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Why I relate to the dementors on some level

I’m a Slytherin. If nothing else, remember that while reading this, OK? And by “Slytherin” I mean all-out dark mark admiring, Potions Master adoring, dingy dungeon type Slytherin.

I have been known to utter the words “Voldemort is bae.” Continue reading “Why I relate to the dementors on some level”

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New Year, New Me (barf) and the books that will get me there!

I literally hate the phrase “New Year, New Me”. I hate how it pops up on everyone’s timeline on every kind of social media account from mid-November through to February of the offending year. It makes me cringe. Especially when it’s coupled with the “this year is my year” status. DOUBLE VOM!

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But I do like the theory and the practice of it. Forget the phrase, I love that feeling that January brings of hitting a big reset button and starting fresh. An annual do-over. It’s comforting as much as it is liberating. So yeah, new year. Yay! New me? Maybe. Prolly not. But I do have goals and wishes and ambitions for this year. It’s only natural I have a TBR to go with that. Continue reading “New Year, New Me (barf) and the books that will get me there!”

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My top ten books of 2016

Ok then, let’s do this! It took me a little while to compile this list, as I’m sure it does for most of us, right? It’s HARD to say for certain which are the top of the top. Especially when I feel like 2016 has been on fleek when it comes to literature.

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I’ve only included 2016 releases in this list. I’m including “backlist honourable mentions” at the bottom for those books that were new-to-me this year. If you’ve made a similar list link it to me in the comments! Continue reading “My top ten books of 2016”

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On finally reading The Hunger Games – What took me so long?!

Yep, I’m one of THOSE people. The ones that are a little bit embarrassed and often resort to being very non committal in conversations about the big fandoms… because we haven’t read them.

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And not having read something as HUGE as The Hunger Games feels like it’s probably a crime in the world of YA. So first of I’m legitimately sorry it has taken me this long to read this book (oh yes, because I still have 2 books to go… I’m getting there, ok?) Secondly, I need to talk about Katniss, and Peeta, k? Continue reading “On finally reading The Hunger Games – What took me so long?!”

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How a couple of middle-of-the-road books can seriously break your stride

Reading slumps are real, yo. And sure, when you’re riding high after finishing with a five star read, it’s hard to imagine you’ll EVER have trouble picking up a book ever again.

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Well. You’re wrong. All it takes is for that whim of a book you’ve picked up (hey look, jaunty cover, cool concept, a little out of my normal comfort zone, what could go wrong?) to be an absolute fail and suddenly the mere thought of trying to dig through your TBR to find the right read fills you with a kind of sickness.

READING SLUMPS SUCK! Continue reading “How a couple of middle-of-the-road books can seriously break your stride”

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‘The Call’ is hands down one of the best books of the year

It’s not often that a book completely grips me. I think it’s more to do with right place and right time, you know? Like, all the planets must be aligned or some crap. It’s a bit of careful choosing and a lot of luck. But I was kinda digging Peadar O’Guilin’s ‘The Call’ from the moment I heard about it.

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In fact, I think I almost begged my friend Sophie for her proof copy. HA! I’m not beneath begging when I get a feeling about a book.  Continue reading “‘The Call’ is hands down one of the best books of the year”

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Writing kick-ass women – Guest Post by kick-ass author Jen Williams

I’m so BEYOND excited to have the wonderful Jen Williams here on my blog this week. And it’s even better that she’s talking about that writing thing. About the creative writing thing and what exactly goes into making that kick-ass leading lady.

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the “Blogger Recognition Award” plus the usual chitter chatter

Well hot damn, I got myself tagged (“nominated” always feels too weird for me to say… look, I have my ticks, so do you. Let’s just leave it at that) by Grace @ quirkyandperculiar and I am SO BEHIND on these things that I thought I’d better start doing them.

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Also, because I don’t want people to think I don’t give a crumb for being nominated tagged. ‘Cause I do. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. *hugs* Continue reading “the “Blogger Recognition Award” plus the usual chitter chatter”