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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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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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What A Rogue And Peasant Slave Am I! (TCWT)

What A Rogue And Peasant Slave Am I! (TCWT)

I’m glad to have a Teens Can Write Too! prompt for today. I was up past midnight and, foolishly, on Twitter, which meant I heard about Robin Williams’ death and then couldn’t get to sleep. That, combined with all the awful things that are happening elsewhere in the world (Iraq, Gaza, and on a smaller scale elsewhere), means I’m feeling a little low, a bit too serious for the usual tone of this blog. We all have days like this,…

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Travelling Through Time With Maggie Stiefvater

Travelling Through Time With Maggie Stiefvater

Today, we’re going to travel in time. Our time machine is the book Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. Go on, pick it up. It’s right there. Pick it up, open it, and breathe in that smell. That’s it. We’re back. Let’s have a look at what we can see. October 2009 Look — it’s me! I’m thirteen years old. I’m in year nine at school, finally leaving behind my frustrating form group who were always getting put in class detentions to…

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Fictional Best Friends

Fictional Best Friends

Before I start I’d like to say a massive thank you to those who have already bought Crossroads Poetry – and especially the two who have left me such lovely reviews on Amazon UK! I haven’t yet reached my target of eighteen books, so if any of you have two quid to spare and feel like reading some creepy poems, please think of me. — Books have always been my best friends. I don’t mean this to slate anyone who…

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To Be Irritated, Or Not To Be Irritated… That Is The Question

To Be Irritated, Or Not To Be Irritated… That Is The Question

I like Hamlet. In fact, I’d almost go as far as to say I’m a Hamlet fangirl, though a few years ago I was claiming not to like Shakespeare. When one of my English Literature teachers informed us we would be studying it this term, I was over the moon. They informed us we would have to buy our own copies if we wanted to write in it; I did so and immediately started annotating it gleefully in orange gel…

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You Can’t Go Out Like That! (Fashion For Books)

You Can’t Go Out Like That! (Fashion For Books)

The Teens Can Write Too! prompt this month is “Let’s face it; we all judge books by their covers. What kind of covers grab you? Why? Be sure to use examples of your favorite book covers.” I managed to get myself early on in the schedule, before I forget, but just in case I’m going to write this a day early and save it. Better to be safe than sorry. You never know what might happen to the internet tomorrow. I’m not going…

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Maggie Stiefvater at Foyles

Maggie Stiefvater at Foyles

Before today, I’d never been to a book event or signing or whatever. Well, that depends how you define book event, because Caroline Lawrence came to our local library when I was about ten and talked about Romans and the fact she was Australian (or something?), and I’ve watched John Green sign books on live feed on YouTube, but I’ve never actually talked to an author and got a book signed and stuff. Except today, because there would be absolutely…

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