Sunday, 25 January 2015

Questions for a Reader

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

I don't think I can pinpoint a certain book as about a year ago I drastically moved around a lot of my books to other places in our house. It's probably one of my Jacqueline Wilson's.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?

This will probably be scheduled, but as it stands now, currently I'm reading Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I've no idea what I'll read next but I'm hoping that it'll be Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike.

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?

City of Bones. I absolutely HATED that book. This may be to many people's disgust but I think the writing is awful.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?

I tell myself and tell myself that one day I'll finish The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. For 6 months now I have had another 400 pages to go. Just not feeling it right now.

5. Which book are you saving for "retirement?"

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. I'm saving it for a moment when I'm just like;


6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?

Yes I'm guilty of going to the last page first - not with every book but I do it with quite a few. 

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

FIne by me! I'm an aspiring author and I know that if I ever do get a book published then I'll want to say thank you to people I know.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

She goes through a lot; being tortured by Bellatrix, going on the run etc, but I'd love to switch places with Hermione Granger. Not just to marry Ron (although that is one of the main things).

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?

Harry Potter reminds me of a time when I was in such a dark place. The world of Harry Potter has changed my life - there are so many things I would've never done if I wasn't obsessed with it and it's my place to escape to.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

My first edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. My friend and I went into an old bookshop in the town where we live and she pointed out that they had some Harry Potter books - I picked up Deathly Hallows because that's my favourite and I was just like "Oh hey, it's a first edition". If we hadn't gone in that day then I would never have found the book.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

I gave away my copy of Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout to my friend Gabby because she love's Aprilynne Pike's books and Cursed had similar themes.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?

Definitely The Fault in Our Stars. It has been with me to London and back, and it has been to Belgium and France with me too. 

13. Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad ten years later?

I HATED Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - just not my kind of book.

14. What is the strangest item you've ever found in a book?

I bought Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen from Cat at Through a Cat's Eyes and about halfway through reading it I found a bus ticket of hers inside :)

15. Used or brand new?

Preferably Brand New but I'm happy with used.


16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?

I wouldn't know. i've never read a Stephen King book and never intend to.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

I'm going to be hated for this but Harry Potter. I saw the books before watching the films and whilst I adore the books and prefer the characters in the books (far more developed), for 2 hour films they're pretty good.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?

Firstly, I just want to point out that until googling it, I didn't have a clue what Celluloid meant. I'd say Divergent. I LOVE Shailene Woodley, and Ansel Elgort as actors but I just feel that Divergent is just one of those books that shouldn't have been turned into a film.

19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?

Anna and the French Kiss. The food in that book just sounded amazing. 

20. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?

Certain bloggers like Lucy, Ruby and Hawwa's advice definitely!

Feel free to do this tag! What would your answers be to some of these questions?

Holly x

Friday, 23 January 2015

December Book Haul


Because I got so many books last month, I've decided to divide this haul up, and not go into too much detail about each book, otherwise you'll be reading this for what seems like years. 


Birthday
My birthday was on 24th December, and it was a pretty good day for receiving books. I'd not asked for any books for my birthday but my parents had seen some that they thought I'd like and hit the nail on the head. These were Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Mary Poppins by P L Travers, and finally Summer's Dream by Cathy Cassidy as I'd read the previous two books when I was younger. 

My mum also got me a collection of condensed Shakespeare plays which she thought would help in preparation for A Level English Literature - I've already read Twelfth Night from the set and adored it.  She also kindly gave me a Gothic Classics Collection that consisted of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Christmas 
My main present for Christmas was a £50 Waterstones gift card from my mum which I'm thrilled about, and am saving the money for some new releases. She also got me Changeling by Phillipa Gregory, Awful Auntie and Ratburger by David Walliams, and the Doctor Who 11 Doctors: 11 Stories anthology. 
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was a present from my Dad, which I enjoyed, but am not too fussed about continuing with the series.

