Quarterly Rewind (December-March 16/17 edition)

Hey everyone! I can’t believe it’s time for my first Quarterly Rewind of 2017 already, the first few months of this year have just flown by! I am so ready for Spring to finally spring and hopefully get a little warm weather? I don’t think a little is too much to ask, even if I do live in Scotland! This post will cover from 22nd December-19th March:

Image from this Spring:

me and katy 3Surprisingly, I really did not have many photos to choose from, I guess I haven’t been taking many pictures in the past three months! Still I love this one of my sister and I from when we went to Edinburgh back at the end of December. The castle in the background is just perfect no?

Favourite quote from a book you read this Spring:

“Delilah Bard had never read many books. The few she did had pirates and thieves and always ended with the promise of more stories. Characters sailed away. They lived on. Lila always imagined people that way, a series of intersections and adventures. It was easy when you moved through life-through worlds-the way she did. Easy when you didn’t care, when people came onto the page and walked away again, back to their own stories, and you could imagine whatever you wanted for them, if you cared enough to write it in your head.” -A Conjuring of Light, VE Schwab

A Conjuring of Light is my favourite book I’ve read this Spring, heck so far this year, and I loved this quote. It just felt very meta and as a reader, it’s easy to relate to!

This Spring In One Word:

Exhausting!

Most Popular Review This Spring:

I’ve read six books this Spring, not counting the couple of books I was finishing at the end of December as I read most of those in the period of my last rewind, the most popular of which was The Crown’s Game:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/the-crowns-game-the-crowns-game-1/

Top Two Books This Spring:

I’ve had a very mixed bag of books this Spring, most ranging around the 3-4 star range and only one getting a 5 star. These are the two books I read that I think stand out above the rest:

  1. A Conjuring of Light-VE Schwab-This has to be my top book of the Spring, this series conclusion was everything that I wanted it to be and more. Victoria Schwab is such a skilled fantasy writer, this world and characters that she created are honestly among my favourite fantasy world and characters and I can’t wait to read her backlog of books because if they’re anywhere near as good as the Shades of Magic books, I’m in for a treat!
  2. Caraval-Stephanie Garber-One of the most hyped books of 2017 so far and for good reason, the world is lush, the writing is magical, the characters were enjoyable and I’m so excited to see where this story goes in the second book of the duology.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Spring:

  1. Greece-I’m planning a trip to Greece with my friends for my 21st birthday, in June (my birthday’s not actually till September, but it clashes with Uni start dates so I couldn’t go then) and I’m so excited because I’ve always wanted to go!
  2. Sports Ball-I’m going to my University’s Sports Ball again this year, it’s a few weeks from now, and I’m really excited, it was so much fun last year!

Three New Obsessions This Winter:

  1. Reign-I started watching this show about the young Mary Queen of Scots at the end of February and flew through it in a matter of weeks. A lot of liberties are taken with the history, but I don’t care, it’s just so damn addictive.
  2. Hamilton-Yup, I’m late to the party! My friend got me listening to the soundtrack and now I’m utterly obsessed. This is my go to soundtrack when doing my University work now. I have You’ll Be Back stuck on a constant loop in my head.
  3. Salted caramel Galaxy-Yes a weird obsession, but I got some salted Caramel Galaxy a couple of weeks ago, and it’s honestly one of the best things to have ever happened to chocolate!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Winter:

Once again most of my most popular blog posts this Winter were Top Ten Tuesdays, but in a first for this feature, my post popular post was actually a discussion post!:

  1. Jo Talks Books: Where All The Single Characters In YA-My post popular post in recent months was this one, where I lamented the lack of single characters in YA. I was amazed by the response to this post, so many people sharing their stories and issues with the lack of single characters in young adult books and I’m so happy with how popular and how much love this post has got!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/jo-talks-books-where-are-all-the-single-characters-in-ya/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #91-This was one of my first TTT’s of the year, where I talked about the 2016 releases I missed out on in 2016 and plan to read this year. I’ve only actually read one so far, but I’m working through a second and hopefully will have read all of them by the end of the year!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/top-ten-tuesday-91/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #98-This was my TTT post from last week, where I talked about all the books I plan to read this Spring. I’m not sure I’ll get through all of them, but I’m pretty excited for the reading I have ahead of me!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/top-ten-tuesday-98/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #93-This is another one from back in January, which was a freebie and I talked about Girl Power Books, inspired by the Women’s March movement. I’m so happy that this one is on here and I get to share it again, because in times like these, I think sharing books to empower girls is really important.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/top-ten-tuesday-93/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #97-This is from the end of Februrary, right before TTT went on hiatus for a few weeks. It was all about the books that I loved less than I expected and I rather enjoyed doing it as it’s not often that I do a negative ranty post (at least not for TTT, I’ve done a few ranty discussion posts!).

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/top-ten-tuesday-97/

Five Posts I Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Winter:

I once again kind of lapsed on my bookmarking this Winter, but I’ll see what I can find:

  1. Aimee Davis did this incredible, heartbreaking post on Consent in YA Fiction and I honestly think it is one that everyone should read. It’s such an important topic and Aimee speaks so honestly and openly.

Consent in Young Adult Fiction

2. Lucy Powrie @ Queen of Contemporary did this great post responding to an ignorant tweet by producer Judd Apatow and the general ignorance of the media about the worth of teenage girls.

http://queenofcontemporary.com/2017/02/call-teenager-response-judd-apatow.html

3. Sarah K @ The Book Traveller did this amazing post about Angie Thomas’ new book, The Hate U Give and why she has been scared to read it. It’s such an open, honest, raw post about her family and it’s definitely worth a read.

http://theyabooktraveler.com/index.php/2017/02/28/discussionthug/

4. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books wrote a great post on the recent controversies about diversity on Twitter and it was really eye opening to see how many teenagers are scared of sharing their opinions on Twitter because they’re terrified of being torn to pieces by some members of the community. We need to make sure that teenagers feel safe in this community, that they feel they are able to speak out on issues that affect them. Yes we need to have discussions about important issues but we should do it in a way that is respectful and inclusive, not divisive and destructive. This post also inspired me to do my own post about teen bloggers in the YA online community.

