The Writer’s Toolbox

The Writers Toolbox by Jamie Cat Callan

the writers toolbox

I have previously received a gift from my sister titles ‘The Writers Toolbox’ which helps you to write your stories and how to turn your thoughts into a written story. The box provides help with how to begin your story with the First Sentence sticks, as well as ways to help you develop a plot twist. There are also helpful tips on how to add drama to your stories and allow you to make your work more exciting if you are struggling. There are also a deck of ‘Sixth Sense’ cards which aid with phrases that need that extra bit of description.

the writers toolbox factors

I think that this box is very helpful as I find writing quite difficult and especially find it hard to start a story. I think that I have a good imagination for being an author however I don’t have the confidence or skill to write a good story and I think this box is very helpful at beginning my writing.

There is also a book inside the box which I found very interesting as it is split into helpful parts such as how to use the toolbox and how to keep going when you are struggling. I think that this is extremely helpful and is the best part of the box. It is motivational and inspiring to read whilst trying to write your first or one of the first stories.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment whether you have ever used a tool like this to help you out whilst writing)

Best websites for buying books

The following are website that I use when buying books and I find them the best options. I hope this helps you buy you’re next book!

Book Depository

Book Depository is a great website which allows you to purchase books internationally all with free worldwide shipping. It offers a vast amount of books, over 18 million and is likely to have have everything your looking for. Not only that but there is a bargain shop where you can find all the best deals and sales. I love using this website and it is my go to when buying books online. It helps that you get a free bookmark with an artists design on it !

Abe Books

Abe books is a great choice when looking to buy used books. It allows individuals to sell book as due to that you can find books in lots of different conditions for multiple prices so you can choose which one you would like. I live this website when wanting to buy a book but a little cheaper. There are usually shipping costs however added to the price of the book it is still a great deal most of the time.

Amazon

Amazon is great for e-books, specifically my kindle. It is easy to use and download books that are cheaper than paper or hard back. There is also a huge amount of free books available that may not be your taste however it allows you try other genres at no cost. It is also good for paper and hard backs books however as it often has a pre-order section for soon to be released books.

Etsy

Etsy has a lot of good products that are book related as well as books themselves. They have a vast amount of bookmarks and book accessories on sale as well as personalised books and notebooks. I recently purchased a notebooks which I love and much more like that is available.

Waterstones

Waterstones is a great website that is easy to navigate and purchase books from. There is a great choice and if you have a waterstones card then you can collect points to take money off future books.

I hope this helps when you are buying a new book!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(Please comment if you have any other websites you like to use )

A Novel Companion

I recently purchased a new notebook/organiser off of Etsy and I really love it.

It is a book created and sold by a shop named LittleInklingsDesign on Etsy and it is a ‘book lovers guide to creativity and organisation’.

It allows me to organise all my book related issues such as my book reviews, to be read lists, wishlists,hauls alongside must see movies and TV shows. I think this book is aesthetically pleasing and we’ll designed. Each segment is beautifully layed out and is easily understood. It is all helpful yet beautifully styled. It is great quality and very helpful.

My favourite part of this book is the book reviews section as it allows me to note down my thoughts and allow me to write my blog posts. It also allows me to give the books a 5 star rating and the date I read the book.

I also really like the section ‘book series tracker’ which allows me to keep track of series I have started to read, have read or still to start. It keeps me up to date with my series and allows me to see exactly what I have read.

There is also beautiful quote pages through out eh book to enjoy as you continue to use this book and fill it in.

Overall, I would recommend this notebooks to everyone as it is ‘a booklovers handbook’ and is extremely helpful. I will leave the link to the Etsy shop below.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/597011573/a-novel-companion-a-book-lovers-handbook

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment if you have this book or something similar)

New Book Haul

I recently purchased two new books and I am really excited to read them so I thought I would share them with you. I went into the bookshop looking to spend my vouchers and decided to spend it on the following two books;

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

murder on the orient express

Murder on the Orient Express is a book I have heard of for years but it wasn’t until the movie was released in 2017 that I had actually thought about reading it. It seems like a book that I would really like and I am surprised it has taken me so long to buy it. It is based upon the mysterious murder on the train, the Orient Express. The victim was stabbed numerous times in his compartment however the door is locked from the inside. With the train stationary due to a snowdrift everyone must find out who the murderer is as the ‘Murderer us with us – on the train now…’

It is the 10th instalment in the Hercule Poirot however you can read this book without reading the others without feeling confused. Due to the fact it was originally published in 1934 it has gained many fans and with the new movie it has become more popular again. In December 2014, the novel was included in Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Nine Great Christie Novels.

I have heard that this is a great novel to read in the crime/mystery genre which makes you think and engages you throughout and I am really excited to read it.

