Category: Discussions

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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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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Game of Thrones Season 8: My Thoughts

Game of Thrones Season 8: My Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers for the entire of Season 8 of Game of Thrones! If you’d told me back in 2011 that one of the biggest and most popular shows to grace TV was about to start, and that it was going to be a fantasy, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not so long ago, fantasy was a fairly niche genre, with your average non-fantasy fan only really knowing and caring about the likes of LOTR. But Game of Thrones did something incredible: it brought fantasy to the masses, complete with dragons, political intrigue, epic sword fights and battles, and of course… Read more »

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7 Fantasy Tropes I Love

7 Fantasy Tropes I Love

The word ‘trope’ may have negative connotations, but I don’t necessarily think they’re always a bad thing… Fantasy, for example, is a genre that is often accused of being ‘tropey‘, but it’s easily my favourite genre, and in a lot of cases, I think the tropes are an integral part of it. Yes, in the wrong hands’ classic elements of fantasy can come across as cliched and tired. But when well executed we often recognise them and think – ‘Yay! I love this type of character/setting/plot, etc.!’ So here are 7 fantasy tropes that make me say yay! Dragons The… Read more »

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How To Find Ideas For Discussion Posts

How To Find Ideas For Discussion Posts

Beginner book bloggers could be forgiven for believing that book reviews are the bread-and-butter of book blogs, but when you’ve been around a little longer, you know differently. Because let’s face it: book reviews are generally some of the worst performing posts on a book blog, which isn’t surprising when you think about it. Book reviews rely on your blog readers being interested in that one single book, whereas other types of posts – discussions for example – have a much wider appeal. They’re also, in my opinion, a lot more fun to write, and the level of engagement you… Read more »

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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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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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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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Is the future of reading digital?

Is the future of reading digital?

Recently I found myself browsing around on Spotify for some new music to listen to, and something random occurred to me: I haven’t bought an actual CD in years. This got me thinking about other things like TV shows and films, and how I haven’t bought a DVD since getting Netflix, and in turn, this had me thinking about books. Now, I used to be a steadfast member of the ‘physical books only’ crew, and totally rejected the idea of ebooks. I did buy the second version of the Kindle, tried it, and decided it wasn’t for me, and continued… Read more »

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My Best Reads of 2018

My Best Reads of 2018

Here we are again! The end of another year! I’m sure I’ll blink and it’ll be time to write my ‘Best Reads of 2019’ post, as that’s the way it feels these days. The years fly by! On the whole, this year has been a pretty good year for me, mostly because of the final month, where I started my new job and finally got to move in with my boyfriend! This feels like the first year in a long time where something has actually changed, and it feels like I’ve made some sort of progression. I’m still finding my… Read more »

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