Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

I’ve been meaning to write reviews for these two books for so long that I’ve decided to just condense them into some little mini-reviews, so here goes! The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning are the second and third books in Laura Andersen’s alternate history trilogy about what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had had a surviving son. I read the first book The Boleyn King a while back and enjoyed it, but didn’t find it to be particularly memorable, so to my surprise I absolutely loved the second and third instalments!… Read more »

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5 Things To Love About New Year

5 Things To Love About New Year

Happy New Year everyone! Despite the festivities that generally accompany the start of a New Year, I personally tend to find it quite a depressing time of year. It signifies yet another year gone by, and often there’s that feeling of ‘how the hell is it that time of year again?’ and ‘where has all that time gone?’ It also doesn’t help that January itself can be a somewhat grim month, with the cold, wintery weather not even being offset by the excitement of Christmas on the horizon. However, there are… Read more »

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Best of 2016 (and my 2017 Resolutions!)

Best of 2016 (and my 2017 Resolutions!)

2016 is rapidly drawing to a close, and as a whole, I think the world will breath a huge sigh of relief when 2017 dawns! It’s been a strange and turbulent year, from the huge shocks that were Brexit and Donald Trump becoming President, to the horrible acts of violence you see everyday on the news and a multitude of sad and shocking celebrity deaths. However, all that comes as a strange contrast to me, as on a personal level this has been a pretty good year. There have been ups and… Read more »

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Life Lately #4

Life Lately #4

It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these posts! Although I guess I’ve been kind of lazy all round in terms of blogging this month: it’s certainly gone downhill from my super productive November. As I imagine is the case for most people, the lead up to Christmas has been pretty hectic. Despite my best efforts, I ended up leaving a lot of my Christmas shopping a lot later than I would have liked, and as I work on a supermarket delicatessen it gets crazy busy around this… Read more »

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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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