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It’s 2017… Now what? | Plans and things

Posted 1 January, 2017 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Updates / 0 Comments

I suppose I should start this post off with a list, a monologue about how this year will be different, and I’ll  make some resolutions and claim I’ll fulfil them all. Unfortunately, I just can’t be arsed.
2016 was one of my best years, and to be honest, I’m not that excited for 2017. I’m just not. Financial problems have made it so I can’t really do as much as I’d like. I’m still as fucked up health wise and still screwed on the job front; and though I don’t necessarily mind going to the job centre and signing on, they can be completely arseholes when it comes to my situation. 
There were two events I really wanted to go to this year: BEA and my best friend’s wedding. Neither will be happening at this rate (though honestly I always ALWAYS hold out hope. Especially for the second one, even though I won’t know anyone there but the bride and I’ll be alone and awkward and well..weird.) and it’s just making me sad. 
Anyway, enough self pity. There are book releases to look forward to, and you know me and books…we go together like a bookshelf on heat. 😛 just kidding. o.O
I bought a new bookshelf cube thingy the other day. It arrived yesterday (New Years Eve) and I set it up with help from mum, and it sits pretty on top of…well…other crap. Honestly, I’ve run out of space for any other kind of shelves. At least, the only place I can put anything from now on will be outside of my reach. I am fucking short, and all.
I rearranged my bookshelves yesterday  – twice – proving once again that I can procrastinate completely and waste a solid 4 hours if the need calls for it. haha
I booked a ticket to go to the Stephanie Garber and Katherine Webber event in February at Piccadilly Waterstones. Tote McGotes excited, but also a bit waaaah cos a couple days before that is the bookshop crawl I signed up to and while I wanna do both, will my legs let me? (not to mention money)
I got some new stuff from redbubble/society6, some of which I’m still waiting for. LOL and now that I’ve got 0 monies left on my credit card, watch me burn.
I also booked a ticket to go to Telford Fan Zone thingy in May. Of course, it’s arranged by Rogue Events meaning I get absolutely NO notice whether they got the money, my ticket was booked OR whether I actually DID ANYTHING?! It says on the website I’m supposed to get an email saying I have a ticket on hold before payment, but I got nothing. ZILCH! But the account order says it’s there so I guess I’ll have to take that at its word. <_<
Beyond that, my only goal really for this year is to blog more (because I’m paying a shit load for hosting and stuff) and to keep up to date with reading AND ACTUALLY REVIEW books. Also do videos on my booktube channel, but to be honest I’d been doing that more lately than I had actual blogging. Sometimes I have to be in the actual mood to type stuff. My fingers (much like the rest of me) are lazy as fuck.
I told myself, beyond the books I’ve preordered, I’m not buying ANYMORE books until I’ve read the middle shelf on my TBR bookcase. Which..is a lot. About 20. I know, you’re like “but 20 books isn’t much!” well it is if you can’t buy any more nice shiny new ones. It’s depressing. I want to go shopping just thinking about it. (I has vouchers!)
I also need to write WRITE WRITE THAT MOTHERFUCKING STORY FOR GODS SAKE YOU LAZY PIECE OF SHIT! *coughs* Yes, that is what I tell myself. Sometimes. Maybe. Well I certainly am now. It’s getting beyond a joke. I got kinda bored with the one I was writing during nanowrimo, so I figured I needed to change some things. The ending is in sight, but it’s blurry, and my eyesight is shit at the best of times. I want to finish it, and I want to have something I’m proud of. It’s all the things I enjoy to read: magic, romance, sassy characters. Even some mild action (which I’m terrible at, by the way)
I’ll be taking part in as many readathons as I can, though I’m not gonna cram them all in together like I did last time. LOL. That was a disaster!
Anywho, I think that about does it. I hope you found this post insightful. Haha. Or otherwise realised just how weird I really am. <_> I’ll try and keep you all updated on my progress on whatever it is I’m doing. Maybe if I upload more often, I’ll get more views? o.O one can only wish upon a star until it crashes and  burns. Ehem! Okay. That’s enough from me.
Byeee bitches! xx 
*in a weird mood. please excuse the profanity and crazy talk. love ya!*
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TV SHOWS YOU SHOULD ALL BE WATCHING!

Posted 21 December, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fun, TV Shows / 2 Comments

Hey everyone. It’s nearly Christmas! OH MY GOD. Can you believe the year is almost over? I don’t want 2017 to arrive yet. I don’t wannaaaaaa!
Lately I’ve been getting into some pretty awesome tv shows, either on regular TV or Netflix, and also Amazon Prime (for a short time). I was going to do a video for this, but I felt that my blog could use some content for a change. So now I’m going to pimp the hell out of some of the shows I love*.
*I’m not at all sponsored. I wish!
Shall  we get started? In no particular order, here we GO!

 

This show first grabbed my attention from the get go, though it certainly took me a while to get into it. I believe my mum finished season 1 before me. I remember once being at a restaurant with my mum and brother and they were discussing the season finale, and I was like NO. SPOILERS! It was a damn shame UK tv took the show off the air after season 2, because it’s brilliant. THANKFULLY, good ole Netflix got their grubby little hands on it and now I don’t have to watch it illegally. YAY. haha. Though I do have to wait a few days after the U.S which is annoying, but I tend to leave it a few weeks so I can binge. You shouldn’t pass this show up. It’s full of fantasy, action, romance, even some funny bits in there. My favourite characters are Captain Hook and Emma Swan (CAPTAIN SWAN FOR LIFEEEE!) though I sideline love Rumple. I mean…he’s evil as fuck, but he’s a cool dude. 😛
MY BABIES! *clears throat* Okay, enough fangirling. At least for now. I will say this, if you haven’t heard of this show…WHERE THE ACTUAL HELL HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS? Honestly, this show is on it’s 12th season now, and I can never get enough. I’ve been watching from the start recently, for the second time around, to pass the time before S12 starts in the UK (currently the US is midway through). Sam and Dean will rob you of all your morals and you won’t know what to do with your life. You’ll be siding with heaven and hell and battling demons and wishing Lucifer was real. (That’s a thing.) I hope it never ends. I don’t regret the decision to plunge head first into the SPN fandom. Not at all.
Speaking of Lucifer…
I recently, and I mean, really recently, decided to try this show out. I thought originally it was mainly a crime drama. And…while it IS one, it’s also SO MUCH MORE! Tom Ellis who plays Lucifer, does SUCH a tremendous job at it. Portraying such devilish charm and charisma, it’s impossible not to fall for him. I mean…wow. I loved Tom since he was in Doctor Who for a short cameo, then he was in Miranda (a BBC comedy show) and he’s been in other stuff too,  but still…Lucifer, for me, has to be his defining role. Ever. I couldn’t believe how I was getting so attached. You’d find me squealing “NO NO, DON’T HURT MY BABY!” even though logically he couldn’t be hurt. It doesn’t stop the FEELS! Full of fantasy/supernatural stuff with demons and angels, with crime on the side, this show will have you hooked. I’m not the biggest fan of crime drama, so this has the balance just right.
Now this programme needs to film quicker! I binged seasons 1 and 2 in about a week and afterwards I had the worse hangover, withdrawal symptoms coming out of me ears! lol
Jamie and Claire are everything. This show is full of time travel, romance – more like full on porn at some points, to be honest – and drama, lots of drama. Fighting. Blood. Just so much blood. I remember trying to watch it months ago, and didn’t like it. 20mins in I was bored. But I forced my way through the second time around and it was bliss. I couldn’t believe it. Now I badly need season 3!  I admittedly haven’t read the books, though I started to. They’re long and hard to get through (haha there’s a joke there somewhere…) but apparently well worth it! 
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is this show ending?! Probably has something to do with 2 of the main and best characters having LEFT! But…besides the obvious departure we’re soon to experience at the end of season 4, this show will always have a place in my heart. Adelaide Kane is adorable and gorgeous as Mary Queen of Scots, and I’ll admit I’ve got a bit of a girl crush on her. *___* But then the drama that goes on in this show is hypnotising. There’s never a dull moment. Romance, murder, espionage, and just plain deviousness will make you want more, trust me. I’ll be forever sad when it’s over but there’s always the chance to rewatch it. 🙂
Does this show really need an introduction? No, I guess not. Based on the life of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, this magnificent piece of art is just MIND BLOWINGLY EPIC. I had no idea I was going to become so obsessed but first episode in I was like “NEED…MORE” I think I finished it all in under a week. And the reason why I bothered? MATT. SMITH. Yeah, you heard me. My little fluffy bunny of a beautiful man. He he. I was going to put Doctor Who on this list of shows, but since MOST of you know I love the show anyway (or at least I did up until Capaldi started), you don’t need a reminder that Matt was and will always be my favourite Doctor, and therefore my favourite in everything he’s in. And we have to wait until next October for series 2. *cries*
Ah, Gilmore Girls. You made my year. Sort of. I mean, I binged the seasons in the summer and loved it. The painful wait until the revival was just…ugh. Then the revival was EVERYTHING AND MORE, but dammit that ending was just eck! Anyway, I’m sure by now you’ve heard of this show. What’s that? You haven’t? Um…*side eyes* Okay. I’ll try and explain. It’s about these two girls, mother and daughter, Lorelai and Rory. The dramas, romance, trials and tribulations throughout their years and basically it’s the best bit of television ever. Haha. 
Guyyyss….I’ve found my long lost love of my life. You know how much I love time travel, right? Well what do you know, this show involves…yeah you guessed it. TIME. TRAVEL. This was a golden gem that I found and I’m never letting it go. I hope to god it isn’t cancelled before a next season because it’s brilliant. Great characters, fantastic stories in each episode where they have to chase this guy and they get to go back in time and fix things and there’s an over-arching (is that the right word?) plot that just…wow. I can’t express enough how I love this show and you guys should DEFINITELY WATCH IT! 
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FIVE BOOKS OF 2016 I’VE LOVED | #YAXmasTour

