Category: Reading

10 Classics I’d Like To Read

10 Classics I’d Like To Read

I’ve always really enjoyed reading classics, even from a very young age. As a child I devoured a lot of the children’s classics like Black Beauty and Watership Down, and in my early teens I discovered Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. English was my favourite subject in school for that reason, and I even went on to study it in college and then university. However, I think by that stage, I’d kind of gone into classics overload… I’d read so many classics over the years, and some that I’d been made to read I just hadn’t clicked with. That’s… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Circe by Madeline Miller

5 Reasons To Read Circe by Madeline Miller

I recently read Madeline Miller’s book Circe, and I really can’t recommend it enough! It tells the story of Circe, daughter of the mightiest of Titans, Helios, who spends her childhood being looked down on as weak by her father and the other Gods and Titans. However, when it gradually becomes clear that she possesses incredible powers of witchcraft, Zeus is threatened, and has her banished to a deserted island. Despite the fact she’s in exile, she crosses paths with a variety of men and creatures from legend, and incurs the wrath of a powerful foe. If that doesn’t already… Read more »

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Series or standalones?

Series or standalones?

Recently I was looking back at the books I’d read this year on my Goodreads account, and I realised something: I almost always read books that are part of a series, rather than standalones. This got me thinking about series vs standalones, and why I seem to massively favour series. My main theory is that it’s to do with my genre preferences. My favourite genre is fantasy, and a majority of fantasy tends to be series, and I can see why. When you’re building an entire world for your book, it almost seems a waste to only use it in… Read more »

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My Top 10 Book Tropes

My Top 10 Book Tropes

As I spoke about a while ago, the word ‘trope’ gets a bad rap. In a lot of people’s eyes it’s another word for a cliche, but I personally don’t think that’s fair. For me, only overused tropes are cliched or bad…There’s nothing wrong with a trope in itself. In fact, I think we all have things that we love to see in books, and if it’s something that’s commonly seen, then that’s a trope. So here are 10 tropes I personally love: Anti heroes. My love of anti heroes is well documented (I’ve written enough posts about them anyway!),… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Second Wife’ and ‘A Version of the Truth’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Second Wife’ and ‘A Version of the Truth’

Thrillers are usually a good go-to for me if I want a fast-paced, enjoyable read. However, I read a couple recently that I wasn’t overly blown away by. Check out my reviews below for more info! The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne Rebecca and Nicole have been best friends for years, so Rebecca is understandably devastated to hear from Nicole’s husband that she has committed suicide. Grief stricken, Rebecca heads back to England from France for the funeral, and meets Nicole’s handsome and charming husband Richard for the first time. Determined to find out what drove her vivacious friend to… Read more »

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How To Survive Reading A Long Book

How To Survive Reading A Long Book

I love long books, and getting lost in a sprawling, epic story that goes on and on…but I don’t read them all that often. In fact long books (let’s say books over 800 pages) are generally the ones on my TBR that I put off the longest, no matter how much I want to read them. And there’s a simple reason for that: they take so damn long to read! If I start reading a long book and find that I’m even slightly not in the mood to read it, it ends up taking me an eternity to get through…. Read more »

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Do you like book-to-screen adaptations?

Do you like book-to-screen adaptations?

So the big news on book Twitter the last few days has been the casting of the Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows. These books are pretty beloved in the book blogging world, so it hasn’t surprised me that quite a few people aren’t happy with the casting choices (the main casting choice people seem to have a problem with is Jesper, who they’re saying hasn’t got dark enough skin for the role). This got me thinking a lot about book-to-screen adaptations though, and how really, they’re always going to be a minefield for creators…. Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Rest of the Story’ and ‘Starry Eyes’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Rest of the Story’ and ‘Starry Eyes’

So recently I’ve been trying to read more contemporary books, and I’ve been loving my choices so far! I decided to start out with Sarah Dessen’s newest book, The Rest of the Story, and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, which I’d heard great things about. Thankfully neither of them disappointed me, and it’s definitely made me want to read even more contemporary. Check out my reviews below! The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen ‘There is always the rest of the story, right? Even if you don’t know right now what it is.’ Emma’s mother died when she was… Read more »

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10 Books I Want To Reread

10 Books I Want To Reread

One of the biggest changes that has happened in my reading life since my childhood and teenage years is that I no longer reread books. When I was younger, at least half of my reading consisted of me rereading old favourites, yet now I can only remember one reread from the past few years (I reread the Harry Potter series last year, which I blogged about here). I think a lot of this has been down to my ever-growing TBR list. There are so many new books I want to read that it seems like wasting time to be rereading…. Read more »

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Do you read multiple books at once?

Do you read multiple books at once?

If you’d asked me a few months ago if I ever read multiple books at the same time, I’d have been horrified at the very suggestion. Multiple books at once? I mean, isn’t that like cheating on your current read? And how do you even keep track of all the storylines? Madness! But recently I seem to have slipped into the habit of having multiple books on the go at once, but with one huge caveat: they have to be completely different formats. By that I mean I don’t read three novels at the same time: I’ll be reading a… Read more »

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