10 Must-Read Thrillers

10 Must-Read Thrillers

It’s only really been in the last couple of years that I’ve got into crime and thriller books. I was never overly bothered with crime TV shows, and I don’t really like gore, so I had always just assumed it wasn’t a genre for me. But when I finally decided to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins just to see what all the fuss is about, I found myself absolutely engrossed. I zipped through the book in just a couple of days, and started to think that maybe there was more to thrillers than I thought! I’ve… Read more »

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Life Lately #33

Life Lately #33

Happy June everyone! It may be the start of summer, but the weather here in England has been a little up and down (that’s England for you though!). Whilst it’s mostly been blazing hot there have been some random, violent rain showers (like the one happening outside my window just now), which considering I’m a postwoman, I haven’t really enjoyed! Hopefully, the weather settles into proper summer weather soon! Although then, of course, I’ll be complaining that it’s too hot. I’ve had quite a quiet month really, although I did go on a couple of nice days out. My boyfriend… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mark Lawrence is an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while, and I’m so glad I finally did! I read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession, as I was so eager to carry on with Nona’s story, and I can’t wait to read the third book in the Book of the Ancestor series soon! Red Sister by Mark Lawrence ‘It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient bravery. For when Sister Cage of the Sweet Mercy Convent steps onto the battlefield courage is often found to be… Read more »

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Game of Thrones Season 8: My Thoughts

Game of Thrones Season 8: My Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers for the entire of Season 8 of Game of Thrones! If you’d told me back in 2011 that one of the biggest and most popular shows to grace TV was about to start, and that it was going to be a fantasy, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not so long ago, fantasy was a fairly niche genre, with your average non-fantasy fan only really knowing and caring about the likes of LOTR. But Game of Thrones did something incredible: it brought fantasy to the masses, complete with dragons, political intrigue, epic sword fights and battles, and of course… Read more »

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7 Fantasy Tropes I Love

7 Fantasy Tropes I Love

The word ‘trope’ may have negative connotations, but I don’t necessarily think they’re always a bad thing… Fantasy, for example, is a genre that is often accused of being ‘tropey‘, but it’s easily my favourite genre, and in a lot of cases, I think the tropes are an integral part of it. Yes, in the wrong hands’ classic elements of fantasy can come across as cliched and tired. But when well executed we often recognise them and think – ‘Yay! I love this type of character/setting/plot, etc.!’ So here are 7 fantasy tropes that make me say yay! Dragons The… Read more »

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15 Ways To Use Notebooks

15 Ways To Use Notebooks

I’m Laura, and I have a serious stationery addiction. This is a condition that runs in my family – my Dad is obsessed with pens (seriously, he has boxes and boxes full of them, and my Mum gets annoyed because he always wants to buy more) – and it means I unfortunately cannot enter a shop where they sell any kind of stationery without buying something. Hence the immense collection of notebooks I found rammed into every drawer of my desk when I was packing up to move back in December. Literally, they were everywhere, in every colour and style… Read more »

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Life Lately #32

Life Lately #32

Happy May everyone! I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through the year already! Crazy! This month, in particular, seems to have flown by, as I’ve have had quite a bit of time off work (which always makes time go faster!). As well as the Easter bank holidays I also had a week’s annual leave from work in honour of my birthday! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my actual birthday week off, so ended up spending my birthday at work (fun times!), but I did plenty of nice things in lieu of it the following week whilst I was off. I had… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘Jade City’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘Jade City’

Recently I read two very highly regarded fantasy books: the first book in Scott Lynch’s renowned Gentleman Bastard series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and the multi-award winning Jade City by Fonda Lee. Both books had really imaginative and well-drawn worlds and were really enjoyable, but one more so than the other! Read on to find out more! The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch ‘“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit… Read more »

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5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype

5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype

Whilst a book with rave reviews should make it a safe bet you’ll love it, that unfortunately isn’t always the case. In a lot of ways I think being told ‘this is the best book ever!’ before you read something is actually a bad thing, because you’re now expecting to read ‘the best book ever’. Anything less – even a decent book – will be a disappointment. However, sometimes the gamble of reading a hyped book pays off, and there really is nothing more satisfying than reading a book, loving it, and having legions of people to freak out about… Read more »

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How To Find Ideas For Discussion Posts

How To Find Ideas For Discussion Posts

Beginner book bloggers could be forgiven for believing that book reviews are the bread-and-butter of book blogs, but when you’ve been around a little longer, you know differently. Because let’s face it: book reviews are generally some of the worst performing posts on a book blog, which isn’t surprising when you think about it. Book reviews rely on your blog readers being interested in that one single book, whereas other types of posts – discussions for example – have a much wider appeal. They’re also, in my opinion, a lot more fun to write, and the level of engagement you… Read more »

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