How To: Plan Blog Content

Hey Guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To, and today I’m focusing on how to plan your blog content because let’s be real it can pretty trying at times!



The first thing you have to is pretty simple if you’re in the right mood for it. You need to find topics to talk about on your blog. If you already have a little list written down somewhere, fantastic, you’re all ready to go!

If you need some ideas (or ideas for ideas) click here.



Now, is the time where you get your calendar or your diary out and you get ready to officially start planning! You have an idea or in my case, you’ve been hoarding ideas for a few months and being slack af and now you have to plan every all at once.

Basically, get a cup of coffee, a calendar and whatever device you use to schedule/write your blog posts with. Now, go through your ideas and decided when you want them to go up on your blog and then write them into your diary/calendar/memory apparatus. And, if you want to go that step further you can also properly schedule them with dates and titles into your actual WordPress schedule. I do this with all my posts (written or not) and find it super helpful in terms of readily knowing what to write next and also accountability!

Here’s an example of what my March looks like for 2019! (Yes, I know, I know I plan maybe too far ahead sometimes).




Now, steps 3-5 are optional depending on how you go about scheduling and planning your content but hey, you do you!

Personally, when I schedule posts into my WP schedule & my Google calendar, I also like to outline the posts or at least bullet point what I want the post to be because as you guys saw, I plan really far ahead. Seriously, I think I have full months of posts planned until around June/July and this is me trying to slow myself down on that front.

So, outline or bullet point these posts – even if you just write some buzzwords in your calendar square for that particular date – and try not to stress about it!



And now, probably the most important (but hardest) point of all. Give yourself a pat on the back, make yourself a nice drink and feel good about yourself. You just planned 1 or more blog posts and, to quote Mario,  you’re a superstar!




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Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new blog post, and today I’ focusing on how I come up with blogging ideas! But, I’m not gonna be like, write down your ideas because that’s not my intention for this post. Today I want to actually brainstorm some ideas with you guys for how to actually come up with new ideas for things to write about on your blogger.



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Research! (aka. get your stalk on!)

Read a bunch of blog posts to try and find some inspiration for a blog post of your own. Or, you could always do a tag and maybe you’ll get some inspiration from one of the questions there??? You’ll notice how the keyword I’m using here is inspiration!

Or, you could always try branching out and talking about something different on your blog. Try discussing the latest movie you enjoyed, or why you didn’t like it compared to other reviewers who did.

But, I do understand that not everyone likes to mish and mash what they talk about on their blog, so if you want to stick to books you could also try these:

Booktube (Bookish side of YouTube). This is a great place to find other types of bookish content and maybe you;l even get some fun ideas you can give a blogging twist to. Watching some bookish videos might even spark a discussion or you might end up creating your own book tag!

My last piece of advice, for this section, is to do what you love! If your blog focuses on reading then read! If you focus on film then watch a movie! It can be hard to find inspiration or motivation if you’re not actively doing what you love so crack open that spine or grab your remote because this is technically research, right???


Next, you should brainstorm! Write down a bunch of ideas and either do some tags on your own blog and get inspiration from that or, you should try writing down some ideas and then putting your own twist on them!

  • If you love bookshelf tours then put your own twist on that idea!
    If you love recommendations make a fun series out of it on your bog!
    If you love recommendations based on other medias, you should try that it yourself!
    Why not write some discussions?? – They don’t have to be about controversial topics!
    Interview a fellow blogger or Co-write a blog post!
    Talk about why you started your blog – maybe you’ll find some nostalgic motivation!
    Do a tag!
    Ask a fellow blogger to do a guest post on your blog
    Participate in a bookish meme (T5W, WWW Wednesday…etc.)
    Recommend some of your favourite bloggers!


The only thing you can do now is write! You’ve researched, you’ve brainstormed and now you need to stir up that blogging mojo! You need to find a few topics you’re passionate about and then write about them until your fingers bleed (not literally but you get what I mean!). You might even find that you end up scheduling a few posts (which is definitely a great feeling!)




