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Trope Time: Strong Female Protagonists

Trope Time: Strong Female Protagonists

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! This is a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. Today’s trope is an interesting one: the strong female protagonist. This trope seems to have become huge in YA fiction particularly, largely as a pushback against some of the more passive and ineffective heroines of the past (Bella Swan, I’m looking at you!). You know the kind of character I’m talking about: she likes… Read more »

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Trope Time: Mentors

Trope Time: Mentors

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! This is a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. Today’s trope is actually more of an archetype: the mentor character. As one of the eight character types identified in the classic ‘hero’s journey’ story formula, they appear over and over again in books, TV shows and films, and can come in a huge variety of different types. However, the one thing they all… Read more »

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Trope Time: The Chosen One

Trope Time: The Chosen One

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! I’m planning on doing this as a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. So I hope you enjoy these posts, and if there’s any particular tropes you’d be interesting in seeing me cover, feel free to make suggestions in the comments! Today’s trope is a fantasy classic: the Chosen One. You know how it goes: they might just want to be an average… Read more »

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Choosing A Blogging Laptop

Choosing A Blogging Laptop

Recently, my trusty old Macbook breathed its’ last breath. It had been coming for a long time as it got slower and more glitchy, but it was still a blow! For one thing, I really loved that Macbook: I’d bought it back when I graduated university and had started working full time, so it was one of the first big things I ever bought for myself. And for another, Macbooks are crazy expensive, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to fork out £1000 for a new one. It was around Christmas, so I knew I would struggle… Read more »

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I want a book hangover!

I want a book hangover!

Recently, I seem to have been reading a lot of really great books. In fact, of the twelve books I’ve read so far this year, eight of them have been four star reads, which is a pretty high percentage! But at the same time, I still feel like there’s something missing… I’ve loved books like Heartless by Marissa Meyer and A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien, but neither of them left me bereft at the end of it. That might seem like a good thing, but I just feel like it’s been way too long since I loved a… Read more »

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How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

I know it’s been the new decade for nearly a month now, but I still wanted to discuss how the past decade saw a complete change in my reading life. I started out the 10s (is that what we’re calling them?) as a teenager who had lost their childhood love of reading somewhere along the way, and I’m ending it as an avid reader, who reads more widely than I ever would have thought. So here’s a bit of a timeline of my reading life over the past decade: 2010 – 2013 At the beginning of the decade, I was… Read more »

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Why Setting Goals Works For Me

Why Setting Goals Works For Me

At this time of year, one thing that’s on my mind a lot is goals. For one thing, the end of the year is edging ever closer, so it’s only natural to look back at the past year and think about all the things I have and haven’t achieved. But also, this is the time of year when I’m heading into NaNoWriMo, and right now I’m also winding up Blogtober 2019, which has me thinking about goals, and why I set them. Because the thing is with me, I’m actually super lazy. Or maybe lazy is the wrong word? I… Read more »

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Why I Don’t DNF (But I Probably Should)

Why I Don’t DNF (But I Probably Should)

Since joining the book blogging community, the acronym ‘DNF’ is something I’ve become aware of, meaning ‘did not finish’. But is it weird, that until then it had never really occurred to me to do that? To just stop reading a book and move on? I literally can’t think off the top of my head of any fiction book I’ve ever started and not finished, even if I wasn’t really enjoying it. Even now that I know ‘DNFing’ is a thing that you can do, and that loads of people do it (I’m not going to be arrested by the… Read more »

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The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

I know for me, my reading comfort zone has always been fantasy. The dragons, the swords, the battles, the heroes (or even better: anti-heroes!), and devilish villains…I love all that stuff, and there’s a sense of coming home when I dig into a fantasy novel. And I think we all have that reading comfort zone, a genre or type of book that we return to over and over because it’s familiar. It’s reliably enjoyable, so why would we stray from it? Well, because there are in fact benefits to occasionally reading outside your comfort zone. I know, because I’ve really… Read more »

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