Are you a massive book lover?
Do you constantly fall behind with latest releases?
Or miss out on readathons?
Or do you want to find more bookish creators?
Then, your prayers have been answered, because, on October 1st, the Bookshelf Magazine is launching!
Created by Harriet Rose, Bookshelf Magazine is dedicated to all things books, from going behind the scenes of the publishing industry to the latest book reviews, and everything in between!
Our aim is to be the go-to source for bookish content, across all genres. We’ll be publishing articles multiple times a week, and have a bi-annual, online ‘flip-through’ style magazine.
In the future, we’re also going to be expanding into other content, such as videos and podcasts, so everyone’s needs are going to be covered!
And, if that’s not enough, we’ll also be featuring your favourite bookish creators, including bookstagrammers, book bloggers and booktubers, as well as keeping you up to date with the latest readathon news, so you can keep up with the community.
Sounds like fun? Fantastic! We’ll see you on October 1st for our big launch!
Want to help out?
Even better! We’re always looking anyone who wants to help out!
We’re always looking for writers, so if you’re interested in writing for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us on twitter.
Or are you more of a video or podcast creator? Again, please don’t hesitate in contacting us, we have huge plans, so are looking for people to join that department!
Bookstagrammers, we’re also looking for you too! We need a lot photos of all things bookish, so if you wish to donate photos (with full credit, of course, as well as a huge shoutout too!), we’d be entirely grateful!
And lastly, but not at all the least importantly, donators.
Bookshelf Magazine has hosting and domain costs to get it up and running. So, if you would like to donate to help us get to our £100 goal, we would be incredible grateful for your help.
In the future, we will be creating a Patreon page to cover expenses, with some rewards for our donators, but we would love for you to donate to help us get up and running.
We’re so excited for this magazine, and we hope you are as well. We’ll see you on October 1st!
WOW NaNoWriMo Group Chat
Now, onto something completely different!
It’s September, we’re heading into Autumn, and that can only mean one thing – NaNoWriMo is coming! AH!
But, help is at hand for those who don’t want to go this alone!
With a group of friends, separate from Bookshelf Magazine, we’ve created a Discord chat, especially for people taking part in NaNo this year!
Everyone is welcome, it doesn’t matter how old you are, how experienced you are with writing (let alone NaNo) or what you are writing. If you’re taking part this year, you are more than welcome!
We intend for this to be a support group, where you can make writely friends, cheer on other’s achievements, and get help when you feel like giving up entirely.
And the best news is that it’s open right now! You can join up now, introduce yourself, make some friends, and get to know everyone before the start of the daunting month of November.
So if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo this year and want to make writerly friends, or just don’t want to go it alone, we’re all here to support and talk.
Write Or Wrong, Let’s Have A Wrocking Wrimo!
So, recently, I’ve been reading tonnes of books. I read 13 books in August for the NEWTS readathon alone. And that was after doing Tome Topple, and reading books in between.
To say the least, I’m exhausted.
Absolutely, completely and utterly, exhausted.
And so, I’ve decided to slow down a bit. Relax. Take my time. Watch some TV, some films, catch up on Youtube a bit. Basically, do all the things I haven’t done for about six weeks.
But, saying that, I do still want to do a bit of reading. I can’t not really, I’m a bookworm, my free time is mostly taken up by reading.
Also, there’s a certain book coming out this month that I really will not be ignoring. I’m planning on devouring the second it arrives in my hands, but more on that in a minute.
Right now, here are the three books I’m planning on reading this month:
House Of M. I’ve owned this comic for a few months now, and to say the least, I’m interested in it. Very interested. Thing is, I originally planned to read this when the X-Men officially merged with the MCU, but who knows when that’s actually going to happen on screen? It could be years until that happens, and currently, this comic is sitting in a box, gathering dust. Also, I’m in a bit of an X-Men mood, after watching X-Men First Class and Days Of Future Past recently… And I just booked tickets for the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. event in London… And the Infinity War DVD just turned up at my house… And Iron Fist is coming out on Friday. So, to say the least, I’m in a Marvel mood. How could I possibly wait to read a comic featuring several of the characters I love so much? I can’t!
Lifel1k3. This is a book I only just bought, and because I couldn’t find a book to swap out for this one in the NEWTS I showed restraint and decided to leave it until September. Now, it is September, and it’s staring at me, calling to me, waiting for me to finally pick it up and read it. This will be my second foray in Jay Kristoff’s sci-fi, after attempting to read Illuminae (sadly I couldn’t continue it, as I’m dyslexic, and some pages were impossible for me to read, no matter how much I loved the storyline) and this one, I’m 90% sure of, is written in normal paragraphs, which I can read easily. To say the least, I’m excited to see what Kristoff does with futuristic characters and settings, compared to the magical assassins of Nevernight.
Vengeful. This is possibly one of my most anticipated books of the year and has been ever since I started reading extracts posted on V. E. Schwab’s twitter page. Even without reading Vicious (Which I rectified last month, don’t worry, I’ve now read Vicious, and loved it) I knew I wanted to read this book. First of all, because I am complete trash for Schwab’s writing, and second of all, because this book is about villains, and superpowers, and morally grey characters. It’s literally a checklist of my favourite things to read/watch. I couldn’t think of a better author to tackle a morally grey, superpowered man, tracking down a superpowered villain. I’m so confident in me liking this book, I ordered the Illumicrate Magic And Mayhem box, and am now eagerly awaiting its arrival at my house later in the month.
And that’s my current reading plans for September! It’s an incredibly pared down version, compared to last month’s, admittedly ambitious, TBR, but I’m happy with it. It’s keeping me reading, while giving me time to do a lot of other things in the meantime, to catch up on everything I’ve missed out on recently in my readathon haze.
It’s also giving me a chance to simply relax a little, and recover from a very, very busy six weeks of reading. I feel burnt out enough as it is, without trying to pile on a load of books to read this month too. I’ll push myself again next month, right now, it’s all about relaxing, and taking a bit of a step back, if not just for my own sanity.
Have you read any of these books? Are you looking forward to Vengeful? Tell me down below!
I’m a V. E Schwab fan. Anybody who’s been on my channel/this blog knows this. I’ve loved her books ever since I picked up Shades Of Magic last year. Since then, I’ve devoured Monsters Of Verity, Vicious, and have picked up The Archived, which is being saved for a rainy day, or at least a bad reading week that needs turning around.
So, it’s safe to say, that I love Schwab’s young adult and adult writing, but what about her first foray into middle grade, City Of Ghosts? Would I love it just as much? Would I hate it?
Reader, I loved it.
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy on Saturday, four days early of release (thanks Waterstones!), but had to wait until today, Tuesday the 28th, release day, to actually read it, due to a busy weekend.
It was worth the wait in every single way possible.
City Of Ghosts follows the story of Cassidy, a young girl who died the year before, but was brought back somehow. And when she was brought back, she brought with her the ability to cross the Veil into the world of the ghosts.
So when her ghost hunting (and ability-less) parents go to Edinburgh, one of the most haunted city’s in the world, trouble follows Cassidy, and her ghostly best friend Jacob. Trouble in the form of vengeful ghosts, who want Cassidy’s life force for their very own.
Just on the right side of scary for children, filled with beautiful world building, and a compelling story line, City Of Ghosts has got to be one of my favourite middle grade books of the year.
Children and adults alike will love this book, that I’m sure of. If you’re a fan of ghosts, Edinburgh, or just middle grade books in general, this is the book for you. It was fast paced, well thought out, and sets up a fantastic world for Cassidy and Jacob to adventure in future novels.
I cannot recommend City Of Ghosts enough, a 5/5 star without a doubt!