Random Ramblings and Some Bookish Stuff

I’m going to start this post off apologising for how quiet Sugarquills has been over the past few weeks. I’ve been busy with life and teaching myself how to crochet!

I’m happy to confirm that I have been accepted for the MSc Creative Writing course at the University of Edinburgh, so you can look forward to posts about the course from September onwards. I’m looking forward to starting the course, but I’m more excited about living in Edinburgh and exploring all the literary sites (and bring on the Festival!).

I’m trying to get through the reading list for the course right now but as most of the books are classics, I haven’t written reviews for them (stuff like Jane Austen). I don’t think the type of classics fit in with the sort of books I usually talk about on this blog, but if any of you are interested in hearing my thoughts about books like Sense and Sensibility and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, let me know!

As far as crocheting is concerned, I think I’m doing a pretty good job all things considered. I’ve been following YouTube tutorials and have made a couple of scarves and a baby blanket already.

It took two days to make but it was worth it.

If you’re interested in learning how to crochet, I highly recommend Bella Coco’s YouTube channel as her tutorials are, by far, the most well explained and easy to follow compared to others I’ve come across.

I have ordered a set of knitting needles too, so that’s my next challenge! I’ve heard knitting is harder than crocheting, and it does look trickier to me.

To make up for the lack of bookish posts lately, I’m going to leave you guys with some of the books I’ve had my eye on lately. They’re all 2017 releases, two of them are expected to come out within the next two months.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry (Publication date: July 4th, 2017)

‘There is one version of my story that everyone KNOWS.

And then there is the TRUTH.

Once I LOVED a boy called Peter Pan.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend.

Peter LIES.

Christina Henry’s brutal and bloody retelling of The Chronicles of Alice in Wonderland won her fans around the world and now in a triumphant return the international bestseller turns her eye on J.M. Barrie’s dark childhood classic, reimagining the world of the Neverland from the perspective of Peter’s first and best lost boy… and his biggest nemesis. Lost Boy is a stunning, dark fantasy that reimagines the cult figure of Pan in a thrilling and bloody crossover read. This summer discover the island of Neverland as you’ve never seen it before, but reader beware: once you’re lost there’s no coming back’ – Titan Books

The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

‘Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.’Goodreads

Final Girls by Riley Sager (Publication date: June 29th, 2017)

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.’ Goodreads