National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Yesterday, on what was admittedly a bit of a whim, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (often known as NaNoWriMo). As most people in the writing world will know, NaNoWriMo happens every November, and is a challenge in which writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That averages out at around 1667 words a day! Whilst I have heard about it before, it had never really crossed my mind to actually do it! 50,000 words in a month? Crazy! But maybe I was brainwashed by repeatedly seeing posts about it floating round the blogosphere,… Read more »

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Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Warning: Spoilers. As a general rule, I’m pretty sceptical about book to film adaptations: from previous experience, I very rarely like the film as much, and don’t think I’ve ever actually preferred a film. For that reason, I was a little dubious about watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, as I absolutely adore John Green’s novel! However, I have to say, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film! I felt that it was in most cases, very nearly as good as the book (and that is high praise indeed!), and it felt very true to… Read more »

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Wish List: Penguin Deluxe Edition Classics

Wish List: Penguin Deluxe Edition Classics

Now, I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but if you had the choice between the edition of Jane Eyre on the left, or the one on the right, which would you pick? Personally, I’d pick the one of the right! The other day in Waterstones, my eye was caught by a table of some rather quirky editions of some of the classics – called Penguin Deluxe Editions – amongst which was this amazing copy of Jane Eyre. I’ll admit I pretty much wanted to buy the whole table!

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Review: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Review: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

‘A gentleman asked me, if this is what Cromwell does to the cardinal’s lesser enemies, what will he do by and by to the king himself?’ Warning: Spoilers (although if you know anything about Tudor history, you will already know the ending anyway!). A little while ago I reviewed Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, and loved it so much I gave it a 5/5! I now regret that, and not because I have decided I didn’t like the book as much as I originally thought, but because I can’t mark its sequel (and also a Man Booker… Read more »

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I was recently nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Tika from Fangirl Confessions and Noelia from A Day in Bookland, so thank you so much to both of you! Here are the rules: 1. Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site. 2. Post the award’s logo onto your blog. 3. Answer the 10 questions you’ve been asked. 4. Nominate 10 bloggers. 5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees. So here goes! Tika’s Questions 1. What is your least favourite book at the moment? Hmmm…well I, unfortunately, had to do my… Read more »

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3 Tips to Increase Writing Productivity

3 Tips to Increase Writing Productivity

Very few writers/bloggers/authors are lucky enough to be able to write full time: many have day jobs, or have kids or other responsibilities, and have to simply fit their writing in when they can. I, for example, have recently quit my second part time job and have gone full time at my first, meaning I have considerably less time to devote to my writing. Therefore, when I do write, I like to get the most done in that time possible! So here are just a few tips and tricks I have learnt whilst trying to work out how best to use… Read more »

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I Guest Posted!

Just a quick post today! For anyone who missed it yesterday, I guest posted over at Oh, the Books! about the pros and cons of ebooks, so if you’re interested, you can check it out here: Ebook vs Book. A massive thank you to Asti, Kelley and Leanne for letting me guest post on their blog!  

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

‘”Oh, Clary. Oh, thank God.” A sharp prickle of alarm ran up Clary’s spine. Her mother sounded panicked. “Listen to me-“ “It’s all right, Mom. I’m fine. I’m on my way home-“ “No!” Terror scraped Jocelyn’s voice raw. “Don’t come home! Do you understand me Clary? Don’t you dare come home.’ Warning: Spoilers I know that the Mortal Instruments books are incredibly popular, but I’ll admit, I’ve been avoiding them for ages! The first I heard about them was the release of the movie trailer, and it completely put me off. It just looked so cheesy! I was further discouraged… Read more »

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Why are famous quotes famous?

Why are famous quotes famous?

There are certain classic quotes from literature that everyone seems to know, whether they’ve read the source text or not. Shakespeare especially is a huge source of these: after all, who doesn’t know ‘O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo!’ and ‘To be or not to be, that is the question!’ By the same token, most people are familiar with the famous opening of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities whether they have read it or not, and have heard ‘Call me Ishmael’ despite not having a clue who on earth Ishmael is. I was thinking about this the other… Read more »

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Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

‘’Get the mayor,’ Holston said. He let out a sigh, that heavy breath he’d been holding for three years. ‘Tell her I want to go outside.’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Given my penchant for dystopian fiction, I had high hopes for this book, especially as the concept seemed pretty promising. It veered away from The Hunger Games/Divergent set up of a future humanity split into sections, and instead had them cooped up in a silo with a deadly wasteland of a world left outside, visible only from a window, and forbidden to speak of. Those who express an interest in the… Read more »

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