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BOOK BLOGGER HOP: Which authors or book bloggers would you have lunch with?

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly feature hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer, to find bookish blogs and to learn more about the bloggers themselves. You can find more info on the feature here.

This week’s question is: If you could have lunch with any living authors and/or book bloggers, who would you choose and why?

Once upon a time I would have loads of authors to choose from to answer this question but nowadays I don’t really read a lot of series of books from the same author so don’t think I’d have much to ask or talk about with an author.

I think I’d like to go to lunch with some book bloggers – namely Ellie, Bex, Katie and Louise Marie, and any of the wonderful people I’ve met on the London Bookshop Crawl. I love the Crawl but because it’s so full of books and bookshops and adventuring it doesn’t always give you a proper chance to really talk to those you’ve met through the world of book blogging. So it would be great to have a proper sit down lunch with Bex, Katie, Ellie and Louise Marie and have a lovely chilled out lunch full of bookish discussions.

What authors or book bloggers would you like to have lunch with?

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The A to Z in April Blogging Challenge – 2017 Edition

Spring has sprung and that means the A to Z in April Challenge is almost upon us! Now somehow, I’m a little less organised this year compared to the previous three years I’ve taken part so I’m a bit later actually saying I’m going to take part and I’ve yet to write any of my posts.

But before I get into all that, I should let you know what the Challenge is if you’re new to it or to my blog. The challenge is to post a blog every day of April bar Sundays. Since there are 26 days in April (not including Sundays), that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. So, on April 1st, blog about something that begins with the letter “A”, April 2nd is “B,” April 3rd is “C,” and so on and so forth.

This year my “theme” for the challenge is My Favourite Things. This includes pretty much anything – my favourite foods, favourite songs, favourite actors, characters, films, things to do – anything! I currently have something for 24 days of the challenge (I’m missing something for G and O right now) but I haven’t started writing any of them. I will probably start writing and scheduling posts by the weekend, I’ll definitely have to make sure I’ve got posts from 7th-11th April scheduled as I’m going away for a friend’s wedding over that weekend.

The A-Z in April Challenge has kind of been a bit of a blogging tradition for me now and I’m looking forward to taking part in it again this year. My usual book and film reviews might take a bit of a back seat during April as my focus will be on the challenge, though I suppose it depends on how I do with scheduling everything.

To find out more about the challenge (and you’ve still got time to sign up!) check out their blog here and if you want to see what I’ve written previously for the challenge you can have a look at my 2014 Masterpost, 2015 Masterpost and 2016 Masterpost.

A to Z in April Blogging Challenge 2016 Masterpost

My theme for the 2016 Challenge was my favourite characters and I loved gushing about characters I loved, whether they were from book, films or TV shows. It was a great chance to show off some more obscure fandoms and it was a very successful month of blogging for me.

Sign Up Post
A – Angela
B – Clint Barton
C – Evelyn Carnahan
D – Darcy Lewis
E – Elle Woods
F – Frank Castle
G – Cat Grant
H – Hermione Granger
I – Inej
J – Jessica Jones
K – Kingsley Shacklebolt
L – Aaron Livesy
M – Malcolm Ducasse
N – Nimona
O – Oda Mae Brown
P – Peggy Carter
Q – Happy Quinn
R – Ralph Dineen
S – Number Six
T – Sergeant Terry Jeffords
U – Nyota Uhura
V – Victoria Barton
W – Wadjda
X – Professor Charles Xavier
Y – Yvaine
Z – Zazu
Reflections on the Challenge

A-Z in April Challenge starts tomorrow

A2Z-BADGE_[2016]Just a quick heads up that from tomorrow, which is of course April 1st, I will be taking part in the A-Z in April Challenge. The challenge is to post a blog every day of bar Sundays. Since there are 26 days in April (not including Sundays), that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. So, on April 1st, blog about something that begins with the letter “A”, April 2nd is “B,” April 3rd is “C,” and so on and so forth.

My theme for the month is favourite characters, whether they are from books, films, comics or TV shows. So I’ll be posting about a favourite character each day and either their first or last name will begin with the letter for that day. Over half the characters are some awesome ladies and I’ve currently written and scheduled the first ten posts.

During April, I should still be posting film and book reviews though they might not be as regular as normal as the challenge will be taking up most of my focus.

I hope you enjoy my posts on my favourite characters and maybe you’ll find a new show, book, comic series or film to check out!

The A to Z in April Blogging Challenge – 2016 Edition

A2Z-BADGE_[2016]It’s getting close to that time of year again so I have signed up for the A to Z in April Challenge once more! This will be my third time taking part and I hope to be just as successful as I was the previous two years. The challenge is to post a blog every day of bar Sundays. Since there are 26 days in April (not including Sundays), that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. So, on April 1st, blog about something that begins with the letter “A”, April 2nd is “B,” April 3rd is “C,” and so on and so forth.

The first time I did the challenge in 2014 I kind of made it up as I went along. I had no theme and sometimes I wrote and posted a blog post on the day. Still it was a good learning experience and I completed the challenge which was the main thing. In 2015 I was a bit more organised and wrote about awesome women in film. It proved to be quite popular and I really enjoyed writing about it, representation and women in film is a subject I’m very passionate about.

For this year, I haven’t got a concrete theme yet but I have a feeling it will be about my favourite female characters or just my favourite characters in general no matter their gender. I will definitely have to write and schedule a lot of my posts this year as I should be moving house at the end of March and along with the craziness of that I might not have any internet for a while either.

There’s still time to sign up for the A to Z in April Blogging Challenge and don’t forget to check out my previous years posts – My 2014 Masterpost and My 2015 Masterpost.

A to Z in April Blogging Challenge 2015 Masterpost

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0I realised I never did this for the previous times I took part and completed the A to Z in April Challenge so now while I’m getting ready to sign up for the 2016 edition, I thought I’d be organised and finally put this all together in a Masterpost.

When I did the challenge in 2015 I had a theme which was women in film. Each day I talked about an actress or director and shared my favourite films of theirs and why I like them a lot. I really enjoyed showing a spotlight on women of different ages and backgrounds who work in the film industry and while I haven’t really figured out what my theme with be for 2016, I think it’ll feature awesome women. So without further ado, here are all 26 posts (plus the sign up and wrap up post) I wrote for the A to Z in April Blogging Challenge 2015.

Sign Up Post
A – Angelina Jolie
B – Cate Blanchett
C – Jessica Chastain
D – Ava Duvernay
E – Ellen Page
F – Jodie Foster
G – Whoopi Goldberg
H – Anne Hathaway
I – Imelda Staunton
J – Judi Dench
K – Rinko Kikuchi
L – Lexi Alexander
M – Michelle Monaghan
N – Lupita Nyong’o
O – Octavia Spencer
P – Penelope Cruz
Q – Quvenzhané Wallis
R – Michelle Rodriguez
S – Marjane Satrapi
T – Emma Thompson
U – Uma Thurman
V – Viola Davis
W – Rachel Weisz
X – X-tras
Y – Michelle Yeoh
Z – Zoe Saldana
Reflections on the Challenge

A to Z in April Blogging Challenge 2014 Masterpost

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775cI realised I never did this for the previous times I took part and completed the A to Z in April Challenge so now while I’m getting ready to sign up for the 2016 edition, I thought I’d be organised and finally put this all together in a Masterpost.

When I did the challenge in 2014 I didn’t really have a theme and kind of made it all up as I went along, which amazingly turned out alright in the end. So without further ado, here are all 26 posts (plus the sign up and wrap up post) I wrote for the A to Z in April Blogging Challenge 2014.

Sign Up Post
A – Favourite Animal Movies
B – Blitz movie review
C – Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie review
D – My Favourite Directors
E – Elle Woods
F – Favourite Fictional Families
G – The Grey movie review
H – Hawkeye
I – Illegally Watching Films
J – Jason Statham
K – Kinky Boots movie review
L – Livejournal
M – Favourite Movies beginning with the letter M
N – Names
O – Orange is the New Black and Other Shows I want to Try
P – The Princess Bride by William Goldman book review
Q – Quarterly
R – Favourite Films beginning with the letter R
S – Secondary Characters
T – My TBR Pile
U – University
V – Vicious by V.E. Schwab book review
W – World Book Night
X – X-Men
Y – YA and my problems with it
Z – Zoolander and other “cult classics” I’m not a fan of
Reflections on the Challenge