genre(s): (cosy) crime audience: adult readers read it for: an intricately plotted and satisfying mystery tucked into a delightful and affectionately presented ‘sneak peek’ at the home life of HM The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.… More Review: The Windsor Knot, S J Bennett
I’ve struggled with reading recently. In lockdown, when I should have been able to give my TBR pile a good bashing, I’ve barely read anything, discarding several things after not being able to get started properly. I’m not naming them, because it’s definitely me, not them. Apparently, quite a lot of people have had similar… More Reading guilt
My path to writing textbooks and resources really began with a revision website years ago, so I would strongly recommend sharing resources online in some form to get your name known/ prove your value, if you want to build a career in textbook writing. These days, a lot of people start with a solid Twitter… More So, you want to write textbooks or resources?
So, I’m not a young adult. I haven’t been for a while now. What I am, though, is a fan of young adult fiction (which, by the way is NOT a genre). Research tells us that many buyers and borrowers of YA do not, in fact, fit within that age bracket themselves. This is not,… More Young Adult fiction: not just for young adults…
genre(s): contemporary representation notes: LGBT (m/m) read it for: a great combination of a well-written gay romance and a thriller/mystery, bundled with realistic and easy-to-relate-to explorations of YA relationships with friends and family Dylan is forced to come out after his secret relationship with Ellis is exposed on social media, but to his surprise, everyone is… More YA Review: Hideous Beauty by William Hussey
OK, I’ve titled this post organiser tips, but really I’m just showing you my favourite ever bit of stationery/planning tool: my gorgeous personalised planner from Cordwain Higgler. This was a birthday present and I’ve had it for almost six years now and it’s showing no signs of wear, although it’s popped into my bag on practically… More Stationery Addict: Organiser Tips
genre(s): fantasy read it for: hilarious monster hi-jinks, and a lovely warm story of self-discovery and found family This book STINKS . . . of monsters! A hilariously funny debut, perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and David Solomons. When Alice is sent to stay with her Uncle Magnus, she soon realises that his job… More MG Review: Help! I Smell a Monster, Justin Davies
Writing is fraught with danger, mostly related to myth and ritual. Obviously, as a writer I love myth and mythmaking – the lure of the woods, the charm of the chosen one – but that’s not the kind of myth I mean. In this case, I mean the dangerous myths about writing itself: I can… More Writing and Ritual: beware of mythologising
I’m often asked how I read so much – or people say ‘oh I wish I had time to read’ (often in that passive aggressive way that implies that they’re just doing much more important things, actually – but that’s a different issue). Firstly: I don’t read that much. I average about 50-60 books a… More But how do you read so much?
1 Forest App This really does come first. I’ve used a timer for motivation in all kinds of work for years, and it helps So Much. When I’m struggling to focus (i.e. cataloguing socks is suddenly looking ridiculously tempting), just setting a simple kitchen timer for 15 minutes, putting the phone away, turning wifi off and doing… More My Top Five Must-Haves for Writing