Quarterly Rewind (December ’17-March ’18 edition)

Hey everyone! We’re into Spring already, not that you’d be able to believe it, given how the weather has been recently, but hopefully now that it’s the Spring Equinox, Spring might finally make an appearance? Please?? Anyway, if you’ve been following for a while, you know the drill by now, but if you’re a new follower, then this is the feature I do every three months, at the start of each new season to wrap up the one that has gone before, an idea originated by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. Today is the Spring Equinox, the official beginning of Spring, so it’s time to wrap up my Winter, and look forward to Spring. This post will cover 21st December-19th March:

Image From This Winter:

IMG_0080[1]This was the view from my window when The Beast From The East hit a few weeks ago!

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Winter:

“As a feminist I feel immediately guilty because everyone is trying to encourage girls into STEM subjects now, but to be honest I’m not dedicated enough to the Vagenda to force myself to become a computer programmer.” -The Exact Opposite of Okay, Laura Steven

This just made me laugh so hard, and I can relate, I am totally for girls getting into STEM subjects, I’m just not interested in pursuing it myself!

This Winter In One Word:

FREEZING!

Most Popular Review This Winter:

I’ve read 7 books in the period this rewind covers and have reviewed all of them (though I hadn’t posted my review of Orphan Monster Spy at the time of writing this, by the time its published, I will have). The most popular reviews of the ones I have posted was my review of Shadow of Bone, should have guessed since it is by far the most popular book of the ones I’ve read so far this year. Here is my review of it, if you want to check it out:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/shadow-and-bone-shadow-and-bone-1-review/

Top Two Books This Winter:

I haven’t had the greatest start to the reading year, most of what I’ve read so far has been pretty mediocre, but these are the two that stood out above the rest:

  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-This uproariously funny YA debut is definitely my standout of the year so far. It tackles difficult topics like slut shaming, the Friend Zone, revenge porn, Nice Guys etc. in a really accessible and funny way and the main character is basically me, but with more sex.
  2. By A Charm and A Curse-Jaime Questell-I loved this weird little YA fantasy, it’s kind of like a cross between Pinocchio & Sleeping Beauty, and you wouldn’t think it would work, but it so does!

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Spring:

  1. Easter-My family is getting together for the first time since Christmas over the Easter weekend and it will be nice to all be together again, even our dog Otis!
  2. Sports Ball-My university’s Sports Ball is in April and it’s one of my favourite events of the year, everyone gets all dressed up and we have a fancy meal and dance and eat and drink and it’s all very fun!

Three New Obsessions This Winter:

  1. Podcasts-I’ve started listening to podcasts since the beginning of the year, I didn’t think I was really a podcast person, but I’ve discovered some great ones via recommendations from friends and I now listen to them every night whilst I read. My favourites are The Guilty Feminist, a podcast created and hosted by Deborah Frances-White that talks about feminist issues in a really funny and accessible way and Stuff You Missed In History Class, a podcast that talks about historical events and people. Both were recommended by my friend Nicola, so thanks Nicola!
  2. Scandal-I’ve been watching this basically non-stop for weeks and even though some of the storylines are totally ridiculous and Olivia and Fitz’s relationship is completely toxic, I can’t help it, I am addicted!
  3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-I blew through all three seasons in four days whilst I was stuck inside because of The Beast From The East, the songs are so catchy, and it’s rare that a show talks about mental health issues so candidly.

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 #141-My most popular post this Winter was the final Top Ten Tuesday post from the now sadly defunct The Broke and The Bookish, so it’s nice that my last TTT prompt from them went out with a bang! This post talked about the 2017 releases that I missed out on that I’m hoping to read this year. So far I’ve only read one, but I have another in progress right now.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/top-ten-tuesday-141/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #146-This was my Anti-Valentine’s TTT, where I talked about non-romantic books you could spend your Valentine’s reading. I’m happy that my romantic cynicism was so well received!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/top-ten-tuesday-146/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #149-This is my TTT from last week, where I got to share my favourite book quotes, I’m happy that this one got so much love, because I love sharing book quotes!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/top-ten-tuesday-149/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #142-This was my first TTT prompt from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, where I talked about my Bookish Resolutions for 2018. Since so many of you read it, I’d better make sure I stick to them!
https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/top-ten-tuesday-142/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #144-This was a TTT I did back in January, where I talked about Books I Can’t Believe I Read.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/top-ten-tuesday-144/

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

I feel like I’ve once again kind of lapsed on bookmarking these over the Winter, but I will try and see if I can come up with four:

  1. Elise @TheBookishActress did this great post about the #BuryYourGays trope and why it needs to end.

https://thebookishactress.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/please-stop-killing-me-lets-talk-about-buryyourgays/

2. Zan Romanoff did this great article for The Paris Review about female YA authors.

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/02/07/women-writers-youve-overlooking/

3. Annie @ Annie Likes Words did an awesome piece debunking common advice given to young writers, which I really appreciated as I’m currently in the middle of revising my first novel.

