2018 Reading Goals

2018 has well and truly started and I finally got around to setting some reading goals for the year ahead. Whether or not they stick is an entirely different matter, however. GOODREADS GOAL Every year I set my Goodreads goal and it’s unusual for me to exceed it by very many books. Last year, I set my goal for 45 books and exceed it by 27 books. Now I partly

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#TBRChallenge: Short Reads January

It’s Short Reads Month! In 2018, I am participating in the TBR Challenge, hosted by Wendy at The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The goal of the TBR Challenge is rather self-explanatory, read one book a month from the TBR pile. To participate, you just have to be on social media and use #TBRChallenge, particularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (today). Each month has been assigned an optional theme. January’s theme is We

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2018 Writing Goals

I had many plans for how 2018 would start. I was going to finally get back to writing my novel and reduce the backlog of 2017 book review write-ups. I swore that the 1st of January would be productive and I was determined not to spend the day in bed with a hangover. Well, I didn’t spend the day in bed with a hangover. I spent it in bed with

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BOOK REVIEW: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter’s world-building in ‘Firstlife‘ is exquisite. Two sides of the afterlife, or Secondlife, light and dark warring with each other for control. Showalter succeeded in cementing the traits of each side, making them both outwardly appealing to the reader at first. ‘Firstlife’ is the story of Ten, a young girl who refuses to be forced to make her choice for Secondlife for other people. The grandeur of her parents

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BOOK REVIEW: Boys by Ella Hickson

‘Boys’ by Ella Hickson is about accepting change and taking the next step in life. Boys uses a cast of characters graduating (some of them) from university and sets it in their final week of flat sharing. The play explores the grey area between childhood and adulthood and the uncertainties they face. The four new graduates choose to celebrate their impending adulthood with the party to end it all. Tongues loosen

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TBR Challenge 2018

The TBR Challenge is hosted by Wendy at The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The goal of the TBR Challenge is rather self-explanatory, read one book a month from the TBR pile. To participate, you just have to be on social media and use #TBRChallenge, particularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Over the years, I have accumulated fiction and non-fiction books. I counted those books in 2017 and discovered that I

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2018 Reading Challenges

Usually, my yearly reading challenges extend no further than the GoodReads Reading Challenge, which until now had been enough for me. However, next year, I want more. I want to post more, write more and read more in 2018. I can address two of those desires with Reading Challenges. My TBR shelf currently holds so many unread books that it’s probably on the verge of collapse. I did reduce it

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Mount TBR Challenge 2018

The Mount TBR Challenge is hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. The goal of the Mount TBR Challenge is to reduce the number of books on your TBR pile (or mountain). Note that only books purchased prior to 1st January 2018 will count for the challenge. Over the years, I have accumulated fiction and non-fiction books. I counted those books in 2017 and discovered that I had around 200 unread

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Book Adaptations: How To Cope With Adaptations

As avid readers know, book adaptations spark a myriad of emotions, from joy to excitement and from mild annoyance to outright anger. My mother recently became hooked on Outlander by binge-watching season 1 and 2 back to back – probably over a weekend. She was and still is, so obsessed with the series that she started reading the books while she waited for season 3. My mother doesn’t read. Ever.

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Getting Over Writer Burn Out

My last blog post was about refocusing my plans for a book I had started in 2010 called The Return of Pandora. I rather ambitiously decided that I was going to try and recreate Nanowrimo in February and write 70,000 words in 20 days. Yeah… that didn’t go to plan. By the end of February, I had written four chapters, around 7,000 words. I know I didn’t feel like a failure,

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