On Blog Awards: Real Neat Blog

S’up internet?!
To kick off this super-tag Sunday, I would like to say a big thank-you to Nephele over at Night Train Books for nominating me for this award.
It was super neat of you…
Get it, NEAT...
I hate myself.
Here’s the tag!


Rules are thus:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other Blogger

1.Would you want your favourite book series to be turned into movies or a TV show?
My favourite books have already been made into movies; The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and I love them!
Shows of books I love, unfortunately, tend to be a little hit or miss.
Here’s lookin’ at you Shadowhunters. Actually I don’t HATE Shadowhunters, it just had the potential to be so much better, when it was just sort of…average. Disappointing really.

2. What country you’ve never been to would you love to visit?
Japan, the country is just beautiful and so interesting.
I’d also love to go to New Zealand, as I hear it’s a lot like Scotland, except, they actually see the sunshine. What a novelty!

3. Which upcoming book release are you most excited for this year?
Oh I have a few, they would definitely have to be Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas, Heartless by Marissa Meyer and, of course, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling.

4. What’s your favourite magical creature?
I want to say Unicorn, because it’s the national animal of Scotland – for real, I couldn’t make this stuff up – but, I think it may be a Dragon. Or a Gryphon. Or a Mermaid… or… You know what, this question is too difficult!

5. What’s your favourite social networking site?
Pintrest I guess, though, you couldn’t really call it social networking right?
Maybe twitter. Absolutely not Facebook though.

6. Do you prefer paperback or hardcover?
Hardback for sure. Though I don’t like the price.
They are much sturdier in the long run and don’t take as much damage, plus you get so many extra, quirky details with hardbacks. I’m such a sucker for a hardback that has a gorgeous cover under the dust jacket.

7. Which is your favourite month in the year?
Hmm, I think maybe September. For the past few years my boyfriend and I have taken two weeks off from work during September to spend together and gone on day trips and the likes. We rarely get days off together so getting to spend that time together is very special. We also go to Glasgow Comic-con during September and it’s a lot of fun, though I do end up spending an obscene amount of cash!

Welp, those were my answers, now time for…

My questions
1. You fall into a vat of nuclear waste! What would your superhero power and name be?
2. What was your first thought when you awoke this morning?
3. You have the ability to summon any character from a book. Who would you summon?
4. Whats the strangest scar you have, and how did you get it?
5. Where is your absolute favourite place/spot to go on a lazy sunday afternoon?
6. What bizarre talent do you have? (Everyone has something)
7. If you could read the perfect book, what would it be?

Is it weird I sort of want to answer my own questions? Anyway.

I Nominate
1. Liam @heyashers
2. Shannon @shannonpaigewaters
3. R.J “dude, how do I not know your name as of yet” Jacobs @rjjacobswriters
4. Louise @geniereads
5. Hollie @hollieblog
6. Lauren @wonderlessreviews
7. thejouskablog

Feel free to ignore the tag if you wish, but I would be interested in hearing your answers!


There’s nothing quite like a tag on a Sunday evening to relax!
I hope you enjoyed my answers and I hope you’re having a lovely day 🙂
‘Til we meet again.

Peace out
xoxo

On Blog Awards: The Sunshine Blogger

S’up internet?!
So the beautiful soul (and face) that is Shannon of Captivated by Fantasy, nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award.
So, let’s go!

The rules:

Thank the people/person who nominated you. 
Answer the questions from your nominators.
Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.


1. Who is your ultimate OTP? (long answer is long)
Wow. Okay, hold onto your butts, loaded question! I ship so many people so hard. I ship in real life!
Book wise, I don’t think I have a set OTP for a book, I tend to ship characters from the book I’m currently reading and then, once I’ve started a new book, I have new ships to focus on.
I guess, currently I would say Feyre x Rhys (I just can’t handle this guys) from A Court of Mist and Fury, and Simon x Baz from Carry On, yes that book is still pretty much ruling my life!
gajevyMy absolute OTP’s though, come from an Anime and a video game.
My anime OTP (and I’m seriously obsessed here) are Gajeel and Levy from a show called Fairy Tail. I love the stark contrast in their characters so much, in fact, it was in seeing fanart of them, mostly from this amazing artist, that made me watch the show. I’m addicted to how hulking and intimidating he is, compared to how small, adorable and bookish she is. I have an entire pintrest board, over 700 photos long, devoted to them. Like I said, obsessed.fenhawke

