WWW Wednesday || 11/9

WWW Wednesday || 11/9

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

This week, especially this past weekend, has been a surprise and I definitely didn’t expect to have read two books in such quick succession! I think it just proves how much I enjoyed them both. I also now finally understand the hype!

This last week hasn’t consisted of much except me working, reading and trying to just catch up with life in general. I feel like I’ve fallen behind on so much, including reading and blogging so I’m really just trying to catch up now! So many reviews and books, so little time!

What are you currently reading?

I picked up Nevernight by Jay Kristoff on Sunday so I’m making my way through that currently. This is actually a re-read for me as I really needed a refresher before I read both Godsgrave and Darkdawn. I’m planning to read this series back to back.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished both A Curse So Dark and Lonely and A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer at the weekend. I finished Curse on my lunch break on Friday and then I picked up Heart on Friday and got to just under 300 pages that evening!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Once I’ve finished Nevernight, the plan is to read Godsgrave and then Darkdawn. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish them all over the next week, especially as I have a really busy weekend ahead of me, but I am hoping to get through them fairly quickly!

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday || 4/9

WWW Wednesday || 4/9

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday in a little while. In fact, I think I posted maybe once in August? My reason for this is that I had an exam which I really wanted and needed to concentrate on so blogging took a back seat!

As a result of my exam, I didn’t read much in August so I thought it was a little pointless to update you on my reading when I basically wasn’t doing any at all!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely which I’ve heard so many good things about. I’ve only just picked it up so I’m excited to see what I think of it and whether it lives up to the hype!

I’m also reading We Hunt the Flame but I’ll be honest, I’m just not that into it at the moment so I’m taking a break from it to read other things that will hopefully get me out of my slump before going back to it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab yesterday which I really enjoyed. It’s such a quick read!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m picking up my copy of Darkdawn at the weekend so my plan is to read all three of the Nevernight books back to back and get that series finished!

What are you reading this week?

The Lover Book Tag

The Lover Book Tag

Welcome to the Lover book tag created by ME!

The Lover Book Tag is inspired by the album, Lover, by Taylor Swift. What a great way to combine two of my favourite things; Taylor Swift and Reading!

Now if you don’t know, Taylor Swift is my favourite musical artist in the universe. I’ve been a fan for 10 years now, having seen her on every tour since Speak Now in 2011. I just love her and her music so much so to celebrate the release of her newest album Lover, I have created this book tag.

Now I know there are quite a few Taylor Swift fans in the book community so I’ll hope you’ll take part in all 18 prompts. That’s right, this tag consists of 18 prompts for each song on the album! These prompts do all have something to do with the songs, whether directly (lyrics or to do with the song title) or what the song’s vibe is. Big thank you to Sammy from Sammy’s Shelf who helped me come up with a few of these!

Now if you haven’t listened to Lover yet, you absolutely should and while you’re at it, take part in this tag too! If you do take part in this tag, here are the rules:

  1. Give credit to the creator (that would be ME!)
  2. Tag 5 Friends
  3. HAVE FUN!

So with that, let’s get this tag started. Are you Ready For It?

I Forgot That You Existed – A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about

I have a rather large TBR but the book that popped back out at me when I was scanning my bookshelves to find my answer to this is Daughter of the Burning City which I started to read back in 2017 but ended up putting it down as I went travelling for 6 weeks! Definitely must read that!

Cruel Summer – A Perfect Summer Read

I really enjoy reading contemporaries during the Summer months. They’re so quick to get through!

Lover – Your Favourite Book/Series

This is so difficult because I love a lot of books. It’s between the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, the Caraval series and the Truly, Devious books at the moment!

The Man – An Amazing Female Character

I’m going to go with Izzy O’Neill from The Exact Opposite of Okay and A Girl Called Shameless. Izzy experiences some tough things and ends up forming the club Bitches Bite Back with her friends. Following this, she helps lead a campaign focussing on making sure offences connected with revenge porn are punishable.

The Archer – A book from your childhood because you never grew up

Harry Potter, obviously! Those books (and the movies) are a huge part of my life growing up. The Rainbow Magic books were also quite a big part of my childhood!

I Think He Knows – A book everyone knows you love!

Other than the obvious books I could pick (Harry Potter, Caraval, Stalking Jack the Ripper), I hope everyone knows how much I love Vicious by V. E. Schwab. Such an amazing book!

Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince – A book that makes you so sad you could paint the town blue

I very rarely cry at books but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows does make me so sad!

Paper Rings – Your favourite OTP

Ugh, Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper, obviously!

Cornelia Street – A book that lived up to the hype

I think probably Six of Crows. I was a little meh about the Grisha trilogy if I’m totally honest so was a little unsure about SoC but I loved it! I’m planning to re-read it later this year actually so that I can finaaaaally read Crooked Kingdom.

Death by a Thousand Cuts – A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts so you just have to re-read it again

There are very few books that I have re-read since re-joining the book community back in 2014 but I have started re-reading Harry Potter for the first time in 7 years (a series that I did read over and over for about 3 years) and I’ll be honest, I don’t know why the heck it has taken me so long to get back to these books!

London Boy – A book based in London

It might be set in London a while back, but Stalking Jack the Ripper, one of my favourite books ever is set in London with a London Boy himself, Thomas Cresswell.

Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that brightens up your sky

Strange the Dreamer is a book that I fell completely head over heels in love with and

False God – A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’ve re-read the first book three or four times now and just love it. I’ve also watched the movie a few times over because I enjoy so much!

You Need to Calm Down – An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend

Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda. This book is a real favourite of mine. I flew through it when I read it last year and I just love it! If you haven’t read it yet, you absolutely should.

Afterglow – It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)

Definitely The Last Namsara. I’d heard so many good things about this book but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected to!

ME! – A Character You Relate To

I think I probably relate the most Emma Nash from the Editing Emma series. I mean, I’m not hilarious or anything and most of the things that happened to her did not happen to me but I just feel like she is somebody that I would definitely be friends with.

It’s Nice to Have a Friend – A Character You’d Love to be Friends With

Hermione Granger or Fred and George Weasley! Also Stevie from Truly, Devious and Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Daylight – A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!

Girls of Paper and Fire started out a liiiiittle slow for me at first and I wasn’t really sure if I’d enjoy it but after I’d got through the first 100/120 pages, I ended up really enjoying it!

Bonus: Favourite Taylor Swift Album

Because I couldn’t let you go without picking you favourite Taylor Swift album! To be honest, I’ve made this tough on myself because I genuinely do love them all, but right now it’s between reputation and Lover. Both are incredible though!

WWW Wednesday || 7/8

WWW Wednesday || 7/8

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

This last week hasn’t been full of a lot of reading, if I’m totally honest! I have an exam in two weeks time which I am now panicking over so that’s become my priority over reading. However, I have been reading on my lunch breaks at work to try and give myself a bit of a break!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but have about 20 pages left of that. I’m still reading We Hunt the Flame and probably will be until after my exam when I have enough time to really dedicate to it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Mooncakes last week which is such a cute comic that comes out in October!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to finish We Hunt the Flame more than anything, but my reading plans for the month involve reading Nevernight, Godsgrave and A Curse So Dark and Lonely!

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday || 31/7

WWW Wednesday || 31/7

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I was away from Wednesday to Monday for YALC this week so I haven’t actually read very much this week! The last two years that I’ve been to YALC, I’ve always ended up in a slump so I’m hoping that won’t be the case this year as I do feel more motivated to read however, I did pick up some illness from YALC so haven’t done any reading since I got back because of it! Let’s hope this next week is better than the one just gone!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading We Hunt the Flame still. As I was away last week, I didn’t read anymore of it. I’ve also picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and a graphic novel due out later this year called Mooncakes!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven on the train to and from London. I saved it especially for my journey down and also managed to get this one signed at YALC.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I really don’t know at the moment. I’ve got a couple of books on my August TBR but need to sit down and look at it properly so that I can plan my N.E.W.T.’s TBR. I also have an exam coming up in the next 3 weeks, so my TBR is really dependant on what I think I’ll actually be able to read whilst also revising for my exam!

What are you reading this week?

How I Organise my Reading Journal

How I Organise my Reading Journal

I recently wrote a tweet asking if anyone would be interested in an updated reading journal post and response was fairly overwhelming and positive so here I am. I wrote a post back in 2017 about my reading journal at the time and whilst my lay out hasn’t changed that much, I’ve found that the way I am keeping track now has improved since and it is prettier.

