Let's Talk About Video Games ๐ŸŽฎ


Out of all of the things I've talked about on this here blog, if my terrible memory is right, I don't think I've ever had a full post about video games. I've probably talked about them here and there, but I think it's about time that I dedicated a full post about them.

So, anyway. Video games. Vidya gaems. I love 'em. Don't ask me what the first game I ever played was, because I seriously can't remember what it was (i said my memory is terrible, didn't i?) considering I was so small when I first picked up a controller. Or probably a GameBoy. It was either a PS1 controller or a GameBoy, I'm not old enough to have experienced SNES games or even the N64, but whatever. I've loved video games for a really long time is what I'm getting at. I'm not very good at them, but not only is that to be expected from a childhood of being Player 2, it also doesn't matter because I don't play them to be competitive or to be good, I play them to have fun.

Not only am I not very good at games, I'm also horrendous at keeping up with what new releases there are, just the same as with books. I'm always late to the party and in fact, I didn't get a PlayStation 4 until last Christmas, and most of the games I have for it aren't new releases. i also can't afford to buy new games all the time, but that's a different issue altogether... So, instead of talking about what new releases I'm looking forward to, I'm going to share with you all the games that I've been regularly playing recently, and also some that I constantly return to.





Out of all the games I'm going to list, I've probably put the most hours into this one. I can't help it if Animal Crossing is addicting, okay? The strange thing is, though, is that when I was a lot younger, I could never really get into the series and I constantly reset my town because I didn't know what I wanted to do with it. This time around, though, I've had the same town since I first started the game and I have no intentions of resetting it. There's still way too much for me to do in the game for me to just restart all over again. Here's a few snaps of my town that I took during the middle of the night when it was dark in the game because I'm a nocturnal dolt:



Pokรฉmon is one of the first video games I ever played even though I didn't have my own copy until Gen 3 when I got a GameBoy Advance with the game (it's a special pokรฉmon gba and i still have it, btw) that let you play as a girl. Before that, though, I used to borrow my brother's copy and then not save over his file, but I've always been a Pokรฉmon fan, considering me and my brother used to watch the anime series constantly when we were little. So far the only main series games I haven't played are the Gen 5 games (i'll get to them eventually) but I've mainly managed to keep up. I haven't played too much of Moon but from what I've played it's very different. But, different isn't always a bad things because Pokรฉmon has had a very formulaic way of doing things for a very long time, so it was about time that things got shook up a bit. The only thing that's really, really bugging me though is that the game clocks are set 12 hours apart for each edition, so when I'm playing Moon in the middle of the night, it's daytime in the game itself. What. Was. The. Point.


I love the Lego series of games even though the only ones I've played are the Star Wars games and the Batman ones, and because I'm not well-versed in Star Wars I prefer the Batman games. I've played the first Lego Batman game a million times and I still haven't finished the second one because the change in format freaked me out when I first picked it up. I preferred the format of having a game hub where you can go into different chapters from there rather than the linear story that the newer games have, but oh well. At the moment I'm playing the third game which so far I'm liking. I wasn't initially fond of there being voice acting in these games, but Troy Baker does such a good job playing Batman that I'm able to look past it. I'm not able to look past the voice that Superman was given though. He sounds like a parody of himself and it's painful to listen to. Also, they paired him up romantically with Wonder Woman. No. But her idle animation is her twirling in circles like Lynda Carter so I can deal.


This may come as a wee bit of a surprise considering the other games I've mentioned here, but I do have a taste for more violent and mature games, and Mortal Kombat is definitely the most violent and mature out of every game I'm talking about. Obviously in real life I'm mostly a nonviolent person, but I will admit that there's something about beating up fictional people when you're in a bad mood. I'm not really fond of fighting games that aren't Mortal Kombat because I feel like they're missing something, and that something is Fatalities. If you're not familiar with the series, Fatalities are basically really really gruesome finishing moves that you perform when you win a fight. I'm not going to provide a link because they're so gory (especially in the more recent games), so you should view those at your own risk.


