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6 Years of Queen of Contemporary!

2 years ago, I sat myself down and said: one more year. One more year of blogging and then you can reevaluate if it’s something you want to do anymore. Just one more year.

As you can see, I’m still here. Still writing. Still making YouTube videos. Still tweeting (possibly still tweeting too much). You couldn’t get rid of me that easily.

Today marks my 6 YEAR blogging anniversary. 6 years!! That’s a third of my life spent inhabiting this tiny corner of the blogosphere. It’s been an incredible 6 years: I’ve grown from a shy twelve year old into a quietly confident eighteen year old; I’ve met like-minded people who share my passion for books; I’ve spoken in rooms full of hundreds of people; I’ve achieved dreams I didn’t even know I had. And all of it is documented here.

The past two years, in particular, have been a whirlwind.

For one, I WROTE A BOOK! I’ve wanted to be a Proper Writer™ ever since I was nine, but I guess I thought it was something I’d do when I was thirty or forty years old, not 17. It’s been one of the most rewarding, if sometimes stressful, things I’ve done, and I’m so glad I decided to write it during my GCSEs and not, y’know, actually revise (okay, maybe that’s a little bit sarcastic).

I also became the Brontë Society’s Young Ambassador this year — eek! I adore the Brontës with all my heart and so to be involved with Emily’s bicentenary year is the greatest honour. Earlier in the year, I went up to Haworth where I got to meet the amazing team who work behind the scenes at the Brontë Parsonage, talk about the Brontës more than is humanly possible, and I even met the Duchess of Cornwall. I’m so excited for everything the rest of the year holds and I especially can’t wait to visit Haworth again this summer.

I’ve read so many amazing books. My tastes have changed A LOT in the past few years: whereas I used to read 95% YA, I’ve become less rigid with that and have discovered a love for classics (particularly the Brontës, Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, among others). Classics combine my love for history and my love of beautiful language, so they’re perfect.

I’d be here all day — and this would be a very long blog post — if I thanked everyone individually, so do excuse the general thank you’s.


THANK YOU for supporting me, whether you’ve been here from day one or have only recently discovered my blog. Your comments, likes, tweets and messages always put a smile on my face, and it’s so lovely to be a part of such a welcoming community.

THANK YOU to all the authors who continue to write amazing books, write fantastic guest posts and are truly wonderful human beings. Working with REAL LIFE AUTHORS is possibly the best part of the job — it’s something I never thought I’d get to do when I first started my blog!

THANK YOU to the publishers — the publicists, marketing folk and editors — who never fail to get me excited about their upcoming titles, who send me squeal-worthy emails, but who also make my job deciding what to read next very difficult.


Here’s to the next year of Queen of Contemporary! Who knows what will have happened by this time next year?! I am very excited to find out!


Two Years of Queen of Contemporary!

Two years ago to the day, I sat down at my laptop and created a blog. It may not have seemed a big deal at the time, but two years later I can see  how it has affected my life. When I started my blog – then called Read, Write, Sleep, Eat! – I had no idea there was a massive community out there. It wasn’t until I joined Twitter a few months later that I started to realise how amazing and wonderful blogging can actually be.

In the past year, since my first blogoversary, things have changed a lot. For one, I moved to WordPress in August and while there have been times I wish I had never done it (usually in moments of hosting panic), I think it was the right decision to make. Moving to WordPress meant, really, building my blog up again from scratch but I don’t regret it – I think moving really gave me the shove to show dedication to my blog, and I’m a lot happier now.

In myself, I definitely think I’ve changed since April 2013. In the past year, I’ve gone to lots of book events, and attended my first blogging event too. I’ve really emerged out of my shell and I definitely think I’m more confident than I was. I loved going up to London in March for the Hot Key Blogger’s Brunch where I got to meet lots of lovely bloggers and booktubers. I still get incredibly nervous before events, but I do love it once I get used to PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUAL PEOPLE AND NOT JUST ON THE INTERNET.

I’m not going to write a long list of people to thank, because I’m sure I’d miss lots of people out. So thank you, yes YOU, for supporting me over the past year, whether you’ve been here from the beginning or have just found Queen of Contemporary. Thank you to everyone who has followed, left a comment, or just clicked on a post by chance. Thank you to the bloggers who are all so lovely, to the authors who I love to pieces, and to the publishers for being so generous. I love each and every one of you – my friends.

In the past year, my favourite blog posts have been:

Is Age Just a Number? – I’m so proud of this post. It’s one of the most honest posts I’ve ever written, but I’m so glad I did. Sometimes it’s nice to just write your thoughts down!

On Supporting Your Favourite Blogs – I’m not sure why I like this post so much but I just do. It springs to mind as one of my favourites!


Thank you for such a brilliant year of Queen of Contemporary. Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve half of the things I have and I can’t express my gratitude enough. Thank you! Here’s to many more years of Queen of Contemporary!