It’s been a while since I posted on here, and that’s because of a lot of reasons, and I felt it wasn’t really nice to leave you all in the dark. As you might know from my twitter, I have just started my Master’s degree and it hasn’t been easy. This is the third week of lectures and I feel like I’m already way over my head with homework. And on top of that I want to keep working at my part-time job one day in the week, so I barely have free time. And if I have free time, I’m just too mentally exhausted to do anything else than watch Netflix. But as much as I’d like for it to be the only reason I haven’t been blogging, it’s not all.
This is going to be a really short post because I don’t have the time to write anything more than that. I’ll be leaving to go on vacation in half an hour so I’ll be going on hiatus. I will not have any posts until the end of July and maybe a little longer. And I will probably not be able to reply to comments either. So I hope you all will survive without me and have a great July!
P.s. I will hopefully be somewhat active on twitter and instagram so follow me there for updates and other random stuff.
I don’t know about you, but for me, books that are independently published or self-published somehow always end up at the bottom of my priority list. And that makes me very sad! I’d love to read more indie books and delve deeper into this whole area of books I’ve only read a few of. In the past, I’ve read and reviewed some self-published books and also indie books, but I can do better! This is also the reason why I came up with this readathon. During the month March, me and my four co-hosts: Theo, Marie, Joel and Eloise will be hosting the first ever edition of #IndieAthon!
This is going to be a really quick post because I’ve impulsively decided to take part in this reading challenge and it starts tomorrow. I have not made a TBR yet, and I might not make one at all. We’ll see!
The House Cup Reading Challenge is 4 weeks long and starts tomorrow on 15 October, and ends on 12 November. It is hosted by Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Lauren of Live, Love, Read, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. You’ll read 7 books, one for each year of Hogwarts, and beside that there are 13 challenges with prompts. You can read the full list here! You can get points for each of the challenges and the house with the most points wins! I am in Hufflepuff!
I think I mentioned this once before, but I will be taking a mini-hiatus very soon. Probably from Sunday on until next week Sunday. I will post on this Saturday and probably also on Sunday this week but after that, I’m gone! I’ll be going on short vacation and I am so busy with school that I am unable to write posts ahead of time, also, that would be super stressful so I’m not doing that to myself. I will probably return with a post on October 24th.
Anyway, now that we got that over with, today I wanted to do a tag! I suck at doing tags on time because I always end up with a long long list of tags I was tagged in and never get around to do them. This is the Sunshine Blogger Award and I was nominated by the wonderful Laura Noakes (who is absolutely lovely and you should definitely check out her blog!). Thank you, Laura!
This is probably going to be a long post but oh well, stick to it because I’ll end with a giveaway. I have literally been saying I wanted to do a giveaway when I reached 500 followers?? But then I never did??? But today is the day!
First the least exciting thing of all (don’t go scrolling down yet, this is important!), I will be on vacation starting from today until probably Monday, August 14th. This means that I will be absent for almost an entire month. I have a lot of posts scheduled (mainly tags but also newbie bloggers and reviews) so you won’t miss me too much I hope, but I will probably have problems answering all messages, comments, emails etc. So don’t despair when I don’t answer within a few days. It could take me a while. Sadly, this also means I won’t be able to keep up with all of your wonderful posts.
I got several announcements to make so I thought I should just make them all in one post.
The Armchair Book Expo
For all those people who never got to go to bookcons either because it was too pricy or because you’re an international like me, this is the perfect solution. The Armchair Book Expo is an online bookcon with twitter parties, daily discussion topics, instagram challenges and giveaways. It runs from May 31th to June 3rd and I will be participating. Though, I am not really 100% sure how it works, I’m sure I’ll figure it out as it goes.
This readathon is organized by Mel from The Book Moo and it is focused on reading series. It is a ten-day readathon from tomorrow May 26th (oh, I didn’t realize that was tomorrow… oops) to June 4th. My TBR will consist of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, of which I already started the first book. My plan is to finish The Raven Boys, and read The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily Blue and The Raven King. I am halfway through The Raven Boys, so 3 and a half book is my goal. I will probably be reading some other books simultaneously though, since I like reading multiple books at the same time and I am already reading We Are The Ants right now.
The First Task of The Typewriter Project
This project is organized by the wonderful Mahriya from My Bookish Life and I am participating. My guest post will go up on her blog soon so keep your eyes out! The first task entailed writing a blurb with a diverse character and the word “tranquil” in it. So here is my submission (I also included a cover/image thing just because I liked it):
(Mini-)Snippet: The foundation and coloured lenses I stole can only change so much. For someone like me, being stared at is the rule, not the exception. Sometimes I think that the world is in full colour and I was intentionally left blank.
For Wren, life has never been tranquil nor easy. With her mother (who thought she was some kind of demon child) dumping her on the streets when she was a baby, she had to fight to stay alive. Sometimes she wished she was a demon, and did not have a rare genetic anomaly that left her without skin pigment. Looking at her was like looking at the sun: too bright and making you want to avert your eyes.
She moved from orphanage to orphanage, and when she thinks she finally found herself a home, she gets kicked out for hurting the only person she cares about. An unfortunate fall left the girl she considers her little sister in a coma. With nobody to prove her innocence and all odds against her, will she be able to convince her guardians it wasn’t her fault? Or will she have to live on the streets once again?
“A story of an extraordinary girl, living an extraordinary life, struggling to be normal.”
The main character is albino which counts as diverse,
and I only just found out this is inherited so actually this story is a mess and can never be true, but you haven’t heard that from me okay.