Category: Discussions

Five Reasons To Read The Classics

Five Reasons To Read The Classics

So here it is: the fourth and final post in my ‘Five Reasons To Read…’ series all about my favourite genres! If you’ve missed any, why not check out my posts on Historical Fiction, Fantasy and YA? In my last post I talked about why people of all ages should be reading YA, and touched on book snobbery, where certain supposedly ‘high-brow’ readers seem to think that reading genre or YA fiction doesn’t count as ‘real reading’. This is of course, absolute nonsense! However in this post I wanted to… Read more »

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Five Reasons To Read YA Fiction

Five Reasons To Read YA Fiction

YA fiction, or Young Adult fiction is an incredibly popular genre amongst book bloggers of all ages, but unfortunately it’s commonly regarded with a certain amount of snobbery by a lot of other people (and the odd blogger…but good luck to them making friends in the blogosphere!). Whilst non-readers who see you reading YA often like to tell you that you’re ‘far to be old to be reading that’ if you’re older than sixteen, bookworms who ‘only read real books’ like to lecture you on the formulaic plots and cardboard… Read more »

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Bookish Fashion

Bookish Fashion

Back when I was in high school, I was a pretty wild dresser. Emo fashion was in its heyday and I was a big fan, so I would commonly be seen sporting shredded jeans and stripey tights, not to mention band t shirts and brightly coloured ties (yes, I apparently thought I was Avril Lavigne). I don’t know what happened in the years that followed, but my sense of fashion seemed to calm down a lot and even slip into the mundane. I have always remained slightly alternative (I still… Read more »

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Bloggers: Do you get ‘comment guilt’?

Bloggers: Do you get ‘comment guilt’?

As a blogger, I absolutely adore getting comments! There’s no better feeling than knowing that someone has connected with something you’ve written enough to take the time to respond and start a conversation with you, and I really do appreciate every single comment that I get. That’s why sometimes I feel bad because it seems to take me so long to get round to replying! I see some bloggers who get a lot more comments than I do who seem to get to them the same day, yet it can… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

It’s been a couple of weeks since the first post in my blog series highlighting some of my favourite genres (5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction), so I thought it was time I did another. Today I’m talking about my all time favourite genre fantasy, and why I think you should read it if you don’t already. And if you do already read fantasy I’d love to hear what you love most about it in the comments! So here are 5 Reasons To Read Fantasy: Escapism. Lets face it, life… Read more »

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What makes a good book cover?

What makes a good book cover?

I know we like to say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but let’s be honest: we all do it. Book covers are basically our first impression of a book, and just like when you dress smartly to go to a job interview, a book should be dressed to impress. However much we like to think we don’t discriminate based on covers, I think most people wouldn’t get as far as reading a book’s blurb if they weren’t first attracted by its outer packaging. So I thought I’d do a post… Read more »

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My Physical TBR List

My Physical TBR List

I seem to have been on a bit of a book buying binge recently, and as a result my physical TBR pile has become pretty monstrous (and the above selection is just a few of them)! There’s just been too many bargains about, and there are so many books I want to read that I’ve been unable to resist! The only problem now is (you know, aside from having enough unread books now to build a fort!) that I have so many options that I just can’t decide what to… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

So I thought it was about time I did something that I haven’t done (successfully) in forever, and start a blog post series. Hooray! I’ve decided to highlight some of my favourite genres with a few ‘5 Reasons to Read [insert genre]’ posts, starting out with historical fiction. So here are 5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction: You learn stuff! Historical fiction is (shockingly) all about historical events, which means you can learn a lot through it. For example, whilst my school covered Tudor history pretty well, we learnt almost… Read more »

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5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog

5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog

With my second blogoversary drawing ever closer, I recently decided to really try and step up my blogging (probably because it’s about that time of year when my hosting fees are due – it makes me want to get my money’s worth!). Therefore I decided to make a few little adjustments to my blogging routine to try and keep things more consistent, and hopefully give my blog a little boost in time for its’ second birthday. And to my surprise, my little adjustments seem to have worked! Now we’re not… Read more »

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Do you reread books?

Do you reread books?

When I was a child, most of the reading I did was actually rereading. I had a cycle of a few favourite books that I read over and over, occasionally mixing it up with a different book from the library, or adding a new favourite to the cycle. Amongst these several favourites were the Harry Potter series, various Jaqueline Wilson books, Watership Down, Black Beauty (not sure what it was with me and animal books!) and a handful of others. These days, however, I can’t actually remember the last time… Read more »

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