Ultimate Book Tag!

Hey guys and welcome back to another Tag Tuesday! How are you all doing? I hope you are doing well. Today I am going to be doing the Ultimate Book Tag! The original tag was posted way back in 2012 with The Chapter Chicks on YouTube.
Let’s get into it!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I travel on the bus mainly to go to college and no, I’m lucky that I don’t get motion sickness because travelling is my prime time to actually read.
2. Which authors writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Gosh, I’m going to have to say, Rick Riordan on that question. I’m currently making my way through the Son of Neptune in the Heroes of Olympus series. He brings all of his characters to life and their adventures are exhilarating and I enjoy reading them so much but my favourite point of his writing is the humour. All of his books are packed with humour and I can never help but laugh. He is so witty!
3. Harry Potter or the Twilight Saga? (Give three reasons why)
I have to say Harry Potter. I mean, I don’t think many people would be saying the opposite. I loved Twilight when it was big. Who didn’t go through a Twilight phase? But my three reasons are
-I like the story line a whole lot more than the Twilight series and the writing is spot on.
-I love the world more and can get much more immersed in it.
-I think the franchise flows much better. All books and all the movies. I think it’s smoother. (Does this make sense?)
4. Do you carry a book bag? (If so, what’s in it other than books?)
I switch between carrying a school bag and a large handback. I always have books in it, of course. Also, my phone, my purse, pens, a copy of some kind a bottle of water and I’ve started to bring my laptop to college too.
5. Do you smell your books?
Yes… only when they are new. The effect usually wears off quickly.
6. Books with or without illustrations?
I’m okay with both and I read both but I would prefer if more books added illustrations because it really does bring the story to life more. It is what makes Miss Peregrines by Ransom Riggs and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness so unique!
7. What book did you love while reading but later find out it wasn’t quality writing?
This can be many books for me. I have a tendency to just award a five-star rating to many books because of the feelings and emotions after finishing it. I look back on things such as Twilight and Divergent and let’s be real, the probably weren’t the best quality writing in YA.
8. Any funny stories involving books from your childhood?
I don’t think I have any funny stories, but a cute tradition that myself and two childhood friends had was relating to the House of night. When we started getting into them at first I think there was about 7 or 8 books out and we knew there would be more so we would buy three of the books each and swap them around. This is actually the book series that got me properly into reading. I think we were 11 or 12 when we were reading these books which wasn’t exactly suitable.
9. Thinnest book on your bookshelves?
I believe this would be my copy of the Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, it is tiny!
10.Thickest book on your bookshelves?
I am pretty sure this is my complete works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I cannot wait to dive into this but it really intimidates me! It’s over 1000 pages long as the pages are super thin that you really have to watch in case of paper cuts.
11.Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself as a future author?
Yes, I also write and I really enjoy it but do I see myself as a future author? Well, that’s the dream.
12. When did you get into reading?
I am pretty sure I started reading actively at the age of 11 or 12. My mom was a huge reader so I definitely got it from her.
13. Favourite classic book?
I really need to read more classic books but for children’s classic’s it has to be the Alice in Wonderland duology by Lewis Carroll. The world is so fleshed out and whimsical and I could get lost in it but I would not like to be Alice in the story at all as she was treated as a total outcast. As for older classic literature, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I studied this for school and although I thoroughly enjoyed it, I need to read it for myself in my own time as I think I will enjoy it even more then. Studying might have taken something away from the story.
14. In school, was your favourite subject English/Language Arts?
Actually, surprisingly no. I did enjoy English a lot but it was not my favourite subject as some of the aspects we have to learn was not in my interest at all and tedious to sit through. My favourite subject in school was Home Economics!
15. If you were given a book as a present that you read before and hated, what would you do?
I would smile genuinely to the person who gave me the present and ask if I could return it to pick up something that was more in my style or I would pass it onto someone who I felt was more suited to the book.
16. What is a lesser known series similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games that you know?
This is a really tough question. Harry potter is such a unique series. I can’t think of another serious like it but the published fan fiction Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. The Hunger Games on the other hand, I would highly recommend The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi!
17.A bad habit you do while filming/writing?
Sometimes when I’m writing blog posts and I go into a different tab to do some research or look up an answer to a question I have, I can sometimes get very distracted and 3 hours later I’m deep in YouTube videos!
18. What is your favourite word?
I don’t know if I have an absolute favourite word but I really like how the words box and fox and words similar sound.
19. Are you a dork, nerd or dweeb?
At first look at this question I was going to say they were all branches of the same thing and I was all three but after doing some research, they all had synonyms such as dull, boring, clumsy. I really don’t think of myself such as that. I thought they meant those who were passionate about things such as gaming or reading, apparently not.
20. Vampires or fairies? Why?
Definitely fairies. they are slightly different with every book and I love learning about their rules and personalities in every books. I find them way more interesting than vampires.
21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?
When I think of angels, I think of the Mortal Instruments and my heart immediately goes to angels. I got an off feeling from Shapeshifters, can you trust them? They seem the most untrustworthy characters in novels!
22. Spirits or werewolves? Why?
I really like werewolves. I love wolves anyway in the real world. I would love to be able to transform into a werewolf… I think. I like the idea of having a pack also.
23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
I do not like the idea of the undead coming back to try and eat my brains, no thank you. Vampires, definitely.
24. Love triangles or forbidden love? Why?
I think it is very hard to get a love triangle right before it gets that little bit annoying. Forbidden love is a little bit more exciting. Especially if you really want the two characters to be together, following them on their journey to see if they can overcome their obstacle that may be blocking their love.
25. Finally, Full on romance or action packed with a few love scenes?
Action packed with a few love scenes, definitely! I love both action and romance novels but with the latter option, you get the best of both worlds!

