BOOK BLOG: Ali Sparkes | selliott16

Night Speakers: a magical tale of finding friends and allies in unsuspecting places

“Night after night Elena, Matt and Tima wake at exactly the same time, with no idea why. It’s messing them up and fracturing their lives … until they venture out into the dark and find each other. And then the sleepless trio realize their astounding power – they can speak any language; they can even communicate with animals. But something is happening over on the industrial estate – something which is emitting sounds that only they can hear, and killing any winged thing that crosses its path. There’s…

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BLOG TOUR: The House With Chicken Legs | selliott16

Today I have the absolute joy of hosting the brilliant Sophie Anderson, author of the gorgeous The House with Chicken Legs, on my blog. She’s here to talk all about one of her favourite Russian fairy tales and what it means to her. 

The House with Chicken Legs is BRILLIANT. My review will follow in the coming days, but I can not wait for you all to read it because it’s an incredible story which kids and adults alike can adore. Can we also appreciate that cover please?!

Fifteen Russian Fairy Tales and What They Mean to Me

The Cat Who Became Head-Forester (on the dangers of a single…

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A letter to… you! | selliott16

Hello pals,

I’m writing this here letter because something pretty BONKERS happened in my life recently and I need to get my thoughts down before they take over my world. I’ll probably cry reading this through, writing this and then talking about it, but that’s OK. As RuPaul once said, “Emotions don’t scare me”.

So just over a week ago, I won Best Newcomer at the UKYABA awards. Read that again. I won. HOW? WHAT? Seriously though, what?

I was not expecting it at all. It was just an honour to be longlisted. Then to be shortlisted. Then to win. I was speechless – technically not, I did do a…

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S4S – Snacks? | selliott16


Allo! How are we all? What have you been reading this week? Anything brilliant? Anything surprising you? I’d love to know your current reads! I’m just nebby (for those who are not versed in Geordie, nebby means nosey).

Today’s #SixforSunday theme is:
Favourite snacks to read with

Now, I don’t NORMALLY snack (unless I’m in Starbucks and then it’s a Nutella cookie or some ginger biscuits) whilst reading, but if I were to reach for a snack or a drink, these would be my choices:
Hot chocolate
Again, obviously
Chocolate hobnobs
Only the king of hobnobs for me…

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#EasterReadathon round up | selliott16

During Easter weekend, the brilliant Kate (of Reading Through Infinity fame) was hosting the #EasterReadathon. I don’t know if I ever officially signed up… I didn’t have a TBR. I’m very much a mood reader. However… I had a VERY productive #EasterReadathon, so I thought I would share the books I read with their synopsis and short thoughts about the books! Full reviews will come in time, do not fear guys. 

During #EasterReadathon I managed to read 7 books. 7 books in 4 days is not bad going!
Book 1

The Company of Eight – Harriet Whitehorn 

(left: my proof copy/right: finished…

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YAShot 2018 | selliott16

Last weekend saw the brilliant day of YAShot finally come upon us and what a day it was! From authors to awards, coffee to chilling, friends to feelings… lots of fun was had by all.

YAShot is a brilliant, one day bookish event held in Uxbridge, which features tons of brilliant authors doing panels, workshops and in conversation events. There’s also the chance to go to signings and generally just have a lovely bookish day! I went down with my gorgeous Kelly on the Friday and we met some fellow bloggers for tea. It was so lovely to meet some new faces – ones I’ve been talking to forever…

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Reading Habits book tag | selliott16


How are we all today? Have you been having a good week? What have you been upto this week?

Last week, my lovely friend Kelly (of Kelly’s Rambles fame) tagged me in this “Reading Habits” tag and it was so interesting to read her ideas that I thought I’d give it a go too! Thanks Kelly, I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but go for it if you’d like to!

Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

I’m generally neither. I know. NO, I don’t fold pages (who even does this?!), I just tend to remember the page numbers I’m up to (and if I remember to update my Goodreads, then that can help!)…

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