Tag: Reading

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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Life Lately #24

Life Lately #24

August is over, and September is here, and on the whole its been a fairly boring month for me. After the excitement of having time off work back in July, August has pretty much just been work, work and more work unfortunately. It’s genuinely been one of those months where I’m having to rack my brains for anything to report, but thankfully I have one interesting anecdote: My mum, my sister and I took my two nieces and my nephew to Blackpool Zoo on Tuesday, and we had a lovely day! Thankfully all the animals seemed to be out, and we… Read more »

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My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

As a child, I was a big rereader. In fact, a good 50% of my reading was rereading old favourites, and chief among them was the Harry Potter series. Between waiting for the latest book to release I would reread the old ones, never wanting to be out of the Wizarding World for too long. However, I was thinking recently about how I hadn’t reread anything in years, and I couldn’t even remember the last time I read a Harry Potter book. As I got older the amount of rereading I did began to decrease as I discovered new books and found myself with an… Read more »

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Life Lately #23

Life Lately #23

July has been a pretty good month for me, mostly because I was off work for almost half of it! I had a full 2 weeks booked off, and it was so nice just to have some proper time to relax, get out and do some things and spend time with my boyfriend, friends and family. And thankfully the weather cooperated for most of it, and stayed nice and sunny! I spent a lot of the holiday at my boyfriend’s, and we ended up going on several really nice day trips. We went to the Liverpool World Musuem one day,… Read more »

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Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Chapters are an important part of a novel’s structure, as the way an author decides to split up their book can really affect our reading of it. For example, some books have short, punchy chapters that keep us turning the page, and saying, ‘just one more chapter!’ Whereas others want to keep us immersed for as long as possible and use great sprawling chapters to do this. Both approaches have their advantages and I think that really, it comes down to the individual book. I find that thrillers and action adventure books that are meant to be fast-paced benefit from… Read more »

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‘I’d love to read, if I had the time.’

‘I’d love to read, if I had the time.’

I’ve often found when talking to non-bookworms about my love of reading, they’ll come out with the statement ‘I’d love to read too, but I just don’t have time’, or something similar. And perhaps I’m being too sensitive, but I actually find this statement kind of insulting, and I’d love to know what other readers feel. We all have busy lives, but very few people have no free time at all, and what you choose to do with it is up to you. For example, on my lunch breaks at work, I choose to read my book, rather than chat… Read more »

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