Highwaymen, Mariners and Vampires: My Favourite Poems

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Highwaymen, Mariners and Vampires: My Favourite Poems

  Today, I’m on the Author Allsorts blog sharing my top three poems. One of them won’t take much guessing (clue: it’s the poem that inspired Glimpse), but you can read my post here to find out the other two! They’re all classic narrative poems, a little romantic, and spookily Gothic, just like the books I love to read and the stories I love to write.       Share this:FacebookTwitterGooglePinterestEmailPrint

Books Read in August 2016

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Books Read in August 2016

  Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestley — YA historical horror. Tales of Terror from the Black Ship follows the same format as Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, in that it’s a collection of themed short stories framed by an overall tale. I’m a big Chris Priestley fan anyway, but this book has shot right up amongst my favourites. Delicious scares and twists galore. Strange Star by Emma Carroll — MG historical. Strange Star was inspired by Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s writing of her masterpiece. It came out last month, but I’ve wanted to read it ever since...

Books Read in July 2016

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Books Read in July 2016

  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (HP#3) — Loved it. Each book gets better and better! Coraline by Neil Gaiman — MG fantasy. I really liked the Coraline stop-motion film, and loved the book too. Deliciously dark for MG. My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick — YA fantasy. I’m continuing my mission to read Sedgwick’s backcatalogue. My Swordhand is Singing explores original vampire folklore. Not my favourite of his books, but a quick read with some creepy moments.     Book of Lies by Teri Terry — YA paranormal...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER by James Hogg

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER by James Hogg

  Set in early eighteenth-century Scotland, the novel recounts the corruption of a boy of strict Calvinist parentage by a mysterious stranger under whose influence he commits a series of murders. The stranger assures the boy that no sin can affect the salvation of an elect person. The reader, while recognizing the stranger as Satan, is prevented by the subtlety of the novel’s structure from finally deciding whether, for all his vividness and wit, he is more than a figment of the boy’s imagination.   I’ve been taking part in the 2016 Classics Challenge, hosted by Stacey of The Pretty Books. So far this year I’ve read: Dracula The...

Books Read in June 2016

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Books Read in June 2016

  The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood — YA contemporary with a sci-fi twist. I first heard about this book before it even had a publishing deal, and have wanted to read it ever since! I managed to get my copy signed by the lovely Harriet on this month’s #thisiswhoIam book tour. Very well written, and perfectly evocative of hazy summer days. The physics / time travel part of the story confused me a tad, though. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell — Adult fantasy. My first David Mitchell book. I listened on audio and really enjoyed it. Would like to pick up Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

  At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.   Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of...

Society6 Bookish Designs Addiction

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 | Leave a comment

Society6 Bookish Designs Addiction

I came across Society6 while browsing Laini Taylor’s blog for writing posts, then getting completely distracted by pictures of her beautiful and quirky home. (I’ve become a bit of a Laini Taylor fangirl.) She recommended Society6, so I clicked through, and then spent approximately one million hours browsing all the beautiful bookish designs, which can be printed onto mugs, cushion covers, tote bags — you name it. Browsing the site has become a bit of an addiction. I have a thing about mugs, and could open my own coffee shop with all the designs I’ve been coveting. So far, I’ve only let myself buy one: a Daughter of Smoke and Bone quote...