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Gilmore Girls Has Changed My Life

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Hello fellow bookworms! I’ve been in a reading slump recently, and I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix… I’ve never had a chance to watch Gilmore Girls, there are so many series and I’ve always been so busy, but I wanted something new to watch in the new year, and my sister wouldn’t stop saying how much I would enjoy it, so I gave it a go. Here’s how, since watching, Gilmore Girls has changed my life…

Motivation

This seems like a strange one, seeing as watching TV is something that usually takes away any productive time, but because Gilmore Girls isn’t a show you have to binge watch (although it’s nice to have the occasional marathon!), it’s easier to watch on work breaks and in the evening. Watching Rory study, working hard and succeeding in everything she sets out to do has been so motivational for me to continue to work hard in the last few months of my degree, and hopefully succeed as much as she does!

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Relationships

Gilmore Girls’ characters are built on their relationships with each other. I remember, after watching the first episode, reminding my mum just how much I loved her! The relationship I have with my mum is so special, especially now I’m old enough to do more mother-daughter stuff together. Seeing Lorelai’s relationship with her parents has also made me realise how much I should appreciate my parents and spend time with them. Friendly relationships are also so important, and Rory and Paris’ relationship has taught me that friendship is a rocky road, but when it succeeds it really is great!

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I think one of the main relationships present, however, is the romantic ones! I know it never happens like it does in the movies or on the TV, but it was so inspiring seeing how Lorelai and Rory deals with everything their boyfriends threw at them. I’m only at the beginning of Season 5, so no Rory/Logan or Luke/Lorelai spoilers please! It’s also been motivational for me to try a bit harder socialising and meeting new people, as I can see how amazing being in a relationship can be!

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Live more

Besides working my socks off at uni, Gilmore Girls has been inspired me to really live my life, and not be scared to do things outside my comfort zone. Lorelai and Sookie realised their dream with founding the Dragonfly Inn, and it wouldn’t have been possible without taking risks, as well as working hard! There were plenty of things Rory did with Jess that she never would have dreamed of doing, and it made me realise how important it is to live a little bit more. You only live one life, right?!

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Laugh more

Sometimes stuff that seems like a big deal really doesn’t matter in the long run, and we should just laugh it off like we would do in years to come anyway! Enjoy comedy and funny cat pictures, and stop worrying too much about the future. Live in the here and now, and laugh it off! It’s great seeing how the characters of Gilmore Girls deal with their problems, and Lorelai is always looking on the bright side of life, making jokes and seeing the best in difficult situations.

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Eat more

I often worry about how much I eat, especially junk food, and I don’t think I would ever go as far as eating out all the time or having takeaways and junk food on hand, but I’ve come to appreciate the fact that it’s okay to treat myself, it all comes down to living more and having a more exciting life!

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That’s it for today’s post, I had so much fun writing this and thinking about how much this programme has influenced me, and if you’ve never watched Gilmore Girls, I highly recommend it! It’s such a feel good show and the characters are great, perfect for when you’re in a bit of a reading slump!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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The End of an Era (possibly…)

Hello fellow bookworms! As you notice, this is not my normal Top Ten Tuesday post, but rather a slightly sad announcement, for me anyway.

Due to my extremely busy schedule with university, which is even more packed than last year, being in Year 2, I am not getting as much time to myself as I used to enjoy. As a result of this, you may have noticed that I have not been as active on the blog.

Trying to keep up with my important uni work, my job, spending time with family and friends and the many books I have to read, I am struggling to keep on top of blogging.

But never fear, this is not the complete end. As you may have guessed from what you have read so far, I am not going to continue blogging. This doesn’t mean I am gone forever. I am merely going to be taking a break for a few months after Christmas, when this blog will be on a partial hiatus (more on that soon!) After this, I will review the time I have and continue with a lighter blogging schedule as follows:

  • One blog post a week- probably Weekly Wednesday Update
  • One review per month- either my favourite book of the month or one I particularly want to talk about
  • A monthly roundup to keep my readers up to date with what I have been reading

See, not gone forever!!

