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Hype: And How It Affects My Reading

In my review of Room by Emma Donoghue on Monday, I briefly touched on how I was more disappointed in the book not because it was a bad book but because I had been caught up in the hype and was ultimately let down. Unfortunately, this happens to me a lot. The amount of times I have sat down with a new release YA book and expected it to be the next Harry Potter is ridiculous (ridiculous because why do I continually think anything will touch Harry Potter’s greatness?) and end up disappointing is… well I’ve lost count. And I know that there are books that I love that other readers hate (did I hype those books accidentally for them?) so of course the results are going to tip my way once in a while. Mostly, I hate the hype. I have started to realise that my main reason for slowly becoming less and less interested in YA fiction comes from being constantly hyped up over books that I end up just finding… average. When you have so many different readers with such a …

What Makes You Re-Read A Book?

I find it very difficult to re-read books. Every year I say I’m going to re-read my favourite books and it’ll “finally be the year I re-read The Book Thief” but it never make it happen. There are hundreds upon thousands of new books being released and that have already been published that I could be reading instead and I always make the new books priority instead of the ones I’ve already experienced. It’s a shame, because there was once something incredible enough about a book that I called it one of my favourite books, but I never take the time to read it again. Can it really be your favourite book if you haven’t read it more than once? Probably. But it’s also probably not as important in your mind as you claim. I want 2016 to be the year that I re-read some of my favourite books (The Book Thief, The Night Circus, Harry Potter) so in order to do that I have been thinking over what makes a book ‘re-readable’ for me and what it takes for me to be …

Reading What I Own (Participating in #0by16 + why!)

Late last year I made the conscious decision not to buy books that I wasn’t intending on reading immediately. Luckily for me, a large amount of the online book community also made the same decision. 2015 seems to be the year of unhauls and TBR challenges such as 0by16, ProjectTBR. I love that people are so actively trying to lower their TBR and read more of what they own, because it’s inspiring me to stick to my promise of reading what I own! (In saying all this, if you want to have a big TBR I have absolutely zero issues with that!) What I really want to discuss here is #0by16 (Zero by 2016), a challenge hosted by a bunch of booktubers (who I will not name, but here’s the twitter page) where you aim to get your physical TBR down to 0 books before 2016 arrives. I’ll admit, when I first heard about this challenge at the end of 2014 I was almost desperate to join. I had spent the past month binge watching minimalism videos on YouTube, and …