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

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

Image From This Winter:

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

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Winter:

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

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

This Winter In One Word:

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

Most Popular Review This Winter:

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

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

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

Top Two Books This Winter:

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

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

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Spring:

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

Three New Obsessions This Winter:

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

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Winter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five Things That Happened This Winter:

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

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Winter:

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

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

 

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Quarterly Rewind (September-December ’18 edition)

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

Image from this Autumn:

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

Favourite Quote from A Book You Read This Autumn:

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

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

This Autumn In One Word:

Stressful!

Most Popular Review This Autumn:

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

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

Top Two Books I Read This Autumn:

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

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

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Winter:

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

Three New Obsessions This Winter:

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

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Autumn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five Things That Happened This Autumn

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

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Autumn:

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

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

 

Quarterly Rewind (June-September ’18 edition)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of September already, I swear I blinked and basically missed the entirety of summer! Anyway, since today is the Autumn Equinox and so the official start of Autumn (though technically British Summertime doesn’t end for another month, but ah well), it’s time for me to do another Quarterly Rewind, a feature started by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner, where we look back at the season just gone and look forward to all the things we have coming up in the next season. This post will cover 22nd June-22nd September:

Image from this summer:

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Hannah and I with Samantha Shannon at YALC (one of the few author photos where we don’t look like absolute dorks!).

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Summer:

“Plenty of humans were monstrous and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human” -Vicious, VE Schwab

I just love VE Schwab’s writing so much, it’s so beautifully simple and yet so effective.

This Summer In One Word:

Melting!

Most Popular Review This Summer:

I read 7 books in the period this Rewind covers (not as much as I would have liked, but still pretty good) and have reviewed all of them. Unsurprisingly, given that it was one of the biggest debut releases of this year, my review of Children of Blood and Bone was my most popular one this summer. Here is my review of it, if you want to check it out:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/children-of-blood-and-bone-legacy-of-orisha-1-review/

Top Two Books This Summer:

This is actually the easiest choice I’ve had to do for one of these, because two books I read this summer stood out way above the rest of them and they were:

  1. Legendary-Stephanie Garber-The sequel to Caraval was even better, even darker and even more magical than the first book and I cannot wait to see what happens in the final book, appropriately titled “Finale”.
  2. Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi-I feel so bad for putting off this book for so long when it was so amazing! Such a diverse, amazing, enjoyable fantasy adventure and after THAT ENDING, I need the second book like right now!

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Autumn:

  1. My friends’ annual Christmas visit-My friends have come up to visit me in Scotland every year since I’ve been at Uni here and it’s my favourite part of the whole year, we have so much fun, eating junk, watching films, going to Edinburgh and talking way too late, it’s awesome and this year is probably going to be our last time doing it, since I probably won’t be here next year, so we’re definitely going to make the most of it.
  2. Sarah J Maas’ Edinburgh Event-Sarah J Maas is doing a book event for Kingdom of Ash in Edinburgh in November and I’m super excited-I mean it’s the final Throne of Glass book people!

Three New Obssessions This Summer:

  1. Suits-I started watching this legal drama towards the end of June, so it just counts for this Rewind, and I really love it, I mean it’s kind of over the top and I’m pretty sure you couldn’t get away with half the stuff they do in a real law firm, but that’s what makes it so great.
  2. Bodyguard-I’ve been watching this series for the past few weeks and I absolutely love it, it’s so dramatic and really well done, I can’t wait to watch the final episode tonight.
  3. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again-Yup I’m obsessed with this film and it’s soundtrack. And also Lily James. No surprises here, I mean it was pretty much guaranteed before I watched it that I was going to become obsessed.

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Summer:

As always, my five most popular blog posts this Summer were all Top Ten Tuesday posts, you guys really seem to love these:

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #166-As with my last rewind, my most popular post this summer was another cover related one, where I shared red, white and blue covers in honour of US Independence Day. I clearly need to do more cover posts, because you guys really seem to love them.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/top-ten-tuesday-166/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #175-This topic was from a few weeks ago, and wasn’t even about books! Us bookworms love TV almost as much as we love books, and this post about my favourite bingeworthy TV shows got a lot of love.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/top-ten-tuesday-175/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #167-This post was all about my favourite books of 2018 (so far). I love getting to share book love with everyone, so it was super fun to compile this list of all the books I’ve really enjoyed this year.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/top-ten-tuesday-167/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #173-This topic was all about books that got us out of reading slumps, as someone who has experienced a lot of reading slumps in the past, it was great to share the books that helped me break that cycle.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/top-ten-tuesday-173/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #165-This post was all about my favourite sequels, which was great to talk about, so often sequels can be disappointing, especially middle books in a trilogy, so it was great to get to share some sequels that didn’t disappoint!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/top-ten-tuesday-165/

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

  1. Avalinah did a great post about something I hadn’t really thought of: how the enemies to lovers trope can be damaging to those who have been bullied. It was a really insightful and interesting post so I wanted to share it here:

http://avalinahsbooks.space/discussion-enemies-to-lovers/

2. Sarah Hatch did this hilariously funny post entitled A Day In The Life of A YA Herione, which takes all of the classic YA heroine tropes and combines them! I dare you not to laugh whilst reading it:

A Day in the Life of a YA Heroine

3. Paper Fury did this really awesome post about writing with a mental illness, I found it really enlightening as it was a window into something that I haven’t personally experienced.

https://paperfury.com/how-write-with-mental-illness/

4. Chelsea Summers from Racked did this great article on the Politics of Pockets, though it is two years old, I read it in this Rewind period so I wanted to include it. As someone who is perennially annoyed by the lack of pockets in women’s clothing, I found this article really interesting and very enlightening.

https://www.racked.com/2016/9/19/12865560/politics-of-pockets-suffragettes-women

Five Things That Happened This Summer:

  1. I went to YALC for the fourth year in a row with my friend Hannah (and this year we were joined by her friend Hannah, not confusing at all), as with every year, it was super fun and I got loads of cool books.
  2. I went to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time with my friend Nicola to see a live recording of The Guilty Feminist podcast, it was so awesome!
  3. I went to the European Championships in Glasgow with my family to see the Men’s Team Gymnastics Final and Team GB won the silver medal which was great to see!
  4. I started my final year of University. Hear that screaming? That’s the sound of my impending mental breakdown.
  5. I turned 22! Last Wednesday actually 🙂

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Summer:

  1. Waterloo-Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again-Yes I became addicted to this song after I saw the film. No I do not anticipate that stopping anytime soon.
  2. Andante, Andante-Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again-I hadn’t heard this song before I saw the film and now I listen to it near enough constantly. Lily James’ voice is just…..ugh, I can’t even.
  3. My Shot-Hamilton-I mean I’m pretty much constantly listening to one Hamilton song or another!
  4. Super Trouper-Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again-I wasn’t that fond of this song in the first movie, but I’ve found a newfound appreciation for it.
  5. Dancing Queen-Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again-I mean this song can’t fail to get you pumped!
  6. Mamma Mia-Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again-Can you tell I loved this movie yet?

So there we go guys, that’s my Quarterly Rewind for Summer! What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Summer? What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to this Autumn, books or otherwise? Let me know in the comments!

 

Quarterly Rewind (March-June ’18 edition)

Hi everyone! The last few months have just sped by (why does January seem to last forever and then the rest of the year goes by in a flash, I don’t understand!) and as today is the official beginning of summer, it’s time for me to do another Quarterly Rewind, a feature started by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner, where we look back at the season just gone and look forward to all the things we have coming up during the next season. This post will cover 20th March-21st June:

Image from this Spring:

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The whole Elliott clan soaking up what little sun there was in France!

Favourite Quote from a book you read this Spring:

“You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled – not with all the good food or sunshine in the world. That emptiness cannot be banished, and so some days we wake with the feeling of the wind blowing through, and we must simply endure it as the boy did.”  -The Language of Thorns, Leigh Bardugo

I just thought this particular quote was so beautiful and this book was one of my favourite ones I read this Spring.

This Spring In One Word:

Busy!

Most Popular Review This Spring:

I’ve read 12 books in the period this rewind covers (I know, go me!) and have reviewed all but the most recent one I read. Unsurprisingly, given how popular the Grishaverse is, my most popular review this spring was Crooked Kingdom. Here is my review of it, if you want to check it out:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/crooked-kingdom-six-of-crows-2-review/

Top Two Books This Spring:

I still haven’t had any 5 star books this year, everything I read this Spring kind of settled in the 3-4 star range, but there have still been some books that I’ve really enjoyed among them. These are the two that standout amongst the rest:

  1. The Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo-My highest rated book this spring, this collection of short stories was exactly what I needed during my exams, and I loved the dark, twisted, Grisha take on some classic fairytales.
  2. Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody-I’ve been having a really good streak with Carnival/Circus Style YA recently and this one definitely added to it. I loved the unique combination of fantasy/murder mystery and thought the illusions were really awesome.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Summer:

  1. YALC-AHHH! My fourth year of going to YALC is going to be this summer and I’m just as excited as ever. Though I won’t get to see my fave, VE Schwab this year, there are still several authors that I’m really excited to see and YALC is always my favourite weekend of the summer, so rest assured I am counting down the days!
  2. The Guilty Feminist at The Edinburgh Fringe-This year marks two firsts, my first time seeing a live recording of The Guilty Feminist podcast and my first time at the Edinburgh Fringe (which I somehow still haven’t been to, even after three years of studying in Scotland) and I am super excited for both things.