Now, about this partial hiatus business. As I have so many books I have been sent in exchange for a review, I will obviously have to review them. Those reviews will be posted here on this blog/NetGalley as and when I get the time to write them, but there will be nothing else featured on this blog through until probably the end of March or April.

I am quite sad to have to do this and, as I said, I do hope to continue after my small break, and you will still be hearing from me (in small amounts) up until Christmas.

I will be putting a note up on my book exchange page to let authors and publishers know I will not be accepting any more exchange books.

Thanks for understanding!

Jade 🙂

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Happy Birthday BookMuffin!

We’re celebrating here at BookMuffin HQ (aka me!) because it’s BookMuffin’s first birthday!! I cannot believe I have been blogging for a whole year, and I thought I would write a celebratory post summing up my blogging year, plus I will be revealing… The BookMuffin logo!! Da-da!! Firstly, I’m going to go through my year in blogging…

5 things I’ve learnt about book blogging…

  1. Don’t request/accept too many exchange books- as much as I was so excited about the prospect of authors and publishers sending me free books, I am currently drowning in exchange books and I have no time for personal reading!
  2. Keep to a posting schedule- I have to make sure I post frequently and make time for posts to keep my readers entertained
  3. Throw in an adhoc post- there’s nothing wrong with a surprise post once in a while if you have something you’re itching to discuss, or a blog tag you’ve been tagged to do
  4. Connect with social media- I find using Instagram, helps me to find new bloggers and connect with other people who may not necessarily write about books, but are still completely fanatic about them!
  5. Connect with other bloggers- Find other book bloggers and comment on their posts, make friends with other book lovers!

Top 5 books read in my blogging year…

I’ve read a total of 52 books in my blogging year (that’s a book a week!), and here are my top 5 books read from March 2015-March 2016:

  1. The Book Thief
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  3. Me Before You
  4. Gone Girl
  5. The Husband’s Secret

Statistics…

Since I started blogging I have:

  • posted 259 (this will be number 260!) posts
  • received 4,385 views
  • … and 1,737 visitors
  • received 132 WordPress followers

and my best day (statistically speaking) was April 3rd 2015, with a total of 52 views!

and finally…

The grand reveal of the BookMuffin logo!

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WOOHOO! I will be uploading it very shortly and it will be all guns blazing this year!!

Thank you to all of my lovely readers for helping me get this far and supporting me, and I hope you all have a fab end of the week!

Happy Wednesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I’ve been nominated by Ardis @ Pondering the Prose to do the Blogger Recognition Award! I’m so excited to do this post (and a great birthday present too!)

Rules

1.  Select 15 other blogs you want to give this award to (it may not be 15 but I will try my best)

2.  Write a post to show off your award!  Give a story about why you started your blog and give advice to new bloggers!

3.  Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them.

4.  Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.  That way, anyone can find the original post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing.

Nominees

Josephine @ Josies Book Corner

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

Analee @ Book Snacks

Cordelia @ I Would Rather Read

Josh @ Been There, Read That

Amanda @ Amandas Book Nook

Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds

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Story of my Blog

So sometimes, when I know that nobody can see my computer, I catch up on bits and pieces when I have nothing to do at work… It’s bad I know, but I only do it when I have nothing else to do, I promise! Anyway, I had made a WordPress account ages ago and had been meaning to start a blog, I just didn’t know what about. So ages went by, and I had been registering to try and get ‘read and review’ books from Waterstones for a while, when one came in the post very unexpectedly! When I had to write a review for it I thought, ‘ahh, I should blog this!’, so from there spawned my little blog. It’s not much, but I worked so hard on it for that whole day at work when no one was there to watch me ‘working’, and I’m very proud of how far it has come since March! I’m so grateful to all of my readers for taking a look at my posts and supporting my blog 🙂

