Author: Laura

Life Lately #35

Life Lately #35

So after the excitement of last month (moving house etc.), this month has actually been fairly uneventful. My boyfriend and I have pretty much just been settling into our new home, and trying to find a place for all our things (I got to spend an afternoon just rearranging my books, so that was fun!). Otherwise it feels like all I’ve done this month really is work, but since I’m a postwoman and it’s been quite nice and sunny here in England it hasn’t been the worst thing ever. This is my first summer with an outdoor job, and I’m… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

These books were must-reads for me as soon as I saw them! A fantasy series set in a world where mercenary bands are like rockstars? Yes please! And I really wasn’t disappointed for the most part! I’ve never read anything like this before, and I can’t recommend it enough to other fantasy fans. Check out my reviews for more details! Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames ‘Clay pushed his body off him and mumbled another apology – because, enemy or not, when you hit a man in the nuts with a magic hammer the least you could say was sorry.’… Read more »

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I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

So a while ago I mentioned in one of my Life Lately posts that I had entered the Summer Writing Contest 2019 that is jointly run by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. The theme of the competition was ‘One Room’, which made for a tough challenge, but I had so much fun writing my story! And I just found out the other day that I was one of two runners-up, which is so exciting! My story The Darkness of Space is being featured on Short Fiction Break today, so if you’re interested you can check it out here…. Read more »

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10 Contemporary Books On My TBR

10 Contemporary Books On My TBR

As a general rule, I don’t often read contemporary books. For me, reading has always been a chance to escape into another world or another time, which is why I’m such a huge fan of fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction. However, I recently found myself going into a bit of an Amazon rabbit hole of contemporary book recommendations (as one does!), and it made me wonder why I don’t read contemporary more. There was so many books I stumbled across that sound really interesting, even if there are no dragons! So here are 10 contemporary books I want to… Read more »

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Life Lately #34

Life Lately #34

July is here, and summer is in full swing! I say that, but there have been a few rain showers in the UK recently, but mostly it’s been sunny and unpleasantly humid. I’ve actually had quite an exciting month for a change! I moved house! It all came about so quickly that I didn’t mention it in my last Life Lately because I didn’t even know it was going to happen! I moved in with my boyfriend about six months ago when I finally managed to get a job near to where he lives (I would have had a huge… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Watch Good Omens

5 Reasons To Watch Good Omens

So recently, I did something I don’t usually do: I watched a TV adaptation of a book, without having first read the book. I know, I know, the horror! But I have to say, I don’t regret it. When I saw a while back that Amazon Prime was making an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book Good Omens I had intended to read it before it came out, and just never got round to it. I knew I’d have to be in the mood for that kind of thing, and unfortunately, the mood just never came over me…. Read more »

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Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Something that’s truly crazy, but also magical about being a bookworm is that every book you pick up has the potential to be a favourite. It could even end up being life-changing: a story or set of characters that sticks with you for the rest of your life. I mean, it’s weird to think that there was a time in my life before I had ever picked up a Harry Potter book, and fallen in love with the Wizarding World. Or that only a few years ago I had never read Six of Crows and had Kaz Brekker and his… Read more »

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10 Must-Read Thrillers

10 Must-Read Thrillers

It’s only really been in the last couple of years that I’ve got into crime and thriller books. I was never overly bothered with crime TV shows, and I don’t really like gore, so I had always just assumed it wasn’t a genre for me. But when I finally decided to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins just to see what all the fuss is about, I found myself absolutely engrossed. I zipped through the book in just a couple of days, and started to think that maybe there was more to thrillers than I thought! I’ve… Read more »

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Life Lately #33

Life Lately #33

Happy June everyone! It may be the start of summer, but the weather here in England has been a little up and down (that’s England for you though!). Whilst it’s mostly been blazing hot there have been some random, violent rain showers (like the one happening outside my window just now), which considering I’m a postwoman, I haven’t really enjoyed! Hopefully, the weather settles into proper summer weather soon! Although then, of course, I’ll be complaining that it’s too hot. I’ve had quite a quiet month really, although I did go on a couple of nice days out. My boyfriend… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mark Lawrence is an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while, and I’m so glad I finally did! I read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession, as I was so eager to carry on with Nona’s story, and I can’t wait to read the third book in the Book of the Ancestor series soon! Red Sister by Mark Lawrence ‘It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient bravery. For when Sister Cage of the Sweet Mercy Convent steps onto the battlefield courage is often found to be… Read more »

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