Category: Discussions

15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

So recently I’ve been on Instagram a lot more, and I’ve been really enjoying getting more creative with my photos, and seeing what other people are doing. One thing that seems to make or break a good bookstagram photo is the props used, whether you use lots, or a select few (I’m pretty minimalist with mine, but some people have tonnes of props in their photos!). So I thought I’d do a quick list of some prop ideas that I’ve either seen, or used myself, in case you’re looking for some new ideas for your photos! Of course, you don’t… Read more »

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Do you have a favourite book?

Do you have a favourite book?

Do you have one book, that you could categorically say is your favourite book? It’s a question that comes up a lot when you tell a non-reader that you’re a reader: “oh, so what’s your favourite book?” Aside from the fact that this question usually causes me to forget every single book I’ve ever read in my life, I genuinely don’t think I could pick one favourite, even with a gun to my head (well…I guess I could lie to avoid getting shot, but still!). For non-readers ‘choosing a favourite book’ may seem like a simple thing – I mean,… Read more »

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How To Deal With Feeling Unmotivated

How To Deal With Feeling Unmotivated

We all have those days we had big plans for – we were going to write a blog post and a chapter of our novel, and clean the car – that we ended up spending in our pyjamas, binge-watching shows on Netflix. I mean, sometimes we have whole months like that because motivation can be a fickle thing. Sometimes you’re feeling it, and sometimes you’re just not. So what do you do when you feel unmotivated but have tonnes of stuff you need, or really want to do? Well, here’s a few tips for dealing with lack of motivation (something I’ve been… Read more »

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8 Sequels I Still Haven’t Read

8 Sequels I Still Haven’t Read

The other day I was scrolling through my ‘Want To Read’ list on Goodreads, when I noticed something: I am terrible at finishing series. So many of my ‘Want to Read’ books are sequels that I fully intend to read some day. I used to binge read series once I found one that I loved, but I’ve realised that I don’t seem to do that any more. I prefer a break between books in the same series, and perhaps that’s why I’ve ended up leaving so many series hanging? I feel like I have more of an ‘out of sight, out of… Read more »

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Do you like duologies?

Do you like duologies?

Is it me, or have duologies suddenly become a thing? Whilst trilogies and longer series have always been very popular, two-book series aren’t something I’d really come across until recently, certainly not in traditionally series-led genres like YA and Fantasy. In fact, I’d never even heard the word ‘duology’ until recently, and now I’m seeing them all over the place! The first one I can remember reading was Leigh Bardugo’s incredible Six of Crows duology back in December 2016/January 2017. I had assumed the books were the first two in what would eventually be a trilogy when I began reading Six of Crows, and… Read more »

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5 Skills I’ve Improved Through Blogging

5 Skills I’ve Improved Through Blogging

Blogging is great fun and a really worthwhile thing to do if you want to share your interests with the world and find a community of like-minded people. Three-and-a-half years ago when I set up this website, all I wanted to do was get my message out there and share my story with the world, but I could never have foreseen the many other benefits. In fact, one of the biggest benefits I’ve found from blogging is the skills I’ve learnt or developed, many of which now come in useful in other areas of my life, and can even be… Read more »

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How To Avoid TBR Overwhelm

How To Avoid TBR Overwhelm

Since I started blogging a few years back, my TBR list has grown to epic proportions, and that’s great! I’m not likely to run out of reading material anytime soon, and obviously I’m getting loads of great recommendations from other bloggers. But at the same time, it has also led to an unfortunate state I call ‘TBR overwhelm’, which has the following symptoms: A breakout of unread books on your shelf or Kindle. A sense of hopelessness, as you think you’ll never get through your TBR list, and read all the books you want to read. A chronic inability to… Read more »

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Do you have a writing ritual?

Do you have a writing ritual?

I used to be a pretty chilled writer. I would literally write wherever, whether it was curled up on the couch whilst precariously balancing my laptop on my knee, sat in bed with the duvet pulled up to my chest, or at a table in the library at university. I’d have other students bustling by me or chatting at the next table, or at home I’d have my flatmate watching Big Brother or Love Island in the background (and noisy reality shows don’t make for great concentration!). I got some writing done, but I definitely wasn’t getting the maximum amount… Read more »

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How To Write Great Dialogue

How To Write Great Dialogue

One of the biggest, and most important aspects of any novel is the dialogue. I mean, can you imagine a book without it? It would be unspeakably boring (if you’ll pardon the pun!)! For one thing, dialogue is the primary way in which you show your character’s personality, as the way someone talks and how they interact with the world is very telling in regards to who they are as a person. It’s also integral to them building relationships with other characters, and can help move the story along. However, writing dialogue isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone, and… Read more »

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What makes a good plot twist?

What makes a good plot twist?

For me, a plot twist can really make or break a story: if it’s skilfully done, it can leave you reeling, and questioning everything that came before, but if not…well it can leave you feeling cheated and annoyed. But what separates the amazing ‘oh my god, how did I not see that coming?!’ twists from the ones that just fall flat? Well here’s a few of my thoughts on what makes a good plot twist: It mustn’t be predictable… The key to a great plot twist is that it shouldn’t be predictable. I mean, that’s the whole point of a twist,… Read more »

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