The Month for Big Books and Bribing?

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Hello book lovers! I thought that it would be fun to set myself a TBR pile for February. I tend to not do this anymore as I never stick to them but this month I am on a massive reading kick so I thought that I would give it another go while being more reasonable with my amount.

January was a really good month for me but I have decided to give myself a break from my reading assignments for my creative writing course (minus my massive one) and focus on some of the books that I bought recently.  Continue reading

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Started The Year Off Strong

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Hello book lovers! We are already into the second month of 2018 which is unbelievable and quite stressful seeing as my April deadlines are officially fast approaching.

January was a decent reading month for me – I completed two books and got through half of another. I have to read five books for my Creative Writing course by April so that has been my priority lately though I do think that I might give myself a quick break seeing as I have almost completed three of the five. Continue reading

Review: Mindhunter by John Douglas

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Hello book lovers! Today I have a review for you that I originally wasn’t planning on writing BUT I loved the book too much not too and, admittedly, I have to do a book presentation on it and figured that writing this would actually help me with that rather than being another thing among my pile of assignments right now.

Now for anyone who has watched the Netflix series, Mind Hunter, this is the book that inspired it. It is a true crime novel written by John Douglas, the FBI Agent who worked towards inventing and establishing the practice of criminal profiling. Yes I admit that I got that wording from the book blurb on the back of my copy but that is the easiest way to explain it. Now with it all being true – a recap of the cases that he helped with, the criminals that he interviewed, and the difficulties that he faced in his personal life due to his work – it is a bit gruesome and intense at times. However, as a person who LOVES true crime and TV shows such as Law and Order SVU, this book was one that I will never forget and could happily re-read in the future. Continue reading

Review: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

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Book Blurb: When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide.

97815098375402Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding.

Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment.

And now there’s a ghost inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

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2018 Goals as a Book Blogger

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Hello everyone! Happy New Year! It’s officially 2018! How crazy is that?! I am officially half way through my bachelor’s degree and can I believe it? No, not at all. Time is just going too fast!

With that being said, my slogan for this year: New year, New blogger! No I do not mean that in the sense that I am going to change everything that I do and delete all of my accounts to start from scratch. I am just determined to be FAR more professional and organised this year. I found myself putting off all my book blogging accounts constantly this past year (well I only started all of this in March, but you know what I mean) for life and school. Is that a bad thing? No, it is to be expected and not something that I am embarrassed by. I just want to put myself on more of a set schedule and treat all of this like a job. Continue reading

What I Read in 2017 + Ratings

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Hello everyone! It is officially that time of the year! My first ever end-of-the-year reading wrap-up! How exciting!

I have seen a lot of book bloggers do this differently but I have chosen to rate every single book that I read this year – there are only 26, don’t worry! #1 is the best book and #26 is the worst book – I will include my ratings and a brief comment on them. And yes, I will try to not be too enthusiastic or mean. Continue reading

2018 Reading Goals

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Hello everyone! I hope that you are all doing well and getting into the festive spirit. I just submitted my final deadline this morning and I am so relieved! It is finally time for Christmas!!!

With 2017 beginning to wrap up, I have been in the mood to start planning some goals for the new year. I have personal, academic, and book related goals so I thought that it would be fun to share with you today my reading goals of 2018.

My Goodreads reading challenge for 2017 was twenty-five books and I am very proud to say that I reached this goal in November, thanks to me miraculously reading six books that month whilst dealing with deadlines and traveling. There is a part of me that wants to be ambitious with my 2018 goal but I think that I’m going to be safe and bump it up by five books, so thirty for one year.

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How are Children’s Books Surviving in the Digital Age?

I grew up being greatly encouraged to read rather than just play games. Each holiday I got at least one book for tradition and it has made me the person that I am today, aka a publishing student who loves books and runs multiple social media accounts to express it.

A current issue within the publishing industry is how are children’s books surviving the digital age? Does it come down to the publisher? Money? Or the buyers?

Katharine Smales, the UK Sales Director for Walker Books, discussed the four ways that she believes publishers and retailers are currently dealing with it at the Kingston University Master Class on 05 December 2017.

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Review: Chasing Charlie by Linda McLaughlan

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Book Blurb: When unlucky-in-love Sam bumps into her first boyfriend, the charming but roguish Charlie, she falls head first for him all over again. He may have broken her heart years ago, but she’s determined to win him back – even if she has to chase him all over London…

Sam’s friends have their doubts about whether cheating Charlie is really the man for her, but they have their own problems to deal with. Uptight Mara is struggling to trust anyone after a bad break-up; sexy corporate go-getter Claudia has her self-confidence rocked after a health scare; and sensitive, intelligent Ed, has been secretly, hopelessly in love with Sam for years…

As Sam chases her lost love like a women possessed, getting into ever more outlandish situations and making a fool of herself in the process, she finds herself wondering how far she’ll go to win Charlie back. Or will she finally see what’s right under her nose?

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