2017 UK Paperback Releases


How goes thee?

I love a pretty hardback book but Hardbacks are often clunky and difficult to carry and read on public transport so I usually have to read them at home. I have learnt to be patient and wait for the book to be released in paperback…a year later. Or sometimes I just buy the US version. Depends how desperate I am but I have been trying to buy more books in store than online.

Anyways, these are some of the books I’m excited about that will FINALLY be out this year in paperback. The problem with buzzworthy books is that sometimes the hype really isn’t worth it…but as with any art form, it’s subjective and I’ll only know once I try it. So I’m hoping I enjoy these books and they’re not overrated so look out for my reviews later on in the year!

Please note that publishers might push back release dates and change book covers but this is currently the correct information.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017

Truthwtich Book Covers

Cover: I definitely prefer the cover in the middle which is the UK Paperback cover!

Thoughts: Heard good things about this! I like fantasy, especially with badass female characters who are witches!

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

UK Pub Date: 28th March 2017

Cover: I really like this cover apart from the person.

Thoughts: I’ve heard a lot about this book but it sounds like it could either be REALLY BAD or REALLY GOOD plus INDIAN MYTHOLOGY YES PLEASE. I know the sequel is out this year in the US and will be available in Hardback in the UK too, but I’m excited to read this!

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera (Adult)

UK Pub Date: 4th April 2017

Cover: It’s not a bad cover despite the person…would prefer it if it was just the water.

Thoughts: A story about a girl from Sri Lanka who has to move to America. It sounds like a really heartbreakingly good novel.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

The Wrath and the Dawn Book Covers

Cover: Of course I prefer the one in the middle which is the US Hardback cover but I actually don’t mind the first cover as the title covers her face and I really like her earrings lol

Thoughts: This has been in my TBR list for ages and heard a mix of things about it but hope I enjoy it! The sequel is out already in the US and will also be out in the UK in April. Check out Nuzaifa’s review here.

Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

Chasing the Stars Book Covers

Cover: I obviously prefer the UK Paperback cover (right) as it doesn’t have a person on it but it’s also much prettier

Thoughts: Malorie Blackman is a National Treasure. She is an incredible British children’s author and one of the most prominent black children’s authors in the UK. Chasing the Stars is her latest novel which is a sci-fi retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello. A weird concept but I will give it a chance. 

 The Reader by Traci Chee

UK Pub Date: 1st August  2017

Cover: Another fantasy cover with a person on the front smh

Thoughts: a girl learning how to read AND swashbuckling pirates?! I am so ready for this book!

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

UK Pub Date: 1st August 2017

Cover: Even though it has a person on the cover i quite like it as it’s so different!

Thoughts: In an interview, the author said she wanted to write a ‘Latina version of charmed’ which I am up for since I LOVE CHARMED!  Heard good things about this. Check out Naz’s review!

Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

UK Pub Date: 1st August 2017

Cover: I like this cover. I think it’s pretty cool. although the title seems a bit lazy tbh but I think it is relevant to the story

Thoughts: A BOOK WITHIN A BOOK? BROWN PROTAGONIST? It definitely has mixed reviews as the main character is more of an antihero but it sounds like something I might enjoy…


Which books are you definitely going to be reading in 2017? Do you prefer paperback or hardback or are you more of an e-book person?


Happy Reading!




“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” — Ben Aaronovitch


2017 Books To Be Excited About 


Hope 2017 is an amazing year full of wonderful books and lots of growth and learning and fun times!

2017 looks to be a good year for Diverse Literature and I am hoping to read more #OwnVoices books. You can follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out more about Own Voices but it’s basically books written by people from that culture/religion/ethnicity/disability/sexuality etc

Gonna TRY to buy more books in store rather than online…but books are usually cheaper online. 

However, my local Oxfam has an AMAZING selection of books so I’m lucky to have that option too.

If you can’t find a book in your local bookstore…ASK THEM TO ORDER IT FOR YOU. Also, make sure your library stocks these awesome books!

