How I’ve Survived 3 Months Without WiFi

How I’ve Survived 3 Months Without WiFi

OK, so maybe ‘survived’ is a little dramatic, but in this day and age internet access is considered virtually essential by most people, and that includes me! Yet somehow I’ve made it to almost three months with no WiFi, which would have been absolutely unthinkable for me a few months ago. And with no end in sight to my internet-less state, I thought I’d let you in on the secrets of how I’m surviving in the modern age without WiFi… I’ve read lots of books. OK, so I’ve always read a lot of books (that’s why I’m a book blogger… Read more »

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Review: Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

Review: Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

‘Somehow I had never expected to hear the name again, it sounded odd, like a word in another language. Rebecca. A word from another life. We never spoke it. I do not think it had crossed either of our lips since that terrible night.’ Years and years ago I first read Daphne du Maurier’s haunting book Rebecca and absolutely loved it. The slow-building, sinister atmosphere was beautifully crafted and genuinely unsettling, and the characters – even Rebecca, who is a character dead before the start of the novel – were incredibly vivid. I even wrote an essay on the book… Read more »

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5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic is one that has been in my sights for a long time. Aside from having a beautiful, eye-poppingly bright cover, it was also heavily recommended to me by a friend, so I decided it was finally time to get myself a copy! And I am seriously so glad that I did! As a creative person, this book was everything I’d hoped it would be: inspiring, engaging and deeply insightful. I can’t say I was completely sold on every theory within this book, but on the whole I found it to be a really interesting read, and… Read more »

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Series I Haven’t Finished

Series I Haven’t Finished

As a general rule, if I’ve enjoyed the first book in a series, I’ll be all over the second book almost as soon as I’ve finished the first. For example, the A Song of Ice and Fire books (the ones released so far, anyway!) were all devoured within a few weeks, one after the other, and I made short work of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurt’s Empire Trilogy and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. However, I’ve also realised that I tend to start a lot of series and then never finish them, and often it isn’t a case of me not enjoying them, but simply that… Read more »

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

‘Cinder’s netlink took over, as it did in moments when she couldn’t think for herself. Searching, connecting, feeding information to her she didn’t want. Letumosis. The blue fever. Worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of thousands dead. Unknown cause, unknown cure.’ Cinder is a talented mechanic in New Beijing, providing for her stepmother and two stepsisters in a society ravaged by a terrible plague, for which no cure can be found. Reviled by both her stepmother and society for being a cyborg (a human with mechanical parts) she feels like a constant outsider and longs only to escape from her humdrum life, until… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Love The Library

5 Reasons To Love The Library

One of the things I used to love as a child was when my Mum would take me to the library on the way home from school. I would come out each time clutching a handful of books, which I would start reading as soon as we got into the car, and I would have devoured within days. I did every single one of the summer reading challenges (and completed them all, obviously!) from being around four or five, all the way up to my early teens (and still have some of the medals to prove it!), and had probably read most… Read more »

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The Six Most Common Reactions To Bright Hair

The Six Most Common Reactions To Bright Hair

So today on the blog I’m going wildly different: I’m going to be talking about hair. In particular, bright hair. As you may have noticed from my picture in the sidebar, I have a bit of a penchant for dyeing my hair bright colours, and it changes quite a lot. In fact the blue is actually two hair colours ago, I just hate taking photos of myself, so can’t be bothered updating it with every change (the fact that the above picture is just of a few boxes I’ve had left over from various experiments just goes to show how many different… Read more »

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Review: The Other Queen By Philippa Gregory

Review: The Other Queen By Philippa Gregory

‘I am only twenty-six years old and I have lived three lives already! I deserve the highest place in the world and yet occupy the lowest. But still I am a queen, I am a queen three times over. I was born Queen of Scotland, I was crowned Queen of France and I am heir to the crown of England. Is it likely I will wear anything but ermine?’ I’ve never yet been disappointed by a Philippa Gregory book, and whilst I don’t feel like this was one of her best, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The Other Queen recounts the… Read more »

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Finding Your Place In The Blogosphere

Finding Your Place In The Blogosphere

This little blog is one in a sea of millions. Literally, millions. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but that seems like a pretty scary fact. After all, how is a person supposed to find their place in the blogging world when there are so many other blogs, and nothing is original anymore? The many blog advice posts you find around the internet always urge you to carve out your own niche, to be different, to do something new, but when I look at my own blog and ask myself what is special about it I often draw… Read more »

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Three Books On My TBR List

Three Books On My TBR List

These days I seem to be absolutely flying through books. Gone are the days of my crawling reading pace (as I discussed in this post), and I think this is largely due to the fact I still don’t have any internet at home. My primary source of entertainment these days is reading and writing, and so it turns out having no internet is a pretty good way of being more productive (even if it is incredibly annoying!). I now have a couple of books that I still need to review (The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater), and have copies… Read more »

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