Category: Discussions

How do you review?

How do you review?

A staple post on any book blog is of course the humble book review: after all, the entire point of a book blog is to discuss your thoughts on books, and a review is one of the best ways to do this. However, if you’ve been hanging round the blogosphere for any length of time you’ll surely have noticed the massive variation in review styles, with different bloggers taking totally different approaches (and let’s not get started on the different rating systems!). Here’s a few common types of review I’ve noticed: The short and snappy review Some bloggers just aren’t… Read more »

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Life vs. Writing

Life vs. Writing

I don’t know about you, but these days it seems like all I have to do is blink and another day has gone. Life is so fast-paced these days, and it seems like there’s so much to do that I often find I’ve gone days and have hardly written a word. So how do you reconcile a busy life (complete with a job, friends, family and a social life) with the solitary and time-consuming pursuit of writing? Whilst I’m probably not the best person to answer this question (as a master of procrastination!) I do have a few little tips,… Read more »

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Do you have a blog schedule?

Do you have a blog schedule?

Well, it’s happening again: I’m attempting a blog schedule. It will run on a two weekly basis and will involve me publishing a post three times a week, the first week’s posts including a book review, a lifestyle post and a list post, and the second a writing post, a bookish/blogging discussion post and a new feature I’m starting called ‘Photos on Friday’ (basically me posting some of my photography). Whether or not I manage to stick to it is another story, discipline having never exactly been my strong suite (I was one of those kids who left their homework… Read more »

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What does your writing voice say about you?

What does your writing voice say about you?

In my experience, most people write how they talk. Yes, certain occasions call for some modification – official letters and essays for example command formality – but for the most part your writing voice is all you. So what do you think your writing voice says about you? I’ve had a read back through some of my own writing, some fiction and some non-fiction, and here are a few things I’ve noticed: I go off on a lot of tangents and use very long sentences Something I’ve noticed a lot in my blog post writing (and also my text messages… Read more »

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How does reading change you?

How does reading change you?

Recently I’ve seen quite a few ‘Books That Have Changed Me’ posts around the blogosphere, and I really love the idea that books and stories can change us in some way. I know that I personally have felt that certain stories and certain characters have really resonated with me, and in some small way have made me see the world a little differently. But this got me thinking – does reading itself change us? Being exposed to so many points of view and different types of people and places must surely broaden the mind in some way, and I’d really… Read more »

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Are you a mood reader?

Are you a mood reader?

Recently I’ve been reading the latest book in Conn Iggulden’s ‘War of the Roses’ series, Bloodline. If you look back at my review of the first two books (Stormbird and Trinity) you’ll see that I absolutely loved them, and Bloodline is just as fast paced and intriguing…so how come it’s taken me over two weeks to get a little over half way through it? Every time I read it I find myself whizzing through chapter after chapter as I get more and more engrossed, but I find that I don’t often feel like picking it up and reading (which for… Read more »

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To NaNoWriMo or No?

To NaNoWriMo or No?

So, it’s coming up to that time of year again where thousands of hopeful novelists worldwide set themselves the immense task of writing 50,000 words in a month. It’s an incredible and extremely rewarding event, as I know from last year when I did my first National Novel Writing Month, AKA, NaNoWriMo (and you can check out a little excerpt of last year’s novel in this post). I may not have won (I only reached 42,000 words) but I still feel like I achieved a huge amount, and I really can’t recommend it enough as a good way to get into… Read more »

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What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

At the grand old age of 22, I guess I’m now what you would call a ‘grown-up’: a full grown, supposedly fully functioning human being who has a full time job, pays rent and council tax and complains about the price of gas and electric. However, in a lot of ways, I still don’t feel quite like an adult. Mostly I just feel lost and adrift and like I haven’t got a clue where I’m heading, but I’m starting to realise that everyone kind of feels like that at times. You don’t just wake up one morning and know how… Read more »

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What makes a character relatable?

What makes a character relatable?

One thing that can really affect how much you like a character is how relatable you find them, but what does that actually mean, and what exactly is it that makes a character relatable? Personally, I think being relatable is all about how convincing a character is as a person. All people experience emotions like happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, anger, loneliness, so when we read about a character going through those emotions and it is convincing, then I think we recognise it and therefore relate. For example, a character in a fantasy novel with crazy magical abilities we could… Read more »

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A few blog changes…

A few blog changes…

Recently, I’ve been contemplating making a few changes to my blog, and I was hoping to get some readers’ thoughts. I kind of want this space to feel even more ‘me’ than it does already by incorporating more areas of my life into it, other than just the bookish and writing side. I was thinking of occasionally doing personal/lifestyle type posts, and I had considered adding the odd photography or arty post here and there. The literature part of this blog also seem to have fallen more by the wayside in recent months, so I’d quite like to revive that… Read more »

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