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Looking For Joy

Looking For Joy

I went to a talk about LGBTQ+ representation in YA books called “The GaYAgenda” tonight, as part of Cambridge’s queer history month. The talk was given by a panel: Fox Benwell, Erica Gillingham, and Wei Ming Kam. At the end of the session the panelists were talking a bit about what they’d like to see in YA fiction: what tropes would they happily never see again? And what did they want to see more of? One answer came up in…

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Recently In Books (January Book Review Roundup)

Recently In Books (January Book Review Roundup)

Okay, I know I said I wanted to try and keep my book blog and my main blog separate, but … it’s also nice when people actually read the book blog. So I thought I’d give a quick roundup of what I’ve been posting over there this month, and if any of that sounds interesting to those of you who don’t normally read it, maybe you’ll be moved to hop over there and check it out. (Who knows, maybe I’ll…

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Support Your Local Student: Read Medieval Literature

Support Your Local Student: Read Medieval Literature

As the clock ticked over onto my 22nd birthday, I was in the process of filling in a job application with a dislocated thumb. Or something similar, anyway. I’m still not entirely sure what it is my hand does when I’m using it and it suddenly stops working and starts hurting a lot, but it’s probably some manner of subluxation, since I’m hypermobile. It’s been dodgy ever since. Truth be told, I’ve had a fair amount of pain in my…

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An Ill Start To Listening

An Ill Start To Listening

I hope 2017 isn’t starting as it means to go on, because I’ve spent the past four days ill to the point of being stuck in bed, unable to read or watch TV or do, well, anything. My latest novel has been as neglected as my French coursework (for which the deadline is rapidly approaching), and I’ve had to resort to listening to audiobooks to avoid dying of boredom. Me and audiobooks, we’re not the best of friends. I mean,…

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Alphabetically Inclined

Alphabetically Inclined

Do I still think last week’s socialising was worth the effort, even after I slept until 6pm on Tuesday and was kind of out of it the rest of the week too? Yeah, probably. I just no longer feel quite so much like I beat the Fatigue Monster. I think it was letting me win, and then it came back twice as strong. I’m back at home now, having packed up all my stuff and said goodbye (for now) to…

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Death and Fire: The Autumn Book Tag

Death and Fire: The Autumn Book Tag

I decided, as part of my new mission to Actually Post Semi-Regularly (it warrants capitalisation), to participate in the Autumn Book Tag. I got this tag from Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel, although she didn’t actually tag me in it. It was a rare book tag in that looking at the questions, I could actually think of answers to most of them, so I decided to give it a go. What is your favorite thing about autumn? The fact…

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I Went To YALC — And Survived! (Mostly)

I Went To YALC — And Survived! (Mostly)

I promised myself I was going to blog about YALC immediately after I came back — that’s the Young Adult Literature Convention, for those who aren’t aware, which takes place in conjunction with London Film and Comic Con. However, I picked up some kind of stomach bug while I was there, and I was also so completely exhausted that I’ve spent the last couple of days doing as little as possible and hoping I feel better soon (that’s what the…

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Expections Vs Reality

Expections Vs Reality

As you’ll know if you spend any time in bookish internet communities (or just read my blog), The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater came out this week. Mine, despite having been pre-ordered, didn’t come until the day after release day, but I’m counting myself lucky compared to some folks in the US where Amazon sold out and couldn’t ship even the pre-orders — how does that happen? Once the book arrived, I spent a bit of time admiring the cover,…

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5 Fictional Characters I Would (Platonically) Date

5 Fictional Characters I Would (Platonically) Date

I saw an article earlier about what your first literary crush says about you. I glanced over the list, but none of the characters on it came anywhere near what I’d think of as my literary crushes. Then I took a moment to consider this idea and realised that I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a crush on a fictional character. I’m not sure whether this is because of the sort of reader I am — I’d rather be…

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New To Me, Dear To Me

New To Me, Dear To Me

Hello, internet! I’m now back home for the Christmas break, and while I’ve got work to do, I promise I’ll actually blog on a semi-regular basis from now on. I totally got out of the habit this term — actually, I got out of the habit of a lot of computer-related things, like actually replying to emails or reviewing books or editing vlogs. I filmed one in week five of this term and still haven’t edited it, but that’s going…

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