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September's First Class Post & Monthly Recap

First Class Post - because this post is first class!

Books Purchased:

Physical copies:

My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst (11th December 2014)
I read Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls this month (see below for review), and although I enjoyed it, it didn't actually have that much about the Suffragettes. Being a feminist, I think it's shameful that I don't actually know very much about what the Suffragettes did, just bits and pieces from The Suffragette movie, so I've decided to educate myself. And what better way than to do so with autobiography of the leader of the Women's Social and Political Union? I'm really looking forward to reading it, though I don't imagine it will be enjoyable, reading exactly what these women suffered for us women to get the vote.

The Suffragettes by Various (3rd March 2016)
Again, another book bought to educated myself in the Suffragettes. This is a Penguin Little Black Classic, and it's "A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world," as said on Goodreads. Had a flick through, and it seems to be mostly documents created by the Suffragettes; manifestos and posters, etc. It looks interesting!

Books Received for Review:

Books with an * are reading copies I received as a book seller.


The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell* (2nd November 2017)
A collection of short stories of magic and the fantastic. I believe these short stories are original fairy tales. I'm looking forward to reading it!

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven* (8th March 2018 - 2018 UKYA debut)
This book looks to be really interesting. It's a feminist novel that looks at the double standards of sex-shaming, though it's meant to be funny, too. I am intrigued, and ready to get angry.

Finished Copies:

Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (12th September 2017)
So this isn't exactly what I thought it would be. It's less occult and more feminism. More about lifestyle and self-care - but still with spells and rituals. I've started reading some of it, and it's interesting! Looking forward to reading the whole thing.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur* (3rd October 2017)
Aaah, I am SO looking forward to reading Rupi Kaur's second book of poetry. I've not finished Milk and Honey, simply because I like to dip in and out, and make the gorgeousness last, but I might read it quicker now I have another book to dip in and out of.


Charlie and Me by Mark Lowery (11th January 2018)
This sounds like it's going to be a really moving read. About a boy who is taking his younger brother - who was born far too early - 421 miles to Cornwall, but the real reason why, we're not told. I think this might upset me, possibly.

No Shame by Anne Cassidy (21st September 2017)
This is the sequel to No Virgin, which I'm still yet to read. The first is quite short though, so I could probably get to it quite quickly. This book follows the court case Stacey has to go through, after being raped.

Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing (31st October 2017)
This is the story of fifteen-year-old Michelle as she comes out to her friends and family as a trans girl, and not the boy Mick they all thought they knew. Really looking forward to reading this.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (12th October 2017)
Dragon hunting! A YA high fantasy novel that sounds so good! I'm really intrigued, so I'm looking forward to reading it!

Thank you to Quirk Books, Two Roads, Electric Monkey, Simon and Schuster and Piccadilly Press, Hot Key Books, and Harmony Ink Press via NetGalley for the review copies.

Check out mail memes: The Sunday Post on Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves on Tynga's Reviews.


On the blog:


  • The Power by Naomi Alderman - A really clever, epic, thought-provoking novel that I would recommend, but not one I really liked.
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater - The most exciting novel in the series up to this point but I'm disappointed in the series as a whole so far. Just not enough has happened.
  • Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel - A lovely, moving novel. A great main character, and an engaging mystery. Full of friendship, grief and secrets.
  • Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton - The way the story was told didn't work for me, sadly, and I also found it very predictable. Just not my cup of tea, unfortunately.
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus - This book is brilliant! I second guessed my theories and was never quite sure who to believe, who to trust. Completely gripping! I loved it!
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls - This book was so good! It's not so much about Suffragettes, as it is about the three main characters, and there was a lot about each of them I didn't like. Even so, I cared and got emotionally involved, and I really loved this book! So eye-opening.
  • The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles - This is such an incredible debut novel. It's powerful and moving, and so timely and relevant. It's heartbreaking watching Lux unravel after a traumatic event she can't remember.


What I've Been Reading Online:

Cover Reveals:
  • 12 Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn (+ Excerpt) on Bustle.
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo on
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (+ Excerpt) on Entertainment Weekly.
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber on Entertainment Weekly.

  • Here's Why You Should Read These YA National Book Award Longlisters Right Now on Barnes and Noble's Teen Blog.
  • 23 YA and Middle Grade Books to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month on School Library Journal.
  • 19 Young Adult Books Everyone Should Read, No Matter Their Age on Buzzfeed.

  • Linsey Miller: "I wanted to write a safe escapist fantasy for non-binary readers." - on writing Mask of Shadows on Queership.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Author Leigh Bardugo on Approaching an Icon on Barnes and Noble's Teen Blog.

Book-to-Screen Adaptations:
  • E! Developing Karen M. McManus' ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ Mystery Novel As TV Series on Deadline.

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