Book Travelling Thursday

Hi guys, so today I thought I would try something new and participate in my first Book Travelling Thursday post I’ve been meaning to try out a new bookish meme and I really liked the idea of this one. It was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. This weeks theme is to choose a book that you still want to read this year. I’ve gone with A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro. I am a big fan of this author and I’ve slowly been making my way through his books. It’s about time that I read his debut book. Onto the different book covers. Scroll over each book cover to see what country it’s from.

 

 

 

It’s kind of hard to pick a favourite, as I quite like a few of them. The UK edition is definitely one of them, but I also really like the Turkish edition and the French one. My least favourite is probably the Japanese edition. Anyway I’m excited to get to the book itself. It’s a pretty short book so I am sure I will be able to get to it by the end of the year. Have you guys read this book? Which edition is your favourite? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next.

 

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

 

 

 

UK vs US Book Covers Part 2

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Since my last UK vs US book covers did quite well, I thought it was about time for another one. I actually struggled a bit finding some of these covers to compare but I got there in the end :). There are so many fantastic covers out there and I quite enjoyed doing this first part, so I decided to do it again. I think there will be more parts to this in the future too. Let’s get started.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – This one has to go to the UK edition. I love the design of the UK editions of Sanderson books – they are seriously amazing and look so good all together. I am also never really a fan of people on the cover.

 

 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – This one is a tricky one as I really like both, but I think I’m going to go with the US edition. There’s just something about it that I like more and I think it lends itself to the story a little better.

 

 

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher – I’m giving this one to the UK cover. As I’ve already mention I’m never a big fan of people on the cover and I just prefer the UK covers. Side note this is a really good fantasy series that I feel is pretty underrated.

 

 

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer – Both of these lend themselves to the weirdness of this book, but I definitely prefer the US edition for this one. I love the colours and the font, although I do like the UK version too.

 

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – This has to go to the UK cover – I seriously love this one so much. The blue is amazing and I love the illustration of the moth. There’s something about the yellow of the US cover that doesn’t work quite as well.

 

There you have it – some awesome UK and US book covers. I’d love to do another one of these post so if you guys have any recommendations of book covers to compare then please let me know. I hope you are all having a fantastic day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Checking In: 2017 Resolutions

Hi guys, how are you? Since we’re about halfway through the year I thought I would check back with my 2017 resolutions.  To be completely I can tell you right here that I am not doing great with them :). Hopefully I can still complete some of these.

 

My first goal was the Goodreads reading challenge which I set at 100 books. I’ve had Goodreads telling me over the last couple of months that I am behind schedule. At the time of writing this I am 2 books behind schedule but I’m hopeful that I can still complete this challenge. I’ve read over 100 books for the last two years so I know that I can definitely do it, it’s whether I can do it this year. My aim to read 12 classics is going pretty well – I’ve currently read 6. I’ve basically been reading one a month. So that’s going well :).  I think I could do better on the diversity front as I haven’t really tried out a load of different authors, genres etc. I’ll try to work on that in the second half of the year. I’m happy to say I’ve been trying more fantasy and science fiction books and will continue to throughout the rest of the year. Unfortunately I haven’t finished many series (only 2 I think) and I’ve actually started a few more so I’m too doing terribly well with this goal. I think I can finish a few more series by the end of the year. The last goals I had were to read Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens and The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth – I have not read either of them. Maybe by the end of the year…

 

Basically it’s pretty mixed but I have some work ahead of me with these goals :). I think it’s still realistic for me to complete these but I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself. If I complete the goals then great, if I don’t then it’s not the end of the world. How have you guys been doing with your resolutions? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

How I Blog

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some insight into how I blog. I don’t know if anyone is interested but I thought I’d do it anyway :). Basically I am going to talk about my blogging routine, things I use etc. I figured it was a pretty good time to do something like this as I’ve been blogging for over a year now. Having said that, I am by no means an expert and I think I still have things to learn/develop. So if you guys have any ideas for improvement or any requests of posts then please let me know!

