Let’s Catch Up!

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I used to post semi-regular monthly round ups, and I really loved doing them, but I’m not sure I really want to be writing such structured posts anymore. However, I do still want a place to share my latest reads, my current favourite music, and any random thoughts that have come into my mind lately! So, say hello to a brand new post on The Dragon Reader – let’s catch up! Honestly, I’m not sure how often they’ll pop up or what will be on them, but I guess we’ll find out together. I do know that this particular post will mostly be me gushing about some of my recent reads and my current favourite album.

So I’ve been reading…

Since the end of May (i.e. when my exams finished), I’ve been on a bit of reading rampage. It feels so good to just sit around and read, and not feel the slightest bit guilty about it. One of my newest favourites was A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews (otherwise known as Paper Fury). It was such a great read (also very intense and kind of heartbreaking, so be warned). I also read Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, because at the moment I am a total sucker for anything Hamilton related. It was so interesting learning stuff that couldn’t be put in the musical! It was very biased towards Hamilton though, so I do need to go find myself some nonfiction reads about some of the other founding fathers. Any recommendations?

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Looking Back: June

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What can I say about June? Well, my university summer holidays have started, so that’s pretty great. There was that mini heatwave, which was amazing and I genuinely felt like I was in Italy or something. I did a huge amount of cross-stitch, which felt so good. Oh, and I read some fantastic books, which I can’t wait to share with you!


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Looking Back: May

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I’m done with my third year of university! Honestly, I’m still not used to being able to say that. I can’t believe that I’ve only got one year left! (Well, unless I failed this year and have to retake or something….) Anyway, May for me was filled with revision and exams. However, I did get to do some fun stuff – I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (it was fabulous), went to a Eurovision party (of course), and helped out at a bike race. So May actually ended up being pretty good, considering all the exams that happened!

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Looking Back: April

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It’s almost summer!! It’s only a few more weeks until I’m done with third year (which is exciting and also terrifying because it means I graduate next year). How’s my April been? Well, most of it was lovely – Easter holidays, church holiday, barn dances, games nights – but there was the matter of coursework, class tests, and revision. Overall though, April has been fantastic.


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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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December 2014 Round Up

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! (Yes, I know it’s been 2015 for a week already, but I thought I’d say it anyway). December was a weird month – I barely posted anything until the last few days of the month, so this is going to be a pretty short round up. The main reasons I wasn’t posting were a) lots of uni stuff going on, and b) CHRISTMAS. Which was awesome. But yeah, round up time.

I posted a grand total of 2 reviews in December. Yep, two. They were My True Love Gave To Me and The HitMy True Love Gave To Me was a really great Christmas read with some really good short stories. The Hit was also surprisingly better than expected, because spies/assassins/missions etc. I also posted One Day Moretalking about my uni experience so far, my resolutions for 2015 and part 1 of my end of year survey.

And that was my December. Very empty, I know. Here’s to January being full of a lot more blogging! (And sadly, five exams).

How was the end of 2014 for you?

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2014 End of Year Survey (Part 2)

This is part 2 of Jamie’s 2014 End of Year Survey. (Part 1 is here). This is the part where I look at a) blogging/bookish life and b) the year ahead.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014?

I discovered quite a few new blogs this year, but one I always make sure to check out is Rachel’s at Confessions of a Book Geek

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014?

Maybe Since You’ve Been GoneI don’t know, I have a really bad memory of how good any of my reviews were.

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

Ah, I don’t know. I’m also pretty bad at doing discussion posts. However, it is one of my goals for 2014!

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2014 End of Year Survey (Part 1)

So, it’s getting to the end of the year and I’ve decided it’s the time to do Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of Year Survey. I can’t see myself reading many more books this year, and those will mostly be rereads. So, here’s my round up of 2014. Reading-wise, it’s been pretty good (although things certainly slowed down a bit during my first semester at uni!) (Also, this is just the first part. There’ll be more tomorrow! And here it is.)

Book Stats

Number of Books I Read: 107

Number of Rereads: 

Genre You Read The Most From: Unsurprisingly, it’s fantasy!

Best In Books

1. Best book you read in 2014?

This one is really, really hard. I’ve got about six really good ones to choose from, but I think I’m going to go for Since You’ve Been GoneI connected with this book so much and I wanted to reread it pretty much instantly.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more, but didn’t?

City of Heavenly FireI was expecting so much more from the finale of the series. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but I was hoping for better.

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

Hmm, The 100 (in a bad way). I started watching the show before reading the books and loved it, so the book was definitely a bit of a disappointment. I thought it would be really good – clearly not.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?

I’m always pushing books on people, but my biggest success this year was getting my sister to finally read Percy Jackson. She’s been refusing for the past few years, but the moment I left for university, she started the series. And she LOVES it!

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