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There’s No Place Like Home…

October 2, 2017 Blogging 4

So as you’ve probably noticed I’ve been kinda MIA for the past month, and well I’ve been a lot quieter this whole year than I have in previous years. I’ve been blogging for 4 years and my blog has seen me through a lot… graduating, being unemployed, depression, new relationships, new jobs, starting my MA, ending a relationship, loosing my grandad…no matter whats been going on in my life my blog has been here and I’ve always had it to fall back on.

This time last year I had a lot going on. I was working full time, just started a Masters part time and my Grandad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and moved in with us. For 2 months I tried to juggle work, study, caring for my Grandad, being a girlfriend, blogging and just general life and it was such a massive struggle. By the time it got to the new year I was mentally exhausted.

Although I have been blogging this year it hasn’t been to the quality or quantity that it has been in previous years and it took 8 months before I finally sat down and thought about if I still wanted to do this. I had 2 months off from studying and the blog and just enjoyed my summer and my reading without having to worry about silly things like highlighting the best quotes or marking pages that I would need to write my review. I took all the pressure away and just read for the fun of it, and it was the best decision I could have made.

The past 2 weeks I’ve found myself starting to jot down notes for reviews again, and I have a whole page full of ideas for posts. I still feel passionate about blogging, and although I definitely needed the break I am not ready to stop yet.

So here I am!

I’m back with a clearer head but the same amount of passion and hopefully I can get Broc’s Bookcase back to where it was this time last year. So thanks to all those who have stuck with me whilst I stumbled through the last year, and to all those who left … you’ll be back soon!



July 31, 2017 Blogging 2

So this past weekend was YALC and it was amazing and chilled out and full of books, but I also came back feeling totally knackered (probably from all the books I had to carry!). I had plans to write a post about YALC today but then decided that I couldn’t be bothered, because I’m lazy like that, and so decided to do something a bit more fun instead.

I stole the below from Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner. If you don’t already know her blog then check it out (it’s awesome), and she’s just had a totally gorgeous baby girl so go gooey eyes over her too!

Currently reading: Trust by Kylie Scott. I’ve got so many fantasy series to catch up on but was absolutely knackered after YALC so wanted something less fantastical and more normal world. Currently at 15% and loving it.

Currently listening to: Helium by Sia. I’m currently working on a pretty emotional scene in my WIP and this song is the only thing that gets me in the right head space for it. Literally listening to it on repeat for hours on end at the moment.

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End of Year Book Survey 2016

January 1, 2017 Blogging, Survey 0

The End of Year Book Survey by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.  It gives all of us book nerds & bloggers the chance to show everyone our favourite bookish things from the past year and what we are looking forward to next year.

You don’t have to be a blogger to do it, just skip that section. But it is a great way to remind yourself what you’ve been reading for the past year…

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 46

Number of Re-Reads: 6

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult


1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Hands down one of my favourite books of all time.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
One – Sarah Crossen
There was just so much hype surrounding this one, but for me it didn’t live up to the hype.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?
Deep Redemption – Tillie Cole
Tillie wrote this book from the POV of a character who we hated through the beginning of this series, I was so worried about if I was going to like this book and so was very surprised when I LOVED it!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
Such an amazing debut with some phenomenal world building!

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series ender of 2016?
Series Started: This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab
Best Sequel: Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard & The Sleeping Prince – Melissa Salisbury
Best Ender: The Winners Kiss – Marie Rutkoski

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?
Alwyn Hamilton – Her debut this year was incredible plus I got to meet her at YALC which was amazing! Can’t wait to read more of her books in the future!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non Fiction (Self Help) – Start Where You Are

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Winners Kiss – Marie Rutkoski
This book was such an action packed end to the trilogy! Literally could not put it down!

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Next Together – Lauren James
Since this book is split into several different stories I really liked that the cover shows that too.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
PoppyA Thousand Boy Kisses
She was such a beautiful character and I finished this book with so many of her quotes highlighted (which then ended up on my bedroom wall)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
I had no idea what to expect from this book and what I got was totally unexpected but it was beautiful and powerful and is a book that EVERYONE needs to read.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Yep, I’m choosing it again. But the message in this book is so important. Definitely one of the most life changing books I’ve ever read.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
The Sin Eaters Daughter (Melissa Salisbury) and Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)
Both of these books were amazing and I can’t believe I didn’t read them when they were first released!

