My 2020 Resolutions

hello bookworms, long time no see. I have taken a break from blogging as i was very busy but hopefully now I can write some more. it probably will be not regular but we can hope.

I hope you all had/ are having a wonderful Christmas. and if you don’t celebrate then I just home you’re having a lovely cosy season. without further ado lets get into it!

  1. read more middle grade and graphic novel books.
  2. read the whole Harry Potter series (yes I know… I’ve only read the first three, fake fan oops)
  3. try to prioritise reading over wasting time
  4. try to read a few classics ( nothing too much just trying to branch out)
  5. I have set my Goodreads goal to 20 as I have an exam year so will be busier but I would like to aim for about 75 books. I know there is a pretty big difference between them haha

anyways, that is all that I can think of so happy holidays and I wish you all the best in the new year! feel free to comment your resolutions down below too!!

keep your head in the clouds and your heart in a book

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my summer goals

hello bookworms, i haven’t written a blog post in soooo long so today i am going to stop procrastinating and actually get something productive done. i thought that i would start of the Summer holidays with a post about my summer goals and plans. most of these will be book based but there will be a few others . ok , lets get into it……………..

  • go to a beach – lets face it, it isn’t summer without at least 1 trip to the beach
  • achieve my goodreads goal of 30 books – i’m currently at 20 so it shouldn’t be too hard
  • reach 2k followers on my bookstagram ( follow me @perfectpaperbacks )
  • get my booktube up and running – i’ve uploaded a few videos but only have 9 subs (please subscribe @perfectpaperbacks )
  • get some writing done on my wip – i think i have an idea that’s a winner so now i just have to keep going with it
  • save up as much as possible – i am trying to save up for a proper camera and a macbook, but that won’t happen for a long time.
  • get up early and be productive – i know that over summer break the last thing you want to do is get up early but it doesnt have to be 6am, even 9am is still early enough to get a lot done with your day!
  • to try and destress – the school year can be a very stressful time with homework, exams and just the routine of it all is tiring. it is called a summer break for a reason so give yourself a break! do things that relax you and make you happy, so that you’re well rested, calm and refreshed to start the new school year!

that ends my post today guys! thank you so much for reading and i hope you all have a wonderful summer! xoxo Em

fashion must-haves for spring/summer

hello bookworms! so today is something a bit different than books. im going to talk about some fashion must-haves for the season of spring into summer…

  1. a lovely floral dress – spring is the time where flowers start to bloom, so why not incorporate that into your wardrobe ? it brightens up a plain outfit and if you pair it with a nice pair of sandals will bring the look right into the summer season
  2. a lovely ruffle blouse – we all love the girly bright look in spring, and adding a few ruffles just lightens the mood. and lucky for you tops with ruffles are right on trend this spring! why not pair this with a pair if distressed jeans or a flowy skirt.
  3. a denim jacket – this fashionable item is not just gorgeous but practical aswell. this will work perfectly on the spring evenings when it’s not cold enough for a coat but not warm enough to go out in short sleeves. you don’t have to stick to the usual denim colour either! why not try it in a lovely white or pretty lilac??
  4. polka dots – anything polka dots is fun, especially a nice blouse or a midi dress.
  5. denim shorts – these are ideal for the warmer spring days or even summer days. wear these in a variety of colours and pair them with one of your polka dot or floral blouses and you’re sorted!!

review : shadowverse

hello bookworms! a few weeks ago i was sent an ebook copy of the shadowverse to review. it took me a while to read but that is just because i had exams and projects to catch up on.

i really liked the book, so i gave it 5 stars. the characters were lovely and i thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of this book.

synopsis :

Johnny Sparks longs for a greater purpose. After an encounter with a mysterious stranger, he and his friends are imbued with incredible powers—at last giving his life meaning. 

But this dream soon disintegrates once one of the friends is taken by an alien warlord named Titan. In a rescue effort, the remaining group is sent across the galaxy in search of the only possible aid—an ancient, immortal warrior missing for centuries. 

To succeed, the team must join forces to reclaim their friend and stop a sinister scheme devised against humanity by Titan and his empire. The conflict for the soul of the universe is set in motion, but even if the group prevails, they risk losing what it means to be human. 

the writing style was ver easy to follow, it was a very gripping story that i think deserves more hype.

favourite fantasy books

hello bookworms ! i haven’t done a blog post in ages, so today i am going to tell you about my favourite fantasy ya books. also happy (late) st. patricks day, i’m certainly loving the bank holiday lol. and yesterday i hit 1000 followers on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/perfectpaperbacks/?hl=en so thank you so much for that! anyways here we go ……..

  1. harry potter ~ ok so it’s not an oldie but a goodie and i couldn’t not include it
  2. the shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi ~ i ADORE THIS SERIES , i just finished ignite me (#3) today. i flew through the first one, the second one was meh and i fell back in love with them on the third.
  3. the cruel prince ~ i finished this a few weeks ago and omg i loved it, needless to say the wicked king is next to buy !
  4. scythe ~ i did really like this book but i haven’t got the sequel yet so i don’t think i loved it.
  5. the selection ~ i am obsessed with these books and have read them all! if you haven’t read them then ……….. what are you waiting for ???!!
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tips of a bookstagrammer

here are my top tips of becoming a successful bookstagrammer

1. plan the type of posts you would like to be associated with and start a theme : why? well it looks better when all of your photographs match and coordinate together. also if you are looking for some brands to look at your pictures they have to look good! focus on a colour scheme, wheather you want it to be light or dark. etc.

2. invest in photo editing tools: the better quality your pictures are , the more they will catch the viewers attention. some of my favourites are lightroom, vsco and adobe photoshop. ( they don’t have to be expensive to be effective) some of these apps are free to use, however it does cost to upgrade to a better bundle or unlock some premium features. if you are not interested in paying for these then that’s ok too! the majority of apps have a good amount of free content.

3. use a branded or popular hashtag when posting : if you use a branded hashtag then it is more likely that people from those brands will see your account. this will bring a new audience of potential brands that  may gift you items. remember also that hashtags can end up looking a little messy if there are too many of them in your caption. so here is a simple solution, don’t put the hashtags into your caption. instead put them into a comment on the post. the photo will still show up in the hashtag page but won’t clutter up your caption!

4. engage with your audience: there is nothing worse than when somebody doesn’t answer your question so try to answer as many comments on your posts as possible, it will let your followers know that you are down to earth and like to communicate with others. although the large numbers of followers can look appealing don’t lose sight of those loyal fans. quality over quantity is what i say.

5. create the perfect bio : by creating an interesting bio people would be more inclined to follow you should they stumble across your account. It needs to be able to say who you are and what you have to offer. the bio may be only a short amount of words but you should be able to get your point across and don’t forget to make it colourful! add in some emojis if you want to , personalize it, it is meant to show your personality so never hide it.

6. post regularly : ok so in order to become successful you must be active online, ideally you should post at least once a day (if not more) otherwise the algorithim will hide your account and it will reach less people. this is also on instagram stories not just your feed!it helps if you post at the same time each day , though that is easier said than done. there are a range of apps that can schedule your psots for you to go up at a certain time. saying that your pictures should still have good content. even if you post ten times a day, people will lose interest if your photos look rushed or not up to your usual standard

7. take advantage of instagram highlights : this is a feature that allows you to keep whatever stories you want in catagories. it would be handy if you had a rep code for example so that people could view it anytime! it is quite annoying when they disappear after 24 hours!

8. collaborate : when possible choose to collab with other influencers and friends, it will bring a new audience to your account. the larger the account the better return it should have but anything is a start

9. go live on instagram : this is always a good idea to talk to your followers and engage with them in an unedited way. they can see you for who you  are and you can talk about whatever tickles your fancy at the time. you should keep these interesting and have an idea of what you shall talk about during the live, this is to avoid awkward silences and people leaving because of boredom

10. share the love! : i always tend to follow back an account if i am interested in what they are posting, however this is hard to do if you have thousands or millions of followers. a tip for starting to gain followers would be find some accounts, follow them and like some of their pictures. and  of course one of the most important thing is BE KIND !!!

