Category: Reading

3 Genres I Discovered Late

3 Genres I Discovered Late

I think that most bookworms have that one genre that they love above all others, that they have a long and beautiful history with, and that is their default fall back when they just want to read a good book… For me, that genre has always been fantasy. I discovered it as a child through series like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series, and to this day I’m drawn to all things magical and fantastical. However, I also think that as we get older and grow as readers, we often branch out a bit more, and… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. This past week, I finally finished my Harry Potter reread, and what an emotional rollercoaster its been! I hadn’t reread this series in years, but I’m glad to say it’s just as amazing as I remembered, and just as poignant at the end… I literally can’t imagine ever not enjoying returning to the world of Harry Potter, no matter how many times I’ve read it. If you haven’t already read my previous ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ posts, you can catch up here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of… Read more »

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Am I too generous with star ratings?

Am I too generous with star ratings?

Recently I was glancing back through my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf, and I realised something: I rate a lot of books with 4 or more stars. As in, most of the books I read! This had me thinking, am I just insanely good at picking books I’ll like? Am I just lucky? Or am I a little too generous with my star ratings? I think that the last option seems the most likely, as I’ve often found myself struggling to rate books, especially ‘average’ books. Whilst I can logically tell when a book has gone from being mediocre to amazing based on my… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. I’m almost finished with my Harry Potter reread now, and I’ve been really enjoying it! I’m definitely getting into the more emotional books now (as you could probably tell from my Order of the Phoenix post), and this penultimate book was no better… You can catch up on my previous Rereading Harry Potter posts here if you’ve missed any: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Now let’s talk about Half-Blood Prince! My… Read more »

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Why read YA?

Why read YA?

Whilst YA, or ‘Young Adult’ fiction is probably the most popular genre amongst book bloggers, I’ve personally found that in the wider world, there’s still a sense that ‘adult’s shouldn’t be reading books for kids’. Unsurprisingly, this attitude is one often held by ‘book snobs’, or people who insist the only things worth reading are Ernest Hemingway and the latest Booker Prize winner, but also more surprisingly amongst non-readers. On the odd occasion I’ve spoken about my love of books to non-reader acquaintances, there’s been a sense once I’ve mentioned that I like YA books, that this somehow isn’t ‘proper… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. Onto one of my favourite Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! If you’ve missed any of my ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ posts you can catch up here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire But now, let’s talk about the fifth book! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry giving everyone sass! Harry takes quite a turn in this book…literally in the first couple of chapters, everyone is falling victim to his… Read more »

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10 Books I Own But Haven’t Read

10 Books I Own But Haven’t Read

As with many bookworms, my TBR is endless, and for every book I read, I add about ten more. The problem is that every time I see one of the books on my TBR for a reasonable price I feel compelled to buy it, even though I know I won’t get to it for a while (I mostly blame Tesco with their £4 books!). Which means I’m now drowning in unread books, and just keep adding more and more to the pile! (And lets not even start with the unread books I have on my Kindle…damn Amazon monthly deals!). So here are… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. This week I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and wow…I had seriously forgotten just how emotional this book gets (or maybe I was just having an emotional moment there at the end?). But I’ll get to that! If you need to catch up on the rest of my Rereading Harry Potter series, you can find the posts here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban In the meantime, let’s talk about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! My… Read more »

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What makes a good sidekick character?

What makes a good sidekick character?

In many ways sidekick characters are every bit as important to a story as the hero… I mean, can you imagine Harry without Ron and Hermione? Frodo without Sam? Sherlock without Watson? And how boring would ‘Doctor Who’ be if it was just him flying around in the TARDIS on his own? Sidekicks have so many vital functions, but are also often the beating heart of a story. But what makes a good sidekick character? Here’s a few of my ideas: Makes the hero more complete (and likeable). One of the things that makes a good hero (as if I… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. And on to one of my favourite Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I’m still assuming my absolute favourite will by Order of the Phoenix, but I guess I’ll find out when I read it. Anyway, if you haven’t already caught up on my ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ series you can check out the first two posts here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets So let’s talk about Prisoner of Azkaban: My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: I love Ron’s attempt at a phone call!… Read more »

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