March Favourites & Wrap Up

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March was…a lot. A lot of deadlines. A lot of plans. A lot of anxiety and stress. And apparently, a lot of new favourites too. So at least something good came out of all the excess, right?

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In Defense of Audiobooks (And A Story of Anxiety…)

collection of books - the priory of the orange tree by samantha shannon, the dead house by dawn kurtagich, the graces by laure eve, the harm tree by rose edwards, state of sorrow and song of sorrow by melinda salisbury, oh my gods by alexandra sheppard

Ahhh, the audiobook argument. It comes up time and time again. “You’re not really reading if you’re listening” or “audiobooks aren’t real books!”

Yawn.

Well ladies and gentlemen (and all those between), here’s my defense.

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Amazing Women Characters By Women Authors // Book Recommendations for International Women’s Day

Open pages of books - female fantasy authors - includes The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury, How Long Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin, Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, Cassandra by Christa Wolf

It’s International Women’s Day! And I was so unprepared. But I wanted to celebrate here on this li’l blog of mine, so what better way to shout about amazing women than by recommending some amazing women characters, written by amazing women authors?

Can I say “amazing women” any more times?

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First Chapters – Deciding My Holiday TBR

Book spines - The Magicians by Lev Grossman, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, And I Darken by Kiersten White and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Way back in January, I was shocked to find myself part of a family-holiday-booking process, something I’ve never done before. And as of right now – the very day this blog post goes up, in fact – I will be on my first holiday abroad. Who’d have thought?

So of course my biggest dilemma for the past couple of months has been trying to decide which books to take with me.** I very rarely read the “typical” holiday reads – contemporaries, romances, crime novels etc – and so there wasn’t a particular mood to go for when plucking books off my shelves. So I decided to follow Hannah’s idea (A Cup of Wonderland), and decided my reads based on the first chapters. I vastly underestimated how long it would take me to read the first chapters of 10 books and started cheating a little by not reading the entire first chapter of some (I mean, some book chapters can be a solid 50 pages long! No thanks), but either way I eventually whittled it down to 6 books, which is hugely ambitious considering I’m a slow reader and will only be there 10 days. But better to be prepared, right?

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February Wrap Up & Favourites | Things slowing down in the shortest month…but also my birthday!

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February. The shortest month of the year. And the month filled with love? While Valentine’s day might not be a hit for everyone, it’s not just all about romance. There’s an overall sense of gratefulness come the occasion, an appreciation for friends and family too.

Though the month is only missing two or three days, those missing days can feel like they make all the difference. We don’t quite make it to day 30 before starting again. But still, the months roll on.

❤ ❤ ❤

Let’s see what February brought…

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Sunday Status: Because December is the month where my reading and blogging life gets busy

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Now what do we have here? 

Oh yes, it’s that new feature I brought in months ago…and then completely forgot about. How did that even happen? Either way, I’ve brought it back now. Let it rise from the ashes like a phoenix and heal you with it’s medicinal bird tears.

10 points to your Hogwarts house if you got the Fawkes reference. 

Since the first (and only) one of these features happened a long time ago, here’s a quick summary of what a Sunday Status post is. Basically, it’s just a post where I update you on anything reading related – what I’m currently reading, future plans for my blog and booktube, anything remotely interesting I might have to mention.

So…what’s my Sunday Status?

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August Wrap Up – The result of a month doing absolutely nothing

August wrap up

Okayy, this month did actually speed by for once. That’s not happened for a while. But this time it feels like I literally only just wrote my July Wrap Up…so strange.

I had a bit of a weird reading month. I felt like I didn’t read anything? But I very obviously did. I don’t know what August did to me.

As always, this is going to be a long post, so get comfy and enjoy!

August

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Sunday Status: Self inflicted readathons when there’s really just not enough time

Self Inflicted readathon

Here you see a wonderfully new idea (which is probably neither wonderful or new) for a feature I’ve added to my blog.

Sunday Status

(I couldn’t think of a better, snappier name. I apologize)

This won’t be a weekly thing, just something to go up every so often. As you guys know, Sundays are the day my “random” posts go up – whether that be something creative, a top 10, recommendations…and now, possibly a Sunday Status.

So, this feature is a place where I can update you guys on anything book related – what I’m currently reading, what’s coming soon on my blog etc – and tell any stories that have made me reading life a little more interesting lately. Hence why it’s not a weekly thing, because my reading life (or just my life in general) is rarely interesting enough to have stories to tell.

So…what’s my Sunday Status?

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Can’t Decide What To Read Next? Don’t Worry, I’ve Got You Covered

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a very indecisive person when it comes to choosing what book to read next.

I finish one book, and get that wonderful feeling of being able to choose my next book.

And then I look at my shelves and get a bit overwhelmed by just how many books I have to choose from – purely because I feel like reading them ALL right this very second.

So how do you choose which book to read next?

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May Wrap Up – Complete With Some Major Fangirl Moments

May wrap up

I know this is coming nearly a week into June. I was going to write it the weekend before and have it up early, but I knew I’d finish one last book in May after this would’ve been uploaded, so I delayed the wrap up a week to include it.

Anyway, the month of May seemed to drag out considerably for me. The books I read at the start of the month feel like a lifetime ago. But I’ve had a decent reading month, and a fair few fangirl moments towards the end of the month.

As always, this is going to be a long post, so get comfy and enjoy!

May

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