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The Graces by Laure Eve Book Review

I think that this is the strangest book that I have ever read. It took me a long time to figure out what type of book this exactly was. It follows River, a girl with a mysterious past. Her father disappeared and she feels that it is her fault but does not go in details. She moves to a new town where there is an ancient family who are said to be witches. Three of the siblings in this family go to River’s school: Fenrin, Thalia and Summer. River is in love with Fenrin and wishes to become close to the siblings. Fenrin has a line of girlfriends and Thalia’s ex-boyfriend is isolated and acting strange. River starts to do magic with Summer and tries to find out more about the family.
This book was actually a lot darker than I expected it to be. I kept reading on to find out the truth behind the mysteries. However, there was one point in the story where I feel like the magic became too unrealistic; there has to be some boundaries to this world that Laure created and there did not really seem…

Do It For Fun: Personal Development

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! I have a new mantra: do it for fun. In a past post I discussed how I wanted to stop planning because I try to plan everything, not just work-related but hobby-related too because there is so much that I want to do and I want to make sure that I am doing ‘enough’. However, this just leads to stress due to not fulfilling everything planned and for the pressure of feeling like I have to do so much all the time. Sometimes, I can be so focused on the future that I forget to fully enjoy the now. So my current mantra is to think through the lens of doing each thing for fun; not for some future goal or gain but because it makes me happy. So here are a few of the things that I would like to achieve through the lens of fun.

I want to learn how to be good at art. For years I have looked at different pieces of art of all types online, wishing that I could have that skill but the thing is, art is a lot about practice. Artists are good because they have…

What I have been up to #1

In the past, I made videos for YouTube and one of my favourite types of videos to make was vlogs. I decided to blog instead of making videos because I am more passionate about writing. However, I thought that I would translate vlogs into blog posts by posting every couple of weeks about what I have been up to lately, I hope that you like these and feel free to comment about what you have been up to!
I recently joined Wattpad and since then I have been editing chapters of the first draft of my book. I have about half of a first draft and posting chapters on Wattpad has helped to motivate me to keep working on this book that I love. I intend to keep posting chapters regularly and in the future post more books on there. If you are interested in how I edit: I printed my writing off and whilst listening to some old pop songs, I go through with a different coloured pen and cross out things and add things accordingly and then I type up these changes to post on Wattpad.
I recentl…

Why I love my Kindle

I had thought about getting a Kindle in the past but I wasn’t sure whether it would be okay on my eyes and whether it would be worth it. However, I am really glad that I did eventually get one. Here is why:

1.It saves me having to hold a book open or carry a book around:
My Kindle is light and feels nice to hold.

2.I can have as many books as I would like:
You can store so many books on a Kindle so that saves you from taking up more room in your house for books (I actually have no shelf space left) and all of your books are available at your fingertips.

3.I can borrow library books without having to go out:
You can download Overdrive, an app that allows you to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your library, you can use this on your phone or Kindle! I prefer using my Kindle as it has a bigger screen.

4.It tells me how much percent I have read:
When I am reading, my Kindle will tell me what page I am on and how much percent I have read/have left, I find this quite motivating as I want to keep r…

Why I’m Writing on Wattpad

Hello! So in my last post I said that I joined Wattpad. Wattpad is a writing social network site where you can post your novel, short stories and poems. It shows you how many people have read your work and people can ‘vote’ for each part if they like it. Votes and reads contribute to putting your work in the chart for that genre. The chart is the top 1000 works in that genre and it changes often. There are also ‘clubs’ which are forums where you can talk to other writers/readers.

If you have been a reader of my blog for a while, you will know that I am an aspiring author. My dream is to be a full-time author and blogger. Despite this, I have never finished a full first draft of a proper book. With my current novel, I am almost halfway through the first draft and that has taken a long time to write. I was thinking about joining Wattpad to have an added source of motivation and inspiration for my writing as I would know that people would be waiting for the next chapter. However, as it i…

Life Update!

Hello! A few things have changed for me lately so I wanted to write an update.

1. I joined a gym! I'd been thinking about it for a while. I love swimming but I would very rarely go because of the price. After experiencing an increase in anxiety and depression, I was recommended exercise for my mental health and that gave me the push to look into a gym. I was nervous and excited about starting. I am so glad that I joined! It can be a struggle to get myself there but once I am there, I really enjoy it. I start on the treadmill, which I have been building up on. I like using the rowing machine and I am also increasing my time on other machines. I find swimming so peaceful and on days where I don't feel too well, I take it slightly easier. 
2. I joined Wattpad! I have thought about joining Wattpad before but I was worried about whether I'd be able to submit my manuscript to agents if I had put some of it online. I discovered that there were some authors who had started on Wattpa…

March TBR

The Snow Witch by Matt Wingett

This is the book that I am currently reading. I am currently enjoying it, it is written well and feels different to what I have read before.

Amazon Link: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I am hoping to get to this book soon. The grandmother of a girl who wrote fairy tales dies, the girl’s mother disappears and the girl is told not to go to the Hazel Wood estate, where her grandmother lived. So, she does. 

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Audible audiobook link: The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton This book is a time travel murder mystery, with a character re-living the same day over and over until they figure out who the murderer is. 

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Audible audiobook link: Manga Classics: Jane Eyre
This book was sent to me to review. I haven’t read Jane Eyre before and I was aiming to at some point because so many people seem to love it. This is the manga …

Writing: Change of Focus

I tend to come to realisations. I will be struggling with something for a while and then suddenly someone will say something or I will read something that will just click with me and it will help me feel better. Most of these realisations do not stay with me long-term but they move me along on my journey transporting me to the next learning curve. This is why you will often see my posts on topics such as writing providing different perspectives as I learn and alter my perceptions. In my last post, I discussed how I have been struggling to write creatively lately. I read something that has made me realise what the source of this problem may be for me.
I have wanted to be an author for a long time and as I have grown older and left education, my focus has changed from the love of each story to the overall view of wanting to finish and publish novels. When I think about writing I feel anxious and stressed and I now think that this may be because I am pressuring myself with this overall ma…

Writing Update

I thought that I would write a small update regarding my writing. My dream is to be a published author, it has been for a long time. I have started different ideas and even got halfway through a first draft but I have yet to finish a first draft. It got to the point where the idea of writing was making me feel stressed and anxious so I took a break but when I tried to come back, I ended up feeling the same things again. I want to write but it feels as though the creative writer in me is hibernating in a deep dark cave. I have no inspiration. I don’t know whether to try to continue with my existing draft, work on another idea I had already formed or come up with a completely new one. Great and large ideas are failing me.  Since starting this blog, I have discovered a love for it and it makes me happy. However, I miss novel writing and I would like to do both.  The only part of a plan I have at the moment is to read some of my writing books and see if an idea strikes me. I want to write b…