My video game OTP is from a game called Dragon Age, and they are Fenris and Female Hawke. Basically you create and play as a character named Hawke, and can play as either male or female, and a large part of the games story is building relationships with other characters and choosing who you wish to enter into a romantic story line with. You may actually recognise Fenris as he always seems to get pinned as Rowan from Throne of Glass series. I think actually playing as Hawke and initiating the romance just makes me so invested in their relationship and I keep re-playing just to romance them again!

2.What is your favourite book trilogy?
Lord of the Rings. Boom! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
I’m sorry for my Tolkien obsession…

3. Do you prefer wear jeans or skirts/dresses?
It depends on the season, just not the way you’re thinking. I’m more likely to wear jeans in summer than winter, because wearing jeans during a Scottish winter is just suicide. It rains so hard here in winter, you’re much better wearing a skirt/dress and boots to avoid your clothes soaking up the rain.

4. What is your favourite movie?
Shockingly, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but seeing as I’ve used my Tolkien card this round, my other favourite films are The Breakfast Club, Disney Beauty and The Beast and Clueless. Clueless is seriously timeless. I still laugh all these years later.

5. What is/was your favourite subject at school? 
When I did attend school, I loved English lit, history, music and Art. They were the only subject I carried on with into my final two years of high school and the only ones I have an interest in to this day.

6. If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be?
Japan! Not only am I obsessed with their video games, anime and music, but the country itself is just so beautiful.

7. What is your favourite piece of makeup?
I feel that if I were stuck on an island and could only have ONE thing, it would be lip balm.
Burt and Bees Grapefruit to be specific.

8. Why did you start blogging? 
I started my blog, mainly as a way to meet fellow fan girls and talk about my love of books with others who share in that love. And so I could stop pestering my friends, family and boyfriend about the books I’ve read. They just don’t get it!

9. What is your favourite shop?
Easily Waterstones, in the centre of Glasgow to be precise. It’s a massive, gorgeous, multi-floor bookstore where I spent the entirety of teen years lazing around the floors, browsing books and drinking coffee.
Not much has changed!

10. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
I think, maybe by reading others posts. I’m not sure, I don’t think I’ve been doing this long enough to say.

11. Are you a minimalist or a collector?
Oh fudge, I’m an absolute hoarder!
I collect so many things, it’s the reason I’m having to move house at the moment because I no longer have room in here to house all my stuff and I don’t plan to ever give any of it up.
Between my books, comics, manga, video games and figures I have a good few thousand things piled in here. I wish I were exaggerating. I’m really not. I have maybe 300+ video games; 150-200 books; 80 odd manga; over 100 comics and bind-ups; and probably close to 80-90 different figure type things.
If you have any idea what an Amiibo is, I had 55 of them at last count…


My questions

Seeing as we’re all a bookish lot, I’m going to divide my questions into 5 book related questions and 5 everyday questions.

  1. Which Hogwarts house are you a part of?
  2. A book everyone loves that you hate?
  3. Your most anticipated release this year?
  4. Most loved and hated characters?
  5. A book pairing you hate?
  6. Your pet peeve?
  7. A bad habit you have?
  8. Your favourite season?
  9. A simple thing that makes you smile (like being inside on a cold, wet day)?
  10. Favourite thing to blog about? ie. tags, reviews, hauls…
  11.  Your favourite super hero and villain?

I tag

1. Nephele of Night Train Books
2. Jordan of fridays and books
3. Leanna from Never trust a booknerd
4. Anushka H. from Going Through Books
5. Shayney from Shayneys reviews
6. Tina from All of these prompts
7. Huriyah of Sugarquills
8. Zainab from A Bibliophiles Obsession
9. Donna from Chocolate n waffles blog
10. Mandie from Hungry Bibliophile Blog
11. Chloe from Over Analysing Literature

Ugh I tried so hard to find people who hadn’t already received this award, so I’m sorry if you have and I’ve tagged you, no need to do again – though I would be interested in seeing your answers none the less. And if you’re just a lazy bum, no need to complete either 😉

I had a lot of fun answering these and I hope some of you will too. Link your answers in the comment section below if you do, I’d love to read them.
And thanks, again, to Shannon for thinking of me 🙂

Peace out
xoxo

On The Bookshelf Tag.

