I realised yesterday that it was, in fact, Saturday, and not Friday as I had thought. Given that Friday is my usual posting day, I thought there was no harm in saving the post for next week. I have reviews of Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross: The True Story of D-Day Spies and James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death lined up; along with something very special: I asked some of my favourite bloggers a few questions, and will amalgamate their responses into a post soon.

In other news, the Flash Fiction Foray round up on ‘Once Upon A Dream’ is coming tomorrow, there are currently six responses (with two newcomers!) – but it’s not too late to write your take…

Back for good

Please note that the following post is actually about me rather than books, so if you prefer not to be inundated with mundane details please look away now

In the past two months some of my blogging friends noticed that I had stopped blogging. This was due to an unexpectedly high workload going into my A levels, and apologies to those who missed posts and events. I’m on half-term at the minute so will restart the Flash Fiction Foray in the next few days; and hopefully other posts too. The books that I am generally reading at present are more specialist and therefore likely of less interest. As such there will probably be less book reviews and more general posts about competitions, and interesting things from books that I do read. Due to the irregular nature of schoolwork that I get set I will not have an absolute schedule (except for FFF) and will post as and when, but I will be trying to post as often as I can!

Any suggestions or guest posts will be appreciated!

GCSE results

Congratulations are in order to all students getting their results today! By Simon Law from Montréal, QC, Canada (Château de Bligny) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

After I took my GCSEs all those months ago (it feels like an age since I saw an exam paper-a good feeling!) all I’ve had was one result, an A* in history. But today I went into school knowing that at 9 in the morning (or just after) I would get the results which would (in one way or another) shape my immediate future.

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GCSE update

My only result so far... (I removed my full name.) Screengrab from Cambridge International Exams
My only result so far… Click for the bigger picture. Literally the bigger picture; it’s a wee bit blurry here because of space issues. (I have removed my full name, candidate number, centre number, and school from the image.) Screengrab from Cambridge International Exams

To those of you who have some interest in my life outside of blogging (and I understand if you don’t, I can’t think that a British schoolboy’s life is tremendously interesting to anyone), I’ve got a little piece of News. I’ve got my first GCSE result back, for history-A* (92%). Obviously I am delighted with this, but given that it is one of my best subjects I can only hope that the other 9 are of a similar level; I’m trying not to think about it too much in all honesty.

Sorry for the departure from scheduled form, you can probably expect something in a similar vein (and longer) when I get the other nine results on the 20th August (a week tomorrow, not that I’m counting!). Thank you everyone for your support!

Lastly, good luck to everyone getting their A-level results tomorrow and to everyone else on tenterhooks for their GCSE results (or any other exams); I’d love to hear from you (and anyone else who wants a chat)!

Thank yous. A lot of thank yous

Some of my blogging friends. Image is in the public domain
Ten of my blogging friends. Image is in the public domain

Reflecting yesterday for my one hundredth post, I realised something. There are a lot of people to whom I owe a debt of gratitude to, people who have helped me, supported me, or just generally been a friendly member of the community. To name all is an impossible task, yet I will endeavour to name a few (go on, take a look at their blogs). In no particular order:

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Post 100-a celebration?

What to say, but thank you all for your support! Image from Wikimedia Commons and Jon Ashcroft reused under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
What to say, but thank you all for your support!
Image from Wikimedia Commons and Jon Ashcroft reused under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

This is my 100 hundredth post on this blog, and as such will focus a little more on what’s coming up and where we’ve got to rather than on literature. Oh. and some thank yous. A lot of thank yous.

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Milestones, awards, and in defence of books

I have recently been nominated for two awards, and passed several milestones (which my readers may recall seem to come in bursts). I recently passed 200 followers, 500 likes, and 3,000 views-all of these are amazing, and thank you to everyone who helped me pass those.

Ritu from But I Smile Anyway…  nominated me for the Encouraging Thunder award, and Lauren from driftinglexi nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Both these nominations are very kind, and I appreciate them both hugely.

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Milestone corner-poll included

100s all round
100s all round

1000 views. 100 comments. 100 followers. 100 likes. My first (and second) reblog. I seem to be passing all the big milestones at the minute. One which I was very pleased with was my first blogging award, given by Yvonne. I have the great honour now of another award, this time courtesy of Ritu at ‘But I Smile Anyway‘. As she put it when nominating, ‘Friday the 13th, Lucky For Some!

The Creative Blogger Award
The Creative Blogger Award

Ritu has been really friendly helping out here, including trying to get my event noticed, something for which I was hugely grateful, now I am doubly grateful for this honour from such a renowned blogger, your blog is amazing! I would also like to thank Julia for helping me pass 100 followers. I have put a poll at the end of this post which I would be hugely grateful for anyone to participate in. Thank you!

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