Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Have Coffee With | aka I rave about Shakespeare *again*

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I am actually terrible at meeting authors. I completely freeze up and forget how my tongue works, I sometimes splutter “I LOVE YOUR BOOK” as I’m running away from the signing desk, and I will happily walk around the rest of the day clutching an important book to my chest.

Despite all of this, and the enormous anxiety that meeting my favourite authors brings me, there are still some fantastic writers I would love to meet (and flail in front of) preferably in front of a rather large latte.

(Also, the “top ten Tuesday” prompt never said they had to be alive. Heh.)

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Turning the Page #7 | I finally finish a series I’ve been reading since 2015!

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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This week I read…

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Book Review | Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager

39005618Following her dating disasters, Emma Nash is back at it with her blogging. But when her best friend Steph seems to prefer her boyfriend to her, and Emma is left alone more often than she wants, she goes on a mission to try and make some more friends. In true Emma style, however, it rarely (read: never) goes to plan… 

Editing Emma was one of the funniest books I’ve ever read in my life, and book two in Seager’s series certainly did not disappoint!

Emma is a teenage girl with a private blog that she posts basically everything on – it’s kind of like a private Twitter account (I know you have one, own up) but obviously a lot more can be written. It’s such a good way to write a book, making it very easy to keep up with and understand, and it gives it such a personalised, private way of writing that is uncomfortable when you just have the first person perspective. Continue reading “Book Review | Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager”

3 Days, 3 Quotes | day three

Make sure you check out day 1 and also day 2 of this challenge I’ve done two of my all-time favourite quotes. I was tagged to do this by Louise @ A Little Fool Reads.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The quote that I’ve chosen for my final day of this challenge is from a series that changed my life, and this quote really reminds me why I keep on writing.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable both of inflicting injury, and of remedying it.

– Albus Dumbledore, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by JK Rowling

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he may be problematic as fuck, but man… dumbledore’s got style 

I’m quite mediocre at a lot of things. I would say that the only thing that I’m truly good at is writing.

For a world that shits on writers a lot, we sure read a lot, talk a lot, and our whole lives revolve around words. I’ve watched readers of my work laugh and cry, and I think that that’s unbelievably magical, powerful, and comforting to someone who feels lost most of the time.

And I’ve also chosen a second quote for today, because it basically has the same sentiment –

…words have the power to change us.

– CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

Indeed, they do.

I nominate…

This time, I would like to nominate YOU, the person reading this. Over the past three days, I’ve really bared my soul through these quotes, and considering the sentiment I’ve written about above, I would love for you to do the same. There’s a catch, though – if you decide to do this challenge after seeing me do it, I would love it if you posted your blogs in the comments so I can read which quotes you chose! They don’t have to be as pretentious as mine are!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Hannah x

3 Days, 3 Quotes | day two

Make sure you check out day 1 of this challenge – I did one of my new favourite quotes from Eliza and her Monsters! I was tagged to do this by Louise @ A Little Fool Reads.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The quote I’m doing for this day isn’t a bookish post, but it’s been a quote that has got me through the last few months, so here it is…

Every step you take forward is another step you never have to take again.

– LEAST OF ALL YOUNG CAROLINE by Frank Turner

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This is a line from a song from Frank’s album ‘Positive Songs for Negative People’, and it’s a line that’s carried me through the past few months (and even well before then, since the song itself came out in 2016!). I’ve been struggling with various issues, and honestly this line has been like a mantra that I’ve repeated over and over again in my head. I know it’s not bookish, but I really wanted to share it with you!

I nominate…

The final instalment of this tag will be posted tomorrow, so make sure to stay tuned for that! 🙂

Until then,

Hannah x

Do You Keep ALL Your Books? | downsizing my book collection

An author I love shared a post on Twitter/Instagram lately, showing off her bookshelf in her new house. Yes, book SHELF, singular. And I saw that, and looked at my four (!!!!!) bookshelves, and kinda screamed.

Over the past year, I’ve gotten rid of about 50 books in total, but I still have a heck of a lot. I reckon about 2/3 of them are unread, which is an unbelievable amount – maybe nearing on 200 books in all.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | day one

I did this challenge a couple of years ago, and I was nominated again by Louise from A Little Fool Reads, so thank you very much for nominating me!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

Image result for francesca zappiaFor day one, I’ve chosen this quote from Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia:

I think [writers] always do [have an ending], somewhere in our hends, even if we don’t seriously consider them. Like life, what gives a story its meaning is the fact that it ends. Our stories have lives of their own – and it’s up to us to make them mean something.

