Recommended Reads: Ready Player One

“Being human totally sucks most of the time. Video games are the only thing that make life bearable.”  I’ve read some mixed reviews of this book, and many incredibly positive ones. Having now read it myself, I can kind of understand both points of view, but my lasting impression remains pretty positive. Wade is a…

Recommended Reads: The Power

“Already there are parents of boys telling them to not go out alone, not to stray too far.” Its rare that I’ll give a book 5 stars immediately after reading it. That rating is usually reserved for my most favourite books, with some slowly creeping up from a 4 to a 5 after I’ve thought…

Frustrated creative

I hate not having enough time to be as creative as I want to be. Writing stories or blog posts, colouring, taking photos, reading, crafting – all these things take time and attention and ideally some peace and quiet. In a busy household, these things are often hard to come by. Maya Angelou famously said,…

Star ratings

I recently finished The Raven Boys series, which started out really strongly, and following book one I couldn’t wait to read the next. In fact, the series peaked at book two for me – I absolutely loved it. I remember thinking at the time that both The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves weren’t really…

Why should we read to children?

Happy World Book Day everyone! Most people here are snowed in and lots of schools are closed, so hopefully lots of cosy reading is going on at home instead (costume optional). Recently someone said to me that telling stories to children in school is “just for fun, it doesn’t really mean anything.” I couldn’t quite…

Recommended Reads: The Sky is Everywhere

“The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.” I think its safe to say that I am a reader of fantasy books. But The Sky is Everywhere – one of only 5 non fantasy novels I read in 2017 – was like a breath of fresh air. Lennie is 17 and her sister Bailey…

Branching out

Like many writers, I have a stack of scribbled notes of story ideas, and notebooks filled with the beginnings of stories or character descriptions or sometimes even single scenes – whatever flash of inspiration may have occurred at the time. But I don’t tend to stick to one genre. I’ve written sci fi, horror, fantasy,…

When one book will do

Did anyone watch the Netflix series Godless last year? I did, and thought it was brilliant, as did many other people. But, surprisingly, there won’t be a second series, or so I’ve heard. Not because it wasn’t good enough, but because the story was told and that was the end. This is incredibly rare in…

When writing about love

I have created two characters and they are going to fall in love. They haven’t done so yet. So today I thought I would try and write down some of the things they might think or feel or say when they realise that they love each other. It is difficult to describe love and get…

Recommended Reads: Strange the Dreamer

This is the second book I’ve reviewed by Laini Taylor recently, and so its safe to say she’s become a new favourite author of mine. After reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy last year, the writing in which got better with each book, I had no hesitation in picking up Strange the Dreamer….

Reading leading to writing

Its been a while since I’ve written a post like this, if ever – celebrating my writing achievements for the year. 2016 was the year I reignited my blog, and 2017 has been the year that I’ve really made the most of it. But not only that, I also started writing fiction again. It all…

Reading Review of the Year 2017

Having surpassed all expectations by managing to read/listen to more than 40 books this year, now is the time to think about the best and worst (and try and avoid the worst in 2018). Firstly, my A-Z Reading Challenge. I enjoyed this so much I’ve already put together next years, and had as much making…