2017: A Year in Books (ahem, but not really) 👀😶

I’ve had a lot to think about where my blog is concerned and I want to take fewer breaks. I know I’ve been taking them for valid reasons due to mental health issues and/or life outside of the blogosphere but I don’t want it to seem that my blog comes second…because it doesn’t. In my two years of blogging, I’ve taken two lengthy breaks and I’ve neglected the very thing that I claim keeps me from tipping over the edge. I certainly hope that the next year will be better and that I’ll be able to manage all these things on my plate and still have room for the unexpected circumstances life may throw at me.

My 2017 book of the year goes to Not a Fairytale by Shaida Kazie Ali. It took me a while to finish this book simply because I rock at procrastination. It’s my first ever book by a South African author and I jumped at the opportunity to get it. I was drawn in from the first page and I’d recommend it to everyone and their cat.

Over here you will find My Year in Books on Goodreads so have a look-see. I think I did pretty well this year even though I was super busy.

💙 Obsessions 💙

Sometime at the beginning of the year I hopped on the Hamilton bandwagon and become entirely mad about it. I love history and that used to be my favourite subject at school but I never really went out on my own and looked things up. I’m not American so it’s not like I grew up hearing about the Founding Fathers but this musical really piqued my interest. My birthday gift to myself is going to be the Alexander Hamilton biography as well as the Hamilton: The Revolution book. Another thing: the musical makes for an awesome study playlist!

Gilmore Girls! I started the series from the beginning because I couldn’t remember everything that happened and I fell in love! Sadly I could only watch till the sixth season because I had to actually sit with my books and not pretend that I was studying.

Adult Colouring Books because who wouldn’t be. My commitment issues used to be so bad that I couldn’t even finish colouring in a picture, thank goodness that’s all over now. These books really help with stress and you become so focused on what you’re doing that your mind becomes this blank space and for a while your problems don’t exist. Maybe this is why kids are always so happy while they’re colouring.

Nat Geo Wild! This channel is a gift, I swear to the big G.O.D. When there’s nothing on TV, Nat Geo Wild comes in and saves the day. It’s because of this channel that I found out that Honey Badgers are immune to snake venom. Try saying a Hufflepuff is weak. I dare you.

Hot Topics on the Wendy Williams show is my ultimate  guilty pleasure. The whole show actually if I’m being honest. I don’t know what made me start watching the clips on YouTube but over the past few months I found myself getting up early just so that I could watch the show disturbance free. That woman is so sassy and I love it. How you doin’?

 

📢 Changes 📢

I have a new blogging schedule. Technically the schedule’s been around since May but since I’ve been ‘away’ for a while, it’s only right that I re-announce it. I’m really hoping I can stick to the 5-day posting schedule and plan my posts accordingly. As I mentioned above, I don’t want to keep taking breaks.  You can find my blogging schedule over here. At this current moment, I’m not sure if I’ll continue the My Week and Happenings because the data struggle is way too real.

I also now have a review policy. I wanted to be more professional when it comes to my blog and I do take that review policy quite seriously (she says as she’s procrastinating reading an ARC). Check out my review policy here.

🍃 Everything Else 🍃

 

I took English as a private candidate this year and it turns out that it’s a really awesome subject. I could’ve done without a few poems here and there but otherwise I loved it. Since I haven’t been blogging these past few months, English gave me the opportunity to write via essays and I had a lot of fun viewing one story from various angles.

I started editing my own writing earlier in the year but haven’t found the time to continue. Who knew that editing takes so much time? I do hope to start writing again soon even though the will is there, the inspiration isn’t. I have been imagining weird stories though but I don’t have the will to put pen to paper. These past 2 years haven’t been fruitful in the writing sense for me if I’m being honest.

I’ve been on a mission to go through the book previously despised (The Great Gatsby) and giving them second chances. There are a few on the list and I know which ones I’m definitely staying away from. I can already see myself getting frustrated during the process but it’s okay. It’ll be a bit if a challenge for me so really, it could end up being quite exciting.

 

Anyway, that’s how my year’s been. It hasn’t been all amazing, there were definitely some downsides but I choose to look past that and move on to new and better horizons. Thank you all for sticking around and here’s to another amazing blogging year ahead.

Caron xx

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I’m Taking a Break

As you can see from the title, I’ll be taking a break. I know I just came back from a hiatus that lasted from mid-2016 to the end of the year. I also realise that I just started a new blogging schedule and this break can’t come at a worse time.

Thing is, as important as my blog is to me, I have other important things to focus on as well i.e. my studies and my life.

My blog helps with my mental health but I don’t think this outlet is going to help me when I’m stressing about deadlines and whether or not I’m doing well enough to pass. I have to prioritise, you know.

In saying that, I’m sad to be stepping away but it’s what I need to do if I want to excel in achieving my goals.

Any posts that go up while I’m gone were scheduled beforehand and I don’t think I’ll be scheduling any more for the moment. I won’t be reviewing novels/comic books for the foreseeable future and I’ve already updated my review policy.

Good luck to those currently writing exams and happy reading,

See you when I get back,
Caron xx

Writing: An art or am I just going with the flow?

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

So here’s the thing: anybody can write. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it. Anyone can pick up a pen and write something down. Does that make them a writer? What exactly makes someone a writer? The answer: I don’t know.

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old and I’ve been calling myself a writer since I handed in my first story to my third grade teacher. I got a high mark and lots of praise so I figured since I had the talent, I might as well continue. I moved on to poems but I realised that I don’t understand poems in general, making me not like them so I went back to writing whatever random story popped into my head.

Even though anyone can be a writer, there is a bit of talent behind it. Some skill even. It’s not necessary that whatever someone writes automatically becomes a bestseller but it can happen. I’ve seen people come from out of the blue and rise up like a friggin phoenix and impress so many people with their literary skills. I’m not sure if, at times, luck has anything to do with it.

With writing, what I used to do was have papers strewn all over the place. I’d use my mirror and my cupboard doors and dry-erase boards an jot down any idea that popped in my head. Now I have a specific book for that but it was nice to see my ideas from my head to any available surface. I don’t always think up a full plot before I start a story- that’s also a new thing I’ve been doing. The last NaNo I took part in was 2015 I think, and although I didn’t reach the goal, I did go about it a different way. I had a plot, a music playlist, random scenes thrown out on the page. It was great, and while that story still isn’t complete, I know what I wanted from it.

I don’t write as much as I used to and it saddens me because I’m ‘too busy’ with so many other things that I don’t allow my thoughts to process and let new ideas form. I have a few WIP that I want to get back to because I believe they have potential. There’s one that I’m leaving as is. I’m not interested in writing about that topic anymore so I’m just going to let it stand.

I don’t know where I was supposed to go with this post but this is what I came up with. Thanks for sticking around.

Caron xx

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