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Monthly Review: September

September 30, 2016 Montly Review 4

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It was Rowan’s birthday this month and so as a treat I took him to our favourite tapas restaurant and we order WAY too much food…but it was amazing!

You can keep up with all my images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) My Cousins Got Married! – The day that we’ve all been waiting for for what seems like forever! My cousin got married this month and it was such an amazing day. She looked absolutely gorgeous and the weather was beautiful and just everything went perfect. Plus I managed to drag Rowan along with me (his first formal family event!) and even got him up on the dancefloor!

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Monthly Review – August 2016

September 2, 2016 Montly Review 0

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The weather has been amazing over the last month so I have been out an exploring at every opportunity. This picture was taken along the canal which is just behind my house and my absolute favourite place to walk!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) My Cousins Hen Do! – My cousin is getting married next month and so August was hen do month. We spent a day at the races (horse racing that is!) and although it was a little bit rainy it was a lot of fun. I won £50 in bets (we’ll ignore the fact that I spent £48!) and managed to last the entire day in my heels which is a massive accomplishment for me!

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Monthly Review – July

August 5, 2016 Montly Review 0

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This month my mum graduated from university and I was so unbelievably proud of her, so lots of love to her this month, and of course she makes my image of the month!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) My Mum & Dad Went on Holiday – I had 10 whole days to myself whilst my mum and dad were on holiday. Usually this a really stressful time for me because it means that I have to look after the house, the dog, my dads brewery and bar and work full time. Last year I ended up feeling so rubbish by the end of their holiday so this year I took some time off work and had a totally relaxed 10 days, and managed to keep everything together!

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Monthly Review – June

July 1, 2016 Montly Review 2

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Stuck in the middle of a massive storm in the lake district but with some beautiful views and snuggled up on the couch with a bottle of beer and my boyfriend. July was perfect!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) I went to the Lake District – I was so excited for my weekend in the Lake District and although it did rain (a lot) I had such a great and totally chilled out time. We saw some pretty places, took a boat cruise on Lake Windermere, cooked some gorgeous food and I even managed fit in some time to read a book! Will definitely be doing another long weekend in the Lake District at some point.

2) I got my first ever bike – I know what you’re thinking, “I’m sure she’s an adult”, and yes I am. I am a 24 year old who has never had a bike and is not the greatest at riding them. But I decided to be healthy and there was an offer on at my local bike shop, so I thought why not? Now I’ve just got to learn how to ride it!

3) One of My Best Friends Left Work – I work in an office with a great group of people and this month one of them got a fantastic new job (which she totally deserved!) which meant that she has now left the office and boy am I missing her! Thankfully she still works at the same company, just in a different department/building so we can still meet up for lunch but it sucks not having her in the office everyday.

4) I completed my swimming challenge – I am so proud to say that I finally completed my swimming challenge! It took me a few weeks longer then planned due to some illness, but I still managed to complete it by the deadline. 22 whole miles of swimming! Go me!

5) It was fathers day  – I and the youngest of three daughters, and unfortunately due to my sisters moving and travelling around the world I was the only one present for fathers day. I had a really nice time with my dad though, and he loved the drone I had bought him (such a big kid!). I may moan about him most of the time, but I really am so lucky to have him in my life.

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Song of the Month

I have been obsessed with Coldplay’s new album since it was released, but watching them perform live at Glastonbury (on the TV! Unfortunately I wasn’t there) has meant having all of their songs stuck on repeat in my head ever since. Yellow has been one of my all time favourites.

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Spring/Summer 2016 Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 6

It’s been a bit of a slow few months for reading, but I finally feel like I am getting back into it which is perfect for the summer weather and chilling outside in the sun reading! I’ve only actually read 3 books in May but all of them were amazing, so they all make my list!

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The Sin Eaters Daughter (Melinda Salisbury) – I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read this one because it is amazing! Such an amazing world and a great start to the trilogy.

The Sleeping Prince (Melinda Salisbury) – No chance of second book syndrome with this book! An incredible sequel and if possible I loved it even more than the first.

Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig) – A hauntingly honest and powerful book about one mans experience with depression and anxiety. I really opened my eyes and is really worth the read.