I know I said that I love the Lego games, but this series here, my friendos, is the best Batman game series that has ever been made. It is so good. These games were written by Paul Dini, who is a veteran Batman writer at this point, and follow the comics mythos pretty damn closely while being an original story at the same time. Each game gets bigger and bigger in terms of how much area you're able to explore, going from just Arkham Island to eventually the entirety of Gotham City and new threats and villains are brought in from the comics each time. I'm not the best at these games and I still haven't gotten past Deathstroke in Arkham Origins because I am no good at countering, and that frustrates me a little because I want to know more and more of the story and find more things to unlock. Although, I have been spoiled for Arkham Knight and that really annoyed me, but I'll get to it. Once I eventually get past Deathstroke in Arkham Origins. Who is the third boss of that game.


I'm not sure how many people know this, but I am a total sucker for anything about the mafia. I love The Godfather and I watched The Sopranos religiously so when my best friend's brother mentioned the game Mafia II to me, I was all over it like flies on a plate of dirty food. I even tracked down a preowned copy of the first game which I can't beat without cheat codes because A) the controls are stiff af and its hard to aim B) I'm just terrible at the game. I'd been waiting for the third game ever since people were just speculating about it and then once it was officially announced the real wait was on. Now that I have it, I haven't had time to play it. Obviously it's a lot different so it's taking some getting used to but so far I'm digging it. It was a good decision to have a black protagonist instead of white Italian dudes like the first game, but you've got to deal with hearing the N slur thrown around a lot, given that the game's set in the late 60's. Also, apparently you can kill the KKK in this game. I haven't gotten to that point yet, but apparently it's a thing that can happen.


Fun fact: I can kick your ass at Mario Kart. Probably. I'm trying my best to not brag, but Mario Kart is one of the very few games that I'm actually really good at, and it's all down to binge playing it until my hands cramp up. I'm not good to the point of winning any tournaments (because I don't do competitive playing), but I still think that I'm pretty damn good at it. Nothing can stop me and Luigi from smoking up that track and getting first place.


Because I'm kind of a snob, I haven't kept up with the Sims series since the second game. I've tried to get into The Sims 3 plenty of times but I just can't because the graphics really put me off. I prefer my Sims to either look like video game characters or people, not like Play-Doh creatures. Plus the extra features added to it just confused me and made the game feel harder than it should be. I might play The Sims 4 someday, but for now I'm sticking to The Sims 2 because I understand how it works and I still remember all of the cheat codes for it. The only problem is, I kind of rely on custom content and nobody makes CC for this game anymore. Whomp whomp.


Fun fact: this was the first PlayStation 2 game I ever got and I didn't actually have a PS2 to play it on at the time so I had to share it with my brother. Whomp whomp. But, once I did get my own PS2 I was able to play it on my own and that was when I found out that I really suck at video games. Even now, I can't beat the timed missions in this game without using cheats, but let's be real here: who's playing this game to play through the missions? Yeah, the story's great and all because it was written by the Simpsons staff and all of the voice cast is in it, but the real reason to play this game is to drive into people and run up to strangers in the street and kick them into holes. That's why you play this game. But it doesn't stop me from getting 100% completion every time I play it because that's just how I am.


Because I am a grown child, I constantly find myself returning to these old, old, old games (well, they're from the early 90's, but whatever, they're old games). I don't really have much of a reason for returning to them all the time other than for nostalgia's sake. I haven't actually watched Rugrats in a long time because it doesn't really air on TV anymore and Netflix won't get their crap together and have only had season three (out of nine) for years, so instead I've got these games for whenever I want my Rugrats fix. How many times have I played these games, you ask? I lost count of how many times I've played them. I've played these games so often that I can beat them in under two hours. Obviously these games are for children, but when you're as bad at games as I am, that's an achievement. However, it does take a bit longer for me to beat Totally Angelica because that game is a chore, and I still have yet to beat Rugrats in Paris because the final boss of that game (or should I say the only boss) is ridiculously unfair. But I'll get there someday.

Do you play video games? What are some of your favourites?

10 Books with Beautiful Covers ๐Ÿ’™

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I am 100% unashamed to admit that I pick up books based on their covers. I both buy and don't buy into the whole "don't judge a book by its cover" thing because I have an A Level in media studies and in order to get people to pick up your book, it needs to look aesthetically pleasing. Anyways, I like pretty covers. Not to the point that I'll refuse to pick a good book up because it has an ugly cover, but I like good books to have good covers. So here are ten of my favourite book covers, whether I have actually read them or not.


