Every now and then I like to set myself a challenge. Because working full time and blogging about books isn’t challenging enough is it?
So this month I thought, you know what definitely won’t be more stressful than posting a new blog post every 2 days, posting everyday. Enter Everyday May where, you guessed it, I’m going to post everyday for the month of May.
lets make #Everydaymay a thing and get it going! If you’d like to join in this experience then add #everydaymay to your tags and tag me in your post! I’d love to follow along with your #everydaymay posts!
A post for each day will be linked below if you want to read any of them.
So I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I’ve changed my domain name. We used to be harper-grae.com but I’ve now changed the site to…
Reason for the name change, I love this for a bookish blog name because when I read I am just me in my ordinary life on the train, eating lunch, etc and I’m reading this extraordinary fantastical stories with incredible worlds. For me the two just went together.
pretty much nothing else is changing, my content is still going to stay the same, we just fly under a different banner.
I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone for another year! Not only that but my first Blogmas is already over! What?! I was saying to George as we did our usual morning walk that it felt beyond weird to not be posting today.
So here I am!
I’ve made a few decisions regarding the blog for whats to come in 2019.
Firstly I am going to take a small break from posting for the few days remaining of 2018 mostly to read and stockpile a few posts for 2019 for when I jump back into work and don’t want to feel crazy stressed.
My other decision is to post more frequently! YAY! Throughout 2018 I was posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday which worked well. However I really noticed when I didn’t post on the weekend. So my new schedule will be a new post every second day. This does mean posting days well alternate between weeks but I really think I’ll enjoy posting that little bit more often.
With those out of the way I am going to spend the next few days relaxing and preparing for the busy year 2019 will be!
I hope everyone had/ is having a magical holiday season!
I know this is a typical bookish blogger/YouTuber thing to do but I really wanted to give it a go.
I’ll be honest, I got right into it, I even asked my fiancé to time lapse it. I genuinely told him it would take me 20 minutes. Cut to not even 5 minutes later and I was done.
Now Its not the most glamorous bookmas tree you’ve ever seen, its actually not even a good bookmas tree. It’s definitely average. But I am proud of my first attempt anyway and look forward to next year when I will do thing again and hopefully improve!
Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold. Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall. Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail? Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother. Piper must learn to five herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.
This is the conclusion to Rick Riordan’s epic series, The Heroes of Olympus. The entire book is a page turner. I could not put it down. After the 4 previous books in the series I was hooked and utterly invested in all the characters.
There is a lot of travel thorough out the story before the gang gets to the final battle against Gaea. It also sets us up for the cause of events that leads to the ‘Trials of Apollo’ Series.
The final battle is something epic and honestly I was waiting for it through out the whole book, I just wanted to be there (but then also not because that means the series is over) when we finally did get there I was not at all disappointed.
The world has been built so incredibly that it is impossible to not feel for every character in this final battle. We are also introduced to Nike the god of victory whom I love.
Rick Riordan’s writing is fantastic as aways, he really has a way of getting you utterly invested in the characters and their journey. There is also a spectacular amount of character development throughout the series.
This is s a series I could not recommend more! It is an amazing reading adventure that adds so much depth and layers to the Universe of Percy Jackson.
Plot: 9/10 Ease of reading: 7/10 Character Development: 8/10 World Building: 8/10 Quality of Writing: 9/10 Stars: 5/5
The time has come once away to see how my goals are fairing for 2018. I’m going to be honest, I’m on struggle street at the moment with most of my goals. I don’t know if it was the gloominess of August or if I’m just being a lazy bones. But with that in mind, lets get into the goals!
Complete the A to Z reading Challenge.
I haven’t actually added any books yet. I read both ‘The Son of Neptune’ and ‘The Mark of Athena’ however I already have ‘S’ and ‘M’ books listed. So for this month I would have to say I failed at this goal. But I will be adding a ‘H’ book in September so YAY, for that.
Post at least 3 times a week
I am still crushing this one – If I don’t say so myself- I’ve been consistent with posting 3 times a week on Harper-Grae, and I’m starting to get better at posting daily on my Harper-Grae Instagram. Win!
Exercise 3 days a week.
I have definitely been better at this. I’ve definitely been able to reach 3 days per week, which is a win, but lately I have been aiming for 5 days a week, allowing for 2 rest days, usually Fridays and one other day. Still working on that!
Read 30 books in 2018
This has been a great goal to have, I’ve really been able to see my progress.
Try a new recipe each week
We’ve actually been so busy this month that we haven’t really had a chance to try any new recipes! This one is a fail for this month, but one that I am going to put a conscious effort into in September.
Practice positivity and optimism.
This has been a constant struggle through out 2018. Honestly, I haven’t wanted to be negative however a feel increasingly stressed out and anxious and it just becomes tremendously more difficult to stay in a positive frame of mind. I know excuses, I am going to put my best foot forward in September and have this as my main goal for the month! Fail for August though.
Less Technology and more reading before bed.
Honestly I feel like this goal is pointless at this point in the year, I’ve failed to achieve any progress this year. I have the best intentions but I always turn the light off before I am ready to sleep so automatically gravitate to my phone. Lets see if I can make any progress, at all, in September. Fail.
Focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards positively maintaining being Gluten and Dairy Free.
This is a new goal and its one that I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with. My main focus is the Gluten Free aspect, as that is what I have the strongest intolerance too. However I have at a few moments of weakness where I’ve ended up snacking on peanut M & M’s and ever single time I feel sick, but every single time I do it again.
Lets hope for a more positive change in September.