Author: Laura

Should your Goodreads target challenge you?

Should your Goodreads target challenge you?

So, it’s that time of year again when everyone is setting their goals and resolutions for the New Year. And whilst most people want to lose weight, or eat healthier, or quit smoking, us bookworms just want to read lots of books in the coming year! And not only that, but we want to formalise that goal by publicly setting ourselves a target on Goodreads! But how exactly do you go about setting that target? In a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about being a slow reader in the blogosphere, I touched on this issue, and about… Read more »

Divider

My Favourite Book Covers

My Favourite Book Covers

As much as we tell ourselves it’s the plot or the blurb that sells a book to us, I think a lot of us wouldn’t even bother to pick up a book in a bookshop if we weren’t first attracted to the cover. The front cover is the first chance a book has to impress is, and us bookworms want a shelf full of pretty books after all! But what makes a good book cover? Well I have written an entire post on the subject, but to cut it short, the things I think makes a good book cover include:… Read more »

Divider

Life Lately #27

Life Lately #27

My mental state coming into December 2018 looks kind of like this: AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! You may think this is because of all the usual holiday season things like shopping etc., but oh no! I have a ridiculous amount going on over December including moving house, leaving my job of 8 years and starting a new one… So yeah, it’s going to be a crazy month! I’m pretty excited about my new job, because it means I’m finally going to be in commutable distance of my boyfriend’s place, which means we’re finally moving in together! Hooray! This feels like a really exciting… Read more »

Divider

Thoughts on ‘Kingdom of Ash’ and the End of ‘Throne of Glass’

Thoughts on ‘Kingdom of Ash’ and the End of ‘Throne of Glass’

Warning: Spoilers for the whole Throne of Glass series. So a couple of weeks ago I finished reading Kingdom of Ash, the final book in Sarah J. Maas’ popular YA fantasy series ‘Throne of Glass’. And wow, what a ride its’ been! ToG was one of the first series I discovered through blogging, and it really hooked me on YA, which is not a genre I read very much when I was actually a teenager. I don’t often read new releases, but Sarah J. Maas’ books are some of the few I try and get to as soon as they come out, which just… Read more »

Divider

Being A Slow Reader in the Book Blogging Community

Being A Slow Reader in the Book Blogging Community

Until last year, I had never taken part in the Goodreads Challenge, and therefore had absolutely no idea how many books I read in a year. I was completely oblivious, bumbling my way through book after book, and never counting how many I was actually finishing in a week, a month, a year… However, last year I finally decided to take part in the Goodreads Challenge, and I actually really enjoyed it! I feel like it encouraged me to read more, and I liked having that record of everything I’d read in the year, as opposed to completely forgetting everything… Read more »

Divider

Things I Love About Writing

Things I Love About Writing

Sometimes writing is an absolute joy, but at other times, it’s incredibly stressful. Seen as we’re currently in the midst of NaNoWriMo I’m going to wager that a lot of writers are currently feeling the latter…I know I am! I’d been keeping up with NaNo pretty well until yesterday when I had one of those days where I just really, really didn’t want to write. This happens occasionally, and shouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m already stressing about being behind, which is sapping my will to write even more. So I thought I’d do a little post reminding myself… Read more »

Divider

Life Lately #26

Life Lately #26

How is it November already? I mean, next month it’s going to be Christmas, and then it’s going to be 2019…seriously, where does all the time go?! October seemed to fly by, not that I actually did very much. I even had a week off work, but I mostly spent that relaxing with my boyfriend. We did go to the Trafford Centre one day, and I went shopping with my sister which was nice, but otherwise the week was a quiet one. I think I needed that though…I’ve been so tired lately, what with all my early starts for work… Read more »

Divider

My Thought Process When Deciding What To Read Next

My Thought Process When Deciding What To Read Next

Reading may be fun, but deciding what book to read next is absolute torture. It is if you’re anything like me anyway! So if you want a look inside the mind of a crazy bookworm, here’s my thought process when deciding what to read next: 1. Panic and feel completely overwhelmed.  The first stage of deciding what to read next is to feel completely overwhelmed by the life-altering decision before me…OK, so it isn’t that bad, but you’d think it was, what with the amount of dithering I do! I’m just very aware when I put down one book that… Read more »

Divider

I got an honorable mention in the Fall Writing Contest!

I got an honorable mention in the Fall Writing Contest!

A while ago I mentioned in my ‘Life Lately’ post that I’d entered the Fall Writing Contest (co-hosted by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break), and I was so excited to receive an email a couple of weeks ago telling me my story had got an honorable mention! The theme of the competition was ‘monster’, and so I wrote the story ‘The Midsummer Maiden‘, which you can read here if you’re interested in seeing how I interpreted that theme. I’ve been shortlisted in a writing competition once before, and I have to say, it’s a huge boost to your confidence,… Read more »

Divider

My Plans for NaNoWriMo 2018

My Plans for NaNoWriMo 2018

So tomorrow is the start of NaNoWriMo 2018, and I’m still a bit undecided as to whether or not I’m actually taking part! I’m about 60,000 words into my current WIP, and have been averaging about 1,000 words a day for the past month or so. My aim was to finish it by December, so I could leave it to rest over Christmas and begin editing it in the New Year. I always love doing NaNoWriMo, as the community aspect is very encouraging and I definitely enjoy the challenge (you know, aside from the parts where you want to tear… Read more »

Divider