Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oh Gourd, It’s Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween!

Before forcing upon you the annual photos of carved pumpkins I just wanted to share this with you, because I love it so much:

As you may know, every year me, my mum and some friends get together for our annual carving pumpkin night, and not once do we produce one that appears to be grinning form ear to ear. We print off stencils, poke around the lines and basically connect the dots (one day we may even ascend to carving freehand). But below you will find this year’s results:

1: American Werewolf in London

American Werewolf in London Continue reading


NaNoWriMo

….Or National Novel Writing Month, whichever you prefer. It starts this Friday and I’m actually, finally, going to be taking part.

Every year for the past few years I kept saying ‘oh yeah, I’m going to do NaNoWriMo this year’ and then never actually got round to signing up. But this year I’ve actually done it and I’m eagerly anticipating 1 November. I made the decision a while ago (I would have told you sooner but I’ve been doing work experience at Celador Radio, which owns Jack FM and The Breeze) kind of on a whim.  Continue reading


Voting Round Two

After running it last month I’ve decided to keep going with the voting for Any One Book….Although I appear to have started reading one of last month’s entries any way (The Rook, it’s quite clever)!

Again, I’m going to list three books below with their blurb and add a poll at the bottom so you can vote for which one you want to be next month’s Any One Book. Hopefully you enjoy the selection I am putting before you. Continue reading


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Well, well, well. For some reason I never expected this book to be so addictive or haunting, despite everybody I know who’s read it saying otherwise.

But I was pleasantly surprised, and while it was a bit slow to start and neither of the two main characters were particularly likeable to begin with, it was an amazing book, with an amazing tale and a bittersweet ending. There will most likely be spoilers in this review because I think it will be pretty much impossible to discuss the book whilst remaining vague about the events. So for anyone who has yet to read the book, consider this a fair warning. Continue reading


Any One Book #14

Noughts and Crosses

The vote is in and there was one clear winner. Thank you to everyone who voted, I think I’ll continue with this method in the future!

The book that was the most popular, and is therefore the winner of this Any One Book, is Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. As I said in the previous post, I’ve had the book for a while. I bought it when a fellow blogger recommended it to me but actually have yet to crack open the cover. My intrigue for it increased when it was revealed that Malorie Blackman was Waterstones’ next Children’s Laureate (2013-2015).

The more I read about this book (strictly spoiler free information of course) the more excited I am to read the it. It definitely sounds like a thrilling book and one that deals with a serious subject.

As usual, please feel free to read along. The review of Noughts and Crosses will be posted before the 5 November so we have until then to read it. I hope you enjoy the book!