Category: Discussions

Why Setting Goals Works For Me

Why Setting Goals Works For Me

At this time of year, one thing that’s on my mind a lot is goals. For one thing, the end of the year is edging ever closer, so it’s only natural to look back at the past year and think about all the things I have and haven’t achieved. But also, this is the time of year when I’m heading into NaNoWriMo, and right now I’m also winding up Blogtober 2019, which has me thinking about goals, and why I set them. Because the thing is with me, I’m actually super lazy. Or maybe lazy is the wrong word? I… Read more »

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Why I Don’t DNF (But I Probably Should)

Why I Don’t DNF (But I Probably Should)

Since joining the book blogging community, the acronym ‘DNF’ is something I’ve become aware of, meaning ‘did not finish’. But is it weird, that until then it had never really occurred to me to do that? To just stop reading a book and move on? I literally can’t think off the top of my head of any fiction book I’ve ever started and not finished, even if I wasn’t really enjoying it. Even now that I know ‘DNFing’ is a thing that you can do, and that loads of people do it (I’m not going to be arrested by the… Read more »

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The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

I know for me, my reading comfort zone has always been fantasy. The dragons, the swords, the battles, the heroes (or even better: anti-heroes!), and devilish villains…I love all that stuff, and there’s a sense of coming home when I dig into a fantasy novel. And I think we all have that reading comfort zone, a genre or type of book that we return to over and over because it’s familiar. It’s reliably enjoyable, so why would we stray from it? Well, because there are in fact benefits to occasionally reading outside your comfort zone. I know, because I’ve really… Read more »

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5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

Sometimes books can take a few chapters to get into, but other times, it’s love-at-first-page…and those books usually end up being some of my favourites! Yes, there’s been the odd slow-starter that I’ve ended up loving in the end (Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, for example), but most of my favourite reads have started out strong. So here’s a few early signs that I’m probably going to love a book: I immediately click with the characters. Most of my favourite books are my favourites because I loved the characters so much (Harry Potter, Six of Crows etc.), so… Read more »

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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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