Category: Reading

Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

‘Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.’ Scarlett has been dreaming of the magic of Caraval since she was a young girl, and as a child wrote letter after letter to the mysterious man behind it, hoping to be invited. However, she has long since given up, and now only wants a means of escape… Read more »

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Why do we love retellings?

Why do we love retellings?

I’m a sucker for a good retelling, and judging by the number that have been released in recent years, so are a lot of people. But what is it that we love so much about seeing the same stories retold over and over again? We all know the stories of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and King Arthur, so why do we want to keep reading about them over and over? Well, as an avid lover of retellings, I have a few ideas on that matter: We like familiarity. Whilst we might say we don’t want to keep reading… Read more »

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Life Lately #36

Life Lately #36

Where the hell has summer gone?! I mean, it’s still fairly warm here and everything, I just don’t know how it’s September already. Where has this year gone, let alone the summer?! Not that I really did much over the last month. Seen as I took time off work at the start of summer (back in July, when we moved house) I’ve mostly just been at work. My boyfriend and I did go on a couple of nice day trips this month though, firstly to Chester. We just had a bit of a wander and a look in the shops,… Read more »

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What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

Books may be categorised by genre in the bookshop and library, but I think we can all agree that within a genre, there’s usually a wealth of different types of books. Take fantasy for example: there’s a huge difference between a book by Terry Pratchett, and a book by George R.R. Martin. For me, that difference is the book’s atmosphere. Different books give you a very different feeling, and as with genres, I think we all have different bookish atmospheres that we prefer, even if we’ve never really thought about it. I had never really thought about it much myself… Read more »

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8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

I’ve always been fascinated by history, and so it’s really no surprise that one of my favourite genres is historical fiction. I just love seeing history come to life in the form of a novel, whether it’s about an event or historical figure I know well, and just want to see how a different author interpreted it, or something I want to learn more about. There are so many interesting looking historical fiction books out there though, that however many I read, my TBR list just seems to grow longer and longer! But here are the eight that I’m most… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

These books were must-reads for me as soon as I saw them! A fantasy series set in a world where mercenary bands are like rockstars? Yes please! And I really wasn’t disappointed for the most part! I’ve never read anything like this before, and I can’t recommend it enough to other fantasy fans. Check out my reviews for more details! Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames ‘Clay pushed his body off him and mumbled another apology – because, enemy or not, when you hit a man in the nuts with a magic hammer the least you could say was sorry.’… Read more »

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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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