Reading Resolutions/Blog Goals 2018

Hi guys I hope you are all well. As it is the start of a new year I thought I would do a post about my reading resolutions and blogging goals for the year ahead. February will mark 2 years of blogging for me, which went quite quickly really, and I am so happy to have stuck with it. While I definitely plan to remain primarily a book blogger I would love to expand my blog a bit this year and do a more wide range of posts. I will still be posting a lot of bookish content and Fridays will always be reviews but expect to see other stuff too like posts about films, travel, baking, music etc. Basically I want to blog about everything I love – I hope that’s OK with you all. Don’t worry though, this is still very much a book blog. Let’s get onto my other goals.
  • Read 100 books – I may or may not lessen this but for now I want to keep it at 100 books. I only just managed it in 2017 though so we’ll see what happens.
  • Read 12 classics and 5 non fiction books.
  • Reach 500 followers – I would love to grow this blog even more and reach new followers.
  • Improve photography – I want to improve my photos and possibly try new ways to showcase books to you guys.
  • Keep consistent with my posting and come up with new post ideas.

 

I am looking forward to another year of blogging, although thinking about a years worth of blog posts is a little daunting. Hopefully 2018 will be a fantastic blogging and reading year. Have you got any goals for 2018? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

2017 Favourites

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s time for another favourites post – this one is going to be all my non bookish favourites so films, musics, TV etc. Who doesn’t love talking about their favourite things? 2017 has been an alright year for me – I had my blogging 1 year anniversary, had my first review posted on Fantasy Faction site as a contributor, started learning to drive, passed my theory test, went to Crete for the first time and started a distance learning course about dog psychology. I know that probably doesn’t seem much to a lot of people but with my mental health I’m pretty happy with the past year. Anyway let’s get started.

 

TV:
  • Eternal Love aka Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms
  • Final series of Orphan Black
  • Season 2 of Stranger Things
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
Films:
  • Arrival
  • Wonder Woman
  • Siege of Jadotville
  • Star Wars: the Last Jedi
Video Games:
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
  • Assassins Creed: Origins (PS4)
  • The Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

 

Music:
  • Dua Lipa’s album – favourite song: New Rules
  • Don’t smile at me (album) by Billie Eilish – favourite song: Bellyache
  • Gashina by Sunmi
  • Peek-a-boo by Red Velvet
  • Havana by Camila Cabello
  • Discovery by Kailee Morgue
  • Wishlist by Kiiara
  • Fine by Tayler Buono

 

Other:
  • My bullet journal
  • Adidas sweatshirt
  • HP sprocket (portable printer)

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Overall 2017 was an alright year for me, although the anxiety of starting to learn how to drive wasn’t great :). What were your favourite things of 2017? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Places I Want To Visit

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I am going to do a non bookish post, as you can probably tell from the title. I wanted to share some of the places that I would love to visit. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit through my life but there are quite a few places I really want to visit but haven’t yet. To be honest I’m an anxious traveller (or just person really) but I still love visiting new places. Let’s get started.

 

Places I’ve never been to:
  • China
  • Japan
  • San Francisco and Washington, USA
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Croatia

 

Places to revisit:
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Prague, Czech Republic

 

Hopefully I’ll slowly become more confidant with travelling as I do it more. Where do you guys want to go? Or where is your favourite place you’ve been? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Places I’ve Visited

Hi guys, I thought I would do something a little different post today. I’m fortunate to have travelled a fair bit in my life so far and I wanted to share some of my favourite places I’ve been. Now I’m by no means a travelling expert – these are just some places I like that I’ve been lucky enough to visit. I would love to travel more but it also makes me very anxious. I’ve never travelled on my own before (always with family or on a school trip) so maybe that is something to work towards in the future. All photos are my own. Let’s get started.
  1. Prague, Czech Republic  – I’ve been here twice now and I have loved it both times. It is such a lovely place and it’s a great place to just wander around.
  2. Hong Kong – I’ve only been here once and not for very long but I absolutely loved it. It was such a great place and the food was amazing. The flight there is pretty bad but it’s worth it once you get there.
  3. Italy – I’ve been to a few places in Italy and I’ve loved all of them but one of my favourites is Siena – I also love Rome and Venice. I can’t seem to find my photos of Siena so I’ll show some other places I’ve been instead.
  4. New York, America – the only place I’ve been to in America. I’ve been there twice now and I have loved it both times.
I hope to travel more in the future – I would love to go back to Hong Kong, see more of America, see more of Italy, visit Japan, visit China, visit Germany etc. Looking back at some of these photos I’m kind of annoyed that I didn’t take me photos. Anyway I hope in the future I will have the confidence to travel on my own but at the moment I think my anxiety would get the better of me. What is your favourite place you’ve visited? And what’s on your travel wishlist? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

5 things I love to do other than reading

Hi guys I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would do something a little different and share some things that I love doing other than reading. I don’t know if any of you are interested but this is for anyone who may want to get to know me a little better. So I guess I’ll get straight into it.
  1. Singing – I have always loved singing, or at least as long as I can remember I have. Now I don’t think I’m any good at it but I still love it.
  2. Baking – I remember making chocolate brownies with my mum and sister when I was younger and I have loved baking ever since. My most recent bake was a banana loaf with chocolate. I also enjoy cooking.
  3. Watching TV/films – there are some fantastic TV shows and films out there and I love curling up on the sofa to a good show/film. Some favourite TV shows include the West Wing, NCIS and Orphan Black. Some favourite films include Howl’s Moving Castle, Don’t Say a Word and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
  4. Blogging – as much as I would love to call this my job I can’t because I’m not being paid to do it, so it’s currently just a hobby. I have loved starting this blog though and I look forward to continuing with it.
  5. Video games – again I think I’m rubbish at these but I still enjoy playing them. We’ve always been a Playstation household and I also have a Nintendo 3DS. Some of my favourite games include Horizon: Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Pokemon games (favourite Pokemon game is probably soulsilver), Zelda games (favourite Zelda game is Ocarina of Time), Uncharted games and the Jak and Daxter games.

 

I had one of those times where my mind went completely blank while writing this :). Fortunately I got there in the end. I hope you guys don’t mind these more personal posts. What do you love doing other than reading? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Favourite Films

Hi guys how are you? To be honest with you guys I wasn’t sure what to post today so I thought I’d talk about some of my favourite films. You’re probably aware that I love reading 🙂 but I also love watching films and I’ve got quite a few favourites. I have already talked about some of my favourite films here and I’ve done a post about three of my favourite Studio Ghibli films, which you can check out here. Let’s get started.
  1. Mulan – directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook – this is a Disney classic and by far my favourite Disney film. The live action Mulan film (2009) is also great, but darker.
  2. The Dark Night trilogy – directed by Christopher Nolan – all of these films are so good and I’ve seen each at least twice.
  3. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – directed Lasse Hallström – this is just such an enjoyable film and would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new rom-com to watch.
  4. Pitch Perfect – directed by Jason Moore – again this is such an enjoyable and fun film to watch. I love singing so I love that aspect of it and it’s pretty funny. I will say the second, while still good, was a little disappointing.
  5. Star Trek films – first and second films directed by J. J. Abrams and the third is directed by Justin Lin – I love these films and always look out for any new releases. The characters are great, the action is fantastic and there so enjoyable to watch.

 

I love watching films, so I’m always on the lookout for more to watch. These are some of my favourites I’ve found so far – there are more that I could talk about but I’ll leave it at that for now. What are some of your favourite films? I’d love to know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

More Bookish Facts About Me

Hi guys, how are you? As you can see from the title I’ve come up with some more bookish facts.  I don’t know if you guys really care, but the last post seemed to do quite well so… Let’s get started.
  1. I do go through periods of not reading anything and that’s fine
  2. I have no problem in not finishing books but I like to give it at least 100 pages before I DNF it
  3. Hype around a book kind of puts me off
  4. I rarely laugh out loud or cry at books
  5. When I was younger I used to listen to a tape of The Secret Garden before bed
  6. I never thought I’d have the courage to have this book blog 🙂
  7. The longest book I’ve read is either War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy or The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, I think.
  8. I don’t like movie editions of books
  9. Although I love fantasy, I’ve never had much luck with urban fantasy
  10. I like graphic novels, but I haven’t read alot of them
  11. I love to reread books, although I haven’t done any so far this year
  12. I want to read more non fiction
  13. I organise my bookshelves by author, format (hardback or paperback) and height… I like to have all the books of the same height all together
  14. I very rarely use our local library… I really need to go there more
  15. We’ve kept alot of our children’s books and there is one (I think of Thomas the Tank Engine) that have my teeth marks in… just to clarify I was a child when I bit the book :).

 

There you have it – 15 more bookish facts about me. I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to post today and this seemed like a good idea. It was a little tricky coming up with 15 more facts though :). I hope you are all having a wonderful and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa