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In a month’s time I’m going to be attending YALC, the UKYA book con in London, and I am SO SO EXCITED. There are so many cool authors attending! And it looks like I have a lot of reading to do in the month to come if I want to be caught up on the authors present… I started making this TBR but I had so many books that I had to cut down, so this isn’t an extensive list but rather the ones I thought sounded most interesting.


Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt Is that title a con pun? Yes, yes it is. This book is being billed as the UKYA Fangirl which makes me very excited! I adore nerd stories! I also recently spotted this in the library which is rad.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor I’ve been wanting to read this for SO LONG but it’s not in the library and the hardcover is kind of expensive, eek. I might just have to give in, though; I adore Laini Taylor’s writing and this sounds amazing.

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The Fallen Children by David Owen I’m not sure if I’ll be creeped out by the supernatural themes — I believe it’s a retelling of The Midwich Cuckoos? — but the concept sounds super cool. It actually crossed my radar after Alice Oseman recced it! Plus, the paperback comes in loads of different copies, which is fun.


Girlhood by Cat Clarke Cat Clarke is one of my longest UKYA loves — I used to read a lot of her books on Kindle! But I don’t have any in physical form which is super sad. Anyway, I’m keen to read this thriller, and I think it also might also have LGBTQ+ characters? *thumbs up*


Barefoot on the Wind by Zoe Marriott Another author I used to read a lot of when I was younger! I heard Zoe Marriott talk about this at YA Shot (it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in fairytale Japan) and it really persuaded me, so I hope to finally get my hands on it.

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Sorcerer to the Crown & The Terracotta Bride, both by Zen Cho Okay, so I’m kind of cheating and putting two in one… But I REALLY WANT TO READ THEM BOTH, EEP.  I haven’t been reading much fantasy recently so I’d really like to read Sorcerer to the Crown, and I’ve heard cool things about The Terracotta Bride. Also, um, ‘robot reincarnation in the Chinese afterlife’? SIGN ME UP.

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Doing It by Hannah Witton I’m not a massive YouTube-watcher but I do think Hannah Witton is super cool, and I hope I get to meet her! I’m not personally super interested in sex but I think it’s important to learn about relationships & other issues, so yay!

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Truth or Dare by Non Pratt I adore Non Pratt’s other books, and I’m very excited to read this! I’ve actually already bought a copy of it from the bookshop and I was so excited when I picked it up because OMG THERE’S TWO COVERS ON TWO SIDES. YOU FLIP THE BOOK AROUND TO READ THE SECOND HALF. Cool, right?! Yeah, I totally go in for gimmicks, what can I say. *shrugs* Plus, I believe it has an ace aro character which is AWESOME.


Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan I hadn’t heard anything about this book before looking at the YALC author list, but I had a peek at the blurb and it sounds fascinating! Hopefully I can get hold of  a copy at some point because also the cover is soo gorgeous.

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Open by Gemma Cairney I actually met Gemma Cairney when I spoke at the WoW festival on Southbank which was very exciting!! To be honest, I still can’t really believe that happened. This sounds like another rad non-fiction book — and I am trying to read more non-fiction at the moment. 🙂

I definitely have a lot of reading to do if I’m going to make any progress in my TBR over the next month, haha. *sweats a bit* HELP ME, Y’ALL.

are you going to yalc? would you like to? have you read any of these?


Blusher, truth or dare and crushes…

This post will be a bit of a rant, so please feel free to skip to the end where there will be a section about blusher (yay!).

Argh. So. I have this massive crush on a guy in my class. So does my best friend (this is only the start of awkwardness). He hangs out with us and we’ve swapped phone numbers etc. but I don’t know what to do.

I’m just totally clueless about crushes. I mean, you know, there was that whole thing in reception or something but that DOESN’T count. And yeah, I’ve had some not-really-there crushes on a couple of people. I repeat: I don’t know what to do.

I’m a pretty awkward person in this area: I’m that person who, in truth or dare, doesn’t pick a dare because they’re always ridiculously hard (not to mention embarrassing) then ends up with people asking ‘Who do you fancy?’ and then I’m like ‘No one.’ and they’re like ‘You’re lying. All this time I’m thinking ‘we’re way too young for this and if I did fancy someone, why on earth would I tell you?’. Eventually people leave me alone, after half-heartedly calling me a wimp and so on.

But enough of my problems. Let’s get onto my mini section about blusher!

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Blusher brands and buying blusher

The picture above is my current favourite blusher, by Laval, in Frosted Pink. It was only about 3 pounds off amazon and gives a lovely natural glow, just as a blusher should do.

When buying blusher, don’t get anything a lot lighter or darker than your skin-tone. If you want to wear it every day, a peachy-pink one Should do the trick. It can be more peach or pink depending on your preferences. People with fair skin should probably avoid the darker and more red colours because you just look like a clown when you wear them.

Applying blush

You only need to swipe your brush around the edge of the blusher for a natural glow.   Dip it (dip it? I don’t think that’s the right word but I’m not sure how else to describe it) in the centre for a more vibrant colour. If you wear glasses, like I do, blend it more upwards as it draws more attention to the eyes.

Hope you enjoy reading my blog,

Apple xx