Category: Reading

10 Contemporary Books On My TBR

10 Contemporary Books On My TBR

As a general rule, I don’t often read contemporary books. For me, reading has always been a chance to escape into another world or another time, which is why I’m such a huge fan of fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction. However, I recently found myself going into a bit of an Amazon rabbit hole of contemporary book recommendations (as one does!), and it made me wonder why I don’t read contemporary more. There was so many books I stumbled across that sound really interesting, even if there are no dragons! So here are 10 contemporary books I want to… Read more »

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Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Something that’s truly crazy, but also magical about being a bookworm is that every book you pick up has the potential to be a favourite. It could even end up being life-changing: a story or set of characters that sticks with you for the rest of your life. I mean, it’s weird to think that there was a time in my life before I had ever picked up a Harry Potter book, and fallen in love with the Wizarding World. Or that only a few years ago I had never read Six of Crows and had Kaz Brekker and his… Read more »

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10 Must-Read Thrillers

10 Must-Read Thrillers

It’s only really been in the last couple of years that I’ve got into crime and thriller books. I was never overly bothered with crime TV shows, and I don’t really like gore, so I had always just assumed it wasn’t a genre for me. But when I finally decided to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins just to see what all the fuss is about, I found myself absolutely engrossed. I zipped through the book in just a couple of days, and started to think that maybe there was more to thrillers than I thought! I’ve… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mark Lawrence is an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while, and I’m so glad I finally did! I read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession, as I was so eager to carry on with Nona’s story, and I can’t wait to read the third book in the Book of the Ancestor series soon! Red Sister by Mark Lawrence ‘It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient bravery. For when Sister Cage of the Sweet Mercy Convent steps onto the battlefield courage is often found to be… Read more »

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7 Fantasy Tropes I Love

7 Fantasy Tropes I Love

The word ‘trope’ may have negative connotations, but I don’t necessarily think they’re always a bad thing… Fantasy, for example, is a genre that is often accused of being ‘tropey‘, but it’s easily my favourite genre, and in a lot of cases, I think the tropes are an integral part of it. Yes, in the wrong hands’ classic elements of fantasy can come across as cliched and tired. But when well executed we often recognise them and think – ‘Yay! I love this type of character/setting/plot, etc.!’ So here are 7 fantasy tropes that make me say yay! Dragons The… Read more »

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Life Lately #32

Life Lately #32

Happy May everyone! I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through the year already! Crazy! This month, in particular, seems to have flown by, as I’ve have had quite a bit of time off work (which always makes time go faster!). As well as the Easter bank holidays I also had a week’s annual leave from work in honour of my birthday! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my actual birthday week off, so ended up spending my birthday at work (fun times!), but I did plenty of nice things in lieu of it the following week whilst I was off. I had… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘Jade City’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘Jade City’

Recently I read two very highly regarded fantasy books: the first book in Scott Lynch’s renowned Gentleman Bastard series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and the multi-award winning Jade City by Fonda Lee. Both books had really imaginative and well-drawn worlds and were really enjoyable, but one more so than the other! Read on to find out more! The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch ‘“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit… Read more »

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5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype

5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype

Whilst a book with rave reviews should make it a safe bet you’ll love it, that unfortunately isn’t always the case. In a lot of ways I think being told ‘this is the best book ever!’ before you read something is actually a bad thing, because you’re now expecting to read ‘the best book ever’. Anything less – even a decent book – will be a disappointment. However, sometimes the gamble of reading a hyped book pays off, and there really is nothing more satisfying than reading a book, loving it, and having legions of people to freak out about… Read more »

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Life Lately #31

Life Lately #31

We’re already partway through April, and as per usual, I’m wondering where the time has gone. I feel like March flew by, and I didn’t really do a whole lot other than work! I did meet up with my friend a couple of weeks back though, and it was so nice to see her, as I hadn’t seen her since before Christmas. We’ve always been really close – we used to live together! – but since we live quite far apart now we don’t see each other all that often, so it was nice to have a catch up (and… Read more »

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What makes a good anti-hero?

What makes a good anti-hero?

‘antihero noun A protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities.’ Merriam-Webster Dictionary A while ago I wrote a post about the rise of the anti-hero, and about how morally grey characters are becoming more and more prevalent in modern media. But what exactly makes a good anti-hero? Because let’s face it: getting anti-heroes right is hard. By nature, they’re supposed to be deeply flawed individuals who often do pretty messed up things, so what exactly makes an anti-hero a type of hero, rather than a straight-up villain? And what makes us root for them, and even… Read more »

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