Do I Have a Favourite Genre? | blogmas day 10

When people ask me what I like to read,  I normally just say “just about anything, throw it at me!” And that’s not a lie – I genuinely will try absolutely any genre, from young adult to romance to horror to Western to crime to memoir.

If you look through my book review directory, you will see an entire library’s worth of genres. Manga? I’ve got something. Cosy crime? Sure. Memoir? Funny, that. YA? Oh, absolutely. Classics? Got one (and more) for that, too

So… what actually is my favourite genre? 

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How Do I Read So Many Books? | blogmas day 8

Sometimes – and this is going to sound unbelievably narcissistic – I amaze myself with how fast I read. I read for around 30-40 minutes the other day, and somehow managed to get 70 pages through my book! 

People sometimes comment on how I read so much, especially when I have university work, am writing a book, and doing a whole bunch of other stuff. 

My first instinct is to simply say “I don’t know”, but in reality, I know that there are some things that I do that you can probably implement into your daily life to help you read more. 

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I am a rubbish blogger – and that’s okay!

Something I have learnt over the last few months is that I, truly, am an atrocious blogger.

I make memes that I never carry on with. I announce a new schedule that lasts for maybe a couple of months before I get caught up in my daily life. I enthusiastically request books and blog tours that I think I’ll love and the struggle to get them written on time. 

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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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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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My Favourite Autumnal Books For All Kinds Of Readers

It’s autumn for real now, and I’m so excited. Autumn is my favourite season, and I love nothing more than curling up with a book, a thick jumper, and a mug of coffee.

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To get into the spirit, I thought I would share 5 books that you can cosy up with and get totally lost in this autumn.

If you fancy a bit of murder, read… Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – okay so this isn’t as autumnal as, say, Sleeping Murder, but it’s just so classic and easily the best Christie I’ve read so far! You will get completely sucked in, and the ending is by far the best bit. The perfect way to spend a few hours when it’s rainy and thundery outside. Continue reading “My Favourite Autumnal Books For All Kinds Of Readers”

My Current Disney TsumTsum Collection (yes, I really have one)

Yes. I am that 20-year-old woman who is still obsessed with Disney.

However, I’m not just obsessed with Disney… yes, I’m even crazier, and fucking love tsum tsums.

In case you didn’t know, “tsum” basically translates to “stack” in Japanese, and tsum tsums are little plush toys that Disney have created of certain characters. I personally think they are the most adorable thing to grace this planet, hence I have a whole lot of them! I find that they’re not the easiest to get (and I am desperately hunting for a Captain America tsum if you have one to trade/sell!), but I really love it when I find a deal on tsums or just find one that I really love. Continue reading “My Current Disney TsumTsum Collection (yes, I really have one)”

Charms Extra Credit Magical Readathon | readathon sign up & tbr

Since I’ve decided to have this blog exclusively for books, and keep my other blog for writing, lifestyle, and travel, all of my bookish posts will now be on here. As such, this post is going to be a TBR for a readathon I’m taking part in next week!

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The readathon is called the “Charms Extra Credit” readathon, and it’s part of Book Roast‘s Magical Readathon series, which started with the OWLs and NEWTs earlier this year. I missed the earlier readathons, but when I saw this one I got really excited and decided to take part next week! The readathon dates are 8th – 14th October.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes | day three

Make sure you check out day 1 and also day 2 of this challenge I’ve done two of my all-time favourite quotes. I was tagged to do this by Louise @ A Little Fool Reads.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The quote that I’ve chosen for my final day of this challenge is from a series that changed my life, and this quote really reminds me why I keep on writing.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable both of inflicting injury, and of remedying it.

– Albus Dumbledore, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by JK Rowling

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he may be problematic as fuck, but man… dumbledore’s got style 

I’m quite mediocre at a lot of things. I would say that the only thing that I’m truly good at is writing.

For a world that shits on writers a lot, we sure read a lot, talk a lot, and our whole lives revolve around words. I’ve watched readers of my work laugh and cry, and I think that that’s unbelievably magical, powerful, and comforting to someone who feels lost most of the time.

And I’ve also chosen a second quote for today, because it basically has the same sentiment –

…words have the power to change us.

– CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

Indeed, they do.

I nominate…

This time, I would like to nominate YOU, the person reading this. Over the past three days, I’ve really bared my soul through these quotes, and considering the sentiment I’ve written about above, I would love for you to do the same. There’s a catch, though – if you decide to do this challenge after seeing me do it, I would love it if you posted your blogs in the comments so I can read which quotes you chose! They don’t have to be as pretentious as mine are!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Hannah x

3 Days, 3 Quotes | day two

Make sure you check out day 1 of this challenge – I did one of my new favourite quotes from Eliza and her Monsters! I was tagged to do this by Louise @ A Little Fool Reads.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The quote I’m doing for this day isn’t a bookish post, but it’s been a quote that has got me through the last few months, so here it is…

Every step you take forward is another step you never have to take again.

– LEAST OF ALL YOUNG CAROLINE by Frank Turner

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This is a line from a song from Frank’s album ‘Positive Songs for Negative People’, and it’s a line that’s carried me through the past few months (and even well before then, since the song itself came out in 2016!). I’ve been struggling with various issues, and honestly this line has been like a mantra that I’ve repeated over and over again in my head. I know it’s not bookish, but I really wanted to share it with you!

I nominate…

The final instalment of this tag will be posted tomorrow, so make sure to stay tuned for that! 🙂

Until then,

Hannah x