For review/bought
Headline kindly sent me Our Zoo by June Mottershead. This is the story of how Chester Zoo was formed, Mottershead being the daughter of it's creator. It's a lovely read so far as being set in Manchester, there are a lot of references to where I live and it's interesting to see what it was like nearly 100 years ago.
Electric Monkey at Egmont also sent me Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre as well as Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner. Reviews of both books will be up soon.

Finally, and I hope you're all proud because this is the only book I bought all month - on December 27th, I went into a local charity shop and saw Cinder by Marissa Meyer in perfect condition. Anywhere else this would have cost me £8, but Banardos charged only 99p for it! And it was brilliant! 

So that is all the books I gained in December *big sigh*. Have your read any of these? 
Let me know in the comments!

Holly x

Friday, 16 January 2015

2014 End of Year Book Survey


reading-stats-2014

Number Of Books You Read: 92
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

 best-YA-books-2014

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I'll talk about it more in by Book of the Year review, but it is by far one of my favourite if not my favourite book of all time.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike. It's predecessor Earthbound was one of the best books I read in 2013 and so I couldn't wait for the sequel, and it was just a bit of a pointless read. It had been implied that this book was going to provide so much progression, and it just went off the rails.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. If you've seen my review then you'll know that this isn't my kind of book, and I thought it would be just fluffy and pretentious and everything that I disliked at the time. But it was amazing, and has changed my views on a lot of YA fiction.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

I try not to push people into reading books as often it can put people off them. Last month my friend Gabrielle and I were in Waterstones and she spotted This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. Having read it myself I lent it to her and she loved it. 

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

I've mentioned this already but the Anna and the French Kiss companion novel series was the best series, and series ender of 2014. I just love them all so much.
However for best sequel - Where She Went by Gayle Forman really stands out in my mind. It was just SO much better than If I Stay and satifyingly completed the duology.

 6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?

Eleanor and Park is the first book I'd read by Rainbow Rowell in December 2013, but it was only when I read Fangirl in February, that she was a new favourite author of mine. Honestly, I will more than happily read anything that she writes.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Due to mainly reading YA, I don't often pick up adult fiction, especially not Chick-lit. And I kind of feel ashamed that I've read something of said genre, because I told myself I didn't ever want to, but You're the One that I Want by Giovanna Fletcher was phenomenal. It also crushed my soul so before I start rambling let's move on...

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

We Were Liars by E Lockhart is one of the best books I've read all year. One of the beautiful things about We Were Liars was that because we all knew it had a twist at the end, if you stopped reading, you would start theorising, which wasn't great because this had the potential to spoil the book. I read this over the course of two days, and the writing became addictive.

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

At the time of reading this, I wasn't too phased by it, but Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson was a truly brilliant book that I don't think I paid enough attention to when reading. So right now I'm pretty sure that this will be one of Summer 2015's re-reads.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?


SO PRETTY.....

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Cather Avery from Fangirl. This is probably because she reminded me of myself and was so easy to relate to that Cath just stuck in my mind. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Again, as to not become repetitive, I'm going to choose something I've not mentioned before - Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. It wasn't perfect but the writing brought everything (plot, characters, etc) together perfectly.
We Were Liars is also for the same reason.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

It wasn't neccessarily life changing, but Delirium by Lauren Oliver really made me think carefully. Delirium is set in a world were love is considered a disease and that concept is such an interesting and thought-provoking one that I couldn't put the book down.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

I cannot BELIEVE that Ketchup Clouds took me so long to get around to. This was my first book of the year and after sitting in a bag of exercise books for months (God knows why), it was really impressive and set the bar high for the next book I read.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“I found it ironic that I should be blessed with wings and yet feel so constrained, so trapped. It was because of my condition, I believe, that I noticed life's ironies a bit more often than the average person. I collected them: how love arrived when you least expected it, how someone who said he didn't want to hurt you eventually would.” Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling (123 pages)
Longest: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (600 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The twist in We Were Liars. I don't get shocked by books very often, and I had an idea of what may happen but I was really wrong. This also lead to the weird reaction of paranoia.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
CATH AND LEVI (FANGIRL) 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

