Category: Lists

My Top Ten Sarah J. Maas Characters

My Top Ten Sarah J. Maas Characters

Warning: This post will contain spoilers for most of the currently released Sarah J. Maas books, so don’t read on if you haven’t read them and don’t want them spoilt! I’ve previously done lists of my top ten A Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter characters, so I thought it was time to do a list of my favourite Sarah J. Maas characters, seen as she’s one of my favourite authors (yep, I’m a book blogger cliche!). I just recently finished reading the Throne of Glass prequel novellas Assassin’s Blade, so this list includes characters from that, the Throne… Read more »

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My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

I’ve always been a huge fan of fairytales: there’s something about the combination of magic and nostalgia that surrounds them that I just adore! I even did a module about them when I did English Literature at university, and it was pretty fascinating to find out so much about the origins and evolution of some of the most popular tales, and to learn about some of the lesser known stories, or ones from other cultures. Seen as I’m also an avid reader (and a fan of fantasy, which is probably the nearest genre of books to fairytales, what with the… Read more »

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Series I Haven’t Finished

Series I Haven’t Finished

As a general rule, if I’ve enjoyed the first book in a series, I’ll be all over the second book almost as soon as I’ve finished the first. For example, the A Song of Ice and Fire books (the ones released so far, anyway!) were all devoured within a few weeks, one after the other, and I made short work of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurt’s Empire Trilogy and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. However, I’ve also realised that I tend to start a lot of series and then never finish them, and often it isn’t a case of me not enjoying them, but simply that… Read more »

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Three Books On My TBR List

Three Books On My TBR List

These days I seem to be absolutely flying through books. Gone are the days of my crawling reading pace (as I discussed in this post), and I think this is largely due to the fact I still don’t have any internet at home. My primary source of entertainment these days is reading and writing, and so it turns out having no internet is a pretty good way of being more productive (even if it is incredibly annoying!). I now have a couple of books that I still need to review (The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater), and have copies… Read more »

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My Top 6 TV Shows

My Top 6 TV Shows

Personally, I’m not much of a watcher of films. I love going to the cinema, but when I’m at home it just doesn’t seem like I can muster the attention span it would require for me to sit and watch an entire feature-length film. TV series on the other hand, are an entirely different matter. I am a serious TV show addict, and once I get on a roll I can have watched an entire series within days (and living with someone with Netflix has only fuelled my TV series mania!). In some ways it’s odd that I find watching… Read more »

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My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

It’s no secret to my regular blog readers that I adore fantasy: I just love how through it we can leave behind the mundane world of jobs, schools and grimy towns to discover new, fantastical worlds where magic is rife and literally anything could happen. In fact, the vividness and inventiveness of the world in which a fantasy story is set is one of the primary ways I judge it, whether that world is colourful and enchanting, or gritty and dark. Hence why I thought doing a round up of five of my all time favourite fantasy worlds would make a… Read more »

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6 Fairytales Disney Cleaned Up

6 Fairytales Disney Cleaned Up

Disney’s classic fairytale retellings, many of which are now synonymous with the stories themselves (who doesn’t imagine Snow White in a yellow and blue dress after all?), are always bright, cutesy and charming, and so they should be. After all, these are films aimed at kids, however enjoyable they may be for adults as well. However, it’s fair to say that some of the stories weren’t always so sweet, with many having very dark beginnings stemming back from when fairytales were the only form of entertainment people had, and so were aimed a more adult (and considerably tougher) audience. Hence the… Read more »

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5 Spooky Tales for Halloween

5 Spooky Tales for Halloween

Happy Halloween! Some people absolutely adore Halloween (e.g. my housemate who spent several hours searching for the perfect pumpkin, and then several more deciding how to carve it), but I’m not one of those people. As miserable as it sounds, I’ve just never really participated in the whole holiday, from the trick or treating to the parties and dressing up, so it’s fair to say it has always just passed me by. One thing I do like to do at this time of year though is indulge in the odd spooky story. Horror isn’t really my thing (I’m not great… Read more »

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My Five Desert Island Books

My Five Desert Island Books

Everyone is familiar with the classic question – ‘If you were stranded on a desert island, what (x amount of things) would you want with you?” Now aside from the obvious survival/getting back to civilisation equipment which is commonly regarded as cheating (eg. a boat, food etc.), personally I would want books. After all, once you’d finished exploring the desert island (and hopefully not been eaten by any wild animals), it would probably get boring pretty fast, and without electricity you’re not exactly going to be watching The X Factor and perusing Youtube for hilarious talking dog videos. The more difficult question… Read more »

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10 Random Facts About Me

10 Random Facts About Me

1. My parents called me Laura after listening to the Jimmy Nail song ‘Laura’ whilst thinking of baby names. I think the song might actually be a cover, but it goes ‘But now I know, Laura, summer is a lonely place. Oh, Laura, I wish I could see your face.’ You really wouldn’t think there would be much of a story behind having such an ordinary name as ‘Laura’ would you? 2. Some of my earliest works of fiction was a story about talking rabbits and a fantasy tale called ‘The Tewkesbury Tales’. The whole rabbit thing came about after I read and became obsessed… Read more »

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