Top 6 essentials for a bookworm starting university (with Inked Books)

As University is just around the corner (we know others have started already but it is for us), Alex (Inked Books) and I thought it would be interesting to write a pair of blog posts looking at this transitional period from a book worm’s perspective; taking the format that we write one half each.

For this post hosted on my blog we’ve decided to share out top 6 essentials for a bookworm starting university. If you want to, check out our other post ‘Our dream literary flatmates’


Megan and Alex 😀


My (Megan’s) top three

Bookish badges – to put on your student lanyard or backpack. You’ll be able to show your book pride and maybe it will create conversation starters that will lead to a great bookish friendship. This is especially good if like me your doing a very none bookish subject and want to find some like minded people.

Decorations – A lovely bookish quote pillow or a poster will add comfort and cuteness to your uni room. It will give a snuggly, homely feel to help combat that inevitable homesickness.

Tote bags – with the 5p carrier bag charges you will need those bags for grocery shopping. We might as well make it even more fun with our favourite bookish tote or multiple totes as bookish totes spawn like tadpoles (lots all at once – cheers YALC 😀 )

Alex’s top three

A selection of books– Although this obvious, it is very essential and requires a lot of thought! I know Megan has chosen to organise her books into labelled piles ensuring her family know which to bring her when they visit. I think this an ingenious idea! I would recommend taking a variety of books to ensure you able to read what you fancy rather than being stuck with what you have. I definitely think less is more especially if you are taking a book heavy or time-consuming subject!


Alex’s book nook


A book nook– Now this isn’t a singular item to take to University, it is rather a selection.  When going to university it is inevitable you will feel homesick. So, one of the best ways to counteract this is by attempting to recreate where you enjoy reading at home within your university room.

Your favourite or most comforting read– To accompany your book nook it’s a great idea to take a book you often re-read. This is a rather specific item but when you are feeling lonely or homesick you can be comforting by those characters which surround you with familiarity because everyone knows that Harry, Hermione and Ron will help you get through anything!








Fresher Friday #1 – Preparing

It’s a week and one day until I move to uni and I still have quite a bit to do. I’ve brought everything I need and decided on a book system (explained below) but my bedroom needs sorting and I need to stop feeling like I’m going to be sick every time I think about university.

My thoughts are currently a mix of this


and this


Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited, but I don’t feel ready. My timetable is released today, the union have announced the fresher’s events, I know how to cook pasta but whilst I should be buzzing, I just feel deflated and refusing to either leave my bed or my mind. I quite frankly just feel sick!

To get over this, I’ve been trying to decide which books to take to uni. No easier said or done. Whilst I still keep changing my mind, I have come up with a system which means I can change my reads. I will be taking one pile with me to uni and have created 5 other piles on my shelf at home. I’ve labelled them all (see image) so that when a family member comes to visit I can ask them, for example, to bring pile D to swap over with the books I originally took and read. And just in case I read them waaay to quickly to swap over, I also have a few books on my Kindle.


Do you have any tips for me about my pre- uni jitters? Please leave on a postcard in the comments

Fresher Friday #0 – The intro

I know it’s not Friday but I wanted to introduce my new feature before Friday’s first post. 😀 After the ‘Freshers’ book #SundayYA chat a couple of weeks ago, I have decided to blog my university experience for those of you interested, whether you are deciding about going to uni or just nosey.

In just under 2 weeks, I will be preparing to travel up to Bath University to start my undergraduate maths degree. I’m currently a giant ball of a thousand thoughts, feelings and emotions; including fear, terror, excitement and nerves.

I’ll be posting every Friday to share my experiences and all these thoughts. If there is anything you want to know as I go along my Fresher journey please feel free to comment on any of the posts. Look out for the first post this Friday!

Review – Rebellion


Auria was the last nation in Europe to be occupied by the Global Defence Organisation, the same organisation that promised to bring peace when riots spread rapidly across the continent. Now governing all of Old Europe, the GDO’s control over Auria begins to increase and their tactics to dominate the population become more violent; 17-year-old Cassia Fortis decides that she’s had enough of being repressed and chooses to take matters into her own hands.

After having this on my TBR for waaayy too long, I have finally read this book. Why did I wait so long?!?! This book not only has an amazing plot but also a brilliant narrative from such a strong, independent character. Cassia’s persevering attitude and will power are admirable in a time where the GDO rule Auria with violence and fear. This dystopian world is chilling and becomes more so as we discover more about the GDO.

I loved (and hated as obviously the GDO are terrifying and seemed way to real with recent events) the premise of the story. Throughout the book, more details are revealed about the GDO yet it’s still not enough and I’m gasping for more. I was worried for Cassia the entire time (though I didn’t need to be as she’s kick-ass) and was gripped.

As for the other characters, Kholer is an absolute knob (that is my polite word 😀 ). He was so easy to dislike and he’s just disgusting and arghhhh – I hate him so much! On the other hand, I love Luca so much, he’s amazing. However, despite his circumstances, I found Jake really hard to like because of his explosive nature.

After all the action and hostility, I was so glad of the good ending but I now can’t wait to see what happens to Cassia and co in the sequel, Resistance.

*If my review has intrigued you and you now want to buy this book click on the link here to redirect you to Waterstones *




YALC 2017 round-up Part 2

During the last weekend of July I attended the Saturday and Sunday of YALC (the young adult literature convention). It was my third year attending and I had such a great time. I posted here about my time there on the Saturday so I thought I’d also give you guys my Sunday round-up.