So here goes…it’s quite a long list and I am sure there are plenty more I will find out about later on so look out for more Waiting on Wednesday posts in 2017!

In no particular order…

Young Adult

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Pub Date: 24th January 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: I like the colours and the cover apart from the person. I definitely prefer it without the person.

Thoughts: a YA murder mystery set in Kenya? Sounds amazing! 

You can read a sneak peek here!

American Street  by Ibi Zoboi

US Pub Date: 14th February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 23rd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover:I really love this cover. it’s simplistic but also love the silhouette and the colours.

Thoughts: Fabiola moves from Haiti to the US and has to deal with her American cousins while dealing with school and other issues. It offers a different perspective on the ‘American Dream’ which can often be more of a nightmare and contains elements of magic realism.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

UK vs US

US Pub Date: 28th February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017 (Paperback)

Covers: I really hate the UK cover because it has a person on it and I loathe book covers with real people on. sigh. I am tempted to just buy the US version which is WAY COOLER!

Thoughts: This is probably one of he most highly anticipated YA novels of 2017 because it is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement! I remember when this book first got acquired I WAS SO EXCITED and now it if finally being published I AM READY FOR THE WORLD TO READ IT. It has also been optioned for a movie with Amandla Stenburg playing the lead role.

Pre-Order your copy now! Or like me…wait till it’s out in case Waterstones does a Buy One Get One Half Price Offer…

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

US Pub Date: 21st February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 23rd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: It’s okay…I mean it’s a bit…cliche but I like the fact that the wall is included


Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange The Dreamer Book Covers

US and UK Pub Date: 28th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Paperback: 7th September 2017

Covers: I prefer the UK one (right) and I have a feeling the cover will be really shiny too…

Thoughts: NEW LAINI TAYLOR BOOK YES PLEASE. LOOKS WEIRD AND CREEPY AND I NEED IT. Read a sneak peek here. I will probably end up buying the hardback…AND I AM HOPING THAT MAYBE JUST MAYBE THIS MEANS SHE WILL DO A UK TOUR! She is defo one of the authors I would love to meet.

The Gauntlet  by Karuna Riazi (Middle Grade)

US Pub Date: 28th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 1st May 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: Not too keen on the cover but it does look like a typical MG fantasy cover


Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Pub Date: 2nd May 2017 (Paperback) 

Girl Out Of Water Book Cover

Cover: Not a huge fan of it because OF THE PERSON but i like the title font.

Thoughts: This sounds like a book that’s gonna be all happy and then BAM PAIIIIINNNNNNNN…I am looking forward to this. Unfortunately the author has suffered from terrible trolls on twitter being anti-Semitic smh how can people JUST DO THAT?! 

You can read a sneak peek here!

Release by Patrick Ness

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Hardback)

Thoughts: um…it’s Patrick Ness. Of course I will read it.  He said it’s his most personal novel yet! Cover yet to be revealed!

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Lines We Cross Book Covers

US Pub Date: 9th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I definitely prefer the Australian cover and title.

Thoughts: ANOTHER RANDA ABDEL- FATTAH BOOK? YES PLEASE. So it’s a love story but also about casual racism in Australia. CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK. I love how she always talks about hard hitting issues but with a touch of humour and relatable characters! You can read an interview about this book here.

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

Pub Date: 9th May 2017

That Thing We Call A Heart Book Cover

Cover: Don’t like the cover because it has a person on it but i like the title font!
Thoughts: This is about a Pakistani-American girl called Shabnam Qureshi and deals with issues like love, friendship, culture, religion and Partition! Sounds good! 

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Ramona Blue Book Cover

US Pub Date: 9th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 1st September 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I really like this cover. it’s very simple but cute.

Thoughts: There has been a bit of a hoo-ha about this book due to it’s queer representation (Ramona is supposedly a lesbian but ends up falling for a boy…is she a lesbian? is she bisexual? WHO KNOWS…sexuality is fluid!!!) BUT I AM EXCITED because it sounds like a good book…I love a good love story but it’s MORE than that obviously.  You can read a sneak peek here!

