2014 in review

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

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

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Reading Goals 2015

reading goals 2015

I’ve been away from blogging for quite a while and am really really sorry. Sixth Form life is incredibly busy and I had to take some time out of things I liked doing in order to get everything done. But I am back now.

I hate writing New Years resolutions, why make them if you don’t keep them. However, I thought it might be cool to create some reading goals, so this time next year I can see how many I have achieved.

  1. Read 75 books. I can track this on my Goodreads account and try to reach my goal. This year I had a goal of 50 and beat it by a lot, especially since I didn’t record many of the books I had read.
  2. Read at least 5 classic novels. Since reading Jane Eyre in English Lit I have discovered that it actually isn’t that hard to read old books. So my goal is to finish 5. If you have any recommendations, could you tell me in the comments and I will add them to my list.
  3. Finish A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I started reading this book over a year ago and never got very far. I really enjoy the TV show and now that I know what is happening with the plot, I can try to keep up.
  4. Read more Graphic Novels. I used to hate reading graphic novels. I didn’t enjoy them at all. However, this year I purchased a Young Avengers comic and fell in love. I’m a complete convert. Next year I want to delve deeper into the world of Marvel.
  5. Go to the Library. This may seem like and odd one. How shocking, a book blogger who doesn’t use her local library. However, my library is tiny and the YA section is awful. I’ve read the majority of the books in there already. In 2015 I want to visit the larger library in the town next to mine and use it more often.

What are your bookish goals for 2015?

Erin xx

Re-Reading Books

re read

I’ve been ill for the last couple of weeks, which sucks because it means that I have no energy to read. Sorry Patrick Rothfuss, your 994 page epic fantasy novels will have to wait a while. Normally when I’m feeling like this I like to re read books. They are normally the ones that make me happy, or have a special meaning. I don’t know if anyone else does this but it makes me feel a whole lot better. I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I love this book to death. I find it so easy to relate to Charlie and even though it seems a little bit cliché now, I don’t think I’ll ever be sick of it.
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green. This book is my favourite of his books and it’s the first one I read. It’s such an interesting story, even if the characters are a little annoying.
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Oh how I wish I could live in the Inkworld. Funnily enough, I’ve never finished the 3rd book. I don’t want it to end.
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. Duh.
  • Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews. This book is weird. The whole story line is insanely creepy and twisted. I have grown to love the characters though and I would definitely recommend it.

What books do you like to read when you are ill?

Erin xx

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Top Tips for Newbie Cosplayers

newbie cosplayer

As you might know (You probably do, I certainly say it enough!) this year I started to cosplay. I haven’t done anything fancy, just a really crappy Castiel cosplay, a Thor inspired outfit, and of course my beloved Merida. However, I have been going to conventions for quite a while so have picked up some tips along the way. I thought I’d share them with you and hopefully make your experience more enjoyable.

  1. Take food and drink. Trust me, feeling faint or overheating and having to stand in a queue to buy food sucks. Bring your own and pack extra as others might not be as savvy as you.
  2. Take cash. There’s nothing worse than getting to a stall that you have been waiting to go to all day, only to find out they don’t take card. Also, the cash machine will most likely run out or develop quite a queue. Be Prepared!
  3. Say no to photos. Whether you feel like the photographer is being too invasive or you just need a rest, it is okay to say no. I’ve heard some awful stories of people taking some really pervy photos, that doesn’t have to be you.
  4. Cosplay as whatever you want. It doesn’t matter what your race is, what gender you are or what size you are. Have a good time and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
  5. Say hello to people. You will always find people interested in similar things to you at conventions, I’ve made some of my best friends at conventions. The community is lovely and really accepting.
  6. Be nice to each other. Maybe someone’s costume is not screen accurate, maybe they aren’t wearing a wig, or maybe they look like they haven’t put that much effort in. Whatever your reasoning is, there is never any excuse to be rude to another person. Specifically about cosplay. Make sure you treat each other exactly how you would want to be treated.

Have fun!

Erin xx