http://aperfectioncalledbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/the-post-i-was-scared-to-write.html#comment-form

5. Anushka @ Pushing Through Books did this great post on enjoying problematic books which I really enjoyed as it’s something I’ve struggled with, some of my favourite books are considered problematic. Does this mean I enjoy them less? No. I think as long as we are aware of the problems and make other people aware of the problems in books we love then there is no problem enjoying them. She mentions people reading books solely to pick out the problems and that completely shocked me. Like why would you do that? Surely that takes all the fun out of reading. Anyway it was a really insightful post that I enjoyed and I hope you guys do too!

https://goingthroughbooks.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/are-you-allowed-to-enjoy-problematic-books-are-we-making-a-big-deal-out-of-this/

Five Things That Happened This Winter:

  1. I went to see Jack Whitehall on tour in Glasgow with my friends. It was completely hilarious and such a fun day/night out for all of us.
  2. I competed in my first competition with my Trampolining club at Uni. I didn’t win or anything but I was just so happy to complete both my routines successfully. Plus we won the league, so that was pretty awesome.
  3. On Saturday, my friends and I went to Edinburgh to explore some of the literary sights for an article I had to write for my Journalism class, have to say, even though I was exhausted afterwards, it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever got to do for an assignment.
  4. Went to Maison De Moggy, Scotland’s first cat cafe with my friends, it was so much fun & the cats were so adorable!
  5. I finally finished my NaNoWriMo novel, This Is Not A Love Story, and it’s now in the editing stage. Not that much editing has actually happened yet, but I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April, so you never know!

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Winter:

  1. You’ll Be Back-Hamilton-Okay I could really put the entire soundtrack on here, but this is the song that has basically been on constant repeat in our flat for the last month or so!
  2. Galway Girl-Ed Sheeran-One of my favourites off his new album, this song is just too damn catchy!
  3. Sanctuary-Nashville-I’ve had this song on repeat ever since I watched the episode with it in. It’s so damn sad, but also beautiful.
  4. Dancing Through Life-Wicked-This is one of my favourite songs from the soundtrack so naturally I’ve been listening to it a lot.
  5. Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)-Hairspray-This one comes up on my IPod a lot and it’s just so catchy, I love it!
  6. What’d I Miss?-Hamilton-Another Hamilton song that has got stuck in my head.

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

 

Quarterly Rewind (September-December 2016 Edition)

Two days ago was the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year is officially behind us and the days are going to start getting longer and lighter again, yay! It’s also only two days away from Christmas now and I’m really feeling the festive spirit! Anyway, the beginning of Winter means yet another new Quarterly Rewind for you guys (how is it nearly Christmas already? Seriously how?). This post will cover from 23rd September-21st December:

Image from this Autumn:

amsterdam-7This is from when I went to visit my sister in Amsterdam in October with my parents for my mum’s birthday. Here I am hiding inside the M of the Amsterdam sign!

Favourite Quote from a Book You Read This Autumn:

“The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers” -Empire Of Storms, Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms is one of my favourite books that I read this Autumn and this is my absolute favourite quote from that book.

This Autumn In One Word:

Busy!

Most Popular Review This Autumn:

I read 8 books this autumn, and the most popular book I reviewed was The Hammer of Thor, the second book in Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series. I was surprised by this as I honestly thought it would be Empire of Storms, but I’m very happy to share the Rick Riordan love!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/the-hammer-of-thor-magnus-chase-and-the-gods-of-asgard-2/

Top Two Books I Read This Autumn:

I read a lot of great books this Autumn, but the choice here is pretty simple as there are two books that stand out above the others and they are:

  1. Empire of Storms-Sarah J Maas-I was so nervous about this book because I really wasn’t keen on Queen of Shadows but this book was SJM back to her best! I really enjoyed it and after that ending, I just need book six now!
  2. Timekeeper-Tara Sim-I was really looking forward to this and I’m happy to say that this Victorian, steampunk novel was lovely, great writing, great worldbuilding and an adorable gay romance!

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Winter:

  1. Christmas!-Okay yes, this one is obvious since Christmas is two days away, but I love the whole Christmas/New Year period, it’s my favourite time of the year.
  2. Jack Whitehall-Me and my friends are going to see Jack Whitehall when he comes up to Scotland on his tour in February and we can’t wait! It’s going to be so much fun!

Three New Obsessions This Autumn:

  1. My NaNoWriMo novel-This might be tooting my own horn a little but I don’t care! I had so much fun writing my first draft of this during NaNoWriMo, and whilst I still have a little bit more left to write of it, I love my world and characters and I just can’t wait to spend more time with them!
  2. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life-I know there were mixed feelings about the revival, but personally I loved it and am sure there will be many rewatches in my future!
  3. Newt Scamander-I saw Fantastic Beasts at a midnight showing when it first came out and it was so good, I loved everything but I became especially obsessed with Newt. He’s just adorable and after all it is Eddie Redmayne playing him, who wouldn’t be obsessed?!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Autumn:

As usual, my five most popular blog posts of this Autumn were all Top Ten Tuesday posts:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #87-My most popular post of the last few months was last week’s one (13th) all about the 2017 releases that I’m looking forward to! I’m glad that one was so popular and I hope I managed to help people find some books that they hadn’t know about as well as build the excitement for the ones they did!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/top-ten-tuesday-87/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #79-My second most popular post is from way back in October, when I talked about Characters That I’d Love To Have As Family Members. I reckon I would have had a pretty cool family if I was related to any of those characters!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/top-ten-tuesday-79/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #83-My third most popular post is from November and I’m really happy that it made my top five of this Autumn because it was the post where I talked about my favourite movies. I love movies almost as much as I love books, so it was a really fun post to write and I was glad to see you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/top-ten-tuesday-83/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #82-I was quite surprised that this post about my recent TBR additions made the list as I didn’t think it was the most interesting TTT prompt we’ve been given in the past few months, but I’m glad you guys seemed to enjoy reading what books I’d added to Mount TBR back in November.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/top-ten-tuesday-82/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #86-This post is from a few weeks ago, when I talked about new authors that I’ve read this year, I’m always happy to share the love for authors that I read for the first time and I have really enjoyed books from all of the ladies on my list, so I’m glad you guys enjoyed my post about them!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/top-ten-tuesday-86/

Five Posts I Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Autumn:

I kind of lapsed on my bookmarking of posts that I enjoyed this Autumn, so this may be a little more difficult than usual, but I will try my best to remember and find the posts that I loved for you all!

  1. Vee Naidoo did this post on bookriot.com about normalizing singlehood in YA fiction and I really loved it because I’ve been saying for years that there should be more single characters in YA. I am 20 years old and I’ve never had a relationship, so I find it hard to believe that so many characters in YA novels have found their “soulmate” at 16/17. Yes I know that relationships are a big part of some teenagers lives, but I’m sure some teenagers (like me, when I was a teen, which since I only turned 20 this year was not that long ago!) who have never had a relationship so I really appreciated this post.

http://bookriot.com/2016/12/07/on-normalizing-teen-singlehood-in-ya/

2. Cait @ Paper Fury did this hilarious and awesome post about what makes her decide to read a book and I just really loved it because I swear we must be bookish twins or something as nearly every reason she gave on her list are reasons I would choose to read a book too!

http://paperfury.com/10-things-convince-read-book/

3. Grace @ Almost Amazing Grace did a post about working in retail over Christmas and although I’ve never had to work Christmas before, judging on what my work was like when I worked in Greggs Summer 2015, if Christmas is anything as bad as that it must be dreadful! I always feel sorry for the poor retail workers at Christmas because it must be awful for them, so if you’re planning on going shopping over the Christmas period, read Grace’s post and try to appreciate how much the workers in the shops are trying to do for you.

https://almostamazinggrace.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/christmas-in-customer-service.html

4. Nicole Burstein wrote a post for Buzzfeed about Friends and how Friends gave her unrealistic expectations of what friendship should be like. As a huge fan of Friends myself, I found her story quite interesting (albeit rather sad) and it’s not something I’d ever really thought much about before.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicoleeburstein/so-no-one-told-you-life-was-gonna-be-this-way?utm_term=.uvOODmOAN4#.jfWkz7kpLq

5. Cait @ Paper Fury did this hilarious post about the different types of book reviewer and there’s even a quiz at the end so you can find out which type of book reviewer you are!

http://paperfury.com/8-types-book-reviewers-quiz/#comment-260132

Five Things That Happened This Autumn:

  1. I met Sarah J Maas for the first time at her Empire of Storms event in Glasgow with my friend Nicola! It was so much fun, you can read all about it under the Event Recaps tab, on the bottom right in the main menu. I hope SJM comes back to Scotland again at some point because her event was so much fun!
  2. I went to my second ever Jodi Picoult event, this time in Glasgow and had a lot of fun listening to her talk about her amazing new book, Small Great Things, plus the venue for the event, Kelvingrove Art Gallery was absolutely gorgeous.
  3. I went to see the midnight screening of Fantastic Beasts with Nicola and Rebecca (my flatmates) and it was so amazing! It was my first ever midnight movie showing and definitely a great choice for the first one. Totally worth being sleep deprived the next day!
  4. My friends came up to visit me in Scotland for a few days this week and we had so much fun, going to Glasgow and Edinburgh and just generally chilling out watching movies!
  5. I completed my first ever NaNoWriMo! I’m so happy that my first proper full length novel, This Is Not A Love Story is actually a thing! Just have to finish the final 2k or so, and then edits can begin!

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Autumn:

  1. Hypnotizing-Nashville-I know this was on my last Quarterly Rewind too, but what can I say? I listen to this one a lot, it always comes on when I’m in the gym.
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You-This is more from the last few days/weeks, it’s been playing everywhere in the run-up to Christmas, so naturally, I’ve been listening to it, a lot!
  3. If I Could Turn Back Time-My flatmates have an obsession with this song, so we listen to it a lot. All the time. Constantly it seems sometimes. Rest assured it will now and forever more be burned into my brain. Thanks guys.
  4. Complicated-Avril Lavigne-Oldie, but still so good! It makes for a great gym song, or just for singing in the shower after a frustrating day!
  5. Sparkling Diamonds-Moulin Rouge-This comes up a lot in the gym and it’s from my favourite movie, so naturally, I listen to it a lot.
  6. Fighter-Christina Aguilera-This is one of my favourite ones from my gym playlist, there’s nothing like this song to get you motivated to exercise!

So that’s my Quarterly Rewind for Autumn, what do you guys think? What have you guys enjoyed most on my blog this Autumn? What have you guys been up to this Autumn? Any exciting plans for Christmas/New Year? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

Quarterly Rewind (June-September Edition 2016)

Yesterday was the official beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s now starting to get cold in Scotland, hopefully I’ll be able to wear lots of layers and comfy clothes soon (I love Autumn/Winter clothes, they’re the best!). Anyway, the beginning of a new season means it’s time for another Quarterly Rewind post (I can’t believe this came around so fast!). This post will cover from 21st June-22nd September.

Image from this Summer

IMG_0471This is a picture from the end of August when I went to the Harry Potter Studios with my flatmates Nicola and Rebecca for Nicola’s 19th Birthday. It’s a picture of a full scale model of Hogwarts, which was one of my favourite parts of the tour.

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Summer:

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still” -A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic was one of my favourite books that I read this summer and this was my favourite quote from it, it’s now one of the quotes that I have on my wall in my room at Uni.

This Summer in One Word:

Bookish!

