Hot off the Press for Cooler Weather- New(ish) Releases to Enjoy This Autumn!

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Hello all! Now we’re heading into autumn, I thought it might be cool to follow up my summery HOT RELEASES. This time, I’m spotlighting a few that give me more *fall feels*! Let’s get into it!

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Beach Read– starting off on a warmer note, this was probably the most fun, fluffy contemporaries I read last season. If, like me, you’re still needing a getaway vibe, then this will be right up your street!

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The Weekend Away– speaking of not coming back from holiday, this was another HOT HIT for me this summer. Set in Lisbon, this thriller offers a killer deal, taking tourists on a quick spin around a city they just might not return from… Definitely recommend if you’re not ready to return to reality!

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Clap When You Land– on a more poignant note, this contemporary that deals with grief and family really hit some emotional highs and lows for me. It deserves a round of applause.

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Huntress– I hunted down this book after a recommendation from Beware of the Reader and I’m so glad I did, because this was a thrilling historical fiction set during and after the second world war.

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His and Hers– in a small town, with bodies piling up, there are plenty of deadly turns to this thriller… and many sides to this story.

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One by One– another high-body-count murder mystery, this is a more modern take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Prepare to feel cut off in this ski resort, as horrible things go down!!

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Good Girl’s Guide to Murder– I haven’t mentioned this before, but I really did enjoy the twists and turns of this YA thriller- especially the ending!

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Wilders Girls– I don’t talk about this nearly enough- even though it was one of the most absorbing and atmospheric reads of the last year. I recommend this Lord of the Flies style dystopia for anyone in the mood to be a bit freaked out this fall.

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This is How You Lose the Time War– just as unique, this sci fi love story captivated me with its beautiful writing.

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Sorcery of Thorns– of course, if you’re looking for a more traditionally escapist read, then I can’t recommend Sorcery of Thorns highly enough! I mean, let’s be real, this had me at *magical library* 😉 Luckily it didn’t disappoint!

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Serpent and Dove– on the note of *sheer entertainment*, you can’t go wrong with this (slightly bonkers but entirely enjoyable) romp. With enemies to lovers and forced marriage, this one made me very happy (and super excited for the sequel!) Also, it has witches, which most certainly gets me in the Halloween-y mood!

And that’s all for now! Did you enjoy any of these? Are you planning on reading them? And do you have any recent releases you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Thriller tropes I love and hate!

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We all have different expectations for books. Sometimes that’s more general (like good writing) and sometimes it’s a bit more genre specific. In the last few years, I’ve really changed things up and discovered a new love for psychological thrillers. And over time, I’ve realised there are really specific things that can get me revved up… or completely grind my gears. So, today I’m talking about some of those tropes I love and hate. And I’m going to do it without spoilers (the book covers don’t necessarily correlate with the list and are in a random order to avoid giving anything away!). Let’s get into it!

Thriller Tropes I Love

Secret sociopaths– one of the best things about thrillers are the bad guys. I love a lot of the villain types that come up- but do get a kind of particular pleasure when the person pulling all the sadistic strings is a secret sociopath the whole time. Bonus points if I can get inside that person’s head, which leads me onto…

Multiple POVs– I don’t always love multiple POVs in books, but it can really work in thrillers. Especially if we get inside the head of the bad guy (preferably not knowing who that is!) It’s one of the biggest pulls to the genre.

Unreliable narrators– on the topic of getting inside people’s minds, an unreliable narrator can be used very powerfully in a thriller. There are lots of different ways this can create a fascinating psychological profile and keep the reader on their toes, so most of them work for me. It’s just all about the execution.

Justified bad guy– oof this can be a masterful twist, especially if they get away with it, cos then you’re kinda rooting for it.

Person you least expect did it– this can be so much fun. I know that some people like it to be paired with justified baddie, however, cos apparently I’m a messed up individual, I actually prefer if this goes with sociopathic killers. It multiplies the creep factor for me!

Creepy kids– this is taking me back to my gothic roots and my love of Turn of the Screw. If done well, this subversion of cutesy innocence can be a killer move.

