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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Books | Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Afterworlds got a lot of hype when it first came out and I can kind of understand why. Scott Westerfeld is an amazing author and probably one of my favourites, so I can understand why it was highly anticipated before its release. 

Afterworlds is about Darcy, a teenager author who is awaiting the publishing date of her new book, Afterworlds. She moves to New York to continue writing her sequel and half of the book is about her journey to discovering herself and her developing relationships. 

The other half of the book, revealed to us through alternate chapters, is Darcy's book, Afterworlds. In the novel, Lizzie is part of a terrorist attack which leads to her slipping into the 'Afterworld' and becoming a psychopomp (a guider of the dead, in simple terms.) 

Both stories were fairly interesting, but I did find myself being drawn more to Darcy's story. I was fascinated by her life as a YA author and her relationship with Imogen. When reading Lizzie's story in the Afterworld, I was finding myself wishing I could get back to Darcy's story, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. As always, I loved Scott Westerfeld's writing style and his world-building in this book was second-to-none. Whilst it is a large book and took me longer than I'd hoped to get to the end, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Afterworlds and would recommend checking it out if you're a fan of Westerfeld or the paranormal. 


My rating: 4 out of 5 

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Quaterly Co.


In August, I received my first ever Quarterly box: from Book Riot and I fell in love. This month, my second Book Riot box is due to be shipped and despite the high shipping costs to the UK, I'm considering starting a subscription to another curator as well. If you haven't heard of Quarterly Co. before, it is a surprise box subscription service that ships to you 4 times a month (in other words, Quarterly.) There are a range of different boxes you can choose from with different themes, created by famous curators. There are boxes that focus on beauty, lifestyle & fashion, books, food, technology, science. The choices of packages are endless. Even if you aren't interested in the theme of the Book Riot box I got, these pictures may make you curious about the other curators available. 


Have you ever tried a Quarterly box? From the list of curators on their site, which would you choose?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Advertise With Me!

[Source, edited by myself]

I've decided to start offering advertising packages on my blog, since I've had a few inquiries lately. I'd like my blog to be self-sufficient, meaning if my blog is earning money, then I can spend more money on my blog - getting it noticed out there in the blogosphere and being able to buy more things to create better content for you guys. Basically, I've put together four packages - suitable for all needs and budgets and I want to make it clear that these packages can be flexible. If you want something that isn't listed, or if you'd like a certain package, but can't quite bring yourself to spend that amount on advertising - feel free to discuss it with me. I'm always open to discuss :)

Every package lasts for one month and payments are taken the month before. (For example, if you pay on November 13th, your advertising package would begin on December 1st, so you get the full months advertising.) I take all payments via paypal and I will always send an invoice before asking you to pay anything. So, here are the packages that I've created:

Bronze Package - £5 (unlimited places)
- One tweet every Friday of the month with your twitter handle tagged.
- A paragraph written about your blog/website/shop on my "monthly advertisers" post at the end of each month.

Silver Package- £10  (unlimited places)
- One tweet every Friday of the month with your twitter handle and blog/website/shop link included.
- A paragraph written about your blog/website/shop on my "monthly advertisers" post at the end of each month.
- A link to your blog/shop/website at the bottom of 4 of my blog posts for that month.

Gold Package - £20 (5 places available)
- One tweet every Friday of the month with your twitter handle and blog/website/shop link included.
- A paragraph written about your blog/website/shop on my "monthly advertisers" post at the end of each month.
- A link to your blog/website/shop at the bottom of 7 of my blog posts for that month.
- An advert placed on the left-hand sidebar of my blog  - 100 x 200 pixels

Diamond Package - £30  (3 places available)
- A tweet every Monday & a tweet every Friday of the month with your twitter handle and blog/website/shop link included.
- A post written about your blog/shop/website once during the month.
- A paragraph written about your blog/website/shop at the top of my "monthly advertisers" post, which is posted at the end of each month.
- A link to your blog/website/shop at the bottom of all of my blog posts for that month.
- An advert placed on the right-hand sidebar of my blog in the top spaces - 100 x 400 pixels (thin, long adverts)
- Photo of your blog/website/shop & small introduction on my instagram - published once a month, at the end of the month

This information can also be found on my advertising page (which can be found on the drop-down 'contact' menu at the top of this page) if you're interested in checking it out later. Contact me on: passionobsession@hotmail.co.uk if you have any questions :)

Blogger's Bookshelf Interview!


I recently did an interview with Blogger's Bookshelf where I talked about my blog, NaNoWriMo and my top recommend-to-anyone reads. When I received an email from the lovely Erin from Blogger's Bookshelf asking me to take part in their interview series 'Being a Book Blogger' I was so excited and honored to be a part of it. If you've been living under a rock and don't know what Blogger's Bookshelf is - it was created by Erin and Ria to bring together like-minded readers who could each post their own reviews/book-related posts to create a diverse and interesting book blog. 

If you'd like to check out my interview, you can do so over on Blogger's Bookshelf and be sure to follow them - their posts are amazing! 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Books | #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

#Girlboss is amazing. As soon as it arrived in the post, I just had to start reading it. To be honest, I didn't have much of an idea of what the book was about. I knew it was supposed to be a kick-ass motivational biographical book from Nasty Gal Founder & CEO Sophia Amoruso, but I knew little more than that. 

Let me just start by saying that this book couldn't have come at a better time. I'm in the process of starting a business and any inspiration, particularly from a kick-ass woman who built a multi-million pound company on her own, is more than welcome. To say she did it on her own is a slight exaggeration, but she started on her own and gradually and carefully added people to her team that she recognised had potential and a hell of a lot of motivation to grow her business. Sophia used to steal, she used to hate big corporations and she was a rebellious teenager that didn't like to follow the norm. She felt it was her 'right' to steal from big brands. She began by buying vintage clothing from thrift stores and selling them on Ebay. Before she knew it, she was making a ton of money and decided to set up a website, selling vintage and new clothing for girls like her. Today NastyGal is one of the largest online shops and one of my personal favourites. 

I picked up a lot of pieces of advice from this book, one of my favourites being that customers are key. Even when Sophia had a tiny store on Ebay, she put everything she had into the presentation of her items, into the way she spoke to her customers, into the way she used social media to market her brand for free to young girls like herself. Sophia did it all on her own and she did it the exact way I would do it myself. One of my favourite quotes from the whole entire book is "Money looks better in the bank than on your feet." Something I definitely need to listen to more. 

#Girlboss is a story of how Sophia made it. It is packed full of her own personal stories and her own ideas - but in between all of that, she gives advice and she tells you what she learned along the way. The idea of #Girlboss is that you don't need hundreds of thousands of pounds to set up a business, you don't need a set-in-stone business plan or a University degree. If you want to do something for yourself, go and do it. Start small and focus on the little things. Focus on your customers and your presentation. Focus on being the best you could possibly be in what you want to do. If you do, it might just work for you too.


My rating: 5 out of 5

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