Category: Reading

How do you review?

How do you review?

A staple post on any book blog is of course the humble book review: after all, the entire point of a book blog is to discuss your thoughts on books, and a review is one of the best ways to do this. However, if you’ve been hanging round the blogosphere for any length of time you’ll surely have noticed the massive variation in review styles, with different bloggers taking totally different approaches (and let’s not get started on the different rating systems!). Here’s a few common types of review I’ve noticed: The short and snappy review Some bloggers just aren’t… Read more »

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How does reading change you?

How does reading change you?

Recently I’ve seen quite a few ‘Books That Have Changed Me’ posts around the blogosphere, and I really love the idea that books and stories can change us in some way. I know that I personally have felt that certain stories and certain characters have really resonated with me, and in some small way have made me see the world a little differently. But this got me thinking – does reading itself change us? Being exposed to so many points of view and different types of people and places must surely broaden the mind in some way, and I’d really… Read more »

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5 Spooky Tales for Halloween

5 Spooky Tales for Halloween

Happy Halloween! Some people absolutely adore Halloween (e.g. my housemate who spent several hours searching for the perfect pumpkin, and then several more deciding how to carve it), but I’m not one of those people. As miserable as it sounds, I’ve just never really participated in the whole holiday, from the trick or treating to the parties and dressing up, so it’s fair to say it has always just passed me by. One thing I do like to do at this time of year though is indulge in the odd spooky story. Horror isn’t really my thing (I’m not great… Read more »

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Are you a mood reader?

Are you a mood reader?

Recently I’ve been reading the latest book in Conn Iggulden’s ‘War of the Roses’ series, Bloodline. If you look back at my review of the first two books (Stormbird and Trinity) you’ll see that I absolutely loved them, and Bloodline is just as fast paced and intriguing…so how come it’s taken me over two weeks to get a little over half way through it? Every time I read it I find myself whizzing through chapter after chapter as I get more and more engrossed, but I find that I don’t often feel like picking it up and reading (which for… Read more »

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My Five Desert Island Books

My Five Desert Island Books

Everyone is familiar with the classic question – ‘If you were stranded on a desert island, what (x amount of things) would you want with you?” Now aside from the obvious survival/getting back to civilisation equipment which is commonly regarded as cheating (eg. a boat, food etc.), personally I would want books. After all, once you’d finished exploring the desert island (and hopefully not been eaten by any wild animals), it would probably get boring pretty fast, and without electricity you’re not exactly going to be watching The X Factor and perusing Youtube for hilarious talking dog videos. The more difficult question… Read more »

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5 Things That Annoy Me When I’m Reading

5 Things That Annoy Me When I’m Reading

When I was a kid, I could read practically anywhere. I would be too engrossed in my imaginary worlds to even notice what was happening in the classroom/waiting room/living room/car around me. These days not so much! Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading (which is pretty good seen as you’re currently reading my book blog!). It’s just these days real life seems to be able to puncture my imagination more easily, what with the stresses of work, reality of paying bills and all those other boring adult things I now have to do. Plus reading in the car… Read more »

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Ten Books I Really Want To Read

Ten Books I Really Want To Read

Every time I go into a bookshop at the moment I seem to be seeing the same books and thinking ‘I really want to read that!’, but I don’t seem to be getting round to a lot of them very fast. There’s just so many I books I want to read, it’s hard to know which books on my TBR list to tackle first (bookworm problems!). Therefore I thought I’d do a list of some of the books I most want to read, and if anyone has read and can seriously recommend any of these, please help me out and… Read more »

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New Books, Second-hand Books or Ebooks?

New Books, Second-hand Books or Ebooks?

Like many bookworms, I love new books: the shiny, unmarred cover, the uncracked spine, the crisp white pages just waiting to spill their secrets, and of course, that delicious fresh print smell. At the same time, the yellowed, well-thumbed pages of a second-hand book has its own charm. Someone else has already enjoyed its story, already turned those pages, and in a way it’s nice to think about that (so long as they haven’t left any questionable stains on the pages!). So do you prefer new or old books, or a bit of a mixture? Or do you only read… Read more »

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Why I Don’t Request ARCs

Why I Don’t Request ARCs

Back when I started book blogging I had no idea what an ARC was. I soon came to know that it was an ‘advanced reader copy’, or a copy of an as yet unpublished book sent out by publishers to bloggers to review. Now this all sounds very exciting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest perks of book blogging, but personally, I find that they hold little interest for me. That’s right: free books that haven’t even been released yet hold little interest to me. Yes, I strongly suspect I’m crazy too!

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My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

Warning: Anyone who hasn’t read the Harry Potter books, be warned that this list includes spoilers for the entire series (which you should go and read right now!). Like so many others who were children or teenagers in the late nineties/early noughties, I grew up reading Harry Potter. My parents bought me the first two books for my eighth birthday, and from then on I was hooked. Every year after that I was queuing up outside bookshops on the day of the latest release to get my hands on the newest adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. In fact there’s been… Read more »

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