Thursday, 22 June 2017

Review - Allegiant - Veronica Roth (I forgot to publish this review when I read it 4 years ago XD)

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Title: Allegiant
Series: Divergent #3
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Pages: 526 pages, Paperback
Publication: October 22nd 2013, Harper Collins
Source: MY OWN :')
Rating: 5/5 CUPCAKES!
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
*SPOILERS. DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T YET READ ALLEGIANT*

I'm still trying to comprehend what I just read, still trying to untangle the mass of feelings I felt during Allegiant, still not quite being able to come to the terms that the series I love is over and that one of the characters I love most in the YA category is dead and gone.

Allegiant picks up from where Insurgent left off. Tris' faction-based society has been destroyed. There are wars waging against the Factionless. A group of people called Allegiant, who believe that they should send their strongest soldiers to see what's on the other side of the fence. To follow the instructions of Edith Prior, the lady on the video footage that revealed the whole other world outside the fence. Tris has hope that perhaps her and Tobias can finally settle, finally make a home for themselves, and possibly even one day, have a family of their own. Yet lies will be told, painful memories will arise and sacrifices will be made, sacrifices that will have devastating consequences.



I felt all the feels whilst reading Allegiant. I was on the verge of tears. I laughed. My jaw dropped in astonishment. This is going to be a rambling review, and I'm probably not going to make much sense during it, because I'm still quite shell-shocked.


Allegiant was amazing. It was unexpected. It was heart-breaking. It was emotional. It was beautifully written, it was perfect in my eyes, although the ending left me devastated. 


Allegiant is told in dual perspectives...from Tris and Tobias, which was one of the clues that led me to believe that either one of them was expecting death. For the most part, I enjoyed the dual perspectives, yet I did struggle to differentiate between Tris and Tobias' voices. Seeing their two different perspectives sounds really exciting, yet I felt like we lost a bit of Tobias' personality. I felt like we were reading from Tris' point of view constantly. Tobias just didn't seem like Tobias in this book. Maybe it was because he finally revealed how vulnerable he is or it was different reading about him through his eyes and not just from the eye's of Tris, like we did in the other two books.


The Characters:


The characters were perfect. I have grown extremely close to Tris, Four, Uriah, Zeke, Christina, Cara and a lot of other characters throughout this trilogy. I feel like they are my best friends, and I have been with them as they have become innocent sixteen-year olds to ones that have become hardened by the catastrophic life they live. It broke my heart to see all the insecurities and self-doubt that these characters harboured inside of them...yet it was beautiful to see how they loved each other, and would go to such extreme lengths to lay their lives down for one another. To think that even after all that they've been through, they still go on making friends and living and loving and learning, and not sheltering away from the world.


We have Tris. Fiercely brave, loyal, determined and ready to destroy anyone who endangers her or those she loves. It's been interesting watching Tris' character develop throughout the trilogy. If I look back at Divergent I realise just how young and innocent she seemed and how she's had to toughen up because her life is just one huge game of cat and mouse. I could feel Tris' exhaustion in Allegiant, I could feel how badly she just wanted to live a life of safety...and then when she finds out that the Bureau supplied Jeanine with the serums, Tris realises that the new government she lives under is power-hungry and greedy for control...just like the corrupted government that she left behind.


Tobias was different in this book. We get to read from his perspective and I honestly didn't see much of a difference between him and Tris' voices. I had to check back to see whose POV I was reading Allegiant from, but I was able to distinguish their voices later on in the book. I saw a different side to Tobias in Allegiant, I could see this loathing for his past and how he wanted to rid himself of his roots. I could see the anger, the self-hatred and the fierce protectiveness he felt for Tris. I could see his fragility and it times it perplexed me because its Tobias...Four, and it was terrifying to see him lose control of his emotions.


I also grew to be closer to Evelyn in this novel. I wasn't too sure about her in Insurgent, she abandoned her son, faked her own death and left him in the abusive hands of his greatest enemy. Yet I saw how she just wanted to create a life for people where they could have their own freedom, and not be chained to the faction way of thinking. When she chose Tobias over power...I was so happy and touched by the moment, that I nearly spilled a tear.


Uriah's death saddened me. I loved his jokes and his warmth that was always spread through the book whenever he was in a scene and when he was in the coma, I kept hoping and praying that he would hold out, that he would make it. He didn't deserve to die and I hated seeing Tobias feel like he had been the cause of Uriah's death.


I love Christina. When she and Tris promised that they wouldn't leave each other anytime soon and then Tris died, I could feel Christina's pain emanating throughout Allegiant and see how she felt the unfairness because all the people she had loved had died. I admired her too, though, because as Tobias said, despite all the grief she has experienced, she still has hope and still welcomes new people into her life, even knowing that she could so easily be deserted once again.


And how messed up was it that Tori's brother was actually still ALIVE and she died before she could see him again. That made me scream in frustration because I know how badly Tori wanted her brother to be alive and how she wanted to get revenge on the people who did this to him. That was also a shocking twist, and I wish Tori had been alive to see her brother again.




I still haven't completely gotten over the fact that Caleb betrayed Tris and yet she still sacrificed her life for him. 


David, as well. I can't stand him for what he did to Tris. He really didn't have to go kill her. It was just SO WRONG. *sobs*


It was also interesting reading the journal entries from when Tris' mom was a teenager and I really felt connected to her and saw how strong she was and just how much she loved her family.


The Plot:


What scares me most about the last books in dystopian series, is that they are so mind-shatteringly different from the world that we were first introduced to. I felt such a sense of nostalgia when we revisited Chicago and saw how destructed the whole world had become and how there were no such things as factions anymore, and I think I still haven't come to terms with the loss of the factions and the world that Veronica Roth originally created.


Now, once I had finished Insurgent, I was shocked with the ending. I couldn't believe that there was this whole world out there and I wanted to discover why Tris and them were locked in and I wanted to know what was beyond that fence. It wasn't what I expected, but I still enjoyed reading about it. I was expecting this toxic wasteland and all these wars and fighting, yet I was greeted with a government that believe Divergence was special because they were genetically pure and the others that were not Divergent were "genetically impure". It was quite upsetting that Tobias wasn't actually Divergent, but I agree with Tris that he's still the same person. 


However, I did still find the whole genetic engineering interesting, and it makes sense and I can see why they want to just breed Divergents. They want to create a population with perfect genetics, ones that are selfless, clever, kind, compassionate and brave, to avoid the previous wars and destructions that humanity has waged against the planet and each other.


The Romance:


Although I love the relationship between Tris and Tobias, in Allegiant, towards the beginning, I felt that there were too many of these "saltwater and wind" kisses and it was a bit repetitive in the first few chapters yet towards the end, I started seeing the old Four and Tris, the ones that held unconditional love for each other and needed each other to survive. 


I started panicking when Four went off with Nita in the middle of the night, and I feared that a relationship would develop between the two of them due to the continuously rising tension between Four and Tris, yet I had no need to doubt him, as you can really see the love they have for each other. 


When Four goes through with the plan that is part of Nita's rebellion, I want to slap him as I know it's going to cause problems in the future. When Tris and Four were fighting and he retorted that she wasn't thinking clearly because she was jealous, I knew that he had to listen to Tris, as she's always right in the end.


It was just so beautiful seeing how much they loved each other, and how they brought out the best in each other and even though they had this tension between them due to the lies they each had told each other and I honestly feared that things were about to go awry, they remained true to themselves and their relationship.


I loved the dialogue between them, it could go from humourous and teasing to personal and serious that left me wiping my eyes and hugging Allegiant to my chest.




The Ending:

This is what I really want to talk about. The poignant, heart-wrenching ending that ripped my heart out and stomped on it.


