Reading Year in Review: 2017

We got to do some pretty amazing things this year, all thanks to reading. Here are some of our bookish highlights of 2017! Continue reading “Reading Year in Review: 2017”

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(Spoiler) Review: Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lisa Heathfield has quickly become one of my auto-read authors. I’m sure that no matter what she writes, I’ll read it. She’s really nailed this odd balance between intriguing and creepy – a vibe I don’t get from any other author. From her previous books, Seed and Paper Butterflies, I should have been expecting something with a darker edge. But, Flight of a Starling called out to me as a new take on The Little Mermaid. It’s not a retelling, but there are definitely strong and unavoidable links between the two. When we did get to the plot twist, I wasn’t shocked so far as confused. So, let’s discuss.  Continue reading “(Spoiler) Review: Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield”

Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

There’s always a lot of pressure that can come along with a Breakfast Club reference. It’s literally right there on the cover: ‘a geek, a jock, a criminal, a princess’. And although the characters from the 80s classic were way more than their cliched labels suggested, I wondered if Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate and Addy would prove that there is no box to be put in. I couldn’t be more pleased to say that the characters are what make this book amazing and you all know I love a good murder mystery, so that’s saying something. Continue reading “Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus”

2016 Resolutions!

We made a video last year talking about all the things we wanted to start and maintain, and we managed to achieve quite a lot of them. Let’s make it a tradition to make resolutions and stick to them!

  1. T H E   T B R   J A R
    We did have one last year but it kind of…died. This year we made a new jar with coloured paper, pink for me, blue for Bee and yellow for series we want tor read together. The idea is to pick one separate and one joint series a month!
  2. K I N D L E
    Over Christmas, we each bought five books on our Kindles, but that’s the reading format we neglect the most. In 2016, we want to have read everything we have on our Kindles, and endeavour to use them more often!
  3. B L O G G I N G
    Last year, we managed to post on our blog for FIFTY SIX consecutive days and we want to keep being consistent with how much we post. Each year we have bigger and better plans for the direction of our blog, and this year is no different. From now on, there’ll be more series and spoiler reviews and more non-review posts too!
  4. W R I T I N G
    So, this is the one that’s easiest to break. We said we wanted to write everyday, and that just didn’t happen. This year, the goal is more relaxed, but still with a deadline. By December 2016, we want to have written the first draft of our collaborative novel, and we may do blog posts about our progress for motivation!
  5. V I D E O S
    Our final goal is to continue to post regularly on our YouTube channel, hopefully two videos a week! Fingers crossed!

 

Creative Blogger Award

creative-bloggerThank you so much to Bellsiebooks for the nomination for the Creative Blogger Award! We’ve done quite a few of these now, so decided instead of random facts about us we’d do some twin-related facts about us.

How it works:

  1. Nominate a whole bunch of blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs.
  2. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important).
  3. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
  4. Pass these rules on to them.

Five Facts About Maddie and Bee:

1. There are 14-17 minutes between us! And for 17 years our parents never told us who was older, which is totally cool because we weren’t interested. We only found out because our times of birth were written at the bottom of an old baby photo. Hidden in plain sight all that time!

2. When people ask who’s older we give them different answers every time. Gotta keep that mystery alive!

3. We think that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has so far been the most accurate representation of what it’s like having a twin sister ❤ Other twin fiction that we would recommend: One by Sarah Crossan and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Oo, oo, and watch Gravity Falls! Best buds.

4. Bee learned how to read ‘in her head’ before Maddie, but now Maddie can read faster. (We’re not competitive twins though!)

5. We have never, not once, switched places to fool people. I have absolutely no idea why people always seem to think this. And, we regret to announce, we don’t have physic powers. I know, shame, right?

Nominations: 

1. Josie @ Josiethebookworm
2. Tasha @ headinthecloudsheartinthebooks
3. Alicia @ hashtaglovebooks
4. Books Over People
5. Becca and Books
6. Eleanor May
7. The Book Venom

Reading and Blogging Goals 2015

Reading:
1. Read every day.
2. Try and read at least one classic a month.
3. Use the library more!
4. Don’t neglect the Kindles (Sorry, Roger and Amy)
5. Finish 10 series!
6. Read a new author.
7. Give something old a second chance.
8. Do more read-a-longs with Sarah!
9. Complete TBR
10. Read over 100 books.

Blogging:
1. Try and post at least 15 times a month!
2. Continue to write more ‘not reviews’.
3. Start a recommendations series.
4. Start ‘Student Reviews’ on the classics we read.
5. Blog about creative writing.

Writing:
1. Complete Camp NaNoWriMo 2015
2. Complete Taylor Swift Anthology on secondary blog SongTitleStories
3. Finish a novel

Wish us Luck!
Maddie and Bee x