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”It Ends With Us
As I mentioned above, this book has such a powerful message and this quote (which is so so true) just proves it.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: 92 pages – Never Never Part 3
Longest: 664 pages – Some Kind of Perfect

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole
I wasn’t expecting the story that I got at all.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Kestrel and Arin (The Winners Kiss)
I have been with these two from the start and seeing them end their story together made me so so happy!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Arin and Roshar (The Winners Kiss)
I loved the development of their relationship through the entire trilogy but especially in the final book. They have to be one of my favourite bromances of all time!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Straight – Seth King
He writes some of the most beautiful books I have ever read and isn’t scared of a tough topic. He is an author I have read before and will definitely be reading again.

21. Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
One – Sarah Crossen
I would say that I read is based mostly on hype (which I should have learnt by now is not the right thing to do) and I have to say that I was massively disappointed in it. I should have learnt by now that hype doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be any good.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Gui – Breaking Through
He was just the perfect man. Sexy, sensitive and just beautiful inside and out.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
It was truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Amazing world building and a story I couldn’t put down.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Some Kind of Perfect – Becca and Krista Ritchie
This book made me smile so much because it was the perfect ending to an incredible series. My smiles were closely followed by tears when I had to say goodbye to this series!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
It Ends With Us, A Thousand Boy Kisses and Deep Redemption

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Pain Eater – Beth Goobie

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Unboxed – Non Pratt
This book was unique because it was printed in a format that was dyslexia friendly, which is something I didn’t even know was a thing until I met a company that did it at YALC. Pretty cool stuff.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Honesty – Seth King
This book made me mad because it focuses on a very real issue still happening in the world today and that is NOT acceptable.



1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I haven’t really discovered many new ones, I’m very much a creature of habit. I do still hold a massive amount of love for Paper Fury and A Fools Ingenuity though. They are two blogs I definitely couldn’t live without!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
I always find reviews for books that I have loved super hard and I always hate reading back over my reviews because I feel like they sound stupid, but I remember reading this one back and thinking that it was actually pretty good!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Book Cataloging, Are You Doing It?
I’ve been looking into cataloging my books for quite a while and so really enjoyed putting this post together and researching all the different apps that you can use to catalogue.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to YALC for the 3rd year in a row and spend 3 whole days surrounded by authors, books and other bookworms just like me! This year I got to meet Victoria Schwab, Alwyn Hamilton, Melissa Salisbury and Lauren James just to name a few.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
It would have to be YALC and being recognised by Alwyn Hamilton as one of the bloggers who reviewed her book. She then also remembered me the next day when we ran into each other in Tesco and spent 10 minutes chatting about our Hogwarts houses!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
A find it totally amazing that my most popular post (for the second year running) is Comparing and Judging Harry Potter Covers, which I posted in July 2015!
But if we are talking about something that I have posted this year, then the most popular (by views) would be my review for A Beautiful Funeral (Jamie McGuire).

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Not a specific post, but my weekly feature Sunday Funday. Some of these posts take me hours to create and it’s sometimes a bit disappointing to log on and see that hardly anyone has checked them out. But then I guess as long as I am still getting the enjoyment from writing them then that’s the main thing!

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I think it would have to be when I discovered Storybook cosmetics had made some Harry Potter make up brushes, they were amazing! You can check them out in my Harry Potter Make Up post, but you should also go check out their website because they have just created a new Quill eyeliner brush which is super cute!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I kind of lost count with all my challenges in the second half of this year due to my Grandad getting ill and me having to take a hiatus from my blog to help care for him. I just missed out on my goodreads challenge by 3 books (annoying!) but I am really looking forward to


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
I am so ashamed to say that this has been sat on my shelf since its release in March! I will definitely be reading this in 2017!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2), Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2), Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2), Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I want to reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal and I want to be better on social media. I may even post pictures of books on Instagram!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Riot – Tillie Cole
The final book in the Scarred Souls series. This book is incredible and I can’t recommend it, and the entire series, enough.


Happy Birthday to…Broc’s Bookcase! (So let’s have a giveaway!)

August 29, 2016 Blogging, Giveaway 1

brocs bookcase birthday

Broc’s Bookcase is 3 years old!

(How on earth did that happen?!)

