My 2017 Reading Pledge Update (Third Quarter)

See my first quarter reading pledge results, HERE. Want to see my second quarter results? CLICK HERE. So, I’ve been so mega-busy this week I haven’t had chance to post my results for the third quarter of the year on my reading pledge until now! Here goes … If you recall, I pledged to read and review…

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BEST OF 3: My Inspiring Secret Library

When someone asks you which books have influenced you, it’s very easy to fall into the ‘expected’ answers … Often because they’re true! It’s no secret how much I loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, especially as it prompted me to give crime writing a whirl myself. So when Cafe Thinking asked me to name 3…

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5 Things That Help Me Read And Write

1) Puss in Books When I have time to sit and read for a few hours, what helps me to focus (so I’m not tempted to spend my life doing housework) is my cat, Rupert AKA Trumpet – which is what my father nicknamed him because he couldn’t remember the cat’s actual name.Rupert is super-cuddly,…

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BOOK VERSUS FILM: Notes On A Scandal

The Book Notes On A Scandal tells the story from Barbara’s point of view when she becomes entangled with Sheba, a middle class housewife teaching for the first time in Barbara’s inner city school. Shockingly, Sheba has an affair with a fifteen year old boy which proves her downfall. This is not because she ends…

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Who Is YOUR Favourite YA Author?

So it’s YA May and one of my reading buddies asked, ‘Who is your favourite YA author?’ I didn’t even pause to think! For me, there’s only one definitive YA author and that’s Sarah Dessen. Her novels set in Wildflower Ridge are my absolute favourites. I love how relevant her stories of dysfunctional families, teenage…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide To YA Romance

To view the original post, CLICK HERE or on the infographic itself. Since it’s YA May at the moment, I thought I’d take a look online to see if I could find some VISUAL representations of the YA genre! Romance is a BIG part of YA, so I love this infographic from the brilliant site…

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The Ultimate YA Quiz

Following the success of last year’s Dystopian November, I’ve decided this month is YA MAY! It may surprise you, but when I’m not reading – or writing! – crime fiction, I love me a bit of YA fiction! I tend to prefer teen lit set in the real world, dealing with real issues and real…

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BOOK VERSUS FILM: The Silence Of The Lambs

WARNING: Do not touch the glass. Do not approach the glass. And do not under any circumstances read this if you don’t already know the story … CS: Hello, Dr Lecter. May I talk with you? HL: Good evening, Clarice. What do you have for me this time? CS: A comparison study, concerning the book…

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7 Brilliant Benefits Of Being A Voracious Reader

As inhabitants of a modern world we read hundreds of text messages, emails and trashy articles on our phones every day. We can sit through a TV box set in one evening and play video games to our hearts’ content. But when was the last time we sat down with a good book? If you’re only…

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8 Weird Book-Related Words You Need To Know

If you’re a book lover, changes are you’re a word lover too – or as it’s known, a LOGOPHILE (makes me think of something else, tbf!). But of course it’s the collection of words into stories for our READING pleasure that we love on this site … So I’ve collected up eight weird book-related words all of…

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