Don’t be deceived by the title, this blog isn’t about birds. It’s about books, tea, and complaining. It’s also about writing, because there’s nothing quite like escaping into a world that you’ve created for yourself. So I suppose it’s about escapism, too.
Long gone are the days when I sat in front of a gigantic, ancient computer, typing away at suspiciously Famous Five-esque stories. The computer monitor would have crushed me if it fell, and the computer took about thirty minutes to boot up, and couldn’t handle anything trickier than a CD-ROM or a Word document. IContinue reading “Finishing Your Story (Yes, All of It)”
Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? Whodunnit novels are immensely popular for a reason, and that reason is our own attraction to the macabre. We love a good (fictional) murder. Let’s not deny it. We try and work out who the murderer is, and who’s going to get bumped off next. We’re smug whenContinue reading “A Plague on Both Your Houses”
In the world of fantasy, Brandon Sanderson is a well-known name. His books are clever, witty, engaging, and full of gut-wrenching twists and turns. The characters are so real you feel like you could reach out and touch them. Ever since I read Sanderson’s first ever novel, Elantris, I was hooked. The most recent ofContinue reading “The Best Question of All: What Will I Discover Next?”
If you haven’t read this book series, you might have seen the recent Netflix adaptation, or the older film version with Jim Carrey. Both are good, but I would absolutely recommend the Netflix adaptation. It sticks to the books, perfectly capturing the tone, setting, and characters, and it is complete. There are three series, startingContinue reading “A Series of (Un)Fortunate Events”
To start with, I hope it’s clear that this is just my personal opinion. You might not personally like some or all of the books on this list, or you just might not fancy reading them. That’s fine. In fact, if anyone can think of a particularly important book that you think everyone should read,Continue reading “7 Books Everyone Should Read (and why)”
The Wheel of Time fantasy series has been in my “recommended” list for some time. A friend of mine has been gently suggesting I read it for a few years now, and I finally took the plunge and started on the first book. I was hesitant about starting on this series for a few reasons.Continue reading “The Wheel of Time (it may take forever to read)”
More often than not, an avid reader is also a writer. When it comes to writing, we often see the same two pieces of advice over and over again: Write as much as you can, and read as much as you can. While I personally feel that my writing leaves a lot to be desired,Continue reading “Writing in 2021”
We’re back in the steampunk-fantasy world of The Edge Chronicles. Let me start by saying that I’ve read these books horribly out of sequence. To read the nine Edge Chronicles books in chronological order, you should start with the Quint trilogy, then the Twig trilogy, then finish with the Rook trilogy. If you want toContinue reading “Oh, Gloamglozer!”
2020 has been a chaotic year for just about all of us. Let’s not talk too much about that, shall we? I don’t dare hope that everyone had a good year. Mental health problems have risen sharply, due to the stress and necessary isolation precautions we’ve all stuck to. Speaking personally, I’ve been caught betweenContinue reading “Reading in 2021”
I’ve been reading a lot over the last year. Like a lot of avid readers, I hate to leave a book unfinished. Usually I’ll plough through regardless, and there is a kind of satisfaction to turning the final page on a book you didn’t really like and never having to read it again. Often, myContinue reading “Books I Didn’t Finish”
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