I remember when I first started blogging and would visit blogs that were years old and think Wow, how do they do it? Well 3 years on here I still am with no idea how I did it!

I am still amazed every single day when I log onto my blog and see that people have actually visited, people have commented, people have shared. Because who I am? I’m a 24 year old who lives in the middle of no where with way too many books that I love chatting about.

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I’m on holiday…and kinda forgot to blog!

March 30, 2016 Blogging 6

So I had this great plan before I came on my holiday to Vancouver that I would write a load of blog posts and schedule them for whilst I was away. Which worked for the first week I was here, and then I forgot to do the second week worth of posts!

So I just wanted to say a quick halloooo, and let you know that I am still around and apologise for the lack of posts this week!

I am totally still reading though and in fact literally just finished The Winner’s Kiss, which was incredible. Tried to write a quick review for it just now before I go out for the day, but it’s not really a book that you can just write a quick review for, the book deserves so much more!

But there will be a review soon, a very fan-girly one because this book was incredible!

For now, I am off to explore Vancouver a little more with the few days here I’ve got left.

Sadly I will be back in England on Sunday and back in work on Monday (booooooo!) so everything should return to normal for next week!

I hope you all had amazing Easter weekends, can’t wait to tell you all about mine!


Ratings…What do they mean?

January 11, 2016 Blogging, Discussion 6

I hate ratings. For me, the worst part about reviewing a book is rating it. I find it extremely difficult and in fact gave up on ratings on my blog reviews last year. The only place I rate books now is on Goodreads but still, I hate it. How are we as readers and fans of these books meant to sum up a thousand words with just 5 little stars?

Last year I had a rather awkward experience with a book that I rated and reviewed on Goodreads when I was asked by the author about my rating choice. The author was confused because they felt that my review and the rating I had given the book on Goodreads didn’t quite match.

This is in no way me wanting to complain about the author (and it’s for this reason that I am not including their name), because we were already corresponding at the time so it wasn’t like the author had randomly contacted me to complain about my rating, and also the way in which the conversation went it seemed that the author was just genuinely confused as I had written some quite good things about the book in my review but in the authors mind my rating was saying “meh, it was ok.”

After a few emails back and forth with the author we quickly realised that ratings meant two completely different things to us, and here in lies the problem.

So what are the correct descriptions for ratings?

If you were to go by the Goodreads rating descriptions this is what it would mean…

  1. Did Not Like It
  2. It Was Ok
  3. Liked It
  4. Really Liked It
  5. It Was Amazing

Does this match your ratings?

I had a look around quite a number of the blogs that I follow and I was really surprised that a big majority of them actually do not offer any explanation for what their ratings mean. I could be thinking that their rating means one thing whilst they actually mean something totally different.

I think providing an explanation is the best thing to do when using ratings, so that when checking out a blogs review we actually know exactly what their rating means.

Blog Ratings Charts(Confessions of CarlisaA Perfection Called Books) (Lost in Wonderland)

Just from these three charts that I pulled from some blogs you can see the differences. The 5* and 1* ratings are the same, but things tend to change a little bit around the 2* – 4* areas.

For some people 3 stars means they liked it whereas for others it means ‘meh, it was ok’. Does 2* mean it was bad or just not for me? Is 4* like or really like?

But there are other ways to use star ratings too…

Through my noseying around the blogging universe I found some blogs that are doing different things when it comes to using star ratings…

At Such a Novel Idea they still use a star rating but they break it down  so we can see what influenced the rating. This doesn’t help much for knowing what each star rating means, but it helps us to see what went into the decision.

Rating breakdown

Then there are blogs like Chrissi Reads who instead of using their star rating to tell us how much they liked/hated a book, they instead use it to tell us if they would recommend the book to others…

Chrissi Reads Ratings(Source: Chrissi Reads)

Then there are the blogs who just decide to do something completely different…

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner has a sliding scale for her reviews and she points out exactly were on the scale the book would stand…

Book Rock Betty organises her reviews by ‘shelf’. Top shelf is good, bottom shelf is bad. You can see her descriptions for each shelf on her rating page here.

Book Rock Betty Rating

Every one is doing something different…

From what I have seen no two blogs are doing the same thing and although everyonesratings are, in a lot of cases, similar they are not always the same and this leads to massive amounts of confusion.

