Non-fiction November 2019 | TBR

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Hello, it is away to be November tomorrow, which means that it’s time to take part in non-fiction November.

This is the first year I’ve ever taken part, I’m not normally one for a lot of non-fiction, but I thought it would give me a good opportunity to get through some of the books I’ve had on my shelves for ages.

I’m not going to be exclusively reading non-fiction, and I probably won’t be getting through all of these, but I wanted to share the ones I have on my shelf, and what I think I might get to at some point soon.

My favourites are memoirs, but I’ve tried to give myself a little bit of a range of things to read.

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Travelling books: Things i’ve bought away from home

I sometimes post little travel updates for places I’ve been, but as it’s me, a lot of my trips involve city breaks, and cities mean book stores. Now, normally I don’t share the books I buy when I’m abroad, but I thought it was probably about time I change that. 

So I thought today i’d share some of the books I’ve bought on my travels, where they came from, and a bit about the synopsis, because I still haven’t read 90% of them! Very on brand for me.

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I tried out three bookish subscription boxes

Hello! I’ve always been quite intrigued by subscription boxes, it’s a bit like receiving a present, except that you’ve bought it for yourself and don’t remember what it is.

I’ve tried out a few beauty ones before, and a couple of book boxes in the past, but I’ve never really stuck to them.

So I decided to test out three different ones at relatively the same price point, all under £20, to see which I liked the best, and if I thought they were good value.

I ordered them all on the same day, in late February so that I would get the March box. I’ve chosen to share a few months late, so that I don’t spoil anyone, but you still get my views on each of the boxes!

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O.W.L.s magical readathon results | 2019

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Hello! I ended up being super disorganised and took a fair bit off from writing this blog again, to plan but now I’m back after a significant amount of planning, and I wanted to share what I got up to for the O.W.L.s magical readathon.

It was created by the lovely G at Book Roast on Youtube, a channel I’ve been watching for a while now, and ran for the whole of April. Yes, it’s June now. Yes I’m very late to the party, but my N.E.W.T.S posts won’t make sense later on in the year if I don’t put this up so please forgive me.

Instead of aiming to read as many of the O.W.L.s prompts as I could, I looked at the wizarding careers to determine which I would like to do, and which books I had to read for them, because I was feeling a bit like a cheat when I decided to take part.

The one that I decided to go with was curse breaker, which required six books to pass your O.W.Ls.

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My unread book shame | March reading plans

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I’ve always known that my to be read pile – or more accurately, shelf – is getting way out of hand.

Recently I watched a heap of videos by Drinking by my Shelf on Youtube, where she has to balance the number of books on her TBR, so that the numbers always have to be the same, or -5.

In a bid to try and get my physical list down, I thought I’d take some inspiration from this and count the number of unread books on my own shelves, to make sure that my goal for the year was to get the total number down. I won’t be getting rid of a certain number of books every month, but I do hope to get the number on my TBR down.

At the time of writing this (which is a little bit in advance of it going up because I fancy myself organised), I have 112.

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Three picks | non-fiction February

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I’ve decided to begin doing a series where I pick three books of the same genre or theme I have on my shelves to read, and speak about each of them.

These might be a mixture of read books in the form of a mini wrap-up, or could be more of a to be read format.

For my first three picks, I thought I would start with three books that I’ve very recently picked up, with the first genre covering non-fiction.

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Reading wrap up | January 2019

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Hello! It is already February (HOW) and that means it’s time for me to wrap up all the books that I’ve read in the past month. Even if it is now the middle of the month and I’m a little late.

I set my target at 52 for the year which means I should be reading at least one book a week, or four a month, which I was a little bit worried about as I tend to go through phases of reading loads or reading nothing.

However, pleased to say that I smashed that four books goal this month. Despite how sad the above picture looks, in January, I read a total of eight books. Woohoo!

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