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HOW TO: COMICS (NO, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ONLY READ ABOUT SUPERHEROES) // a quick guide for beginners + some recs

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post, this time featuring comics. I know that some of you guys are interested in starting to read comics so I thought this post might help in some way, especially since I don’t talk about them enough on my blog!

I hope you guys enjoy this and find it somewhat helpful! Let me know if you love reading comics too!

(Remember to click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages!)


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I started reading comics quite a few years ago so I’m slightly qualified to give advice on this post! I do read a lot of superhero comics but not always, and so I will be recommending some of my favourite non-hero comics later in the post if you want to skip to that!

So, for this section of this post, I’m going to try and recommend (^^comics shown above^^) some comics that are handy for people trying to get into comics. These are all good for all ages, this way they’re too complex & there’s no crazy lore or background where you have to know about a whole previous universe if ya get my meaning.

If you’re trying to get into comics I recommend starting with something you might have already read the novelisation of (Percy Jackson, Alex Rider etc.) or a comic without a crazy plot. For example, try something like Lumberjanes or a comic with a superhero character you’re familiar with. I also recommend getting them out from the library if you can because comics can be quite expensive, especially if you don’t know what you like yet!


books booksAmazing X-Men, Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler  Nova Volume 1: Origin  Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More  I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF

I thought I show you guys some of my favourite comic next because I’ve already shown you some of the comics I have read and recommend for beginners. These comics are all pretty great for beginners too, but the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series does require a tiny bit of background knowledge on the newer Marvel universe (you might also like Ms Marvel if you’re looking for more info on newer Marvel stuff).

The above comics are some of my absolute favourites and I own most of them physically, which definitely shows how much I love them.


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1) Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine In Real Life

I thought to end his post I would also talk about whether or not I only read superhero stories and then recommend you guys some comics without supers! Don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes in comics and I do read a lot of superhero comics but, they’re not all of what I read.

A lot of the time I enjoy reading fun comics like Lumberjanes or more satire comics like Bitch Planet because I also find them interesting. I’ve linked a bunch of comics above that I recommend. They’re all good places to start and at least four of them are PG13 (Obviously not Sex Criminals or Bitch Planet).

If you want any other comic recommendations you can find my Goodreads shelf here or you can ask me in the comments!







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How To: Read On A Budget

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post! I haven’t written one of these posts since late last year so I think another one is definitely in order. Today, I’ll be giving you guys some pointers on How To: Read on A Budget! I’m definitely not a pro, but today I’ll be sharing some of my bookish wallet wisdom with you all!

You can read my latest How To posts where I talked about How To: Get The Most Out of Your Audible Purchase & How To: Plan For A Readathon!

Let me know what you would like me to talk about next!



Firstly, if you’re looking at trying to save some money, and saving your wallet some pain. You should look at getting a library card. I know that not everyone is fond of libraries, but I’m going, to be honest here, I think that’s dumb. You can have access to Overdrive of Libby if you’re fond of ebooks or audiobooks. Or, you can borrow a whole month’s worth of books for free physically. And, personally, I think it’s totally worth it.

But, if you’re not fond of borrowing your books, you should subscribe to online bookstores like Bookdepository or Wordery. And you should also subscribe to your local bookstores like Dymocks, QBD or Barnes and Noble. This way, you will know whenever they’re planning on having a sale. Personally, I prefer to only buy books if they’re on sale, not because I don’t want to support the author or because I don’t care enough about the book, but because I’m not a millionaire and this is the only way I can manage to purchase books.

There are also other options like buying used books on Depop or #Booksfortrade (Twitter). You also might be able to find a Book Swap in your local shopping centre or something along those lines.




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Go through your bookshelves and access which books you do an don’t want, do a little unhaul. This way, you’ll be much more excited about the books you haven’t read on your shelves. I find this is a really great way to make it so you aren’t focusing on the new books coming in, but more so on the books you already have.

If you work on your shelves and the books you already own, then you also won’t feel too bad when you eventually attain some new books.


