Author: Laura

Mini Reviews: ‘The Other Woman’ And ‘What You Did’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Other Woman’ And ‘What You Did’

Recently I’ve been on a bit of a thriller kick again, and read two wonderfully sinister books that I’d highly recommend: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and What You Did by Claire McGowan. Check out my reviews below! The Other Woman by Sandie Jones Emily has finally met the man of her dreams in Adam. Everything should be perfect, but lurking in the shadows, pretending to be all sweetness and light is Adam’s mother Pammie, and she’s out to get her. What Emily initially thinks is just a single mother being over protective of her son spirals and becomes… Read more »

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The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

I know for me, my reading comfort zone has always been fantasy. The dragons, the swords, the battles, the heroes (or even better: anti-heroes!), and devilish villains…I love all that stuff, and there’s a sense of coming home when I dig into a fantasy novel. And I think we all have that reading comfort zone, a genre or type of book that we return to over and over because it’s familiar. It’s reliably enjoyable, so why would we stray from it? Well, because there are in fact benefits to occasionally reading outside your comfort zone. I know, because I’ve really… Read more »

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Books I Forgot To Review

Books I Forgot To Review

I’m pretty terrible at remembering to review books in a timely manner, so there have been a fair few that have slipped through the cracks! It mostly tends to be mediocre books that I had no strong feelings towards that I forget to review, as I don’t find myself desperate to talk about them. Plus once it’s been a couple of weeks since I read them, I’ve usually forgotten the specifics, which makes it so much harder to review them! So I thought I’d do a quick post where I attempt to remember and summarise my feelings towards a few… Read more »

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A Trip To Scarborough

A Trip To Scarborough

So last week my boyfriend and I went away for a few days to the North East Coast of England, and we had a great time! This was actually a fairly nostalgic trip for me, as Scarborough is somewhere my family holidayed when I was a kid, and so it was lovely to see it again. Plus my boyfriend had never been, so it was nice to explore the place all over again with him! Thankfully the weather stayed nice for most of the week, as an English seaside holiday can go either way really! We stayed on a Haven… Read more »

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12 Books That Made Me Cry

12 Books That Made Me Cry

Whilst in a lot of ways I’m a hugely emotional person, I don’t tend to cry at TV shows or books very often. It takes a really special book to get my eyes watering, but a few have managed it! So here’s a few books that have given me a serious case of the feels, whether it’s the warm and fuzzy ‘I’m so happy I could cry!’ variety, or the bawling my eyes out ‘this is so sad’ type: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling I defy anyone not to cry at the end of Harry Potter… Read more »

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5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

Sometimes books can take a few chapters to get into, but other times, it’s love-at-first-page…and those books usually end up being some of my favourites! Yes, there’s been the odd slow-starter that I’ve ended up loving in the end (Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, for example), but most of my favourite reads have started out strong. So here’s a few early signs that I’m probably going to love a book: I immediately click with the characters. Most of my favourite books are my favourites because I loved the characters so much (Harry Potter, Six of Crows etc.), so… Read more »

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10 Classics I’d Like To Read

10 Classics I’d Like To Read

I’ve always really enjoyed reading classics, even from a very young age. As a child I devoured a lot of the children’s classics like Black Beauty and Watership Down, and in my early teens I discovered Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. English was my favourite subject in school for that reason, and I even went on to study it in college and then university. However, I think by that stage, I’d kind of gone into classics overload… I’d read so many classics over the years, and some that I’d been made to read I just hadn’t clicked with. That’s… Read more »

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My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

We’re now halfway through October, and NaNoWriMo is creeping up on us, which means I’m busy making plans! I’ve decided to be something of a NaNo rebel this year though, and am not writing a novel. Instead I’m going to attempt to write 50,000 words worth of short stories instead. Right now I’m not sure if it’s going to be easier or harder, as on one hand I have to keep coming up with ideas, but also I surely shouldn’t get bored with my project? I did sucessfully write 30,000 words of short stories for a Camp NaNoWriMo a while… Read more »

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Mid Blogtober Update

Mid Blogtober Update

We’re now halfway through Blogtober 2019, so I thought I’d do a mid-month check-in post on how it’s going (yes, this post is probably cheating!). To my surprise, I’ve managed to post every day so far! And that includes the five days I was away in Scarborough, staying in a caravan without Wi-fi (thankfully I had a good phone signal!). It was a massive pain writing blog posts on my phone though… from predictive text constantly changing perfectly ordinary words to random ones, and accidentally deleting half my post when I shut down an internet window, it was far from… Read more »

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