Most Popular Review This Summer:

I read 12 books in the period this post covers (yup 12!) and the most popular one I reviewed was The Hidden Oracle, the first book in Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo series. This makes me very happy as I love to share the love for Rick Riordan:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/the-hidden-oracle-the-trials-of-apollo-1/

Top Two Books I Read This Summer:

This was a really hard one because I read so many books this summer and with some minor exceptions, they were all pretty good. However there were only two books I read this summer that I rated 5 stars, the rest were all between 2.5-4 stars, and as those two stand out above the rest, I’ll choose them:

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab-Definitely my favourite book that I read this summer, I love the world, the characters, the magic (especially the magic!), everything about this book is just so wonderful (plus I got to meet VE Schwab at YALC and she was awesome!), but I still haven’t forgiven her for the cliffhanger at the end of AGOS.
  2. Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer-Rick Riordan-I was a bit apprehensive about this book as it’s the first non-Percy Jackson Riordan that I’ve ever read, but it was so much fun and I’m really excited for the sequel which comes out in a couple of weeks.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Autumn

  1. Going To Amsterdam-My sister is currently doing a Masters in Amsterdam and for my mum’s birthday in a few weeks’ time, me, my mum and my dad are going out there to visit her for a weekend. I’m so excited as I’ve never been to Amsterdam before.
  2. SEEING SARAH J MAAS-Yes, the all caps was totally justified! Sarah J Maas is coming to Glasgow on her Empire of Storms tour and me and Nicola (my flatmate) have tickets to go and see her!

Three New Obsessions This Summer:

I’m never very good at thinking of things for this but I’ll have a go:

  1. VE Schwab’s books-I binged both Shades of Magic books this summer and I have Vicious and This Savage Song still to read. I think it’s safe to say that VE Schwab is a new favourite author.
  2. #otspsecretsister-I’m taking part in Round 5 of the #otspsecretsister project and I’ve been having so much fun! I love getting mail and getting to know all of the other lovely people doing the project.
  3. Suburgatory-I watched nearly all of this series over the summer and really enjoyed it, I only have 4 episodes left to watch!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Summer:

As usual, my five most popular blog posts from this summer were all Top Ten Tuesday posts!:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #67-My most popular post of the last few months was this one from July, where I talked about things that books have made me want to learn about or do. This was such a fun post to write, so I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/top-ten-tuesday-67/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #65-My second most popular post is also from July, this one where I shared facts about me. I’m glad so many people seemed to find finding out about me and my life enjoyable!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/top-ten-tuesday-65/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #66-This one was about books outside the US, it was a really fun but also  a really hard post to do and it got me to realise that I want to read more widely than just the US/UK, so I’m definitely hoping to try and do that over the next few months/years.

4. Top Ten Tuesday #68-This was my post about books I’d buy if I was given a fully loaded gift card, I wasn’t expecting it to be so popular, but it was fun to decide what I’d buy if I had unlimited money on a gift card.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/top-ten-tuesday-68/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #70-This one was about my favourite Fantasy settings and I’m glad this made it on here because it was so much fun sharing all of my favourite fantasy settings with you guys.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/top-ten-tuesday-70/

Five Posts I Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Summer:

Once again, thanks to bookmarking, this part of the post has become a lot easier as I’ve marked all the blog posts I’ve enjoyed over the summer. I’m not actually sure if I marked 5 posts this summer, but we’ll see:

1. Cait @ Paper Fury did a post about giving authors’ work second chances and I really enjoyed it as it’s something I often think about when I’m not sure about reading the second book in a series by an author or if an author is one that everyone likes but I didn’t.

Do You Give Authors’ Works Second Chances?

2. Emily @ Loony Literate did a post about why we don’t need romance in every YA book and this post is basically my soul because I’ve been saying for years that we are overloaded with romance in YA fiction. There are other things teenagers care about than love! I didn’t even have a relationship in all of my teen years (which admittedly only ended last week, but still). Honestly my friends were more important to me when I was the same age as most YA characters and I’d love to see this reflected more in books, so I really enjoyed Emily’s post.

10 Reasons We Don’t Need Romance in Every Single YA Book Ever

3. Jo Hogan @ JoHoganBooks did a really interesting post about boys in YA literature and how the lack of boys in books could be making boys reluctant to read, using her son as an example and I found it a really interesting post as I did a similar discussion post here on my own blog, so it was interesting to see how many of the points I made were touched on by Jo’s son, and I thought this was a well written a thought provoking piece.

https://johoganwrites.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/ya-literature-where-are-the-boys/

4. Leah @ Heart Full of Ink did a great post for Potterhead July about the Hogwarts Houses and whether they create division or unity, both in the books and in real life and I thought it was a really great post and I loved her thoughts on the subject.

https://heartfullofink.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/potterhead-july-blog-festival-hogwarts.html

5. Cait @ Paper Fury did an amazingly funny post about underappreciated bookworm talents. You should checked it out, I laughed the entire way through reading it:

Under-Appreciated Bookworm Talents

Five Things That Happened This Summer:

1. I went to YALC with my friend Hannah in July, we met loads of authors (including Maggie Stiefvater!), and bought loads of books and just generally had an amazing weekend.

2. I went to Harry Potter Studios with my friends Rebecca and Nicola for Nicola’s birthday and we had the most amazing time! The Harry Potter studio tour is awesome, if you ever get the chance to go, you definitely should.

3. I turned 20! Last Monday was my 20th birthday, I am officially no longer a teenager.

4. I started my second year of University in Stirling. It’s going well so far although I hate my shorthand classes for Journalism, shorthand is hard! Still I love living with my friends, makes a change from last year when I hated my flatmates.

5. I went to Bath on holiday with my friends Hannah and Zoe.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Summer:

  1. Hypnotizing-Nashville-This is mostly from the last few days/weeks, this song is great to run to and really fun to sing in the shower.
  2. Hakuna Matata-The Lion King-What can I say? I love The Lion King!
  3. Casino-Nashville-This is one of my favourite songs so I listen to it a lot.
  4. Just Can’t Wait To Be King-The Lion King-I just love this song!
  5. You Can’t Stop The Beat-Glee Cast Version-I listen to this a lot in the gym.
  6. Used-Nashville-Another great running song.

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

 

 

 

 

Quarterly Rewind (March-June Edition 2016)

Today marks a year (exactly a year to the day!) since I started this feature! It seems to have gone so quickly! Anyway, today (21st June) is the officially beginning of summer here in Britain (although you wouldn’t think it if you saw our weather!). This post will cover from 20th March-20th June.

Image from this Spring:

me and nicolaThis is a picture from the beginning of May of me and my friend from Uni, Nicola (who is going to be my flatmate this year, she’s great and loves books as much as I do!) when I went to stay with her for a few days. We went to Edinburgh on one of the days and this picture was taken in Princes Street Gardens.