Next up, you should stop going to bookstores. I know, I know, I’m a heathen etc etc. We all love going to bookstores but, let’s be real, they can be too tempting at times. Just walking past a bookstores makes my wallet twitch so why tempt fate?


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Don’t put yourself on a book buying ban, but do try to give yourself a book buying limit. Give yourself a money limit per month, or a particular number of books you’ll allow yourself to buy each month. I recommend a money limit, but you do you.


I mentioned this before, but I’ll mention it again. For this step, I recommend going to the library. I don’t know why you’re on a budget and either way it’s none of my buisness. But, a library is a great place to use free wifi, heating/air-con and a great place to have free access to materials like free books, DVDs or magazines etc.

On this note, there are also amazing resources such as free classics in the public domain.


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My last step is just to mind your spending. It’s super plain and painfully obvious, but I think it’s the best advice I can give. You should avoid any crazy spending. Try your hardest to avoid using your own money, use gift cards or money you are gifted on a birthday or Christmas etc. Avoid buying books full prince and instead wait a couple months after release or pre-order, I find that a book usually increases in price during the month of release. Or, just make a wishlist and send it to your friends and family when you know you have a birthday coming up.



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Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post. I haven’t done one in a bit and as you guys know, I really enjoy talking about audiobooks, so I thought I would combine the two (again).



First up, make sure Audible is the right site for you. There are plenty of other sites you can use like, YouTube, Overdrive. Audible is a  monthly subscription, so make sure you want it before you sign yourself up.


Get the narration you want. Before you purchase or use a credit to get a book, you should always listen to a sample. What’s the point of buying a book if you don’t like how it’s told?

If you find that you don’t love the narration you should always try YouTube or Overdrive.


This is going to sound bad, and maybe it is, but if you find by the time you’re finished listening to your book, return/ refund it. Get a credit back, if you’re never going to listen to it again, then what is the point of keeping it?


Buy the long books. Okay, so this is a bit hypocritical of me as I mostly listen to audiobooks for all my reading and will listen to anything from 5 to 40 hours. For example, the Sherlock Holmes collection goes on for hours because it is all the SH stories. The benefits to this are that you get all the content, all narrated by the same person, and you pay the same price you would pay for a 3 hour audiobook.


Just do it guys, buy the collections. It is so worth it and you will really get your bang for your buck. These are really great for readathons and long commutes, I generally listen to mine on the way to school or work.


There will be sales so take advantage of them. You can always get email updates for the site, or if you’re anything like me, then you’re already on the site on thee ties a month anyway. Audible often has promotions and sales and sometimes they even have free books, so you should keep your eye out.


Now this one is pretty obvious, but actually, listen to the books. I know I have over 5 books in my account that I haven’t listened to yet. I’ve been meaning to get to this but life’s gotten in the way and they are still just sitting there…

Don’t let them sit there on your phone/ computer calling to you. As soon as you buy your audiobook, listen to it.


Do you use Audible? Do you agree with any of my tips?


How To: Plan For A Readathon

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new how to post! Yesterday I gave you some tips and tricks on how to do a readathon so today I thought I would go into how I plan a readathon!



First up, before you even start thinking about your tbr, you should be contemplating whether you even have time to participate in the readathon. YOu should make sure you actually have days off work, that you won’t be stressing about school or assessments, and that most importantly, you will actually have time to read.

If you don’t have time to actually read and participate in the readathon then there really isn’t any point getting yourself hyped up and stressed out about a readathon. If you have an assessment, then all a readathon is going to do is unnecessarily stress you out and it will probably bring down your mark.


However, if you do have time for a readathon (yay) then the next thing you should do is figure out if there are any challenges. These are usually my favourite types of readathons, though I do also love ReadbyZoe’s 24-hour readathons, they’re pretty chill but still put me under enough pressure that I actually read and feel accomplished by the end of the day.

Anyway, so the challenges, they’re pretty important, if you can’t do the challenges you will probably get stressed out and then the readathon won’t be as fun. Make sure that you are actually on board with the challenges, and be okay with not completing them if you know you won’t be able to. For example, if the challenge is to read outside but you burn really easily or you know it’s going to be raining outside, then you should probably just skip it or buy a cactus and cheat a bit.


Next up, you need to form your tbr. This is probably the most important part. What I like to do when organising my tbr, is to put challenges together and to buy/ borrow books a day or two beforehand so I know I will be excited about them during the readathon, compared to a bunch of books that have been on my shelves for years. For example, I wouldn’t recommend picking a classic if you struggle reading the writing and get bored by them easily. I also wouldn’t recommend going shopping for books during the readathon, you will regret it.

For a readathon, I usually try to organise my tbr like this:

  • A short book
  • A comic
  • A 300-400 page book
  • An audiobook


The last thing I do when planning for a readathon is to organise my week. I try to make sure that I’m not crazy busy, work and school wise and that I know I will have at least one day out of the week where I will be the only one at home, this way I am guaranteed a quiet day.

Next, I make sure that I know what errands I will have to run throughout the week. If I know I have to take my dog for a wash, or that someone has a birthday then I will make sure to incorporate that into my tbr, by organising shorter books. By knowing exactly what I have planned for the week then I can be prepared and know ho much I have to read each day.

For most readathons, I also like to make sure that I have meals planned. I usually just buy a bunch of pre-prepared salads from the shop, r I make them myself. I also bulk buy Up & Gos ( I don’t know if you guys have them in the US, because Weet Bix) just in case I’m not feeling well.


  • Basically, just make sure that you are excited about your tbr and that you are prepared.
  • Don’t feel bad about not finishing every challenge, or reading you whole tbr.
  • Just have fun, join in with the book twitter community who are also participating. Do sprints and try to stay on top of your tbr!


How do you prepare for a readathon? Do you enjoy readathons?



How To: Audiobooks

Hey guys, I haven’t written a guide blog post in a while and I love audiobooks so I figured why not combine the two! I know that a  bunch of you guys don’t listen to audiobooks or have never tried it, so I’m here to give you guys some advice on how to listen to audiobooks!


If you are just now starting to listen to audiobooks then you might want to start off slowly. You should start off with something familiar, as for me, when I first started listening to audiobooks I started off with the Harry Potter audio and then moved onto the Cormoran Strike audiobooks because i was familiar with the writing.

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Though you may not always feel like re-reading an old favourite and instead want to try something new. I suggest choosing something with a film or tv adaptation attached to it. By that I mean choose a book that has been adapted on to a screen. If you’re going to give Anne of Green Gables a try why not watch the show as you read, every few chapters you could put the audio down and watch an episode. or multitask, put the film on as you make dinner, or have them in the background as you study or do your chores. My point is, if you’re new to audiobooks you may not be used to the concentration levels necessary for the task, and your brain won’t be used to having to listen to the story instead of reading it.

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When I first started delving into books I hadn’t read before that I wanted to listen to I started by using that technique. I started by re-watching Pride and Prejudice and then listening to the audiobook, which is a technique I encourage for pretty much any type of reading, it’s just plain fun!

This is also a big point I want to make in this post, listening to audiobooks isn’t going to break the bank. Yes, there are sites you can subscribe to like Audible and (this isn’t sponsered by the way!) but often you can find audiobooks without having to pay anything!

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I personally use Audible, but because I live in Australia I only have the one audiobook per month option available to me (which I am low key super annoyed about) so throughout the month, because I am primarily an audiobook reader I often use YouTube and my library to access my audiobooks.

Also, I would like to point out that depending on your location Audible doesn’t always have all the books, for example I know that a lot of books that are available in the US are not available to me on Audible, like the Shades of London trilogy.

So, if you’re looking to save some money on books, sites like YouTube and Overdrive (your library) can be super helpful. Especially, if you really don’t like classics but have to read one for a class, because the chances are that you’ll find it one one of the two sites.

when do I listen to audiobooks?

So, the question of the hour: When do I listen to audiobooks? Honestly, I listen to them all the time. I pretty much always have a book with me whether it be ebook or audio, I am prepared.

Audiobooks are my main source of reading but I usually only listen to 1 or 2 a month, depending on how much school is kicking my butt. I prefer to listen to audiobooks when I’m travelling which is why I get so much reading done in the car and on public transport. If you take the bus or the train to school audiobooks are your new best friend, not only can you have headphones in so you can look like you don’t give a sh** about anything but you’re also getting an extra half hour of reading done and that’s awesome!

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My Favourite Narrators

Will Patton – I know his voice from The Raven Cycle audiobooks, but I know that he has also done a bunch of Stephen King’s audiobooks so yay for variety!

Rebecca Soler – Soler is the voice of the characters from The Lunar Chronicles but she has also done quite a few other YA audiobooks like Nimona, Caraval and Empress of a Thousand Skies.

Robert Glenister – This guy! This is the guy that does the voices for the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. His voice is completely spot on for the main character, Cormoran and I really can’t imagine reading the series any other way.

My Favourite Audioseries

Cormoran Strike – Well, like I said before, I really enjoy the way Robert Glenister does the voice of Cormoran and it’s really made the series for me.

The Raven Cycle – Last year the final book in this quartet came out and I actually couldn’t bring myself to read it visually and so I bought the audiobook. And now I am completely sold on these audiobooks. I have since listened to the first two on audiobook and know they will be the source of many re-reads in the future!

Lockwood & Co. – This a series that I have only recently become acquainted with but so far I am having a tonne of fun! The books are really inventive and fun and the audiobooks seem to really capture the essence of the characters.


So the best thing about audiobooks, in my opinion is the fact that you can do other things while you’re listening to them! I personally listen to them on my phone or on my computer (if I’m using YouTube), I generally listen to them during dinner, because there is no way I am stopping in the middle of a chapter. I also tend to find them most helpful when I’m doing chores or cooking, two things I find the most vexing in my life.

I know also, that a lot of people like to listen while walking their dog, I personally don’t do this because I tend to just talk to my dog when we go for walks, because I am not weird at all.

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I find what most helps me when I’m listening to audiobooks is that I have something to do as I listen. I usually like to have something to do as I listen, whether that be making a list of everything I need to do for the day or maybe I have a really pressing game of Solitaire to get to. So basically, I need to have something in my hands as I listen, though that may just be because I am a massive fidgeter. I find that I tend to need something else to distract the part of my brain that gets bored by audiobooks, usually that’s just by organising my blog posts or planning my schedule for the week, but occasionally it may also include me playing Angry Birds Transformers for an hour and regretting my life afterwards.

I also suggest that, if you’re new or lacking motivation, you give yourself a reason to listen to the audiobook. If you’re like me you’ll tell yourself that you have to listen to at least 3 chapters by the end of the day and that because it’s on the list, it’ll get done.

Though if you’re not like me, you could also use travel as an excuse. I know that when I’m on the bus or in the car I get really bored. If you’re on the bus it might seem a bit weird to be jamming to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack so listening to an audiobook on your journey can totally help you out.


Ah yes, big books, I am currently listening to American Gods, a nearly 20 hour audiobook, and while I’ve listened to longer, it’s still pretty darn lengthy. For the longer audiobooks my main piece of advice that I can give you is to take your time, and this really applies to all audiobooks. If you rush it or put the speed too high, you’ll find yourself zoning out and missing great chunks of the book. This can especially be a problem as the bigger books generally end to be the more complex ones.

With longer audiobooks, all you can really do is take your time and just remain calm. It may seem daunting but if you just chill out and really enjoy the book it’ll be over in no time.howto_otherguides



How To: Manage Your TBR // How To: Get Out Of A Reading Slump // How To: Readathon


Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you have any recommendations?


How To: Manage A Big TBR

Do you have a big TBR? You do? Me to! But, don’t worry because I am here to help you narrow down your TBr and figure out what to pick up next!

I know that  some booklovers really love having a big TBR, Goodreads or otherwise. Though, I really don’t. I prefer having a clean tbr shelf, that way I can more easily choose my TBR for the month. So, this is how I clean out my tbr shelf.




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My main piece of advice I can give is, if you have a big TBR, or even just an average TBR – if you have a TBR at all, just go through it. What I really want to press with this post is that we all have big TBRs and I think a lot of bloggers, or even just readers in general want to lower the number of books on our To-Read shelves. And so, due to the pretty large scale of books we want to read we don’t always have the time to knock down our stacks of books so what I like to do is narrow down my Goodreads and Physical TBRs.

So, you do yourselves a solid, man or woman up, get yourself a snack and sit down in front of your bookshelf and decide what you are and are not actually going to read. AND GUYS YOU NEED TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THIS! It’s cool if you wanna hang onto all your books, I don’t blame you. But, if you don’t actually intend to read it then it’s not really on your tbr, is it?

What you really need to do is sit down and look at your shelves or better yet, do what I do and along with cussing out your unread physical books, also check out your tbr on Goodreads.

You never know what books you will actually read, but what I’m trying to point out is that people change and with that, so does taste in books. What I try to do every few couple of months or so is go through my Goodreads shelf, I mean I used to have a massive TBR, but not so much anymore. I prefer to have a smaller TBR, it helps me to narrow down my taste in books and help me to choose my monthly TBRs.

In preparation for this post I actually did a bit of spring cleaning (even though it’s Winter, lol) with my Goodreads shelves, which you can find here! I managed to get my To-Read shelf down from 236 books to 87 – I found 149 books that I didn’t want to read anymore!

Also, one small piece of advice I have is, if you have Goodreads shelves or you write your TBRs don’t add the sequels or next book in the series to your TBR – like, of course you’re probably going to read them but, you’re not up to that book yet so why add it to your to be read count.


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There’s also another aspect to this whole TBR thing – you have to make sure that you’re looking forward to the books on your TBR, hence the first part of step one. However, now you need to actually get out there, go to the book shop or watch some booktube – find some books you’re interested in and add them to your TBR! I mean, I don’t know about you guys but if I like to be motivated about a book, I’m probably not going to enjoy it if I didn’t even want to read it in the first place.



Okay, so you’ve got your TBR all sorted out. now all you have to do is… READ!

Firstly I recommend trying to finish off some of your series. Pick an author you really like, whose series/s maybe you meant to finish a year or two or go and go forth and binge! Or maybe try reading a few of those standalones you’ve been meaning to pick up but haven’t had the chance to read because of those series.

Although, if you’re not really feeling like reading specific things just to knock some books off your shelves. You can always just pick up one of your favourite authors or pick up one of those books that you’ve been meaning to read by a popular author.



How To: Read More // How To: Readathon // How To: Get Out Of A Reading Slump


How do you guys manage your to be read shelves? Do you go through your Goodreads shelves regularly?


How To: Get Out Of A Reading Slump

Need advice on HOW TO READ MORE?

This past month, I have been in a reading slump and I am now slowly getting out of it. I hate slumps so I thought it might be helpful to tell you guys how I get out of them! 

Anyway, without furtherado, I hope this helps!


Try to ease yourself back into reading, start off with smaller novels or even a novella!

Often when you’re in a reading slump you don’t want to read so in order to get yourself back into the groove you need to read something familiar or simple. To get me out of my reading slump I picked up the Percy Jackson series and just listened to that on audio on Youtube.

Cheesy romantic novels are often an easy way to help get you back into reading.

Some cheesy novels I really enjoy are:

  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – don’t judge me I know it’s trash
  • The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout
  • First & Then by Emma Mills
  • Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

That being said,  while getting out of a reading slowly is what usually suits me best sometimes what you need to do is read quickly. Readathons can serve to really get you into the reading mood!


I wrote a post with some tips for readathons if you want to check it out!

Depending on who you are as a reader and the type of readathon, this will either help you out of  a slump or put you deeper into your slump.

I usually don’t participate in readathons if I’m in a reading slump because I like to read at a slower pace when I’m in a slump. However, if you think a readathon might be the right thing for you there’s a whole readathon calender that you can check out!

Some of my favourite readathons:


A majority of the books that I read, I listen to via audiobooks. In fact, audio is my favourite type of format I use to read a book.

If you don’t have access to audiobook sites or apps like Audible or then there is also a massive selection on Youtube and libraries usually have a solid collection.

With audiobooks you can always do other activities while listening to your book. My advice, if you’re in a slump or an audio beginner is to start off with a familiar novel that you’d be okay with spacing out on a bit.

Whenever I’m in a slump I feel pretty much exhausted which is why my slumps tend to hit towards during December/ January or the middle of the year around June and July. So what I try to do  is keep busy – I go into the city but don’t buy anything, I just walk around, let my iced latte water down and listen to my audiobook. If you can’t make it to the city or get too distracted while you’re there you could always try your local shopping center (I think Americans call it a Mall??… weird). I get if the noise or the shops are too much of a distraction so if you have a dog you could always take them for a walk or even just go for a jog just by yourself.

Audiobooks I recommend:

  • Harry Potter series narrated by Stephen Fry
  • Cormoran Strike series narrated by Robert Glenister
  • Mistborn series narrated by Michael Kramer

Let me know if you guys would like me to do a How To: Audiobooks because I know a lot of people struggle getting into audiobooks.


I think that changing up the format of what you’re reading can really affect your progress. Even if you just pick up something like a trade paperback comic, once you finish it I assure you, you will feel more accomplished!

Some of my favourite comics:

  • Spiderverse by Dan Slott (Text), Christos Gage (Text) & David Hine
  • Nova by Jeph Loeb (Text) & Ed McGuinness (Illustrations)

If comics just aren’t your style you could always try something different like a graphic novel, which is basically just a larger comic.

Some of my favourite graphic novels:

If you don’t want to read something that has a lot or any pictures than you might want to try just listening to something on audiobook. Or, if you do prefer reading with your eyes then you might want to try reading an ebook  or a shorter novel because even if it’s a slight change to the way you usually read it might kickstart your reading!


Watch a movie based off of a book, this almost always works for me. Watching the movie inspires me to read the book and often if it’s a classic you can find the novel on the internet so it’s not too hard to start the book while I’m riding the high of the movie.

My favourite Book-t0-Movie adaptations:

  • Safe Haven
  • Not Another Happy Ending
  • Harry Potter
  • Gone Girl
  • Mansfield Park

My favourite Book-to-TV adaptations:

  • Shadowhunters (fight me, I really enjoy this show)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (my review for season 1 will be up soon so look out for that!)
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • BBC’s Class (not a book adaptation but books were written after the show came out)

If you’re in a slump and kind of want nothing to do with books that’s cool to! 

Here are some other movies I enjoy!

  • Life As We Know It
  • Ant-Man
  • Mystic Pizza
  • The Man From U.NC.L.E.
  • How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
  • Think like A Man
  • The Wedding Date


  • It’s okay to be in a slump. If you’re not feeling like reading a book then go out and see some friends or see a movie.
  • Binge watch a movie or TV series. Sometimes you just need a break from reading. Catch up on some sleep and watch some Tv, no one will judge you, I promise.
  • It never hurts to read a favourite if you don’t feel like anything new.
  • It also never hurts to try another format.
  • Take a breather! You don’t need to be reading 24/7.

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How To: Readathon

How To: Readthon

Littlebookowl’s Readathon 2016 Calender

General Tips:

01 Schedule Time 

  • Schedule free time. If you are still at school or work full-time you should try to make time on the weekends or for an hour or two during the school week.
  • Also, make sure to read during the holidays. Read some of those bigger books now that you have the time.

02 When To: Readathon

  • Try to avoid readathons when you have big assessments coming, you won’t read as much as you wanted to and your assessment won’t be as good as it could have been had you put all your time into it.
  • You don’t have to participate in every readathon – there’s probably one the next month.