These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner - All of the books in this trilogy have gorgeously amazing covers, but this one sticks out in my mind more because it's blue, which is my favourite colour. Also, the pretty dress on the cover is totally relevant to the story itself so it gets more bonus points.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Same as with the Starbound series, I love all of the covers for the Lunar Chronicles, but Cinder's cover is my favourite. The metal leg under the skin shows straight away that Cinder is a cyborg and also that this is a retelling of Cinderella, which the other covers don't exactly do, instead they just show which tale the book retells. Also, this book is the best one to edit into black and white for Instagram.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - I may be a little (or a lot) biased because Scott Westerfeld is one of my favourite authors, and also because this is my favourite series ever, but I adore the cover of Leviathan even though it's not actually the first edition, which I do also love. Because this is a steampunk book, the cover has all sorts of mechanical elements to it, which looks so cool.

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis - Apart from this cover being gorgeous, the copy I have has parts on it that are embossed, which is one of my absolute favourite things that book covers can have. I'm constantly stimming and when I read I constantly flick large chunks of pages so embossed covers that I can run my fingers over are always delightful for me.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - I get that from a glance this edition isn't that spectacular to look at because without the black bars it's just a reprint of the old penguin cover designs, but the cool thing about those bars is that they're added over the top of the book and rub off on your fingers as you read it. See that? Symbolism. And symbolism is cool.


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - This cover isn't too flashy but that's okay because it works so well for its genre. Contemporary books rarely have covers that are covered in a million details or big flowy dresses, because those aren't the kinds of stories they tell. I love the covers for this series because they're so simple and understated, and also the model on the cover is East Asian, just like the main character so win.

Splintered by A.G. Howard - Look, a green cover! I don't see green covers floating around too often so I'm always delighted whenever covers come in any shade of green and are done well. The covers for all of the books in this series are pretty, but this one's my favourite because it's the only one that I own for now ๐Ÿ˜…

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - I love pre-Soviet Russian aesthetics (i went through a phase where i was hugely obsessed with russia) so obviously the Grisha covers draw me in. I especially love the dark colours used on the cover of Shadow and Bone because it gives a sort of wintry feel, and obviously Russia gets pretty freaking cold so it's fitting.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - Leatherbound books are gorgeous. This leatherbound edition of Jekyll and Hyde is especially gorgeous. All of the little images on the cover are gold and shiny and oh so cool to look at. In fact, I've spent so much time looking at the cover that I still haven't read the book. Oops.

Dracula by Bram Stoker - All of the Barnes & Noble leatherbound classics are pretty, but because Dracula is one of my favourite books, it has my favourite cover next to the cover for their edition of Frankenstein. Wit a book like Dracula, you don't need the cover to tell you what it's about, so this one doesn't really do that apart from the occasional drips. Instead, it shows the genre through the colours (red = blood, black = death) and the font and the end result is just so pretty.

What are some of your favourite book covers?

10 Things I Love and Hate About the DC Fandom ๐Ÿ’ซ

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The prompt for this week is anything to do with fandoms, and my initial idea was to do a "top 10 fandoms I'm in" kind of list, but then I realised something: I'm not that involved in that many fandoms. Because my brain is both wonderful and awful, I tend to cycle through obsessions like clockwork, but if there's one thing I always come back to, it's DC (Batman to be very specific, but i like all of the characters shhh). Obviously no fandom is entirely perfect so instead of just spewing praise all over the DC fandom, I'm going to be a little critical and say what I both like and don't like, because it is possible to be critical about things that you love.


The Salt

As much as I really don't want to admit it, but we DC fans tend to be the butt of the joke sometimes. Even though DC does better in comic sales because they got their shit together, the world and his wife is a Marvel fan. Does that suck? Honestly, yeah it does. Partly because DC is barely given even a sliver of a chance before getting shot down, and partly because I'm petty. Because of this, I've taken to calling my DC fam the salt squad because things get a bit salty at times. I will admit, I take just a wee bit of joy in seeing Marvel being read for filth because it shows that they're not entirely untouchable. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Marvel, I'm just a little tired of it being treated as being absolutely perfect and doing no wrong. That's the saltiness in me talking.