The Bridge to The Stars

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
– Philip Pullman

S’up internet?!
So, it’s been a week since we met.
And what a fun week it’s been thanks, in large part, to you.

Hopefully by now, some of you will have gotten to know a bit about myself. So, I thought for this weeks bookblog entry, I’d introduce you all to my humble, little bookshelf.
Seeing as I live in a teensy, tiny one bedroom flat with my boyfriend, I only really have space for one big bookshelf at the moment, much to my displeasure.
And what better way to introduce my shelfs than with a tag.
Here it is, The bookshelf tag.

  1. Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.
    bookshelf
    For the longest time, my books sat – hidden and unloved – in cupboards and crammed into tiny half shelves. A year ago, I decided enough was enough, my babies deserved a home of their own, so I hopped into the nearest department store and bought this. I now need many, many more. So many books, so little space.
  2. How do you organise your books?
    my books ben
    I like to change things up and re-arrange them every few months. Until a few weeks back I actually had them arranged into a Rainbow and it was flipping beautiful. But with my crazy book buying habit, it was too hard to maintain. I also got a little annoyed that my series weren’t in order any more, so I organised things by series. Other than that there is no real rhyme or reason to it, other than grouping all of one authors works together.
  3. What’s the longest book on your shelves?
    LOTR
    Easily has to be this monstrous illustrated edition of The Lord of The Rings. With roughly one thousand-two hundred pages, this beast is pretty dang hefty; good workout for your forearms if you’re reading it though.
    What? When else am I supposed to fit in a workout between all this reading?
  4. What’s the shortest book on your shelves?
    Kindred spirits

    Another easy one, it definitely has to be Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell. I spotted this itty-bitty little babe on a supermarket shelf on the run up to World Book Day and couldn’t resist.
    It only cost £1, bargain if I ever saw one, I couldn’t not buy it right?! Right?
  5. Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
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    Actually I don’t believe I’ve ever received a book as a birthday gift. I have gotten a few for Christmas and Valentines presents though. Most Recently these included: You’re Never Weird on The Internet (Almost); Winter; War of Ancients Archive: Fairest; Six of Crows; The Final Empire; Shadows of The Horde; and Carry On.
    I was also given not one, but two copies of Harry Potter Illustrated for Christmas, but, in my mad rush to takes photos while I still had natural light, I forgot to add it to the pile.

  6. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
    Peter pan
    On a random shopping trip into the city, I dragged my friend into my local Waterstones bookstore to browse…or, you know, spend ninety pounds. Don’t judge me!
    Anyway, as I was perusing the shelves, said friend drifted away for a while. Somewhere between my shedding tears of pure joy from all the beautiful books I had found – and those of sorrow over the loss of my cash – she eventually caught up to me with this beautiful copy of Peter Pan claiming she had bought it for me.
    I chose the right friends!
  7. Most expensive book on your shelf?
    dracula
    It would have to be this hardback classics edition of Dracula.
    Just look at it!
    I have no regrets.
    This book is stunningly, eye achingly beautiful . If you’ve ever seen any of the Waterstones/Barnes and Nobel classics collection, you’ll know what I mean.
    Definitely worth that cash I forked out.
  8. Last book you read on your shelf?
    queen of shadows
    Seeing as I just finished it earlier today (and finally started A Court of Mist and Fury), it would be this beauty, Queen of Shadows.
    It’s crazy thinking how far this series has come from the first book.
    Aren’t the UK editions just, everything.
    I love the contrast of the colour against the white.
  9. More than one copy of a book?
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    Okay, there’s a story for this one
    It all started with my purchasing the green edition of Fangirl a while back.
    I read about two thirds of the way in to this book, and just gave up. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood, but I just couldn’t get into this story. Skip forward a while and Carry On is released. I had no intention of picking this up, let alone reading it thanks to my absolute disinterest in Fangirl.
    After receiving a copy as a christmas gift however, I decided to read the first chapter at least. And I fell utterly in love!
    I then spotted the yellow edition of Fangirl with a sticker reading “Exclusive Carry On fanart inside”, and so I bought another edition of a book I hated, for one piece of fanart.
    Two months pass. The obsession is still strong. I’m at the supermarket, buying food for the week, I end up in the book section (isn’t it funny how that just happens) and a blue paperback copy of Carry On (not pictured) just finds it’s way into my trolly.
    One month later, the obsession hasn’t passed. I’m in Waterstones, sitting at a table drinking coffee with my boyfriend when, lo and behold, on the shelf next to me is a ‘Signed by the author, special colouring edition’ of Carry On. My eyes cloud over with need, a wanton smile tugging at the corners of my mouth.
    You can guess what happened.
  10. Any completed series on your shelf?
    wolves of mercy fallslunar chronicles

