Last weekend (how can it only have been seven days ago ? Life has been so hectic lately that it seems absolutely ages ago !) there was a great deal of excitement at The Madhouse because we were hosting a ComeRound #MyKindaBook party.
Sophie was certainly the hostess with the mostest because we had received a fabulous party pack, stuffed with goodies to share out with her friends. The books target a young female audience and they'd certainly got into the teenage girl mindset perfectly, judging by the squeals of delight as they discovered Lovehearts sweets, shiny pink pencils, Galaxy hot chocolate, Soap & Glory blush and hand cream, badges, notebooks and more.
This was all about the books though and they were laid out for everyone's perusal, along with bookmarks and posters. There were three titles being showcased.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell : A love story about opening your heart by Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park.
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard : Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie - confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne's past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge - The deliciously creepy Costa Book of the Year by Frances Hardinge, now with a striking celebration cover look. The Lie Tree, winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015 and the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year 2015 is her seventh novel.
It was lovely to see that the girls weren't just interested in the sweets and pampering treats, and that they were also attracted to the books. I'm a total bookworm so anything that encourages a new generation of avid readers is definitely a god thing in my books (no pun intended !).
MyKindaBook, run by Macmillan Children's Books UK, is THE place to discover upcoming YA reads, authors, and gain access to exclusive content. If you like advent competitions (and judging by my twitter and facebook feeds, everbody does !), head over to the #12daysofMKB to try your luck every day until 12th December
Disclosure : We received a party pack containing books, promotional materials and goodies to share out. If you want to register to take part in upcoming parties, head over to ComeRound