Title: Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Published By: Bantam
Publication Date: July 16th 2015
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback“Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but as been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsey’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – arrive to bring the most un-regal woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowled

ge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…”

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Long distance friendships are something that I’ve lived with since I was twelve year’s old. Seven years later, my best friend is now in a university that is 45 minutes down the motorway but I still don’t see him half as much as I would like to. Even then, when we’re out of term time, Michael is a four hour car journey away and that’s not an easy journey to make. The amount of friendships that became long distance grew over last September when people started to move away for uni. It’s difficult to see each other. When they are back over the holidays, we don’t get to spend as much time with each other as we did when we were in school. And it always hurts when they go again but it is worth it.

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January has been a rather busy month for me as I managed to somehow plough through my first lot of university exams. And I’m so glad that they’re over with. Between all the revision though, I managed to make a lot of time for reading because I needed some sort of escape from all the work. So, here are my January reads! View Full Post

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balancing blogging blog Most of you have probably realised that I do not blog full time, as much as I would sometimes love to. I’m a first year uni student with a lot of contact hours so that tends to be my first priority. There are days, and a lot of days in this coming semester, that I don’t finish until six so the earliest I get home on those days in seven o’clock. By that time, I’m shattered, hungry and just want to curl up in my pyjamas and spend time with my family.

Blogging isn’t something I want to let go of though just because things in my life can sometimes be a little hectic. It’s such a great creative outlet for me and it helps me unwind when I’m feeling really stressed out. So, I have to find ways of fitting in blogging with my life and making it a low stress as possible.

Keeping To A Schedule

I know this isn’t something that everyone does but I really like being able to keep to a schedule. I try and post twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday evening. Having a schedule means I’m posting regular content and I’m not leaving a huge space between my posting days. It’s really helped when I’m planning things out and it just helps me keep a track of my blog a little better.

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Planning Ahead

My sister, CopperPoet, introduced to an amazing online calendar called TeamUp and it’s been such a life saver. I use it for uni work as well and my blog and Youtube but I find that it’s a really good way for my to put down which posts I’m going to publish every week. It helps me plan ahead so if I have ideas that would be better to post in a couple of months, I can pop them down on the calendar so I have ideas when the time comes. It’s also so easy for me to move ideas around. If there’s a post that really pressing to publish, I can shift things around. It’s made my blogging life so much easier.

Scheduling Posts

I try and schedule ahead of time as much as I can. Before I hit exam season, I try and schedule all my posts over those weeks because I know I won’t have the time. It means that I still have regular content being posted even if, at the time, I’m not able to sit and write posts. I use the Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner to write out posts when I don’t have my laptop on me and it’s been a huge help. I’m finding that I’m getting a lot more of my posts done and it’s saving on so much time.

So, those are the main ways that I balance blogging with the rest of my life. I would love to know how you guys manage to balance blogging with everything else in your life.

Much Love.
Sai xo

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I’m not one who tends to care about New Year resolutions and I’ve always blogged for fun. However, my blog is something that I keep ploughing more and more time into and for that reason, I’ve decided to I want to have some blogging goals this year. These are completely personal blogging goals. I know for some people they might seem really small and for others they might seem huge but I’m just looking at where my blog is at the moment and where I would like to see it go. Everyone’s blog is different and everyone wants different things from their blog, so goals are going to be unique to each individual. I just thought it would be nice to have a record of the goals that I want to achieve with A Cup of Sai this year so I can look back towards the end of the year and see if I had managed any of them.

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