New Year’s Resolutions and 2019 recap #Goals #Blogger

Hello lovelies! I know I’m a little late with these resolutions but better late than never as they always say. So I’m just going to give you a quick recap of 2019’s resolutions and how I did before I set myself some for 2020:

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2019’s resolutions were:

Write a little every day. 

Hmm, I sort of failed at this. I did write a lot more last year, and I also took part in NaNoWriMo for the first time since 2018 but I can’t say it paid off that much. The only thing I can say is, finally, at the very end of the year, I wrote something that I’m excited about. I’ve even started working on a sequel.

Try more genre that I don’t usually read like:

Historical Fiction,

Non Fiction,

Romance,

Fantasy,

Fairytales,

Classics

Paranormal romance.

I did pretty well with this one. I discovered my new favourite rom-com writer Rich Amooi. I also read a few books like Bonnie & Stan, The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost and The Ten Thousand Doors of January, all of which were out of my comfort zone.

Cut down on blog tours.

Ha ha. I have no idea why I put this one down. I think I’ve taken part in more blog tours than the previous year.

Set my Goodreads goal for 100 books. The reason I only picked 100 is because I got to a certain point last year where I stopped enjoying reading, I want to take my time a little more this year.

Okay, so the final count was 135 books. I didn’t slow down but what can I say? I’m addicted to reading!

Get my NetGalley feedback ratio up to 80%.

A fail on this but last time I checked I was up to 73%, not too shabby I’d say.

Attempt my first read along.

Do you know I forgot I even did this one! I participated in a read along over on Instagram to read Pet Semetary by Stephen King.

So here are my 2020 resolutions:

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Get a handle on my FOMO.

So FOMO, or fear of missing out, is the bane of my existence. There were a couple of books this year I probably would never have picked up if I hadn’t been so caught up with not missing out. I have to remind myself, I can always buy them later.

Read more books from my shelves.

I own over two hundred physical books, of which I’ve read less than half. I’m not even going to count how many unread ones I have on my kindle.

Start editing my first cosy mystery.

I’m awful at editing (if you’ve read my reviews you may have seen the amount of typos that slip through the net). It’s something I’m really dreading but if I ever want to be published, I know I need to try harder.

Set my Goodreads target at 120 and carry on reading out of my comfort zone.

Finally get my feedback ratio up to 80% on NetGalley.

Sounds simple but I need to curb the urge to request books, they all look so good!

Give my blog a much needed makeover.

Yep, it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for months. Maybe even a change of blog name, so people stop confusing me for other bloggers.

Take better care of myself.

My health, including my mental health, took a nosedive at the second half of the year but as usual I just pushed through it and tried to ignore it, eating my feelings and gaining almost a stone in weight along the way. I can’t do this to myself any more, especially with the risk of diabetes having over me and I need to get a handle on it.

Thank you for reading! 

Have you got any resolutions for this year? If you’ve got any blog posts about your resolutions for 2020 please feel free to link them in the comments, I’d love to read them.

Top Reads of 2019! #HappyNewYear

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I thought I’d share my top reads of 2019 with you today. It was pretty tough, there was some fantastic books released last year but I’ve been cruel and cut it down to these next books. In no particular order:

He knows Your Secrets/He Is Watching You (DS Maddie Ives) by Charlie Gallagher

You can read my review for He knows your secrets here

You can read my review for He is watching you here

All His Pretty Girls by Charly Cox

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You can read my review here.

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

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You can read my review here.

Blood Song by Jo Gustawsson

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You can read my review here.

The Escape Room by Meg Goldin

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You can read my review here.

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

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You can read my review here.

A Whisker In The Dark/A Twist In The Tail by Leighann Dobbs

You can read my review of A whisker in the dark here.

You can read my review A twist in the tail here.

Injections of Insanity (DI Paolo Sterling 3) by Lorraine Mace

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You can read my review here.

Dead Guilty (Calladine and Bayliss 9) by Helen H Durrant

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You can read my review here.

