My Five Desert Island Books

My Five Desert Island Books

Everyone is familiar with the classic question – ‘If you were stranded on a desert island, what (x amount of things) would you want with you?” Now aside from the obvious survival/getting back to civilisation equipment which is commonly regarded as cheating (eg. a boat, food etc.), personally I would want books. After all, once you’d finished exploring the desert island (and hopefully not been eaten by any wild animals), it would probably get boring pretty fast, and without electricity you’re not exactly going to be watching The X Factor and perusing Youtube for hilarious talking dog videos. The more difficult question… Read more »

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Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life…My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.’ As someone who reads a lot of fantasy, there is a danger that all the books I read can become a bit samey (eg. a lot of LOTR rip offs). So its been pretty refreshing lately that I’ve not only read the uniquely wonderful Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson but also The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss… Read more »

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What makes a character relatable?

What makes a character relatable?

One thing that can really affect how much you like a character is how relatable you find them, but what does that actually mean, and what exactly is it that makes a character relatable? Personally, I think being relatable is all about how convincing a character is as a person. All people experience emotions like happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, anger, loneliness, so when we read about a character going through those emotions and it is convincing, then I think we recognise it and therefore relate. For example, a character in a fantasy novel with crazy magical abilities we could… Read more »

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10 Random Facts About Me

10 Random Facts About Me

1. My parents called me Laura after listening to the Jimmy Nail song ‘Laura’ whilst thinking of baby names. I think the song might actually be a cover, but it goes ‘But now I know, Laura, summer is a lonely place. Oh, Laura, I wish I could see your face.’ You really wouldn’t think there would be much of a story behind having such an ordinary name as ‘Laura’ would you? 2. Some of my earliest works of fiction was a story about talking rabbits and a fantasy tale called ‘The Tewkesbury Tales’. The whole rabbit thing came about after I read and became obsessed… Read more »

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Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

‘“What do you want?” she whispered. You know what I want. You’ve always known. And she did. She had sensed it in the moment when she had touched the thing. Ruin, she called it. It had very simple desires. To see the world come to its end.’ So, I finally did it: I completed Brandon Sanderson’s epic Mistborn trilogy. Before reading this series I had been meaning to read some of Sanderson’s books for ages, and I wasn’t disappointed, as I absolutely loved this! I am now super excited to read some of his other books (I particularly have my… Read more »

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A few blog changes…

A few blog changes…

Recently, I’ve been contemplating making a few changes to my blog, and I was hoping to get some readers’ thoughts. I kind of want this space to feel even more ‘me’ than it does already by incorporating more areas of my life into it, other than just the bookish and writing side. I was thinking of occasionally doing personal/lifestyle type posts, and I had considered adding the odd photography or arty post here and there. The literature part of this blog also seem to have fallen more by the wayside in recent months, so I’d quite like to revive that… Read more »

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How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

Writers tend to fall into two categories; those who swear by writing by hand (at least for a first draft) and those who almost never do it. Until last week I would have placed myself firmly in the latter category: as a younger writer I’ve always had access to a computer and word-processing software, and seen as I type faster than I can write I’ve always felt like my handwriting can’t keep up with my train of thought. However, when I found myself a little low on inspiration last week I decided it was time to mix things up. Anything… Read more »

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Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

‘Is today a good day to die? This is something I ask myself in the morning when I wake up. In third period when I’m trying to keep my eyes open while Mr. Schroeder drones on and on. At the supper table as I’m passing the green beans.’ Warning: Spoilers This is another one of those super-hyped books that it has taken me forever to get round to reading, and whilst I did enjoy it, I do feel like it didn’t quite meet my expectations. All The Bright Places tells the story of two high school students, Theodore Finch and… Read more »

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5 Things That Annoy Me When I’m Reading

5 Things That Annoy Me When I’m Reading

When I was a kid, I could read practically anywhere. I would be too engrossed in my imaginary worlds to even notice what was happening in the classroom/waiting room/living room/car around me. These days not so much! Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading (which is pretty good seen as you’re currently reading my book blog!). It’s just these days real life seems to be able to puncture my imagination more easily, what with the stresses of work, reality of paying bills and all those other boring adult things I now have to do. Plus reading in the car… Read more »

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What makes a good blog design?

What makes a good blog design?

Well, I’ve gone and done it again! I’ve redesigned my blog for the fourth time in just over a year. I’ve been getting itchy blog design feet again for a while now, but when I saw this post showing all the beautiful things that can be done with the Tweak Me theme I decided to take the plunge. So far I like what I’ve done with it (particularly the new header – which is just an adaptation of the old header really!), although there are still some tweaks I need to make eg. fix the sizing of all the pictures… Read more »

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