Book Blogmas ~ 2015

It is now coming up to my favourite time of the year… CHRISTMAS!! To celebrate Christmas last year I attempted to do ‘vlogmas’ on my youtube channel where I uploaded a new video every day. However I ended up getting really ill for three of those days and wasn’t able to complete it. 

So this year I am going to attempt to do a thing called ‘blogmas.’ I’ve seen some other book blogs do this for the twelve days of Christmas but I am going to try and do 24 days (from the 1st to the 24th of December.) Almost all of them will be book themed and I’m going to try and do as many festive ones as possible.

I’m really looking forward to this challenge, even though I have only planned a few so far… this should be fun 😉

Thank you for reading and I will be back tomorrow with the first day of blogmas!

Jess xxx

Creation of my TBR (to be read) Jar

Being an avid book reader also means I am an avid book buyer. For as long as I can remember I have never been shy of going into charity shops and immediately making a beeline for the book section. Because I buy books mostly in charity shops, the books are very cheap allowing me to buy more books than I would if I bought them all brand new. This has also meant that my TBR pile has risen immensely, especially in the past two years since joining the online book community.

Recently I’ve realised I’ve been finding it hard to choose what to read next, and this has caused me to only read 3 or 4 books a month even though I know I’m capable of more. This is why I have decided to write down almost all of the books I have not read (or want to reread) and have put them in my very own TBR jar. Here is how I did it:

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First of I got a notepad out I hardly use any more and wrote all of my TBR books in block capitals. This took about an hour but I watched a movie while doing it so it wasn’t too painful.
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Next I cut all the titles up into little strips and folded them in a zig zaggy way. This again took forever but I did it while watching old vlogmas videos (getting excited for christmas!)
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Finally I put the jar into this little box I’ve had for years so it would look prettier on the shelf (and also so I could hide it from view from any visitors cause I’m insecure hehe.)

So that is my TBR jar. I’m not going to just pick one out at the start of ever month, my plan is to pick one out any time I don’t know what to read but I will keep you updated in monthly wrap ups and of course on my twitter.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

October Wrap Up

So October wasn’t a very good reading month. Looking back I don’t know where my time went or what I even did with it, but apparently it wasn’t spent reading seeing as I only managed to read three books.

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Looking For Alaska ~ John Green

This was the first book I read in the month and was kind of a whim read. I wanted to read something that I’ve had on my shelf for a long time and I think I’ve had looking for Alaska for over two years now which is just ridiculous. The problem with John Green is that I’m not absolutely in love with his characters. Even though they’re all around my age I can’t relate to them and I sometimes find the stories too much alike his other books. While I really liked TFIOS this one and paper towns has fallen short for me. Looking for Alaska defiantly hit me in the feels, but I started to find it boring by the end and was even a little confused. So I wasn’t overly impressed. I gave this book three stars.


 Warbreaker ~ Brandon Sanderson

This was by far the best book I read this entire month. This was my first Brandon Sanderson book (I know where have I been?) and I have to say I was not disappointed at all. I knew I would love his writing and his world, he is exactly my type of writer and have lately become obsessed with his writing lectures on youtube to help me with nanowrimo. Warbreaker was a great story of two princesses, gods and love. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I have this 5 stars.


Girl Online On Tour ~ Zoe Sugg

I didn’t have huge expectations for this book when I went into it. I remember the first one having a lot of flaws and a rather predictable plot, but it was a quick easy read which is exactly what I wanted from it. So going into this one all I wanted was a cute and quick read. That is definitely what I got, but I actually quite liked the story as well. The plot wasn’t completely predictable (although there were a lot of cliché moments,) but I think Zoe missed an opportunity big time. The main character went ‘on tour’ with her ‘rock-star boyfriend’ and travelled Europe for a summer, every 16 year old’s dream. But when they were in different capital cities, the scenery wasn’t described very accurately so I never got a sense of that city. In the end I gave this book 3 stars.


So those are the books I read in October. I’m hoping to read a little more in November but with nanowrimo going on I am now extra busy.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

My Journals/Notebooks

For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with keeping journals. I love writing lists and plans for days, and I’ve always tried to keep my diary up to date. I love looking back at old entries and the other day I found some of my old notebooks I’d forgotten I’d even had and it was so interesting to read about things my 10 year old self had written.

So, in this post I’m going to share with you all of my notebooks and what it is I keep in them (although I won’t be sharing my actual diary entries! 😉

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This is how I organise the notebooks I am currently using. I got these shelves from the range but you can also get them from B&M or on Ebay.

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When I was 13 I started writing songs in the cupcake notebook. I did this because I wanted to express my feelings in a more creative way, and also because Taylor Swift was and still is a huge inspiration to me. I would carry it around with my everywhere and write in it (and on it) every chance I got, I could start a song and finish writing it in 20 minutes (although half of them are absolutely awful.) When I was 15 I stopped writing songs because I thought it was ‘weird’ but last year I decided to start again in a new notebook. I’ve only written a few so far but it’s still a fun pass time.

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These are just random notebooks. The fast one I just write things I need to remember. The second one I keep lists of things like books I want to read, movies I want to watch etc. Lastly the final one is one of my favourite looking journals, you can get it on Ebay and I put all of my favourite quotes in it.

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These are all of the diaries I have had over the years. The first one on the far left I had before I was 10 years old, the third (silver) one I had in my early teens, the second one in my late teens and the last one (which is a Hogwarts one and my favourite by far) is the one I’m currently using. I really love that I’ve been able to keep these diaries for so long, it’s so cool reading these and looking back on some memories (although some are really embarrassing and are memories I wouldn’t actually mind forgetting.)

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Finally, these are the notebooks that are all book related. The first one (left) is where I used to plan videos for my booktube, but because I no longer make videos I now use the few remaining pages to plan blog posts although that requires a lot less planning.) The second one is a London notebook I got from Accessorize and in it I write down my thoughts on almost all the books I read so I can look back and remember what I felt about that book, I also use it for book reviews. The third one I just keep track of all the books I have read and the last one (which is probably my favourite because it’s a Harry Potter one from the studio tour) I write down any book ideas I have and am currently using it to plan my NaNoWriMo novel.

So those are my journals. I’m not sure what it is about them but I’ve always been obsessed with keeping multiple notebooks. It is quite fun to go back and read old notes I’d made.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx