The people of Bookstagram – December 2017

This post is a little different to some of my usual chatter but is probably a great deal more important. If you’re thinking about joining #bookstagram but aren’t sure where to start it’s important to find the most active and helpful members of the community. There are the @PaperFury’s and @BookSugar’s of the world and  you’ll find them, most likely, without too much hunting. Today I’m interested in shedding some light on the up-and-comers, the friendly faces of the everyday, online, bookish community. I’d like to introduce you all to some of my favourite bookstagrammers. Some of these lovely people deserve far…

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve never participated in a book tag on my blog so today marks an important first! I was tagged by the lovely Helen (watchingsparksreviews.wordpress.com) first and then by Moon on Twitter, (moonkestrelblog.wordpress.com) so I’ve been extremely fortunate! That means I get DOUBLE QUESTIONS! The Rules: The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they: Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11…

Etiquette for Book Borrowing and Lending

Sharing the gift of reading is a pleasure and a curse. On one hand it’s so, so fun to find someone who shares your love of Hogwarts, Narnia or Velaris. On the other hand, WHAT IF THEY SABOTAGE YOUR BOOK AND SUBSEQUENTLY YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND YOU CEASE TO BE FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF EVER?! Is it ever worth losing both? Thankfully there are steps you can both take to help you avoid the crippling sorrow of a soiled paperback. (And to help them avoid your wrath!) Lending Lending Procedure Don’t lend out books you won’t get over losing. Keep your favourites, your antiques, your first editions, signed, and personalised copies to…

My bookish Christmas list

Goodbye Halloween! See you next year! AND HELLO CHRISTMAS!!! I am already excited for all the loveliness the winter season brings, Christmas, of course, being a big feature. Last year I was packing to move off to Canada but this time I’m around a little longer and get to enjoy the whole, fabulous season. As such I’ve been holding off on some spending and keeping track of some wonderful things. Of course, I don’t expect to get all of them but I do enjoy the process of creating a Christmas list, it gives me a wonderful shopping list for the January sales! This is a bit like one of those fantasy sports leagues, except…

Vicious by V.E.Schwab: Review

I read my first Schwab book and it was marvellous! Title: Vicious Author: V.E.Schwab Publication date: September 24th 2013 Pages: 368 Blurb:  Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a…

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine: Review

Yep. It’s still one of the best series’ I’ve read this year. I’m waiting anxiously for book four. Title: Ash And Quill Author: Rachel Caine Publication date: Allison & Busby (11 July 2017) Pages: 368 Blurb:  Held prisoner by the Burner forces in Philadelphia, Jess and his friends struggle to stay alive in the face of threats from both sides …but a stunning escape guarantees worse is coming. The Library now means to stop them by any means necessary, and they’ll have to make dangerous allies and difficult choices to stay alive. They have only two choices: face the might of the Great Library head on, or be erased from…

I’m Taking part in #NaNoWriMo (!!) [SEND HELP]

I’ve recently become quite fond of being unreasonably busy; I periodically wonder if I’m losing my mind but, honestly, that’s fine by me. Madness in life (or busyness I suppose, more than madness) can be oddly grounding. NaNoWriMo, on the other hand, is a whole different kettle of fish: NaNoWriMo might be a step too far. For those of you that haven’t heard of it or are unsure of the ins and outs, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a month long writing event for anyone mad enough to sign up. It is, essentially, a public self-challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days (That’s…