Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A year to remember!

A year ago today, something else very cool happened.

You know Kendal, my Friday guest poster on the blog?

IT IS A YEAR SINCE WE FIRST TALKED TO EACH OTHER. EVER. 

*Cue the party music*









The story is simple: she saw that someone she followed on Twitter had retweeted my account, and so she went to check out the blog. She then proceeded to compliment me on the blog, and from that day on she has constantly supported me throughout the activities on this blog and she has also helped me a lot in real life. We met up for the first time in February of this year and we plan on meeting again pretty soon!

Kendal is one of my best friends and I literally tell her everything. I can trust her with way more than I can with my other friends whom I have known for longer. 

One thing I forgot to tell her - when I was doing an English exam earlier this year, one section made us write an article for a fashion blog. I wanted to include 'statistics' and so made up a fake interview with a girl I found on the high street called Kendal. 

The writing task mentioned a blog, and the first person I thought of was her.

Here's to another year of craziness, Kendal!

PARTY ON!
The Book Critic x



Monday, 24 June 2013

Kendal's Column: Blog Birthday

Here we are, one year on.
That went scarily quick, huh?
A lot of things have happened to The Book Critic in this last year and I couldn’t be more proud of her.
I remember exactly how I came across her blog.
I was scrolling down my twitter timeline and saw that @PeetaMellark__ had retweeted @Bookfangirling’s tweet promoting her blog on its first day. 
Since that day I have read every single post and frequently spam my followers with links to various posts.
I tweeted her (a lot)  and she tweeted me(a lot) and we ended up becoming really good friends and I’ve even met her!

I noticed @bookfangirling has done a list of all the things she has accomplished this year BUT I have a couple of things to add that she missed out
1.       Ate delious (yet questionable in shape) cookies
2.       Revealed that Kendal is a unicorn to the whole internet (God damnit @bookfangirling!)
3.       Changed ipad screens in an apple store to GIFS of Marion Moseby (apple, I’d say I’m sorry but I’m not)
Oh and..
4.       been an amazing and inspiring teen that has done and is still selflessly caring for others.
5.       Been strong  in hard times
6.       Has become one of the most important people in my life

7.       Got Sherlocked out by me.
 I will always be grateful for everything that @bookfangiriling has given me. The Past year has flown by and i really can't wait to see what's going to happen in the future but it looks good so i'd stick around if i were you.

 Happy Blog Birthday!
Kendal!
@Team_Haymitch
xx






How long is a year?

Today is the day.

Yep, today marks a year since I created this blog.

I can remember it as if it were yesterday... I was supposed to be revising for my first gcse geography exam and instead I decided to do something different for a change and create bookfangirling. I didn't do it for any particular reason... I just felt as if I needed to do it. I don't know how to describe that feeling to you. I just knew I had to do it even though my exams came first.

A year has flown by, and I was on Twitter before looking at all of the things I had favourited. I got a bit tearful if I'm honest, because you have all been so lovely and supportive of my blog from the very first day. I can't thank you enough for this. You have helped me more than you could ever imagine.

So, because it's been a whole year, I thought I should do a list of some of the things that have happened to me during that year. Prepare yourself!


