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S4S – Six Characters I’d name my kids after

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to the prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is six characters I’d name my kids after. This one actually sounds like a really fun prompt. I have one son who is named after a character in Haven after I binge-watched the show while pregnant. I’m also super proud to have been named after Jem from Jem and the Holograms, the main character in a cartoon about a rockstar with bright pink hair.

Katherine Janeway – Not a book I realise (not all of these will be, book blog or now) but I couldn’t not include this one as if our son had been a girl we had agreed on calling them Katherine, middle name Jane in honour of my favourite Star Trek Captain, Captain Katherine Janeway of the Starship voyager. Lame? Yeah, a little but I also really loved the idea of using Kat for short or kitty Kat.

Leia – One of the first fictional characters I ever looked up to I would be proud to name a daughter after Princess Leia/General/Senator Organa.

Kady Grant – Not only is Illuminae one of my very favourite books but Kady is one of my very favourite characters and I love her name. Sadly as with most of the names on this list, it doesn’t fit well with my surname so would sound weird.

River Song – River Song from Doctor Who is another character I absolutely adore. I loved her from the moment we met her in the library and just fell more in love with her as we got to learn more about her.

Iden Versio – So, after going through this list with my husband in conversation he’s pointed out that I’ve picked six (changed it to five to include at least one ‘boys’ name) strong, kick-ass women and so I replied OF COURSE I did because these are the characters I love and that inspire me and Iden Versio is NO exception. Tucked away in the Battlefront II story mode and a tie-in novel (by Christie Golden, it’s brilliant, you can check out my review here)

Jake from Animorphs – I figured I would pick at least one ‘boy’ name for the list. I tend to find a lot of the female-orientated names more interesting but a name I did consider my son was Jake purely because of my love of Animorphs when I was a kid. I read all of the books and watched the show to death. I was half in love with Tobias but I always loved Jake and how good of a leader he was (most of the time).

Are there any funny or meaningful stories behind your children’s names? Or if you plan to have any will you likely be naming them after any fictional characters? If you could choose a fictional character to yourself be named after, who would you pick and why?


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S4S – Books with Blue Covers

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Happy Six for Sunday! Today’s prompt from the lovely Steph at A Little But A lot is “Books with Blue Covers.” Most of my book covers tend to be on the darker side but I feel like blue is pretty achievable so let’s take a look!

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
This was one of my favourites and most memorable reads as a young child, I liked the differences between the two princesses and even though I absolutely identified with the strong-willed, dark-haired princess who  enjoyed sword fighting this was an important lesson for me where I realised you didn’t have to be strong or physically tough to be brave. I still love sword fighting more than embroidery though not gonna lie.

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
One of my current favourite reads and peak Lauren James. This book is super interesting with important themes and a slightly different but fun format that really allowed the story to unfold by layers that worked really well. Not to mention, as always, THAT TWIST. Cannot explain how much I love this gorgeous book.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Another departure from my usual reading habits, again I picked this contemporary up due to liking the authors’ previous work which was in-fact another contemporary! Summer Bird Blue is a beautiful, interesting and enjoyable read that had me in tears multiple times!

Blue Salt Road by Joanne Harris
Another beautiful poetic fairy tale by Mrs Harris, like A Pocketful of Crows this tale is inspired by the Child Ballads and feels just as iconic, this time though we follow the path of a selkie. I was always fascinated with selkies as a child so this was a fantastic read for me.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Speaking of beautiful poetic prose, Strange the Dreamer reads like a five hundred and thirty-six page poem and has a gorgeous blue and gold cover to boot. This was also the very first book that I had ever since and/or brought with sprayed edges and it changed my whole world.

The Extinction Trials by S.M Wilson
Described as The Hunger Games with dinosaurs and I gotta say I usually hate those stickers that say things like that plastered all over books but honestly it’s pretty damn accurate and a trilogy I absolutely love.

So all done and dusted for another week! Apologies for being a little slow getting back to comments at the moment as I’m either doing the being a parent thing (and it’s been a busy week for meetings – yay) writing frantically or reading just as frantically because oh my GOSH there are so many great books coming out right now and honestly I just want to read them all. Are there any books coming out right now that you’re super excited to get to reading?

