I hardly know where to start! I feel as if we’ve fit a whole year into one month. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes here, and also loads happening on stage too. We launched our lovely new logo designed by Mister Hope at the beginning of March. This was followed by a feature in top French photography publication, Polka Magazine. I also shared 10 Ideas to Boost Your Bookstagram Account on the Frolic website and hosted an Instagram giveaway for fab middle-grade adventure The Boy Who Flew in the same week. It was one of those rare times when all the good stuff came at once!
All our energies went into two life-changing personal projects after this time which I can’t quite announce yet. Luckily both were successful which means our routines will change substantially in the next few months. Despite all the activity, I took some time out to reflect on a year of book blogging as well. This little website has been a really important step in my digital and real life and I’m keen to keep it going.
But to the important part – books! We both didn’t read as much as we planned, but there were some real gems in there. Al enjoyed the slow pace of Meadowland and I was happy to find the The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle completely lived up to the hype. Now I want to discuss the story with everyone!
I’ve reviewed two of these already and will follow with Evelyn Hardcastle next week. For April, I have Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen lined up and then will go by mood.
- The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James (4.25/5)
- The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (4.75/5 verging on 5)
- The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock (4.25/5)
This is a typical mix for Al. An intense read balanced with shorter graphic novels. He’s planning to read the Gone YA series by Michael Grant after being swept away by the first one last year.
- Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
- Thanos Imperative by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker (4/5)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 5. by Brian Michael Bendis & Valerio Schiti (3/5)
- DC Versus Marvel TP by Peter David, Ron Marz (2/5)
Little M’s fascination for all things Worst Witch continues and she loved The Boy Who Grew Dragons. Two series which we’ll definitely be continuing this year. Mary Poppins will be flying in next!
- A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy (4.25/5)
- The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd (4.25/5)
Movies and TV
- Game of Thrones Season 1-4
With Season Eight fast approaching, we’ve put everything else aside to watch the series all over again. It’s been fascinating to see the events unravel without the yearly waits in between. We have zero idea about how it’s going to end. I hope George surprises us all…
Family Days Out
After our literary weekend in Winchester, we decided to take it relatively easy in March so we only had one bookish adventure to see our Bookstagram friends Meg and Kelly at The Ironbridge Bookshop. It was amazing to talk books for a few hours and if you get the chance to visit Meg’s shop, I highly recommend it – especially for vintage Penguins. She has the best selection I’ve ever seen.
We have lots of hopes for April including a big day out, and a huge reading list but I daren’t share just in case they don’t happen. One thing I will promise is a post sharing my tips about how I tripled the views on this blog as quite a few people were interested in it. I can’t wait to read your springtime posts!
Mel, Al & Little M