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia 

To me, this quote is really powerful, and I truly love it, especially the final two sentences. It means a lot to me, and really hit me in the chest when I first read it. I had to pause and reread the quote a couple of times, and after I finished the book I typed it up on my typewriter and carry it in my journal with me, and it takes a lot for a quote to rattle around my brain constantly like this one does.

I nominate:

Thanks so much for reading, and make sure to check back tomorrow for another quote!

Until then,

Hannah

Turning the Page #6 | in which I basically catalogue my entire blog

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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This week I read…

This week I read one book, and oh my gosh I enjoyed it so much:

  • Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – this book is hilarious and I think I cracked a rib whilst reading! Review coming next Friday!

Next week I want to read…

I’m currently reading:

  • The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg, so of course on my TBR next is…
  • The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg. I’m really enjoying this series so far, so would like to finish it soon.

On the blog…

I skipped out on my book review this week because I didn’t fancy writing one, so I only had one blog post go up:

However, I also added some very exciting pages to the blog! I spent hours cataloguing all of these, and I’m so happy with how they all came out.

Happy reading! Hx

10 Books To Read To Get To Know Me

If you’ve been about on Twitter recently, you might have seen the viral tweets that normally follow the lines of ‘share 5 books/films/songs to consume to get to know me’. Books are so important in my life, and I thought I would share 10 (because I couldn’t fit it to 5!) to get to know me as a writer, reader, and person.

1.First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton – this is the series that got me into reading, and I am so thankful to both Enid Blyton and Darrell Rivers! Not only do I highly recommend this series, but it’s definitely the basis for me as a reader.

2.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Harry Potter – I know I put HP in some form or another on basically every list I do, but I owe so much to this series. I’ll write a whole post (read: essay) on this series and what it means to be sometime, but book 3 was the turning point from like to love for me so that’s why this one is on the list.

3.Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – similarly to HP, this series needs its own essay! But I recommend it all the time and honestly Percy Jackson (the series and the character) mean so much to me.

4.Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – HP may have turned me into a writer, but Sisters Red was the series that made me go, “This. I want to write something like this.” And also, it’s a great book series!

5.The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen – this book evoked a huge love of historical fiction, my favourite genre. I’ve reread it so many times (and actually perhaps I should reread it again soon…).

6.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer – recently I’ve been getting into WWI and WWII literature and Guernsey is a fantastic example. I love this book (and the film, btw, is very good too).

7.A Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – this series sparked my love of crime and thriller novels. I loooooove it.

8.Moonstone by Sjón – this novella made me realise how much I want to both read and write novellas. It’s so beautifully written too.

9.Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan – this is a graphic novel series but I think it deserves a place anyway! Saga is one of the best things you’ll ever read. It’s a sci-fi fantasy series and honestly? I love it so much.

10.Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – like The Lady in the Tower, this book was the turn of two things: my renewed love in historical fiction, and my introduction to faction novels, a type of novel I want to both read and write! And, like every single book on this list, it’s a fantastic read.


So here are 10 books that have changed my reading and writing life (and my life in general) in one way or another. All of these pieces of literature hold a special place in my heart!

There are so many pieces of literature that I wish I could’ve added to this list, such as Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but I just couldn’t fit them in and feel like they didn’t have the profound affect some of these books did. It’s hard to narrow it down!

What’s on your list? I’d love to know in the comments!

Until the next time,

Hx

Turning the Page #5 | a lotta monsters

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.

This week I read…

I read two books this week, and thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

  1. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – this is the first in a new mythology series, and the first from “Rick Riordan Presents”. I loved the character of Aru, the whole plot, and the mythology, which is based on Indian mythology and contains, of course, plenty of monsters and gods! Can’t wait for book 2!
  2. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – this was such a good read! All about the internet, content creating, friendships, and anxiety and depression. I really loved the entire thing, and it was also great because it has comic illustrations throughout, which is something I would love to see more of in novels!

Next week I want to read…

I have a couple in mind…

  1. Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – I’m 67% through this book right now (thanks kindle!) and hopefully I’ll finish it tomorrow. I’m LOVING it so far!
  2. The Glass Magician by Charlie M Holmberg – I read book 1 of this series in, like, 2015, and always wanted to finish the trilogy but never did! I recently bought the last two on kindle so would love to finish the trilogy.
  3. The Master Magician by Charle M Holmberg – book 3 in The Paper Magician series.

On the blog…

Two posts went up this week, in case you missed them!

  1. I wrote about my favourite reads of the summer….
  2. And reviewed a book I read on holiday – Save the Date by Morgan Matson

How was your week in lit?

Happy reading! Hx