[UPDATES] New job and the end of my hiatus!

It’s been a mad November so far for me, where did all the time go?! I’ve started my first real grown up job and I couldn’t be happier! It’s so great to finally have a job I can be proud of, as well as earning enough to start putting money aside for my Masters degree. I’m working with an interpreting company (although not doing the interpreting myself!) and it feels amazing to be surrounded by people who know the importance of language. It’s not a direct link to my Linguistics degree, sure, but I’m enjoying it all the same and really feel like I’m heading in a positive direction.

On top of that, I’ve joined up with my old cheerleading team and have been making insane amounts of progress every week. It certainly helps being with such an experienced (and strong!) team, and I’m so grateful that they’ve welcomed me back and taught me so much already. I think this season will definitely be a good one for our whole programme. We’re all working hard and pushing each other to improve every session; I can’t wait to see where we’ll be by competition time!

I’m starting to think about pulling my MA application together soon too, as I want to have everything sent before Christmas for a good shot at getting an interview. The pressure is definitely on but right now I’m just excited to (hopefully) make an entrance into the publishing world!

With all these big changes going on, I had no choice but to take a mini break from reading and blogging while everything settled down. Now I’ve figured out my schedule and everything has slotted into place, I feel pumped and ready to carry on posting. I’ve got some really exciting reviews coming up in the next few weeks, and I’m hoping to set up a giveaway or two before the New Year as well!

Thanks for sticking with me everyone, can’t wait to get back into reviewing 🙂

Charlotte x

[UPDATE] Changes!

Booklahoma has officially become fireflyreads! I thought the blog needed a fancier name with more of a fantasy/sci fi vibe to go hand in hand with the genres of books I usually review. Plus it’s a lot easier to say!

If you want to get in touch with suggestions, ask me about reviewing your book or even just for a chat, contact me at fireflyreads@hotmail.com.

I’ve also introduced a Twitter timeline to the blog sidebar, so come say hi and give me a follow @fireflyreads 

I’m really excited about the changes I’ve made and I hope you like them too! I can’t wait to share all my new reviews with you; look out for my thoughts on PANIC by Lauren Oliver soon!

Charlotte x

[UPDATE] Dissertation, London Book Fair and cheerleading!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated booklahoma but I’ve had so much going on that I’ve barely had time to read! I thought that I should put together a little update now that everything is on the way to settling down and I can look forward to a long summer date with my ever-expanding TBR list!

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I finally finished and submitted my undergraduate dissertation at the end of March, which had been completely consuming my life for quite some time. 10,000 words of pure, unadulterated linguistic waffle. I won’t know my grade for a while yet but never having to worry about it again is the biggest relief! I actually really enjoyed investigating and discovering so much about the grammar of my five fictional languages (Dothraki, High Valyrian, Sindarin, Klingon and Na’vi – points if you know where they’re from!), but I definitely won’t miss the slog of writing it all up.

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London Book Fair 2014 was such a wonderful experience, it was my first time attending and I definitely know that I want a career in publishing. The buzz of the exhibitions selling rights was amazing and there were seminars 9am-6pm every day with industry leaders; I learnt a ridiculous amount of information just over those three days! I’m now planning out my applications for the super competitive internships and work experience becoming available over summer; keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Finally, my university’s cheerleading team competed at ICC Nationals, their first and last competition this season, a few weeks ago. As their head coach and teammate it was such an indescribably wonderful feeling when we left that floor having put out such a good performance. They’ve worked so hard all year and seeing their progression from absolutely nothing to solid level 3 cheerleaders makes me all emotional, like a proud parent!

The only things standing between me and graduation now are two more assignments and four exams, wish me luck!

Thanks for sticking with me while life’s been crazy, I’m looking forward to posting every week again! 🙂

[UPDATE] Hard work!

Things have been really quiet on my blog recently, which I’m really sorry about! My final year of university has started in a big way, I’m completely snowed under with work and I’ve not had as much time to work through my TBR list.

I finished Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn at last, and I’m just over halfway through Broken Angels by Harambee K Grey-sun. It’s such a dense book which is why it’s taking me a long time to get through!

Next on my list is Freak of Nature by Julia Crane. I applied for this one on NetGalley so I’m excited to get started soon! I’ve got some serious catching up to do with Allegiant (as in, I still need to buy it!) but so far I’ve managed to avoid all spoilers.

With Christmas around the corner I’m hoping to have some quality time reading once I’ve said goodbye to all these deadlines!

Charlotte 🙂

[UPDATE] Freshers’ Week!

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Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been so quiet on my blog this week, I’m so gutted I missed out on this weeks Top Ten Tuesday!

It’s my first week back at university and life has really caught up with me! Between moving in to my new house, helping freshers move into their new houses and promoting the cheerleading team I haven’t had a spare moment to sit down and relax.

Thankfully things are slowing down now, we’ve had our first cheerleading performances and today signed up over 220 potential members!

I’m currently reading Broken Angels by Harambee K Grey-Son and Free Four by Veronica Roth so hopefully I’ll be back to my usual schedule this weekend with a review on Sunday.

I hope all my lovely readers and fellow bloggers have had a great week!

Charlotte 🙂