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Fav Quote this month

“And most of all, books. They were, in and of themselves, reasons to stay alive. Every book written is the product of a human mind in a particular state. Add all the books together and you get the end sum of humanity. Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being directed to was in actual fact myself.” – Reasons to Stay Alive

I could have chosen a million quotes from this book for this post, but this one was one of my favourites, hence why it made the cut. I just loved his feelings towards books and felt that they were very much the same as mine, but explained in a way that I would have never thought to do so.

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The Sleeping Prince Review
As mentioned above, this book sticks a big middle finger up to second book syndrome and is an incredible sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I was slight

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Most Pop post this month

Things I Want More of in Books – I did my ultimate bookish wishlist of all the things I want authors to write about more. Hopefully some of them saw it and have begun working on my list already!

Bookish Bars – I found out about some amazing bars in London that are also full of books that you ca read whilst you drink. Perfect for when I go to YALC at the end of July!

Harry Potter Phone Charger – It’s been a little while since I did a bookish craft post and I LOVED this HP themed phone charger so much that I had to share it with you all! And you guys loved it!

Comparing (and judging) Harry Potter Covers – I find it crazy that it is nearly a year after I first published this post and it is still one of my most viewed posts! I really enjoyed putting it together and found it so interesting seeing all the different covers

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4 posts I bookmarked

1) This post by Cait @ Paper Fury about what book bloggers actually do. It reminded me of how awesome us book bloggers are, and how underappreciated too!

2) This post by Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa about bookish acronyms. Who knew there were so many?! I will definitely be referring to this post in future, I always get so confused by them!

3) This hilarious post by Emily @ Loony Literate about YA Genre swaps. What if Harry Potter was contemporary? What if the Hunger Games was a romance? Such a funny post!

4) This post in reaction to the Orlando shooting in which Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life talks about the importance of books in teaching us empathy and respect for all types of people.

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Excited for Next Month

1) YALC! – My third year at YALC and I am so excited! There are some great authors attending this year and I’ve already got my pile of books ready to be signed! Plus it’s 4 whole days in London with one of my besties Sam.

2) My mum is graduating   – My mum has been doing a part time Business degree for the past 5 years and she has finally completed and will be graduating in a few weeks and I couldn;t be prouder of her! I remember how nervous she was when she first started and was scared that she would do it. But she did and I am one very proud daughter!

3) Books!   Chasing Impossible, Summer Shadows and Deep Redemption are just three of the books I can’t wait to get my hands on when they are released in July

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How was June for you? 

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Monthly Review: May 2016

June 3, 2016 Montly Review 0

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Sunshine and countryside. I had a perfect bank holiday weekend int he middle of nowhere this month (we didn’t even have phone signal!) It was absolute bliss and was exactly what I needed whilst work is so stressful at the moment!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) My Uni Friends Came to Visit – I love that I am still in touch with a lot of my friends from uni and we have mini reunions a few times a year which is great. This time they all came to visit me and we went to see Busted in concert as well as having a night out with TONS of dancing. I had so much fun!

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2) I’m still doing my swimming challenge – I was meant to complete this on 22 May, but due to some illness at the beginning of the challenge I’ve given myself a few weeks extra to get it complete. I had passed the halfway point by the end of May and definitely feeling like I’ve improved since I started.

3) Family Weekend Away – It was my Auntie’s 60th birthday last month so we arrange a surprise weekend away for her with all the family. I didn’t realise though how much I needed the time away and having 4 days just chilling in the middle of the countryside in the sunshine and reading books and just hanging out with my family was perfect.

4) I made a Teapot cake – I was in charge of the cake for my Aunties birthday weekend away and I spent the past month making various prototypes of this cake before making the finished product last week. It was a lot of stress and I’ve never been so nervous carrying anything in my life, but I’m so proud of the finished product and my auntie was absolutely made up (she even cried!)

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5) I Enrolled on a Masters Course  – As of May I am officially signed up to start my Masters in Creative Writing in October this year. I think at this point I am equal amounts of nervous and excited but I can’t wait for the challenge of doing this. I will be doing it Part Time (whilst still working Full Time) for the next two years, and after that I can start putting MA after my name!

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Song of the Month

Wheatus were actually one of the bands supporting Busted and being able to hear this song from my teenage years being performed lie right in front of me was amazing, and was definitely one of my highlights of the night!

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Spring/Summer 2016 Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 3

It’s been a bit of a slow few months for reading, but I finally feel like I am getting back into it which is perfect for the summer weather and chilling outside in the sun reading! I’ve only actually read 3 books in May but all of them were amazing, so they all make my list!

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The Next Together (Laura James) – I cant believe I’ve had this book for 9 whole months and I’ve only just picked it up! It was so so good and exactly what I had hoped it would be like. My only criticism would be that I wanted MORE, but luckily with the next book coming out in October I will get that!

Some Kind of Perfect (Krista & Becca Ritchie) – Saying goodbye to this series was HARD and there may have been some tears a long the way. I remember picking up the first book and thinking that I wasn’t going to like it, but taking a chance and falling head over heels in love with it! So sad it’s over! Review coming next week!

Scarlett Says (Scarlet Moffatt) – I’m not a non-fiction reader and yet I find myself reading more and more of it. This book was just so darn funny and an excellent take on the world from a really great person. Review coming in June!

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Fav Quote this month

“We speak of moving mountains, but sometimes people can completely rotate the world, just so someone else can land upright on their feet.” – Some Kind of Perfect

I love this book (an in fact the entire series) because in it’s most basic form it is about 6 people who are all going through their own individual problems, but the others would literally do anything/sacrifice anything to help get that person back on their feet. It’s the kind of friendship/relationship that everyone int he world deserves.

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The Runaway Princess Review
I recently reread this book after finding it at the back of my bookshelves during a spring clean. I forgot how much I loved it and decided to share my love with you guys and you couldn’t get enough. Apparently a few of you have this sat on you shelf/kindle and haven’t tried it yourself yet either. Get on it!

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Most Pop post this month

Books I Changed My Mind About Over Time – I don;t normally changed my mind about a book. If I hated it then I probably still will, and if I loved it then again, I probably still will. But there are a few with my opinion definitely changed about, number 1 on the list…Twilight!

At What Point Do You DNF a Book? – I’ve gotten a lot better recently at putting down books that I am not enjoying. But I never know how far into it I should read before I ultimately decide it’s not for me. Is 10% too short, is 50% too much?

Bookish Words and Wisdoms #1 – I am a sucker for a good bookish quote, but I realised that I don;t really talk about them on my blog. So I started a feature which is all about the quotes that I love, starting with this one.

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Excited for Next Month

1) I’m going to the Lake District for the Weekend! – After the weekend away with my family in May coming back to work was not fun, but knowing that in 2 weeks I get another long weekend off to chill out in the lake district made it not so bad. Just me, the boyfriend and BOOKS! Ok, so maybe not too many books, I should probably be social too, but hopefully there will be some gorgeous weather so we can get out and about!

2) I Will FINALLY finish my Swimming Challenge  – Don;t get me wrong, I have really enjoyed this challenge, but I can’t wait to finish it and to just go back to swimming for fun rather than having to keep a check on how many lengths etc. It really has got me back into swimming though, so I am thankful for that!

3) Books!  I’ve got a gigantic pile of books that I want to read next month including Me Before You, which I really want to read before watching the film which is released this month

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How was May for you? Are you getting ready for summer too? 

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Monthly Review – February 2016

February 29, 2016 Montly Review 4

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So my doggy had an operation this month, and although it wasn’t anything massively serious, he is getting older and so the op totally took it out of him. This picture is from the day he came home and was so wiped out he literally just lay in front of the fire and slept all day and night, which was scary but reminded me just how much I love him. Thankfully he has recovered really well and is back to his mischievous self.

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) I went to see Lord of the Flies – I bought tickets for me and my boyfriend for Christmas and although I haven’t read the book (the shame) I have heard amazing things about the play. It was an incredible performance, full of flames and massively emotional at points. I really do need to read the book!

2) I started swimming challenge – I mentioned this last month, but I signed up for a swimming challenge in which I have to swim 22 miles between 22nd Feb – 22nd May. I just started last week and I’m up to 74/1416 lengths.

3) I went away for the Weekend – My first anniversary with my boyfriend was this month and I booked a really nice hotel in the countryside for a totally chilled weekend away. I can’t believe we have actually been together for an entire year, it has gone so fast, but I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for us. (sorry for the cheesiness!)

4) My dog had an operation  – As mentioned above my dog had an operation this month. Luckily it went really well and he is nearly fully recovered and most definitely back to his naughty self.

5) I read Non Fiction! – I For those of you who frequent Broc’s Bookcase you will notice that I don’t really wander far from the genres that I am used to. Well this year I decided that I was going step out of my comfort zone and I actually read some Non-Fiction books and I liked them!

