LucyTheReader

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.

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Should Book Bloggers Be Paid?

This year marks my fourth year of blogging about books and I’m beginning the process of turning it into a business. However, there is a problem with this: money in the book blogging world can be a bit of a taboo subject. If you’ve been on Twitter in the past few days, you’ll have seen the conversations that us book bloggers have been having about being paid for promoting books – at the moment we…

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REVIEW: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

After reading Stacey’s review of The Fox and the Star, I knew I had to read it so when I went into my local Waterstones a few days later, I bought it immediately. I’m so pleased I saved this as my first book of the year. It was such an enjoyable book, full of wonderful illustrations that capture your imagination and make you feel as if you’re wandering the woods too with Fox. It can, and will, be…

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A Reading Record and Reflection

In previous years, I’ve always tracked what I’ve been reading on Goodreads and only Goodreads. Whilst, yes, I post reviews on my blog, I don’t review everything I read so lots goes undocumented. I decided that 2016 will be the year that I create a physical document of everything I read, including re-reads (I’m looking at you, Goodreads!). So this is my plan: I’ve set out a notebook where I plan on keeping a list…

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Best UKYA Releases of 2015

2015 was such an amazing year for UKYA releases and I feel very lucky to have been able to read lots and lots of them. If 2015 was such a brilliant year, I can’t wait to see what 2016 will be like! Seed by Lisa Heathfield In Seed, Lisa Heathfield creates a beautiful but dangerous world where the people are ruled by the enigmatic Papa S. Although Pearl loves the life she leads, worshipping both…

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A 2015 Year In Review

2015 has been an incredible, whirlwind year. I can’t believe we’re now going into 2016! I thought that it would be nice to look back on the year that has passed and share some of my favourite moments! Starting Book Pigs! At the start of the year, I started a blog on Tumblr called Book Pigs, where I share pictures of some of my guinea pigs with books. It’s taken me by surprise just how…

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5 Reasons Inferno is the BEST BOOK EVER + Giveaway!

To celebrate the fact that Catherine Doyle, author of Vendetta and the upcoming Inferno, is releasing exclusive short stories on her website in the next few weeks, I thought I would share 5 reasons why Inferno is the best book EVER, ahead of my review in January. Read to the end for a giveaway of Vendetta and Inferno! 1. SO. MUCH. ACTION. There isn’t a dull moment in Inferno and I couldn’t put it down when…

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On Vlog Star and the Power of YouTube

When I first started watching YouTube, around five or six years ago, it would have seemed insane to me that YouTube would become so accessible to so many people (although YouTube accessibility and privilege is a discussion for another day), particularly people like me who didn’t have fancy equipment or didn’t really know how to go about making videos on the Internet. Vlog Star is the latest YouTube-related product to be released – although it’s…

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A (Graphic) Novel Obsession

I am in love with graphic novels at the moment. Especially with so much revision to do, they’re easy to pick up and instantly get into as they don’t take up the same amount of brain power as a 500-page novel would do. I always used to be sceptical about reading graphic novels. It’s easy to get caught up in ‘literary snobbery’ and feel as if books with pictures in are slightly inferior, but I’m finally…

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5 Books That Changed My Life

Some books you can read and forget about after a few months, but there are others that stay with you for a long time afterwards. There are also those books that will always stick with you, no matter what, and have affected your life in some way. Here are a few of mine: Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton I love books for a wide range of reasons, but one of the main ones is…

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Where I Blog

For the close-to-four years I’ve been blogging, my location has changed a little bit. Now I have my own space where I can arrange all my blogging tools and write to my heart’s content. It’s my little safe haven which is usually a mess and I have to stumble around and try not to trip over my tripod, books and/or clothes that I’ve changed into in between takes of videos. I love it though, so I…

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5 Female Authors I Adore

In the wider book industry, female authors often get overlooked so it is super important to support them as much as possible. I thought I would compile a list of some of my favourite female authors today. They all write books that feature either feminism or female characters who stand out as being realistic and passionate. Louise O’Neill – Only Ever Yours and Asking For It Louise is one of the biggest YA talents out…

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To Read List

With so many books constantly popping through my letterbox all beautifully packaged and very appealing, it can be good to sometimes sit back and take stock of the books I still haven’t read. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine I went through a phase a while back where I devoured as much middle grade as I possibly could and this was one of my purchases then. To me, it sounds like a…

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