This is becoming difficult as I'm trying to not become too repetitive and therefore choosing answers from that aren't always the best of the best. I love the relationship between Evie and her family in The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale, but I feel you need to read the book to understand this.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Again, Fangirl, because it is A) My favourite book of the year, and B) I'd already read Eleanor and Park.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Everybody was raving over this and I NEEDED to know what was happening - needless to say it was incredible.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

I have a few: 
Neil from Landline (HE'S DESCRIBED AS MARTIN FREEMAN!!!!)
Adam from If I Stay

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley was just excellent and although there were some amazing debuts this year, this stood out because of the fact that I dislike the genre of Historical Fiction - but this made me want to read more of it. The way Talley combines LGBT and Racism in the 1960's is excellent, and she deserves more praise.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Ava Dellaira has this was of describing places in Love Letters to the Dead that means they just seem so real and pure - as if those locations are right in front of you.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

  Very vague, I know, but Rainbow Rowell's witty, satirical writing style in Landline made me smile like no other book did.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

I don't ever cry at books but I had tears in my eyes when I read You're the One that I Want by Giovanna Fletcher. The end just left me going "WHY?" "WHY?"

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Jewel by Amy Ewing. This is quite a recent release and has not had a lot of attention. The Jewel gripped me from start to finish and I'm certain that the sequel is going to be phenomenal.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. It was obvious from the very beginning that something very bad was going to happen, and the book metaphorically choked me. Everything about this book was beautiful and that ending left me in mourning for days. 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Possibly,  The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan. Admittedly, I didn't enjoy it in the end but it was in the format of two people boarding in the same room at school one year after the other. The person from the second year is reading a letter from the previous resident - it was such a unique premise, and really worked. 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Repeated from earlier, I know, but Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike made me beyond mad, as it didn't provide the answers I had been waiting a year for from Earthbound. I'll continue with the series, but I was very much disappointed with book 2.

book-blogging


1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

Weaving Pages is Rita's book blog, and I try and read every post possible. Rita has brought so many thought provoking points to my attention and... I just love her blog.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014? 

I'm particularly proud of my review of Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

One single post cannot be defined as the best here:
The J.K Rowling Law - In which I discussed the point "Is what J.K Rowling writes Potter-Law, or can it be interpreted by fans too?"
This is a Book Blog - Where I was honest about why I didn't feel like I was part of this community.
Judging Books by Their Covers 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I started the #TBSecretSanta in November among a small group of book bloggers which went really well.
I was also the Abnegation Leader, with my faction coming second to Candor in Cat and Rachel's Divergent Week.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?


7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Booktube! I'd never heard of booktubers until 2014, and I've found so many recommendations, and discussion points through that that I wouldn't have found anywhere else.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Being a VERY slow reader, I set myself a goodreads challenge of reading 20 books this year. As it currently stands, I have read 90 books. So I definitely exceeded my original plan.


looking-ahead-books-2015


1. One Book You Didn't Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King is a book that I've wanted to read since October 2013, and told myself I'd buy it this year. That didn't happen, but I did get it for Christmas from my Dad and so at some point soon, I shall be reading this.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT'S A SIMON SNOW STORY NEED I SAY MORE?!?!?

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

This cannot be narrowed down, but my top 2 are My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Werga, and Made You Up by Francesca Zappia.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

The White Rose by Amy Ewing - the sequel to The Jewel. I need this book right now....

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Maybe make this blog a little more popular? Popularity isn't everything but it is very quiet here on Lost in a Library.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

So far I've only read one 2015 release and that is Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre. This is not released until February but urge you to pick it up upon it's publication.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Mini Reviews: January 2015

Deathless
Deathless by Catherynne M Valente
A handsome young man arrives in St Petersburg at the house of Marya Morevna. He is Koschei, the Tsar of Life, and he is Marya's fate. For years she follows him in love and in war, and bears the scars. But eventually Marya returns to her birthplace - only to discover a starveling city, haunted by death.

This book reminds me of why I struggle with Historical Fiction and Fantasy, and that became a major problem in my eyes. 