Isolated in the middle of nowhere– this also plays into the gothicy vibes I love. Not only is it a great way to build atmosphere, I also love how much it builds tension because YOU CAN’T ESCAPE!!

Dark past and buried secrets– I mean, this is pretty much a staple of most thrillers, yet I still love when the past is dug up and the truth is exposed.

Cliffhanger ending or final gut punch twist- I know a lot of people like a clean ending with everything neatly tied up… but when it comes to thrillers, I want the exact opposite. I want there to be a last second reveal that turns everything on its head and makes my stomach drop. Well, within reason. I still want it to make sense, which I guess leads me onto the tropes I don’t like.

Thriller Tropes I Don’t Like

An impossible twist– or anything really that comes out of nowhere. The worst example I’ve ever seen is in a book that thought (for some reason) it’d be a good idea to have a paranormal plot twist. Which, yeah, I didn’t see coming from a seemingly realistic thriller… but that’s also what made it really dumb. Don’t genre shift at the last second! Grr!!

*Surprise* not dead– this can also break my suspension of disbelief, cos while it happens an awful lot in thrillers, it never does in real life… so maybe it’s not the best trick to pull. Plus, I’m never keen on being robbed of an emotional moment. I guess the only way this could work is if a character was believed to be dead before the plot ever began and somehow wormed their way back into the story. I could just about get behind that.

Police procedurals– okay, this isn’t really a trope, it’s more of a subgenre, but anything in this vein doesn’t do it for me.

Clueless mc– this is probably one of my most hated tropes, because even if it helps the plot, it can be annoying to be in the head of someone really stupid. A lot of the time, if the book is otherwise well written, I can let this slide. But it will still make me dock points, because there’s only so much a person can go through before I think “wow this person has the IQ of a pigeon- and not even a smart pigeon, a stupid pigeon that keeps flying into windows” (this is why so many books involve unreliable narrators with substance abuse issues!)

Bad guy is irrelevant character– quite simply, this will spoil the fun of a good thriller. You want to feel invested and terrified of the antagonist. You don’t want to get to the end and go who?!

When the red herring was a better solution- similarly, I don’t like it when the misleading subplot would’ve been a better outcome. It’s disappointing when a writer lays down a roadmap to a really entertaining outcome… then veers off course. I end up wishing they’d taken the other route.

Agenda driven twists or plots– this is another way I’m seeing authors really spoil a dramatic plot. What makes this even worse is how heavily signposted and moralising this can be. It’s not that thrillers can’t deal with hard-hitting topics- I’ve read a number that really work. It’s that it shouldn’t take away from the thrill of a thriller. It’s supposed to keep me on the edge of my seat… not make me feel like I’m slumped over, held hostage in a lecture theatre by a crazed activist, trying to tell me something painfully obvious. Yeah, no thanks. I was reading this to be entertained.

They’re not so bad, really– this is very close to the justified killer- so it’s probably odd that it’s on the hate side. Still, I can’t help hating it when a character does something terrible and everyone in the story goes above and beyond to excuse their behaviour. There are times when this can work… and others when it can fall flat on its face. Even if a character’s justified and even if the plot demands they get away with it, I think it’s a delicate balance to reach, so I can’t stand it when characters keep going on and on and on about how the character shouldn’t be punished. I think it’s just a question of knowing when to stop.

Alrighty then- that’s all I’ve got for now! Do you love or loathe any of these? And do you have any thriller tropes to add? Let me know in the comments!

Songs I Wish Were Books

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There are *so many* songs out there that inspire me and make me think “I’d love to read a book about this!” So when I saw this prompt for a Top Ten Tuesday a few years back, I wanted to do it… But forgot! Luckily, the brilliant Kat @Life and Other Disasters reminded me of it recently with an awesome follow up! So be sure to check it out if you like this topic!

Blank Space– I mean, let’s be real, I mostly want to fill this with Taylor Swift songs 😉 However, if I had to pick just one, I’d go with this because I think it’s got cheeky Gone Girl vibes and would make an excellent thriller. The lead would be charming and potentially sociopathic OR, even better, the final twist could be that the media got it all wrong and stitched up an innocent woman! (seriously, someone needs to write this book!)

