Things I liked in January | Captive Prince | X Ambassadors | The Rec Center

Previously: April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

I can’t believe it’s February already, and I’ve been making these posts for almost a year! I’m proud of myself for keeping up with it. I still really enjoy collecting tidbits for them, so I’m going to carry on.

January was a month of lots of writing for me, and lots of waiting. In publishing, you have to play the long game, and I’m definitely coming to realise that. I’m full of feelings about stuff I’m working on, but I’m not allowed to share any details about it for at least a few more months. BUT THERE’S LOTS OF EXCITING STUFF COMING UP, GUYS. I can say that, at least.


YouTube channel – A Case for Books By Anna James

Watch here

I love Anna’s new youtube channel. She’s got a very original style, and her taste in books is always spot on. I’ve bought several excellent books based solely on her recommendations – for example, ¬†A Ghost’s Story, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty and¬†The Ecliptic.

You can read my interview with Anna here.


Non-fiction book – Ice Age Art by Jill Cook003.jpg
I’m kind of obsessed with this stuff at the minute. I keep telling anyone who will listen all about these sculptures and paintings and clay models from FORTY THOUSAND YEARS AGO which are still intact now. I can’t wrap my head around that age, and what these people’s lives would have been like.



Fiction book – King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

The Captive Prince trilogy is finally complete! I’ve been following this series since it was posted on livejournal in 2008. Almost a decade!¬†It was definitely worth the wait, and I have so. many. feelings. HELP.

Newsletter –The Rec Center

This new email letter is about recommending articles and fics related in some way to fandom. They showcase a different fandom each week (so far, Star Wars, X-Files and Sherlock). This is so much My Kind of Thing that you might not believe me when I say I don’t write this. Here’s an example of their latest recs:


A lovely easy way to find new things to read. Related: at the minute I’m doing research into early nineties fandom for a New Project, and I collected some of my favourite internet archaeology findings here.

Cosmetics – Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Blusherbb_prod_E38105_415x415_0

I have this in Rose, and it’s the best blusher I’ve ever used. I have very pale skin and don’t wear much foundation, so blushers usually look very red on me. This is beautifully subtle, with a healthy glow and some shimmer. I like mixing all the shades together too.

Music – Hozierhozier

I went to see Hozier live this month! He was spectacular. We had a lot of fun mimicking his extravagant hair flips too.

Single –¬†X Ambassadors – Renegades

This is my ‘listen to on repeat until I’m sick of it’ song of the moment.


In other news: Rights have sold to the Czech republic! The Next Together will be released in Czech on November 30th, and you can preorder it here. If anyone’s keeping track, that means that TNT will soon be available in 7 languages – English, American English (yes, that counts!), German, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian abbtnd Czech! Swooooon. I can’t wait to have those lovely editions lined up on my desk!

Sara Barnard’s debut Beautiful Broken Things was released, and there’s a quote from me in the front! She’s the new star of Contemporary UKYA, so make sure you check BBT out if that’s your thing!

And Cat Doyle listed TNT in the Guardian as one of her favourite doomed romances – thanks Cat!

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn‚Äôt stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‚Äėgripping romantic sci-fi‚Äô by the Wall Street Journal and ‚Äėa strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water‚Äô by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.¬†¬†She has written articles for numerous publications, including the¬†Guardian,¬†Buzzfeed,¬†Den of Geek,¬†The Toast, and the¬†Children‚Äôs Writers and Artist‚Äôs Yearbook 2020.¬†She teaches creative writing for Coventry University,¬†WriteMentor, and¬†Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

5 thoughts on “Things I liked in January | Captive Prince | X Ambassadors | The Rec Center

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: