Top Ten Tuesday: Five Characters Who Deserved Better and Five Characters Who Got What they Deserved

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Characters I Liked that Were in Books I Disliked.

So it turns out I don’t have enough characters I liked in books I disliked to make a top ten list, in fact I don’t think I have enough books I disliked full stop. So instead for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post I’m featuring five characters who deserved better than they got – writing this post has made me realise I’m not quite over what happened to some of them – and five characters who got exactly what they deserved.

*Please be warned this post will include spoilers for a lot, if not all, of the books I picked this week.*


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List.

I’ve never really been good at sticking to TBR lists. All you need to do is look at some of the monthly ones I’ve set in the past to see how bad I am at sticking to them. The ten books on my list this week are books I want to read (but as a mood reader that could change at any given time) and that I hope to get around to soon, but whether I do or not is anyone’s guess.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books that Surprised Me.

In my opinion there’s nothing better than when a book surprises me in a good way. A lot of the books I’ve picked up on a whim have ended up being incredible reads I’m grateful I discovered. However it seems like for every amazing book out there there has been one that ended up really disappointing me, so for this week’s topic I split my list in two and featured five books that surprised me in a good way and five that surprised me in a bad way.


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Discussion Time: How Do Reviews Influence Our Own Opinions and is it a Good Thing?

One of the amazing things about reviews is that they can lead you to books you may never have picked up otherwise. The Bone Season series, the Percy Jackson books, Bone Gap. What those books all have in common is that they are stories I love, but ones I doubt I would have picked up had it not been for the reviews I saw on WordPress.

It also works the other way around. There have been books I’ve added to my to-read list that have quickly been taken off again when I saw one too many negative reviews. However, and I’ve said this before a few times, we all have different tastes in books so why do we trust others people’s opinions on books so much without trying giving it a chance ourselves.

How Do Reviews Influence Our Own Opinions and is it a Good Thing

How Do Reviews Influence Our Own Opinions and is it a Good Thing?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that have been on my TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books that have been on my TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.

I almost feel like having an unmanageable TBR list is part of being a blogger. There are so many incredible books out there to discover that I just have to add them to my to-read list, and I have good intentions, honestly. I add books to my TBR list, say I’m going to get around to them soon, but for some reason just never do. Most of the books I picked this week I will get around to one day, but unfortunately I can’t say when that ‘one day’ will be.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 but Didn’t (but Definitely Will in 2018)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 but Didn’t (but Definitely Will in 2018).

It probably won’t come as a surprise to many people when I say that I am not good at TBR lists. I try my best but there are always two things that get in my way; one is that I’m a mood reader and the other is that I can never read as much as I’d like to because my day job and real life gets in the way. Still these books are at the top of my TBR list for 2018, and hopefully that means I will get around to them before we reach 2019.

No promises though.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit.

This, more than any other topic The Broke and the Bookish have ever done, was made for me. I read fantasy for the world building; for the incredible and fantastical worlds that I can only explore through the writing. If there is one thing I wish more than anything else it’s that I had the power to visit bookish worlds because there are so many places I’d love to visit. Until that becomes a reality, I’ll settle for reading about them.


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The Mystery Blogger Award Part Two

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Part two of The Mystery Blogger Award comes with answers to all the questions I was asked by my remaining three nominators. I was tagged by Jacquie at Rattle the Stars, Michelle at Sherbet Lemon Reviews, and Tinka at The Crazy Reader. Thanks so much for the tag everyone, I had a lot of fun with this one.

The Mystery Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer questions of nominator.
  • Nominate 10-20 5 people.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

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Two Year Blogiversary: Looking Back and Giveaway

Two years ago, on Tuesday November 17th, I published my first post. It was a Top Ten Tuesday topic I really wanted to take part in, which is the only reason I can remember the day without needing to look it up. I’m not that pedantic.

Six hundred and five (this being the six hundred and fifth) posts later here I am. Today marks two years of me blogging at Reading Every Night, and I can’t believe I actually managed it. I am aware of my tendency to procrastinate more often than not, and of my habit to give up way too easily, and neither of those are things that would lead to me being a dedicated blogger but I guess I proved myself wrong there.

Two Year Blogiversary

Last year I did a Q&A, and earlier this year I wrote about what I’d learnt over the one-and-a-half years I’d been blogging for, so to celebrate my two year blogiversary today I’m going to look back at the past two years.

