Category: Reading

5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

So I thought it was about time I did something that I haven’t done (successfully) in forever, and start a blog post series. Hooray! I’ve decided to highlight some of my favourite genres with a few ‘5 Reasons to Read [insert genre]’ posts, starting out with historical fiction. So here are 5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction: You learn stuff! Historical fiction is (shockingly) all about historical events, which means you can learn a lot through it. For example, whilst my school covered Tudor history pretty well, we learnt almost nothing about the War of the Roses, which in many… Read more »

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Do you reread books?

Do you reread books?

When I was a child, most of the reading I did was actually rereading. I had a cycle of a few favourite books that I read over and over, occasionally mixing it up with a different book from the library, or adding a new favourite to the cycle. Amongst these several favourites were the Harry Potter series, various Jaqueline Wilson books, Watership Down, Black Beauty (not sure what it was with me and animal books!) and a handful of others. These days, however, I can’t actually remember the last time I reread a book. I have such an extensive list… Read more »

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Likes and Dislikes in Character Descriptions

Likes and Dislikes in Character Descriptions

Character descriptions are a pretty essential part of character building for me. I know for some people they prefer little to no character description as they would rather build up their own image of characters, but personally I like a little something to go on! However, I think it’s really easy to get character descriptions wrong, and so here are a few of my personal likes and dislikes: Things I Like  Some basic information… To build up an image of the character in my head, I like to have just a few basic details, namely hair colour and build, as these… Read more »

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What’s in a bookworm’s bag?

What’s in a bookworm’s bag?

I always see these ‘what’s in my bag’ posts on fashion and lifestyle blogs, so I thought it would be kind of cool to do a bookworm edition. Prepare for a long post though, because my bag of choice is generally a large tote bag, and I like to carry an epic amount of crap around with me! For ages I was switching between these two Penguin classics totes: But last week I bought this cool ‘Bad Luck’ print one from Redbubble so I’ve just switched to that. I was actually really impressed with the quality of this bag when it… Read more »

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My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

My Top 5 Fairytale Retellings

I’ve always been a huge fan of fairytales: there’s something about the combination of magic and nostalgia that surrounds them that I just adore! I even did a module about them when I did English Literature at university, and it was pretty fascinating to find out so much about the origins and evolution of some of the most popular tales, and to learn about some of the lesser known stories, or ones from other cultures. Seen as I’m also an avid reader (and a fan of fantasy, which is probably the nearest genre of books to fairytales, what with the… Read more »

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Do you pick books at random?

Do you pick books at random?

Do you often pick up totally random books in bookshops? As in, books you’ve never seen before, or heard of at all, and know absolutely nothing about? Personally I tend to have a reasonable idea of what I want to buy when I head into a bookshop, or I at least have it narrowed down to a few. There are so many books on my TBR list that have been there so long that I try and stick to buying them, or borrowing them from the library so that I can make a good dent in that list. However, the… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Ongoing Series

The Pros and Cons of Ongoing Series

There’s been much excitement across the book blogging world this week, thanks to the release of A Court of Mist and Fury, the second in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Pretty much anything written by Sarah J. Maas seems to signal this level of excitement (me included – I’m already halfway through ACOMAF, and am absolutely loving it!), and I think that excitement is largely due to being able to return to the characters and story you have loved after a long wait (and with some authors that wait is longer than others…ahem, George R.R. Martin!),… Read more »

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I’m Dusting Off The Kindle!

I’m Dusting Off The Kindle!

As you can probably tell from the photograph, I’ve had my Kindle for a long time! If I remember rightly, it’s a 2nd generation Kindle, and seen as Amazon are now up to the 7th (not to mention the other versions such as the Paperwhite and Oasis etc.), I’d say it’s a good number of years old! However, despite having owned a Kindle for so many years, I find I barely read any ebooks. I had a phase when I first got the Kindle where I read a few, and now I’ve got it out of the bottom of the drawer it has… Read more »

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YA Heroines: Likes and Dislikes

YA Heroines: Likes and Dislikes

These days YA fiction (or Young Adult fiction) is an absolutely huge genre, and one that is home to some of the most successful books and series in recent times (I’m looking at you, Hunger Games and pretty much everything written by John Green!). It’s no longer purely the realm of teenagers either: anyone familiar with the book blogging world knows that a huge variety of ages and people can enjoy YA. I myself am now 23, so several years past being classified as a ‘Young Adult’, and I regularly read YA fiction. There is still this idea though that… Read more »

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My Latest Book Bargains

My Latest Book Bargains

I don’t know what it is at the moment, but I seem to have been getting loads of really great bargains on books, so I thought I’d do a quick post and share some of them. Whilst I’m still visiting the library regularly, thanks to my internet-less state I’m getting through books at such a rate that I can’t seem to get enough, and so I’m seriously loving spending so little on so many great books! So here’s the best book bargains I’ve found recently: The King’s Concubine, The King’s Sister and The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien I’m a huge… Read more »

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