NaNoWriMo 2K16

This year is the year I plan to kind of do NaNoWriMo.

I say ‘kind of’ because I’m not particularly following the rules…

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo (or, National Novel Writing Month) happens every year in November, and the goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel in that month. That’s a lot of writing – especially in amongst studies and work! Which is why I have never participated in it before.

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Venturing Out Into The World of Non-Fiction

Have you ever had that conversation, in which, after telling a person that you love reading, they reply by listing multiple books and asking if you have read them? Of course you have! And it’s a great conversation to have! But occasionally, it gets a little awkward (if you’re anything like me) when the books mentioned all have a common theme – they’re all non-fiction!

I get this a lot, which I think is partly added to by the fact that I am a history student, and often get asked about non-fiction books about historical events/periods.

It’s not that I don’t like non-fiction, I do. And it’s not that I don’t read non-fiction, I do. It’s just that, when given the option, I never choose to spend my free time, curled up with a non-fiction book, over a good old fictional story.

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BOOK REVIEW | Heartborn by Terry Maggert



Author: Terry Maggert

Genre: Fantasy

Published: 1st September 2016

Format: eBook

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star

“She smiled, despite the clouds and snow spreading before her through the windows. They could make their own sunshine.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

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September Wrap-Up | 2016

Well, I can safely say that I read more than last month…that is, more than zero books!

I know, what an achievement, right!?

I mean, not a whole lot of books were read, and I’m now quite far behind on my reading challenge, but I still have hope that I will catch up in the last three months of the year (only three months left of 2016!!!???).

So in the month of September, I read…

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GIVEAWAY | Terry Maggert audiobook and swag!


I haven’t posted a lot in the last couple of weeks, but I come back to you with a very exciting one!!

Thanks to the wonderful Terry Maggert, we have a fab giveaway…

To be in with a chance of winning:

  • An audiobook of Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert!
  • An Envelope of book swag!

All you need to do is:
– Like Terry Maggert’s Facebook Page
– Comment on this post with your favourite mythical/fantasy creature (just for fun!)

You can have a second entry, via my bookstagram!
To enter on here, all you need to do is:
– Follow Terry Maggert on Twitter
– Repost the giveaway post (it will be under this image…)


The giveaway will end in two weeks from today (13th October)!

Good Luck!


BOOK DISCUSSION | Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (SPOILERS!)

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It is books like this that made me start blogging. How can a human being read a book like this and keep all of their thoughts and emotions inside, without someone to explode with excitement to?

EoS begins with Aelin and the gang heading to Terrasen to meet with Darrow and some lords, to try to rally some support. But what is a Sarah J. Maas book without some despair to start off the story? Rejecting her claim as rightful Queen, they deny her her throne and the support she needs for war. But by this point in the series, Aelin has become so strong in herself, that she completely brushes this off, continuing on her journey, and calling in the large number of debts she has earned for herself over her assassin years. Remembering some of that Celaena swagger was a delight to read in this book!

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What We Know So Far | Throne of Glass TV Show

Empire of Storms was released a couple of days ago, and yesterday something equally exciting was released!

It seems like AGES ago that Throne of Glass was actually optioned for TV, but it seems that in the past few days, there have been a few more details released that make this adaptation even more likely!

  • First of all, a title for the TV series has been set as Queen of Shadows (the title of book 4 in the series).
  • Hulu is developing the show
  • Kira Snyder (The 100) is set to be writing the adaptation
  • Anna Foerster (Underworld: Blood Wars) is set to be directing the potential pilot

I’ll link the article that was posted yesterday, that I got this information from HERE!


It seems that this show may actually potentially be happening in the future!

What are your thoughts though? Are you happy for this series to make it onto your screens, or would you rather it remained on the pages of your books?

Personally, I’m REALLY excited to see how it could be adapted, but I’m trying to imagine it as something completely different. I just hope it’s going to be good!


BOOK REVIEW | Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


Title: Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published: 2nd February 2016 (US)
4th February 2016 (UK)

Format: Paperback

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star



“War had bled color from everything, leaving nothing but a storm of gray.”


Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.


Despite being a history student, I don’t tend to read historical fiction much, particularly that set in the World Wars. I think, perhaps, that I have read so much non-fiction, and written so many essays, that I tend not to find them as engaging to read. But sometimes it is important to read these stories, to bring some of the emotion and feeling back to such an awful time in our world’s not-so-distant past. And sometimes that can only be done through these fictional stories.

Salt to the Sea was interesting, because it took a very specific aspect of the Second World War (the Wilhelm Gustloff refugee ship) and some very real life issues surrounding it, and gave light to it with characters we could relate to today more easily. Sometimes that is what we need today to fully grasp how awful life was for people at this time; being able to relate to it and put ourselves in that mindset. Ruta Sepetys does that brilliantly through this novel, whilst still retaining an authenticity to the storylines.

I really liked the four different perspectives given throughout the book, and their different angles on the same devastating event. Each chapter is only two or three pages long though, which I personally thought made it harder to fully feel that I knew any of the characters very well. That said, I did still find myself attached to them as a whole (with the exception of one, whom I was hoping would have some more development by the end), and dreading how the ending would play out.

What I loved most though, was that I had not even heard of this ship, despite it being, statistically, one of the greatest maritime disasters ever. Worse even than the likes of the Titanic. This book really opened my eyes to all of the awful things that happened throughout WWII, and how few are taught and studied and shown on TV/film/literature today. I loved reading the Author’s Note on the history of the book, at the end, and felt like I had read a very well researched and thoughtful novel.

It wouldn’t call it the best book I have read, set in this period, and it was perhaps a little too short for me to fully connect to the characters themselves, but it was a beautifully written and delicate book that really gets you thinking about the atrocities of war that no one ever tells you.


August Wrap-Up | 2016

What a successful reading month I had in August. Can you guess how many books I read?

Don’t worry, I shall tell you…

Drum roll please…




That’s right, I read zero books in August.

I really have no excuses, other than work, being on holiday in Paris, and moving into my new house. I guess life just got too busy!

There’s nothing else much to say on the reading front, and just because I don’t want to finish the post on an embarrassing, negative note, I’ll tell you about what I watched instead…


Yes, the Netflix show that everyone seems to be talking about! And what an amazing show it is! I am not a fan of the creepy, scary things, but I LOVED Stranger Things. I watched the first three episodes, and thought I wasn’t going to carry on with it, because it was creeping me out a little, and I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about it enough yet to outweigh that. But the hype around this show kept playing on me! So I pushed through, and man am I glad that I did!

For those of you who don’t already know (what rock are you living under?) Stranger Things is the story of a boy who disappears, and the people on the search for him, and all of the super weird, creepy, supernatural revelations and reasons surrounding it. It’s slow to start, but about half way in it gets so intense that you just can’t stop watching it!

And it’s only 8 episodes, which means you don’t have to dedicate as much time (which I guess could also be a downside!).

If I were to rate it as I rate books, I would probably give it a 4.5/5 – only because it took me a few episodes to fully get into it.


I have also been watching a bit of the Big Bang Theory. I only started watching BBT a couple of months ago (I know, I am soooooo behind!) and I’ve really been enjoying watching an odd episode whilst doing other things. (I sound like I’m some sort of professional multi-tasker here, but I’m seriously not!!!)

So that’s my fail of a reading wrap up for August! Here’s hoping for a much better month of reading during September (even though so far the total is still zero!).


Hopefully you guys did much better than me! How much did you read? What was your favourite? And has anyone else watched and loved Stranger Things?