    I’m awful for starting series and not finishing them.
    I did have the entirety of The Lunar Chronicles until Star’s Above came out, but seeing as that’s a novella bind-up I’m going to count this as a whole series.
    I also have all three books in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I’m sure there’s also a spin off novel? Or a bind-up. Fudge it, I count this too.
  11. Newest (most recently published) edition to your shelf?
    Lady Midnight
    Lady Midnight.
    Cover goals!
    ‘Nuf said.
  12. Oldest book on your shelf?
    the wishing chair again
    Seeing as this was my Mum’s childhood copy, this has to be the oldest on there. I couldn’t fully verify the date, but from what I can make out, this edition was printed in 1972.
  13. Most beat up book?
    old hobbit
    My beloved old copy of The Hobbit. As you can see in the previous photo, the spine is pretty cracked up, and a large amount of the pages are falling away from the glue. But this was the one that started it all for me. It’s been well read and well loved these past 20 odd years.
  14. Most pristine?
    a thousand nights
    Since this was the most recent book I bought – not going to lie, it was mostly for the cover, just, wow! – I’d say this is the most pristine since it hasn’t been touched since I got it home.
    Although, I’m sort of a crazy person about keeping my books in perfect condition, so most are pretty pristine.
  15. A book from childhood?
    the wishing chair againold hobbit
    Again it would be The Wishing Chair and The Hobbit.
  16. A book that doesn’t belong to you?
    tolkien
    The massive, illustrated editions of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit actually belong to my boyfriend.
  17. A book with a unique cover?
    little women
    I found this adorable little red, leather bound edition of Little Women in a charity shop. It really is like a treasure trove in those places.

  18. A book thats your favourite colour?
    green fangirl
    Though I’m not much of a fan (I will give this another try), the colour of this book is just gorgeous.
    The illustrations are really cute too.
  19. A book thats been on your shelf forever that you haven’t read?
    northen lights
    Although I read most of this way back when, I didn’t then, and haven’t since, finished this book, let alone this series. I remember it being so cool too.
    Maybe I’ll make a point of reading these before the years up.
  20. First book on your shelf you read?
    hobbit wishing chair
    As I’ve mentioned before in another post, the earliest book I remember being read is The Wishing Chair. And the earliest I read alone that’s on my shelf is, what a shock, The Hobbit again!
  21. Any signed books?
    colour in simonsigned rainbow
    My aforementioned Limited colouring edition, signed by the Author Carry On.
    I’ve never actually been fortunate enough to attend an author signing or event. Sad Lisa is sad.

 

 

And we’re done here.
I love seeing photos of other bookshelves.
If you’ve a super pretty set up, send me a shelfie 🙂

Peace out
xoxo

On the Booktuber newbie tag: Bookblog style, snap decisions and one week anniversaries.

A Conspiracy Unmasked

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
– J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings

S’up internet?!
So, I thought I’d share a quick little anecdote before I get into this tag.

Before making this Blog, I actually seriously considered making a booktube channel.
That is, until I remembered I’m pitifully, painfully camera shy!
But the tags…
Ugh the booktube tags looked so fun.
But what kind of fun could I have if I was sick to my stomach from the thought of being in front of a camera?
After giving myself a serious talking to, I decided (obviously) that perhaps, youtube just wasn’t the platform for me.
After all, I’m a writer, not a performer.