Posted 15 December, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blog Tours, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

OKAY guys, I’ll admit. I forgot about this post. So it’s nearly 9PM and I’m winging it. THAT’S THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, RIGHT? 
RIGHT.
So I thought, what kinda thing could I post that would be fun, interesting, and y’know…book related. Because that’s how I roll. I thought about what books I’ve loved over this past year (though the year technically isn’t over yet, so this is like…a rough version.)
I chose five, because dammit, it’s such a hard topic, I wanted to keep it as basic as possible. Lest my heart bleed, and all that. I don’t have favourites where my children are concerned. I mean books. BOOKS. 
So…here goes (in no particular order)
1: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — Yeah when I finally got around to reading this bad boy, I must say, I was NOT disappointed. I love the heist schemes, the characters – oh my Kaz! – and the writing is gorgeous to boot! Leigh is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. It’s a shame I couldn’t get through Crooked Kingdom as easily, but hey…these things happen.
2: Gemina (Illuminae Files 2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman — This year was THE year for the greatest sequel ever to be around. Uh…that is, I was hella excited. I love spacey kind of sci-fi and I just love the format which this book is based around, so I wasn’t surprised when I loved this just as much as its predecessor. 
3: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia — Thanks to a good YouTuber named Emma, I was recommended this book. It’s heartfelt, funny, instructive in a way I never knew it could be, and despite its subject matter, it was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. I nearly said ‘written’ then…haha.
4: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure — I was not expecting this book to be one of my five-star ratings, but it was. A contemporary but with a story that is so compelling, I was almost screaming for more when it ended. Like seriously, you can’t end a book like that!
5: Winter by Marissa Meyer — Winter is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles, and wow, was that series great! I never thought I’d get so sucked in to the craze, but I did. If you haven’t read the series yet, you really should. It’s overwhelming at first, but you’ll become attached to it, trust me. 

 

 

 

So there you have it. I hope these have peaked your interest. I highly recommend these. They’re just a shy few of what I loved about 2016. I have enjoyed so much beyond books, too, but a quick PSA: I wish people would stop shitting on 2016. I know bad things have happened, but try looking on the bright side for a change. 
-Kat
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‘WAITING ON’ WEDNESDAY: Take The Key And Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

Posted 30 November, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Book Promo, Fun, Reading Challenges, Updates, Waiting On Wednesday, YA / 0 Comments

New WoWWaiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spines every Wednesday, showing off which book we’re most excited for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(click on picture to be taken to Amazon)

The third and final instalment in the thrilling Embassy Row series.
Grace has discovered that she’s the lost princess of Adria … but some people would prefer she stay lost. With her brother’s life hanging in the balance and secret assassins everywhere, life on Embassy Row has never been more dangerous.
Alright, that’s it. When I become Queen, I’m making it illegal to have longer than three months between books in a series! SERIOUSLY? How long has it even been since we had See How They Run? Book 2 feels like it came out many years ago. I need a new Ally Carter book PRONTO! I can’t wait for this. I became so attached to Grace and Alexei and Noah! 
This book releases in paperback on 26th January 2017. EEEEEP!
-Kat
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Everything I’m Thankful For | #TheThanksUGive

