Blog Tour: Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall - Author Guest Post


I am honoured to have author Louise Gornall on Reading Away The Days today. Louise's debut novel Under Rose Tainted Skies released earlier this month is a fantastic book that tackles mental illness.

A quote from my review;

"Louise Gornall's Under Rose Tainted Skies, is a stunning book that portrays mental health in a realistic way while being stunningly beautiful in its portrayal. A book that makes you think and feel."

Check out the rest of my review here

Today Louise has a a guest post for you and that is Norahs playlist. Over to Louise.


Hey guys! I’m so excited to be here, and beyond excited that I’ve been given the opportunity to share Norah’s playlist with you.


So, the first song on Norah’s list is her signature song. I heard it while I was watching the pilot ep of Pretty Little Liars and fell in love. The song is Suggestions by Orelia Has Orchestra. The opening line, “It just takes a second, for my world to come crumbling down…” that is just so Norah, she would totally relate. 

A few more she might have on her list? Hhmmm. Well, she’s definitely a T-swift fan. I think Wildest Dreams would be a favourite. And Wings by Birdy. She’d have some rock in there too, classic rock, Bowie’s, Life on Mars, and Queen’s, Bohemian Rhapsody. Then some serious throw-yourself-around stuff like, Linkin Park’s, In The End, and Mad Marge and the Stonecutters, Dial ‘Z’ for Zombie. Religiously, she’d listen to Adele's version of Feel My Love, Alice Gold’s, A Wondrous Place, and A Fine Frenzy’s, You Picked Me.



I thought I was finished and then I realised there was no Ed Sheeran on the list! WHAT?! Oh, the horror! Norah loves Ed, trust me, I know these things. So: Lego House, Little Bird, A-Team, Give Me Love, Don’t, Thinking out Loud… this list is limitless. Did I mention Norah loves Ed?



Thanks so much Lousie. Check out Under Rose Tainted Skies available now.


Synopsis VIA Goodreads:

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.


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#Review Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall


Book: Under Rose Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Pages: 320
Release Date: 7th July 2016
Publisher: Chicken House
Received Paperback Proof in exchange for honest review
Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis VIA Goodreads:

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

Review:

Under Rose Tainted Skies is not just any book it's a stunning book that looks at the effect of agoraphobia and OCD in a real way. Seeing Louise describe all the feelings Norah was having to deal with felt so real and it could only be portrayed though Louise's beautiful writing. 

We are seeing though Norah our protagonist's eyes her struggle with agoraphobia and OCD and her struggle, to not overcome it as you can never fully overcome these things but to make the little steps she wants to make in her life. Though the help of Luke her next door neighbour and her mum who is such a support system to Norah you see her journey in a realistic and emotional way. The story was fast paced but did slow a little in the middle but picked right back up. 

There is a romance within Under Rose Tainted Skies but for a person who typically loves a swoon worthy romance I just loved the way Lousie wrote it. You can really tell they really like each other  but Louise showed that she doesn't just try to overcome things because of a boy. It's's about a young girl and her journey and being accepted for who she is. 

Louise Gornall's Under Rose Tainted Skies, is a stunning book that portrays mental health in a realistic way while being stunningly beautiful in its portrayal. A book that makes you think and feel.

It's Summer, here are the books am anticipating!


It's officially summer, but as usual the UK weather isn't taking notice of that fact. Today it's cold and raining which means I am staying in and reading (not a bad day in my opinion) which got me thinking about books that are releasing this summer I am excited for. There is only five on the list but there a good five and one of them is in my top 5 highly anticipated of the year.


Releases: July 19th 2016

Blurb VIA Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers."

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. 

But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead. He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it's his job to save her. 

A world without you is one of my highly anticipated of the year it will be my first Beth Revis book and I am really eager to get my hands on it. This year I seem to be reading a lot of books surrounding mental health and I have a feeling this book is going to be a powerful read.


Releases: July 5th 2016

Blurb VIA Goodreads:

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember.

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie's notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart--a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it's not the life she planned.

I think The memory book is going to be a really good book that will give me so many emotions. It just sounds fantastic and I don't have long to wait.


Releases: July 19th 2016

Blurb VIA Goodreads:

Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

I am really intrigued by Signs Of You it seems to have a mystery and some magical realism thrown in and am interested to see where this story goes.


Goodreads* Releases-  July 26th 2016

Blurb VIA Goodreads

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

I feel like in the summer you need to read a good few contemporary romance books and I just think this one sounds so cute and fun. I have heard nothing but good things about Kasie West's writing and I am looking forward to this lighthearted contemporary.


Releases: August 2nd 2016

This is the third book in the Alienated Series therefore I don't want to put the blurb to spoil anyone. It's a YA book with aliens it's a fun series with a swoonworthy romance. You can check out my review of the first book here

Is there anymore you think should be on my list? What books are you anticipating releasing this summer?


Hello... can you hear me?? IM BACK


Hellloo!! I haven't blogged much this year as I have just felt meh about blogging. I don't know why but finally am kinda over it can we call it a blogging slump that seemed to last FOREVER!!

