What is Young Adult Fantasy? 

What is Young Adult Fantasy? Young Adult (YA) Fantasy is a subset of fantasy fiction aimed at a teenage audience. Fantasy is a wide genre and includes stories about made-up worlds, mythical creatures, and magic. Not all these elements have to be present to make a book fantasy, but a …

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath

A few weeks ago I took a visit to Bath. My main purpose in going was to see the Here Be Dragons exhibition, which I definitely recommend, but while I was there on my own, I decided to pay a visit to the Jane Austen museum. Now, I do normally …

Top Arabian Fantasy Books! 

My young adult fantasy book, Where Carpets Fly, is influenced by some Arabian and Middle-Eastern elements: flying carpets, Persian architecture, and Mediterranean food and climate. I’ve been looking for other fantasy books that use similar themes and created a Goodreads list and bookshelf for Arabian-style fantasy, and also a Facebook …

The Magic Behind Where Carpets Fly

I love looking at different magic systems and learning about how they work. I’ve even written a blog post or two about developing magic systems. When it came to writing my own fantasy novel, the worldbuilding was one of my favourite parts. So, today, I’m going to share a few …

My Top Ten Young Adult School Series

I’ve been reading school stories for a long time: before the young adult genre was really a thing. Back then, books were either for children or for adults with not a lot in between. I also read a lot of books published in the earlier part of the 20th century: …

My 2017 Reading Challenge

This year, I’ve chosen 38 books that I want to read. Some of them are quite hefty, so chances are I won’t get through the lot, but if it ends up being a longer challenge, so be it. I shall also do a Goodreads challenge, where I select a number …