That was a long tag! I would love to hear some of your answers down below! Do we have any similar?
Thank you for reading and I will see you in my next tag!
Much love,
Megan x

Popular books and series I haven’t read yet!

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! I have been wanting to do this post for a while now. This is going to be the first top 5 Friday on my blog! I don’t know how it happens but I always fall behind on popular books so this post is almost like a challenge to myself! I’m only going to mention popular books that I own at least the first book to if not the whole series, so I have no real excuse not to read these!
1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkein. Yep! I have not read the Lord of the Rings. I have all the books from the series and I still have not read it. I have no excuse other than it intimidates me because of the hype surrounding it and I have them in a collection so that the three LOTR books are in one book and it is huge!
2. I am probably one of the only YA book lovers that I know who has yet to pick up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor! I have heard so much about this series and I do own the first book in this series too, I even met her and it’s signed. I have heard about her writing style and from the sounds of it, it is the writing style that I absolutely adore and cannot wait to dive right into.
3. The infamous Selection series by Kiera Cass. This one is a tricky one. There are a lot of mixed reviews of this out there but I have always been curious to see what all of the talking is about. I want to read it for the fluffy trilogy it is always described as and you can’t go wrong with a guilty pleasure read every now and then!
4. Everyone and their mothers have read the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Unfortunately, I missed Maggie Stiefvater when she did an event in Dublin earlier this summer but I vaguely remember reading her Shiver series and really enjoying her writing so of course I am really looking forward to picking up this highly praised series.
5. And to wrap up this short list, I can’t escape from mentioning the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. This is also a good time to mention that I also haven’t read the Six of Crows duology for this very reason. I really want to experience the Grisha trilogy before I read the Six of Crows duology even though I know it is not all that necessary! I’ve heard so many amazing things about Leigh Bardugos writing style and I have a feeling I will just eat up her books.
Thank you so much for reading and let me know in the comments if there are any books I mentioned that are some of your favourites? Which should I pick up first? Have a great day and I will see you soon with a new post!
Much love,
Megan. x

Disney Book Tag!

Hey guys and welcome back to another Tag Tuesday! Happy August! This will be my first post since the LGBTQ+ month I hosted with Ross. How did you find it? Did you enjoy it? How could we improve the next time? Let me know down below! Today I am going to be doing the Disney book tag. I love all things Disney, you can never be too old for Disney, am I right!? I got this tag from Sasha over at Bookutopia on YouTube and the creator of this tag is Kat from Katytastic, also on YouTube. Go check them out if you haven’t already.

