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My Favourites of the Fandoms

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful book blog The Broke and the Bookish, and is a chance for bloggers to get insanely excited about books!

I was a massive fangirl at school. I watched everything, I’d go on tumblr and fangirl about my favourite shows/books/films, and fandoms were a popular topic of conversation at school.

Then I got to university and suddenly had no time to do anything, so I watch far less stuff nowadays. Which I’m actually really happy about, because it means I can concentrate on my favourites! Speaking of favourites, I’m going to share my favourite fandoms with you today for top ten tuesday, and I’d love to hear what your favourites are!

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Merlin

So what’s my favourite tv show ever? It has to be Merlin. I’ve loved this show ever since it first aired, and I have yet to stop enjoying it. I’m in the middle of rewatching it for the millionth time (although I haven’t managed to rewatch those final two episodes yet because the pain just isn’t worth it).

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Seven Days of You // Review

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I was majorly excited about Seven Days of You. I actually bought it without reading a single review or even hearing anything about it because it sounded so good. I mean, it’s a whirlwind romance set in Tokyo, and it sounded like exactly the kind of read that I wanted.

And I did enjoy it. Sure, there were a few things that annoyed me, but overall the cute romance and the setting won me over. And also all the food. SO MUCH FOOD.

A brief summary: Sophia is a girl who’s moved around a lot in her life, and having been in Tokyo for the past few years, is now moving back to the US. But then her former friend Jamie turns up in Tokyo the week before she leaves, which brings back a load of (not completely unwelcome) feelings. Cue adventures in Tokyo!

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Looking Back: March

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What a month! I didn’t have high expectations for March, but it turned into a pretty awesome month. I’ve celebrated three friends’ birthdays (there was a lot of food involved), I’ve visited uni friends, I cheered people on at a half marathon (no, I didn’t take part myself – that will never happen), I’ve been to a fashion museum, I saw Beauty and the Beast, and I found out that McDonalds has a Welsh option on their self service machines IN ENGLAND. (Shh, this was a major revelation for me – much excitement happened). And the weather has suddenly turned gorgeous!

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Are Star Ratings Even That Useful?

We’ve all been there, right? You’ve finished a book, you’ve logged onto goodreads and marked it as read, and then you get stuck. Why? Because you have no clue what rating to give the book you’ve just read! Was it three stars? Was it four? Was it somewhere in between?

But my question to you today is, do these ratings actually mean anything? And do we really find them useful?

Let me elaborate. I like star ratings. I like having an overview of the books I’ve read in the course of year by seeing their star ratings. It gives me a good sense of what sort of reading year I’ve had. (And also I just like having reading stats…)

But I think the issue with star ratings is that my ratings probably mean something completely different to yours. Sure, our five stars are probably very similar – “that book was absolutely amazing and I want to shove it in everyone’s face!!”. I’d imagine that our one star rating is similar too – “why did I even read that? that was a terrible book”. But what about the ratings in between? WHAT DOES A THREE STAR RATING EVEN MEAN?

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The Invisible Library // Review

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First things first, isn’t The Invisible Library a great title? Just those three words got me excited about reading this book! But what exactly is The Invisible Library about? Well, it’s got librarians, alternate universes, book thieves, magic, steampunk and dragons. There’s a lot going on in this book.

The book tells the story of Irene, a librarian who winds up trying to steal a book which a lot of other people are after (including fae, detectives, and other librarians). Did I mention that Irene is no normal librarian? You see, she’s from a library that exists between universes which essentially preserves unique copies of books from the different worlds. So basically Irene is a librarian/thief/time traveller.

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Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish, and gives bloggers the chance to share their excitement about books via the medium of lists!

This week’s top ten tuesday is all about meeting authors, whether that’s ones you’ve already met, or ones you’d love to meet. I personally haven’t met many, so I’m going to focus on my “bucket list of authors”.

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So I’ve already missed a couple of opportunities to go to a Sarah J. Maas signing (she only seems to be around during exam times), but if she does a UK ACOWAR signing, then I will be there. Nothing is stopping me this time. Nothing.

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The Hammer of Thor // Review

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So I’ve left this review a little late – I read it several months ago, but I really wanted to say a few words about The Hammer of Thor. I’m a massive Rick Riordan fan, and I loved the first book in this series. And happily, I really enjoyed this book too. It made me laugh, it took me on a wild adventure full of norse mythology, and it had wonderful characters. If you’re a fan of Riordan’s books, then it’s more than likely that you’ll enjoy this one too.

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Top Ten Books I Read in a Day

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab book blog The Broke and the Bookish, and lets book bloggers share their love of books through lists! What could be better?

This week’s topic is all about “Read in One Sitting” and although that hasn’t happened to me much, there are a few books that I’ve managed to read in a day. I actually went back and had a look at my reading stats – and I was actually really surprised by how many books I’ve read in a day.

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I actually read this a couple of weeks ago – I read every moment between lectures, even though I really didn’t like the MC. It was so gripping though!

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The Bone Sparrow // Review

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Well, this is the most heartbreaking book I’ve read so far this year, and I feel like it could easily stay on top in that regard. If you haven’t heard of The Bone Sparrow, then you need to know that a.) it’s about the refugee crisis (it’s specifically set in Australia) and b.) it’s very eye-opening. Oh, and c.) it’s heart-breaking. (And for those reasons, I feel kind of guilty for only giving it three stars).

But despite the three star rating, I do highly recommend reading The Bone Sparrow.

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The Best Reading Spots // Cosiness Is A MUST

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One of the best things about reading is being able to curl up somewhere and getting comfy for a few hours, right? You can just totally lose yourself in a book and it’s world (until a sibling/flatmate/stranger decides to pester you for some unknown reason). I was thinking about some of my favourite places to read, and it got me wondering what your favourite places were too.

But of course, I’m going to share my favourites first. I can’t let you guys do all the hard work.

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