Blogmas 2018: WWW Wednesday 19th December

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 reading.

What are you currently reading?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m still reading this book but I am over half way through it now with the aim to have it finish by the end of this evening. I’m quite enjoying it and think I prefer it more to the Days of Blood and Starlight series.

What did you recently finish reading?

I haven’t finished a book since I finished The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue the other week but hopefully I’ll have finished Strange the Dreamer this evening!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Christmas Eve which is next Tuesday so I will definitely be reading that this week. I’d also like to pick up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ll be starting End of Yearathon on Boxing Day so I’ll mostly be gearing up for that over the next week and trying to read some of books from my December TBR.

That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for next week’s post which will be going up on Christmas Day! I wasn’t sure whether to post on Christmas Day but decided to go ahead and do it to keep up the consistency of Blogmas.

What are you guys reading? What have you recently finished?

 

Blogmas 2018: Five Favourite Books of the Year

Blogmas 2018: Five Favourite Books of the Year

Though I didn’t read as much in 2018 as I would have liked, there were a few favourite books of 2018 that I can pluck out of the 40ish that I’ve read so far..I mean, we still have 2 weeks left of the year so that’s plenty of reading time!

Here’s my Five Favourite books of 2018:

  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I whizzed through this one when I read it and just loved it. I still need to watch the movie but I really loved the book, so hope my love for the movie is the same!
  2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This was such an interesting fantasy and I really enjoyed reading this one. It was fast paced and a page turner. I met Tomi at YALC this year and she’s super lovely!
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber – I loved the first book and the second was no different. I now can’t wait for the third and final book, Finale.
  4. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – My love for these books knows no bounds. I enjoyed the new setting and thought it was so unique!
  5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – Although this one took me a while to get through, I did enjoy being with the characters and thought that the plot was good.

What are your favourite books of 2018?

Blogmas 2018: Five Things I Love About Christmas

Blogmas 2018: Five Things I Love About Christmas

Christmas is meant to be a time of joy and spending time with family. Christmas has changed a lot for me over the years. I don’t quite feel as much excitement in comparison to what I used to when I was younger, but that’s just because Christmas has changed for me over the years.

Here’s my list of things I love about Christmas:

  1. Spending time with family – I enjoy spending time with my family over Christmas, hopefully this year we’ll crack the board games out!
  2. Having time to rest – I get the time off between Christmas and New Year!
  3. The run up to Christmas – I particularly enjoy the run up to Christmas and doing festive things to get me in the Festive mood!
  4. Reading on Christmas Eve (and just reading books in general over Christmas) – I want to start reading a Christmas book every Christmas Eve to take me into Christmas Day. I started this last year and want to continue again this year!
  5. The food – I loooove Christmas dinner because it’s the roast but with way more veggies, turkey and bread sauce (my favourite)!

What are your favourite things about Christmas?

Blogmas 2018: How I Plan to Achieve my 2019 Reading Goals

Blogmas 2018: How I Plan to Achieve my 2019 Reading Goals

I haven’t posted my general 2019 goals yet but I wanted to talk a little bit about how I plan to achieve my 2019 reading goals.

In 2018, my goal was to read 40 books. I’m not saying this was ambitious for the year but with working full time and studying for the majority of the year, I definitely felt the pressure to read this year. If I hadn’t of fallen into a slump over Autumn, I probably could’ve gone for 45 but obviously that didn’t happen.

For 2019, my goal is to read 30 books. After this year, I want to drop my goal so there’s less pressure. Plus, I think there will be more exams in the coming year so I really don’t want to have a big goal that I can’t reach.

I do actually have 200+ books on my TBR that I want and need to read but 2019 probably isn’t the year to tackle that mountain.

To tackle my 2019 reading goal of 30 books, I have come up with a few ways to help me and hopefully these might help you too:

  • Create a TBR on Goodreads – I’ve started compiling a list of books I want to read in 2019 under a new list on Goodreads.
  • Start writing in my reading journal again – Last year I did a good job of keeping up with my reading journal. I have a book where I keep track of all the books I read in a year and what’s going to be on my TBR for the next month but I haven’t used it much in the latter half of this year. Picture is from last year!
  • Writing more reviews of books – As well as my reading journal, I have a separate book for reviews. I want to start writing in this again so that I am able to write better reviews on my blog, and so I can remember how I immediately felt about a book too.
  • Reading smaller, faster books – I know that I tend to get through contemporaries faster than books of any other genre, so it could be that I make this year the year I read a lot more contemporary books.
  • Keeping myself from a reading slump – This will definitely be easier said than done but I’ve found that watching Reading Vlogs on YouTube has been really useful in making me want to read more. My thinking is 30 minutes or an hour of watching YouTube videos is better than being in a slump for 2 months.
  • Most of all, I just want to have fun. Having a loose TBR will be good as I want to give myself some options for books to read for when I’m perhaps not in the mood.
  • I plan to update my Goodreads during Christmas with all the books that are actually on my shelves and under my bed so that my Goodreads is fully up to date and then I can plan my TBR better!
  • What are some useful ways of sticking to your TBR and reaching your reading goal for the year?
  • Blogmas 2018: Hot Drinks for Hot Reads

