Vlogs wanted.

Over the last year or so I’ve found myself watching more vlogs. I’m still not watching that many vloggers, but I’m really enjoying the ones I am. I’d love to find more so I thought I’d put a request on here.

Most of the ones I’m watching are related, I started off with Tom Fletcher / Giovanna Fletcher / Carrie Hope Fletcher’s series of Dear Carrie / Dear Tom & Gi videos, then I caught up with loads of Carrie’s videos and also Petesjams videos, and videos by Gary C. So they’re all very connected. I’m also subscribed to Tom Daley’s vlogs and to the channels for George Lester, Kat Molesworth and Boys and Bunting.

What would you recommend? I tend to prefer the slice of life stuff rather than anything too themed, but obviously my interests in books and crafts mean I’m always on the lookout for new ideas here too. Let me know your favourites so I can give them a try!

Book Review · Vlogs

February 2015 Reads.

Apologies for the tardiness of this, but yesterday I finally filmed my February 2015 Reads vlog. I explain in it that the beginning of March was incredibly busy for me (by the 10th March I’d slept at least one night in 4 different towns and cities) and then my household was hit by an attack of germs that would have meant me trying to vlog with barely any voice.

Better late than never, here’s my run down of the books I read in February:

The books, in order of reading, are:

  • No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones. Hot Key Books.
  • Captive by A.J. Grainger. Simon & Schuster UK.
  • Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan. Electric Monkey.
  • All Balls and Glitter: My Life by Craig Revel Horwood. Michael O’Mara Books.
  • Worry Magic by Dawn McNiff. Hot Key Books.
  • Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell. Headline.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Titan Books.

There are still lots of things I want to improve on in these videos, I am pleased however that I managed to discuss 7 books in less time than it took me to introduce myself and talk about 3 books in my last effort! Just.

My copies of No True Echo, Captive, Marly’s Ghost, Worry Magic, Three Amazing Things About You and A Darker Shade of Magic were provided by the publisher for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

Book Review · Vlogs

My January 2015 Reads.

I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to do something different with how I approached reviewing and the cat’s finally out of the bag, I’ve decided to switch primarily to vlog reviews. It’s an idea I’ve been toying with for ages but I know YouTube can be a pretty toxic place (I’ve had friends receive some really unpleasant comments on their videos) so I wanted to take the time to be sure I definitely wanted to do it.

The plan at the moment is that I’ll do a monthly vlog where I review all of the books I’ve read. In the future I may well increase the frequency of my vlogs but I want to keep things manageable whilst I get to grips with recording and editing etc.

I recorded January’s wrap up on Monday, after a couple of false starts it was pretty smooth sailing though I must warn you I do talk quite a lot. When I rewatched it with a view to making it shorter I found that I didn’t feel like cutting anything out so I’ve decided to own my wordiness.

The books I review are (with the approximate times I start talking about them):

  • Heat Wave by Richard Castle. Titan Books. (2:35)
  • Love Hurts edited by Malorie Blackman. Random House Children’s Books. (4:20)
  • A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne. Big Bang Press. (12:00)

I had a lot of fun recording this video, I’m already looking forward to February’s!

My copies of Love Hurts and A Hero at the End of the World were provided by the publisher for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.