Flame in the Mist by Renee


US Pub Date: 16th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I like the dragon and flowers but the big fat title ruins it tbh

Thoughts: Kind of like Mulan but set in Japan…I haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn yet so I don’t know if I like her writing style or anything but this looks promising! You can read an interview with the author here.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

 Pub Date: 30th May 2017 (Hardback)

When Dimple Met Rishi Book Cover

Cover: I actually like the cover even though it has a person on it… she seems so happy and i like the mehdni (henna)!

Thoughts: I just need this book in my life. When I first heard about it I knew I was gonna love it. like I haven’t even read it yet but it sounds so perfect to me BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT TWO BROWN PEOPLE WHO END UP FALLING IN LOVE AND HAS BOLLYWOOD REFERENCES IN IT AND I JUST NEED IT!  You can read a sneak peek here!

Saints, Misfits, Monsters, and Mayhem by Sajidah. K. Ali 

US Pub Date: 13th June 2017 (Hardback)

Thoughts:  I AM READY FOR IT BECAUSE IT’S BY A MUSLIM AUTHOR. Also this line: Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then? More information to come later on in the year and cover is yet to be revealed!

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

 Pub Date: 18th July 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: It’s a really pretty cover and you can already tell it’s gonna be about Indian Mythology!

Thoughts: A book about Indian Folklore? Yes please. Hope it does not disappoint. It is a love story but if it’s done well then double yay! 


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing Book Covers

UK Pub Date: 5th January 2017 (Hardback)

Paperback: 7th June 2017

Cover: I prefer the UK cover (right). I like how you her dress is incorporated into the cover.

Thoughts: I have heard so much buzz about this book so I am curious to see what all the fuss is about. It sounds like a really rich novel that tacks the legacy of slavery through generations. Naz’s review makes it sound incredible!

The Secret Life of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters Book Cover

Cover: Not sure which is the final cover but i prefer the one with the cupcake because that looks like a ‘normal chick lit’ cover whereas the orange one is has some South Asian stuff on it…but it isn’t IN YOUR FACE. Although it does have a pic of the author on the front so people know it’s Nadiya’s book and will buy it (probs targeted for people who don’t normally read books…) Plus IT IS A BOOK WITH HIJABIS ON THE COVER THAT WHITE PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY READ.

Thoughts: I was shocked to discover that Nadiya has written a book because she only won The Great British Bake Off LAST YEAR so idk when she had time to write a whole book since she already released TWO recipe books this year…maybe she just had an old manuscript lying about or it might be ghost written or maybe somehow she actually wrote a book in one year and managed to get it published (well…obviously…she’s famous…they probably ASKED her to write a book tbh) but I still want to read it because it’s about a group of Bangladeshi sisters in the UK. I can guarantee you this book will be available in all bookstores AND supermarkets in the UK as Nadiya Hussain is a national treasure.

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid 

Exit West Book Covers

US Pub Date: 7th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 2nd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: I definitely prefer the US cover because it is PURPLE and way cooler than the boring UK one. I’m hoping that isn’t the final UK cover.

Thoughts: A story about a young couple in an unnamed South Asian country that deals with issues of religion, identity and borders with elements of magic realism. Admittedly I haven’t read any of his previous novels (I hope to remedy that this year) but this sounds like something I might enjoy. Read an interview with the author here.

The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

Cover: Love the cover. Think I prefer it so Sofia Khan is Not Obliged.

Thoughts: Really enjoyed laughing out loud at Sofia Khan is Not Obliged AND THAT ENDING KILLED ME so obviously I need the sequel and I hope it is full of laughter and cute moments and it’s just so great to read a book about a Muslim woman set in London that has nothing to do with terrorism or anything like that.


The Score by H.J.Golakai

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017

33538678Cover: I hate this cover. the colour is so…bright…like I know the first book had some turquoise on it but this is just a bit too much…

Thoughts: sequel to The Lazarus Effect which I really enjoyed.  Looking forward to seeing Vee and Chloe again, especially Vee’s trademark sarcasm!


Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash

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US Pub Date: 3rd January 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: Of course it features a geometric pattern…It’s a nice cover though.

Thoughts: The author is the UAE ambassador to Russia and it’s a book written for his sons but also to all the young Muslims on what it’s like raising children post 9/11 etc. It sounds like an interesting read…it might actually be completely terrible and pander to Western audiences but we shall see. 

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)


Cover: the cover is okay. Kinda boring tbh but non-fiction books rarely have amazing covers tbh 

Thoughts: The creator of MuslimGirl website wrote a memoir so I am curious to see if it is any good…as in if I can relate to any of her struggles or if it panders to Western audiences. 

This is already available in the US.

Ah…so many books…so little time. I always have the problem of WANTING TO READ NEW BOOKS but not having read older books and it’s like hdgkjhdfgkjkdj I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS! I hope I actually meet my goodreads goal this year!

A note on which books to avoid due to negative stereotyping…it’s important to educate ourselves on problematic representations and call people out…in a nice way…so they are AWARE of the damage they can cause from such representation because perpetuating negative stereotypes is not diversity.

So what books are you looking forward to in 2017? Hope I’ve put some new books on your radar! 

  Happy Reading!




Three Books With Badass Female Muslim Characters

Hello there.

Since there are very few books that feature a range of female Muslim characters, I thought I’d list some of my faves. These three books deal with various issues but the main one being marriage as it is quite a big deal for many people. Also, navigating the marriage scene as a young female Muslim can be rather difficult…so why not read all about the awkwardness of finding a partner?!

Anyhew, here are some diverse book recommendations for you to add to your to read list. You’re welcome.

The Story of Maha by Sumayya Lee

Setting: Durban and Cape Town, South Africa

This book is hilarious because it’s just completely MAD. But it’s also really heartbreaking because it’s set during apartheid and it shows how it wasn’t just blacks vs whites but also Indian people suffered too and also being a MIXED RACE Muslim girl in a society that is also inherently against dark skin etc so this book deals with a range of issues but it also makes you laugh despite the seriousness of the situation. There is a sequel too!

You can enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win a SIGNED copy of the book. Hurry, because it ends soon!

No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel Fattah

Setting: Sydney, Australia

This book is brilliant. It’s about four friends (not all of them are Muslim) and about finding love and dealing with work issues and relationship dramas and of course learning to trust each other and it’s just a great book about female friendships and dealing with adulthood. This book will make you laugh and squeal with joy (if you are a hopeless romantic like me then yes).

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayesha Malik

Setting: London, UK

This book is really funny and quite relatable. It is set in an area I’m familiar with and if you like Bridget Jones you will LOVE this book.


Imagine meeting someone  in the biscuit aisle in Sainsbury’s???? lol.

Honestly, Sofia is mad but she is a pretty funny character, and thankfully she does see the error in her ways (eventually). Sadly, I only liked one of her friends and i didn’t really like her sister BUT this does include female friends and plenty of awkward marriage talk and relationship issues as well as family drama. Also, the author is currently working on the sequel (thankfully) because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

One of my fave lines in the book:

Guy: ‘your hijab is like a social condom’
Sofia: Yes, to protect me from socially transmitted diseases. Like you. 😹

 Books with female Muslim characters

All books feature a range of Muslim characters and are set in different locations and are laugh out loud kind of books.

I need more books featuring badass Muslim characters that don’t take crap from anyone and stand up for their beliefs and are just great characters and role models.

Can’ believe it is MAY ALREADY!

Got so many books to look forward to!

Happy Reading!

“Seeing reflections of yourself in the fiction you love is one of the most powerful forms of affirmation we have in popular culture” – Bryan Hill



Introducing Cassava Republic Press UK

Hello everyone.

Hope you have been having an amazing 2016 so far despite all the horrendous things going on in the world (plenty of goof things still happen).

I’d like to just tell you about this wonderful Nigerian publishing company that is launching in the UK.

