Quarterly Rewind (December-March) Edition

Today (March 19th) is the official beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means it’s time for another Quarterly Rewind, which I do every three months or so, to celebrate the ending of one season and the beginning of the next. This post will cover from 22nd December-19th March.

Image from this winter:

12814057_916898921763890_7875643280078692985_nThis picture is from two weeks ago, when me and my friends all met up in Leeds (where my friend Ellie, the one next to me, goes to University), the first time that all four of us have been together since our Upper Sixth Ball last May! We had an amazing weekend together, the only problem being that it was far too short!

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Winter:

“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand” -Rebel of The Sands, Alwyn Hamilton

I love this book and this quote is one of my favourites from it!

This winter in one word:

Cold!

Most Popular Review This Winter:

I’ve actually read 6 books in the period that this post covers which I’m really proud of! Two reviews tied for my most popular, Allegiant (which wasn’t my favourite book, but given the controversial ending, it’s not much of a surprise that my review of that was one of my most popular of the past few months) and Rebel of The Sands, which I’m very happy about because it’s my favourite book that I’ve read this year!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/allegiant-divergent-trilogy-3/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/rebel-of-the-sands-rebel-of-the-sands-trilogy-1/

Top Two Books I Read This Winter:

This is still pretty easy, even though I’ve read more books during the past few months than I had during my other rewinds, since there are two books that clearly come out on top as my favourites when it comes to ratings.

  1. Rebel of The Sands-Alwyn Hamilton-My favourite read and so far only 5 star read of the year. This book is so great, filled with girl power and magic and Arabian mythology and all sorts of cool stuff! If you haven’t read it yet and you love fantasy, then you definitely should because it’s amazing.
  2. Ink and Bone-Rachel Caine-This was a 4 not a 5 star read, but it still had a good plot, diverse cast of characters and an engaging world and I’m excited for the sequel to be released in July, which makes it one of my top two reads of this Winter.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Spring:

  1. Sports Ball-Every year my University throws this ball for all the members of sports clubs and apparently it’s supposed to be really good, so I’m looking forward to it.
  2. Easter Holidays-When I go home for my Easter Break, it will be the first extended holiday I get at home since Christmas (I mean I went back home for mid-semester break and I’ll be going again over the long Easter weekend), but this time I’ll get two weeks at home, which makes me very happy!

Three New Obsessions This Winter:

I always find this category kind of difficult as I tend to maintain my existing obsessions more than developing new ones, but I’ll try!:

  1. Once Upon A Time-I’ve been bingeing this series recently and I love it (total Rumbelle shipper everyone!), I’m already on season 3 and I was only on season one at the beginning of this week which shows how much I love it!
  2. Rebel of The Sands-I love this book so much, that I will willingly call it a new obsession.
  3. Curly fries-Okay it’s a weird one, but the Union at my Uni does really great curly fries!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts Overall This Winter:

As with all of my other Quarterly Rewinds, all of my most popular blog posts from this winter were once again Top Ten Tuesdays, everyone seems to love that particular feature, so I’m glad that I decided to do it all those months ago:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #38-My most popular post from the last few months is from all the way back at the beginning of January, my first TTT post of 2016, which was of my bookish resolutions. I’ve actually done pretty well on most of these so far, save for the not buying so many books when I still have so many left to read (who was I kidding when I made that one?!) and reading more books outside of the fantasy/dystopia genre as that’s pretty much all I’ve read this year. What can I say, I like what I like?

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-38/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #37-My second most popular post was of the new releases I was looking forward to in 2016. I’ve only read one of those so far, Rebel of The Sands, but I will be reading The Raven King when it’s finally released!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/top-ten-tuesday-37/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #39-This one was of 2015 releases that I meant to get to but didn’t. I am happy to say that I now own all of these books and have read three of them so far. I’m hoping that by the end of the year, I will have read them all.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/top-ten-tuesday-39/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #48-This was my most recent Top Ten Tuesday post, the one from this week. It was the books on my Spring TBR. Hopefully I’ll do better on this TBR than I have on my TBRs from the past!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/top-ten-tuesday-48/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #41, #42 & #47-I had three posts tied for fifth place this time, all with equal numbers of views! Top Ten Tuesday #41 was a freebie topic and I chose my Top Ten Favourite Jodi Picoult Books, I’m glad that one was so popular as Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors! Top Ten Tuesday #42 was Top Ten Futuristic Books I’m Looking Forward To, I’ve only read one of those so far, Unbound, but I’ve recently started Cinder, a second book from that list. Top Ten Tuesday #47 was last week’s topic, my Top Ten Characters Everyone Else Seems To Love But I Hate. I was happy that some people at least seemed to share my unpopular character opinions!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/top-ten-tuesday-41/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/top-ten-tuesday-42/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/top-ten-tuesday-47/

