I’m a big fan of reading classics. There’s something about reading a book from the past, that really grabs my attention. Perhaps it’s reading the diverse language in particular, because it’s always interesting and a bit of a challenge at times.
I’ve offered my tips on “how to be a book blogger” previously on Emma’s Bookery, but I realised I had never discussed what I like to include in my book reviews. I won’t say my reviews are always top notch, but I try to stick to the points that I’m going to share with you all.
Sometimes when I write a review I find it hard to perhaps give all my reasons for why I did/didn’t like it. Therefore they’re short and sweet, to the point and not much in between. I guess at times I have given up on the book or perhaps I can’t quite convey how good it is, but I just insist that everyone in the world should read it.
Anyway, here are some pointers that I try to follow when writing my reviews. I’d like to point out though that everyone writes their reviews differently, and this is just my personal go-to list of what to include. My advice would be to keep your reviews interesting is to come up with your own spin on them, perhaps not include a star rating but perhaps quotes instead. For example, “beyond awful,” “eh it was okay,” “OH MY GOD I WANT TO RE-READ THIS BOOK FOREVER.” You get me?
Boy did you have me turning left right and centre this year. I feel like I’ve been spun around and pushed in a whole new direction.
This time last year I thought I was at my happiest, but wow didn’t that turn sour. Being shown the light of how manipulative some people can be, and how wrong I was about so many things. I’ve learnt though. I’ve learnt that some things are not okay, and I won’t allow myself to be used like that again.
You’ve taken me on my travels, to Prague and the South of France. Miles away from everything I know, and giving me some of the best memories that I will hold dear forever.
Othello by William Shakespeare ~Goodreads~
Published by Oxford University Press 2008 (1603)
Paperback 512 pages ~Book Depository~
Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his loyal lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but ultimately unfaithful ensign, Iago. Brimmed to the top of the enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas ~Goodreads~
Published by Bloomsbury 2015
Paperback edition 562 pages ~Book Depository~
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfill the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
Saga, Vol 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples ~Goodreads~
Published by Image Comics 2016
Paperback edition 152 pages ~Book Depository~
After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her star-crossed family learns hard lessons of their own.
A new academic year has started and I’m sure there are lots of you who have started applying to university, or perhaps you’re stumped on what to do next. Well hopefully this post can help you out in some way…
Okay so when I was 17/18 I was pretty adamant that I would go to university, and it was very much expected at my school that the majority of us would go. However, when A Level results day arrived 3 years ago it suddenly hit me that I was going to Swansea university. I couldn’t quite believe I got in to start with, but there was a part of me that just knew I wasn’t quite ready for this huge change in my life. Well if you’ve followed me for a while now, you’re aware that I’m now studying with the Open University. I took a year out to work, and the following year I signed up to the OU because I felt ready to earn myself a degree.
What I aim to provide in this post is an alternative to going to university. It isn’t for everyone, or sometimes you need to “live” a bit before committing yourself to three years or more of further studying.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany & J.K Rowling ~Goodreads~
Published by Little Brown UK 2016
Hardback edition 343 pages ~Book Depository~
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban ~Goodreads~
Published by Phoenix 2014
Paperback edition 320 pages ~Book Depository~
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9th 2012 when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Well it’s been a long time coming for me to get back into the swing of things lately, and ever since my holiday I’ve very much been trapped in that holiday bubble of not doing much in particular! But here I am today back to it and ready to tell you all about my holiday in France to the small village of Quillan in the south…