Category: Discussions

Do you have to own the books you love?

Do you have to own the books you love?

There’s nothing better than going to the library, picking up a random book, and then absolutely loving it. I mean, you got to read an amazing book for free! What’s not to love? Well if you’re me, then there’s plenty about that situation not to love. Mainly the bit where I have to return the amazing book back to the library and feel oddly sad to let it go, and then get the strange urge to go out and buy a copy of the book I just read for free… Now I very rarely reread books (there’s just too many… Read more »

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15 Book Blog Post Ideas

15 Book Blog Post Ideas

One of the hardest things about blogging is consistently coming up with things to blog about, and I’ve definitely found myself going through phases where my mind is just blank. There really is nothing I hate more than being stuck for a blog post idea, and the feeling of time ticking on and on, and you still haven’t posted anything… So I thought I’d try and be a helpful blogger and compile a list of a few (15, to be precise) ideas for possible posts for book bloggers who are feeling a little low on inspiration! List your favourite characters from a… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of the Goodreads Challenge

The Pros and Cons of the Goodreads Challenge

The Goodreads Challenge is something I’ve been aware of for a long time: after all, almost every book blogger I know of seems to do it. However, its only been this year that I’ve started taking part, and I really have no idea why it’s taken me this long. I think the thing that finally made me decide to take part in 2017 was realising at the end of last year that I literally had no idea how many books I had read. Sure, I could take a look back at my book reviews, but I don’t always review everything I read,… Read more »

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Your Thoughts On E-Shorts

Your Thoughts On E-Shorts

Recently whilst I was perusing Amazon for something new to read, I spotted a new trend: e-shorts. That is short stories written by an author, usually tying in with their main series, that are available to buy in ebook form for a small price (generally 99p, or equivalent). When I started looking into it, I saw that loads of authors have released e-shorts, even authors I’m a fan of and I hadn’t even known! Alison Weir, for example, has released some in conjunction with her Six Tudor Queens series, Renee Ahdieh has published a couple connected to the Wrath and Dawn series, J.K. Rowling has… Read more »

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What would you pay for an ebook?

What would you pay for an ebook?

Ebooks and ereaders are pretty incredible things. It may have taken me a long time to get on board with them (and I do still prefer a good old-fashioned paperback!), but I’ve always been able to see how they’ve made reading more convenient, and books much easier to access. Being able to easily buy and immediately start reading any book you like from in your own home is literally the dream for us bookworms! However, one thing I have noticed is that whilst there are some amazing bargains out there in the world of ebooks, there’s also a lot of publishers who massively overprice… Read more »

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How do you organise your bookshelves?

How do you organise your bookshelves?

Yep, it’s one of those big, bookworm questions: how do you organise your bookshelves? There are so many options, so many things to consider and everyone does it slightly (or very!) differently. Here’s a few possible ways it could be done, and I’d love to know your preference! Alphabetically One of the simplest ways to organise your bookshelves is alphabetically, whether that’s by title, or by author (by author tends to be the more common way of alphabetising). This makes it super easy to find what you’re looking for immediately, and let’s face it: it works for libraries and bookshops,… Read more »

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Why I Love The Scrivener App

Why I Love The Scrivener App

A while ago, when I decided to get serious about the whole ‘writing a novel’ thing, I found myself debating whether or not to buy Scrivener for my laptop. I had seen it lauded as an incredible tool for writers on a whole host of writing blogs and websites, and was curious to say the least. However, on looking it up online I came to realise that it wasn’t exactly cheap, and I found myself wondering whether or not I really needed some fancy word processor…after all, it wouldn’t magically make me a better writer! Well I ended up downloading the free… Read more »

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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 does slightly irk me that we still have to define… 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 review because I’ve absolutely adored them – Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden, for… 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, anyway! Or whose parents were told at every Parent’s Evening that… Read more »

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