Let’s Discuss! Halfway Through 2018

Firstly, you might have noticed this post is up on a Saturday, when I would usually be posting a Stacking the Shelves post. Well, I’ve decided as I have more time to write posts in the summer, I might as well write discussion and other posts for when I don’t buy books that week!

It’s halfway through the year and I’m actually pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. I went into this year trying to finally read series I’ve been wanting to for years, start new books and finish old series. And as I finally got caught up with my Goodreads goal today, I thought it would be a perfect time to write about my progress!

Series I’ve Read

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I still can’t believe that I actually read and watched Harry Potter this year. Ever since I started this blog and entered the bookish community, I felt like some kind of liar or disgrace for not having read this incredibly famous series. But I’ve done it, I’ve entered the fandom and I couldn’t be happier!

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This series has been on my shelf since Christmas 2016, and I’ve only just managed to pick it up. Five books can be very intimidating, and I surprised myself by finishing the whole series in around a week and a half. If you’re looking for quick books, here they are!

Series I’ve Finished

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My lovely friend Courtney read these books a couple of months ago, and I never carried on with the series when Crooked Kingdom came out! In the end, I promised her I’d read it and I ended up enjoying the second even more and finishing this series.

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Dear God, please do not let any more of these books be released. I’m glad I read Obsidio and finished the series, but I DO NOT WANT ANYMORE.

Stuff I’m Proud of

I’m so proud of some of my achievements so far this year! I’ve been saying for so long that I need to read books that have been sat on my shelves for months, no matter how intimidating they may be. Some of the books I’ve finally got around to are The Night Circus and The Hobbit.

Goals for the Rest of 2018

There are many books I’d love to read before the end of the year, but mostly I’d just like to beat my Goodreads 2018 goal of 50. Realistically, it would be awesome to finish/read some more series, including The Raven Cycle. Otherwise, I’d love to read some more classics and get my physical TBR down as much as I can. Maybe while doing so, I could also stop buying books? Eh, probably not. Oh well.

What are you proud of this year so far?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Books on Pinterest

You might not know this about me, but I love Pinterest! It’s by far my favourite social media, as I use it for my own personal use and I use it for sooo much. Some of my boards include recipes, homeware, photography, fashion, plants, travel and especially books! If you want to find my account, click here.

I’ve found so many cool bookshops, ideas and bookshelves on Pinterest, so I thought today I’d share 5 pins I’ve found interesting.

Let’s start with bookshops! I’ve found so many cute stores on Pinterest, including Shakespeare and Company, which I was lucky enough to visit last time I went to Paris.

Ummm, how cute is this? I’m not really one for personalising my books or whatever, but this is amazing and classy. Click the link for more awesome bookish gift ideas!

I always love looking through other people’s bookshelves as it gives me ideas for my own – and fairy lights are always something I want to do.

In case of emergencies, I carry a book!

This one wouldn’t add as a widget, but here we go! I love this quote and other bookish ones.
The Books Behind Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Films

The last one won’t add as a widget either, but here goes. The pin that goes with this image told me all about the books that inspired Studio Ghibli movies, and those movies are some of my favourites in the world. So not only has Pinterest given me decorating ideas, quotes, bookshops and gift ideas…it has also given me knowledge and facts about some of my favourite books.

What could possibly be better than that?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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5 Books You Should Read This Summer

Summer might be slowly on it’s way and I’ve got to be optimistic as it’s been raining all week in the UK! I’ve been looking through my notes and quotes from some of the books I read last year, and I’ve decided it would be good to pass them to you guys too 🙂

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Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then…
During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.

This book is beautiful and full of amazing quotes – it’s a poetic read that reflects summer love.

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Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother is moving all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. But since the death of her father, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute.

Any of Matson’s books would be perfect for summer (try Second Chance Summer too!), but my heart still lies with this one. Perfect if you enjoy road trip reads!

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Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

I remember reading this book in the sun near the sea, and it was beautiful.

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This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. Includes: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.

It’s a shame I didn’t read this one in summer but I might do a re-read this year.

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After being entrusted with her brother’s Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn’t sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he’s gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance.
But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.

This book is one I tend to recommend everytime I do a post like this as it’s just so beautiful.

Which books do you think I should read this summer?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Reading More Than One Book

It’s time for another discussion post and today I’m going to be chatting about a subject I’ve wanted to talk about for a while – reading more than one books at once.