03 Preperation

If you’re doing a 24 hour readathon then you need to prepare. Have ready meals and snacks available.

The day Before:

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep prior to the readthon.
  • Prepare food before the readathon.Chopped up fruit and other bite sized foods are great to eat throughout the day.
  • Have a sensibly sized TBR. Have a stack of short books, comics and/or graphic novels. It’s a short readathon so you need short content. Graphic novels and comics are definitely great for short readathons.
  • If you’re doing a week-long readathon you don’t need to prepare as much but you do need to make sure that your week is mostly free and that you don’t have many, if any socials during the week.

04 TBR

  • Have a sensibly sized TBR. If you know you won’t be able to read a certain amount of books then don’t overload your TBR.
  • Your TBR is never set. You can always switch the books on your TBR if you suddenly don’t feel like reading them.
  • It is completely okay if you don’t complete all of the challenges for the readathon. If you’re stressing about not completing all of the challenges and feel like you have to complete them then try to make some books fit into multiple challenges.

05 Keep Motivated 

  • Get hyped prior to the readthon, watch some TBR videos and get inspired, participate on social media and post a picture of you r TBR or even post a video on YouTube.
  • If you don’t want to do the readathon alone the buddy read a book with a friend, it’s always really cool to be able to talk to a friend a bout a book and to be able to see what they did and didn’t like about a book.

Stay Motivated

If a book is not keeping your attention then stop reading it, you can always pick it up again after the readathon.

If you are feeling unmotivated go to social media. Usually for a readathon the host/s will have spints going (twitter) and there are always people posting reading updates – if you see someone reading a book on your TBR or that you’re currently reading talk to them about it.

06 Different Formats

Different formats help to break up the bigger novels and make the whole readathoms process WAY less stressful.

Try: audiobooks, graphic novels or comics.

07 Distractions

This step sort of contradicts step 05 but for most people technology is a distraction. Turn off your notifications (or go the extra mile and turn off your phone and shut down your computer) and try to stay tech free during the readathon (this is especially important for short readthons, 24 hour readathons in particular).

08 Take Advantage of The Library

Libraries are there for a reason. A lot of readathons have challenges so in order to fit books into those categories you may have to buy some of the books. The thing is you don’t always know if you’ll actually enjoy all of the books so if you can, try to find the books at the library.

Short Readathons:
  • Short books are a given. DO NOT read a long book because you will never finish it.
  • Comics & graphic novels are great for short readathons. They are a great way to break up all of the shorter novels in you TBR because they’re a different format.
Long Readathons:

Multiple challenges 

  • Most readathons will have multiple challenges (usually 5-9) so that can be a lot of pressure on you to try and read that many books. Where you can try and fit a book into multiple challenges.

Move around

  • Staying in one spot for a really long period of time can be quite boring so try moving around every now and then. Go to the library or go grab a coffee at a cafe and read for half an hour. If you’re an outdoorsy person you could even go sit at the local park or listen to an audiobook as you walk your dog.If you do end up moving around and you do end up going to get that coffee then set a goal. Tell yourself that you will read the next 2 chapters or that you will read 50 pages of your book before you go home. If you have a goal set then you’ll feel much better about your progress in the readathon.
  • It can be very taxing to read a lot of books that are all the same size. But it can also be very annoying to read books that are all really short and have very fat paced plots. Try and switch up the lengths of the books you plan on reading, this may contribute a bit in your enjoyment of them.

Sleep is key

  • Sleep is completely necessary. If you’re tired you will read less and honestly if you’re yawning through the day you probably won’t even feel like reading.Going with the sleep thing, this is a readathons so you’re bound to get tired at some point. If you find that you are tired and that you don’t really feel like reading then watch some TV. No one’s going to judge you if you watch a few episodes of a TV show – although, you should really try to avoid marathoning/ bingeing a show.
  • It’s a longer readathon so it’s completely okay if you do have errands to run. If you do end up with errands try to listen to an audiobook. You’re still reading and it’s a bit of a break from physical books.