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Former Friends and Appreciating Art 

Former Friends and Appreciating Art 

Do you ever strongly associate a book or a film with a particular person? And then find that because you have negative associations with that person, you now have negative feelings about the book or film?  For example, it took me years to get around to reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, because all I knew about it was that a former friend of mine had been reading it when I knew him, and so it was all tied up…

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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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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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Life Is Random, Narrative Is Not

Life Is Random, Narrative Is Not

Currently, I’m rereading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Well, in between reading stuff for uni and stuff I’m meant to be reviewing at Miriam Joy Reads. A reread is ideal for this choppy approach — with a new book I’d totally forget what was happening. But I haven’t read The Scorpio Races since … 2011? I guess it must be 2011. I bought it when I went to Maggie Stiefvater’s event and signing at Foyles in London, read it…

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Books Of The Year

Books Of The Year

This bookish post is loosely based on the end-of-year book survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, but I feel I’ve done quite a few Q&A style posts recently, so I’m going to rework it slightly. Number of books read in 2014: 104 complete books, although many, many chapters and articles from books for my degree that probably add up to at least a dozen books in their own right. Number of re-reads: Is that books I’ve read in 2014…

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Learning By Example (TCWT)

Learning By Example (TCWT)

The monthly Teens Can Write Too! blog chain is back again, this time with a slightly more traditional prompt than last month — although still not one that’s easy to answer. “What works of fiction have taught you by example, and what did they teach you?” As Engie pointed out, this is a slightly vague question. It could be asking me to talk about the valuable life lessons I’ve been taught by books and how they’ve shaped my everyday actions…

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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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