Category: Reading

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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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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Mini Reviews: ‘The Last Tudor’ and ‘Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Last Tudor’ and ‘Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession’

I’ve again been on a bit of a historical fiction kick recently, and finally got round to reading two books I’ve been intending to read since they were released: Philippa Gregory’s latest book The Last Tudor, and the latest of Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens books, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession. Check out my reviews below! The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory ‘You don’t get to be a favorite at a tyrant’s court without beheading your principles every day.’ Following the death of Henry VIII’s only son, King Edward VI, England is thrown into turmoil as the succession is unclear. With both his daughters vying for the… Read more »

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Life Lately #18

Life Lately #18

So considering this is my February ‘Life Lately’ post, I’ve left it pretty late. Mostly because time has really been getting away with me and it only just occurred to me that it’s the middle of March already, and I haven’t done this post! Not that I have a huge amount to report over February, other than the English weather getting pretty crazy. By that I mean a mix of weather ranging from snow, to the usual torrential rain and even the odd sunny day mixed in there. I’m hoping the days will start being consistently brighter soon, seen as… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake were both books I was super excited to read. There has been a huge buzz around The Cruel Prince in the blogosphere lately, whilst One Dark Throne is, of course, the follow-up to Three Dark Crowns, which I absolutely loved. Thankfully, I really enjoyed both of these books, although perhaps due to the immense hype and my own high expectations I didn’t love either of them quite as much as I’d hoped? Check out my reviews to find out more! The Cruel Prince by Holly Black  ‘What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about… Read more »

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15 Incredible YA Quotes

15 Incredible YA Quotes

It really annoys me when people belittle the YA genre, and imply that it’s only for teens and is somehow ‘lesser’ than other kinds of fiction… For one thing, no one should be telling anyone what they should or shouldn’t be reading, and for another, they’re totally wrong. Yes, YA is primarily written for the young adult audience, but personally I think anyone can read and enjoy a YA novel, and take a lot from it. YA is in no way ‘lighter’ or ‘fluffier’ than other kinds of fiction, in fact often you can guarantee a certain level of depths… 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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My Hatred of Hardbacks

My Hatred of Hardbacks

Ok, so I feel like I might be a bit weird in this respect, but I’m going to come right out and say it: I really dislike hardback books. Yes, they look nice on your shelf and are much sturdier than paperbacks, but there are a number of reasons for my hatred of hardbacks: They’re so unwieldy. Hardback books are bigger and much more unwieldy than paperback books in my opinion, and are just much harder to read. You can’t open them as wide or as flat as a paperback, so I can personally never find a comfortable way to… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Doll House’ and ‘The Housekeeper’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Doll House’ and ‘The Housekeeper’

I really have been on a roll with the thrillers lately! I didn’t enjoy The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan or The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty as much as I enjoyed The Girlfriend and The Couple Next Door, but they were still great reads. Find out more below! The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan ‘This time the recognition is faster, the image pops straight into my head. It is small and blue, exactly as I remembered. A little door, broken off from its hinges, the edges of it sharp and splintered.’ Corinne is still reeling from the death of her father a year ago, and her three failed attempts… Read more »

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5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

I think as bookworms we all have at least a couple of genres that we mostly stick in, and the big one for me is fantasy. There’s just something about kings and queens, and dragons, and magic, and sword-fights that I just can’t get enough of, and this has pretty much been the case since childhood when I became obsessed with The Lord of the Rings. I also have a pretty strong penchant for historical fiction (must be all those kings and queens and sword-fights again!) and YA (mostly fantasy YA, to be honest!), and for the most part, I seem… Read more »

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