Tris' death.


I had a feeling one of the main characters were going to die, and I had a feeling Tris was going to die, due to a tweet that I had seen on Twitter.


I was quite wary about reading Allegiant because I had a feeling either Tris or Tobias was going to die. A lot of people said that they found the ending stupid, but I didn't. Although it pained me when Tris died...I don't think it could've ended any other way, and I see the author's motives for writing Tris' death into Allegiant.

It was heart-breaking and although I didn't cry, I did sit on the floor and rock back and forth because I couldn't quite comprehend that Tris was gone. She was a survivor that survived everything, and to see her be snuffed out shook me...it was Tris. Lovely, amazing Tris.


The parts that really made me want to sob were the ones when the news was broken to Tobias. The way he broke down and the only way to survive The parts where he recalls the favourite things about her, the way she smiled and the way she was and it honestly broke my heart because I can't imagine Tris without Tobias, I can't imagine the one without the other. Seeing the loneliness and grief engulf Tobias was terrifying and I honestly thought that he was going to take the memory serum, to wipe away the pain of losing the one that he loved the most.


Like Tobias and Christina, it's going to take me awhile to accept the ending. Tris died a brave, honourable death and she sacrificed herself because of the love that she had for her brother, and that's how she believed it should be. She wasn't going to let her brother die out of guilt rather than love. I had a feeling that Tris was going to go in there, but I thought that she was going to survive, just like she always did. 


What is also extremely sad, is that when Tris and Tobias were leaving and parting ways, they told each other that they loved each other and Tobias said that he'll see her soon...and then the next time he did it was her dead body.


It was awful reading about Tris' death and then having to switch to when Tobias, his parents and Johanna are creating this treaty, as he is thinking about the happy future that they can have yet little does he know that when he returns to the Bureau...Tris will no longer be of  this world.


THE FEELS. 



Overall:

Allegiant is a poignant novel that is an amazing ending to an amazing trilogy. The ending was devastating and I would've preferred it if Tris lived, if her and Tobias could've settled down and lived a peaceful life, one where they don't have to continuously look over their shoulder and shoot bullets at people who they thought were on their side. Yet I also know an ending like that would've been unrealistic, she lived a true Dauntless life and she died an honourable death. Allegiant was heart-rendering yet I think that it was a logical ending, a devastating one, nonetheless. Allegiant shows the true meaning of who we are and what we are willing to give for those we love. It shows the ultimate acts of love and sacrifice that one will go through. 

Favourite Quotes: *taken from Goodreads*

“I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.” 
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn't.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. 
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”  
“I love you" I say."I love you, too" he says. "I'll see you soon.” 
“But when I do feel all the strength go out of me, and I fall to my knees beside the table and I think I cry, then, or at least I want to, and everything inside me screams for just one more kiss, one more word, one more glance, one more.” 
“The person you became with her is worth being.” 
“Yeah, sometimes life really sucks," she says. "But you know what I'm holding on for?"I raise my eyebrows.She raises hers, too, mimicking me."The moments that don't suck," she says. "The trick is to notice them when they come around.
Read More »

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The books next to my bed - Library Edition


As you guys probably all know by now, I'm obsessed with the library. I'm there at least three times a week and I always have at least five books out from the library (at the moment it's twenty hahaha don't look at me like that). I currently have a wonderful selection of books on loan and I'm so excited for all of them! One of my bookish traditions is that as soon as exams are over I go to the library and haul the books that have caught my eye but haven't been able to read because: studying. So I raided the library and I've already knocked 3 books off of the Leaning Tower of Raided Literature (they were so good!) and I'm super stoked for all the other books as well!



Wow, aren't they pretty? They all sound so good and I'm super excited for them! Starting from the beginning...

