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new year bookshelf KonMari // book unhaul

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When it comes to letting go of books, I am... not good. Case in point, I've been considering unhauling most of these books for at least two years now and just... haven't.

BUT I recently watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and honestly, it was inspiring! After KonMari'ing my clothes and feeling much better for it, I decided it was also time to part with the books that no longer sparked joy for me. So here they are! 
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New-to-me authors in 2018 // Top Ten Tuesday

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Not only did I read a lot of books in 2018, but I also discovered quite a few new favourite authors!

Some of these authors I adored from the very first page and others had to really work for my love. But either way, these ten authors and their books have ensnared my heart forevermore!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic to respond to every week.
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2019 reading & blogging goals

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January is a time of new beginnings; a chance to start the year fresh and in the way that you want it to continue. For me, 2019 is going to be a year of change. And this year, I've actually set myself some New Year's Resolutions. 
I always enjoy reading about others' goals for the New Year but have avoided making them myself in the past. I put a lot of pressure on myself to complete any goals I set (no matter how lofty), and when I inevitably don't, the feelings of bitter disappointment and failure are discouraging, to say the least. 
But this year will be different. 
This year, I've set myself achievable goals. Goals with specific monthly and/or weekly targets that are less intimidating and that I can realistically complete. Today I'm sharing my five goals for my reading and blogging life in 2019. 
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Most anticipated 2019 releases // Top Ten Tuesday

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Possibly my favourite thing about the New Year is seeing everyone's lists of highly anticipated upcoming releases. In fact, this is actually the main way I find out about a lot of soon-to-be-published books (and also the reason why my TBR pile is so big!)

We all know that the publishing industry is MASSIVE. The volume of books released every year – even just YA – is terribly overwhelming, so it's hard to stay on top of newly-released sequels, let alone books by entirely unfamiliar debut authors! As such, the majority of my highly anticipated releases this year are, unsurprisingly, sequels or books by authors I've previously read. BUT I have also included two debuts!

Of course, this list could easily be twice or even three times as long (especially with all of Jay Kristoff's upcoming releases!) 
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic to respond to every week.

2018 reading statistics // year in review

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I'm not going to lie, I've been really excited about this post for a long time now.

Being the nerd I am, I get an odd sense of pleasure from a well-formated Excel spreadsheet with fancy formulas and appealing graphs. So much so, that I used one to keep track of my reading last year. When I told people this, they all responded with varying degrees of incredulity ("What's the point?" "Why are you wasting your time?") BUT let me tell you, it was immensely useful and I now have a complete record of all the books I read in 2018!

And I also get to share all the fascinating statistics with you!

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Best & worst of 2018 // Top Ten Tuesday

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Happy New Year!  2019 has officially arrived, although it will take me a few weeks to adjust to the changeover of the calendar year. Does anyone else CONSTANTLY write the wrong date at the start of a new year?!

Now that 2018 is actually over, it's time for me to reflect on the year that was and look back on all the books that I read in the past twelve months. A full summary of my reading stats will be going live on Friday, but first up – the best and worst of 2018!

The books that made my "Best of 2018" list are those that I absolutely loved and now class as favourites, while the books on the "Worst of 2018" list were ones that I didn't enjoy or found disappointing (most were actually 3-star reads that simply didn't live up to expectations). These are not necessarily books that were published in 2018 but are all ones that I read (for the first time) last year. 
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic to respond…

Goodbye December, Adios 2018 // #amcurrently

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I had a wonderful Christmas, thank you for asking, and I hope you did, too! I was well and truly spoilt by my family with lots of lovely gifts (including a few books!) and we had an absolutely amazing Christmas lunch! I'm honestly still a bit full from all the food I've eaten over the past few days...

But now that Christmas has been and gone, we've come to the end of December, and with it, the end of the year. Can you believe that 2018 is over?!

For many, now is the time to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to the next. Personally, though, I need a little more time to come to grips with it all, so today, I'll just be looking back at what happened during the month of December. 

books I hope Santa brings me // Top Ten Tuesday

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Merry Christmas, everyone! 
By the time you're reading this, Christmas Day will be in full swing in my house! We will likely be beginning to prepare lunch ahead of the arrival of our guests and I definitely will have already opened all of my presents! Fingers crossed that at least a few of them will be books!

This is the wish list that I gave my family this year (complete with specific editions as well, of course!), so I hope that I'll have found a few of them under the Christmas tree this morning!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic to respond to every week.

The Twelve Days of Christmas // Tag

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With Christmas now only a few days away, what could be more appropriate than a fun, festive-filled tag?!

The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag is based on the song of the same name and the aim is to select a book that fits the theme of each line of the song.

So without further ado (and with very little context), let's commence! 
The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag was originally created by Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole and I was tagged by Dinara @ Dinara Tengri.

unachievable summer TBR // Top Ten Tuesday

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I swear no matter how many books I read, my TBR pile never shrinks. It just continues to grow and grow until it becomes multiple piles and, oh no, now it's a sea of books and I can't see the floor anymore.

But that's not what this post is about. Not really. Although my TBR "pile" does somewhat resemble a small ocean, today I am discussing just ten (well, eleven) books that I'm hoping to read this summer.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I tend to gravitate towards contemporaries in the summer months, however, I've since realised that I have A LOT of fantasies to catch up on. So it looks like some of those contemporaries may have to take a backseat.

Nevertheless, I'm excited to read each and every one of the following books so if that's any indication, then it's going to be a great summer! 
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic to respond to every week.