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juliannebenford

Joined September 2016

British blogger and vlogger. Co-organiser of #drinkYA. Check out my various projects here: https://linktr.ee/juliannebenford
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Hollow Pike | Juno Dawson
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I was supposed to be writing today but I'm all on edge and distracted and the story isn't coming out right. So reading it is! This is a horror story about a girl who moves to a spooky new town.

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Right, Littens, I'm going in - first solo John Green book #ya #youngadult

Rachel.Rencher It's so good 😍 7mo
juliannebenford @Rachel.Rencher I hope I like it! 7mo
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My March #illumicrate unboxing is up on my YouTube channel now! I tried filming it a different way (much more of my face!) so I'd love to know what you think - the link is in my profile. It was a great box and I'm so excited to read the book. I may even get to it this very month!

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Little Black Dress | Susie Maguire
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I thought this was non-fiction when I picked it up as the blurb does not make it clear it's a short story collection! Whoops! Hopefully I'll still enjoy it...

Ravenpuff Oh no! Happens to me all the time, too. 9mo
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I love the author's non-fiction books so I was really intrigued to try this and see how her ideas come across in fiction. So intrigued I requested it on NetGalley despite having pre-ordered it 😄

But although I enjoyed it, I thought that the main character was an odd choice. She's a very driven and ambitious consultant, already out of the ordinary. A more normal overwhelmed person might be more relatable for most readers.

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Freshers | Tom Ellen, Lucy Ivison
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This was brilliant! By turns funny, serious, thoughtful and silly, I loved spending time in Phoebe and Luke's first-term-of-university world as they make and break friends and hearts. Highly recommended. I want to go re-read Tom and Lucy's other two books now!

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Freshers | Tom Ellen, Lucy Ivison
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After finishing Giant Days I wanted more British university comedy so I grabbed this copy of Freshers that @yayeahyeah lent me about 100 years ago (okay, two, it came out in 2017). So far it has not disappointed me. I‘m only on page 70 and I've done many giggles and three loud cackles!

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My January and February combined wrap-up blog post and video is up! Visit the link in my profile to click through to my blog or YouTube channel and out what I thought about all the books I read in the first two months of 2019 💜📚

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Giant Days | Non Pratt
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Despite having really enjoyed Non Pratt's previous novels (especially Remix) and being a big fan of Giant Days, I didn't know what to expect from a tie-in novel for a comic series. I worried that it wouldn't quite capture the magic, but I need not have been concerned as it did a remarkably good job at capturing the Giant Days spirit. It's not the same, but it's entertaining and moving and I hope it'll lead to more fans for both Giant Days and Non!

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I meant to read a few pages of this over breakfast but haven't been able to put it down! It's about a girl who literally turns invisible after three boys at her school hound her into completely deleting her internet presence. The other point of view comes from one of those boys, who is torn between wanting to help her and wanting to fit in with the only people who have ever wanted him as a friend. It's very creepy and thoughtful.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I absolutely loved this story of a woman who never understood the world and how to fit in until she got a job at a convenience store, a bright, regulated world, ever-changing but predictable, with stock phrases and an employee manual, comforting and safe. I can't wait to discuss it at my work book club, but I will have to, as the next meeting isn't until April 😭

Addison_Reads I recently read this one and loved it too 💚 10mo
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I just finished reading this book about the reality and consequences of fame. The subtitle and cover image is as lurid as the press depictions he criticises, he can be very judgemental, and the examples are all a little dated (it was published in 2002) but it was interesting. I especially liked the chapter on celebrities who are more comfortable with fame and have used it to further good causes, like Dolly Parton and Steven Spielberg.

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And this is my other book club book this month, also from the library. How to be Both is actually a really beat-up hardback but it looks deceptively good in this photo! I picked it up a couple of weeks ago and we had the book club meeting today. Most people liked it but didn't think it was particularly memorable.

Have you borrowed any good library books recently?

RebL Mmm. They are all good. 10mo
juliannebenford @RebL True! 😄 10mo
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I'm delighted to have been able to find both books for my book clubs this month at my local library!

