Quarterly Rewind (September-December ’18 edition)

Hi everyone! It’s nearly Christmas, I can’t believe how fast this year has sped by, it felt like January went on forever and yet here we are, blink of an eye and it’s December. Anyway, since today is the Winter Solstice and the official beginning of Winter (though Winter started in Scotland pretty much in November), it’s time to do another Quarterly Rewind, a feature started by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner, where we look back at the season just gone and look forward to all the things we have coming up next season. This post will cover 23rd September-20th December:

Image from this Autumn:

christmas 2018

My friends came up to visit from Saturday-Tuesday and I took them up to see Stirling Castle on Sunday (our first trip there since they started coming four years ago!). This was a picture we took up there.

Favourite Quote from A Book You Read This Autumn:

β€œWe are all drowning slowly in the tide of our opinions, oblivious that we are taking on water every time we open our mouths.” -A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult

There are so many amazing quotes from this particular book, Jodi Picoult is an incredible writer, but this one just especially touched me.

This Autumn In One Word:

Stressful!

Most Popular Review This Autumn:

I read 6 books in the period that this Rewind covers, and have reviewed 5 of them (the sixth was an ARC and the review will be coming closer to its release date). The most popular of these (just!) was my review of For A Muse of Fire. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/for-a-muse-of-fire-for-a-muse-of-fire-1-review-arc/

Top Two Books I Read This Autumn:

Another relatively easy choice for me this time, as two books I read this autumn definitely stood out above the others:

  1. Firestarter-Tara Sim-My absolute favourite book of the year, it was such an action-packed, dramatic and emotional finale and the perfect ending to this wonderful trilogy. I cannot wait to see what Tara Sim writes next because she’s quickly becoming one of my favourite writers.
  2. A Spark of Light-Jodi Picoult-I’ve been waiting for such a long time to read a Jodi Picoult book that tackled abortion and I was not disappointed by the results, it was a powerful, emotional and nuanced look at the topic and not a story I will be forgetting anytime soon.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Winter:

  1. Christmas-Let’s start with the obvious, Christmas is on Tuesday and naturally I’m really excited about it, it’s my favourite time of the year.
  2. HAMILTON-I’m going to see Hamilton in February-actually two months today! I WILL BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS PEOPLE (I have absolutely no chill when it comes to Hamilton, you’ll get used to it) and I could not be more excited.

Three New Obsessions This Winter:

  1. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel-I actually watched S1 all the way back in March, so I probably should have included it in that rewind post, but if anything, I loved S2 even more than I loved S1, so colour me truly obsessed now. It’s basically everything I love: comedy, strong women and fifties clothing!
  2. Anna and The Apocalypse-My friends and I went to see this Christmas zombie musical in the cinema a couple of weeks ago, and it has the most amazing soundtrack!
  3. A Star Is Born soundtrack-I love the soundtrack to this movie, it’s so beautiful, I just want to cry every time I hear it.

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Autumn:

As always, my five most popular blog posts this autumn were all Top Ten Tuesday posts:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #182-My most popular Top Ten Tuesday post was this one, where I talked about the Villains Books on My TBR. You guys clearly love your villains!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/top-ten-tuesday-182/

2. Top Ten Tuseday #190-This was actually this week’s topic, where I talked about the books on my Winter TBR. I was really happy that this one did so well, as I haven’t really had the time to go blog hopping in the last few weeks, so my views have been kind of down, it was nice to see them go back up again!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/top-ten-tuesday-190/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #180-I wasn’t actually expecting this one to be so popular, I talked about the longest books I’ve ever read. I tell you, compared to some of the answers I saw on this week, the longest books I’ve ever read are practically short!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/top-ten-tuesday-180/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #181-I’m so happy that this one made it onto my most popular posts of autumn, because it was one of my favourite ones to put together, I loved getting to go through the internet and look at all the beautiful pictures of bookstores and libraries around the world. I hope one day, I actually do get to visit them all.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/top-ten-tuesday-181/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #179-This post was all about the characters I’d love to meet and it was a super fun one to write because I got to think about all the fun things I’d get to do if my favourite fictional characters were real.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/top-ten-tuesday-179/

