Group Collaboration | Favourite Female Authors

Saturday, 25 March 2017

This month's group post coincides with Women's History Month, so we thought it'd be a good opportunity to highlight our favourite female authors. We asked our contributors to list off their favourite female authors from any genre, debuts or veteran, cis or trans, LGBTQ authors, and women colour.

Here are some of their answers...


These are just a some awesome female authors who deserve to be celebrated, but we'd love to see more. So feel free to leave more names in the comments!

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Next month we'll be discussing how we choose our next read. If you'd like to be involved with this and future group posts drop an email to bloggersbookshelf@gmail.com or keep an eye out on our Twitter for updates!

Vicious | V.E. Schwab | Review

Friday, 24 March 2017


The Story
Victor and Eli are college students about to submit their proposals for their yearly projects. Eli has this interest in EOs – ExtraOrdinary people. Victor starts looking into adrenaline. But when their interests collide in one of Eli’s theories, they find themselves risking death to see if this seemingly supernatural mix of adrenaline and death make someone an EO.
They succeed.
10 years later, Victor has just sprung himself and one other, a man named Mitch, out of jail. They pick up a girl from the side of the road and together they track down Eli who has turned more into a villain than Victor ever thought he could. Can they stop Eli killing people? Is Victor’s ExtraOrindary gift one that will help or hinder?
My Thoughts
I really enjoyed Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. Definitely not as much as some of Schwab’s other books (I loved A Darker Shade of Magic), but it was still very good. I loved the X-Men kind of idea, and Victor and Eli were a little like Professor X and Magneto: friends with a fall out and general love-hate dramas.
Schwab does this fantastic job of making neither of them really the ‘good guy’. Even though the majority of the time the story is from Victor’s perspective, and you’re routing for him, the things he does are terrible, and you have to disagree with a lot of his tactics and reasons for doing things. Schwab writes it really well, this sort of tension between using their powers for good, or what they think is the good, and using them for destructive endeavours.
The other characters were also really neat. Mitch was this typical muscle side-kick kind of character, and Sydney, the little girl was sweet but strong at the same time.
The plot was a great one, and while I’m not often a fan of flash-back style writing, it worked so well in this book, and when the past finally caught up with the present, it fitted everything together really wonderfully.
If you’re a fan of Schwab’s writing, and you haven’t read Vicious yet, then do pick it up. She has a great writing style and she really draws you in with her stories and characters.

Have you read Vicious? Or any of Schwab’s other books? 

I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It: Stories From An Online Life | Jess Kimball Leslie | Review

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

*Review copy & cover image c/o Netgalley

i love my computer because all my friends live in it

In I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It, author Jess Kimball Leslie shares a variety of stories all about the internet. From Bette Midler fan forums to working in social media, online dating, the introduction of emails on-the-go and even online pet adoption, the book is a fun and nostalgic look back at how technology has shaped her life.

Whilst I was expecting the book to focus a little more on the history of the internet, including general experiences and examples of how it has changed our daily lives rather than such personal ones, the friendly tone and variety of essays made for an enjoyable read. The book is a fun trip back in time and will be particularly relatable for anyone who, like the author, grew up in the 90’s. Unfortunately the eARC copy I read didn’t include the images which I think will also add a little something extra to the overall experience. As with many non-fiction titles I found some of the sections to be a little more interesting than others but overall the book was a quick, fun read filled with stories that many people will be able to identify with.

Riven | Belinda Crawford | Review

Monday, 20 March 2017

*This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

In the direct sequel to the book Hero we are brought back to the planet Jørn where Hero Regan and Fink are trying to adjust to life after the momentous events of the first book. Problem is, both of them seem to have developed some overly aggressive habits. Hero has occasional "tantrums" and physically lashes out at whoever is around. Meanwhile Fink is throwing his considerable weight around at anyone and everyone. To make matters worse, the Librarian has conscripted Hero for another task that will result in her going to the dangerous, inhospitable planet surface.

Review:

My favorite part of the first book was the technology and the world itself. Fortunately Crawford expands on both of them in this book. We get to learn a lot more about how the biotechnology of Jørn is designed, how it bears the signature of the one who works with it. We also get to learn more about how the cities hover above the surface and, in the last section of the book, what the surface of Jørn even looks like. I was very happy to read these developments.

The character work was a little less appealing in this book than in the first one. Hero and her best/only friend Norah have a lot of arguments that, from my perspective, seem more awkward than genuine. I do appreciate Timon's character being a nice balance to Hero's with, seemingly, no ulterior motive beyond racing. 

Overall, Riven is a good continuation of the series, but, like most second books, it's purpose is clearly to get from point A to point B and nothing else. One character, Timon, is more firmly established. We get to learn much, much more about the world of Jørn. We learn of some of the consequences of Hero's previous actions. But it's not as good as the first book, and probably won't be the best book of the series. 

Still, I enjoyed the read and do look forward to the next book. If you're interested in biotechnology science fiction, mutant species, alien worlds, this is a good series. 



Bookish Links #28

Sunday, 19 March 2017


Welcome to another round of Bookish Links - our monthly list of awesome links from around the web! Here are our top picks for March...

1. Spend Less, Read More! - we love shopping for books as much as the next person but it can get expensive with all the amazing titles on offer. Jade's post shares five great ways to save the pennies when it comes to buying books. Do you have any tips to add to the list?

2. Budget Buys - we also enjoyed Beth's post showcasing five titles she recently picked up from a local Oxfam bookshop all for under £10. Do you opt to buy second hand books?

3. More Titles For Your TBR - it wouldn't be a Bookish Links list without an article or two that will add at least five more books to your TBR pile, right? This month we're loving this recent list from Bustle which shares fifteen Contemporary YA picks all due for release in 2017. Which of these titles are you most excited about?

4. Addictive Reads - speaking of books to add to your TBR, we also loved this list of 'unputdownable' titles from Anne over at Modern Mrs Darcy. The seventeen titles featured are all books Anne read in twenty-four hours or less. Have you read any of these books?

5. Bookmark Love - this article showcases some fun and unique bookmark ideas with something for every type of bibliophile. Do you have any unusual bookmarks in your collection? Let us know!

6. Reading Goals - we loved reading about Emmie's idea to keep on track with her 2017 reading goals by documenting reading thirty books before June. How do you keep on top of your bookish goals? Let us know in the comments!

7. Manuscript Notebooks - these gorgeous bookish notebooks and journals from Manuscript were brought to our attention by a great post from Angela at Paper Lovestory. All of the products feature recognisable book covers and we think they would make perfect gifts!

8. Positive Portrayal - Puput recently shared her thoughts on the portrayal of girls in YA Lit and why she thinks we need to see a more positive representation with less stereotyping. If you have any top recommendations for books that feature strong female friendships or positive role models leave them in the comments section below!

9. New to YA? - in this handy post Nihaad shares her top five recommendations for YA newbies, featuring Historical, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy and Non-Fiction subgenres. Which books would make your list?

If you've read or written an interesting bookish article you think our readers would enjoy please let us know - it may be featured in a future post!