My Top 10 Books of 2016

As 2016 draws to an end I like to reflect upon the books which I have read and the ones which have captivated me the most.
I will start at 10 and work down to 1.

10) Intercrossed by Milly Li

This was a book I was asked to read for a review and I enjoyed it immensely,  really looking forward to the sequel.

9) Alice by Christina Henry

Dark and twisted, this was by far the most disturbed book I had read but I was gripped all the way through. 

8) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This is my favourite Gillian Flynn book so far, so much better than Gone Girl. 

7) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

I really liked the concept of this book. August won me over, I felt for him so much. It was a great read.

6) Fate of Perfection by K.F Breene

This one will be reviewed on here next week sometime. Admittedly it took me a couple of chapters to get it but once I did I was hooked. The storyline was fantastic. 

5) Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

I really enjoyed this, the characters were likeable and the writing was really good, I could visually imagine each scene as it unfolded.

4) A Shade of Vampire (Book 1)

I picked this up on a whim stuck in hospital and with nothing to read. I devoured it within a couple of hours, I really really enjoyed it.

3) The Shanari Series (SandsStormsSkies) by Kevin Nielsen 

I was given the 3rd book in the series to review so I purchased the previous 2 to read beforehand. I got through all of them within 4 days. Absolutely fantastic! I am desperate for the next book.

2) Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

I really really liked this book, it’s one.I could read over and over. I loved the main characters. Can’t wait to get on with more in the series.This will be reviewed in the next week.

1) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

Ahhhhh Kaz Bekker….need I say more. I love love loved this book. I am so desperate to read the next one which I received for Christmas. 

So there we go. I would really like to see your best reads of 2016, are there any you would recommend for 2017? 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk

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TSG Bookclub Box: What’s It About?

Hey:)
The aim of this post is to inform you what the TSG Bookclub Box is and why it is!

The Why!

I’ve always loved reading,  ever since I was a child I adored the fact I could tuck myself away into another world.

I also love bookish goodies and surprises. I know there are other book boxes out there but I wanted to do something that would appeal more to a lower budget and that was a little more unique. Now don’t get me wrong I love the other boxes and have subscribed them previously but when money got tight I wished there was something out there that was more within my budget. This is when TSG Bookclub was born.

So what is it? 

TSG is a monthly book box. There are different boxes you can order that range from £10 to £22. I will list the types of box available;

Standard Box – £15 – contains a paperback version and a minimum of 3 items.

Kindle version – £15, this comes exactly the same as the standard box but with a kindle voucher instead for those who prefer an E-Reader. In the event that the book is cheaper than the paperback the value of the box will be made up with extra items.

Deluxe Version – £22, this comes the same as the standard box however there will be EITHER a hardback version of the book OR extra goodies (minimum of 5).

One the 2nd of each month I will issue invoices to those have signed up. This will require payment before the 13th of the month. You can cancel your subscription anytime between the 14th and 1st of each month and I will not issue an invoice. You can request to restart your subscription at any time and will be added to the next available box subscription.

If you would like to purchase a subscription or one-off box you can do so by contacting me via my Facebook group or replying to the corresponding album.

For more information you can contact me via;

TSG on Facebook

TSG on Twitter 

TSG on Instagram 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

TSG Book Box Update and Theme Reveal

Hey Everyone! 

As some of you may know I run a small bookclub monthly box subscription. Previously I posted information on a blog specific to that however I have decided to combine my business with my main blog. Don’t worry other than me updating some posts over this week, there will be in future maybe 2-3 posts a month. 

The business has been on a bit of a hiatus over the festive season but it due to be open again on 5th January with a new box. 

The theme for this box is The Universe. The box will be called The Amongst The Stars Box and will focus more of Sci-Fi fantasy, so be prepared to let those stars shine 🙂

There are a few changes to the business when it reopens. I’ll run through these below.

1) There will no longer be just 1 type of box available. There will be 3 more options. The 4 options available are;

Accessories Pack – £10, this will include all the items in the basic book box except the book itself.

Standard Box – £15 – contains a paperback version and a minimum of 3 items.

Kindle version – £15, this comes exactly the same as the standard box but with a kindle voucher instead for those who prefer an E-Reader. 

Deluxe Version – £22, this comes the same as the standard box however there will be EITHER a hardback version of the book OR extra goodies (minimum of 5).

Hopefully this will open up the availability to purchase for other customers.

Boxes will be available for purchase between 5th and the 13th of each month and will be sent out on the 1st -3rd of the following month

2) The next change will be with the Subscriber Houses. Rather than houses rewarded monthly it will now be 6 monthly.

Points now will be given to individuals who win the monthly challenge. That one person rather than the entire house will win a small prize and 10 points to their House. After 6 months the house that has the most points wins and an extra item will be included in the box for all of those in that house.

3) The next change is regarding refunds. There has always been an option to secure your delivery with a signed for option. I did consider increasing the price of the postage to cover this automatically however I still feel that it should be optional.

However if you do not select the option for signed for and your package goes missing I will not be liable to replace the missing box. I always get proof of postage to show an item was posted. If it fails to turn up then it is no longer my responsibility. If you wish to protect your package in the unlikely event of it going missing then I suggest you pay for the extra shipping option. I will however give a partial refund for the missing order no more than 50% of its value.

In regards to damaged boxes and items, I will replace those. That will remain as it is.

4) The other change is in regards to the Reps I used previously. I have made the decision to not have reps for the boxes and instead run a monthly giveaway for someone to win the following months box instead.

I think that pretty much covers everything that is going on with the business when I have the mini relaunch in January. 

As always don’t hesitate to ask any questions. I can be contacted by Facebook,  Instagram or the TSG Etsy Store

Thanks for reading,

The Stationery Geekette x

Planner Productivity: Setting High Standards and Acknowledging Mistakes

Previously we looked at setting realistic targets. This however doesn’t mean we should lower our standards of work.
Setting ourselves high standards should always be done. It is also just as important as acknowledging any mistakes we make.

You may be asking yourself why? Why is it important to set high standards? When really you should be asking yourself why is it not acceptable to have low standards.

For many people all that matters is completing the task at hand, to the bare minimum.  However, if you put that extra effort into your work the rewards are much bigger.

By showing attention to detail, having a critical eye and being persistent you are more likely to win that promotion at work,  be noticed by your employers, gain respect, repeat custom from your customers, you will be more valued and earn a good reputation.

Aside from these benefits you will also have more pride,be more confident, ooze professionalism, be more efficient and keep yourself challenged. 

Setting high standards is the only way your career will grow.

By accepting and acknowledging our mistakes will open us up to personal growth and choices, we may be forced into looking at more options and increasing our knowledge base. More importantly though it will show us our strengths and weaknesses.

No one person is perfect but we can all strive to be the best version of ourselves. 

This marks the last in the mini productivity series.

Thank you for reading and I hope these posts have provided some new tips and tricks to take with you into the new year.

The Stationery Geekette x

Previous posts in the series:

Prioritising Your Tasks

Benefits To Planning Your Work

Complex Task Management

Effective Working Methods

Setting Realistic Targets 

Merry Christmas 

Hello my little festive elves.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you immensely for reading, commenting and helping me grow, I absolutely love writing for you. 

Next week there won’t be many posts, the last of the Planner Productivity Mini series will be posted and possibly another post I’m not set on yet.

I hope you all relax and enjoy the holidays. 

Emma aka The Stationery Geekette x

Custom Planner Paperclips 

2017 is going to be the year that I really put huge focus on my blog and my new business.

Any planner addict knows that planner accessories are usually a must have.

I approached Kayleigh Hopkins from Cherryblossom in the Market Sqaure and asked if she could make me a couple of custom paperclips with my blog name.

Kayleigh of course made some amazing clips and not only did she send these are a RAK Xmas pressie but she sent more than the 2 I’d originally asked for in both the colours I loved.

I absolutely love these paperclips. I can see them appearing in one of the book boxes at some point.

