Bookstagram: Love it or Hate it?

Instagram is taking over our social media time, there’s no doubt about it. It’s one of the most popular apps on the appstore, and beat Twitter out for members back in 2015 and still manages to be in the top ten social media sites in 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.14.03 pm.pngBut when did Bookstagram take hold of the popular social media platform? It’s hard to say exactly, it’s probably been around since Instagram’s launch in 2010 but in the last few years its certainly carved out its space on the app. It’s also changed the way people talk about books on the internet.

Gone are the days where you’ll find a book blog with solely just a text review, or just the image of the book’s front cover alongside a text based review. Maybe you could make a comment on how human’s need images to break up text online, or say that its making us lazy online readers. Sure you could say those things and you might be right. But it’s very hard to say for sure.

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Unblocking Writer’s Block

As a writer it’s easy to get blocked. Sometimes life gets in the way and you have too much on your plate, so your creativity gets blocked. This happens to me so often that I’ve developed a bit of a method for getting around it.

Hopefully you find these tips useful, and as always please leave a comment. It’s always helpful to hear ideas from others and I’d love to know what you do when you’re in a creative rut.

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Reading Challenge Review

I think it’s about time that I have a look back over my reading for the year, after all we are over half way through 2016 and I set a pretty decent reading challenge for myself this year. Let’s have a look at my reading for 2016.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands

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Was this a cover buy for anyone else? Hands down to the cover designer.

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. 

Rebel of the Sands is a book following the story of Amani, a young girl living in the desert trying to escape her dead end life in hopes for a better future in the big city. Naturally events occur that disrupt those plans. Mostly in the form of a foreign boy who ruins her chances of winning a shoot out. Unintentionally he brings the Sultan’s army on her doorstep looking anyone connected to him, mainly her.

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Review: The Natural Way Of Things

IMG_3173.jpgTwo women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? 

In a story of two friends, sisterly love and courage – a gripping, starkly imaginatve exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted.


This book is everywhere right now. You almost can’t escape hearing about this book and for good reason. It’s a book that has been nominated for nearly every Australian book award, won quite a few and been shortlisted for even more.

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From My Library To Yours: Chick Lit

The next book I’d recommend is what you might call “Chick Lit”, it’s not something I read often because its hard to find stories that stand out. But Techbitch is one of them.

Techbitch was a book I’ve had on my TBR pile after hearing a lot of good praise online and when I finally got around to reading it I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it

This story is all about feeling out-dated and old-fashioned in a fast paced technology driven world. Imogen the main character has just returned to her job as magazine editor after sick leave and finds her old assistant has taken over her work and turned it into a scary and foreign place. Struggling to cope, Imogen tries her best to compete and fight for her place in the company against her techbitch.

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My Master’s Thesis: Creative Writing

Anyone who knows me in real life knows that for the last 11 months of my life I’ve been working on my Master’s Thesis, the document that culminates all my study up to this point in my life.

It’s a pretty big deal. Not only is it the basis for the second year of my degree, but it also counts for a HUGE portion of my GPA and it shows my examiner exactly what I’ve got to offer as a writer. No pressure.

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Liebster Award

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Thanks so so much to Emily @ Rose Read for the tag. She’s awesome and you should check out her blog. Go on, you’ll love it!

RULES:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions about yourself, provided to you by the person who nominated you.
3. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
5. Create a new list of questions for your nominee bloggers to answer.
6. Link the people/blogs that you nominated.

EMILY’S QUESTIONS:

What made you want to start blogging

I had so many thoughts and feelings about books, tv shows and movies. And friends that were getting sick of me talking about books all the time. So I went looking for a community where I could share my love for reading. I found book blogging one day and knew it was something I wanted to do. It was years later and after many failed attempts  when I finally thought I had a good thing going.

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Review: The Special Ones

He keeps us here because we’re special.

Esther is one of the Special Ones – four teens who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existence, safe in their endless work. He watches them every moment of every day, ready to punish them if they forget who they are – all while broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside.

Esther knows he will renew her if she stops being Special. And yet she also knows she’s a fake. She has no ancient wisdom, no genuine advice to offer her followers. But like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

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From My Library To Yours: Non-fiction

I’m starting a new series on my blog called, From My Library To Yours. It will be a series strictly about book recommendations. Sure you’re probably thinking, ‘aren’t all books reviews recommendations anyway?’ And you would be partially right.

Someone might feel, after reading a book review, like buying or reading that book and that’s great! But I don’t review every book I read, mainly because I like to review books where I can offer something new to the conversation. And a lot of the time, if the book is well known enough I don’t have anything new or interesting to add, I won’t review it. But that doesn’t mean the book isn’t great or isn’t worth reading.

Come in, From My Library To Yours, a series that will introduce you to books from my bookshelf that I love (but haven’t spoken much about) and I think you might too.

The first books I’m recommending are all non-fiction books. Which is might be a bit strange, considering my blog so far is primarily fiction. I do read non-fiction just not as often as my fiction books.

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