Category: Discussions

What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

What To Do When You Think Your Writing Sucks

Recently I’ve been writing a fantasy novel, and for the first few thousand words, it went swimmingly. My hands seemed to dance across the keyboard, pouring out words and crafting a world of magic…until suddenly they stopped. And why did they stop? Because I stupidly read it back, that’s why! I read back what I had written, convinced it was going to be inspired, and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I like my characters (although I’ve come to hate their names for some reason!), and a lot… Read more »

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My Top Ten Sarah J. Maas Characters

My Top Ten Sarah J. Maas Characters

Warning: This post will contain spoilers for most of the currently released Sarah J. Maas books, so don’t read on if you haven’t read them and don’t want them spoilt! I’ve previously done lists of my top ten A Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter characters, so I thought it was time to do a list of my favourite Sarah J. Maas characters, seen as she’s one of my favourite authors (yep, I’m a book blogger cliche!). I just recently finished reading the Throne of Glass prequel novellas Assassin’s… Read more »

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What’s in a bookworm’s bag?

What’s in a bookworm’s bag?

I always see these ‘what’s in my bag’ posts on fashion and lifestyle blogs, so I thought it would be kind of cool to do a bookworm edition. Prepare for a long post though, because my bag of choice is generally a large tote bag, and I like to carry an epic amount of crap around with me! For ages I was switching between these two Penguin classics totes: But last week I bought this cool ‘Bad Luck’ print one from Redbubble so I’ve just switched to that. I was actually… 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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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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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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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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My Latest Book Bargains

My Latest Book Bargains

I don’t know what it is at the moment, but I seem to have been getting loads of really great bargains on books, so I thought I’d do a quick post and share some of them. Whilst I’m still visiting the library regularly, thanks to my internet-less state I’m getting through books at such a rate that I can’t seem to get enough, and so I’m seriously loving spending so little on so many great books! So here’s the best book bargains I’ve found recently: The King’s Concubine, The King’s… Read more »

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