Creating a blog, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. For years now actually, but there was always some sort of excuse to not do it: the timing isn’t right; I should wait ’til the start of the week/month/year, I don’t have anything to post about; I should wait until I have a few things typed up to post right away.
In fact, it was in almost making a booktube channel that prompted me to just say ‘Screw it’, and write a blog in the first place.
Although the allure of the tags was horribly tempting, the negative of seeing myself stutter and stumble painfully through a video was enough to turn me away from the idea.

However, after spending a week reading through all your pages and posts and personal stories… Lo and Behold: Tags!

So without further adieu, on this, the one week anniversary of The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl, I give you:
The Bookube Newbie Tag: Bookblog edition.

  1. Why did you start this page?
    Basically, this page has been a long time in the making. As I said before, I always thought it was such a neat idea to have my own little space online to write about the things I love and eventually post my own dabbles into the writing world. But the two main driving factors for me were thus: I am the only one out of my friends and family who reads, and frankly, having a lack of people to fangirl with was getting a little depressing. The second reason, was working two jobs.
    I detest working in retail. The people are rude and the pay is pretty awful for the amount of work you do. I’m not dissing my place of work, or anyone who enjoys it, I’m just saying, it’s not for me.
    When I picked up a second job earlier this year and had even less time to be myself, I sort of lost it a little. I needed my own space and time to dedicate to something I love with others who share in those passions. And, one week on, here we are.
  2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to the book blog scene?
    I feel that I’m pretty diverse when it comes to my reading habits. Although I read a lot of popular YA like most people involved in the whole book community, I also read a lot of high fantasy and sci-fi which doesn’t seem to get as much love online.
    Something else I believe I bring to the table, is my vast knowledge, collection and history with Comics and Manga. While most in the community are just stepping into the illustrated world, I’ve already built a four story complex here. I grew up reading x-men, TMNT and Transformers. I also grew up with an older brother, so reading comics and manga has always been a part of my life and there isn’t a month that’s gone by where I haven’t bought at least one trade volume.
  3.  What are you most excited for about this new page?
    Obviously, I am super excited to get to know all of you who visit my page. I did start this page to meet fellow literature lovers after all.
    I’m also excited to (hopefully) introduce some of you to my other passions. I would love if someone decided to try watching an anime, picking up a comic or playing a video game on my recommendation.
  4. Why do you love reading?
    I love reading for the same reason I love playing games, to escape into epic adventures and expand my imagination. I love being able to experience a thousand different worlds and characters all from the comfort of my own cozy little flat.
  5. What book or series got you into reading?
    As a child, my mum would read to me before bed. The earliest memory I have of this, was her reading to me from her own childhood copy of The Wishing Chair, which I still have to this day.
    What really hooked me though, was climbing into the hallway cupboard when I seven, and digging out my oldest brothers old copy of, you guessed it, The Hobbit. It had a freaking dragon on the cover, how was I NOT going to look at it.
    Most recently, a couple of years ago, in the midst of a three year reading slump, I picked up City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and I haven’t looked back since.
  6. What question would you ask your favourite bookbloggers?
    Teach me how to bookstagram so prettily! Not a question, but still, y’all can take some beautiful photos of books!
  7. What challenges do you think starting a blog page will be the hardest to overcome?
    Getting over how weird I am about anyone reading things I’ve written. It sort of feels like that dream where you’re standing in front of a bunch of people, butt naked, while they stare at and judge you.
  8. When did you start reading?
    I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. Between my mum reading too me and my dad taking me into the library to check out picture books of letters and numbers, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t read.
  9. Where do you read?
    Anywhere I can. At home I tend to read either curled up in the corner of my sofa or on a chair I have beside my book shelves. I try to read in bed, but I just end up falling asleep with a book on my face.
    When I’m traveling to and from work I listen to Audiobooks. I used to read, but after wrecking covers of the the first two books in the Throne of Glass series, I switched to audio for travel.
  10. What kind of books do you like to read?
    Mostly High Fantasy and YA, though I like to switch things up with other genres between the two.

