Category: Reading

8 Spooky Books On My TBR

8 Spooky Books On My TBR

I’ve never been a huge fan of horror, or spooky books, mostly due to the fact I’m a massive wimp. However, I recently read Laura Purcell’s book The Silent Companions, and whilst it massively freaked me out, I absolutely adored it. Since then I’ve been on the lookout for other spooky books to add to my TBR, and I’ve found some really interesting sounding books (trust me to wait until after Halloween to suddenly want to start reading scary books!). I think the key with me is that I want to read more psychological, haunted house books than any kind… Read more »

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Life Lately #38

Life Lately #38

November is here, and I am absolutely baffled by how close it is to Christmas already. I always intend to start my Christmas shopping in October, but so far it hasn’t happened, so I’m hoping I can get it all done this month. I really, really don’t want to end up battling my way through busy shops in December, but that’s what always ends up happening! October was quite a busy month though, even without doing any Christmas shopping. It started out with a week off work, which I feel like I really needed. As I spoke about in this… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Once and For All’ And ‘Eliza and Her Monsters’

Mini Reviews: ‘Once and For All’ And ‘Eliza and Her Monsters’

I’ve been reading even more contemporary YA fiction recently, and have been really enjoying it. I read one of the few Sarah Dessen books I hadn’t yet read, Once and For All, and unsurprisingly I loved it. I also read Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, which I had heard so many good things about. Thankfully it lived up to my high expectations! Check out my reviews below: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen Louna works for her mother’s crazy wedding planning business, and has seen literally every disaster that can possibly befall a wedding, and so it’s… 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 Best Things About Book Blogging

The Best Things About Book Blogging

I’ve now been book blogging for over five years, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. As someone who is famous for taking up new hobbies and then quitting them weeks later, it just goes to show how much I’ve got out of book blogging, that I’m still at it! So I thought it was about time I did a little ‘book blogging appreciation post’, and shared the things I consider to be the best about book blogging. So if you’re on the fence about starting your own blog, read on and get… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Other Woman’ And ‘What You Did’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Other Woman’ And ‘What You Did’

Recently I’ve been on a bit of a thriller kick again, and read two wonderfully sinister books that I’d highly recommend: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and What You Did by Claire McGowan. Check out my reviews below! The Other Woman by Sandie Jones Emily has finally met the man of her dreams in Adam. Everything should be perfect, but lurking in the shadows, pretending to be all sweetness and light is Adam’s mother Pammie, and she’s out to get her. What Emily initially thinks is just a single mother being over protective of her son spirals and becomes… 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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Books I Forgot To Review

Books I Forgot To Review

I’m pretty terrible at remembering to review books in a timely manner, so there have been a fair few that have slipped through the cracks! It mostly tends to be mediocre books that I had no strong feelings towards that I forget to review, as I don’t find myself desperate to talk about them. Plus once it’s been a couple of weeks since I read them, I’ve usually forgotten the specifics, which makes it so much harder to review them! So I thought I’d do a quick post where I attempt to remember and summarise my feelings towards a few… Read more »

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12 Books That Made Me Cry

12 Books That Made Me Cry

Whilst in a lot of ways I’m a hugely emotional person, I don’t tend to cry at TV shows or books very often. It takes a really special book to get my eyes watering, but a few have managed it! So here’s a few books that have given me a serious case of the feels, whether it’s the warm and fuzzy ‘I’m so happy I could cry!’ variety, or the bawling my eyes out ‘this is so sad’ type: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling I defy anyone not to cry at the end of Harry Potter… Read more »

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5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

Sometimes books can take a few chapters to get into, but other times, it’s love-at-first-page…and those books usually end up being some of my favourites! Yes, there’s been the odd slow-starter that I’ve ended up loving in the end (Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, for example), but most of my favourite reads have started out strong. So here’s a few early signs that I’m probably going to love a book: I immediately click with the characters. Most of my favourite books are my favourites because I loved the characters so much (Harry Potter, Six of Crows etc.), so… Read more »

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