|Happy New Year!| |2015 Goals|

HAPPY NEW YEAR! My first post of 2015. Wow! Apologies for missing last week’s post.

It’s been so great to get back into blogging. It’s been such a big part of my life that it was awful to have to shut everything down when I needed the distraction most. 2014 was a difficult year, but 2015 is going to be so much better! Here are my goals for 2015:

#1 – Write & Read Every Day

Books ARE my life. It’s undeniable now. So, I should just embrace it, and make sure that every day, no matter how busy or stressful, includes my passion. I’m pretty sure it’ll be key to maintaining my happiness, because I love it so much, and because everyone needs a bit of downtime during the day. I’ll be making time for it – whether its just a page, a paragraph, or even a sentence – and then maybe, some of my other goals will come along more smoothly!

#2 – Read 50 Books

This might seem like a really low goal to some, but I barely read at all during 2014, so this is still a step up. Roughly speaking, it’s just under a book a week. I know I can do more, but as 2014 proved, I can do a lot less as well! Haha. I’m a terrible mood reader and I want to break this habit so bad.

#3 – Post 52 Times

That’s one post a week, every Wednesday. Not all of these are going to be review posts. I’ve got plans for a sort of monthly schedule – 2 reviews, and 2 ‘other’ posts which are still bookish, but a bit more creative and fun. This gives me plenty of time for reading, and will let me choose which books I review, so I don’t have to agonize over reviewing a book I don’t have much to say about.

#4 – Read a Broader Range of Genres

I’m terrible for snubbing books that are most likely absolutely amazing, simply because it’s contemporary, or a classic, or another genre that I wouldn’t normally pick up. I’m terrible at heavily judging books that I read, and I really want to get out of this habit. I’m missing out on so many wonderful books! This year, I am to change my habit.

#5 – Visit More Book Blogs

It’s only fair that I should repay courtesies shown to me and visit more book blogs, and make an effort to leave lots of lovely meaningful comments. It certainly helps to get involved in the community, and though I don’t expect reciprocation, it does help get my blog a bit more attention. Book blogging is entirely about the community, and I know I need to get involved more!

That’s all from me this week! See you next Wednesday, with a guest post by McCallum Morgan for the blog tour of his book, ‘A Hole In The Ice’! 

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|2014 – A Round Up Post|

Hello there, and happy new year!

While 2014 was kind of a terrible year for me (both life and reading wise!) I’ve got high hopes for 2015. I also have a few of my favourite books that I read this year to share with you all.  

My main hope and task for this year is to breath love and life back into my passion for blogging and books. I look forward to sharing the unforeseeable future with you all!

Without further ado, and in no particular order…


HEIR OF FIRE – SARAH J MAASheiroffire

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The Throne Of Glass series is highly favoured by many book bloggers and YA Fantasy lovers alike – and with damned good reason. There is nothing to say about this book except:

If you haven’t read it, read it.

If you have read it, read it again.


SHADOW AND BONE – LEIGH BARDUGO

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This recently concluded trilogy is another favourite among the bookish. I didn’t love it as much as some others did, but that won’t stop me from reading the rest of the series when I have the chance.

If you can’t tell by that fantastical cover, a beautiful world and story is held in this book.


THE FIFTH WAVE – RICK YANCEY

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Rick Yancey created a wonderful novel that was quite different from a lot of the apocalyptic YA circulating at the time.

Aliens

While I’m terrified of aliens and the unknown, that just made the book a more interesting read for me.


THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO – PATRICK NESS

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Patrick Ness is a wonderfully gifted writer. Unfortunately, he is also one of those writers that loves to rip out the hearts of his fans (need I say anymore?).

I was intimidated by the size of this book, but I found that once I was in, the pages flew by!


HALF BAD – SALLY GREEN

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I recieved Half Bad as an early birthday present and let me tell you, it did not last long. I gobbled it up as soon as I could. The book is narrated by a male witch, which in itself is amazing, but more than that, it is a beautiful read, with stunningly human characters.

AND. Sally Green allowed me to name one of the minor characters in Half Wild. So when you read about Claudia, you can know that I named her! I’m so honoured.