Tag: Books

I want a book hangover!

I want a book hangover!

Recently, I seem to have been reading a lot of really great books. In fact, of the twelve books I’ve read so far this year, eight of them have been four star reads, which is a pretty high percentage! But at the same time, I still feel like there’s something missing… I’ve loved books like Heartless by Marissa Meyer and A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien, but neither of them left me bereft at the end of it. That might seem like a good thing, but I just feel like it’s been way too long since I loved a… Read more »

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How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

I know it’s been the new decade for nearly a month now, but I still wanted to discuss how the past decade saw a complete change in my reading life. I started out the 10s (is that what we’re calling them?) as a teenager who had lost their childhood love of reading somewhere along the way, and I’m ending it as an avid reader, who reads more widely than I ever would have thought. So here’s a bit of a timeline of my reading life over the past decade: 2010 – 2013 At the beginning of the decade, I was… Read more »

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Why I Don’t DNF (But I Probably Should)

Why I Don’t DNF (But I Probably Should)

Since joining the book blogging community, the acronym ‘DNF’ is something I’ve become aware of, meaning ‘did not finish’. But is it weird, that until then it had never really occurred to me to do that? To just stop reading a book and move on? I literally can’t think off the top of my head of any fiction book I’ve ever started and not finished, even if I wasn’t really enjoying it. Even now that I know ‘DNFing’ is a thing that you can do, and that loads of people do it (I’m not going to be arrested by the… Read more »

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The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

I know for me, my reading comfort zone has always been fantasy. The dragons, the swords, the battles, the heroes (or even better: anti-heroes!), and devilish villains…I love all that stuff, and there’s a sense of coming home when I dig into a fantasy novel. And I think we all have that reading comfort zone, a genre or type of book that we return to over and over because it’s familiar. It’s reliably enjoyable, so why would we stray from it? Well, because there are in fact benefits to occasionally reading outside your comfort zone. I know, because I’ve really… Read more »

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5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

Sometimes books can take a few chapters to get into, but other times, it’s love-at-first-page…and those books usually end up being some of my favourites! Yes, there’s been the odd slow-starter that I’ve ended up loving in the end (Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, for example), but most of my favourite reads have started out strong. So here’s a few early signs that I’m probably going to love a book: I immediately click with the characters. Most of my favourite books are my favourites because I loved the characters so much (Harry Potter, Six of Crows etc.), so… 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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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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Why do we love retellings?

Why do we love retellings?

I’m a sucker for a good retelling, and judging by the number that have been released in recent years, so are a lot of people. But what is it that we love so much about seeing the same stories retold over and over again? We all know the stories of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and King Arthur, so why do we want to keep reading about them over and over? Well, as an avid lover of retellings, I have a few ideas on that matter: We like familiarity. Whilst we might say we don’t want to keep reading… Read more »

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What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

What are your favourite bookish atmospheres?

Books may be categorised by genre in the bookshop and library, but I think we can all agree that within a genre, there’s usually a wealth of different types of books. Take fantasy for example: there’s a huge difference between a book by Terry Pratchett, and a book by George R.R. Martin. For me, that difference is the book’s atmosphere. Different books give you a very different feeling, and as with genres, I think we all have different bookish atmospheres that we prefer, even if we’ve never really thought about it. I had never really thought about it much myself… Read more »

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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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