 

So I’m the type that likes to be organised – it’s how I’ve always been, I think. I will never be able to write up an essay or blog post on short notice. To be at my best I need to be able to take my time, that is just how I am. Consequently I like to schedule my posts in advance. There are some that I may have to be a bit more flexible on, but generally I like to have things done in advance. Even if it’s just a completed draft sitting in my draft file, if that makes sense. I like to have some reviews sitting in drafts, just in case I need them as I like to take plenty of time to write them. Obviously this won’t work for everyone, so you’ll just have to find what works for you. I also like to provide a link for each book mentioned to my affiliate Wordery link – just in case anyone wants to purchase them. It’s a great way of supporting me, if you so wish (no pressure though). In terms of my camera, I either use my Nikon D3100 or my new Nikon Coolpix A900. To be honest I only use the editing stuff in the photo gallery of my laptop, but I want to up my photo taking so if you have any suggestions for improvement or a great photo editor then please let me know. I tend to brighten and sharpen each photo, as well as any cropping that’s needed. Once a post is published I’ll share it on my social media platforms. I always share it on twitter, at least a couple of times on the day I post it and then I’ll share it a few more times later on if I remember :). Sometimes I share it on Instagram as well but I need to do it with more regularity. Other places I share my posts include Bloglovin and Google+.  To be honest, I’m not great at publicising myself or this blog – I just don’t like to put myself out there but you kind of have it. It’s something that I need to work on with my blog. I love getting comments on my blog, so I try to respond to them as soon as I can. If I don’t than I apologise – some comments randomly get put in my spam box so I may not see them until a bit later.
I organise everything blog related in my bullet journal, as I like to have it all in one place. I have pages dedicated to a stats tracker, my blogs schedule, post ideas etc. Everything that may help me with my blog. As I’ve said I like to be organise so I like to have an idea of what I am going to be posting in advance. I tend to try and have an idea of most of the posts I want to share in a month before the month has started. So although we are in May right now, I am currently thinking about what I want to post in June. That’s just how I work. A monthly spread works really well for me as it means I can have what I plan for an entire month in one place.

 

That’s how I blog. I am sure I have a lot of room for improvement but I find that this works for me and I am happy with where things are now. I don’t know if this is the most efficient or best way to do it but it’s just the way I’ve started to do it. I still can’t quite believe it’s been over a year now but I’m excited to see how things will progress in the next year :). I am so thankful to everyone that supports my blog! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

Hi guys how are you all? I hope you are all well. I wasn’t sure what to post today, so I thought I would introduce myself a bit more. I don’t know if you’re interested but just in case here I am :). Today also marks the one year anniversary of this blog! I can’t believe I have now been doing this for a whole year. Since it has now been a year, I thought a get to know me post would be a good way for you to get to know me a little better. Anyway, I am going to stop rambling now and actually start this post.
  • I am dyslexic with elements of dyspraxia. I know I have mentioned this before but I thought I would quickly share how it effects me. It mainly affects my processing speeds – it takes my brain longer to process information. Another interesting way affects me is that my handwriting is noticeably slower to my peers, because it takes longer for the information to go from my brain to the paper. I was told when I was eight that I had this learning difficulty.
  • I am very much a home body – I am happiest when I am at home. I much prefer staying in then going out, as I am not a party/clubbing person (I hate loud noises and crowds). The best time is just having a nice, chilled evening in with a fire going and a book or a film :).
  • I don’t have a lot of allergies but I am allergic to sawdust – I get a bad rash when my skin is exposed to it. Other than that, I don’t have any allergies that I know of.
  • If I could choose a superpower, I would choose to have healing powers. I have always loved the idea of having the ability of heal people and so if I could have a power it would definitely be that. My second choice would probably be telekinesis or control over earth :).
  • I am quite a quiet and softly spoken person, but once I get to know you I can be pretty talkative.
  • I love watching films but I don’t like horror films. I enjoy animations, action and adventure, thrillers, comedy, rom-coms etc. There are quite a few films release I am excited for this year.
  • My favourite subject at school was history. I enjoyed studying the history of medicine and I found Nazi Germany to be a fascinating time period. I haven’t read a lot of history books recently so I hope to read more this year. My least favourite time period I studied at school would probably be the Tudor period but it was still interesting.
  • Although I was in three sports teams in my primary school, I am not a sporty person. I kind of wish I was because then I would want to do it but I am really not. I do like swimming though.
  • I have never broken a bone *touches wood :)* but I did sprain my ankle in primary school.
  • I have no idea what I am doing with my life and that kind of scares me. I would love to have this blog as my blog but that is unlikely. I am currently thinking about working with animals as I am a huge animal lover and have worked in a rescue centre… It is just so hard to know.

 

There you have it – some more facts about me. I am thinking of maybe doing a Q&A post if anyone is interested in that, so if you do have any questions please leave them in the comments or tweet me. Any questions are welcome :). 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