I highly recommend Kayleigh for any paperclips, custom or otherwise. I have so many from her now.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

TSG Book Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children

Publication Date: 6th October 2016

Format: Paperback, Kindle

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5 / 5

The Blerb:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all. 

The Review:

I had looked forward to reading this book for what felt like eternity. Before I’d even read the blerb I had been enticed by it’s beautiful cover.

I was really excited to include this in my Winter Wonderland book box and I got reading it straight away.

I always worry about reading a book I’ve been anticipating simply because I want it to be as good as I have imagined. 

I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this one. 

I really enjoyed it right from the first chapter which started with Snow stuck in an insane asylum for an accident she barely remembers. The first part of the book focuses on her life there, her loves,  her hates and her friends. This is where we also meet Bane,  Snow’s focus and affection.

Without spoiling it for others, as things develop within the story we learn there is a lot more to Snow than meets the eye. As her life is unravelled in front of her we also see it unfold and we some huge character development for her with the changes that are thrown upon her.

We also meet Jagger who becomes a big character later in the book and he turned out to be one of my favourite characters. 

For those who love a good fairytale this book would really suit you. The way it is written feels more like a traditional fairytale than any I have read for a while.

The only reason it lost half a star in my review was that when I finished I need feel that ‘need’ for a sequel the way I had when I finished other books like Six Of Crows (you can see my review for that here). 

Stealing Snow is a magical fantasy, perfect as a winter read and suitable for all ages.

The Favourite Quotes:

Page 14,”I was never sure if it was better to hold it in or let it out. Fighting against ir felt like holding my breath.” 

Page 269
“We breathe out the lies, we stutter the truth”…An old Robber proverb, “he said, smiling wider.” it means that it’s easier to lie than not to.”

If Stealing Snow sounds like a book you’d be interested in you can purchase it from Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk


Planner Productivity: Setting Realistic Targets

Welcome to another instalment of the Planner productivity series. Last time we discussed the importance of effective working methods which can be read here for those who missed it.
Today the focus will be on the importance of setting realistic targets.

When undertaking tasks it is always necessary to set realistic and achievable targets.

Usually there is so much we would like to get done but this doesn’t always correlate to what ‘needs’ to be done and that often leads us to be our own worst enemies by settings goals which are unrealistic and cannot be achieved.

When this happens we feel like we are failing which is an unfair accusation which we put on ourselves.

I am going to show you some tips to remember when you are setting targets for yourself.

  1. Know what you are capable of and what skills you have. If the task ahead is not to your strength work out if it is something that you are realistically able to achieve and to what standard you think you can complete to.
  2. Before agreeing to and setting any task goals find out everything you can about what is expected of you, how complex it may be and what deadlines are being asked.
  3. If you need specific resources make sure you’ve checked their availability and set your target in accordance with this.
  4. If the deadline is flexible set mini deadlines for yourself to complete the work. It is easy to get distracted when you don’t have a specific time or date to work too. Setting your own deadline will help keep you accountable for the work that needs to be completed.
  5. If you need help, guidance or assistance then ask. There isn’t any shame in admitting at times you need a little help.

I hope you find all these little tips helpful.

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Previous Posts:

Prioritising Your Tasks

Benefits To Planning Your Work

Complex Task Management

Effective Working Methods

Book Review: Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent

Title: Late Whitsun
Author: Jasper Kent

Publication Date: October 2016

Page Count: 238

Rating: 4/5

The Blerb

Normally I write a Blerb about the book but as I did it on my previous post I decided not to do it again. You can read the blerb here.

Review

I was given a copy of this book as part of a blog book tour I was doing. Even though a review wasn’t required I read the book anyway and thought it should be reviewed.

I did enjoy this novel, the only reason it got 4 rather than 5 stars is simply because I didn’t find it intensely engrossing. The story was good, the twists were good and the character development was great but it wasn’t a page turner I couldn’t put down.

It was a nice easy read, I didn’t feel invested the way I do with other books but I did find it enjoyable.

I would highly recommend reading this book.

You can purchase the book here

For a chance to win a signed copy thwn please check out my previous post linked above.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk