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Things I have been putting on my face recently (and other nearby locations)

Reading, writing and studying aren’t the most glamorous activities. All three can be carried out in bed with a pack of biscuits. But sometimes it’s nice to maintain an outward appearance of self-composure. Recently, my collection of products has been growing. I think that was mostly in reaction to the research essays and exams that I somehow pulled out of the hat: who knows, maybe a bit of aromatherapy might postpone an upcoming breakdown?

And so, as a person who doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about, I thought I would give my thoughts on my new products . Continue reading “Things I have been putting on my face recently (and other nearby locations)”

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Twenty Books for Twenty Years

After seven long years, I have now successfully navigated through teenagedom and graduated as a non-quite-adult. My goodness! I don’t think I could have done it without the lessons I’ve learned from books, not forgetting the fun and laughs they’ve brought too.

As every good historian knows, despite the fact I have only just turned twenty, I have already experienced twenty years. So, here are twenty books from twenty years to mark my freshly completed two decades: Continue reading “Twenty Books for Twenty Years”

Posted in Blog posts, Education, Learning Life, university, Writing

Keeping up with your Literature Reading

I have a confession: I’m one of those annoying students who turns up every week having read the text. I might not have anything insightful to say about it, but you can bet I’ll have read it.

I have a second confession: over the last two terms, my Goodreads has become alarming absent of YA fiction and depressingly full of revenge tragedies and poetry anthologies, not counting the articles and books that no one has bothered to put on their website. And that means the number of posts over here has dramatically dropped.

And so I thought I would make a good thing out of a sad situation and write a post about it!

Continue reading “Keeping up with your Literature Reading”

Posted in Blog posts, Path to 100k, Resolutions, Writing

Am I NaNoWriMo-ing? | October Writing Updates

My Path to 100k is a new blog series in which I struggle to reach the end of my current writing project, and to reach my goal of 100,000 words, before the end of 2017. Follow my blog or my Twitter and Instagram to read along. Alternatively, you can read the first post here. Thank you for stopping by!

The quick answer is here: no.

Alternatively, the long answer is here. I’ve thought about it for years. I’ve tried a few times. And promptly failed. I don’t think it’s ever going to work for me – or at least not right now. I already have about 10,000 words of essay writing to do during November and I value sleep and sanity and sometimes I even take the time to talk to people, so NaNoWriMo in its full glory probably won’t happen for me. Continue reading “Am I NaNoWriMo-ing? | October Writing Updates”

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Freshers | Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

If there’s one thing I don’t like about the current state of publishing, it would be the almost complete lack of books focused on the experience of anyone aged 18 to 25. There are plenty of angsty sixteen-years-olds in YA (why are so many of them sixteen? I was sixteen once and it wasn’t as life-changing as I was led to expect), but after that we’re left with full-on adult fiction. You’re either reading about schoolkids saving the day or adults balancing work and home (yes, I know that is a very brief generalisation). The crazy gap between these two age groups is largely missed even though there’s all kinds of exciting stuff going on. Continue reading “Freshers | Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison”

Posted in Blog posts, Path to 100k, Writing

Second Year Struggles | September Writing Updates

My Path to 100k is a new blog series in which I struggle to reach the end of my current writing project, and reach my goal of 100,000 words, before the end of 2017. Follow my blog or my Twitter and Instagram to read along. Alternatively, you can read the first post here. Thank you for stopping by!

I have been notedly absent from here and from all social media. There is a reason for this and it is one that I fully anticipated: the summer holiday is over (all fourteen weeks of it for me) and I have a new timetable, a new room and a renewed fear of failure. Continue reading “Second Year Struggles | September Writing Updates”

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The Writing Path is Laid | August Writing Updates

Stupidly or wisely (because who knows where this will go, really?) I have set myself a goal for the end of the year. It’s very simple and very daunting all at the same time.

I want to reach 100,000 words in my current draft by the end of 2017.

I can hear it already: someone is flipping their hair and saying ‘Mimi, I wrote 50k in just one month for NaNoWriMo one time.’ And, yes, a lot of people are super speedy writers who practically set the keyboard on fire but I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I am both a terrible overwriter and a terribly slow writer and when both of those of those come together you have a problem. Continue reading “The Writing Path is Laid | August Writing Updates”

Posted in Books, Children's, Feminism, Reviews

The Lie Tree | Frances Hardinge (not like other ladies)

It took me forever to get into this book. I got into a massive reading slump and kept staring at the book and thinking ‘Why must I read you?’ and that isn’t the best precedent to set before getting to a hundred pages. However, once I finally got into The Lie Tree, none of that mattered because, wow, this book has a lot to say.

When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.

But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter… Continue reading “The Lie Tree | Frances Hardinge (not like other ladies)”

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All That She Can See | A book let down by the little things

I wasn’t going to buy this book. Carrie’s previous book, On The Other Side, left me underwhelmed and I didn’t have high hopes for improvements. But then I was taken in by the pretty cover and the pre-order prizes and, as a book deal aficionado, I managed to get it for under £6. And I was surprised: this book is a huge improvement, but, and I hate to say this, I don’t think Carrie’s writing is at publishable standard just yet. Continue reading “All That She Can See | A book let down by the little things”

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Release review | AKA Patrick Ness is the best

Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy is my favourite series after Harry Potter, only missing out on the top spot for these reasons: a) there are fewer books and b) the fandom is smaller so there is less prolonged excitement. But still, it’s brilliant. I don’t think I’ll ever read a better science fiction series.

What this means, however, is that my relationship with his other book always goes something like ‘it’s not Chaos Walking, but it’s still Patrick Ness so I like it anyway.’ The same is true for Release. Good book. Good read. Probably won’t be obsessing over it six years after first reading it. Continue reading “Release review | AKA Patrick Ness is the best”