Category: Reading

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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How To Be A Bookworm In Summer

How To Be A Bookworm In Summer

Personally, I’ve always seen winter as the perfect bookworm season: you’re ‘forced’ to stay inside because of the weather, and no one judges you for spending your days curled up under a blanket with a good book and a nice cup of tea (not that I ever personally drink tea, but a cold can of Coke didn’t really work with that image!). However, we’re now getting towards that time of year when the sun is blazing and the days are long and warm, and unfortunately for us bookworms, everyone starts being all like ‘hey, maybe you should go outside and… Read more »

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Why do we love anti-heroes?

Why do we love anti-heroes?

These days we love anti-heroes in all of their shades-of-grey glory, with everything from books, to tv shows and even movies showing a tendency towards darker and more dubious heroes and heroines. Anti-heroes may have been around for a long time – you only have to look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Byronic heroes of the Brontë sisters to see their early incarnations – but it’s only been recently that their popularity has began to eclipse that of the classic, squeaky-clean hero. But why is that? What exactly is it that we love so much about anti-heroes? Why are we… Read more »

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How To Make Time To Read

How To Make Time To Read

So many non-readers like to say they would read ‘if they had the time’, as if us bookworms just somehow have more hours in the day, or less to do. However, we all have busy lives and lots of things to do, it’s perhaps just that us readers have a few more little tricks for fitting reading into our day (because we love it so much!). So here are a few little ways I find time to read, even on the busiest of days: Read on your lunch break. 5 days a week, my entire day is pretty much taken up… Read more »

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What makes you care about a character?

What makes you care about a character?

Have you ever read a book that had an incredible plot, perfect pacing and epic world-building, but somehow it just wasn’t doing it for you? Most of the time when that happens to me, it comes down to one thing: I just don’t care about the main character. Caring about the main character in a book is so important, because after all, why are you going to waste your time reading hundreds of pages when you ultimately don’t care about the outcome? If you have no feelings whatsoever towards a character, then there’s nothing driving you to follow their story, however good the… Read more »

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What’s your preferred length of book?

What’s your preferred length of book?

Recently I was thinking about some of my favourite books and series, and I suddenly realised that most of them are really, really long books! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for example is my favourite HP book, and that clocks up to an epic 766 pages! Similarly The Lord of the Rings is several thousands of pages long collectively, George R.R. Martin’s books are generally 800+ pages, and Brandon Sanderson’s first two Stormlight Archive books are 1124 and 1088 pages respectively. So I think it may be fair to say that’s I like big books (and I cannot lie…sorry, that was a terrible pun!)!… Read more »

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Best of 2016 (and my 2017 Resolutions!)

Best of 2016 (and my 2017 Resolutions!)

2016 is rapidly drawing to a close, and as a whole, I think the world will breath a huge sigh of relief when 2017 dawns! It’s been a strange and turbulent year, from the huge shocks that were Brexit and Donald Trump becoming President, to the horrible acts of violence you see everyday on the news and a multitude of sad and shocking celebrity deaths. However, all that comes as a strange contrast to me, as on a personal level this has been a pretty good year. There have been ups and downs, and a lot has changed for me this year,… Read more »

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