Quote – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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2015 Reading Challenges I will participate in

2014 was a real reading challenge for me, the start of my blog and I learned a lot in case of blogging, posting reviews and picking books to read. Also I learned saying NO to reviews.

Last year I participated only in the Goodreads 2014 challenge, and I challenged myself to read 100 books (You can see my read books on my Goodreads page– I have exceeded this with 113 books. I will set myself the challenge of 100 books again in 2015, but I will try to diverse the books I am reading and I will do that by combining the Goodreads challenge with two other challenges.

Challenge one: 2015 Reading Challenge from Popsugar

Challenge two: British Books Challenge 

BBC pointed shadedThis is a reading challenge to read and review books by British Authors, I have already compiled a list of books I would love to read for this challenge, however knowing myself, this list will change on a monthly basis. But I am trying to read one book a month for this challenge, more is of course welcomed.

  1. Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  2. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  3. The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
  4. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
  5. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  6. The Death House – Sara Pinborough
  7. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard – JK Rowling (Part of the Hogwarts Library set)
  9. Fantastic Beasts & where to find them – JK Rowling (Part of the Hogwarts Library Set)
  10. Quidditch through the ages – JK Rowling (Part of the Hogwarts Library set)
  11. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling
  12. It’s not me, It’s You – Mhairi McFarlane
  13. Geek Girl – Holly Smale
  14. Half Bad – Sally Green

Noughts and CrossesThe knife of never letting go casual vacancy the bone season the hobbit the death house pride & Prejudice hogwarts library the cuckoo's calling its not me its you geek girl

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!


I think most of my resolutions or goals for 2015 will be bookish and have to do with blogging. My blog will be one year old end of February and I must think of a nice way to celebrate this, maybe with a giveaway and I might buy my own domain as a treat! We will see what I come up with.

1. Read more of my actual paperback to read list – I have so many books on my bookshelf in the livingroom ready to be picked up and be read! So my goal is to read more of those and leave my kindle for a little bit. See how that will work out, shall we? haha.

2. Try to keep up with weekly and monthly posts – This is particularly difficult for me, no matter how hard I try! I understand it is for viewers and readers better to know when to expect this weekly or monthly posts I just have to try harder and actually sit for it! I can do this!

3. Read what and when I want – I particularly learned in my first year of book blogging that you can easily can get caught up in accepting reviews and it made a struggle for me to read and review those. When I have to do something it can take the fun out of it. Many times I have picked up a book reluctantly and 9 out of 10 times it turned out a fantastic book, but sometimes it also turned out to be not so good and it really kicked my reading mojo. I know my blog is quite young in the blogging world, but to keep control over it I will accept less reviews and read my own books and write those reviews. The actual intention of starting my blog in the first place. This ties up nicely with my To Read pile on #2.

4. Sort out Goodreads shelves/books – Yeah there are books on there I know I will never read and I need to be more organised with books I’ve read but still need to review. So new shelves and a clean up of my To Read list on Goodreads is in order.

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My first blogging year of 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A very bookish Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my followers and readers of my blog! You have no idea how happy it makes me that people are actually reading my ramblings ^_^

How was your Christmas? Did you got spoilt with some presents? Let me know!

We had quite a few busy days with Christmas and I decided I needed to give myself a week’s break from my blogging – which helped a lot! I have got some ideas in my head of what I want to do with my blog over the next year, but I have to see how to combine this with work and courses I do as well.

I had to work till 24th December, and on Christmas Eve we drove up to North Wales to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there (It is roughly about a 5hr drive). On Christmas Day in the evening we decided to drive back, it was a good decision overall so we could have our own Christmas Day on Boxing Day, but there was also lots of snow on the roads on Boxing Day. So it was all in all a very good decision! And now I am sitting and typing this with a huge sore throat and not feeling 100% but I really wanted to post something.
I think I have been spoiled book wise with Christmas this year. I have received from my husband The Hobbit and from my manager at work I received Hogwarts Library set with Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them!

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Look at these book goodies! I am sooo pleased with these!!

What are you currently reading this holiday? I am currently on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! ^_^

Have you received any books for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!