Three New Obsessions This Spring:

  1. The Hamilcast-I just started listening to this in May and YOU GUYS, WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE? If you are a Hamilton nerd and you haven’t listened to this podcast yet, then please do, Gillian is awesome and she’s spoken to so many cast members of Hamilton and it’s just such fun and AHHH, New Podcast Obssession!
  2. Riverdale-I shouldn’t love this, it’s ridiculously soapy and dramatic, and yet? I am totally addicted. Whoops.
  3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt-I wasn’t so keen on the most recent season, but I sped through the first three seasons in the first couple of days in May. Drunk therapist Tina Fey is now my official new favourite Tina Fey.

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Spring:

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

  1. Top Ten Tuesday #158-I wasn’t actually expecting this one to be the top post of this Spring, but you guys clearly like your pretty covers! This topic was all about talking about books with your favourite colour on the cover, so I shared a lot of pretty purple covers.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/top-ten-tuesday-158/

2. Top Ten Tuesday #160-This topic was all about sharing your favourite character names, so I shared 10 awesome female characters whose names I absolutely love. I usually spend more time ribbing on character names than admiring them, so it was nice to share the love for once!

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/top-ten-tuesday-160/

3. Top Ten Tuesday #157-This topic was all about books that we would love to be able to read early! Sadly the book gods have not smiled on me, as I only have the books that have been released since I made that post and have not got early copies of any of the later releases…..yet.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/top-ten-tuesday-157/

4. Top Ten Tuesday #164-This was this week’s TTT, where I talked all about the books that I’m planning to read this summer, and since posting, I’ve actually finished one of the books and started another, so the summer TBR is definitely off to a good start!
https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/top-ten-tuesday-164/

5. Top Ten Tuesday #154-This is a TTT from way back at the end of April, where I talked about books I will probably never reread.

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/top-ten-tuesday-154/

Four Posts I’ve Enjoyed on Other Blogs This Spring:

  1. Lefty Reads did a discussion post about being an awkward age in the YA community, which is definitely something I’ve been feeling over the past few years as I’ve left my teens and am now into my twenties, but I still don’t really feel like an adult yet.

https://leftyreads.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/discussion-an-awkward-age-in-the-ya-book-community/

2. Lacy Literary did a discussion post about why they resent Indie bookstores, because of snobbery surrounding stocking romance novels in them, and although, as anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I don’t read romance novels, book snobbery is an awful thing and a lot of the snobbery surrounding romance novels is misogyny because it is a market dominated by women, so I thought their discussion post was really interesting.

Why We Resent Indie Bookstores.

3. Aoife at Pretty Purple Polka Dots did this really fun post about Things You’ll Know If You Date A Bookworm (so basically pretty much a guide for any of our future partners) and every single item is so true! Sorry future boyfriend, I will love my books more than I love you!

https://prettypurplepolkadots.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/things-youll-know-if-you-date-a-bookworm/

4. Grace at Almost Amazing Grace (you all know Grace Latter right? If you don’t then you should) did a post about her journey with her brain tumour, and although it’s technically from last month’s rewind period, I wanted to include it here because I thought it was a really inspiring and well written piece.

http://www.almostamazinggrace.co.uk/2018/03/stable-angry-and-proud.html

Five Things That Happened This Spring:

  1. I finished my third year of University! I’ve officially only got one year left to go now, and I kind of can’t believe that? On the one hand, the fact that by this time next year I’ll be a week away from graduating is pretty cool, but on the other hand, WHAT? I am not ready to be a fully fledged adult, please don’t make me!
  2. I finished the first round of revisions on my novel This Is Not A Love Story (you can check out my post about it under the Writing Corner tab), I’m just waiting for my edits back from my critique partner Katie and whilst I’m waiting, I’m going to be working on TINALS’ sequel, which I just started yesterday!
  3. I went out to France with my family for a short holiday.
  4. I got elected Fundraiser of my university’s Equestrian Club, so I’m going to be on the committee for my final year, which is pretty cool.
  5. I wrote my 50th article for The National Student!

Six Songs I Listened To Way Too Often This Spring:

  1. Nobody Needs To Know-The Last Five Years-I have a newfound appreciation for this song, even though Jamie Wellerstein is an ass.
  2. The Other Side-The Greatest Showman-Yes I am still addicted to The Greatest Showman soundtrack, no I do not have any intention of changing that anytime soon.
  3. The Room Where It Happens-Hamilton-This one comes up quite often on my running playlist and that pleases me much.
  4. If I Didn’t Believe In You-The Last Five Years-Yet another song from The Last Five Years that shows that Jamie Wellerstein is an ass.
  5. The Schmuel Song-The Last Five Years-A seven minute masterpiece!
  6. This Is Me-The Greatest Showman-You can expect to see this song on this list for the foreseeable future most likely!

So there you go guys, that’s my Quarterly Rewind for Spring! What have you most enjoyed on my blog this Spring? What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to for the summer (books or otherwise)? Let me know in the comments!

 

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!

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:

christmas dinner

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!