Advice to New Bloggers

My advice is short but sweet… Keep going! It’s so exciting at first, and then you will start to think ‘why on earth did I decide to do this’! It came to a point where it was so time consuming that I was thinking of quitting, but when I wrote posts and people liked and commented on them I realised how worth while it is to be doing this. I have met so many people and connected with loads of book loving bloggers just like me and it’s not a big community but it’s a nice one! Once you’ve established your blog theme, it doesn’t matter if you sometimes go off topic, because sometimes people like a bit of a mix up. Take part in blog memes and connect with others because your blog will get new recognition every day! Good Luck!!

Happy Sunday and Happy Blogging! (and Happy Birthday to meeeee :D)

Jade 🙂

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Blog Post Schedule Updates

Hello fellow bookworms 🙂

First things first, there will be no Top Ten Tuesday today, due to the fact I cannot really do much with the topic, because I don’t read/plan on reading any adapted fairytales.

Secondly, I’m making some small changes to my blogging schedule, due to an exciting and very nerve-racking upcoming event… Im going to university in 5 weeks!! Starting Thursday, The Pinterest Collective will be going on a short break and I will be doing a weekly post on how I am getting organised and planning for the day when I finally start on September 14th. I’m hoping these posts will help others as well; they will include various things such as time management and study organisation, storage saving solutions, budgeting, etc.

As of next week, here is my blogging schedule for the next month:

  • Monday- Day off- book reviews and smaller updates may be posted
  • Tuesday- Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday- Weekly Wednesday Update
  • Thursday- BookMuffin’s Beginners Guide on Becoming a Good Student
  • Friday- Feature Follow Friday
  • Saturday- A Quote for the Weekend
  • Sunday- Day off- book reviews and smaller updates may be posted

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading my blog posts as well. They may not be the most interesting things and my schedule might be conpletely out of sync but Im so grateful to you all for having a look, commenting, and to all of the authors that send me books to review, you keep me busy! I look forward to posting for the next few weeks, when I will review my schedule again, as I will have less time as I start uni, but for now…

Happy Tuesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Getting into the swing of things and a Happy Birthday

I’m using this post to apologise to my readers about the absence of The Pinterest Collective yesterday and Feature Follow Friday today! Im still trying to gind my head after my twi weeks away, and a lot of stuff has been happening recently!

I also want to use this post to say a big big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JK Rowling!! I am so glad i finished reading the whole Harry Potter series, and counting down the days until it is deemed acceptable to pick them up again! Thank you Joanne Kathleen Rowling for taking me and millions of other readers on a magical journey we will never ever forget!  

 

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Holiday Update and Reading Schedule

Hi fellow bookworms!

I am having an amazing holiday so far, exploring loads of tiny towns in the North of Norfolk, England. I have got a lot of reading done, so expect a few reviews when I get home in a few days time!

The main point of this post is to let my followers know (and any authors that are checking my blog for pending reviews…) when I will be reading my exchange and advance review copies when I get back from my ‘personal reading’ holiday. I will be making sure I read books that came directly to me first, then starting on the NetGalley approved requests after:

  • Echo by Lorena Glass
  • Awake by Melanie Surani
  • The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson
  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
  • Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell
  • Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
  • What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

I can’t wait to get back into my blogging routine, I have missed Top Ten Tuesdays and Weekly Wednesday Updates, but they will continue next week!

Happy Tuesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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Just a quick update…

… To say that I finally managed to finish the Fifty Shades trilogy, after agonisingly wading through the last book like it was thick treacle! Probably the most trouble I have ever had reading a book due to not enjoying it!

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Top 5 Favourite Book Nooks

So I have finally got round to posting my bookish post, which is going to be a collection of my top 5 favourite book nooks. These are not places I have ever been before, but they all just look like such a lovely place to snuggle up and read a book with a good cup of tea! Take a look below, and feel free to let me know where your favourite place to read is:

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This cozy little room looks like the perfect place to cuddle up with a good book. It looks like quite a light room, with loads of cushions to make for a comfy place to hide away from anyone who is trying to disturb your quiet reading time.

