October Wrap up & Haul

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What I Read in October:

It is time for another wrap-up! In October I read 10 books, which I’m quite happy with. Now, let’s get into the wrap-up. Let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought of them.

The End by Lemony Snicket
Bakuman Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
Bloody Mary Volumes 1-4 by Akaza Samamiya
The Last Portal by Robert Cole (eARC Review)
Black Cat Volume 1 by Kentaro Yabuki
Lois The Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Book Haul:

I accumulated 10 books in October. I managed to pick up quite a few new releases and had a shop around in some charity shops for some older novels I’d been after.

Robinson Crusoe & The Swiss Family Robinson (Companion Library Edition)
Five Little Peppers & Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass (Companion Library Edition)
E.M. Forster – 4 in 1
The Bronte Sisters – All Seven Novels
Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Illustrated)

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
IT by Stephen King (Movie Tie-in Edition)
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Jump by Sean Williams

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That’s it for this post! What books did you finish in October? What books did you Acquire in October? I would love to know. If you have your own Haul/Wrap-Up/TBR post(s), leave them down below as well.

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30 Books in 30 Days Week 4 Update & Wrap Up – September 2017

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In September, I decided to do the challenge of reading 30 books in the 30 days, where I aimed to read 30 Books in 30 Days. This is extremely late but Today I will be sharing what I read in the Last Week of September and going through all the books I read this month, what I rated them & What I thought of them. Also, if you haven’t already, you should check out my Updates for Week 1, Week 2, & Week 3

So onto the Updates for week 4:

Day 22: Friday, September 22nd

11:00 AM – I finished reading The Stolen White Elephant, with another 10 pages before going to sleep.

11:50 PM – And for the rest of the day I read The Penultimate Peril and managed 103 pages.

Pages Read Today:
– The White Elephant – 10
– The Penultimate Peril – 103
113 pages
Total Pages Read: 

6,555
# of Books Read:
  17

Day 23: Saturday, September 23rd

8:00 PM – Mum and I went to Greenlight Comics, which is this little Comic store in Adelaide, there was a sale there, so of course I couldn’t resist and I bought some books.

And Then we went hiking afterwards. We did the Hallett Cove Boardwalk, it’s A clifftop boardwalk along the coastline between Marino and Hallett Cove. The trail follows the cliff edge and consists of boardwalk, steps and pathways.

I did do a little bit of reading while on transport, I managed to read last 148 pages of The Penultimate Peril and then 55 pages of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11.

9:30 PM – So I then read Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman, which has 53 pages. What I love most about this edition are the illustrations. There’s no colour in any of the pictures by Lorenzo Mattotti as they’re simply black and white.

11:30 PM – And I also read the rest of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11 (160 pages).

Pages Read Today:
– The Penultimate Peril – 148

– Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11  – 265
– Hansel & Gretel – 43
466 pages
Total Pages Read:
7,021

# of Books Read:
 20

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Recommendations: Halloween Reads #2

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Today is Halloween – well, technically it was yesterday – so I have some spooky book recommendations, this is extremely late but I’ve been really busy. Also, check out my Halloween Recommendations from Last Year. Time for all things creepy and chilling—and undeniably the perfect season to dig into a great thriller. Some of them are creepy but some of them aren’t super creepy but still has a dark atmosphere to it.


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I began reading this series at the beginning of this year and finished it recently. This is Gothic fiction, so while it’s not real scary, it does have a bit of a darker atmosphere. Also, I love the amount of new vocabulary that is introduced, particularly for children who might be reading it.


17987501The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

This story is fantastic, and as an avid bibliophile it’s hard for me to resist anything to do with libraries or reading about the wonderful books that take us to faraway places. As you’ll see, the metaphor of books as portals to new worlds is actually quite literal in this case. The plot follows main protagonist Alice, a young girl who discovers she has a very special power. Called “Readers”, people like Alice possess the ability to enter the worlds of certain books, which might seem great at first, until you realize these books serve as prisons to nasty creatures and the only way out again is if the Reader can defeat them.