The Discussions

This could probably go for the Marvel fandom too, but I don't know diddly-squat about what goes on with them so I can only say what goes on on my side, but there is constant discussion going on in the DC fandom whether it's about which writer's run was the best, or how we all don't want Joss Whedon to direct Batgirl (well, me and a lot of other people don't). Even though I don't usually jump into them online, I do like to have discussions face to face with other people I know who like DC, or people who don't and are willing to listen to me babble about something they probably don't care about.

The Welcomes

I will admit that I am not the most active person in any fandom due to an irrational fear of looking stupid and also one time when I chose the completely wrong words to describe a WOC character that I wasn't a fan of. But that aside I find that DC fans are often very welcoming and helpful towards people who are new to the comics, or even those who fell away from the comics and want to get back into them. A lot of people are very willing to give recommendations or their interpretations of characters, which is one thing that I personally love to see, especially when it comes to characters who have been in print for almost eighty years.

The Small Amount of DCEU Lovers

This group here is the true salt squad and I love them so much. The DCEU isn't all that popular, which I consider to be very unfortunate because I think it gets judged way too harshly by people who only want one particular brand of superhero movies *cough*MarvelCinematicUniverse*cough*, but the people who do either like the movies or, like me, love them are a wonderful combination of chill and salty. We know that there are problems with these movies, and that there is no such thing as a "perfect" movie, but we also have a tendency to call them "masterpieces" and praise Zack Snyder (who I also think gets a bad rap) as being a god or call him our father, but it's all in good fun. Plus, we stay in our lane, which is always a good thing. Well, we stay in our lane most of the time.

The Amount of Material to Read

I started reading comics in 2008 and there's still a lot of books that I haven't read, either because they haven't been reprinted or I haven't gotten around to them yet, and that's one of the things I love about not just Western comics in general, but DC in particular. Considering that the company was founded in 1934, it's very hard to run out of things to read because even if you somehow manage to go through everything that's available for one character, you can get started on another pretty quickly. It's a huge drain on my bank account, but I don't mind all that much because it could take a lifetime for me to read every single book about one particular character.



The Salt

Too much salt can be a bad thing, and in my salt squad it gets to be a little too much at times. I myself sometimes enjoy a good MCU drag, but some people take their saltiness a little too far and cross a line. Saying that people are idiots or whatever for liking a movie series is not something I'll ever be okay with. Just because some jerks do it to us doesn't mean that we should do the same. I hate the old "on your left" jokes that should have been left in 2014 or whenever that movie came out, but come on.

The Arguments

Obviously this is bound to happen in any fanbase, but some people in the DC fandom can't seem to tell the difference between discussing something and just arguing about it. Expressing your opinion is fine and well, but arguing with people over drawings and calling them names because they don't like your favourite writer or artist will never be okay.

Elitism

This happens in literally every fandom, but I feel like it's much more prevalent in comics fandoms or even the more "major" fandoms (like Trekkies, Star Wars fans, LOtR fans, and such). Unfortunately, there are a few jerks who feel like they are the absolute authority on everything to do with DC because of how long they've been reading the comics or how many different books they read and it's tedious to witness. Obviously the vast majority of comics fans are great but there's always the bad eggs who bring everyone else down. Don't be that person.

The Bat-Worship

Okay, I love Batman as much as the next person, maybe a little bit more. Batman is my favourite fictional character ever and is the reason why I got into DC in the first place. But, if there's one thing that really gets on my nerves both in the fandom and out of it, is how worshipped Batman is by everyone. I mean, the whole idea that Batman could beat up any single person or hero or non-human entity just because he's Batman? Come on. No he couldn't. Take away all of his gadgets and give him no time to prepare for a fight at all and he's just a really good martial artist. This is a guy who has had his ass handed to him by Superman, Wonder Woman, Bane, Deathstroke, Shiva, Jason Todd, and a few other people who I'm too lazy to list. No hero is entirely perfect, not even Superman, and in all honestly, I wish other people would start applying that mantra to Batman, because the whole "he's the best hero ever because he's a regular dude like me" thing grates on me so badly. And besides, Batman is as far from a "regular dude" as possible.