This Little Piggy (DI Rosalind Kray 2) by Rob Ashman

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You can read my review here.

Stalker (Joona Linna 5) by Lars Kepler

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You can read my review here.

There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi

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You can read my review here.

Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell 

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You can read my review here.

Thank you for reading! Hope you all have a great New Year! 

Happy New Year! #NewYearsResolutions #BookBlogger #Blogger #Resolutions2019 #amreading #amwriting #Goals

Happy New Year lovelies! As is tradition I’ll be making some new year’s resolutions today but first a quick recap of 2018’s resolutions and how I did:

Reading:

Do my first Goodreads challenge, I’m thinking of setting my goal at 60 books. (manageable I think). I actually set it at 75 but I surpassed that by reading 163 books! I’m stunned I read so many.

Read outside my comfort zone. Again I was successful with this one too! I read paranormal romance (a genre I hadn’t even heard of before). I also rediscovered my love of horror and ghost stories. I even read a book all about death and grief!

Read books that have been on my tbr list for more than a year. This one wasn’t quite so successful, I think I managed one or two.

Writing:

Take part in both Camp NaNoWriMo (the one in April not July) and NaNoWriMo again. I actually did Camp NaNoWriMo in April but I didn’t do the proper NaNo just because I was going through a lot with my dad being ill and lots of other stress. One out of two ain’t bad!

See if I can edit The Taken into something readable. Oh god I blocked my monstrosity of a manuscript from my 2017 NaNoWriMo out. It’s currently gathering dust on my hard drive! Fail on that one.

Post a short story/flash fiction on my blog once a month. Another fail. I started out with such good intentions but only to do four short stories throughout the year.

Carry on blogging! I definitely did that lol!

So I didn’t do too badly but I thought long and hard about this years resolutions. I decided to keep it simple.

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So my 2019 resolutions are:

Write a little every day.

Try more genre that I don’t usually read like:

Historical Fiction,

Non Fiction,

Romance,

Fantasy,

Fairytales,

Classics

Paranormal romance

(any suggestions within these genres are welcome especially fantasy or romance)

Cut down on blog tours.

Set my Goodreads goal for 100 books. The reason I only picked 100 is because I got to a certain point last year where I stopped enjoying reading, I want to take my time a little more this year.

Get my NetGalley feedback ratio up to 80%.

Attempt my first read along.

And that’s it! Wishing you all the best for the year to come!

Do you have any resolutions this year, let me know in the comments section!

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My Top 20 Books of 2018 #TopReads2018 #Blogger #BookBlogger

Happy New Year’s Eve!  So that was my first full year of blogging over! I’m still over the moon that I managed to read 163 books this year. It’s been tough to compile this list and I left out so many fantastic books. If you click the links it will take you to my reviews!

So with out further ado, my top twenty books of this year are (in no particular order):

The Fake Date.

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Edna’s Death Cafe

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The Girl In The Gallery

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Fatal Promise

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Raving About Rhys

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The Millionaire’s Wife

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In Her Shadow

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The Innocent Wife

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Dead Bad

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Thirteen

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The Fear

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Fire On The Fens

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The Siren And The Specter

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Before I Trust You

Brighton Palace Pier at dawn

Her Last Move

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Go Home Afton

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The Enigma

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The Life And Death of Eleanor Parker

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Three Things About Elsie

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And No Birds Shall Sing.

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And that’s it from me this year, I’ll be back tomorrow with my new year’s resolutions!

New Year’s Resolutions #writing and #reading #goals #newyearsresolutions

I thought I’d share my New Year’s reading and writing Resolutions with you all (a day early but I don’t think it matters!)

First I want to go back to resolutions I made at the beginning of 2017:

1. Edit my entry for last year’s NaNoWriMo Anya.

I did it! It took me about eight or nine months and I still feel it needs work but I’m quite proud I actually did it as this was the first novel I’ve finished and edited.

2. Start a blog.

Another success but again it took me a while to get started, in fact it was the end of May before I posted for the first time.  But now I have over a hundred followers (I have no idea how that happened!) and I post regularly on a Tuesday, Friday and sometimes a Sunday too!

