Author: Laura

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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6 Reasons To Read ‘Six Tudor Queens’ by Alison Weir

6 Reasons To Read ‘Six Tudor Queens’ by Alison Weir

I’m a huge historical fiction fan, and the Tudor period is one of my absolute favourite subjects to read about. I’ve read so many great books on the period, but I can honestly say that Alison Weir’s ongoing Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of the infamous Henry VIII are some of the best I’ve read. So here’s six reasons why you should be reading the Six Tudor Queens books by Alison Weir: To get a unique take on Henry VIII’s queens. Henry VIII and his wives are understandably a popular subject for fiction, what with all the scandal and political intrigue that took place at the… Read more »

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How do you remember what happened in previous books?

How do you remember what happened in previous books?

Recently, I was at my local library, having a browse for some books (since I’ve recently moved, my local library is huge, which is amazing!). It’s not as if I don’t already have enough books at home and on my Kindle to read, but still…the library means free books! You can’t argue with that! Anyway, my eye was caught by the book Windwitch by Susan Dennard, and I was so excited! I read and loved Truthwitch about a year ago, and had been keeping my eye out for Windwitch at the library, or popping up for sale on Amazon. And… Read more »

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30 Kindle Books I Own But Haven’t Read

30 Kindle Books I Own But Haven’t Read

I’m a person who loves a good bargain, and that’s one of the things I love most about my Kindle: Amazon has monthly and daily deals on various books, meaning you can often snap up an incredible bargain! I think this is amazing, but it’s also led to me having a huge backlog of unread books on my Kindle…like literally, there’s so many! Any time I see any book that I’ve even vaguely considered reading, I feel the need to buy it if it’s on sale, even if I won’t get to reading it for ages and ages. So I… Read more »

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My Top 5 Leigh Bardugo Characters

My Top 5 Leigh Bardugo Characters

So…is everyone else super excited that Leigh Bardugo has a new book coming out at the end of this month? And is it just me, or is it even more exciting that this new book is all about Nikolai Lantsov, my absolute favourite Leigh Bardugo character (spoiler alert for this list!)? And calling Nikolai my favourite is really saying something, because as far as I’m concerned, Leigh Bardugo is a master of characterisation! I’ve literally adored so many of her characters that creating a ‘Top 5’ list was hard…I could have just written ‘every single character!’, and had done with… Read more »

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Life Lately #28

Life Lately #28

Happy January everyone! That’s presuming everyone is happy about it being January…I always find it a bit of a weird time of year personally, with Christmas all over and done with, and the cold weather really setting in. As I’ve said in a couple of posts, this past month has been pretty action packed for me. I started my new job midway through December, and moved into my boyfriend’s. Moving in with my boyfriend has of course been amazing – we’ve been waiting to be able to do this for a couple of years now (my previous job was too… Read more »

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