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WWW Wednesday #1


WWW WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words

After randomly coming across Books and Sensibility on Bloglovin and deciding to follow Jess's blog, I also spotted a blog post titled "WWW Wednesday". It had a cute little graphic and so I clicked on it, to find it was a lovely little weekly post with a very simple idea behind it, and I knew I had to start doing it too. 

THE THREE W'S ARE:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?


CURRENTLY READING

I am currently reading I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. It was specially written for World Book Day 2018 and focuses on a fourteen year old girl with severe cerebral palsy. She can't walk or talk or communicate at all, but her mind is completely intact. She can see and hear everything happening around her, something which she says people often forget. She relies on her family and her carer for everything, and knows all sorts of secrets about everyone. These are harmless, until someone tells her a secret that changes everything. I am really enjoying this so far and I love how unique the perspective is! 

RECENTLY READ

I have just finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I have always said I'm not much of a fantasy gal, but this has totally changed the game for me. I don't want to say too much on this subject right now because I am planning on doing either individual reviews for the books or a series review once I have read Wings and Ruin. If you follow me on Twitter, you will know how much I have been raving about this series recently and how much I feel like I have missed out on by not reading much fantasy romance till now! 

READING NEXT

Carrying on from that, I plan on reading book 3 in the ACOTAR series, sooner rather than later. I also want to read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng which has had a lot of hype surrounding it recently, and The Party by Elizabeth Day. 


What are you reading at the moment? 



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Behind the Screen - A Book Blogger Tag


Happy Tuesday! If you live in the UK (particularly Scotland) and enjoy sunny weather, you will have been basking in the heat as much as I have and spending every waking second outside in the garden when you aren't stuck in your sweaty place of work with a disgusting amount of perspiration leaking from every pore on your body. I even have a ~tan~ in SCOTLAND. Unheard of. If the weather was like this every summer we would never need to spend so much money on holidays to Spain! Mind you, I do still enjoy a proper authentic sangria or two...

Anyway, I was so happy to get a Twitter notification the other day telling me that I had been tagged in my very first tag. I have already done the writer tag, but I found it and chose to do it myself rather than being tagged by someone, so thank you Adrianna! You can find her blog, For The Love of Books, and read her answers to these questions here.

The "Behind the Screen" book blogger tag was first created by Amber at Du Livre, who I am so glad to have found now as her reviews are amazing! You should definitely check out her blog, as well as Adrianna's and the ones I am going to be tagging myself at the bottom of this post (especially my new blogger friend Noly).

I love tags, and this is a long hearty one at that. They let me ramble to my heart's content, but you also get to know the person doing the rambling too, so let's just have at it, eh.


WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING AND WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST REVIEW?

I have only been blogging for just under two months now, and I am loving it so far. My first review was Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher which I have no doubts you will have at least heard of by now, if not read it yourself. I am so excited for the rest of the trilogy if the first instalment is anything to go by!

WHO/WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?

I really wanted somewhere that could let me write more, especially as I am about to start my final year of university studying English Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing. I also know a lot of authors started out as journalists and bloggers and that is exactly where I would like my life to end up. It also meant the ability to connect with people who love books as much as I do and would understand the struggle between choosing whether to organise my bookcase in alphabetical order by author surname or to colour co-ordinate it.

WHAT IS A BLOG-RELATED GOAL YOU HAVE?

I'm not necessarily huge on numbers (although I love seeing the follower count rising - such a good feeling knowing that people have found your blog and like it enough to stick around for more) so instead I would like to find ~quality~ readers who it is fun to interact with. I love my blog twitter account for this too. I would also love if my blog provided me with some outside writing opportunities in the future, so hit me up people.

8 Of The Best 99p Kindle Bargains

Writing this post has somehow just managed to cost me £6, because apparently I am incapable of compiling a list like this without buying every single book on it minus the two I already owned. It was even originally titled '15 of the best Kindle ebook 99p bargains' until I realised the trend and had to stop midway for the good of my bank account. I am the worst for rationalising my purchases by saying that they were only a couple of pounds so it is no big deal. But those few pounds add up when you spend them all the time.

Whether you are going away on a relaxing beach holiday soon, or simply enjoy the amazing heatwave we are having at the moment, there's no better time to stock up on some books for your kindle as when there are some crackers reduced to just 99p each. I definitely didn't need any more books after just buying a box load of paperbacks in the two for £7 deal on Amazon, but I couldn't help myself (and I'm telling myself I'll be thankful of it when I have 'nothing to read', as if that ever really happens) (also see above paragraph on excessive spending).

I have tried to keep the list as varied as possible so that there is something for just about everyone. There is the LGBT+ novel that everyone has been talking about lately by Becky Albertalli, as well as one of my favourite books of all time in The Secret Life of Bees. Shadow and Bone is one for all you Sarah J. Maas fans out there (me included now as I have just finished book 1 in ACOTAR), and the hilarious Sarah Millican offers a non fiction option if you like biographies. If you like more of a thrill, then maybe The Missing is more up your street, or The Cows if you are looking for something heartbreaking, yet somehow still witty and entertaining.

Have you read any of these books already?



THE COWS by Dawn O'Porter


THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd

THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor


HOW TO BE CHAMPION by Sarah Millican 

THE MAN I THINK I KNOW by Mike Gayle



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Currently Reading #1 -- Reading As Party Prep

Some girls might fake tan the night before a big night out.

Not me. I have spent last week either curled up in bed after a long day at work or surrounded by bubbles and delicious scents in the bath reading a very appropriate book in the lead up to last weekend.

It was one of my best friends' 21st birthdays last Friday, and on Saturday evening she had a party in a function room upstairs in one of the pubs in our home town. And of course, she couldn't have just a regular party where all the girls wear normal pretty dresses and the boys dress semi-smart but look kinda just how they always look. No, she had to be extra and host a themed party. And the theme she chose was Gatsby. (That's not a complaint in the slightest - it was SO much fun and great to see everyone really getting into it!)

When she first started planning in months and months ago, I thought it would be so easy to get a dress and a couple of accessories and I would be good to go. Turns out getting a 1920s style dress in a high street store is not such an easy task, but I managed to find a really pretty coral fringe dress on Asos that did the trick. I wanted a dress that mostly fit the theme, but wasn't so outrageous that I was only going to wear it the once and then it would be shoved to the back of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day again. My mum did say when it arrived in the post that she doesn't know if many ladies in the roaring 20s wore short, strapless dresses and shoes like these, but oh well.


Anyway, it was such a successful night and I felt quite pretty in my tassel get-up. My accessories never arrived in time which was so annoying (I mean, I had months to order them and waited till a few days before...) so I had to make do with some pearls wrapped round the top of my head, and old pearl bracelets I used to wear. Some people went really all out and had the most incredible outfits. Mind you, several vodkas in and I couldn't care less what I looked like. And have you tried pink gin before? Delicious, but beware. Lethal. Tastes like juice. Slides across the taste buds with far too much ease to be legal. Results in extreme intoxication. (It's all worth it though.)

I then finished off my weekend by doing the Crohns & Colitis UK sponsored 10k walk in Edinburgh on Sunday morning EXTREMELY HUNGOVER. I would not recommend doing this in the sweltering heat up and down those Edinburgh city centre hills after leaving the house at 7:30am to make the long journey to the capital, after rolling into the house at 3am with sore legs and feet before the walk even starts from wearing the night before. We did manage to raise around £600 for a cause which is very dear to my heart though! So it was all worth it in the end.

Hope you all had a good weekend too!


("Currently Reading" is a new feature on The Writing Finch where I ramble about a more personal topic sort of related to a book that I am reading at the moment, or that explains why I am reading the book, etc, but it isn't a book review per se.)

COVER REVEAL: Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

I am SO excited to be involved in my very first cover reveal on my blog today in connection Ink Slinger PR and the amazing YA author, Katie McGarry. Something about doing a cover reveal makes me very much like a ~proper~ book blogger. Like I have really made it now.

It makes it even more exciting that it is for an author like Katie who I absolutely adore! Say You'll Remember Me is the last book of hers that I read, and it is definitely one of my favourites ever. Not only does she write in my favourite genre, YA romance, but her writing is also up there with the best. Her more recent book covers are definitely nicer than the older ones, but that often happens with authors when budgets get bigger I suppose.

And then we have ONLY A BREATH APART. It is just SO PRETTY. Look at those colours, the font, the composition. Then imagine holding the hardback in your hands. Amazing.

Now, a little bit about the book itself.


Jesse dreams of working the land that's been in his family forever. But he's cursed to lose everything he loves the most. 

Scarlett is desperate to escape her "charmed" life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done. 

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can't say no. Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. 


Swoon. Scarlett seems like a character I will relate to a lot, coming from a small town myself and my own fair share of dramas, just like the next person. As painful as it is to be waiting till NEXT YEAR for this book, I am positive it will be worth the wait. 

Something else which every book lover should know - and if you dont, I'm about to tell you - is the importance of pre-ordering books before their release date. 

It not only tells the publisher and booksellers how popular the book is going to be, it also therefore allows for a bigger print run. The pre-order numbers represent the potential that the book has for its success. Pre-orders also count for initial first-week sales (as far as I know) helping the book achieve a space in bestseller lists. Retailers may increase their initial orders when they see pre-order sales, and we are all for making authors more money I am sure!! Writing a book is such a time-consuming activity, and the authors we love deserve to get some appreciation for their hard work. There is really no better way to support your favourite authors than by pre-ordering their books, so here are some links we you can pre-order Only a Breath Apart


UK:

US:

More about Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer;s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013. 

Links:
Twitter: @katiemcgarry

A huge thank you to Ink Slinger PR for the opportunity to take part in this cover reveal. I'll definitely be pre-ordering Katie's new book myself, and urging everyone to do the same! Make sure to add it to your Goodreads list here so you can't forget about it (as if you could).

Here's to all the future exciting things this blog will bring 

7 Tips for Studying an English Literature or Creative Writing Degree

I'd like to start off by saying I am absolutely by no means the best student out there. I am lazy and unmotivated and self-deprecating, constantly racked with guilt after spending another day hungover in bed watching Netflix and doing no writing or reading.

But, I have somehow managed to actually get some extremely good grades over the past three years, some of which I'm not sure I really deserve. In fact, my end-of-year grades for 3rd year were astonishingly good considering my lack of effort as I managed to pass with distinction, which would allow me therefore to (SOMEHOW) graduate just now with a First Class Bachelor of the Arts in English, Journalism and Creative Writing if I wished. However I am continuing on for my fourth year to do Honours level.

I feel it is only fair to pass on the wisdom I have picked up throughout my time at university. Some of them probably only apply to the creative writing side, but many suit both writing and literature degrees. These degrees open up so many avenues for you in terms of careers - teaching, publishing, writing, pr, copywriting, editing, you name it. I'm not sure yet exactly where I hope my career will take me, but I do hope that it will include writing. I always said I never wanted to be an English teacher, but the closer it gets to the end of my degree, the more appealing it sounds to pass on my love for the subject. 

Until then, here are some tips for if you are set to start a course after the summer, or thinking of applying in the future. I can't recommend it enough if reading and writing is your passion.  

I actually really enjoyed writing this post, so I hope you like it too! A lot of these tips come from my mistakes - just saying.

DON'T PICK THIS DEGREE FOR INSTANT MONEY AND SUCCESS

Unlike some types of degrees, and English or Creative Writing degree does not instantly qualify you to do a specific job. If you want to be a teacher, you have to combine it with an education degree or do a postgraduate degree in teaching. Like I said, they open up so many avenues for different careers, but you have to find the one that is right for you, and that is not necessarily going to be glaringly obvious before you start your degree. It is very much a degree to go into with just a passion for the subject, and see where that takes you. I still don't know where that will be, but I am fine with that. (A little stressed, but mainly fine.)

Prepare for lots of questions from people asking, "So when do you qualify?" NEVER. 

READ READ READ

This kind of goes without saying. The best writers do a lot of reading too. Not to steal other people's work and ideas, but to improve your own writing skills and imagination. It also helps to not just read 'good' writing. I often find myself critiquing writing while I read without meaning to, picking out little mistakes that hopefully translate in my own work.

Book Review: 'Eve of Man' by the Fletchers

I don't want to say I'm a stalker or anything, but I have a very unhealthy obsession with the Fletcher family.

Or maybe it is mainly the Fletcher kids.

What started off as a simple follow on Instagram has become full-blown admiration for possibly the most beautiful family I have ever seen. Buzz and Buddy melt my heart on a daily basis when I make a regular sweep of Instragram stories in the hope that there is a new clip of them being adorable. I also started following Gi's sister at the beginning of this week when I realised they were all on holiday together and there would be more videos on hers too, only to fully discover just how cute her daughter is too.

But that is not what we are here for today - or at least it wasn't until I started writing about them and apparently couldn't stop.

We are gathered here today to say a warm welcome to the best new duo to hit the literary market. In their first novel together, Giovanna and Tom Fletcher have kicked off a dystopian trilogy that I am yet to see a single bad review of. And you won't find one here either. For the first time in a long while, I have both started and finished a book in just over 24 hours, despite spending a lot of that time sleeping and working.