10 Books I Need to Read Before the End of 2019

HELLO. JUST A CASUAL REMINDER THAT IT’S ALMOST 2020. NO NEED TO START PANICKING YET. *screaming into the voice* Ahaha yep, I might be slightly worried about that fact. Not only are there a ton of things I still need to do before the end of the year, but there are also a MASSIVE STACK OF BOOKS still to read! And do you think I’m anywhere near close to completing my Goodreads goal for the year?! (Let me just go cry in a dark cupboard for an hour or so.)

But because I’m currently freaking out about all these books that I should have already read, I’m going to be making a post about 10 books that I really, REALLY need to read before the end of 2019. This is a life or death situation. I’m not even kidding. And what better way to procrastinate actually sitting down and reading all these books than writing about them on my blog? *softly cries*

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, let me introduce the 10 books that I’m going to aim—wait no, SUCCEED—in reading this year! Let’s do this.

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The Spookiest Books of 2019

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! The most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us—suck it, Christmas! (Just kidding, the festive season is also pretty great.) But it’s finally time to dress up as our most terrifying selves, venture out into the world, scare some kids, and get some candy. Oh, I’m sorry. Apparently the third one isn’t a thing? You’re not meant to scare kids? Well, I’ve been doing this whole Halloween thing wrong my entire life then.

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But today I’m going to be talking about the SPOOKIEST BOOKS OF 2019 (so far)! Whether you’re in need of a last-minute Halloween recommendation, or if you just like to read creepy books all year round, I’ve got you covered. TIME TO GET YOUR SPOOK ON!

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How (Not) to Prep for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is almost upon us again! THAT’S A LITTLE BIT TERRIFYING. If you’re anything like me, you’re still under the assumption it’s August and in denial about all the things you still have to do this year. (It’s fine. Everything’s fine.) BUT! Because our lives aren’t hectic enough as it is, we have NaNoWriMo coming up next month!

For those of you that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place every November. People who take part usually aim to write 50k (though you can honestly choose any word count goal you like: no one will tell on you), which basically means November is a month where none of us see the sun, we live on ten coffees a day, and by the end of it, we don’t know what “sleep” is anymore. IT’S FUN.

Whether you’ve got a solid plan about how you’re going to tackle NaNoWriMo this year or if you’re not sure you’re going to be participating in it, I’ve made a helpful list of things you should not do if you want to survive. Trust me. Or, you know, if you wanna fail NaNo, be sure to follow my tips to a T!

To all of you getting ready to smash out a novel next month: GOOD LUCK. You got this!

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How to Turn Every Holiday into a Bookish Holiday

One of my biggest passions (apart from reading and writing) is travelling. And one of the reasons why I love it so much is because of how my love of books influences it! Somehow, no matter where I travel to, I have a way of turning any vacation into a bookish one. Whether it be that time I read Allegiant while on the Great Wall of China, or when I went to the bookshop that is rumoured to have served as J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for the moving staircases in Hogwarts, I always have memorable reading experiences from every holiday.

If you’re planning on going away and you want to turn your holiday into a BOOKISH HOLIDAY, I’ve created a helpful post to make your dreams a reality! Not only will you be able to visit a bunch of really cool bookshops while you’re abroad, but you’ll also get some great photos for the ‘gram. And if you don’t post photos online, did you even go away?! I beg to differ.

Seeing as I’m heading off to Korea with my friend and blogging pal Bree next month, I thought it was the perfect time to do some research for my own trip as well! We’re spending eight nights in Seoul, and then we’re heading down to Jeju Island for four nights, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’ll be the first time I’ll be travelling with a fellow blogger and book nerd, so get ready for all the bookish content while I’m abroad.

Happy travelling, book nerds!

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Top 10 Queer Moments of 2019 So Far

20BiTeen has been a pretty epic year so far, if you ask me. I know I’m a pretty cynical person a lot of the time, and the world is a dumpster fire, and yada yada, but you know what that means? It’s even more important to celebrate the little things in life.

TODAY, that means screaming about my top ten best queer moments of 2019 so far! And boy, we’ve had some great times. Ahh, Twitter never fails to deliver the goods when it comes to all the latest queer news. I knew all my time spent on that platform wasn’t completely wasted.

So without further ado, here are my top ten queer moments of 2019 so far!

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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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Here’s Your Halloween TBR, Based on Your Favourite Spooky Movie

Halloween is right around the corner! So what could be better than some film and book recommendations to get you in the spooky spirit? Whether or not you’re a fan of scary stuff, I’ve got a whole ton of suggestions. From things that are fun and funny, like Coco and Ghostbusters, to films that are seriously messed up, like Midsommar, there’s something for everyone on this list!

So grab a pumpkin spiced latte, find a comfy spot, and let me recommend some excellent books and movies for you to curl up with in the lead up to Halloween. Enjoy!

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16 Ways to Come Up With Story Ideas

Coming up with new story ideas can be hard. If you’re a writer, sometimes it feels like you’ll never have another good idea in your life. Like the thing you’re currently working on has used up the last of your creative energy. But fear not!

If you’re struggling to find inspiration for your next novel, or your next short story, or maybe even your next blog post, I’ve come up with 16 things you can do to spark your imagination. You got this!

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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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When the World Feels Like Sh*t, Read These Books

The world can be a pretty sh*tty place sometimes. We only have to check our Twitter feeds or turn on the nightly news to hear about more death, more injustice, more reasons to make you feel like you should just give up and curl into the foetal position. But just because things are tough, that doesn’t mean we can give up. In fact, we have to fight harder than ever before to make our voices heard and stand up for what’s right.

It’s certainly not easy, and even though we’ve come so far, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. But in these difficult times, sometimes we just need to escape into a fictional world for a little while. Being constantly switched on to the disturbing and sickening news we’re bombarded with on a daily basis is known to take a toll on people. And that’s why I think so many people find solace in books, and shows, and movies.

One of the most important things about fictional worlds is that, more often than not, they depict stories about overcoming evil and fighting for what’s right. In these dark and uncertain times, we need these kind of stories. We need to be reminded that there is always hope. Friendship and love will outweigh hatred and fear. We all need to be reminded of that at times.

So I’ve compiled a list of book recommendations for when the world feels like sh*t. Because let’s be real: it so often does. Pick up one of these books, get lost in the pages, and you’ll find yourself coming out the other end a slightly different person to when you started it. Whether it’s a realisation that you matter, or that you have the power to be heard, each of these books have messages that we need now more than ever.

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on…that’s who we really are.” — Sirius Black

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