January Wrap Up

New year, new decade, first month, lots of rain. Ah back to winter.

At the beginning of January I’d just come back from a three week holiday to Australia where I was visiting my older brother and mums family. Although it was an incredible trip it did ensure a frosty return to the UK, stepping off the plane in just shorts and a t shirt into a single digit degree of cold.

January saw me polish off four books, one of which I’d carted all the way to Australia only to ignore for three weeks.

  • Nocturna
  • City of Brass
  • One of Us is Next
  • I am the Messenger

I also managed to buy two new ones, dragging my friend to Waterstones when we went shopping one Saturday because One of Us is Next was released earlier that week. Both new books, I’m pleased to report, had lovely stained pages and an annoying half price sticker tacked to the front which I had to scrape off before a little Bookstagram photoshoot. Props if you can spot the debris on One of Us is Next in my latest Insta post.

The blog felt busy. Putting up my first proper personal post of the year, one of possibly three ever published, I was pleased with the reception it received. I’m trying to be more brave with my writing on my blog this year, hence the non bullet pointed wrap up. I started a new interview feature and I’m pleased how much people are enjoying it. There’s been a lot of enthusiasm and the answers have been really interesting to read. I planned to be a bit better at posting reviews but only managed one all month. I’ve written up drafts for the other three but am still failing to post them regularly. New year, not quite new me.

Jumping back into the new year I discovered I’d massively overly committed myself at work. As I type this, bleary eyed at 5am on a Monday morning, crammed on a full coach I’ve just downloaded my boarding pass for a crazy one day trip to Paris I admit I’m dead tired for. One week into January started with a trip up to Manchester for work, followed by a trip to Bristol the following week for volunteering and finally this. It’s been a month of early mornings, stressful packing and never having the right things, the epitome of which is leaving my suitcase on the train to Bristol and it being sent back to London. And then it five pounds to get it back.

I welcomed in the new year half falling asleep on my dad’s sofa after beating them all at Scrabble. All that reading really does pay off. A few days later I was travelling up to my friends flat for a little going away party. A friend from school has ventured to South Africa so we all ate honey glazed gammon and watched rubbish films for a weekend, which may not be the wild party one would expect for early twenty year olds but it’s definitely up our street.

Then my boyfriend and I had a well deserved date after all the separation from Australia. Being us this meant a blustery trip to a castle, standing on the hill of old Sarum while the wind knotted my hair watching the spire of Salisbury cathedral rise above the wispy clouds. It would have been poetic if I hadn’t been freezing from the aforementioned climate change I was undertaking as I left the forty degree heat of Australia.

From one destroyed old castle to the glamorous halls of Hogwarts. A couple of uni friends visited so we dragged them to a Harry Potter filming location. And also some old priory and Tudor mansion that probably has more claims to fame than just holding the mirror of Everest in The Philosopher’s Stone. You can see an excellent picture of me in the halls of Hogwarts attached to this post.

Final excitement of the month was a mid week dinner with a couple of friends I hadn’t seen since their wedding back in November where I was an usher. This meant a tour of their new house together, some tofu dish that I actually liked, homemade doughnuts, and a very late running game of Ticket to Ride. You can see why I’m so tired now. Also I was totally robbed, I was winning and then someone did that massive tunnel track up in Russia for 20 odd points. Grrr.

So yeah, there you have it. My tiring month of January. What have you all been up to this January? What are your February plans? How is 2020 going for you? Let me know in the comments!

Also, if you’re looking for a location update I made it through an empty ish airport security, barely kept my eyes open reading Children of Virtue and Vengeance in departures and now I’m failing to understand the French safety instructions squashed into my window seat on the plane. Bonnรฉe Voyage mes amis!

November Wrap Up

As we approach the festive season, blasting Wham, shopping on streets lit up with welcoming balls of yellow light, furniture crammed into odd corners to make way for decorations, shops overflowing with Christmas offers and colourful window displays, we’re saying goodbye to November.

November saw my blog take a slight backseat as I rushed to tap out 50,000 for NaNoWriMo. I achieved 22,200 words in the end, which is better than I ever thought I could do and an improvement over last year!

November Wrap Up

What I Read

  • The Deathless Girls
  • Two Can Keep a Secret
  • Normal People
  • Vengeful

What I Did

The first and most exciting part of November was being an usher at my old university house mate’s wedding. The day started with panic, as most of my days do: my heels were out of commission given ushers are required to walk and I was wearing a pair of blue sandals that didn’t at all go with my knee length red dress. My friend, Esther, ended up painting my toenails red, stretched out across my bathroom floor while I did my teeth, because a last minute and fruitless attempt to find shoes had led me to the charity shops that morning. We scribbled the card out in the car and managed to make it early for the wedding for my important ushering duties. I’d met the other ushers at the stag and we were good friends by now so it was great to see them, and of course the wedding was lovely and very Phil and Jenny. The day ended with me sprinting in bare legs, and open toed shoes on a very cold and wet November, attaching tin cans to the back of their car and filling the inside with balloons.

The next weekend saw a cold trip to Winchester for board games and smoothies with my little brother. We must have looked particularly hopeless in the board game cafรฉ because some other patrons came over to give us advice on how to play one of the games.

The final exciting part of November has to be Fake Christmas. It started with pizza and Winter Wonderland with two of my university friends before I took a bus up to my old school friends house. It’s a yearly tradition we’ve upheld since leaving school that we have a fake Christmas each year for present giving, films and food. With me out the country for most of December we moved our tradition to November.

On the last weekend of November I visited a castle with my boyfriend, which is hardly surprising. We wondered round the old ruins, blame the civil war and some pesky kids on bonfire night who somehow set the last remaining tower alight. This castle had a particularly gory history: from wives locking their husbands in furnaces so they can marry again to mad husband’s locking their wives in towers to weird Victorians drinking grave fluid on holiday. The Victorians were a very weird and gross people is what I’ve learnt from all this. The day continued in Dryham park were we had a autumnal walk around the large grounds, tried some 19th Century Hot Chocolate, which is fabulous and strangely like chai with all the spices added, before wondering round the grand old house. All in all, a pretty fun date.

What I Wrote

What I Read Online

Let’s Compare Notes

What was the highlight of your November? Did you attempt NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments.

October Wrap Up

Not just is October over but Blogtober is also over! Which means I can finally stop posting daily. Although I did get through many of my drafts I still have 65 waiting to be published (I know, I may actually have a problem…), so I don’t think this will be the last mass posting before the year is out. As we enter a new month and I take on a new challenge (NaNoWriMo, what am I doing) let’s have a look back at the month that’s just been.

Things I Read

๐Ÿ“š A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – although I did enjoy the novel I found the plot a tad unrealistic and that kept taking me out of the story.

๐Ÿ“š The Dream Thieves – as much as I love the plot, writing style and pacing this novel always feels more like a spin off or a standalone, since it doesn’t progress the Glendower quest at all.

๐Ÿ“š Blue Lily Lily Blue – continuing on The Raven Boys theme I finished the third in the series! Can I finish the fourth before November 5th?!

๐Ÿ“š Stalking Jack the Ripper – It was creepy and stomach turning yet still brilliant.

Things I Said

๐ŸŠ Red Queen – Why I didn’t enjoy this clichรฉ dystopian and how it upset my little feminist heart.

๐ŸŠ 10 Terrible Titles I’ve Kindly Rewritten – This post was so much fun to write. Just describing why each titles needed a rewrite was brilliant.

๐ŸŠ Immaturity of Youth in YA – I wrote about the perception of teenagers and young adults in YA and whether they are growing up too fast.

๐ŸŠ National Day Tag – This unusual tag was so much fun to do!

Things I Read

We made a Blogtober support group so here and my favourite posts from my blogtober pals.

๐ŸŽƒ Five Star Reads in Fiveย Words – This post is such a good idea! All reads should be summed up in 5 words. I haven’t read any of the books but a lot were on my radar and the five words actually helped me decide if I’d read them!

๐ŸŽƒ Apps I Use to Track My Reading – I never thought about tracking my reading through an app, although I do vaguely use Goodreads… sometimes. Anyway here’s a detailed list of apps Naomi has used with many pretty pictures!

๐ŸŽƒ Autumn Book Tag – Not only does Northern Plunder manage to keep a horror theme all Blogtober but all her posts felt super relevant to the season! This one included! I loved the pretty autumnal pictures and I would defo got to a Halloween party as Karou too.

๐ŸŽƒ Things I don’t Like about Fall – A controversial post full of pumpkin spice and pretty fall leaves.

Things I Did

๐Ÿ‘ป Go to France – my friends and I brought way too many jumpers only to strip down to shorts and t shirts and cycle around the South of France for a few days

๐Ÿ‘ป Castley Birthday – it was my birthday! So yes, castles were involved. My boyfriend and I went on a rambly castles autumnal walk.

๐Ÿ‘ป Escape Room – For my friends stag we all wore a cardboard cut out of his face and got stuck in an escape room. We managed to escape with just four minutes to spare! Mostly because someone took a punt and jammed a random button on the bomb.

๐Ÿ‘ป Board Game Cafรฉ – My friends and I met up in London after work for board games and pizza, while they all admired my new wheels- a push scooter.

What’s coming Up

New segment! I found a schedule really helpful during Blogtober so I’m going to try writing them for the month ahead.

November 5 – Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

November 7- Review: The Dream Thieves Review

November 12 – Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things That Really Aren’t Bookmarks but I’ve Used as Such

November 15 – Bookish Discussion: What I Learnt Posting Everyday for a Month

November 19 – Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Read Because of Blogging

November 22 – Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

November 26 – Top Ten Tuesday: 10ย Books Friends Have Recommended Me

November 28 –

Mid Blogtober Wrap Up

Greetings from France! My friends and I are currently enjoying the wintery blasts of an autumn holiday. Or so I thought we’d be, we’re actually in shorts and t shirts and sweating everywhere.

I’m halfway through the ridiculous challenge of posting every day in October and honestly I’m so proud I managed to get this far! I’ve not done a mid month wrap up before so it’s going to be a slightly different format to before; more like a few comments on what’s going well, what’s going badly and how I’m finding Blogtober. And, of course, there’s a bit about what’s coming up!

Best post so far: Character Traits I Love

I’m pleased this post has done best because not only was it really fun to write but the Top Ten Tuesday topic was my suggestion!

Favourite Post to Write: Why no Post on Sunday

Not only did I get to recall a fabulous Harry Potter scene in the introduction but I really enjoyed swapping notes with the commenters on this post and discussing why I think it’s important to have a break from blogging once a week.

Most Difficult post: Gilmore Girls Challenge Update

I felt sort of bad that I hadn’t posted this update sooner, given the last one was sixth months ago, and that I hadn’t read many of the books on the list. Hopefully my next update will be slightly more timely!

What I’ve Learnt so Far:

I love schedules. It’s not a surprise, I’ve always loved schedules, from revision timetables to the minute amount of scheduling I do with meetings in my work calendar. Scheduling is one of my favourite things and I’m very much enjoying having a list of posts I can just stick to every day.

My followers are Lovely. I didn’t expect my posts to get the amount of love they have! I thought they’d be largely ignored because there are so many of them, I really appreciate you all sticking with me!

It’s less work than I thought. Ok, I prelude this statement with the first half of Blogtober has been largely publishing pre written posts, polishing off the odd sentence but nothing much more and so far it’s been a bit of breeze. Or at least, more of a breeze than I expected. I suspect the later half of the month will be more tricky since some of posts are currently just bullet points.

I’m sort of on top of Bookstagram?! I expected Bookstagram to be the biggest challenge, since I struggle to find time to photo when the days get short and the light gets bad. But I took a lot of photos beforehand and it’s weirdly working! I seem pretty on top and I liked planning my feed as I took photos for each of the upcoming posts.

What’s been Challenging:

Blog hopping. I find I spend so long replying to comments, which I love doing, and keeping up on my social medias that I have less time to visit other people’s blogs and comment on my favourite posts.

Organisation. This has never been my strong suit and I struggle with getting posts written in time, I think this will prove more challenging in the next two weeks as I have less posts written in advance.

Blogging everyday. This sounds daft because it’s literally the challenge, and I have Sundays to switch off, which I like, but I feel much more glued to my phone than before which I’m less of a fan of.

Has anything gone wrong?