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NaNoWriMo Tag


NaNoWriMo Tag

This tag was created by Kristina Horner on YouTube and you can check out the original video here.

1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This is my second year. I signed up in 2016 but never got around to writing. Last year I went all out and hit my 50k despite some hiccups. I’ve done a couple of  Camp NaNoWriMo’s since then just to get me to dedicate time to writing every day which is what I struggle with the most and often projects fizzle out because I keep putting off finishing them.

2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I think Twitter possibly, it’s everywhere now of course but I think I probably saw it mentioned there first and then looked into it after having not written anything for a few years.

3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

I called it “Paralysed” after a song that really inspired me (this is a common occurrence) and I’m still technically writing it this year but starting afresh (as I have five times now) as the story keeps changing and evolving over time.

4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

People with superpowers save the world from an A.I who is trying to protect them


5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

A bad draft is better than no draft, get it written and edit later.

6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

Not unless you count the first attempt that I didn’t actually do >.<

7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

Music and daydreaming most of the time. I have a playlist that I almost always listen to when I’m writing.

8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

The first paragraph from “The Last of the Real Ones” which is my NaNo novel for this year

“You’re in the wrong place” A voice whispers in the dark.

Tobias peers into the black, his eyes straining as they try to detect any hint of shapes or movement beyond the thick sheet of glass before him. There is no light inside the room and no windows, just a wave of darkness covering everything. He waits for a moment, the Warden had mentioned the girl was a little unhinged after spending so long alone down here in the dark so he stays still and just listens while doing his best to project an aura of calm he hoped she might pick up on and decide he was worth talking to. He does his best not to cry out in surprise as the sound of disturbed water echoes through the speakers on his side of the glass.

9. Why do you love writing?

I love to experience the story as I write in much the same way as reading. I’ve always loved to write out my dreams in full detail and over time I would do the same with daydreams which eventually became mini-stories or scenes I just liked to write. There’s just something so satisfying about it for me.

If you’re also doing NaNoWriMo this year I’d love to read your answers to these questions! Let me know what you’re writing this year!



The Netgalley Book Tag


I saw this tag on Charlottes blog, Charlotte Somewhere and knew I had to do it! I know not everyone is keen on Netgalley but I’ve loved using it, even if I do have a bit of a request problem because I just cant help myself!

Auto-Approved: Who is one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they are about?

Lauren James and Maria V. Snyder

Request: What makes you want to request a book on NetGalley?

I’ll either go directly to a book I’ve been linked to because I’ve heard of it or it sounds good ect or I have a bad habit (which I’m getting better with) of just browsing through requesting things that catch my interest or I’ve heard good things about.

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

Yes, even if I don’t finish it. I only post the review on my blog if I do though. The main reason I don’t get around to reviewing some are if they’re archived before I’ve managed to read them which has happened a couple of times.

Badges: If you could create one badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Sleep requester. I have such a bad habit of waking up in the night, being unable to get to sleep and just messing around on my phone for a bit but sometimes I end up on NetGalley and request things that I don’t remember doing the next day and then am confused/panicked when I suddenly get a load of approvals!

Wish For It: What’s one book you’re absolutely dying to read?

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The quiet at the end of the world by Lauren james or Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder (I COULDN’T PICK ONE OKAY?!)

2018 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli You can check it out here
After reading The Last Namsara I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of this!

If you haven’t already done this and you want to take part consider yourself tagged!

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TBR Thursday – September

41257907_544949169272346_2817201184115261440_nA new month is here and with it a new attempt at a monthly TBR. Being a mood reader it’s hard to stick to much of a TBR at times but it went fairly well last month so fingers crossed it goes just as well this month!

Currently Reading:
One Way by James Morden
I’m enjoying One Way but finding myself with a little less time to read now I’m writing so although I absolutely plowed through the first half the second half is taking me a little longer.

Whats Next?

Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne
One of my books from the summer secret santa exchange and the perfect way to round off my whodunnit phase and ease me back into YA for…

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
I started reading this after getting a copy in FairyLoot last this year but I just haven’t got back around to it, I have trouble reading hardbacks and this really slowed me down with it but I’m super stoked to finally get into it after realising there are dragons.

