Category: Reading

Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

This year I seem to be having a major science fiction kick, and have read so many great space opera style books! For example, a while ago I read and reviewed Revenger by Alastair Reynolds and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and I absolutely adored both of them. And now I’ve read the first two books in Claudia Gray’s Constellation series – Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds – and have really enjoyed them too (and am now anxiously awaiting the third book!). Check out my reviews below for more info! Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray ”Your soul is bigger than your programming.”… Read more »

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15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

So recently I’ve been on Instagram a lot more, and I’ve been really enjoying getting more creative with my photos, and seeing what other people are doing. One thing that seems to make or break a good bookstagram photo is the props used, whether you use lots, or a select few (I’m pretty minimalist with mine, but some people have tonnes of props in their photos!). So I thought I’d do a quick list of some prop ideas that I’ve either seen, or used myself, in case you’re looking for some new ideas for your photos! Of course, you don’t… Read more »

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Do you have a favourite book?

Do you have a favourite book?

Do you have one book, that you could categorically say is your favourite book? It’s a question that comes up a lot when you tell a non-reader that you’re a reader: “oh, so what’s your favourite book?” Aside from the fact that this question usually causes me to forget every single book I’ve ever read in my life, I genuinely don’t think I could pick one favourite, even with a gun to my head (well…I guess I could lie to avoid getting shot, but still!). For non-readers ‘choosing a favourite book’ may seem like a simple thing – I mean,… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ and ‘The Rose and the Dagger’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ and ‘The Rose and the Dagger’

Yay for new Sarah J. Maas releases! Even though this one was a novella, and so wasn’t quite as satisfying as the longer books, I still really enjoyed it! I also read The Rose and the Dagger a while ago, and thought I’d review that, although I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Wrath and the Dawn. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas ‘Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.’ A Court of Frost and Starlight catches up with Feyre and her friends and family a few… Read more »

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8 Sequels I Still Haven’t Read

8 Sequels I Still Haven’t Read

The other day I was scrolling through my ‘Want To Read’ list on Goodreads, when I noticed something: I am terrible at finishing series. So many of my ‘Want to Read’ books are sequels that I fully intend to read some day. I used to binge read series once I found one that I loved, but I’ve realised that I don’t seem to do that any more. I prefer a break between books in the same series, and perhaps that’s why I’ve ended up leaving so many series hanging? I feel like I have more of an ‘out of sight, out of… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Agnes Grey’ and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’

Mini Reviews: ‘Agnes Grey’ and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’

So recently I went on another trip to Haworth in Yorkshire, which is well-known for having been home to the Brontë family. I’ve always loved Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, but it was only whilst I was walking around the Brontë Parsonage that I realised I hadn’t actually read anything by the youngest sister Anne. Of the three sisters, she is the one most often overlooked, her works having not become quite as universally known as that of her sisters: in fact Charlotte herself deemed Anne’s work lesser than theirs, allowing it to go out of print after Anne’s death. However,… Read more »

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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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