So, there we have it. My first Tag.
I hope you enjoyed it, as I did 🙂
I’d just like to take this moment to thank all the lovely people who have read, liked and commented on my few posts thus far, and to those who have followed me. I’m a little overwhelmed by the amount of love after only one week ❤
Your an amazing bunch.
I pray you’ll come back for more and I hope to chat to more of you soon.

Peace out
xoxo

On long awaited sequels

Mission Start

“No matter where we go, it’s just battles, battles and battles. I get it already, humans are stupid.”
– Lavi, D.Gray-man

S’up internet?!
Did you hear the news?
No?
Then hold onto your butts…

Pop the champagne anime fans, the hype is real!

Ten years after it’s initial release, fans of the ‘Heart’-wrenching, demon-destroying D.Gray-man were temporarily blinded by the blaring beacon of promise cast over the swirling void of nothingness in which we were abandoned.

Set to air on July, 2016, the series creator has stated the new series, titled D.Gray-man Hallow, will continue from where the last left off, and that, despite the change of voice cast, is definitely not a reboot.
Huzzah!
If you hadn’t already jumped on board (this show does seem to have slipped, somewhat, into mild obscurity) or have been thinking about giving this show a try, now’s the time.

A Brief (spoiler free) summary

Set in an alternate, fantasy-esque 19th century, D.Gray-man follows a group, known as The Black Order, in its attempt to track down and utilise Exorcists – or ‘Apostles of God’ – in their fight against the evil ‘Millennium Earl’ and his army of Akuma: abominable living demonic weapons created, by the Earl, by forcing the souls of deceased humans into the body of a living host who cursed God for the latter’s death, ultimately killing their loved one in the process. Pretty gruesome.
Utilising an ancient, divine substance known as ‘Innocence’, the Exorcists are humanities only defence against the Akuma and Earths only hope in putting a stop to the Evil Earl’s plans of Human annihilation.
Enter our protagonists.
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Allen Walker: a kind-hearted, white haired, fifteen year old English Exorcist with a cursed eye that allows him to see Akuma even when they are hiding in human form. Imbedded with Innocence, Allens left arm transforms into a his weapon, taking the form a monstrous claw.
Voiced in English by Todd Haberkorn.68714

Yu Kanda: the ‘Yin’ to Allens ‘Yang’. A cold, quick tempered and stubborn nineteen year old Japanese Exorcist with a secret. He wields a Japanese style katana named ‘Mugen’ in his fight against the Akuma. Voiced in English by Travis Willingham.Lenalee_Lee_Nice_Pic

Lenalee Lee: a sixteen year old Chinese Exorcist. Lenalee was forced to become an Exorcist at a very young age after her parents were killed by an Akuma. Her weapon, The Dark Boots, take the form of black, knee high boots.
Voiced in English by Luci Christian.
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Lavi: a cheerful, carefree eighteen year old red-head of mixed race. Lavi is in training to become a Bookman, someone who record the hidden histories of the world. ‘Lavi’ is the 49th alias he has adopted. He carries a hammer capable of growing and shrinking in size to fight off Akuma.
Voiced in English by Jason Liebrecht episode 13-26 and 40 onward, and by Chris Patton episode 27-39.

I implore you, if you haven’t already, give this one a try. The story pulls you in with it’s mix of action, humour and drama and the characters are extremely likeable and fun.
With 103 episodes in the original run of the show, there is plenty to catch up on before July, but at 20 odd minutes per episode, it’s a pretty fast watch, and a danged good one at that.

What anime are you excited about this year?
Let me know.

Peace out
xoxo

On twenty-sixteen reading challenges, ‘soup’ for thought and overzealous TBR shelves.

Out of the frying-pan into the fire

“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
― J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of The Ring

S’up internet?!
So I looked at the calendar the other day; and it’s May!
Why didn’t anyone tell me?
If I had known time would pass me by so quickly, I would have gotten my butt off of netflix; I would have gotten my head out of World of Warcraft: but no. I just had to watch one more episode of American Horror Story – again-, I just had to get yet another mother-flipping alt character on Warcraft to level 50, only to decide “nah.”
*Delete.
We were meant to be bro’s twenty-sixteen. How could you betray me in such a brutal and demeaning way?

