Tag: Reading

Life Lately #26

Life Lately #26

How is it November already? I mean, next month it’s going to be Christmas, and then it’s going to be 2019…seriously, where does all the time go?! October seemed to fly by, not that I actually did very much. I even had a week off work, but I mostly spent that relaxing with my boyfriend. We did go to the Trafford Centre one day, and I went shopping with my sister which was nice, but otherwise the week was a quiet one. I think I needed that though…I’ve been so tired lately, what with all my early starts for work… Read more »

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My Thought Process When Deciding What To Read Next

My Thought Process When Deciding What To Read Next

Reading may be fun, but deciding what book to read next is absolute torture. It is if you’re anything like me anyway! So if you want a look inside the mind of a crazy bookworm, here’s my thought process when deciding what to read next: 1. Panic and feel completely overwhelmed.  The first stage of deciding what to read next is to feel completely overwhelmed by the life-altering decision before me…OK, so it isn’t that bad, but you’d think it was, what with the amount of dithering I do! I’m just very aware when I put down one book that… Read more »

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When Sequels Disappoint

When Sequels Disappoint

Is there anything worse than excitedly picking up the sequel to a book you loved, and finding yourself disappointed? This happened to me recently when I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I enjoyed it so much I immediately bought the next book on my Kindle and started reading it, which is something I hardly ever do anymore! However, after finishing Glass Sword I felt pretty underwhelmed… The characters I’d loved so much in the first book somehow became incredibly unlikable for me in the second book, and their motivations seemed shaky and unclear. Not to mention that the plot felt aimless and meandering!… Read more »

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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 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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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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