1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a fish out of water.
I’m going to go with Clary from the Mortal Instruments. She was thrust into the Shadow world in an abrupt way and had very little time to adjust to the major differences of her old life and her new life with the events that was happening around her.
2. Cinderella – A character who goes through major development.
Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. She goes through major character development from the fragile girl you see in book 1 and the girl she is in the final book.
3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.
After looking up the definition of the word eclectic for several minutes, I will have to bring my old favourite in, and that is the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. All of the characters in these books are so different and so unique and the work so well together.
4. Sleeping beauty – A book that put you to sleep.
This is a tough question, sometimes I DNF a book or put it on hold for various reasons, this is a big problem of mine. I don’t think a lot of books have bored me to the extent of sleep but my answer to this question is Plain Jane by Kim Hood. This was a 3.5 star read for me and it surrounded a case of cancer and it was a really good plot and storyline but I felt as though it could have been a lot shorter and it was kind of slow and dragging a little bit and I had to give myself an extra push to continue on with it and finish it.
5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen in their childhood.
Definitely Sebastian Morgenstern. That boy had serious issues as a child, he went through so much trauma when he was younger. Poor thing.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A book that was a beast (a.k.a a big book that you were intimidated by but in the end found beautiful)
There are a lot of books I can use for this. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is one of them but I also knew that it was gonna be amazing from the beginning but it was 698 pages. If that is not intimidating.. I don’t know what is.
7. Aladdin – A character who has their wish granted for better or for worse.
I have been thinking about this for so long, I even left the post and came back to it in the hopes that it would come to me and I have come to the conclusion that Clary and Jace of course wished for their relative status to disappear and hey, it did! I think that was definitely a wish granted for the better.
8. Mulan – A character who pretends to be someone or some thing that they are not.
I’m going to go with the most obvious answer here and that is Hayden from the Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West. He is asked by Gia to be her fill-in boyfriend for two hours with no commitments at the end of it. I completely devoured this book, it was the cute and fluffy contempory I needed when I read it.
9. Toy Story – A book with characters who you want to come to life.
I would love to meet some of the characters from Geekerella by Ashley Poston. Well, there are certain characters I would rather not meet but all of the characters from this fun novel are so different and have different qualities and they would be a fun group of friends to have!
10. Disney Descendants – Your favourite villain.
I think for this I have to go with Voldemort from the Harry Potter series. I think he is such a well crafted villain and everyone, including me, just loves to hate him. I loved learning more about his character while reading the books.

This is a tag that has been sitting in my drafts for the longest time! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Disney and book cross over? Who wouldn’t love it!?
What are your favourite cast of characters from books? Who is your favourite villain? Let me know in the comments below and I will see you in my next post! Have a great day!
Much love,
Megan. x

Favourite LGBTQ+ Characters!

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! This is another post that I know will be very hard for me to write I’m going to try and narrow it down to 10 of my favourite LGBTQ+ characters in YA literature! I’m going to try and not overlap to many with my favourite LGBTQ+ novels but it is inevitable.
1 Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.
To me, he is a gay icon. He is absolutely fabulous and adored reading all of his scenes. I don’t know WHY I haven’t read his play yet Hold Me Closer by Tiny Cooper. It has something to do with me not owning it though. I need to fix that.
2 I have to mention without a doubt Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
He is yet another fabulous bisexual character and I love how he describes himself as a “freewheeling bisexual” You go Magnus! He loves glitter and interior design as much as I do! He is definitely up there with my favourites.
3 Aaron Soto from More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
Aaron is after facing a really tough time just before the book opens and we see him dealing with the aftermath of what he has to face and follow him from the minute his world get turned upside down and he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. I loved following Aaron on that journey!
4 How could I forget about Damian Maslin in the House of Night series by P.C and Kristin Cast?
You may or may not know that this series got me into reading. I loved it and still do today ad a new release is coming very soon and I cannot wait! Damian has a quote in which I absolutely love. “Actually, since I’m gay I think I should count for two guys instead of just one. I mean, in me you get the male point of view and you don’t have to worry about me wanting to touch your boobies.” Damian Maslin in Marked.
5. I absolutely love Aristotle from Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
This is another book with a self-discovery aspect to it and I hope you all enjoyed it who read it for the first readathon we hosted! This book brought out lots of emotions in me. Both of these boys are honestly amazing in their own ways.

I would love to know some of your favourite LGBTQ+ characters so please let me know down below and I will see you lovely people in my next post!
Much love,
Megan. x

Author Interview! Lauren James

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog for another exciting LGBTQ+ author interview. I am very excited to share another amazing author with you guys, Lauren James! Lauren James is the author of the Next together and the Last beginning and her newest book, The Loneliest Girl in The Universe just came out on the 9th of this book so I highly recommend you look out for this book! Lauren James had some very interesting answers so let’s get into them!

