Book Review | The Graces by Laure Eve

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

the-gracesLike everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces. She’ll do anything to prove that she can be one of them, too. But are they really what they seem? Or are they more dangerous than River can imagine? – Adapted from Goodreads Continue reading

The Good And Bad Novel Lists

I am planning my NaNoWriMo novel (*screams*) and I am using the lovely book called No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty (aka NaNoWriMo founder). In it, Chris suggests listing two lists: the Good Novel List and Bad Novel List (or, as he calls it, Magna Carter I and Magna Carter II). On these lists, you’re meant to put things on them that you like/don’t like in a novel. Continue reading

Book Talk! | Giving & Getting Recommendations

Bookish recommendations are marvellous. There’s even a thing on Goodreads for them. I love getting a recommendation, and then reading and loving the book. It’s also great when you get a recommendation of a person’s favourite/in their top favourite book/s, because when you read it it feels like you’re reading a part of them, like you’re learning about them.  Continue reading

Book Review | Fates & Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini

fates-traitorsIn 1865, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln shocked America. It was an act committed by John Wilkes Booth, the son of an actor and a Covent Garden flower girl. In FATES AND TRAITORS Jennifer Chiaverini looks into the life of Booth through four woman: his mother, Mary Ann, his sister Asia, his lover Lucy and a co-conspirator, Mary Surratt. 

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Let me say that I gave this book 4/5 overall. I actually really liked reading it. I didn’t know much about Booth before (actually, I didn’t even know his name. Sorry, American people, American history isn’t really taught over here. I obviously knew who Abraham Lincoln was, and about the Civil War, and the assassination, but not much else. It’s just not something we learn. Anyway), so this was a really interesting read.  Continue reading

Mini Reviews! | The Go-Between and Waiting for Godot

This week I review The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley, a novel about a young boy who acts as a messenger between two lovers set in 1900, and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, a play I’m not sure anyone really knows what to make of.  Continue reading

On People Watching

Hey. I’m not crazy. People watching is a genuine thing writers (and other creative people I guess) do. It’s fun. Try it.

What is people watching? People watching can be as simple as sitting in a cafe with your notebook and a pen and recording interesting things about the people around you. Something like, “elderly lady in a pink jacket with blue jeans and trainers drinks a coffee whilst reading on her smartphone” can be enough to spark off a story.  Continue reading

Mini Reviews! | Saga, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List & Jekyll and Hyde

Saga vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

sagaSaga is a beautiful comic/graphic novel. Oh my gosh. I loved this. It’s about two lovers who are fighting on opposite sides of an intergalactic war. In the first few pages, their child is born and they are trying to travel across the galaxy to protect her (she is also the narrator, and a good one at that). Continue reading

Book Talk | Audiobooks Pt2

audio-book-getty2About a month ago, I made a postI made a post about audiobooks and said why I didn’t like them. I gave myself the challenge of listening to an audiobook borrowed from the online library (The Immortal Secrets of Nicolas Flamel: The Alchemyst) to see if this could change my mind about audiobooks.

Weeeeeeell… here’s the verdict.  Continue reading