Quarterly Rewind (December ’18-March ’19 edition)

Hi all! We finally made it to Spring, although Scotland can’t quite decide if it wants to be spring, summer or winter yet, considering that we’ve had all three seasons in one day over the past few weeks! Anyway, if you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you’ll know what this is about by now, but for any new followers, this is a feature I do every three months or so, at the beginning of each new season, to wrap up the season just passed and look forward to the one to come. It was originated by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. Today is the Spring Equinox, so the official start of Spring, which means it’s time to wrap up Winter here on the blog and look forward to what I have to come this Spring. This post will cover 21st December-19th March:

Image From This Winter:

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This is me and my friends (from left to right) Hannah, Zoe and Nicola at the Victoria Palace Theatre seeing Hamilton last month (DEAR GOD THAT WAS LAST MONTH, WHAT IS TIME?)

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Winter:

“I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive” -To Kill A Kingdom, Alexandra Christo

This is probably one of the best opening lines to a novel I think I’ve ever read, I honestly knew I was going to give this book five stars from this line alone.

This Winter In One Word:

Stressful! (Fourth year of Uni will do this to you!)

Most Popular Review This Winter:

I’ve read 13 books in the period this Rewind covers, and have reviewed 7 of them (no I’m not massively behind, but quite a few of the books I’ve read were comics, and non-fiction). I actually had a tie for most popular review this Winter, fittingly between two of the Grisha trilogy books:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/siege-and-storm-shadow-and-bone-2-review/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/ruin-rising-review/

Top Two Books This Winter:

I’ve actually had a really great reading year so far, so it’s a lot harder than it would usually be to choose this as I’ve had several 4 & 5 star reviews so far this year. Here are the ones I think are my favourites though:

  1. Enchantee-Gita Trelease-This book definitely set standards high right out of the gate, never have I had a 5 star read so early in the year! This was a wonderful historical fantasy, with a memorable heroine, beautiful descriptions and the perfect merge of history and fantasy.
  2. To Kill A Kingdom-Alexandra Christo-This is possibly my favourite Little Mermaid retelling ever, dark, witty, adventurous and just a hell of a lot of fun to read, I enjoyed every second of this one.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Spring:

  1. Superstars of Gymnastics-I’m going home for the weekend to go to this Gymnastics exhibition on Saturday, featuring some of the best gymnasts in the world, including some of my favourite Team GB gymnasts like Max Whitlock and I’m super excited to get to go it.
  2. Sports Ball-My final ever one! I’m super excited to be graduating but it is sad having all of these final Uni events, knowing that I’m not going to be coming back next year for more. Still Sports Ball is always a fantastic night and I cannot wait to have the best time at my final one.

Three New Obsessions This Winter:

  1. Death In Paradise-My friends introduced me to this show, having been trying to get me to watch it for a while, but I was very confused as to what it actually was. Had they just told me it was a detective show set on a Caribbean island where a different murder is solved each week , then they would have been successful far earlier!
  2. Sex Education-Can I clarify here that I mean the Netflix show and not the classes! I loved this funny, weird American/British hybrid comedy show from the first episode and I can’t wait to see the next season now.
  3. David Tennant Does A Podcast With…..-I’m really enjoying David Tennant’s new podcast, it’s been a very entertaining addition to my weekly podcast rotation.

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Winter:

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

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #195-My most popular post from this Winter was actually a tie between this one and the one at number 2, but I’m keeping them in this order just because it’s easier! This one was my list of shame, the 2018 releases I still have to catch up on, apparently you guys like it when I share my shameful lists of books I really should have read but haven’t yet got to.
  2. Top Ten Tuesday #193-This one was also tied for my most popular post of the season, I talked about upcoming releases that I’m excited for, it was great to get to flail with all you guys about the books that I can’t wait for, though sadly the one book that I have been reading from this list hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. Hopefully the rest will go better!
  3. Top Ten Tuesday #192-My second most popular post of this Winter was the list where I shared all of my 2018 favourites, I always love doing these posts as it’s great to share my faves with all of you, so I’m glad you seem to enjoy it too.
  4. Top Ten Tuesday #198-My third most popular post of this Winter was this one back from Valentine’s Day. It was a freebie and I chose to share my favourite non-romantic Valentine’s films, for fellow cynics. It makes me very happy when my being cynical about love is enjoyed by you guys, because it’s very much on brand for me!
  5. Top Ten Tuesday #200-My fourth most popular post of Winter was this one, from a couple of weeks ago where I talked about Places Mentioned I Books That I Have Visited. I love doing travel themed posts and it’s awesome that my 200th TTT made the top 5 for this Rewind.

Four Posts I’ve Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Winter:

  1. Laurie Halse Anderson did this awesome essay for Time about teenage boys and sexual assault, I found it an incredibly powerful and emotional read.

http://time.com/5503804/ive-talked-with-teenage-boys-about-sexual-assault-for-20-years-this-is-what-they-still-dont-know/?xid=tcoshare

2. Ashia Monet did a great post for YA Pride during Aro/Ace Awareness week about Centring Friendship In YA Lit, a topic that I’m greatly passionate about, I’m always talking about how we need to recentre friendship in YA and give it just as much, if not more prominence than romance so I really loved this post, not only because I feel friendship needs to be centred more in general but also because I definitely want YA to become an open and friendly space for aromantic/asexual people, everyone deserves to see themselves reflected in books and this whole, “you need love to feel complete” narrative is definitely not friendly to them.

http://www.yapride.org/2019/02/centering-friendship-in-ya-lit/

3. Samantha Shannon wrote this massive epic essay for Unbound and given that I love her work, I read it, it’s a very insightful and interesting look into the George and The Dragon story and how she worked to make it more feminist in her new book, The Priory of The Orange Tree.

https://unbound.com/boundless/2019/02/19/samantha-shannon-retellings/

4. Cait @ Paper Fury did this awesome Q&A post all about publishing in celebration of the release of her second book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, coming out next month.

https://paperfury.com/qa-the-boy-who-steals-houses/

Five Things That Happened This Winter:

  1. I finally went to see Hamilton, in February with my friends. It was just as amazing as I had hoped it would be, in fact it was even better. I thought I loved it when I listened to the soundtrack but having actually seen those songs performed on stage now, I have even more love and appreciation for the genius that is Hamilton.
  2. I went to Samantha Shannon’s Glasgow event for Priory of The Orange Tree with my friend Nicola.
  3. I went to Victoria Schwab’s Glasgow event for The Near Witch and The Steel Prince, also with my friend Nicola.
  4. I went to my first ever Blogger’s Brunch with Hot Key Books in February.
  5. I finally became a five star writer for The National Student.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Winter:

  1. Turning My Life Around-Anna and The Apocalypse Cast-I’ve been completely addicted to this indie zombie musical’s soundtrack ever since my friends and I saw it in the cinema last Christmas.
  2. Trip A Little Light Fantastic-Mary Poppins Returns Cast-This song is just so darn catchy, I smile every time it comes up on my shuffle.
  3. A Cover Is Not The Book-Mary Poppins Returns Cast-The perfect song for any bibliophile!
  4. Right Hand Man-Hamilton Cast-For some reason, this particular Hamilton song is the one that has been stuck in my head over the last few months.
  5. Turning Turtle-Mary Poppins Returns Cast-This is an odd song, but a very enjoyable one.
  6. Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You-This one is very popular in my shuffle rotation.

So there we go you guys, my first Rewind of 2019! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Winter? What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to this Spring, books or anything else? Let me know in the comments!

 

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