Cassava Republic Press is a Nigerian publishing company that started in 2006 and now they’re opening a branch in London. Woohoo.

Their motto is ‘feeding the African imagination’ which i think is great because people in Africa (the whole continent) need food for the soul too and what is better than stories? Many cultures have oral storytelling but there are still plenty of people who WANT to read books but accessibility and availability is often a problem.

CRP is founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremey Weate and they both run the company along with Emma Shercliff. It’s amazing how far they have come since it is such a small company.👏🏽

So what kind of books do they publish?

  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Cassava Crime
  3. Ankara Romance
  4. Cassava Kids/Children’s (including YA)
  5. Non-fiction

So their romance imprint Ankara Press features strong independent black women which is awesome as it portrays ‘a new kind of romance’ featuring young black characters. so if that is your thing then give their books a try. The ebooks are available on their website and amazon and the print books will be out in July in the UK.

Launch Books:

CRP UK Launch Titles

Since their official launch is April 2016 they are releasing 5 books.

  1. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  2. Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
  3. Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle
  4. Princess Arabella’s Birthday by Mylo Freeman 
  5. Princess Arabella Mixes Colours by Mylo Freeman

Princess Arabella is adorable and the illustrations are really cute so kids will definitely love her!

Like a Mule is an amazing book because it is so diverse! It has multiple narrators but the main one is Dr Morayo, a 74 year old woman who loves books and drives a Porsche! She also interacts with so many different people and it’s just such an uplifting novel! Plus the cover is really pretty.

Born on a Tuesday is incredible. it’s such a haunting coming of age story set in Northern Nigeria and deals with various issues from friendship and loss to fundamentalism and faith.

Easy Motion Tourist is a thrilling crime novel about organ trafficking in Lagos. Amaka is such a badass character and I just love her. Hope there are more books featuring Amaka as I’d defo like to see more from her!


the launch authors are also going to be coming to the UK for a book tour which is exciting!

  1. Oxford Literary Festival
  2. Cambridge Literary Festival
  3. Waterstones Piccadilly
  4. Dulwich Books
  5. Book & Kitchen
  6. The Alligator’s Mouth Bookshop

I’m so excited for their launch and they will be open for submissions probably by the end of April so if you have a story in you then get writing!

All their books are OUT NOW and should be available in all good bookshops (including Waterstones and Foyles) and online (wordery and amazon).

They also have Giveaways on Goodreads for UK readers so ENTER NOW!!!

Also, if you have read their books or are going to then please don’t forget to leave a review on amazon and goodreads because authors really do appreciate it.

Social Media:

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Anyways, hope everyone has a fabulous April full of sunshine and smiles!

Happy Reading!



‘Books are what I love most.’Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun)

Cassava Republic Press Books


Books Are My Bag 2015

Hello fellow bibliophiles! 

I’m so excited for this years Books Are My Bag because LAUREN CHILD HAS DESIGN A CHARLIE AND LOLA BOOK BAG!!!


 What is books are my bag (BAMB)?

It is a nationwide campaign to support bookshops as our high street bookshops are in danger (thanks to the cheapness of online books). It celebrates the act of buying a book in a bookstore where you can interact with other readers and ask questions about upcoming books as well as attend events…the beauty of a bookstore is not just that they have books but it has people who want to help you find the right book and they hold author events!

This year i have been trying my best to buy from bookstores instead of from amazon. If i do buy from amazon I use amazon marketplace so I get books from The Book Depository or Wordery)

on the BAMB website is a list of reasons to buy books from a bookshop:

  • You love books
  • You may be about to make a purchase you’ll value for the rest of your life
  • You’ll be shopping on your local high street
  • You’ll be helping create local jobs
  • You might just find a book you never knew existed 
  • You’ll find great gifts for friends and family
  • You can talk to real people about books they know and love
  • You’ll be part of your local book-loving community 

When is it?

8-10th October 2015 all over the UK. It happens every year so if you can’t make it this year then try to make a plan of it for next year. But, your bookstore might still be selling the bags throughout the year! 

