Closed for Christmas

As I’ve been working a lot I have been seriously neglecting my blog,
so I have made the decision to not post anything more until the New Year;
this means I have time to schedule a bunch of posts in advance, which will
reduce the pressure on me to write whilst working! I hope y’all understand &
I hope you have the happiest of holidays!

Beat the Backlist

I would like to start this post with a huge shout out to ReadingWithJessica for giving me the idea to take part in this reading challenge for 2018 – go & check her blog out!
Generally, I don’t take part in reading challenges, apart from my GoodReads yearly reading goal, but as I own a lot of books (361 to be exact) that I haven’t yet read, this challenge is definitely something I want to give a try!
Jessica has set herself 12 books to read next year, one for each month, & I was initially going to do this as well, but then I realised that I wanted to include books from my shelves & from my kindle… so, instead I have picked 10 books from my shelves & 10 from my kindle; this means I have 20 books to read in 12 months which I know is something that I can achieve – I decided not to have 2 set for every month (1 from my shelves & 1 from my kindle) as I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.
Keep reading to find out what they are!

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If I Could Go To The Bookstore Right Now…

I’ve previously read Deanna’s posts on what books she would buy if she could go to the bookstore right in that moment & I loved the idea of doing a post like it! Deanna has actually done 3 posts on this “tag” so I might follow her & do this post every now & again, when my list of books changes! You can find Deanna’s first post here, her second here & her third here. All of the books listed below are on my birthday wishlist, so by the time this is posted I may (hopefully) own some of them.

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Bookish Would You Rather Tag

I saw Kayleigh over at kayleighsblogs do this tag & decided that I would take part as well! This tag works the same way as any Would You Rather game; I’m given two options & have to pick which one I would rather do!

1. Would you rather spend the day with your favourite author or your favourite character?

Hmm… I guess it would have to be my favourite character, simply because I’ve met a lot of my top authors & am more likely to meet them again in the future at book events; whereas meeting a character from a book is pretty much a once-in-a-life-time opportunity!

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Throwback Thursday
The Secret GardenWhat secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle’s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won’t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty–unaware that she is changing too.But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.


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My Birthday Fundraiser

Liberty in North KoreaFor my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Liberty in North Korea.

LiNK are an incredible charity whom’s work really does change the lives of people in need forever; all money donated goes towards arranging the life-threatening escape journeys that are planned & manned by LiNK volunteers.

Every little bit will help me reach my goal,
& will help people who are truly suffering right this second.

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Medical MondaysElsa

Elsa 1I genuinely can’t believe that I haven’t done this post before, because now that I think about it, it seems like this should have been one of the first things I ever discussed in this series. Yes, it is about my dog. My gorgeous Alaskan Malamute Elsa has helped medicate me just as much as my anti-depressants, pain killers & antibiotics have done in the past three years & I genuinely would be lost without her.

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Sum-Up SundaysNovember

This is the second time I’ve done a Sum-Up Sunday post; for anyone who didn’t see last month’s post, this series is posted on the first Sunday of every month & covers whatever month has just ended. In the posts I talk about the books I’ve read over the last month, what’s gone on in my health & a few bits about the rest of my life. Continue reading