Category: Discussions

What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

Thanks to the rise of feminism, representations of women in fiction have never been as varied and empowering as they are today. Gone are the days of two-dimensional, doll-like heroines, whose only purpose was to be coveted, fought over, or rescued by the male characters – today’s heroines are complex, nuanced and have agency. However, there’s a term that’s commonly bandied about in regards to some of our modern-day heroines that I feel is often misused or misinterpreted, and that’s the idea of the ‘strong female character’. For one thing, it… Read more »

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Do you review every book you read?

Do you review every book you read?

Do you review every single book you read? Personally, since I started blogging in 2014, I’ve reviewed everything I’ve read, whether I’ve loved, hated or been totally indifferent to it. However, I’ve recently been wondering whether or not that’s actually the best reviewing policy for me, as the list of books I need to review has been slowly growing, and often when I look back at that list I’m left thinking ‘am I actually compelled to review all these books?’ There are some books on that list that I’m super excited to… Read more »

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Being OK With Being An Introvert

Being OK With Being An Introvert

Let’s face it: the world really isn’t geared towards introverts. From school onwards we’re subconsciously taught that being outgoing, outspoken and sociable is preferable to being quiet, reserved and needing that all-important alone time. From the emphasis on group work in classrooms, to the unspoken rule of ‘the more friends you have, the better you are’ that exists in the school yard, we’re immediately taught that being extroverted is ‘better’. I certainly can’t have been the only one who was constantly getting ‘needs to contribute more in class’ scribbled across their school reports,… Read more »

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Why do we love anti-heroes?

Why do we love anti-heroes?

These days we love anti-heroes in all of their shades-of-grey glory, with everything from books, to tv shows and even movies showing a tendency towards darker and more dubious heroes and heroines. Anti-heroes may have been around for a long time – you only have to look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Byronic heroes of the Brontë sisters to see their early incarnations – but it’s only been recently that their popularity has began to eclipse that of the classic, squeaky-clean hero. But why is that? What exactly is it… Read more »

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How To Make Time To Read

How To Make Time To Read

So many non-readers like to say they would read ‘if they had the time’, as if us bookworms just somehow have more hours in the day, or less to do. However, we all have busy lives and lots of things to do, it’s perhaps just that us readers have a few more little tricks for fitting reading into our day (because we love it so much!). So here are a few little ways I find time to read, even on the busiest of days: Read on your lunch break. 5 days… Read more »

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How Blogging Improves Your Writing

How Blogging Improves Your Writing

In my two and a half years of blogging, I’ve learnt so much about so many things: I’ve learnt how to use social media and Wordpress, how to design a blog, how to take and edit photos, and I now know what the acronyms TBR, ARC and DNF mean (vital life skills right there!). But more than anything blogging has allowed me to really hone my writing skills, which is pretty awesome seen as I want to be a writer! In fact I’d recommend blogging as a hobby to anyone who wants… Read more »

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My Favourite Bookish Couples

My Favourite Bookish Couples

So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – the day of love, or unnecessary consumerism, depending on your view – and I thought I’d do a little love-related post in its’ honour! So here are the bookish couples I’ve ‘loved’ the most (see what I did there?): Red and Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest was one of my favourite reads from last year, and that was largely because it boasted one of my all time favourite bookish couples: Red and Sorcha. I adored them both individually –… Read more »

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What makes you care about a character?

What makes you care about a character?

Have you ever read a book that had an incredible plot, perfect pacing and epic world-building, but somehow it just wasn’t doing it for you? Most of the time when that happens to me, it comes down to one thing: I just don’t care about the main character. Caring about the main character in a book is so important, because after all, why are you going to waste your time reading hundreds of pages when you ultimately don’t care about the outcome? If you have no feelings whatsoever towards a character, then there’s… Read more »

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What’s your preferred length of book?

What’s your preferred length of book?

Recently I was thinking about some of my favourite books and series, and I suddenly realised that most of them are really, really long books! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for example is my favourite HP book, and that clocks up to an epic 766 pages! Similarly The Lord of the Rings is several thousands of pages long collectively, George R.R. Martin’s books are generally 800+ pages, and Brandon Sanderson’s first two Stormlight Archive books are 1124 and 1088 pages respectively. So I think it may be fair to say that’s I like big… Read more »

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The Best Books I’ve Received As Gifts

The Best Books I’ve Received As Gifts

Buying books as a gift for bookworms is both easy and incredibly difficult: easy, because you know they love books, but difficult, because they probably already have so many and us bookworms often have very particular tastes! These days I more often tend to get book vouchers if someone wants to buy me a bookish gift, and that’s just fine by me. I really don’t expect people to know enough about my current book collection and what’s on my TBR list to pick me my perfect book, and so I don’t mind… Read more »

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