Category: Reading

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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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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