Monday, 15 September 2014

The Reading Challenge Jar feat. 40 Reading Challenges & Book Blog Post Ideas | Books

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If you cast your minds back to January of this year, you may remember that I shared my TBR jar with you and showed you how you could make your very own. The TBR jar is a jar full of all the titles on your shelves that you have yet to read, meaning you can pick a name out of your jar and merrily sit down and read that title. However, we all know reading isn't necessarily as easy as that. If you're like me, you need to be in the mood to read something to fully enjoy it. With that in mind, I racked my brains and decided to create *big echoey voice* The Reading Challenge Jar. Huzzah! Please excuse the low-fi quality of the snaps - I went to Ikea and forgot about my snap happy duties until the evening. I am incredibly shit. 

The Reading Challenge Jar runs along the same lines as the TBR jar but instead of  being full of TBR titles it's, wait for it, full of reading challenges. Science. The premise is that you pop your hand into the jar and pull out prompts to read books that fit different challenges, giving you more choice when it comes to your future reads. You get the picture? Still not great at writing to explain am I?! The DIY aspect of the jar is pretty self explanatory so I won't bore you to tears with a pointless tutorial - just print the challenges and pop them into your jar. Throw them in your TBR jar or create two separate glass entities, it's up to you! I've decided to share 40 reading challenges with you to help you along. Don't say I don't try...

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a translation 
an underhyped read 
a book that reminds you of home 
a book from someone else's shelves 
your favourite book
a library book 
the book that makes you laugh the most
the book that makes you cry the most 
a classic 
a modern classic

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a book you want to hand down to someone 
a book you got as a gift 
a charity shop purchase
a childhood favourite
a book you pretend you've read 
a book over 500 pages 
a novella 
a book you bought for study but never read
a book someone else picks out for you 
a book with a cover in your favourite colour

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a book that has been left unread for far too long
a recent purchase 
a book you bought due to a book blogger or booktuber
a book from your favourite genre
a book from a genre you haven't really explored yet 
a book with a beautiful spine
a book that has a movie adaptation
a book that reminds you of a song
a book with the ugliest cover you own 
a book with the oldest publication date 

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a book with the most recent publication date 
a book that features illustrations or pictures
A book that you believe should be on the curriculum
a book set the most locally to you 
a book you can't remember much about 
a book with a colour in the title 
a book with a strong female lead 
a hardcover 
a collection of stories 
a book you've started but not finished 

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If you'd like to, you could leave some more reading challenge inspiration in the comments. If you'd like me to do some challenge posts in the future, let me know! What challenges would you like to do or see? Do you think you'll make a reading challenge jar? These challenges could also be translated into bookish blog post ideas  so get thinking and leave links below if you make your very own jar or use these ideas as blog prompts  

check out my tbr jar post!
check out my other book blog posts. 


Thursday, 11 September 2014

How To Reduce Illness Related Anxiety: 6 Steps | Advice

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Over four years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease and whilst it's a very physical disease it also has a huge psychological impact with sufferers often balancing physical symptoms with depression and anxiety on a daily basis. I have always dealt with anxiety in one way or another. However, since my diagnosis, I have seen it adapt and intensify due to the strain that Crohns puts on my body. I thought I'd share my top tips on how to reduce illness related anxiety. My tips are aimed towards people whose anxiety is triggered or worsened by their condition but I am in no way a professional. I am just an individual with a chronic condition who only has their own individual experience to go on so don't take my words as gospel. I'm sharing this post in the hope that it'll help at least one person reading it. If you feel like this is something you need help with, please speak to someone about it. Furthermore, if you feel like your anxiety could be triggered by reading this post, please click off and read something else instead!

Monday, 8 September 2014

20 #underhypedreads On My Shelf | Books

Last month, Charlotte from RamblingsOfAnElfpire organised the #underhypedreads readathon to celebrate the books that don't get talked about a lot online. Tons of bookish people got involved and created lots of inspiring content on the subject but, unfortunately, I wasn't able to participate due to prior commitments. However, I thought the readathon was a really good idea as it's so easy to jump on bookish bandwagons and share thoughts on books that have been well-documented. I thought I'd share some of the #underhypedreads that I have on my bookshelves - some I have read, others I haven't. I determined books under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads to be underhyped. You can see which books on your shelves meet that quality by clicking 'Settings' on your desired shelf and selecting 'num. ratings'. This way, you'll be able to see the amount of ratings each book has without clicking on each one individually. Handy! Leave me some of your favourite underhyped reads in the comments below so everyone can check them out. 

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I got this at the Penguin blogger event that I attended towards the start of the year but I've still not read it. The Unloved follows a group of tourists that have gathered to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau. Lots of stuff ensues and a woman is found murdered. The reviews I've read for it so far haven't been great but I'll reserve judgement for now! 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

10 Songs To Listen To: The Cure | Music

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If you cast your minds back a couple of months, you'll remember that I shared 12 Arcade Fire Songs To Listen To and had a bloody whale of a time so I thought I'd return to that idea and share some of my favourite songs by another of my favourite bands, The Cure. Luckily enough for you, I'm going to keep this one a lot shorter and less academic essay-like. You can all breathe a sigh of relief! Interestingly, I have no idea when or how I got into The Cure. It feels like they've always been a band that I've listened to and enjoyed due to their incredible depth of sound, mesmerizing lyrics and iconic look. If you're a fan, let me know what your favourite songs are in the comments. If not, let me know what songs and albums mean a great deal to you!

just like heaven {kiss me, kiss me, kiss me - 1987}
Where do you even begin with a song like Just Like Heaven? With poetic melodies aplenty and Smith's own lyrical brand of melancholic whimsy, it's the sort of song that makes you feel like you're flying through space or lying deep in the ocean. Whilst some listeners have suggested that this song is about reaching orgasm, ooh err, Robert Smith himself has said that it's about completely falling head over heels in love. The process of falling in love isn't one of the easiest things to verbalise but Smith captures it perfectly in the image of spinning on that dizzy edge. A song about the intensity that comes with romantic love, he actually wrote this about his wife, Mary, who features in the video with him. Smith once told a magazine that this song embodies the idea that 'one night like that is worth 1,000 hours of drudgery'. Yup, my heart just melted. It could probably stay in my top 3 favourite songs of all time on that sentiment alone. A must listen.