Where Have I Been?

Hi everyone!

I was going to start this by saying “it’s been a while”, but honestly I feel like that is such an understatement! I haven’t fully been dedicated to my blog AT ALL this year – I’ve posted every now and again but haven’t really been back as much as I normally am. I wanted to write a little update post on what’s been happening, and why I’ve been so absent recently – and also give some of my reading stats this year so far!

This is probably going to be a long one because there’s quite a lot of stuff to update you on – but I’ll split it into sections to make it easier!

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Life has been a bit of a weird one for 2019 so far. It started off wild with some family stuff going on in my family, and then as the year went on, some family stuff happened with Ben’s family and it was all a bit of a roller-coaster. We seem to be on the come up now from it all, but it’s been a bit of a rough one.

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Guest Post: Top Ten Writing Tips from Author Louise Dean!

Hi everyone!

Today I have my first ever guest post! To celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo last month the lovely author Louise Dean offers her top ten tips for novel writing. Hopefully this will inspire you to continue writing next year!


    1. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t over-indulge in binge writing. You’ll upset your system. A solid hour a day will see you right. Keep faith with your novel. Don’t miss a day.
    2. Make sure you write every day, same time, same place. You need to read every day too. If you do those two things, then your day job will leaven your bread and bring a healthy reality check to you and your writing, and your writing will flourish thanks to the tidbits you bring home from your labours and time in goodly society.
    3. Keep your notebook with you all day every day for 90 days to catch novel thoughts and insights gleaned from daily life.
    4. Don’t fret the plot, think character and problem; think ‘what does he or she want?’ Don’t worry about word count. The daily habit of writing is what matters.
    5. Write into a notebook, type up for a very first early doors edit
    6. Creating material freely is what this first draft is all about and heading back to the notebook of your childhood, the secret diary, the handwriting of your first scribblings is very freeing.
    7. Don’t be tempted to go back over the work and tweak it. You need to get the story down before you know what to include and what to leave out.
    8. You have two pedals. One is writing, the other is reading. When one runs out of juice, use the other to take the pressure off and hey presto you’ll be moving again!
    9. Journal your writing process. All the evidence shows this works a treat. Keep an eye on yourself during the write. You will find this very valuable throughout your write to see that yes, you suffered and worried and yes you found a solution and got through it. Many great writers found this a necessity. Try it.
    10. If I were to leave you with one ‘prose tip’, it would be this:
      Write a terribly good sentence that no one has written before, that is true for you and you alone, beautiful, sad and funny, perhaps controversial or contentious, and also understated. Write the next sentence.
      Delete the second sentence. I can be almost completely certain that in the second you went too far, exaggerated, and spoilt the effect of the first. I see it all the time, in my work and in my writers’. It’s the most common error. Catch it sooner rather than later and your work will improve rapidly as you learn to train the wayward growth of your prose by tying it to a strong trellis.

And here’s one just for luck – Your novel is a jealous God. Put it first for 90 days. That’s just 0.3% of your life. Only children or emergencies come before.

Louise Dean is an award-winning author published by Penguin and Simon & Schuster and nominated for The Dublin International Literary Award, The Guardian First Book Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. She is the founder of Kritikme.com, an online creative writing course which teaches people how to write a novel in ninety days. You can get a 10% discount on this course by using the code MYNOVEL10 at the check-out.

Go check her out now, and Happy Writing!!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x


Blogmas Day 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hi everyone!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! This is just a little post on the final day of Blogmas to say I hope you all have the most amazing Christmas, and get everything you want!

Thank you for all your support, for your comments and your love!

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, have the most amazing end to the year!


Until next time,


Keep Reading!

Meggan x


IRL Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged to do this tag by the wonderful Kris over at Boston Book Reader! Thank you so much for the tag, this sounds such an interesting tag to do!

Here we go:


Most likely to stand up for the little guy

Elias! He always stands up for those in need and I mean he does such a brilliant job at it, he’d do it for the little guy!


Most romantically oblivious

Sherlock Holmes! He is so oblicious to anything even remotely romantic, that I think even if a potential partner punched him in the face, he still wouldn’t realise!