I read Water Born yesterday and it was so good, chilling and creepy. You know the kind of book that messes with your head, makes you want to check under your bed at night and that sets your heart racing? The kind of book that makes you physically feel the horror and terror the characters are experiencing? Yes, it's one of those. It was the perfect time to read it as in the book it was a blistering hot UK summer and in my reality it's also blistering hot in the UK (which I love, btw). Luckily for me though I don't have a murderous ghost uncle trying to kill my parents and everyone else in the process. Small mercies. 

THEN I got I Capture the Castle out - completely on whim - when I was browsing the classics section. I saw it there and I was totally in the mood for reading a classic so I checked it out and I'm so glad I did! I read the first page and I have a feeling I'm going to love it. I CAN FEEL IT IN MY BONESSSS. (I had to incorporate slight hyperbole somewhere in this post, it's my aesthetic).

I actually returned With Malice to the library because I've been getting slightly anxious the past few days and I remembered that thrillers can intensify le anxieties. Oops. I'll probably read it one day, though! Have you read it? Is it worth reading?


I got The Girl of Ink and Stars out too because a) everyone and their mother seems to be raving about it and b) it's one of the books we'll be discussing in the bookclub I'm attending soon! I'm supposed to go tomorrow but I haven't read the book yet (my reservation only came in yesterday - I'M GENERALLY ORGANISED. Actually that's a lie. Lololol) so we'll see. ANYWAY, it sounds so good and the cover is so prettyful *strokes*. It's got maps, stars, monsters and myths - what more could a girl ask for?

I also FINALLY checked Since You've Been Gone out of the library (well, would you look at that, I'm now going to be singing Kelly Clarkson for the next 48 hours) and I'm so excited to read it as it honestly looks like the perfect summer read! I absolutely adore reading contemporaries in the summer and I have a feeling this is going to be the perfect contemporary for a hot summer's day!


THEN, I have The Archived and This Savage Song to read. I've heard ENDDDLESSSS good things about V.E. Scwab's books and I am SO EXCITED to finally become acquainted with her characters and the worlds she has created! I've reserved A Gathering of Shadows (I think that's what it's called?) And Our Dark Duet from the library - EEEEK!!! Hopefully they'll get here soon!

I also (randomly, yet again) got Reckless and Fearless by Cornelia Funke out of the library and I have reserved the third one so I can marathon them this summer! I was never interested in reading this series but after reading Cait's brilliant review I was like I NEEDED THIS IN MY LIFE 63 YEARS AGO. MUST READ IT. So fingers crossed I love it! I mean, it has magical worlds accessed via a mirror, brotherly love, monsters and magic - what more could you ask for?

I checked out Faking 19 and Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel out of the library as I had picked them up off of the shelf and read a few pages in the library and was instantly hooked, so obviously I had to take them home with me! They're pure fluff filled with drama, pettiness, misadventures and the awkward and hilarious trials of teenagehood - fun!


I've also been wanting to marathon the Reckoners trilogy forever as it's a) Brandon Sanderson (I've only read one of his books but I need MORE) and b) It's got a superhero feel to it. A burst in the sky. Some people get extraordinary powers. A group of humans without powers called the Reckoners who assassinate the Epics (the powerful people). Superhero books aren't easy to pull off but I have faith in Mr. Sanderson (PLEASE LET IT BE INCREDIBLE). 


Annnnd finally I have several Batman graphic novels out! Some are more classic Batman stories and there is a New 52 one in there as well (DC's newly rebooted series, I think!)

I'm so excited to read all of these as they all look incredible! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Have you got any books out from the library? LET'S DISCUSS.
Read More »

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

MY EXAMS ARE OVER AND SO IS MY HIATUS


HI EVERYBODY! 

I'M BACK! My AS exams ended last Wednesday and I am so relieved that they are over! It feels so good to be blogging again and I'm excited to start fangirling about books (among other things) with you all again. I'm on summer holidays for 6 weeks so let the blogging commence!

