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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How To Find Ideas For Discussion Posts

How To Find Ideas For Discussion Posts

Beginner book bloggers could be forgiven for believing that book reviews are the bread-and-butter of book blogs, but when you’ve been around a little longer, you know differently. Because let’s face it: book reviews are generally some of the worst performing posts on a book blog, which isn’t surprising when you think about it. Book reviews rely on your blog readers being interested in that one single book, whereas other types of posts – discussions for example – have a much wider appeal. They’re also, in my opinion, a lot more fun to write, and the level of engagement you… 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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Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

So I recently read two books that were pretty high on my anticipation list: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I’m a huge long-standing fan of Leigh Bardugo, and I was so excited when I heard she was writing an entire duology about one of my favourite characters, Nikolai Lantsov. Meanwhile, Girls of Paper and Fire is a book that I first heard about on the 88 Cups of Tea podcast, and have since been seeing quite a lot on book blogs. Whilst I enjoyed both of these books, I didn’t… Read more »

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5 Long Books I Want To Read

5 Long Books I Want To Read

Long books are great for getting lost in an epic, sprawling story, but let’s face it: they can be quite daunting. For one thing, they’re a huge time commitment: you know when you start an 800 odd-page book you’re going to be in its’ company for quite some time, so I find I really have to be in the mood! Not to mention the fact that long books can be kind of a drag if you don’t end up enjoying the story as much as you thought… Yes you can DNF them, but once you get so far it seems… Read more »

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What’s your e-reader setup?

What’s your e-reader setup?

I was pretty slow to embrace the ebook, only seriously starting to use my Kindle in the last couple of years. However, these days I probably read one book in every three on my Kindle because it’s just so convenient! Plus it’s often cheaper to buy a digital copy of a book, especially if it comes up on sale (and I am so addicted to the Amazon monthly sales!). However, it’s only recently that I’ve started experimenting with my ebook setup, to try and give myself the best reading experience. Because that’s yet another upside to e-readers: you can adjust… Read more »

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Life Lately #30

Life Lately #30

As if we’re into March already! Seriously, what is going on with time? I actually had a fairly good February, kicking off with a nice week off work. I thankfully got loads of chilling and reading time in, but also had a nice little overnight stay in York with my boyfriend, which was lovely! We just had a wander around the town, doing some sightseeing and shopping. In the old part of the city (called the Shambles), there was actually two Harry Potter themed shops which were a favourite of ours, and we definitely intend to go back there when… Read more »

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