Annie Debunks Common Writing Advice

4. Lucy Powrie @ Queen of Contemporary did this great post celebrating one year of writing, which really inspired me to get working on my own projects this year.

http://queenofcontemporary.com/2018/01/one-year-actual-writing.html

Five Things That Happened This Winter:

  1. I went to Headline Publishing’s New Voices Event in Glasgow in January, it was a really fun, relaxed event and I hope it becomes an annual thing!
  2. I went to Neal Shusterman, Samantha Shannon and Victoria Schwab’s event in London on Monday, it was so fun getting to see three of my favourite authors in the same room and seeing my friend Hannah again after so long, even if it was only a brief visit!
  3. I got my first ever byline in a real newspaper when I went to The Evening Telegraph for work experience in February.
  4. I took part in my second ever competition with my trampolining club, and finished in the top 30, and got the second highest score of the girls from my club.
  5. I got trapped inside for four days by the Beast From The East.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Winter:

  1. This Is Me-The Greatest Showman-I’ve been addicted to this soundtrack since I downloaded it at the beginning of the year, and this is probably my favourite song from it.
  2. A Part of That-The Last Five Years-This song is so darn catchy and for some reason, it seems to be a favourite of my shuffle!
  3. I Can Do Better Than That-The Last Five Years-Again very catchy!
  4. From Now On-The Greatest Showman-I swear, I just want to dance every time I hear this song.
  5. Shiksa Goddess-The Last Five Years-Another cracking tune from this soundtrack. Honestly I’m really not sure why this musical/movie is not more popular, the tunes are awesome!
  6. Moving Too Fast-The Last Five Years-Yup, another wonderful tune from this movie soundtrack.

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

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Quarterly Rewind (September-December 17 edition)

Hi all! It’s nearly the end of the year already, we only have a week and a half of 2017 left, can you believe it? It’s been a trashfire year for the world, but it’s actually been pretty good for me personally, so in some ways I will be sad to to see the back of 2017, but I’m really excited to see what 2018 brings! For any new readers who haven’t been around when I’ve done one of these before, basically I do one of these posts every three months, at the start of each new season in order to wrap up the season that has just been and look forward to the next one. Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, so it’s time for my wrap up of Autumn and to look forward to Winter. This post will cover from 22nd September-20th December:

Image from this Autumn:

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people sitting, table, hat, food and indoor

My friends Zoe and Hannah came up to visit me for a few days (they left yesterday) and this picture is us enjoying our own little Christmas dinner!

Favourite Quote from a book you read this Autumn:

Alex is male right now. I have just been kissed by a dude. How do I feel about that?

I have just been kissed by Alex Fierro. I am absolutely great with that’

-Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead, Rick Riordan

This one had to be the winner, I basically squealed when I read it, because I had been so worried Rick Riordan would go down the path of having Magnus be interested in Alex only when she was identifying as a girl, so to have it shown in canon that Magnus was attracted to Alex when he was identifying as male as well was very gratifying and if it was that gratifying to me, a straight, cis girl, I can only imagine how amazing it would be for pansexual and gender fluid people to see that kind of representation in a book.

This Autumn in One Word:

Exhausting!

Most Popular Review This Autumn:

I’ve read 8 books in the period that this rewind covers and have reviewed 7 of them, of those 7, the most popular review was my review of Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, which is good, since it made my favourites of 2017 list! Here is the review so you guys can check it out:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/category/scythe-arc-of-a-scythe-1/

Top Two Books This Autumn:

This is relatively straightforward as there are a couple of books that stand out for me from the last few months:

  1. Chainbreaker-Tara Sim-This was my last read for my Goodreads Challenge this year and it was truly incredible, a total masterpiece of feels and I can’t wait for it to come out in January so the rest of you can be as destroyed by it as I was!
  2. Scythe-Neal Shusterman-Shusterman’s new Utopian series is certainly just as creative as Unwind! There were certain things I would have liked to have seen done better but overall it was really enjoyable.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Winter:

  1. Christmas!-Obviously, it’s in four days and I’m super excited. It’s definitely my absolute favourite time of year.
  2. Work Experience-I’m doing a work experience module in spring semester at Uni, and I’m really excited for it, I’ll finally get a chance to see what it’s like working at an actual newspaper!

