Happy World Book Day!

It’s the UK date to celebrate all things bookish! Whether you’re doing so by dressing up as your favourite literary character or by leafing through your favourite book, or whether you didn’t know what today was and are mildly surprised right now, I hope you had a wonderful day.

The most bookish thing I did today was go to my literature/creative writing classes. 😛

But I couldn’t let the whole day pass without doing nothing at all, so I thought I’d do a tag, as it’s been a while since I did the last one. I Googled ‘book tag’ (being the genius I am) and the My Life in Books Tag from Beatrice’s blog Dreamland Bookblog is one of the first things that popped up!

True, I wasn’t tagged. And yes, I’m aware of how the ‘tagging’ concept works. But this looks fun so I’m just going to pretend I was asked to do this – let’s go!

img_31641This is my home bookshelf. I’m using it for reference!

1. Find a book for each of your initials

S: Sense and Sensibility
The Kite Runner

(Had to get some help from Goodreads… for shame…)

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

Switched by Amanda Hocking. This is the first book of the YA series called the Trylle trilogy. The series is well paced and simple to read, and the first book is especially gripping! Cliché alert: I really couldn’t put it down.

I recommend it if you’re looking for a YA series to get into. I didn’t quite like the following two books as much as the first, but that doesn’t mean you won’t! Read More

A Year in Books: January

Oh no, I hear you say. Not this again…

Well, yeah. I’m bringing back A Year in Books!

giphyAnyone else excited? Just me? Ok. | © Universal Pictures, via Giphy

For those of you who don’t know, A Year in Books is a series I started in 2015. The aim was:

  • read a couple of books per month
  • choose the one I liked best
  • and review it on the blog

All in a bid to encourage me to read more outside my syllabus. Perhaps it was sound in theory, but like most of my projects, it sort of petered out and faded into the background, never to be spoken of again. Until now!

The main reason A Year in Books failed was because I didn’t enjoy writing my original reviews (if you’re interested in reading them, they’re here. Spoiler alert, there are only three). The content felt dull and the process of writing them just wasn’t fun. So I’m going to try a few new things, see what works. The main thing I want to do is to talk about a range of books, and not necessarily about ones I liked.

So, since January is long over and I’ve some catching up to do, I’ll get started with the book of the month! Without a doubt, this would have to be… Read More

Writing A Novel… Kind Of

For years, I have worked on various projects that I hoped would develop into novels. I have participated in National Novel Writing Month without any real idea of the direction I wanted my piece to go. I have created countless character profiles in an effort to get to know my (frankly generic) characters. Over time, I let the projects sit, simmer and eventually trail off, and now they are in a folder that I labelled ‘Current Writing Projects’ maybe three years ago.

Well, the time for that is over.

One of the assessments for my creative writing course is completing a writing project of 8,000 words. It’s not much compared to an actual novel but for someone who’s primarily written short stories, it’s kind of a lot. I chose to write an extended fiction piece, possibly an excerpt of something that could go on to be a novel. In the beginning, I was very excited: I would finally get a proper chance to work at a longer project! I would finally take a step out of the short story/flash fiction world! Read More


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