Why Reading Means the World to Me // #WorldBookDay

Hi everyone!

So this is a little different to my usual posts on this blog but I wanted to write something today in honour of World Book Day and I thought that explaining and expressing my love for books was the perfect way! I apologise if this is a little long!

I’ve always grown up with people around me reading. Whether it was my mum, my nan or my auntie, there was always someone reading around me. I picked it up from them and since being little I’ve never looked back. Reading has been one of the most important things in my life ever since, and I wouldn’t be half the person I am without it.

I wrote a post on my other blog about the positive effects of reading, so I didn’t want to write another of those. This one is my own opinion and my own reasons behind why I love reading so much.

Reading is my escape. It allows me for however long I’m reading to become someone else. The worries I have in my life are no longer bringing me down, for even just an hour I can forget about it all and focus on myself. I’ve always loved how books can allow you to travel through universes without moving a muscle, the power of words are one of the strongest things in the world and until recently I never realised just how true that is.

Since I got diagnosed with depression, books and reading have been my lifeline. I dived into reading because that way I didn’t have to focus on what I was going through and instead I did what I’ve always done when it comes to reading and became someone else. This is one of the reasons I fight so hard. Knowing I have a book to dive into when it all gets too much, it’s a wonderful feeling. For that time my mind is no longer an issue – I get to instead worry about things like whether my favourite character will survive the chapter. Still stressful but a nicer kind of stress and worry.

However until I read Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig last year I never really realised just how much books can change you. That book changed me and gave me hope that I didn’t think I could have. Obviously my friends and family always help but this was in book format. The format I’ve loved for so many years of my life. It hit me right where it needed to.

I realised that the bookish community isn’t just an escape, but books can be a home. A place to feel safe, and somewhere where no matter how dark your life gets, there’s always that little bit of a shining light in a book to clear the dark clouds. And it means the world to me.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if, back when I was a little girl, I’d decided I hated reading. This is in no way saying that those who don’t read are any less than those who do, it’s not what I’m saying. This is purely a personal explanation of why books are one of the lights in my darkness.

They’ve helped me understand more about myself, other people, made me laugh, cry, want to scream but also have helped me make some of the most amazing friends I’ve ever met. I met one of my now closest friends through a book app and that was all down to our mutual love for books.

Books have always been there, and I know always will be. They are my constant companion through everything and I cannot ever thank my family enough for embracing the young book lover I was when I was little and letting me grow up to the person I am now.

Reading led me to starting my own YouTube talking about books, and this blog and let me start to do things to better my career and myself. It helped me further my passion for writing and combine it with my love for reading. It got me published in my student newspaper each issue with book reviews, and improved my confidence in myself. It makes me happy. I have so many things to thank reading for, I don’t think I’ll ever have time to.

But that’s it. That’s a small insight as to why reading means the world to me. It has helped me through the darkest of times, and carried me through the happiest. It works with my family and friends and helps to try corner my depression and keep it at bay, while I try to fight it. Most of all it makes me feel safe and gives me a way to see the world from the comfort of my home.

Happy World Book Day to you all! Happy Reading and I hope your love for books never wavers.

I hope you liked this little explanation!

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

End of Year Book Survey – 2016!

Hi everyone!

The End of Year Book Survey is created by Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner, and is a way to sum up your year in books with some questions! I absolutely love this idea, and when I saw it, I knew I just had to do it too! So here is my end of year book survey!

Number Of Books You Read: 74
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! Read my full review of it here! However a close second is definitely Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which you can read my review of here!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan! I was so excited for this but I just didn’t get along with it at all. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t my cup of tea! 

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

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I didn’t know what to expect from this, but after reading the synopsis I wasn’t really expecting too much. However then I read it and I was amazed at how good it was! It completely blew me away, and I went and bought the next books as soon as I’d finished because I was in awe of how amazing it was! Check out my full review here!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I loved this book and I told my friend to read it, and luckily she did! She also loved it too so that was a bonus!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best Series – Definitely The Infernal Devices. I just love them so much!

Best Sequel – I could say ACOMAF, but I’m going to mix it up and say Starr Lost by Kim Briggs! She’s an amazing author and this book was everything!

Best Series Ender – Winter by Marissa Meyer! I LOVED this book so much, it was everything I’ve ever wanted in a finale book, and I just wanted to reread it instantly!

 6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?

Joe Hill! I read NOS4R2 earlier last year and as soon as I finished it I went and bought basically all his other books because I was hooked!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I never read poetry, it’s never really been my thing, but this book was absolutely gorgeous! I loved every poem and ended up saving a couple to look at later!

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Bookish 2017 New Years Resolutions!

Hi everyone!