So, my AS exams ended last Wednesday. I wrote two English AS exams and 3 AS maths exams. I think they went fairly well except my first maths paper went HORRIBLY and I think it really brought down my total grade for maths which I'm really upset about. I'm trying not to think about it because there's no point stressing about it but MEH. I'm so glad they're over though as school work was MY LIFE for two months, I barely read, I didn't blog or write and now, it's so weird waking up and not having to study, LIKE IS THIS EVEN REAL LIFE?! I'm slowly but surely relaxing more and slipping into holiday mode and it feels so good not having exams to stress about! I get my results mid-August and I'll probably be starting my LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL in the beginning of August which is so crazy to think about! I can't believe it's my last year of high school and then I begin university. I think a part of me is quite sad about it being my last year of school as I enjoy school - so I'm going to embrace it as much as possible and study hard YAS! Time to siriusly channel my inner Hermione! 

The day after my exam I attended a university open day and I really wanted to study at this uni because it's near to where I live, it's a small, cosy campus and it's quite high on the league tables BUT the astrophysics course and the facilities for astrophysics really aren't that great - maybe because that specific course has only been running two years. I was so disappointed after hearing one of the lecturers go into detail about the course because it's very electronic based and that's not something I'm very interested in.

Saturday I had another university open day and I'm so torn about it because I LOVE THE COURSE SO FREAKING MUCH. There are so many more astrophysics module available (for first year too!), the library is amazing (that kind of sold it to be honest), the architecture of the building is incredible and I'm in love with it. HOWEVER, it's a really big university and the university has also received bad press this year with students struggling with mental health and not receiving adequate support which bothers me as I struggle with anxiety and I need to know I'll receive support from the university for it. However, one of  I will be staying at home if I study at this university though, so that will make things a LOT easier! I'm just trying to not worry and put my faith in God because he has a plan, right?

Then on Sunday I went to a South African market where I bought LOADS of South African food (and a cute ring) and heard all the South African accents and saw the South African flag and it made me SO HOMESICK I nearly burst into tears. But I didn't. That would've been slightly awkward. It was such a lovely day though and I had a great time! 

I'm really excited for the rest of my holidays too as I've applied to volunteer at my local library this summer. If my application is accepted I'll be able to help kids sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, help them choose books to read and discuss books with them - IT'S BASICALLY THE PERFECT JOB FOR ME. I love books and I love children so I really hope I'll be able to volunteer this summer! 

I also have my first classical ballet class tomorrow which I AM SO EXCITED FOR. I haven't had a classical ballet class since I was 5 so I'm really excited! I'll be attending an adult beginners class where the teacher will assess me and place me in an appropriate ballet grade. I want to dance more than once a week and eventually work my way up to going en pointe in a few years - that's always been one of my dreams! It's supposed to be 33 degrees here tomorrow though so wish me luck. XD

SO, that's pretty much what I've been up to and will be up to! Let me know what you've been up to and what your plans are for the summer - let's talk - I've missed you guys!
Read More »

Friday, 14 April 2017

My (belated) March Wrap-Up and April TBR Pile!


HIIII!

I know this post is going up SO LATE and I apologise but I've been so busy with studying, reading and socialising that I haven't really had time to blog or, if I have, I've decided to read instead because I'm FINALLY OUT OF MY READING SLUMP AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. Ahem.

I read quite a lot in April especially as I have become OBSESSED with comics. DC comics, to be specific. It all started when I watched the Wonder Woman animated movie and some animated Batman episodes that were free on Prime and then I was like OOH I SHOULD READ THE COMICS and then I started reading the comics and I FELL IN LOVE. They're so good and I adore them! I'm busy working through the Flashpoint event because I think the reboot is set after that event has taken place? I'm also currently reading the essential Batman comics which I'm really enjoying! AH I LOVE IT.

I'm also probably going to take a hiatus from now until June because I need to focus on my exams and although I wish it wasn't the case, my education does come first! I'll probably still pop in now and then but I won't be posting frequently until after the 14th of June! But hit me up on Twitter and we can talk about books and puppies and other fun stuff!