Reading wise, I came into twenty-sixteen with such pure intentions.
I had a list, you see. A beautiful, life changing 2016 reading challenge. It was perfect, love at first sight: fairy-tale retellings; classics; graphic novels; best sellers; sci-fi…
But alas, here I sit, mid may, and only eight books under my belt, only two of which were actually applicable to the traitorous trial in the first place.

Gingerbread latte in hand, I sat yesterday morning updating my most recent reads (or lack there of) onto Goodreads, and it was so kindly pointed out to me that, having only read eight books thus far, I currently sit eight behind my challenge of completing forty-five books by the end of the year. Eight books behind.
Excuse me Goodreads, I’ll be back in five: must apply lotion to burn.

So, I got to thinking about why I had read so little this year, which made me hungry, which lead to eating soup (slurping soup? Hmm) . And eating/slurping soup spurred the notion that, I could totally live off of soup for the rest of my life – it was really good soup. I mean, I know you’re thinking, “Really? Soup? Forever?”
But, think it over for a second. Even though it’s the same basic method and idea, there are just so many variations of flavour, ingredients and consistencies, that even if you did ingest liquid, broth-y heaven every meal for over a week, it would be a different experience every time.
Which leads me, finally, to the point in all this drabble, and relates back to my horrible mess of a reading challenge.
Why can’t I read an endless chain of Fantasy, Sci-fi and Young Adult?
Just because they follow the same basic recipe, it doesn’t mean I’m reading the same thing over and over and over again.
Why should I limit my reading choice to suit an ill tailored challenge?
Reading is supposed to fun and exciting and full of adventure and wonder!

I came to the conclusion that, although there were a good few challenges I was super psyched to get to, there were a lot I had no intention in completing what so ever.
And that, my friends, is the reason I am eight flippin’ books behind my target.
I just couldn’t get hyped to delve into something I was looking forward to, knowing that once I was done, I would be painfully clawing my way through a fudging political manifesto.
If you hadn’t already guessed, the challenge and I are splits-ville.
I’m a free agent. Flying solo.

It’s a great feeling, almost liberating, knowing I’m not obligated to read something I have no interest in. I’m free to explore my ever growing TBR shelf (that’s To Be Read books, for all you non-readers out there).
Out of the frying-pan into the fire.
A new adventure.
Eight books down and thirty-seven glorious titles to go.
To Goodreads to check my TBR! This shelf is going down!
“You currently have three-hundred and forty-one books to be read.”

Eff you Goodreads, you sassy, mother…!

So, hows your TBR shelf coming along?
Let me know below, and be a super cool and beautiful person and hit follow >>>

Peace out
xoxo

BookBlogger Newbie

An Unexpected Journey

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings

S’up internet?!
As you may have guessed from the title of this post, and the rather ostentatious quote from my main man J.R.R (this will happen a lot, no apologies), this whole blogging thing is totally new to me. Some people say it’s a dying medium, I say it’s time it made a comeback.
In all honesty, this is going to be a strange and perilous journey getting over my weird little hang ups about, anyone really, reading anything I’ve ever written: ever. Even as I’m typing this, I have my mac turned completely away from my boyfriend as we sit on our teensy tiny two seater sofa, just so he can’t back seat blog me!

So, why am I here?
Well, love. My over encumbering love for books; comics; video games; anime; manga; movies and writing to name a few. And my lack of able bodied fan girls to share in my crazy, obsessive, 3am, coffee fuelled pintrest binge of fan art and OTPs.
And so, The Not So Secret Life Of a Fan Girl is born, a place for me to alleviate all of my pent up crazy in one place, so one day, I can look back and think, “why the fudge did I ship them? What was I thinking?!”

The plan, in theory, is that every Monday – at least – I’ll be uploading new content ranging from reviews, hauls, TBRs, wrap ups and, to my unshakeable horror, my own works of fiction that have been rolling around in my brain space for far too long and need to be purged into print. Or, you know, the internet, same diff.

If anyone out there in the blogosphere is reading this, it would truly mean the world to me if you would hit follow and join me on this Unexpected Journey, or even if you send a message to say hi, I’m not fussy.

Peace out
xoxo