Strange and Beautiful– call me masochistic, I just love stories about unrequited love. Preferably if it ends tragically…

Winter Winds– this is another one where I think it’d be interesting if the characters didn’t end up together. I just think it could be an interesting, character-focused story about people growing up in their early twenties in London (and I love books with a strong London setting!)

Blackbird– I just think this is beautiful and I can see the characters flying around… Actually that’s not a bad idea- it’d be really cool as a fantasy story! Someone write it please!

Ruby Tuesday– I imagine this would be nigh on impossible to pull off capturing the enigma of the titlular character… then again Taylor Jenkins Reid always pulls that off with her main characters… so maybe she should write it!

Galway Girl- this is another one where I can just picture the character… Not Ed Sheeran, I don’t really care about his part and would write him out of the narrative. It’s The Girl who is enigmatic and fascinating and I just want to read her story.

Homeward Bound– weirdly, out of all of Simon and Garfunkel’s narrative driven songs, this is the one that speaks to me the most, even though there’s less of a story to it. There’s just something about it that leaves me longing to know the full story. It could be a kind of modern-day Odyssey… with musicians!

Zombie– I mean, this song speaks for itself. It could be an amazing book about war. It’d be really cool to do it as a split timeline, during a conflict and after. Maybe even don’t say whose perspective the after perspective is from, so you don’t know who survived… *dun dun dun*

I Will Follow You Into the Dark– this could be a really cool paranormal fantasy, heavy on the romance 😉 On the note of fantasy…

Kashmir– this is super trippy and could make a really good, really odd book.

Bad Guy– a song for an anti-hero. A bit of a loopy one.

All These Things That I Have Done– another anti-hero-ish potential-novel. And if someone said they’d based a book on this, I’d definitely read it!

Tomorrow– yes I know this is from a musical, but I always had lingering questions about whether tomorrow ever came for this character!

Shine On You Crazy Diamond– there’s actually crazy story about this song. The way I heard it told, it was a tribute to Syd Barrett, a troubled former member of the band. Bizarrely, when they were recording the song, he turned up, so different that they almost didn’t recognise him, then left. I’d love for someone to do a fictionalised version of it (only have him be missing instead of kicked out of the band and turn up for one performance in a sort of mystical fashion at a festival).

Mad Woman– I know I said that I said I wouldn’t just fill this up with Taylor Swift songs, but I can’t help including just one more! And every time I listen to this lately, I can’t help but think this would be a nice spin on the whole mad woman in the attic trope!!

And that’s all for now! Do you agree with any of these? Would you tell any of these stories differently? And what songs would you like to see become books? (by Taylor Swift or otherwise! 😉) Let me know in the comments!

Throwback Summer Reads

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We’re coming to the end of the summer, but I’m not ready for it to end (because it barely felt like it was the summer this year with no vacation), so that’s why I’m choosing some books to prolong the season! Because I went with some HOT NEW books last month, I thought I’d go with some throwbacks here (books that are at least ten years old), kicking it off with…

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Percy Jackson– because I need a little magic in my life right now! And this also is set at Camp Half Blood- which achieves both my goals of getting away and getting a little adventure. But in case that wasn’t wild enough…

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Wild Magic– yes I did just use that pun (and I’m sorry… sorta). Regardless, this is a fun read and Tamora Pierce always gives me summer vibes.

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Goose Girl– this book gives me all the *nostalgia* and *warm fuzzies*- which I’d say qualifies it as a summer read 😉

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The Secret Garden– this is another childhood fave. It really brings the idea of new seasons to life. And I’ve always dreamed of having a garden like this one day to lounge about on summer days (and read 😉).

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I Capture the Castle– aside from the romantic, crumbling castle, there’s nothing more iconic and summery than the midsummer festivities.

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Famous Five– the adventures of the Famous Five will always have a special place in my heart and long be associated with summer!

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How I Live Now– this is perhaps an odd one, because it’s a dystopia, but this begins in one lush summer, transforming as the world changes around them.