  1. I got below my target grade in that Geography exam. I had to resit.
  2. I made a new best friend - Kendal!
  3. I started writing on the blog everyday.
  4. I stopped writing on the blog everyday because it got too hard.
  5. I spoke to real life authors. This has been a dream of mine since, well, forever.
  6. I am still speaking to real life authors.
  7. Shout magazine read my blog!
  8. I lost some friends.
  9. I was the youngest member ever to join YA STANDS.
  10. I had new experiences.
  11. I joined Tumblr.
  12. I joined Tumblr another five times.
  13. I made a fanfiction account.
  14. I started writing my Foxface fanfiction.
  15. I am still writing my Foxface fanfiction.
  16. I started watching The Big Bang Theory.
  17. I fell in love with Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory.
  18. Mayim Bialik is now my inspiration and a great role model for me.
  19. Alyson Noel replied to me on Twitter several times.
  20. I created the Stay Strong and Carry On Campaign.
  21. My blog reached over 26,000 views.
  22. I met Kendal in person for the first time ever. (She is actually a unicorn... shhh!)
  23. People became interested in my campaign.
  24. Emma Blackery tweeted me about the campaign and filled in our survey!
  25. Carrie Hope Fletcher tweeted me in support for the campaign too!
  26. My Phandom posts have had about 7000 views (woah).
  27. I read more books.
  28. I loved more books.
  29. My parents got mad at me for having too many books.
  30. My parents tried to make me get rid of some books.
  31. I refused to get rid of some books.
  32. I finished my GCSE exams.
  33. I shopped online for prom dresses. Typical me!
  34. I watched Sherlock.
  35. I became obsessed with Sherlock.
  36. I received a signed book from John Green.
  37. I am still yet to meet John Green.
  38. I got an IPhone 5 in black.
  39. I found out that around 90% of my friends self harm.
  40. I talked more to my teachers.
  41. I planned my next trip out with Kendal. She just doesn't know it yet.
  42. I FINALLY WATCHED MY BLOSSOM DVD'S.
  43. I have been on more walks.
  44. I survived my Duke of Edinburgh Expedition.
  45. I took risks.
  46. I did work experience in the Houses of Parliament.
  47. I bought clothes that I wanted, and took risks wearing them.
  48. I still buy Happy Meals.
  49. I improved my music taste.
  50. I have learned to love myself.
That's quite a long list, but they all happened. 

How long is a year? Quite long. But it doesn't feel like it. So let's summarise it in a list and make it seem shorter than it actually was.

Happy Birthday to the blog!




The Book Critic x

Sunday, 23 June 2013

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, BLOG

Hello everyone!

Just a quick note to say that it is the first birthday of @bookfangirling today, and tomorrow will be the official first birthday of this blog! I have to say that it has been a crazy and amazing first year, but obviously things change and there will be a lot of changes coming to this blog throughout the week.

I have loved every second of writing on this blog and I have even found a new best friend by writing it. Hopefully when the changes to this blog have been made, I will get to talk to lots more of you!

This will only be a short post, but I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you all and I hope you are doing well. Let the celebration begin! It will be a very busy week for me.

The Book Critic x

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A dramatic change to the schedule

I have been looking through a lot of my older posts tonight, and I have come to two conclusions:


  1. My writing tended to be a lot better a year ago.
  2. The blog isn't as interesting as it used to be.

Having searched through blog posts that I wrote a while ago, I now understand why this is. I was writing so much better a year ago because I was writing every day! I was strict with myself within the first half of the year because I assumed that to get more readers you had to update everyday. Of course, I know the truth now - a better writer gets more readers... it's as simple as that.This meant that because I had this thought  etched into my brain, I was forcing myself to write something down everyday, meaning that I was more observant throughout my general life and as I was pushing myself my writing drastically improved. This is another reason why the blog, in my opinion (and being a very harsh critic on my own writing), isn't as interesting as it used to be. 

Maybe some of my long term readers will understand what I mean?

Even some of the shorter posts had some of the best content in it. I am finally realising, after a year of doing it, that my blog is basically my life. I need to constantly update it if I have any chance of regaining the interesting and busy vibe to this blog.

However, I don't want to burn myself out like I did last time. I ended up becoming completely unable to write and I wasn't motivated enough to even keep up with my Twitter account. 

So, things are going to dramatically change.

I'm not going to post every day like I did before. That was a silly idea and I never should have done it in the first place. However, neither am I going to limit myself to one post a day. If I want to do two posts in one day and then not post until two days later, I shall.

I will try to post every other day, as I promise you there will be no more waiting until a week later for my next post. I will be harsh on myself with posting days, but I will not force myself to write every day. That's a promise I'm keeping for myself too as well as you.

In addition to this, I want some critics of my own. Don't like what I'm writing or think I could be doing something else? Feel free to write a comment and we can have a healthy discussion about it. Want me to review a particular book or do a giveaway? All you have to do is post a comment or get in contact with me through Twitter and Tumblr.