For a while now I have been using words, rather then numbers to rate the books I read:
Loved, Really Liked, Liked, It Was Ok, It Wasn’t For Me, I Didn’t Like It, I Hated It…etc
But after seeing what everyone else has been doing, I thought I would change it up a bit.

So I have decided to go with a a rating scale on which I can tell you what I think about the book. It may end up changing at some point, but for now here it is…

Really Liked.5

How do you rate books? Do you ever get confused by ratings?

Have you ever wanted to rate differently to how you do now?


Things I have learnt in my 2 years of blogging (and some things I still suck at!)

November 20, 2015 Blogging 1

This week I have been trying to be good and write & schedule my blog posts for 2 weeks time when I am on holiday. I was very proud of myself, I’d finally learned and I was being organised!

Then it only occurred to me that I hadn’t actually scheduled any posts for this week! So whilst it was great that I am totally prepared for when I got on holiday in 2 weeks, I’ve been rather quiet this week!

I guess I actually don’t learn!

Anyways, to my post… so I recently had my two year blogiversary and wanted to post about all the things I have learnt. So drafted up this post and then totally forgot about it (yet again showing how amazingly organised a blogger that I am) so I thought now would be the perfect time to actually post it!

Now I know I’m not the most experienced of bloggers and it’s not like I’ve got lots of wisdom, but I thought I would share my thoughts anyway…

  1. Get involved!
    Don’t worry, I’m not expecting you to enter a fight to the death match, but there is always something going on within the community that you can get involved in (that doesn’t involve strenuous exercise!).
    Challenges, giveaways, read-alongs, blog tours, cover reveals… there’s so much! There are tons of book clubs and challenge pages/groups on goodreads for starters! Taking part in things is a great way to make new friends and discover new books and authors. I’ve met loads of new friends through doing The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday feature, plus it’s always so much fun to take part in.

  2. If you want your blog to get more traffic then look at what is already getting traffic and do more of that!
    I have found that some of my more popular posts are when I chat about all the amazing bookish stuff that I want to buy around the internet, jewellery and clothes etc. So I tend to do these types of posts at least once a month.
    I also learnt which of my reviewing styles people tend to prefer and now write all my review like that.
    Although you shouldn’t be ruled by stats it’s important to keep an eye on them to see what is and isn’t working on your blog.
  3. Shake it up!
    Change your picture, start a new bookish feature, start doing video reviews…these are just a few ideas of things you can do to shake things up on my blog.
    I’m not saying that you should change your entire theme and layout every year, that would get very confusing and probably expensive if you are paying for new designs. But some new additions to your blog could bring in a whole new audience, and also stop you from getting bored posting about the same things all the time!

  4. It’s Ok that you don’t have the prettiest format.
    Every one has blog envy at some point! You can work on your blog design for hours and hours and love it, then go onto another blog and suddenly you wish yours was more like theirs. My advice would be to make your blog as accessible as possible so it is easy for people to find stuff on it, I hate going to visit blogs and not being able to find their reviews.
    I would also say put as much of your personality into it as possible! It’s your blog so make it something that you want and like. No point in giving your blog a pink theme if you hate pink because you’re the one who’s got to look at it every day!
  5. Sometimes you will enjoy a book you have had for years over that ARC you really wanted but didn’t get accepted for.
    Every one loves free books, and even better everyone loves a free book that hasn’t been released yet. I remember when I started my blog I was constantly seeing ARC reviews all over the blogosphere. So once I started getting emails from authors about reviewing their books I said yes to everything I could. This resulted in me totally under pressure to read tons of books which I actually wasn’t enjoying that much! If you write good reviews then people will still want to read them whether you have reviewed the book a month before it was released or 2 years after!

