Category: Reading

Series I Haven’t Finished

Series I Haven’t Finished

As a general rule, if I’ve enjoyed the first book in a series, I’ll be all over the second book almost as soon as I’ve finished the first. For example, the A Song of Ice and Fire books (the ones released so far, anyway!) were all devoured within a few weeks, one after the other, and I made short work of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurt’s Empire Trilogy and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. However, I’ve also realised that I tend to start a lot of series and then never finish them, and often it isn’t a case of me not enjoying them, but simply that… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Love The Library

5 Reasons To Love The Library

One of the things I used to love as a child was when my Mum would take me to the library on the way home from school. I would come out each time clutching a handful of books, which I would start reading as soon as we got into the car, and I would have devoured within days. I did every single one of the summer reading challenges (and completed them all, obviously!) from being around four or five, all the way up to my early teens (and still have some of the medals to prove it!), and had probably read most… Read more »

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Three Books On My TBR List

Three Books On My TBR List

These days I seem to be absolutely flying through books. Gone are the days of my crawling reading pace (as I discussed in this post), and I think this is largely due to the fact I still don’t have any internet at home. My primary source of entertainment these days is reading and writing, and so it turns out having no internet is a pretty good way of being more productive (even if it is incredibly annoying!). I now have a couple of books that I still need to review (The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater), and have copies… Read more »

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How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget

How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget

Being a bookworm can get pretty pricey, what with all those delicious new releases you just have to rush out and buy, and all those series where you just have to read the next book RIGHT NOW! So here I’ve compiled a few tips on how to be a bookworm on a budget: Go to the library Back when I was a kid, I was never out of the local library: my Mum would take me after school and I would never leave with less than a good armful of books, and I religiously took part (and completed) the summer… Read more »

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How fast do you read?

How fast do you read?

As per my new blog schedule, I was due to post a book review on Monday, which is now a two-weekly event on my blog. However, when I finally got home from work on Sunday and sat down with my laptop to write my review I suddenly realised something…I had nothing to review. It has actually taken me over two weeks to read a book, a fact that gives rise to the question: WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME? Once upon a time I could devour even the thickest book within a matter of days – in fact the… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

Seen as I don’t have all that many bookish friends in real life, it isn’t very often that I either give or receive book recommendations (outside of the blogosphere), and in some ways I’m quite glad about that. There’s a certain level of pressure that comes with both offering or receiving a book recommendation unless it’s someone you know very well (eg. a sibling, a partner or possibly a very close friend), although it can lead you to some amazing books as well. Therefore I thought I’d do a little pros and cons list (I do love doing those!) about book recommendations,… Read more »

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My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

It’s no secret to my regular blog readers that I adore fantasy: I just love how through it we can leave behind the mundane world of jobs, schools and grimy towns to discover new, fantastical worlds where magic is rife and literally anything could happen. In fact, the vividness and inventiveness of the world in which a fantasy story is set is one of the primary ways I judge it, whether that world is colourful and enchanting, or gritty and dark. Hence why I thought doing a round up of five of my all time favourite fantasy worlds would make a… Read more »

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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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