All the Lonely People is this month's #bookclubYA pick and when I had a peek inside I saw a Leslie Knope quote so I had to get out the Funko! It's brand new, I found it waiting for me on the new books display. If you're in London and fancy reading it and joining us for the discussion, it's on 28th February from 6pm at Waterstones Piccadilly.

Book_Gobbler If I lived in London, I‘d be there! 10mo
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Nightingale Wood: A Novel | Stella Gibbons
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Laughed out loud at this paragraph. Stella Gibbons was amazing at describing her characters; somehow both generous and merciless.

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Nightingale Wood: A Novel | Stella Gibbons
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Love this cover. Loving this book.

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Happy New Year Littens! I absolutely smashed it out of the park with my new books read goal in 2018, thanks to audiobooks and some graphic novels and comics!

My 2019 goal is 80, as I always set it at one more book than I read in the previous year. Now to see if I want to do any themed challenges, when all the readathons are, and sort out the first challenges for #theunreadshelfproject2019!

HOTPock3tt Happy new year! 🎊 🎉📚 11mo
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Pure Juliet | Stella Gibbons
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I am enjoying this book so much! From the charmless but relatable (at least to us bookworms) protagonist, who just wants to be left alone with her books and her thoughts, to the entertaining and wry descriptions of those who take an interest in her and their intentions, I love it!

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Pure Juliet | Stella Gibbons
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I didn't make a TBR for readathon so after I finished my first print book I had no idea what to read next. I decided to let Litsy decide! I scrolled through the #readathon hashtag hoping to find someone had mentioned a book on my shelves. I scrolled for ages and couldn't see anything, but @Daisey had mentioned Cold Comfort Farm so I went hunting and found this by the same author! Such a pretty cover! I hope the book is as good!

Daisey Glad I could inadvertently help. Enjoy! 14mo
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Started this on audiobook! I have a print copy somewhere I think but it's less than eight hours so perfect for when I need to use my hands during #readathon.

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Little Liar | Julia Gray
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First book finished for #readathon! I actually started this back in August but didn't make it past Part 1 - as soon as I was onto Part 2 this time around I was gripped. I love reading about destructive toxic friendships and this was no exception to that rule. Nora Tobias is a serial liar, manipulating to get her way. Then she starts to build a friendship with glamourous, dangerous, aspiring actress Bel - until she decides she wants what Bel has...

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A couple of weeks ago, #drinkYA was the launch of this exciting new book! It was a great evening with delicious nibbles and my two favourite cocktails in the entire world at my favourite cocktail bar! Bliss! Yes, I am all about the food and drink...

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This was a great choice for #bookclubYA - loads to talk about, from the central theme of revenge porn and manipulative relationships, to the friendship betrayals and the main character's sassy, filthy-mouthed grandmother! I really enjoyed reading it and I'm looking forward to seeing what this author does next. #YA #youngadult

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Received this stunning hardback from Orbit Books - isn't it beautiful? Anyone read it yet? #SistersoftheWinterWood

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The Female Man | Joanna Russ
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September is nearly over so it's a good thing I've finally posted my Short Books September #sbksept TBR video! Link in my profile.

SkeletonKey Your eyeshadow is 💯💯💯💜 1y
juliannebenford @SkeletonKey Thank you 💜 1y
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The Famous (or is it Fatuous) Five go on a strategy away day featuring competitive team building exercises in order to ideate, move forward and create synergy. Will they get through the day without murdering each other? How long will Julian's hangover last? And can they get one up on the Secret Seven?

I enjoyed Five on Brexit Island but I loved this! It was laugh out loud funny and I'd recommend it to all corporate away day survivors! #sbksept

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First #sbksept book! I started this yesterday at breakfast and it is hilarious. Hoping to finish it at lunch today!

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Tess of the Road | Rachel Hartman
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My favourite book so far this year. Tess is a runaway, a girl walking down a road, seeking a reason to keep going, processing trauma and coming to terms with her patriarchal society and religious upbringing. It's a fantasy novel with very little fast-paced action but I was gripped. It's sad, hopeful, devastating, magical and beautiful. Best enjoyed after Seraphina and Shadow Scale so you understand the context.

