Book Review | The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Stevie Bell is bored. Home for the summer, she’s wanting a good murder to solve. When she receives an email from the owner of Sunny Pines, site of an infamous quadruple murder asking her to come and work on a true crime podcast about the Box in the Woods. Stevie thinks it’s going to be something to get her teeth into, and with her friends in tow, it could even be fun. But evil still lurks at Sunny Pines: Steve has received much more than she bargained for.

I loved the first three books in this series and was very excited when the fourth came out. It was just as exciting as the first three in the series, packed full of action, though it didn’t follow the same plot as the first three in the series. I wasn’t sure it would be as good or I would enjoy it as much, but Johnson can write a story in three books or in one!

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Unboxing | Books That Matter: Choose Love | May 2021

I am still loving this gorgeous, feminist book box. I have been buying this book box for a few months now, and I am continuously enjoying them.

Books That Matter sometimes teams up with other charities and companies, and this month they have partnered with Choose Love, a charity that supports refugees from around the world. In their store, you can buy merchandise as well as purchasing things like nappies, portable phone chargers, emergency blankets, and tents which go straight to the people who need them the most. In the future, I am definitely planning on supporting this charity further.

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Unboxing | Books By Nature April 2021 | Hidden in the Shadows

If you read my blog post from February, you will know I was blown away by this new book box, and I was so excited to get the next box! This box is bi-monthly, meaning every other month in this context, so we’re about to open the next release.

This box was made in collaboration with the author, and you can follow Books By Nature on their Instagram here! I love boxes that are made in collaboration, because they feel so personally. The author also included some extra bits in the box, which made me feel pretty spoilt!

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My Book Cart! | what is a book cart and how to use one

Ever since Matilda pulled her cart home from the library, stuffed with books, I’ve wanted my own portable bookshelf too.

Back in the years of 2018-2019, smaller versions of Matilda’s book carts were all the rage on bookish Instagram and YouTube! And after thinking about it for a long time I decided to get one about two years ago.

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Talking About My Recent Bookish Photos!

I’ve recently started posting on my bookstagram again, so I thought a nice return to blogging would be sharing some of my most recent pictures!

I’ve been loving the “vintage” style of bookish photography with warm brown tones, doilies, dried roses, and book pages. But I also like the “quieter”, “clean” style of photos with white backgrounds and bright colours.

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The Rereadathon #1 | TBR

The Rereadathon has technically already started, but I figure it’s never too late to post a TBR!

The Rereadathon is running from the 10th – 16th August 2020, and you can participate by using the hashtag #therereadathon on socials!

Here are the reading challenges, and here are my choices…

  1. Reread a childhood favourite.
    The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo.
  2. Reread a 2019 favourite.
    The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu.
  3. Reread a book & rewatch the film.
    Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
  4. Reread a book you hated.
    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (loved at the time, slowly disliked it).
  5. Reread a picture book/comic.
    The Wish Cat by Raghild Scamell.
  6. Read a book you think you will want to reread in the future.
    Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter.
  7. Reread a sequel.
    A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas.
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So that’s my TBR! What’s on your list?

5 Non-Fiction Crime Books on my TBR

If you don’t know, I read a lot of crime! I love it. For some reason, reading about murder and violence is just a good read for me.

Okay, it’s a bit weird. But even stranger is the sheer amount of non-fiction books about crime on my TBR! I thought I’d share 5 of them with you today, and see if you have any more recommendations for me.

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Reading Outside Your Age

I vividly remember being told when I was in primary school that I wasn’t allowed to read Jacqueline Wilson because, in year 6, it was deemed too young for me. I’ve always been voracious reader, and always adventuring into harder books, ones written for people older than me, but I was still incredibly angry that I couldn’t read Jacqueline Wilson. Why couldn’t I read what I want, and also something that would push me further?!

I find a similar thing working in a school right now where we use a programme called Accelerated Reader. It gives the students a level they should be reading at, and then they have to do quizzes on that book to see what their comprehension is like. Of course I understand why it is done, but at the same time it’s difficult for kids to pick up books they desperately want to read and have to be told to put them back because they’re not considered advanced enough for that book yet.

I for one enjoy reading books outside of my age-range. If I only read books in my age-range, I would be reading New Adult/older Young Adult and only just starting to dip my toe into adult novels. I wouldn’t be able to read Middle Grade or children’s books – and considering that some of my favourite novels are MG/children’s, I don’t know how I would be able to cope without it!

There are some books that should be kept for when you’re older – due to themes or content – but on the whole, I think books should be less segregated depending on your ‘reading age’. A book might be tricky to read, but surely reading it and exploring and asking questions about it would encourage you to go further rather than staying in your age limit?

I’d love to know what you think about this subject. I’m quite passionate about it – mainly because I still remember the anger I felt all those years ago when I was told I wasn’t allowed to read something I really wanted to.