So what have I been up to apart from blogging well 'reading and becoming even more addicted to social media. I joined instagram and I am loving taking bookstagram photos. If you want to follow me am @ megan_readingawaythedays 

I am still addicted to Twitter it's my favourite social media platform. You can follow me @teamwolf1988

Hopefully over the coming weeks I will have more reviews up and just a heads up my tastes in books have changed so much in the last year, so be on the look out for some adult erotica reviews!


#Review - One With You ( Cross fire #5) by Sylvia Day


Book: One With You
Series: Cross fire #5
Author : Sylvia Day
Pages: 464
Bought Paperback
Rating ✪✪✪

One with you is the last book in Sylvia Day's Cross fire Series and sadly I was disappointed. I picked up this series last year and fell in love with it, it was one of those books to read after reading fifty shades. The first three books I gave 5 stars, and then the fourth book 4 stars. Sadly for the last book my rating has dropped to 3 stars for the finale. 

I still really don't know how I feel about it. Am really conflicted! The first half started of great and then things just started going weird. I think when a certain incident happened and some things where revealed I was just like, have I been reading a totally different series than I thought. I don't think what Sylvia Day did to a character was needed it just felt so out of sync with the story.

I also found that the second half just rushed so much and was trying to tie everything up that it went too fast. Sometimes a finale doesn't satisfy everyone and this certainly didn't for me. Some strange things happened in my opinion and I just needed it to slow down and give me a bit more.

Have you read any of the Cross fire novels?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Top Ten Bookworm Delights


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish

This weeks TopicTop Ten Bookworm Delights 

Books in general give me delight but here's 10 of my book worm delights.

1) The excitement of interacting with an author you love on social media.

I don't get the chance to meet many authors as in Northern Ireland there's isn't many bookish events or signings. So to be able to interact with some of my most favourite authors on Twitter is a delight. To have that author read your review of their book is scary but it's also exciting. To have an author follow you just excites me as much as if a famous actor followed me *it's the small things in life*

2) Beautiful book covers


I appreciate beautiful book covers and are a delight to put on my book shelf so I can stare at them all day long. *Book cover envy*

3) When an author I love announces a new book release

This is me when an author I love announces a new book.


4) Getting all the feels

Reading a book that gives me so many feels whether it's excitement or crying I love it. The feels guys, I love the feels.

5) Finding a book at a bargain price

I love findings a great book bargain but finding books in amazing condition in a charity shop at such a cheap price *and your helping charity* is awesome. Am looking at you Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead!

6) Collecting different editions of your favourite books 

You just don't need one set of your favourite book series. You need them in hardback, paperback, UK editions, U.S. editions and any editions you can find it in. * All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness for life*

7) Being aggressively ... I mean encouraging a person to read a book you love.


Stopping a stranger in a book shop who's looking at a book you love and telling them it's amazing and they must buy it and read it like now. * I'm sorry* All The Bright Places *READ IT*

8) Having the honour to read a book before it releases 

....and knowing everyone's going to love it and you can't wait for everyone to read it....the feels. 

9) Bookish merchandise

It's just everything. That is all 

10) Being able to interact with book lovers from around the world.


I just love the book community and I love being able to talk about my love of books from all the way in the UK to the U.S. to Australia and beyond!!

That is some of my book worm delights. Let me know some of yours in the comments below.

It's time for a book tag... Readers Confession Book Tag!!


I love a tag. A confessional tag is even better,this is an old tag but a good one. This tag was created by Bookables.

1) Have you damaged your own book?

Yes I have and it was a terrible day. It started of as an amazing day, it was a rare day in Northern Ireland we had a lot of snow and I took my new copy of City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare with me to work to read on the bus. The copy I has was massive and heavy so I put it in a cloth book bag to protect it. Said book bag didn't Protect it. I sat the book in the bag on the floor of the wet and mushy floor of the bus *it was snowing you remember and the bus was currently packed so I couldn't read.* Yea so.. the book bag got wet the book got  wet and the cover peeled of the spine and the book fell apart. **rest in peace**

2.Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

I have done something worse than that. I have actually lost a library book. **Oops** I did actually find it but years later when I was moving house.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

I'm quite a slow reader. If I am really into the book and loving it I would say two days but if it's dragging or is jus a massive book anywhere from 3-5 days.

4. Books I haven't finished?

I don't tend to DNF a lot of books. A few that I haven't finished have been mostly middle grade ones. I thought I could read any books for young or old but I struggle with middle grade. 

5. Hype/ popular books you don't like?


*please don't this rotten tomatoes at me* I don't  like The Hunger Games or Divergent.

6.Classics you didn't enjoy?

I don't read many classics the one I read for School that I didn't like was Macbeth and I think it's because it was a school book.

7.Books you bought to look smart?


I wouldn't say it was to look smart but maybe so I looked like I didn't just read YA. I brought Game Of Thrones and several classics that have just sat there. I also have brought books everyone was talking about just because I didn't want to feel left out even though I was probably never going to read them. *I'm looking at you John Green Books.*

8.Books you haven't given back?

From above that one library book. And I actually have a few books belonging to a friend that I 're found a while ago and are still sitting in my cupboard to return.

Leave me some of your bookish confessions in the comments below.