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Song of the Month

I love this song and have been singing it none stop all month. Plus the music video is totally cute, so much love for Ellie Goulding!

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Winter 15/16 Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 6

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 Honesty (Seth King) – This has to be one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, and probably one of the most heartbreaking stories. Seth King is becoming a favourite of mine and I see myself reading a lot more of him in the future.

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts – Such a fun and book. The facts were interesting and the drawings unique. Big recommendations for this one.

Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard) – I can’t believe it took me so long to get round to it reading this book, but I’m glad I finally did because it’s an amazing start to what promises to be an incredible series.

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Fav Quote this month

“There’s nothing wrong with chandeliers” – Honesty (Seth King)

To anyone who has read this book, they will know the power behind this quote. To anyone who hasn’t, it’s about accepting that which or who you love without shame or guilt of it or them not being ‘right’.

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Never Never Part 3 Review
I always love seeing past reviews that are still getting a lot of love months after I have posted them. This book was incredible and deserves every bit of attention it gets.

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Most Pop post this month

My Favourite Swoonworthy Moments in Books – I decided to go all romance for Valentines week and chose some of my absolute favorite romantic moments in books. It was hard to keep from writing down hundreds of them!

What?! I Missed Another Book Release? – I am terrible at keeping up with the books I want to read and their release dates! In this post I basically moaned about my struggles … and asked for some help on how to be better!

Historical Events I Would LOVE to Read About in Books – I don’t really read any historical fiction so I was worried I wouldn’t think of anything for this TTT topic, but then I realised that there are a lot of periods in history that I find fascinating, so maybe I’m just reading the wrong types of historical fiction.

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4 posts I bookmarked

Why Do We Read Painful Books? – I LOVE books that make me cry, and I find that a totally normal thing, but there are a lot of people who don’t understand why I want to read a book if I know it’s going to make me a sobbing mess. Next time I get asked why I will be producing Cait’s list, because it is perfect and so so true!

Free Ecourses | Blueprints, Brands, Business & Pinterest – I really enjoy blogging and I am always looking for ways to be better and get my blog ‘out there’ a bit more. I really appriciated this list, put together by Nellie and Co which can help me to do that at a lower cost. (Check back soon for my thoughts on these courses!)

Life Lessons From Gayle Forman – This month A Perfection Called Books put together this great post in which they share what they have learnt about life through Gayle Forman quotes. I am a massive Forman fan and so loved seeing some of my favourite quotes as life lessons.

Reading Guilt – Readers in Wonderland does a great job of summing up reading guilt in this post whether it be from reading as a form of procrastination from something more important, or feeling guilty for not reading when you feel you should be. I found a lot of truth in this post as there are so many times I have felt the same way.

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Excited for Next Month

1) I’m going to Canada!!! – My sister has been living in Vancouver, Canada now for nearly 2 years and I am FINALLY going out there to see her. We have big plans to see the Rockies as well as just catching up and I am SUPER excited!

2) Easter  – I love chocolate, so Easter has to be on of my favourite holidays. I’ve been really good recently trying not to eat too much chocolate but once Easter weekend arrives I am going BIG!

3) Books!  There are some amazing books being released in March including The Winner’s Kiss... you don’t know how excited I am for this book! Also, Tillie Cole’s newest book A Thousand Boy Kisses, this one sounds different from some of her more recent work so I am intrigued to read this one and find out what it’s all about.

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How was February for you? Did you read anything romance-y for Valentines Day? 

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Monthly Review – January 2016

February 1, 2016 Montly Review 1

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It has been SO cold this month. There is so much crazy weather happening in the world and we have been lucky enough that it’s not massively inconvenienced us, except for the house being freezing and us all (the dog included) having to be wrapped up every night to keep warm!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) Reunion with the Uni friends – It’s been nearly 3 years since I graduated from university and me and my friends make a big effort to make sure to see each other at least a few times a year. This month we all met up in Bristol and had an extremely funny (and drunken) weekend!

2) I signed up for a swimming challenge – I have been wanting to be healthier for a while but can never stick to anything, so this year I have signed up for a swimming challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK. I have to swim 22 miles between 22nd Feb – 22nd May which workd out as 1416 lengths of my local pool! Wish me luck!

