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#015 | Accio Alphabet: The A - M of the Harry Potter world

Saturday, 13 April 2019
Accio Alphabet episode 15 cover art. Lettering saying Accio Alphabet.

It’s time for another Harry Potter episode! In this episode, we run through the alphabet and share some of the great aspects of the wizarding world for each letter. Keep listening to find out which creature was chosen for C, how many things we could think of for J, and enjoy possibly our longest running inside joke ever. And don’t worry; we’re only talking about A to M today so let’s get straight into it.

Penguin Turning Pages Unboxing + Invisibly Breathing Review

Thursday, 11 April 2019
Unboxed package from Penguin including two books, bookmarks, tote bag and bookmarks.

A couple of weeks ago I received a wee package* from Penguin NZ, if you follow me on Instagram you may know this was all about the launch of their Goodreads Community Turning Pages (and if you don't, you do now). Turning Pages is a new community for all things books; a space for discussion, recommendations and reviews. I've joined and if you'd like to join me in this new destination aimed at NZ YA fans then go here. They'll be exclusive proofs to send out of upcoming titles, final copy giveaways and the occasional read-a-thon or reading challenge!

Recently Read #15 - 6 Books I read in March

Sunday, 7 April 2019
Some books I've read recently - mini reviews. Book stack of Divergent, Invisibly Breathing, and A Dream of Italy.

Hello, how is it April already? I swear this year is rushing by and now it's suddenly my birthday month and I'm not ready to turn 25. Like at all. Is it even a quarter-life crisis if barely any of us live to see 100 anymore? Either way I'm going to ignore the crisis and continue reading as if my impending ageing isn't looming. Here's 6 books I read in March! Catch up on Jan and Feb if you haven't already!

Sidenote: If you've noticed a bit of a change around here that's because of a certain theme designer *cough* Pipdig *cough* doing bad things and causing a whole lot of drama which meant I needed to immediately change my theme. If you'd like to read more on the situ, you can here, otherwise please bear with until I've managed to iron out all the kinks in moving to this new snazzy theme! Thanks! 

How to read three books at once | Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

One of the first things people usually say when I tell them I'm currently reading three books at once is 'how do you do it?' My main tip for reading more than a singular book at once is variety!

I like having multiple books on the go that I can dip in and out of so that I don't get stuck on one book forever and force myself to get through it in order to start another. That's how my book slumps have begun in the past, I've been stuck on a singular book and while I still like it enough not to put it down as a DNF I struggle to get through more than a handful of pages at a time which in turn takes forever to get through to another book.

Technically reading more than one book at once means it does take you longer to get through a standard book than it would if you were solely reading it. But the way I do it means I can make use of more of my time, instead of limiting it to wherever I can be bothered to carry a giant book around to sit and read.

#014 | Cute Couples: Our favourite couples & friends in fiction

Saturday, 16 March 2019

‘Okay, Okay’. ‘As you wish.’ ‘You’re my person.’ All famous round the book world for being catchphrases of beloved couples and adored best friends. But are these our favourite couples? Stay tuned to find out!

Four (more) Podcasts I've Been Loving Lately

Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Headphones flatlay on coloured paper background with 'podcasts' hand lettered over the top.

I go through phases of what I like to listen to at work; sometimes it's playing my regular 2019 playlist or blasting a musical soundtrack (hello Hamilton), sometimes it's binging an audiobook, and sometimes it's listening to episode after episode of podcasts. I go wherever the mood takes me however recently I've been in that podcast mood a lot and there's only so many Potterless episodes I can listen to in a row (don't get me wrong I still love Potterless) so I had to find some new podcasts to listen to. Here are a few that are top of the list at the moment if I'm in that podcast mood: