My Ten Favourite Books of 2018 *

*Ok, twelve – I’m indecisive. At this point in December, it’s become something of a tradition for me to share my ten favourite books from the year that’s about to leave us. I should really do it a little closer to the New Year, but to be honest, over the festive period, I like to…

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Reading Lately – November 2018

After October’s school holiday-fuelled reading binge, November has been a quieter month for me on the reading front. A combination of life, writing (and my library reservations slowing down a bit), has meant I haven’t got through nearly as many books as the last few months might have led you to expect. I’ve been dipping…

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The Book That Changed My Life

As it’s Book Week Scotland this week, I thought I’d devote a post to one of my all-time favourite novels. I first read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in my early days of High School, and without getting too melodramatic here, I’d go so far as to say it completely changed my life. Although I’d…

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Reading Lately – September 2018

Can you believe it’s time for another reading round up already? I’m sharing a little early again this month as the last few days before the calendar turns are always a busy time. I’ve just started Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard but I know I’m not going to get it finished before the month ends.…

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Reading Lately – August 2018

After a fantastic month of reading in July, August has been a little bit patchy. I’ve had a few false starts with books I haven’t really gelled with and have found myself dotting around between the three books I have actually managed to complete. Dips in attention span aside, I think one of the reasons…

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Reading Lately – July 2018

I’m sharing my reading update a bit early this month, for various reasons, including 1) it’s the school holidays and you have to take the chance when you get it, and 2) I’ve just started Dragonfly in Amber (the second book in the Outlander series), and there’s no way I’m finishing THAT 960 page baby in less…

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Reading Lately – June 2018

With the end of June just around the corner – and the school holidays looming – the chances of me finishing another book before the weekend are looking minuscule. So I’ll go ahead now and share my monthly round up – in bookish terms, June has been very, very good 🙂 . It’s also been a pretty good month…

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Ten Outlander Locations in the North Highlands of Scotland

If you’re a regular reader of my blog I don’t think I need to repeat myself here: I’m a big Outlander fan. From epic Scottish landscapes to heart-pounding romance, the TV series (and the books that inspired it), has so much to recommend. Not least of these is the opportunity to cavort around Scotland in search…

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How to Write the First Draft of Your Novel

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to write a novel. In fact, as a teenager I started writing a very bad one (which never got further than the first chapter and thankfully has never seen the light of day). The fact that it was truly awful doesn’t really matter. The point…

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Reading Lately – May 2018

It’s going to be a quick round up this month, as I’ve had a light month on the book front. After all my boasts about my exciting to-read pile last month I managed to read the sum total of just two 😉 . That said, one of them was Outlander, which stretches to over 850…

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