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 I soon came to know that it was an ‘advanced reader copy’, or a copy of an as yet unpublished book sent out by publishers to bloggers to review.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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Why do you write?

Why do you write?

I write… …because I’m good at it. I’m not good at a lot of things: I can’t draw, for example, or paint, or make things, and I’m not great at Maths or Science. I can’t speak any other languages beside English and GCSE level German, I can’t play an instrument and I can’t do perfect make-up…but I can write. I can take words and fashion them into what I hope are half-decent sentences, and I can order them so that they have meaning. Sometimes it’s hard – really hard in fact – and I hate every single word that I… Read more »

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Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

‘The Lord Ruler was dead. Even a year later, Vin sometimes found that concept difficult to grasp. The Lord Ruler had been…everything. King and god, lawmaker and ultimate authority. He had been eternal and absolute, and now he was dead.’ A few weeks ago I reviewed the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy, The Final Empire, and I’ve finally got round to reading the second book in the series, The Well of Ascension. Following on from the events of The Final Empire, the kingdom is adjusting to life without the tyrannical rule of the Lord Ruler. Elend Venture rules as… Read more »

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My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

Warning: Anyone who hasn’t read the Harry Potter books, be warned that this list includes spoilers for the entire series (which you should go and read right now!). Like so many others who were children or teenagers in the late nineties/early noughties, I grew up reading Harry Potter. My parents bought me the first two books for my eighth birthday, and from then on I was hooked. Every year after that I was queuing up outside bookshops on the day of the latest release to get my hands on the newest adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. In fact there’s been… Read more »

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