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Yellow Wallpaper– this one twisty gothic set in summer. And, if anything the summer setting only makes it creepier!

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Return of the Native– a bit more of a poignant choice, Hardy has a way with settings that make me think of the gorgeous Dorset countryside.

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East of Eden– another writer with exquisite descriptions of the setting! Set in California, there’s often more than enough in the writing to get you feeling a little hot and bothered. And while technically speaking, I think Grapes of Wrath does an even greater job depicting the landscape, I personally prefer this family epic.

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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society– this books makes me want to take a trip to Guernsey!

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Journey to the River Sea– most of Eva Ibbotson has a summery feel- but especially this Middle Grade, set in the Amazon.

And that’s all for now? Which throwback books do you recommend for summer? Let me know in the comments!

Ten of My Biggest Bookish Pet Peeves – Inspired by NSFord

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As much as I love books, I have to admit there are ever so slight problems that I *hate* so much they’ll ruin my enjoyment of a book. Reasonably or unreasonably, these can get me peeling back my banana rating at an alarming rate. And, though I’ve talked about the rather large issues that HORRIFY ME, I haven’t talked about these little pet peeves. That’s why I was really inspired by the brilliant N S Ford to air my biggest bug bears when it comes to fiction. Of course, this is a very personal list, so don’t please don’t take it personally if you like this stuff/the books I’ve included, yada yada yada… let’s get onto the juicy stuff, shall we?

an inspector callsMoralising– okay, yes, I say it a lot- BUT THAT’S COS IT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS! I will never understand why some authors have to *stop everything* just to preach at us. If I wanted to hear what random people had to say about their views, I’d spend three hours trawling through twitter instead of buying a book.

 

hand on the wallUnwanted/unnecessary politics in books. Obviously, there are exceptions (if I pick up a book on a particular political topic, I’m not going to get mad at it for being what it says on the tin, whether it’s fiction or non fiction). However, much like with moralising, I’m really, really not interested in an author’s opinions on politics. I don’t read fiction books to get my political views and I have no interest in virtue signalling interludes. I just want to switch off and enjoy my rom com in peace, k?

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsPretentious characters. Oof, these ones get under my skin. It’s not just that they’re basically the most unlikeable characters, it’s that they often seem unrealistic too. I feel like I’ve never met anyone in real life who is as pretentious as characters in books somehow manage to be.

 

Bronzehorseman.jpgExcessively quoting other books to sound clever. Again, with exceptions- one my favourite things in books is subtle allusions and references. Nonetheless, I rarely think of it as genius when a book incessantly quotes other works to sound smart (references and epigraphs are mostly fine). Bonus irritation points, on the other hand, if you manage to combine it with a pretentious character (there’s basically nothing I hate more than characters who, rather than holding conversations, quote reams of poetry back and forth to each other. And, in keeping with my view that these are unrealistic, no one does this in real life).

4321Name dropping book titles to sound smart. Okay this is very similar to the last one- but somehow manages to be astronomically more annoying! It doesn’t make a character or author seem smart to just list a bunch of books the character read. I saw this a bunch of times in 4321 and I’ve no idea why the author did it. Really got on my nerves by the end.  

normal peopleSilly writing gimmicks for no justifiable reason. Sometimes I can be okay with it if it was done for a reason, such as when there weren’t quotation marks in the Road, because it was edgy, post-apocalyptic and it added to the tension. That said, the same cannot be said for Conversations with Friends and Normal People. I’ve spent ages trying to dissect why the author would use this- and can’t think of a single good reason. I get that she was going for a millennial vibe that she developed writing emails… maybe then I’d have let her off the hook for using slang, yet the lack of speech marks doesn’t add up (I also think it must be kind of irritating to get an email from Rooney if she just doesn’t bother to use good punctuation). Sorry, I don’t get it.

Throne_of_Glass_UKOh look there’s another chosen one– or any other super predictable trope. I’m not keen on when things are too derivative or been done to death- and I mention the chosen one cos this is one I’m most tired of seeing. Especially if it comes with a prophecy attached.

