JUNE WRAP-UP AND JULY ANTICIPATED READS

It’s been six months since I started blogging. Seriously, at least. But it’s only recently that I’ve felt like I’m no longer standing at the side-lines as a newbie blogger. #RamadanReadathon may have been 50% stress, but it was also 100% success. I’m still feeling quite overwhelmed by all the support, so in case I haven’t said it enough already, thank you! I’ll be posting the bare minimum on my blog this month whilst I work on giving it a much-needed makeover but, mostly, it’s because I also need to take a little break.

All in all, it’s been a wicked month, which is more of a reference to my attending of the Wicked Young Writer Awards ceremony as opposed to the general election results, Grenfell Tower, Finsbury Park… need I go on? I managed to read six books in total for the readathon, half of which were acquired during the month and therefore not on my original TBR, as well as an ARC of If Birds Fly Back. Plans for July? No plans! I’m attempting CampNaNoWriMo again – hopefully I’ll actually get past the starting line this time around, never mind reaching the finish.Read More »

MAY WRAP-UP AND JUNE ANTICIPATED READS

May was probably the busiest month so far this year and I’m glad it’s finally coming to an end. I wrapped up my second year at university after meeting two coursework deadlines and sitting three exams, just in time for the start of Ramadan. I spent most of the month planning for the #RamadanReadathon, falling behind on writing author interview questions and feeling envious of all the awesome giveaways we have. I sent off my postal vote for the election on June 8th (if you’re in the UK and old enough, please vote!) and I got shortlisted for the 2017 Wicked Young Writer Awards after submitting a piece I dug up from my creative writing folder because I was cutting it too close to the deadline to write something new.

I didn’t set myself any reading goals this month apart from getting my NetGalley feedback ratio up to 80%. I haven’t quite reached it yet but it means I’ve only read ARCs, all of which seem to be releasing on June 1st. In terms of blogging, I really strayed from my posting schedule because I’ve been so busy and at some point I need to play around with my blog design now that I’m free until September. But overall, it’s been a good month. My main focus for June will be the readathon and the majority, if not all, of my posts will be related to that. I posted a list of what I’ll be reading here.Read More »

APRIL WRAP-UP AND MAY ANTICIPATED READS

So April was a lot more stressful than I thought it would be. You would think no deadlines = no stress, but apparently it doesn’t work like that. I read a total of four books, which is one less than I was planning to but three of them were five star reads so I’m not really complaining. I also went to my first book signing, and tried and failed at CampNaNoWriMo but we don’t need to talk about that.

I spent some time at the beginning of the month changing my blog design, which you may or may not have noticed. Mostly, I just changed the colour scheme but I’m still not completely happy with it. I just don’t think it reflects the blogger or the content so I guess it’s still a work in progress. Since I have exams until the end of May, I haven’t set myself many goals for the month. The plan is to read whatever I feel like reading, instead of making a list like I usually do. I’m feeling both relieved and nervous about wrapping up my second year at university, but I’m definitely excited for what lies ahead.Read More »

MARCH WRAP-UP AND APRIL ANTICIPATED READS

March was a stressful month, to say the least. I didn’t expect anything less knowing I had important deadlines to meet and I think I coped pretty well but I’m just so glad it’s finally over. Despite not getting around to reading everything I wanted to, I still managed to read six books in total (if we’re including my current read which is Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, and no I haven’t read it before.)

Surprisingly, I also managed to write twelve blog posts (thirteen including this one), posting almost every other day. But I don’t think I can keep this up on a monthly basis. I’m still trying to find a schedule that works for me. Firstly, Diversity Spotlight Thursday will now become a fortnightly thing. Secondly, since I’m doing CampNaNoWriMo next month, I’ll be posting non-book related stuff because I never wanted this blog to be solely book based. Thirdly, I’m deadline free until May so I might be changing up a few things. All in all, April is looking to be an exciting month!Read More »

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP AND MARCH ANTICIPATED READS

There aren’t enough days in February. There really aren’t. That being said, it was a great reading month. I read a total of eight books, which is the most I’ve ever read in a month. Technically, I’m still reading the eighth one which ties back into what I said about there being not enough days. I could have finished A Gathering Of Shadows before the end of the month if I had at least two more days to read it.

It’s also been a great blogging month. I published more posts, doubled my stats and changed my theme to one that I’m finally happy with. I’m trying to be more active on here; I’d like to post at least one discussion a month (since they’re pretty fun to write) and also participate in Diversity Spotlight Thursday soon (which you can read about here.)  I’m not sure how successful I’ll be since I have so many deadlines to meet in March, but at least I’ll have a new Ed Sheeran album to drown in my sorrows.Read More »

JANUARY WRAP-UP AND FEBRUARY ANTICIPATED READS

February is already upon us. It’s always terrifying to think about how quickly time passes… didn’t we just start the new year? January was interesting, to say the least. At a time of political turmoil, it has been a challenging start to the year for so many of us. That being said, the positives most definitely outweighed the negatives for me and I really hope it stays that way for the coming months.

I read four books this month – Stalking Jack The Ripper, A Darker Shade Of Magic, Wing Jones and A Quiet Kind Of Thunder. It doesn’t sound like much but it was difficult to squeeze in reading time between mid-month exams and starting a new semester. I’m planning to review these fairly soon, and I will also (hopefully!) be posting a discussion sparked by AQKOT.Read More »

2016 WRAP-UP AND JANUARY ANTICIPATED READS

2016, in many ways, was an unpredictable year. I read half as many books as I did the previous year but, on the most part, the books I did read were ones I actually enjoyed. I wrote less stories, but the stories I did write were ones I wrote out of love and not just for the sake of writing. It’s all about perspective really.

Rather than wanting to read ‘more books’ in the upcoming year, I’m more concerned with what I’ll be reading. As always, I want to read more diverse books which is not a goal as such but more of a guideline, one I’ve proudly stuck by over the past twelve months.

I’d also like to read more recent releases instead of trying to finish all the books on my to-be-read list that were published years ago. Therefore, it only makes sense to make a post, or a number of posts, featuring my highly anticipated reads. They will be in no way conclusive and I think it’s much easier if I rank them by publication date rather than degree of excitement. Hopefully, I’ll remember to do one for each month!Read More »