22 August 2016

Important Blog Posts to Me

At the beginning of July some time, this little blog turned 3 and I completely missed it, what with being at Disneyland and everything. Happy Birthday Birthday Fionerd. To celebrate, I really wanted to look back at some of the posts I've shared over the years highlighting my favourites.

12 August 2016

6 Online Communities to Love

One of the reasons I've not blogged as much as I used to is because part of me hates areas of the blogging community. It always feels like it's a popularity contest and I'm just here to have fun. I mean, it's not a bad thing, but honestly? I'm bored of the same sort of posts again and again. These though. these are my oases in the desert that is my twitter or bloglovin' feed. The following are the places that I will always come back to.


28 July 2016

5 Nerdy Games To Enjoy This Summer*

Some might suggest that video games in general are nerdy. Indeed, there's long been an image of gamers as lonesters passionately enjoying fantasy games that feed their imaginations and tickle their nerdy fancies. In the past decade or so, however, that image has changed. We now view gaming as an engaging, social activity more often than not, and it's lost some of its nerdy associations.

But what if you want to be a gaming nerd, not in the sense of being a loner or antisocial (as some misunderstand the term "nerd" to indicate), but in the sense of playing a game that packs some intellectual punch? What if you want to challenge yourself with an intricate puzzle or brain-teasing activity rather than just zone out with a shooter or collaborate with friends in an MMO? If that applies to you, here are five fun, accessible, and totally nerdy games to enjoy for the rest of the summer.

15 July 2016

10 Songs for Your Summer 2016 Playlist

Here's something a little different today. Below I'm going to list 10 songs I'm currently obsessing over. I'm in that stage where I listen to them over and over and over again and I'm still not sick of the sound of them. So in case you woke up this morning and thought "I'd really like to know what music Fiona will be listening to this summer" then you are in luck because this post will cover just that. 

4 July 2016

The Disney Tag

I wanted to bring a little Disney magic to the blog so managed to find a tag from a post in 2014 / 2015 as well as so many different versions. But it's questions about Disney, and we love those right? Enjoy this terrible photo from a firework display in Disneyland Paris from 2010 and some questions about me and Disney. 

30 May 2016

Nerdy Homeware Wishlist*

We are getting closer and closer to our move in date and the excitement is getting to me. I've been spending a lot of time looking at interior design ideas* on Pinterest and grabbing ideas from Etsy as to what to do when I finally have a space to call my own. Of course, with rented property there is a limit as to how much we can alter so the main thing to spruce up a rented property is with little flourishes of homeware goods. Here are my current Etsy wants if money were no object:

27 May 2016

Cake Stories, Jesmond

I have to share with you the absolute magic that is Cake Stories. Why have I not seen other blog posts about this? Either I'm really late to the party or no one knows about this gem of a place. It appeared like a dream, we were in the area about to have a coffee stop at a different cafe further down the street but Cake Stories just looked too whimsical and wonderful not to visit. So we did. And I know I'm not the biggest foodie blogger (these posts are wonderfully rare these days) but I've never been MORE excited about cake (which is saying something, I get excited about cake a lot) 

23 May 2016

Lush Unhaul and Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

Now I am not the biggest beauty blogger out there but I have a huge soft spot for Lush products (I mean, who doesn't?) and always end up with too many to use. It happens. Recently, I was sorting through all the things I've accumulated over Christmas and my birthday and realised I have things that I have no intention of using but are still in really good shape.

20 May 2016

Where to Find Inspiration for Blog Posts

Charline Has a Blog
Last year I guested on Charline Has a Blog's #NoteToSelf series after she most graciously helped me when I needed guest bloggers to cover my New Zealand trip. This post first featured on Charline Has a Blog, 20th May 2015.

16 May 2016

#BOUTOFBOOKS 16

From May 9th to the 15th I decided to take part in my first ever #boutofbooks readathon! Going in, I had no TBR list, or at least not a permanent one and the only goal I had was to up my book count to get ahead of schedule for my target of reading 52 books in 2016. An update on my progress with that. On the first day of the challenge my Goodreads had me at 24 of 53 (because I had to add a DNF to my read list and it felt like cheating for that to count towards my 52 for the year so I upped the target. Here's a bit of a log of what I got up to during the readathon.

13 May 2016

Seed by Lisa Heathfield

I judged this book by it's cover, guilty as charged. Basically, it was shiny so caught my eye so I took a mental note that I had to read this at some point. Lo and behold, I read it towards the end of last year and am only just getting around to writing my review. Since it's been some time, I'll probably be overly vague in order to compensate for my shit memory. 

6 May 2016

Book Series I Want to Read Next

I keep thinking back to November and December, when I was reading the Lunar Chronicles, loving how much of a simpler time it was. Just losing myself in a series, what a life. As a reader, I'm notorious for choosing one offs or not finishing series because I'm impatient. I don't want to read thousands of pages to find the happily ever after! So here it is, in writing, that I want to dedicate some of my future reads to series. And yes, there will be some on this list that will absolutely shock you because I haven't read it. Try and stay composed ;)

29 April 2016

Life Update

I've never really done a life update before, but lately things feel like they're moving and I just wanted to have a talk about it, and I don't think my Ruminations post will do it justice. As always, there's small organisational announcement type things which I like to have down in writing, for the record. 