3) I booked flights to Canada! – My sister moved out to Canada 17 months ago and still haven’t been out there to visit. But this month I booked my flights and I am super excited to spend Easter with my big sister.

4) My cousins baby turned 1! – Ok, so I know that I’m biased, but my cousins son is the cutest little boy ever, and this month he turned 1 and had a big birthday party. (I ate a stupid amount of cake)

5) I started watching Homeland – I’m really late to the party with Homeland but WOW do I love it. I’m just at the beginning of season 2 and I am so addicted but the biggest problem is that I’m watching it with my dad and sister so can’t binge watch it!

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Song of the Month

I’m not a massive Bieber fan, but this song was a big part of many a funny drunken moment during my reunion weekend with friends so it has to make the pick!

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Winter 15/16 Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 4

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Never Never Part 3 – Such a fantastic ending to this incredible trilogy. I have loved every minute of it and it ended EXACTLY how I wanted it to!

Firsts – This book with it’s stupid teenage decisions frustrated me, but I was so addicted to it I read it in like half a day!

This is Where it Ends – I feel like I’ve been waiting for this one forever, and it was totally worth it. Haunting and powerful but totally unique.

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Fav Quote this month

“You can do far more than you ever imagined.”
Marieke Nijkamp, This Is Where It Ends

“Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic.”
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher, Never Never Part 3

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Like I said above, I LOVED this book and it was such a perfect ending to the trilogy. I have massive hopes for future CoHo & Fisher colaborations.

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Most Pop post this month

Cover Stories: Comparing (and Judging) Harry Potter Covers – I love that 6 months after I originally wrote this post people are still loving it! The amount of time and love I put into this post, it makes me super happy how popular it is!

Character Names I Love and Would Totally Use For My Future Kids – I really enjoyed writing this post. There are so many names in books that I love and I already have a whole list of potential literary baby names (I am not pregnant! Just very organised) that I was so happy to share!

Ratings…What do they mean? – I hate ratings, they really frustrate me and have landed me in a few awkward situations because people don’t know what my ratings stand for and the same with me about their ratings. So I decided to have a rant discussion about it!

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4 posts I bookmarked

How to (Nicely) Attack People with Friendship on the Internet – Cait @ Paper Fury speaks such sense (and in a totally entertaining kind of way!) I loved this post and it totally made me realise how unsocial I was being online.

What To Do When Someone Else Has Your Awesome Idea – I found this post via Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner and after reading it was just like YES! This has happened to me a number of times and I’m always so worried about going forward with my idea and looking like I’ve copied the other blog.

What Book Bloggers Actually Do! – I forget how much is involved in book blogging because it’s just second nature for me now to go update a book on goodreads, retweet a blog post or like a photo on instagram. But this post reminded me of how much is involved, we really are pretty cool us book bloggers!

10 Things I Wish Someone Would Invent – Having JUST accidentally seeing a spoiler for a book that I have been meaning to read for AGES, Jamie’s great idea for a device that helps you to unsee spoilers would be perfect right now, as well as the other 9 things on her list!

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Excited for Next Month

1) I’m going to see Lord of the Flies on Stage  – I really like book to play adaptations and I’m super excited to go and see this one. Although I really do need to read the book first!

2) Weekend Away  – Mine and my boyfriend’s anniversary falls two weeks after Valentines Day, so I’ve arranged a surprise weekend away for the two of us in the middle of the two dates. Luckily he never reads my blog so he shouldn’t find out until I want him to!

3) Books!  There are some amazing books being released in February (see below) that I am SO EXCITED for! Especially Stars Above which is released TOMORROW!

   

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How was January for you?

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Monthly Review: August & September

October 4, 2015 Montly Review, Uncategorized 4

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This is my “It’s time for Autumn” picture.

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

(and August, because I forgot to do a monthly review for it!)

1) I got dressed up and went to a gala ball (August) – I’m not all that much interested in fancy food and balls etc, but I can’t deny that getting dressed up and going to this big fancy dinner was totally exciting! The food was a bit too fancy for me, with some very hard to pronounce words, and I think that my excitement over seeing a potato on my plate during the 4th course (there had been no carbs up to this point!) showed just how common I am! But the night was a lot of fun, and even if I didn’t like the food, the wine was delicious!

2) Broc’s Bookcase turned 2! (August) – I have said it time and time again, that when I started this blog I really didn’t think it was going to last very long. I had tried with blogs before but never really stuck at it, so to still be here 2 years later is so exciting! Once again MASSIVE thanks to everyone who has checked out Broc’s Bookcase at some point.

3) My best friend moved to China (August) – Ok, so she is only going to be gone for 2 1/2 months, but I am missing her so much. She is my go-to person for everything and I hate that we can’t just nip into town and catch up over cocktails and the time difference totally sucks and makes chatting kind of difficult. Only a month and a bit to go!

4) I grew vegetables! (September) – I’m rubbish at growing things and particularly keeping anything plant-like alive, so massive achievement this month in that my lettuce actually grew enough that I can eat it! Was feeling very proud of myself the other day when I placed my homegrown salad on the table for our family dinner.

5) I worked at a Food, Beer and Wine Festival (September) – I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but my dad owns a brewery and bar and so was were invited along to the food festival to sell some of our beer and the meat/cheese platters that we sell in the shop. Unfortunately, day of the festival, my dad fell out of the van (6 months post hip replacement) and ended up having to go to hospital for x-rays! Luckily he is ok, but it did mean that I had to work the food festival in his place. But with yummy food, sunshine and plenty of cider on tap I had a great weekend!

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Song of the Month

 

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. I love it when people take previously released songs and mix them up. Can’t stop myself singing a long when this song comes on the radio.

Honorable mentions: Fight Song (Rachel Platten), Proud Mary (Tina Turner), Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Autumn Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

AUGUST: Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole) – This is my 8th Tillie Cole book and once again she turned my heart to mush with this beautiful but heartbreaking story. She has never shied away from the tough topics, but this book is something else and I literally could not put it down.

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SEPTEMBER: Cinder & Scarlet (Marissa Meyer) – I FINALLY decided to read the Lunar Chronicles and WOW are they amazing! I read both Cinder and Scarlet in September and they even better then I had imagined them being. I love the characters, I love the world building, I love the fairytale twist. I love everything about this series…except the fact that once I’ve finished Cress I am going to have to wait until November to get my hands on Winter!
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Fav Quote this month

I’m going with my favourite quote from August, because nothing from September even comes close to how much I love this one:

“What are words? Sometimes the flick of a pair of eyes or the flush of skin reveals everything you need to know. Words can wound. Silence can heal.” 

Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole)

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Souls UnfracturedThe Young Elites Cover

Souls Unfractured Review        The Young Elites Review

I absolutely loved both of these books and so was super happy that they were my most popular reviews from August and September.

Most Pop post this month

Broc’s Bookcase is 2 years old! – My birthday post in which I did some really hard maths, chatted about my laziness and thank all you wonderful people who come and check out my blog! You guys all left me lovely birthday messages and one lucky person won my giveaway!

When the Work Life, Real Life and Blogger Life Refuse to Work Together – September has been an extremely busy and difficult month for me and I really struggled to balance everything. You guys were super supportive and gave me some great advice!

Top Ten Books on My Birthday List – We had a ‘freebie’ top ten tuesday this month, so I used it to plan out the books on my birthday list. You guys gave me some really good recommendations too!

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4 posts I bookmarked

Blogging 101: How to Get Involved in the Community – One of the most frequent pieces of blogging advice I hear is “get involved in the community.” If you’re new, you may not know what the hell that means or how to go about it.

Get Follows from the Right Places – “Encouraging people to click follow does not make them a ‘follower’!”

The Secret to Being Liked is to Like Other People – “Everyone wants to be liked, but some people are more immediately likeable than others, it seems. The secret to getting people to like you: Like other people.”

How I Will Improve Goodreads When I Rule the World – “Presently, I shall be taking over the universe. Don’t be impatient, now, these things take careful planning and time. I already have an army fuelled on cake. But, to assure the doubters that the universe is in excellent hands, I occasionally write lists of WHY I’ll be such a good world ruler.”

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Excited for Next Month

1) It’s My Birthday! – I’m a bit like a 5 year old when it comes to my birthday and get WAY over excited!

2) The Rose Society Release – I LOVED The Young Elites and so I am super excited for the release of this book and to continue on with the story.

3) Only one more month until … The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, November 9 (Colleen Hoover) and Winter (Marissa Meyer). All three of these things I am desperate to watch/read and I am so excited that we are nearly there!!!

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How was August & September for you?

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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