Five Posts I Loved On Other Blogs This Winter:

I actually kept track of what posts I loved on other blogs this winter as part of one of my New Year’s Resolutions, so this will be a lot easier than it has been in past seasons! As always, these will be non-review posts that I have enjoyed:

  1. Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner, did a post on ten bookish things that she wishes someone would invent and I just thought that it was a really fun post that made me laugh and a lot of these things I wish I could have too!

10 Things I Wish Someone Would Invent

2. Brianna and Angelina over @ Fables’ Library did a post on feeling bad when giving books bad ratings and I found that really interesting because it made me think whether I felt bad or not about giving books bad ratings and I realised that I didn’t, because I want to be honest about how I feel about books I read and the only thing that makes me feel bad is that I thought I was going to enjoy the book (otherwise I wouldn’t have read it), this was a really thoughtful post and I enjoyed reading it.

Discussion Time- Do You Feel Bad For Giving Books Bad Ratings?

3. Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner did a post about how she decides on whether to continue on with a series or not, and I really liked that post, because I am often one that struggles with dropping series I’m not enjoying, I’m such a completionist that if I start a series I usually have to read to the end even if I’m not enjoying it. I just don’t want to drop a series and then risk it getting really good and me missing out on it!

To Continue On Or Not?

4. Charnell @ Reviews From A Bookworm did a post about dating a bookworm and I thought it was really funny and so true! Admittedly, I’ve never been in a relationship, but I’m sure this is exactly what I’d be like, I related to everything she said so much!

http://reviewsfromabookworm.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/things-to-know-when-dating-bookworm.html

5. Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner (if you haven’t guessed already, I love her blog!) did a post on spoilers and I really liked it because it’s something I often struggle with as a bookworm, what constitutes a spoiler and how can you ensure that you don’t accidentally give away spoilers in your reviews!

How Do YOU Define A Spoiler?

Five Things That Happened This Winter:

  1. I finally got to see all of my friends together for the first time since last May! It was amazing and I only wish I’d been able to spend longer than a weekend with them.
  2. I found my flatmates for next year at Uni, two great girls who are fellow bookworms (and share my love of my favourite movie Moulin Rouge), I can already tell we’re going to have such a great time next year!
  3. Christmas! I had a great time at home with my family over Christmas.
  4. I joined some new clubs and societies at University.
  5. I started doing discussion posts on my blog.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Winter:

  1. Casino-Nashville-I love this song, it’s one of my favourites from the show.
  2. Change Your Mind-Nashville-I only added this one to my IPod recently, but I’ve listened to it a lot since then.
  3. Black Roses-Nashville-I could listen to Clare Bowen’s voice all day!
  4. Love Like Mine-Nashville-This is a fun one to listen to whilst I’m cooking!
  5. Come What May-Moulin Rouge-My favourite song, so obviously I listen to it a lot!
  6. Red Dress-Lucy Hale-This one seems to come up on my IPod a lot!

So that’s my Quarterly Rewind for this winter, what do you guys think? What have you enjoyed most on my blog this winter? And most importantly, what have you guys been up to this winter? Let me know in the comments!

 

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2 thoughts on “Quarterly Rewind (December-March) Edition

  1. Greg March 22, 2016 / 1:14 am

    Happy quarter- sounds like you had a good one! 🙂 I’m reading Allegiant now and so had to go look at your review (it’s okay I know the end) but I’m only a little ways into it- with the movie coming out I thought I better read it ASAP.

    Have a great week!

    • iloveheartlandx March 22, 2016 / 10:22 am

      Thanks, I did! It would have been okay even if you didn’t, I never explicitly say what the ending was. Yeah that was kind of my thinking when I read it tbh! Thanks!

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