25 April 2016

#NerdyPages Book Club

For a while now I've been thinking of hosting an online book group (because I don't have enough to do right now, you know) but the main idea behind it is to read a book together and have a space to talk about it. So let me introduce:

14 April 2016

The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson

This is another book review that I was meant to write up ages ago, pretty much immediately after reading ... but then didn't. So 5 months later: here it is! The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean by Lara Williamson has a beautiful cover, intriguing title and is generally found in your 9-12 sort of sections in book stores. 

11 April 2016

Newcastle on a Budget*

You know, I really miss being a student. I say this like I'm an adult with my life together and that makes me laugh hysterically. I'm definitely not an adult yet. One thing I always think about when going out anywhere is the cost. I like a good day out, but I like to eat for the rest of the month too. Walton Robinson got in touch and asked me to share some of my favourites so with that in mind here's some places in my good old city Newcastle that should provide a good time while keeping our bank accounts happy. 

5 April 2016

8 Things that have Prepared Me for the Zombie Apocalypse*

Okay, so maybe I'm one of those geeks that secretly would love the Zombie Apocalypse to happen because I've watched the films, played the games, and read so many books I would do better on a zombie survival test than any academic exam. Yes, I would go as far to say I am prepared. Want to feel as prepared as me? Here's some zombie inspiration:

27 March 2016

19 Bizarre Blog Post Prompts

You know what I love? When you're really in the mood to write a blog post and someone else has done the thinking-up-an-idea part. Blog post prompts are some of my favourites to read because they are bursting to the brim with ideas and always spark inspiration for me. Obviously, I've now put so much pressure on myself (let's hope these are at least adequate).

22 March 2016

5 Action-Packed Films I Could Watch Again and Again*

Now, I recently shared a bunch of films that make me cry like an infant, and even though animated films are my all time favourites I do watch other things as well. When I'm not in the mood for a good cry, these are the next 5 in line:

18 March 2016

The Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle

Guess who went on a mission down Quayside way to visit The Great British Cupcakery?! That's right, this blogger. I don't know how it happened, but I was just googling images of freakshakes (as you do on a Sunday, right?) and it came to my attention that The Great British Cupcakery offers Geet Big Milkshakes for £5! I was super psyched after reading Canny Food's review too so a visit was needed ASAP.

17 March 2016

Witch Wars by Sibeal Pounder

When I was a children's bookseller I went out of my comfort zone to read from every age range.  Not exactly the biggest chore, I know, but still. Today, I'm reviewing a work of fiction for younger kids. It always feels a little odd sharing kids books on my blog, but I forget that almost anyone can just stumble across my reviews, and I know some of my readers have kids. So, that's my justification. Sure.

11 March 2016

7 Things Made Better with Tea & Coffee*

Nothing beats a good cup of tea, am I right? I love days off because I spend most of them curled up with a book and a cuppa in easy reach. Even when I'm not reading, I love the warmth and comfort a good hot drink brings. Now, maybe I drink too much tea and coffee (is there such a thing?) but here's just a few times those warm beverages have vastly improved my day. 

8 March 2016

Those Times Animated Movies Made Me Cry like an Infant

I stumbled upon Top 10 Disney Moments that Destroy My Soul (that title is the truth and nothing but the truth. Wrap your heart in steel or your soul will be destroyed too) over on Teri-May's blog (A Cup of T) and once I recovered I was so inspired I decided to share some similar experiences: My worst cry-fests over animated movies. 

4 March 2016

Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

I am so excited today guys! I'm pairing up with Oxford University Press to host a giveaway! Now on the surface, Super Happy Magic Forest looks like a children's picture book, which yeah, I guess you could say it is. However, the humour runs deep and I keep this one on my shelf because look at how happy and magical the cover looks?

2 March 2016

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I know I shouldn't start every book review with: GUYS if you want the perfect read then do I have a graphic novel that you need to read. But, GUYS, for real. I read Nimona at the end of December over to 2016 and I absolutely loved it. Get your reading lists ready, because I have a little something you need to add to it.

25 February 2016

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

When #Rainbowthon rolled around a couple of weeks ago (even though I hadn't heard of it before) I planned to take part and challenged myself to read 6 books in around a week. The first on my list was my yellow book, Not If I See You First, a book I had seen mentioned on the internet a couple of times and took the plunge putting it right at the top of my TBR. 


19 February 2016

5 Fictitious Places I Wish Existed

Let me tell you how this post came in to being. I was dying on the exercise bike, hating the physical activity and watching The Simpsons when the episode where Homer thinks up Chocolate Land came on. I looked at Chocolate Land and was like, I could kill for chocolate right now. I wish this existed, which lead me to think about all the other wonderful places that exist in books and TV but not in real life. Here are 5 I wish I could visit right now.