17333322Miss peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs

Last Year I recommended Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and this time I’m recommending the Graphic Novel. Cassandra Jean’s artwork is admirable and quite pleasing to the eyes.

I could not get enough of this graphic novel adaptation. I’m a sucker for beautiful illustrations, but the writing was very engaging also.

 


October 32nd by Larry Rodnessb;lm

Review: October 32

This book took me completely by surprise. October 32nd wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be and was a lot of fun to read

The plot revolves around a small town called Elora and its famous Halloween Fest. Fear not, all you readers that don’t like horror books! I wouldn’t actually class this as a horror book, even though it has some spooky elements. It was more of a mystery. I really enjoyed the fact that I too had no idea what on earth was going to happen.


15739649Made of Stars by Kelley York

Made of Stars is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and while it’s not horror or very spooky, there’s just this eerie feeling that comes with it. 

It’s a complex story of three teenagers on the precipice of discovering who they are, what they want in life, what they are willing to sacrifice and give up, and what they are willing to fight for at all cost. Things that have been buried come to the surface and teenagers have to face some harsh truths about themselves, the people they love, and what makes up the idea of a family.


9781473666948IT by Stephen King

This is my favourite book by Stephen King. The thing with King’s horror books is that… I never thought they were scary. The clown is just creepy – he is one of the eeriest monsters invented. There were some genuinely disturbing scenes in the book that make this stand in a sobering reality. This book is quite literally a monster in itself. It’s intimidating, it’s thick with descriptions and characters and amazing quotes. It has more than a dozen underlining meanings.


34455798The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series by Cressida Cowell, the author of How to Train Your Dragon. It’s about two kids — completely different from each other and too stubborn to want each other’s help or guidance — who must band together to destroy an evil that plagues both of their worlds.

Deeply rooted in history and legend from ancient Britain, this book takes place in a land-filled with dark magic, mysterious forests, and suspicious characters.


Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

I cannot begin to describe how amazing this series is. First, the artwork is gorgeous. Whether it’s an action scene, an emotional moment, or horror and madness, the artwork always delivers. As for the story, I have never seen a more twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. And the beauty of it is that Jun Mochizuki does this without taking away the sense of wonder and innocence involved in discovering a world that isn’t what you thought it was.

Also, I want to clarify something. This is not a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland or a variation on it. The plot uses elements from Alice in Wonderland to tell a completely original story.


Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

This is a manga series that is, at first, very slow-paced, builds up to some of the most heart- and gut-wrenching scenes I’ve ever read. The novel is fast-paced and graphically stunning. Despite being in black and white the action is extreme and evocative. You can very quickly begin to feel for the characters and their plight within the story.


Bloody Mary by Akaza Samamiya

I bought this one on a whim and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I definitely enjoyed this way more than I should have. The summery drew me to this; but the mystery, characters, & art work make me what to continue the series.


The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki

The Case Study of Vanitas, or Vanitas no Carte opened and introduced the characters nicely, still leaving some information in the shadows. If you liked Pandora Hearts, you should definitely pick this up. The art style is absolutely gorgeous, she is one of the best mangakas out there, in my opinion. The story line is strong. I look forward to reading more volumes, a must read if you enjoy vampire and steampuk-esque stories.


Current Unread Spooky books on my TBR

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Have you read any of these? What recommendations have I missed off that you also enjoy? Which on my TBR list should I get to first? If you have any other spooky books to recommend, leave them in the comments.

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The Sunday Post #34 | Absent Blogging – 29/10/2017

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The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

What Happened off the Blog:

I’d like to take this blog post time to say sorry, I’ve been majorly lacking in my reviewing and posting. I’ve been super busy with life in general and it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and write up posts. I haven’t posted anything in five days!

Last Week, Monday-Wednesday, I had to attend Resilience Training, which took a lot out off me and I was extremely tired, and starting this week, Hospitality Training, for 3 Weeks, Monday-Wednesday. It’s been making me feel too tired to Blog. I think I’ve managed to free some time up now though.

I’ve got tons of posts to work on and comments that I have yet to acknowledge so if you’re worried, don’t be. I’ll be hopefully getting around to all of that this week sometime. Not to mention get some reviews up for the books I have been finishing!

