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November Wrap Up and December Reading Goals

Hello! Yes, this blog is still alive, I just haven’t been very good at updating it this month (which I feel bad about, but sometimes these things just happen). In what has been possibly the busiest month of the year so far, I only managed to read 5 books. FIVE. But I did have a week away, which resulted in the creation of a new logo for this blog! Sound the trumpets!

Books read in November:

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Settle in everyone, as today’s post is a very exciting one – I WAS NOMINATED FOR A BLOGGER AWARD! (Cue: party poppers, streamers, and party rings.) The super lovely Jasmine over at Life of A Simple Reader was kind enough to tag me, and I am honestly over the moon. Thanks, Jasmine ❤ (Side note: you should 100% go and check out her blog – I love her writing style, and her reviews always make me want to check out the books.) To think that my humble blog is worthy of the award is seriously mind blowing!

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The Rules:

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

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October Wrap Up and November Reading Goals

Well. It’s safe to say that I majorly failed at updating my blog this month. Whereas last month I had no finished posts and felt guilty, this month I finished said posts… and then didn’t post them (therefore maintaining the guilt). GOOD JOB, ME.

October has been a bit of a weird month – I’ve found myself thinking “it’s been a funny old day…” every day (yes, in full on Open All Hours style, only not whilst dismantling the outside display of a corner shop. Wow, I’ve just thrown a lot of readers…), and has been a mix of intensely busy (work, events, and two weekends away) and low-key anxiety filled days – to the point where I can’t really remember the start of the month, and I’m convinced it didn’t actually occur.

Rambling sentence aside, I’ve read a total of 8 books this month (/half a month, if the conspiracy theories are indeed true), with about a 75% enjoyment rate (yes, I just did some maths to figure that out. See kids, you do use maths as an adult… *cough*), which I count to be a success.

Books read in October:

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book review

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Rating: 5 stars

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“In your hands / You are holding / Life. / Death. / Love. / Forgiveness.”

Joe and his brother Ed haven’t seen each other for ten years – because Ed is on death row. Faced with the prospect of Ed’s execution date, Joe is desperate to spend the last summer with him, no matter what. Continue reading “Moonrise by Sarah Crossan”

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September Wrap Up and October Reading Goals

Another month gone by, another blog post to write. September ended up being incredibly busy (lol @August-me), and I didn’t even get 10 books read! Oh, woe is me. Saying that, I did read 8 books, and considering there was a week or so in the middle of the month where I was here, there, and everywhere, I guess it’s not surprising that I didn’t fit any more books in. 8 is still a good number to have read. September also featured the third meeting of Bears Books (we have a twitter now. How exciting!), and I attended the Lush Book Club, which was Anna James in conversation with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, aka one of my Favourite Authors Ever (see here for my review of her second book, and here for a few photos from the event), plus there were many book launches, book purchases (*ahem*) and even a publishing conference. No wonder I’m knackered…!

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Books read in September:

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Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky

Rating: 5 stars

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Elsie is used to her humdrum life working in her parents’ (self-admitted) tat shop. Having learnt the Customer Service rules (such as be friendly, be helpful, and always pretend the customer is right, even when they’re clearly wrong), she is expert at dealing with all the boring and ordinary customers who frequent the shop (many in need of a listening ear more than spending money). When local witch Magenta Sharp swirls into town (leaving a small trail of chaos and disorganisation in her wake) and asks to put an ad up (hey, even witches need someone to house– I mean, tower-sit for them), Elsie finds herself drawn to the task. Accepting the job, Elsie vows not to meddle with anything to do with magic, and just to relax and read lots of Magenta’s books.

As good intentions go, Elsie’s magic-free vow comes from the right place (meddling with magic is not something she wants to put on her to-do list), and she does manage to stick to her guns… for two days. To be fair, when faced with a spells-worth of magic that Must Be Used Immediately, Elsie didn’t really have much choice. Continue reading “Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky”

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Book swap!

I recently began to dabble in the (extremely addictive) #booksfortrade tag on twitter, and have been successful in a few swaps so far (thank you to all who have swapped with me!).

Yesterday I visited a friend who had promised me a raid of her shelves in exchange for 6 books. And raid them, I most certainly did. Accompanied with a cup of tea and a Howard Wallace, PI cookie (so TASTY), I gazed at the many books on her shelves (including seeing the UK proof of The Smell of Other People’s Houses, which I hadn’t seen before but is now on my wishlist), and selected some books!

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

Book tags are something that I have always been aware of, but never had the chance or guts to take part in (cue tiny pity violin, please). But, as I am gaining more confidence with my blog and feeling like I’m kinda finding my feet, I’m throwing caution to the wind and am doing a book tag, whether I was tagged in it or not.

This is the rapid fire book tag which I discovered on the wonderful almostamazinggrace‘s blog, and without further ado, let’s dive in.

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August Wrap Up and September Reading Goals

Oh look, it is the end of another month. That can mean only one thing – time for an end of month wrap up! (Cue applause and cheering.) August has been a bit of a weird month for me; on one hand it has been packed with work and catching up with friends and events, but on the other it has seemed to be never ending, and that the start of the month was yonks ago. (Time! Stop messing with my head, pls.) Although I feel like I didn’t get much read at all, I still managed 13 books (not all pictured below!), which is a lot more than I was imagining I would finish this month. See, miracles do happen. (Cue that song from The Princess Diaries soundtrack.)

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Books read in August:

(The 3 stories in TLoT sampler are listed separately as that is how they are listed on goodreads.)

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Can I Write or Can I ~Write~?

Settle in everyone, because it’s time for a bit of backstory.

Let’s all ignore the hideous shine on that bit of tape there…

Up until not too long ago, I would never consider myself as someone who could write. Sure, I enjoyed creative writing at school (which only happened on very rare occasions) and keeping a holiday journal when I was a kid, but what with English lessons at school slowly killing my love for words (and making me feel like I couldn’t understand anything at all), I found myself believing that I Couldn’t Write. Continue reading “Can I Write or Can I ~Write~?”