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Why I’ve Been AWOL

When I saw that my last official post was back in June, I was surprised, but not that much. This post is basically to say why I had been absent, and what’s been going on.

First things first, I had fallen into a major slump. Not just for reading, but for blogging, catching up with Booktubers, etc. I just completely burned out and fell off the wagon (as they say), this was caused by a number of reasons… Mainly because work had been extremely busy over the summer with many colleagues being on holiday and things were short-staffed for a while, so I had been working on average 10 hours a day and whenever I had a spare moment to read, I just wanted to sleep!

Another thing which caused my hiatus was many personal life changes. I had started a new romantic relationship which I’ve been smitten over, I had interview prep for the next step in my career for my dream job, I had to sell my car and sort out my newer one, and I was without my laptop which I had attempted (and failed) to get repaired (and since bought myself a new one!). So yeah! A LOT had been going on in the last few months!

I have been slowly coming out of my reading slump and have had things start to settle down, I did try to start a few posts and I was planning to participate in the Read EH Thon and the NEWTs Magical Readathon which I was so looking forward to! But again I didn’t want to force myself to read, so when I got back into the swing of things I won’t immediately spiral back! I think I needed to take the time away and come back fresher and keener to read.

I hope that has cleared things up and explained my absence well enough. I will be back with a wrap-up of the next 5 books that I read and also some readathon TBR’s as well! I love you guys!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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My 5 Star Reads! [2018]

Hi guys! I had an idea to create a list of all of  my 5 star books throughout the year. I’ll keep adding to them when the year goes on, I just thought it would be easier when it comes to picking my favourite books of the year! Especially as I started off the year strong with 4 5-star books already! It’ll also be cool to see which months I read the most favourites!

 

JANUARY

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FEBRUARY

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MARCH

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APRIL

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MAY

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JUNE

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A Letter to the Book Community – A Thank You

Let’s first rewind to about a year ago, I was reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell after seeing it recommended on Zoella’s beauty channel as part of her ‘Zoella Book Club’ with WHSmith. I gravitated to this book and this book only in the selection because the main character had anxiety and was going to college, and also because the exclusive cover was is yellow i.e. my favourite colour. Upon finishing this book, I had so many feelings and thoughts that I needed to vent. None of my friends read much so it was boiling up inside me. Thus I turned to YouTube and typed in ‘Fangirl Review’, and I came across a review from the one and only polandbananasBOOKS and I FINALLY found someone talking about literally the same feelings I had and felt a million times better! Strumbling across that video was like finding the door to Narnia at the back of the wardrobe; a door to a whole different world I never knew existed! My life truly changed from this day, I discovered more BookTubers, the idea of TBR’s and Wrap Ups and book hauls and bookshelf tours! I was instantly drawn in and addicted.

It’s safe to say, I’ve fallen back in love with reading. I can even say I’ve fallen in love with it even more now; it’s become a part of my life which I can’t do without. Everyone I have met/spoken to online has been so incredibly friendly and I truly feel like I have found my place! I love books, and this community almost feels like a second family to me now. I find myself a lot happier than I ever was, and that is purely down to reading and my discovery of the book community.

I can never personally thank every single person I have interacted with in the last year, but just know, if you have ever left a comment, replied to my comments, or liked any of my posts, then this thank you goes out to you, for helping me little by little feel welcome and happy within the book community.

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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2018 Reading Goals!

Hello, fellow bookworms! It’s 6pm in the UK on New Years Eve, so I’m thinking about how I will go through 2018 and what I want to improve. I’m also reflecting on a great reading year and thinking about my goals for 2018. I decided to not participate in the year-long challenges, as they made things more stressful and was reading books I didn’t really want to. So I will make a list of books for each prompt, but will only refer to it if I need inspiration on what to read next. It will be taken really lightly, and my goals are more focused on particular authors or genres.