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Spring:

“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.” -The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater

I chose this book out of all the others, because it was my favourite of the books I’ve read this Spring, and also because it’s the quote that pretty much summed up how I felt about this book whilst I was reading it!

This Spring In One Word:

Wet!

Most Popular Review This Spring:

I’ve read 5 books in the period that this post covers, not as many as my last rewind, but still good! (and technically it’s 5 1/2 since I’m about halfway through Graceling already). My most popular review this Spring was The Raven King, which was kind of what I was expecting to be honest, since my reviews of more high profile books tend to be more popular!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/the-raven-king-the-raven-cycle-4/

Top Two Books I Read This Spring:

I had to choose between a couple for this as I’ve read some really good books in the past few months! Still I narrowed it down to these two between the five that I’ve read (though honestly, I’ve enjoyed them all) as they stand out above the rest:

  1. The Raven King-Maggie Stiefvater-Hands down my favourite read from the past three months, and my only five star one, I really loved this series ender! It was definitely worth the 18 month wait!
  2. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein-Man I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book! It was incredible. Totally heartbreaking, I’m not going to lie, but completely incredible. One of the best WWII fiction books I’ve ever read, definitely.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Summer:

  1. Going to YALC!-I am returning to YALC for my second time this year (after last year’s very successful first trip) with my friend Hannah again, and there were so many authors we wanted to see this year that we are going on both Saturday and Sunday! A whole weekend of bookish fun. I am so excited!
  2. Going to Harry Potter Studios-It’s my friend Nicola’s (the one in the picture at the top of the post, on the left) birthday in August and me, her and our other friend and flatmate Rebecca are going to the Harry Potter Studios. I am so excited, I can’t even! I’ve been wanting to go there forever!

Three New Obsessions This Spring:

I always find it really hard to think of things for this, but I’m going to try:

  1. Switched At Birth-If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I started watching Switched At Birth recently and I’m really enjoying it! So much so, that I’ve started trying to learn some BSL (British Sign Language).
  2. Paper Fury-Okay so I’ve read some of Cait’s blog posts before this spring, but it was really only her TTT posts, this spring, I actually started following her blog and it’s so great!
  3. Hairspray-So I’ve always liked Hairspray, but this Spring, I think I’ve taken my love for it to a whole new level! I know all the songs and I’ve watched it more times in the past few months than I care to admit.

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Spring:

As always my Top Five Most Popular Blog Posts this Spring are all Top Ten Tuesday posts, you guys really seem to like these posts, they’re always my most popular ones!:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #61-My most popular post from the last few months was the one I did last week, of the releases I’m most looking forward to in the second half of 2016. Hopefully I enjoy them, when I finally get around to reading them!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/top-ten-tuesday-61/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #60-My second most popular post is from 2 week ago, when I talked about all the reasons why I love the Unwind dystology. I’m so happy this one was so popular because I love this series and I hope I helped more people discover it!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/top-ten-tuesday-60/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #55-This one was about YA characters I’d like to revisit in ten years and I’m happy this one was so popular because it was one of my favourite ones to do! I loved speculating about where my favourite characters will be in ten years!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/top-ten-tuesday-55/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #54-This was my post about reasons I love being a bookworm, I’m definitely glad that this one was so popular, it was great to share all of the reasons that I love reading on my blog!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/top-ten-tuesday-54/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #57-This one was about books that I picked up on a whim and I thought I’d find it difficult, but it turns out, I’ve picked up a lot more books on a whim than I thought I had!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/top-ten-tuesday-57/

Five Posts I Loved On Other Blogs This Spring:

Again, I’ve managed to keep track of the posts I’ve enjoyed this Spring using bookmarking, so I don’t have to try and remember the stuff I’ve enjoyed off the top of my head. As always, this will be non-review posts I’ve enjoyed:

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury talked about what we really do as book bloggers and I thought it was a really great post because I’m not sure if people outside of the book blogging community realise how much we do!

What Does A Book Blogger Actually Do?

2. Jess @ Princessia of Books talked about ARCs and the trouble that they can sometimes cause in our community and I thought it was a really great and insightful post.

https://princessicaofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/a-world-without-arcs/

3. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight did a post about judging books by their title and I found it so funny, because some of the things that she thought books were about based on their titles were hilarious.

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Title: A Cautionary Tale

4. Cait @ Paper Fury did a post about translating what a bookworm is saying and it’s incredibly hilarious and you should read it right now!

How To Translate What The Bookworm Creature Is Saying

5. Nikki @ Fiction Freak did a post about Being a YA and it’s so perfect and so true!

Being a YA

Five Things That Happened This Spring:

  1. One of my best friends, Ellie, came to visit me at Uni in Stirling for the first time at the beginning of May, we had such a blast! It was so great to see her and get to catch up and show her my Uni.
  2. I went to see Jersey Boys with my family over Easter break.
  3. I spent a few days at my friend Nicola’s house before I came back home for the summer break and we had such a blast! Living together next year is going to be so much fun.
  4. I went to see Coldplay with my family (two days ago actually, so it just makes this post!) and it was so amazing! They were incredible.
  5. I finished my first year of Uni! I am officially no longer a fresher!

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Spring

  1. Without Love-Hairspray-This is my favourite song from the movie and every time I watch it (which is a lot!), this song gets stuck in my head and I keep singing it over and over!
  2. Wild Card-Nashville-This song is really catchy and has been stuck in my head ever since I first heard it.
  3. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You-Frankie Valli-I saw Jersey Boys this Spring and this song has been stuck in my head ever since (plus it’s given me an excuse to watch 10 Things I Hate About You more, just so I can watch the scene where Heath Ledger sings this song, which is my favourite part of the movie!).
  4. Casino-Nashville-Yes, I know this was on my list last time, but I can’t help it, I love this song!
  5. Up and Up-Coldplay-This song has been on the radio all the time since I’ve been back from Uni, so naturally I’ve listened to it a lot!
  6. Hole In The World-Nashville-I love this song, the lyrics and Hayden Panettiere’s voice are both so beautiful!

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

 

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!

