Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) – Leigh Bardugo

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Hey guys,

So I’m finally catching up with the rest of the world. I got fed up rereading the same books (even though I have loads of books in my TBR pile. I’m sure you can all relate…) and started The Grisha trilogy. Honestly, I was a little sceptical. I’m a part of a few pages on Facebook and there was so much hype around these books that was afraid to be disappointed if I started. But, the series was on sale on the Kindle store and I think I got the three books for around £7 so I can’t really complain. I started Shadow and Bone and I finished it by lunchtime the following day. I couldn’t put it down. I really, really enjoyed the first book. (I also just got these beautiful copies in my most recent book haul. I’m in love). Read More

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August Book Haul – Welcome to the Grishaverse

Hey guys,

So you might be aware that I recently changed job from the fast paced and should destroying world of the catering industry for a more chilled desk job in a dentist. It’s a pretty good life but we aren’t going to go into that. There is a point behind me mentioning this actually. The way my previous jobs bonus scheme worked was as a point system, your store was awarded points based on performance and you could then go on to spend the points on cool stuff. I was saving my points and when it came to me leaving the company I decided I should use my points instead of losing them.

Naturally, I loaded them all into a National Book Token card to spend in a bookshop.

It did not disappoint.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 20

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Day 20 – Would You Consider Yourself an Optimist or Realist?

I think everyone is a little bit of an optimist in life, regardless of how they think. We all want to see the positive outcomes in things, no matter how big or small. And sometimes we are a little bit pessimistic. Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 19

dsc_00552282574373208556273.jpgDay 19 – Your Favourite Bookstagrams

Rather self explanatory – Five favourite Bookstagrams, in no particular order. All beautiful. Take a look. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 18

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Day 18 – Describe Your First Love and First Kiss (Of Significance)

This could be… interesting. Good prompt and we could probably say a lot on the matter.

I’ve definitely taught myself not to look back in anger. It is my past and we live on regardless of it.

Let’s disregard silly things we do as kids when boys were yucky and I was more interested in rolling down hills and climbing trees.

I was 14 and I was in love. Read More

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 17

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Day 17 – Your Favourite Place to Go

This is kind of a hard one for me because for the past few years, what with life and work and university, I haven’t really had nearly as much free time as I would have liked. Now that I’m driving and am in a different working environment I have a little bit more freedom but, as it turns out, that hasn’t really helped too much. I still don’t get out nearly as much as I’d like to, I’m always just too tired. I’m thinking that I will keep this prompt more local rather than choose someplace across the world (far and unreasonable). So, my favourite place to go is actually anywhere in the Scottish Highlands and sometimes the Islands.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 16

Day 16 – Do You Ever Feel…

Not all creative minds are troubled minds but many come from difficult times and are shaped by the forces that bend them. Those who face hard times often learn to find beauty and power in something that can be associated with something outside of the hardship, some learn to find beauty in the hardship. We use the experience that we have, regardless of whether it is good or bad, to create.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 15

Day 15 – Your Five Literary Heroes

Life is so noisy right now, but it’s going in the right direction. So, part of my catch-up here is the next prompt.

In no particular order, my five literary heroes;

  • Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby I love The Great Gatsby. It’s the only F. Scott Fitzgerald book I can read but I love it. The thing I really love about this book and the characters is how truly over the top it all is. Hysteria is a great word for it. It’s infectious. There are so many flaws in Gatsby, but ultimately he just wants the girl he fell in love with the idea of. From someone that came from nothing, he built himself an empire just the prove to Daisy that he could give her the life she wanted in return for her affections. However, despite the parties and the lush life, he is a very lonely man in a crowded room. He is very misunderstood but eventually, someone sees him for who he is. Nick sees Gatsby for the real man that lies beneath the facade, but by then it is too late. (My first ever tattoo, which was of course book related was from The Great Gatsby and I love it).

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FREE EBOOK – Still: Still Series, Book 1: Camilla Monk

Hey guys. Enjoy a free book. Same author that wrote the Spotless series which is amazing so I’ve got high hopes. Check Still out in the relevant Amazon site!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Still-Book-1-Camilla-Monk-ebook/dp/B077VZ6FFP

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 14

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Day 14 – What Tattoos You Have & If They Have Meaning

I think tattoos and piercings are a great way to express yourself. More so tattoos, but the principle still stands. It’s a way to express yourself without going out of your way to affect others around you, it subtly tells something about who you are and what you love. I feel like they both get such a bad rap but I’m a firm believer of each person to their own so you want to write it on your skin then you do you.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 13

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Day 13 – Something That You Are Currently Worrying About

I am naturally a stressed person. I get so unbelievably stressed over everything and sometimes it makes things incredibly difficult to deal with. My body has a really terrible way of dealing with the stress too, and it is often crippling.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 12

My first writing challenge and I’ve ruined it. I’ve been working the early shift at work and by the time I’m finished I’ve just been so tired and so emotionally done that all I’m doing when I get home is sleep. I managed to wash the car yesterday which is something, at least. So now I’m three days behind. I’ll catch up, I promise.

Day 12 – Your Best Friend

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