It’s officially the 31st December 2016 which means tomorrow we’ll finally be in the new year. This is a bit of a different post for this blog, but I thought that since I’ve had a successful year of trying new things when relating to books this year, I’d do a little review of my book year and also include my bookish new year’s resolutions! I hope you like it!

Anyway my book year has been exciting and something I never expected to have. I created this blog, and became a part of the book blogging community. It’s honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done, and with the other things going on in my life, it’s been a complete solace in my life. I’ve heard about some amazing books, some of the best books I’ve actually read this year, and I’ve also met some wonderful people too.

I discovered Benita over at BookBeau (and managed to get a BookBeau!) and met one of my now bestest friends in the world, Mariam! Without the book community I don’t think I’d have gotten through the year half as strong as I am now, it’s been a nice positive thing to have happened to me. It’s led me to meeting authors, the wonderful Kim Briggs to start off with, and also getting my reviews published in my student newspaper. I have so many things I need to thank the book blogging community for, it really has been a shining light in my year.

I’ll be doing the end of year book tag soon, so keep an eye out for that too!

I decided that since I have a lot of bookish goals for the year, I’d make a bookish new year’s resolution post! I want to make them achievable so they’re not too far fetched, but here are my goals for the year:

  1. Read at least 50 books in the year. I read over 70 books this year, so I think this is definitely an achievable number! I don’t want to set the bar too high and then make myself panic, I want to enjoy the books rather than rush them!
  2. Make at least one booktube video every week. 2016 also saw me open a BookTube channel – betweenthepagesofya – and I really want to focus on it this year. I had so much fun making the first couple of videos, that I now really want to take it seriously and make longer and more fun videos!
  3. Review a book when I want to, not because I have to. I think this one is really important not just for me, but for a lot of book bloggers. Sometimes when I finish a book I feel like I HAVE to review more than I WANT to review it. I just feel like that needs to stop, because then I end up getting behind on my reviews and it makes me feel bad. So starting in 2017, I’m going to make sure to review the books I want, if I feel a book doesn’t need a full review other than my wrap up at the end of the month, I’m going to leave it. I mean I wrap up each book in the monthly wrap up anyway!
  4. Take more creative pictures for my bookstagram. I really love taking pictures of my books and expressing my creative side with this, and I’m excited to carry this on in 2017. I do however want to get more creative and learn a little bit more, so what better way to try than to set it as a goal!
  5. Be more frequent with my book blog posts! I started out the year being really on top of this blog, but then life got in the way and I started to lack content. However next year I am ready to be more frequent and post at least twice a week, whether that’s a review, a book meme or a book tag, who knows! I’m ready to get back into blogging!
  6. Visit the library more. I used to love going to the library and I miss it. Also this will (hopefully) help me to stop buying books and borrow them instead…well I can try at least?

There we go, they are my bookish resolutions for 2017! I hope that I’m not alone in some of these and maybe you can do them too!

Do you have any bookish resolutions for the year? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment with what you think of mine too if you want!

Happy New Year everyone, I hope your 2017 is filled with bookish wonder!

Love,

Meggan x

Reader Problems Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I found this book tag on BooksAmino (the BEST app in the world, check it out I highly recommend!). It was originally done on the channel About To Read, have a look at that here! Here are my answers:

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you choose what to read next?

I have no idea really! I just look at my shelf and see which one I feel like reading at the time! Or if not I see which one I need to read soon to talk about and stuff or to review!

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I’m pretty committed to finishing it! I hate leaving a book unfinished, so I always push myself to finish them if I can.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I don’t particularly try to catch up, I just carry on reading as I normally do. If I push myself to finish a certain number of books I probably won’t enjoy them as much since I just want to get through them. So I just read like normal and see if I catch up by the end!

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Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I loved the idea of this tag! It was originally created by GirlReading, so go check out her video on it to see her version!

E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical Book! I do love e-books purely because they’re perfect for holiday reading since they take up no room, but there’s nothing better than holding a physical book in your hand, or looking at them all pretty on the bookshelf!

Paperback or Hardback?

I love how hardbacks look on a shelf, and how durable they are, but paperbacks are so much easier to carry around and read! They’re just much easier to handle, so paperbacks!

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store book shopping! Again I do once in a while online shop purely because of the cheap prices you can get, but one of my favourite things in the world is walking into a bookshop and browsing the shelves! I can also find a lot more books when I’m shopping in store, so helps to give me a range of things to read!

Trilogies or Series?

Either! I love both, and they’re both good in their own way. Some books are dragged out into a series that could have been a trilogy, others are rushed to be a trilogy when they could have been a series, and others are perfect how they are no matter the length! I love both trilogies and series!

Heroes or Villains?

I’m a sucker for a good villain, I normally find the best quality in a villain and then use that as a reason why I’m allowed to love them haha! I do love the heroes, but I think I’ll always have a soft spot for a good villain.

