'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Harry Potter #60

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

REVIEW: Bird Box - Josh Malerman

Bird Box - Josh Malerman
Bird Box: A Novel
Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #52

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog Broke and Bookish.

Monday, 14 April 2014

GUEST POST: Erin Lawless on University Life

The Best Thing I Never Had
The lovely Erin Lawless, author of The Best Thing I Never Had stops by the blog today to talk about her time at university, what it meant for her and how influenced her fantastic debut! I cannot recommend this book enough. It's touching, so very real and so moving. This is one of the most lovely guest posts I've had on the blog and I'm so excited to share it with you guys:

Sunday, 13 April 2014

REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. She is less than thrilled about boarding school in Paris - until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, he has it all - including a serious girlfriend. Will Anna get her French kiss?

Showcase Sunday #73

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books! 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Laura Lam: The Somewhat Hidden Rainbow in Fantasy


As part of LGBT April, Pantomime author Laura Lam is here on my blog to talk about LGBT within the fantasy genre. Over to Laura:

The Somewhat Hidden Rainbow in Fantasy

At first glance, it seems like GLBT fantasy is few and far between. And yes, compared to most fantasy published, it is a small percentage (hard numbers to come later). Science fiction seems to focus more on GLBT than straight up fantasy as well. Yet rather than write a doom and gloom article, I wanted to celebrate all the great GLBT fantasy there is out there and list some resources where people can find more. Lastly, I’ll write a little bit about my own GLBT fantasy series, Pantomime & Shadowplay