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

I’m still Currently reading IT, but I’ve almost finished it, I’m finally getting through it. I’m up to 1120/1477 pages.  This is my main focus to finish by the end of October, as I started it in April.

What I Plan to Read Next:

New on my Shelf:

Song of the Week:

What I’m Watching:

I finished watching Stranger Things Season 2 yesterday, I loved the first season of the Netflix original series. It is an Amazing series, I’ve been quite obsessed with Stranger Things for awhile now, and I was so excited for season two’s release. I love its creepy vibe, the multiple story lines, the characters that you can’t help but support even when they might make mistakes. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should definitely check it out.

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Last Week on the Blog:

September Wrap Up & Haul

Coming Soon:

30 Books in 30 Days Week 4 Update & Wrap-up
Holiday Reading: Mount Gambier | Travel Wrap Up
TBR Jar Wednesday – October – Review: Haunted
Blogging & Organisation
Playlists on Spotify
Recommendations: Halloween reads

Upcoming Reviews:

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Around the Blogosphere:

Caffeinated Bibliophile recommends Spooky Books
Chloe @ Diary of a Lonely Girl celebrates 2 Year Blogiversary 
The Orang-utan Librarian shares Bookish Confessions
Beth @ Reading Every Night Discusses Why Book Bloggers would make good writers and why they wouldn’t
Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader chats about whether we have the right to judge people for what they read

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What books did you finish this Week? What are you Currently Reading? What are you planning on reading next. If you have your own Sunday Post, leave the link down below as well. Also, who else is watching or has watched Stranger Things?

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September Wrap Up & Haul

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What I read in September:

It is time for another wrap-up! I read 30 books. I’m extremely happy with this. I Completed the 30 Books in 30 Days Challenge! Now, let’s get into the wrap-up, I will have a Wrap up for the 30 Books in 30 Days challenge up sometime next week. Let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought of them.

World’s Collide by Chris Colfer
Soul Contract by Ping Zi
Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte
Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
One Piece Volume 28-30 by Eiichiro Oda
Made of Stars by Kelley York
Triangles by Ellen Hopkins
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
One Piece Volume 31-33 by Eiichiro Oda
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mrs Dalloway’s Party by Virginia Woolf
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan (review)
Tokyo Ghoul Volume 10 by Sui Ishida
Tashi by Anna Fienberg
The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain
The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman
Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11 by Sui Ishida
The Little Prince Illustrated
Tokyo Ghoul Volume 12 by Sui Ishida
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
One Piece Volume 34-36 by Eiichiro Oda
Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle (review)
Deltora Quest (Bind-Up, #1-#8) by Emily Rodda
Archie Comics: Jughead #2, #5, #6, #9

Book Haul

I didn’t get too many books this Month, which is probably a good thing. So these are the books I bought/received during the month of August. I acquired a total of  books!

Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery and Illustrated by Joann Sfar
Pandora Hearts Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki

Bloody Mary Volume 1-4 by Akaza Samamiya

Archie Comics: Jughead #2, #5, #6, #9

 eARCS I Received:

I received these books from Netgalley. Thank you to all the publishers/Authors who share books with me. I’m so grateful to all the publishers and authors who are generous enough to send me their books.

Walking Though Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl
The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle
Halloween Carnival Volume 1

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That’s it for this post! What books did you finish this September? I would love to know. If you have your own Haul/Wrap-Up/TBR post(s), leave them down below as well.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon TBR & Opening Survey

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It’s time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon again. Today (October 21st 2017) I am participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. So today I’ll be sharing with you my TBR. The Read-a-thon has already started but I’m a bit behind with it, and I haven’t been posting much lately either.

This is my stack that I’m planning to read. I usually have snacks also, but like I said I’m very behind and almost forgot that this read-a-thon starts today! Now onto my TBR:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading from Australia!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti or Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I haven’t decided on snacks or whether there will be any snacks. I forgot to buy snacks but maybe I will buy Honey Roasted Cashews or Mango spears.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Halloween is my favourite holiday and just October in general, even though Halloween isn’t that big here in Australia!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I will hopefully be reading more! I don’t think I read much last read-a-thon, but I can’t really remember. I don’t know If I will be able to read more, because I will be busy, but I’m still going to try. I couldn’t clear my Schedule.

