Six for Sunday: 2018 Bookish Highlights

Six for Sunday: 2018 Bookish Highlights

It’s been a little while since I did one of these (a whole month!) as life has been so busy – between work and getting ill, my blog has been a big neglected of late, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things over the Christmas holidays.

Over the last year, I have been making an effort to take advantage of the fact that I live relatively close to London to go into the capital for bookish events. It has been fascinating and I intend to keep on trying to book in ~1 event a month in order to have something to look forward to and to continue deepening my understanding of the publishing industry.

Some of my favourite events from the last year have been:

  • Meeting Holly Black at her UK launch for The Cruel Prince – I have been a massive fan since first coming across Tithe in my local library on one of my first forays into the ‘teen’ section!
  • The launch for the third book in Alwyn Hamilton‘s brilliant Rebel of the Sands series, Hero at the Fall. I love this series and was so excited to be part of the hype surrounding this final part of the trilogy!
  • Meeting Oliver Jeffers at the V& A (read my full write-up here). I was so nervous and excited to meet him and my pupils were impressed to see that he’d signed the books in our classroom.
  • YA Shot! This was the first time that I had attended, and I made my decision mainly based on the fact that Vic James was going to be there and I LOVE The Gilded Cage and The Dark Gifts series. I’m sad to hear that it won’t be on next year, but would definitely attend again.
  • Being involved in the publicity for The Storm Keeper’s Island and getting to meet the lovely Cat Doyle. After being approved on Netgalley, I contacted Bloomsbury to say how much I had loved the book and they decided to do a blog tour based on my enthusiasm! See my full write-up of the event here.
  • Other events I loved this year were meeting Becky Chambers, Jessie Burton and Angela Barrett, M.G. Leonard and my friend Lou @BookMurmuration coming to visit so we spent a very bookish week exploring bookshops and the literary festival!

Another highlight of this year is that I finally worked up the courage to ask for some proofs…and actually received some! I always buy a finished copy of the books anyway, but there is something so exciting about receiving books in the post and it has really widened my reading horizons!

What were your bookish highlights of 2018?

#SixforSunday is created by Steph from A Little But a Lot.

Check out some of my previous weeks of #SixforSunday here:

Books I would like to see as movies

Book characters I would like to stuck in a lift with

Animal companions in childrenโ€™s books

Book characters I would like to be friends with

Book characters to avoid

Most exciting 2018 releases

Favourite books of 2018 so far

Favourite places to read

Favourite snacks to eat while reading

Favourite books that nobody has heard of

Questions for Authors

Questions for Publishers

Questions I always get asked

Rainbow Books

Metallic Books

Books that have made me laugh

Books that have made me cry

Books that have made me want to shout

Auto-buy authors

Books people are always telling me to read

Books that have been on the TBR pile forever

Favourite blog posts

Advice for bloggers

Favourite series/trilogies

Books I want to reread

Books I wish I had as a teen

Dream Bookish Events

Authors who should collaborate

Characters I want to see together

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Yay! I had a lovely nearly-a-week too. ๐Ÿ™‚ MG Leonard was fab and I loved trawling the charity-shops with you. That palace-thing was quite interesting too. Come North. We’ve got (remains of) a big wall. And bookshops. x

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    1. Yeah, the palace- pile-of-bricks was a bit of alright,wasn’t it? lol Every time I see whitestuff in the charity shops I think of you ๐Ÿ˜€ There is definitely a book blogger somewhere near me as I keep finding brand-new releases and proofs in my local charity shop… I would like to come North so much!

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  2. lucindablogs says:

    Wow, you’ve done so much! Definite blogger goals here! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you! I have been making a real effort to attend ~1 event a month as had never attended any until the end of last year! Did you attend any events that you enjoyed?

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      1. lucindablogs says:

        Lucky you! I didn’t – are they all in London? Some of my friends are working for the Coventry City of Culture Trust so I’m trying to push for some kind of literary festival since we won the City of Culture bid. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      2. Most things seem to be in London – that’s why I’m trying to take advantage of that fact as I live close enough that I can *just* make it in time for some evening events. Never seemed to be any events in other cities I have lived in! Literary festival in Coventry would be amazing!

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  3. BeckieWrites says:

    I love Holly Black! I’ve been a fan of hers for years. It’s so cool you got to meet her!

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    1. She was so lovely and down-to-Earth, although I was a bit starstruck so babbled a bit, lol

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  4. These are some great highlights. I introduced Holly to the stage at NYA Lit Fest and that was definitely one of my highlights from this year.

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    1. That must have been an amazing experience! Well done you! ๐Ÿ™‚


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