Reading Recs: Middle Grade

 

Middle Grade.pngThis month’s theme is: Middle Grade!

I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade at all – I find it a lot easier to relate to YA, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the books I have read of this age group. Middle-Grade novels tend to be a lot less serious and a lot more funny which can be just what I need sometimes.

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If anyone were to ask me who the best middle grade writer was I would 100% say, Rick Riordan. He has written so many of my favourite books – and none of them has ever failed to put a smile on my face and make me laugh. Also, his diversity in all of his series is really well done and something else that I love about all of his books.

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At the moment I think that there are 3 books released in this series. I’ve read the first two books and loved them! This book takes overused cliches and makes them into something new, original and unique.

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This was one of my favourite series growing up and I’ve started re-reading them this year! There’s actually a Netflix TV show at the moment and it’s so good! Once you’ve finished reading this amazing series you can spend a little longer in this phenomenal world by watching that!

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Wonder is a touching and poignant book about a young boy with a facial deformity. This book is unusually on the sadder side of things for a middle grade, which are usually a lot more light hearted. But this book gives across an extremely important message and is a book I think a lot of people should read.

IF YOU HAVE ANY BOOKS THAT YOU FEEL PORTRAY MENTAL ILLNESS ACCURATELY AND WELL – PLEASE LET ME KNOW! IT WOULD HONESTLY BE EVEN BETTER IF THEY WERE OWN VOICE NOVELS, OR WITH MORE DIVERSE MAIN CHARACTERS! HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE? DID YOU ENJOY THEM?

HOPE YOUR NEXT READ IS GREAT! 🌱

Reading Recs: Mental Illness

 

mental-healthThis month’s theme is: Mental Illness

I think that Mental Illness in YA is one of the most important things that is currently extremely lacking in the books that I find to read. As someone who suffers from Mental Illnesses, and has been for a few years. It can be really sad to find yourself completely un-represented in the books you read – but thankfully, that’s improving! Onto the books!

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The MC in this book has OCD – and personally, I prefer to read ‘own voice’ novels as they seem more probable to be accurate and realistic, and in this case, Patrick Ness (one of my favourite authors) does have OCD. Another one of the smaller MC’s is also recovering from anorexia. This is honestly a great book and one that I think everyone should read, or at least add to their TBR list.

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This book was amazing. This is again another own voice novel, and honestly, while reading this I saw myself so much in the main character and I cried and laughed so much throughout. This book is honestly so amazing and I can’t wait for Adam Silver’s next book to come out in February!

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I’ve seen a lot of people criticise this book for “romanticising” however, in this case, I am going to have to disagree. While reading this I did not see Finch having depression and then getting together with Violet as “romanticising” – having any sort of mental illness does not deprive you of being able to get into a functional relationship. I loved this book so much and it will continue to be one of my favourites!

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The thing I loved most about this book was the repetition of the fact that you never get better straight away. Despite the fact that the main character’s family are happy to help her and accept her fully – that doesn’t mean that she gets better right away, they seem to be trying the best they can but in all the wrong ways. Her family were well intentioned but uneducated in the needs of their child – which is somethign I have never seen in a book.

If you have any books that you feel portray mental illness accurately and well – please let me know! It would honestly be even better if they were own voice novels, or with more diverse main characters! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them?

Hope your next read is great! 🌱

Reading Recs: Contemporary

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This month’s theme is: Contemporary

I will admit I really am not the biggest fan of Contemporary fiction at all. One of the main reasons that I love reading is the fact that I can discover completely new worlds all in the pages of a book – but in contemporary fiction, it’s all set in our world. Obviously, I don’t hate all contemporary fiction it’s just not a genre I reach for a lot!

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If anyone reading this knows me well they will know my complete and undivided love for this book. Benjamin Alire Saenz’s writing is beautiful and poetic and makes reading this lovely story of love and friendship and family just that much more beautiful.

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This book is one of the saddest contemporaries that I have ever read. The MC goes through issues that I’d never read about before and the way her emotions and feelings are portrayed are just so raw and real – honestly, if you’re looking for a sad rainy day read this is for you!

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I think my favourite thing about this book was the fact that despite it being about a girl with cancer – Jesse Andrews didn’t really intend for that to be the main focus point of the story. The characters obviously still acknowledged the cancer but that didn’t take away from the general humour either. There is a lot of character development in this novel as well – which of course is always a plus!

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Although, I did give this book four stars, and I have given a lot of other contemporaries 5 stars – I think that this book still needs to be on this list. ELEANOR & PARK has every element of a cutesy contemporary while still including important topics – and very real problems that people face. I admit I didn’t like the ending very much, but otherwise, I think this was an amazing contemporary!

So these are some of my favourite contemporaries! From cutesy romances to stories that have made me cry – all of the books on this list are amazing! I do tend to read contemporaries a lot more in the summer with a glass of lemonade and some Krispy Kreme doughnuts or ice cream – so think of this post as a proactive approach to preparing your reads for the months to come!

Hope your next read is great! 🌱

 

Reading Recs: Sci-Fi

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This month’s theme is : Science Fiction

As much as I love Science Fiction books I don’t think I read nearly enough of them. I love the concept of making science, something which I think a lot of people take advantage of, into a piece of literature that can appeal to most everyone! The books in this list are books that I felt were original and used science and technology to their advantage to make their stories as amazing as possible!