 

lady midnightBooks that are just set up (looking at the *entire* Dark Artifices series). I don’t mind if series go on and on- but I don’t want to be sold a story… only to realise I’m going to have to buy another book (and then another and another) before I actually get what I paid for.

 

crystal stormRepetitive content– similar to the last one I don’t like to have my time wasted. So, once you’ve made a point, done some character work or had something happen, please don’t just repeat it a few pages later! Worst case scenario is when an entire plot consists of having characters captured, then escape, then get captured again- by the same frickin villain!! It’s not only dull, it makes everyone in the book look kinda incompetent. No book needs that kind of padding!

on the roadNo plot. Cos apparently this makes you really clever as a writer. Just kidding! I’ve no idea where people got the idea that writing a book where nothing happens somehow makes it work of genius… It’s not like Shakespeare, Dickens, the Bronte sisters or basically any of the greats decided that they were just gonna skip the plot and ramble on aimlessly for 300 pages.

And that’s all for now! Do you agree with any of these? And what are some of your biggest bookish pet peeves? Let me know in the comments!

Wonderful and Whimsical Fantasy Worlds to Get Lost in This Summer

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Hello all! Like many of you, I’m craving some escape this summer… but can’t get away. Luckily, I’ve found before, books can be an excellent cure for wanderlust. I’m gonna try my hardest not to repeat places I’ve used before, so we can all head to new hotspots! Without further ado, let’s take-off!

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Nevermoor– this is a new favourite world for me- it’s wundrous and whimsical and unique. I just adore it.

Kyrria– I thought I knew this world, as I’d seen the movie Ella Enchanted, but really I had no idea how fun and different it would be! The kind of world I’d love to run off to.

Whimsy– fresh off of reading Sorcery of Thorns, I was tempted to include it on this list, but it didn’t quite fit. Fortunately, Enchantment of Ravens, with its little town that is a pocket in fairyland and its journey into the fairy courts, fits the bill perfectly.

Stormhold & Faerie– from Stardust. There are, as you can tell, many fairylands I’d like to visit, but this one has Gaiman’s magic touch.

Prythian– this world is so lush. It sparkles on the page- especially in A Court of Mist and Fury, when we get to go to Velaris!

Cabeswater– I can’t believe I’ve never included Cabeswater before? It’s (literally) dreamy and magical and alive with possibilities. Well, I’m rectifying that today, thinking about this with special reference to Dream Thieves.

Weep– likewise, I can’t believe I’ve been so remiss as to not mention the exquisite and innovative world of Strange the Dreamer. In case you don’t know, Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors and she can do no wrong. Her worlds are immersive and fantastical and the dream getaway.

Rivendell– umm yeah I somehow never mentioned this either (I guess cos I’m a massive weirdo always going on about Mirkwood). Obviously, this is the *best* destination in Middle Earth (unless you fancy a staycation in the Shire of course 😉)

Red London– I’ve snuck this into a list before, talking about books set in my hometown, but given that was cheeky, I’m gonna be cheekier still and put it here. Especially cos right now I’m stuck in a rather grey London- wish I could put on a cloak and spin off into another version of London (preferably one without the pandemic)

The World of Crestomanci– yeah, I’ve always got to sneak Diana Wynne Jones into one of these lists- I mean she does embody the words “whimsy” and “cute” and “fun”.

Ten Thousand Doors– yup, I’m raving about this book again, because it’s amazing. The world building just transports me off to a thousand other worlds!

Fantastica– and if we’re talking about getting lost in stories, then I simply have to include this now classic journey into storyland. With every turn of the page, you will be transported.

And that’s all for now! Do you fancy booking a trip to any of these? And what fantastical, whimsical worlds would you love to jet off to? Let me know in the comments!

Books I Find Inspirational!

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Hello all! More than ever, I’m finding my inspiration gets stuck and I need something to push me in the right direction. And when I’m in need of a boost, I turn to books. Stories are inherently inspirational- so it was hard for me to narrow this down. Here is (just a few) favourites:

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Big Magic– this is the book that sparked my desire to make this list. So inspiring for creative types, I was continually delighted by Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice.

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With the Fire on High– there’s so much inspiration to be found in this coming of age story. Not just from the creativity, but in the way Emoni shows the power of perseverance.

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Bright Side– perhaps an unusual choice, since this is a pretty devastating read, but I can’t help but find inspiration in the main character’s personality.

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Wonder– a story that drums in the importance kindness, this middle grade inspired me with its outlook.

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A Man Called Ove– a wonderful story of the life-supporting nature of friendship, it is the epitome of inspiring.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns– I often talk about how this book moved me, but don’t say enough that I found the characters inspiring. No matter what they endure, they find the strength to pick themselves up and fight another day.

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Hitler’s Canaries– when it comes to WW2 stories, it can be hard to find the humanity in amongst this inhumane era- and yet that’s exactly what this narrative exemplifies. A beautiful tale of human kindness, I recommend it to anyone looking for uplifting historical fiction.

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Man’s Search for Meaning– one of the most significant reads of my life, this book showed me that meaning can be found in hardship and gives hope that the human spirit can endure anything.

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In Order to Live– of all the memoirs about endurance, survival and finding yourself, In Order to Live is one that means the most to me. Especially as the author is very close in age to me- it amazes me that she could have gone through so much and become such an inspiration.

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The Martian– an adventure story about surviving in space, this manages to go beyond pure entertainment value to deliver a story about human ingenuity and perseverance. There’s nothing more inspiring than that.

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Good Omens– who would’ve thought a story about the apocalypse could be so life-affirming? Yet here we have a story that shows us why humanity is worth saving.

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Lord of the Rings– the enduring nature of Tolkien’s saga doesn’t merely come from the escapism and world building- but inspiring themes of redemption, friendship and defeating evil against the odds.

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Les Misérables– for another redeeming read, we can turn to Les Mis– the story of a thief turned hero, through a single act of kindness.

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Pride and Prejudice– a lovely, optimistic narrative, Pride and Prejudice famously shows us how first impressions can be wrong. More than that, Austen always gives her characters a chance to reform and change for the better. I’d certainly call that inspiring.

And that’s all for now! Do you find these books inspiring? What books do you take inspiration from? Let me know in the comments!

What’s Hot Right Now? Recent(ish) Releases I’m Loving This Summer Season!

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Somehow, we’ve made it to summer (which, wow, really is an achievement this year, isn’t it? 😉) And for me, that usually means going somewhere hot and chilling with a book… but this year it means staying put and chilling with a book 😉 Thank goodness books still exist! To celebrate the fact *we’ve still got books* I thought I’d spotlight some more recently released books that’ll be fun to check out this season:

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With Fire on High– starting with the hottest of the hot, I can’t talk about recent releases that I loved without mentioning this bad boy. If food and romance aren’t enough to give you summery vibes, well this also has a travel aspect to feed your wanderlust!

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Heartstopper– cutesy romances and summer go hand in hand (at least in my book) and you can’t really go wrong with this fun graphic novel series.

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American Royals– I don’t know about you, but I’m craving a little DRAMA. And this alternative history about royal Washingtons has that in spades.

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What the Wind Knows– a time travelling romance set in Ireland? Sign me up! This is the kind of escapist book that’s perfect for a summer stuck in doors.

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Stranger on the Beach– of course, if you want something a little edgier, then this thriller has you covered. Stalk towards this with caution however- it’s way twistier than you might expect.

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Guest List– taking a trip to a location wedding, you’ll get more than you bargained for with this invite.

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Unhoneymooners– with quite a bit less murder (yet with some characters you may want to throttle) this fun hate-to-love rom com is a delight for the summer months.

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The Bride Test– this unconventional love story definitely gave me the *warm fuzzy feelings*.

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Call it What You Want– I was genuinely surprised by how much I liked the character development in this contemporary. Reminiscent of Robin Hood, Kemmerer’s story has a lot more going for it than meets the eye.

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Bookish and the Beast– and finally, this Beauty and the Beast retelling is just so. much. fun. I could happily recommend any one of the Once Upon a Con stories for fans of contemporary YA, but this is my favourite so far!

