Favourite Book Covers

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought it was about time that I shared some more beautiful books. I’ve done a few posts like this before but I haven’t done one in a while… so I’ve chosen some amazing books covers to share with you all from the books I’ve read or got so far this year. I have eight book to show you guys, all of which have amazing covers :). Let’s get started.

 

 

The Ice / Laline Paull / unread

 

 

The Ninth Rain / Jen Williams / ★ 

 

Dark Fire C. J. Sansom / ★ 

 

 

The Queen of Blood / Sarah Beth Durst / ★ 

 

 

Servant of the Empire / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts / unread

 

 

All for Nothing / Walter Kempowski / 

 

 

The Shadow Of What Was Lost / James Islington / ★.5

 

 

The Goddess Chronicles / Natuso Kirino / 

 

I am sure I will doing another of these posts by the end of the year – there are so many great book covers out there. I really enjoy putting these post together. Which one is your favourite? I love all of them but mine is probably The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. It’s pretty hard to choose thought! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Discussion: How to keep inspired/motivated

Hi guys, I wanted to discuss something with you all today, and that’s how to keep motivated and inspired. I’ve been doing this blog for over a year now (about a year and 4 months) and there are times that I have no idea what to post. I sometimes wonder how I am going to come up with new content in the future and if my content is still enjoyable and interesting to you guys. I want to be able to create content you guys want to read but sometimes it can be tricky coming up with new ideas. It can also be tricky if you have no motivation to write posts, whether for reviews or any other post.

 

I think this is definitely something that I need to work on, so it doesn’t become a big stressful thing. Anyway I do have some things I do to help me if I’m lacking a bit of motivation or inspiration. Firstly I take inspiration from the bloggers I follow. There are fantastic bloggers out there and it’s perfectly acceptable to get ideas from them – obviously don’t steal posts and credit the blogger if needed. Just reading other blogs will help. There are also so many lists of blog post ideas out there – I’ve even done one which you can find here for book bloggers. Looking at such lists especially helped me in the beginning when I was first coming up with blog post ideas. Now I have a list of them in my bullet journal to refer back to when needed. Another thing I do is track some of my posts (such as my recommendations, author exploration etc.) so I don’t post them to often. This kind of helps motivate me to come up with new content too. Something that I think is a good thing to do when feeling a little uninspired is talk to someone about it, especially if they have a similar interest than you. You can then bounce ideas off each other and hopefully come up with some new ideas. Or ask your readers for some ideas and constructive criticisms to improve your blog. Or you can ask a blogger for advice.  I think it’s also important to have a routine or schedule and to stay organised. Obviously if that is not how you work than don’t do it this way, but personally I like have a set schedule. I plan all of my content in advance and like to come up with new possible ideas for each month, as I don’t want things to get boring for you guys. Also I want to be able to grow my main blog and try new things – being organised helps me with this. Even staying organised it can still be tricky to stay motivated and inspired but it definitely helps. If now of this helps than I think it’s time to step back from this and take some time away from your blog so you can work on it without the pressure of posting. It can just help to take some time for yourself – it is totally OK to take a break.

 

What do you guys do to stay inspired? I’d love to know if you have any tips for me as I do worry about keeping my blog going without just repeating posts. I am sure I’ve missed something in this discussion but those are some of my thoughts. What do you think? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

