Saturday, 7 October 2017

Readalong Announcement! Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Halloween Readalong

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses - and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

Thursday Oct 26th - Wednesday 1st November

I picked up Spellbook of the Lost and Found at YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention) earlier this year and although the cover got my attention, it was the blurb that pulled me in. Ever since reading The Graces by Laure Eve (video review here) I've been desperate for another witchy read, and I've heard really good things about this one. 

With the cold nights drawing in, Halloween feels like the perfect time to pick this book up. Tea, cosy socks and chocolate not obligatory, but I'm definitely encouraging it. The readalong will run from Thursday Oct 26th (starting at midnight in your timezone, wherever you may be!) and will finish on Wednesday November 1st (ending at 11.59pm). 

Make sure to check out the goodreads group where we will be having discussions about the book throughout the readalong.

Are you joining in with the readalong? If you post a video, blog post or image on Instagram about the readalong, please leave your links down below! A video announcement with more information will be up on my channel The Book Life soon!


Monday, 14 August 2017

Huge YALC Giveaway!

This year I attended the Young Adult Literature Convention for the third time, and yet again I am blown away by the amazing swag the publishers had available. Bookmarks, postcards, badges, tote bags, recipes, posters - you name it, it was there! Despite how difficult it is on my health, attending YALC/Comic Con is one of my highlights every year. It's a time I get to spend with fellow book lovers, and it means the world to me. 

I know attending YALC isn't always possible for some of you, so I wanted to create a giveaway to give something back to the people who have supported my channel, and the people who perhaps wanted to attend YALC but were unable to do so. (It also gives me a chance to resurrect my blog, which has slipped quietly into the background for a long time!).

So to be in with a chance to enter, just follow the Rafflecopter instructions. The only essential entry is you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel TheBookLife, but there are ways you can unlock extra entries. 


Signed ARC of "Strange The Dreamer" by Laini Taylor
Signed "A Gathering of Shadows" by VE Schwab
Signed "The Witch's Kiss" by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

YALC tote bag (signed by many of the authors attending YALC, such
as VE Schwab, Alwyn Hamilton, Maria Fowley-Doyle)
....and a whole bagfull of swag! The giveaway includes bookmarks, badges, sweeties, posters, book samplers, and so much more! (including an adorable Harry Potter chocolate lollypop which I picked up at Comic Con!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Watch my latest book haul:

The giveaway will run for one month, and is UK and Ireland (Including the Republic of Ireland) only. There will be one winner, who will be notified within four days of the competition closing. If there is no response from the winner within 14 days, the giveaway will choose a new winner, and the prize will no longer be available for the original winner. The prize will be posted within 14 days of the winner making contact and providing their address. The prize will be sent recorded delivery. Entries that do not follow the rules of Rafflecopter will be voided. 

Good luck! Sarah-Jane

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Pick n Mix Book Tag!

It's been a while (literally, years) since I created a book tag so today I am here to bring you the Pick N Mix Book Tag! Whether you are a blogger, Booktuber or want to answer these questions on Instagram, I would love to see them!

1. Fizzy Blue Bottles. They look strange, and they taste strange, but you like them. Name a book or series with a really strange plot that you couldn't help but love.

2. The Metre. It goes on forever. Name the longest book series you have read.

3. Chocolate Raisins. No amount of chocolate can hide what's inside. Name a book with a disappointing cover but an interesting story.

4. Chocolate Mice. They look sweet, but they're secretly vermin. Name a book that surprised you with it's villain. (Be careful not to give spoilers!)

5. Hard Gums. You take a bite, but almost break your teeth. Which book or series was really difficult to get into?

6. Cola Bottles. Some are sweet, some are sour. Name two similar books, one that you loved and one that you didn't like. 

7. Fried Eggs. Some people love them, some people hate them. Others feel quite indifferent to them. Pick a book that matches how you feel about fried eggs. 

8. Smarties. No matter what you do, they're everywhere. Name a trend or trope you are tired of reading.

9. Gummy Bears. Name your favourite fictional creature or animal.

10. Pick n Mix! So many sweets, so much variety. Name one/some of your favourite diverse books! 

If you have done the tag, whether it's on Booktube or a blog, please feel free to leave your links below in the comments so people can go check them out! Thank you!