Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Which Shakespeare Play You Should Suffer Through Based On Your Favourite YA Book

Pro tip: Don't read Shakespeare, watch it. It's easier to make sense of when you can see what's happening, and you get an ice cream break in the middle. 

Pro tip 2: If you do have to read it, read a synopsis first. At least that way you'll at least have a vague idea of what's actually going on.

Pro tip 3: Do not read Hamlet in a night. Just don't.

Shakespeare plays are full of love, pain, and death.

(Often in that order.)

YA books are also full of love, pain, and death.

(Not necessarily in that order.)

This is clearly a match made in heaven, so, without further ado, here are the Shakespeare plays you should read based on your favourite YA novels.

Note: These plays have been around for over 400 years, so themes, attitudes, and events might make some people uncomfortable. I'm thinking specifically of Titus Andronicus here. Also, since they've been around for so long, I'm not sweating the spoilers. 

If You Liked The Hunger Games or Half Bad Trilogies, You Might Like...



People die horribly. That's it. That's the summary. 

If You Liked The Catcher in the Rye, You Might Like...



If you liked The Catcher of the Rye then, first of all, I'm judging you -

(Correction. We're judging you.)

- but here's another story about a guy who really doesn't know what he's doing in regards to...well. Anything.

If You Liked The Gospel of Loki, You Might Like...



(Objection! The Gospel of Loki isn't YA.)

It's the prequel of a YA series. Overruled.
Macbeth should have a subtitle. Something like 'From Hero to Villain', or 'The Hero's Fall'.

If You Liked Any of Maggie Stiefvater's Books, You Might Like...



I haven't actually read this one, but I know it involves a magical forest, fairies, and a very very complicated love polygon. 

Have you suffered through any Shakespeare plays? 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

5 Things I learnt About Blogging in 2016

Happy new year, everyone! Welcome to 2017! 

I thought I'd use my first post of the year to look back at last year. It was my first full year of blogging and, look, I'm still here! 


Why thank you, Ivy, and may I say how unusually positive you're being today. New year's resolution, maybe?

(Welcome to 2017, year of doubt and uncertainty...)

...And there she is.  

So, without further ado, here are five things I learnt about blogging in 2016.

1. You Don't Have to Stick to Your Schedule

Mainly because you can't. Sometimes, life gets in the way, and life has to come first. It's good to aim for a certain number of posts a week, or to plan to post on specific days, but there's no need to beat yourself up over failing. At the end of the day, we're blogging for us. If posting three times a week isn't possible this month, because of school, work, family, or even just blogger burnout, then accept that. Don't worry about it.

(Even if your numbers start to fall, commenting around will get them back up in no time.)

2. Announce Things Early

If you're running a feature or an event - for example, I ran Norse Mythology Week last January - announce it early. Three days just isn't enough. If you want to drum up a decent amount of interest, you're going to need at least a week, maybe longer.

(She says this, but I'm not convinced she's actually learnt it.)

For the record, if you want to take part in our 2017 Reading Challenge, Ivyclad Bingo, you can sign up at any time. (Hint. Hint.)

3. Contact Me Pages Exist for a Reason

If your primary source of contact with your readers is Goodreads, it might be a good idea to actually check your messages from time to time

4. If a Post is Long, Split it into Two

Or, in the case of my A Brief Guide to Gothic Tropes trilogy, three. More posts on the same topic keeps blogger burnout at bay, and a good series keeps readers coming back. 

5. You're Never Going to Finish All Those Drafts

And you're never going to delete them either.

What did you learn about blogging in 2016?  

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Best Books I've Read in 2016

We're linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for the final Top Ten Tuesday of the year!

In 2016, I've read over 100 books. Here are the stand-out stars! To save space, I'm counting series as one entry.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21416690-the-invisible-library1. The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Which part of dimension-hopping librarian who rescues books with the help of her (SPOILER!) sidekick does not sound like the greatest thing you will ever read?

My review for The Invisible Library is here.
My review for The Masked City is here.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26404831-half-lost2. Half Lost by Sally Green

This book broke my heart. I suggest you go and read it so that we can be broken-hearted little bookworms together.

My review for Half Lost is here

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26016282-see-how-they-run3. See How They Run by Ally Carter
It ended on a cliffhanger, as all my favourite books do. I can't wait for the sequel to come out in January!

My review for See How They Run is here.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23357071-frozen-charlotte4. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Creepy dolls, dead girls, and traumatised children. Welcome to the Isle of Skye.

My review for Frozen Charlotte is here

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22396591-the-dead-house5. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

We'll never know what actually happened, and that might actually be a good thing...

My review for The Dead House is here.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29056083-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child---parts-one-and-two6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling

Yes, some people actually enjoyed this. Case in point, hi! *Waves*
My review for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is here.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6219656-the-lottery7. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

 An absolutely killer short story with a twist.

I have never met a Riordan book I didn't like.

My review for Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer can be found here.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25394092-the-raven-king9. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater's writing was as beautiful as ever in the conclusion to The Raven Cycle.

I discussed The Raven King here. 

10. The School Judgement series by Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata

A four volume manga reminiscient of the Ace Attorney video games... 


...Or would be if the Ace Attorney video games had been set in an elementary school.

What were the best books you read this year? Don't forget to link me to your TTT posts!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Have a Great Day!