Author: Laura

9 Bookish Things To Do That Aren’t Reading

9 Bookish Things To Do That Aren’t Reading

I think we can all agree on one thing: reading is awesome. I’d happily spend hours and hours a day reading, and when I’m not reading, I like to do bookish things because books = happiness. So here are 9 bookish things you can that aren’t reading: Write your own book. It’s not necessarily the case that every reader wants to be a writer, but if you love reading stories there’s a good chance you may want to try writing your own at some point. Start a book blog. If you like reading, then I really can’t recommend book blogging… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Recently I read two YA books that I really enjoyed, both with strong female leads, vivid world-building, and if I may be shallow for a moment, absolutely gorgeous covers! It’s a shame I only own these books on Kindle, because I literally adore both of these covers, especially this edition of Flame in the Mist! But onto my thoughts about the books themselves… Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh “Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…” Mariko may be clever and accomplished, but… Read more »

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My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

As a child, I was a big rereader. In fact, a good 50% of my reading was rereading old favourites, and chief among them was the Harry Potter series. Between waiting for the latest book to release I would reread the old ones, never wanting to be out of the Wizarding World for too long. However, I was thinking recently about how I hadn’t reread anything in years, and I couldn’t even remember the last time I read a Harry Potter book. As I got older the amount of rereading I did began to decrease as I discovered new books and found myself with an… Read more »

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Do you have real life bookish friends?

Do you have real life bookish friends?

Books are a huge part of my life, and always have been, so it was strange to come to the realisation recently that I don’t actually have many friends in real life who also like reading. In fact I only actually have one bookish friend who I know in real life…all the other bookworms I know are people I’ve met online, specifically from being a part of the book blogging world. My only real-life bookish friend is one of my very best friends though, which is how I know how awesome it is to have books in common with someone…. Read more »

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Why We All Need Lazy Days

Why We All Need Lazy Days

Recently I had a couple of weeks off work, and whilst I went on some wonderful day trips, I also spent a few days just lounging about, reading books and watching TV. And you know what? I really needed that! Whilst calling it a ‘lazy day’ makes it sound unproductive, I actually think that those days are essential to our wellbeing, so technically they’re super productive in terms of taking care of ourselves! So here’s why we all need those lazy days: To rest and wind down. In our modern society where everyone is sleep deprived, overworked and living in a… Read more »

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3 Reasons To Set Writing Goals

3 Reasons To Set Writing Goals

I don’t know about you, but if left to my own devices I get nothing done. I’m a chronic procrastinator, and however much I love writing, when I hit a tough point in my project I’ll do anything I can think of to avoid sitting down in that chair and getting the work done. That’s why I’ve found that setting myself specific, measurable goals really helps me do more writing. I discovered this several years ago when I first started taking part in NaNoWriMo. Even though I failed the first time I did it, I managed to write 42,000 words… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘After I’ve Gone’

Mini Reviews: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘After I’ve Gone’

Recently I read two books that I found impossible to put down: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and After I’ve Gone by Linda Green. Check out my reviews below to find out why I loved them so much! Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ’It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.’ Big Little Lies follows the lives of three women living in the same seaside town, and how their lives collide in dramatic fashion. Madeline has a happy life, with a loving husband and three beautiful children…if only it wasn’t for… Read more »

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Life Lately #23

Life Lately #23

July has been a pretty good month for me, mostly because I was off work for almost half of it! I had a full 2 weeks booked off, and it was so nice just to have some proper time to relax, get out and do some things and spend time with my boyfriend, friends and family. And thankfully the weather cooperated for most of it, and stayed nice and sunny! I spent a lot of the holiday at my boyfriend’s, and we ended up going on several really nice day trips. We went to the Liverpool World Musuem one day,… Read more »

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Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Chapters are an important part of a novel’s structure, as the way an author decides to split up their book can really affect our reading of it. For example, some books have short, punchy chapters that keep us turning the page, and saying, ‘just one more chapter!’ Whereas others want to keep us immersed for as long as possible and use great sprawling chapters to do this. Both approaches have their advantages and I think that really, it comes down to the individual book. I find that thrillers and action adventure books that are meant to be fast-paced benefit from… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo Complete!

Camp NaNoWriMo Complete!

Back at the start of July I wrote a post about how I was going to do Camp NaNoWriMo this July, but I was going to put a spin on it: instead of working on a novel, I was going to write 30,000 words worth of short stories. Well, 15 short stories later, I’m pleased to say I reached my goal! My 15 stories varied in length from 500 words to 5,000, and were about everything from fairytales and alien princesses to traffic jams and ghosts! It turned out to be so much harder than I expected, and I had known it… Read more »

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