Taking On The New Year- 2017

2017

Hello!

I know this post is long overdue but I still wanted to write about the new year of 2017! You know that feeling you get when its the new year but you still don’t feel put together- that’s kind of how I feel at the moment. Hopefully, this post will let me clear things up and allow me to start afresh.

2016: a  reflection

When 2016 was beginning to draw to an end I felt slightly disappointed. In terms of world events, I was not too happy about the events that went down last year. However, in terms of my own personal achievements and life, I’m pretty content with where I am. 2016 was the year I began my Bookstagram (20th of January to be exact) and in less than a year I already have more than 4.2K followers which I am so happy with! Thank you to everyone who has supported and followed me because I would never have imagined surpassing 1000 yet alone 4000! In addition, 2016 was the year I completely changed my blog and I have gotten so much positive feedback from you guys and I feel like my blog has grown so much this year!

2017 goals:

There are so many things I want to achieve this year! Often my mind wanders and I end up setting unrealistic goals but this year I’m trying to avoid that. Here are some of the goals I want to achieve this year:

♡ Create and use a 2017 bullet journal
♡ Stop rushing things and take the time to step back and enjoy the moment
♡ Create timeless memories
♡ Branch out to other topics with my blog
♡ Organise school books and notes
♡ Meet new people and get closer to them
♡ Take the time to do the things you love
♡ Read at least 50 books
♡ Love everyone with all of your heart
♡ Take more photos

2017: Exciting Releases

There are so many exciting book releases this year that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Here are three of my most anticipated releases:

Hopefully, 2017 will be filled with happiness and excitement! I’m wishing you all a happy 2017! I just came back from a trip and (fingers crossed) I’ll be able to get my travel diary up soon! Thank you all for the amazing support I’ve received in 2016- it means the world to me!

Lots of love,
Alicia

 

#tagtime: Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag!

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Hiya!

Sorry for not posting as much as I normally would, I’ve been a bit busy and so I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down to do something I absolutely love: Blogging❤! I don’t really do tags that often but on the topic of blogging, I decided to the secret life of a book blogger tag! I got this tag over at the amazing blog over at Rattle The Pages (Hi, Cyra!!)! I hope you find yourself agreeing to some of these and here is just a little insight into my life as a blogger! Comment below if you have any answers to these questions! I would love to see them!

how long have you been blogging?

You know what, I’ve actually been blogging for about a year and a half but it honestly doesn’t feel like that! The year has gone by so quickly and with all the new tips and tricks I’m learning along the way it only feels like I’ve been blogging for about five months!

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at what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

This actually scares me so much, my blog has actually grown into something I love! Knowing that one day, I’ll grow up and forget about this seems scary and unreal. I’ve met so many people and friends through this and to think that one day I’ll just leave this community scares me. So, like Jace once said, “Some things are too unlikely to dwell upon,”

what is the best thing about blogging?

Does everything count as an answer? Hahaha, jks. One of the best things about blogging is the amazing community (this sounds so cheesy) but honestly, the amount of super nice bloggers out there who actually take the time to interact with me, comment and chat with me is unreal! It honestly makes my day so much brighter!

what is the worst thing about blogging? what do you do to make it okay?

I don’t know what to say but there is one little thing that I find slightly annoying- the formatting. It takes so long, I remember when I first moved to this new layout and it honestly took me two days or so to get into the swing of things, finding design inspirations, searching for how-tos and setting up the move from my old website to this new one. The formatting is hard to get right and there is so much trial and error. One thing that I do to make it more tolerable is by thinking ahead. If I think to myself that when I finish this my blog will look amazing, I’ll be a lot more motivated.

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how long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Well, I try to use all of my own photos and I try to edit them myself because it gives a much more personal look to my blog and not only that but I would hate to get caught out on copyright issues. Normally, I have photo shoots on the weekends and reuse them later on in the week for various things, such as my blog and Instagram. Then, I’ll edit them and add text and banners for my blog on website platforms like Picmonkey and Fotor. So for all the photos on one post, it’ll take me about five to ten minutes (not including photo shoot time).

who is your book crush?

This question… well, if you want me to list  hundreds  I mean a few book crushes I have here are some of them: Will Herondale, Jace Herondale (Yes, I love both of my Herondales #sorrynotsorry 🙂 ) and DAEMON!!!

what author would you love to have on your blog?

Hands down, Cassandra Clare! I actually want her on my blog one day! I’m going to meet her and get her to sign my twelve books written by her. (okay, maybe that is a bit too excessive)

what do you wear when you write your blog posts?