Where is it?

you can check your local bookstore if they have any events for the day but usually you just go into a bookstore and they should have the bag…i think you get a free BAMB bag when you buy a book. the designer ones you have to pay for.

Why it is great?

  • because it celebrates books.
  • it’s a fun filled few days full of books and bags!
  • whenever  i see someone with a BAMB bag i know they are a fellow booklover.

Books I might get on the day:

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (her new book!)

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (aka Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil from YouTube)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Stand-Off  by Andrew Smith (the sequel to Winger)

Not on Fire, but Burning Greg Hrbek

AH…so many books to choose from. I might treat myself and get two!

Anyways, hope you guys go to a bookstore whether it’s Waterstones (they do Buy One Get One Half Price) or Foyles or an independent bookshop…celebrate the written word!

Follow BAMB on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram

Happy Book Buying and Reading!

“Aren’t bookshops wonderful? The staff are always welcoming, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about their stock – and they are great places to browse, to explore, to stumble across new literary treasures. Long live bookshops.” Malorie Blackman
“I love walking into a bookstore. It’s like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.” – Tahereh Mafi
“Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world.” – Vincent van Gogh





Hello there.

So, as you know I love reading and i love to share my love for books.

I’ve always been interested in helping kids to read…My younger family members live in South Africa so i never had a chance to help them with their reading. But in primary school i loved assisted reading because it was fun to read picture books with the little kids. Then in secondary school  i found out about charities that help kids with their reading and i really wanted to volunteer but you had to be 18 years old or over.

Eventually in my 2nd year of university we got an email asking if anyone wanted to volunteer with Save The Children’s Read On Get On campaign. Their aim is to help more primary school kids with their reading since many from poor backgrounds tend to leave primary school without being able to read properly. This can lead to a poorer performance in secondary school and low self esteem (especially if other classmates are way ahead of them). So it’s really important that YOU ARE READING but also that YOU MAKE AN EFFORT WITH ANY KIDS YOU INTERACT WITH TO SHOW THAT READING CAN BE FUN.

Anyways, so once i contacted Save The Children, they put me through to Beanstalk and after filling out their application form, i eventually had an Interview with Beanstalk charity and I had to go through training courses (for safeguarding) and to help us gain skills to help us support different kids with whatever reading difficult they had.

Finally, in October 2014 i was placed in a local primary school. i had three year 4 kids, 2 girls and 1 boy and the reading sessions are 30 mins with each child.

Each Session:

  • Since i only had half an hour with each child, we spent 15mins on reading and the other 15 mins on playing games (to help with their confidence or just a bit of fun)
  • sometimes we’d spend more time reading the book if they really liked it, especially the boy as he read Non-Fiction books about dinosaurs, transport, animals and various other topics he was interested in
  • Games we played: Snap, Guess the Drawing, Story Cubes, (these are amazing for creating awesome stories!) Brainbox, Noughts and Crosses, Hangman and many more other games.
  • the children read to me while i listened and corrected them if they made any mistakes then we’d discuss what happened in the book or what they think is going to happen next

What I learnt:

    • i am terrible at drawing and they are really good
    • i wish i was a kid again
    • the imagination of a child is definitely one to be envious about
    • creativity is so important and nurturing a love for reading is vital for a child’s development
    • comprehension is really important
    • it’s good to spend time with kids because you learn a lot from them

we need to spend more time playing games and having fun because that’s also important for developmenti spent a year with these kids and i wish them all the best and i really hope they enjoy reading more to nurture their imaginations

Also, volunteering is helping people and this is such a fun way to help kids nurture a love for reading and also provide them with the skills they need for the future!

The thing is, parents are busy and older siblings have to worry about their own schoolwork and stuff and watching TV tends to be a family affair or something to distract the kids with…or just mindless relaxation. But the benefits of reading are lifelong and we need to do more to promote reading with children especially bed time stories…not only is it a great time to spend with your child/sibling/cousin but also it is incredibly vital for their development. Reading aloud to kids is a whole different experience especially if they hear different voices and act out certain parts. plus it makes them look forward to bed time. i remember i loved being read to before bed…it was usually Enid Blyton. and once i started reading myself i was always stuck in a book, sometimes even past my bedtime!

