back, I did my fair share of Science at school and it wasn't my favourite subject. Astronomy, on the other hand, was one of my favourite things to learn more about (including reading countless things about stars, other solar systems and comets). Fun Science actually covers some of these things and more, like the nervous system, our bodies and life itself. The strikingly intricate and wonderful illustrations are fun and lively and Charlie's distinctive voice shines through as he talks up the Universe to the readers.
Overall, Fun Science is just that: it's everything you thought was hard and unnecessary made fun and actually amazing to read. I've already been trying out some of my new knowledge on my friends and family and they've even delved into the pages themselves. After reading Fun Science I honestly feel like I've just sat through the best Science lesson of my life, complete with jokes and easy to learn and understand facts and not-so-Science things too. A definite five-star firework of a book.

 Readers young and old.



Have you read Fun Science?

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments or at @LittleMemoirs on twitter using the tag #FunScience.

happy reading!
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blog tour: EVERYONE WE’VE BEEN by Sarah Everett (+Giveaway!)





Title: Everyone We've Been
Author: Sarah Everett
Published: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

From the premise, Everyone We've Been sounds like everything I love in a book. There's a potential mystery boy, the element of an underlying mystery that has to be solved and a sense that there's a whole lot of adventure lying between the pages. I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the blog tour and I couldn't wait to get started reading as soon as it landed in my lap.

Addison, or Addie, has been in an accident that will change her life drastically. At first, she's worried she's seriously going crazy. She can see a boy no one else can see and I know that realistically, if that were to happen to me, I would be freaking out. In the time after her accident, Addie begins having these dips in memory that can't be explained, twisted into the fact that this boy that only her eyes can see is forged into them. 
Everyone We've Been is told in the before and afters of Addie's accident which really gives the story another dimension of truth and normalcy. It keeps the plot steadily paced and engrossing and I found that slowly, as the truth of Addie's accident, her memory gaps and the mystery boy came to light, I began to piece together the puzzle and underlying illusive aspect that seems to tie into her memory loss. Addie was straight away relateable. I love characters that feel like friends and someone you can just get as they tell you their story. The alternating past and present times really captured Addie's character development and I found that because of this, it made her all the more real to me and I could connect with her so much better and feel like I was on the journey with her the whole way, too. 
Overall, Everyone We've Been is a powerful, magnetic story bursting with potential and perfection. I found myself hooked to the pages at two a.m., compelled by the storyline that just seemed to ooze "keep reading me" qualities. Addie was a star character and I was rooting for her the entire way, with each new unveiling of information I found myself falling further into the skillful plot that keeps you guessing. Underneath the beautiful cover there is an even more lively story just waiting to be read and now that I have, I can't recommend it highly enough. Everyone We've Been is one of the best hits of 2016 and I'm so glad that I had the chance to read it. Five stars aren't high enough.

 Young Adult readers!




Sarah Everett remembers growing up in enchanted forests, on desert islands and inside a magical wardrobe. She would only ever erase her memory of past karaoke performances and certain fashion choices. She was born in west Africa but currently resides in Alberta, Canada where she attends graduate school and writes YA novels. Visit her on Twitter at @heysaraheverett.



Thanks to Random House Children's Books, I get to give away a FRESH NEW copy of Everyone We've Been! OPEN TO USA RESIDENTS ONLY.
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Stop by the other days on the Everyone We've Been Tour!
Monday through Friday, October 10th – 14th 2016

Monday, October 10: Novel Ink
Tuesday, October 11: A Midsummer Night’s Read
Wednesday, Octboer 12: Addicted 2 Novels
Thursday, October 13: Pretty Little Memoirs
Friday, October 14: Rose Gold Class

Have you read Everyone We've Been?

What do you think of it?

Let me know in the comments or at @LittleMemoirs on twitter!

happy reading!
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