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Most anticipated releases 2018

New publications are flying out these days and it’s so difficult to keep up with what’s what. YA Fantasy, Sci-fi and Magic Realism (as well as many other fiction and non-fiction genres)all had a great year in 2017 and 2018 doesn’t look to be much different. I’ve pre-ordered 4 new releases and already have a few more on my radar (finance dependent). Check out the list below. [Click the name of the book to find out more or pre-order your copy.] – A Court of Frost and Starlight Sarah J Maas Release date: 1st May 2018 The fourth addition to one of the most popular YA fantasy…

Etiquette for Book Borrowing and Lending

Sharing the gift of reading is a pleasure and a curse. On one hand it’s so, so fun to find someone who shares your love of Hogwarts, Narnia or Velaris. On the other hand, WHAT IF THEY SABOTAGE YOUR BOOK AND SUBSEQUENTLY YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND YOU CEASE TO BE FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF EVER?! Is it ever worth losing both? Thankfully there are steps you can both take to help you avoid the crippling sorrow of a soiled paperback. (And to help them avoid your wrath!) Lending Lending Procedure Don’t lend out books you won’t get over losing. Keep your favourites, your antiques, your first editions, signed, and personalised copies to…

My bookish Christmas list

Goodbye Halloween! See you next year! AND HELLO CHRISTMAS!!! I am already excited for all the loveliness the winter season brings, Christmas, of course, being a big feature. Last year I was packing to move off to Canada but this time I’m around a little longer and get to enjoy the whole, fabulous season. As such I’ve been holding off on some spending and keeping track of some wonderful things. Of course, I don’t expect to get all of them but I do enjoy the process of creating a Christmas list, it gives me a wonderful shopping list for the January sales! This is a bit like one of those fantasy sports leagues, except…

A Masculine Bookshelf

It’s raining testosterone right now and, as with everything, they’ve got a book for that. Check out my top 6 masculine books…

Book Vs. Film: Maze Runner

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Probably not. The Maze Runner franchise seemed to both blossom and wilt in a very short season of success; but maybe I only think that because this fabled third film is taking so long and I’d forgotten about it? That being said the first film grossed over $348  worldwide and was a massive success so who am I to judge its popularity? Fans of the series, or ‘gladers’ will already have read all the books and seen the first two films but as we are still waiting on the third instalment I thought it was about time we started talking about it again. I didn&#8217…

5 great books, each for £1 or less (Kindle reads)

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m not a big fan of spending money. (Quelle surprise) But in tangent to that I’m also a bit of an online shopaholic. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to balance the two. I’m also fairly certain that I’m not the only person who feels this way; at the moment I’ve not quite broken the bank. I’m still able to pay my rent and enjoy the things I like (books mostly) by using a few basic tricks to help avoid the purchase of expensive hardback books the second they come out. Aside from secondhand purchases, advanced reading copies and…

Books with Maps

As a kid I didn’t really acknowledge the usefulness of maps provided in the front of books; these maps were designed to help navigate innovative new worlds but I was sure I’d never need them. I was confident in my own skills of imagination and wanted the world to be as much my own as it was the author’s. However, over the last 6 months or so of reading I’ve come to really appreciate them – structuring a character’s literal journey has become a much bigger deal for me. I don’t know if that’s because I’m writing now and am giving the smaller details…