One thing. One tiny little thing, which you’ll be seeing the impact of this week. I’m meant to be publishing a review for Finale this week but uploaded the wrong book photo onto my phone before going on holiday. So you’re all being treated to a deviation from the schedule (๐Ÿ˜ญ) since I’ll have to swap the Red Queen and Finale reviews around.

Has it been Worth it:

Obviously I haven’t finished half of Blogtober yet, and I’m yet to meet the challenging part but so far yes. I’ve met a lot of new bloggers and I’ve enjoyed clearing out my drafts folder! It always felt to large! As an extra bonus my stats are doing really well and I’ve nearly surpassed last month’s stats in just two weeks!

Favourite Post Coming Up: Is Immaturity Shown Enough Through YA

I’ve had a lot of excitement about this post on my schedule and it’s one I really enjoyed drafting! I’m excited to hear all your opinions as well and swap notes.

Most Difficult Post Coming Up: My favourite Birthdays

I always want to put more personal posts in my blog since I think they’ll be exciting to look back on. But I’m terrified about publishing them. I wanted to include one non bookish post for Blogtober and thought this would be an appropriate topic, given my birthday is in October. I just hope it works out.

Do we think I can complete it?!

I’d say yes! But the second half of Blogtober is going to much harder, since I’ve a lot less post written for it.

Let’s Compare Notes

To check out what’s coming up on my blog check out the schedule posted at the beginning of the month! Let me know if you’re doing the challenge, I’d love to support your blog ๐Ÿ˜

September Wrap Up

September was a month spent mostly in a suitcase for me. With travelling for work three times, hello Amsterdam, Manchester and Birmingham, it’s felt very intense and a bit tiring. But all this travelling did give me ample long train journeys and quiet hotel rooms in which I managed to polish an impressive five novels!

What was your September like? Write anything interesting or do anything fun? Feel free to drop a link or opinion in the comments section.

What I Read

๐Ÿ“š Throne of Swans – Honestly, I was not a fan. The whole novel felt confusing and I really didn’t like the relationship slapped unnecessarily at it’s heart.

๐Ÿ“š The Raven Boys – I re-read this fantastic novel, re-entering the spooky forest and posh boys school that started this eerie yet entrancing series.

๐Ÿ“š Vox – After loving The Handmaid’s Tale I was intrigued to try it’s modern retelling, Vox, which was just as shocking and a tad more infuriating.

๐Ÿ“š Vicious – Having loved A Darker Shade of Magic I was excited and nervous to launch into Schwab’s university set adult fantasy about the lengths morally dubious men will go in the name of science.

๐Ÿ“š One of Us is Lying – Crime is not my genre and it’s been a good four years since I’ve been able to relate to teenagers at school. So you can imagine my surprise when I absolutely fell in love with the compelling characters driving this crime drama.

What I Wrote

๐Ÿงฆ Are these Over Hyped?! – The age old question we all have to wonder when we try a book that has been across Twitter and Instagram for basically a month. Here’s me questioning ten books on my TBR that might have too much hype now…

๐Ÿงฆ 30 Words I Learnt From Books – I made a list of words I learnt lately from reading! How many do you know?

๐Ÿงฆ My Fall TBR – I came up with another list of ten books to ignore over the next few months.

10 Snacks to Eat While Reading – Who doesn’t want to write about food? And books. The best combo.

What I Read Online

๐ŸŒ‚ 5 Tips for Getting Over a Slump – the post we all know we wanted, and honestly a lot of these work for me too! I often find music helps me concentrate weirdly enough.

๐ŸŒ‚ How to Read in Different Languages – I just got Harry Potter in French so could use all the tips!

๐ŸŒ‚ Into the Crooked Place Review – an insanely well formulated, charming and funny review. And I agree, the book is definitely worth four cats!

๐ŸŒ‚ Stalking Jack the Ripper Review – this lovely reviewer linked me to her review the other week for a novel I’m very excited to read this spooky season!

What I Did

โœˆ๏ธ Amsterdam – I ate far too many stoopwaffles, sat next to the canal and people watched in the sun, cycled around the city and even managed to attend the conference I was in the Netherlands for on the last few warm days of the year, at the beginning of September.

