When Sequels Disappoint

When Sequels Disappoint

Is there anything worse than excitedly picking up the sequel to a book you loved, and finding yourself disappointed? This happened to me recently when I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I enjoyed it so much I immediately bought the next book on my Kindle and started reading it, which is something I hardly ever do anymore! However, after finishing Glass Sword I felt pretty underwhelmed… The characters I’d loved so much in the first book somehow became incredibly unlikable for me in the second book, and their motivations seemed shaky and unclear. Not to mention that the plot felt aimless and meandering!… Read more »

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My Favourite Fictional Royalty

My Favourite Fictional Royalty

A huge trope in the fantasy genre is characters who are royalty, and whilst it has been done over and over, I actually really love this fantasy stereotype! Having characters who are kings and queens, or princes and princesses pretty much guarantees that the story is going to epic in proportion: when royalty is involved, treachery will be rife, wars will rage and kingdoms will rise and fall! That’s why I thought I’d do a post all about my favourite royal characters from books, whether they’re courageous and noble, or crazy and despotic (by favourite I mean I like their… Read more »

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3 More Great Podcasts For Writers

3 More Great Podcasts For Writers

In the past few years I’ve discovered the wonderful world of podcasts, and I now listen to them most of the time when I’m in my car on the way to work, or through my earphones when I’m walking the dog. They’re a great way of getting that much needed dash of inspiration, and learning through other people’s experience. Whilst I listen to quite a variety of podcasts, I primarily listen to writing-related podcasts, and I’ve previously shared some favourites in my posts ‘5 Great Podcasts for Writers‘ and ‘5 More Great Podcasts for Writers‘. However, since writing the last… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

As much as I enjoyed my Harry Potter reread, it’s been kind of nice getting back to reading ‘new-to-me’ books. Both of the books I’ve read since finishing Harry Potter have been on my TBR for a while, one for a few months, the other for literally years, but thankfully they both lived up to my expectations! Check out my reviews below for more information! Scythe by Neal Shusterman ‘My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy… Read more »

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3 Genres I Discovered Late

3 Genres I Discovered Late

I think that most bookworms have that one genre that they love above all others, that they have a long and beautiful history with, and that is their default fall back when they just want to read a good book… For me, that genre has always been fantasy. I discovered it as a child through series like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series, and to this day I’m drawn to all things magical and fantastical. However, I also think that as we get older and grow as readers, we often branch out a bit more, and… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. This past week, I finally finished my Harry Potter reread, and what an emotional rollercoaster its been! I hadn’t reread this series in years, but I’m glad to say it’s just as amazing as I remembered, and just as poignant at the end… I literally can’t imagine ever not enjoying returning to the world of Harry Potter, no matter how many times I’ve read it. If you haven’t already read my previous ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ posts, you can catch up here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of… Read more »

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Life Lately #25

Life Lately #25

This month has been a month of catching up with people! Seen as my boyfriend has been working the past few Saturdays, I’ve spent them seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while, and hanging out with my sister. One of my catch-ups was at the start of the month, where I met up with a friend at a really nice little cafe. I got some amazing macaroni cheese there, with some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever had (it was basically just crusty bread buttered with garlic butter!), which is pretty crazy giving how much garlic bread I eat!… Read more »

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Am I too generous with star ratings?

Am I too generous with star ratings?

Recently I was glancing back through my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf, and I realised something: I rate a lot of books with 4 or more stars. As in, most of the books I read! This had me thinking, am I just insanely good at picking books I’ll like? Am I just lucky? Or am I a little too generous with my star ratings? I think that the last option seems the most likely, as I’ve often found myself struggling to rate books, especially ‘average’ books. Whilst I can logically tell when a book has gone from being mediocre to amazing based on my… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. I’m almost finished with my Harry Potter reread now, and I’ve been really enjoying it! I’m definitely getting into the more emotional books now (as you could probably tell from my Order of the Phoenix post), and this penultimate book was no better… You can catch up on my previous Rereading Harry Potter posts here if you’ve missed any: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Now let’s talk about Half-Blood Prince! My… Read more »

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Why read YA?

Why read YA?

Whilst YA, or ‘Young Adult’ fiction is probably the most popular genre amongst book bloggers, I’ve personally found that in the wider world, there’s still a sense that ‘adult’s shouldn’t be reading books for kids’. Unsurprisingly, this attitude is one often held by ‘book snobs’, or people who insist the only things worth reading are Ernest Hemingway and the latest Booker Prize winner, but also more surprisingly amongst non-readers. On the odd occasion I’ve spoken about my love of books to non-reader acquaintances, there’s been a sense once I’ve mentioned that I like YA books, that this somehow isn’t ‘proper… Read more »

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