Afternoon Pumpkins,

With less than a week left of October, and only 2 months left of the year, I need to seriously up my reading game if I want smash my reading goals this year.

I found a readathon for the November and December called CLEARURSHIT.


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On Andee’s Blog you can find the full details. and if you follow @ClearurShit you can download the below blank Quests sheet for you to fill in.

As you can see there are several challenges to help you chose what books you wanna read. The last three challenges will be set by the hosts.

There is a character card to fill in:

It’s just a bit of fun that is meant to get you reading more, and I am really excited to get started.

Tips for the Best Read-Cation: Lockdown Style

Hello Pumpkins

In case you don’t know what a Readcation is, let me please explain.

3+ days of uninterrupted reading.

So instead of visiting wild exotic places filled with Face Masks and Anti bac gel, you can visit Fantasy lands from the comfort of your own home, wearing no mask, and possibly no bra..

Six Months into this virus and according to the news the riots may start soon, Christmas with Family has been cancelled, basic operations are being cancelled again and any hope for a vaccine is next year…

It’s all bad news these days. Which is why for my Week off Work I am having a ReadCation. 9 days of switching off from the news, and flying into far away lands where ‘social distancing’ doesn’t frequent every supermarket shop window.

This week is the last Holiday before the end of the year. My Reading Goals have plummeted and I have been in such a slump. I have hated working from home. This week will help me to recapture my love for reading and all things literary.

10 Tips for a great ReadCation

  1. Let your family know! This are weird and unusual times. Working from Home and staying indoors as much as possible can cause strain amoungst family members.
  2. Snacks! Get as much from the Supermarket as possible. I’ve gone for Fruit, Mints & Crisps for my food, but I have a craving for Jelly Beans.
  3. Find some easy to cook meals, and plan them in advance.
  4. Get off of the Phone! – Unless its Goodreads, Spotify or the Bookly App, get off the Phone. Stay away from the News!
  5. Don’t just read. Say What!! Yeah, so reading for hours straight, can make your eyes feel tired. Compliment this with rearranging your bookshelves, Cooking a great meal, making a hot beverage of your choice, or Write a Review. Maybe take a visit to the library or a bookstore.
  6. Drink Plenty of Water. That’s just sensible.
  7. Dress up/Dress Down – Where a Tux, Ball Gown, heck wear nothing! It doesn’t matter as long as your are happy.
  8. Have a TBR pile – Visit the Library, or buy new books or just plan what Books you would like to read. Having them to hand really helps to make sure you can read as much as you can.
  9. Take a Bath – Self-care is important and us FanGirls know that there can be a lot of emotions in a book. Often, if a book is good enough you go along the journey with the character. This can be draining. Take a moment at the beginning or end of the day to just relax and brush away those feeels…
  10. Have a Goal- In hours how much time do you want to spend reading. My goal is 50 Hours. Its attainable, and reasonably for 9 days of reading. Make sure you can smash the goal. Setting one too high will leave you feeling stressed aim for something you know can challenge you, but at the same time is reasonably to complete. You need to smash this goal. The Goal is to feel good about it and most importantly have fun!!

Well there you have it. My ReadCation starts now. I plan to read the Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard, and then Amazon will be delivery the rest towards the end of this week.

Enjoy, and let me know in the comments if you have enjoyed a Readcation.

I like big books and I cannot lie…

Hi Pumpkins,

Welcome to my blog. Before I give my mission statement for this blog, it may be helpful to know a little about me…

For about 25 years I have loved to read. When I was little my mum would always take me to my local library in Southend every Saturday. I would spend hours sitting on bean bags reading whatever fairy tale or history book I could find.

Fast forward to my teens and Vampire Diaries (the Books by L J Smith) was just starting (yes I am that Old) and I was hooked on the sinister fantasy of the fanged creatures of the night.

When I was a kid I dreamed of writing my own novel, but then the perils of life got in the way, and I wrote a few chapters, but never finished a novel. I convinced myself I wasn’t smart enough. I decided I needed to get a degree in creative writing. I joined Open University.

Truth is, I am smart enough to write a novel, I just become so worried that I might fail, that I procrastinated and didn’t get myself organised. somewhere along the lines I enjoyed my course so much that I have continued with it to further my career.

So if I want to be a writer, what should I do?


Books are my life. Fiction or non-fiction, the overwhelming feeling of entering a new world in my head is addicting.

My purpose for this blog is to provide honest book reviews, tips on distance learning studying, literary product reviews, book news, and novel writing techniques.

I hope this goes well and my goals are set.