Spring cleaning books

I have a confession to make, fellow bookworms. Judge me kindly.

I let my books get dusty.

So, I imagine there’s two different types of people right now:

  • First type: “That is really grim and you should feel ASHAMED!”
  • Second type: “I’m not sure why you’re making this a thing”

And to both I say…it wasn’t just a small amount of dust. Sorry. (more…)

My TBR pile for 2016

In the course of January spring cleaning I decided to clean my books and…well…turns out my TBR (to be read) pile is waaaaaaaaaaay bigger than I thought it was. Mostly because it was contained in several small TBR piles around the room.

I’m really bad for seeing pretty books in store, getting all excited, buying them with the intention of reading them IMMEDIATELY…and then getting sidetracked by something else. I can’t be the only one that does this right? Right?

I’m ashamed to say I’ve had some of these books for, uh, a couple of years. Whoops! So there’s a definite mix of old and new in the pile (some of them you might recognise from my new year post).

My plan for 2016 is to get through all these books – I’ll undoubtedly add books to the pile as the year goes on, but the books I’ll list below will be the books I aim to read. We’ll see how far I get! At the end of the year I’ll do an update post to see how I did and each one I read and review will be tagged with #TBR2016.

On to the list!


Happy 2016!

After a break for the holidays I’m back! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season and a very happy new year.

I got thoroughly spoilt at Christmas and for my birthday with a load of new books*. Check it out!

Christmas books

I’ve already finished reading RedshirtsCrucible of Gold and Blood of Tyrants and I think I’m going to start on The Rest of Us Just Live Here next. Who’s excited to read all these? Me!


NaNoWriMo – AKA writing ate my brain

I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year with the greatest of intentions. I was going to update my novel every day, read a couple of books a week, write at least two blog posts and still work full-time. And so far – novel-wise – I’m doing pretty well! Everything else-wise…hahaha there’s just writing, ALL THE WRITING!

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and happens every November. During this time writers across the world race to write 50 000 words in one month.

Nope, you read that right. 50 000 words. One month.


The bookworm’s conundrum: how many books to take on holiday

The dilemma

Recently I spent an extraordinarily long period of time on trains (five hours there, five hours back) and it got me thinking about the perfect ratio of books to take away on holiday. I spent hours travelling and that basically adds up to a lot of reading time.

But this meant that before I went I had to spend ages staring at my bookcases (and book heaps…and kindle…) debating on how I was going to approach this.

In five hours I can theoretically read three books, but this depends on how long they are, how packed the train is, whether I’m expected to talk to people around me etc, plus there’s the return journey too. So I was thinking a potential six books to pick out.

This is not including books to read while I was there.


Why I took a year-long gap from blogging

On 14th September this year, I started blogging again. My last blog post had been on 14th September 2014 and, if I’m honest, it was the end of a trickle of posts.

Why I stopped
There were a few reasons that I stopped blogging for a year. The biggest one being a new job. There was so much I needed to learn – I just didn’t have the brainpower to spare for reading as well.