Three New Obsessions This Autumn:

This is always hard, as most of my obsessions are long standing ones, I don’t necessarily develop new ones often:

  1. Brooklyn 99-I caught up with this series in the space of about two weeks, I was sceptical at first but have ended up really enjoying it and I can’t wait to see where the rest of Season 5 goes.
  2. Wonder Woman-I watched the movie with my friend a few months ago and call me completely obsessed by Diana Prince. I can’t wait to read Leigh Bardugo’s novel all about her.
  3. My new WIP-I’m really excited about my current WIP, I started it during NaNoWriMo and I’m going to be working on it through next year. It’s set in Underground tunnels throughout Europe and features an f/f pairing, my first attempt at writing an f/f romance for one of my original stories (I’ve done it in fanfic before).

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Autumn:

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

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #133-This was a TTT from about a month ago, back in mid-November, where I talked about the books I’d like my future nieces and nephews to read, were I to have any. This was a fun one to do, so I’m glad it got so much love!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/top-ten-tuesday-133

2. Top Ten Tuesday #127-This was the TTT where I talked about book boyfriends, so I’m not surprised it was so popular, as we fangirls love our shipping!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/top-ten-tuesday-127/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #136-This was my TTT from the beginning of December, where I talked about all the bookish settings that I’d love to visit, if I got the chance to!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/top-ten-tuesday-136/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #129-Clearly other bookworms are just as big foodies as I am as this post all about bookish food that I’d like to try was very popular.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/top-ten-tuesday-129/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #132-This TTT is from way back at the beginning of November, where I talked about Characters That Would Make Great Leaders of A Book Club, and I think the consensus was that my book clubs would be very fun or very intense!

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

I feel like I’ve kind of lapsed on bookmarking the posts I’ve liked this Autumn, but I will try to see if I’ve got four to share with you:

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury did this hilarious post about why bookworms panic at the end of the year and it all hit far too true for me!

http://paperfury.com/reasons-bookworms-panic-end-year/

2. Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner did a post about how she plans to make Winter suck less for her. Whilst I couldn’t necessarily relate as I love the Winter, I found her thoughts on it really interesting.

http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2017/11/my-ultimate-plan-to-make-winter-suck-less-for-me.html

3. Laura @ The Book Corps did this great post about the recent changes made by Goodreads and Netgalley which affect international bloggers.

https://thebookcorps.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/an-open-letter-to-netgalley-and-goodreads/

4. Grace @ Almost Amazing Grace did this post about parents sharing photos of their children on social media before they’re old enough to agree to it and I thought it was a really interesting read.

http://www.almostamazinggrace.co.uk/2017/11/sharenting.html?m=1

Five Things That Happened This Autumn:

  1. I went to Hairspray when the UK tour came up to Glasgow, with my two friends from Uni, Nicola and Rebecca, as a belated 21st birthday celebration. It was so much fun and an amazing show.
  2. My friends from home, Hannah and Zoe, came up to visit me for a few days for our annual Scottish Christmas celebrations.
  3. I went to the Christmas Market in Edinburgh with Nicola and Rebecca.
  4. I started evening Spanish classes at my University, which I hope to continue next semester.
  5. I moved house-well my parents did anyway! I was at University when they moved, but when I go home for the summer, I will be going back to my new house.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Autumn:

  1. Say No To This-Hamilton-For some reason this song kind of passed me by before I had the Hamilton soundtrack on my IPod, but now that I’ve got it, I love it.
  2. The Room Where It Happens-Hamilton-It’s just so gosh darn catchy!
  3. Don’t Blame Me-Taylor Swift-This seems to be the song on reputation that comes up on my IPod most often.
  4. Does Your Mother Know-Mamma Mia-I love the Mamma Mia soundtrack and this song is particularly catchy.
  5. Defying Gravity-Wicked-Two of the members of my trampolining club were doing a routine to this for one of our competitions, so safe to say, it was on at training a lot!
  6. Getaway Car-Taylor Swift-One of my favourites off reputation.

