Turning the Page #8 | when was the last time I did one of these again?

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

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So the last time I did one of these was the 30th September – aka two weeks ago. I decided not to do monthly wrap ups, although they may make a come back cause I kinda like them… but anyway, what I post here will be what I’ve read in the past two weeks!

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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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Preptober #1 | How To Get Started With Your NaNo Project

“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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I would say that, at this point, I am a NaNoWriMo veteran. This year will be my 6th year attempting NaNoWriMo, which is so exciting and scary!

As of now, I have a few ideas milling about my head. One of them, that I’m actually leaning towards, is simply this: “a contemporary romance”.

Yup, that’s it.

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Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Have Coffee With | aka I rave about Shakespeare *again*

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I am actually terrible at meeting authors. I completely freeze up and forget how my tongue works, I sometimes splutter “I LOVE YOUR BOOK” as I’m running away from the signing desk, and I will happily walk around the rest of the day clutching an important book to my chest.

Despite all of this, and the enormous anxiety that meeting my favourite authors brings me, there are still some fantastic writers I would love to meet (and flail in front of) preferably in front of a rather large latte.

(Also, the “top ten Tuesday” prompt never said they had to be alive. Heh.)

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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

Do You Keep ALL Your Books? | downsizing my book collection

An author I love shared a post on Twitter/Instagram lately, showing off her bookshelf in her new house. Yes, book SHELF, singular. And I saw that, and looked at my four (!!!!!) bookshelves, and kinda screamed.

Over the past year, I’ve gotten rid of about 50 books in total, but I still have a heck of a lot. I reckon about 2/3 of them are unread, which is an unbelievable amount – maybe nearing on 200 books in all.

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Turning the Page #6 | in which I basically catalogue my entire blog

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

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This week I read…

This week I read one book, and oh my gosh I enjoyed it so much:

  • Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – this book is hilarious and I think I cracked a rib whilst reading! Review coming next Friday!

Next week I want to read…

I’m currently reading:

  • The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg, so of course on my TBR next is…
  • The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg. I’m really enjoying this series so far, so would like to finish it soon.

On the blog…

I skipped out on my book review this week because I didn’t fancy writing one, so I only had one blog post go up:

However, I also added some very exciting pages to the blog! I spent hours cataloguing all of these, and I’m so happy with how they all came out.

Happy reading! Hx

10 Books To Read To Get To Know Me

If you’ve been about on Twitter recently, you might have seen the viral tweets that normally follow the lines of ‘share 5 books/films/songs to consume to get to know me’. Books are so important in my life, and I thought I would share 10 (because I couldn’t fit it to 5!) to get to know me as a writer, reader, and person.

1.First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton – this is the series that got me into reading, and I am so thankful to both Enid Blyton and Darrell Rivers! Not only do I highly recommend this series, but it’s definitely the basis for me as a reader.

2.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Harry Potter – I know I put HP in some form or another on basically every list I do, but I owe so much to this series. I’ll write a whole post (read: essay) on this series and what it means to be sometime, but book 3 was the turning point from like to love for me so that’s why this one is on the list.

3.Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – similarly to HP, this series needs its own essay! But I recommend it all the time and honestly Percy Jackson (the series and the character) mean so much to me.

4.Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – HP may have turned me into a writer, but Sisters Red was the series that made me go, “This. I want to write something like this.” And also, it’s a great book series!

5.The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen – this book evoked a huge love of historical fiction, my favourite genre. I’ve reread it so many times (and actually perhaps I should reread it again soon…).

6.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer – recently I’ve been getting into WWI and WWII literature and Guernsey is a fantastic example. I love this book (and the film, btw, is very good too).

7.A Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – this series sparked my love of crime and thriller novels. I loooooove it.

8.Moonstone by Sjón – this novella made me realise how much I want to both read and write novellas. It’s so beautifully written too.

9.Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan – this is a graphic novel series but I think it deserves a place anyway! Saga is one of the best things you’ll ever read. It’s a sci-fi fantasy series and honestly? I love it so much.

10.Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – like The Lady in the Tower, this book was the turn of two things: my renewed love in historical fiction, and my introduction to faction novels, a type of novel I want to both read and write! And, like every single book on this list, it’s a fantastic read.


So here are 10 books that have changed my reading and writing life (and my life in general) in one way or another. All of these pieces of literature hold a special place in my heart!

There are so many pieces of literature that I wish I could’ve added to this list, such as Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but I just couldn’t fit them in and feel like they didn’t have the profound affect some of these books did. It’s hard to narrow it down!

