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The (Foolproof) Guide to Defeating the Reading Slump (by an expert)

READING SLUMPS. The nemesis of all bookworms. The very mention of those two words can release a torrent of intense emotions: horror, sadness, despair. Well, never fear. As your fellow bookworm, I am here to help. I have compiled a fabulous guide that will just about save your summer (or whatever season you are currently residing in).

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Book Reviews

June Wrap-Up – 2019

May was a terrible month in terms of reading and just a terrible month in general in terms of exams so that meant June I was going to relax and read as much as I can. I ended up reading 7 books this month which isn’t a huge amount compared to others but is huge for me definitely 🙂 So let’s talk about it (reviews are linked in the titles).

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Book Reviews

The Huntress

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

There’s a reason why I am pursuing a degree in psychology. I have always been horrified and confused when it came to the worst criminals, and this is one of the many things that have led to my passion for psychology. With some criminals, it’s obvious what drew them to commit such terrible things – but with others, it’s just downright baffling. I want to find out what really causes people who were before seemingly so normal and innocent, to suddenly lash out with such violence and cruelty. Take Ted Bundy, for example. He had a child and a wife and at one point he was MAJORING IN PSYCHOLOGY. Ted Bundy seemed like the most normal person in the world, and minus the fact he committed 30-40 gruesome murders, the rest of his profile, at least from an ordinary perspective, looked speckless. The reason he wasn’t caught for so long was because officials couldn’t believe it to be someone who had such charisma and seemed to live such a normal life. Even in this interview, a few hours before his death by the electric chair, he’s still being so manipulative. He’s clearly very good at what he’s doing, it’s hard to imagine him being the cause of such mortifying murders. Ted Bundy, is somewhat similar to The Huntress. Yet, she is more fascinating, and also considerably less evil, although evil nonetheless. They are both master manipulators.

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Book Reviews, Mystery, thriller

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

W O W.

I did not expect this. Not at all. I kind of skim-read the blurb, looked at all the high ratings, flicked through some reviews, added it to my TBR, then saw it on OverDrive and thought I might as well download it and give it a try.

I had no idea what I was getting myself involved in. This book is an absolute masterpiece, and every detail – from the amazing writing, to the careful thought on the technicalities of the fantasy element, to the increasing suspense and the narrator’s personality and humour… is MAGNIFICENT.

Five stars does not do this book justice. I mean it.

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Writing

Where I Am Now with my Writing

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on writing, you would know that it’s been a journey. I thought it would be good if I wrote a post more on where I currently am now with my writing this instant and not more about what I’ve done in the past, which I feel like I’ve always ended up talking about and just missing the point about how I want to force myself to start writing.

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Book Reviews, YA fantasy

The Wicked Deep

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Author: Shea Ernshaw

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book blew my MIND. At first I started it, and I knew I would like it. I thought it would end up being a quick and interesting read that I would finish at least for the sake of my Goodreads goal and at most because I was enjoying it: maybe 3-3.5 stars… 4 stars if I’m lucky.

I had no idea I would be sucked in like I was sucked in. I had no idea I would be hit over the head with such a mind-twisting plot twist as that was, and to slowly be torn apart, shred by shred, as the ending drew nearer and the pages flew by quicker.

I finished this book in pretty much one sitting.

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Book Reviews

Top 5 Fantasy Reads – Top 5 Tuesday

Hello guys, and Top 5 Tuesday is back again, this week’s post is on “Top 5 Fantasy”. We actually did this topic back in September, and I’ll link my post on that here. However, as stated by Shanah, there’s always more room to fantasy! I’m also not going to talk about any of the books in my September post, so don’t get all shocked when I don’t include Six of Crows 🙂

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