Photos on Friday #1: Books

Photos on Friday #1: Books

Welcome to my first Photos on Friday post! This two-weekly feature is pretty much what it sounds like: I post photos on a Friday. Simple! I’m far from an expert photographer, but I’m hoping committing to posting my photos on here every other week will get me taking more and more photos and hopefully I’ll improve. This week I’ve been photographing some of my books, including some that I have recently enjoyed and some that are in my TBR pile.  Enjoy! I have recently been reading Conn Iggulden’s amazing ‘War of the Roses’ series, and whilst I liked the latest book… Read more »

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How do you review?

How do you review?

A staple post on any book blog is of course the humble book review: after all, the entire point of a book blog is to discuss your thoughts on books, and a review is one of the best ways to do this. However, if you’ve been hanging round the blogosphere for any length of time you’ll surely have noticed the massive variation in review styles, with different bloggers taking totally different approaches (and let’s not get started on the different rating systems!). Here’s a few common types of review I’ve noticed: The short and snappy review Some bloggers just aren’t… Read more »

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Life vs. Writing

Life vs. Writing

I don’t know about you, but these days it seems like all I have to do is blink and another day has gone. Life is so fast-paced these days, and it seems like there’s so much to do that I often find I’ve gone days and have hardly written a word. So how do you reconcile a busy life (complete with a job, friends, family and a social life) with the solitary and time-consuming pursuit of writing? Whilst I’m probably not the best person to answer this question (as a master of procrastination!) I do have a few little tips,… Read more »

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6 Fairytales Disney Cleaned Up

6 Fairytales Disney Cleaned Up

Disney’s classic fairytale retellings, many of which are now synonymous with the stories themselves (who doesn’t imagine Snow White in a yellow and blue dress after all?), are always bright, cutesy and charming, and so they should be. After all, these are films aimed at kids, however enjoyable they may be for adults as well. However, it’s fair to say that some of the stories weren’t always so sweet, with many having very dark beginnings stemming back from when fairytales were the only form of entertainment people had, and so were aimed a more adult (and considerably tougher) audience. Hence the… Read more »

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Do you have a blog schedule?

Do you have a blog schedule?

Well, it’s happening again: I’m attempting a blog schedule. It will run on a two weekly basis and will involve me publishing a post three times a week, the first week’s posts including a book review, a lifestyle post and a list post, and the second a writing post, a bookish/blogging discussion post and a new feature I’m starting called ‘Photos on Friday’ (basically me posting some of my photography). Whether or not I manage to stick to it is another story, discipline having never exactly been my strong suite (I was one of those kids who left their homework… Read more »

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Where has 2015 gone?

Where has 2015 gone?

Now here’s an interesting question: where the hell has 2015 gone? Is it just me who feels like last Christmas was literally a few weeks ago and gets a massive shock when they realise the next one is quite literally staring them in the face? Where did all that time go? Where did January go? And February? And all those other months? How is it now December? The oddest thing is that so much has happened this year, that it should really feel like a lifetime since last year, but it doesn’t. So much has changed, yet it still seems to have… Read more »

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

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

‘A voice rang out. ‘We seek the Lady of the Acoma!’ The Lady of the Acoma. Like a cold knife plunged into the pit of her stomach, the words cut through Mara’s soul. That one sentence forever changed her life.’ Way back when I first started this blog, I posted a review of Raymond E. Feist’s amazing Riftwar Saga, and was recommended in the comments to check out the Empire Trilogy that he had co-written with fellow fantasy author Janny Wurts. Well, over a year later and I’ve finally made a start on this series, and I really wish I… Read more »

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I opened an Etsy shop!

I opened an Etsy shop!

Today’s post is just a quick one to announce that I’ve opened an Etsy shop! Hooray! I’ll be selling a range of book-themed bookmarks I’ve made through my shop, Bookish Wonders, and hopefully I’ll have art print versions of all my designs up there soon too. I had a lot of fun making these, splashing around paint and messing about with pretty typography, so it will just be a nice bonus if I manage to sell a few. My designs are all printed onto card and laminated, and have quotes on them from books ranging from classics like The Great Gatsby… Read more »

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What does your writing voice say about you?

What does your writing voice say about you?

In my experience, most people write how they talk. Yes, certain occasions call for some modification – official letters and essays for example command formality – but for the most part your writing voice is all you. So what do you think your writing voice says about you? I’ve had a read back through some of my own writing, some fiction and some non-fiction, and here are a few things I’ve noticed: I go off on a lot of tangents and use very long sentences Something I’ve noticed a lot in my blog post writing (and also my text messages… Read more »

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How does reading change you?

How does reading change you?

Recently I’ve seen quite a few ‘Books That Have Changed Me’ posts around the blogosphere, and I really love the idea that books and stories can change us in some way. I know that I personally have felt that certain stories and certain characters have really resonated with me, and in some small way have made me see the world a little differently. But this got me thinking – does reading itself change us? Being exposed to so many points of view and different types of people and places must surely broaden the mind in some way, and I’d really… Read more »

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