Author Interview | Fiona Shaw

Hey everyone! Today I am delighted to be interviewing Fiona Shaw, who wrote the wonderful novel Outwalkers. You can read my spoiler-free review here!

Outwalkers follows a gang of children in near-future Britain as they try to escape capture and enter Scotland where they will be safe. In a post-Brexit UK, this book is, I feel, important for anyone to read. 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas folks! If you celebrate this holiday, I hope that you have a wonderful day full of food, friends, family, laughter, and love.

Today’s blog post celebrates the end of blogmas too, so here’s my top 5 favourite posts of this season of blogmas:

  1. Harry Potter Spin-Offs The Fans Really Want
  2. How Do I Read So Many Books?
  3. Books I Bought This Semester
  4. Why I Love Harry Potter at Christmas Time
  5. The Icelandic Reading Tradition

I have really enjoyed blogmas this year, and I hope that you have enjoyed reading my posts too! And if you’ve been writing your own blogmas posts – well done to you! I hope you had fun writing them all.

Until the next time! ❤

What I’ve Been Reading Lately #3 | blogmas day 22

I’m back with another one of these posts because I’ve read 9 books since the last one! I’ll try and do one more before the end of the year too, because although there’s only 9 days of the year left, I’m still hoping to read a bunch! Hyperlinks in the titles are to reviews on my blog.

For uni, I read:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4/5): I completely forgot how great this book was! Flynn’s writing style is honestly amazing, and I really want to read more of her novels.
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (4/5): another reread, this book has completely changed my life and I owe it a lot. Plus, it’s a great book too; Capote’s writing is something else.
  • City of Glass by Paul Auster (3.5/5): this was a really bizarre novel but I actually really enjoyed it? I think I’ll read the rest of the trilogy – they’re only novellas anyway!

And outside of uni, I read:

  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (5/5): god this book was honestly incredible. It really made me think about things being, well, lost and found. I loved it.
  • Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson (4.5/5): this was part of a blog avalanche I did, and it was such a fantastic book. I really related to Ro, the main character, and when it comes out next year I really suggest you read it!
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (4/5): this book was perhaps a little young for me, but still scary and exciting! I’m looking forward to book #2 coming out.
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (3/5): I found the writing of this book both a bit difficult and yet brilliant to deal with, but the story was something I struggled with more. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
  • Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell (2/5): I feel very bad because this was a gift but I really did not like this book. It was dull, dragged on, and even the murder, which should have been really interesting and clever, was boring…
  • Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (5/5): I LOVED this book! It’s one of my absolute favourites of 2018, and I so recommend it! My review went up just yesterday, so check it out if you’d like!

I’ve actually read a lot more in the past three weeks than I thought I had, and some really great books too! Have you read any of these? Do you want to?

Book Review | Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

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1915. War with Germany has been raging, but the Isles of Scilly are largely unaffected. That is, until a girl washes up on the shore of one of the islands, and rumours about her begin to circulate. A stunning story about love, justice, community, surprisingly poignant for the modern day.

Michael Morpurgo, if you didn’t know, is one of my absolutely favourite authors, and this wonderful book of his definitely did not disappoint.

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3 Tips to Help You Buy Less Books | blogmas day 6

If you’re buying presents for your loved ones for Christmas, or just trying to save a bit more cash, you are probably re-evaluating what you actually spend most of your money on, that doesn’t go to rent, bills, or food. Cinema tickets? Coffee? Wine? …books?

I have been on multiple book buying bans throughout my time, and it’s completely changed how I shop. Now, I hardly ever go on a “ban” because I don’t buy books at random or because they have pretty covers (yes, I’m totally guilty of that) because going on these bans have really helped my purchasing choices.

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Series I Need to Finish 2.0 | blogmas day 3

I did one of these posts about a year and a half ago, and I thought I would do it again because I have some different series to put on the list!

Matthew Shardlake series

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I’ve read the first book in this series, Dissolution, about a month ago and absolutely loved it, but let me tell you something about these books: they are long. Each one is over 400 pages and when you’re a busy student with maybe 10 minutes of spare time to read a day, that takes a long time to get through the book. But because I loved it so much I am desperate to carry on with this series!

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Happy December! | blogmas day 1

Hello all, and happy December!

I’m so excited to share with you guys that I will be doing Blogmas this year! I absolutely love Blogmas, and although I’m super busy, I have some really fun posts coming for you. If you didn’t know, Blogmas is a kind of challenge that bloggers like myself do every year, where we post everyday all the way up to  Christmas! 

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately #2

As I stopped doing “Turning the Page” weekly posts because I just wasn’t reading enough (and also I am so busy with uni work!) I am occasionally doing these catch-up posts. You can read the first one here

what i've been reading lately

Since I last updated 3 weeks ago, I have read 3 books for university and 2 Little Black Classics, which are a series by Penguin; so, 5 overall. I am working so hard on essays, my dissertation etc., that reading Little Black Classics (which I buddy read with my bestie Natalie) is one of the only ways I can read for pleasure. 

For university I have read: 

  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (3.5/5): I actually kind of fell in love with Phillip Marlowe here. He is a charming man, but the book itself felt quite episodic. It was actually a series of short stories turned into novels, which makes sense if you read them, but I did really enjoy it nonetheless. 
  • A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes (4/5): I really loved this book. It was groundbreaking in its time, and Himes is a truly fascinating character – if you don’t really know much about him, I’d definitely do some research. It was really graphic too, kind of Deadpool-esque, which is something we haven’t really had in the books for this module up until now. 
  • The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (3.5/5): Whilst this one wasn’t necessarily my favourite, it is a great novel and I really love Highsmith’s writing style. She was a fascinating person and I would love to read more books she’s written such as Strangers on A Train. If you are interested in LGBTQ+ lit, murder, forgery, unreliable narrators, and sociopaths, this is a novel for you. 

And outside of university, I have read: 

  • The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson (4/5): This is a Penguin Modern Classic, and is only about 90 or so pages long, containing three short stories. I thought they were all fascinating, and I’m surprised I haven’t read Jackson before because not only do I like her writing style, but her work feels something I would’ve (should’ve?) studied in school. 
  • Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte (3/5): A Little Black Classic, this was a little longer at 110 pages, and it’s a piece Bronte wrote when she was much younger. Indeed, it is told in the confusing, whimsical way of a child, but it is obvious that Bronte was already stretching her writing style and you can see where the famous writer we all know began her work. 

Despite the fact I haven’t really had much time to read for pleasure, I have been trying to eke out more time recently, so hopefully will have read some more. As well as that, by mid-December one of my modules will be done and I’ll just have my dissertation to finish over Christmas, and I’m hoping to read much more then! 

What have you read recently?