All posts tagged: book discussion

On reading less.

Not just reading less, but reading slower and more consciously. I have posted a lot about this and topics similar over the past couple of months, and I apologise for the repetitiveness but it is something that is very close to my heart at the moment. I want to re-read more, I spoke about that here. And I want to lower my TBR, I spoke about that here. But today I would like to discuss how I would like to read more consciously, and therefore less. Over the past year I have really tried to be selective with my reading. I (usually) research books I buy; I tend not to buy books compulsively and without consideration; I always, always make sure the subject matter is something that I am personally interested in, and not just something that the internet has told me I will like. No more aimless shopping and no more giving in to the hype. The fear of missing out (FOMO) is something that has always been something that’s affected me. I definitely want to write about …

On rereading

I’m posting every single day in September! Go here to check out everything I’ve talked about so far! Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about my reading habits. And the fact that I have not reread a book consciously in a few years now. As a child I used to savour reading my favourite books. I would not only spend my time fully immersing into the story, but I would reread my favourite books over and over again until I knew them cover to cover. I cherished my reading time. Nowadays? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong – reading is still an incredibly large and important part of my life. But in a different way. Over the past couple of years I have read upwards of 50 books a year with the hopes that each and every one of them will become a new favourite that I hope to reread for the rest of my life. I intend to reread my favourites time and time again and yet…. I don’t. In the past few years I have reread …

How I’ve Changed as a Reader (my reading history)

I’ve been reading since I can remember. I was that child who always had maxed out her library card and always received an abundance of books for gifts on my birthdays. The period of time after lunch in primary school was always my favourite because I got to sit in complete silence for half an hour a day reading and it was considered school. I loved it and while I still love it how I read and what I read has definitely changed. Thinking back to my childhood I would definitely say I was a mood reader and I wasn’t afraid to dip my toe in multiple genres. I flew through series like A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter like they were nothing, but I also read fell deeply in-love with Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘girly’ books that also tackled darker topics than I was used to as an eight year old. I devoured everything I was given and re-read books over and over until pages were falling out. Then of course there was the era I would like to call the ‘Roald …

Am I Sick of Reading?

Last Saturday I talked about how I felt a reading slump coming on. Let’s continue on that. I’ve been sitting around the past week waiting to find the inspiration to at least try and tackle this reading slump… but the thing is, I don’t want to. Now I know, I know, who in their right mind doesn’t want to try and overcome a reading slump and start reading again? But the thing is, I genuinely don’t think I feel like reading. This feeling is not a reading slump. Reading slumps are those times when you try time and time again to pick up a book but nothing will grab your attention. This is different. I’m not even trying to find a book that interests me anymore. I’m just… not in the mood to read. Don’t get me wrong: there are still plenty of books I feel like reading. I even loaded my kindle up with almost 10 books to chose between for when the moment hits me. I just haven’t found myself wanting to read. So what can I do …

I Feel a Reading Slump Coming On…

It’s the feeling that all readers fear: not being able to read. I’ve been lucky enough to avoid a major reading slump for over 12 months now. I usually am able to pick up a comic if I’m not into my novel, or fly through a few easy YA reads before diving back into whatever book I was struggling with – but not this time. Let me explain myself. I work somewhere between 35 hours a week at my job. I also work exclusively overnights. I know this isn’t uncommon for some people, but as a 19 year old working in the fast food industry and also trying to have somewhat of a social life, I’m fucking exhausted. And reading kind of becomes the last thing on my mind when I can barely keep my eyes open long enough to make it to bed. Basically, to sum it up: working overnights is slowly killing me. While it might not be showing on my blog (because I schedule posts like crazy – oops!) I haven’t been …

Book Crimes I Commit Daily

I admit it – sometimes I do things that would make most readers want to hit me over the head with a sledge hammer and leave me on the side of the road. Too intense? Trust me, I have seen some pretty intense comments on videos when people have ‘mistreated’ books. But alas, my books are not always in top-notch condition. I can’t help it that I don’t live a pristine life! So below I have made a list of a few things I do to and with my books that might make a few of you cringe a little bit. Or who knows, maybe we all secretly do these things and just don’t admit it! I dog ear pages. I dog ear my pages a LOT. Shamelessly. Although I am happy to use anything as a bookmark (scrap paper, my phone, remotes, blankets) I am always happiest when I dog ear books. It’s so much easier! There is no issue with losing bookmarks (which can be kind of pricey and special) but I can also mark important …

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 …