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It looks like you could get comfortable anywhere here. The fairy lights would make such a lovely soft glow for you to read by, and you would be completely absorbed in duvet and pillows in the process.

Such a light and airy space, so many nice pastel colours and not to garish to distract you from a Sunday afternoon full of delightful adventures in your books.

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The best thing about this nook is that it is surrounded by bookshelves, so if you finish your book, you can just reach up and pick your next book! What could be better than that?!

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This just looks like such an awesome place to cuddle up in morning with your first cup of tea of the day, and look out on the garden while you lose yourself in your favourite book or the daily newspaper. You could even pad it out with a load of cushions to make it even comfier!

I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Book Nooks post, and feel free to comment with your own favourite place to snuggle up with a book.

Happy Thursday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

All pictures where found on Pinterest and are therefore not my own. You can view my Pinterest board and see the sources here

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The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hello Everybody,

I have been seriously busy with trying to read a load of ARCs recently, as well as working full time and trying to fit in other bits and pieces too, but I am really pleased to be able to catch up on a bit of bloggish stuff this weekend. I have posted my review of HP and the Half Blood Prince and my usual Quote for the Weekend, which seems to be quite popular 🙂 I have also been nominated by the lovely Josh @ Been There, Read That and Amanda @ Amanda’s Book Nook to do this amazing award post.

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I’ve seen this going around the blogging community quite a bit recently, and I’m really happy to be nominated! So without further ado (

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate ten blogs

Questions from Josh

1. What is your favourite bedside – or just table-side –  reading snack and beverage?

I like to snack on almonds or peanuts when I have them, cake, chocolate, sweets, that sort of thing. I read during breakfast, so I like to eat toast then, and during my lunch hour, when I munch on some pasta. As for beverage, nothing is better than a good cup of tea. Breakfast tea in the morning, Chai tea at lunch time and Ceylon tea in the evening. I like tea a lot… 🙂

2. Is there an author whom, if they are to release a new book, you buy it automatically without even thinking about it?

Erm, well I tend to read books that I have just stumbled across, which means I read variety of authors, however, I have recently become intrigued in Jojo Moyes’ writing, so if I had to name an author it would probably be her!

3. Out of all of the books you have read, which one was the most difficult to get the hang of? (i.e. difficult language and such)?

I had to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare for my English ‘Cambridge GCSE’ and I loathed both! I just could not get the hang of the old language used, but I managed to struggle through them. If I had been set nicer books, I might have got a higher grade…

4. What is the most treasured book – or book like possession – that is most personal and important to you? One with a lot of sentimental value.

I have my favourite book from my childhood- The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen- signed by the man himself, which I will never ever get rid of!

5. As I am a complete Tolkien nut, I must know: what is your favourite Tolkien story? – Tread carefully…

Oh dear, I think I’m i trouble when I say I have never read any Tolkien novels, nor seen any of the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit films… I’m sorry 😦

6. What book were you forced to read in school, that you actually ended up loving?

I had to read a book called Abomination in Year 8 or 9, and I started out not really liking it, then the ending turned out to be so good, I wanted to read it again, but I don’t ever recall doing so.

7. You’re stranded on a deserted island with nothing to do, but you have three books with you: what books are they?

Little Women, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Harry Potter Series (is that allowed, can I have series…?)