Deathless is a retelling of the Russion Folklore "Koschei the Deathless", and follows the romance between Marya Morevna and Koschei himself. Let me just put it out there that this book was extremely confusing. 
As this is a mini review, I'm going to make this brief, but I just didn't understand Deathless. It may be an easy read but I just couldn't get my head around it, and that made this so difficult to follow.
The story is beautiful, and it is easy to understand it's fairytale roots, but I came out of this book thinking "What on Earth just happened."
Be prepared for weirdness.


Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?

This book was bursting with gorgeous tales and mystical characters. The Russian influence was very evident in the beautiful Ravka. 

Everything was described in a way that is so different to any other fantasy that I've read. And after reading this I feel I appreciate the genre more than I did before hand. I really loved the story and how it was so unpredictable - as were the characters. For example; The Darkling was such a peculiar character and unlike any character I've ever read about. On one hand he seemed so likeable, even though in the back of my mind I knew that he was a symbol of evil. I've heard many people say similar things about the Darkling too, reflecting on what a good storyteller Bardugo is. The only thing I wish was that the pacing was a little faster.


Someone Like You
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she was devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

There wasn't anything neccessarily wrong with this novel, and so I'm not going to add negativity to this review. And the reality is that I haven't got enough to say even for a mini review, but the fact is that all I can say is that I liked, but I didn't love Someone Like You.

Character wise, the relationships between characters were great but the actual people needed developing further, and the plot overall was an enjoyable read.
However, that all said, the fact is that I wouldn't read any other books by Sarah Dessen.




Holly x

Friday, 9 January 2015

Looking Back On 2014


This has been a strange year. When I say strange, I mean it in the sense that there have been some great moments, but also some really, really, bad times too. I live with the idea that I want to remember every year, but the majority of this year holds memories that I need to forget.


JANUARY
Nothing too exiting really happened in January - I went back to school after Christmas and there were a lot of teacher changes. My English teacher who was my favourite teacher had left the previous month, so that was really disappointing. The TFiOS trailer was leaked and I was one of those people who was going "I want to wait until the real trailer is released", but then I watched the leaked and it was amazing.

FEBRUARY
The whole Romione thing with JKR happened in February, and my heart was stomped on as they are my OTP. This was the month that I got my first ever review book (Grasshopper Jungle from Electric Monkey). I was asked to be a mentor for Art students, which was great because it got me out of form and I really enjoyed helping the students I mentored. February was also the month that I went to KFC for the first time - dragged their by my friend Gabby, as we are trying to try foods that we haven't tried before. As of now we are still doing this. My Dad also got engaged to his girlfriend which is great because she's lovely too.

MARCH
March brought my first time abroad. In December it was announced that someone had dropped out of a WW1 Battlefields trip (something that I'd not previously been able to sign up to) and there was one space open. So in late March as part of my History GCSE I went to France and Belgium. The experience in itself was great - but next time I'd take my time going around because there were some places where we only got ten minutes, which was a real shame.

APRIL
Not too much happened in April - it was the Easter Holidays and so I spent the majority of my time reading. I also was the Abnegation Leader in Rachel and Cat's Bloggers Do Divergent Week. Gabby and I discovered an old bookshop and found a load of Harry Potter first editions there - so obviously, I bought another copy of my favourite Harry Potter book; Deathly Hallows.

MAY
May was baaaaad. From start to finish it was really bad. I sat my first GCSE's  - Core Biology, Physics and Chemistry, and was doing History Coursework on Vietnam as well. I realised that my stomach condition had come back, which just ruined the rest of the year. As it happened, that was an hour before my Physics exam, which I practically dragged myself through before not being in school for the rest of the month due to half term.

JUNE
June was the first truly difficult month of 2014. 
On positive notes, after a week bedridden, I got to go and see The Fault in Our Stars at the cinema - needless to say it was incredible! I also started talking to Cat via What'sApp which really helped at the difficult time.

JULY
July's end brought the start of the Summer holidays, and it also brought a wind-down of school work and pressure. Most of my art lessons were spent painting a plasterboard portrait from my Y10 mock, and I was able to take it home to finish over the summer. 
I also started having treatment for my Anxiety which worked at the time. My local library also caught my attention as it started getting YA fiction in stock - thus I've started visiting more frequently.

