I Love You ALL!

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Honestly, I absolutely love the book community! My oldest friends, both in real life and online, have some sort of love for books – and most of the time this is what brought us together!

I’ve seen some people complain (not really in a bad way) about how the book community isn’t as nice as it once was – but honestly, I wasn’t part of that community years ago and therefore don’t really know anything different – and to be honest, I love the community right now!

There’s no point in focusing on the bad aspects of the book community anyways!* I mean isn’t there bad in every community technically? We all can’t be perfect! I thought I’d list some of my favourite things about this community just to let you guys know how amazing you all are!

  1. We get to talk about the things we love all the time (and no one finds it that annoying!) This is one of my favourite things because as someone who has anxiety I like to refrain from really discussing things I enjoy with people who aren’t my close friends or part of the online book community out of fear of them absolutely hating my ranting. So here I can rant and discuss all I want!

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  1. Friends. I have made so many friends! I’m pretty extroverted to be honest when I’m outside and online but people tend to find me a lot more frustrating and somewhat condescending (I’m really not sure why? I think it’s because I’m really opinionated?) and therefore a lot of people at school don’t really like me. Online though I have loads of friends and can be my real self and people actually like me!
  2. Author and reader interactions are great! I never would have thought I’d be able to have one of my favourite authors: reblog, like or comment on my pictures/posts but this has happened a few times now and it always makes me so happy!* Image result for crying in awe gif
  3. Developing your outlook/perspective on things. Ever since I started book blogging I have a) improved the complexity of my grammar a lot b)learned a lot more about what to really focus on when reading and what constitutes a good writer! I really like being able to analyse writing in such a different way now.
  4. So much passion!* The amount of enthusiasm in this community is wonderful; there’s rarely drama/fights and everyone just seems to have so much fun while doing something they love and enjoy!Image result for hugging gif

And these are some of my reasons for loving the online book community so much!

REMEMBER YOU’RE ALL AMAZING AND LOVELY PEOPLE!

Hope your next read is great! 🌱

*(running away from your problems is obviously the best solution)!
*an accurate representation of my expression when an author reblogs/likes/comments something of mine
*not like the fruit, they’re disgusting.

Angie Thomas + Laini Taylor Signings!

I was so excited to find out that two authors, whom had both just released very anticipated releases of mine, were coming to my city for signings!

The first signing was on a Sunday evening – due to exams recently I had just spent the previous five hours revising so I was very tired at the beginning of this signing! Nevertheless, I had so so so much fun! There were very interesting conversations going on and some of the questions asked were pretty funny. (Someone asked Angie if she did drugs? It was a bit random but got a laugh out of everyone there!)

In case you didn’t know already Angie Thomas wrote: The Hate U Give – a book based off of the black lives matters movement and shootings of black people in America by police officers. I’m really excited to read this – I honestly feel this is going to be such an important read for me and so many others! I was so happy I got to meet Angie! (Even if I was too scared to ask the person behind me to take a picture of us)

Then on the next Tuesday (so 2 days later) I met my friend to go to a Laini Taylor signing! I haven’t actually ever read any of her books but I’ve heard amazing things about her books, especially Strange the Dreamer! I got my book signed although my edition was already signed before hand, and also dedicated! She actually recognized my name from when I tweeted her earlier on in the day which was really cool!

I don’t usually buy books without having read the author’s work before – especially not in hardcover! But last time I skipped out on a signing because I wasn’t sure (E.Lockhart) I regretted it when I finally read We Were Liars so this time I took no chances!

So, overall this week has been really good for signings which is actually quite rare where I live!

Have you been to any signings recently? Or are there any authors you want to see soon?

Where it all began

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So as some you have realised – I am obsessed with books! I have been for most of my life – and hopefully, will continue to love them forever more! My tastes in reading have fluctuated a lot throughout my life so I thought I might as well show you how!

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I started reading from an extremely young age. Obviously, like everyone else as a child I started off with the picture books. I don’t really remember reading at all until late age 5; when I was in my first year of primary. I vividly remember my mum ordering a huge box of limited edition Winnie the Pooh storybooks. I came home from school (my mum worked at the same primary school I went to) so we were so surprised to find that the box of books had just been left outside our door.

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I remember crying loads because I thought Winnie the Pooh would have been scared to be outside my house all alone! I finished those books (about 20 of them) over the span of my reception year.

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From Winnie the Pooh I moved onto reading the Rainbow Magic series until about the age of 7! I read so many of those books and spent all of my pocket money on them – I spent about £21 pounds one day to buy three special editions and was so proud of myself! I now have over 100 of these books in a drawer beneath my bed! I honestly can’t believe that these books are still being published today!

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I continued to read these until about the age of 10 but only sparingly. I moved on to reading longer chapter books like Goosebumps, Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortanute events. At this point, I think my parents had finally realised that my love for books wasn’t going to go away anytime soon!

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A lot of my primary years were probably not my favourite time. I didn’t have a lot of friends, and my teachers didn’t really like me either – but I still continued to do what I loved most, reading. Although not nearly as much as before.

I read a few books each year during this period – maybe 30 books with both years together. But this was my Dystopian phase. About 90% of my reads then were just pure Dystopian books – I remember the Hunger Games being a personal favourite!

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I went through a really random and weird reading slump from about the age of 12 until about halfway through 13. I just couldn’t be bothered doing anything, even the thing I loved the most.

Eventually, I discovered Goodreads, Booktube and Booklr and fell right back into the reading world! I was reading faster and loving the books I read! I averaged about 50 years a year and there were people to share this with now!

Although I didn’t really reach out until late 13 two months before my 14th birthday. I started this blog and in May started a Bookstagram! Ever since then, I’ve widened my reading horizons and have such a wide range of books to read and books that I have already!

I discovered my favourite contemporary of all time:

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I now love reading more than I ever have before and honestly can’t wait what else there is to come!

Have you got a post telling your reading journey? (Send me a link down below!) Do you have any of these situations in your life now or have you ever gone through them?

Hope your next read is great! 🌱

Why I Haven’t Been Posting As Much!

Hey,

I just wanted to let you know that for the remainder of April I won’t be scheduling any posts other than the ones which are already made! This means a post every Saturday and a review or two!

This is just because I have very important exams coming up later this month and with 5 hours of revision a day it’s just not plausible to continue updating regularly for just this month!

I’ll be back with 2/3 posts a week in May hopefully!

Thanks!

Playlist: The Song of Achilles

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This is my playlist for a book I recently finished – The Song of Achilles! It’s honestly a really good book (albeit being a bit weird, to begin with) but otherwise really good!

Spotify Link!

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Daniel In The Ben – Bastille

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This Is Gospel – Panic! at the Disco

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Centuries – Fall Out Boy

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Icarus – Bastille

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Work Song – Hozier

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Gold – Imagine Dragons

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YOUTH – Troye Sivan

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Fly – Sleeping With Sirens

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Laughter Lines – Bastille

Have you read this book? If so do you think this playlist is accurate? I hope it is!

Hope your next read is great! 🌱

1 Year Anniversary!

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I can’t believe it’s already been one year since I started this blog! Starting An Ink Utopia has been one of the best experiences of my life and will continue to be one. I have made so many lovely friends and learned so much! This has been one of the greatest years of my life – and it would be a lie to say that one of those reasons was not running this blog!

So I thought I might tell some of you, my favourite book blogs at the moment – in no particular order of course!

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Twin Tales is such a fun blog to be following! Their reviews are great, and having two people doing book tags together appears to be a lot more fun than doing one alone!

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The Book Avid is probably my favourite blogger out there. Her dedication towards both her blog and the need for more diverse books is something I’d like to one day see in everyone – she’s honestly amazing!

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Okay but look at how lovely this blog looks! Xandra has such a lovely personality and I love watching her Booktube videos! Her pictures are also really pretty!

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I honestly love this blog so much! You feel such a sense of love for books and enthusiasm while reading through the posts – and honestly just has such a nice and homey feeling!

These are the four blogs I can think of off the top of my head! What are your favourite book blogs?

Hope your next read is great! 🌱