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Season Greetings..

Season Greetings

December is one of my favourite months of the year. I equally look forward to Christmas with the family but also looking to new starts at the end.

Christmas is a time for spending time also with my family of books. I love reading this time of year. Setting well intentioned reading goals are also a favourite, but more of that in a later post.

To start off the Christmas themed posts I will post my Historic Christmas Bookstagram Challenge..

Historical, Mills & Boon

Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London

Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners.

Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart

As part of being a mills and Boon insider I receive a monthly email with ARC’s in an exchange for an honest review.

The Princess Plan was emailed to be in November 2019 and its by far one of my favourites. The story line is mainly about the romance between the two main characters Sebastian and Eliza, however there is also a murder plot, which keeps you guessing right till the end.

Like with most forbidden romance it was a little heart wrenching at times because of the will-they-wont-they troupe. It was quite a roller coaster of a journey.

Any outstanding novel by a beloved Mills and Boon author. Definitely worth a read.

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Reading & Bookstagram Slump

Hi Book Witches

I’ve been in a book funk. I hate them especially this time of year because its my absolute favourite. The cold weather makes for perfect snuggling with candlelight, but recently I haven’t even been bothered to tidy my bookcases.

I’m hoping to kick this slump out of my life, so for the month of November I am going to just concentrate on finding some time and energy to read. I created a November Bookstagram challenge but have yet to take any photos, so I going to refer till December.

Wish me books and if you have any suggestions to get over a funk i would love to know.

Book Musings

Why reading a Graphic novel reaffirmed my love of reading!

This month I wanted to continue with the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. It’s one of those stories where I loved the first novel, desperately wanted to read the next one, but never found time or just forgot.

I made it a mission to read the second book in the series called changeless, but to keep up with the world I read the Graphic novel of the first book Soulless.

I have never read a Graphic novel. I felt that I had enough books to read without graphic novels to consume my time. But I was curious enough to see the characters from the novel I loved come to manga form.

It took a while for me to understand the concept of ‘ktmp’ that appeared over scenes, but I finally worked out that these were sound effects.

Next thing I knew I was reading the novel out loud in voices, like I was reading a book to a child.

The whole experience filled me with a sense of fun and joy that I realised that I lacked when recently when reading.

I have been so consumed with completing reading monthly and yearly reading goals, that I had forgotten why I read in the first place.. because it’s fun, and disappearing into worlds for an hour or two give me pleasure, like no other.

So whilst I think I will keep having a reading goal for the year, I’m not going to worry too much and just read in the moment.

Book-Cation

My Top tips for a Readcation

I am a gadget addicted Bookworm. I love using apps, websites, blogs and social media to post reviews, updates and find out the latest news, but I do often find that I can end up wasting time online.

There is just always another cat video to watch.

I work with computers in my normal 9-5 job, and so I rarley get a tech-free day. BUT, in the last week of August I have Annual Leave from work, so I am going on a Read-Cation.

zooming across the universe, squeezing into other dimensions and between the cracks of magic portals, I am travelling within the pages of books… and leaving technology at home.

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” 

JRR TOLKEIN,

My read-cation starts tomorrow -Saturday 24/08/2019 and will last a full week until 31/08/2019 at Midnight. I am really excited but alo slightly afraid I’ll cave into the power of my phone..

“A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.” 

JRR TOLKEIN

Do you want to have your own Read-cation? Here are my top tips to make the most out of your time.

  • Turn off all technology. Not only can you then focus on the book, but you will be able relax better . Believe me this is a really hard step.
  • Eat healthy snacks. The last thing you want to do is feel lethargic whilst reading. Gather the fruit, nuts and grains, and eat little and often. This will keep your energy up.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take breaks
  • Pamper yourself. soak your feet, have a bubble bath,
  • Audiobooks will give you time to take a walk or give your eyes a break
  • Plan your meals . slow-cookers are amazing for winter/Autumn and salads are good for summer.
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Reading Habits Book Tag

This is my first ever Book Tag. I’ve seen these on Blogs before, and I thought I would give it a go. Below are just the questions if you want to Copy and paste in your own blog. Don’t forget to credit me.

What do you read?

I read an awful lot of Historical Fiction. I love to read books about Dukes, Highlanders, Vikings and Gladiators.

Where do you read?

Everywhere and anywhere. I read a lot in bed, and in my reading chair. I also read at work, cafes, during dinner.. anywhere.

Do you use Bookmarks?

Only magnetic ones.

Do you listen to anything whilst reading?

I have created several playlist on Spotify of classical music scores. These are often from TV/Movies adapted from books.

Do you listen to Audiobooks?

Yes, I love them, every Friday I listen to relax after a long week at work.

Paperbacks or eBooks?

I love reading the ‘real thing’. The smell, the weight in my hands gives the whole experience more muchness. BUT, some of my favourite novels are only available in eBook, so I enjoy them both.

TBR shelf or Cart?

I recently just brought a Pink cart. I LOVE it, I don’t know how I organised my reading before.

Bookstagram?

Yes, I love Instagram, and the book community on their is brilliant. Everyone is so nice, and supportive.

Do you keep a Journal?

I do keep a reading journal. You can purchase it here from Amazon.

Do you use any Apps to help you read?

Two. Bookly is an amazing time app. It times how long you read for, plus it’ll help you reach goals. I also use Goodreads when I’m book shopping. I tend to lose count of how many novels I have!!

Finally, Do you read Fanfiction?

I use to read Harry Potter Fanfiction, years ago. I always read Draco & Hermione Romances!

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Book App Spotlight: Bookly

Attention Bookworms!!!!

I have found the Mecca for Book Goals.. The ultimate App designed to help you smash your reading goals once and for all!! – and even more perfect, now available on Andriod!!

** I have not been paid to provide this review, I just think the app is amazing and want to share that!

*** this is the review for the Andriod Version

What does it do??

LOADS!!!

  • Searches online for the book you want to read
  • Let you manually add a quote from your book or snap a picture of the page.
  • Lets you add thoughts/word as you go along
  • Countdown option
  • Allows you to create a Monthly/yearly Goals. – Yearly= Number of Books and Monthly = Number of Hours
  • Overall Reading Stats, including; pages read, reading speed, Reading streak.
  • Badges!!
  • Room to organize your books into collections.

Have a look at the screenshots if you don’t believe me!! 

How much?

You can add up to 10 books and use all the features completely FREE, however for £4.99 a month you can totally add as many as you like. In my eyes, this is totally worth it!!

To Conclude:

Its a really great app, and its still pretty new. There are some features that are on the iOS version that are not on Andriod, such as levels of reading etc. Which I am really hoping will be updated soon, as this is another great way to challeng youself to use the app more. I adore this app and genuinly wouldnt know how to read and write reviews without it.

Rating:

4 Knocked off one cat for the difference in iOS and Andriod.