There will also be a giveaway, but more about that at the end of this post.


Looking Back

Over the Past Two Years…

…my blog has received 62,199 views and 26,812 visitors, which are completely insane numbers for me to comprehend. How are that many people interested in what I’m posting on here?

…my most popular post was a Top Ten Tuesday topic. Since being published my Top Ten Favourite YA Book Covers; UK Edition Vs. US Edition post has had 493 views.

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…my favourite post to write was a tie between The Character Dating Profile Tag, which gave me a chance to showcase a little of my writing style before taking part in NaNoWriMo, and The Book Aesthetic Tag, which allowed me to combine an old love (books) with a new love (aesthetics).

 

 

…I’ve read 245 books, and probably added hundreds more onto my to-read list.

…the longest book I’ve read was Winter by Marissa Meyer, at 823 pages

Two Year Blogiversary - Winter

…my favourite book to read was—

Sorry, I still can’t pick just one favourite book. Honestly I don’t think I could even pick the top five.


Over the Past Two Years, Thanks to Blogging, I…

…discovered that YALC, a YA book convention in London, exists. For the past two Julys I’ve spent one hectic and insane but unforgettable weekend surrounded by fellow bookworms and some of my favourite authors.

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…started writing again thanks to some of the amazing posts on their WIPs I saw published by May, Marie and Esther. I am actually currently taking part in NaNo for the first time in two years and now I’m writing again I don’t know why I ever stopped.

…met some of my favourite authors, both inside of and outside of my weekends at YALC, and next week I am going to be seeing Sarah J. Maas when she comes to London.

Two Year Blogiversary - Sarah J Maas

…got promoted at work. While this isn’t strictly blogging-related I would have never had the confidence to apply for a new job if it hadn’t been for the confidence I developed while posting on Reading Every Night over the past two years.

…fell in love with the magical realism genre, and rediscovered the contemporary genre.

Two Year Blogiversary - Magical Realism

…branched out and started posting discussions. I even recently launched my own feature; Reading Around the World. Both of these I was incredibly nervous about publishing but the response from the community has been amazing. Just one more reason I love you all on here.

…received my first physical ARC from a publisher for review. It was for The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon which was one of my most anticipated releases from this year so just another reason why that first ARC was a very special one for me to receive.

Two Year Blogiversary - The Song Rising

…made some incredible and amazing friends through WordPress. The community is one of the best parts of blogging, and I know I’ve said this before and it could really be considered cliché, but it’s true. Overall I’m just thankful that I started blogging because it gave me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.


Looking Forwards

So what does the future hold for my blog? Honestly, who knows.

Next week I will be talking a little about NaNoWriMo, and I may even be convinced to share some snippets from my current WIP.

Next month I will be taking a leap and joining Twitter, because really it’s about time.

And then next year my plans aren’t set in stone, but I’ve been playing around with an idea for a new feature that’s been stuck in my brain for a good few months now and I’m even thinking about re-designing my blog one day as well.


Giveaway

There are some incredible books being released next year, so to celebrate my two year blogiversary one person will be able to win a hardcover copy of one of their most anticipated January 2018 releases and a surprise gift.

Giveaway Books

The gift is surprise both because what it is will depend on the person who wins and because there needs to be some element of surprise for the winner when it comes to this giveaway. There are no rules or restrictions and you can pick any book you like as long as it’s a January 2018 release, you just have to be OK with giving me your address if you win.

To enter is simple, because even a year on from my first giveaway I still don’t know how to do the Rafflecopter thing, just comment on this post and let me know; looking back at your own blogging journey, the experiences you’ve had since you first started posting, what advice would you give to a newbie blogger.

The giveaway will be open until I post my November recap on November 30th. I’ll be emailing the winner the following day and will announce it on my blog within the next week.

Good luck everyone.

Hocus Pocus Book Tag

Granted Halloween has been and gone, so I’m a little late posting this, but I couldn’t take part in the Hocus Pocus book tag without having seen Hocus Pocus. It was my Halloween movie pick for this year, and now I’ve seen it I feel I can actually publish this tag. I was tagged by Lilly at Lair of Books. Thanks so much for the tag Lilly, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

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Rules:

  • There are no rules. It’s your blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (the tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.
  • Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!

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