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that’s the thing about books, they let you travel without moving your feet

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The Crown review

hey everyone ! so I finished the final book in the selection series on Saturday and i’m only getting around to writing the review now! i LOVED the selection series but i didn’t read it all in one go………. actually quite the opposite as i started the first on last July i think. it’s definitely my comfort read. so anyways lets get on to the review …………………….

synopsis ~ A selection can only have one winner. A princess only has one heart

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when Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty five suitors. but as events at the palace force her even further into the spotlight, Eadlyn realizes that she might not be content remaining alone

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy- tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…………

genre: young adult, romance , fiction

pages: 278

review:

i started the selection series last summer when i bought the first book in a train station. i read the first three books very quickly but was a bit apprehensive whether to read the last two or not ( as the last two were based 20 years later) but i just couldn’t leave them down and i loved the the heir and crown just as much!!

this follows Eadlyn as she makes her final decision in the selection. after an unexpected turn of health with queen America she notices that her parents are getting more tired and not coping very well with all of the pressure. she steps up to her role and becomes queen, everything is happy for a while until she is faced with another threat that could ruin the whole country. she is rushed into making a decision and marrying one of her remaining suitors. there is still one major thing in the way …………. her true love

this is a tale of how someone has to make sacrifices for the sake of her family and country. a thrilling tale of forbidden love and sacrifice

I give it

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

bookworm problems

hi everyone i hope you’re all having a good week and tomorrow is Friday YAY !!! so for todays blog post i decided to write a list of the annoying problems of a bookworm so let’s begin……………..

  • when you finish an amazing book and have to return to the real world
  • when somebody ties to make conversation while you’re trying to read
  • wanting to buy new books but fearing that your shelves might collapse
  • trying to find your bookmark after reading in bed…. somewhere tangled in the sheets
  • being unable to pass by a bookshop… and it would be just rude not to buy 1 or ……12 lol.
  • the devastating moment when you get a book returned to you from someone and it’s torn or bent.
  • panicking if someone asks you what your favourite book is
  • when the actor doesn’t match the character you had in your head
  • when you’re in the middle of a few different books and you get the plot lines mixed up
  • instantly hating someone who spoils the ending of a book or movie

so there you go!! how many of them do you relate to ????

weekend update

hey everyone i hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! and got lots of reading and writing done! i was so unsure of what to start reading after i finished fangirl. i was between six of crows and cruel prince. then i received a giveaway prize of 2 books and the whole process started all over again ugh! i couldn’t settle and concentrate on one book does that ever happen to you?? anyways long story short i began reading the cruel prince and i am LOVING it !!!! where have i been that i haven’t read it yet but i’m so glad i didn’t so i can enjoy it now! book number 2 is definitely on my tbr.

Fangirl review

synopsis ~ Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair anymore – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. it’s not so easy for Cath. she would rather bury herself in the fan-fiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible………..

genre: young adult/ romance

pages: 460

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REVIEW : I bought this book as i had heard so much about it that i just had to read it! i am a big fan of the author as i have read many of her other books. i really enjoyed this book however i found it slightly repetitive and too focused on Simon snow, i found myself skipping over the pages of fanfiction as i had no interest in that topic. that is a personal opinion, however, and it doesn’t mean that it was written badly at all. i also understand that Simon and Baz were a main part of the story but personally i found those parts boring.

it follows these twins, but mostly Cath as she tries to finds her way in university. her roommate seems at first scary but later the two become good friends. she struggles to find her way around and is often late to class just to avoid the crowds. slowly she finds herself drifting from her sister wren. when her dad has a breakdown and ends up in a mental institution Cath rushes home to be by his side, wren on the other hand would rather be out partying. even more tension builds between the girls when their mother , who abandoned them as children, reaches out Cath is infuriated when wren takes the offer. they go several weeks without speaking and it’s taking its toll on them. they miss many things that they would usually share with each other, such as Cath now has a boyfriend and wren is drinking too much….

when Cath receives call in the early hours of the morning from her mother to say that wren has been taken to the hospital, Cath rushes to her and all of her anger fades away…. it shows you that all that fighting means nothing and you would do anything for those that you love…….

i give it

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5

It’s a good book and I recommend that you read it!!