Best of 2017

This isn’t part of the original rewind and I haven’t done it in the past, but I thought it would be a fun addition to this final rewind of the year to look back over my favourite moments of 2017 and all the awesome things I’ve got to do this year:

  1. Going to Greece with my friends-This is without a doubt my favourite thing I’ve done this year, it was so much fun to go on a trip abroad with my friends, to a place I’ve been wanting to go to for so long and an absolutely amazing way to celebrate my 21st birthday.
  2. YALC 2017-Without a doubt the best year of YALC so far. Hannah and I have our routine down pat now, and I’m so excited for next year’s event already!
  3. Hairspray-Getting to see Hairspray on stage along with my best friends from Uni was definitely a highlight of the year.
  4. Getting To See Jack Whitehall live-It was so much fun to get to go and see Jack Whitehall’s live show with Rebecca and Nicola.
  5. Mamma Mia-It was so amazing to get to see this on stage for my 21st birthday and even more amazing to get to see it with one of my closest friends, Ellie.
  6. Continuing my Christmas traditions with my friends-It was so lovely to have Hannah and Zoe up here again for Christmas, we’ve done it every year since I started Uni and it’s something I always look forward to.

So that’s it. My last Quarterly Rewind of 2017! What do you guys think? What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Autumn? What have you been up to? Anyone have any exciting plans for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Quarterly Rewind (June-September 17 edition)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe another three months has gone by and it’s time for me to do one of these again, they seem to come faster and faster each time I write one! For anyone who’s new to the blog and hasn’t been around for one of these before, basically I do a new one of these posts every three months, rounding up what I have done during one season and what I’m looking forward to during the next season. I post them on the first day of each new season, which is why I’m doing this today, as it’s the Autumn Equinox. This post will cover from 22nd June-21st September:

Image from this Summer:

IMG_0574[1]This is my friend Hannah and I at YALC with Victoria Schwab!

Favourite Quote from a book you read this Summer:

“Words are everything. Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair” -The Mime Order, Samantha Shannon

I wasn’t overly keen on the first Bone Season book, but this one and the third one definitely upped the ante and now I am very impatiently waiting for number four!

This Summer In One Word:

Hot!

Most popular review this Summer:

In the period that this rewind covers, I’ve read 7 books and finished two others that I started in the period of the last rewind. The most popular of these was my review of One Of Us Is Lying apparently, which was not what I was expecting at all:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/one-of-us-is-lying-review-e-arc/

Top Two Books This Summer:

This is relatively easy as there are two definite standouts of the books I’ve read this summer, they are:

  1. The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)-Samantha Shannon-This is my second five star read of the entire year, so of course it was a standout! The pacing was so much better than the first two and I loved seeing how far Paige has come as a character.
  2. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-I was really stressed with the hype for this one that I wouldn’t love it as much as everyone else did, but I sped through it in about a week!

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Autumn:

  1. Going to Hairspray-The Hairspray UK Tour is coming up to Glasgow in two weeks, and I’m going to see it with my friends as a belated birthday celebration! It’s not something I ever thought I’d get the chance to see on stage and it’s one of my favourite musicals, so I’m super excited.
  2. Team Trials for Equestrian Club-Team Trials is in a couple of weeks (same week as Hairspray) and I’m hoping I might finally be able to try out for the team this year!

Three New Obsessions This Summer:

Ah the hardest part of this rewind! I have a lot of obsessions but most of them are long standing! I’ll give it a go though:

  1. Game of Thrones-Yes you can officially count me on the Game of Thrones bandwagon, I watched all six seasons in two weeks this summer and then the newest season. I didn’t think I was going to like it but I ended up loving it!
  2. Outlander-I started watching season one when it came on More4 a few months ago, and I’m totally hooked! I can’t wait to see what happens next!
  3. The Flash-Another show I binged in it’s entirety this summer. I’m really looking forward to Season 4!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Summer:

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

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #124-This was my Top Ten Tuesday post from last week, where I talked about the books that have shaped my life. I’m so happy that this one is my most popular post of the season, since it was the TTT celebrating my 21st birthday, so it’s lovely to see how much support it got!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/top-ten-tuesday-124

2. Top Ten Tuesday #125-This was my Top Ten Tuesday post from this week actually, where I talked about the books that I have on my Autumn TBR. Since it was my second most popular post of the season, I should probably try to actually stick to it!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/top-ten-tuesday-125/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #120-My third most popular post of this summer was from about a month ago, when the Broke and Bookish girls returned from their month long hiatus. I gave book recommendations for people who like books without romance, so I’m glad to see it was popular, and that I’m not the only romance cynic out there!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/top-ten-tuesday-120/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #123-This post is from two weeks ago, when I talked about books that I thought I loved, but actually really struggled with. It’s amazing how much love negative posts get!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/top-ten-tuesday-123/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #121-My final most popular post of the summer is this one where I talked about the best books I’ve read since I started Uni. It was a really fun one to do, I loved getting to look back at all the amazing stuff I’ve got to read since I started Uni, two years ago.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/top-ten-tuesday-121/

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

I don’t know if I’ve actually bookmarked that many posts this Summer, but I’ll see!

  1. Sarah K @ The Book Traveler, had Alyssa Cavlier did this great post about giving book series’ second chances, which I really enjoyed as it’s something I often struggle with!

http://theyabooktraveler.com/index.php/2017/06/27/alyssacavlier/

2. Libba Bray did this great piece for Entertainment Weekly about her book Beauty Queens and the struggles of being a female author in Hollywood, it’s well worth the read!

‘The Diviners’ author Libba Bray has some thoughts on this all-female ‘Lord of the Flies’ remake

3. Cait @ Paper Fury did this super hilarious post about her most common complaints when reading. It’s actually spooky, we share basically all of them:

http://paperfury.com/10-common-complaints-ya-books/#comment-314776

4. Danika Ellis did this great post for Book Riot about how Goodreads has changed the way she reads, which I found really interesting as I definitely think Goodreads (and blogging in general) have changed the way I read:

https://bookriot.com/2017/07/14/reading-with-stars-in-your-eyes-how-goodreads-changed-how-i-read/

Five Things That Happened This Summer:

  1. I went to YALC with my friend Hannah for the third year in a row. If possible, I think this year was the best year yet!
  2. I visited my sister in Amsterdam for her 23rd birthday.
  3. I turned 21! Just last week actually!
  4. I went to see Mamma Mia with my friend Ellie as an early 21st birthday celebration.
  5. I started my third year of University.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Summer:

  1. Mamma Mia-What with seeing the stage show this summer, I’ve had this song on repeat a lot!
  2. The Skye Boat Song-It’s at the start of every episode of Outlander, so it’s safe to say I’ve listened to it a lot!
  3. You’ll Be Back-Hamilton-Yeah I’m not obsessed with this song or anything…….
  4. Defying Gravity-Wicked-I mean it’s Defying Gravity, need I explain?
  5. Coming Home-Country Strong-I love this song and it came up on my IPod a lot over the summer.
  6. Gonna Get Even-Nashville Cast-This song is pretty apt for some things that were happening in my personal life over the summer.

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

Quarterly Rewind (March-June 17 edition)

Hi everyone! It’s that time of year again, time for another Quarterly Rewind, the feature where I look back over the last three months of my life for you and share what’s coming up in the next three. Summer has definitely arrived here in the UK, it’s been boiling and I only got back from holiday yesterday! I hope the heatwave ends soon, I’m not sure how much more I can take! Still back to the topic at hand, this post will cover from 20th March-21st June:

Image from this Spring:

DSCF1426.JPGThis is a photo of Santorini, from my recent holiday to Greece, it’s the view out over the top of Caldera. You don’t get views like that in the UK!

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Spring:

“This moment will just be another story someday.” -The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

I actually preferred the movie to the book in this case, but the book does have some really lovely quotes and this one was my favourite. as a reader, it really resonated with me.

This Spring In One Word:

Awesome!

Most popular review this Spring:

I’ve actually read 10 books in the period this post covers and finished two others that I started in the period that was covered in my last rewind. The most popular of these was my review of Code Name Verity’s prequel, The Pearl Thief:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/the-pearl-thief-code-name-verity-0-5-review-e-arc/

Top Two Books This Spring:

Most of the books I’ve read this Spring have been in the 3-4 star range, so no particular 5 star standouts, but of the books I’ve read, these are my favourites:

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-This is definitely my favourite book that I’ve read this Spring, I was apprehensive about it because I didn’t love the first book, but Sarah J Maas definitely stepped up her game for the second one!
  2. The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2)-This wasn’t as good as the first book in the series, but still incredibly enjoyable and just what I needed at the time I was reading it.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Summer:

  1. Being able to drive-I’m taking my driving test in a few weeks time, and if *fingers crossed* I pass then I’ll actually be able to drive!
  2. Going to YALC-I’m so excited for my third year at YALC at the end of July! There are so many great authors going this year, it’s going to be amazing.