I don’t really have a definite answer as I’m one of those bloggers who will find any little space in my day to squeeze in a little blogging. However, I am currently wearing my pyjamas, which are just a t-shirt and pyjama shorts and I guess I wear them a lot. So, pyjamas are my answer!

how long does it take you to prepare?

Who would have known that a blog post can take three whole days to post? Sometimes, when I’m really motivated and it’s a pretty short post, like this one. It’ll take me about thirty to forty-five minutes. However, for reviews where I really have to compile everything and double edit my review, it’ll take me about forty minutes to an hour and usually about five to ten minutes for formatting the next day.

how do you feel about the book blogging community and nature?

I LOVE IT! Like I’ve mentioned before everyone on here is so nice to me and it takes me by surprise all the time! I get so many kind words and I feel like I can never give enough back! I’m so lucky because to me the book blogging community is like my second batch of friends.

what do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

The golden question- I think if someone found the answer to immediately creating a successful blog- they would be swamped with questions. For now, I think one of my main tips is to get out there and like, comment and chat with other bloggers. It’s one of the only ways to put yourself out there in the community- I mean, how else would they find you? Don’t be afraid to say hi or to compliment other bloggers because they love it just as much as you would!

 

So, what do you think? Comment below if you found yourself agreeing to any of these
or if you want to share a bit about your secret life as a book blogger!

who do i tag?

If anyone else wants to do this tag feel free to post it! I would love to see your answers! Here are some of my nominees:
Kristen @simplybookishthings
Emily @foreverliterary
Rae @loquaciousbibliophile
Maha @yourunicornreads
Denise @bibliolater

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Teaser Tuesdays (January 26th)

Hey, Guys!

February is fast approaching and I honestly can’t believe it! I’ve read so many books already this year and I hope I can complete over 100 books by the end of the year! What’s your reading goal?

I’m back with another Teaser Tuesdays, which is where I share with you, my current read and a little teaser from the novel! Don’t forget to share what you are reading down below! Don’t forget to follow my Instagram @hashtaglovebooks.alicia

I’m currently reading:

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I just started Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher! I love the blurb- Never, Never tells the tale of two teens who were deeply in love but then one day they wake up without any recollection of who they are and as they discover more of their past they begin to question who they really were and why they were in love. I’ve been so excited to start this since I saw it buzzing around on social media. Have you read it yet?

“I jump, my heart racing. My eyes move left to right as I scope out my environment, trying not to give myself away.
What kind of bell was that?
Where am I? “
                                                                                                         – Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher, Never, Never

I hope you liked this Teaser Tuesday! There will be some exciting posts coming soon, which I hope you enjoy! I just got Passenger by Alexandra Bracken in the mail yesterday and I’m so excited to start it!

#lovebooks❤

 

Top 5 Most Anticipated Releases for 2016

2016 is here and honestly, I am blown away! 2015 zoomed past us right before our eyes and it’s like a new revelation. With a new year, comes a fresh start and new opportunities. Not only that but it also means that we are getting closer to the releases of so many new novels. Many new series debuted their first novel and in 2016, will finish or continue with the releases of the next books in the series! I’m sure many of you will be excited for the launch of some books but here are my five most anticipated reads for 2015:

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices)
    Lady Midnight is one of most anticipated reads that have been floating around. After the conclusion of The Mortal Instruments, I know I have been itching to read anything else about the Shadowhunters world. Even though, we won’t see the old characters, I’m excited to start this fresh new series that will get me marking every release date of the series, in my calendar.
  2. A Sword Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    A Court of Thorns and Roses was extremely popular this year and it honestly did live up to its hype, as I loved it! It isn’t a surprise that I am highly awaiting the next book in the series!
  3. The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
    If you have read my previous post on the first book in this series, The Wrath and The Dawn, you would know that it was a page-turning and thrilling read. I can’t wait to see what will be in store for the next book, The Rose and The Dagger!
  4. The Problem WIth Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Yes, another Jennifer L. Armentrout! *que the squealing 🙂 * Sadly it won’t be a Dark Elements nor a Lux novel but it is a contemporary. The Problem With Forever is a contemporary, which will be new. I enjoyed Don’t Look Back but that was more mystery than contemporary. I’m excited to see how Jennifer L. Armentrout’s contemporary writing!
  5. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
    I have been a big fan of the 5th Wave series and this will unfortunately be the last novel in the trilogy! I’m super excited for the movie as Chloe Grace Moretz and the rest of the cast seem fitting for this book. I love these novels and I can’t wait to read this much anticipated novel!

    Which books are you looking forward to reading next year?

    #lovebooks❤