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.

end of year reading goals

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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YALC 2018 | book haul & review!

Last weekend (27th – 29th July) was the Young Adult Literature Convention, or YALC, and London Film and Comic Con, or LFCC, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend for the full three days! I thought today I’d talk about the weekend as a whole, and then share my book haul with you all…

the diary part

Friday 27th July – I started the day pretty early and jumped onto a train from Winchester to London, but still arrived before the con started at 10am. Queued up, got my wrist band, and got in! Friday was pretty chill, which was nice. I met Sara Barnard, Joanne Harris and Chloe Seager, and went to an agent talk called “how to get published” which was really informative – I took so many notes!

Saturday 28th July – we started this day out pretty relaxed, and immediately tried to meet all of the Floored authors! We played author bingo all weekend, and I’m proud to say we achieved all 7! On Saturday, I met Tom Pollock who wrote a book I loved, and he was so lovely. I also met Lauren James (I’d read her book the night before), Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (aah!) and Laura Dockrill, and I went to a great panel Laura was on before, called “my body, my way”. I also popped down to LFCC on Saturday, but to be honest it was so hot and crowded! I found a fantastic pair cosplaying though, and that’s probably my favourite cosplay of the weekend, apart from an epic Spiderwoman I saw in passing at YALC. I wish I’d been alert enough to ask for a photo!

I love these so much!

Sunday 29th July – this was a day for checking out the stands I hadn’t looked at much before I left, and I bought a couple of books I am so excited to read! I went to a talk called “traveller’s life for me” which was fascinating and just makes me want to jump on a plane and go everywhere in the world. I only met one author in a signing queue on this day – Holly Bourne, and she was so lovely (and our last author on Floored author bingo!). I had to leave about 3pm on Sunday to make sure I could get my train, because the strikes meant I had to travel across London and then about half way back.

I also went to Platform 9 3/4 on Saturday night which was awesome and I bought myself a miniature Pickett who’s adorable and I love him.

the book haul part

Okay, so this haul is in four parts, and we’re going to start with… not an actual haul. These are books I already had and brought with me to get signed at YALC!

  • Editing Emma by Chloe Seager (SUCH a hilarious book, and Chloe was so nice!)
  • The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne (I ❤ Holly’s books)
  • The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris (unread, but Joanne was lovely and talked about LFCC with me!)
  • White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock (already talked about how much I love this man)
  • Big Bones by Laura Dockrill (SO MUCH FOOD. I LOVE)
  • Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard (faaaab)
  • Eve of Man by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher (I was SO NERVOUS to meet Tom, I was surprised at myself! They were both so lovely though)

This set of books is the arcs/free books I got!

  • The Penguin Platform Yearbook 2018/2019 (this book is a set of samplers for some of Penguin’s biggest releases in the next year)
  • Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich (just kind of entered the raffle for this, but I’m so excited to read it!)
  • Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu (queued for about 20 minutes to get my paws on this arc, and I am SO EXCITED, I love Jennifer Mathieu so much!)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (this was a “buy a book, get an arc” scenario, and it looked pretty good!)

And these are (some of) the books that I bought…

  • Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno (this is from OfTomes publishing and I love Ben’s publishing company so much!)
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (just looked exciting to be honest)
  • The Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen (this looked really cool, and I’m super excited to read it!)
  • Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon (it is about a girl who goes climbing and I thought YES PLEASE)

Final list! These are books that I bought there & got signed too.

  • Floored by 7 awesome YA authors! (this was the book that I played author bingo with! I started reading it at yalc, and I’m so excited to continue it!)
  • Hope is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei (Rutendo was on the “traveller’s life for me” panel, and I found her book later in Waterstones. She inscribed it “always keep hope”, and I decided to pick it up even though I didn’t meet her!)
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne (this was released early at YALC, as it won’t be on sale until September! I’m so excited to read it<3)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (I bought this on Friday, read it on Friday, then met Lauren James on Saturday! I loved this book, Romy Silvers is just awesome)

And there you finally have my very long 2018 YALC blog post! I hope that you enjoyed reading it, and let me know which book I should start reading first!

Did you go to YALC? If not, would you ever go? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep reading ❤ Hx

2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hello all! ICYMI, I have decided to change this blog from a review site to a general bookish site. Don’t worry, the reviews will keep coming, but I am also going to be posting bookish stuff in general. 

During June, the 6th month of the year, the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag does its rounds. I don’t think I’ve ever participated before, but this year I’ve decided I want to.

Somehow, I have already read 53 books this year, so I unashamedly had to use Goodreads to help me answer these questions!  Continue reading “2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!”

The Marvel Readathon day 3 | hulk!

It’s day 3 of the readathon already and yes I am bringing you another update post. I’ve been out and about on Twitter a lot more, running some reading sprints! I’ll be doing more over the next few days too so make sure to follow so you don’t miss out! (And the blog. Hehe.)

So today I didn’t complete my streak of reading one book at a time, but I did start Circe by Madeline Miller – I read 155 pages today, which is, according to Goodreads, 44% through the book!

I’m really enjoying it so far – The Song of Achilles was incredible, and honestly this is awesome, I love it so much but I’m so tired!

So today’s challenge is to share if you eat/drink when you’re reading – I do, normally a mug of hot tea or coffee, and sometimes a snack but I don’t often eat when I’m reading. However today, I made these bad boys which I think I’ll be eating pretty soon…!

They’re milk chocolate, white chocolate, and raspberry, and I’m pretty happy with them.

And of course, today is celebrating the one, the only, The Incredible Hulk! I have to admit that Bruce Banner has grown on me a fair bit…

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I’m really enjoying the readathon so far, how is it going for you?

Until the next time, Hx

18 Books I Want to Read in 2018

Today I thought I would share a list of 18 books I would like to read in 2018! Some of these books are non-fiction; some are YA, some are fantasy; some aren’t even published yet! I would love to get to all of these by the 30th of December 2018, so here’s hoping that I can do that. I’ll keep checking in to this post to update it as I (hopefully) check them off my list. All the books I’ve read will have a strike-through (and will likely have been reviewed either on my Goodreads or other blog).

[Last updated: 10/09/2018]

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  2. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  4. Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
  5. A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens
  6. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  7. Secrets For The Mad by dodie
  8. In Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
  9. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  10. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  11. Mythos by Stephen Fry
  12. Saga vol 8 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  13. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  14. Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  15. The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
  16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  17. River of Ink by Paul MM Cooper
  18. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

How many have you read yourself?

Until the next time,

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief | The Epic Riordan Readalong

The first week of 2018 brings in the start of Epic Riordan Readalong. I’m so happy to be beginning this readalong, and I hope you guys join along with me and my lovely friend Natalie @ Bookographic.

This week we’re of course starting with the great Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! Our schedule for this one is the 1st – 7th Jan, and I’m really excited to finally be rereading this after so long.

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If you didn’t know, Percy Jackson is about a boy who discovers his a demigod, the son of Poseidon. In this one, Percy is being accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing the thunderbolt of the king of the Gods, Zeus. If Percy doesn’t return the bolt by the summer solstice, it’ll be all out war – but the trouble is, of course, that he doesn’t actually have the bolt to return…

I really hope you guys will join in the with the readalong! I’ll be posting the schedule later this week (sorry that it’s up much later than what I imagined!), so if it’s just a series or two that you want to join in with reading with us, feel free! We’re of course starting with Percy Jackson, so there are your first five weeks of 2018 sorted!

If you want to join in, you can Tweet us, Instagram us, or email us (epicriordanreadalong @ hotmail . com), and remember to use the hashtag #EpicRiordanReadalong.

Until the next time,

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