A book you want everyone to read?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer! I loved this book (and the rest of the series) and it’s one of my favourite books! I loved it and recommend everyone to read it because it was so good!

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The Narnia Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

Thank you to Clemi over at ClemisBookishWorld for tagging me in this tag! She also recently created the tag too, so well done!

I love these books and the world of Narnia in general, so I am extremely excited to do this! Here are my answers!

1- NARNIA: A magical world you would like to visit

The Vampire Academy world! I love this series of books so much, and I love the difference between Strigoi vampires and Moroi and I love it! I think it’d be so interesting to visit and learn everything about it!

2- THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: A book you find underrated

Die For Me by Amy Plum. This series of books is one of my favourites series (and they have the most beautiful covers too). I love the story behind them and the characters, yet no one ever seems to talk about them! So underrated yet so amazing!

3- THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: A classic that you love

Dracula by Bram Stoker. This was one of the first classic books I read and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s such an amazing story and I love the way it’s written and the characters within the book.

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4- THE HORSE AND HIS BOY: A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I’d heard a lot of things about this book, and about the theatre production of it, but never really knew what it was about. Then I saw it for 20p in the charity shop and had to pick it up, even though I had no idea what it was about!

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#ReadThemAllThon TBR

Hi everyone!

This post is my TBR for the #ReadThemAllThon created by ReadAtMidnight, that runs for 3 weeks – 14th August until 4th September 2016! It is Pokemon Indigo League themed, and I’ve loved Pokemon ever since I was little so it sounded perfect for me to do!

To take part just choose a Pokemon to have as a reading buddy for the 3 weeks, and then think of a book for each of the Gym Badges, and then get reading! Each book wins you a badge and levels up your Pokemon!

Here are my books for this read-a-thon!

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Pokemon Choice – Charizard

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Pewter City – Boulder Badge
(The 1st book in a series)
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I really need to read this, and it’s the first book in the Dark Artifices series so I thought it was perfect!

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Cerulean City – Cascade Badge

(A book that might make you cry)
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I’ve had this on my shelf for SO LONG, and I’ve heard it ruins people’s lives, so what better book to fit for this challenge?

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Vermillion City – Thunder Badge

(Book with a thunderous hype)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. This is probably the most hyped book in the world at the moment, & I need to get it read before I go back to Uni!

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Celadon
City – Rainbow Badge

(Book that has diversity)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This book focuses on two male characters (part of the fan-fiction that Cath writes in Fangirl) who are in love and their story together, so obviously shows diversity and sounds amazing too!sticker,375x360 (1)

Fuschia City – Soul Badge
(Book with a great romance)
Winter by Marissa Meyer. The last book in the Lunar Chronicles, and this series has THE BEST ROMANCES. I can’t wait to read it!

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(Book with fantasy/paranormal)
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I have been dying to read this ever since it came out last week, and I needed to put it in here somewhere because I’m so excited for it!

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Cinnabar Island – Flame Badge

(Book with red on the cover)
After You by Jojo Moyes. This does have red on the cover, the writing is red, so I mean it technically fits the challenge!

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Viridian City – Earth Badge

(Post-Apocalyptic setting)
Gone by Michael Grant. I borrowed this book from a friend the other month and really need to get it read to give it her back, so I definitely thought I’d put it in this read-a-thon!

So that’s my TBR list for the #ReadThemAllThon this year! Wish me luck for the next 3 weeks! I hope I get through them all!

Are you participating in this too? What are your TBRs? Happy Reading!

Love,

Meggan x

Intimidating TBR Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m back with another tag, this one is linked to my EVERGROWING TBR pile, that I’m slowly drowning in, but I’ll never stop buying books, never! Here goes:

1.What books have you been unable to finish?

I’ve managed to finish most books I’ve read but the one that I was closest to not finishing was Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. I didn’t really get taken in by the story, and even though it was only a short book I struggled to get through it.

What books have you yet to read because….

2. …you just haven’t had time?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I’ve read the first 3 books of this series and I thought they were absolutely amazing, but they take so much time to read and I really need to get round to them!

3. …it’s a sequel?

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury. I LOVED The Sin Eater’s Daughter, but it looks like this book is narrated by a different character, and I don’t know how I feel about that! I’ll get to it eventually.

4. …it’s brand new?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I want to read it and I intend to this month, but since everyone is super hyped about it right now I’m finishing off the series I had already started first!

5. …you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

I don’t actually own any books by authors who I didn’t enjoy. If I don’t enjoy an author it’s unusual for me to pick up a book by them again.

6. …you’re just not in the mood for it?

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. YES I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE READ THIS BY NOW! I really want to, but I want to really enjoy it when I read it and concentrate on it, and that’s just not the kind of book I’m in the mood for at the moment!

7. …it’s humongous?