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TBR Jar Wednesday – October – And the Winner is… – #TBRJW

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Last week I picked these three books from the Category: Read a book that has a one word title and had you all vote to see which one I will read and review this month.

Thank you so much for voting!

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The book with the most votes is…

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I’m extremely excited to read this one after how the last one ended. I want to know what happens next. I’ve waited 3 years for this next Installment of the Ghost House Series. So I’m hoping it wont be a Disappointment after waiting so long, although I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews about this one.

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The review for this book will hopefully be up October 18th. I’m really late posting, somehow I completely forgot about it. Have You read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all that voted. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

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eARC Review: The Last Portal by Robert Cole

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23776784The Last Portal by Robert Cole
Publication Date: December 6th, 2014
Series: Mytar Series, #1
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 170
Rating: 3
Date Read: 6/10/2017
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon | Netgalley

Severe weather patterns – storms, floods and strong winds – are sweeping across planet Earth. Against this backdrop, three high school students, known and tormented for their strange abilities, fight their own battles against school bullies. The discovery of a strange key by their leader Chris Reynolds plunges all three through a portal into a sister world, Cathora, in another dimension. In this world their behaviours, that labelled them as misfits on Earth, turn out to be the seeds of extraordinary powers.

They soon meet Batarr, the Guardian of the portal; he tells them they are not normal children, but are part of a group of six entities called Mytar who are periodically seeded throughout the dimensions to fight planetary invasions across these portals. Cathora has been invaded by an alien army, led by a creature known only as Zelnoff. Zelnoff’s next target is Earth. The Mytar alone have the power to stop him if the other Mytar on Earth can be found. There ensues many struggles and battles as Chris, Susie and Joe seek to evade Zelnoff’s forces long enough for their powers to develop so they can detect the remaining Mytar back on Earth.

Chris, Joe and Susie seem to be the outcast at school, being bullied but what they are soon going to discover is that they are meant to do something great. They get sucked through a portal to Cathora where they learn they are Mytar and their destiny is to protect all planets from The evil Zentor. They learn that they each have a unique ability.

At first I didn’t think I would like this book, but the more I read the more I enjoyed it. The story kept me wanting to read more. I’m a slow reader but this book kept me so interested that I read through it really Quick.

Although, this is a very well written story that takes three oddball kids into a new world where they become very important with new powers that they didn’t know they had where millions of creatures depend on them to save not only their world but the world the children come from as well. What drags off of the star pedestal for me is the pacing. It just felt very rushed at times, as it is only 170 pages. The story was quick and easy to read.

The story itself was fun and definitely kept my attention with many twists and strange occurrences. It wrapped up in a satisfying way, and left room for a sequel without leaving you hanging.

Overall, This was an enjoyable and fun read. I’d recommend this story for those about 8 and up who enjoy science fiction & fantasy.

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12 Things I learned from 1 year of Blogging | 1 Year Blogiversary | Day 2

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I’ve been blogging now for a year and looking back, I’ve realised how much I’ve actually learnt – 1 years ago I didn’t know a single thing, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to tell you how to write a blog post never mind anything to do with coding. There’s hundreds of things that I’ve learnt since starting my blog, but if I wrote about all of them we’d be here forever, so I’ve managed to round it down to twelve things and I thought it’d be nice to share them with you.

Now, this year has been incredible.  I had no idea how much you could learn and how much you could gain personally by blogging.  So, these are 12 things I’ve learned from Blogging these past 12 Months.

Lesson #1: Posting Daily Isn’t Necessary.

In my early blogging days I published posts daily. I was under the impression that the more often I posted, the more page views I would get. And while that may be true, it really didn’t make much of an impact on my blog’s growth.

When I blogged daily, the posts were shorter and of a lesser quality. Sure my page views increased, but I wasn’t really helping anyone. By limiting my posting, I am able to create better content.