Please don’t judge me for my lack of creativity because I am definitely not the most creative person (despite the fact I did Art at GCSE) and my handwriting isn’t the best so apologies in advance for my bad presentation skills but ya know, I’m working on it. I want to have prettier journal spreads as I definitely feel like they encourage me to use my journal more.

So planning my journal. Well, I’ve gathered my ideas for my journal over the last few years and if I’ve seen anybody else using or doing something in their journal that I like, I’ve added that to my list of inspiration. Of course, when I started creating my own reading journal over 2 years ago now (I tried to keep one in 2016) I had my own ideas but if I do see someone doing something I like then I definitely will incorporate that.

So the picture as this post header is the front page of my reading journal. It’s quite simple because I don’t use it that often but I did add a little open book sticker which I bought on Etsy from LondonGifties a little while back. I’m actually looking to buy a new planner for next year as the pages in this one are fairly yellow but that’s something I’ll be looking into ready for 2020 as we’re half way through the year and I don’t want to waste my current planner.

So the next pages you see when you open my reading journal is my Series to finish page. This includes the series I want to finish this year and the Shadowhunters books, which I want to try and tick off more books from because man, there are a lot.

As you can see, I have these boxes next to the books which I just mark off when I’ve read the books. I’m hoping to see the majority of the series on these pages completed by the end of 2019.

After my Series page, I then have my ‘Books Read in 2019’ page and my 2019 Goals. As you can see, I’m filling in the boxes on my ‘Books Read’ page so I can keep track of my reading throughout the year.

On my 2019 goals page, I’ve only got a few goals for the year but as you can see, I’ve already been able to fill in the heart next to 30 books so I’ve completed that one already! I then just have a few other goals for 2019 that I haven’t got to yet but hopefully they should all be complete by the end of the year.

In June, I made more of an effort to work on the spread and I’ve definitely used it more, updating it every time I’ve finished a book. This is the first month I’ve had a proper theme and although it is fairly subtle, I really like it.

As you can see, I have my TBR on one side and then listed all the books I read in the month on the other side, including a total at the top for the full amount of books read.

For June, I decided to go for a rainbow theme for Pride month and I really love how it looks. My spreads can alway be better, but I’m fairly happy with how it turned out because it’s the first month I’ve started to really put more effort into my spreads.

I am working on my spreads every month and definitely want to keep improving with them. I’m already planning to add a favourite books of the month section. As you can see, I’ve already done my July spreads but I’m planning to make August sun-themed because it’s Summer! We’ll see how that goes..

For my July spread, I decided to make the spread cover two pages rather than one. As you can see, on the left side, I have a page for my blog posts where I can record which ones need to go up in the month. On the right side, I have my TBR. I have since added to it with my O.W.L.’s TBR, but it’s including two of the books from my TBR anyway. On turning the page, you’ll just be able to see a list of the books I’ve read at the end of the month. That also takes up two pages, which I know I won’t fill with just my books read so I’m thinking of doing a mini reflection on the month including my favourite book of the month, least enjoyed book of the month, etc.

So that’s really it with my reading journal for the moment. Like I said earlier, I’m trying to improve my spreads as I want to be able to look back at the end of the year and enjoy looking at the books I’ve read and the page designs. They’re definitely improving every month so that’ll also be nice to see at the end of the year.

I’d be really interested to hear if you use a reading journal and to see how you lay it out. I’d also be super happy if you do find any of this useful or if you’ve taken inspiration or ideas from this, so do please let me know!

WWW Wednesday || 24/7

WWW Wednesday || 24/7

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I’ve been waiting literally all year for this weekend coming and it’s almost here! I’m actually heading down to London today ready for YALC this weekend. But first, I’m going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for my fifth visit, but it’s my first going with friends. I’m so excited! I went almost exactly a year ago for my birthday, which you can find my post on here, and since, they’ve added the Gringotts Bank section so I’m really looking forward to seeing that.

So, I’m away from today and then I’m going back home on Monday morning, so I doubt I’ll actually get a lot of reading done but I’m planning to read on the train to and from London, so at least there’s that!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading We Hunt the Flame which I wanted to have read before I went away for YALC but I was so busy this weekend just gone what with it being my birthday! I’m also reading A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven as the author will be at YALC this weekend so I’m reading it on the train down to London.

What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve not finished anything this week, sadly!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read either Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid or Nevernight by Jay Kristoff which will be a reread for me! Of course, it depends what I pick up at YALC as there might be books I get there that are more of a priority!

What are you reading this week?