Author: Laura

Why do we love anti-heroes?

Why do we love anti-heroes?

These days we love anti-heroes in all of their shades-of-grey glory, with everything from books, to tv shows and even movies showing a tendency towards darker and more dubious heroes and heroines. Anti-heroes may have been around for a long time – you only have to look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Byronic heroes of the Brontë sisters to see their early incarnations – but it’s only been recently that their popularity has began to eclipse that of the classic, squeaky-clean hero. But why is that? What exactly is it… Read more »

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Life Lately #6

Life Lately #6

So I’m back with another life update, and I really hope you’ve all had a wonderful February (it’s looking like these updates are going to be a monthly thing, so I’m just going to go with it!)! I don’t know about you, but February seems to have been a much better month than January, in part because of the gradually improving weather (if you ignore the major blip that was Storm Doris, the other day!) and my far higher productivity levels. Not to mention the fact that I just had a… Read more »

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Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

‘I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower’s stem.’ A while ago I read the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s famous Outlander series, and whilst I enjoyed it, I found it problematic in a several ways. However, I feel like these issues were less prominent in this second instalment, and I actually found myself enjoying Dragonfly in Amber much more than Outlander. Dragonfly in Amber opens with Claire Randall having returned to the 20th Century, where she has been living for… Read more »

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How To Make Time To Read

How To Make Time To Read

So many non-readers like to say they would read ‘if they had the time’, as if us bookworms just somehow have more hours in the day, or less to do. However, we all have busy lives and lots of things to do, it’s perhaps just that us readers have a few more little tricks for fitting reading into our day (because we love it so much!). So here are a few little ways I find time to read, even on the busiest of days: Read on your lunch break. 5 days… Read more »

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How Blogging Improves Your Writing

How Blogging Improves Your Writing

In my two and a half years of blogging, I’ve learnt so much about so many things: I’ve learnt how to use social media and Wordpress, how to design a blog, how to take and edit photos, and I now know what the acronyms TBR, ARC and DNF mean (vital life skills right there!). But more than anything blogging has allowed me to really hone my writing skills, which is pretty awesome seen as I want to be a writer! In fact I’d recommend blogging as a hobby to anyone who wants… Read more »

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Review: The Brontë Cabinet by Deborah Lutz

Review: The Brontë Cabinet by Deborah Lutz

“There are few books I’d rather carry me late into the night than Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Villette, few books whose worlds I’d rather crawl into and inhabit. I have even felt, somehow, known by their heroines, as if they might recognise me when I enter their spheres.” I don’t seem to read non-fiction books all that often these days, but Deborah Lutz’s The Brontë Cabinet: Three Live in Nine Objects is one book I’ve been pretty excited to get to for a long time. I’ve been a huge fan of the Brontë sisters’ work for years, and have been… Read more »

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My Favourite Bookish Couples

My Favourite Bookish Couples

So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – the day of love, or unnecessary consumerism, depending on your view – and I thought I’d do a little love-related post in its’ honour! So here are the bookish couples I’ve ‘loved’ the most (see what I did there?): Red and Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest was one of my favourite reads from last year, and that was largely because it boasted one of my all time favourite bookish couples: Red and Sorcha. I adored them both individually –… Read more »

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What makes you care about a character?

What makes you care about a character?

Have you ever read a book that had an incredible plot, perfect pacing and epic world-building, but somehow it just wasn’t doing it for you? Most of the time when that happens to me, it comes down to one thing: I just don’t care about the main character. Caring about the main character in a book is so important, because after all, why are you going to waste your time reading hundreds of pages when you ultimately don’t care about the outcome? If you have no feelings whatsoever towards a character, then there’s… Read more »

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Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

‘The King might be praying for me but it was three years and more since I had last seen him. Three years and more since I had been married and widowed. Three years during which I had rejected the possibility of this union. Yet now I stood on the threshold of a new life.’ As an avid fan of historical fiction, I was really pleased to discover a new historical fiction writer last year: Anne O’Brien. I read two of her books, The King’s Concubine and The Forbidden Queen, and really enjoyed them…. Read more »

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Life Lately #5

Life Lately #5

I’m back with one of my infrequent updates! I can’t believe January is nearly over already! Whilst Christmas now seems like a distant memory, this month has seemed to fly by at the same time, although I can’t say I’m sad to see the back of it. I always find January to be quite a gloomy month, and this one has been no exception. For one thing the weather has been very cold and dreary here in England (more so then usual!), and whilst every year I hope for snow,… Read more »

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