Wrapping Up The Week (9th April – 15th April)

How are we already halfway through the month? April is flying by and the countdown to moving house is getting shorter and shorter (5 days!). Unfortunately our internet won’t be sorted out until May 1st, but I am hoping that my data will be enough for me to get a few blog posts up within that time. I want to say I’ve packed up most of my things, but I haven’t. It’s a good thing I still have some time or I might be panicking.

In my last post I mentioned that my laptop had been playing up, freezing and crashing, and coming up with a code that said ‘Critical Process Died’. A bit of investigation on twitter told me that there were loads of people getting the same message which made me think it was a Windows 10 issue. Sure enough, I had another update a couple of days ago and it’s been fine since then. Obviously I was over the moon and managed to pick up with my editing again, something I had been too afraid to do in case my laptop crashed and I lost everything.

Books I read and reviewed…

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This debut novel is set to release in less than two weeks(for the US), so of course I spent a better part of the week flying through Ash Princess. You can find my full review here, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. There are some similarities between another of my favourite series, Throne of Glass, but there was great character development and the story progressed nicely. I will definitely be grabbing the second one when it comes out, hopefully next year.

I am currently reading…

I am still making my way through Nevernight, a book that is heavier and more descriptive so it is taking time to read, but I am also starting The Smoke Thieves. I was given the chance to read this by Penguin Random House on NetGalley and I am so excited to see what it is all about. Fingers crossed I can finish both of these within the week, maybe even before I move house.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read

WWW Wednesday – Hitting 250 Followers!

I got a lot of engagement this week thanks to these two blog posts and I always find it great to spark up a conversation with my followers about books.

My WIP…

I am cutting so many words in this second draft, but it is much easier to do so than I thought. I want the beginning to be solid and to do that I have to get rid of the boring stuff. My readers need to be entertained and if they’re bored before the good stuff starts, they won’t give it a chance. In total, I re-wrote 2,000 words yesterday (unable to write before then due to laptop problems) and I’m hoping to get another 1,000 done tonight if I can.

Other Fun Stuff…

The weather has been picking up here in the UK and we managed to get out yesterday for a three mile walk in the nearby nature park which was nice and relaxing. Apart from that I have been getting things in order for moving and finding enough bags and boxes to pack up all my stuff. I hope this is the only time I will be moving this year because it is tiring.

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My week was fairly uneventful but I hope you all had a great one and read some awesome books!

Wrapping Up The Week (13th Nov – 19th Nov)

Sometimes a week can go by at lightning speed and at other times it barely seems to move. This week was definitely the latter for me. It was jam-packed with job applications, meetings and interviews (sometimes multiple ones on the same day) and it involved a lot of waiting around. It wasn’t fun in the slightest. I feel like that has been reflected in the creative aspects of my life, with my writing at a standstill and feeling uninspired to pick up the book on my nightstand.

That’s the negatives, the positives of my week are that the interviews went relatively well and I have a feeling that one of them will want to hire me. It’s not everyday you have someone say “That was a really good interview” when you’re all done! I also managed to post quite a bit, finding a little spare time to draft up some posts and schedule them in.

Books I read and reviewed…

A Darker Shade Of Magic

I finally managed to post my review for A Darker Shade Of Magic, which you can check out here. This was a fantastic read and worthy of 5 stars. I’m already itching to go out and buy the rest, but I might just wait and ask for them at Christmas.

I am currently reading…

Glass Sword

I am still making my way through this, but I’m not into it. So I am very close to starting another, possibly Talon by Julie Kagawa, which I’ve heard some great things about. Plus, it’s the first in a season which means that if I like it, it’s an excuse to buy more books.

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Posts from the week…

Sherwood Forest: The Home Of Robin Hood

Being Nominated For The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Writer’s Tag

When Life Gets Stressful And The Writing Halts

I had a lot of fun writing these blog posts, especially The Writer’s Tag, and I even managed to get a little personal in the last one. Whenever I manage to pour my thoughts out it acts as therapy and hopefully it can help me in the long run. Don’t worry though, I’m not a fan of writing ranty posts, unless of course, you like that sort of thing.

Other Fun Stuff…

I am still making my way through Outlander, which I started a couple of weeks ago and I am still loving it. Not going to lie, I am definitely planning a trip to Scotland in the future, possibly next summer if possible! And the Scottish accent is growing on me too and is fairly easy to understand (but I am half Irish so I find it easy to understand accents).

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Fun fact about me is that I do enjoy a bit of gaming as well. It is actually something that my boyfriend got me into a while ago and with the release of Call Of Duty: WWII we have been playing it quite a bit. I wouldn’t say I’m the best but I do have good aim (according to him at least). I’m actually about to go and play a bit after I have finished writing this blog post.

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So, that was my week, but how has yours been? Hopefully it was full of some incredible books and creativity!

First Lines Fridays #1

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I have seen a couple of blogs that I follow feature this and I thought it would be great to join in every Friday. First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It’s pretty simple really, the rules go like this…

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

So here are the lines from the book I have chosen…

“The leather-bound volume was nothing remarkable. To an ordinary-historian, it would have looked no different from hundreds of other manuscripts in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, ancient and worn. But I knew there was something odd about it from the moment I collected it.”

First Thoughts

Well, it isn’t the most incredible of starts but it has me wondering what the book is and why it will be different (because we know it will be special in some way). Is our main character a special historian? Do they know things the others don’t?

And The book Is…

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When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft.

Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist.

Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…

What would you think of this book from the first few lines?