Once I arrived after having minimal sleep over night, I wondered around the publisher stalls again (where I purchased STAGS and Cell 7 at the Hot Key Books stand) before heading to the Fandom panel.  I absolutely loved the panel and thought it was sooo funny. Lucy Saxon hosted and she is just brilliant. After the panel I went to Anna Day’s signing where I got my proof of the Fandom signed. Luckily I had a small virtual queue number as the queue was getting quite big quite quickly.



I then popped down to the LFCC floor, something I hadn’t managed to do on the Saturday because of how busy it was. Thankfully it was much quieter and I managed to browse all the merch stalls and restrain myself. I brought just three things, muggle raspberry fudge, a sleeve for my Mark Sheppard photo and a Thor keyring for my fabulous friend who couldn’t make it this year. 😦




Next I went back to the YALC floor and watched the life advice panel. This was so good with brillaint talk of bullying, periods, and life. Benedict Cumberbatch also walked through the panel area and it was great, although I slightly wish he had walked past during the more awkward topics just to have seen his reaction.

Afterwards, I joined a queue for a proof copy of the Treatment which the author kindly signed. I’ve since read this book and my review will be up closer to publication. I then got my copy of Soulmates signed by Holly Bourne (my name twin and my favourite author) and my copy of Beautiful Broken things signed by Sara Barnard. I absolutely loved meeting them both.

Before I went to Juno Dawson’s signing, I attended Penny Joelson’s: Writing a strong voice workshop. It was very interesting to see the different ways to make your character have that strong, individual voice you want them to have.


Josephine Boyce at her stall selling her amazing books


I then took one final lap around the publisher stalls and did some last minute book buying. I purchased Editing Emma upon seeing Jim’s (@Yayeahyeah) recommendation on Twitter. (I also got to meet the lovely Jim briefly on the Sunday which was so nice.) I also purchased THUG and entered their competition to win The Hat You Give (which I found out yesterday that I won – whoop!!). I then stopped off at the Hot Key Book’s stand one last time as they were getting rid of their book swap books without needing to swap so I grabbed The Soterion Mission and The Rig.


Finally, before leaving I headed down to Mark Sheppard’s (aka Crowley in Supernatural) talk which was hilarious. Unfortunately I had to leave early to catch my train home.

I had such a great time at YALC and LFCC again this year and cannot wait to go again next year for my fourth time. Are any of you planning on going again (or for the first time) next year? Let me know in the comments as I’m nosey. 😀

YALC 2017 Round-up Part 1

Last Saturday and Sunday I attended YALC (the young adult literature convention) at Olympia in London. This year was my third year attending and was once again amazing! This is my round up of the Saturday of the event.


When I arrived on the Saturday (having had so many train troubles on my journey up) I met up with Alex from Inked Books and after obtaining a proof of The Fandom we wondered around the amazing stands. The publisher stands this year were amazing and had definitely upped their game since last year with MyKindaBook’s summer fete my favourite by far. I also loved Hot Key Book’s stand where I swapped two books for Ink and Catalyst in the book swap. I then realised Alice Broadway was signing so I got her to sign Ink.


In the afternoon I went to Justina Robson’s creative writing workshop where we looked at writing a remix of the 3 little pigs story. It was really fun and interesting. I then went to the Samantha Shannon signing before attending the Magic, Myths and Fairy-tale panel. It was really interesting hearing all the authors favourite myths. I then also got some of the lovely authors of Change Book to sign my copy.

I then attended the first ever #teenbloggerschat meet-up. I got to meet all the awesome bloggers that I chat too on Twitter (almost) every Sunday. We had a great laugh, chatting books and wishing one of the moderators a Merry Christmas as he couldn’t attend (which wasn’t awkward to film in July at all…) I then went to Peadar Ó Guilín’s signing before heading down to the LFCC area for my photoshoot with Mark Sheppard. After waiting around and trying to work out how the photoshoot worked, I finally got my photo with Mark Sheppard AKA Crowley from my favourite TV show Supernatural. It was so amazing!

So, that’s my round up of my Saturday at YALC. My round-up of my time at YALC on the Sunday will be up soon. In the meantime, did you go to YALC this year? What was your favourite event of the weekend?



Review – Wishbones


Feather Tucker has two wishes:

1)To get her mum healthy again

2) To win the Junior UK swimming championships

When Feather comes home on New Year’s Eve to find her mother – one of Britain’s most obese women- in a diabetic coma, she realises something has to be done to save her mum’s life. But when her Mum refuses to co-operate Feather realises that the problems run deeper than just her mum’s unhealthy appetite.

Over time, Feather’s mission to help her Mum becomes an investigation. With the help of friends old and new, and the hindrance of runaway pet goat Houdini, Feather’s starting to uncover when her mum’s life began to spiral out of control and why. But can Feather fix it in time for her mum to watch her swim to victory? And can she save her family for good?

This book is such a beautifully sweet book. The characters are lovable and I loved the coverage of real issues at both ends of the weight spectrum. I felt that the issues were dealt with perfectly and compassionately.

Feather herself is really inspirational. Her hope, will power and perseverance is just amazing and she is an amazing fictional role model. Through out the book I cheered her on, along her journey to help her mum and do well in her swimming competitions. My favourite character other than Feather is her eccentric neighbour Mrs Zas. Her help and story was lovely.

I was so happy with how the book ended and it was fantastic to read the reveal of many twists at the end.

Overall this is such a lovely book and a definite recommended read for anyone wanting something heart warming,