Jen

Blog 117: 5 Tips for Reading for Essays/Assignments.

After having my nose to the grindstone for four months, I have finally finished all of my assignments for my undergraduate English Literature and Film & TV Studies degree. Due to an episode of poor mental health in the run up to my May deadlines, I had to ask for an extension until August, which […]

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Caitlin

Blog 98: Read To Pass The Time During Lockdown.

A lot of people have been furloughed or have been put on reduced hours due to the coronavirus pandemic. High Streets have closed and many businesses are relying on government pay-outs and online sales. This includes your local, independent bookshops. With more time on our hands and less access to the outside world you may […]

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Caitlin

Blog 83: Spellslinger By Sebastien De Castell.

Thank you Sebastien de Castell, your book has been the first book I’ve been able to read fully from front cover to back cover for what feels like a really long time. I devoured Spellslinger, and I have absolutely no regrets or complaints, other than, do you have to be so mean to poor Kellen? […]

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Caitlin

Blog 78: On ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ by Richard Bach

Richard Bach is an American writer who has written many flight-related works. One of his most notable works is the fable, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which contains a lot of Bach’s philosophy and deeper thoughts. Bach believes that ‘our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance.’ I read this book in October when it was […]

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Caitlin

Blog 72: Book Shelters and Little Libraries.

‘There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.’ – Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow For The Defense. Have you ever heard of a book shelter or a little library (also known as a public bookcase)? If not, then you are in for a treat. These are magical […]

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Caitlin

Blog 71: Thoughts On Encouraging Reading.

I work in a large second-hand bookshop and I see a lot of people, mainly from the older population, but occasionally teenagers brave the mighty depths of the bookshelves too. I often hear comments made about the shop as people cross over the threshold, some are in awe, others are excited, and some are just […]

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Caitlin

Blog 67: Authors, Don’t Fear The Critic.

It’s horrible, criticism. Everyone hates it. We hate it even when we know the person, and know that the person is actually trying to help us. Often we’re criticised by mean people we don’t know, and that really does suck, but if you’re trying to become a successful author then taking criticism and dealing with it […]

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Caitlin

Blog 64: Book Covers, Taglines and Blurbs.

If you write and publish books for a living then you probably groaned when you read the title of this blog. It can take many months (6 months minimum) between finishing your book and all of its edits, to it finally being published. Many authors begin writing their next book whilst simultaneously working on the finishing […]

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Jen

Blog 60: Why You Should Add Reading to your New Years Resolutions Goals (Especially if you write) – Jen Hughes

  “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”                                                                                                                                        Steven King   “Read a lot. Read anything you can get your hands on.”                                   […]

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