โœˆ๏ธ Wicked – Two of my friends celebrate their birthdays in September a mere day apart and we had a lot of fun cramming in sandwiches, a quick station catch up before falling in love with my favourite stage musical all over again.

โœˆ๏ธ Machine Learning Training – I went for some computer science training up in Manchester this month which has got me dangerously considering stepping back into the murky and stressful world of education.

โœˆ๏ธ Beam Engines at Night– Have you ever wanted to see a piece of industrial architecture, like a beam engine that pumps water up and down a canal, at night? Well I got to live that dream, and it was fantastic. Also tickets included paella so I can hardly not have enjoyed it.

July Wrap Up

We’ve seen summer, we’ve seen winter, we’ve seen thunder and lightning and record breaking heat all in one week. Yep, it’s July and apparently the most unpredictable month of the year.

Heres what I did in July, would love to hear about anything you read/wrote/did this month in the comments!

What I Read

๐ŸŽถ The Handmaid’s Tale – I got a chilling audiobook from Penguin

โ™ฅ๏ธ Heartless – this novel was just amazing. I’m so excited to share with you all what I thought

๐Ÿ‘‘ Red Queen – honestly, I wasn’t a fan. I hated it’s portrayal of women

โ„๏ธ The Way Past Winter – I read this little MG for the Reading Rush, all in one day!

What I Wrote

โœจ 10 Authors you Should All Try – I listed my ten favourite authors, who you’re probably fed up of me banging on about

โœจ Uprooted – I finally posted my review for this very pretty yet slightly strange novel.

โœจ 10 Childhood Reads we Were All Obsessed With – A list of my ten favourite reads from when I was younger.

โœจ Totally Didn’t Book Tag – The sassiest book tag ever. Oooh this was fun.

What I Read Online

๐Ÿ“– Why Harry Potter Is So Big – A big question that required a big and well written blog post.

๐Ÿ“– Am I a Seasonal Reader? – Another big question! That is answered here with pretty graphs and stats. My favourite type post- including books and maths.

๐Ÿ“– Should Stats Dictate Posts – There’s definitely a theme of big questions going on here… Do you let stats dictate your posts? Discussed over here.

๐Ÿ“– Book Blogging Hop – I love the idea of this blogging hop and was very grateful my blog was visited! I have hopped a few time and think it’s a great meme.

What I Did

๐Ÿ“š YALC – The best event of the year, I enjoyed a weekend of books, fun and lots of sugar with my pals, all detailed in my wrap up post.

๐Ÿ“š Camping – My friends and I pitched a tent in the new forest and enjoyed long walks and BBQ’d food for a whole weekend

๐Ÿ“š Rowing – My brother and I hired a boat and went for a little row for a day, which was both fun and tiring as we chased duck with out oars.

๐Ÿ“š Picnicking a Plenty! I went quite a few picnics with work friends, with food and rounders a plenty. Although I ended up eating far too much home made falafel

June Wrap Up

It may not have slipped your notice that is now July. The month of YALC and our annual heatwave (pretty please). Here’s how I spent the first month of summer: June.

What I Read

๐ŸŒณ Uprooted – loved the world, loved the plot, hated the characters. Anyone else?

๐ŸŒณA Curse so Dark and Lonely – curse was pretty dark and everyone seemed quite lonely, so all in all a success!

๐ŸŒณ Some of Moby Dick – I don’t know if I’ll get back to it or not, but let’s just say the riveting talk of whaling doesn’t have me hooked.

What I wrote

๐Ÿงก Becoming by Michelle Obama – I wrote up my review for this fantastic autobiography!

๐Ÿงก My Unpopular Bookish Opinions – this post was soooo fun ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿงก Are Our Ships Empowering Readers – a rare discussion post appeared on my blog where I spoke about whether the ships in YA are portraying healthy ideals to impressionable readers.

๐Ÿงก Asking for It – everyone should read the book, the message is so important. And you can find out why in my review!

What I Read Online

๐Ÿ’š If you Liked this, Try this LGBTQ+ Book – LGBTQ+afie your next read with these suggested equivalents for popular novels.

๐Ÿ’š Are Book Reviews Underappreciated – I never really thought about this before, but what a great topic!

๐Ÿ’š What do Your Bookshelves Say About You – what can you gleen about a bookworm from their book shelves?

๐Ÿ’š The National Day Challenge – I got tagged in this and it sounds really fun! And so unusual!

What I Did

๐Ÿฅ€ I Spent a Week Working As A Wildlife Conservationist – I went to the lovely Exmoor coast (featured above) to work for a week looking after animals and plants (all described in the attached post!)

๐Ÿฅ€ Had a sunny picnic – it got to the balmy heights of 35 degrees here in London so my friends and I grabbed a picnic blanket and some questionable snacks, that may have been left out in the sun the weekend before, and headed for a sunny hill.

๐Ÿฅ€ Did a 10k– I did my first official run, in what was apparently a challenging and not beginner friendly route. Yuck, all the hills.

๐Ÿฅ€ Visited another Castle – is there a month when I don’t visit a castle, somewhere? This time it was the lovely Arundel.

May Wrap Up

And there goes May. Which means it’s officially summer! And officially time for shorts, BBQs, cold drinks and picnics! Anyway here’s my May wrap up, would love to hear what you did/read/wrote in the comments section ๐Ÿ™‚

What I Read

๐Ÿ“š A Conjuring of Light – started the month of a high note, finishing this amazing series. Lila, Rhy and Kell, you will be missed ๐Ÿ˜ญ

๐Ÿ“š Asking for It – a powerful read, I finished of this book suitably angry and very sad

๐ŸŽถ Becoming – see the little emoji change? That’s because it’s an Audiobook ๐Ÿ˜Ž loved hearing about Michelle Obama’s time in the White House from the woman herself!

What I Wrote

๐Ÿง€ STEM Representation in Literature – I wrote all about the characters that inspired me and why books should make women in STEM more of a social norm!

๐Ÿง€ 30 Words You Didn’t Know You Knew – I got to share more words with people! Yay! 30 more words I’ve recently learnt from books

๐Ÿง€ To All the Books I’ve Loved Before – a post all about the books that have changed my story as much as I’ve read theirs! Prepare for all the ๐Ÿง€

๐Ÿง€ Bookish Characters every Reader can Relate to – 10 fictional book worms all readers can see themselves in!

What I Did

๐Ÿš‚ Visited Harry Potter Studios- it was a late Christmas present and exceptionally cool!

๐Ÿš‚ Visited a castle in Wales – my boyfriend and I are keeping up our monthly castle quota and visited another one, this time in the exotic country of Wales

๐Ÿš‚ My friends Visited – two friends who I’ve known since school finally stopped by! We went for a lovely windmill based walk and chatted heaps

๐Ÿš‚ Had Afternoon Tea at a fancy country house – for our three year anniversary my boyfriend and I had a very nice afternoon tea where I ate all the dainty food and cake

What I Read Online

๐Ÿงก What Makes a Great Book – not only does this blogger have fabulous taste in books *cough* giving Strange the Dreamer five โญs *cough* but I loved reading her take on this topic!

๐Ÿงก My Recent Five Star Crisis – a post all about how reading tastes change and how much harsher readers get the more they blog!

๐Ÿงก Does the Order we Read Books in Effect our Ratings – as a mood reader I definitely related to this post!

๐Ÿงก Top Ten Tuesday 212 – my friend made a list of all the books she’s convinced me to read and honestly I’m just surprised she kept it at 10! Also this post proved she has introduced me to basically all my favourite reads, so yes, good book worm friend.

April Wrap Up

Ok, literally where did April go? I’m fairly sure I only realised it was April in the middle of the month ๐Ÿ˜‚ anyway, another month means another wrap up! Here are my four favourites in these categories this month!

Books I Read

๐Ÿ“š Circe – finished my first Audiobook and I would highly recommend! It was excellent

๐Ÿ“š Rose Under Fire – oh gosh. I had been warned it would be sad but still ๐Ÿ˜ญ Review will be up soon!

๐Ÿ˜ฌ Crown of Midnight – it has a different emoji because I sort of DNFd it. I just had so much reading time but felt really uninspired to read it…

Posts I Wrote

๐Ÿ“™ Muse of Nightmares Review – I’m including this review because it’s the first Review I’ve ever written for a publisher! So yeah, pretty pleased with that!