My Bullet Journal: Six Months On

Hi guys, how are you all? I hope you’ve had a nice beginning of July. I have to admit that I’m kind of impatiently waiting for the start of autumn now 🙂 – I’m not a summer person really. Anyway, today I thought I would revisit my bullet journal with you guys. At the beginning of the year I showed you my bullet journal and I thought now that I’ve been using it for around six months I would share how I’ve got on with it. Also I apologise in advance for the lighting in some of these photos but it was natural lighting so there isn’t alot I can do about it. Let’s get started.
The first two pages are pretty self explanatory – there my 2017 resolutions and a year at a glance page which contains birthdays and holiday dates. The next pages (pictured below) are all blog related. The first is a stats tracker for my blog, Instagram and twitter accounts. I know it’s not all about numbers but it’s nice to see some growth. Next I have a blog post ideas page. I like to be able to come up with new content so this is the place I come up with ideas – although I’m a little bit stuck with ideas at the moment. I then have a blog and YouTube post tracker, as you can see I’ve been pretty inconsistent with my YouTube posts – I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I also have a page set up to track my goodreads challenge and a place to note down my favourite books.
My next pages are all monthly spreads to keep track of all things blog related. I like having it all in one place for me to see. After that I have a place to note down my monthly posts, tbrs and videos as well as a possible daily plan for my Instagram account, although I don’t always stick to it :). Blue ink indicates blog posts, green indicates a YouTube post and black indicates a personal thing. Also a orange dot shows it’s written and scheduled, and once it’s posted I’ll tick it with a red pen.
After all of my monthly spreads I have a page to keep track of my TBR books, although I haven’t been great at keeping this up to date. Then I have a couple of pages dedicated to my anticipated releases of 2017 whether it’s books, films or games. There’s a lot of great stuff coming out this year and I like to keep track of it all.
Next up I have a page to note down any new favourites, whether it’s food, skincare, games etc, for possible posts in the future. Then I have a spread for my mental health tracker. I split these pages into four for each month, so I can note down how the overall month has been for my mental health and how I’ve been feeling. After that I have a fitness tracker. I’ve been trying to be more active this year so this is a great way of keeping track of that – as you can see it is colour coded depending on activity.  I also have a spread to keep track of all the films that I have seen this year.
The next page is a bucket list type page – things I want to learn, places I want to visit, things to see etc. As you can see I then have a page to note down any big moments of 2017 and opposite that a page that reminds me of a few things when you are feeling a bit down. Next I have a place to note down the dates of posting certain posts – just so I know what I’m posting and when. Opposite that I have an Instagram tracker, which is pretty self explanatory. I keep track of when I am posting on Instagram. Then I have a brain dump spread, which is again self explanatory. The next page allows me to plan for future recommendation posts and on the opposite page I’ve noted down all of the authors I’ve talked about so far on my blog in author explorations. The penultimate spread has a page dedicated to my progress on my unfinished series and a place to note down my favourite and disappointing books of 2017. Finally I have a rough packing list for Crete and on the opposite page a couple of quotes – one from J. R. R. Tolkien and the other from Aubrey Hepburn.

 

That is all I have to share with you guys today. I hope some of found this a little interesting. I have to say I have really enjoyed using my bullet journal and will definitely be continuing on with it. Do you guys use a bullet journal? What do you think? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Thank you – blogging for a year!

Hi guys, how are you? I hope you are all well. This post is going to be a little different. On this day (the 15th) last year I published my first ever post on this blog. So I am taking this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who visits, comments and follows my blog. I can’t quite believe that I have been doing this for a year now – it doesn’t seem like it has been that long. In the back of my mind I had always thought I wouldn’t last long. My low self esteem would get to me and I would stop but I’ve kept with it for a year now. I am so happy that I have got here. Not only I am doing something here that I enjoy doing but I have meet some really lovely people as well. It has also been a great way for me to challenge myself and put myself out there abit more. To be entirely honest I am still not great at putting myself out there but baby steps right? 🙂 Anyway I’m getting a bit off topic… I just can’t quite believe it’s been a year. I am sorry this is probably going to be a bit of a short post but I don’t want to ramble too much.

 

Once again thank you so much to everyone who supports this – it means the world to me. I can’t believe that in the year I’ve been doing this over 200 people have started following my blog! That just amazes me. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to the next year of blogging and seeing where it takes me. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Underrated Book Tag

Hi guys how are you all today? It is day 11 of blogmas :). As the title suggests, today I am talking about some underrated books. I have no idea who created this tag so sorry about that, but I thought it was a great tag for me to do, so here we are :). What constitutes a underrated book is pretty subjective, so I am going to be sharing some books that I don’t see enough in the bookish community. Let’s get started.

 

A favourite book you find underrated?
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. It is such an enjoyable book but I haven’t really seen it around in the book blog/vlog world. I don’t know, maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places, but I highly recommend this book. This was my first Scalzi book and I am now a huge fan of this author.

 

An underrated book I’d want to make into a movie?
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver. I think this would make a great film or tv series and I absolutely love this series. I think it is marketed for younger readers, but it can be enjoyed by a variety of readers and ages (at least I think so). An animated film or tv would work really well I think.

 

A favourite author that more people should know?
There are so many authors I love but I think I am going to go with Brian McClellan. At the start of this year I read his Powder Mage trilogy and loved it, but I haven’t seen it around at all so… I also absolutely adore Garth Nix and Trudi Canavan but I think they are quite well known… I really don’t know.

One book that I’d choose to promote and make well known?
Fudoki by Kij Johnson. You guys should know my love for this book by now :). I feel like I can’t recommend this book enough. I was immediately engaged with the writing, the plot and the characters – normally it takes me a little while to get into a new authors writing but that wasn’t true with this book. I have a full non-spoiler review which you can check out here. Go read this book – you won’t regret it.

 

A book series that is underrated?
The Pellinor series by Alison Croggon. I absolutely adore this series but I just don’t see it talked about. This series has such amazing characters and a engaging plot – it is amazing. Seriously go read it. I mean, I love it so much I created a tag about it – Pellinor Book Tag (Original).

 

A favourite character in an underrated book?
Kitai from the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. She is an incredible character and it is so enjoyable to see her character arc throughout the six books. She is one of my favourite female characters . I definitely recommend this series as well.

