What I Learned From Juggling Blogging, Work and Uni

Juggling blogging, and work, and uni, and other life commitments feels like a LOT sometimes. It’s hard trying to do everything. After all, there are only so many hours in the day, and we do have to spend a large chunk of them sleeping (as much as I wish I could be turned into a vampire and never have to sleep again). So if you feel a bit overwhelmed at times, you’re definitely not alone.

I’ve been blogging for almost seven years now, and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. People always ask me how I manage to blog while also having three jobs and doing a bunch of other stuff, and I never really knew how to answer that question. There’s been a fair bit of trail and error and seeing what works best for me. And yes, I have burnt myself out a few times by trying to fit waaaaay too much into a week. But finally, FINALLY, I think I’ve worked out the kind of schedule that works best for me.

But instead of telling you how to blog or what your schedule should look like (because everyone’s lives are different), I’m instead going to be talking about a few things I’ve learnt from my time as a blogger. If you’ve ever felt drained or overworked, I hope a few of my insights are helpful for you!

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10 Reasons Why You’ll Love FRANKLY IN LOVE

IT’S FINALLY OUT! One of my most anticipated releases of 2019! Ever since I heard that my fave, Nicola Yoon’s, husband was having his debut novel published, I’ve been super excited to get my hands on it. Then when I heard that Frankly in Love was all about fake dating and had Korean-American representation, I was praying to the bookish overlords to receive a sneaky ARC in the mail.

Finally, I had the chance to read it, and quite frankly, it’s one of the best books I’ve read all year. This book is swoon-worthy, heartfelt, and so incredibly real. Frank’s voice is unique and engaging, and I loved every single moment I spent with him. Trust me when I say that this book is completely and utterly worth every ounce of hype it’s been receiving.

But if you’re still not convinced, find out ten reasons why you’re going to fall in love with Frankly in Love!

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Do These Popular 2019 YA Releases Deserve The Hype?

Hype is a fickle thing, isn’t it? On the one hand, hype gets people excited about new releases and encourages them to add books to their TBRs. But on the other hand, too much hype can lead to disappointment, or even putting people off certain books altogether.

Whether you’re a fan of hyped books or not, there’s a chance you’ve read a few of them in your life. And I’m sure you all know which books I’m talking about! You only have to scroll through social media to notice which books are getting a lot of attention, and those that have seemed to have been overlooked completely.

So today I wanted to share my thoughts with you on TEN OF THE MOST HYPED YA RELEASES OF 2019! Whether you’ve been thinking of picking these ones up, or if you just want to know if I think they’re deserving of the hype or not, check out my selections!

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10 Weird Bookish Things Non-Readers Don’t Understand

There’s a lot of bookish things that non-readers just DON’T UNDERSTAND. Whether it’s your family giving you weird looks when you scream with excitement about the arrival of a preorder, or if it’s dropping bookish drama into conversation with friends and getting blank looks in response, it can be both frustrating and hilarious. So I’ve decided to list my top ten things non-readers are completely oblivious to!

1. Book-Themed Candles

I absolutely love book-themed candles. I love searching for candles that are inspired by my favourite books and characters, or ones that just include some of my favourite scents. But you know what? My family just DOES NOT GET IT. “Why would you want a book candle?” they say. “You can just take a book off your shelf and smell it. Why do you need to buy a candle?” BUT IT DOESN’T SMELL LIKE BOOKS, OKAY?! Or even the ones that have a hint of that “old book smell”, it’s always coupled with other things. Like pine. Or coffee. Or roses. And my family just… doesn’t get that.Read More »

How To Pack Enough Books For Your Vacation

Packing books for my vacation is honestly SO DIFFICULT. How am I meant to know what I want to read for the next month? I can’t even stick to a weekly TBR. *sigh* Life is just too hard sometimes. (I’m totally kidding.) But it’s a real problem that a lot of people face when packing for trips, whether that be a short getaway or months abroad!

I’m an over-packer at the best of times, and that definitely extends to my books. When I went to New Zealand for two weeks, I took 12 physical books. When I was coming home from China, I literally shoved two books in the waistband of my trackies and two under my shirt so I wasn’t over the luggage limit. SO YEAH. I miiiiight have a little bit of a packing problem when it comes to books.

Although, over the years I have discovered some methods to make sure I don’t run out of books to read while I’m abroad. It definitely helps that ebooks and audiobooks are a lot easier to get hold of than even five years ago. But I’ll be talking a bit about that later! So without further ado, here are five different methods I use to make sure I pack enough books for my vacation.

Ebooks

Ebooks are the obvious choice, right? It’s so handy being able to store a library of books on your phone. I don’t have a Kindle though, so I don’t like to read on my phone for long periods of time. That being said, I do love reading when I’m waiting for public transport or eating meals on holiday. I don’t always have enough room in my backpack to take a book out with me, so having a few ebooks loaded onto my phone is always comforting! I always stock up on ebooks when they go on sale so I’ll never run out. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.Read More »

Books to Read Based on Your Favourite Game of Thrones Character

So you just finished the finale of Game of Thrones—now what? How do you move on from a show that’s been the backbone of pop culture for basically the past decade? It’s hard, especially when the finale probably didn’t give you everything you wanted, and is definitely leaving you with an unexpected and unshifting feeling of loss. Like this big part of all of us has just… ended. Endings are weird, right?

