My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings
Do you pick books at random?
The Pros and Cons of Ongoing Series
YA Heroines: Likes and Dislikes
Series I Haven’t Finished
My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

I’ve always been a huge fan of fairytales: there’s something about the combination of magic and nostalgia that surrounds them that I just adore! I even did a module about them when I did English Literature at university, and it was pretty fascinating to find out so much about the origins and evolution of some of the most popular tales, and to learn about some of the lesser known stories, or ones from other cultures. Seen as I’m also an avid reader (and a fan of fantasy, which is probably… Read more »

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Are you an introvert blogger?

Are you an introvert blogger?

I’m a major introvert, and by that, I mean that I find being around large groups of people or people I don’t know particularly well absolutely exhausting. Unfortunately I work in a shop, and so I am pretty much forced to interact with other people for 9 hours a day (you can tell by the word ‘forced’ just how much I love that!), and so when I come home all I want to do is have some me-time, or spend time with people I’m 100% comfortable around (so my family,… Read more »

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

‘I smelled jasmine first – then saw stars. A sea of stars flickering beyond glowing pillars of moonstone that framed the sweeping view of endless snowcapped mountains. “Welcome to the Night Court,” was all Rhys said.’ Warning: Contains some minor spoilers (sorry, I couldn’t help it!). It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’ books, but the jist of my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses over a year ago was that it was OK, but would never live up to the Throne of… Read more »

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Do you pick books at random?

Do you pick books at random?

Do you often pick up totally random books in bookshops? As in, books you’ve never seen before, or heard of at all, and know absolutely nothing about? Personally I tend to have a reasonable idea of what I want to buy when I head into a bookshop, or I at least have it narrowed down to a few. There are so many books on my TBR list that have been there so long that I try and stick to buying them, or borrowing them from the library so that I… Read more »

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Writers: Is Scrivener worth it?

Writers: Is Scrivener worth it?

I read a lot of writer and author blogs, and one piece of software that continually crops up as a ‘must-have’ for writers, is Scrivener. Whilst it’s essentially just a word processor, it has a range of features that really enhances it for writers (particularly those writing books) which may account for the pretty hefty price tag: Scrivener retails at £34.99 in the Apple Store here in the UK. Intrigued, I decided to download the 30 day free trial offered by Literature and Latte (the company that makes it), to… Read more »

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

‘”There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Maggie Stiefvater is an author whose work I’ve been meaning to check out for some time, and the Raven Cycle is a series that I’ve heard so much about that I was really excited to finally get to start it. I did enjoy it, but if I’m entirely honest (and please don’t kill me in my sleep Maggie… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Ongoing Series

The Pros and Cons of Ongoing Series

There’s been much excitement across the book blogging world this week, thanks to the release of A Court of Mist and Fury, the second in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Pretty much anything written by Sarah J. Maas seems to signal this level of excitement (me included – I’m already halfway through ACOMAF, and am absolutely loving it!), and I think that excitement is largely due to being able to return to the characters and story you have loved after a long wait (and with some… Read more »

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I’m Dusting Off The Kindle!

I’m Dusting Off The Kindle!

As you can probably tell from the photograph, I’ve had my Kindle for a long time! If I remember rightly, it’s a 2nd generation Kindle, and seen as Amazon are now up to the 7th (not to mention the other versions such as the Paperwhite and Oasis etc.), I’d say it’s a good number of years old! However, despite having owned a Kindle for so many years, I find I barely read any ebooks. I had a phase when I first got the Kindle where I read a few, and now I’ve got… Read more »

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Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

‘You may consider me despicable, my lady, yet you will hear me. I am the King’s mistress.’ How strange it sounded to say it out loud. I lifted my head and held her gaze. ‘He chose me. He sent for me, and I will perform my duty with honour.’ I have always been a fan of historical fiction, although I’ve tended to stick mostly with books set around the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor period. Therefore with The King’s Concubine I ventured even further back to the time of… Read more »

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YA Heroines: Likes and Dislikes

YA Heroines: Likes and Dislikes

These days YA fiction (or Young Adult fiction) is an absolutely huge genre, and one that is home to some of the most successful books and series in recent times (I’m looking at you, Hunger Games and pretty much everything written by John Green!). It’s no longer purely the realm of teenagers either: anyone familiar with the book blogging world knows that a huge variety of ages and people can enjoy YA. I myself am now 23, so several years past being classified as a ‘Young Adult’, and I regularly… Read more »

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