  • Q: What do you think is the best way to get children engaged with language and reading generally?
  • Daniel Handler: When I was young, my parents would read me a book and stop at a suspenseful moment, tuck me into bed with the book and a nearby flashlight, and tell me that under no circumstances could I stay up any later to read. The next day they would ignore the fact that the bookmark had moved. (Source: Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket Webchat Transcript)

I loved my time with Beanstalk, but sadly i had to leave because i’m now a graduate seeking employment…and for Beanstalk you have to commit 3hrs per week of your time. So if you know anyone who is working part time or is retired or if you think this seems like your kind of thing…helping the future generation then you should defo apply to be a reading volunteer! 

Don’t forget to check out Beanstalk on Facebook and Twitter

Happy Reading!

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”- J.K. Rowling
 “The joy of a bedtime story is the key to developing a love of reading in children” Frank Cottrell Boyce


Summer Book Haul

Hello there people of the world. or hi to any aliens or mermaids also reading this.

anyways so i love books (i’m known as The Book Guru) and i love BUYING books. i’m lucky enough to be able to afford books and live in London so there are so many wonderful charity shops, independent bookshops and of course Waterstones and Foyles. and Amazon.

so anyways after exams  i went to Waterstones Gower Street to buy some books and i also went to Waterstones Piccadilly to buy some books because they usually have offers like 3 for 2 or Buy One Get One Half Price. =D

when i went to Waterstones i wore this top which is from the dftba website and  the book necklace is from etsy

Why Buy Anything Else When You Could Be Buying Books?

Why Buy Anything Else When You Could Be Buying Books?

i also went to my local Oxfam and found some lovely books.

and then of course i’m part of the Editorial tea, at Spinebreakers (Penguin) where they pitch us books and we review them.

and i recently joined Harper Collins (i literally just emailed then saying i would love to review any books and they sent me one!)

also my goal this year was to buy more books from bookstores rather than from Amazon (let’s face it…amazon IS cheaper and easier and i love online shopping) but i NEED to support bookstores!

so here is a pic of my GLORIOUS BOOK HAUL:



Books from Waterstones:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Geek Girl by Holly Smale 

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Dreams Of Gods And Monsters by Laini Taylor

Everday Sexism by Laura Bates (Non-Fiction)


Books from Amazon:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Books from Oxfam:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

Junk by Melvin Burgess

Collected Stories by Anita Desai

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares

Beyond The Veil by Fatima Mernissi (Non-Fiction)


Books from Spinebreakers:

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

The Neptune Conspiracy by Polly Holyoke

Winger by Andrew Smith


HarperCollins Book:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige


oh yes and i got a FREE BOOK from Beanstalk: The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman


sad to say i’ve only managed to read two books so far…Geek Girl took me a while because it was annoying me.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale:

she doesn’t look like much of a ‘geek’

at first i was like this book is so annoying this girl harriet is so annoying everything is just urgh. ALSO THE AUTHOR BASED IT ON HER LIFE COZ SHE GOT SCOUTED TO BE A MODEL TOO. um okay then. also if you think you’re ugly and then you get scouted to be a model…YOU ARE NOT UGLY. harriet manners is intelligent yes she knows about maths and science and books but she has like one friend and ZERO social skills or cues and is DEFINITELY NOT STREET SMART. oh and she is so naive as well. but she is 15 so i guess i shouldn’t be so hard on her.

