Book Review | Hello Me, It’s You by Hannah Todd and others

hyim1I was so so excited and happy when this book was added to my NetGalley shelf, and I read it in a morning. It was fabulous. The letters are really hard-hitting. Not all of them meant a lot of me, but even just a line here and there had me pausing for a moment and thinking. It’s a book I really needed at this time, and I will keep it on my phone, and maybe even buy a physical copy when I can. Continue reading

How to Choose The Next Book You Read // and some winter-y book recs!

One of the biggest decisions of a bookworm’s day (besides, “Do I review/blog or read?”/”Do I read the book want to read, or the book school wants me to read?”/”I wonder if the author in my basement is nearly finished with the sequel yet?“) is deciding what to read next, so I’ve got some “helpful” hints and tips to help you decide!  Continue reading

Book Review | The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

25546710A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.  – blurb from GoodReads Continue reading

The Surprise of Poetry

e26397c7fe425a5a91b89fa5e4d92929Before I came to university, I didn’t write much poetry. I’d been writing more in the past year or so of A-Levels, but before then I had written maybe one or two poems. They were all terrible. As in, I don’t have them anymore, they were strings of words strung together in no real sense, terrible. Or sometimes they were flat prose in poem form (which is probably worse than just flat prose).  Continue reading

Review-Tainted Reading? | Book Talk

book20reviewI’ve been reviewing books I’ve read for a good while now, maybe a year or two. Considering how much I’ve read, I would say that’s nearly 200 reviews. And, since being a reviewer, I think the way I read has changed.

Before, I might read a book and say, “That! That was amazing!” and I’d move on. Now, I feel like during the actual reading process, and especially after, I’m scrutinising every word, every character, and I’m worried that being a reviewer is tainting how I read. (Perhaps ‘tainted’ is a bit strong, but it has changed how I read.)  Continue reading

Book Review | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1)

city-of-bonesWhen fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

-From GoodReads Continue reading

Exercise and Writing

how-to-become-good-writerWhen most people think of writers, they think of people holed up in their rooms 24/7 and frantically typing/writing in their notebooks. This, friends, is not true, as you will know if you yourself are also a writer. Writers occasionally eat, consume (a lot of coffee and) water, go to the bathroom, do other chores during the day, learn, and exercise. Although the last one probably isn’t on most writers’ minds.  Continue reading

On Breaking Book Spines | Book Discussion

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These aren’t my HP books, but these are definitely what mine look like!

Now, here we’re getting into the big questions of the bookish world. Do you dog-ear pages, or use bookmarks? Do you write in your books? Do you tab them? Do you break book spines, or try to keep a new look? Or, as some people say: are you a ‘monster’ or not?

When I was younger, I would always always break spines. Sometimes I would open them and break the spine before I started reading. I always used to dog-ear pages too, including library books. I don’t know quite when that started to phase out, but I don’t really do either anymore. (I also have an unhealthy bookmark obsession collection, so that might have something to do with the latter. I❤ bookmarks.)  Continue reading

The Dare Machine & Word Sprints | NaNoWriMo

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participantHello! Welcome to my first NaNoWriMo post of the month and week one of NaNoWriMo has already gone past! How has your first week gone? Are you on target? You can see how I’m doing by heading over to my other blog and my Twitter, where I post regularly! (Oh, and, of course, by being my buddy on NaNoWriMo!)

Today I am talking about the NaNoWriMo Dare Machine. It’s a feature on the NaNoWriMo website which I think was originally on the Young Writer’s Program (at least, I haven’t seen it on their main website before now).

To use the ‘dare machine’, all you have to do is click ‘dare me’ and it will give you a prompt which you should use in your next scene/chapter/however you want to use it. I used this on my first chapter for example, and got ‘Use a literal plot bunny in your next scene’. In the scene where my character decided she wanted to write a novel, what was bounding away? A plot bunny.

(It’s made funnier by the fact that not everyone gets that.)

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I think it’s a really cool way to get some more ‘oomf’ into your writing. I know I really love this, and even if I don’t use the prompt directly, or even forget about it when I’m writing, it gives me so much more inspiration and a kick up the backside to get it done!

On the dare machine page, there is also a Word Sprint machine. This is a widget where you can set a timer, click start, and at the end of however long you’ve set it the timer will go off. It’s a race against the clock to get as many words as possible and I live by word sprints. Even if I don’t have a timer or anyone to race against, word sprints are generally how I write bigger words of fiction like novels (eg, I’ll write for half an hour, and then I race for half an hour to get as many words as possible on the screen).

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I’m pretty sure that these are new add-ons to the NaNo website, so even if you’re an old hat at this they might be new to you, too! I’m so excited that these have been added (I was gutted when the YWP page was wiped!) and I’ve been using them basically every day since NaNoWriMo started.

(And if you were wondering what sound the timer made (I nearly peed myself the first time around) then here’s NaNoWriMo HQ telling you themselves! I fangirled a bit.)

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So, do you think you’ll use the Dare Machine and Word Sprint widget if you don’t already? Are you as excited as I am to see these be added to the site? Let me know in the comments below!😀

Book Review! | The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

the-scorpio-racesIt happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. – from Goodreads Continue reading