Four posts I’ve enjoyed on other blogs this Autumn:

  1. Vicky C did this great post about how YA and the YA book community isolates teens, she brought up some really notable problems that the publishing industry should be trying to work on, especially the fact that YA is really far too broad, and there should be more of a distinction between upper and lower YA.

https://vickywhoreads.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/how-ya-isolates-teens/

2. Rae from Bookworm Chronicles did this awesome post about women not having children and how it should be something that is more normalised in our society and as someone who has been pretty certain in their decision not to have kids from quite a young age, I really appreciated this post.

https://bookmarkchronicles.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/women-are-not-required-to-have-children/#respond

3. Vicky C also did a guest post on Sprinkle of Dreams about the objectiveness of ARC reviews and I found it really insightful because it’s honestly something I’ve never really thought about before, I always just assumed my reviews were my honest opinions, but she is right, there are outside factors which influence those, that we maybe don’t take into account as much as we should. Basically what I’m saying is that you should all go follow Vicky because she does some great discussions!

https://sprinklesofdreams.wordpress.com/2018/12/19/how-objective-are-arc-reviews-vicky-who-reads/

4. Cait at Paper Fury did a great post looking at her most anticipated reads of the year and seeing if they met her expectations-it’s something I might think about borrowing next year, because it’s a cool idea, looking back at what you put on your most anticipated list and seeing if they actually lived up.

https://paperfury.com/highly-anticipated-2018-ya-books-expectations/

Five Things That Happened This Autumn

  1. I went to Sarah J Maas’ book event for Kingdom of Ash with my friend Nicola-it’s hard to believe that’s the last one for that series!
  2. My friends came up to visit for their annual Christmas trip, my favourite time of the year.
  3. I went to the Edinburgh Christmas market with my friends from Uni, Rebecca and Nicola.
  4. I reached 1000 followers on this blog!
  5. I wrote my 70th article for The National Student.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Autumn:

  1. The Hamilton Instrumentals-I’ve found the Instrumental versions of the Hamilton soundtrack an incredible help to me whilst I study!
  2. The Math of Love Triangles-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-I’ve had this song stuck in my head ever since I rewatched Crazy Ex this autumn.
  3. The End of The Movie-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-Much like Math of Love Triangles, this song has been stuck in my head ever since my rewatch.
  4. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas-Michael Buble-This has basically been on repeat ever since the Christmas season started.
  5. How Far I’ll Go-Moana-I’ve been listening to this one a lot since I watched the movie.
  6. Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Will Never Rescue You-The Last Five Years-This one comes up a lot on my shuffle.

So there we go guys, my last Quarterly Rewind of 2018! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this year? What have you been up to this Autumn? What are you looking forward to this Winter, books or otherwise? Let me know in the comments!

 

4 thoughts on “Quarterly Rewind (September-December ’18 edition)

  1. Bookmark Chronicles December 24, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Thank you for the shout out!

    Im reading A Spark of Light right now! I love Jodi Picoult, my fave author hands down

    • iloveheartlandx December 26, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      No problem! Oh yay, glad you’re enjoying it πŸ™‚

  2. Vicky Who Reads January 1, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    aww, thank you so much for linking up my post & guest post! I’m really glad you enjoyed & it sounds like you’ve had a great quarter so far! also OMG I DIDN’T KNONW HAMILTON INSTRUMENTALS EXISTED

    checking that out right now wowow

    • iloveheartlandx January 2, 2019 / 12:38 am

      No worries, they were really great! Yes, it was stressful, but thankfully turned out okay. I KNOW, they’re so good-perfect playlist for working, all the joy of Hamilton without the distraction of singing along to the lyrics πŸ™‚

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