Lesson #2: Blogging is about more than just venting or talking about yourself.

It’s a great way for people with shared interests to find you. I’ve met a lot of really amazing people through my blog.

Lesson #3: Be passionate.

You need to be passionate about what you are doing, writing about. If you lose the passion, you will lose your motivation, your voice and the reason people read your blog.

Lesson #4: Stay organised.

Who here has trouble being organized…even though they would like to consider themselves an organized person? I try really hard, but if I don’t have an actual system, everything just falls apart. I’m actually not very good at this one, but I’m trying to get better at it. How do you stay Organised? Let me know in the Comments, I might get some ideas to stay more organised.

Lesson 5: Blogging is Hard Work.

Seriously!

While it would be great if you’re a naturally gifted writer – that has a knack for knowing what to say – for most of us this takes time. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. It’s hard, really hard.

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You Asked, I Answered | 1 Year Blogiversary Q&A | Day 1

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As promised, I am doing my 1 Year Blogiversary Q&A today. A short while ago I celebrated my one year blogiversary! And I asked you guys to ask me questions! Anything you were curious about, whether it be about blogging or me in general. So thank you to all those who asked me questions and I hope you enjoy my answers!

I honestly cannot believe it’s already been a year, so I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has Commented/Liked/Followed and everyone who asked me a question, I loved answering them. Be sure to check out all of their blogs.

Amber @ The Literary Phoenix: Which post(s) did you have the most fun writing?

There are so many posts that I’ve enjoyed writing and that were a lot of fun. I always have a lot of fun writing The Sunday Post, there super fun to write. I also enjoyed writing my 8 Tips for having a successful read-a-thon post, I actually don’t do too many discussions because I Struggle writing them, but this one was really fun and I hope to do more discussions like that in the future. I also had fun Recommending Halloween Reads last year, and I will be doing another Halloween reads Recommendation post soon.

Jess @ Beaucoupbooksblog: Have any TV show recommendations?

Here are some of my favourite TV shows.

Glitch is an Australian series. I love this series, it’s one of my favourite Australian T.V. Shows, season 2 has recently aired, and I still haven’t seen it yet but I will be watching it soon.

Riverdale is based on the Archie Comics, most people have probably already heard of this show by now. There are so many interesting storylines in the first season. This is also up to its second season, which airs this month.

Stranger Things is a science fiction-horror T.V. Series. I really enjoy watching this and I’m super excited for season two, which starts at the end of this month. I actually think the Second Season is going to be better than the first.

Jane the Virgin is a satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela. I came in with trepidation. The whole premise is preposterous. How wrong could I have been? Turns out very. After completing the first season of this show, I have to say it’s definitely one of my favourite’s

A Series of Unfortunate Events – I absolutely adore this Series – both the books and T.V Show – I love that it stays faithful to the books and the changes that they made actually work really well.

Heartland is a Canadian show about Horses. This is a wonderful television series, that is very family oriented. This is a show that speaks family all the way through the series. This series continues to be one of my favourites and I’ve been watching it for years, it’s up to it’s eleventh season.

Thirteen Reasons Why is quite a controversial one but I enjoyed watching it. This TV series had me hooked from start to finish and I spent all day watching it. But I hope they don’t make a second season for this show.

Orange is the New BlackI’m truly hooked on Orange Is The New Black. Whenever a new season comes out I always binge-watch it within a couple days. 

2. Favourite read of 2017 (so far)?

I have a few favourite reads of 2017, but I can’t choose just one, so here are my four favourites and the only one’s I’ve actually rated 5 stars on Goodreads.

3. Favourite post you’ve made on your blog?

I think I’ve said this before but my favourite post I’ve made on my Blog is probably My journey with Social Anxiety, as it’s the most personal post I’ve ever written.

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So thank you to everyone again who asked me a question, this was a lot fun and if you have anymore questions about anything, I’d be happy to answer them in another Q&A. I absolutely love doing Q&A’s, it’s a lot of fun to answer all your questions. I’d love to hear your answers to some of these questions.

 

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