๐Ÿ“™ 10 Things All Books Need – surprisingly no, the list wasn’t just ‘dragons’ written out ten times…

๐Ÿ“™ Giving up Plastic – my struggles of living without plastic for Lent!

๐Ÿ“™ My Friday Ten Reviews – blast from the past, here are the first ten books I ever reviewed.

Posts I Read

๐ŸŽฉ Book Star Ratings – loved this post from Delly Bird all about star ratings, and why they’re inaccurate. We also had a great chat on Twitter about this topic which is always fun.

๐ŸŽฉ Reading your Country Tag Scotland – not only do I love the idea of this tag but it was great to chat about Scottish books with this blogger! Who actually inspired a book ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฎ

๐ŸŽฉ 5 Books to Read if You Like Witches – I chatted to this new blogger on Instagram a bit last month and think it’s really cool she’s started a blog! Also her photos are just ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŽฉ You can Quote me on That – I read this ttt post because the title was hilarious, and it had some great quotes in there too!

Things I Did

๐ŸŒป Loved the Sunny Bank Holiday- I spent most of it outside, going for massive long walks with friends, picnics, and even visiting a castle ruin with my boyfriend. I feel made the most of my four warm days off, I even have the tan to prove it.

๐ŸŒป Ate Greek food with my pals- I haven’t had Greek food since I went island hopping (I know mad!). It wasn’t exactly authentic but I had a great day shopping for hours, slurping milkshakes and chatting books with my friends.

๐ŸŒป Had cocktails in a bookstore – I met up with my friends from uni after work and we all had cocktails surrounded by books. Honestly I was just so excited the book shop was open so late.

๐ŸŒป Attended a brass band concert – yep, it’s a yearly tradition that my new town all gather for this annual concert while dancing. It was hilarious seeing the mayoress leading a conga and I obviously knew all the words to “I can’t Take my Eyes off of you” thanks to 10 Things ๐Ÿ˜‚

March Wrap Up

Did anyone else find March just disappeared? Where did it all go ๐Ÿ˜ฎ anyway here’s a fashionably late wrap up for the month!

What I Read

๐Ÿ“š Things a Bright Girl Can Do – I tried to be topical and read this for International Women’s Day!

๐Ÿ“š Strange thr Dreamer – had a bit of a Laini Taylor themed month, reading 1000 pages of her work!

๐Ÿ“š Muse of Nightmares – my first book from a publisher! The exceptional sequel to Strange the Dreamer!

What I Wrote

โŒจ๏ธ Greek Myths Book Tag – as a Greek myths fan this post was so much fun to write!

โŒจ๏ธ Spring TBR – because who doesn’t like making a list of books they’ll probably ignore in the next few months?

โŒจ๏ธ Winter TBR Results – and the extent I ignored said list in the last few months!

โŒจ๏ธ How many of these 30 Words do you Know? – seems most people who commented learnt some new words and I definitely did! A list of words and definitions I’ve learnt while reading recently.

What I Read Online

๐Ÿงก A Separation Book Review – only got one monkey but really enjoyed reading this review (which has put me off the book haha) and seeing the photos of Greece!

๐Ÿงก March Book Haul – I love see what books other bloggers are buying and the photos on this post were just ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿงก Greek Myths Book Tag – loved reading Books Untold take on this tag and love all the gifs she uses every post! Her blog is colourful!

๐Ÿงก Night Libraries – yessss let’s have libraries open 24/7 ๐Ÿ˜‚

What I Did

๐Ÿš๏ธ Visited a Burnt Building – I’m hoping to get a post up about this very unusual trip soon, but I visited a country house severely damaged by fire!

๐Ÿจ Went to a march and had sundaes – I saw the big people’s vote march in London, before enjoying some tasty ice cream sundaes.

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Visited Stourhead– again, hopefully will have a post up soon but I visited the Greek myths inspired gardens of Stourhead mansion!

๐ŸŒฎ A Mexican family reunion – my dad was back from Mexico and wanted to take my brother and me to a Mexican restaurant in Portsmouth, which he said not very Mexican apparently.