  6. Ask! If you want something then get out there and ask for it. Publishers are not going to know that you are there unless you tell them!
    Much of the time if you see a blog that has received an ARC, or done an interview with an author, or taken part in a blog tour it is because they have asked the author/publisher/blog tour organisers etc.
    Yes, there are the very popular blogs out there who get contacted by these people and are asked to take part, but the majority of us have to source these things ourselves. So what if your blog is only small and you only have 100 twitter followers, you will never know if you don’ ask and what have you got to loose?!
  7. Don’t leave meaningless comments, people don’t like them!
    There is nothing that annoys bloggers more than a meaningless comment. When we have spent time writing a review or a post and we get that wonderful little notification that someone has commented on it and tapping our fingers on the desk for 10 minutes whilst the stone age computer (I do a lot of my blogging in work!) loads it up and then our heart drops as we see that comment: “Great review, check mine out at …”
    There is nothing more disappointing and frustrating than a meaningless comment! Bloggers don’t expect mile long comments, but it’s nice if you leave a comment that actually talks about something we mentioned in our post so it actually looks like you have read it!
  8. Be social on social media!
    That’s what it is there for! It’s the perfect place to connect with authors and other bloggers and to share links to your own posts! It’s so simple to like or share a status, or if you are feeling extremely brave you could leave a comment or tweet! The worst part is trying to fit everything you want to say into just 140 characters!
  9. You forgot to post or you haven’t posted on your blog for a few days – it doesn’t matter!
    It’s ok, no need to freak out! As I said above, I haven’t posted since Tuesday and now I am finishing this post last minute during my lunch hour!
    Life happens and sometimes you forget or can’t post for a few days, we all understand that. So don’t worry if you miss a few days, we will all still be here when you get back!

  10. If all else fails add a GIF!
    Everyone loves a good GIF! They make us chuckle and are a great addition to any blog post (especially those that are a bit longer, kinda like this one!) Just make sure you don’t go overboard! You don’t want your post to look too crazy, plus it will take forever for the page to load!
  11. There is no point in blogging if you are not enjoying it!
    Yes, there are times when blogging can get a bit stressful. Stuff is happening in the real world that you have to deal with, or you are struggling to cope with the blogging/personal life/work life balance. Trust me this stuff happens to me a lot!
    But if you find yourself struggling to find the motivation to blog or the whole thing just feels like a big pressure and you are not enjoying it anymore then maybe it’s time to stop.
    Blogging takes work, but it is also meant to be fun. I’ve known of a few bloggers that have decided to take some time out or to stop blogging because they just weren’t enjoying it anymore/needed a break. At the end of the day its your blog and it’s up to you. But as long as (the majority of the time, in amongst the last minute posts and the balancing everything struggle!) you are enjoying it then keep going!

Are you a blogger? How long have you been blogging for?

What have you learnt in your years of blogging?


Bookish Posts/Things I Found Online That I Felt Like Sharing…

October 19, 2015 Blogging 6

So as part of my monthly review I usually point out some of the Bookish things I have found online and loved. But recently there have been so many things that I couldn’t put them all on my monthly review, so I thought I would share them here instead…


When Shanelle @ The Art of Escapism announced that she and a group of other bloggers would be hosting a blogging event called Hogwarts School of Blogcraft and Bookistry. It is just as amazing as amazing as it sounds!

When a fan of Becca & Krista Ritchie’s Addicted series made these totally cute bookmarks based on the characters. Unfortunately they are not for sale, but we can still swoon over them and get total bookmark envy!

When Cait @ Paper Fury wrote this post about How To Be Kind To Book Bloggers. I love her blog and it always makes me laugh, but I really loved this post and it made me think of even more things to do to be nice to my fellow bloggers (I also ended up with “Make it Pink! Make it Blue!” stuck in my head ALL DAY!)

When the Shadowhunters TV Trailer was released and I danced around my house like a 5 year old on Christmas Day, and then continued to watch the trailer over and over again for about an hour so I could make sure I saw EVERYTHING!

When Rick Riordan announced he will be writing more books set in Camp Half Blood! I haven’t even finished the last series, but I want this one like NOW! It’s called: Trials of Apollo and it sounds AWESOME!

When Beks @ Novel Dreams gave us some great advice on How to Combat Blogging Burnout which came at the perfect time for me as everything was all just getting a little too much and things with my blog were starting to slip.

When Penguin Random House and Melville House had an awesome Twitter spat (full article here)

Penguin Malville Tweet War

When Jessica @ Bookish Serendipity talked about The Same Rating for Unequal Books and the different ways that people will rate and the benefits and difficulties of each one. I really liked this post because ratings are something that I really struggle with and so it was nice to know that I wasn’t alone.


So there it is, my favuorite bookish things I have favourited over the past few weeks.

Check them out and let me know what you have starred/bookmarked/favourited recently!