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Things I Love About Writing

Things I Love About Writing

Sometimes writing is an absolute joy, but at other times, it’s incredibly stressful. Seen as we’re currently in the midst of NaNoWriMo I’m going to wager that a lot of writers are currently feeling the latter…I know I am! I’d been keeping up with NaNo pretty well until yesterday when I had one of those days where I just really, really didn’t want to write. This happens occasionally, and shouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m already stressing about being behind, which is sapping my will to write even more. So I thought I’d do a little post reminding myself… Read more »

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My Thought Process When Deciding What To Read Next

My Thought Process When Deciding What To Read Next

Reading may be fun, but deciding what book to read next is absolute torture. It is if you’re anything like me anyway! So if you want a look inside the mind of a crazy bookworm, here’s my thought process when deciding what to read next: 1. Panic and feel completely overwhelmed.  The first stage of deciding what to read next is to feel completely overwhelmed by the life-altering decision before me…OK, so it isn’t that bad, but you’d think it was, what with the amount of dithering I do! I’m just very aware when I put down one book that… Read more »

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When Sequels Disappoint

When Sequels Disappoint

Is there anything worse than excitedly picking up the sequel to a book you loved, and finding yourself disappointed? This happened to me recently when I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I enjoyed it so much I immediately bought the next book on my Kindle and started reading it, which is something I hardly ever do anymore! However, after finishing Glass Sword I felt pretty underwhelmed… The characters I’d loved so much in the first book somehow became incredibly unlikable for me in the second book, and their motivations seemed shaky and unclear. Not to mention that the plot felt aimless and meandering!… Read more »

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My Favourite Fictional Royalty

My Favourite Fictional Royalty

A huge trope in the fantasy genre is characters who are royalty, and whilst it has been done over and over, I actually really love this fantasy stereotype! Having characters who are kings and queens, or princes and princesses pretty much guarantees that the story is going to epic in proportion: when royalty is involved, treachery will be rife, wars will rage and kingdoms will rise and fall! That’s why I thought I’d do a post all about my favourite royal characters from books, whether they’re courageous and noble, or crazy and despotic (by favourite I mean I like their… Read more »

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3 Genres I Discovered Late

3 Genres I Discovered Late

I think that most bookworms have that one genre that they love above all others, that they have a long and beautiful history with, and that is their default fall back when they just want to read a good book… For me, that genre has always been fantasy. I discovered it as a child through series like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series, and to this day I’m drawn to all things magical and fantastical. However, I also think that as we get older and grow as readers, we often branch out a bit more, and… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. This past week, I finally finished my Harry Potter reread, and what an emotional rollercoaster its been! I hadn’t reread this series in years, but I’m glad to say it’s just as amazing as I remembered, and just as poignant at the end… I literally can’t imagine ever not enjoying returning to the world of Harry Potter, no matter how many times I’ve read it. If you haven’t already read my previous ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ posts, you can catch up here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of… Read more »

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Am I too generous with star ratings?

Am I too generous with star ratings?

Recently I was glancing back through my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf, and I realised something: I rate a lot of books with 4 or more stars. As in, most of the books I read! This had me thinking, am I just insanely good at picking books I’ll like? Am I just lucky? Or am I a little too generous with my star ratings? I think that the last option seems the most likely, as I’ve often found myself struggling to rate books, especially ‘average’ books. Whilst I can logically tell when a book has gone from being mediocre to amazing based on my… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. I’m almost finished with my Harry Potter reread now, and I’ve been really enjoying it! I’m definitely getting into the more emotional books now (as you could probably tell from my Order of the Phoenix post), and this penultimate book was no better… You can catch up on my previous Rereading Harry Potter posts here if you’ve missed any: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Now let’s talk about Half-Blood Prince! My… Read more »

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Why read YA?

Why read YA?

Whilst YA, or ‘Young Adult’ fiction is probably the most popular genre amongst book bloggers, I’ve personally found that in the wider world, there’s still a sense that ‘adult’s shouldn’t be reading books for kids’. Unsurprisingly, this attitude is one often held by ‘book snobs’, or people who insist the only things worth reading are Ernest Hemingway and the latest Booker Prize winner, but also more surprisingly amongst non-readers. On the odd occasion I’ve spoken about my love of books to non-reader acquaintances, there’s been a sense once I’ve mentioned that I like YA books, that this somehow isn’t ‘proper… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. Onto one of my favourite Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! If you’ve missed any of my ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ posts you can catch up here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire But now, let’s talk about the fifth book! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry giving everyone sass! Harry takes quite a turn in this book…literally in the first couple of chapters, everyone is falling victim to his… Read more »

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