Archive Panic

Having a lot of material to read is a blessing and a curse. Like I'd said, DC started publishing way back in 1934 so they have published a lot of books featuring a lot of characters for over eighty years now. The problem with that is that it can be incredibly daunting to want to get into because there have been ongoing storylines happening since either the 70s or 80s when they started doing big crossover events and even rebooting the universe a couple of times. I imagine it's the same with Marvel too, but I don't read anything by them so I can only make assumptions. Usually the best thing you can do with characters who have been published for over fifty years is just pick a book and start reading it and see where you go from there, and try not to worry too much about it. It's gotten easier in recent years, though, since DC now number their TPBs instead of just letting new readers figure it out for themselves. Thanks for thinking about the newbies, DC.

What do you love and hate about a fandom you're in?

10 Books I Plan to Read This Spring

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It's spring! (although it doesn't feel like it where i am...) Spring isn't my favourite season, and is actually my second least favourite with summer being dead last. I just don't like hot weather, it forces me to go outside into the sun and I don't like being in bright sunlight. But one thing that I do like about spring is that my workload isn't too demanding so I have more time to read than I do in the colder months.

A reading goal that I literally just decided on is to read all of my unread books on my shelves before I buy any new ones, so obviously this post won't have any newer books in it. I also never know what's being released, so there's that too ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป


Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz - This book is my current read, but I started reading after I started this post, so on the list it shall go ๐Ÿ˜…

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - I haven't read any of Jandy Nelson's books, but I couldn't resist the blue edges of this book.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - I've had this book on my TBR for ages so I figure it's time to get it read now.

Batman -The New 52 - I have been horrendously behind on Batman comics for years. In fact, the last time I was up-to-date was during the Return of Bruce Wayne arc. That was in 2010. So, I've been buying the TPBs of the New 52 run and I plan to read through all of them.Well, the main series comics, because there's about four Batman titles running at the same time and that's a lot of time and money.


V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd - I've been staying away from this comic for a long time because of how bastardised the Guy Fawkes mask has become and also the fact that the movie pops up everywhere on November 5 when everyone gets the point of the holiday completely wrong (*cough*guyfawkeswasaterrorist*cough*), but because I like Alan Moore's writing, I'm giving it a go.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater - I know that I say that I'm going to start this series, but I have money now so I don't have much of an excuse to not read it anymore.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll - I don't have much of a theme going for my April TBR, but this book seems like a nice spring-y book.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - Another book that's been on my shelves for ages! I love mysteries, and I've heard some really good things about this series.


Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff - Yet another book that I've had for ages! Goodreads is telling me that this is also a mystery, but I'm not so sure if it is or not.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver - I haven't actually read anything by Lauren Oliver but this is another mystery that I'm looking forward to.

What's on your Spring TBR?

I'm Back, Babies ✌๐Ÿป

Well, hey there, buttercups.


So, I disappeared. Again. My organisational skills are probably never going to get any better, but I did tell myself that I would prioritise university work over everything else, and that is exactly what I did.

Last month I only posted once before disappearing into the void because I had to get two extensions for two 4000 word essays that I had to do and I literally just finished the last piece of work that I had to do. For now.

Other than that, nothing exciting has really happened other than I got paid so I can start blowing all of my money on books again. I'm mainly just glad that I finally have time to myself again so inbetween uni I'm able to do the things that I like to do, like reading and blogging, of course. Also Pokรฉmon. I finally got Pokรฉmon Moon and I'll be getting obsessed.

Hopefully I'll see you all around very soon!

Romance Books on My LGBT+ TBR ๐ŸŒˆ


Even though I'm a single pringle and Valentine's Day means almost nothing to me, I do like to read romance books during February. However, one of my resolutions for this year was to read more diverse books and I had the idea that throughout February I would read LGBT+ romances instead of the het stuff I'd been reading in the past. I will admit that sometimes I whine about how "there's no diverse books that I want to read", but that's my own fault because I haven't dug deep enough to find diverse books to read, and I plan on seriously changing that. I have a tendency to use "romance" pretty lightly as it could mean that just has a bit of an emphasis on a romantic relationship between characters, so not every book on this list will be strictly romance.


Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan - I actually DNF'd this book a few years back because I considered it to be "too sugary and rainbowy". Looking back, past me had a pretty terrible reason for not finishing it. It's an M/M romance so of course it's going to be "rainbowy". This time I'm willing to give it another chance because not only have I grown up since then, I've got more of a taste for fluffy romances now (at least i'm hoping that this book is fluffy).

Ash by Malinda Lo - Yay for retellings and double yay for LGBT+ retellings! I haven't read any of Malinda Lo's books yet (i still have Adaptation on my tbr pile, oops) but I have heard good things about them, so I definitely want to read them.

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva - I'm always on the lookout for funny romances, and from what I've heard this one combines two of my favourite things in romance books: humour and adorable-ness. Also, the main character is of Armenian descent so we get bonus points for racial diversity!

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - You know what really warms my heart? When bisexual people are represented in the media. I'm constantly on the lookout for things that feature bisexual characters because I feel like they can be either underrepresented or badly represented in the media (i.e. bisexual boys are portrayed as closeted gay boys and bisexual girls are either promiscuous or "just experimenting).


Honestly Ben by Bill Konisberg - I read Openly Straight a couple years ago and just liked it. It was enjoyable but I didn't find it spectacular, so I'm actually surprised with myself that I'm looking forward to the companion book. The characters were the best part of the first book and even though there will be new characters in this book, I'm still excited to see returning characters be expanded on.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz - Raise your hand if you remember all of the rave reviews this book got ๐Ÿ™‹ I'm obviously very late to this party (as i always am, but keeping up with new releases gets overwhelming sometimes), but so many people love this book that I just have to see for myself why.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - I was a little confused as to whether there was any romance in this book since the main characters are siblings, but there is a M/M romance in this so on the list it shall go! This is another book that got rave reviews and I'm late too, but that's okay because better late than never.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour - The first thing that drew me to this book was the gorgeous cover (of course) but what really got me is that this book has a F/F romance which is something that I don't read a lot of and really want to read more of so I'll definitely be getting my mits on a copy sometime soon (i hope).

What books with LGBT+ romances would you recommend?

10 Books That I Will Definitely Read in 2017

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The actual prompt for this week is 2017 debuts to look forward to, but I have been so horrendously out of the loop for so long that I barely even know non-debut titles that are being released. So instead, I've decided to list which books that I'm prioritising myself to read in 2017. When I'll get around to reading them is obviously subject to change, but I'm promising myself that these books will be read, and they will be read hard. Or gently. I don't want to break them.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo - I almost had a heart attack when this book was announced because it's A WONDER WOMAN BOOK WRITTEN BY LEIGH BARDUGO HOLY CRAP OMG. I'm actually excited for all of these books (well, except for the Catwoman one, because bleh, Catwoman) but because Leigh is the only author I've read, I'm especially looking forward to this one.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - I feel like the only person in the world who hasn't read The Raven Boys and I'm determined to change that. The only problem I have is that I don't know whether to get the series in hardback, paperback, or as ebooks (i've ran out of shelf space ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป).

The Dead Zone by Stephen King - I DNF'd this book a loooong time ago. When I was 14, to be precise. And it wasn't because I hated it, I was actually enjoying it, the library just got sick of me renewing it for me all the time. I got a copy for my birthday a couple of years ago, so it's high time I finally finished it.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Oh, look, another Leigh Bardugo book! I actually met Leigh in autumn of 2015 and got a signed copy of Six of Crows and because I am terrible, I still haven't read it. I actually probably won't read this book until I've read Ruin and Rising because I would rather finish the Grisha trilogy properly before moving on to the Six of Crows books.



To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han  - I'm pretty sure that the last book in this series is being released this year, but I still haven't read the first book. I'm a sucker for fluffy YA contemporary and To all the Boys I've Loved Before seems right up my alley, so of course I'll be prioritising it.

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - The only F/F romances I've read weren't published, so the only properly published LGBT books I've read are M/M. The fact that this book has a F/F relationship and a bisexual MC is two big ticks for me, so obviously I'll be wanting to read this book when it's released.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll - I'm going to be reading a bunch of classics this year anyway thanks to university, but I do want to be able to take the time to read at least one classic book that I want to read, and not one that I have to read. I've got a few classics that I really want to get to, but Alice in Wonderland is definitely a priority because I have a gorgeous copy that I still haven't gotten around to reading yet.

