Thursday, 10 November 2016

REVIEW: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis


Title: The Sidekicks
Author: Will Kostakis
Publication Date: February 29th, 2016
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The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd.

All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac's gone, what does that make them?





Review


Rather than being a story of each boys lives after the death of their best friend, The Sidekick was a subtle way to explore the depths of friendship, acceptance and grief all in a very short time frame. This contemporary didn't pack a punch, which at first I was slightly disappointed about, but it's more of a slow burning and memorable read that even now I am still mulling over.

I liked that it depicted the bonds of friendship and how it can extend to those who seem so different but underneath all their veneer is still human and share the same emotions as ourselves. There were some really touching moments that I can still remember despite finishing this about two weeks ago. I liked that the different aspects of grief was depicted, and that there is nothing wrong if your own way of coping with loss is not deemed as "normal". I liked that the characters preconceived notions of each other were challenged until they realised that they never really gave each other a chance because they were consumed with their own worlds.

All three characters - Ryan, Harley and Miles - were written with some depth and because their narrative is from their perspective it was interesting to be in their heads and understand how they felt. However, it did become a little disjointed as I jumped from one person to another and I kept wondering what the other character was thinking while being with another. The character I found hardest to connect with was Miles and I think that came down to how his section was written. It was almost script like, which made me feel like I was just a viewer peering into his life and I just felt disconnected. I definitely found Harley to be the most real and personal, and maybe that's because I think Harley and I would've been great friends is he was real (haha).

The Sidekicks is relatable, touching and carries importance about friendship. It works towards delivering a message and I think on this point Kostakis has succeeded in doing that with his writing. It's a short read and worth discovering because I feel like this one will give everyone a different experience.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I've Added To My To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we list our top ten according to the a topic of the week. Check out future topics here

Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR List
It was so hard to decide on which books to add to this list! I added my most recent purchases along with books that have peaked my interest and want to read ASAP. 
1. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
I know, I know. How have I not read this one yet?! But I'm getting there guys, I'm getting there.

2. Zeroes (Zeroes #1) by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti 
I do have high hopes for this series - a group of teenager with super powers who have goes on missions - so fingers crossed it pulls it off. 

3. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta 
Such an Aussie YA classic, I really hope that I'll enjoy this - getting ready for sentimental High School moments. 

4. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 
I'm surprised this caught my eye because I'm not a huge contemporary reader, but I do feel like this could be a tear jerker. 

5. The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katherine McGee
Gossip Girl set in the future can go two ways - I'm hoping it's the good way.
6. Learning To Swear In America by Katie Kennedy 
I'm pretty sure this book has nothing to do with swearing but I swearing is part of my vocabulary and I can't just let this one go?

7. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
Three sisters with three different powers ready to battle it out for the crown. Strap me in peeps, I'm ready.

8. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre?! I'm there. 

A fictional recount of the history of the 70s-90s criminal scene, this appeals to my love for History and Crime History.

Rarely do I read non-fiction but again history buff in me, I really want to check this out because a customer at my workplace actually introduced this to me. 

What Books Are On Your Recent TBR List?

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

A Very Overdue Wrap Up

It is now the end of October and it's been almost 3 months since I've last shared with you guys what I've been reading/enjoying. Although to be fair I actually haven't read that much. I'm just going to do a collective wrap up of what's been on my blog and the books I've read! 

Catch Up On


Before 2016 ends check out what I enjoyed the most during the first half of the year 

I write all about why Sirius Black is my favourite character and the role he plays in the series 

It was #LoveOzYA during July and I, along with other Aussie bloggers, celebrated it through a blog hop

Get to know me more!

I shared 4 reasons why I love blogging and 4 blogging tips and celebrated with a giveaway!

See what I got up to while I was away. Trust me, there was a lot. 

Reviews 


          

Reading Time


July 
For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund 
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne 

October
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


I am currently working on more content so hang tight! I feel like August-October is always the month that I disappear from the blogging world and whilst excuses will always be excuses, life really does get in the way! I hope you guys have been fantastic though. I've missed you all!