anyways so yes it is a book about this clever ‘geeky’ girl who becomes a model because she is tired of being bullied and picked on and people calling her a geek. excuse you YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY…YOU ARE INTELLIGENT AND SMART AND AWESOME like idk i probs would be friends with her if i was 15 and in her class or something but yeah she would be annoying being a know it all etc. but just so you all know IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE A NERD/GEEK AND LIKE FASHION/MAKE UP ETC. like why can’t you like both? why do you have to be one thing. oh you like books means you have no fashion sense. no…i just like books MORE than fashion…i do love clothes and jewellery and painting my nails and SPARKLY THINGS but i just love books and reading. so being called a nerd/geek or whatever isn’t a bad thing it just means people are probabaly jealous of your intelligence and that you work hard. like i didn’t LOVE school or homework but i worked hard so yeah and i was always reading which is why some people called me a ‘neek’.

now i am 20 and i am a proud nerd. no i don’t wear glasses and i used to have braces but i still read books and am pretty awkward and love random facts and don’t have much social skills BUT I TRY and don’t let the haters get to you.

also SHE HAS A STALKER IN THIS BOOK AND IT IS NOT CUTE BUT CREEPY i mean yeah she knows the guy or whatever but the lengths he goes to…it’s like…um excuse you wtf?!

also harriet is kinda dumb for thinking her friend would hate her for being a model…more like FOR LYING TO HER. when are people gonna realise being honest is what is important and IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE TELL THEM THE TRUTH COZ ARE THEY NOT WORTH THE TRUTH? sure you think you’re protecting them but when the truth come out then what?!

anyways there is are more books but idk if i’ll bother reading them. i mean towards the end when harriet finally saw sense i kind of liked it. there were some plot twists i’ll admit like with nick aka lionboy who smells like green (um wtf???!!!).

but tbh i spent most of the book sighing with frustration or just facepalming at her idiocy.

also it is totes school to wear cartoon tops. like why else would the shops sell them? stop tryna fit it and be like everyone else when you are unique and awesome they way you are. it just takes time to understand that and accept yourself and once you do, so will others. also some bullies are so mean and rule through fear. it takes guts to stand up to them.

Wonder by R.J.Palacio


this book. i’ve heard of it. i’ve seen it in the shops. and then i finally bought it. and read it.

oh. my. gosh. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!!. it is beautiful. it is so funny and just amazing and wow what a brilliant book like it’s one of those children’s books EVERYONE should read (like the giver and the little prince).

so…it’s about this boy August who happens to have this genetic thing where his face is all…messed up and he also had a cleft plate and lots of surgery etc so he looks ‘ugly’ or ‘abnormal’. he loves star wars and is pretty intelligent and funny and is 10yrs old. he was home-schooled and eventually goes to middle school and basically how people treat him and react to him. like most people stop and stare and recoil in horror or think it’s a joke/mask but it is HIS ACTUAL FACE.

so yeah it’s not easy for him or his family and not the friends he makes since everyone is like ew don’t touch him and it’s just horrible how mean people can be. but it’s also beautiful how kind people can be.

people who see through his looks and discover he is fun to be around and has a nice personality and all of that. and he laughs at himself which is important…he hates the way he looks but he can joke about it. it’s a really moving book and teaches you about humanity and kindness which is so important.

the book is written from different POVs which is good so you hear different characters and how they view August.

also i love the quote: ‘always try to be a little kinder than necessary’J.M.Barrie



Currently Reading: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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i know i am showing self control by not reading City of Heavenly Fire and that is because it is he LAST book in The Mortal Instruments series and i am so scared coz i know 6 people we know are gonna die and just kgdkhhfdg emotions and i wanna sit down and read it and just not move so i shall probably save it for Ramadan where i have plenty of time. also i can’t lug it around on the tube so i have to read it at home and want to focus all my attention on it and not read two books at the same time.

i won’t be buying more books for a while apart from The Silkworm by Robert Gailbrath (the second Cormoran Strike book) and i am waiting till the end of July for the last Birthright book by Gabrielle Zevin (In The Age of Love and Chocolate). It’s already out but i want the paperback version so i’ll wait.

also my friend recommended the Matthew Swift Novels by Kate Griffin so i’m looking for those and i might get Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo because i’ve heard they’re good and it’d be nice to start a new trilogy.

anyhew hope you all have something good to read!

Happy Reading!

i have no self control in a bookshop


 “Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.” Julian Barnes