Saturday, 16 February 2019

Episode 012 | Take Two: Kicking off Season 2 with 2019 goals

Episode 12 of Rants and Reviews podcast, all about our 2019 goals. What we are vowing to read and reread.

Welcome back to Season Two! We’re back with more fun, more action, and so many more books. There’s a lot to get into today, so let’s get started!


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Recently Read #13 - 6 Books I read in January

6 book reviews on books I read in January. Dry by Jarrod and Neal Shusterman, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, and Clean by Juno Dawson

Hello and welcome to my first book round up of the year! January was a weird one, it both felt like it went on forever but I also felt there weren't enough hours in the day for most of the month. I planned a weekly post for the blog each week but extravagant ideas meant that didn't happen. They are on the way for sure, just taking a bit longer than usual as I want them to be perfect!

The beginning of January was perfect for reading, no work and the sun was shining, so I managed to get through quite a few books before I went back to work. However, after I went back to work, my evenings felt shorter and my weekends passed in a blur and barely a dent was made into any books. But hey, no worries, here's a round up of the 6 books I did manage to read in January and my thoughts.


Saturday, 26 January 2019

Why my 2019 goals aren't that specific

My 2019 goals/resolutions, and why they're mostly not specific. A self portrait of me working this year.
I planned to do a whole post about my 2018 goals and a little review on how they went and what I achieved, but I didn't. I completed quite a few of my extensive 18 goal list but, while I was really happy with what I achieved, some of the goals throughout the year didn't fit where I was going with my life and because of that, I didn't achieve them. This year I wanted to set fewer goals (I ended up with 12 so not that much less) and set more open goals that were not necessarily easier to achieve but ones that could be flexible with how my life shapes up over the next 12 months. They're more aspirations than goals which I find works better for me. They're things I'd like to be better at or do more of instead of harsh set goals. So only 5 out of the 12 goals have a definite completion, for example, my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books this year.


Friday, 18 January 2019

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green | Book Review

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green - Book review flatlay

I requested this on the sole reason that April May the protagonist was a graphic designer (and maybe cause I read it as by John Green not Hank Green oops). A designer is one of those professions that tend to be used a lot but I have rarely read a YA novel with a protagonist designer. April May, fresh out of Uni and in her first design job felt rather relatable, even though I don’t have to do the long hours and boring jobs she describes.


Thursday, 10 January 2019

5 Top Books of 2018

We're already getting well into 2019 now so before we're too far in I wanted to recap some of my favourite books of last year. I ended up with around 10 books that I rated 5 stars on Goodreads throughout the year but I managed to narrow it down to my top 5. If you listened to our last episode of Rants and Reviews you would've heard what I chose but I'm still convinced that these may not actually be my top 5, I just can't choose! 

Saturday, 15 December 2018

#010 | Fantastic Finale: Wrapping up the year

Hello internet! Welcome to our last episode in season one of Rants and Reviews. In this episode, we’re taking a look at the year just past, and have a chat about how we did on our Goodreads Challenge, which were our favourite books of the year, and which ones we didn’t really enjoy. We also start our own mini book club and pick a book for the other person to read while we take a break. Stay tuned to find out which books we chose!