How Was October For You?


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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Talking Personal: Hi, It's Me Again

Hi guys. It's me again. It's been almost 2 months since my last post and about 5 months since my last "Talking Personal". Much to catch up on, so shall we get started?

Let's make a checklist of major events just to keep things short.

The Sound of Music Musical 
I was actually slightly disappointed that I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would BUT the singing was amazing. 



Phillip Island Trip 
I headed off to Phillip Island for a girls weekend trip, which was fun albeit freezing. 



Graduation Ceremony 
My graduation was official! I was so nervous I was going to slip on stage, it was actually terrifying.



Vietnam Trip 
My Vietnam trip was a huge highlight for this year. I got to see my family again and I managed to travel up to Ha Noi - I'd never been before - and it was beautiful. 



Truth be told, despite how "busy" I was, I fell into that black hole of a reading slump as well as blogging slump and it was horrible. I couldn't bring myself to even look at my blog. I'm glad I was building memories in the real world with my friends and family but I really missed being here. I think working 6 days in a row for the past month or two has pushed me to come back because I really need to learn to find a balance. It's progress in the making, but consider me back. 

Let me know how your past month has been and what was your highlight. I'm excited to be back and talking to you guys again!

Tell Me How Your Month Was?


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

The "My Hogwarts Story" Tag - Imagining Life At Hogwarts

Original Tag Created By: Underland to Wonderland

The wonderful Underland to Wonderland created such a fun tag based around Harry Potter, and after seeing it circulating I was super excited to give it a go!

The jist of this is to imagine being part of this world and how your life would be! Basically what I think about everyday because let's be real, Harry Potter is life.

My Harry Potter Story


1. Are you a Pure-Blood, Half-Blood, or Muggle-Born?
I would say Half-Blood. I'd like to think I have an ounce of Magic in me, don't I? Don't I?!

2. Which wand chose you?


3. Did you take an owl, cat, rat or toad with you?
Definitely an owl. I love the idea of such a loyal companion as well as trusted creature who can send and deliver things for me. A snowy owl for sure!

4. Where did the Sorting Hat put you?


5. What House did you want to be in?
I think I was lucky to be sorted in my favourite House. I definitely have respect for all the other houses, but there's something about belonging in Gryffindor that just proves how brave and courageous you are. Or at least I try to be. 

6. Which lessons are your favourite and least favourite?
This is a hard one! Would definitely be a toss up between Transfiguration and Charms because that's pretty much what I thought Magic would be like. Least favourite would most likely be History of Magic just because of how Professor Binn supposedly teaches the class, or probably Divination. 

7. The form your Patronus takes is ... 
I don't have a favourite animal per se, but rabbits or guinea pigs are the cutest! A butterfly would be nice as well. Imagine the Dementors being distracted by them fluttering through the air. Ooo. 

8. When confronted with a Boggart, what does it look like to you?
Cockroach. I have a huge phobia of cockroaches and I would have no clue how to riddikulus it away.

9. Do you partake in any school sports or magical hobbies?
In high school I participated in pretty much every single school sport, so Quidditch is something I would interested in. Otherwise, definitely some type of book club!


10. If you have free time, where would you be found hanging out?
Soo many places to discover but for sure Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley when possible. Still, I'm such a home body so the Common Room would be the best place to lounge with my friends. 

11. You are most likely to get detention for what?
Talking back to the teacher, because that's actually what I would get detentions for. Occasional duels maybe? Or wondering off school grounds. Oops. 

12. What career do you want after leaving Hogwarts?
As any aspiring witch or wizard, being an Auror would be amazing, but something fun like coaching a Quidditch team or being a professor at Hogwarts. Because Hogwarts really is home. 

Have a go at this Tag if you want to, I found it really fun! Leave a link down below for me to take a read as well, I've been reading everyone else's and they're all so unique! 

How Will Your Life Be At Hogwarts?


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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Aussie YA Blog Hop: Sharing #LoveOzYa


Welcome to the Aussie YA Blog Hop that has been making its rounds across various Australian book bloggers. This blog hop is courtesy of Jeann from Happy Indulgence and I am super excited to share with you guys my thoughts on Aussie YA, what to check out and why I think it's important.

