Why do you write? A reminder to keep going | NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

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It’s week three, so if you’re anything like the average NaNo writer, you’re probably starting to lag. The “Week Three Blues” are an actual thing that NaNo veterans understand, so working out how to carry on with your novel is one of the other trying things that NaNoWriMo teaches you.

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” – ‘Why I Write’ by George Orwell

Continue reading “Why do you write? A reminder to keep going | NaNoWriMo 2018”

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Why I Stopped Setting TBRs

Truly, I am terrible at sticking to a schedule.

I make my to-do lists daily and on my phone because I regularly delete and add things. I double-book myself on the regular. I actually list lateness as one of my characteristics.

So it surprises me that, for many months, I have been setting TBRs. Especially considering that, apart from readathons, I don’t think I’ve ever completed them.

I stopped setting TBRs for a similar reason I stopped setting myself reading challenges – because I stopped caring what other people think about my reading.

I was introduced to setting TBRs by the online book blogging community, and whilst I don’t necessarily think they’re a bad thing, I never used to set them before. That makes me feel like I only set them because everyone else did.

The good side of TBRs is that I’m likely to read more, but the downside is that they really stress me out. And another good side is that I read books that have been on my bookshelf for absolutely ages, but I am such a big mood reader that I pick up these books and end up not enjoying them as much as I may because I’m not in the right head space for them.

Setting TBRs does make me excited because it’s another chance to get through the sheer amount of books on my bookshelf, but I’m glad I’ve stopped setting them. For me, it’s much more fun being able to pick a book off my shelf when I fancy it rather than working my way through a pile of books that I wanted to read at the start of the month, but 25 days later are not looking like my cup of tea right now.

I’d love to know what you think about setting TBRs – if they’re something that you regularly make yourself, or if you, like me, have given up on making them!

Until next time,

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Help – my plot is off the rails! | NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Those dreaded first words (1)

You think the book is going okay, but you just can’t keep the plot in a straight line. It started out as a romance… but you think your love interest might be murdered so does that make it a crime novel? Or perhaps you began as a crime novel and it’s turned into a political story about veganism in the modern day.

Well, I thought my novel was going to be a cute romance about two adorable girls in WWII-era London, but I think it’s a cute romance about two adorable girls… with some ghosts thrown into the mix. It kinda shakes up the tone a little. Continue reading “Help – my plot is off the rails! | NaNoWriMo 2018”

I recommend books based on your blog #3 | Jenniely

I recommend books based on your blog” is a bi-monthly series where I recommend a different blogger three books based on their blog content and blog design! 

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In this episode of the series, I’m recommending books to Jenn who writes at Jenniely! Jenn is an award-winning book blogger, and is also know for her hilarious and relatable Tweets! She blogs about YA books, as well as discussion posts. And Jenn also runs an Etsy store called Literary Galaxy (with truly amazing bookmarks)! Phew. You go, Jenn.

  1. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Jenn’s logo is so starry and lovely, and I really wanted to recommend at least one book that has a titular connection to space! I loved this MG book – it’s mystical, gripping, and such a great story. I really think Jenn would enjoy it.
  2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    This is one of my favourite books, and what’s not to like? Cake! Friends! Fairytales! Marissa Meyer! Ha. Whilst this one seems pretty light and fluffy, it’s actually a lot more serious and darker than you’d originally guess – I mean, considering the fairytale it’s based on! Jenn reads a lot of books that I think would fit in with this one.
  3. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
    Although I only read this book relatively recently, it was so good and I really think Jenn would like it. It’s quite sci-fi and fantasy-esque but also really good at talking back mental health, friendship, and it’s a great YA book on top of all that too.

Jenn, I hope I haven’t recommended you anything you’ve read before! I’ve chosen three of my actual personal favourite books, and I think that Jenn would love all of them too. They’re all quite starry and exciting, so I think they fit in really well with Jenn’s blog aesthetic too.

Do you agree with what I recommended? What would you recommend to Jenn?

Until next time,

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End of Year Reading Goals | 2018

Today I thought I’d share some of my reading goals for the end of the year! I said a while back that I wasn’t going to be setting TBRs anymore, and that’s completely true, but I still want to set some goals to finish before December 31st rolls around.

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Finish my Goodreads Challenge

Image result for goodreadsI’m never too bothered about the Goodreads Challenge, but obviously, because I do set a reading challenge every year, I would like to finish it! I’m currently reading book 88/100, so I still have a fair few books to go, but I think that over the Christmas holidays I would like to reread some old favourites, so hopefully will push this number up.

Read as many as possible from my 18 books to read in 2018 list

I set up this list in January, and conveniently forgot about it until I’m literally just writing this blog post. (Apparently I remembered it in September too when I last updated the list!) I doubt I’ll be able to finish all of them, but I would like to read numbers 1, 2, 3, 13, 14, and 15.

Complete all of my Art of Murder reading

My one literature module at university is called The Art of Murder and let me tell you, I am LOVING it. I work my butt off to get my reading done before my seminars (although I’m writing this blog post to procrastinate work for it…) but a goal nevertheless is to complete all of the reading, as I have 1-2 books every week.

Image result for biannual bibliothonParticipate in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon! 

I absolutely adore this readathon, and whilst I doubt I’ll be doing the YouTube challenges, I want to do the reading challenges and the blogging challenges. It’s such a fantastic readathon – I highly recommend it!

So those are some of my end of year reading goals – I really hope I can complete as many as possible! I used to be really vigilant about setting goals, but I’ve relaxed those so much recently and it’s been great. I’m participating because I want to, not because I feel like I have to.

However, with that being said – do you have any end of year goals? Are you continuing on with the goals you set in January – if you set any? I’d love to know!

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately #1

So. Turns out, I am terrible at keeping up with my weekly updates – my last one was three weeks ago! I’ve decided that, because I’ve been so bogged down with work, I’m going to do one of these every so often if I don’t keep up to date with my “Turning the Page” posts. Because I’m a terribly disorganised blogger.

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Since my last update, I have read three books, which I feel is pretty good considering how busy I’ve been! Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading Lately #1”

NaNoWriMo 2018 | Those Dreaded First Words

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Those dreaded first words

It may be the second day of NaNoWriMo 2018, but I know that there are plenty of people all over the world who have yet to put a word on a page. And if that’s you – hello!

Firstly: it’s okay to not have started yet! Some people are super busy, and starting NaNo on a Thursday is a difficult time for some! Don’t worry if you’re seeing your buddies’ counts soar and yours are remaining at 0, or you’re struggling to catch up. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2018 | Those Dreaded First Words”

Easy, Simple, & Last-Minute Bookish Hallowe’en Costumes | top ten tuesday

Hey all! Tomorrow is Hallowe’en, so I thought I’d share some last-minute bookish costumes if you’ve only just realised tomorrow is Hallowe’en and have no idea what to wear!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by That Artsy Bookish Girl, and original started by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Hallowe’en Freebie”.  Continue reading “Easy, Simple, & Last-Minute Bookish Hallowe’en Costumes | top ten tuesday”

Preptober #4 | How To Deal With NaNoWriMo Panic

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

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You check the calendar and panic a little when you realise there’s four days to go! Four days?! How did the month go by so fast?!

You pick up your NaNo notebook, and frantically start scribbling. Your plot is so weak! Your characters are 2D and horrendously flawed! You don’t even know which country this book is meant to be set in! What even are words again?? Continue reading “Preptober #4 | How To Deal With NaNoWriMo Panic”

I recommend books based on your blog #2 | Bookographic

I recommend books based on your blog” is a bi-monthly series where I recommend a different blogger three books based on their blog content and blog design! 

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This week, I am recommending books to Natalie who writes at Bookographic! I know Natalie in real life too, but I have tried really hard to just go off her blog! Nat’s blog is very minimalist, and I really love her writing style – it’s so easy to read. Nat reads a lot, so it was a bit of a challenge to find something she hadn’t read… I think I’ve done pretty well, if I do say so myself!

  1. Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays by George Orwell
    Whaaaat, a non-fiction book!? Yes, ha, sorry. I love Orwell, and I saw on her blog that Nat’s read both 1984 and Animal Farm, so I couldn’t recommend those. Anyway, this book of essays is one of my favourite things I’ve ever read, and I’d love for more people to delve into the essays of Orwell.
  2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1)
    Nat’s been reading more fantasy recently, and I adore this series so much, so hopefully she would too! It’s set in steampunk London, and as Natalie currently has two Victorian novels on her “currently reading” list, I think that the setting (at least) would be a major hit! Her latest TBR post also had some darker novels, although not fantasy – maybe shaking up the pile a little?
  3. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
    Nat’s most recent TBR had a few creepy books, so I’m recommending this fantastically creepy book by one of my all-time favourite children’s authors! Frances Hardinge is a fantastic writer, and The Lie Tree was the first book of hers that I’ve read.

I feel like I’ve chosen books that, aesthetically, contrast quite a lot to Nat’s blog which is quite interesting! All of the covers are relatively dark (although my copy of Shooting an Elephant is bright green so there you go) but I think it’s interesting that the content seems to link up with a lot of what she’s written about.

Because we’re friends in real life, I recommend Nat books all the time – these are slightly different than the ones I normally suggest, which shows that a blog is a really interesting side of a person to look at!

Do you agree with my recommendations? What would you recommend Natalie?

Until next time,

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