Author: Laura

The Pros and Cons of a Literature Degree

The Pros and Cons of a Literature Degree

Back in 2011, when it came time for me to decide what to study at university, English Literature was the obvious choice for me. It was the subject I had enjoyed the most all the way through school and college, not to mention the fact that I consistently got high grades in it (as opposed to my more average grades in Maths and Science…they were so not my subjects!). And you know what? I loved studying Literature at university! I combined it with Creative Writing, and so got to spend my days reading and writing, and talking about books with… Read more »

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10 Books I Want To Reread

10 Books I Want To Reread

One of the biggest changes that has happened in my reading life since my childhood and teenage years is that I no longer reread books. When I was younger, at least half of my reading consisted of me rereading old favourites, yet now I can only remember one reread from the past few years (I reread the Harry Potter series last year, which I blogged about here). I think a lot of this has been down to my ever-growing TBR list. There are so many new books I want to read that it seems like wasting time to be rereading…. Read more »

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Do you read multiple books at once?

Do you read multiple books at once?

If you’d asked me a few months ago if I ever read multiple books at the same time, I’d have been horrified at the very suggestion. Multiple books at once? I mean, isn’t that like cheating on your current read? And how do you even keep track of all the storylines? Madness! But recently I seem to have slipped into the habit of having multiple books on the go at once, but with one huge caveat: they have to be completely different formats. By that I mean I don’t read three novels at the same time: I’ll be reading a… Read more »

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Blogtober 2019

Blogtober 2019

Last month I posted a blog post all about the terrible blogging slump I’ve been going through recently, and how I hoped to crawl my way out of it…and then I promptly continued to hardly post anything on my blog, because I’m just the worst! So I’ve decided it’s time for drastic measures: a blogging challenge! NaNoWriMo has always given me a massive productivity boost in terms of my fiction writing, so I thought taking part in Blogtober would be like the blogging equivalent. For anyone who doesn’t know, Blogtober takes place in October, and is a challenge in which… Read more »

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Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

‘Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.’ Scarlett has been dreaming of the magic of Caraval since she was a young girl, and as a child wrote letter after letter to the mysterious man behind it, hoping to be invited. However, she has long since given up, and now only wants a means of escape… Read more »

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Why do we love retellings?

Why do we love retellings?

I’m a sucker for a good retelling, and judging by the number that have been released in recent years, so are a lot of people. But what is it that we love so much about seeing the same stories retold over and over again? We all know the stories of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and King Arthur, so why do we want to keep reading about them over and over? Well, as an avid lover of retellings, I have a few ideas on that matter: We like familiarity. Whilst we might say we don’t want to keep reading… Read more »

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Life Lately #36

Life Lately #36

Where the hell has summer gone?! I mean, it’s still fairly warm here and everything, I just don’t know how it’s September already. Where has this year gone, let alone the summer?! Not that I really did much over the last month. Seen as I took time off work at the start of summer (back in July, when we moved house) I’ve mostly just been at work. My boyfriend and I did go on a couple of nice day trips this month though, firstly to Chester. We just had a bit of a wander and a look in the shops,… Read more »

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What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

Books may be categorised by genre in the bookshop and library, but I think we can all agree that within a genre, there’s usually a wealth of different types of books. Take fantasy for example: there’s a huge difference between a book by Terry Pratchett, and a book by George R.R. Martin. For me, that difference is the book’s atmosphere. Different books give you a very different feeling, and as with genres, I think we all have different bookish atmospheres that we prefer, even if we’ve never really thought about it. I had never really thought about it much myself… Read more »

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Blogging Slumps Suck

Blogging Slumps Suck

So, for the past few months I’ve been stuck in a seemingly never-ending blogging slump, and it seriously sucks. It all started back in December when I went through a lot of major life changes – moving to a new city, starting a new job etc. – and I found I just had less time and mental energy for blogging. At the time, that was totally understandable, but it’s now eight months later, and I feel like I never really got my blogging mojo back. I tend to have the odd period of productivity, and then it all goes downhill… Read more »

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8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

I’ve always been fascinated by history, and so it’s really no surprise that one of my favourite genres is historical fiction. I just love seeing history come to life in the form of a novel, whether it’s about an event or historical figure I know well, and just want to see how a different author interpreted it, or something I want to learn more about. There are so many interesting looking historical fiction books out there though, that however many I read, my TBR list just seems to grow longer and longer! But here are the eight that I’m most… Read more »

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