That’s all for now! Have you checked any of these out? Do you have any recent summer reads you’d like to shout about? Let me know in the comments!

Books I’d Love to See Adapted and Ones I’m Excited For!

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After months and months of (trying to) watch my way through Netflix, I’ve found myself thinking *a lot* about all the books I’d LOVE to see adapted (and all the ones that are in the works that I wish were available now!!).

However, even with some of my favourites recently being made, and done well (ie His Dark Materials), I’ve seen so many flops over the years that I’m still a little cautious about certain books being made into movies and shows. Some books may very well be better left as books. So, to be clear, this list isn’t just my favourite books in the world– these are just some of the stories I think could work:

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Shadow and Bone– starting off with one of my most anticipated adaptations, I’ve been eagerly watching announcements as this has gone into development and been bouncing off the walls with every casting. It’s safe to say I *cannot wait* to see how it turns out!

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A Darker Shade of Magic– and this is another one we will hopefully get to see, Schwab’s fascinating world and characters would *definitely* be suited to an adaptation!

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Throne of Glass– while I’ve not loved every part of this saga, I do still think this would make for such a fun fantasy TV show. Though I haven’t heard anything in a while, there have been rumours over the years… so who knows?

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Illuminae– another one that may very well be in the works- and it would be a good decision if they tried it out! Yes, there would be parts of the books that would be lost in translation if it was adapted, but I think if they tried to capture the unusual style of the books in a visual it’d be very special indeed. Besides, space opera’s make for great movies. On that note…

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Red Rising– BLOODYDAMN, this would make for an amazing adaptation!  I mean, who wouldn’t want to see (what is effectively) Romans fighting it out in space?! Plus, there’s so much content to mine and complex themes, you could have a brilliant series on your hands (if done right). And the rumourmill says it’s in the works as well…

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Skyward– if film goers are craving DRAMA and EXCELLENT CHARACTERS, then ye gods, you cannot go wrong with Sanderson’s Skyward. This would make for an absolutely STELLAR blockbuster! Aside from the brilliant twists and turns that’ll keep audiences on the edge of their seats, this also has one of the most likeable mcs that anyone could get behind!

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Renegades– for me, Marissa Meyer’s books are *totally* translatable into TV/film. And none more so than her take on superheroes. And yes, I know that genre is pretty oversaturated right now, but I’d see this as being something that could satisfy a different demographic from the mainstream Marvel/DC movies. (But you know, if this isn’t possible, I wouldn’t say no to the Lunar Chronicles instead)

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Diviners– I’ve been loving the performative element of these books, which makes them so entertaining as audiobooks… which makes me think, why not make this into a TV show? I think they’re a little too dense to have them be a film, but you could really go to town with the fascinating world building, characters and spooky atmosphere.

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Wicked Deep– speaking of spooky, this standalone could easily grip viewers with its unique story. Netflix has apparently got the rights to this one, so *fingers crossed* they do something good with it!

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To Kill a Kingdom– I’d love to see more movies partially set under water and I think this Little Mermaid retelling absolutely has enough excitement to make for an awesome movie.

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Night Circus– this one is a bit more of a risk, because it’s such a brilliantly written book and a film might not capture its magical atmosphere. That said, if done right, this would be a visual treat.

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Secret History– I’m kind of amazed this has never been adapted, cos it’d be so. damn. good. With a captivating cast of characters and a great plot, I completely see this being made one day (I hope).

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With the Fire on High– yeah I can’t shut up about this book lately, sue me. I love contemporary movies and could easily stuff this list with a whole bunch that could work- however none of them have the *special sauce* that this one does. I think this goes the extra mile and would be especially moving.

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Eliza and Her Monsters– like, I said I love contemporaries that get made into movies, so I could easily say “just do them all!!” This one is at the top of the list for me, because, with its focus on mental health and internet culture, it’s got a bit more going on than a standard YA romance. Plus, if it was done in a stylised way, with some element of animation, it would be especially cool.