Figure by Mazzy

The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
The sequel but not sequel to The Last Namsara, I was lucky enough to be offered an advance copy of this book and a spot on the blog tour, the release date for The Caged Queen is September 25th though so I better get a move on, especially if I want to read the first book in the Iskari series first!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I keep going to start this book and getting distracted by something else but with Vengeful coming out in September as well it’s finally time to stop dawdling around and get this book read! Vicious like Nevernight is a book that seems like it will really appeal to me and that always makes me wary of books which is ludicrous I’m aware but like Nevernight (which I’ve also still not read) I’m worried that I’ve managed to over hype the book for myself so I’ve held off on it. I’ve already preordered Vengeful so lets hope I’m right and love Vicious.

Also featuring sneak peek of Overlord sampler by Sian Jefferson (more info soon!)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
After reading the first few chapters I knew I would love this book but as part of a series during a time when I was really trying to not start a series it got left on the shelf for a bit longer. Now it seems I’ve left it so long that the TV show is coming out in around 19 days so I figure this was another book I needed to get a move on with. I’m hoping I’ve read enough to be able to at least watch the first episode of the show though as I’m sure there’s almost no way I’ll get through all of these books in time. I can dream though right?

None of these are particularly small books and the newest (and last) season of The Originals has just appeared on Netflix so I think I might need some serious luck to get through all of these books in less than a month so wish me luck and let me know what you are reading this month and if we have any of the same reads!

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#S4S – Books People Tell Me To Read


Happy Six For Sunday! I finally have a spare moment to attempt a post for this weeks Six For Sunday post! This weeks theme is Books People Tell Me To Read and having such a big TBR to get through I have a few of these, most of which are books I own but just haven’t gotten around to yet. I love being recommended books and most of the time books that people suggest I read are spot on and I tend to enjoy the quite a lot, I love it when these books are people’s favourites as well as it feels like they’re letting me see a part of them or sharing something special with me so feel free to recommend me a book in the comments too!

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I loved the Shadow and Bone trilogy and I’m excited for King of Scars but so many people tell me I should read the Grishaverse duology and I agree I totally need to get around to it but I’m a very mood led reader and I just haven’t been in quite the right mood for it yet.

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I agree wholeheartedly with this one and I did start reading it at one point but I think I went a while without reading and ended up reading something sci-fi instead as I was in the mood for it more after playing a lot of Mass Effect. People always say that overnight seems completely in my wheelhouse and I think I’ll probably love it so I really up to get to it soon!

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.A Schawb
Another book I keep being recommended and am desperate to read, I tried at one point after reading Lord Of Shadows but the book hangover was strong and I just couldn’t get into it. Soon though hopefully!


4. More Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter
I didn’t name a specific book for this one because once I finish the one I’ve been listening to my husband will want me to read the next one and the next one and the next one etc until I’m as heartbroken as him pretty much >.< I’ve read two or three and I’m getting there…slowly, I really love the voices in the audiobooks but I’m far to attached to characters that keep dying or getting hurt.

5. Interview with a Vampire / Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles
As a teenager I was obsessed with Vampires, especially Lestat from the Queen of the Damned film, I LIVED for that soundtrack and I’m pretty sure between that and Interview with a Vampire which I saw when I was probably a bit too young alongside Blade it sparked off my literary obsession with vampires and fueled my love of reading when I discovered the Vampire Diaries. I (and some of my friends) am still shocked and appalled I haven’t finished Interview with a Vampire. I enjoyed what I’d read so far of it but the writing is so beautiful and decadent I feel like it needs to be really savoured but I often have to jump in out of books while half focusing on something else so I haven’t been able to give this book the full attention it deserves…yet.

6. Expanded Universe (Legacy) Star Wars Books
This is one I don’t own any books for. I started reading the Star Wars novels after reading the expanded universe comics for some years but after The Force Awakens when the canon had been readjusted and I didn’t feel like I wanted to go through all of those books for them to then not have any consequence in the stories canon so I continued with the non legacy books instead. While devouring the Rouge One prequel Catalyst I got talking to one of the guys at work who loved the Legacy books and even had a load stashed in his desk, he recommended some to me and I admit a few of them sound interesting enough to me to read despite their non canon status now but unlike the others on this list I don’t any already and I’m not quite as desperate to get to them.

This post has made me extra excited and motivated to get around to some of these books so thank you so much Steph from ALittleButALot for the fantastic prompt!