 

Talking with Female Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee

talking with female serial killers

I tend to read fictional novels however I decided to take a look at the non-fiction crime sections whilst I was browsing the shop. I came across this book by Berry-Dee which took my interest. I find documentaries and films/TV programmes on real crime and serial killers really interesting and so therefore I think that I will find this book intriguing. It shares the stories of female killers such as Beverley Allitt and Suzanne Basso alongside women who kill under the influence of their male accomplices such as the famous serial killer Myra Hindley. It shares information and the cases of the women who not only kill but kill repeatedly.

This book was originally published in May 2018 so it is a recent publication so therefore may include more details that other books may not necessarily include. I have looked this book up on Goodreads and it does have mixed reviews with people saying the title may be misleading. Despite this there are good reviews and I am excited to read this book in order to make my own decision on the quality of this book.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your opinion on these books or if you have any new book recommendations)

My to-read list

I have many books that I come across and really want to read so therefore add it to my to-read list. I have decided to share this list so if you are looking for a new book to read you can have a look at these

 

perfect silence

  1. Perfect Silence by Helen Fields. This book is yet to be released and is expected to be published on the 23 August 2018. It is the fourth instalment in the DI Callanach Series and if you have read previous blog posts you will know I am a big fan of this series. It follows DI Callanach and DCI Ava Turner as they investigate yet another brutal case whilst facign their own personal lives. I am very excited for this book to be released and I cannot wait to read it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36589626-perfect-silence?ac=1&from_search=true

 

 

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  1. He Will Find You by Diane Jeffrey. This is yet another book to be released and is due to be available in August 2018. This is the second book by the author following on from her 2017 best selling physiological thriller ‘Those Who Lie’. I really enjoyed this book buy Diane Jeffrey and therefore I am looking forward to reading another one of her novels. IT follows Kaitlyn Best. A girl who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and begins a new life with her school crush Alex. But is Alex all what he seems?

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40773724-he-will-find-you?ac=1&from_search=true

pretty little things

 

  1. Pretty Little Things by T.M.E Walsh. This novel is a book that I have wanted to read for a few weeks now after having read ‘All Our Sins’. This book is about an investigation into girls who have gone missing but their bodies found. It follows a mother who is doing all she can to keep her daughter safe after these events and the investigation by DI Madelaine Wood into the murders. Do they know everyone the way they think they do?

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38091257-pretty-little-things?ac=1&from_search=true

 

how to stop time

  1. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. This book is one I stumbled across whilst looking online and I was drawn to it. It isn’t something I would generally choose but the idea of it sounds like something that I might enjoy out of my comfort zone. It follows Tom Hazard, to anyone else he is a normal 40 year old man but this isn’t the case. He has been alive for hundreds of years and has had to change his identity regularly in order to survive. He now wants a normal life but can he find it?

I am really excited to read this book and see what it is all about. I would like to see how the author tackles this unusual storyline.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35411685-how-to-stop-time

can you hear me

  1. Can You Hear Me? By Elena Varvello is an Italian Thriller. It is an unbearably hot summer, not unlike many others. For sixteen year-old Elia Furenti, living an unremarkable life of moderate unhappiness, the summer promises little. That is, until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna – the mother of his new friend Stefano – returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood. Then everything starts to unravel. It is set in 1978 which would usually out me off as I prefer books set in current time however it sounds like a great read and I am looking forward to reading it.

https://www.waterstones.com/book/can-you-hear-me/elena-varvello/alex-valente/9781473654891

Many Thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment if you have read or want to read any of these books.)

Graphic Novels: Pros and Cons

Graphic novels are something that I haven’t really read before. I know people love to read them and be able to have a story with great illustrations along side to help tell the story. I personally feel as though they take the imagination side of reading away although when it is based off of well known characters does it really make a difference?

Graphics novels are better for a quicker read. They are often easier and a lot quicker to comprehend and understand with the imagry allowing for a quicker understanding. You can also read the characters emotions and bodylanguage through the imagry and takes away the time to explain everything in detail. My sister would choose to read a graphic novel over a general book anyday as it allows her to be immersed in a story without having to spend the time investing in the words and descriptions. It is already there on the page through the images. It seems that it is more exciting with all the colours and vibrancy.

I personally still don’t think that graphic novels beat general books as there seems to be a lack of your own imagination being used. The characters are already designed and shown and there is no real descriptions so that you can create your own image in your head. I find graphic novels harder to understand personally as there is often so much going on with the multitude of images and speach bubbles everywhere. With colour and outline often showing who is speaking and in which tense. I find it much harder to keep up with the story and not just guess via the images.

Overall , I would say that it is completely personal preference as to whether you like graphic novels or a general book better as it depends on what you like. For example I love back and white books whereas my sister loves colourful, illustrated graphic novels. I will stick to my books for now but I see that graphic novels are just another way to express a story on pages.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel to comment your opinion on graphic novels )