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I don’t mean that this book is humongous in relation to page count, but the actual size and height of this book is so big! It’s hard to fit it in my bag so I’m not sure when I’ll read it even though I need to!

8. …because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

Paper Towns by John Green. I love the cover, and it doesn’t have extremely bad reviews, but I know not everyone liked it!

9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare! I love Shakespeare and I’m getting through this ever so slowly, but I’ve only read one play so far and it’s SO BIG! Definitely intimidating as amazing as it is!

10. Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag!

Hope you enjoyed this post and my answers! Leave a comment with your tag if you’ve done it, if not leave a comment with what your answers would be!

Love,

Meggan x

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2016!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016?

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY! Damn I loved this book so much, if you want to read the reasons why then check out my full review here!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016?


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book and it was the perfect sequel to Cinder! It kept me on my toes and wanting to read it all in one sitting, it was so brilliant!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! I know it was out in January but still haven’t got round to reading it yet! I’m so excited to so hopefully I do by the end of the year!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas! I’m so excited for this book, I need more Sarah J. Maas in my life!

5. Biggest Disappointment so far?

Looking for Alaska by John Green. It wasn’t a bad book, but I just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would!

6. Biggest Surprise?

The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, it was written so amazing and had a perfect mix of creepiness and also great narrative. Read my full review here!

7. Favourite New Author?

Marissa Meyer. I’d never read anything by her before starting the Lunar Chronicles finally and she is truly amazing. Her writing style is beautiful and her way of telling stories is something else. I’m constantly thinking about her books and wanting to read more! She is so amazing.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

James (Jem) Carstairs. The fictional love of my entire life.

9. Newest Favourite Character?

Gansey from The Raven Boys! I love his passion for finding Glendower, his loyalty to his friends and also how he messes things up sometimes but genuinely tries his best! He has such a kind heart even though he doesn’t go about it right sometimes, but he’s so great.

10. Book that made you cry?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s safe to say that the letter ruined me.

11. Book that made you happy?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare! It made me laugh and cry too, but I’ve never felt so happy and satisfied after finishing a book than I did with this one! It was just perfect and everything I wanted, I loved it!

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw so far this year!

Me Before You! It was such an amazing film and so close to the book, I loved it! I saw it 3 times and cried each time haha.

13. Most beautiful book you’ve  bought this year

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter! I was gifted this present so didn’t technically buy it but it is absolutely stunning. I think it’s pretty much the most beautiful book on my shelves. Both inside and out it is so so gorgeous and I love it so much!!

14. What do you need to read by the end of the year?

All the books I’ve bought this year! But I need to definitely read the Raven Cycle and Empire of Storms!!

I hope you liked my Mid-Year Book Freakout! Leave a comment with what you thought of my answers, and your own answers!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me in the book world!

Love,

Meggan x

Coffee Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, but I saw this and I thought it looked interesting so thought I’d give it a go! I haven’t been tagged by anyone, but thought I’d do it anyway! Here we go:

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien! I haven’t finished reading them yet, they really are hard to get into! However I know that once you’re in there, everyone seems to be a super hardcore fan of them!

Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during winter or a festive time of year

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling- they seem to be more highly read at that time of year, who knows why!

Hot Chocolate: A favourite children’s book

Matilda by Roald Dahl! I’ve always loved the story of Matilda, I loved her love for books and how she is just such an amazing character!

Double Shot of Espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Pet Sematary by Stephen King! It was such a great book and I was literally hooked from start to finish, I couldn’t read it quick enough! Creepy book but totally worth it!

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins! I saw it everywhere when it was first released, and now with the film adaptation coming out soon, it’s back in most shops!

The Hipster Coffee Shop: A book by an indie author (a shout out)

I literally can’t think of any indie authors right now haha!

Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: A book you were expecting more from

Looking For Alaska by John Green – This wasn’t a particularly bad book, but I felt it was a little predictable! I was expecting a lot more from it, which is a shame!

The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas!!!!! Anyone who spends about 10 minutes with me and talks about books knows I love her, and this book was EVERYTHING.

Green Tea: Name a book or series that is quietly beautiful

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This was genuinely such a beautiful book, it was such a wonderful story and I loved the way it was written so much. I cried a lot, but it was such a quietly beautiful book for sure.

Chai Tea: Name a book or series that makes you dream of far away places

The Throne of Glass series makes me dream of living in Erilea, as much as bad things are going down there it just sounds like such a beautiful place to live! And I’d get to meet Celaena and Rowan so there’s no downside really.

Earl Grey: Name your favourite classic

Dracula by Bram Stoker! I LOVED this book so much, it took me a while to get through because it was a big book, but I genuinely loved everything about it! It was such an amazing story and so gripping!

That’s it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! Leave a comment with what you thought, or links to your own coffee book tag!

Love,

Meggan x