last minute worries.

Never leave anything until the last moment.

I say this while writing this post with 30 minutes until I need this to go live. Nothing you write in a rush will ever be your best, and I’m leaving this post short and sweet. Many of my earlier work were written without planning, quickly and without editing and quite frankly they were rubbish. You need time to reflect on your work and time to edit without unending pressure.

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favourite book [historical]

I’m going to cheat with this one, and so this one will be my favourite standalone historical novel, at this present moment. I love this genre, so I may be updating this one in the near future.

I still haven’t managed to finish this review for this book, but it is one of my favourites of 2015. I love the beautiful writing and the way that the book is structured, you follow the life of both Marie and Werner, during WWII. You get two different perspectives and it’s so well written and done that you can’t help but fall in love with the characters and the story.

best of both worlds [writing words]

I realised whilst writing this post that I haven’t wrote about my own writing for quite a while and I just wanted to say that I am still going, but its slowed down. I found that there were more holes that needed filling and that I needed to take a step back and take a deep breath before restarting. I think it’s healthy for a writer to separate themselves from their work and take a break, which brings me to my tip for this week.

Take a break, re-evaluate, and above all don’t rush anything.

I think that the biggest mistake that writers can make if they aren’t ready is to jump in with two feet and then find that they don’t have the skills or the story to keep themselves afloat. Something that has happened to me often, I have this wonderful idea, I write the story, finish it and then jump into the editing without thinking, so this is from personal experience.

The best thing I think you can do when you finish a draft is to take some time, step back, read it through and then leave it. Not forever, but for as long as you think is necessary, give yourself time to come up with the answers and to develop the characters in your mind, make sure the story arcs and causes an excitement in your brain. Just leave it alone, don’t change anything, just leave it.

Then, when you feel like you’ve thought it all through and you have the answers to the problems you’ve outlined then you can go back to the draft and begin to solve the problems along with the errors you have undoubtedly made.

I wish that I had followed this advice and spent a little more time on the problems before making notes all over my work. It would have made my writing experience a whole lot easier and less stressful!

favourite book [crime]

I admittedly don’t read a lot of this genre, I never seem to be in the mood, and I find that the majority of the time I guess who did it and it ruins the whole feel of the book for me.

I am cheating on this though, and using a trilogy. I couldn’t just choose one of the books because they’re all the same story and whatnot, so I think it should be allowed.

I have chosen for this genre the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I adored these books when I read, I physically had a problem putting them down, they were addictive.

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I won’t spoil the entire series, so I’ll just give you a super quick rundown of the first book. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo tells the story of a journalist who is given the task of tracking down what happened to a scion of a wealthy family, all with the help of a young tattooed girl.

I love how dark these books are and the fact that the characters are so interesting. It was really well written especially in the term that they were so unpredictable. I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen, and it kept me on my toes, I didn’t know what the answer was until it was told to me which made a huge difference and a nice change.

These books won’t be for everybody, seeing as they are exceptionally dark in places and there is definitely a sense of gore. If you don’t mind that and you haven’t already, pick up these books – you won’t regret it.

My Month of Reading [3]

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This month, once again, has been a really slow month, I have had a lot going on in my life, and reading just hasn’t been a priority.

I finished three books this month, two I liked and one I really didn’t. I think that this month I have found a book that I really loved and will probably be rereading for years to come; All The Light We Cannot See. 

Although it took me a little while to get through, I absolutely adored the prose and the storyline, it was a nice refreshing read, and I was so glad that it was on this month’s reading. It is definitely one of my favourite books of this year.

So that was March’s reading, what did you read this month?

Weekend Reads [17]

I am making my way through All The Light We Cannot See, and LOVING it. I haven’t the words to explain my love for this book, well not right now anyway. It is going to be a really busy week for me this week, but I’m so hoping to finish it because I feel I really need to.

I will be posting my month of reading, and having a whole new TBR up for this next month. Exciting times? I was looking for a new series to post, so if you guys can let me know what you would want or like reading about then please let me know.

Favourite book. [Classics]

I was going to pick a favourite book of all time, but that was way too difficult, so I’m picking genres and choosing a favourite out of them. Maybe cheating but maybe not…


This was a toss up between Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Anna Karenina. I narrowed it down because I absolutely hated the nosey parker Mr Lockwood, so that couldn’t be my favourite, very close but not there. Then there was Anna Karenina, which if you have been following this blog for a while then you will know how much I loved reading this book. So that’s my favourite, wrong again, there were parts of the book that dragged and I found hard to read.

So the answer is… Jane Eyre. 

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This story inspires me in many ways. We follow a young girl from being sent away from her adoptive family, through a boarding school, and becoming a governess and the house of Mr Rochester.

For a book that was written hundreds of years ago there is definitely a sense of girl power that is so relevant in this modern society. When things go badly for Jane and she is basically left with nothing, does she throw herself on a bed in a temper? No, she goes and gets a job and tries to support herself, and make a living of some kind.

