A lot of people make videos sharing facts about themselves, and I did this on my channel, Just Me, Victoria, last year. So today I decided that I'd like to also share some bookish facts about myself, so that you can learn more about me as a reader.
Happy New Year Booklovers!
As we begin counting down to the new year, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about my reading and blogging resolutions for 2017.
I'm not usually big on making resolutions, simply because I never end up keeping to them, usuaully abandoning them by about February. But, I know there are some reading goals and things I want to do this year, so I definitley want to stick to these resolutions.
Seasons Greeting Booklovers!
As it's the silly season, I thought it was a good time to do a Christmas-themed book tag, and I came across the All I Want For Christmas Book Tag on Stephanie's Book Reviews. It sounded like just the right tag for the occasion, so let's get to it!
Hey There Booklovers!
As an Aussie, I love reading books written by Aussie authors, and set here in Australia, so when I heard about the Aussie YA Blog Hop, through Jeann from Happy Indulgence Books, I knew it was something I had to participate in, and share my thoughts and recommendations on OzYA!
As you would all know, it was recently the 400th anniversary since William Shakespeare's death, or his 400th Death Day as I've been referring to it. At the time, I didn't really give much thought to it, but was soon looking to start my Shakespeare collection.
Now, I've read a small number of Shakespeare's plays in school and university - Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Taming Of The Shrew, and Twelfth Night - plus I've watched several adaptations of these plays and a number of others. But, despite all this, I don't own any of his plays myself!
So I started looking for which edition of his plays I'd like to own, and it was harder than I thought! There are HEAPS of editions of all his plays, and a lot of them are really pretty. So that's where you guys come in!
Here are the six editions that I am torn between:
So help a girl out and let me know which edition you think is the best!
Of course, you can suggest another edition, but that could just make my choosing all the more harder!
See You Soon!
I recently found an old school project that I did back in year 8. It was in English, and we had to write a children's short story (and there was probably some sort of criteria that is had to fit, but I can't remember what that was) and then we had to turn it into a children's book and illustrate it.
The story I did in year 8 just happened to be an Easter story, so I thought I'd share it with you this Easter. Over on my YouTube channel, I posted a video of me reading the book, which I have linked below, but I'm also including here photos of each page so you can read at your own leisure.
Keep in mind that I was 13/14, so this isn't the greatest story in the world, and the illustrations aren't that fantastic either. But in the spirit of Easter, I felt it necessary to share this slightly cringey project with you all, so enjoy!
I recently went searching for a BookTube group on Facebook, looking for something similar to the Aussie YouTuber groups which I'm a member of. But I couldn't find one that was a general group - there were a lot of country/language ones, but nothing that any BookTuber anywhere in the world could join and connect with fellow BookTubers.
So I created my own group - BookTube Network - where any BookTuber or fan of BookTube can join, get to know one another, share thoughts & ideas on books and videos, as well as promoting their channels & videos.
So, if this sounds like an interesting group to join, please follow the link below, join & say hello!
See You Soon!
Like a lot of people, I have quite a few DNF'd books. Some I don't finish because they are actually terrible and I'm never going to pick it up ever again, and chances are they are already in a box ready to donate to a local charity shop. But then I have books that I put down because I get sidetracked with other books, or university, or binge watching that TV series I've seen a million times.
I'm pretty sure there are several books on my bookshelf that still have bookmarks in them from where I failed to continue reading.
But this year, I'm planning on fixing that, and finishing some of the books I DNF'd, that I'm still really interested in. I also have some books that I'm wanting to reread for various reasons, and so have added them to the list.
So in no particular order, I give you seven books that I'm planning on finishing or rereading this year :)
Hey there Booklovers!
I have over 200 books sitting on my shelves, waiting to be read.
Yep, that's a lot of books that I know I won't read around to reading this year, and it's only going to get bigger as I buy more books during the year.
So while I can't take my TBR down to zero, I can aim to read some books that I've either been dying to read for a while now, or that have been sitting on my shelves forever. Here are my top 12 books that I hope to read in 2016.
Hey there Booklovers!
I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I have a lot of series that I either own and still need to read, or series that I need to buy, that I really want to read. Now, after I compiled this list, I realised that there are quite a few books - so I don't think I'll get them all read this year, but I will strive to get them started and some of the shorter ones finished.
So, let me know if you've read any of these series, or what series you are planning to read in 2016!
Hello there fellow book lovers!
I've read heaps of new to me authors this year, and they have all been amazing. I've either read all their work, or intend to read more as soon as possible. So when I had to narrow it down to just five for T5W, I had to make some tough decisions!
But, I think I've managed to narrow it down to my top 5, so lets do this.
I can't wait to read more work by these authors because there work has had a lasting impact on me, and are books that I will reread in the future.
Let me know your top five authors you've discovered this year!
See you soon
Hello fellow Booklovers!
I feel ashamed to admit that there are some really amazing and popular authors out there that I am yet to read any work by. For some of these authors, I don't really intend on reading their work, but there are heaps that I still really want to read, but just haven't got around to reading anything. So, here is a list of my top ten authors that I still really need to and want to read!
So in no particular order...
Hello fellow booklovers!
One of my university subjects it 'Writing For University', which has a major assignment of creating a literary journal, from scratch. We decide everything.
So, I've named my journal Lazy Day Writing, as it's going to be a laid back creation, and it follows the name of my photography blog, Lazy Day Photography, as the cover is one of my own photos.
I've already written quite a few entries, I'm just looking for a few more to fill in the gaps and bulk it out more - that's where you com in!
If you've written any short stories or poems, or even have an extract of a novel, that you want to share with the world through this journal, then let me know! Once the journal has been created, submitted to my lecturer and marked, I will be uploading it to my blog for people to download and read.
Now, here's the thing - the deadline for submission Wednesday, June 3. I know this is short notice, but as I said, I am only looking for some work to bulk out the journal, and it's why I also asked for work that you've previously created, not something you're working, or planning to work on.
So, If you're interested in sharing your work, send me a message via the contact page. You never know, this could be the beginning of something fun and amazing!
See you all soon!
As we all know, these past few years have seen many YA and adult books adapted for the big screen, and they've mostly had great success. And this got me thinking - what are some of the books that I've read that I would love to see translated to the big screen?
Here are my top five books/series that I think would have a lot of potential as movies.
As you can tell, I obviously love books.
In recent years, as technology has advanced, the eBook has become a lot more popular, with the iPad and Kindle becoming the new book and bookshelf. Let me just say, I have nothing against this. I totally support having eBooks and readers that can store hundreds of books and make for an easy and portable read.
But give me a paperback any day!
I love being able to scan my bookshelf and pick out a book. Feel it in my hands. Smell that book smell. And just know that the book is about to transport me to a new world.
I don't feel that with my iPad and an eBook.
For me, I love being able to display my books for others to see, and I love to visit friends and see their collections and get inspiration for my next read. I just love having a physical presence.
With the rise of online book shops, people have begin worrying about the fate of the good old book store, which sparked the formation of Books Are My Bag in the UK. But why aren't people worrying about the rise of the eBook?
We've seen people worry about how the online world will see the demise of the physical world. How many people buy music online instead of CDs? What about online movies instead of DVDs?
I am reminded of the song 'Download This Song' by MC Lars which talks about how people downloading music will see the end of CDs and DVDs. Doesn't this also cover books as well?
I'm not trying to say 'stop buying eBooks', I'm just saying that people should buy physical books every now and then. Pull your face away from the screen and pick up a real book. Turn real pages. Feel the book magic pulling you into the story.
Give me a paperback any day!