What’s on your list? I’d love to know in the comments!

Until the next time,

Hx

The Reader Problems Tag

I absolutely was not tagged to do this, but it looked like so much fun I thought I would give it a shot! (Stolen from Aofie at Pretty Purple Polka Dots)

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I’m a pretty big mood reader, so I just pick one that looks good and fits the mood I’m in to read. OR if I have to read one for university or a readathon, I choose that one instead!

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I used to be someone who would force myself all the way through, but nowadays I just tend to put it down if I’m not enjoying it. Having said that, if it’s a short book, I might carry on, just to see if it gets any better. Oh, and putting it down doesn’t mean that that’s it – sometimes I’ll try a book I DNF’d again in the future.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Yes normally I do! I mainly just pick short books, comics, that kind of thing, and just try to get them read! I love reading short books too so that’s an added bonus.

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4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Eeeek, it’s so frustrating when they don’t but honestly not that big of a deal. It’s annoying when sizes don’t match as sometimes some books can only fit on certain bookshelves and when you have one hardback in a series of paperbacks… yeah, it’s frustrating!

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

My bookish bestie Natalie! Either that, or I just rant online on this here blog.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

To be honest, I just hide my face behind a tissue and cry. I’ve been known to do that!

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Hmm, not often. Maybe. I mainly just try to find a summary, or I just jump straight in with the sequel and hope for the best!

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8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I mostly don’t have a problem with people borrowing my books, unless it’s special (eg if it’s a signed book I’ll only lend it to people I really trust, not just anyone!). But if they did ask and I wanted to keep it… to be honest, that hasn’t happened before, so I don’t really know!

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I take a break. I’ve been in quite a few slumps lately – I’ll read maybe 5 or 6 books in that many days, and then I don’t read anything for a week or so. Afterwards, I’m always raring to go!

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

Um… far more than my bank account thanks me for, I won’t lie!

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

It depends what book it is. Sometimes, it can take a looooooong old time, but others really not that long. Right now I have actually quite a lot sat on my shelf because I’ve been really struggling to stay focused on reading lately, so just haven’t tried to be honest. I’m hoping to get to all of them (I have about 6 or so) in the next month, though.

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So there is the Reader Problems Tag! I hope you enjoyed it. Here is a link to the original, which started as a YouTube video, although question 3 has been changed in the version I found!

Until the next time,

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The Mystery Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for a few blogging awards over the past few months, and thank you so much to Jenn @ Bound to Writing for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! The award is designed to give smaller blogs recognition (aww) and is named after the creator of the award!

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The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Okoto Enigma!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 things about me: 

  1. I am a second year university student studying English Literature and Creative Writing.
  2. I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  3. I am studying Shakespeare this semester and I’m so excited!

Questions Jenn asked me: 

  1. Have you ever secretly (or not) liked a character more than your own partner/best friend?
    Um…..

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    And yes, this is totally the who as well
    (sorry Nat ;P)
  2. What book series can’t you live without?
    I’d have to say that right now, it’d be Percy Jackson, although Harry Potter is also so important to me too! Argh, what a tricky question!
  3. What was your favorite book as a child?
    Definitely the Malory Towers series! Although if it was just a singular book, it’d be the novelisation of Peter Pan by JM Barrie.
  4. What’s your favorite video game?
    I don’t really play video games sorry! I absolutely love watching my housemate Kiefer play NieR:Automata though, and I’m hoping to play it when I get back to my university accommodation.
  5. What’s your favorite bookish item?
    Bookmarks! I absolutely adore them, although I’m currently loving my book sleeve too.

People I nominate: 

I’m nominating my friend Natalie @ Bookographic, because I think she’s a really great blogger, but I’m also nominating anyone who’s reading this! This award is called the mystery blogger award, and if you do do this award from this blog post, I would absolutely love it if you tagged me on Twitter or on this blog, because I love discovering new blogs!

Questions for you!: 

  1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
  2. Twitter or Instagram?
  3. What was the last film you watched? (Bonus: Did you enjoy it?!)
  4. Do you have any pets?
  5. How long have you had your blog?

Thank you guys so much for reading! I also re-read the rules which says link to some blog posts, so here are three ~mystery~ blog posts that you may not have read which were posted on my blog: one, two, and three! 😀

Once again, thank you to Jenn @ Bound to Writing for tagging me in this lovely award ❤

Until the next time,

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