I HAVE SOME REALLY EXCITING NEWS…

Hello, my fellow bookworms! It’s been a while because I’ve been pretty inactive… but there’s a reason for that which I am about to share with you all today! 

I’ve been away working on this new thing very passionately and I’ve poured lots of time and energy into it, and finally, I think it is ready to be shared today. So here we go…

I HAVE A BRAND NEW BLOG!

I am so excited to have launched my new blog called Our Summary @ oursummary.com! It’s a blog which has all my new goals and aspirations for my blog. For a long time now I’ve been wanting to move into more than just discussing books but I never could seem to manage to do that through this blog. So instead, I teamed up with my boyfriend to start an entirely new blog, a more lifestyle-based one. 

So I’m announcing that this blog will now become inactive and all my posts for books and more will be over on oursummary.com.  I’m still going to be posting the same amount of book related things and reviews as before, however, the only change is that there will be other things life-related, food related or travel related which you can also find! 

Thank you for all your support of me here on Josie’s Book Corner, and I hope you all lovely bookworms will continue to support me on my blogging journey over at Our Summary!

Click here to go to my new blog!🙂

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BOOKS WITH LESS THAN 2000 RATINGS THAT I ENJOYED

Granted, most of my favourite books are books with more than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. However, I managed to find a few books on my “read-books” list that have way less than 2000. I like to look at these books because it’s nice to feel like you’ve read a book that hasn’t gone mainstream and over-hyped. Let’s get into the books, shall we?


THIS POST CORRESPONDS WITH TOP TEN TUESDAY, AN ORIGINAL WEEKLY MEME CREATED AND HOSTED BY THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH, A MEME DEDICATED TO LOVE FOR LISTS AND SUCH. 

 


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TRUTH BY MICHELLE JOHNSON

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SERIES: BOOK #1 OF OLEAH CHRONICLES

GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, PARANORMAL/FANTASY

FORMAT: KINDLE E-BOOK

RATING: 2/5 STARS


What would you do if everything you thought to be true in your life was a lie?

Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki must face overwhelming truths about her family when she meets Zander Black, a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about her family’s past changes everything, and as her relationship and feelings for Zander deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate and face the true reality of who and what she is. Even if that means giving up everything, including being human.


I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MICHELLE FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF HER BOOK TO REVIEW

Good day, bookworms and welcome back to another book review. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these simply because I’ve been having a VERY slow reading period lately (not to mention I am over 20 books behind my Goodreads reading goal – EEK!). 

Today I am bringing you a review on Truth by Michelle Johnson. Truth is a fairly short fantasy/paranormal romance novel. Set in a contemporary setting, backdropped with elements of magic, paranormal creatures, and other worlds. While I like the originality of the concept in this story, this book personally didn’t resonate well with me. 

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FINDING THE POWER IN LOVE AND FORGIVENESS

Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sins are put out of sight.

– ROMANS 4:7 NLT

It’s so easy to get angry and frustrated. It’s so easy for people to say or do things that cause our spirits to turn sour. Sometimes we get so consumed by these feelings that it blocks out everything else. Everything begins to take a downward turn. 

This week I felt this way. 

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MID YEAR REWIND

Once again, I went on another mini blog hiatus. This year has definitely been a busy one and I am coming to you today with a mid-year rewind, where I basically tell you where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing and what I’ve learned over this first half of the year.

This year has already moved by so fast and I don’t know whether that’s from the busyness of life or the fact that this year is simply going by like a breeze. Despite that, I feel as though I have done so much in the last six months and I’ve also learned so much – about life, my spiritual life and much more. Sometimes it’s good to just take a step back and look at everything that has happened, to get a fresh perspective on what is yet to happen! 

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LET’S DISCUSS THE LATEST BOOKTUBE EXPLOSION

This morning, as I was spending my daily time on Twitter, I was slapped in the face with the latest conflict in the book community, defined by the popular hashtag: #fakereadergirls. 

A man and booktuber by the name of Steve Donoghue recently put up a video titled “Last Week in BookTube!”Now, this is similar to the kinds of things we do as bloggers or booktubers: we give a wrap up of the week, spotlight certain bloggers/tubers who have shared some great stuff about books (sort of like my Spotlight Saturday posts!). Steve opened up by criticising book conventions such as BEA and the popular book bloggers who have shared all their vlogs and videos of their experience there. From there, he went on to criticise the booktubers themselves, pointing out many things about the amount fo viewers they have, that they don’t have the same love for books as ‘normal’ readers do, referring to their expensive and professional editing and much more. 

Fellow book lovers and booktubers responded, taking offence to the claims he made. Which is perfectly understandable in my opinion. Many of his claims were fairly inaccurate, such as his claims of popular booktubers not being real readers or lovers of books and instead, only doing it for the consumerist, commodity purposes.

But there leaves hanging the question of where #fakereadergirls came from. Simply, Twitter blew up with this after Steve made a comment under his video, again criticising booktubers who film professional videos with ‘fancy lights’ and ‘wearing blush’ as being fake readers. This was taken as sexism and female book lovers all over Twitter began to speak out against his comment. And so came the flood of makeup + book pictures and tweets. 

After investigating the argument, scrolling through endless tweets going against Steve and also from watching his video, I understand why people reacted so badly. He was clearly in the wrong and made some very hurtful comments to many booktubers who put time and effort into what we present based on their love for books. But let’s explore this issue because there are many sides to this and specifically in terms of Steve’s “sexist” comment, there may have been some form of miscommunication – possibly.  Read More

You Belong with Me: Girl is Obsessed with Next Door Neighbour

You Belong with Me: Girl is Obsessed with Next Door Neighbour

Josephine Knight
[DISCALIMER: This is a humorous, satirical creative writing piece, written in the form of a newspaper article, based off the song and music video of “You Belong With Me’ by Taylor Swift.]

Eighteen-year-old Jamie Greggs decides to speak up about his next door neighbour who has been obsessing over him, after an extreme and over-the-top display of obsession at his senior year prom night last week. He reveals that sixteen-year-old Taylor Swallow has been obsessing over him ever since he moved in next to her and that it was “finally time to speak up”.

On the night of Jamie Gregg’s exclusive senior prom, he was shocked and embarrassed to find his next door neighbour, and freshman bleacher’s member Taylor Swallow appear  with a written note with the large letters “I love you” on a piece of paper.  She had allegedly snuck into the venue unseen and taken control of the stage before awards were announced, proclaiming her love for Jamie in front of all the senior students of Greenwood High. For Jamie’s peers, it was a humorous moment that they could all laugh and joke about. For Jamie, it was a push over the edge and a sign that it was finally time to speak up about the girl who was obsessed with him.

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