 

1/ Read 70 books

I absolutely surpassed my 2017 goal of 50 books, by reading 100! I want to still have a fairly obtainable goal as I don’t want to set it to 100 and force myself to read. So 70 feels like a good, stable amount of books in the year.

 

2/ Read all Jane Austen’s works

I have all of her books on my shelf, but I never really reach for them. I have read Pride and Prejudice and that was many years ago, so I plan to read all of her published books.

 

3/ Read all Bronte’s works

Along with number 2, I have all their books on my shelves. Luckily this year, Lucythereader is hosting a Bronte Book Club throughout the year, which will have a different book every 2 months for the whole year, which is very doable. I’ll link her video with more info on this if you’re interested!

 

4/ Read all Thomas Hardy’s works

I grew up in Dorset, which is also the birthplace of Thomas Hardy. But I am yet to read all of his works, something I’m ashamed about! So I will hopefully read all his stuff.

 

5/ Do Rainbow Book Challenge

This is just a bit of fun. I just need to read a book of each colour in the rainbow, which wouldn’t be too difficult.

 

6/ Re-Read Harry Potter

Re-watching the Harry Potter movies throughout the Christmas period, I’ve realised how much of the books I have forgotten. So I want to re-read the series.

 

7/ Participate in 5 readathons

I’ve enjoyed the readathons throughout this year, but because it’s my first year back into reading, I wasn’t very well prepared for them! This year I will have more preparation and be more aware of certain readathons during the year. 5 is very reachable and no doubt I will participate in more!

 

8/ Participate in Tome Topple

Something else I wasn’t really aware of until it was too late. I have too many big books on my shelf which I am yet to read. So hopefully participating in Tome Topple will help me read this books and give me more motivation!

 

9/ Read more Poetry and Non-fiction

Both these genres I have only really been exposed to recently, and I have added a lot to my TBR. So I plan to get my hands on more poetry and non-fiction.

 

10/ Finish 4 series

I have a problem with starting series and not finishing them, I think I’m currently in the middle of about 6/7 series! So I want to finish most of these, and including any series I am yet to start.

 

 

So what are your reading goals for 2018? Are you looking forward to the New Year? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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A-Z Book Titles 2017

In addition to the BookBuster Challenge in my previous post, I thought to make an additional challenge by also reading a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet as well. As I’m not completely crazy/ambitious, some are likely to overlap with the books on my BookBuster Challenge.

A – Alex, Approximately (Jenn Bennett)

B – Between Shades of Gray (Ruta Sepetys)

C – Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

D – Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

E – Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)

F – Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

G – Gemina (Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff)

H

I – Illuminae (Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff)

J

K

L – Looking for Alaska (John Green)

M – More Happy Than Not (Adam Silvera)

N – News of the World (Paulette Jiles)

O – One of Us Is Lying (Karen M. McManus)

P

Q

R

S – The Sun is Also a Star (Nicole Yoon)

T

U

V

W – Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)

X – X – A Short Story (Jack Croxall)

Y

Z – The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman)

 

As of August 2017 = 16/26 (getting there!)

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A-Z Book Authors 2017

So throughout 2017, my first year back into reading, I decided to try and read a book with an author’s surname beginning with each letter of the alphabet, in order to encourage myself to reading more. This is also linked to the BookBuster Challenge on Goodreads here.

A – ACKERMAN, Diane (The Zookeeper’s Wife)

B – BRADBURY, Ray (Fahrenheit 451)

C

D

E – ELLORY, R.J. (Mockingbird Songs)

F

G

H

I

J – JILES, Paulette (News of The World)

K – KAUR, Rupi (Milk & Honey)

L – LUCAS, Rachael (The State of Grace)

M – MONTGOMERY, L.M. (Anne of Green Gables)

N

O

P – PURI, Pooja (The Jungle)

Q

R

S – SEPETYS, Ruta (Between Shades of Gray)

T – TAYLOR, Laini (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

U

V

W

X

Y – YOON, Nicola (Everything, Everything)

Z

As of August 2017 = 11/26 (need to get moving!)