Most likely I’d turn to for advice

I’d definitely turn to Magnus for advice, purely because he’s been through so much and he has dealt with it all so well, he’d definitely know exactly what to say! Also he’d make me laugh too to brighten my mood!


Most likely to make youtube videos

I think Thorne would definitely love to do that, he’d love the publicity and the comments people would give him!


Most likely to grab a beer with

I could definitely grab a drink with Feyre, I think we’d get on well and she could tell me all about her adventures in Velaris and I’d love it!


Most likely to apply for a reality show

Kenji! I feel he has the sarcasm and the good humour to get through it and win!


Character I’d want to run into on a beach



Character I’d like to work for

August Flynn! I love how he is fair but firm, and also I would probably have a lot of fun helping out where I could!


Most likely to have a mental breakdown in public

Can I count as this? HAHA! No, but I reckon Kacey from Little Monsters because AFTER EVERYTHING SHE WENT THROUGH WHO WOULDN’T HAVE A BREAKDOWN?????


HR’s worst nightmare

Mia Corvere. I mean she just would not follow any of the rules, and if someone tried to make her? That’d probably be their last day on earth.



I tag:

Lori – Majestic Readings

Paige – Books and Belle

Sarah – Book Hooked Nook

Vrinda – A Bookish Human

Danielle – Introverted Book Nerd

Sarah – She’s A Writer

Ash – For The Love of Books

Fernanda – Wanderlust Reading

Cassie – Cassie Winters

Eleanor – Little Thoughts From Little People

Jordan – The Bookish Baker


Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x


March Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry that this is so late! It’s the last months of university and they’re always completely taken over by coursework! But I’m nearly done so I can get back to blogging on a more regular basis!

I read some AMAZING books this month, and also some ‘not so bad’ ones, it was a nice and varied month! Also to say how much work I had to do I’m surprised and impressed I got to read so much! Anyway without further ado here is my wrap up:

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: After reading This Savage Song, I just knew I had to have more Victoria Schwab in my life. This book was amazing, I just loved the writing style, the characters and everything about it! It was that good that once I finished it I instantly went out to get the sequel! Find my full review here!

Title: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Illuminae has already been named my favourite read of the year so far so I was extremely excited to get my hands on this! I absolutely loved it and this has now joined Illuminae as my favourite! I loved the writing style again, with it’s wonderful unique styling and I just loved the way the story continued through the series. This entire series is so wonderful and I can’t recommend it enough!

Title: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Rating: ★★★

Review: I love classic books and unloved the musical and the film of this so knew I had to read it. However I just didn’t completely love this book! I liked the story and the writing style but there was just something I wasn’t sure about, which was a massive shame!

Title: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: THIS SERIES IS SO AMAZING I LOVE IT! V.E. Schwab is such a wonderful author and I am constantly amazed at how well she creates worlds and characters, and ever since I read ADSOM I just fell in love with this world. This book was exactly the same, if not better! I love it so much, and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series!

Title: Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I was lucky enough to be sent this by Emily, the wonderful author of this emotionally brilliant book! From the first page I was completely hooked, and I was left with so many tears! This book was so beautifully written, with so many amazing characters, I’ve never read anything like it. It was beautiful, emotional and heart-breaking but in the best way! My full review is here!

Title: Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Rating: ★★★

Review: This was my first ever Dean Koontz book and I was really excited to read it! I loved the story and the idea behind it, and Dean Koontz’s writing is brilliant! I was super happy with it, right until the end unfortunately! I wasn’t a fan of the ending at all, it all felt a little bit sudden and just a bit anti-climactic! It was a shame, but it still wasn’t a bad book at all!

That’s it for my March Wrap Up! Leave a comment below with what you think of my wrap up, and don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel at BetweenthePagesofYA where my book hauls will be posted!

Keep reading!

Meggan x

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas // Review

Title: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 6th September 2016

Sarah J. Maas’ fifth instalment to the Throne of Glass series proves that some series just get better and better.

Empire of Storms continues where Queen of Shadows left off, with Aelin discovering the true depths to her magic, and finding out just how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. Yet when not only the Dark King Erawan raises his head to battle against the team, but Maeve also sets her sights on the destruction of her niece, can she really prove victorious without losing everything she stands for in the process?