3. Write another novel.

Another sort of success.  I completed NaNoWriMo for the second year running but I absolutely hate the story I wrote called The Taken but at least it’s out of my head so I can get on with new ideas.

4. Have a novel published.

This was an out there one even if I say so myself.  I was very naive when it came to the world of agents and publishers (not any more).  I currently have two rejections under my belt and several no replies.

5. Lose seven pounds.

Another out there one but surprisingly I almost did it.  I started last year at 11 stone 9 pounds and I’ve ended at 11 stone and 3 pounds.  Little bit proud to be honest.

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Okay so my resolutions for 2018 are:

Reading:

  1. Do my first Goodreads challenge, I’m thinking of setting my goal at 60 books. (manageable I think)
  2. Read outside my comfort zone.  I have several books on my tbr list that fit the bill (pics are below).
  3. Read books that have been on my tbr list for more than a year.

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Writing:

  1. Take part in both Camp NaNoWriMo (the one in April not July) and NaNoWriMo again.
  2. See if I can edit The Taken into something readable.
  3. Post a short story/flash fiction on my blog once a month.
  4. Carry on blogging!

 

So they are my resolutions 2018, I will post again the end of next year to see how many I actually stuck to!  What are your resolutions for the coming year?

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Liebster Awards! #blogger #newblogger #BloggersTribe

So I was nominated for the Liebster award I want to thank Nada at over at Early Bookish Birds for putting forward me!

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Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of questions
  • Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well!

My Answers:

1. Favourite quote?

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living –Terry Pratchett.

2. Are you a student? do you work? WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

I’m playing at being a writer when I’m not being a mum.

3. Last good book you read?

I’ve just finished I Found You by Lisa Jewell (review coming soon) which I absolutely loved. If love a good mystery then I’d recommend it!

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4. When did you start blogging?

I set this blog up last year but didn’t actually post on it until about six months ago.

5. What’s the song you have on repeat these days?

Okay, I’m going to admit this on the internet but, erm, Taylor Swift – Are You Ready For It?

6. Last movie you watched?

I’m really racking my brain on this one, it’s been a while but I think it was Zodiac, from 2007 with Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr an old one I know!

7. Are you in love?

Well I’ve been with my partner for fourteen years, I must be in love mustn’t I?

8. What’s your best friend’s name?

Well, cliché as it is but my partner but he wouldn’t like me publishing his name here!

9. Favourite Genre?

Mystery/Thriller, of course!

10. Is there a goal that you want to achieve out of blogging?

I don’t have any specific goals, it would be nice to lead to something bigger like reviewing for a paper or a magazine but for now I’m happy with this just being a hobby.

11. Can we be friends? *Puppy eyes*

Of course we can be friend Nada!!! 😀 ❤

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My Nominees:

Vicky – https://vickywhoreads.wordpress.com/

Jade – https://jadelmwrites.wordpress.com/

Author Tia Lee – https://authortialee.wordpress.com/

Jill – https://jilljemmett.com

Julie – https://juliedavide.wordpress.com/

Kerrie – https://ilovedreadingthis.wordpress.com/

Lauren – https://booksbeyondthestory.wordpress.com/

K.M. Allen – https://kmallanblog.wordpress.com/

Kiara – https://thenerdybibliophile.wordpress.com/

Oviya- https://ovicandid.wordpress.com/

Samantha – https://thebookendsofanintrovert.wordpress.com/

My Questions:

1. What are you reading at the moment?

2. Who is your favourite movie/book/tv character of all time?

3. What do you do in your spare time?

4. If you could visit anywhere in the universe, where would it be?

5. Favourite food?

6. Favourite book you’ve read this year?

7. What writer would you like to meet living or dead?

8. Favourite childhood movie?

9. What was the last TV show you binged watched?

10. Favourite Genre to read or (if you are a writer) to write?

11. Favourite author?

If I’ve nominated you and you don’t fancy doing this as a post you can always put your answers in the comments section below…