12 Books That Made Me Cry

12 Books That Made Me Cry

Whilst in a lot of ways I’m a hugely emotional person, I don’t tend to cry at TV shows or books very often. It takes a really special book to get my eyes watering, but a few have managed it! So here’s a few books that have given me a serious case of the feels, whether it’s the warm and fuzzy ‘I’m so happy I could cry!’ variety, or the bawling my eyes out ‘this is so sad’ type: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling I defy anyone not to cry at the end of Harry Potter… Read more »

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5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

Sometimes books can take a few chapters to get into, but other times, it’s love-at-first-page…and those books usually end up being some of my favourites! Yes, there’s been the odd slow-starter that I’ve ended up loving in the end (Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, for example), but most of my favourite reads have started out strong. So here’s a few early signs that I’m probably going to love a book: I immediately click with the characters. Most of my favourite books are my favourites because I loved the characters so much (Harry Potter, Six of Crows etc.), so… Read more »

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10 Classics I’d Like To Read

10 Classics I’d Like To Read

I’ve always really enjoyed reading classics, even from a very young age. As a child I devoured a lot of the children’s classics like Black Beauty and Watership Down, and in my early teens I discovered Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. English was my favourite subject in school for that reason, and I even went on to study it in college and then university. However, I think by that stage, I’d kind of gone into classics overload… I’d read so many classics over the years, and some that I’d been made to read I just hadn’t clicked with. That’s… Read more »

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My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

My 2019 NaNoWriMo Plans

We’re now halfway through October, and NaNoWriMo is creeping up on us, which means I’m busy making plans! I’ve decided to be something of a NaNo rebel this year though, and am not writing a novel. Instead I’m going to attempt to write 50,000 words worth of short stories instead. Right now I’m not sure if it’s going to be easier or harder, as on one hand I have to keep coming up with ideas, but also I surely shouldn’t get bored with my project? I did sucessfully write 30,000 words of short stories for a Camp NaNoWriMo a while… Read more »

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Mid Blogtober Update

Mid Blogtober Update

We’re now halfway through Blogtober 2019, so I thought I’d do a mid-month check-in post on how it’s going (yes, this post is probably cheating!). To my surprise, I’ve managed to post every day so far! And that includes the five days I was away in Scarborough, staying in a caravan without Wi-fi (thankfully I had a good phone signal!). It was a massive pain writing blog posts on my phone though… from predictive text constantly changing perfectly ordinary words to random ones, and accidentally deleting half my post when I shut down an internet window, it was far from… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Circe by Madeline Miller

5 Reasons To Read Circe by Madeline Miller

I recently read Madeline Miller’s book Circe, and I really can’t recommend it enough! It tells the story of Circe, daughter of the mightiest of Titans, Helios, who spends her childhood being looked down on as weak by her father and the other Gods and Titans. However, when it gradually becomes clear that she possesses incredible powers of witchcraft, Zeus is threatened, and has her banished to a deserted island. Despite the fact she’s in exile, she crosses paths with a variety of men and creatures from legend, and incurs the wrath of a powerful foe. If that doesn’t already… Read more »

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Another 15 Book Blog Post Ideas

Another 15 Book Blog Post Ideas

One of the hardest things about book blogging is consistently having to come up with new ideas for posts. That’s definitely something I’m struggling with at the moment, as I’m part way through Blogtober, and having to come up with new ideas every day is proving much harder than the actual writing part! So I thought it would be a good idea to brainstorm some ideas, and share them in a blog post for anyone else who’s struggling. I’ve previously done some other blog post ideas posts, so check them out if you need further inspiration: 15 Book Blog Post… Read more »

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Series or standalones?

Series or standalones?

Recently I was looking back at the books I’d read this year on my Goodreads account, and I realised something: I almost always read books that are part of a series, rather than standalones. This got me thinking about series vs standalones, and why I seem to massively favour series. My main theory is that it’s to do with my genre preferences. My favourite genre is fantasy, and a majority of fantasy tends to be series, and I can see why. When you’re building an entire world for your book, it almost seems a waste to only use it in… Read more »

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My Top 10 Book Tropes

My Top 10 Book Tropes

As I spoke about a while ago, the word ‘trope’ gets a bad rap. In a lot of people’s eyes it’s another word for a cliche, but I personally don’t think that’s fair. For me, only overused tropes are cliched or bad…There’s nothing wrong with a trope in itself. In fact, I think we all have things that we love to see in books, and if it’s something that’s commonly seen, then that’s a trope. So here are 10 tropes I personally love: Anti heroes. My love of anti heroes is well documented (I’ve written enough posts about them anyway!),… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Second Wife’ and ‘A Version of the Truth’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Second Wife’ and ‘A Version of the Truth’

Thrillers are usually a good go-to for me if I want a fast-paced, enjoyable read. However, I read a couple recently that I wasn’t overly blown away by. Check out my reviews below for more info! The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne Rebecca and Nicole have been best friends for years, so Rebecca is understandably devastated to hear from Nicole’s husband that she has committed suicide. Grief stricken, Rebecca heads back to England from France for the funeral, and meets Nicole’s handsome and charming husband Richard for the first time. Determined to find out what drove her vivacious friend to… Read more »

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