Tag: Books

What makes a good villain?

What makes a good villain?

As surprising as it might seem, villains have just as big a role in a story as the hero. Yes, we may spend much more time with the hero, but essentially there is no story without the villain there to oppose the hero’s every move. But what makes a good villain? What is it that enthrals us so much, and makes us love to hate them? And what makes them fall flat and not seem like much of a threat? Well here are a few of my ideas about what makes a good villain! Essentials: Good villains have clear motives… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Second-Hand Books

The Pros and Cons of Second-Hand Books

I’ll confess: I’m a book-buying addict. There’s really no point denying it when I’m writing this in a bedroom with books stacked high on every available surface, and with a bookcase stuffed full of more books downstairs in the hallway (and there are also books stacked on top of the bookcase too…as I say, I have a problem!). They’re literally everywhere, and I love it! The only problem with my book-buying addiction is that it can be a pretty expensive habit: brand new paperbacks seem to start at an absolute minimum of £6.99 these days, and a hardback can go up… Read more »

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Books and Memories

Books and Memories

Sometimes it seems to me that books are like sponges, soaking up my experiences, not just of the story inside, but of my own life when I’m reading them. All it takes is for me to crack that book open again and the memories come flooding back, and I remember where I was when I first read it, and what I felt. It doesn’t happen for every single book: only the ones that are truly memorable, or that changed me in some way. A lot of my childhood favorites, for example, are infused with memories, perhaps because I read many of… Read more »

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On Being A Kindle Convert

On Being A Kindle Convert

Years ago, I would never have thought this day would come…the day when I, Laura, would be singing the praises of an e-reader. Literally, since the release of e-readers, I’ve been resisting them. Despite their obvious advantages, to embrace a digitalized way of reading seemed like a betrayal against my beloved books. And books had been my constant companion since childhood: the feeling of paper beneath my hands and the smell of ink meant comfort, and wonder and joy to me. Reading words on a screen just didn’t have the same charm or same associations as actual books, and so for… Read more »

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My Book Cover Pet Peeves

My Book Cover Pet Peeves

We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s be real here: we all do it. However much you tell yourself that it’s the story and characters that are important, there are certain things that we see on book covers that really turn us off, and make us much less likely to buy or read a book. And these things differ from person to person. Whilst there are some covers out there that are just plain bad – as in, terribly designed, hard to read etc., – there are some technically good, professional looking covers out… Read more »

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Do you have to own the books you love?

Do you have to own the books you love?

There’s nothing better than going to the library, picking up a random book, and then absolutely loving it. I mean, you got to read an amazing book for free! What’s not to love? Well if you’re me, then there’s plenty about that situation not to love. Mainly the bit where I have to return the amazing book back to the library and feel oddly sad to let it go, and then get the strange urge to go out and buy a copy of the book I just read for free… Now I very rarely reread books (there’s just too many… Read more »

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How do you organise your bookshelves?

How do you organise your bookshelves?

Yep, it’s one of those big, bookworm questions: how do you organise your bookshelves? There are so many options, so many things to consider and everyone does it slightly (or very!) differently. Here’s a few possible ways it could be done, and I’d love to know your preference! Alphabetically One of the simplest ways to organise your bookshelves is alphabetically, whether that’s by title, or by author (by author tends to be the more common way of alphabetising). This makes it super easy to find what you’re looking for immediately, and let’s face it: it works for libraries and bookshops,… Read more »

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What makes you care about a character?

What makes you care about a character?

Have you ever read a book that had an incredible plot, perfect pacing and epic world-building, but somehow it just wasn’t doing it for you? Most of the time when that happens to me, it comes down to one thing: I just don’t care about the main character. Caring about the main character in a book is so important, because after all, why are you going to waste your time reading hundreds of pages when you ultimately don’t care about the outcome? If you have no feelings whatsoever towards a character, then there’s nothing driving you to follow their story, however good the… Read more »

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Why do some books take so long to read?

Why do some books take so long to read?

At a glance, this may seem like a pretty stupid question: Why do some books take so long to read? Well, some books are longer than others Laura, I hear you say. Some have more pages and more words and it means they take longer to read. But is it just me who finds that the length of a book doesn’t always determine how long it’s going to take me to read it? There are some ridiculously long books I’ve breezed through in days (Words of Radiance at a whopping 1088 pages took me all of a few days), whilst some shorter… Read more »

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Life Lately #2

Life Lately #2

Life: I’m back with another life update! Hooray! I guess the main news these last couple of weeks is that I joined the gym, and whilst that may not seem like big news to people who don’t know me in real life, it’s actually pretty crazy! Although I like nice countryside walks and things like that (basically, Pokemon Go-ing!), in terms of sport and stuff I am the least fit person ever, so the idea of me going to the gym was pretty laughable until this week. However, a new gym opened near me recently that’s only £5 a month,… Read more »

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