If you follow book blogs at all, there’s a pretty high chance that you follow Cait @ Paper Fury (or at least have heard of her). And if you do, then you’re probably well aware that she’s just published a book! (And if you don’t know of her, definitely go check out her blog, because she’s amazing). Anyhow, my preorder of her debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, arrived a couple of weeks ago, and unsurprisingly, I devoured it. Obviously I had pretty high expectations for this book (and was slightly worried about not liking it), but I shouldn’t have worried – Cait definitely delivered!
An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.
When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?
Okay, so this is more of a summer TBR, and includes books that have already been released, but I’m so excited about all of these! Also, it’s possible some of these come out after the summer? I’m terrible at keeping track of release dates (especially UK release dates), but these books are on this list because they sound great.
My most anticipated of these are Save The Dateby Morgan Matson (she’s my favourite contemporary YA author, and I will never get enough of her books), and Kill The Farm Boyby Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne (mostly because of The Princess Bride reference).
Last year, I read The Names They Gave Usby Emery Lord, and absolutely adored it. Today I can tell you that I’ve finally finished catching up on her other books (you know, all three of them). Not gonna lie, The Names They Gave Usis still my favourite, but Open Road Summer was exactly the type of book I wanted to be reading this summer. Road trip, country music, best friends, summer romance? Can a YA contemporary sound any more perfect than that?
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts.
But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.
This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
There are plenty of quotes out there that say that reading lets us travel the world. One of the classics is “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”, and it’s a classic quote for a reason. We do travel through books! But sometimes books just make us to want to actually hop on a plane and discover a whole new place (which isn’t usually possible). But hey, I can dream. So, here are my top five books that make me want to see the world.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
And by that I mean every single road trip book I’ve ever read, combined with all of Morgan Matson’s books. There’s something that feels so exciting about a road trip, especially if you combine it with the summery feeling of Morgan Matson’s books. Ideally, this road trip would take place in the US, with my besties, and we would see everything.
I used to post semi-regular monthly round ups, and I really loved doing them, but I’m not sure I really want to be writing such structured posts anymore. However, I do still want a place to share my latest reads, my current favourite music, and any random thoughts that have come into my mind lately! So, say hello to a brand new post on The Dragon Reader – let’s catch up! Honestly, I’m not sure how often they’ll pop up or what will be on them, but I guess we’ll find out together. I do know that this particular post will mostly be me gushing about some of my recent reads and my current favourite album.
So I’ve been reading…
Since the end of May (i.e. when my exams finished), I’ve been on a bit of reading rampage. It feels so good to just sit around and read, and not feel the slightest bit guilty about it. One of my newest favourites was A Thousand Perfect Notesby C. G. Drews (otherwise known as Paper Fury). It was such a great read (also very intense and kind of heartbreaking, so be warned). I also read Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, because at the moment I am a total sucker for anything Hamilton related. It was so interesting learning stuff that couldn’t be put in the musical! It was very biased towards Hamilton though, so I do need to go find myself some nonfiction reads about some of the other founding fathers. Any recommendations?
It’s just you, sitting at a desk, trying to learn stuff that you feel like you should’ve learnt weeks ago. And so it can be really hard to motivate yourself to actually sit down and study. One thing I find that helps is to have some music on in the background, or just some kind of noise. I sometimes really struggle with sitting in a silent room if I’m trying to study. It sounds weird, I know, but I like some sort of sound, be it music or coffee shop chatter or just my housemates walking around the house.
I know studying to music definitely isn’t for everyone – there are times when I don’t take anything in if I have music on. But I definitely find that it motivates me to get going if I’ve hit that afternoon lull.
Okay, so the weather we’re having in the UK right now? It’s the best! Sure, technically I should be doing uni work and revising, but how can I not make the most of this beautiful weather? I’m really loving the fact that I’m already wearing summer dresses (even if we are going back to normal temperatures next week). Also, the fact that I can just go for a walk along the river with ice cream – literally living the dream.
And the best thing about this week: guess who just submitted her final year project! I still have a presentation to do on it, but honestly, I feel so happy right now. Submitting that project was such a great feeling. I’m so grateful to my friends for being fab the past couple of weeks – they’ve been so supportive. And most of all, I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to trust in God throughout the past month – knowing that He’s in control no matter what happens has been such a relief.
However, it feels so weird to have turned in my project, because it means I only have 35 days left of university. In just over a month, I’ll have finished my last exam, and I’ll be finished with university! I honestly can’t believe that I’ve been doing this degree for four years already, and I’m not sure how I feel about it being over. But hey, I still have a month to make the most of, plus I have some stuff lined up in the summer that I’m really excited about.
Take a moment to think back to January 2017. What were you up to? Me, I was in the middle of my exam period, but more importantly, I was planning how I was going to get tickets for Hamilton. They were being released half an hour after one of my exams finished, which meant I’d have to rush to the SU, set up my laptop, and get my friend on the phone pretty quickly. It was stressful, but I got four tickets for the 3rd of March 2018. I was ecstatic, but also, it was so far away!!
Fast forward to the end of February, 2018 – Hamilton was so, so close. I’d been waiting for so long, it almost felt like it was never going to happen. And then, the most ridiculous thing happened.
How’s everyone’s summer been? (Or your winter, if you’re in that part of the world?) I haven’t been posting very much (or at all since June…) I guess I’ve gotten a bit uninspired with my blog – I haven’t felt like writing reviews, or discussion posts, or anything really. Soooo, I’ve realised that I need to change direction with The Dragon Reader. Like I said, changes are coming! (But they’re not too scary, I promise).
First off, my blogging schedule is changing. I used to post several times a week but that’s pretty much impossible for me nowadays. Instead, I’ll be posting once a week, but they’ll probably be slightly longer blog posts!
Also, the blog’s content might be changing a bit. First and foremost, it’s still a book blog – my obsession is still going strong! But I do want to branch out a little by sometimes writing about uni, about journalling, about bookstagram etc. I want to share more of my interests with you guys!
Let me know what you think of the changes – I’m pretty excited about them!
What can I say about June? Well, my university summer holidays have started, so that’s pretty great. There was that mini heatwave, which was amazing and I genuinely felt like I was in Italy or something. I did a huge amount of cross-stitch, which felt so good. Oh, and I read some fantastic books, which I can’t wait to share with you!