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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Books I’m “Currently Reading” On Goodreads

I swear whenever I do this post, the same books crop up again and again because I never actually finish them. Well, despite that I thought I would do an updated version to see how things have changed!

Goodreads currently says I am 4 books “behind schedule,” and this Easter I’m hoping to read a bunch. I’ve been in a reading slump for a while, so here’s hoping I can change that ASAP! I miss reading!

I currently have seven (!) books on my CR shelf, so here’s a little tour of that…

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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This has been on my currently reading for a few months, and I’m reading a specific copy that I’m actively writing in. I’ll finish this one sometime this summer, honest!

Facing Up and Facing the Frozen Ocean by Bear Grylls

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My CR shelf wouldn’t feel like mine if I didn’t have this monster on it. It’s become an inside running joke with, uh, myself, since 2015.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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I have been reading this for a while now, and I’m determined to finish it soon! I’m about half way through it, I think, and I’m actually reading it for university so I need to get a jog on.

Autumn by Ali Smith

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To be honest, I think I might DNF this book. It’s just not for me, but I’m almost exactly half way through it and I did find it really different… I don’t know. I have, however, actually been reading this since autumn.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

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The difference between this one and the one before is that I’m actually really enjoying this one, and I can’t remember why I put it down! I definitely need to pick it back up again and finish it…

Flirtology by Jean Smith

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This is an eARC from NetGalley (non-fic), and I really need to finish it! The reason I haven’t yet finished this one is because I transferred to a new phone, from where I was reading it, and haven’t yet downloaded it to my new one. I’ll get on it! Although, to be honest, I’m not really learning anything so it may be a DNF.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

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WHY HAVE I NOT FINISHED THIS YET?! I do not know. I LOVED Moxie by the same author, and for some reason I just haven’t finished this one. It might be because I’m reading it on my phone, so I’m reading it slower and I’m less inclined to pick it up, but I really do want to finish it ASAP!

So there is an updated currently reading shelf tour from Goodreads! I’ve actually just started reading Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett too, so that might be making a late addition to this article… although I think I’d like to finish Alice first! My goal for the end of May is to have my currently reading down to 2 – my Bear Grylls’ book, and the book I’m actually reading!

What’s on your currently reading shelf? Do you have many, like me, or just one? Let me know in the comments! PS – follow me on Goodreads if you’d like to stay up with my out-of-control shelf!

Until the next time,

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The Goodreads Challenge? | why I still participate!

goodreads challenge 17 mar 1So I recently saw this blog post where Yaiza discusses why they choose to stop doing the Goodreads challenge. Being in the same uni year as them (and, in fact, at the same university), I completely understand the reasoning behind wanting to stop participating in the Goodreads challenge – I was discussing it with my friend Natalie the other day, actually.

But in the post, I want to talk about why I am continuing on with the Goodreads challenge, even though I am technically behind schedule!

My challenge is set at 100 books for the whole year (which works out at just under 2 books a week) and, having just checked, I can see that I am 2 books behind schedule, although I have still read 18 books this year.

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Before, this might have stressed me out because I want to be above and beyond my challenge, but now I’m kind of nonchalant. If I didn’t have Goodreads, I probably wouldn’t be too bothered about it. But why am I so keen to keep my challenge?

The main reason is because it helps me to keep track, not only of what I’ve read in a given year, but how many books I’ve read; this isn’t shown anywhere else on Goodreads, and sometimes I have trouble keeping up myself. This year, I started keeping a jar wherein I put £1 every time I finish a book, and having the Goodreads challenge to keep track of how many books I’ve read is so helpful!

I’ve been on Goodreads since 2013, and clicking on my reading challenges is much more helpful to see what I read in those years (especially since the reread function was added) than having to scroll back and find out for myself exactly what I’ve read.

