• Stop writers block with these 4 tips
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    4 creative tips to fight writer’s block

    Every writer knows that times will arise when you hit a creative lull. Writer’s block can occur for any number of reasons; you might be overworked, uninspired, or comparing yourself to others. Whatever the reason may be, the main thing is not to panic, whether you have a deadline or are writing for yourself, breathe and take a look at some of these creative tips.   Read something new   When you’re experiencing writer’s block, it’s a great idea to read something new. Often when we aren’t feeling very creative, all we need is a little inspiration. Have a research online and see if you can find a writer you’ve never heard…

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    Teaching Spike about amazing women this International Women’s Day

    Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with books!  This year we were lucky enough to be gifted some incredible books from Egmont to highlight incredible women. Two for me and two for Spike… And I wanted to share them with you today.  Captain Sparklebeard – Spike’s picture book I knew as soon as I saw Captain Sparklebeard by Tim Knapman and Sam Lloyd that I wanted it for our collection. spoilers ahead! A book about a little girl who wants to eats ape the horrible life she has, who is shunned by pirates for being a girl… yet goes on to become the best…

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    5 Ways to Celebrate World Book Day at Home

    On Thursday 7th March, we will be celebrating the 22nd World Book Day: a registered charity which supplies gift vouchers to schools in the UK to ensure children are able to own their favourite books.  World Book Day is usually celebrated within schools. Some schools celebrate book characters by encouraging children to dress up as their favourite book characters and often, book-related activities take place in the classroom.  However, there are ways that we can bring World Book Day from the classroom and celebrate it in the house. Here are just 5 ways in how it can be celebrated at home: Bedtime Reading Bedtime reading has always proven great for…

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    What happened in 2018 & goals for 2019

    I thought 2017 was pathetic for reading but 2018 was worse. I finished the year having read about 10 YA or non-picture books. I was almost finished I’ll Be Home For Christmas by New Years Eve but I didn’t quite manage it (Finished it on New Years Day instead). But even so… 11 books that aren’t picture books and a Goodreads total of 42 is awful! Not only that, I haven’t been reviewing the booked I have read! I’ve managed 11 blog posts on Readaraptor in 2018, which is ridiculous! I want to start reviewing more and reading more but finding the time is difficult with working full time and…

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    My top five (six) picture books this #InternationalChildrensBookDay

    Did you know that International Children’s Book Day is today? It’s celebrated on Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday and is designed to “inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books” according to the IBBY website. With this in mind I thought I would share the picture books that are on my favourites list at the minute. These are the books that inspire me and that I want to share the most with Spike as she grows. Moon – Britta Teckentrup This book tells a story about nature and the moon phases across the world.  How the moon changes and how that effects things on the planet. All with…

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    My 2018 reading goals

    So last year was pathetic for reading. Again. I promised myself that reading Spike a bedtime story every night (with duplicates throughout the year) would mean that I read at least one-two new picture books a week, so I set a target of 104 books on goodreads. I hoped that would allow for at least 30 YA books for me to enjoy. I failed that target. I think I managed 8. Which I guess is better than the year before. But still. My goodreads target still wasn’t met though as I kept forgetting to add the picture books to my read list… or couldn’t find them at all. I finished…

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    Give the gift of reading with Scholastic

    Looking for the perfect book for a loved one this Christmas? Why not give the gift of reading? It will open up a whole new world, or if your loved one always has their head in a book why not expand that universe even more, with the next book in the series? Or the latest from their favourite author? I always, always make sure Spike gets at least one book even birthday and Christmas. There’s nothing like reading in our house and we both love the stories and adventures that we get to go on because of the piles of books strewn across the place! (Sometimes literally strewn!) So when…

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    Writer Beware: Inspired By vs. Plagiarism

    When you read a book you love, there are several things that happen. You find yourself utterly mesmerised by this new world. It is exciting, discovering something new for the first time. Most of us can remember the first time that we read a book that we adored; it’s akin to falling in love, the feeling of being swept away into something new and vibrant. As well as the deep love for a new novel, you can often find yourself feeling inspired to write for yourself. Many of us take inspiration from something we love; a book that plays with words so magnificently that we want to try it for…

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    Getting our read on

    As you may have noticed I’m a little slow at blogging lately. I’ve found since having Spike that I’m struggling not only to find the time to read but to find the motivation. I actually have plenty of time to read once she’s asleep and when she’s napping etc but theres so much to do and I’ve been so tired that its been hard to actually want to read, which sucks. Reading is such a big part of my life, or it was before Spike came along. I feel like reading and blogging is a massive part of me and my identity and to be honest I have been struggling…

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    #UKYA and its shelf space

    Obviously, I am an avid reader. Being born and bred in the North East of England I like to celebrate when authors from the UK do well and I always advocate the reading of UKYA. Today for #UKYADay (hosted by the lovely Lucy at Queen of Contemporary) I wanted to share a bit about my thoughts on UKYA. I consider myself to be very lucky in that when I was 15 and wanted to buy a book, I had some there, sat on the shelves of my local Waterstones (which was actually Ottakars back then if anyone remembers that!) which were targeted directly at my age range. My sister, who…