Category: Discussions

Series or standalones?

Series or standalones?

Recently I was looking back at the books I’d read this year on my Goodreads account, and I realised something: I almost always read books that are part of a series, rather than standalones. This got me thinking about series vs standalones, and why I seem to massively favour series. My main theory is that it’s to do with my genre preferences. My favourite genre is fantasy, and a majority of fantasy tends to be series, and I can see why. When you’re building an entire world for your book, it almost seems a waste to only use it in… Read more »

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My Top 10 Book Tropes

My Top 10 Book Tropes

As I spoke about a while ago, the word ‘trope’ gets a bad rap. In a lot of people’s eyes it’s another word for a cliche, but I personally don’t think that’s fair. For me, only overused tropes are cliched or bad…There’s nothing wrong with a trope in itself. In fact, I think we all have things that we love to see in books, and if it’s something that’s commonly seen, then that’s a trope. So here are 10 tropes I personally love: Anti heroes. My love of anti heroes is well documented (I’ve written enough posts about them anyway!),… Read more »

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How To Survive Reading A Long Book

How To Survive Reading A Long Book

I love long books, and getting lost in a sprawling, epic story that goes on and on…but I don’t read them all that often. In fact long books (let’s say books over 800 pages) are generally the ones on my TBR that I put off the longest, no matter how much I want to read them. And there’s a simple reason for that: they take so damn long to read! If I start reading a long book and find that I’m even slightly not in the mood to read it, it ends up taking me an eternity to get through…. Read more »

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Do you like book-to-screen adaptations?

Do you like book-to-screen adaptations?

So the big news on book Twitter the last few days has been the casting of the Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows. These books are pretty beloved in the book blogging world, so it hasn’t surprised me that quite a few people aren’t happy with the casting choices (the main casting choice people seem to have a problem with is Jesper, who they’re saying hasn’t got dark enough skin for the role). This got me thinking a lot about book-to-screen adaptations though, and how really, they’re always going to be a minefield for creators…. Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of a Literature Degree

The Pros and Cons of a Literature Degree

Back in 2011, when it came time for me to decide what to study at university, English Literature was the obvious choice for me. It was the subject I had enjoyed the most all the way through school and college, not to mention the fact that I consistently got high grades in it (as opposed to my more average grades in Maths and Science…they were so not my subjects!). And you know what? I loved studying Literature at university! I combined it with Creative Writing, and so got to spend my days reading and writing, and talking about books with… Read more »

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Do you read multiple books at once?

Do you read multiple books at once?

If you’d asked me a few months ago if I ever read multiple books at the same time, I’d have been horrified at the very suggestion. Multiple books at once? I mean, isn’t that like cheating on your current read? And how do you even keep track of all the storylines? Madness! But recently I seem to have slipped into the habit of having multiple books on the go at once, but with one huge caveat: they have to be completely different formats. By that I mean I don’t read three novels at the same time: I’ll be reading a… Read more »

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What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

Books may be categorised by genre in the bookshop and library, but I think we can all agree that within a genre, there’s usually a wealth of different types of books. Take fantasy for example: there’s a huge difference between a book by Terry Pratchett, and a book by George R.R. Martin. For me, that difference is the book’s atmosphere. Different books give you a very different feeling, and as with genres, I think we all have different bookish atmospheres that we prefer, even if we’ve never really thought about it. I had never really thought about it much myself… Read more »

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Blogging Slumps Suck

Blogging Slumps Suck

So, for the past few months I’ve been stuck in a seemingly never-ending blogging slump, and it seriously sucks. It all started back in December when I went through a lot of major life changes – moving to a new city, starting a new job etc. – and I found I just had less time and mental energy for blogging. At the time, that was totally understandable, but it’s now eight months later, and I feel like I never really got my blogging mojo back. I tend to have the odd period of productivity, and then it all goes downhill… Read more »

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Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Something that’s truly crazy, but also magical about being a bookworm is that every book you pick up has the potential to be a favourite. It could even end up being life-changing: a story or set of characters that sticks with you for the rest of your life. I mean, it’s weird to think that there was a time in my life before I had ever picked up a Harry Potter book, and fallen in love with the Wizarding World. Or that only a few years ago I had never read Six of Crows and had Kaz Brekker and his… Read more »

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Game of Thrones Season 8: My Thoughts

Game of Thrones Season 8: My Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers for the entire of Season 8 of Game of Thrones! If you’d told me back in 2011 that one of the biggest and most popular shows to grace TV was about to start, and that it was going to be a fantasy, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not so long ago, fantasy was a fairly niche genre, with your average non-fantasy fan only really knowing and caring about the likes of LOTR. But Game of Thrones did something incredible: it brought fantasy to the masses, complete with dragons, political intrigue, epic sword fights and battles, and of course… Read more »

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