Author: Laura

Can I write 60,000 words in a month?

Can I write 60,000 words in a month?

It’s April 2020, the world has gone crazy, and apparently so have I. With the UK officially in lockdown, life feels very weird and scary, especially as I still have to be out and about in public as part of my job (I’m a postwoman, so I’m still out delivering mail and parcels). At times the streets seem kind of eerie, like a ghost town, and at other times it still feels like there’s far too many people out and about, and it makes you feel kind of panicky knowing you need to keep your distance. And let’s not even… Read more »

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Life Lately #42

Life Lately #42

So this months Life Lately post is pretty late, but I have been so hopeless at blogging these past few months! And considering how crazy things have been and how the world seems to have randomly gone to hell this past month, I haven’t really been in the mood. On a personal note, I haven’t really done anything of note this past month. I’d say I’ve just been staying at home other than going to work because of all the panic, but to be honest I’ve always been pretty anti-social! In terms of how things are in the UK right… Read more »

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I want a book hangover!

I want a book hangover!

Recently, I seem to have been reading a lot of really great books. In fact, of the twelve books I’ve read so far this year, eight of them have been four star reads, which is a pretty high percentage! But at the same time, I still feel like there’s something missing… I’ve loved books like Heartless by Marissa Meyer and A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien, but neither of them left me bereft at the end of it. That might seem like a good thing, but I just feel like it’s been way too long since I loved a… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ and ‘The Republic of Thieves’

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ and ‘The Republic of Thieves’

Last year I read and loved The Lies of Locke Lamora (the first book in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series), and this past month I finally got around to reading the next two instalments, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. Check out my reviews below! Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch ‘“I want to hug you. And I want to tear your gods-damned head off. Both at once.” “Ah,” said Locke. “Near as I can tell, that’s the definition of ‘family’ right there.”’ Following an almost fatal fight against members of the Camorri underworld… Read more »

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Life Lately #41

Life Lately #41

January seems to have dragged on, as Januaries often do, but on the whole I’ve had a decent month. Work has been relatively quiet and unstressful compared to the Christmas rush, and I’ve been enjoying taking it easier! It also helps that I’ve been off work for two weeks thanks to some annual leave I had to use up (I’m back in tomorrow unfortunately though). I haven’t really done much with my time off to be honest, other than staying at home and chilling in my pyjamas, but I feel like I really needed the break. Plus I got in… Read more »

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My Audiobook TBR

My Audiobook TBR

I’ve had an Audible subscription for months, and have been steadily accumulating audiobooks, yet I’ve barely listened to any of them. The only audiobook I’ve actually completed is Joanna Penn’s Productivity For Writers, which was fairly short. I just always seem to forget about them and end up listening to music or podcasts when I’m in my car, but I’d really love to get into audiobooks. I drive half an hour to and from work five days a week, so if I could get into audiobooks, that would be a whole extra 5 hours of reading time every week! Anyway,… Read more »

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How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

I know it’s been the new decade for nearly a month now, but I still wanted to discuss how the past decade saw a complete change in my reading life. I started out the 10s (is that what we’re calling them?) as a teenager who had lost their childhood love of reading somewhere along the way, and I’m ending it as an avid reader, who reads more widely than I ever would have thought. So here’s a bit of a timeline of my reading life over the past decade: 2010 – 2013 At the beginning of the decade, I was… Read more »

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Life Lately #40

Life Lately #40

January is here, and the festive season is all over and done with. Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else find it all quite anticlimactic? I mean there’s such a huge build-up to Christmas and New Year, and then you get to January and just feel like…well, that’s over. And before you know it, everything is back to normal, and it feels like nothing ever happened. Don’t get me wrong, I had a really lovely Christmas. As per tradition, my boyfriend and I got up and opened presents, and then headed down to my parents’ house for a delicious… Read more »

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My 2020 Goals

My 2020 Goals

Happy New Year everyone! Yesterday was the start of a New Year and a new decade, which means it’s time for some goal setting! I’m honestly trying not to go too mad this year, as I’m terrible for excitedly setting all the goals in January and then realising that one person can’t actually keep up with all that for a whole year (and definitely not me…I get super lazy!). So I’ve just chosen a few key things that are important to me, like my writing and blogging, and I want to try and make some kind of progress in those… Read more »

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My Best Reads of 2019

My Best Reads of 2019

Another year gone, another best reads of the year post! I feel like I’ve read a lot of incredible books this year, and whilst a few have been in my favoured genres of fantasy and historical fiction, I also feel like I’ve expanded my horizons a lot this year, where reading is concerned. I mean, there’s a couple of contemporaries, a manga series and a ghost story on here, so that’s new! So here are my best reads of 2019: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames I’m probably supposed to work up to my absolute favourite book of the… Read more »

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