But what can you do to try and fill that void in your life now, you ask? Well, I have some book recommendations based on your favourite character in Game of Thrones! Whether you’re a lover of assassins, morally grey characters can’t help but root for, or just girls wielding weapons in stunning dresses, then I have some great picks you should add to your TBR!

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Arya Stark | A Darker Shade of Magic

HELL. YES. Arya is easily my favourite character in Game of Thrones—I mean, she’s an assassin, she can wield a sword like a badass, and she’s basically a pirate. If only she were MY WIFE as well. Ahh, a girl can dream. But Arya definitely reminded me of Lila Bard in the Shades of Magic series. If you haven’t read these yet, I URGE YOU TO DO SO. Seriously. Lila is mine though. Back off.Read More »

Romantic YA Reads

I don’t know about you, but my favourite genre of YA at the moment is the romantic contemporary sort. Give me a YA contemporary any day and I’ll love you, but give me a cute, swoony romance? I’ll bake you a cake every day for a year. Give me a queer, cute, swoony romance?! I’LL BUY YOU A PLANET. No joke. Take your pick. Personally, I’d go for Saturn.

So today I wanted to share reviews for some of the romantic YA books I’ve read recently, as well as provide you with a list of all the upcoming cute contemporaries you simply must add to your TBR. Your bank account may be over in the corner quietly sobbing, but hey, sacrifices have to be made. Be warned that your heart might also be sacrificed to the bookish gods because of all the feeeeeels. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Always be prepared to have your heart ripped out when your OTP is having relationship problems.

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How to Write a Novel in a Month

HELLOOOOO WRITER FRIENDS! Or readers who want to give writing a shot! Or just that random guy who stumbled upon my blog in the hopes of unlocking the secret to immortality — hi! For those of you that have been here before, or follow me on social media, you’ll know I love writing. I’m constantly chatting about what I’m working on and ideas I have for my next projects, and occasionally trying to take the perfect shot of my coffee for Instagram at a cafe and forgetting to write altogether… you know how it is!

But for the writers among us, you might know that April is Camp NaNoWriMo! How exciting! And by exciting, I mean getting five hours sleep, constantly snacking while attempting to drag words out of your brain, and wishing you could just run away to Bolivia to write in peace. Recently I’ve been a few questions on Twitter asking me how I have such a high word count goal for each day / week / month. The answer is… I don’t sleep. JUST KIDDING. I’m a big fan of naps. Sleep is important, y’all.

So I thought some people might find it useful if I were to make a little post about how you can write a novel in a month! IT’S POSSIBLE. So if you’re wanting to smash out 80k this April, or maybe just 5k, I’m here to impart alllll my wisdom to you (you might think some of it is trash — don’t worry, so do I. What do I know, I’m just a twenty year-old awkward potato who calls real life people characters). I BELIEVE IN YOU. GO WRITE THE NOVEL YOU’VE BEEN DAYDREAMING ABOUT. Yes, I’m talking to you. I like your hair.

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YA Books for Music Lovers

I absolutely love books that have some kind of music element in them, whether the protagonist be in a band, or they find solace in music, or anything like that. There’s just something so comforting about characters being passionate about the same things as you are, right? And I adore listening to music — especially when I’m reading.

So today I thought I’d share some of my favourite books that you should definitely check out if you’re a fan of any kind of music! There’s characters who enjoy pop music, to those that are into rap, and even some that play classical pieces. Something for everyone!

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I Was Born for This

Y’all are definitely sick of me saying this, but I LOVE ALICE OSEMAN. She’s one of my favourite authors of all time (and yeah, she’s definitely my favourite contemporary YA author), so how could I not include I Was Born for This in my post?! This is a book about fandoms and music and mental illness and friendship, and it honestly… brings a tear to my eye every time I think about it. JIMMY. ANGEL. AHHH. Seriously, this book is perfection. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me swoooon… oh my goodness. If you haven’t read anything by Alice Oseman yet, please do check out her stuff!Read More »

Around the World in 15 Books

Welcome aboard your epic fifteen-stop world book tour! My name is Sarah, and I’m thrilled to be your tour guide for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. I can see you’ve brought quite a few bags along with you — brilliant, we’ll be encountering all kinds of weather on this adventure. And we might be doing some time travelling too! 

Right, follow me just this way where we’ll be jumping aboard the 1.18pm train to Edinburgh. Say goodbye to London for now, but don’t worry, we’ll be back very soon so you can spend another day in this glorious city. Make sure you’ve got your first book handy, because we’ll have a lot of time on the train to read.

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