1.As someone who is bi, would you or have you sought out members from other sides of the community for research for characters who, for example, might be gay?
I would research any characters who aren’t within my own experience, such as trans, Muslim, disabled, black – or even anyone who wasn’t from England! I usually research by reading #ownvoices novels, watching youtubers talk about their own experiences, and following people on Tumblr. I’ve not yet hired a sensitivity reader, but I have a few projects coming up where I plan to. I’m going to use this Writing in the Margins resource to find a suitable intersectional editor, I think.
2.Who is your favourite LGBT author?
Sarah Waters, Alice Oseman, Cat Clarke, Alex Gino, Meredith Russo and V E Schwab are all amazing examples of how to combine accurate representation with genuinely thrilling and literary writing that will appeal to a broad audience.
3.Do you bring your own experiences surrounding the LGBT community and outside of that into your own works?
Absolutely! Everything I do impacts everything I write. I think one of the most important things an #ownvoices writer can bring to fiction isn’t necessarily the big experiences you have as a minority, but the smaller, everyday experiences that straight/white/cis people might not necessarily pick up on. The nuances of being in the LBGT community that aren’t tragic backstory or Pride parades, but everyday domestic life, in all its rainbow colours. That’s the real authenticity that only someone inside the LGBT community can write.
4.What are your thoughts on the mentality of some writers forcing diverse characters into the works to become more appealing and accepted the world of literature.
I think social media has done a lot for the diverse fiction movement, both good and bad. It’s brought a lot of attention to the issue, and encouraged publishers to take strides to increase diversity on their list and in their offices, but at times it can feel quite forceful and angry.
I can completely understand why some authors have felt the need to include diversity in their fiction for fear of backlash. I’m sure that, on the other side, there are also authors who are afraid to write about minorities because social media is so vocal that they’re worried about the backlash if they got it wrong – or just not-quite-right.
I think, ultimately, you have to ignore all the chatter and just focus on what you, personally, think is right. Every book should be written primarily for the author, first and foremost. You have to look at the world around you and try to write about it as realistically as possible – or what’s the point of being a writer?
5.Out of all of your works, which was your favourite to work on and why?
Always the last one I finished, I think! When I’ve done all the hard work and can look at a complete, perfect finished book. The one I’m always writing always feels like a terrible disaster while I’m in the process of getting it down on paper.
My next release is The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, a psychological thriller set in space, and I’m very proud of it.
6.Do you have an essential LGBT+ literature recommendations?
I run an LGBT YA review blog here on Tumblr, and all of my five star reads are here. Some include:
L: We Are Okay, The One Hundred Nights of Hero
G: Timekeeper, I’ll Give You the Sun
B: Girlhood, Far From You
T: When the Moon Was Ours, George
A: Radio Silence, Clariel
7.What is your writing kryptonite?
TUMBLR. I always waste forever on Tumblr. Although, to be fair it is a writing tool too. I do a lot of brainstorming on Tumblr, often based on text posts like this, which is the most perfect thing to come across on your dash when you’re struggling for inspiration. I think the online community is a brilliantly creative place.
In particular, fanfiction is training a huge generation of writers better than any Creative Writing course could – and it’s all based on enthusiasm and enjoyment, which is just incredible!
8.What do your future plans include?
I want to write for as long as possible. I want to be a writer for my whole life, and earn a living wage from it. Everything you read tells you that for a new author in the 21st century, it’s not possible to support yourself by writing. I’m going to fight to prove that’s not the case. I’m doing okay so far; I think…
9.If you could spend a day with any character from one of your works, who would it be and what would you do during that time?
Spart! Everyone who reads The Last Beginning loves Spart – he’s had at least 3 declarations of love and/or marriage so far – and I totally agree. He’s an Artificial Intelligence who’s very sassy and wise, and obsessed with trashy tv shows. I could write him into every scene I write in any piece of fiction for the rest of my life, and it would improve it exponentially. I’ll probably miss writing his dialogue the most.
I think I would want to go time travelling with him, like Clove!
10.Any advice for aspiring authors?
Find out what makes your writing unique and own it. Be completely shameless about it in your query letter. If you love the zombie cats in your novel, make sure they are front and centre in your query. You need to find an agent who loves your book as much as you do, and spending months crafting the perfectly written query letter isn’t going to do that – but maybe persuading them to read the book with the promise of zombie cats might.

