This is the first non blog tour post that I’ve done for a while now, here on this blog. I’ve loved participating in a variety of promotional tours for publishers and discovering new worlds and characters along the way. It’s one of my favourite things as a blogger, the chance to promote upcoming works and authors onto the online stage. One of my aims for 2018 was to focus on blog tours, mainly YA and so far, I’ve been a part of over ten promotional tours. So many beautiful banners ready for display that are sent to me via the tour companies/publishers which is always super exciting! Here is a quick update of what has been happening in my world, away from the blog tour scene.
A few weeks ago, myself and my boyfriend went to see Love, Simon at the local Odeon cinema and by the end, I was tearing up in front of everyone (awkward), if you haven’t seen it yet, please go and treat yourself, you will laugh, cry, reflect and witness a beautiful adaptation of a good YA novel, written by Becky Albertalli. I personally preferred the film to the book but I still recommend both. As students, both of us got some form of discount for the cinema. I have to admit that here in the UK, going to the movies is so overpriced and sometimes, I freak out a little because I have this childish fear of the dark and when the lights in the cinema screen go all dim, I feel kind of trapped. Anyone else feel the same?
If you haven’t heard of this website (UK readers, this one is for you!), then you should stop by and enter giveaways for free releases of new books before their general release date. The delight when you get an email to say that you’ve won a book or two… It’s called Readers First and by reviewing books, you earn points and then once you’ve reached a certain amount, you can exchange those points for more free books! It’s actually helped me to save money as well as discover some new authors. The two latest books that I’ve won are called On Leopard Rock by Wilbur Smith and Mr Peacock’s Possessions by Lydia Syson. They are both adult fiction novels but YA novels do frequently pop up for giveaways, so keep checking back at the start of each week to see what books are up for grabs. Once they both arrive, I will be leaving full reviews for them on my Goodreads profile (www.Goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44).
Regarding my health, I haven’t really shared much detail about it online. But recently, my anxiety and depression issues really took a toll on me. I really felt lost, torn and confused. As of right now, I will be finishing up my Pre-University course by the end of May but regarding University, I am not 100% sure whether I will decide to go or not. This has been a very difficult time for me and personally, I really did struggle and fell behind on some work. When you feel distraught and alone, the littlest thing may set you off. It did for me and the results weren’t positive. I still self-manage, as I’ve always done for many years because I like to try and be independent. I am very happy however, for all of my friends and fellow bloggers who managed to get into their first choice University!
Today, I posted this tweet which as of right now and according to Twitter Analytics, it has been seen by over 1,300 users! But, I’m delighted to finally have in my collection, this gorgeous edition of Leah On The Offbeat! One of my most anticipated releases of the year fell into my hands and I literally just couldn’t stop smiling.
Also readers, I totally recommend the iced mango and cream, it was delicious! T2 stock some amazing tea flavours and have recently started going back there for my takeaway teas. I still have a hidden crush on the Crème Brulee one and just had one before typing up this post!
There are so many amazing YA releases this month, which I’m really excited for. Examples are I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green and The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill! And they are all released on the same day… Which always seems to happen to me whenever I want to binge-buy all of the new releases from my local Waterstones/WHSmith stores in my home city!
What books have you been reading recently? Any latest releases that are on your TBR? I’d love to know in the comments below! Thanks so much for reading this chatty life update post, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/alicetiedthebookishknot) for regular uploads and updates! See you all soon with a new post!