Okay so to start off, I LOVED THIS BOOK. I honestly thought it was brilliant, I know that many people thought that Queen of Shadows lowered the overall excitement for the series, and although I did love it, this book exceeded everything.

One of my favourite things was where the narrative led us, I loved that it wasn’t just following the team around but there were so many obstacles they had to overcome and even when you think something is sorted, there’s another spin! It was great that nothing in the book was at all predictable, as some YA books can be, I was constantly on the edge of my seat.

It’s well known that Sarah J. Maas is absolutely amazing at character development and world building but in this book she just takes it to another level. Not only the development of Aelin but of the rest of the newly founded Court of Terrassen.

Aelin truly transformed in this book from heartless and careless queen, as she was sometimes portrayed in Queen of Shadows, to the caring person that we’ve always known her as. It was amazing to see the lengths she’d go to to protect those she loves but also just how much she wants to get her kingdom back.

Another key part was how characters that were seen as supporting ones in the prior books, became so important in this book. Lysandra, Aedion, Dorian and Rowans cadre became so key to the overall narrative, I loved how it wasn’t just Aelin and Rowan central. The multiple POV’s were such a nice breath of fresh air, and a welcome change of story for the series. Also just for a second can we mention the utter perfection of Lorcan and Elide’s characters?!

The ending was perfect, it left so many things open for the next and final book, yet it also ended with the perfect amount of excitement to keep it on your mind in the wait for the next book.

It’s been five books since the original start of this epic story, and for some authors it can be hard to keep up the atmosphere and excitement for so long, but this book shows just how talented Sarah is. Five book later and I’m still just as excited, invested in the story and my life is even more ruined by these amazingly created characters.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // Review

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 5th January 2012

Me Before You is one of the most beautifully written books, that leaves you feeling every emotion possible.

Me Before You tells the story of Louisa Clarke who takes a job as a carer for Will Traynor, who was left quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident 2 years ago. It follows Lou’s struggle to work out how to interact with Will, and Will’s struggle to accept his new life, especially adjusting to having Lou around.

This book was honestly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I must admit I went to see the film first (I saw it 3 times!), and then I was so moved that I decided I needed to read the book. The book was even better than I expected, and even better than the film.

From start to finish the book was so well written, I loved every second. The main thing that stood out to me was Lou’s character. I loved her personality, and how she was the perfect balance of caring, yet also sarcastic enough to match Will. She was just written so well that no matter what happened to her in the book, I felt exactly how she was feeling and cared a lot about her.

Will was also written so well, I liked how the book included the struggle of his disability that no one else sees, such as not wanting to be seen in public, or eating in public. All the things that can easily be overlooked, and it really adds depth to the story.

I loved how it wasn’t just entirely sad like some books are, it was so heart warming and happy too, and it worked so well with the entire book, and it was the perfect balance throughout the book.

The story overall is so beautifully written, Jojo Moyes has such a wonderful talent at writing heartbreaking books and this one is the most noticeable example. I was hooked from start to finish, and by the time I finished it I was a sobbing mess. The end was spectacular and written so well that it completely took my heart and left me feeling nearly every emotion possible.

Overall this was such a wonderful book, I loved how it was written, the characters and the story itself. It was heartbreaking, and heartwarming and just such a brilliant book.

What did you think to this book?


Meggan x


Starting Out!

Hi everyone!

I just thought I’d do a little introduction to this blog.

Reading has always been important to me ever since I was little, and as I’ve gotten older it’s just become more important and is still one of my favourite ways to relax, de-stress and just have some me-time.

My house is filled with hundreds of books, and it’s a true addiction because I keep buying more even though I’m running out of room for them all!

Due to my love for all things books, I thought I’d create this blog, which is going to mainly be focused on books, and I’m going to try to include a range of different posts from book hauls, book recommendations, to anticipated releases, monthly wrap ups and reviews!

I do have another blog where I post helpful advice articles and other reviews (concert and album reviews). If you’d like to give that a look too, just follow this link: http://www.lifeisbutadream13.wordpress.com

I hope you like it, and feedback is always welcome!


Meggan x