Things I Didn’t Do Before I Was a Book Blogger

The other day I was sent a book that was the third in the series, and while I haven’t read the other two, I thought I’d read it straight away anyway. I’d never have done that before I was a book blogger, and it got me thinking about things I do since blogging that I wouldn’t have before.

  • Reading a book without reading the ones before it – past me wouldn’t have even considered doing that, but now if I have a limited time I’m happy to dive right in.
  • Similarly, if a new book in a series comes out, I used to have to read all the previous ones first to get myself back into it. These days there’s so many books and so little time, I just have to trust my memories!
  • I didn’t read this much until I started blogging. Well, maybe when I was a teen and younger, but during uni I didn’t find the time or the will really. I’m so glad blogging has made me fall back in love with reading.
  • I also didn’t give up on books until recently. I also struggled through a book I wasn’t enjoying, mostly because I didn’t even think about not finishing them. I hate not knowing what happens! But these days I figure I have too many books and too little time to read to bother trying to enjoy something I’m not.
  • Even when I was reading lots, I was never this up to date with new releases, new authors and general bookish news. I love that blogging has got me discovering new books and not rereading the same old favourites like I used to!
  • I’ve always been a bit of a book hoarder, and it’s only the last few months that I’ve decided to get more ruthless with what I keep. The tottering piles of books were starting to get dangerous now Little Moore is crawling!
  • I didn’t use Twitter before I blogging, and I’m so glad I started. It’s opened up this whole new world of people to talk to, the UKYA community and fellow book lovers and book bloggers.

Have you noticed any new bookish habits since you started blogging?

A Christmas Book Haul

I don’t often to book hauls, mostly because I don’t really get a lot of books in one go, but I was lucky enough to get so many wonderful books for/around Christmas that I just wanted to share them.

From Publishers

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Before Christmas I got a few exciting booking parcels in the post. One was this lovely set of It Girl books by Katy Birchall from Egmont. I loved the first two books and am excited to see what happens to Anna next. The new covers are gorgeous and I love this new design.

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I also received a copy of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber, from Walker books, which I’m reading at the moment. So many people have been tweeting amazing things about this book and I feel really lucky to have a copy.

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And finally, I have The Fireman by Joe Hill, from Gollancz. When I was emailed about this I’d just finished reading Horns and the offer of another book by Joe Hill was just too tempting.

From Nathan

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The majority of my presents from Nathan were books, which is alright by me! They were a good mix of things he knew I wanted – Noughts & Crosses which I used to borrow off my sister so never had my own copy, Goldenhand because I love The Old Kingdom series, a beautiful illustrated copy of The Lie Tree – and some new things to try as well. I’ve already read Scarlet Witch and can’t wait to get stuck into the rest of them.

From the In-Laws

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Nathan’s parents really know how to do Christmas well, and I was lucky to get a lot of books from them. The one I’m most excited about is The Call by Peadar O’Guilin, which I’ve heard great things about, and The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich, as I loved The Dead House by her.

From my Mom

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And lastly, from my dear old Mom, I got The Muse by Jessie Burton. I read The Miniaturist last year and quite enjoyed it, though I’ll admit I struggled a bit as adult books aren’t really my thing. but it was still an interesting story and I’m looking forward to picking this one up.

This year I’ve decided to prioritise the books I got for Christmas, as last year some of them got lost in all the review books and new books I got throughout the year (I still haven’t read some of them…) So I have my new books in a separate pile and am going to work my way through them, alternating with review books when I have them.

I hope you all had a very bookish Christmas and that the new year holds lots of exciting things for you to read.

2016 Book Challenges

I was a bit undecided about trying any book challenges this year, until I saw the Horror Reading Challenge over at Cornerfolds and I knew that was one I had to try. I had great fun reading a lot of YA horror last year, so I’ve decided to give this a try, and am aiming to read at least one horror book per month (I may end up reading more knowing me, but I wanted to set a realistic goal).

I don’t have any specific books in mind, but I know my first one will be my current read, which is The Haunting by Alex Bell. I’m hoping there will be some new Red Eye releases this year too, and I’m going to be on the look out for any other creepy looking books, especially YA ones.

The second challenge I’m signing up for is the British Books Challenge (again) this time hosted over at The Overflowing Library. I did well on this for the beginning of last year, but slacked off towards the end – while I was still reading lots of books by British authors, I wasn’t managing to keep up with adding the links and such. So my aim for this year is to keep it up and remember to add in all my links.

Again, I’m not aiming for any authors in particular, and I don’t want to set too high a goal, but I’d like to support as many British authors as I can.

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My final challenge is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Last year I settled on reading 100 books, which seemed quite high when I set it in January. However, I’m happy to say that as the year ended, I had read 118 books 🙂 Since I surpassed my goal last year, I decided to up it a little, to 120 books in 2016. I know I slacked off a bit with the reading towards the end of last year, so this should be achievable, but with the little one on the way soon I don’t know how my reading time will be affected, so we’ll have to see.

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Have you signed up to any reading challenges this year?