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Read on to see what I’m reading this week and how I feel about each book so far. I’m changing up the format a little bit again so let me know what you think in the comments!

Weekly Novellique Reading #9

The Queen Of The Tearling

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Where can I buy it?

Click here to see The Queen Of The Tearling from Amazon!

Why am I reading it?

I’ve owned this book for years and I finally got the chance to pick it up and start reading it for fun. I love reading it before bed; the writing is easy to get into and is thought-provoking at the same time.

What do I think?

I’m absolutely loving The Queen of The Tearling! I thought it was young adult when I first started reading it, but I think it’s more new adult or adult fantasy. If you love fantasy but are bored or disinterested in young adult fantasy – or even if you just want to read more fantasy – The Queen Of The Tearling is definitely for you.


Paradise Lost

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Where can I buy it?

Click here to see Paradise Lost on Amazon!

Why am I reading it?

Paradise Lost is on my university reading list for my crime module.

What do I think?

I’m struggling along with Paradise Lost – I really don’t like it, but I have to read it so I’m trying to remain positive. Sometimes we have to read books we don’t like and this is one of those times… hopefully I will appreciate it more once I’m studying it at university.


Player Piano

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Where can I buy it?

Click this link to see Player Piano on Amazon!

Why am I reading it?

Player Piano is also on my university reading list for my crime module!

What do I think?

The first couple of chapter of Player Piano was really difficult to get into, but now I’m over half way through and really enjoying reading it. It has a lot of discussion about capitalism and socialism. Player Piano is set in a world where machines have replaced the majority of manual labour and everything has become effortless – but leaving behind a working class unemployed and in poverty.

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So, I’m back… again.

Where have I been?

A couple of things have happened this summer that I’m not quite ready to talk about yet. I’ve been thinking about my blog for a long time and what sort of content I should be putting onto it; I always intended it to be a book blog, with nothing else – nothing personal, nothing to do with fitness or weight loss or beauty… but over time I’ve wanted to explore more options.

It doesn’t help that WordPress has somehow managed to kill all my traffic. I felt like writing a review to get five views wasn’t worth it – considering I have 300 followers, most of whom I’m beginning to think are either spam accounts or inactive users.

Most of all I want this blog to be fun for me; if I’m enjoying it then it doesn’t matter how much traffic I get. Recently I’ve neither been enjoying it nor getting many views or interactions and it continues to put me off.

What’s coming to Novellique?

The first part is my spring cleaning of my youtube channel. I have one for Novellique, and have done for a while, but never used it for anything. I’ve always thought about fully migrating to Youtube but I think the written format is easier for me and generally fits me better. BUT– I am starting to think about ways I could make videos without making myself uncomfortable. For now I’m going to be using my channel as a place to create playlists for the writing resource I find useful, as well as music I listen to.

I want to talk about more than just book reviews. I want to talk about what university is really like, what video games I’m obsessed with, why Kylo Ren is such an interesting character to me and the new things I’m trying in my life. I want to talk about things that are relevant to me, as well as talking about books.

I’m going to be continuing Instagram but with a less perfectionist attitude; the way I was criticising every post wasn’t productive and burnt me out very quickly. I won’t have time to put this much energy into Instagram once University starts.

I’m also going to be talking more about my writing here, especially with playlists or mood boards or interview your character type posts. I think I want to explore more general writing topics too. I’m a writer now more than I am a reader, I think, which is quite a strange inversion because for years it was the other way around.

Tag posts was the way I got into the book community and I’m thinking about returning to them for the days where I want to post but I don’t have anything concrete to put together. I’m out of practice with blogging and I want to get back into it.

I’m all for hearing things you guys would like to read so stick your suggestions in the comments if you’d like! All in all, I’m ready to rethink this blog and make it feel more like mine. I hope you’ll all stick around for this journey and find what I’m producing more engaging and personalised.

Have you made any changes to your blogging recently? Let me know in the comments!


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I’m back with another weekly reading update! This is what I’ve been reading this week.

Weekly Novellique Reading Update #8

Neuromancer by William Gibson

[Amazon] I’m still reading Neuromancer – I don’t know why it’s taking me so long but I will finish it if it kills me. It isn’t even that I’m not enjoying it, because I am, but the writing style means I have to focus a lot on the words on the page and I think my focus has been off lately.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

[Amazon] The first time I picked this up I think I wasn’t in the right headspace but I started reading it again last night and I’ve fallen in love. It’s nice to have a break from all the university reading I have – a simple, quick read with a lot of heart, discussing serious issues within fandom culture.

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Each week during the month of July I’m going to be writing a July Camp NaNoWriMo update. This is everything I got up to writing wise in week one!

