Tag: Books

Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Do you read books you expect to be mediocre?

Something that’s truly crazy, but also magical about being a bookworm is that every book you pick up has the potential to be a favourite. It could even end up being life-changing: a story or set of characters that sticks with you for the rest of your life. I mean, it’s weird to think that there was a time in my life before I had ever picked up a Harry Potter book, and fallen in love with the Wizarding World. Or that only a few years ago I had never read Six of Crows and had Kaz Brekker and his… Read more »

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5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype

5 Books That Lived Up To Their Hype

Whilst a book with rave reviews should make it a safe bet you’ll love it, that unfortunately isn’t always the case. In a lot of ways I think being told ‘this is the best book ever!’ before you read something is actually a bad thing, because you’re now expecting to read ‘the best book ever’. Anything less – even a decent book – will be a disappointment. However, sometimes the gamble of reading a hyped book pays off, and there really is nothing more satisfying than reading a book, loving it, and having legions of people to freak out about… Read more »

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Things I’ve Used As A Bookmark

Things I’ve Used As A Bookmark

There’s nothing worse than losing your place in a book, so having something to mark your page is a must. But am I the only one who’s used some pretty random objects to keep my page? Here’s a few of the objects I’ve used as a bookmark: Bookmarks Yes, sometimes I’m normal and use the specific object for the job! I actually have a fair few bookmarks because I used to make them (and sell them on Etsy!), but I haven’t made any in a while (it’s very frustrating trying to cut them out straight!). I still have a good… Read more »

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How do you remember what happened in previous books?

How do you remember what happened in previous books?

Recently, I was at my local library, having a browse for some books (since I’ve recently moved, my local library is huge, which is amazing!). It’s not as if I don’t already have enough books at home and on my Kindle to read, but still…the library means free books! You can’t argue with that! Anyway, my eye was caught by the book Windwitch by Susan Dennard, and I was so excited! I read and loved Truthwitch about a year ago, and had been keeping my eye out for Windwitch at the library, or popping up for sale on Amazon. And… Read more »

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30 Kindle Books I Own But Haven’t Read

30 Kindle Books I Own But Haven’t Read

I’m a person who loves a good bargain, and that’s one of the things I love most about my Kindle: Amazon has monthly and daily deals on various books, meaning you can often snap up an incredible bargain! I think this is amazing, but it’s also led to me having a huge backlog of unread books on my Kindle…like literally, there’s so many! Any time I see any book that I’ve even vaguely considered reading, I feel the need to buy it if it’s on sale, even if I won’t get to reading it for ages and ages. So I… Read more »

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Is the future of reading digital?

Is the future of reading digital?

Recently I found myself browsing around on Spotify for some new music to listen to, and something random occurred to me: I haven’t bought an actual CD in years. This got me thinking about other things like TV shows and films, and how I haven’t bought a DVD since getting Netflix, and in turn, this had me thinking about books. Now, I used to be a steadfast member of the ‘physical books only’ crew, and totally rejected the idea of ebooks. I did buy the second version of the Kindle, tried it, and decided it wasn’t for me, and continued… Read more »

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My Best Reads of 2018

My Best Reads of 2018

Here we are again! The end of another year! I’m sure I’ll blink and it’ll be time to write my ‘Best Reads of 2019’ post, as that’s the way it feels these days. The years fly by! On the whole, this year has been a pretty good year for me, mostly because of the final month, where I started my new job and finally got to move in with my boyfriend! This feels like the first year in a long time where something has actually changed, and it feels like I’ve made some sort of progression. I’m still finding my… Read more »

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Should your Goodreads target challenge you?

Should your Goodreads target challenge you?

So, it’s that time of year again when everyone is setting their goals and resolutions for the New Year. And whilst most people want to lose weight, or eat healthier, or quit smoking, us bookworms just want to read lots of books in the coming year! And not only that, but we want to formalise that goal by publicly setting ourselves a target on Goodreads! But how exactly do you go about setting that target? In a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about being a slow reader in the blogosphere, I touched on this issue, and about… Read more »

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My Favourite Book Covers

My Favourite Book Covers

As much as we tell ourselves it’s the plot or the blurb that sells a book to us, I think a lot of us wouldn’t even bother to pick up a book in a bookshop if we weren’t first attracted to the cover. The front cover is the first chance a book has to impress is, and us bookworms want a shelf full of pretty books after all! But what makes a good book cover? Well I have written an entire post on the subject, but to cut it short, the things I think makes a good book cover include:… Read more »

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Being A Slow Reader in the Book Blogging Community

Being A Slow Reader in the Book Blogging Community

Until last year, I had never taken part in the Goodreads Challenge, and therefore had absolutely no idea how many books I read in a year. I was completely oblivious, bumbling my way through book after book, and never counting how many I was actually finishing in a week, a month, a year… However, last year I finally decided to take part in the Goodreads Challenge, and I actually really enjoyed it! I feel like it encouraged me to read more, and I liked having that record of everything I’d read in the year, as opposed to completely forgetting everything… Read more »

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