Friday, 18 April 2014

One Millions Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley **Review & Giveaway**


One Millions Lovely Letters
Series: None
Pages: 250
Publisher: Yellow Kite (Hodder)
Release date: 27th February 2014
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones

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Goodreads synopsis:
The heart-warming and inspirational true story of a stroke survivor who sends uplifting letters all around the world, providing her with a lifeline in her own darkest moments.

In the summer of 2011, aged only 22, Jodi Ann Bickley contracted a serious brain infection that would change her life forever. Jodi had been performing at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Returning with pockets full of glitter, and her favourite bands' songs still playing in her head, She thought the happy memories would last forever. A week later, writhing in pain on the doctor's surgery floor and unable to put the pain she was suffering into words, Jodi found out that she had been bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection.

Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In the months that followed Jodi struggled with the ups and downs of her health and the impact it had on her loved ones. Some days the illness was too much for Jodi to bear and she found herself wondering whether she could go on. She had two choices: either to give up now or to do something meaningful with the time she had been given. Jodi chose the latter. This is the story how she turned her life around, and in doing so, touched the lives of millions.
I do not usually go for books like this; non-fiction, that is. And I don't think I've ever read a book that sits in the 'self help' section of a bookshop before, either. But when One Million Lovely Letters arrived in the bookshop where I work, I read the synopsis on the inside cover, I read about Jodi for the first time, and I had to know more. She sounded like such a wonderful person, and her project so uplifting, that I felt I needed the book in my life.
That was just over a month ago. I'd been telling myself that I was saving reading the book for when I needed a good pick-me-up, but then I started sorting through some of my books, and thought I'd read a couple of pages. Less then 20 hours later, I'd finished the entire thing (and that was with having to sleep, eat and go to work in-between.
To say I was instantly hooked would be an understatement.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #136

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!


The Edge of Nowhere
by Elizabeth George

Synopsis:
Becca King and her mother are on the run from her stepfather who has used Becca’s talent for hearing ‘whispers’ to make a large and illegal sum of money. Now their options for safety are running out. In the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, Becca finds refuge in the home of her mother’s childhood friend while her mother continues on to Canada in search of safety.

But on her first day in town Becca meets sixteen years old Derric Nyombe Matheson a Ugandan orphan who was adopted as a ten-year-old by the town’s Deputy Sheriff. Derric has a secret that no one on Whidbey Island knows. Derric and Becca form an un-severable bond. Becca is convinced that she’s the only person who can truly help him, and just maybe Derric can convince Becca that life is too short to live on the run.

This one is on my wishlist because the lovely people at Hodder & Stoughton sent me a copy of the second book, The Edge of the Water, to read and review, but I don't have a copy of this first book.
I wasn't entirely sure as to whether or not I would aim to read the book Hodder had sent me, as it was a second book and I'd never even heard of the first, but after reading the synopsis to this, I definitely want to give it a go, if I can hold of a copy.

Have you read this one, or any of this author's other books? What did you think of them? I'd love to know! :)

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 








Monday, 14 April 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know About ... Laura Lam


5 Things You Didn't Know About... is a weekly Pen to Paper original feature, where each week, a different author will tell us five things we didn't previously know about them (and sometimes about their characters too!).
You can find previous 5 Things You Didn't Know About... posts by clicking HERE.

Introducing ... Laura Lam

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #135

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!


Let's Get Lost
by Ali Alsaid

Synopsis:
Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

I found out about this one at the end of last week, and I've been so excited about it ever since. I stumbled on this video on Mira Ink's Facebook page, and I was immediately intrigued, so I looked it up on Goodreads, and frankly, I think it sounds awesome. Ali seems so down to Earth, and I felt really inspired watching his video, and I'd love to be able to see the world through his eyes in this story.
Mira Ink are releasing this in the UK later this year, and it's being released in the US by Harlequin Teen in July. Sounds like a great summer read, and I'm looking forward to it!

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 








Monday, 7 April 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know About ... Laure Eve


Hey guys! 
So it's been a while since I've started doing any new features on the blog. Things have been crazy over the past few months, and keeping up with everything has been a challenge, to say the least.
But after a fair bit of planning, I finally have a new, Pen to Paper original feature that I will be posting every Monday.

5 Things You Didn't Know About is a new post where I will feature different authors each week, who will either be telling us five things we probably didn't know about them, or in some cases about their characters. There may even be a few cases where we get five things about them and their characters - if we're very, very lucky!
So to kick things off this week, I've invited the fabulous Laure Eve, author of the fabulous Fearsome Dreamer and upcoming The Illusionists, to have the honour of cutting the shiny red ribbon and declare this blog feature open!

About Laure 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #30

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea, where we will show off the books and eBooks we received each week.


The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson: This is the first of two review books that I picked up from the Waterstones branch in Birmingham, when I went to help out with a Divergent fan party on Friday evening, to celebrate the UK release of the movie. I've heard quite a few good things about it, so when I saw it, I had to pick it up!

The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham: This is the second review book I picked up after the Divergent fan party on Friday. Again, I've heard a few good things about it, and it looks like exactly my kind of book. Excited to get reading it!

An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley: I picked both this and To Kill a Mockingbird up from work so that I could read them and help my younger brother out with his GCSE studies on both books. It's been a long time since I've read this play, so kind of looking forward to being able to read it again through more mature and better informed eyes.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This is the second book I've picked up to read so I can help my brother with his school work. Never actually read it before, so it'll be interesting to see what I can get from it.


 
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