Hello, hello, hello!
How is January treating you so far?
It's okay here, trying to get back in the swing of things and I'm mostly succeeding, except for Instagram, which unsurprisingly has fallen to the wayside a little as things become busier with work and home-ed commitments.
However, I have been keeping tabs on a couple of bookish things this week and so I decided to do a little news style post. Here goes...
Goodreads Challenge Update
I've officially begun my Goodreads challenge this year, thanks to my daughter because we read an adorable little chapter-book called, The Pug Who Wanted to Be a Unicorn by Bella Swift. It is a Christmas book but it's incredibly sweet and has great morals.
I'm also still reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I think that I started this book back in November so it's been really slow-going but I love it so much. I'm about 100 pages from the end and I'm still waiting for all of the pieces to connect which is something I adore about the way that this author writes.
What are you reading right now?
I am determined to get to a book festival this year and since YALC is out of the question for me, I'm really hoping to get to the Northern YA Literary Festival i.e. NYALITFest especially since they're having a day dedicated to children's books this year, which is going to be a great way of finding books to read with my daughter.
If you've been following @nyalitfest over the past week you'll have seen their steady announcements for guest authors and panellists.
The list is extensive and I'm so excited to meet all of these fantastic authors. I've made a list of all of the authors and a few of their books below to help you make an NYALitFest TBR - I think more authors are due to be announced but this is the lineup as it stands today.
Wow, that's quite a lot of authors and I'm pleasantly surprised to see so much diversity, in the YA category at least. It's also great to see so many empowering children's books with girl leads.
So, what do you think of the lineup so far? Will you be at NYALitFest this year?
If you know of any other book festivals taking place around the midlands, let me know!
I received an email yesterday letting me know that BookRiot have started a new podcast called Novel Gazing. Truthfully, I hadn't realised that they had another podcast series simply called The Podcast.
It probably sounds really stupid of me but I've never actually thought to search for book-related podcasts before so I want your advice, what bookish podcasts do you listen to and what would you recommend?
I did enjoy the first episode of Novel Gazing although it wasn't hugely my cup of tea. I'd prefer something a little more fantasy/YA based, so I might check out the general BookRiot podcast tomorrow if I have time.
I'm also toying with the idea of starting my own...but I should probably try to manage the commitments I already have a little better before I start taking on new ones.
Anyway, that's all for today. If you have any thoughts on anything above, feel free to comment below!
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Book addict, film mad, music lover, business owner, writer and mum (not necessarily in that order), living in the UK.
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