Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2014 Blogging Resolutions

As the big night approaches us I (along with the rest of the blogging world!) want to share my blogging resolutions for 2014 with you guys. I'm not picking quantitative resolutions as it always feels like that's setting yourself up for failure. Instead, I just want to pick a few things I'd like to work on for myself and to make the blogging experience more enjoyable and less stressful next year.


1. Worry Less

This is the big one and something I'm applying to my whole life, not just book blogging. I'm a terrible worrier and if I spent half as much time being productive as I do worrying about things I'd get so much more done.

I need to stop worrying about where everybody else is, what everybody else is doing and what everybody else thinks of me. It doesn't matter.


2. Use Social Media More

My boyfriend has worked on a new website for me and a new look for my blogs (which will be fully live tomorrow!) so to go with my new look Internet presence I want to use social media a lot more than I currently do.

I want to use Twitter to interact more with authors and other bloggers and keep my new Facebook page (which is here if anybody would like to stop by and give me a like!) up to date with all of my new posts.


3. Spend More Time Visiting Other Blogs

This is one I always promise myself I'll do but never seem to stick to! I love reading blogs, I spend so much time doing it but I never get round to commenting and chatting with bloggers about their posts. I always seem to talk to my blogging pals about other things, so this year I want to expand my list of blogs I visit and take the time to comment.


4. Film More Videos

Yes! I'm excited about this one! I joined the Bookish Brits earlier this year and I've really enjoyed making videos for our Youtube channel. I got a swanky new camera for my birthday so I want to use it to film more videos for both Bookish Brits and my own (soon to be live) Writing from the Tub Youtube channel.


5. Dedicate More Time to Reading:

This is the big one... How many of us bloggers adore reading but never find enough time to read the books we're desperate to start? Far, far, far too many of us. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies, obviously, but it always seems to be something I do when I've finished everything else on my to-do list. Well, I want that to change and I want to make reading a bigger priority for me.

6. Enjoy Writing:

In terms of writing my only resolution is to chill out and enjoy it. It's such a fun thing but I find myself getting too bogged down with pressure I put on myself to write quickly, or finish a book as soon as possible, or get ready to look for an agent is. The truth is I know I'm not quite at that stage yet, so I just want to relax and enjoy the book I'm writing without rushing myself through it.


So, what are your resolutions for 2014? Let me know!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 4 debut novels I read in 2013

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about 4 debut novels I read in 2013.

As you saw last week, I have a big wishlist for debut novels in 2014 and these are a few of my favourites that I read this year. 

Broken - A. E. Rought // The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth Laban // Splintered - A. G. Howard // The Dark Inside - Rupert Wallis

What were your favourite debuts of 2013?

Friday, 20 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 5 new (to me) authors I read in 2013

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about 5 new (to me) authors I read in 2013.

I was really lucky to discover some brilliant new authors in 2013 so I can't wait to read more of their books next year. 

C. J. Harper // Abigail Haas // Gillian Flynn // Eleanor Updale // Annabel Pitcher
I've only just noticed that all five of my picks are women - go ladies!

Who were your favourite discoveries this year?

Thursday, 19 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 6 books I STILL haven't read that I'll be reading in 2014

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about 6 books I STILL haven't read that I'll be reading in 2014.

I do one of these lists every year and the same books keep cropping up time and time again - I'm a nightmare for never getting around to a whole stack of books I really do genuinely want to read so I'm determined to get to these next year!

Forever - Maggie Stiefvater // Cracked - K. M. Walton // This Is Not a Test - Courtney Summers

TFIOS - John Green // Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor (I'm reading this now so I may finish it before 2013 is up!) // The List - Siobhan Vivian

So, what books are still on your shelves that you want to get to in 2014?

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 7 2014 Book to Film Adaptations

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about 7 book to film adaptations that are coming out next year.

I'm hoping the release dates with these are correct - I've checked on IMDB etc and they all had 2014 release dates but apologies if any of these change!

Divergent - Veronica Roth // The Fault in Our Stars - John Green // Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Fallen - Lauren Kate // Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn // Mockingjay (part one) - Suzanne Collins
The Maze Runner - James Dashner
I'm hoping to catch all of these when they come out - we're getting thoroughly spoiled with YA film adaptations! Which of these are you hoping to see at the cinema next year?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 8 2014 Most Anticipated Non-Debuts

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about the top 8 non-debut 2014 releases I can't wait for.

As I've said before, I always try to read a lot of debut novels each year but I also can't resist pre-ordering the books that my favourite authors release - and, trust me, there are lots of look forward to next year!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han // 16 Things I Thought Were True - Janet Gurtler // #Scandal - Sarah Ockler

Panic - Lauren Oliver // After the End - Amy Plum // Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins // Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor

Are any of these on your wishlist for 2014? I think the ones I'm most excited about are Dreams of Gods and Monsters and #Scandal!

Monday, 16 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 9 2014 Debuts I Can't Wait For

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about 9 debut novels that I cannot wait to read in 2014.

I always try to make an effort to read a lot of debuts each year to support new authors and find some new favourite writers so I had a great time poring over lists of 2014 debuts to pick my top nine most anticipated reads.

Side Effects May Vary - Julie Murphy // The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu // No One Else Can Have You - Kathleen Hale

The Break-Up Artist - Philip Siegel // Nearly Gone - Elle Cosimano // Banished - Liz De Jager

Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige // Pointe - Brandy Colbert // Far From You - Tess Sharpe
Are any of these books on your 2014 wishlist? And how incredible are some of these covers? Just take a look at Dorothy Must Die and No One Else Can Have You - those are my two favourites!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 10 Favourite Books of 2013

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about my top 10 favourite books of 2013.

I didn't read a whole lot of books in 2013 but I was lucky that most of those I did read I really enjoyed, which made putting this list together very easy indeed.

Every Day - David Levithan // Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn // The Killing Woods - Lucy Christopher

The Last Minute - Eleanor Updale // The Bunker Diary - Kevin Brooks // You Don't Know Me - Sophia Bennett

The Prey - Andrew Fukuda // The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth Laban // Dangerous Girls - Abigail Haas

The Dark Inside - Rupert Wallis (this is a 2014 release but I read (and loved!) it in 2013)

What were your favourite books of 2013?

Saturday, 14 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 11 Favourite Covers of 2013

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about my 11 favourite covers of 2013.

Teeth - Hannah Moskowitz // Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Tucholke // The Rules for Disappearing - Ashley Elston

Paper Valentine - Brenna Yovanoff - The End Games - T. Michael Martin // Hysteria - Megan Miranda

Splintered - A. G. Howard // In the Shadow of Blackbirds - Cat Winters // OCD Love Story - Corey Ann Haydu

The S-Word - Chelsea Pitcher // Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys

Gorgeous, aren't they? I think The End Games is my favourite - lots of red, white and black in covers this year! What were your favourite covers of 2013?

Friday, 13 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas: 12 2013 Releases I Still Want to Read

Hello everybody and welcome to today's 12 Days of Christmas post! Today's post is about the top 12 books released in 2013 that I didn't get a chance to read this year.

The Madman's Daughter - Megan Shepherd // Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis // Dear Love, You Suck - Scott Blagden

The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey // The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen // Going Vintage - Lindsey Leavitt

Me, Him, Them, and it - Caela Carter // OCD Love Story - Corey Ann Haydu // Premeditated - Josin McQuein

The Murmurings - Carly Anne West // If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch // Allegiant - Veronica Roth

So which 2013 releases did you guys miss out on this year? Let me know!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas is Back!

So I've decided to run my 12 Days of Christmas feature again this year after a few people requested it, which was very sweet so a big thanks for that!

I've changed a lot of the themes this time so in case anybody wanted to join in I'm going to post the schedule up here - I don't run this as a meme but if anyone does fancy it do feel free to join in with a few days, or all of them, whatever suits. If you could pop a little link back to this post if you do decide to take part I'd really appreciate it.

Without further ado, the schedule for this year's Writing from the Tub's 12 Days of Christmas is as follows:

Friday 13th: 12 2013 releases I still want to read

Saturday 14th: 11 favourite covers of 2013

Sunday 15th: 10 favourite books I read in 2013

Monday 16th: 9 2014 debuts I can't wait for

Tuesday 17th: 8 2014 non-debuts I can't wait for

Wednesday 18th: 7 book to film adaptations in 2014

Thursday 19th: 6 books on my TBR for 2014

Friday 20th: 5 new to me authors I read in 2013

Saturday 21st: 4 debut novels I read in 2013

Sunday 22nd: 3 biggest blogging achievements in 2013

Monday 23rd: 2 things I learned about blogging in 2013

Tuesday 24th: Book of the year, 2013!

Keep an eye out for these posts starting this Friday, the 13th!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas Book Wishlist!

Every year I'm always surprised by the books I put on my birthday/Christmas wishlist. I'd assume I, like all readers, would have a huge wishlist of fiction but in reality I tend to put very few novels on my Christmas list. It's almost all non-fiction.

I don't review non-fiction so it's not something I talk about much here but I'm a huge non-fiction reader. I love learning, I love educating myself and if there's something I don't know about I'll teach myself about it, which is why I have almost as much non-fiction as fiction on my shelves.

I haven't bought myself too many books this year, as I've been going through the world's longest reading slump so I really haven't read very much in 2013 - maybe 30 books in total? My fiction slump means I've been reading even more non-fiction than usual but there are a few books I haven't bought for myself that I'm really, really lusting after - these are the, um, slightly more expensive ones, naturally!

That said, there are a few novels on my wishlist this year, which you can see below:

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell // Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh // Information is Beautiful - David McCandless // OCD Love Story - Corey Ann Haydu // The Power of Doing Less - Fergus O'Connell // Picture Me Gone - Meg Rosoff

Don't Peek - Martia Hansen // Face Forward // Kevyn Aucoin // Five Summers - Una LaMarche // The Elements - Theodore Gray // The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott - Dr David Wilson

Which books are on your Christmas wishlist this year? Are there any non-fiction gems you think I'm missing?