Review: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden

Review: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden

”I will be king,’ Edward said, his voice rising in volume and strength. ‘And I will be king tonight.” Warning: Spoilers for the first two books (if you don’t already know the history of the War of the Roses anyway!). I finally finished it! Hallelujah! If anyone read my post last week about being a mood reader, you’ll know why finishing this book is such a big deal. Although it was a great book, I seemed to get halfway through and suddenly decide that actually, I wasn’t really feeling the whole historical fiction thing right now, and then spent a couple of… Read more »

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5 Spooky Tales for Halloween

5 Spooky Tales for Halloween

Happy Halloween! Some people absolutely adore Halloween (e.g. my housemate who spent several hours searching for the perfect pumpkin, and then several more deciding how to carve it), but I’m not one of those people. As miserable as it sounds, I’ve just never really participated in the whole holiday, from the trick or treating to the parties and dressing up, so it’s fair to say it has always just passed me by. One thing I do like to do at this time of year though is indulge in the odd spooky story. Horror isn’t really my thing (I’m not great… Read more »

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Are you a mood reader?

Are you a mood reader?

Recently I’ve been reading the latest book in Conn Iggulden’s ‘War of the Roses’ series, Bloodline. If you look back at my review of the first two books (Stormbird and Trinity) you’ll see that I absolutely loved them, and Bloodline is just as fast paced and intriguing…so how come it’s taken me over two weeks to get a little over half way through it? Every time I read it I find myself whizzing through chapter after chapter as I get more and more engrossed, but I find that I don’t often feel like picking it up and reading (which for… Read more »

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To NaNoWriMo or No?

To NaNoWriMo or No?

So, it’s coming up to that time of year again where thousands of hopeful novelists worldwide set themselves the immense task of writing 50,000 words in a month. It’s an incredible and extremely rewarding event, as I know from last year when I did my first National Novel Writing Month, AKA, NaNoWriMo (and you can check out a little excerpt of last year’s novel in this post). I may not have won (I only reached 42,000 words) but I still feel like I achieved a huge amount, and I really can’t recommend it enough as a good way to get into… Read more »

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Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

‘I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn’t shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.’ As a teenager, I absolutely adored Sarah Dessen’s books. I read Just Listen in a day and was hooked from there on, devouring This Lullaby, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key and Along For The Ride soon after. Her combination of relatable protagonists, tough real-life… Read more »

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What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

At the grand old age of 22, I guess I’m now what you would call a ‘grown-up’: a full grown, supposedly fully functioning human being who has a full time job, pays rent and council tax and complains about the price of gas and electric. However, in a lot of ways, I still don’t feel quite like an adult. Mostly I just feel lost and adrift and like I haven’t got a clue where I’m heading, but I’m starting to realise that everyone kind of feels like that at times. You don’t just wake up one morning and know how… Read more »

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The Disorganised Blogger’s Guide to Blogging

The Disorganised Blogger’s Guide to Blogging

I absolutely love reading blogging tips posts. You know the sort: ‘how to get more blog traffic’, ‘how to take better blog photos’, ‘how to be an organised blogger’ etc. It’s almost as if I think the act of reading them will suddenly make me be able to take better blog photos or be a more organised blogger. Unfortunately though, this certainly isn’t the case. There types of posts always inspire me to make goals about how I’m going to post more often, or write more of a certain type of post, but I can’t think of a time when I’ve actually fulfilled… Read more »

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

‘A queen – a raging and fiery and perhaps more than a little cruel – had found him tonight…Despite the dirt and blood on her, Aelin’s face was tan and flushed with colour, and – different. Older, as if the stillness and power she radiated had honed not just her soul but also the very shape of her.’ Warning: Spoilers When the long-awaited fourth Throne of Glass book was released and the flood of reviews started coming in, it’s fair to say I was a little worried. Despite the Throne of Glass books’ status as a hugely loved series in the… Read more »

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A Trip to Chester Zoo

A Trip to Chester Zoo

On Saturday my boyfriend and I decided to take a little day trip up to Chester Zoo, so I thought I’d do a quick post to share some of my animals snaps! It was a fairly overcast day, so at first a lot of the animals seemed to be hiding (and going to a zoo and seeing no animals is just the worst!), but thankfully by the end of what was a lovely day, we had seen all the animals we wanted to see. Elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, giraffes, penguins, jaguars, meerkats…you name it we saw it. Unfortunately I didn’t… Read more »

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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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