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Okay Littens, here it is, my 2018 #sbksept TBR! Some books were on my 2017 TBR but I have a few new ones too! Plenty of choice - what do you think I should start with? What should I make sure to read this time around? If you want to join in with Short Books September just grab some short books (under 250 pages) from your shelves, share a picture and start reading! More info (and a funny video) at the link in my profile.

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Little Liar | Julia Gray
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Did some reading in a park yesterday - I love how this bright cover stood out against the grass in the sun! I plan to go to a different park today and get some more reading in. Are you reading al fresco this weekend?

LittleBug It‘s rainy and cold over here, no reading al fresco for me😢 1y
juliannebenford @LittleBug It's been that way here all week but happily we're having a sunny weekend! 1y
LittleBug Nice! Enjoy it!! 1y
Reviewsbylola Love the bright cover too! 1y
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This came yesterday, my next book club read! I'm in two book clubs now, one at work and one that meets in a big central London Waterstones, #bookclubYA. I had to take some photos to help promote #bookclubYA on social media and I'm glad they came out well - the cover illustration is amazing! #YA #youngadult

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I'm doing this again - even though I already hit my Goodreads challenge goal a few days ago! It was so much fun when I did it last year, sharing updates and reviewing books on Instagram live. If you'd like to join in, full details are on the link in my profile but basically you set your own target and use #sbksept to share your progress! I'm aiming to read four short books because I like to set realistic goals but hoping to read more! #challenge

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Tess of the Road | Rachel Hartman
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I loved Seraphina and the sequel Shadow Scale so much that Rachel Hartman is now a #newautobuyauthor. I have put a hold on this from the library though! #AuginBooks18

SMayWrites This looks amazing! 1y
juliannebenford @SMayWrites I'm really enjoying it so far! 1y
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This is my #favouritequote from the last book I finished. Overall it was a delight and I would recommend it to anyone who likes classic retellings, books full of scandals and high-society drama, and fun! #AlltheBooksAug18

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Under the Udala Trees | Chinelo Okparanta
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This book has a quiet power. It's quite slow paced, so it took me a while to get into it but the audiobook narrator had such a lovely, expressive voice that I was hooked in the end. It's about a girl in war-torn Nigeria, sent away by her mother, who falls in love with another girl and the difficulty she has being gay in a country where it's not accepted at all and she can't even accept herself. #diversecharacters #AuginBooks18

CouronneDhiver I agree - great book! 1y
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I didn't need to look far to find #beautifulspines - this stack was already on top of my bookshelf! #AlltheBooksAug18

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The Otherlife | Julia Gray
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Ben hasn't seen the Otherlife for a long time. But suddenly he sees them again - the Norse Gods, their colours and words leaking into the mundane world, telling him something is wrong.

This was an interesting, moving novel, narrated by two very different characters. Serious, thoughtful Ben and his best friend, the Lokiesque Hobie, through diary entries from the past. I really enjoyed the references to Norse mythology and heavy metal! #YA #UKYA

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Stranger | Keren David
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A post-#YALC #AugustTBR! YALC is the Young Adult Literature Convention here in the UK, which took place last weekend. I want to read these three books as soon as possible because I went to workshops with the authors of Piglettes and Little Liar, which were fab, and because I picked up an enamel pin of Stranger from the publisher's stand 😄 #AlltheBooksAug18 #AugInBooks18 #YA #youngadult

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I am SO excited to be starting this new #retelling of Vanity Fair from one of my favourite authors. I haven't read Vanity Fair - only watched an adaptation years ago, so I think I'm going to be reading this first, then the original for maximum enjoyment. This is from NetGalley and isn't out until September, is it on anyone else's TBR?