I hope you enjoyed those answers as much as I did! Thank you so much for reading! What did you pick up from Lauren’s answers? What is your writing kryptonite? I’d love to know so leave your comments below! I’ll see you soon with a new post!
Much Love,
Megan. x

Release – Patrick Ness (Excerpts)

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today is a very exciting day because I get to feature a book by one of my favourite authors. I was lucky enough to read this book a little bit before the release date but also unlucky enough to miss the launch in Dublin, all because I had to do an exam for college. Seriously, who schedules college exams at 6 pm in the evening!? Anyways, lets get into these excerpts.

“But say I want to kiss both Shelley and Kurt and I want to do this on the same day. What would that make me?”
“Hungry?”
“No, you’re supposed to say ‘bi’ and I’m supposed to yell at you. Or you were supposed to say ‘slut’ and I’d really yell at you.”
They waited for a moment while a handsome-but-stupid-and-very-waxed frat jock got flayed by the hillbilly zombie in the movie they’d downloaded. One of the many things Adam and Angela bonded over was a shared hatred of drippy teen movies. Horror all the way.
“Sick.” Angela said, eating a Dorito.
“But wouldn’t that make you bi, though?”
“Oh, my God, no, you label fascist!”
“There it is.”
“My point: why do you have to call yourself anything? Because, if you don’t, freedom. Because, self-actualization. Because, fluidity and not calcifying into what that label will make you.”
“How about, because having an identity can be just as powerful as actualizing my fluidity?”
“But are you sure you only like boys? Why not keep your options open?”
“Because my entire upbringing has told me there was only one way to be. That any other way is wrong. A deviation from their certainty.”
“All the more reason to-”
“I’m not finished. When I realized how things were, when I said to myself that I am not this thing I’ve been told I have to be, that I am this other thing instead, then Jesus, Ange the label didn’t feel like a prison, it felt like a whole new freaking map, one that was my own and now it’s possible I might even find a home there. It’s not a reduction. It’s a key,
(Part 2, Run, page 42-44)

The girl they have found is clearly under the influence of a drug. Her eyes are open, she is breathing, but she sees neither the Queen nor the fawn as they approach the sofa where she lies.
“You are Sarah,” the Queen says to her, not a greeting, a fact.
The girl hears this – or some form of it – and her eyes swim to the Queen, though who could say what she actually sees?
The Queen has led the fawn on an unerring straight line that took notice of no boundary or landscape. They crossed roads and houses, only going around an obstacle when going through it would have taken too much time. All this in broad daylight, on a day when these creatures were mostly at their leisure. There are still memories upon he needed to erase. He begins to despair. What can it matter if t

hey see? If he can’t save the Queen, all is lost anyway.
They came to a house. This house. One that smells of a sickness so powerful the fawn has to force himself to go inside.
“You are Sarah,” the Queen says again, kneeling in front of the sofa, taking the hand of the girl-
And unexpectedly, from nowhere, the fawn sees a chance.
(Part 5, Linus At 2 O’Clock, page 151-152)

To all who has read this book, let me know what you think of this book and to those who have yet to read it, did these excepts persuade you to bump it up on your TBR? (Because you really should!
I hope you all have an amazing day and I will talk to you lovelies in my next post!
Much love,
Megan. x

Favourite LGBTQ+ characters!

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! This is another post that I know will be very hard for me to write I’m going to try and narrow it down to 5 of my favourite LGBTQ+ characters in YA literature! I tried to not overlap too many with my favourite LGBTQ+ novels but it was inevitable because the books that these characters are from are amazing.

1 Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.
To me, he is a gay icon. He is absolutely fabulous and adored reading all of his scenes. I don’t know WHY I haven’t read his play yet Hold Me Closer by Tiny Cooper. It has something to do with me not owning it though. I need to fix that.
2 I have to mention without a doubt Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
He is yet another fabulous bisexual character and I love how he describes himself as a “freewheeling bisexual” You go Magnus! He loves glitter and interior design as much as I do! He is definitely up there with my favourites. I love his humour and sarcasm and his attitude towards everything. It’s hard not to love him.
3 Aaron Soto from More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
Aaron is after facing a really tough time just before the book opens and we see him dealing with the aftermath of what he has to face and follow him from the minute his world get turned upside down and he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. I loved following Aaron on that journey!
4 How could I forget about Damian Maslin in the House of Night series by P.C and Kristin Cast.
You may or may not know that this series got me into reading. I loved it and still do today ad a new release is coming very soon and I cannot wait! Damian has a quote in which I absolutely love. “Actually, since I’m gay I think I should count for two guys instead of just one. I mean, in me you get the male point of view and you don’t have to worry about me wanting to touch your boobies.” Damian Maslin in Marked.
5. This one is a recent one for me but it is Simon from Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I loved the story of Simon and his journey of self acceptance and coming to terms with his true self and I really enjoyed this book. If you missed my review of it you can go check it out here!
Who are your favourite LGBTQ+ characters? Leave them below! Do we have any in common?
Much love,
Megan. x

Review! Radio Silence – Alice Oseman.