 

What book character would you like to turn into a real life celebrity?
I don’t really know: it’s not something I’ve thought about so I think I’m going to pass.

 

Do I like to keep unknown books a secret, or share them with the world?
Definitely share them with the world. I think they deserve more attention and appreciation.

 

That is the underrated book tag. It was kind of tricky to answer these questions as it’s kind of subjective as to what is underrated. If that makes sense – what makes a book or author underrated? I don’t really know but I answered the questions to the best of my abilities :). Let me know if you have any underrated books or author to recommend me and I hope you have a great day.

 

See you next time

 

Pippa

 

Book Quotes

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. For today’s post I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes from books. The quotes are from quite a few of my favourite books, so these are also a good indication of my taste in books :). Anyway onto the quotes.
  • ‘No one has ever become poor by giving’ Anne Frank, the Diary of Anne Frank.
  • ‘The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist’ Christopher Paolini, Brisingr
  • ‘Not all those who wander are lost’ J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  • ‘I am no bird; no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will’ Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • ‘Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you’ Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind
  • ‘No one can be happy in eternal solitude’ Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • ‘The truth requires no apology’ Samantha Shannon, The Mime Order
  • ‘There is no shame in not knowing something. The shame is in not being willing to learn’ Alison Croggon, The Gift
  • ‘If your appearance is all people see, they have no respect for your mind’ Trudi Canavan, The Magician’s Apprentice
  • ‘You cannot change what you are, only what you do’ Philip Pullman, Northern Lights
I think I’ll leave it at 10 quotes today. I have more that I can share but I don’t want to over do it and 10 seems like a good number to share. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

Recommendations: Fantasy Part 2

Today I thought I would continue with my recommendation series of fantasy books and share five more with you all. I have already posted a recommendations of Favourite seriesFantasy Part 1 and Where to start: Fantasy, but today I thought I would recommend some more fantasy books since fantasy is primarily what I read. So if you think I’ve missed out on any amazing fantasy books or series, then they may be included in those other posts. I am also planning recommendations of historical fiction, science fiction etc so keep an eye out for that. I want to read some more from those genres first but they are both in the works.  As always I have linked to the Goodreads pages of each series for your browsing pleasure. Let’s get started.

 

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series / Michelle Paver
This is a six book series. It is a fantasy series written for younger readers, but I think it can still be enjoyed by a variety of readers and ages. I first read it as a young teen and I still love it in my early twenties. The characters are wonderfully brought to life and the plot is engaging throughout. If you like or are interested in prehistoric settings, you should definitely check this out. There are also some chapters from an animals perspective, if you like that too. You can really tell that the author did alot of research for these books and they are all so enjoyable to read. I think this is such an underrated series and I would recommend it to everyone.

 

 

The Gentlemen Bastard Sequences / Scott Lynch
Only three books are currently out in this series, but I had to include it. This is a fantastic fantasy series with so many plot twists and shocking moments. I have to admit that I initially struggled with the first book in the series, but after I got paced the first few hundred pages I was hooked. The characters are wonderfully written, especially Locke and Jean. The world building is great as well. I am very much looking forward to the fourth book, which is hopefully coming out this September.

 

 

Warbreaker / Brandon Sanderson 
I have to admit this may be my favourite Sanderson book, along with the Mistborn trilogy – it’s hard to pick favourites :). It is the story of two sisters, who are princesses, and one must marry The God King. As always with Sanderson books, the magic system and the world building are amazing. I loved the story line, and was hooked early on. Brandon Sanderson is incredible at writing unique books. To be honest, I don’t know what else to say – I loved it and I highly recommend it. I am so excited for the sequel, Nightblood, whenever it comes out.

 

 

Keys to the Kingdom series / Garth Nix
This is a seven book series.  It follows 12 year old asthmatic Arthur Penhaligon as he stumbles upon a kind of alternate universe. He is chosen as Rightful Heir of the House, the centre of the universe, and subsequently sets out on an adventure to defeat the Morrow Days, the criminal Trustees of the House – each named after a day of the week. This is such a fun, whimsical and entertaining series  – at one point there is even a talking eyebrow. I love the depth of the series. As a younger reader you can enjoy the adventure and characters of the story, but as an older reader I think you will pick up on details you may not have noticed at a younger age. I hope to reread this series this year.

 

Riyria Revelations series / Michael J. Sullivan
The Riyria Revelations series is a six book fantasy series that follows Hadrian and Royce, two mercenaries. Their relationship is one of the best things in this series – they have an amazing bromance. The world building is great, the characters are well written and the plot is engaging throughout. It is not perfect – they are a fair number of familiar tropes with the series, but it is a fun and entertaining series. On a complete side note, these are probably some of the worst covers I’ve seen.

 

 

There are some more fantasy recommendations. I read primarily read fantasy so I’ve read a fair amount by now. Let me know if you have any recommendations for me, as I am always up to try new fantasy books. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa