Fantastic Four // blog birthday+ giveaway

A photo of dozens of balloons in a blue sky, with the words 'Twist in the Taile blog birthday + giveaway' on top.

That’s right, folks, it’s that time of year again: PARTY TIME! *dances* I mean, one might say that party time is all year round, but the only time you can truly have a party is obviously on my blog birthday. No other parties count. (I joke. Please feel free to party whenever you like.)

Further down in this post I’m holding a bookish giveaway, but before I get onto that I’d like to say a little something about the last four years. (Do imagine that I’ve done that thing  where you tap the champagne glass to announce a speech, or something else equally fun.)

I’m pretty sure that I’ve said this before, but when I started this blog I really didn’t think I’d still be blogging four years later. I’d already had several failed attempts at a blog and I didn’t see why this would be any different. But! As you can see, here I am. I’ve gone through many reincarnations over here at Twist in the Taile, and of course I’m still evolving, but mostly I AM STILL WRITING THINGS. I am still talking to you all!

There is so much that I love about blogging — from writing funny posts to making pretty graphics — but I do still think that above all, my favourite thing is being able to connect with other awesome people. Although perhaps this blog might not be the fastest-growing it has given me a special and important place to share my thoughts, and some amazing friends. This wouldn’t be a blog if you readers weren’t here reading it. Thank you so much for supporting and educating me. ❤

Here are some things I have done over the last year:

  • Started listening to podcasts! Now they’re such an important part of the things I love & I can’t imagine what I’d do without them. It feels super weird that I only started them last year… (Among my favourites are Witch Please, The Adventure Zone, and The Penumbra Podcast.)
  • Started reading more comics which is very fun!
  • Actually, I’ve just read a lot of great books like When the Moon Was Ours (which I just reread, maybe even more woah that the first time), The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Hate U Give, Release, Queens of Geek, A Conjuring of Light… and SO MANY MORE. Y’all, I just really love books.
  • Went to my first Pride parade, which was kind of scary but also very cool. I’m so glad I went.
  • Also probably a lot of other stuff. But I am itching to get onto the giveaway and I know you are too, so LET US GO THERE.

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giveaway time!

To celebrate my 4th blog birthday, I am giving away one YA book from the following selection:

The winner of the giveaway will be able to pick any one from these six books, which are either a) books I have read and loved or b) books I think sound great and would very much like to read. You can click on the titles for more info. The giveaway is open to any country The Book Depository ships to; hopefully that includes you, but please check their list here.

Enter the giveaway HERE

The giveaway will end at midnight on 25th October (that’s two weeks’ time) so make sure you enter now! I wish you luck, and thanks for celebrating my blog birthday here with me today. If you have any memories or thoughts about my blog you’d like to share, then I’d love to here them. (And with your permission, I might include them in a follow-up post!)

which book would you pick? if you’re blogger, what’s your favourite thing about blogging? any thoughts about my blog?

Three is the Magic Number // giveaway + blog party!

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This Thursday my blog turns three. THREE! I know, I know, these are crazy times. And because three is a super cool and aesthetic number and I think I am basically superhuman for making it this far, there is virtual CAKE! And a GIVEAWAY! (Yes, all the caps and exclamation marks are here today. I am in an excitable mood. *coughs*)

It feels very strange to have come this far… I didn’t really start out thinking I was going to keep blogging. I just kept writing posts, and then it sort of happened. My blogging style has also changed massively — I mean, even from my blogoversary last year it has changed! I feel like that comes hand in hand with me growing as a person, though. (This is getting really deep and emotional. I DIDN’T MEAN FOR IT TO BE THIS WAY. Never mind. *hands out handkerchiefs for everyone*) It’s like I’m just sort of changing more and more every year… Like one of those annoying graphs where you have to draw the increasing curve. oh no we’re onto the science similes

I’ve continued to make loads of awesome new people over the last year, and I have also done fun stuff like:

  • Became very obsessed with musicals.
  • VISIT NEW YORK AAH !!! Which I am still flailing about, to be honest.
  • Go to more fun cons.
  • Listen to Lauren Aquilina’s first LP.
  • Read a ton of cool books including stuff like Radio Silence and Six of Crows and The Raven King.
  • Er…sort of did some writing? *shrinks away* I have still procrastinated a lot and I definitely haven’t completed a first draft. AH well.

But mostly I just talked to people who are 1000% cooler than me. So YAY THANKS FOR THAT GUYS.

giveaway time!

Esteemed people, the moment you’ve been waiting for… the pride of Mount Vernon, gEORGE WASHINGTON the actual giveaway! Once again I’ve decided that it would be really nice to have a bookish giveaway, because books are always good and spreading the bookish love is also always good.

The winner will recieve a book of your choice from The Book Depository up to the value of £12! And that includes preorders, hurrah. If you don’t know what book you would get then don’t worry, I’m happy to recommend some things ahaha. I decided to do this one using TBD again because it has free shipping to loads of countries and I wanted to try and make it more available to everyone 🙂 (Also I am a smol person with limited money, alas.) So as long as The Book Depository ships to your country then you can enter, which hopefully should be most places. You can check here!


The giveaway will be open for two weeks from when I post this, yay. Once again thanks youu to everyone, and good luck! 😀 Now you may take your virtual slice of cake, or if you don’t like cake then another confection. Because no one should go hungry at a blog party. 😛

Here, Have Some Cake! // Blog Party

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WELCOME TO THE NEW BLOG! I know, I know — I finally changed something. I’ve been wanting to change my theme for positively aeons, but that came with a healthy dose of procrastination. I’m still twiddling with several things, but I’m 89% sure the general feel will be staying the same.

Also! It’s my two year blogoversary. And I (fairly) recently reached 400 followers. I really think it was excellent timing. 😉 To celebrate all these things: I HAVE FILMED A VLOG. *hides*

A couple of people suggested this in the comments, so I may as well do it now. Even though it is my face, and also me talking and being very very sentimental. The things I do. *shakes head* (Just kidding. It was actually kind of fun. If scary.)

Some things that have happened over the last year:

  • I went to my first ever con. Actually my first two cons — and they were both so fabulous that I’m going to MCM London again in October. If any of you guys are going, I’d love to say hi!
  • I wrote poetry. I haven’t posted any since spring, but I’M REALLY HOPING TO SHARE SOME SOON. I promise. Otherwise, nudge me because I’ve probably forgotten again.
  • I liked Les Mis a lot. Um, in case you missed it. (I absolutely need to show you the looovely illustrated edition I got for my birthday. PLUS, I WENT TO SEE IT AT THE THEATRE ASDFJKL I think I need to write about that soon.)
  • Actually, I just liked a lot of books.
  • I discovered a ton of awesome new blogs. And I am STILL discovering them.
  • I completed my first actual NaNo during Camp NaNo. I’m actually hoping to rewrite that for this NaNo, but I STILL COMPLETED AN ACTUAL GOAL. Of the same project. Which is not something I usually do.
  • I listened to a lot of new music. Spotify and 8tracks have basically made me realise THERE IS A LOT OF MUSIC THAT IS NICE TO LISTEN TO WHAT IT IS THIS COOL NEW SONG?!? etc. etc.

People who make blogging more awesome!

I love the social aspect of blogging. It’s the nicest thing to read blogs and fangirl/discuss like sane humans together instead of alone at a keyboard. Thank you so much to all the lovely blogs that I read, and all the people who comment. YOU ARE ALL FABULOUS. *hugs*

Adventuring Through Pages / Books and Bark / The Devil Orders Takeout / A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts / Musings From Neville’s Navel / Mixolydian Musings / Nut Free Nerd / Quenching the Quill / The Writing Hufflepuff / Six Impossible Things / Starry Stories / Stay and Watch the Stars

I am very indebted to you. Here, let me hand you a slice of cake. (Or something else nice; perhaps a book? XD) Actually, LET ME HAND YOU ALL SOME CAKE. Even if I have forgotten you off this list, which will undoubtedly happen because I can have the memory of a goldfish — my cheesy gratefulness to all my followers is in no way lessened. 😉

Plus, since I’m not confident that any cake I send will make it through the computer screen: I’m hosting a giveaway! The winner will get receive a book of their choice, up to the value of £10. It’s open to all countries The Book Depository ships to. (Hopefully that covers most of you.)


What do you think of my new theme? What blogs do you love reading?

The Devil Orders Takeout Blog Party

The Devil Orders Takeout - Birthday Giveaway 2015

The awesome Alyssa over at The Devil Orders Takeout is hosting a blog party! Her blog has just got a snazzy new design, too, and it’s so preeettyy…


I encourage you all to join, not only because of the inherent coolness of a bog party, but also for the free virtual cake. Everyone likes cake, right? (Gosh, this is making me hungry. I really shouldn’t have brought cake up.)

1. If you win, what book would you like?

Hmmm…either The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, because it seems like literally everyone is flailing over it, or A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab because I missed out on getting an ARC and it has so many things I love in a book: parallel worlds! Fantasy-historical setting! Also, London! (I don’t know whether I should be happy or devastated that the Fangirl collector’s edition isn’t out yet. I don’t think I could restrain myself.)

2. What would your ideal bookmark look like? (If you own it, show us a picture!)

I’m more of a dog-ear person, to be honest (I’m sorry, poor books) but I’ve always liked those dictionary bookmarks. I imagine it would be much more practical than turning on the computer just to look up the meaning of a word.

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3. What’s a book you want to read/write but have been putting off forever?

What, that one I’m writing at the moment?

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4. One urban myth you’ve heard about China? (Because CHINA. I’ll drop by and clear it up :D)

I don’t think I know any…? Seriously? I’m not exactly in the gossip loop. (I actually once visited, when I still lived in Japan. Well, there are some photos of a 5-year-old me on the Great Wall, anyway).

5. List your blogging inspirations.

In true Blue Peter fashion, let me point you to that handy list I made earlier at the side of the blog – >
It needs updating, though. Several of the blog names are now outdated, and I also seem to be missing Paper Fury. You can probably go and look at my Bloglovin account, too – do they show the blogs I follow? *shrugs*

Now go! Go join up the blog party! You can find the post and giveaway here (plus the pretty blog design). I hope you had a great birthday, Alyssa!