Release date: 25th / February / 2016
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Star Rating: 5 Stars.
Version read: Paperback, 410 pages.

Wow, I don’t even know what to say. I read this super quickly. Two days, that’s a lot quicker than I usually read that fast but I couldn’t put this book down. Ross has been telling me to read this for a long time now, almost as long as I’ve known him and rightly so but I’m glad I kept this book until now to read it.
First of all, the plot and story arc really interested me. It is very modern and something I can relate to, as I’m sure a lot of people of my generation can relate to. The story revolves around Frances who for as long as she entered secondary school has had one dream in mind, to get into an elite university. She is really only known for her academics but underneath all of that she is this really big nerd and artist and loves a specific podcast on YouTube. When she befriends her neighbour and creator of the podcast she believes she can be her true self and not be shamed for it. It is a friendship unlike any she has experienced before.

You know what I loved most about this book? The friendship. I’m a sucker for a good romance as much as the next person but I love seeing a good friendship develop a friendship that does not turn romantic. It is such a rare thing in YA novels, I find. I also really loved all the characters. Okay, I loved all the characters except the evil witch next door but I especially loved Brian, come on, who didn’t love Brian. I found the characters to be extremely relatable and unique and I enjoyed learning more about them and their relationships with eachother and other people throughout the book was really interesting to witness. I love how Aled and Frances brought out the best in eachother and were able to be their true selves around eachother in their geeky clothes and whatnot, how they shared this passion for something that they, now, both got to work on. Aside from the main plot, there was a mysterious sub plot blooming all the time and it was referenced here and there throughout the book that made you always question “What happened to Cerys?” I really enjoyed how this sub plot was resolved in the end, Alice Oseman did a fantastic job on that. AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE REAL REASON BEHIND RADIO SILENCE. OH MY GOD. That was just incredible, I was blown away by that and when I looked back on it, it totally made sense and was so well done.

I think I’m going to leave it there for this review, I am so happy I picked up this book, finally! Please let me know what your thoughts were of this book, I would love to know! And if you missed our review with the wonderful Alice Oseman, you can check it out here! Author Interview! Alice Oseman.
Much love,
Megan. x

Author Interview! Meg Grehan.

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today we have another exciting interview! (Who am I kidding, they are all exciting) I have heard so much about Meg Grehan! I can’t wait to read The Space Between. I have it on my own personal TBR and I’m very excited! Let’s get into the questions!

