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2014: My Blog Year in Review!

I started my blog in May 2014 and didn’t expect much to come of it. This is my very first report from WordPress, and reading these stats really blew me away! Thank you for all your support and I hope you continue to enjoy my blog for many more years to come!

Happy new year, everyone! I hope 2015 turns out to be everything you hope for and more!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Goals and Resolutions!

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Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!

Okay, so it’s no secret that lately I have let my blog slip. So, here are my goals and resolutions for 2015!

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1) Make better use of the schedule post facility. 

This way, I can make sure that my blog doesn’t slip when I’m super busy.

2) Respond to and check emails / facebook messages more frequently.

I know I’m really bad at this. I had so many plans when I first started this blog, but then I was only receiving a few emails every day. I desperately want to give everyone a chance, but I can definitely see why many reviews only accept requests for a short amount of time.

3)  Make more of an effort to find new blogs

I try to browse new blogs from time to time, but I usually only do so when someone I am already following reblogs something. I intend to do more to help new bloggers in the new year.

4) Not go over my book budget.

This is something I really need to get a grip on. Being a student is hard enough, let alone when buying things I don’t necessarily need!

5) Work through my to-be-read list before buying new books.

This is sort of linked to the goal above but I felt it needed its own space! My to-be-read list is never-ending at the minute, and I’d hate to have to start turning people down

6) Catch up on reviews and blog posts that I need to write.

I have a few drafts and notes saved but usually pass them over for something new!

7) Make better use of my Goodreads profile.

I do use goodreads, and I am an active member in a few forums, but I really should make better use of my shelves and the widgets available on WordPress.

8) Comment on more blogs.

I tend to ‘like’ posts, but not really comment on them. I hope to change this in 2015!

9) Reformat old posts.

Because my blog is still less than a year old, I have made many changes. I really need to go back and edit old posts so it’s all consistent!

10) Learn to use Twitter more effectively.

I use it for sharing my posts and stalking following authors, but I’d like to learn to use it more effectively and have actual conversations!

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So, that’s it! These are my goals and resolutions for 2015. What are yours? Let me know!

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Tag: Would You Rather?

I’m not sure who created this tag. Also, I wasn’t nominated, I just felt like doing it! Feel free to have a go, too!

Would you rather….

Read only trilogies or stand alone books?
Hmm. I think I’d have to go with stand alone books. That way, I won’t get too attached and won’t be sad to come to the end of a trilogy.

Read only female or male authors?
This is a weird question. I’m not sure I can answer it as I don’t choose books based on whether the author is male or female.

Shop for books online or in store?
This is hard! I love bookshops, but online is convenient. It has to be bookshops, I think! It’s impossible to walk past a book shop without going in and having a look!

All books become movies or TV shows?
Oh gosh. Um… movies. I can avoid a movie, but it would take more effort to avoid a whole tv series! Also, I think it would be better if their efforts were focussed on a two hour slot rather than a series.

Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
5 books per week! My To-Read list is never-ending and this would certainly help! There are so many great books out there!

Be a professional reviewer or author?
Hmm. I think I would rather be a professional reviewer. That way, people are waiting to see if I liked their books rather than me worrying that no one will like mine!

Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
Only read new books. My favourite books stay with me forever without the need for re-reading.

Be a librarian or book seller?
A librarian, I think. Persuading people to try something new is a lot easier if they don’t have to pay for it! That way, I can help people more than if I was selling them something.

Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite?
I don’t really have a favourite genre, but I would have to go for only reading my favourite. Otherwise, I would be forced into a lifetime of reading only biographies and erotica!

Only read physical books or eBooks?
I’d love to only read physical books. If only I lived somewhere that I could buy books in person!

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Feel free to join in! I would love to see your answers 🙂 If you post a link to your answers in the comments section, I’ll pop over and take a look!

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Update

Hello, lovely people 🙂

I am so sorry for the lack of posts on my blog this month! Things here have been absolutely nuts and I’ve barely had time to sleep, let alone pick up my kindle or write a blog post! I hate that I’ve let my blog slip, though.

At the start of the month, I came down with flu and it really knocked me about! I’ve been trying to catch up ever since!

Now that Christmas is over, things are starting to calm down a little and I’m hoping to be back writing posts and chatting to you all soon 🙂

~Katherine

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Info: ‘Under the Winter Sun’ by Carrigan Richards

UTWSRDBBannerHappy Release Day to Carrigan Richards for Under the Winter Sun, book three in the Elemental Enchanters series!

Ava never knew the extent of torture.

When the previous battle leaves all of the Enchanters powerless and broken, Ava distances herself from everyone. Her closest friends have been kidnapped and she feels useless. All she can feel from Peter is guilt because he could not protect the coven so Ava learns to hide her emotions in order to keep her thoughts at bay. It’s taking more time than she expected for her strength and powers to return and she sinks deeper into a depression.

Once Ava and her coven gain their powers back they start their journey to Caprington to defeat Havok and save their friends. She must choose her allegiance or risk losing everyone she loves.

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About Carrigan Richards:

Carrigan was born in Cullman, Alabama, but grew up in Birmingham, and moved to Atlanta at 18. She earned her BA in English at Kennesaw State University. For as long as she can remember, she was always making up stories and characters inside her head, sometimes using her dolls to act out the scenes.

When she’s not writing (which is rare), she’s spending time with her fiance, family, and friends, listening to music, playing with her sometimes psychotic puppy, or cheering on her Atlanta Braves.

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Review: ‘Forever Watching You’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Mystery / Suspence / Supernatural
Length: 194 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: When Anneka Morton is reported missing by her husband, DI Miranda Carr and her partner, DS Johnny Tomlin, head to the crime scene to investigate. Putting together all the clues, it is clear that Anneka was abducted from her home. As the case progresses, it becomes apparent that this may not be a missing persons inquiry, but rather a murder inquiry. Will they find the killer?

Review: I was a little worried about reading a book by this author about another female police officer because I expected it to be a reworking of the Lorne Simpkins books, with different names. However, I was pleasantly surprised. While the first Lorne book gave a fair bit of information about her personal life, this book focussed primarily on the case; information about Miranda’s personal life is included but not to the same extent, I found. I greatly enjoyed the interactions between Miranda and her boss, Caroline (especially when they were in Portugal! Very funny!), and the way that Miranda interacted with her team. I also found the dialogue between Miranda and her work partner, Johnny, to be believable and interesting. I would maybe have liked to see a bit more from Anneka, but other than that a very promising start to the series.

★★★★ – I really liked Miranda and found the interactions to be very believable. I would have maybe wanted to see more of Anneka. A very promising start to the series. 

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)