Category: Reading

Why do some books take so long to read?

Why do some books take so long to read?

At a glance, this may seem like a pretty stupid question: Why do some books take so long to read? Well, some books are longer than others Laura, I hear you say. Some have more pages and more words and it means they take longer to read. But is it just me who finds that the length of a book doesn’t always determine how long it’s going to take me to read it? There are some ridiculously long books I’ve breezed through in days (Words of Radiance at a whopping 1088 pages took me all of a few days), whilst some shorter… Read more »

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Are readers born or made?

Are readers born or made?

Back in college I studied Psychology as one of my A Levels, and one of the aspects I found most interesting was the idea of nature vs. nurture. I think it’s fascinating to think about whether the aspects of your personality are inset within you at birth, or whether you acquire them as a result of your upbringing and life experiences, and I’ve always personally felt it’s a combination of the two. For example, I’m one of three children in my family (I have an older brother and a younger sister…and I like to think I don’t suffer from that whole ‘middle child… Read more »

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3 Books I’m Anxiously Awaiting

3 Books I’m Anxiously Awaiting

Oddly for a book blogger, I don’t read too many new releases. In fact I always seem to be hopelessly behind the times, only reading a book that has been really popular a year or so after every one else (and I’m exactly the same with TV shows – I’m finally making my way through ‘Breaking Bad’ right now, a good 3 years after everyone else!). However, there are a few books I’ll definitely be reading as soon as they come out, and they’re all books in series I’ve absolutely adored! For the most part I prefer reading series that are… Read more »

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Five Reasons To Read The Classics

Five Reasons To Read The Classics

So here it is: the fourth and final post in my ‘Five Reasons To Read…’ series all about my favourite genres! If you’ve missed any, why not check out my posts on Historical Fiction, Fantasy and YA? In my last post I talked about why people of all ages should be reading YA, and touched on book snobbery, where certain supposedly ‘high-brow’ readers seem to think that reading genre or YA fiction doesn’t count as ‘real reading’. This is of course, absolute nonsense! However in this post I wanted to talk about how things can also go the other way… Read more »

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Life Lately #1

Life Lately #1

Lots of bloggers seem to do weekly or monthly updates on life, blogging and reading (I know the Sunday Post is a popular one), and as an incredibly nosey person, I always enjoy reading them! I kind of wanted to start doing some kind of update post myself just to share what I’m currently reading, and what I’m currently up to, but I’m neither interesting enough to have something new to say every week, or organised enough to set up a post on the same day each week. So I’ve decided to just do random life/reading/writing update posts in a… Read more »

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What makes a good book cover?

What makes a good book cover?

I know we like to say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but let’s be honest: we all do it. Book covers are basically our first impression of a book, and just like when you dress smartly to go to a job interview, a book should be dressed to impress. However much we like to think we don’t discriminate based on covers, I think most people wouldn’t get as far as reading a book’s blurb if they weren’t first attracted by its outer packaging. So I thought I’d do a post all about what makes a good book cover, and the… Read more »

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My Physical TBR List

My Physical TBR List

I seem to have been on a bit of a book buying binge recently, and as a result my physical TBR pile has become pretty monstrous (and the above selection is just a few of them)! There’s just been too many bargains about, and there are so many books I want to read that I’ve been unable to resist! The only problem now is (you know, aside from having enough unread books now to build a fort!) that I have so many options that I just can’t decide what to read next. I’ve just started reading The Girl On The… Read more »

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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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