Posted 24 November, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blog Tours, Blogging Challenges, Updates / 0 Comments

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I signed up to take part in The Thanks U Give blog hop, which is hosted by Hazel from Stay Bookish and Mishma from Chasing Faerytales
I’m in the United Kingdom, and over here…we don’t celebrate a thanksgiving day. I’ll not hide the fact that I find it cheesy, but I will admit that maybe we’re the idiots because we don’t have such a day. I don’t get gushy and say how thankful I am for things. I think a lot of Brits are like that. But that doesn’t mean I’m NOT thankful for everything. I was going to make this a video, and show you pictures, but that kinda sounded more like bragging rights than anything. 
So here’s a list of what I’m thankful for in my life, with names, because I feel like they deserve to know:
My friends, no matter how far away they are: Christy (for always being there!!), Karen, Vicky, Jen, Heather, and anyone else I talk to on twitter. 
My nieces, for making my weeks worth it, and being so adorable!
My mum, for basically…everything.
My favourite authors, for being there, for never giving up and in turn helping me keep up the dream:
Michelle Hodkin
Cassandra Clare
Rachel Caine
Morgan Matson
Laini Taylor
Marissa Meyer
Tahereh Mafi
…the list could go on!
The events I get to go to, where I get to meet my idols. I don’t think I’d be who I am without them. (cringe. so much cheese!)
Music.
My imagination. Because…duh!
My bookcases. I look at you every day and wonder WHY IS THERE SPACE AVAILABLE???? <_<
The Booktubers – Christine, Natasha, Kat, Jesse, SashaEmma, Kationa, Zoe, Tilly, and Kelly. (And I’m sure I’ve missed some) – They’ll never know it, but they’re the ones who encouraged me to make my channel and to learn to (sort of) like being on camera (though only when I’m in control), and to not be ashamed to make an idiot out of myself. 
And last, but not least, my blog. The fact  I still  have it after 4 years and that even when no one reads any of my posts (glares at you all. 😛 ) I still continue. I know that sounds weird, but I’m proud of my blog, and my youtube channel, and what I’ve created. 
So there  you have it. I hope I did it right. I’ve never done this before. I know so many people have hated 2016, and I hope for your sake that 2017 is better. You all deserve a pat on the back! 🙂
-Kat
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Slowly, Slowly, Catchy Monkey | Week 3 of #NaNoWriMo2016

Posted 22 November, 2016 by katheryn13 in NaNoWriMo, Updates, writing challenges / 0 Comments

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WEEK 3 UPDATE
Ugh, what a week. Nano is not going strong for me, though, I’ll start you off with something good:
I reached my original 30k goal!
So that means I’ve now changed my goal to 40k. I’m so pleased because at one point I wondered if I’d make it. I’m not near the end of the story – even though I have notes on roughly what I want to happen, I still have no idea how I’m going to get there. Sigh.
Once again I’m writing this post because I forgot to  vlog and also forgot to make notes, so watch my impressive calculator skills go to work with my daily word counts:
Tuesday 15th: I finished my vlog on this day, and didn’t really know I’d be writing, but apparently aI got 557 words done. So yay!
Wednesday 16th: 1179 words. Wow. What a win!
Thursday 17th: 800 words.  I don’t remember writing this much…
Friday 18th: 442 words. Meh.
Saturday 19th: As far as I know, I didn’t write anything this day.
Sunday 20th: 1765. Yeah, Sunday was my best day this week. I wrote more than I thought I would, and I passed my 30k goal. WOOT!
Monday 21st: – No words written. I was out most of the day.
Tuesday 22nd: – Went to the cinema, and currently writing this post…so yeah, no words done.  Sigh.
So yeah, as you can see….not the greatest week, writing-wise. But I hope to catch up at least by 5k-10k. I don’t hope to ‘win’ Nanowrimo, but y’know, I made it this far.
One week to go – well, more like 9 days – and I am currently something like 20k behind? I don’t know. It’s a lot, basically. 
I will try and vlog my last week… maybe.
See ya later!
-Kat

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