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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Review: Half The World by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half The World by Joe Abercrombie

‘”In time she will send half the world against us. If we are to resist her, we need allies.” “Where do we find allies?” Father Yarvi smiled. “Amongst our enemies, where else?”‘ It has literally been months since I read Half A King, the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series, and I’ve finally read the second book Half The World. Hooray! To be honest, although I loved Half A King I had kind of been putting off reading Half The World because I was worried about the fact it looked (from the blurb at least) as if the… Read more »

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Ten Books I Really Want To Read

Ten Books I Really Want To Read

Every time I go into a bookshop at the moment I seem to be seeing the same books and thinking ‘I really want to read that!’, but I don’t seem to be getting round to a lot of them very fast. There’s just so many I books I want to read, it’s hard to know which books on my TBR list to tackle first (bookworm problems!). Therefore I thought I’d do a list of some of the books I most want to read, and if anyone has read and can seriously recommend any of these, please help me out and… Read more »

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New Books, Second-hand Books or Ebooks?

New Books, Second-hand Books or Ebooks?

Like many bookworms, I love new books: the shiny, unmarred cover, the uncracked spine, the crisp white pages just waiting to spill their secrets, and of course, that delicious fresh print smell. At the same time, the yellowed, well-thumbed pages of a second-hand book has its own charm. Someone else has already enjoyed its story, already turned those pages, and in a way it’s nice to think about that (so long as they haven’t left any questionable stains on the pages!). So do you prefer new or old books, or a bit of a mixture? Or do you only read… Read more »

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“You can either die tonight or offer your life to Prythian by living in it forever, forsaking the human realm.”’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Considering my love of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series (and you should check out my Heir of Fire review for some serious ranting about this series!) I was really excited to see her take on a completely different story, set of characters and world in A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was certainly curious as to whether or not I would like it as much as Throne of Glass, and whilst I don’t think… Read more »

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My One Year Blogoversary!

My One Year Blogoversary!

Today just so happens to be a year from the day when I posted my first blog post and embarked on my great blogging adventure (cue party poppers!). I had been thinking of starting a blog for a long time before I actually did, and so to have a full year of blogging behind me seems like a pretty big achievement. In this past year I’ve read more books than ever and discovered some truly captivating stories, I’ve improved my writing skills and brushed up on my photography, I’ve guest posted and taken part in bookish discussion challenges and NaNoWriMo,… Read more »

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Why I Don’t Request ARCs

Why I Don’t Request ARCs

Back when I started book blogging I had no idea what an ARC was. I soon came to know that it was an ‘advanced reader copy’, or a copy of an as yet unpublished book sent out by publishers to bloggers to review. Now this all sounds very exciting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest perks of book blogging, but personally, I find that they hold little interest for me. That’s right: free books that haven’t even been released yet hold little interest to me. Yes, I strongly suspect I’m crazy too!

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My Trip To Grasmere

My Trip To Grasmere

‘The loveliest spot that man hath ever found.’ – William Wordsworth about Grasmere The Lake District is undoubtedly one of the most scenic areas of Britain, and every time I go I can easily see why it provided the inspiration for so much of the Romantic Poets’ work, most notably that of William Wordsworth.

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Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

‘We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time.’ Marina Keegan, a talented writer with a promising future, graduated from Yale in May 2012. She has already won multiple writing awards, been published in many prestigious publications and had a highly coveted job at the New Yorker lined up. Tragically, five days later she died in a car crash, and The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of her essays and stories, including the title essay, which went viral shortly after her death. This was quite a departure from the norm for me,… Read more »

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Book Blogging Tips For Beginners

Book Blogging Tips For Beginners

In just under a month it will be my first blogoversary (hooray!), and whilst a year of blogging hardly makes me an expert, I feel like I’ve learnt a few things that could help out anyone who is thinking about taking the plunge and starting a book blog (or has already plunged and feels a little lost!). So here are a few tips I would give to those people who are where I was a year ago, and about to embark on a journey into the wonderful (yet totally confusing and crazy) world of book blogging: Choose your platform wisely…. Read more »

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