The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

Seen as I don’t have all that many bookish friends in real life, it isn’t very often that I either give or receive book recommendations (outside of the blogosphere), and in some ways I’m quite glad about that. There’s a certain level of pressure that comes with both offering or receiving a book recommendation unless it’s someone you know very well (eg. a sibling, a partner or possibly a very close friend), although it can lead you to some amazing books as well. Therefore I thought I’d do a little pros and cons list (I do love doing those!) about book recommendations,… Read more »

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Ready, Set, Novel!

Ready, Set, Novel!

One thing I said I wanted to do in my New Year’s Resolution post was start working on a larger fiction project, a novel in fact, seen as I’ve never successfully completed a work of fiction longer than about 5,000 words (I did NaNoWriMo in 2014 but have yet to finish or edit the 42,000 words I wrote!). Therefore whilst I was in Waterstones the other day, armed with a gift voucher courtesy of my lovely boyfriend (who may have later regretted that decision seen as he had to be in the shop with me for ages whilst I dithered… Read more »

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My Top 6 TV Shows

My Top 6 TV Shows

Personally, I’m not much of a watcher of films. I love going to the cinema, but when I’m at home it just doesn’t seem like I can muster the attention span it would require for me to sit and watch an entire feature-length film. TV series on the other hand, are an entirely different matter. I am a serious TV show addict, and once I get on a roll I can have watched an entire series within days (and living with someone with Netflix has only fuelled my TV series mania!). In some ways it’s odd that I find watching… Read more »

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New Year’s Resolutions 2016

New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I always seem to have really mixed feelings about the New Year: on one hand it’s slightly depressing as a marker of how fast time is flying by (I can still remember the change of the millenium – I was only seven at the time, but still! How the hell is it almost 2016!?), whilst there’s also a certain positivity attached to it through the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. This year is the same as ever, as I feel slightly reluctant to let go of what was a pretty good year… Read more »

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The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015

The end of 2015 is quickly creeping up on us, so I thought I’d take the time to reflect over the past 12 months of blogging and do a quick round up of some of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and some of my favourite posts I’ve written (plus a few blogs I’ve loved reading this year!). I’ll be doing a New Year’s Resolution post on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) as well, but I thought it would be better to use an entire post to look back at the year that has gone (and absolutely flown by if you… Read more »

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Review: The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Review: The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes stories have been on my TBR list since forever (partly because of my love for the Sherlock TV series, admittedly!), so I’m glad I have finally got round to reading these canonical works of detective fiction. Whilst I often find Victorian literature a little hard-going (I have still to this day never made it all the way through a Dickens novel, despite my best efforts), I absolutely breezed through this collection of 23 stories as I always found myself eager to know the outcome of Holmes’ latest mystery. At the centre of these intriguing… Read more »

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My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

It’s no secret to my regular blog readers that I adore fantasy: I just love how through it we can leave behind the mundane world of jobs, schools and grimy towns to discover new, fantastical worlds where magic is rife and literally anything could happen. In fact, the vividness and inventiveness of the world in which a fantasy story is set is one of the primary ways I judge it, whether that world is colourful and enchanting, or gritty and dark. Hence why I thought doing a round up of five of my all time favourite fantasy worlds would make a… Read more »

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A Letter To My Sixteen Year Old Self

A Letter To My Sixteen Year Old Self

Dear sixteen-year old Laura, Things will get better I promise. And I’m not just talking about that terrible haircut you got, although for the record that horrific, mushroom-shaped bob will eventually grow out and you’ll start dyeing it all those crazy bright colours like you always wanted to. No, what I’m talking about is how you feel after leaving high school. Existing at the bottom of the social hierarchy for five years has done its damage, that’s for sure: for several more years you’ll be painfully shy to the point where you find making friends impossible, and you’ll pretty much… Read more »

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Review: Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Review: Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

‘Checking her anger, she spoke in measured tones. ‘You are not a “captive”. You are my property.’ Kevin studied Mara’s face, ‘No.’ A grin lit his features, rendered wicked and humourless by the anger that lay behind. ‘Your captive. Nothing more. Never anything more.’ After reading and loving the first book in Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts Empire Trilogy, I went straight back to the library the following day to check out the second book, and was over a hundred pages in after the first day. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, and whoever has already checked the… Read more »

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