Persepolis: The Story of a ChildhoodBone GapThe Breadwinner (The Breadwinner, #1)First GirlWhere the Mountain Meets the MoonHope Was HereFlashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2DC Comics The New 52 FCBD 2012Flashpoint: Reverse Flash  #1Flashpoint: Project Superman #2
Flashpoint #1Flashpoint #2Flashpoint: Project Superman #1Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1Secret Origins, Vol. 1Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #3Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1

Persopolis - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | Bone Gap - 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 (I read this twice! TWICE. IN ONE WEEK. WHO AM I EVEN?!) | The Breadwinner - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | First Girl - 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 | Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | Hope Was Here - 🍨🍨🍨.5 | Flashpoint Issues #1 and #2 - 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 (I've read a lot of comics since then but they still remain the best comics I've read! I love them) | Secret Origins (graphic novel) - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 (I loved learning the origins behind my favourite heroes!) 

As you can see, I read quite a lot of books/comics in March! Bone Gap was my favourite and I reread it two days after finishing it. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. EVER. Can you tell how much I loved it?! You can read my review here, but it's over 2000 words so you may want to make you a cup of tea before you read it. 😜 Persepolis, The Breadwinner, First Girl and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon were all wonderful! They were incredibly diverse and rich in culture, folklore and history. I'd highly recommend them! I particularly loved First Girl and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. If you have any recommendations for books with Chinese protagonists or books set in China PLEASE comment them because I'd love to read more books set in China/featuring Chinese protagonists! I also read Hope Was Here which was pretty good and I liked the message it sent but the characters were too flat and I never felt as if I connected that much to the story as the book was quite short and I felt as if I didn't have time to form a deep connection to it. Secret Origins was fantastic as it allowed me to learn about the origins of my favourite heroes!


I'm going to try to read as many of these as possible this month! I probably won't be able to read as much as I want to because EXAMS ARE NEXT MONTH *heavy breathing* but if I manage my time well, I should be able to fit in quite a bit of reading time! These books all look fantastic and I am EXCITED. 

What books did you read in March? Which one was your favourite? DO YOU LIKE COMICS TOO?? If so, which ones are your favourite? LET'S TALK.
Read More »

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

IT'S MY FIFTH BLOGOVERSARY!!! (GIVEAWAY)


IT'S MY BLOGOVERSARY. MY 5TH BLOGOVERSARY. HALF A DECADE. *runs around screaming* I guess I'm officially considered an old blogger?? A wise (hahahaha, funny) blogger?? A blogger who is no longer awkward and discombobulated (hahaha, funny, again)?? I can't believe it's been so long, how has time gone so fast?


I don't really know what to say, all I want to say is thank you. Thank you to all the wonderful, incredible people who have flailed about books with me, who have fangirled with me, cried with me, laughed with me and been there for me. Before I started my blog I was quite a lonely thirteen-year-old girl, I had friends but none of them wanted to speak about books with me. Books were my life then and they are my life now and to not be able to talk about my latest additions, my new favourite books, books that frustrated me...it was lonely and disheartening. I was proud of my nerdiness and my love of all things bookish but it was so lonely. Even though I'm sure my classmates didn't purposely try to make me feel this way, I felt a bit excluded and as if my voice was quieted because all I wanted to talk about was what no one else wanted to talk about.

Then I started Blog of a Bookaholic.

At first, I had no idea what to do. I'd never read a single book blog in my life, I didn't even know about the bookish community, I didn't know about arcs, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT YA STOOD FOR. OR WHAT MEMES WERE. I know, my ignorance astounds me too. But soon I found Goodreads, I found other book blogs, I found memes to participate in and through all this I discovered people like myself, people who made me feel less alone. I could tweet a picture of my book haul that I was CRAZY EXCITED about and people would actually respond with an equal level of excitement, I would ask people what they were currently reading and get a response and talk for hours with them about it. I had found my people and I can't thank the blogging community enough – for helping me feel like I had found a place in the world. So thank you from the bottom of my heart, to all the incredible people I've spoken to over the last five years. I LOVE YOU GUYS.


