5 Magical Powers/Artefacts I Wish I Had
Are readers born or made?
3 Books I’m Anxiously Awaiting
Five Reasons To Read The Classics
5 Reasons To Read Fantasy
5 Magical Powers/Artefacts I Wish I Had

5 Magical Powers/Artefacts I Wish I Had

I read a lot of fantasy books, and as such have read about a lot of really cool magical abilities and artefacts. Some powers and artefacts are amazing to read about, but you wouldn’t really want to own/have them: for example, Aelin’s fire powers in the Throne of Glass series are impressive, but what on earth would I do with them in real life? Other than lighting candles (and I feel like Aelin’s level of fire power would be overkill in that case!) I don’t really need the magical ability to light fire and… Read more »

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You know you’re a book blogger when…

You know you’re a book blogger when…

The photo gallery on your phone consists of two pictures of your dog and about a million of your books. Stacked, spread out, artfully heaped…you have photographs of your book babies in every imaginable pose! Books with ugly, unphotogenic covers just make you cringe. Yes, it’s shallow. But you can’t have ugly books ruining your blog or Bookstagram feed! You get a constant stream of rectangular shaped parcels arriving at your house. Maybe they’re ARCs, maybe it’s a book you won in a giveaway, or just your latest Amazon goodies seen… Read more »

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Life Lately #2

Life Lately #2

Life: I’m back with another life update! Hooray! I guess the main news these last couple of weeks is that I joined the gym, and whilst that may not seem like big news to people who don’t know me in real life, it’s actually pretty crazy! Although I like nice countryside walks and things like that (basically, Pokemon Go-ing!), in terms of sport and stuff I am the least fit person ever, so the idea of me going to the gym was pretty laughable until this week. However, a new… Read more »

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Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

‘Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.’ Warning: Spoilers!  As a big-time fan of the Throne of Glass series, I was super excited for the release of Empire of Storms! I bought it on release day and began devouring it pretty much as soon as I got home from work later that day. However, now I’ve finished it, I do have some slightly mixed thoughts on it. In many ways it’s my favourite book of the entire series, and in others it’s… Read more »

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Are readers born or made?

Are readers born or made?

Back in college I studied Psychology as one of my A Levels, and one of the aspects I found most interesting was the idea of nature vs. nurture. I think it’s fascinating to think about whether the aspects of your personality are inset within you at birth, or whether you acquire them as a result of your upbringing and life experiences, and I’ve always personally felt it’s a combination of the two. For example, I’m one of three children in my family (I have an older brother and a younger sister…and I like… Read more »

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3 Books I’m Anxiously Awaiting

3 Books I’m Anxiously Awaiting

Oddly for a book blogger, I don’t read too many new releases. In fact I always seem to be hopelessly behind the times, only reading a book that has been really popular a year or so after every one else (and I’m exactly the same with TV shows – I’m finally making my way through ‘Breaking Bad’ right now, a good 3 years after everyone else!). However, there are a few books I’ll definitely be reading as soon as they come out, and they’re all books in series I’ve absolutely adored!… Read more »

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A Trip Up Mount Snowdon

A Trip Up Mount Snowdon

First things first: apologies for the simply AWFUL photograph of me above! Anyone who read my Life Lately post a couple of weeks ago will know that my friend and I were going to do a charity walk up Mount Snowdon, and let’s just say we had to battle the elements to do it, hence my bedraggled state! And thanks to that rogue raindrop for totally obscuring my friend’s face (although to be fair, I haven’t actually checked with her whether or not she wanted to appear on my blog,… Read more »

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

‘Me, Johnny, Mirren and Gat. Gat, Mirren, Johnny, and me. The family calls us four the Liars, and we probably deserve it.’ We Were Liars tells the story of the Sinclair family, who despite being rich and beautiful are beset with dark secrets. The narrator, Cadence, is the oldest grandchild of Harris Sinclair, and every summer when the Sinclairs gather on their private island she bands together with two of her older cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and family friend Gat. Together the four are known as ‘the Liars’, and for the duration… Read more »

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Five Reasons To Read The Classics

Five Reasons To Read The Classics

So here it is: the fourth and final post in my ‘Five Reasons To Read…’ series all about my favourite genres! If you’ve missed any, why not check out my posts on Historical Fiction, Fantasy and YA? In my last post I talked about why people of all ages should be reading YA, and touched on book snobbery, where certain supposedly ‘high-brow’ readers seem to think that reading genre or YA fiction doesn’t count as ‘real reading’. This is of course, absolute nonsense! However in this post I wanted to… Read more »

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Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I can remember sitting at the kitchen table as a child scribbling away in brightly coloured exercise books, inventing my own worlds and imagining strange races of beings (most of which were oddly reminiscent of the Elves from Lord of the Rings). When I got a bit older I carried on, progressing to tapping out my stories on the family computer in the living room, filling up the My Documents folder with my increasingly more varied tales. These days I’m still at it, sitting… Read more »

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