There will be a Twitter Chat at the end of the week, so hashtag #AusYABlogChat and join us at @AusYABloggers for some fun!

1. What You Love About Aussie YA
The fact that it's from Australia, written by Australians makes me super proud to talk about Aussie YA. I find that the YA space is predominately dominated by US releases, with very much the same tropes, characters and messages that it really only gives a singular perspective to the Western world. With Aussie YA, I've found somewhat great representations of Australia and it's exciting to have other readers really understand Australians and our views and values.

2. Favourite Aussie YA Authors 
I would have to say Maureen McCarthy was one my favourite authors growing up - I read almost all her books. Otherwise, Melina Marchetta and Lili Wilkinson are great authors to check out as well!

3. The Aussie YA Book You Grew Up With 
Ahh, this is too hard to answer. I read so many! I think the one that stuck with me the most is Scatterheart by Lili Wilkinson. To this day it's still one of my top five reads!
4. Favourite Aussie YA Book Released in 2016
Is it bad of me to say I actually haven't read a 2016 release yet? Uh oh. I'm about to take advantage of a YA sale the local bookstore Dymocks has though, and I'm keen to get onto The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis and The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

5. Aussie YA Debut You Are Looking Forward To 
Do you guys have any suggestions? I'm terrible at keeping up with any debuting authors. I pretty much assume that anyone who releases a novel is a longstanding author already in the industry. I know, I'm hopeless.

6. Favourite Aussie YA Series
If you're looking for a series to read, I loved Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier as I was growing up as well as This is Shyness by Leanne Hall. I've started the Obernewytn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody, which I really enjoyed. For some reason I haven't read the rest of the series but I definitely recommend it as well.


7. Unexpected Aussie YA Surprise
I think Illuminae was a huge one I didn't expect to fall in love with - I'm not much of a sci-fi reader, but that book is seriously amazing. Finnikin of the Rock was another one that took me by surprise and really made me feel comfortable with fantasy later on. 

8. Aussie YA Book You Always Recommend To Others 
Scatterheart by Lili Wilkinson, Uglies series by Scott Westerfield, Somebody's Crying and Chain of Hearts by Maureen McCarthy.

9. An Aussie YA Book On Your TBR
Definitely Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Look at me and my sci-fi list, wow.


10. Favourite Aussie YA Bloggers! 
This is such a hard question because I love every single blogger that I read from, but huge shoutout to Jeann from Happy Indulgence for being an amazing blogger and supporting Aussie YA. This blog hop was all due to her. Also the sweetest person ever, Kelly, from DivaBookNerd. Kelly's an amazing person to talk to and her blog motivates me to work harder on mine. Other people to check out are:
Antee at Read At Midnight, Cait at PaperFury (who is hilarious) and Eugenia at Genie In A Book!

There are so many other Aussie bloggers to check out, so take a peek at this list to see who else is taking part in this Blog Hop! 

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here!


Top Ten Bookish Facts About Me
I know this topic is an old one, but this week's Top Ten Tuesday is to do a catch up post and I figured it'd be fun to let you guys know a bit more about me! 

1. I've been reading since I was in Primary School 
Exactly at the age of 8 or 9, and since then I've never looked back

2. I read a lot more adult fiction than young adult when I was younger 
Only recently, say in the past 2 years, did I immerse myself in the YA world courtesy of blogging and booktube

3. I once nearly received a suspension slip for reading a book in my lap whilst the teacher was teaching in class 
I don't really regret it that much TBH

4. My record for books read in a year is ... 103
And I'm super proud of myself for it 

5. Book buying is a serious problem for me
There are three shelves in my room, and I don't plan to stop 

6. On average, I rate books at a 3 stars
I don't like to be harsh with reads, so long as I enjoy it even the slightest then it'll be a 3 stars from me

7. I don't like to DNF a book unless necessary
And by necessary I mean, every moment reading this book is killing my brain cells and will bring me closer to my grave - looking at you ACOMAF 

8. Physical Books > E-Books 
This is a no brainer for me. I've struggled to read e-books, unless they're easy, one sitting reads a.k.a New Adult

8. I'm more of a one book at a time reader
But props to those who can read multiple at once. That's some skills.

9. The only book that's made me cry is The Time Traveller's Wife
When I was in Year 11, and to now I still don't know why it was the saddest thing I read when there have been so many other books that have been equally as sad, or worse. 

10. I really hope my children will grow up loving to read 
Reading is such a fascinating hobby to me, I've grown up with a strong imagination and a love for words and if my kids could share that with me it would be amazing.

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Monday, 8 August 2016

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Carries J.K Rowling's Name But None Of Her Flair


Title: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K Rowling
Publication Date: 31st July, 2016
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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places


Review


There's no denying Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was one of the most anticipated releases for this year, albeit it not being an actual book. Due to the fact that it's play, I do think it's not fair for me to give it a rating only because I'm not a huge play reader. It's also not fair to compare it to a book reading experience, because of the differences in structure and elements, especially if I'm comparing it to reading the actual Harry Potter series. 

I explain how I felt about the play in a spoiler free review for the first half of the video and then delve into the things I liked and didn't like in the latter half as part of my discussion. Check it out!



I am definitely curious to see what everyone else has thought about this. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan so there was no doubt in me reading this, and I'm pretty sure that would be the same for many other readers out there.

What Do You Guys Think of This Release?

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Buy Right Now!!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here!

Top Ten Books I Would Buy If Someone Gave Me A Loaded Gift Card
This is pretty much torture! How to choose 10 books when I want to buy an entire library?! Here we go!
1. The Rose & The Dagger (The Wrath & The Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh
For someone who absolutely loved and raved about the first book, it's surprising that I haven't sought out the second and final one yet. Fingers crossed it soon!

2. East West Street by Philippe Sands
This is somewhat out of my comfort zone, but I saw a customer reading it and it piqued my interest. It's a non-fiction recount of genocide and crimes against humanity, which I want to learn more about.

3. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
YA Fantasy, with a massively high rating on Goodreads. I think what's interesting about this is that the readers are kept out of the loop in regards to who the assassin and who the lover is. Sounds thrilling!

4. Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
I'm just here for the swearing bit tbh. On other note, I expect this to be as hilarious as I think it is.


5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
I've seen this around but by gosh is it huge and expensive. What a better time to use a gift card then to buy this!

6. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
I'm not a huge graphic novel reader but something like this is, I think, a must read even if I never read any other graphic novels.

7. Maus Complete Collection by Art Spiegelman
Same goes for these graphic novels as well, although I'm more curious as to how Spiegelman portrays the Nazi period through drawings.


8. Of Metal & Wishes Series by Sarah Fine  
I have a huge fan of the Phantom of the Opera and to have a YA series take influence from that just sounds super exciting to me. It's been on my "To Buy" list for so long, some day I will have to.

9. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
There is so much hype around this I feel like I should give it a go again. Also doesn't hurt that the covers are gorgeous.

10. Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicker
Now this is probably cheating considering the series has so many books. But to own the entire collection would actually be amazing.

What Would You Like To Buy Right Now?

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Potterhead July: Appreciating Sirius Black And The Role He Plays


Despite this week being a constant mess, I've managed to get to contribute to Potterhead July hosted by Read at Midnight.

The entire month of July, many bloggers have written posts focusing on Harry Potter in the lead up to The Cursed Child release. Well today was the day and I was looking forward to this post so much for this month, I really wanted to write about my topic even though it was suppose to go up on Thursday. 

Character Appreciation Post 


Sirius Black

There are so many inspiring and memorable characters in the Harry Potter series, probably one of the reasons why the franchise has been so successful, and I can name so many characters I love. Yet, Sirius Black has become my all time favourite character. I do think there will be spoilers in what I will write about Sirius, so do take note if you haven't watched the series or seen the movies! 

Sirius appears in the third book/movie, The Prisoner of Azkaban, at a time when Harry begins to learn more of his parents and their lives. In this book, the absence of his parents and their love is obvious but the addition of Sirius creates such a huge impact in Harry's life. 


I love Sirius for what he represents in the series as well as Harry's life. He's introduced into Harry's life as a father figure, trusting confidant and loyal comrade. But what he represented most was hope. I've always seen Sirius as a beacon of hope, even if that sounds cheesy. Sirius is locked up in Azkaban, a place that anyone will despair in, but it's the hope inside of him that keeps him alive. He perseveres because he knows that if he can maintain hope, he can do anything. I love that message. I love that Sirius displays strength and resilience all through one aspect, hope

Sirius instills hope in Harry as well, albeit a kind of false hope. For one night Harry believes he can leave his aunt and uncle to live with Sirius. Later, in the two following novels, that hope is still somewhat there even though Sirius is still on the running. The fight to regain Sirius' innocence is hopeful for both, and in an ideal world it could've happened. 


Sirius is a role model, although I do admit not always a perfect one, and the lessons he teaches are ones to remember. Friendship is a huge one. He displays the kind of faith and loyalty towards his friends that are usually reserved for family. In this I saw how friends can become family and the amount of love you give you will receive. The friendship story between Sirius, Lupin, James and even Peter was one to admire, and in emphasising that I could really appreciate how important friendship is and what constitutes being friends. 

Harry could learn love and trust from Sirius, but he also learnt how to deal with grief and the consequences of too much pride, recklessness and impatience. There were so many things that Sirius portrayed, which really resonated with me. His character was important to the story, to Harry and to me. It surprises me that a character who didn't have much time in the series manages to play such a pivotal role, and for that Sirius is by far the most inspiring character in the Harry Potter series.

Huge thank you to Read At Midnight for hosting such an amazing event! Check out the other posts here. Also Happy Birthday to The Boy Who Lived & J.K Rowling!

Who Is Your Favourite Character? What Do You Think of Sirius Black?

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here!

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do
Clearly half of these aren't realistic and are pretty much death warrants, but why not!! 


1. Solve a crime
As a massive fan of crime/thriller, it would be super awesome to be a detective or use detective skills to figure out who the true killer was etc. Even though it would be super dangerous. And scary. But oh well. 

 


2. Travel 
SO many books about road trips, flights, backpacking etc. It really calls out the travel bug in me and I just want to pack my bags and leave ASAP. 


3. Enter dangerous tournaments/game shows etc. 
This goes out to the likes of the Hunger Games and the Triwizard Tournament. Definitely crazy but also downright awesome right? Right?



4. Go to boarding school 
More of a teen thing but I loved reading about living in a boarding house/dorm room. No parental or all the fun that comes with being around my friends 24/7. 



5. Be a cheerleader
Or belong to an American type of clique in high school really. This comes from reading too many books set during the US school system. 



6. Time travel
Back to historial eras, most likely the Tudor times, or into futuristic settings like in Ready Player One because Oasis would be awesome. 



7. Kick some ass!! 
There are so many heroines in YA these days and I am super jealous of their kick ass skills - mostly Celaena Sardothien and her assassin skills. Like seriously, how insane would it be to have A+ ninja moves. 



What Have Books Made You Want To Do?


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Sunday, 24 July 2016

PrintedWordsAnd Turns Four With Many Celebrations And Gifts!!

I don't know how to start this post off but it's been four years since I've started blogging. FOUR YEARS?! I don't know where time's gone. I definitely have written a post on how I started and things like that, but briefly - I was in my last year of high school and I figured why not. Now here we are. 

It still feels surreal but for the past four years I've gone from having fun to trying to build up this blog and committing more to it. I definitely still have a lot of work to do but I've invested so much time into this that now it's become my baby. I don't know if this is me bragging but I really am proud of where the blog has gone. It started off on a basic website to something that I've designed myself and will continue to pour more effort and love into. Already I'm thinking of re-designing and creating more content. There's so much work but I do it because I love it!!

I wanted to share the reasons why I love blogging but also some tips if you're contemplating on starting or have started blogging. I don't claim to be an expert for 4 years is pretty lengthy right? I feel like I would've gained some things from these past few years. To celebrate I also have a mini giveaway just to thank you all for supporting me! Read on lovelies! 
1. Blogging Community 
The people that are on here, both bloggers and just readers, are absolutely amazing. Whilst I'm not 100% involved - I admit, I can be terrible with keeping up and replying/writing comments - I do not forget that there are so many fantastic people I've connected with. I really appreciate any kind words and all the people I've been acquainted with.

2. Books!! 
Really I wouldn't be here if I didn't want to talk about books. I love that I can write about what I want and feel passionate about, and know that there are people who feel the same way I do.

3. Share what I love
When I started this, a part of me did it because I only had a handful of people to talk to about books, so this became an outlet to discover others who would want to know what books I wanted to recommend. I blog to share with you guys my favourite reads - especially those I think deserve more attention. I want to share books that are unknown but are amazing reads, which is why I'm here.

4. Discover new books
This definitely comes under connecting with the community, but I blog about books I love and in turn I get to discover books other bloggers love. It's a win-win situation, am I right?
 
1. Write About What You Love 
Discover your passion and write about it. If you start to follow a trend or think you need to write what people want to read about it, then it's going to show. You're either going to sound generic, bored or really uncertain about the content. That's the worst. Instead, write about what you love and how you feel about the subject will come across. It also means that you'll be passionate about it and will want to keep on blogging.

2. Consistency is key
This is huge and something I definitely do struggle with. Having content on your blog is key to having readers. You don't necessarily have to be posting every day but having a constant pattern for every week is great because visitors can anticipate when you will be releasing new posts and will come by! I'm still getting there with this but I swear it's super important to blogging!

3. Organise like a boss
Organisation is huge for being consistent. Whether this be having all your contacts listed and filed, month scheduled out or even having posts written well in advance - being organised is going to be a life saver when it comes to blogging. It's never easy, especially if you lead a busy life, so having a day (or two) to really dedicate time to working on your blog and getting things organised is something to consider!

4. Be Personal
I love being able to connect with blogs/bloggers and a lot of the time it's because they come across as sincere and genuine - pretty much a real person. I know who the person is, their personality, likes/dislikes and if we ever become acquainted it's just an instant connection. I don't know if that's overtly weird but I do enjoy knowing the person behind the blog.

I wanted to show my appreciation by gifting you guys with some things that I love. There are three giveaways to enter, two of which are international. The giveaways will last 2 weeks before I announce the winners. I'll make sure to tweet you guys but this post will be updated as well. Just read the guidelines and you're set!

PRIZE ONE: FAVOURITES BOOK PACK (INTL GIVEAWAY)

There are so many books that I love but I wanted to share with you guys three of the ones that are really precious to me, and hopefully you'll love them as well! For the first week it'll be a secret, but I'll reveal what the three are on my Twitter a few days before the giveaway ends so keep an eye out! Make sure The Book Depository ships to you because they'll be my trusty delivery guys. 

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PRIZE TWO: BOOKISH MUG OR TOTE (INTL GIVEAWAY)

I've admired PaperFury's bookish designs for so long on her store, which is why I wanted to gift one of you guys your choice of a mug or tote bag from her various options! Check out her amazing designs to see which one you would like to win, and snap me a pic once you do get it! Also do make sure Society6 ships to your country as well!


Mug Examples - many more to choose from!

Tote Examples - many more to choose from!


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PRIZE THREE: POP! VINYL DOLL (AUST GIVEAWAY)


Personally, I think is a super exciting Giveaway. I love Pop! Vinyl Dolls and I'm on my way to collecting all the different figurines. For this giveaway I'm going to stick to bookish related ones, namely Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland because they're both books I love with characters I love. Check out the standard size figurines on the Zing website and pick your favourite!

Figurine Examples - many more to choose from!

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That's really everything to this post. I just wanted to say thank you once more for preserving with me and my blogging journey. It's been a huge one already, and hopefully there are many more to come! Good luck to everyone entering in the giveaways! 

HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY TO ME!

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