 

Quarterly Rewind (September-December Edition)

As yesterday was the winter solstice, the official beginning of winter, it is time for another Quarterly Rewind, my new feature, which I do every three months or so to celebrate the end of one season and the beginning of a new one, in this case, the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. This post will cover from the beginning of September to 21st December. I’ve really enjoyed doing this new feature so far, so I hope you guys enjoy it just as much.

Image from this Autumn:

me and ellieThis picture is from the end of November, when I went to visit one of my best friends Ellie at her University in Leeds. We had such a great weekend, this is a picture of us on the carousel at Leeds Christmas market, channelling our inner child!

Favourite quote from a book you read this autumn:

I am currently about 80% of the way through Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas, which has some really great quotes and of them, this is one of my favourites:

“Fire-breathing bitch-queen.” -Queen of Shadows

It’s not the prettiest quote in the world, but it does very simply and effectively sum up Aelin, which I like.

This Autumn in one word:

Exhausting!

Most popular review this Autumn:

I posted two reviews this autumn, of Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas, of the two, The Assassin’s Blade review was the more popular. It’s actually not my most viewed review of the past three months, but it is the most popular out of the two I posted this autumn:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/the-asssassins-blade-throne-of-glass-0-5-review/

I really enjoyed this book and I’m glad that this review has been so well viewed! I know the Throne of Glass series is already pretty popular, but it’s nice to think that maybe my reviews of the series are convincing even more people to read it because it is such a fantastic series.

Top Two Books I’ve Read This Autumn:

This is again, unfortunately pretty easy as I’ve only read 2 1/2 books this autumn (the half is for the fact that I have not yet finished Queen of Shadows but I’m hoping to have before the end of December), so I just chose my favourite two. I’m pretty close to finishing Queen of Shadows, so I don’t feel like I’m cheating, including it here:

  1. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass prequel novellas)-I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed these prequel novellas as novellas aren’t usually my kind of thing, but these really fleshed out Celeana’s back story and actually felt like they added something to the main series, which is not always the case with novellas.
  2. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)-I’m not going to say this is a five star read, I’m far enough through the book now that I’ve pretty much decided on my final rating, unless something really major happens in the last part of the book that makes me change my mind. I won’t say I loved it as much as Heir of Fire, but I have really enjoyed it.

Two things I’m looking forward to this Winter:

  1. Christmas! It seems like an obvious one with Christmas being at the end of this week, but I am looking forward to Christmas. It’s so nice to just be at home and spending time with my family after spending months away at Uni.
  2. I’m going to France with my parents for New Year, which should be really fun.

Three New Obsessions This Autumn:

This is quite difficult, because once again, it’s kind of hard to think of three! I’ve been busy with Uni over the past few months and haven’t had much time to develop new obsessions, but I will give it a try!:

  1. Scream Queens-I started watching Scream Queens in October I think, and I’ve been really enjoying it so far.
  2. Edinburgh-I went to Edinburgh for the first time with my friends when they came to visit me at Uni last week, and it was so beautiful! If you are ever in Scotland at Christmas, go to the Edinburgh Christmas market because it’s really pretty!
  3. Running-It’s not really a new obsession, I’ve enjoyed running for a while but since I’ve been at Uni, I go running every single day (mostly because I get a little bored sometimes) but it’s really fun and the run that I do around the lake on campus is really pretty.

Five Most Popular Blog Posts Overall This Autumn:

As with the last two Quarterly Rewinds, all of my most popular posts from this Autumn were all Top Ten Tuesday posts, not that I mind because Top Ten Tuesday is one of my favourite posts to do each week and I love reading everyone else’s lists!:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #23-My most popular post of the past three months is from the end of September, my post of my Fall TBR. I have to admit, I’ve done pretty pathetically on that and have only read 2 (well one and am in the process of reading the second) of the books on that list, but hopefully by the end of next year, I will have read all the books on that list!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/top-ten-tuesday-23/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #25-My second most popular Top Ten Tuesday was Bookish Tropes I Don’t Want To Read About Anymore. I’m pretty pleased with this as it was such a fun list to put together and it was great to hear that a lot of you are tired of seeing the same tropes in YA books that I am.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/top-ten-tuesday-25/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #30-This one was book to movie adaptations that I’m looking forward too, which I have to admit has been one of my personal favourite top ten tuesday topics as I love both books and movies, so it’s great to combine the two. I’ve only actually seen one of the films on my list (Mockingjay Part 2), but a lot of the films on my list aren’t out yet/aren’t even in production yet, so I don’t feel too bad!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/top-ten-tuesday-30/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #24-This one was books you should read if you like Percy Jackson and The Olympians series, which was a fun one to put together, so I’m glad that people seemed to enjoy it!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/top-ten-tuesday-24/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #34-The most recent one on my list, this is my TTT list from two weeks ago which was Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read In 2016. This was definitely a fun one to put together and it got me excited about all the great new authors I have to read in 2016, so I’m happy that it was popular enough to make the top 5!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/top-ten-tuesday-34/

Five Posts I Loved On Other Blogs This Autumn:

I will keep saying that I should make a list of all the posts on other blogs that I really enjoy so I actually have ideas when I come to writing this part of the post, but I probably never will! Anyway, of the ones that I can remember, these are the non-review posts I’ve enjoyed on other blogs over the past few months:

  1. Janet (The Storyteller) over at the Feministas, did a post on University and the other options that young people have after leaving school and I really enjoyed reading it because although I have always wanted to go to University, it’s not the right option for everyone and it was nice to read a post discussing that.

https://thefeministas.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/the-one-about-university/

2. Emily over at Midwestern Book Nerd did a post on hype around books and how she can be slightly scared to read books that everyone is talking about and I have to say, I have experienced the same fears before reading a book that everyone has been talking about, because there is always the worry that you won’t like it as much as everyone else does, so I enjoyed reading this post.

https://midwesternbooknerd.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/scared-of-the-hype-help-me-out/

3. Emily (alwaysopinionatedgirl) over at The Feministas, did a post on supposed masculine and feminine characteristics and why we feel the need to have these labels and I thought this was a really interesting and thoughtful post.

https://thefeministas.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/masculine-and-feminine-characteristics-why-the-labels/

