BQW – Reading Journals

Do you have a reading journal?

I have always wanted a reading journal but if you’re anything like me, you’ll buy yourself a day-by-day diary, write in it for the first week and forget all about it by the second week.

I’ve seen some incredible reading journals and the one at the top of my wishlist is StellaBookishArt’s marble reading journal 😍😍😍

It is one stunning journal, and the art and quotations inside of the journal is beautiful!

But over Christmas I got myself Literary Listography – My Reading Life in Lists which I think, may actually be the perfect reading journal for me.

It’s not a day-by-day thing, but is literally a book full of lists for you to make. Some of the lists you can make are titled “fictional characters I would not get along with” and “fictional characters I’d go on a date with” 😂

It’s kind of like a scrapbook that you can add to as you read something new.

Plus, it’d be kind of a cool thing to pass down the family when you’re older so you can share your favourite reads and it might encourage other family members to start a list too!

It is definitely much different to a reading journal, where you can track your progress and write down your favourite quotes…etc.

But for myself – who can’t stick to writing a journal but wants to spend a fortune on one – thought this list idea was great.

Have you got a reading journal? What are your thoughts?

I look forward to reading your responses in the comments 😍😍

That Bookish Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got plenty of books to start reading in 2020!! I received The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett from my brother, and it’s in the Barnes and Nobles Leatherbound collection; it is truly gorgeous!! It’s full of illustrations, and it’s embossed with gold 😍😍 (pic below of the edition I have)

I am eagerly awaiting my first ever FairyLoot Book Box for January! I can’t wait to see what’s inside😍 FairyLoot is a monthly subscription service that send you a box full of bookish goodies! It is for lovers of YA fiction/fantasy, and is based around a monthly theme. January’s theme is Moon and Stars and has bookish items inspired by our night sky. I purchased this box as a one-off purchase and not a monthly subscription (because I can’t afford that sadly 😫😅), but it was my birthday treat to myself and I will be sure to share with you the items I receive on a blog post, as well as on my instagram, @youaremynewbook.

I was meant to post weeks ago with the pictures from my trip to London and ‘Booksellers Row’ but me being super unorganised, didn’t get round to posting it! So, please see below the pictures of Cecil Court in London!

This shop was mainly made up of different editions of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ – it was magical.
This is a picture of the front of the bookshop filled with the children’s fiction and Alice in Wonderland collection!

I held a book worth £500.00, so I soon realised I couldn’t afford anything from this place but I was enchanted and just in constant awe of how many gorgeous books there were.

A few weeks ago, I went to watch Last Christmas at the cinema, and realised that it was mostly filmed in Cecil Court! So it felt even more special to have visited such a famous street!!

If you’re ever in London, I would definitely recommend the trip, because I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. It was just floor to ceiling of first edition, limited edition and super expensive books – and although I couldn’t afford any, I just fully appreciated being in such a wonderful place and surrounded by such art as I’m sure you all would too!

On another note, you may have noticed that I have started a blog post called ‘Bookish Question of the Week’ (BQW). If you haven’t checked it out please see here for the first post, but basically, as I’ve been writing stuff for this blog, there have been many questions that have arisen (from my momentary bouts of imagination that is), that has made me stop and think about what other peoples’ opinions are on the topic. They are posts that allow you to get involved and share your own perspective/ideas/experience with myself and others, so I do hope some of you will participate 😍☺️

My first post was the question ‘Is a reading goal restrictive or a little intimidating?’ And as I’ve been reading over the Christmas period, I have decided to NOT set a target of books to read in 2020 on Goodreads (I’m a rebel!). You’ll understand why once you have given the first BQW a little read.

Well, I hope you have a smashing New Years Eve, and all the best to everyone for 2020! I can’t wait for another whole year of reading books and visiting new book shops around the world!

What are your New Years Resolutions, if you have any? 🍾🎊🎆

Bookish Question of the Week

I’d like to introduce you to Bookish Question of the Week!

