Blogiversary – One Year Old!


Yessss I have been 3 days late for this, but my blog is now 1 year and 3 days old! I can’t believe I have lasted this long and how I enjoy keeping track of my blog. My passion of reading has definitely grown and I feel I have grown as a blogger as well ^_^

You can read my 1st blog post here. I can remember I was so scared in starting this up, will my blog be read by others, will I be able to keep track of it, be able to post quite regular and mostly will I still enjoy doing this after a couple of months. And I can safely say that all of the above is true!

I have gained already wonderful friends through blogging, having made contact with some of the best and awesome authors (Yes looking at you Nalini Singh, Claudia Connor, Melissa Foster and many more). I am part of several blog tour companies, such as Brook Cottage Books and Xpresso Book tours and a few more. I have such admiration for them, all the hard work they do to promote the authors and books, it is amazing to be part of this community.

Further I hope that in March I will change my website from to, so basically I want to change to a self-hosted WordPress website to enable a bit more features like Java and be able to use WordPress plugins for my reviews.

Once that changeover has been done, I will be hosting another giveaway.

Lastly I want to thank all my followers, I am truly humbled you are reading and following my blog – it does mean the world to me! You’re the best!

Lots of love,


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

half bad

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


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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