Comparatively to others, I don’t feel the element of competition anymore. I’ve gotten really good at not caring what others think, and when I see someone updating their challenge, I just feel happy for them rather than a sense of deprivation to myself. And whilst I agree that there is a “quantity of quality” sense, I don’t always believe that too be true. Yes, sometimes I read graphic novels or short books or poetry books to boost my number read list, but whatever I read I read because want to (except perhaps some university books!). Just because I read graphic novels, and yes perhaps I can read 10 whereas I might only be reading 1 full-length novel, doesn’t make them any less quality!

I enjoy using Goodreads to keep track of what I’m reading, and it just makes it fun for me! I completely understand that it’s not for everyone, but I’m super interested to see what you think – do you continue with your challenge? Did you never start a challenge? Are you interested in starting one? Let me know in the comments below!

Until the next time,

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2018 Reading Challenges

I haven’t set anything up for the year, really, but earlier I was thinking about any reading challenges that I wanted to participate in this year, and I thought I would post about it anyway.

The Epic Riordan Readalong

Of course, this is the main challenge i’m doing this year, and I happen to be running it too. You can stay up to date with it on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, and I’ll be posting reviews on Sprinkled With Words AND updates on this blog that may be a bit more personal. Lots going on! [And my bestie Natalie is also doing posts on her blog!]

Basically, it’s all about reading Rick Riordan’s books, starting with the Percy Jackson series. I’m so excited!

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Goodreads Challenge

The second and last challenge I’m doing this year is the Goodreads Challenge! Last year I read 147 books, so this year I have challenged myself to 100 books! I’m on 5 already, so I’m doing all right so far (but I really hope that doesn’t jinx it). You can stay up to date with my Goodreads goal by clicking here.

What’re some of your 2018 Reading Challenges? Are you joining in with any of the ones I’m doing?

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Until the next time,

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‘Currently Reading’ Goodreads Shelf Tour

Hello all! Today I thought I would chat about my Goodreads’ currently reading shelf.

gr crI used to be a strictly only reading-one-book-at-a-time kinda gal, but recently I noticed that my CR (currently reading) was up to 6! A shocking amount for me.

Why do I have so many? Well, if I talk you through them, it might help you to understand! The first one is one I wanted to mention first, and then the others are just the way they appear on my CR list on Goodreads.

1. The first book that I notice on my currently reading shelf is Facing Up and Facing the Frozen Ocean by Bear Grylls. Holy smokes – the first book in this bind up, Facing Up, is actually incredible.

I started reading this book in 2015 (!) and it’s become a bit of a personal running joke that it’s always on my currently reading. I’m actually kinda nervous for the day I finally finish this bind up (I read the first novel and not the second, if you were curious), because my shelf will be lonely without it!

2. Secondly, we have The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This is a pretty recent addition to my shelf, and I’m actually hoping to finish it today! This is one of the books I’m actually actively reading!

3. Next up, we have Bonfire by Krysten Ritter, which is a NetGalley ARC I am reading on my Kindle. I was completely drawn to this because Krysten Ritter is the actress who plays Jessica Jones in the Marvel francise, but I’m not completely hooked on her book just yet. Sadly.

4. Fourthly, we have Autumn by Ali Smith. I’m actually really enjoying this book, but I’m finding it so exhausting to read! It’s told in a kind of prose-poetry kind of way, and every time I put it down, I feel like I’ve read something incredible, but also that I want to leave it on my shelf and never touch it again.

5. Next we have the audiobook I’m listening to – War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. I’m about an hour into this audiobook, and I’m absolutely loving reliving one of my favourite stories!

6. And finally, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Not only is this one of my favourite books of all time, but I’m actually annotating this book for my friend as we’re doing a book swap. I’m so excited about it, and although this is slow going as I’m annotating everything, I’m taking it slow and enjoying my reread.

So there you go! I really hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of my Goodreads Currently Reading Shelf. You can add me on Goodreads, and see all these books (and notice when I eventually finish them!).

What’re you currently reading?

