Update + Future of the Blog

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote for this blog, and in that time I have been contemplating as to where I want to take it next.

This blog initially began as a film review blog (Elle About Film), and has since turned into a sort of book review blog, with some arts and crafts projects thrown in for good measure. A lot of what had kept me from uploading frequently was due to personal commitments.

The thing about keeping a book blog is that I had to be consistently reading and reviewing books in order to have content and that just wasn’t happening. I felt like I was no longer reading for enjoyment, and there was the added pressure to keep up with the book blogging community who would have read and written a review for a book within days of its release.

As of 2021, I should be able to update the blog more frequently, but it’ll remain to be a bit of a mix-bag in terms of content. I am experimenting more with the kind of content I would like to share, and am going to complete the personal projects I have been meaning to do for a while but haven’t gotten around to yet.

In the meantime, I have a few half-written book-related posts that I will finish and publish at a later date as well. Thank you for sticking with me after a long hiatus.

That’s all for now!

20 Small Goals for 2020

I’ve decided that for this year, instead of making resolutions (let’s be real with ourselves; no one actually sticks with these for longer than 3 weeks), I’m going to make 20 small, achievable goals that hopefully I can complete by the time 2021 comes around. I like to think of this list as more of a ‘mini-bucket list’ or ‘to-do list’.

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Favourite Podcasts of 2019

I didn’t get to read as many books as I would have liked to in 2019 (7 compared to 50 in 2018!) but audio has always been a favourite format of entertainment of mine so I’d thought I’d share some of my old and new favourites, as well as some I’d like to try in 2020.

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Review: Ami Ami Dogs – Mitsuki Hoshi (aka. Bookshout is a Mistake)

Today’s review is a little different from what I’ve been doing lately for my book reviews but I’d like to take them in this new direction in the future (I’ll still be reviewing novels too, don’t worry!).

Before I jump into the review, let’s have a little detour to talk about Bookshout…

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9 Year-Old Me was a Dumbass: Lessons in Game Boy Advance SP Refurbishment

I’ve been feeling nostalgic recently about the GBA SP I had as a kid and how much joy it brought me. Unfortunately being the dumbass 9 year old I was when the Nintendo DS Lite came out, I sold my SP in the Quokka for $20. The Quokka was basically like Gumtree but in the form of a printed newspaper for anyone wondering. Against my mum’s better judgement of “are you sure??” and little ol’ me replying “yea-nah I wanna sell this thing, mY DS pLaYs GaMe BoY gAmEs”, it’s safe to say that I had made a mistake.

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ARC Review: What Makes Girls Sick and Tired – Lucile de Pesloüan

I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This publication is an English translation of the book originally titled ‘Pourquoi les filles ont mal au ventre?‘, released in France in 2017.

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Review: Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight

I decided to read this book after a brief introduction to ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck’ as presented as a TEDx Talk by the author herself. As a clear parody of Marie Kondo’s hit success ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, it does well in the way that it focuses on mental, instead of physical decluttering. However! That’s not the book I’m here to review, so I’m going to get straight into it.

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TBR: Kindle

Anyone who knows me will know how much I LOVE the Kindle Monthly and Daily Deals. If I see a book that I am remotely interested in reading listed for sale, you can bet that there’s a 99% chance I’ll buy it. That being said, I don’t read them when I buy them, and continue to borrow books from the library to read instead.

This year I am making a pledge to myself to read ALL of the books on my Kindle TBR.

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