Novel Progress: May

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Novel progress.

Novel progress?

Noooovel progress.

Novel: a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism.

Progress: forward or onward movement towards a destination.

Hmm…

It’s fair to say that my novel progress is non-existent. Why bother writing this post, I hear you ask?  I bothered because, for the first time in months, I’ve started thinking about my novel again, and hope to return to it soon.Read More »

Weekly Wonders: 21st May

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This week has been such a stressful one! It was supposed to be my week off, the time to get things sorted so that I could tackle the next part of uni.

Instead, it took me almost the entire week to spring-clean my room (which admittedly does look a lot better now!). I haven’t finished my book like I wanted. I haven’t caught up on reviews like I wanted. I haven’t caught up on sleep either, so I currently have a bit of a headache because I am so tired. Or because I have spent most of the day squinting into the sun, who knows!

I am having some big problems with my major project for uni. As in, I still don’t know what I want to do it on! The plan is to sit down with all my notes tomorrow and go through everything in the hope it will help me to decide what to explore further.

That is why I wanted everything else up straight – I always work better when everything else is organised and as it should be.

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My aunt came around this afternoon and we ended up having a bit of a hair play which was good fun! I love what she did with it – makes me wish that I was any good at doing my own hair!

So saying, I have a little extra time this evening that I wasn’t expecting. I tried to chill out and watch a film, but it turned out to be a zombie one and I’m really not a fan of zombie films. After about half an hour, I realised that I really didn’t want to see anymore. Now I can maybe get those blog posts written after all!

Talking of which, what has been going on with the blog this week? If you’ve missed any posts, you can catch up here:

I finally received my copy of He Said/She Said from the library on Friday. I just want to finish off a book first, but am eager to get stuck into it and see if the hype is worth it. I’ve heard so many people raving about this book, I’m definitely intrigued to see what it is about!

While I curl up and do some reading, I mean, working, this week, here’s what is coming up on the blog:

  • Monday: Book Review: Blood Forest by Geraint Jones
  • Wednesday: Novel Progress
  • Friday: Film Review: Star Wars: Rogue One.

There are a few nice things coming up in the next couple of weeks, which might lead to a scattering of posts, but we shall see.

How has everyone else’s week been? Have you all been having the crazy weather as well? We’ve seriously gone from gorgeous sunshine to thunderstorms – definitely wouldn’t want to have been caught out at the wrong time!

Have a lovely week!

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Why Did I Start Blogging?

Why I Started Blogging

I’ve been thinking about my blog a lot lately. I’m hoping to work in the Publishing industry, in particular as a publicist. As such, keeping my blog fresh and active is important, justifying keeping it going while I am studying and work is getting on top of me and I have no time!

But it got me thinking about how and why I started. I’ve been blogging for about three years now, although it has only been the last year that I’ve spent a lot of time and effort on my blog – engaging on social media, that sort of thing, rather than just the posts.

At heart, I am a reviewer. That is how I started blogging and I still love doing it now. But how did it all begin?Read More »

Weekly Wonders: 14th May

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Have you ever looked around and realised your list of things to catch up on is so long you don’t even know where to start?

That’s how I am feeling right now!

I had two assignments due in on Friday – such a relief to get those out of the way. I need to be thinking about my major project now. But I am giving myself a week off. I have to admit, this is mainly because I want to spring clean my room and am actually setting aside the time to do it. It looks such a mess at the moment; it will make me feel calmer once it’s done.

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I also now have a handful of reviews that I need to get written up, plus some blog posts to organise because I just keep saying yes to ARC’s and blog tours and need to ensure that I actually get everything read on time.

One job at a time?

It’s been a very busy weekend! I had my best friend’s hen party yesterday which was good fun, basically involving a day out in London. Then after my shift this morning, my mum and I decided to go out for breakfast. I honestly can’t remember the last time I did that, and it was so delicious.

This outing did involve looking around an indie bookshop, which is sadly closing down. I did get a great mug though – I will share pictures as soon as I can, it’s awesome!

It has just gone so fast, and I have so much to do, and it’s all crazy! So in order to try and organise my thoughts if nothing else, here’s what you missed on the blog last week:

I love sneaking in the extra Saturday review. I’m not sure why, it just makes me feel like I’ve achieved something – especially if I wasn’t planning on it in advance (such as it being a review day for a blog tour!).

Now teaching has stopped at uni, I won’t be sitting on a train for roughly ten hours a week. That will cut my reading time, so it’s time to be organised about what is being read when. I imagine that will last for a few weeks until I get distracted by something new and that will be it.

Talking of planning, what is coming up on the blog this week:

  • Monday: Book Review: The Whisper King: Daughter of Shadows by Wil Radcliffe
  • Wednesday: Personal Post: Why did I start Blogging?
  • Friday: Television Review: Breaking Bad, Series 3

At least, that is the plan – I haven’t actually written all of them yet. I’m hoping to have a good blogging session tomorrow morning and try and get caught up on a few posts!

So there has been my weekend – crazy and busy! How about everyone else? What are you reading at the moment?

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5 Books I Am Excited About!

Rather than the books I plan to one day read, I thought I would share five books that I am excited about reading over the next few months!

Have you read any of these?

9781473633360A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

I watched the film the other week and absolutely fell in love. It left me with so many emotions, and was the most beautiful film I’ve seen for a long time. Talking about it with a friend, I discovered she had the book and was more than happy to lend it to me.

I can’t wait to read it! I want to see if the same emotions are triggered reading as they were watching. I bet they are! The fact that it is Bowen’s life story makes it all the more meaningful. Fingers crossed it is as good as I hope it is.Read More »

Weekly Wonders: 7th May

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I think this is the first time this week that I have surfaced to actually do something for me by writing this blog post. I literally have not looked up from uni work all week. While I have achieved, I’ve also been really bad at remembering to take breaks and have pretty much landed myself with a headache every day this week – oops. I’ll try and be better next week.

I’ve had a shift change at work, which means I now work 7-10.15 on a Sunday rather than 11-2.15. I have no qualms about getting up early, and it means that I have had the rest of the day back to myself! This has involved doing uni work and cleaning, but at least I feel like I’ve achieved. It’s amazing how much of the day a three-hour shift can take up!

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I’ve been really lucky with book post this week, thanks to Becky Hunter at Transworld Books. I’ve got the beautiful The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith to review and I am in love with the cover! I think this book might turn me into an emotional wreck, mind you!

I’ve also got the next Shari Lapena book, A Stranger in the House. I really enjoyed The Couple Next Door – and clearly you guys enjoyed my review, as it is the most read post on here by a long-shot. I’m really looking forward to her second book – fingers crossed that it is just as good.

So, talking of books and reviews, has anyone else lived in a bubble this week and missed everything that has been going on here? Never fear! Here are the posts you might have missed this week:

Mixed thoughts from me this week – the good, the bad and who knows, maybe there was an ugly thrown in there as well just for a full house!

I think I am banning myself from Netgalley and Bookbub for a while. I think I got about ten books last week, plus I already have three on reserve at the library! Oops. Nothing like a load of things to read to give me motivation. The trouble is, between ARCs and blog tours, I’m filling my review slots pretty quick – and am not entirely sure that I am choosing what to read!

But anyway, what have I got coming up next week?

  • Monday: Book Review: The Circuit by Rhett C. Bruno
  • Wednesday: 5 Book’s I’m Excited About
  • Friday: Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan

I’m hoping there might be an extra review slipped in there this week, but we shall have to see whether I get the time to finish off.

So, I think that is all for this week. It’s been hectic, it’s been stressful and there hasn’t been as much reading as I hoped. But things will ease off after this week.

How is everyone else? What are you reading at the moment?

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Weekly Wonders: 30th April

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I think it is fair to say that this week has been horrible. Uni stress has basically reached a whole new level, which has included having to think about my assignments in a different way. And I still have no ideas for a major project, which is stressing me out.

This might have been manageable if I hadn’t heard some really heart-breaking news on Monday that threw me out emotionally all week. Suicide has such a huge impact, and sometimes I wonder if people realise how loved they are.

So rather than thinking about the week, I’m going to think about what I’ve been reading this week.

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My main book was Blood Forest by Geraint Jones. I’ve got a review coming for that in a few weeks, but it’s not for the light-hearted. Set in Roman times, it deals with issues of loyalty and the comradeship the soldiers felt for each other. It was enjoyable, but contained some graphic scenes of violence that made me feel uncomfortable at times.

I’ve finally finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! It took me about twenty days to read it (while reading other things in-between, I must admit), which I think is the longest I’ve spent on one book for a long time. I never really liked this one as a child. It still isn’t my favourite, but I did get more enjoyment out of it than I thought I would.

Having read the first two in the trilogy, I’ve just started The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It’s not a short book, but I am hoping to make some steady progress through it. I’m hoping it isn’t as repetitive as the previous two in the series though.

Talking of repetition – what’s been up on the blog this week? Whether you missed a post or want to have a re-read, here’s what got posted:

One reason why I want to get Terry Brooks finished is that I have three books currently on reserve at the library. Admittedly, two of them have been on reserve for a couple of months. But I’m reaching a point where I am getting close to the front of the queue for all of them and do not want to overwhelm myself with library books.

While I resist the temptation to reach for my book right now, here’s what is coming up on the blog next week:

  • Monday: Book Review: The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
  • Wednesday: Up and Coming: May’s Posts
  • Friday: Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them – I went on a bit of a spree during the week trying to get on top of posts.

So there we have it; my week in books and films. How about you? What have you been reading?

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