This is all part of my #BookfangirlingBlogBirthday which is THIS SUNDAY *screams*

Have a good day or evening!
The Book Critic x 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Kendal's Column: #StayStrongAndCarryOn

Over the last 20 days (which is crazy because it feels a lot longer than that), me and The Book Critic have been collecting data for the #StayStrongAndCarryOn Project via a survey ((http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MX9R86D) we still need people to respond to so please could you take literally 2 minutes to complete it. The amount of respondents really makes a difference). The project offer help and advice for teens going through a tough time whether they be stressed over exams or feeling depressed. We do have other goals for the project and many things planned but we don't know  WHEN they are happening just yet.
We're both really grateful for the response we've had so far and to see people like Emma Blackery and 
Carrie Fletcher tweet us is really crazy seen as we only 'launched' 20 days ago.

The Campaign is really important to both me and The Book Critic as we feel as if it's our chance to make a difference.
The Project starting has made me think about my life and what has happened to me in the past. Over the course of two years I was bullied by my best friends.
I received a mix of emotional, physical and cyber abuse. I started cutting and, for a time, I contemplated suicide.
I should explain that these 'best friends' were the only people I knew at school but, because of what was going on , I was mostly known as the 'depressed girl' so no one really tried to be friends with me. There was no one for me to turn to. I became emotionally 'numb' and depressed. I didn't care about myself. I didn't want to be me.
I was lying in bed one night and i broke. I cried for the whole night.
The next day, I walked away.
I didn't know if they'd follow me.
I didn't know where I was going.
I didn't know what I was going to do.
However, over time, I became happier and learned to love life again and i couldn't be more thankful for those people in my life now (i'm going to vomit from the cheesiness soon but it's true).I found people who I love and that make me happy. I couldn't imagine life without them.
One of those people is The Book Critic.
I found this blog on it's first day of being up via a tweet from someone I follow. I became really interested in it and started talking to @Bookfangilring on twitter, we became friends and on my 15th birthday she offered me a weekly (or not so weekly...sorry) slot on the blog and thus, Kendal's Column was born. The book critic is so sweet, lovely, kind and so hard working that i can't even imagine how she fits everything in!
I met her on the 18th February of this year and I had a great time and she is a genuinely beautiful person (in all senses of the phrase). She has been there with me through highs and lows and this project is a new chapter for us both. Writing on this blog has given me so much in such a short space of time. Thank you Book Critic, I love you. You are amazing.

I have no idea what the future is going to be like but it looks pretty good so far.


Happy Friday!
@Team_Haymitch
Kendal
xx







Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Procrastination Problem!

Teenagers and exams don't really go well together. For most of us, it is a really stressful time, when our social lives are completely ruined and we struggle to cope with the workload.

I'm just kidding... We didn't have social lives to begin with.

But on a more serious note, the workload can be ridiculously hard to cope with. I am not exactly am expert on preparing for exams, but I do manage to get grades that even the people who are the hardest on themselves (like me) would be proud of. Here's how I focus.

1. You like music? Listen to music. 

This one has its limits. I listen to music to help me start to focus on my work and as soon as I think I can cope without the music it gets switched off. Obviously, if you listen to heavy metal, it's not going to help you at all. Coming from a former gcse music student, there is too much going on in that genre. The heaviest I limit myself to whole I'm revising is Fall Out Boy and All Time Low. I admit, they're not heavy rock bands. But that is the loudest and most ambitious music I would go for. If you can, slower and more classical music is the way to go. A Disney playlist is a must, as for me it really boosts productivity! 

2. Throw your diet out of the window.

I know you may want to start preparing for bikini season, but if you're hungry this is only going to delay you more. When you are hungry and thirsty, your brain becomes starved too, but of oxygen. Not having food at a time when you are going to burn a lot of calories due to stress is a really bad thing. If you're hungry, grab some sugar or fruit, it doesn't really matter as long as its food. 

3. Never revise in front of the television.

I have been there and bought the t-shirt. You may think that the background noise would help you, but this only creates more of a distraction and I promise that the only thing you will accomplish is watching an episode of FRIENDS that you have already seen as many times as the sun has risen in the morning. I would take silence for a couple of hours and a good grade at the end of it over listening to Joey saying 'how you doin'?' and coming out with a grade that's kea me want to cry. You have been warned!

4. Never blog when you are supposed to be doing revision. 

Guess what I'm doing right now. 




Have a great day, and good luck with your exams! 

(I had better get back to my geography revision too. I have to resit this exam because I was too busy creating this blog the last time. True story. You have now definitely been warned.)

The Book Critic x