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And a BIG *BONUS*: Discworld– well, obviously. Yes, I know some of these books have already been adapted; yes, I know that there have been little pieces of optimistic news here and there. BUT GUYS I’M SO IMPATIENT!!

And though I have a ton more, I think I’d better leave it there for now! Do you guys agree with any of the books on this list? Do you have any personal faves you’re dying to see adapted? Let me know in the comments!

Bloggers Who Deserve More Attention #7

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Hello all! I’m really excited to be doing another one of these posts today, because there are just so many bloggers who deserve more attention, and this crop has some exceptional talent! Let’s just jump into it!

Holly @Nut Free Nerd– Many of you may already know Holly’s brilliant blog- but if you, theny you’re in for a real treat! I really enjoy her takes on classics and like getting great recs on all kinds of lit fic. That’s why I LOVE her unique takes on the TTT meme- her one lately on Opening Lines in Classic Novels that Feel Very Relevant was amazing, but you can check out a few more here. Holly also has some great posts on classic recs for every month. Her taste is so sophisticated and brings books I’d never heard of to my attention 😊 And besides all her fun posts and lists, she also writes reviews in such a unique way, addressing them as a letter to the book itself!

Words and Nocturnes– this is a great place to go for thoughtful posts on books, comics and movies (lately she had some really interesting thoughts on comics in particular). She always piques my interest in a great many unusual books. Aside from her lovely insights into literature, she also talks about her writing journey.

Samantha @Bookish Villainy– I love Bookish Villainy’s thorough reviews and fun posts. Recently, I especially enjoyed her list on Books to Escape in While Social Distancing. I also appreciated her thoughtful take on How Minimalism Both My Book Collection and My Reading Experience, where she talked about decluttering books and what we can take from minimalism (even if we’re not minimalists).

Caitlin Althea– Caitlin has a range of fun lists and tags (lately she reacted to some *spicy* twitter takes and it was a highly entertaining read!). More recently, she also had an excellent discussion on bloghopping– which I highly recommend checking out- I really liked her candour there! Plus, she has an awesome selection of favourite posts for the month!

Witty and Sarcastic Book Club– oh my goodness Witty and Sarcastic has such amazing insight and recommendations into books- she even introduced me to my favourite book of the year so far, with her incredible review of Ten Thousand Doors of January! Exploring so many different genres and honest opinions on books, you’ll be sure to find countless ways to grow your TBR over there. And, in case that wasn’t enough, she’s also super generous and friendly on Twitter, always sharing the blogger love!

Macey @Brine and Books– aside from being super friendly, Macey writes intricate musing on books. I very much enjoy her takes on loads of classics- both the unfamiliar and familiar. Plus, she has such great diary-like entries catching up with her month and some excellent creative writing too.

Wakinguponthewrongsideof50– stepping away from the books for a moment, this is a really stimulating blog on a whole range of topics. I struggle to pin it down to just one thing, because it could/should simply be defined as ***life***. What I love about Waking Up On the Wrong Side of Fifty is how well-reasoned she always is.

Amanda @The Below Average Blog– don’t let the name fool you- this blog is way above average. Amanda writes in such an entertaining way and her blog is so full of personality. She covers so many different topics- from books to movies to video games (and occasionally her bird Froley). I particularly love to hear her thoughts on geeky pop culture- like Game of Thrones and Star Wars.

Sophie @Sophie’s Corner– Sophie is extremely multi-talented. Her blog is full of entertaining posts and tags on books, writing and crafts. And when I say multi-talented, I mean it (guys, she made her own wedding dress and looked stunning!!)

Sam @Modern Witch’s Bookshelf– Sam is someone I’ve been following for ages, because she has such stellar content 😊 Not only does she have intriguing insights into books in a great many genres and age categories, she also always seems to make reading fun and sociable (check out her post on Bookopoly!)

And lastly, just for some light-hearted fun I thought I’d share something I found on Instagram: Army Men Around the House– enjoy!

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Of course, there are loads more bloggers who deserve *all the attention*- so who do you think I should be looking out for? And do you know any of these bloggers? Will you be checking them out? Let me know in the comments!