1. Is there any particular reason you decided to write The Space Between in verse?
I started writing in prose but it didn’t feel right. I was writing a section filled with a lot of panic and I really wanted to capture that feeling but it just wasn’t working. I kept adding more and more words, more description but it started feeling too weighed down with words and eventually ridiculously over-written. So I got to thinking about the nature of mental illness, especially depression and agoraphobia and how isolating they can be and how quiet your world can get when you’re in the depths of them. I realised that at my worst I very rarely spoke. Sometimes my girlfriend would arrive home at 6pm and I would speak for the first time that day. Verse felt like the perfect way to express that because it has no rules, you can use as many or as little words as you want, you can use format and form and shape and punctuation however you like to show how a character feels. It’s such a fun, liberating way to write. But also, I just really, really love it!
2. Have you ever written in prose? If so, how did you find it compared to writing verse?
I have! I still do, I’ll usually go with whichever fits the story best but I much prefer verse. Prose is a little harder for me, I tend to stress more about pacing and worry about over-writing. Verse just comes naturally!
3. What’s some of your favourite books with LGBTQ characters?
Ooh here we go! My very favourite is Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue, it’s a collection of fairytale retellings with a very feminist, queer twist and I could read it over and over and over. I’ll always have a soft spot for Sugar Rush by Julie Burchill since it was the first I’d ever read. Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour is one of my favourites, it’s gorgeous. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness is my absolute favourite series. Ash by Malinda Lo is incredible. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi, Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown, Why be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson, Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler, George by Alex Gino, Wildthorn by Jane Eagland, The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg, Lumberjanes… I could go on and on! Oh and Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley is a special one for me because it’s also about agoraphobia!
4. Who’s your favourite character from The Space Between and why?
I’m not sure I could choose! I’m tempted to say Mouse the dog because nothing would have happened without Mouse! I don’t think I could ever choose between Beth and Alice and there’s only one other character, a delivery guy who pops up once in the whole book but so many people have told me they loved him, so we’ll go with the delivery guy!
5. Do you have a writing schedule that you follow?
I have a writing schedule that I try to follow!
6. When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?
Probably when I read The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton for the first time as a kid. It made me so certain that magic was real, I believed in the Faraway Tree 100%. It made me want to have adventures and go to magical places but I was such a shy, quiet kid so I started writing adventures instead. I was a bookish kid, if I wasn’t reading I was writing. I had a tiny writing desk in my room and I would sit and write ‘books’ and staple them together and draw covers. It was always something I loved, that made me feel calm and happy.
7. How do you select the names of your characters?
I kind of wait until a name appears and feels right, if it takes a while I’ll use a stand-in name and replace it later. Beth and Alice actually had very different, very Irish names for the longest time. My emails with my my publishers are full of debates over names!
It’s different with each project though; sometimes I start with a name, sometimes I change names a million times, sometimes the perfect one just pops up out of nowhere. A story I’ve been working on recently needed very specific names so I’ve had to do a lot of research to make sure I picked the right ones, that’s been a lot of fun!
8. How long did it take you to write The Space Between?
A couple of weeks, it was my Camp Nanowrimo project last April. I wrote it during the first half of the month, spent the second half piecing it all together and sent it off in May. It was all very fast! It had been sitting in my brain for months beforehand though, it had plenty of time to grow before I actually felt I could sit down and write it.
9. Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?
Try everything! I had never written verse before and now I love it with my whole heart. Try anything and everything that interests you, write melodramatic poems or noir crime stories or haikus or whatever it is that you have hiding behind that little bit of doubt in your head.
Be nice to yourself, being creative can be hard and inconistent so try to be understanding and treat yourself with the patience and kindness you would show anyone else.
Take lots of dance breaks.
10. And finally, what are you working on at the moment?
Too many things! A verse story, a super exciting project with a friend, a script…

Thank you so much for reading! Do you like books in verse? I personally love them which is also why I can’t wait to read The Space Between!
Much love,
Megan. x

Favourite LGBTQ+ Books!

Hey guys, and welcome back to another post for our LGBTQ+ month! I hope you are enjoying it as much as we are! Today we are going to be talking about some of our favourite LGBTQ books. We have another post planned for the end of the month on our favourite LGBTQ+ characters. I tried my best not to overlap them too much but I did have one overlap but no apologies for it because it is deserved. 
1. Hold My hand by A.C. Oswald.
I loved this book so much. It follows two girls who are ex’s and we follow them on their incredibly hard journey and we watch as they rediscover their connection with eachother.
2. Release by Patrick Ness.
This book is very relevant in the lives of many LGBTQ+ people who might not be in the most stable relationship to come out in or feel like they can truly be themselves. This books was so quick to read and it had a uniqueness to it.
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
I actually really enjoy this book when I look back on it, more than I thought I did, even as a published fan fiction of Harry Potter. This book has the main plot line as a mission than needs to be completed but with the undertone of self discovery with the fear of the thoughts of fellow classmates and friends.
4. Everyday by David Levithan.
These two companion books were very interesting to read. I’m highly anticipating the sequel that we are promised. “A” wakes up every morning in a different body, male and female, with the same mind. As both male and female, A appreciates the looks and personalities of both men and women, regardless of what body they wake up in. I highly recommend these companions!
5. Simon VS The Homosapiens Agenda
I’m sorry but this is one that is going to overlap with my post that is coming on the 24th, favourite LGBTQ+ characters but I love this book and these characters so much so I’m not really sorry for it either. If you haven’t checked out my review for this book yet you can check it out here! Review! Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli.

 

Thank you so much for reading! I am always on the hunt for new book recommendations, especially LGBTQ+ ones, so please leave a recommendation down below. I will see you tomorrow with a new post.
Much love,
Megan. x