Despite this blog heavily revolving around book reviews, I don’t review every single book I read. Sometimes there’s simply not enough hours in the day, other times life decided to throw a curve ball and other times I’m not sure you guys will be all that interested. There are so many reasons I don’t get the chance to review every single book I get my hands on and, for the most part, I’m okay with that. However, when I come across a book I thoroughly enjoyed, but didn’t get around to sharing, I do feel a tad guilty. I know authors put hours upon hours into their books so if I enjoy it, I want to share it with people in the hopes that someone else might get the chance to appreciate it too. So today I’m going to quickly share with you five books I loved but sadly never got around to reviewing. I really hope you can find a book in this list you enjoy as much as I did.
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Like every good book lover, I have a long list of books that I say I’m going to read but never truly get around to conquering. Some books are recommendations from friends, others from book bloggers and the rest from titles I’ve just stumbled across in day to day life. I add them all to my list with the hopes of one days getting around to them.
Now that I’m back at university my personal reading has taken a bit of a hit, my university readings for class have taken priority and when I do finally get the time to sit down with a book of my choosing I’m too tired to. This means that my TBR pile is increasing rapidly, so before it gets too out of hand, I thought I’d share with you ten books that are currently on my TBR pile. By no means are these in any order, or scale of preference, these are simple ten random books taken from it.
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Well we’re past the half way point of 2020. Congratulations, it’s been quite a year so far.
Like many book lovers I decided to take part in the Goodreads reading challenge. It’s the first year I’ve ever participated with the challenge, I’m slightly ashamed to say that until December, Goodreads wasn’t even on my radar (not sure how I managed to miss it).
I set myself the goal to read 20 books this year. I fully understand that this may seen low for a book blogger and to start off with I was pretty ashamed about it. I’ve seen many bloggers who have 50-70 books as their goal, and then there’s me with a measly 20. However, over the year I’ve began to lessen some of the insecurity of it. At the end of the day I’m dyslexic and have Irlens… I can’t exactly read fast.
Anyway, with us past the mid year mark now is a good time to reflect on how I’d doing reading and if I’m on track.
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When it came to outlining my book one of the biggest things I had to consider was how the story was going to end, what would the climax be? This was by far the longest part of the whole outlining process for me and arguably the most difficult. Since the age of 16 I’ve wrote YA, young adult fiction was what I read the most and by default was what I wrote the most of. This age range was fantastic because the reader was older enough to understand heavier topics and as a result there was a whole host of possible endings for you book. However, after studying children’s fiction at university I found myself wanting to write a children’s book and this presented me with a few unexpected challenges.
When you write for a different age group to the one that you’re in you have to do far more research. At university I got used to writing for adults, the age of those around me. My work became more mature and I had no issues with touching on hard hitting issues like abuse or murder. But as I stated outlining Mirrors and Magic (working title) I quickly realised this had to change. I was now writing for those under the age of ten and I was not going anywhere near those topics in the way I had done in the past.
In a lot of the short stories I’d drafted that followed the tradition hero’s journey (just like Mirrors and Magic will), I killed off the antagonist at the end and usually at the hands of the hero. But when it came to the ending of Mirrors and Magic, I wasn’t jumping at the idea of having my hero killing off the villain. I’m writing a children’s book with a protagonist who is under ten years old. I can’t say I feel comfortable with a child becoming a killer.
I appreciate that what I’m writing is fiction, so it doesn’t have to play into real world values, but as a writer of children’s fiction I wanted to explore other options and consider there being another ending. As well as it feeling slightly morally wrong, I felt that jumping straight for the hero kills the villain was a bit lazy, it was the easiest option (by the way, there’s nothing wrong with this ending I’m not criticising people who kill off the antagonist of their book. I just felt that I would only be choosing it because it required the less amount of thought for my book). So, I began to explore alternative endings where the villain didn’t have to die, and this lead me down a bit of a rabbit hole I want to share with you all today.
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