My Blogger and Bookish Goals for 2015!

Hello guys and Happy New Year!! I’m really glad 2014 is over because it was not the best year of my life, a lot of drama happened and my life really changed. But some amazing things also happened, I went to see Taylor Swift in concert (best day of my life) I read some amazing books and my view on certain subjects such as feminism and racism really changed because I finally opened up my eyes and my mind and learnt a lot of stuff that I am very grateful for.

I want 2015 to be a good year for me although its a very uncertain one, this will be my last year in school as it’s my last year of A level and I am not going to university and I am struggling to find the right path for me to set me off for the future, which I have never really given much thought to. So this year I want to set myself some reading goals, not ones where I have to read a huge amount of books because I don’t want to put pressure onto myself, but ones that will help me read more diversely, open up to whole new worlds and cultures and open up my mind even more to what happens outside of my own bubble.

So I have set myself 17 challenges to complete this year and I am really excited to get started.

1) I want to read 50 books. I read 74 books this year and that was mainly because I was reading books I wasn’t really enjoying because I knew everyone else was, so I felt pressured into reading them. This year I’m giving myself more space to have a wide variety of books to choose from so hopefully 50 books should be easy as pie.

2) Read the 17 books on my goodreads must read in 2015 list: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/17557033-jess-booklovingjess?shelf=to-read-in-2015 …If I don’t I will get rid of them in 2016 as these are books I bought in 2013 or before.

3) Read the lord of the rings series, I own all the books AND all the movies… Its about time.

4) I want to start OR finish 7 series, I have so many unfinished series on my shelf and also a lot of series I haven’t even started, so hopefully this year I want to either start 7 series or/and hopefully complete some as well.

5) Read 2 books before I buy 1 books. The amount of books I need to read before I buy a book may increase over the months… or I might forget about it all together.. but I’m trying this out to see if it encourages me to read more.

6) Read 5 classics.

7) Read a books published by an indie press. If you have any good recommendations for this please let me know!

8) Read an LGBT book. I have read LGBT books before but this year I want to read more.

9) Read a book that takes place in Asia.

10) Read a book that takes place in Africa.

11) A book that takes place in an indigenous culture. Again recommendations would be appreciated!

12) Read a microhistory (a history book that centres around one topic e.g. salt)

13) Read a book that won or was shortlisted for a national book award, the man booker prize or the Pulitzer prize.

14) Read a book that was originally published in another language.

15) A book published before 1850.

16) A book published this year (2015)

17) A non-fiction book.

And finally my blogger goal is to review every book I read, whether its a big long review or a big post that has multiple mini reviews! I also plan on posting once a week… lets see how long that lasts!

Those are all of my goals!!! I really hope 2015 is a good year for you and I hope you are all happy. I’m wondering do you have any reading related goals this year?

Thank you so much for reading

Jess xxxx

Girl Online ~ Review

Hello Guys! Today I’m going to be sharing with you my thoughts on a book I was sent for review my penguin called Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (AKA Zoella). She is a more famous YouTuber, with over 6 million subscribers and winning awards such as the Cosmopolitan Blog award for best beauty blogger, BBC radio 1 teen awards for best British Vlogger (X2) and Nickleodeons UK favourite Vlogger.

I was so excited when I heard about this book because I am a huge fan of Zoe and her videos. Her videos are so fun and quirky and very relatable for any teenage girl out there, she not only gives beauty tips on how to properly apply eyeliner but also life tips and the odd funny challenge with a special guest YouTuber here and there.

Girl Online is about a girl called Penny who starts experiencing panic attacks, so she creates an anonymous blog called Girl Online, which quickly becomes a lot more popular then she ever thought it would. Her family owns a wedding planning shop and one day gets the opportunity to host a wedding… in new York… over the Christmas period. Needless to say they jumped at the opportunity and while she is there Penny meets a hot stranger called Noah, and has the holiday romance of a life time.

Review:

The one thing I remember loving about this book, but I’m sure annoyed a lot of others, is the fact that Penny and Zoe has so many similarities. Penny lives in Brighton, so does Zoe. Penny suffers from panic attacks and so does Zoe. I loved this because it made Penny feel so familiar and made me connect and care about her character faster then it normally takes. Although you could say this is a rather unimaginative way of conjuring up your main character, I’ve decided to view this as a positive as it really did make me enjoy the book a lot more.

The characters I had a bit of a problem with. I feel like some were unfairly portrayed and that what their next actions were a little bit obvious, meaning there were never any real shocks for me as I guessed the plot before it truly developed. The writing style was also a little but simple, especially the way she described some things (for example she compared something to a Jeremy Kyle guest which I didn’t particularly like.)

While I did love this book I could only recommend it to those who are A) looking for a light read that they just want to laugh at and not make the want to sob (meaning its a good morning period read) or B) If your a fan of Zoe Sugg and often watch her videos.

This book is like a breath of fresh air after a hard hitting, heart shattering dystopian. A great read for any cold night with a cup of hot cocoa and a dog by your side. You could literally finish this in one sitting as once you start, you won’t want to put it down.

Thanks for reading!