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Girl Hearts Girl Blog Tour: Bookcase Showcase

This is a little snapshot of one of my bookshelves back in England. Moving across the Atlantic a few years ago meant I had to say a tearful goodbye to some of my ultimate favourites, simply because they wouldn’t fit in my suitcase. Rest assured, they’ll always be there, gathering dust on the shelf as they wait patiently for me to return home one day. 

On the far left, we have, of course, a few of the Harry Potters – a staple on anyone’s bookshelf, let’s be honest. 

Next to those, we have one of my all time favourite books – ‘A Gathering Light’ by Jennifer Donnelly. The main character, Mattie, is an aspiring writer, and she’s served as my inspiration time and time again over the years. And hey, look – I'm a published author now. Thanks for the inspo, Mattie Gokey! 

Then we have the incredibly powerful ‘George’ by Alex Gino – a brilliantly written, sparky little book about a transgender girl who is desperately trying to find her place in the world. It’s the kind of book that we need more of. Lots more of.

Next up is Sue Perkins’ hilarious memoir, Spectacles. Fantastically funny stuff. Sue’s writing is sharp and quick-witted – it’s well worth a read. And I'm not just saying that because I have a crush on her.

A few books over we have some of Andrea Gibson’s poetry. I started reading Gibson’s poems several years ago while I was still in the closet, and it’s – to this day – some of the most powerful poetry I’ve ever read. Last year, we happened to be speaking at the same event in San Francisco. I fangirled the entire time, but I was too scared to ask for a picture. I’ve regretted it ever since.  

Next up is Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. I picked it up reluctantly one summer because my Mum had recommended it to me, but by the end of it, I was hooked. There's something to be said about picking up a book because you know someone else has enjoyed it. Also, fun fact: I have spent most of my life thinking that Evelyn Waugh was a woman. 

Last but not least, we have the wooden spoon, Hank. Hank is not a book – he’s the guy in the back with the quiff. He is Hank, Wooden-Spoon-Keeper of The Books. Don’t mind him. 

An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe's debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, from Michigan. They began a long distance relationship, finally meeting in 2011. Lucy's video montage of their first week spent together was the first in a series of vlogs documenting their long-distance relationship. Now, for the first time, Lucy's writing about the incredible personal journey she's been on.

Information about the Book
Title: Girl Hearts Girl
Author: Lucy Sutcliffe
Release Date: 24th June 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

There is a tour-wide giveaway! 3 copies of Girl Hearts Girl for 3 lucky winners!
Participants must live in UK or IRL.