    Blogmas 2018: Hot Drinks for Hot Reads

    So it’s day 6 of Blogmas and I’m already struggling for blog post ideas…I have no idea how I’m going to manage to fill every day up until Christmas Eve, but I’ll give it a good go!

    For today’s post, I thought I would try to match up some seasonally appropriate, hot drinks with some not so seasonally appropriate books. Most of the Christmas/Winter books I own are on my December TBR!

    Hot Chocolate and Harry Potter

    I always feel like Harry Potter is a great book to cosy up with at Christmas, especially The Philosopher’s Stone as it has a Christmas scene in it. Hot Chocolate is the perfect drink to cosy up with whilst reading this book.

    Chai Latte and A Christmas Carol

    Ok, so out of all of the books in this post, this is the only one I haven’t read but Chai tea/Chai latte’s are so Christmassy so I feel like this would be the perfect drink for when I read this on Christmas Eve!

    Gingerbread Latte and The Afterlife of Holly Chase

    I read The Afterlife of Holly Chase last Christmas and really enjoyed it. I think this festive drink would be perfect to drink alongside it. it’s Christmassy and spicy, just like Holly’s personality.

    White Hot Chocolate and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

    I definitely feel like a white hot chocolate is the perfect drink for this book. I feel like Lara Jean would love this drink because it’s sweet, just like her.

    Sticky Toffee Pudding Hot Chocolate and Caraval

    This is the perfect sweet drink for this book. Caraval is full of magic and wonder and I feel like this drink would compliment it perfectly. I’ve never seen this hot chocolate sold anywhere but Whittards, so feel like it may be a little hard to come by!

    Hazelnut Latte and Stalking Jack the Ripper

    I feel like I had to include this book because obviously it’s one of my favourite series of all time, but it also goes quite well with this drink because I’d say SJTR is quite a nutty/gritty read at times.

    Chocolate Orange Tea and Cinder

    I received Cinder for Christmas a few years back and ended up reading it just after Christmas. I’d recommend this slightly fruity tea to accompany this great read. For me, this drink gives me Christmas memories as it reminds me of Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and as I received Cinder, I had to pair the drink to this book.

    Black Forest Gateau Hot Chocolate and Six of Crows

    Six of Crows isn’t exactly a Christmas read but it does have a snowy setting and a character that loves food (my kind of pal), so I just had to include it. I think a Black Forest Gateau Hot Chocolate is perfect for this book and when I wrote out the drink, this book immediately came to mind. This drink is usually a staple on the Costa Christmas Menu and it’s so yummy!

    Blogmas 2018: Winter TBR

    Blogmas 2018: Winter TBR

    I made an Autumn TBR just before the season started and so I thought I’d do the same again!

    Winter starts on the 21st December and finishes March 20th. In that time, I should be able to get (hopefully) a lot of reading done!

    As Winter starts on the 21st of December, this list does overlap my December TBR which is why some of the books mentioned on this list also feature there.

    Without further ado, here’s my Winter TBR:

    1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’m hoping to read this one in December so this could be the first one on this list that I tick off as read!
    2. The Toy Maker by Robert Dinsdale I was sent a copy of this and I (shamefully) didn’t have time to get to it. I left it for this Christmas/Winter so I’d like to get to it this season.
    3. The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak – I feel like it’s really about time I read this book. I’ve heard so many great things about it so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.
    4. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I am absolutely planning on finishing this one before its release date. I think it will take a while to get through because it is incredibly huge. But, I’m going to see if I can come up with a plan to tackle it!
    5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This book definitely feels like it’s appropriate for Winter so it had to feature on this list.
    6. The Familiars by Stacey Halls – I received a copy of this at YALC. It features witches and witch trials which I find an interesting part of history.
    7. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – I cant believe I haven’t read this yet but I definitely want to read it in Winter so I can finally read Kingdom of Ash and finish the series.
    8. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I have genuinely wanted to read this for a few years now but I just haven’t got to it. I don’t have an excuse for why I haven’t read it yet tbh.
    9. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – This is the last book in the series so I definitely want to complete the series in 2019.
    10. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – A new release coming out in Winter, I absolutely want to read this…but then I do really need to read Crooked Kingdom too!

    Do you have a TBR for Winter?

    Blogmas 2018: The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

    Blogmas 2018: The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

    The lovely Kate at Reading Through Infinity tagged me to do the Bookish Naughty or Nice tag which was created by the fab Jenn of Jenniely so here I am! It’s fun to be able to do another tag this Blogmas and I’ve seen this one about recently!

    Rules

    • Tag & link the person who tagged you
    • Tag and link me/this post 
    • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
    • Tag another 10 people! (I’m going to tag 5 people for this post!)

    1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

    I try to review every ARC that I have read. This year has been really tough what with starting work full-time towards the end of last year so I’ve been trying to get into a routine with that, plus I’ve been studying for the majority of the year so I’ve been struggling to actually read as much as I’d like this year.

    2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley 

    I honestly have no idea what my feedback rating is on Netgalley, but it’s probably quite low because when I first joined the book blogging community, I went a bit nuts and requested loads of stuff and then didn’t read anything. Terrible, I know. So since then, I haven’t really used it that much. Plus, I have so many physical books to read, I don’t use my Kindle that much.

    3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 

    I actually don’t know if I’ve done this. I think maybe once or twice, but I tend not to promise full reviews. I usually write a small review on Goodreads but will write my main one on my blog!

    4. Folded down the page of a book

    I used to do this when I was younger with some books, I don’t even know why because bookmarks exist and I love bookmarks, but I guess when you’re a kid, you’re a bit more careless with things so I did do this in the past, but I probably haven’t done it within the last 5 years because I want my books to look mostly perfect.

    5. Accidentally spilled on a book

    I haven’t…yet. I hopefully never will. I have so many book sleeves now, I put my books in those so that they don’t get damaged.

    6. DNF a book this year

    No, I don’t actually DNF books, so I haven’t done this at all this year!

    7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

    I do buy some books for their covers, but I do intend to read them. If the synopsis doesn’t sound great though, I won’t buy it.

    8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

    I’ve done this when I was supposed to be revising!

    9. Skim read a book

    I can’t really skim read books because I like taking in all the information. This is probably why I’m such a slow reader. However, I do sometimes skim over pages if I think there’s too much description so I can get to the dialogue.

    10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal

    Apparently I am currently on target. I definitely should hit my goal by the end of the year!

    11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library

    I’ve never not returned a library book, but I did give one back late the other day as I didn’t have time to take it back what with work and everything! It was only a few days late.

    12. Broke a book buying ban

    Always. Book bans really just don’t work for me. I am much better off not putting any limits on myself. This year I’ve bought less books than I did in 2017, but I do need to cut back a little more. I have a hell of a lot of books on my TBR so I really do need to cut down and focus on reading those more.

    13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

    I am guilty of doing this. I tried to write reviews of the books I read whilst travelling in Europe last year and whilst on my trip to Iceland but I ended up forgetting the exact plot line!

    14. Wrote in a book you were reading

    I haven’t. I don’t think I could to be honest. I would like to start tabbing my books but I’m going to be watching some YouTube videos for inspiration as I have no idea where to start!

    15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

    Never! I add books to my Goodreads so that they count towards my reading challenge!

    16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

    I haven’t borrowed a book off somebody in ages. In fact, I have been the one to lend books out to people recently. The girls at work are getting more into reading so they’ve been borrowing a few of my books!

    17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

    It depends who it is, but I don’t really have that many friends so I can easily dodge this. Plus, most of my friends are bookish so they tend to just get their own!

    18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

    I haven’t done this because I haven’t bought anybody’s book

    19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

    I take the jackets off my books but they tend to stay in fairly good shape. I don’t really care about the book getting damaged when the dust jacket is off, which is funny seeing as the dust jacket is meant to protect the book!

    20. Sat on a book accidentally 

    I don’t do this but my dad does! He is always coming in to my room and is sitting on my books that are on my bed!

    How did I do?

    Nice: 14

    Naughty: 6

    I think I’ve pretty much made the nice list! I’m surprised, as I thought it would be worse!

    I tag:

    Lauren @ FictionTea

    Beth @ BooksNest

    Layla @ Readable Life

    Hollie @ Hollieblog

    Mia @ The Cosy Reader