4. Engie over at Musings From Neville’s Navel, did a great post about the recent movie Suffragette, what she liked about it and also the problems she had with it and I really enjoyed that post as Suffragette is a movie that I wanted to (and still want to see) and I liked reading her thoughts on it.

https://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/i-wanted-an-awesome-feminist-movie-this-fall-but-i-dont-think-suffragette-will-be-it/

5. Alicia over at Kernels of Nonsense, discussed reading multiple books in one of her Kernels of Nonsense features and I found that post really interesting, because I’m a firmly reading one book at a time kind of girl, I wish I could read multiple books, but I need to focus solely on one book at once, or I get confused!

https://akernelofnonsense.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/kernels-of-nonsense-32-are-you-a-monogamous-or-polygamous-reader/

Five Things That Happened This Autumn:

  1. I started University (all the way back in September now, if you can believe that). I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t always been easy, it’s definitely hard no longer living at home, but I feel like I’m finally starting to settle in, which is good.
  2. My friends Hannah and Zoe came to visit me at University and we had a great time, which included all of us going to Edinburgh for the first (and second since we went twice) time.
  3. I went to visit my friend Hannah in Southampton at her University at the end of October.
  4. I spent a weekend with my friend Ellie at her University in Leeds at the end of November.
  5. I saw Mockingjay Part 2 at the cinema with a friend from University.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Autumn:

These will all be Taylor Swift songs as I’ve been listening to her songs a lot this Autumn!

  1. All Too Well
  2. Clean
  3. The Story of Us
  4. White Horse
  5. Cold As You
  6. Better Than Revenge

So that is my Quarterly Rewind for this Autumn, what do you guys think? What have you enjoyed most on my blog this autumn? And of course, what have you guys been up to this autumn? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

Quarterly Rewind (June-August Edition)

As it is the end of summer, tomorrow will be September and we will be in Autumn, I am back with another Quarterly Rewind, my new feature, which I do every 3 months, to celebrate the end of one season and the beginning of a new one. I’m not sure when the official beginning of Autumn is, but I’m quite sure that I can confidently say summer is officially over here in the UK, if we ever had one to begin with, the weather has been quite miserable over the last few months! This post will cover from the end of June to the end of August. I had some great feedback on this feature, the last time I did it, so hopefully you all enjoy it as much this time!

Image from this summer:

blog photoThis picture is from Father’s Day (21st June, so just manages to make it into this post!), me and my family went out for lunch at the Hilton in our area, we had a really nice lunch and the weather was amazing, so we got this lovely photo of me, my dad and my sister outside.

Favourite Quote from a book I read this summer:

This is a little more difficult, because I’ve only actually fully read one book this summer, I am still making my way through A Court of Thorns and Roses and am about halfway through Trust In Me. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had the chance to read much! I chose a quote from Between Shades of Grey (which I can use for this post as well as for my previous one, because I started it on 1st June which was in last quarter, but finished on the 22nd June, which was in this quarter, yay for overlapping quarters!). Anyway this is the quote:

“Krasivaya. It means beautiful, but with strength. Unique.”

I love this quote because I love the meaning of the word and it so perfectly describes Lina, the heroine of Between Shades of Grey.

This Summer in One Word

Busy!

Most Popular Review This Summer:

I haven’t posted many reviews this summer, I think Between Shades of Grey was the only one, so I’ll just pick the review of mine that got the most views in the June-August period and that review was:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/undivided-unwind-quartet-4-review/

Undivided, the last book in the Unwind quartet. In fact, three of the books in the Unwind Quartet make up my top three most read review posts over the past three months, which makes me very happy! Hopefully I am doing as I intend with these reviews and bringing to people’s attention this wonderful series and making them want to read it to, because it is a brilliant series and woefully underrated!

Top Two Books I’ve Read This Summer:

This is pretty easy, given my lack of reading this summer (I really have just been annoyingly busy!), I’ll just put the two books that I’ve actually read this summer, one I haven’t finished yet, but I’m really close to finishing ACOTAR, so I’ll include it here.

  1. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys-Yes, I know this was on this section of my last Quarterly Rewind, but I’ve actually finished it now (loved it by the way) and as I finished it on 22nd June, it handily fits into this post as well, so I can include it again.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas-I have a few more chapters left of this, haven’t decided whether it’s a 3 or a 4 star for me yet, I’ve enjoyed reading it, but not as much as everyone else seems to have. it was really slow to start and I’m only just really getting into it now! Speaking of Sarah J Maas, who else is incredibly excited for Queen of Shadows? Ahh, it releases tomorrow!

Two things I’m looking forward to this Autumn:

  1. I’m going to University! I wasn’t meant to be going this year, but because of various circumstances, that would take too long to explain on here, I ended up applying through clearing and getting into the University of Stirling (it’s in Scotland) to do History and Journalism Studies. I’m really excited, but also kind of nervous. I hope it’s as good as I want it to be! Anyway, my going to University also means good things for this blog, because I’m hoping to do a series of University related posts on this blog throughout my first year and maybe even beyond, so hopefully you will all enjoy those!
  2. In October, me and my parents will be going to the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, to see the Men’s All Around Final. I love watching Gymnastics and GB has some really great male gymnasts at the moment, so hopefully we do well and it should be a great event!

Three New Obsessions This Summer:

This is difficult, I’m not sure I can think of three! This summer has been incredibly busy for me with work, so I haven’t really had much time to develop new obsessions. Still, I’ll see what I can think of:

  1. Lucien-My favourite character from A Court of Thorns and Roses, I think it is safe to say I am obsessed with him and cannot wait to read more about him in the sequel (is it bad that I love him more than Feyre?).
  2. My new laptop-I just got it last weekend and I love it so much! It’s so much faster and better than my old laptop!
  3. My furry Gilet-I just bought this for University (it gets cold in Scotland) and I love it, it’s so fluffy and warm.

I know, a weird list of obsessions, but it was really all I could think of!

Most Popular Five Blog Posts Overall This Summer:

My five most popular blog posts this summer were once again all Top Ten Tuesday posts, these posts seem to be consistently very popular, which is great because I love doing this meme and being able to connect with other bloggers over their lists!

