Blogtober 2019

Blogtober 2019

Last month I posted a blog post all about the terrible blogging slump I’ve been going through recently, and how I hoped to crawl my way out of it…and then I promptly continued to hardly post anything on my blog, because I’m just the worst! So I’ve decided it’s time for drastic measures: a blogging challenge! NaNoWriMo has always given me a massive productivity boost in terms of my fiction writing, so I thought taking part in Blogtober would be like the blogging equivalent. For anyone who doesn’t know, Blogtober takes place in October, and is a challenge in which… Read more »

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Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

‘Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.’ Scarlett has been dreaming of the magic of Caraval since she was a young girl, and as a child wrote letter after letter to the mysterious man behind it, hoping to be invited. However, she has long since given up, and now only wants a means of escape… Read more »

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Why do we love retellings?

Why do we love retellings?

I’m a sucker for a good retelling, and judging by the number that have been released in recent years, so are a lot of people. But what is it that we love so much about seeing the same stories retold over and over again? We all know the stories of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and King Arthur, so why do we want to keep reading about them over and over? Well, as an avid lover of retellings, I have a few ideas on that matter: We like familiarity. Whilst we might say we don’t want to keep reading… Read more »

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Life Lately #36

Life Lately #36

Where the hell has summer gone?! I mean, it’s still fairly warm here and everything, I just don’t know how it’s September already. Where has this year gone, let alone the summer?! Not that I really did much over the last month. Seen as I took time off work at the start of summer (back in July, when we moved house) I’ve mostly just been at work. My boyfriend and I did go on a couple of nice day trips this month though, firstly to Chester. We just had a bit of a wander and a look in the shops,… Read more »

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What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

Books may be categorised by genre in the bookshop and library, but I think we can all agree that within a genre, there’s usually a wealth of different types of books. Take fantasy for example: there’s a huge difference between a book by Terry Pratchett, and a book by George R.R. Martin. For me, that difference is the book’s atmosphere. Different books give you a very different feeling, and as with genres, I think we all have different bookish atmospheres that we prefer, even if we’ve never really thought about it. I had never really thought about it much myself… Read more »

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Blogging Slumps Suck

Blogging Slumps Suck

So, for the past few months I’ve been stuck in a seemingly never-ending blogging slump, and it seriously sucks. It all started back in December when I went through a lot of major life changes – moving to a new city, starting a new job etc. – and I found I just had less time and mental energy for blogging. At the time, that was totally understandable, but it’s now eight months later, and I feel like I never really got my blogging mojo back. I tend to have the odd period of productivity, and then it all goes downhill… Read more »

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8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

I’ve always been fascinated by history, and so it’s really no surprise that one of my favourite genres is historical fiction. I just love seeing history come to life in the form of a novel, whether it’s about an event or historical figure I know well, and just want to see how a different author interpreted it, or something I want to learn more about. There are so many interesting looking historical fiction books out there though, that however many I read, my TBR list just seems to grow longer and longer! But here are the eight that I’m most… Read more »

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Life Lately #35

Life Lately #35

So after the excitement of last month (moving house etc.), this month has actually been fairly uneventful. My boyfriend and I have pretty much just been settling into our new home, and trying to find a place for all our things (I got to spend an afternoon just rearranging my books, so that was fun!). Otherwise it feels like all I’ve done this month really is work, but since I’m a postwoman and it’s been quite nice and sunny here in England it hasn’t been the worst thing ever. This is my first summer with an outdoor job, and I’m… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

These books were must-reads for me as soon as I saw them! A fantasy series set in a world where mercenary bands are like rockstars? Yes please! And I really wasn’t disappointed for the most part! I’ve never read anything like this before, and I can’t recommend it enough to other fantasy fans. Check out my reviews for more details! Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames ‘Clay pushed his body off him and mumbled another apology – because, enemy or not, when you hit a man in the nuts with a magic hammer the least you could say was sorry.’… Read more »

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I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

I was a runner-up in the Summer Writing Contest!

So a while ago I mentioned in one of my Life Lately posts that I had entered the Summer Writing Contest 2019 that is jointly run by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. The theme of the competition was ‘One Room’, which made for a tough challenge, but I had so much fun writing my story! And I just found out the other day that I was one of two runners-up, which is so exciting! My story The Darkness of Space is being featured on Short Fiction Break today, so if you’re interested you can check it out here…. Read more »

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