Dragon Becky Sharp was my favourite character, I almost finished reading Vanity Fair but I bailed. I think I will have to read the tagged book. 👍🐉 1y
juliannebenford @Dragon I'm really enjoying it so far. She is certainly morally flexible! 1y
Dragon Sounds right 😂👍🐉 1y
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Found this on a colleague's clearout pile! Isn't the cover cute? Is it any good? #childrens #kids #puffin

erzascarletbookgasm Love those Puffin books! 1y
Reviewsbylola This looks precious! 1y
rubyslippersreads I would definitely have picked it just for the cover. 😊 1y
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juliannebenford @Reviewsbylola It's gorgeous isn't it? 1y
juliannebenford @rubyslippersreads I pretty much did! Don't think I've heard of it before 1y
rubyslippersreads According to Goodreads, there are two more books in the series. 😊 1y
Aimeesue Oh, yes, it was a fun little book. Quite enjoyable. 1y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Boring photos of my Nook give me the chance to test out effects! I really enjoyed this, though the pacing was slow to begin with and the descriptions of abuse were difficult to read. I was surprised, because of the title, to find that so much of the book was about her life before going to university, but the title choice makes sense by the end. Definitely recommended. I'm looking forward to seeing the author in a couple of weeks.

KateFulfordAuthor May I recommend my debut as a future read? See my bio for all the links you need. Thanks, Kate 1y
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When you log into NetGalley to check how many books you have to read so you can sign up for #NetGalleyTBRAttack and accidentally slip and request three more on the way to the log out button... #oops

Clwojick I went on this morning, reviewed 4, and requested 5 more 🤦🏻‍♀️ I honestly can‘t help myself. 2y
juliannebenford @Clwojick I nearly resisted...but the lure of 'Find Titles' was too strong! 2y
KateFulfordAuthor If you‘ve space —— May I recommend my debut as a future read? See my bio for all the links you need. Thanks, Kate 1y
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Unveiling Venus | Sophia Bennett
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Another forgotten photo from when I dressed up as Mary/Persephone for my March Wrap-Up. Unveiling Venus is the sequel to Following Ophelia, the story of a red-haired servant girl who becomes a Pre-Raphaelite muse and much more. You can find the link to my YouTube channel in my profile 😊 These books have stunning covers, don't they? 😉 #historical #UKYA #YA #historicalYA

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Following Ophelia | Sophia Bennett
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I was editing my April Wrap-Up when I realised I never posted this photo from my March one! I had so much fun dressing up as Mary/Persephone again to review the fab Unveiling Venus, sequel to Following Ophelia, which follows the adventures of a girl who gets drawn into the scandal, glamour and romance of the Pre-Raphaelites. YA art history is possibly the most underrated genre! Link to my YouTube channel in my profile 💜 #historical #UKYA #YA

Erofan 👍😍 1y
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Blood and Sand | C. V. Wyk
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My #readathon totals:
Finished two books I'd already started
Started and finished two books
Started two books
Three of the books counted towards the scavenger hunt in the Goodreads group.
I had a great readathon and I hope you did too, or you'll consider joining in next time!

Mollyanna Great job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Blood and Sand | C. V. Wyk
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On to what will probably be my final #readathon book! It was the featured book in the most recent #Illumicrate box and this mug was one of the other products. #YA #youngadult

larah17 I love the mug!! ☕️ 2y
juliannebenford @larah17 It's great, isn't it? 2y
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Embroideries | Marjane Satrapi
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Fourth book finished during #readathon! I enjoyed this a lot, it's a very quick read, being a #graphic #memoir. Funny and moving.

GatheringBooks oh i really enjoyed this one. loved the samovar delights. :) i posted a review in my blog a year ago when i reviewed this: https://gatheringbooks.org/2017/05/25/embroideries/ 2y
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Regency Buck | Georgette Heyer
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My third book finished during #readathon! It's very weird to have enjoyed everything in a book - the setting, the characters, etc, with the exception of the romance. But the love interest is terrible - creepy and paternalistic - and so I hated the romance. I think I'll have to read another Heyer quickly so I don't get stuck on how problematic this one is. But Beau Brummell was FABULOUS. #regency #romance #historical

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Up next...not sure if I will finish this one by the end of #readathon as it's 6hrs 40mins long - even sped up it might be a struggle! But I need something to listen to while cooking and getting ready for bed, etc!

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Why yes, I did pick this because it's short! 😅 #readathon #fairytaleretelling