8. Do you have a favourite reading spot? If so, where is it? A field perhaps; or maybe your bedroom; a particular tree in a forest; the list goes ever on and on…

My bed! Or my Nan and Grandad’s conservatory… but mainly my bed 🙂

9. Are there any parts of a book that you always skip? E.g. songs, poems, dates, e-mails, etc.

Erm, I don’t think so, because I know that everything in a book is written for reason, it will always have some sort of significance, either to story, or to the reader’s emotions and thoughts. Although, I am a culprit of skipping a lot of the historical werewolf and vampire rubbish in Breaking Dawn when I read it…

10. Have you any writing accomplishments? – Big or small.

Ooh, I went on a poetry course when I was 10, but apart from that, no. I’m more of a reader than a writer. If I’m writing, it is probably a book review or an essay (I like a good essay when I don’t have a time limit and it’s a subject I like!)

Questions from Amanda

1. If there was a fire and you could only save one book, which would you try to save?

As I answered in Josh’s questions, it would have to be my most treasured book possession, because I would be able to buy the others again, but I would never be able to get another signed copy of my favourite children book!

2. When do you get your most productive reading done? Night, day, or does it matter?

It usually doesn’t really matter to me, but if I had to answer it would probably be on my lunch hour. Even though my time is restricted, I am by myself in the boardroom and it is nice and quiet.

3. What bookish thing, other than books, do you collect?

Not really sure about this one… I quite like bookmarks, but I read on my Kindle a lot so I don’t get to use them a lot, but they’re fun to make!

4, How do you keep your place in a book?

My Kindle keeps my place for me, but, as I mentioned, I use a variety of bookmarks. However, at the moment, I am using an old Jack Wills label…

5. What is the longest series you’ve ever committed to?

I am really bad at reading book series, because I usually get bored of the same characters, but I am currently reading Harry Potter for the first time (shocking, I know) so either HP or House of Night (although I never finished the series, I read quite a few of the books.

6. What are some things other than reading that you enjoy doing?

I really enjoy dancing! I have A Level qualifications in Contemporary dance, I’ve trained in Ballet, Modern Jazz and Freestyle, and I am currently taking classes in Ballroom and Latin dance 🙂 I’m also a massive type geek, so I like fonts and lettering and stuff, and I’m going to study graphics at university in September after my gap year!

7. When did you develop a love for reading?

I honestly can’t remember, I’ve always loved picking up a book for as long as I can remember!

8. What book has been on your TBR the longest?

Still Alice and Left Neglected have been on my TBR for years!

9. Do you have a book that you pick up every time you are in the bookstore but never buy?

I always pick up The Bell Jar, which is on my TBR and I adore the feel of the book and the front cover and the fact that it is a classic, but I haven’t bought it as of yet!

10. Is there a genre that you have tried to read but as hard as you try you just can’t get into it?

Action books such as The Bourne Series have never really appealed to me, but I remember a lot of my friends reading historical fiction a few years ago and I tries to get into them but I just could not enjoy them!

My Nominees

I have exhausted every blog I follow with nominations for awards, and because us book bloggers are such a tight blogging community anyway, I’m gonna leave this open for anyone to do. If you see this post, then give it a go if you want, I think that’s the easiest way to get it travel a bit further. I would love it if you could mention my blog if you end up doing this though 🙂 thanks!

Questions for ‘Nominees’

1. When you look at your bookshelf, is there a book that draws you in immediately, due to the title, the cover, the fact that you are desperate to read it? Or is it your favourite?

2. Is there a book you own that is so old, so over-read, that is it falling apart or very very worn?

3. Do you enjoy music (completely unrelated to books but hey ho), and if so, what music do you like? Do you obsess over a particular band or musician?

4. What’s the most amount of pages you can manage to read in an average day?

5. Do you like non-fiction as well as fiction, or do you prefer the stories to information?

6. If you had to write a really detailed analytical review/essay on any book, which book would you pick and why?

7. Where do you tend to buy your books from? Online, local bookstore, charity shops?

8. Would you ever consider volunteering for your local library?

9. What’s your opinion on book trailers?

10. What is longest book you have ever read? How many pages was it and roughly how long did it take to read?

Hope some of you lovely people decide to do this awesome post, and thanks again for the nominations Josh and Amanda!

Happy Sunday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