Companion Novels – Unravelling The Universe of a Story


The Universe of a novel can be never-ending. Think of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Verse, started with the books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy and continued in the Six of Crows duology. What started in three books, extended into two more books which further explored the expansive world that Bardugo had created.

I’m low key (read high key) obsessed with verse stories. I love the idea of dipping in and out of the same world, exploring it every time with new characters.

That’s why I love writing companion novels. I want to stay in the world I’ve created but venture into another part of it that can only be seen by certain characters.


V.E Schwab’s Tolkien Lecture: ‘In Search of Doors’


In May of this year, author, and queen of my lil writing heart, V.E Schwab (AKA Victoria Schwab) was the speaker at Oxfords Tolkien Lecture. I’ve watched the speech a few times now and I have a lot of thoughts.

I really look up to Victoria and her writing style sings to my soul so when I saw that the video of her speech was finally up online I was very excited. (more…)

REVIEW: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


**I strive to avoid spoilers in my reviews but sometimes they can slip in without me realising. Please be warned that if you read the full review there may be small spoilers for the book. Thank you**

Finally a new review! I’ve been so, so slack with my review writing but this was a book I couldn’t ignore.

Today I’m reviewing The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. If you’re into pirates, historic settings and crazy adventures then this is going to be your jam. (more…)

Bookstore Appreciation Post – Readings, Hawthorn.


This post has been in the making for a while! Apologies for my hiatus, uni stress and WordPress media issue got the best of me. But here we are, back with some more Bookstore appreciation!

This gorgeous bookstore is nestled in the heart of Hawthorn, in Australia. It’s a fantastic spot and one that I would visit very often during my days at university. My friends and I love to wander through the shelves and look at all the gorgeous covers. If you follow me on Instagram (@amywritesxo), a lot of my Book Tour stories were filmed here! (more…)

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017


I love the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It’s fun and motivates me to try and read more each year, but it also makes me feel a nice level of guilt whenever I fail to reach my goal. So this year, I’m lowering my goal substantially.

I only want to read 20 books in 2018 and here’s why.