Author: Laura

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The Best Books I’ve Received As Gifts

The Best Books I’ve Received As Gifts

Buying books as a gift for bookworms is both easy and incredibly difficult: easy, because you know they love books, but difficult, because they probably already have so many and us bookworms often have very particular tastes! These days I more often tend to get book vouchers if someone wants to buy me a bookish gift, and that’s just fine by me. I really don’t expect people to know enough about my current book collection and what’s on my TBR list to pick me my perfect book, and so I don’t mind… Read more »

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My Top 3 Harry Potter Christmases

My Top 3 Harry Potter Christmases

Hooray! Christmas is nearly here! Not that I’m particularly excited about it right now – I work in retail, so Christmas is just shorthand for ‘stress’ as far as I’m concerned! But I’m trying to be less of a Scrooge and be more festive, so I thought I’d do a nice Christmas themed post, and combine it with some Harry Potter, just for good measure! Seen as each Harry Potter book covers a year at Hogwarts, each book features a Christmas and Harry and co. spend them in a variety of ways, ranging from cosy family… Read more »

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Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.” Warning: Minor spoilers. A while back I read the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s popular Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, and was disappointed to find it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. It’s such a well-loved series in the book blogging world, that I’d hoped to be blown away, but instead found it to simply be OK. However, I decided to give the series a proper go by reading the second book, to see… Read more »

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6 Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo

6 Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2016 is officially over, and I am absolutely over the moon that I managed to write 50,000 words in a month! However, as pleased as I am with that achievement, I think the most valuable thing I got out of it was actually the lessons learned, so I thought I’d do a post all about that! These are just the things I’ve personally learnt about myself and the best way for me to write, so I’m sure that whilst many people will have learnt some of the same things… Read more »

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I’m a NaNoWriMo Winner!!!

I’m a NaNoWriMo Winner!!!

I’m going to keep this brief, as I’m excitedly, but exhaustedly typing this up at 11.30 pm on November 29th, but I’m officially a NaNoWriMo 2016 winner! Since the beginning of November I’ve written 50,009 words (to be precise) of my work in progress, bringing my entire novel to date up to 75,398 words, and I couldn’t be happier with that achievement! My novel is still far from finished, and I certainly can’t attest to the quality of it, in it’s messy, unedited state, but I can’t believe the progress… Read more »

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Are you a serial hobbyist?

Are you a serial hobbyist?

Over my lifetime, I’ve had a fair share of wide ranging (and sometimes unusual) hobbies, the only two of which I’ve ever really stuck with being reading and writing. I don’t know what it is about me, but I have a tendency to suddenly become super excited about a random new hobby, and then drop it just as quickly when I either A. realise I’m no good at it, or B. just become bored with it. There’s even a bit of a running joke in my family about me and… Read more »

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The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 3

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 3

Week 3 of NaNoWriMo is over, and to my great surprise, I’m still on track! I thought this might be the week where it all went wrong, as I’ve had a lot on, but aside from a day at the start of the week where I fell behind, panicked madly and then caught up, its gone better than expected. In fact at one point I was a couple of thousand of words ahead of the target, but I quickly lost the advantage during a couple of busy days! Since the… Read more »

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Review: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

‘“Strange, isn’t it,’ mused Glokta as he watched him struggle for air. ‘Big men, small men, thin men, fat men, clever men, stupid men, they all respond the same to a fist in the guts. One minute you think you’re the most powerful man in the world. The next you can’t even breathe by yourself.”’ It’a been some time since I read the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, The Blade Itself, and I can remember enjoying the book, but not being 100% blown away. However now that I’ve finally got round… Read more »

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The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 2

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 2

Well, week 2 of NaNoWriMo 2016 is over, and we are now halfway through! Hooray! To my great surprise, I’m still just about on track: as of last night I had written 23,401 words, meaning I was just surpassing the Day 14 target of 23,338. Overall my novel is now 48,740 words, which makes it the longest thing I’ve ever written (my second longest being my last NaNoWriMo attempt which was 42,000 words)! It feels like it’s really starting to get tough though! I’ve written over 1,000 words every single day… Read more »

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