Three New Obssessions This Spring:

I always find it hard to come up with these as I’m very loyal to my long standing obsessions, new ones don’t happen often! Still I’ll try:

  1. Greece-Okay not exactly a new obsession since I’ve been obsessed with Greece and Greek mythology since I was a kid, but now that I’ve actually been to the country, you can call me even more obsessed!
  2. Lucifer-I watched this in April/May time, and caught up with both seasons pretty quickly. I never knew I could find the Devil so attractive!
  3. IZombie-I started watching the first season in April, caught up in like two days and am now totally caught up with the third season! You can definitely call me obsessed with this one!

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Spring:

As usual, all of my most popular posts this Spring were Top Ten Tuesday posts:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #110-This Top Ten Tuesday from a few weeks ago where I talked about YA Fantasy books that I had recently added to my TBR. You guys, this year is going to be so good for YA Fantasy!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/top-ten-tuesday-110/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #101-I was surprised that this TTT was so popular since I was talking about my favourite TV fandoms rather than my favourite bookish fandoms, but I think it just goes to show how much us bookworms also love TV!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/top-ten-tuesday-101/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #109-This TTT was talking about my most anticipated upcoming releases for the rest of 2017 and I’m so happy it got so much love as I love getting to talk about books that I’m excited for!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/top-ten-tuesday-109/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #108-This TTT was me talking about all the books I have on my Summer TBR. It’s only June so I’ve only read 2 full books and most of a third from my TBR but I’m hoping to have finished most or all of them by the beginning of September:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/top-ten-tuesday-108/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #107-This TTT was one for Mother’s Day where I talked about all of my favourite TV mothers! It is nice to sometimes do some non-bookish posts!:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/top-ten-tuesday-107/

Four Posts I Enjoyed On Other Blogs This Spring:

I don’t feel like I’ve actually read many posts from other blogs this Spring, but I’ll try to find some!:

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury did this wonderfully funny post about why books are more successful at life than we are:

http://paperfury.com/10-reasons-books-successful-at-life/

2. Cait also did another post about editing your novel which I found really helpful as I’ve kind of been hitting a brick wall on my own editing recently! I will definitely be trying out some of her tips:

http://paperfury.com/how-to-edit-your-novel/

3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction did a great post about why she finds rating MG & YA books hard, because she’s not the target audience and whilst I can’t say I’ve had the same problems (at least not with YA as I still feel relatively close in age to the characters, MG is sometimes a little harder), I found her post really insightful:

https://feedyourfictionaddiction.com/2017/05/rating-middle-grade-sometimes-ya-darn-hard-lets-discuss.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

4. Mish @ Chasing Faerytales did this awesome post about shipping non-canon couples. Whilst I’ve been relatively lucky in most books and TV shows that the couples I’ve shipped have been canon, I have definitely shipped some non canon couples in my time (fanfic is a beautiful thing) and can understand the pain!

http://chasingfaerytales.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/a-shippers-musings-when-your-ships-arent-canon.html

Five Things That Happened This Spring:

  1. I went to Greece on holiday with my friends as an early 21st birthday celebration, and it was completely amazing! I can’t wait to go back there one day!
  2. I finished my second year of University, I’m officially halfway through my degree (how scary is that?).
  3. I spent a few days in London with my mum after I came back from Uni, which was pretty cool.
  4. I went to the first Cat cafe in Stirling with my friends, it was awesome, the cats were so friendly!
  5. I spent my Easter holiday in France with my family, the first time the four of us had all been together since Christmas.

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Spring:

  1. Gravity-Sara Bareilles-I’ve been listening to this one a lot lately, the lyrics have just really resonated with certain things that have happened in my life.
  2. She Used To Be Mine-Sara Bareilles-Again, I just find that I really connect to the lyrics of this song, so I listen to it a lot.
  3. Galway Girl-Ed Sheeran-I just love this song, it’s so catchy!
  4. Castle On The Hill-This is one of my new favourite running songs, it’s just so perfect for that!
  5. I’m On It-Nashville-Another song that comes up a lot when I’m running.
  6. On My Way-Nashville-One of my favourite songs from the new season!

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

 

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 Winter:

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 Winter:

“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 Winter In One Word:

Exhausting!

Most Popular Review This Winter:

I’ve read six books this Winter, 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 Winter:

I’ve had a very mixed bag of books this Winter, 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 this Winter, 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.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-ten-tuesday-66/

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!