Can you share what are your favourite trilogies and series? I'd love to know. Have a great day xxx.

Asked by bluebird-in-my-heart

I actually MUCH prefer standalones these days. If I see that a book is part of a series or trilogy, I’m actually less likely to pick it up! I prefer self-contained stories and hate having to wait a year or more for a sequel, especially if it doesn’t live up to my expectations. I also have an awful memory. I quite enjoy companion novels, though, like Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.

I’ve enjoyed The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, of course, as well as Vampire Academy and Bloodlines (much to my surprise as vampires aren’t really my thing!), Chaos Walking, Scott Pilgrim (although I’ve only read three), Geek Girl, Legend and Sesame Seade.

As a young teenager/child I enjoyed Sweep/Wicca, Balefire, The Princess Diaries (although I never finished it – I will one day!), Angels Unlimited (same here!), The Twins at St. Clare’s and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

I’ve started loads though, like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Shades of London, The 5th Wave, Uglies, Gemma Doyle, Insignia, Birthmarked, Ashfall, Blood Red Road, Darcy Burdock and want to finish these.

What are your top 5 dystopian books? Great blog btw! :)

Asked by dlxmr

Thank you! :D

It’s actually a genre I haven’t picked up in a while, but five favourite (aside from The Hunger Games and Divergent) young adult books are Delirium, Legend, Unwind, The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Maze Runner, and five adult books are Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake and Shades of Grey. I’d include 1984, but it’s been a long time since I read it.

(I also have a list of YA dystopian novels).

Are there any books you can think of that are similar to Perks of Being a Wallflower in their 90's setting? I'm really interested in that decade and I know you give great recommendations.

Asked by teenageslayer

I haven’t actually read many books set in the 90s, except for children’s books I actually bought in the 90s, like Goosebumps and The Princess Diaries (published in 2000)! I don’t think they’re really like Perks, but you could try The Future of Us, Tomorrow When the War Began, How I Live Now (I think?), Eleanor & Park (not 90s, but 1986), Tape (I haven’t yet read this, but I’ve seen it being compared to Perks), Summer Sisters, Time Between Us.

I thought I’d tell you all about My Independent Bookshop, a new social network for book lovers from Penguin Random House, which launched this week. It enables you to create your own virtual bookshop to share books you’re enjoying as well as discover new books through other people’s shops. I feature a selection of middle grade books in my bookshop to accompany a blogpost I wrote recently. I’m having a lot of fun with it so far and I’ve enjoyed seeing which books my friends have picked. Visitors can click to purchase books through Hive, which offers free shipping and makes sure that an independent bookshop of your choice receives 5% of the sale whenever you place an order. Have you created your own #myindiebookshop?