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If you’re looking for originality in a story this is your book. Illuminae’s adrenaline filled plotline set in a spaceship is paired with a phenomenal use of graphic design to make this book as unique as possible. This book isn’t your regular sentences and paragraphs – it’s anything but regular.

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One of the reasons I loved this book so much was probably because it played into my immense love for video games. This book is predominantly part of the technology sect of science fiction as it’s based inside of a huge MMORPG. This book was funny to read and had a great storyline throughout (sort of like a scavenger hunt – which is something I love in a book!)

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I’m not sure if many would actually classify this book as Science Fiction to be honest… I mainly categorise it as sci-fi because the main theme is very heavily science based. This book is written in a way that is engineered to make you confused and insecure in your thoughts about the book. It’s main character is one that most would probably find very hard to sympathise with – but one that I love a lot!

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This probably isn’t a book for die-hard Sci-Fi fans. I do recommend this however if you just want a sort of light Sci-Fi book at the moment! This book has basically everything you could ask from a science fiction novel: spaceships, cyborgs, crazy advanced technology and even people living on the moon. This is honestly part of one of my favourite series and is a great novel to start your ventures into Sci-Fi with!

So these are some of my favourite Sci-Fi reads! Are there any you’d like to recommend me?

If you read any of these or add them to you TBR be sure to tell me so we can discuss!

Hope your next read is great!

Reading Recs : Fantasy

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I thought I’d start a new series called “An Ink Utopia’s Reading Recs” which will basically be a post every month showcasing my favourite reads from a certain genre or theme! They won’t be in any particular order; just generally whichever ones come to mind first!

This month’s theme is : Fantasy

Fantasy is by far one of my favourite genres to read and write in – it allows for such a wide variety of possibilities and plot lines; there’s literally nothing you can’t do with Fantasy in my opinion! The books in this post are Fantasy books that I have felt had an original story and made the adrenaline pump through my veins!

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Although this isn’t YA this is one of my favourite Fantasy novels of all time. If I had to rate this on a scale of all of my favourite books this would be first. This book takes a place I find really boring (London) and makes it into a world full of magic – although that may be the opposite in some other places because guess what? There are FOUR Londons! Elemental magic, illegal smuggling and pirates – this book has it all and so much more.

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The Throne of Glass series is by no means a High Fantasy book – but that doesn’t take away from the amount of detail and originality that Maas has managed to pump into her writing. The main character is an assassin which I love – if you’re looking for a Fantasy book with a strong female lead this is certainly a book to add to your TBR!

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I loved Marie Lu’s Legend series which was a Dystopian series so when I heard she was coming out with a fantasy series I was so excited! Now I’ve read the first two books and the last book has just come out – and honestly they’re amazing! So much fun to read and such a wide variety of characters and plot lines to enjoy!

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If you’re looking for a fantasy book with a great antagonist then this series is for you because no one can resist the Darkling. This series is home to such a magical world and magic system and it helps a lot that the characters are just as magical and unique.

So these are some of my favourite fantasy reads! Are there any you’d like to recommend me?

If you read any of these or add them to you TBR be sure to tell me so we can discuss!

Hope your next read is great!

 

Halloween Reading Recs!

I know this is going to sound extremely weird but I’m not actually one to celebrate Halloween! I’ve never done it and don’t really understand the point but that doesn’t stop me from trying to read spooky books nearer to the day! It’s also my mum’s birthday which is probably the main reason I don’t dress up or trick or treat – otherwise I’d miss out on her birthday celebrations! (Because what would Halloween be without some proper ghost stories?)

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  1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – This book is about a young boy who keeps getting visited by a monster in the simplest of terms. In better terms I think that what makes this story so beautiful yet still able to keep you on edge is the terrifying realism the monster talks about. He spends his time scaring this young boy while simultanesuoly trying to teach him to come to terms with all of th pain and fear living inside of him and honestly this book is so raw and real I cried multiple times while reading it… Also the movie comes out soon so that would be a nice treat after you finish the book!
  2. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle – I’ve read the first chapter of this book and loved what I read. The Accident Season is centered around a family which suffers a month of sometimes heavily injuring – accidents. For them Halloween is a curse and something to be cautious around because one foot out of line and they could probably find themselves on their way to the A&E. They’ve sort of gotten used to it but it seems that Halloween just doesn’t want to give them any chances of survival this time around!
  3. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson – At the age of 9 this dark twist on Peter Pan and Neverland absolutely terrified me. I don’t have a perfect memory of the happenings in this book but I think the fact that ‘Captain Hook’ has to lift a fake wooden nose to smell because his original nose is seemingly non existent should be warning enough…
  4. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs – This compilation of quirky and unusual (sometimes just plain weird) is a companion novel to the Miss Peregrine’s Series. Filled to the brim with Fairy Tales like no others there are scenes in this book that will make you both want to shudder with disgust or laugh your head off. I’ve honestly never read anything like this and feel like this would be an amazing way to finish any night of trick or treating! My review should also be up for this by the time this post is published so you should check that out because I’ll go much more into depth than I am able to here!

Do you have any spooky Halloween recs?

I hope you have a fun time Trick or Treating!

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