As I’ve been writing all of my blog posts, I’ve come across a few questions that made me think ‘I wonder if anyone else thinks/feels the same?’ So I thought I’d take this opportunity to ask you all your thoughts.

Is a reading goal restrictive or a little intimidating?

So far, I have read 21 books this year. I should be proud of that right?

But because my goal was to read 30, I feel unaccomplished. Which made me raise the question, is a reading goal restrictive or de-motivating?

I think reading as much as you want, when you want and what you want to read is the most important.

I’m a fast reader but finding the time to read can be difficult sometimes, between work and my social life. But when I do find the time, I enjoy every moment. That is what reading is about 😍

Is a goal necessary? Should we perhaps keep a list of the books we have read and total it up at the end of the year and see how much each one of us have accomplished? What are your thoughts?

That Bookish Monday

Between illness, work, and my social life, I’ve had no time to write. It’s not until I stopped writing my weekly blog posts I realised how much I have missed it! But don’t worry, I’m hoping it won’t happen again (and I even bought myself a new planner just to ensure I always make time to be creative!!).

I just finished Bone China by Laura Purcell…and was unfortunately disappointed by it.

I can’t fault Purcell’s great writing, but the timeline of it didn’t flow as seamlessly as The Corset. The book was split into different parts and some of it was set 40 years ago, and it just made the storyline a little more confusing than it needed to be. I’m not a lover of a story jumping back and forth between characters or timelines, and this story reminded me of why I dislike it so much 🙈 However, I just bought The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell so I haven’t given up on her!

I have a confession to make…I don’t like/watch TV that much…

Because when I do, I end up binge watching, like I have done with the Netflix series, Chesapeake Shores.

So it’s incredibly cheesy, yet beautiful and poetic, and it’s so scenic. I wanted an easy watch and that is exactly what I got. But it also encouraged me to realise that life is more important than rushing around, overthinking and worrying, but actually to take it slow, be prepared, but follow your dreams. A lovely sentiment I think.

It was also a dream come true to see Christina Aguilera in concert!! She merged Burlesque with Moulin Rouge which was EPIC, and sang every song so beautifully and from the heart. I do wish there wasn’t as many costume changes though; it kind of broke the flow of the show up if you get me?

Excitingly, my birthday is on Saturday, and I’m off shopping in London for the day. My friends and I will be going to Cecil Court and if you haven’t heard of Cecil Court, it’s supposedly the ‘Diagon Alley’ for booklovers. If you click on the link, it’ll take you to a page about it. It’s basically a place with lots of antique and secondhand bookshops!! I’ve always wanted to go so I’m super excited and I’l post pics on another blog post once I’ve visited so you can all enjoy it with me.

I hope you enjoy your week, and I’m going to leave you with a very motivational quote until next time 😍

Autumn Book Tag

I saw this tag on Reading at Teatime blog, and because of how much I love Autumn, I thought I would get involved!

What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

When the leaves all change colour and start falling 🍁 The picture below is when I was walking to work last year and it was so sunny and the path was just covered in crispy leaves.

What book reminds you of your school days?

There are so many books, but just to name a few, Matilda by Ronald Dahl, and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. As a teen, I was a twi-hard (guilty as charged), and so far, the twilight books are the only books I have ever reread 🙈

What cover reminds you of Autumn?

Paulo Coelho’s By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept reminds me of autumn because of the orange/yellow colours and the trees without their leaves 🍁

What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

I really don’t like horror films and I hate anything that makes me jump 🙈🙈 but if I were to choose a Halloween film it would have to be Casper!

What fall book release are you looking forward to?

I have had a fall book release that I was looking forward too…and which I purchased a signed edition of….

Laura Purcell’s Bone China!

I will for sure, be doing a review on this. Gosh, I’ve missed her writing, and I’m only 80 pages in and it’s so eery, and the character is brilliant!!! Perfect Halloween book 🎃

What Autumn movie releases are you anticipating?

Noelle with Anna Kendrick in. I love Christmas, so a Christmas movie released in November…perfection!

What are the 3 books you plan to read this Autumn?

– Bone China by Laura Purcell

– The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

– Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I would like to tag anyone that loves the sound of this autumn tag to join in and give it a go ☺️💖

That Bookish Monday

Had a great time at FriendsFest in MK this weekend!

The sets – although definitely not the real ones and definitely not to size – were amazing to see. To stand in Monica’s apartment, and Chandler/Joey’s apartment was so cool!

I have popped some panoramic pictures below of the sets.

I was really concerned about whether the coffee was any good in Central Perk, and if it wasn’t, whether it would ruin my whole perception of the show…but it was incredible coffee!!!

I also got to look through the peep hole in the door, so I was super happy to get this shot 😍

AUDIOBOOK OF THE WEEK

My job as a medico-legal proofreader sometimes takes its toll on my ability to read by the evening sometimes; my eyes get super-duper tired after intently staring at a screen all day. So listening to an audiobook is really relaxing. I was recommended a book called The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

Synopsis

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

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It’s an easy listen and a very interesting concept. I’ve enjoyed listening before bed, although, if I turn my lamp off I tend to fall asleep so better to not do that 😂🙈 I’m sure I’ll do a review once I’ve finished listening!

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Instead of telling you about my goals for the week, which are most likely the same as last week, I would love to know if you have set yourself a goal? Please comment below what it is you want to accomplish by week end!

That Bookish Monday

Good evening to you all 🌛

It’s that time of week again, that I do my weekly bookish blog.

I’m so excited for this weekend because I’m off to FriendsFest!! I will post some pics next Monday!

If you’re not sure what this is, basically they recreate the F.R.I.E.N.D.S TV set 😍

Also, this month, I am taking part in #secondhandseptember, a campaign by Oxfam to raise awareness of the environmental impact of fashion. I was shocked at the 11 million items of clothing that are sent to landfill every week and to find out that 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon emissions are produced by the fashion industry.

How quickly we buy and chuck away clothes has now been termed ‘fast fashion’. It refers to inexpensive clothing that is produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest fashion trends. As you keep up with the latest trend, you discard of the clothes you used to wear and replace them with newer ones.

Oxfam’s #secondhandseptember is encouraging people to buy secondhand clothes from places like charity shops, or sites like eBay…etc., which will save clothes from going to landfill and at the same time possibly save you money and have the chance to donate to charity.

My friend sent me a really informative video on YouTube about how fast fashion adds to the world’s clothing waste problem. It describes the recycling process and how only 1% of clothing is being truly recycled, and where your clothes are really going. Give it a watch here to gain some more understanding of how you can help.

I think this month will be very insightful for me. I tend to buy clothes that are only in the sale, because half the time I buy clothing at full price it ends up in the sale a week later. But thinking about this, I really am just adding to ‘fast fashion’. Buying secondhand clothing will be great for my bank account, but also great for the environment, so it’s a win win!

I hope by reading this post, some of you are encouraged to take the pledge. I’m going to hold my hand up and say I don’t think I’ve ever bought clothing from a charity shop before, and there has only been a handful of times that I have bought secondhand clothing from Facebook Marketplace or eBay. I wouldn’t hesitate at buying a book from a charity shop, but why have I all this time, hesitated to buy clothes?

This is the first day of #secondhandseptember and it has already got me thinking. So I would definitely recommend trying it for at least one month to see how much it can change your lifestyle.

Are you already participating? Or have I convinced you? Let me know in the comments below ☺️😍

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BOOK OF THE WEEK

I am still reading Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer and it’s already so incredible. It is gorgeously written, and just from the bit I’ve read so far, I have a favourite quote:

“None of us became monks to be nursemaids.”

To which the child Lazlo replied, with fire in his soul, “And none of us became children to be orphans.”

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

Blunt realism. Love it!

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Exciting news! I completed all of the goals I set myself from last week, and I plan to continue with them this week!

These were:

  1. To read for 15 mins before going to bed
  2. Play piano twice a week
  3. Write a blog about another topic, not just a review

So pleased I finally nailed it, and I feel much more productive for doing so.

I hope you all have a great week!