Category: Updates


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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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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