AUGUST
Ah, August. The month in which I read 21, yes 21, books. August was also the month of absolutely no school, London and Warner Bros. Studio Tour! London was a slight disaster, as we went on the weekend when Ride London, and Free Palestine Protests were taking place and so the capital was just locked down and we couldn't really go where we'd planned. However, because of this it meant my Mum (now recovered) and I were able to go on the London Underground - it was my first time, and now something I can cross of the bucket list. We also got to go to Waterstones Picadilly; the largest bookshop in Europe. It was our 3rd time at The Making of Harry Potter, and it never looses it's magic. This is on less of a personal note, but Robin Williams commited suicide. It seems a strange thing to put but Robin Williams was part of my childhood and it made me more aware of how serious depression can really get.

SEPTEMBER
September was... crap to say the least. I started Year 11 on the 3rd and was just bombarded with work from that point in. Because I find school stressful and my illness is triggered by stress, I was ill a lot again, spending a lot of time being sick and in pain. Additionally,  I won a signed copy of Landline by Rainbow Rowell from Amber. This is now regarded as sacred. So yep, that was my September.

OCTOBER
October brought once again, a lot of work, but towards the end, half term as well. In half term I went to away for a few days to Chester with my Aunt, and we spent a lot of time walking around the Roman walls and ampitheatre. It was a really great few days. Half term also meant that I saw Gabby again (we don't get to meet up often because of being at different schools etc) and we spent roughly at least an our sat on the floor of the Teen Fiction section in Waterstones, trying to find things to read.

NOVEMBER
If I could skip November I would, but the fact is that it sadly exists. But, I feel like it's made me change a lot. There was also an open day at the College I want to go to, and visiting there with my mum made my decision even more finalised.

DECEMBER

Compared to other months, December could be considered alright...ish. In the Christmas holidays, Gabby and I went for a meal for my birthday before trailing around Primark and HMV, which was great. My birthday was a pretty bad day because although I wasn't ill for once, my brother was. Christmas was rather good - mainly because Miranda was back. Finally came a new year - something that I've really needed.

 There's a lot of things that I've not covered in this post because I don't feel comfortable writing them for all the world to see, but 2014 left me really unhappy. I really hope your 2014 was better.


Holly x

Friday, 2 January 2015

2015:: Goals



Happy New Year!

The title is somewhat misleading, as this year I've decided not to make any new years resolutions. Reality has hit me and I understand that I personally feel that no progress can be made in my life until I've left school in late June. Until then, I don't feel like I can really be happy. Jean wrote a post on why she disagrees with New Years that I completely agree with and suggest you check out too.

These are going to be goals and proposals for Lost in a Library in a relaxed format that I'd like to share with you.

:: 2 posts per week - I've been doing this since May but I tend to go a little crazy in the holidays posting every other day. Because this has proved too much, I'll probably be sticking to Fridays and Sundays.

:: Read 50 books - Last year I set my Goodreads Challenge to 20 books as at the time I was a slow reader. I reached 92 so my original plan was completely underestimated. Given that my GCSE exams are this year and I start A Levels in September, I've decided to go for a number that seems fairly managable where I can take my time.

:: Actually do features - I'd like to bring some new features to this blog, and continue Perks of Being a Bookworm.

:: Reading Variety - YA Contemporary is my favourite genre, but I didn't really explore anything else in 2014. My first read of 2015 has been a Sci-fi, and hopefully more Fantasy, Adult fiction, dystopias and classics will come into my grasp.

:: Buy more books from Charity shops - I'm a literary perfectionist. This means that I like my books to be in perfect condition at all times, however I started to let go of that concept last year and to save money, I'd like to buy more of my books from charity shops.

:: Miscellaneous completely unrelated to blog stuff - Continue learning Dutch, learn how to edit videos, go to YALC (if they do it again!), once I've left school have an amazing summer.

What are your bookish goals for 2015?

Holly x