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #19-My most popular Top Ten Tuesday of the past 3 months was actually this week’s, Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus, if you taught….. (fill in the blank). I chose Dystopia 101 and I’m really happy that this post is my most popular post of the last 3 months, because I really enjoyed the broadness of the topic and also seeing the diversity of what everyone else chose for their topics as well was great.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/top-ten-tuesday-19/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #13-My second most popular Top Ten Tuesday was Last Ten Books Which Came Into My Possession, which I have to say I’m quite surprised about, because I wouldn’t say that one was my favourite topic of the ones I’ve done in the past few months. Anyway, I’m glad all of you seemed to like it!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/top-ten-tuesday-13/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #12-This one was one of my favourite posts both to write and to read, because it was fun to see what hyped books I’d never read and out of my list, which ones I’d never consider reading and which ones I actually might like to. I came up with so many books for this list! It was also fun to see which hyped books everyone else had not read.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/top-ten-tuesday-12/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #14-I’m glad that my top ten (twelve!) books which feature diverse characters is one of my most popular posts of the last three months, because it was actually quite hard to think of books I’d read that featured diversity and I was really happy that I not only managed to make the ten, but went over it. It was also great to read other people’s lists and find more books with diverse characters in order for me to be able to diversify my reading.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/top-ten-tuesday-14/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #11 and Top Ten Tuesday #15-It was a tie between two posts again for fifth place as they both had the same number of views. Top Ten Tuesday #11 was my top ten favourite books of 2014 (as I had not read enough books in 2015 to do that list) and I really enjoyed writing that one because it allowed me to revisit all the great books I read last year and I also loved seeing everyone’s favourite books of 2015 in other people’s post. Top Ten Tuesday #15 is one of my absolute favourite posts I’ve done as part of Top Ten Tuesday because I love finding books with characters who are bookworms, so it was great to read other people’s lists and discover new books with those kinds of characters, but it was also fun to compile my own.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/top-ten-tuesday-11/

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/top-ten-tuesday-15/

Five Posts I Loved On Other Blogs This Summer:

This will again see me regretting not keeping a list of blog posts that I’ve read over the past three months as it is really hard to keep track of all the ones I read. Again, the ones I come up with will most probably be from the last few weeks as those are the ones that I remember the best! Again, these will all be non review posts that I’ve enjoyed:

  1. Nevillegirl did a post on how she chose the books that she was going to take to college with her and I really enjoyed that as I am going to be facing a similar problem myself soon, I have to choose which books I take to University and obviously I will take all of my currently to-be-read books, but what do you do after that? With so many favourites, how do I decide what to leave and what to take with me? I’m not sure I can do it!

https://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/books-i-brought-to-college-childhood-favorites-why-packing-is-hard/

2.  The Feministas is one of my new favourite blogs, if you haven’t checked it out yet, then you definitely should, it’s a group of young girls who blog about issues that matter to them, they blog about feminism, but also in general about controversial issues of society.The one I decided to include here was this one about why men need feminism, focusing on Unmanly Sports and I just thought that Michelle’s post was so good that I wanted to include it here.

https://thefeministas.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/why-men-need-feminism-unmanly-sports/

3. I’m including another post from the Feministas, this one was about clearing up the definition of feminism and I loved this post because it so annoys me when people say they aren’t a feminist because they think feminism is something different to what it actually is, we don’t hate men, we don’t want women to be better than men, we want gender equality.

https://thefeministas.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/clearing-up-the-definition-of-feminism-and-why-even-the-west-needs-it/

4. I had to include this post from Michelle at the Feministas because it was such a thoughtful and well written piece and I just thought it was a really interesting topic and something I had never really thought about before.

https://thefeministas.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/are-snow-white-and-cinderella-good-role-models/

(As you can probably tell, I’ve been reading The Feministas blog a lot in the last few months!)

5. I decided to include this post from Anjie @ Love Thy Shelf because love triangles are a personal pet peeve of mine, I have read so many of them by now that every time I even sense the possibility of a love triangle it makes me want to scream, but I loved her well thought out approach towards them and the way she discussed them was great.

https://lovethyshelfblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/book-talk-how-do-you-really-feel-about-love-triangles/

Five Things That Happened This Summer:

  1. I got a job! I’ve been working at Greggs since the end of July and whilst I now have to leave my job (because of point number 2!), I have enjoyed working there.
  2. I got into University! I will be going off to the University of Stirling, next Saturday!
  3. I went to YALC with my friend Hannah, we had a great time, I bought loads of books and we met Derek Landy. How awesome is that? Hopefully we will be able to go back next year!
  4. I went to Newmarket Nights (a racecourse event in England) with my family.
  5. I binge rewatched all 6 seasons of Gossip Girl & 5 seasons of Gilmore Girls (still need to finish 6 & 7).

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Summer:

This will probably be based off the songs I hear most often on the radio at work as I can actually keep track of that (roughly)!

  1. Fight Song-Rachel Platten-I cannot count the number of times I’ve listened to this on the radio at work, on the way to work, on the way home from work…..but it’s okay, I love this song!
  2. Cheerleader-OMI-Make it stop! I hate this song now, I’ve heard it so many times. It was just a mild loathing the first time I heard it, but now I’ve heard it about a billion and one times and it’s just annoying!
  3. Black Magic-Little Mix-This is another one that is constantly playing on the radio, but I like this song, it has a catchy tune, this is another one (along with Fight Song), that I will probably download for my IPod.
  4. Marvin Gaye-Meghan Trainor & Charlie Puth-This is also always on the radio at work, I don’t love it, but it doesn’t irritate me quite as much as Cheerleader does, so I guess I can live with constantly hearing it.
  5. Blank Space-Taylor Swift-I love this song, so listening to it on the radio constantly is absolutely no problem for me!
  6. Shake It Off-Taylor Swift-This is another one that is played on the radio all the time, whilst I don’t really like it that much, I have learned to live with it.

So that is my Quarterly Rewind for this Summer, what do you guys think? What have you enjoyed most on the blog this summer? And of course, what have you guys been up to over the summer? Let me know in the comments.