Seven Years of Blogging

As of today, I have been blogging for seven years. Seven. Years. I know it’s a cliché at this point, but when I first started this blog back in 2010 (in May… except I stopped after one post and didn’t pick it up again until September) I didn’t think I’d make it this far. Fortunately, I quickly discovered that book blogging is a hobby that I really freakin’ love. I love collecting my thoughts on books in one place, I love the book blogging community, I love getting excited about future releases, and I love looking back on old posts and feeling nostalgic.

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Author Spotlight: Emery Lord

One of my “unofficial” goals for 2015 is to get more authors involved with my blog. I really want to take the time to get to know the authors behind some of my favourite books, and to also show other people how awesome they are. With this Author Spotlight feature I will be showing off the authors’ books, giving away some of them (depending on what my money situation is like each month!) and just generally fangirling over some of the masterminds behind my favourite stories.

The spectacular honour of kicking off this new feature of mine goes to Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. I have read both books, and really enjoyed both of them. I don’t think TSOMAY beat ORS in terms of overall feels, but it was still a great contemporary read.

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Monthly Wrap Up and Giveaway: July 2014


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Due to my trip to Germany, the blog went on a semi-hiatus and I didn’t post as regularly as I usually do. This worked out great, in my opinion, because I’m back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and I have a bunch of new ideas for my blog and Booktube channel. Now I just need to find the time to develop them.

The most excited thing that happened on the blog in July was the announcement of mine and Bec’s Raven Cycle (Re)Readathon! You can sign up and stuff in the post. Both of us are very excited to host this, and there are going to be tonnes of exciting things happening over the two months that the event takes place, such as giveaways, a scavenger hunt, challenges, and more.

I reviewed The Vanishing Season which, while I cried, was a bit of a let down. I did enjoy The Savages though, even if it did make me question my morals and remind me a lot of The Addams Family. I shared the characters that I would want with me on a deserted island, and included lots of excellent gifs. The Gannicus gif is reason enough to read the post. Finally, I died over Since You’ve Been Gone, because Morgan Matson is out to get me.

Tatum was thoroughly creeped out by Lolita, which makes me even more curious to read the book. She reviewed Earthman Jack vs. the Ghost Planet, as well as Crime and Punishment, both of which were kind of average. Tatum did really like The Sweet Far Thing, though, so maybe I can convince her to finally read Beauty Queens? I gave that book to her years ago because I hated it but I think she gave it away *cries*

me in July

At the beginning of the month, I started training for my new job. It was very stressful at first, because I had a lot of things that I had to remember, but I think I have the hang of it. I’ll be doing this new job for half of the week, and on those days I’ll get to finish work at 5PM (5.30 on Wednesdays) instead of the usual 6.30! It’s heavenly, even though I do have to arrive earlier in the mornings. Leaving while the sun is still shining makes me happy. Overall, I’m very happy with the new job! So far, at least. Continue reading

Monthly Wrap Up and Giveaway: May 2014


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A lot of good stuff happened on the blog this month! My book club discussed Vicious by Victoria Schwab, which was a hit with two of us, a disappointment to one, and the fourth member of the gang hasn’t finished it yet. I shared my thoughts on The Secrets of Lily Graves, which was great, Stolen, which I also really enjoyed because ELENA, and The Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Mutant City was a let down, though. Why can’t I have an epic book about people with superpowers? Oh, wait, I do. Another let down was Don’t Call Me Baby, but The Art of Lainey and The Secret Diamond Sisters were good!

Tatum talked about a whole bunch of stuff this month, included the mermaid novel which wasn’t the hit she was hoping for: Deep Blue. She also ranted about Heart of Darkness, made me want to read Cane River RIGHT. NOW., and shared her thoughts on Cuckoo Song and The Geography of You and Me.

I shared my thoughts on the horrific/terrible/mess of an adaptation that was the Vampire Academy movie. Trust me, it was terrible. I also shared some things that surprised me when I visited the USA, and I started a new feature: Famous Last Words! On my Youtube channel I introduced a new feature called Genre Fix, which I’m thinking about bringing over to the blog. What do you think?

Me in May

Again, I have no life. I spent a lot of May either with a cold or with an eye infection, which are not fun. We had a couple of bank holidays so that meant I had a couple of long weekends! It was sunny in England for a few days, which was lovely. And, probably the most exciting of all, I joined the gym! My current plan is to go at least four days each week, and I want to tone my stomach before I go to Germany in July. I took a couple of days off due to the bloody eye infection (which meant I couldn’t go swimming) but I’m on track now and I can’t wait to do more! My gym offers some great group classes such as pilates, studio cycling, and body conditioning, so I hope to try all of those out at some point since they are free with my membership!

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Monthly Wrap Up and Giveaway: April 2014


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If you are following me on Twitter or, I guess, checking my blog every day, you’ll have noticed that my host (I think, they weren’t very clear) deleted my blog for a couple of days. So that was the big thing that happened over here last month, and it nearly caused me to have a panic attack. Other than that, the usual reviews have been going up. Tatum adored A Breath of Frost, which makes me happy because this was an unsolicited review copy, but was a little disappointed by We Were Liars. She was NOT a fan of A Tale of Two Cities, which saddens me because I thought Dickens was a god. She also read Killer Instinct, which was a really bloody offensive book. She loved Rebecca though, along with The Museum of Extraordinary Things.

As for me, I reviewed Far From You which I absolutely adored and I will continue to push this book until the end of time. Nil was a little bit disappointing, because I didn’t feel it took proper advantage of the setting. Split Second wasn’t as good as Pivot Point, but it was still pretty awesome. I reviewed A Girl of Fire and Thorns, which was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to finish off this trilogy. Great was a fairly good read, especially as a Gatsby fan.

I took part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and read a lot of books. I’m proud of myself! I also posted my April/March book haul, which included a lot of books. I should probably go on a ban. Ha. For our book club we discussed (read: ranted about) Dare Me. It was not a good book. Don’t listen to Tatum when she tells you that it is.

And to wrap all that up, I launched a new feature: BOOKS IN MOTION. I’d been wanting to post movie reviews on the blog for a long time, and I especially wanted to post about book adaptations. The Divergent movie provided me with the perfect opportunity to do just that! I’m really excited about this feature, and to discuss various movies with you all!

me in april

As far as ~real life~ goes, I didn’t really do much! I’ve been going to work during the week, and relaxing over the weekends. Oh, I did have a fabulous Easter and ate twenty billion eggs (approx.), and I still want more. I returned to Booktube, which was both exciting and scary, but I got the most amazing response from my friends and viewers, so I’m thrilled to continue making bookish videos. I’m also in the middle of Skyrim, and trying not to buy any other video games until I’m at least 75% of the way through the main story. But I keep getting distracted by everything else and going off to do side quests and discover new places! Other than that, I’m mostly in awe over the fact that it’s already May, and my baby brother is going to be 13 this month. Agh!

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