I've had so many incredible opportunities thanks to blogging and I feel like I've grown so much. I know little Kyra would be super proud of me right now. For starters, I get to speak to authors! LIKE ACTUAL AUTHORS. My favourite authors whose books I've loved with all my heart. It's been five years but I don't think I'll ever get over the exhilaration of an author actually acknowledging my existence. (Fun fact: when Derek Landy retweeted me I was so happy I started crying. This was two years ago) Also, when I meet authors some of them know my blog? HOLD ME WHILE I FAINT.

Secondly, arcs! Every. Single. Time. A book-shaped package thuds on my door mat I do a happy dance. To think I get sent books ahead of publication and people value my opinion? IS THIS EVEN REAL LIFE? I am so incredibly thankful to everyone who has ever sent me a review copy – YOU GUYS MAKE MY DAY. 



Thirdly, all the incredible books I've discovered. If I hadn't started my blog, I wouldn't have discovered half of the books I've read – I'm pretty sure about that. When I started my blog I was only reading middle-grade books but by starting my blog and being exposed to all the amazing YA books, I discovered so many incredible books!!! SO THANK YOU GUYS FOR THAT. Fourthly, I've become more confident in my writing and I'm pretty sure my writing has improved too (thank goodness for that! My early blog posts? I cringe. So hard.) I'm no longer as shy to share my thoughts and speak my mind and due to the fantastic blogs and books I've read, my writing has improved too! HUZZAH. 

Fifthly, I discovered another wonderful hobby – photography. I'm pretty sure if I hadn't started blogging I wouldn't have gotten as into photography as I am. I adore taking pictures and it's a wonderfully creative outlet so, thanks, blogging! Sixthly, I got blurbed once! WHICH WAS AWESOME. But they got my blog name wrong. Cry for me. 


I'm not as obsessed with statistics as I used to be but it's always nice seeing how far I've come once in a while! So, without further adieu, my statistics:

Bloglovin: 482 
GFC: 549 
Instagram: 1,179
Twitter: 1,180
Goodreads: 171
Books I've read (since starting my blog): 453 books
Amount of posts posted: 730 
Most visited post of all time: http://blogofabookaholic.blogspot.com/2013/05/top-ten-tuesday-4-top-ten-favorite-book.html I don't know how legit this is but, apparently, this post got 50K views? Don't worry, that number looks suspicious to me too.
Page views: 419, 121
Top three countries that visit my blog (I love looking at this! SO INTERESTING.)
1. United States
2. Russia
3. France
I wasn't expecting that! I had no idea I had readers in Russia and France. THANK YOU. <3 


I also thought I'd share some of my favourite books that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have discovered without my blog!

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Life After TheftDaughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)House of MagicDare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)Half Bad (Half-Life Trilogy, #1)Bad MagicThe Moonlight DreamersThe Museum of HeartbreakBone GapThe Serpent King

TO LIST A FEW. My life would be incomplete without these preciouses. To think I might never have known about them if I hadn't started blogging...MY HEART - IT BLEEDS.



I wish I could give every single one of you a book but sadly, I can't. HOWEVER, one lucky winner will win a £10 book of their choice from The Book Depository (provided they ship to your country!).


RULES:
  1. You must be over 13 to enter or have your parents' permission.
  2. Be able to provide a legit shipping address
  3. The winner has 48 hours to reply, otherwise, another winner will be chosen!
  4. The giveaway will run from today, March 22nd, up until May 13th 2017!
  5. That's all! May the odds be ever in your favour! (It's always a good time for a Hunger Games reference, right?)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Read More »