Winter by Marissa Meyer - I finally got all of the main Lunar Chronicles books in hardback and I'm actually hoping to finish them this month because I'm currently reading Cress. I knew that Winter was going to be the longest book in the series, but when it arrived in the post, I completely underestimated just how physically thick it is. Eep.



The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - I write about vampires, so I feel like I have some sort of duty to read as many vampire books as I possibly can, so of course I would prioritise at least one vampire book. However, I'm specifically prioritising this because because I've put it down twice and still haven't finished it. I need to finish this book because A) it's vampires and B) I have a signed copy and I feel terrible if I don't read signed books that are personalised to me.

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I may or may not have a reread of the entire Lux series because I've had the last book since it was first released and I still haven't read it because I'm terrible and forgetful and am awful at time management. I need to see what happens to my beautiful aliens in the end!

What books are you prioritising this year?

New Year, New Goals


Happy New Year, friends!


I don't know about any of you, but I am definitely the type of person to set goals for myself. Whether I actually achieve those goals, is another story, but I do like setting them. Last year I didn't do too great on the blogging front: I graduated from the undergrad degree, had a minor breakdown in the summer, started my postgrad degree, and sort of figured out how to manage blogging, reading, and uni a lot better. This year, I want to be able to do a lot better. Blogging is something that I've enjoyed for almost six years (six years, good grief) and it's not something that I want to give up any time soon.

BLOGGING GOALS

Post regularly

I've never been one of those bloggers who somehow manages to post something every single day. For me, it's just not a realistic goal to want to post every day, my brain just doesn't churn out content like that, and if it did, I'd be posting total garbage. In November, I did pretty okay with posting three times a week and I hope to keep it up again this year. However, even though I do post on set days, I don't want to have an incredibly rigid schedule of, for example, meme-review-discussion because that feels too restrictive to me. I do like participating in Top 10 Tuesday, but if I can't come up with anything, or I don't like the prompt for the week, I'll skip it and plan something else instead. I don't want my content to go stale, so by not focusing on memes and reviews, I'll be able to keep it as fresh as I can.

Comment Regularly/Reply to Comments

Guess who's terrible at both commenting and replying to comments? It's me. Hello, I suck at being social. This has to be my absolute worst blogging habit and there are three things to blame: me, my shyness, and my memory. You'd think that after five years of blogging I'd be perfectly okay with typing out a comment and clicking send, but no. Shyness is something that doesn't disappear from my personality once I go online, and it's always been difficult for me. Replying to comments, however, is down to my horrendous memory and I hate it because it makes me look so terrible and antisocial. This is probably my biggest goal of the year because I've boxed myself in my own little corner for way too long and I need to get out of it. It actually embarrasses me to say that I don't have any blogger friends because I never make any attempts to talk to me people.

Read More Posts from Blogs I Don't Follow

A bad habit of mine is that I tend to only read blogs that I follow, and obviously it's not doing me any favours because there are so many great posts out there that I'm missing out because I don't follow the blogs they're posted to. Reading posts from previously unknown blogs will be a great way for me to find more blogs that post the kind of things I like to read, and even from there I'll be able to expand my reading list even more because after unfollowing people who's posts I didn't read anymore, it's a bit bare on its bones.


READING GOALS

Read At Least 50 Books This Year

I am really not very good at reading challenges. I didn't take part in any challenges last year because I knew that I wouldn't be able to complete them, but this year I'm feeling a little bit more confident. I'm not a speedy reader and I get easily distracted so I'm only able to read one book a week. I used to read at least two books a week when I first started this blog, but brain things happen and now I can only manage one. If I do some very basic maths, there are fifty-two weeks in a year and I read at least one book a week so I think that fifty is manageable. I don't think I'll ever have the superhuman ability to read one hundred or more books in a year, so fifty will do me just fine.

Give More Genres a Chance

I don't really consider myself to be a "genre snob" but I can sometimes have a tendency to stick to what I like. Every now and then (usually when i'm not feeling well) I fall down into a YA contemporary hole and have difficulty getting out of it, and I really do want to try to branch out my reading tastes and be a more indiscriminate reader when it comes to different genres. The biggest hurdle for that will more than likely be high fantasy for me. My concentration isn't great and my memory is shocking so whenever I open a book and see a map or family tree, my brain tends to shut down, so I want to try to keep it awake and give high fantasy more of a chance.

Read More Diverse Books

I'm actually somewhat embarrassed to admit that I don't read a lot of diverse books, and I'm something that I really need to change. For a while, to me, "diverse" meant LGBT+ books, which is so incredibly wrong because diverse means so much more than that. I was doing better with reading more LGBT+ books, but I don't think that's good enough. I want to read more books that feature POC characters or disabled characters, and by disabled I don't just mean pretty white girls who have depression because there are so many disabilities that need to be represented. Quite a few bloggers that I follow have great discussions about diverse books (Chiara from Books for a Delicate Eternity especially sticks out in my mind) and it's high time that I got my ass in gear.

Complete Required Reading Lists

I've been studying Literature since I was in school and probably the worst crime you can commit as a Literature student is to not read the required texts. You might be able to somehow scrape by on SparkNotes, but it's way better to actually knuckle down and do the required reading. It's painful, but it's necessary. During my undergrad degree, I had a bad habit of not reading all of the required books because I either hated them or was lazy, but still managed to do particularly well. With my postgrad, I've only missed three books on my required reading, one because I've already read it, one because I hated it, and one because I completely forgot that it was on the reading list (oops). I want to keep going with this because I think that I'll be able to do so much better in my assignments if I actually know what I'm talking about.

PERSONAL GOALS

Exercise Regularly

I am a lazy potato, I will admit to that. I'm very comfortable to be at home lazing around, but obviously that isn't good for my health at all. Last year I went to the gym on a pretty regular basis because my cousin-in-law wanted some company while she slimmed down for her wedding, and I just needed to be more active. Recently, I haven't been going at all and I'm not happy about it. I don't hate exercise like I used to because I know that it's good for me and it's a waste of money to pay for a gym membership and just not bother to go, and I really can't afford to waste money like that. Plus, I do want to lose some weight. I'm not fat, but I'm certainly not at a healthy weight and I'm not happy about it, so I do want to get to a point where I can feel comfortable with my body.

Eat Better

Here's the thing: to say that I have the diet of a five-year-old would be completely false because five-year-olds eat better than me. I tell myself every single year that I want to eat better, and I never manage to because I am such a picky eater (hold your judgements, please. i don't have the patience for people who hate picky eaters anymore). I don't like healthy food at all and every single method of trying to get myself to eat it never works. Trust me, I've tried everything: hiding it in other food, trying "gateway" vegetables, cooking veggies differently, just forcing it down my throat, nothing works. Nothing stops vegetables from tasting, smelling, and feeling like something that should not be swallowed. Trying to get myself to start eating vegetables is hopeless so I want to try eating more fruit because that's something that's doable for me, and also to not eat so much greasy food and start cooking again. 

Figure Out What the Hell I'm Doing

This is the exact reason why I'm still in university: I have absolutely no idea of what I want to do with my life. I have no career plans because the thought of working in a normal job and having to talk to people all the time terrifies the living bejeebus out of me and there's not a lot that I want to do that doesn't involve being creative. I do want to write, but at this moment in time, there isn't a way that I'd be able to make a living off of writing because I haven't written anything since summer last year and I'm still trying to find my niche. Speaking of writing, though...

Start Writing Again

I really, really need to get back into practice with writing. I'm hoping to do another creative dissertation for my masters degree because writing 1600 words of pure academic work is not something that I can see myself doing. Last year I didn't do as well in my dissertation as anyone I knew and it was all down to leaving everything until the last minute and having not had any good writing habits for a long time. My way of writing was to have one really good draft that I didn't proofread and then hand it in, hoping that I would get a good enough grade for it. That didn't work for my dissertation and I don't want it to happen again (i was also ill at the time, so that didn't help) This year, I really want to make a good stab at actually writing and finishing a novel for the first time because novel writing is something that I've never been good at, but I do have a pair of characters that I want to expand on. Hopefully this will be something that I'll finally be able to achieve.

What are some of your goals for 2017?