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Book Talk! | Giving & Getting Recommendations

Bookish recommendations are marvellous. There’s even a thing on Goodreads for them. I love getting a recommendation, and then reading and loving the book. It’s also great when you get a recommendation of a person’s favourite/in their top favourite book/s, because when you read it it feels like you’re reading a part of them, like you’re learning about them.  Continue reading “Book Talk! | Giving & Getting Recommendations”

Book Discussion: Quick Reads!

bd; quick readsIf you follow me on Goodreads, you might know that I read an awful lot of Quick Reads. These are short, often no longer than 100 pages, novellas, from a company called Quick Reads who get famous authors to write little pieces of writing to encourage adults who don’t otherwise read to read. They cost £1, so are very good, but you can borrow pretty much all of them from the library.

I don’t actually own any Quick Read books myself, but I avidly enjoy reading them and often get at least one out from the library every time I go because they are so quick and easy to read – often they don’t take me longer than an hour, perhaps two. I read one in half an hour before, and that was at least 90 pages!

Why do I think they deserve a blog post? Because they’re a fabulous idea, and I really enjoy them. There are all sorts of genres: war, mystery, romance, historical, non-fiction/memoir and even Doctor Who books to name but a few.

If you can find a Quick Read, I’d highly recommend finding one which appeals to you and either buying it or borrowing it and giving it a go! Often I find their plots aren’t as complex – obviously, because they don’t have the room to be – and as a result these can feel a bit rushed, but often the characters are still well-written. I also think it gives you a good feel of the writer’s style, although I haven’t read any novels by any of the Quick Read authors so I can’t say for certain! (That’s next on my to-do list!)

So overall, yes, I do heartily recommend Quick Reads. What do you think of these, if you’ve read them? What about novellas, or novelettes? Or do you prefer novels?

PSST: If you’re just starting out, I recommend Blackout (Mystery) by Emily Barr, Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero (romance) by Harriet Evans and Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab (war, memoir).

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

TITLE: The Accident Season
AUTHOR: Moira Fowley-Doyle
GENRE: YA
PUBLISHER: Corgi (Imprint of Random House)
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2015
NUMBER OF PAGES: 281
PRICE: £7.99
ISBN: 9780552571302
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PERSONAL SOURCE: Borrowed from my mum
RATING: 5/5


In Cara’s family, the accident season is a month wherein everything goes wrong. People get cuts, bruises, broken bones and sprained limbs. And sometimes, people die. Cara’s lived with the accident season for 17 years, but now she begins to ask questions as new feelings emerge, and a old friend disappears.

Okay so my mum originally bought The Accident Season because she thought it was an adult fiction book. Uh… no. It’s definitely YA. And a spooky, mysterious, love-sparked YA at that. I read this book in two days, and seeing as the one I read before that took me quite a few more, I think that probably suggests what it’s like.

Reading this book is like eating a delicious 99 whippy. First you lick around the flake, and it’s nice but you want more. Then you eat the flake in one go and it explodes in your mouth and then you can’t stomach the cone so you feed it to the dog because the flake is still in your mouth and it finishes like that. Just, argh, the writing is glorious. Some people have said it’s confusing, but I didn’t and I adored it.

The plot was also so beautifully intertwined and layered. Ironically, it was like taking off a bandage from a wound and having to gently unravel it, the white fabric getting more and more stained with redness the more you unwind it, until the open wound is fully exposed. There were so many different components and it so beautifully fit all together.

And the characters. They were all so messed up and broken and they grew but didn’t grow apart, and their dynamics were just so perfect and the relationships just beautiful and fjskiadfj I love this book.

So, likes about this book: the characters (inc. relationships), the plot, the writing, and the subplots. Which is pretty dang rare for me. And… dislikes about the book? It was too damn short. Actually, scrap that: I just want to read more about Cara and Sam (SAM IS SO DAMN ADORABLE!!!).

Basically, if you like what I’ve written, read this book. And then come back so we can talk about the awesomeness. (Also I’d recommend this for 13+ (there is some… stuff). I think you can definitely appreciate it more once you’re a slightly older young adult.)