14 February 2016

#RAINBOWTHON 2.0

I feel like I've been super quiet this week, and you can thank Rainbowthon for that! From the 7th-14th February (I want to say today is the last day, right?) I decided to join in with #Rainbowthon; a week-long readathon where you read 6 books that spines match the rainbow with the aim is to read 4-6 books (since you can have 1 book count for up to 2 colours) in one dedicated week. This is the second ever Rainbowthon but my first time participating.

Announcement videos for more information:

10 February 2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

This title has actually been on my radar for months. I first saw it in hardback and I remember thinking it was an interesting read but nothing really happened after that. Recently, it made it's way in to paperback and I was hearing a lot of positive things about it, so, I went and picked up a non fiction book! (That's right, me! Head in the clouds, prefers dragons to reality picked up a book about RL)

6 February 2016

4 Projects I'm Excited About

Recently, I've felt drained when it comes to writing actual blog posts because all I want to write are book reviews. At the minute, it feels like I'm doing a million things at once, even though I'm not, and I thought I'd, you know, share all the things that I'm focusing on / are zapping me of all my energy. 

4 February 2016

The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean by Lindsay Littleson

When I was reviewing the books I'd read in 2015, Goodreads did that amazing display of my year in books (ALL THE STATS) and this little number, The Mixed Up Summer of Lily McLean was my least popular book of the year. According to Goodreads only me and 21 other people read this book and it was published all the way back in April that year. So I thought I'd go ahead and write a quick review on it, just because I feel like there won't be a lot floating around out there. 


29 January 2016

5 Unrealistic Expectations I have about my Early Twenties Thanks to Friends

Recently, I caved and bought the complete boxset of Friends because why not?! Growing up, I remember sitting in on a Thursday/Friday night, eating pizza while my parents drank Jacob's Creek (because that sponsored Friends at the time, you'll remember) and it was one of my absolute favourites. Re-watching it now, in my twenties - well, it's a whole new world. 

26 January 2016

#FionasFive Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

Time for a giveaway! Basically, I had some doubles when it came to books and organising my shelves so they need to go to new homes (in order to clear space to buy more books) so welcome to #FionasFive giveaway! My biggest giveaway to date. I received all of these for free (from what I can remember anyway) so will be giving them away to random winners who enter in the following way:

20 January 2016

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples

In short: I love it I love it I love it. But I can't justify a whole post to that one sentence, so instead I will tell you how awesome Saga is in the hope that you will go out and buy it so it will continue being made.

18 January 2016

How I Schedule Promotion Posts

There are a million and one posts out there to help with promoting and scheduling blog posts to try and maximise your readership. I've been thinking about these a lot recently as I'm currently in the middle of figuring out what works best for me. So here is the millionth and second post on scheduling; it's more of a this-is-how-I-do it so it's not really right or wrong or even a guide - it's just here.

15 January 2016

Films I Watched in 2015

January is essentially the list month on the blog for me, and I always feel like these aren't really glance worthy but I love making them, so here is another one. As well as keeping track of all the books I read a year, I like to track the films I watch too.Today, it's listing of the films I've seen this year which I always love looking at. In 2013 (from July) I watched 77 films, and in 2014 I watched 132 films. Each year I've been secretly challenging myself to watch more and go to the cinema more but I just know haven't done that this year round. 

9 January 2016

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

You know what I love? When you find a book and just fall in love with it. That is essentially what I did with Everything, Everything and I feel I might be too excited to write about it that I don't think I'll be making much sense.

8 January 2016

The Next Together by Lauren James

First of all, let's just ignore the fact that I promised to write a review for every book I read. Sometimes, I just can't be bothered with reviews and I genuinely don't have a lot of time these days. I mean, that sounds ominous, but all I seem to do is work and sleep. Sometimes though, I read, and I read a lot. Here is a wonderful book; The Next Together by Lauren James - my first official book read of 2016 that I devoured. 

5 January 2016

Shit to do in 2016

Holy fuck, I actually have some goals for 2016 so I hope you aren't bored by these kind of posts because here comes yet another one! I shouldn't be all too surprised that I'm setting myself some targets. Every year, for as long as I can remember, the year would start again and I would scribble in my diary something along the lines of "lose weight, save money, be fabulous" the only difference is that this time I'm posting it on the internet.


1 January 2016

What I Read in 2015

Happy New Year everyone! To kick off the year I thought I'd share the books I read in 2015 (Even though I should do a Ruminations post first [cue sucking air through teeth and hating myself for breaking the norm]. So back when I was listing my 2014 Reading List I set myself the goal to read 40 books in 2015. I have been listing my reads in my Rumination posts as I go along because I love tracking what I'm reading every month (and will hopefully continue to do wrap ups over on YouTube) but now that we've reached the new year it is time to share all of the books I read in 2015 and see if I managed 40 or not.