My Favourite Autumnal Books For All Kinds Of Readers

It’s autumn for real now, and I’m so excited. Autumn is my favourite season, and I love nothing more than curling up with a book, a thick jumper, and a mug of coffee.

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To get into the spirit, I thought I would share 5 books that you can cosy up with and get totally lost in this autumn.

If you fancy a bit of murder, read… Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – okay so this isn’t as autumnal as, say, Sleeping Murder, but it’s just so classic and easily the best Christie I’ve read so far! You will get completely sucked in, and the ending is by far the best bit. The perfect way to spend a few hours when it’s rainy and thundery outside. Continue reading “My Favourite Autumnal Books For All Kinds Of Readers”

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Turning the Page #8 | when was the last time I did one of these again?

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

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So the last time I did one of these was the 30th September – aka two weeks ago. I decided not to do monthly wrap ups, although they may make a come back cause I kinda like them… but anyway, what I post here will be what I’ve read in the past two weeks!

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Preptober #2 | My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit & Necessary Tools Of The Trade

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

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People who don’t write probably think a few things about writers: we live off coffee (accurate), we wear sweatpants all day (on occasion I do write in jeans, but that’s rare), and we need “certain, non-descript things” in order to write a novel, like lucky gloves or a blood sacrifice. Um… what?

Here’s the blatant truth: you need three things to write a novel. One, is something to write on. This can be a laptop, a piece of paper, a notebook, a wall if you’re really living on the edge. Two, is something to write with. This can be your fingers, your voice if you’re using a Dictaphone or voice reader, a pen, a Sharpie, a pencil, or a knife if, for some bizarre reason, you’re engraving your novel into a tree trunk. Third, is your brain. Your story ideas have to come from somewhere, right? Continue reading “Preptober #2 | My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit & Necessary Tools Of The Trade”

Book Review | The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

This review contains spoilers of book 1, The Paper Magician, and book 2, The Glass Magician. Click the links to read my reviews! 

23485372While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined. – from Goodreads 

Whilst my review of the second book in the series was pretty scathing, I definitely enjoyed the final book of this trilogy far more… although there were still a lot of things that let it down. Continue reading “Book Review | The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg”

I recommend books based on your blog #1 | Mindful Millie

I recommend you books based on your blog” is a bi-monthly series where I recommend a different blogger three books based on their blog content and blog design! 

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In the first of this series, I recommend books to the lovely Louise from Mindful Millie! Louise is a children’s writer and mental health advocate. She blogs about mental health, pregnancy, writing, and also being married young. Her blog is also so aesthetically pleasing and I had the biggest heart eyes when scrolling through! Continue reading “I recommend books based on your blog #1 | Mindful Millie”

My Current Disney TsumTsum Collection (yes, I really have one)

Yes. I am that 20-year-old woman who is still obsessed with Disney.

However, I’m not just obsessed with Disney… yes, I’m even crazier, and fucking love tsum tsums.

In case you didn’t know, “tsum” basically translates to “stack” in Japanese, and tsum tsums are little plush toys that Disney have created of certain characters. I personally think they are the most adorable thing to grace this planet, hence I have a whole lot of them! I find that they’re not the easiest to get (and I am desperately hunting for a Captain America tsum if you have one to trade/sell!), but I really love it when I find a deal on tsums or just find one that I really love. Continue reading “My Current Disney TsumTsum Collection (yes, I really have one)”

Charms Extra Credit Magical Readathon | readathon sign up & tbr

Since I’ve decided to have this blog exclusively for books, and keep my other blog for writing, lifestyle, and travel, all of my bookish posts will now be on here. As such, this post is going to be a TBR for a readathon I’m taking part in next week!

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The readathon is called the “Charms Extra Credit” readathon, and it’s part of Book Roast‘s Magical Readathon series, which started with the OWLs and NEWTs earlier this year. I missed the earlier readathons, but when I saw this one I got really excited and decided to take part next week! The readathon dates are 8th – 14th October.

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Preptober #1 | How To Get Started With Your NaNo Project

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

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I would say that, at this point, I am a NaNoWriMo veteran. This year will be my 6th year attempting NaNoWriMo, which is so exciting and scary!

As of now, I have a few ideas milling about my head. One of them, that I’m actually leaning towards, is simply this: “a contemporary romance”.

Yup, that’s it.

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Book Review | The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

Read my review of The Paper Magician, book one in the series! This review contains spoilers of book 1.

22341276After her near-death experiences at the hands of Excisioner, Lira, apprentice Folder Ceony Twill is still learning, and still fighting off her growing affection for her teacher, Emery Thane. When two new threats appear on her streets, targeting Ceony and those she holds most dear, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Magic, mystery, and danger all lurk within the world Ceony has chosen to inhabit.

Despite really enjoying the first book in the series, this one was a bit of a let-down. And although I normally write reviews in sentences, paragraphs, and even with actual punctuation, I’m just going to bullet-point what went wrong for me:

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I recommend you books based on your blog | introductory post

I love recommending people books. It’s a great feeling when you suggest a book to someone and they absolutely love it. So many people have recommended me books in real life and online, so I would love to do the same. I love looking at people on the street and wondering what they read when they’re at home. Well, now I can kinda do that – but this time with bloggers!

In a new series I’m bringing to Sprinkled With Words, I am going to be recommending three books to a different blogger – and hopefully they’ll love them.

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All of the books are of course ones I’ve also read, and I’d be using both blog content and blog design in my recommendations. I think it’s going to be so much fun!

“I recommend you books based on your blog” posts will be uploaded every other Wednesday at 7pm GMT/BST, and will feature a different blogger every time. (I couldn’t think up a snappier title, but the lengthier ones have character too!)

The list of bloggers is completely full right now (up until next May!) so I’m not currently looking for more bloggers to participate, but drop a comment if you’re interested! I already feel like I might take a summer hiatus from this series, but if I don’t, I’ll make sure to get in touch.

Stay tuned for next week when the first post will go up…

Until then,

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