Author: Laura

What makes a good anti-hero?

What makes a good anti-hero?

‘antihero noun A protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities.’ Merriam-Webster Dictionary A while ago I wrote a post about the rise of the anti-hero, and about how morally grey characters are becoming more and more prevalent in modern media. But what exactly makes a good anti-hero? Because let’s face it: getting anti-heroes right is hard. By nature, they’re supposed to be deeply flawed individuals who often do pretty messed up things, so what exactly makes an anti-hero a type of hero, rather than a straight-up villain? And what makes us root for them, and even… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

So I recently read two books that were pretty high on my anticipation list: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I’m a huge long-standing fan of Leigh Bardugo, and I was so excited when I heard she was writing an entire duology about one of my favourite characters, Nikolai Lantsov. Meanwhile, Girls of Paper and Fire is a book that I first heard about on the 88 Cups of Tea podcast, and have since been seeing quite a lot on book blogs. Whilst I enjoyed both of these books, I didn’t… Read more »

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5 Long Books I Want To Read

5 Long Books I Want To Read

Long books are great for getting lost in an epic, sprawling story, but let’s face it: they can be quite daunting. For one thing, they’re a huge time commitment: you know when you start an 800 odd-page book you’re going to be in its’ company for quite some time, so I find I really have to be in the mood! Not to mention the fact that long books can be kind of a drag if you don’t end up enjoying the story as much as you thought… Yes you can DNF them, but once you get so far it seems… Read more »

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What’s your e-reader setup?

What’s your e-reader setup?

I was pretty slow to embrace the ebook, only seriously starting to use my Kindle in the last couple of years. However, these days I probably read one book in every three on my Kindle because it’s just so convenient! Plus it’s often cheaper to buy a digital copy of a book, especially if it comes up on sale (and I am so addicted to the Amazon monthly sales!). However, it’s only recently that I’ve started experimenting with my ebook setup, to try and give myself the best reading experience. Because that’s yet another upside to e-readers: you can adjust… Read more »

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Life Lately #30

Life Lately #30

As if we’re into March already! Seriously, what is going on with time? I actually had a fairly good February, kicking off with a nice week off work. I thankfully got loads of chilling and reading time in, but also had a nice little overnight stay in York with my boyfriend, which was lovely! We just had a wander around the town, doing some sightseeing and shopping. In the old part of the city (called the Shambles), there was actually two Harry Potter themed shops which were a favourite of ours, and we definitely intend to go back there when… Read more »

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Writers: What do you do when you realise your book idea has been done?

Writers: What do you do when you realise your book idea has been done?

Recently, I started trying to rework a writing project I’d put on the back burner for a while, replotting it according to the really useful beat sheet from Jessica Brody’s Save The Cat Writes A Novel. I loved the concept of the novel, but just wasn’t a fan of what I’d written so far, so I decided to start again and was pretty excited about my new outline. I started working on it, and was feeling good about this new version… But then the other day I randomly became aware of a new release that sounds very similar to the… Read more »

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10 Fantasy Books On My TBR List

10 Fantasy Books On My TBR List

I love fantasy, so as you can imagine, my fantasy TBR list is pretty extensive! Whether it’s continuing beloved series, or starting new and intriguing ones, there’s so many books I want to get to, that it’s really hard to know where to start. I feel like I shouldn’t be starting new series before I’ve finished ones I’m already reading, but sometimes it’s just so tempting! Anyway, here’s just a small selection of books of my fantasy TBR. Some of them have been on there since forever, and others are relatively new additions to the list: ‘The Seer of Sevenwaters’… Read more »

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Things I’ve Used As A Bookmark

Things I’ve Used As A Bookmark

There’s nothing worse than losing your place in a book, so having something to mark your page is a must. But am I the only one who’s used some pretty random objects to keep my page? Here’s a few of the objects I’ve used as a bookmark: Bookmarks Yes, sometimes I’m normal and use the specific object for the job! I actually have a fair few bookmarks because I used to make them (and sell them on Etsy!), but I haven’t made any in a while (it’s very frustrating trying to cut them out straight!). I still have a good… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘And I Darken’ and ‘The Wicked King’

Mini Reviews: ‘And I Darken’ and ‘The Wicked King’

I should probably refer to this selection of mini-reviews as the ‘badass ladies edition’, as I loved the strong female leads in both of these books! And I Darken is a book I’ve had my eye on for a long time, whereas The Wicked King is the much awaited second installment of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series which has been hugely popular in the book community at the moment. I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince, so I was really looking forward to The Wicked King, and it didn’t disappoint! And I Darken by Kiersten White ‘”If anyone is going to kill you,… Read more »

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Life Lately #29

Life Lately #29

It’s so weird… Christmas and New Year already feel like a distant memory, but at the same time, it’s crazy to think we’re already a month into 2019! My January has been fairly uneventful to be honest, and has mostly just involved work, work and more work. I have had a couple of family birthday’s this month though, starting off with my boyfriend’s. It fell on my day off, thankfully, and we spent a lovely day just mooching around the Trafford Centre. It was then my Dad’s birthday, so the entire family went down to my parents for takeaway pizza,… Read more »

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