She really is a wonderful character and the story is beautifully written. It probably be one of my favourites for a very long time, and I’m so glad I plucked up the courage to delve into it.

Real Book and E-reader

As a reader of both and as a supporter of both. I thought I would go over the pros and cons, and what my personal experience with each of them has been.

Real Books.

Pros

I think the obvious one is the experience of a real book, there is the smell and then the walking through a bookstore, running your fingers along spines and trying to decide which one you want to add to your collection.

A real book offers you the chance to add truly beautiful books to your collection and being able to admire the truly gorgeous covers that publishers come out with and design.

Also compared to an e-reader, books are easily replaceable, if one gets wet or bent out of shape, it is fairly cheap to pick up another one.

Cons

Holding a book up with your arms whilst trying to find a comfortable position in bed is one of the banes of being a book reader. I love a good hardback or a 600 page paperback, but they sure aren’t easy to hold up in bed.

Travelling with three or four (or so many more) is a nightmare, they take up so much room in your bags. Thats not to mention the weight and the indentation in your shoulder from carrying them all.

The worst things of all, the cost and space. I have two rooms overflowing with books, because I physically don’t have anymore space for them. When I look at them all, it’s mind-boggling how much money I must have spent on them all. Not good.

E-Readers

I have a Kindle Paperwhite so that is what my experience will be based off.

Pros

The amount of books that you can fit onto a tablet the size of your hand is completely astounding. Living on a small island, my Kindle was a lifesaver and I was so thankful that I wasn’t having to drag all the books I wanted to read back and forth.

One thing that really impresses me about the Kindle and the way that the whole system works is the syncing feature. I could lose or restore my Kindle but all of my books would be safe on the cloud for me to redownload.

I have to say one of the best features of the Kindle is the fact that I can lie in whatever position I want to and still be able to read, without my arm hurting. Its wonderful. Especially my model of the Kindle means that I can read in the dark whilst my partner sleeps.

The price of books for the Kindle are lower than those in print, meaning I can experience a large amount of books for the lower price. It gives me the freedom to try things I wouldn’t usually without the risk.

Cons

Damage. The one thing about my Kindle is that I had to have two replaced because of faults. I mean Amazon were wonderful about everything and there was no question about replacing the item. It was an inconvenience though.

Battery. The fact that I have to remember to place my Kindle on charge is a little annoying. I tend to forget and there is nothing worse than getting half way through a journey and the battery running out.

No pretty covers, which I think is the real shame. There really isn’t anything like having the matching covers and spines sitting on your shelf.


So thats my take on e-readers and real books. I really want to get this out there. There is so much judgement on the internet about people reading e-readers instead of real books and vice versa and I think it crazy, we should support people reading regardless of how they achieve that. Reading is good no matter what way you do it!

Book Recommendations: Dystopian

So yet again, I have no book review. I have decided that on a Wednesday if I don’t have a book review I will be posting at least five books that I recommend in a particular series. This week is dystopian.


1. The Hunger Games trilogy.

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This one I feel is obvious, but this is a series that would fit anyone who is looking to get into the dystopian genre. These books follow the main character Katniss Everdeen, who is battling against an oppressive regime, whilst taking part in sadistic games in which it is a kill or be killed situation.

I as a reader loved these books, and I don’t hesitate to recommend them.

2. Unwind

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I haven’t heard this series talked about enough. I haven’t yet caught up with the book series, but the books I have read are well-written and offers an interesting idea on moral dilemma. The books are based in a world where parents can sign their troublesome teens over to become body parts in an attempt to get on top of the donor crisis.

The way that this book is set out allows for confusion and also the questioning of the governments morals, but also a certain amount of sympathy at the beginning.

3. The Lunar Chronicles

cinderThis was a surprise for me, because I have only read Cinder the first in the series, and I have put it on this list. Apart from guessing the big plot ending, I loved this book and the world that it was built in. We follow a young cyborg who is desperate to get away from her step-family, but when her sister is taken ill her whole life is turned upside.

The characters in this book add a completely different outlook on a classic fairytale.

4. Reboot

rebootYet another book that I haven’t read the sequel but this book was so fast paced and I managed to read it one sitting. I really loved the way the characters were created and the whole organisation of the society, it was nicely done. It follows the main character Wren who after being shot and killed is brought back, but her number is high, ridding her of her humanity. She meets and chooses to train a low number, and so on and so forth.

If you are looking for a book which is fast paced and exciting, then this is the one for you.


So that is that guys. My 4 recommendations for the Dystopian genre, I thought I had read a whole lot more, obviously not.

Weekend Reads [16]

I really want to apologise for the fact I have been absent from this blog over the weekend. I have had an immensely busy week and weekend, and unfortunately the blog had to take a backseat. But this week I endeavour to be more pro-active and post with enthusiasm.

Onto the reading. I am steadily making my way through All The Light We Cannot See and I love it. Really enjoying the dual perspectives, and what they each bring to the story. The characters are well created and the world, oh my, is so well described, I know it’s our world but the attention to detail is wonderful.

It really is becoming my type of book. Love it.