Camp Nanowrimo: Week 1

DAY ZERO & DAY ONE

I started a day early by accident (I forgot June had 31 days, somehow) but decided it was a good thing because it means I can either aim to finish at least a day early, or I can bump up my word count. Across both days I managed to write about 2400 words! I was on holiday and discovered the place I was staying had no WiFi which basically meant I had no excuse not to write – and it worked!

words written today: ~2400 (over two days)

total written: 2400


DAY TWO

On this day I managed to write about 600 words, bringing me up to a new total of 3000 words. My specific word count for these few couple of days is estimations because again, I didn’t have WiFi to track it properly with the website but I’ve tried to record them as roughly as possible to show estimations of how much I wrote each day. Hint: it was a lot, for me.

words written today: ~1000

total written: ~3000


DAY THREE

words written today: ~1000

total written: ~4000


DAY FOUR

I think it was somewhere around day four that I really managed to churn words out and hit 1,500 for the day.

words written today: ~1500

total written: ~5500


DAY FIVE

I was continuing to do well with the writing, we spent a lot of time on the beach and I managed pretty consistently to write about 1,000 words a day (higher than the 800-ish the stats page predicts I would need to write a day in order to finish on time).

words written today: ~1000

total written: ~6500


DAY SIX

I was returning from holiday today so I wrote slightly less than the previous couple of days, but I managed to get a couple of hundred words out. It was super hot in the evening which put me off quite a lot.

words written today: ~700

total written: 7200


DAY SEVEN

I came back from holiday and down in London the heatwave was even more intense than where I was by the coast, so I didn’t write much because I spent most of the day lying on the sofa and complaining about the heat. Things picked up on day eight, but that will be included in next weeks update!

words written today: ~300

total written: 7534

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You may have noticed Novellique has undergone a much-needed makeover! Some areas of the site are still under construction and I hope to have them up and running in the next couple of days before I head off on holiday. Comment below what you think of the new theme!

Now, onto the post: the Novellique Weekly Reading Update returns with a rundown of everything I’ve been reading this week!

Weekly Novellique Reading Update #7

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Neuromancer by William Gibson

[Amazon] Neuromancer is another book on my cyborg reading list; the first couple of chapters felt like experiencing a third hand acid trip, but now I’m used to the new terms and concepts – and after reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – I feel ready to return to reading Neuromancer.

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

[Amazon] I’m only a couple of pages into this read so far and I’m finding the discussion of mechanical processes versus humans to be super interesting! I can’t wait to apply marxist and feminist readings to it with comparing how gender and class is represented.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

[Amazon] I’m sceptical about reading this because of the subject matter it covers, but it is on the university reading list so it will be interesting to compare my vague knowledge about it with the actual novel.

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments!


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Since I’m officially broken up from university, I’m back into reading and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a summary of what I’ve been reading recently.

Weekly Reading Update #6

I’m now using my Instagram daily now so if you want to see specifically what up I’m to, follow the Novellique Instagram account – otherwise, this is an update of what I’m reading at the moment.

Neuromancer by William Gibson

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I’ve not heard of this book before, but I’m a decent part of the way through and I’m really enjoying it. getting used to the terminology and world was a bit of a challenge in the beginning but I love the writing style and I’m getting through it quite quickly – my reading speed is always a measure of how much I’m enjoying a book.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

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The Bladerunner film is also part of the compulsory texts list for the cyborg module, so I’m glad the book it is based off is included – I’ve been meaning to read this book for over a year but I’ve never had a real reason to until now! It’s quite different from what I thought it would be, but I’m enjoying it so far.

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The first year of studying English Literature at University has eaten into my motivation and time for writing blog posts. In this post I’ll be talking a bit about what I’m going to do to get back into blogging and hopefully establishing a routine I can carry into second year.

Getting Back Into It

In order to replenish my blogging motivation, I am going to:

  • Write blog posts in the morning, format them in the evening.
  • Spend less time scrolling endlessly through Facebook and more time planning out blog posts.
  • Return to my scheduling of a review or blog post at least once a week, on a Saturday.
  • Spend more time reading, but not as a chore.
  • Write more about my experience of university.
  • Commenting on at least one post a week (although preferably many more than this)
  • Write about my creative writing and how I’m progressing.
  • Start exploring my book Instagram – something I say at least once a week, but have yet to manage. I’m going to start this by wiping the old posts on that account (they’ll be safe in my archive) and finding the colour scheme and post themes I want to use.
  • Changing the blog theme – I did this awhile ago and I’m still not satisfied with the new design
  • If all else fails: writing a book tag a week to keep my brain engaged in the blogging routine.

How have you been keeping yourself motivated for blogging recently? How have you balanced work or study with reading? Let me know in the comments!


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