Category: Discussions

How does reading change you?

How does reading change you?

Recently I’ve seen quite a few ‘Books That Have Changed Me’ posts around the blogosphere, and I really love the idea that books and stories can change us in some way. I know that I personally have felt that certain stories and certain characters have really resonated with me, and in some small way have made me see the world a little differently. But this got me thinking – does reading itself change us? Being exposed to so many points of view and different types of people and places must… Read more »

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Are you a mood reader?

Are you a mood reader?

Recently I’ve been reading the latest book in Conn Iggulden’s ‘War of the Roses’ series, Bloodline. If you look back at my review of the first two books (Stormbird and Trinity) you’ll see that I absolutely loved them, and Bloodline is just as fast paced and intriguing…so how come it’s taken me over two weeks to get a little over half way through it? Every time I read it I find myself whizzing through chapter after chapter as I get more and more engrossed, but I find that I don’t… Read more »

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To NaNoWriMo or No?

To NaNoWriMo or No?

So, it’s coming up to that time of year again where thousands of hopeful novelists worldwide set themselves the immense task of writing 50,000 words in a month. It’s an incredible and extremely rewarding event, as I know from last year when I did my first National Novel Writing Month, AKA, NaNoWriMo (and you can check out a little excerpt of last year’s novel in this post). I may not have won (I only reached 42,000 words) but I still feel like I achieved a huge amount, and I really can’t… Read more »

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What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

At the grand old age of 22, I guess I’m now what you would call a ‘grown-up’: a full grown, supposedly fully functioning human being who has a full time job, pays rent and council tax and complains about the price of gas and electric. However, in a lot of ways, I still don’t feel quite like an adult. Mostly I just feel lost and adrift and like I haven’t got a clue where I’m heading, but I’m starting to realise that everyone kind of feels like that at times…. Read more »

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What makes a character relatable?

What makes a character relatable?

One thing that can really affect how much you like a character is how relatable you find them, but what does that actually mean, and what exactly is it that makes a character relatable? Personally, I think being relatable is all about how convincing a character is as a person. All people experience emotions like happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, anger, loneliness, so when we read about a character going through those emotions and it is convincing, then I think we recognise it and therefore relate. For example, a character… Read more »

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A few blog changes…

A few blog changes…

Recently, I’ve been contemplating making a few changes to my blog, and I was hoping to get some readers’ thoughts. I kind of want this space to feel even more ‘me’ than it does already by incorporating more areas of my life into it, other than just the bookish and writing side. I was thinking of occasionally doing personal/lifestyle type posts, and I had considered adding the odd photography or arty post here and there. The literature part of this blog also seem to have fallen more by the wayside… Read more »

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How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

Writers tend to fall into two categories; those who swear by writing by hand (at least for a first draft) and those who almost never do it. Until last week I would have placed myself firmly in the latter category: as a younger writer I’ve always had access to a computer and word-processing software, and seen as I type faster than I can write I’ve always felt like my handwriting can’t keep up with my train of thought. However, when I found myself a little low on inspiration last week… Read more »

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What makes a good blog design?

What makes a good blog design?

Well, I’ve gone and done it again! I’ve redesigned my blog for the fourth time in just over a year. I’ve been getting itchy blog design feet again for a while now, but when I saw this post showing all the beautiful things that can be done with the Tweak Me theme I decided to take the plunge. So far I like what I’ve done with it (particularly the new header – which is just an adaptation of the old header really!), although there are still some tweaks I need… Read more »

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New Books, Second-hand Books or Ebooks?

New Books, Second-hand Books or Ebooks?

Like many bookworms, I love new books: the shiny, unmarred cover, the uncracked spine, the crisp white pages just waiting to spill their secrets, and of course, that delicious fresh print smell. At the same time, the yellowed, well-thumbed pages of a second-hand book has its own charm. Someone else has already enjoyed its story, already turned those pages, and in a way it’s nice to think about that (so long as they haven’t left any questionable stains on the pages!). So do you prefer new or old books, or… Read more »

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Why I Don’t Request ARCs

Why I Don’t Request ARCs

Back when I started book blogging I had no idea what an ARC was. I soon came to know that it was an ‘advanced reader copy’, or a copy of an as yet unpublished book sent out by publishers to bloggers to review. Now this all sounds very exciting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest perks of book blogging, but personally, I find that they hold little interest for me. That’s right: free books that haven’t even been released yet hold little interest to me. Yes,… Read more »

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