This is something I often see in the bookish community but I’ve only just started doing, and I find it really weird. I’ve always found it very important to only read one book and not to lose focus on that one story. That’s why I still only usually read one book!

I’ve been getting through the Harry Potter series recently, and for the past two months or so, I’ve been determined to not read any books that don’t include Hogwarts. As I’m sure with many people reading long series also feel, it’s hard not to be tempted by reading other books!

But it’s still not often I actually read more than one book. For a start, I knew I would be so distracted from Hogwarts if I started another book and I would never start again. I always feel this way with books and I kind of still see it as a ‘I’ll never read the first book’ if I pick up a second!

So if I do ever read two books at once, one of them is always a non-fiction so I’m not distracted from the first! Do you find this, or can you read more than one book?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! How To Make Reading a Habit

I’m such an awful blogger! I want to come up with a story about my week being busy…but you know what? Every week is busy. And I need to realise that, and make an effort to carry on blogging regardless. It’s not that I don’t have the time, I just don’t have the time every day. So I need to start making use of the breaks I do get and writing blog posts to queue, and keep on top of this…because I don’t want to lose it.

In this discussion post, today we’re going to be talking about how to make a habit of reading. This might seem like a strange question, but I don’t think it is! Reading takes up a lot of time, and it can be hard to make a habit of it. Like I said above, I don’t have that much time and life is busy. I’m having to teach myself my own rules to be able to keep on track. So here’s some ways I think anyone can start reading often, and the ways I continue to read!

  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself! Start with short books and standalones. Trying to start a heavy, 7 book series is probably going to put you off reading.
  2. Read often. Reading every day is something I try to do as much as possible. I’d also recommend reading at the same time each day, as I think it definitely helps make reading a habit. I try to read every night before bed, as it relaxes me as well as making sure I get some reading time in!
  3. Read what you like. This may sound stupid but if you know what genre you’re going to enjoy, read something from that genre.
  4. Research. Continuing from above, make sure you read a book that has good reviews or has been recommended. It sounds like a common-sense thing, but giving a few reviews a read does make all the difference sometimes.
  5. Take a book everywhere. I mean, maybe don’t try and read while you’re driving! But do read other places. Read in your break at work/college. Read in a cafe. Read on the train. You never know when you might have a spare moment, and I find having a book with me all the time helps me get through them!
  6. Try audiobooks. See, audiobooks are something I actually haven’t tried, but talking to people about them made me feel like I should include them here. If there are times when you physically can’t read – like when you’re driving – maybe try listening instead!

So those are some of the tips I think will make you read more! Do you have any tips to share?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! My Library #1

It’s time for a brand new feature on my blog where I’m going to be taking you through every single book I own! I spent an entire hour this afternoon scanning all my 220+ books onto a Goodreads shelf just so I can start keeping track of my growing collection.

Today we’re looking at my first shelf, which contains books I have and haven’t read!

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This might actually be one of my favourite shelves and the covers all look so pretty together! I’ve made sure to include the actual editions I have too – including that absolutely beautiful edition of We Were Liars.

I also included Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as I’m currently reading it so it doesn’t class as to-read anymore!

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And these are the books I haven’t read yet! Once I’ve finished Harry Potter I really want to read some of the other books on this shelf – including Cure for the Common Universe or The Last Place on Earth.

I’ll be back soon with my next shelf!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Bloggers I Love

I’m really enjoying writing discussion posts at the moment and this post is going to be about bloggers I love! I’ve been trying to make sure I scroll through my feed every couple of days now and read posts that jump out at me.

This is definitely an appreciation post for my lovely fellow bloggers in the community, as I think it’s about time I give a bit of a shoutout to these gorgeous people!

Emma Reads

I started following Emma on Goodreads and I’m such a big fan of her! Her reviews can be so interesting and I love how savage she can be sometimes. I also adore her writing style and how chatty she is! Honestly, just go and check this girl out.

Reading Every Night

My fellow Beth! I love Beth’s posts and even her about page makes me chuckle! Her blog posts are really interesting and her love for books shines through in her detailed and interesting posts 🙂

Audrey Writes Abroad

Audrey has some really interesting posts about her travels and reading! Her photography is really beautiful too and I really admire her. The mixture of writing, reading and travels is perfect.

While exploring more blogs recently, I’ve also come across labeaute.org and this interesting post about 30 things to do before you turn 30! It’s definitely not your typical bucket list and I love that.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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