I wanted to start this as a series ages ago and have had the ideas drafted for months but I never got round to it or was feeling it. Now however, I’ve had a resurgence of passion for it. I often associate books or songs with Hogwarts houses – it’s a fairly common thing to do. There’s sometimes just a vibe in a book’s style or theme, a character with specific house traits or just the feeling you get when reading it that makes me sometimes instantly associate a book with a house. Continue reading
Yesterday we had the absolute pleasure of attending an event with Candice Carty-Williams at Deansgate Waterstones in Manchester. They were trailing a new kind of event that was open to the public however allowed bloggers to take the lead afterwards. Candice stuck around for a chat with the bloggers and we got to ask as many questions about Queenie and about her publishing career as we could.
We were asked by Charlie at Stripes Publishing to be a part of the blog tour for Proud. Blog Tours are not something we get involved with a whole bunch anymore, but how could we pass up the opportunity to talk about one of our favourite books of the last year?
We want to start a blogger spotlight on the blog, highlighting other bloggers that we absolutely love and people that we want to support more. Whether we really love their work, are inspired by them or really love them as a friend and feel like they need more recognition, we want to highlight what they’re doing and push them a little more with a segment on our blog.
I Was Born for This is my first novel by Alice Oseman that I’ve read, and I absolutely adored it. I’ve heard countless incredible things about this story, and I found not knowing anything about this story going in to it was the best thing to do. I was surprised about how much I loved it, how much it lifted me from a reading slump and how happy i felt reading it.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! We talk about mental health a lot on our blog and Twitter and we both feel like it’s an incredibly important thing to constantly be talking about. We both have experience with mental health issues and the effect it can have on yourself and everyone around you, so championing books that represent those issues mean a lot to us.
Podcasts are something I never thought I’d be into. I’ve always thought of myself as a very visual and active learner who struggles with just audio as I get distracted with what to do at the same time as listening because I can’t focus on purely audio so I’ve never really given podcasts a fair chance. Recently however, I changed that and wow am I glad! I still have to be doing something while I listen – for example, at my current job we spend quite a while cleaning after the shop shuts, so that’s perfect. Walking or doing my make up are another couple of times I like to listen and can focus. So if you struggle like me with just audio, maybe try listening while doing something else which doesn’t need much focus!
I’m going to do a series of posts on podcasts; recommendations, reviews, read-alongs, those sort of things. First up has to be the whole reason I decided to give podcasts a go; Banging Book Club!