Tag: Reading

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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Are readers born or made?

Are readers born or made?

Back in college I studied Psychology as one of my A Levels, and one of the aspects I found most interesting was the idea of nature vs. nurture. I think it’s fascinating to think about whether the aspects of your personality are inset within you at birth, or whether you acquire them as a result of your upbringing and life experiences, and I’ve always personally felt it’s a combination of the two. For example, I’m one of three children in my family (I have an older brother and a younger sister…and I like to think I don’t suffer from that whole ‘middle child… Read more »

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My Physical TBR List

My Physical TBR List

I seem to have been on a bit of a book buying binge recently, and as a result my physical TBR pile has become pretty monstrous (and the above selection is just a few of them)! There’s just been too many bargains about, and there are so many books I want to read that I’ve been unable to resist! The only problem now is (you know, aside from having enough unread books now to build a fort!) that I have so many options that I just can’t decide what to read next. I’ve just started reading The Girl On The… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

So I thought it was about time I did something that I haven’t done (successfully) in forever, and start a blog post series. Hooray! I’ve decided to highlight some of my favourite genres with a few ‘5 Reasons to Read [insert genre]’ posts, starting out with historical fiction. So here are 5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction: You learn stuff! Historical fiction is (shockingly) all about historical events, which means you can learn a lot through it. For example, whilst my school covered Tudor history pretty well, we learnt almost nothing about the War of the Roses, which in many… Read more »

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Do you reread books?

Do you reread books?

When I was a child, most of the reading I did was actually rereading. I had a cycle of a few favourite books that I read over and over, occasionally mixing it up with a different book from the library, or adding a new favourite to the cycle. Amongst these several favourites were the Harry Potter series, various Jaqueline Wilson books, Watership Down, Black Beauty (not sure what it was with me and animal books!) and a handful of others. These days, however, I can’t actually remember the last time I reread a book. I have such an extensive list… Read more »

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Do you pick books at random?

Do you pick books at random?

Do you often pick up totally random books in bookshops? As in, books you’ve never seen before, or heard of at all, and know absolutely nothing about? Personally I tend to have a reasonable idea of what I want to buy when I head into a bookshop, or I at least have it narrowed down to a few. There are so many books on my TBR list that have been there so long that I try and stick to buying them, or borrowing them from the library so that I can make a good dent in that list. However, the… Read more »

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I’m Dusting Off The Kindle!

I’m Dusting Off The Kindle!

As you can probably tell from the photograph, I’ve had my Kindle for a long time! If I remember rightly, it’s a 2nd generation Kindle, and seen as Amazon are now up to the 7th (not to mention the other versions such as the Paperwhite and Oasis etc.), I’d say it’s a good number of years old! However, despite having owned a Kindle for so many years, I find I barely read any ebooks. I had a phase when I first got the Kindle where I read a few, and now I’ve got it out of the bottom of the drawer it has… Read more »

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My Latest Book Bargains

My Latest Book Bargains

I don’t know what it is at the moment, but I seem to have been getting loads of really great bargains on books, so I thought I’d do a quick post and share some of them. Whilst I’m still visiting the library regularly, thanks to my internet-less state I’m getting through books at such a rate that I can’t seem to get enough, and so I’m seriously loving spending so little on so many great books! So here’s the best book bargains I’ve found recently: The King’s Concubine, The King’s Sister and The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien I’m a huge… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Love The Library

5 Reasons To Love The Library

One of the things I used to love as a child was when my Mum would take me to the library on the way home from school. I would come out each time clutching a handful of books, which I would start reading as soon as we got into the car, and I would have devoured within days. I did every single one of the summer reading challenges (and completed them all, obviously!) from being around four or five, all the way up to my early teens (and still have some of the medals to prove it!), and had probably read most… Read more »

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