Book Review | The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace (and a discussion of “Tumblr” poetry)

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the damsel
the queen
& you. 

Amanda Lovelace explores love, loss, healing, empowerment, forgetting, and remembering in this debut collection of poems. Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry 2016, her poems have touched hearts across the world. 

Sooooooo…. I have mixed feelings about this book. Continue reading

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The Bookstagramming Culture

‘Bookstagram’ is a term used to describe the bookish side of Instagram. It is, I guess, a type of community, where people post pretty and artistic photos of books. Well, it is now, at any rate. I joined the community in 2015 and I feel that it has changed a lot.

My own photography skills have gotten better over the years, although even now I find that sometimes I’m not happy with the pictures I post. But here’s the conundrum: is it about the quality of the pictures, the artistry, time, and often money put into them, or is it about the books that are shown?  Continue reading

On Breaking Book Spines | Book Discussion

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These aren’t my HP books, but these are definitely what mine look like!

Now, here we’re getting into the big questions of the bookish world. Do you dog-ear pages, or use bookmarks? Do you write in your books? Do you tab them? Do you break book spines, or try to keep a new look? Or, as some people say: are you a ‘monster’ or not?

When I was younger, I would always always break spines. Sometimes I would open them and break the spine before I started reading. I always used to dog-ear pages too, including library books. I don’t know quite when that started to phase out, but I don’t really do either anymore. (I also have an unhealthy bookmark obsession collection, so that might have something to do with the latter. I ❤ bookmarks.)  Continue reading

Book Talk! | Giving & Getting Recommendations

Bookish recommendations are marvellous. There’s even a thing on Goodreads for them. I love getting a recommendation, and then reading and loving the book. It’s also great when you get a recommendation of a person’s favourite/in their top favourite book/s, because when you read it it feels like you’re reading a part of them, like you’re learning about them.  Continue reading

Book Talk | Spoilers!

Let’s start with a general, all-round statement I’m sure everyone can agree with: SPOILERS SUCK. Big time.

Spoilers in books are not only annoying because you can’t experience them for yourself, so it reduces the excitement, but it also means that you see foreshadowing everywhere. For example, I know what happens in the final book of a trilogy by Veronica Roth, Allegiant. I found this out after reading book 1, Divergent, so throughout the whole of Insurgent I was seeing foreshadowing. Everywhere. And I had to force myself to read the book. (I still haven’t read book 3.)  Continue reading

Book Talk | Being Late to the Party

book-talk-late-to-the-partyIn the bookish world, I am continually late to the party. I pick up releases weeks, months, (generally) years after everyone else has already been talking about them and loving them. But is that always a bad thing?

GOOD – you can binge read basically the entire series

THIS IS SO AWESOME! You don’t have to wait for all of the books to come out (or many of them, at least) so you can binge read to your heart’s content. How long do you have to wait to see what happens after that cliffhanger? As long as it takes you to get to your bookshelf, my friend!  Continue reading

Book Talk | People Who Choose Not To Read

38c7235e741a8650e6756a7c5d2e219fSometimes, I see people in life who choose not to read. And I think, “WHY?!”

This quote from Mark Twain made me think:

The man who does not read [good books] has no advantage over the man who cannot read [them].

(The square brackets are if I’m not sure about the actual quote.)

Is it true?  Continue reading

Book Talk | Readathons!

bt ; readathons.jpgAt the moment, I’m four days into the ReadThemAllThon (which I talked about here on my other blog). Over the course of July and August, I’ve participated in two other readathons, reading, so far, around 12 – 13 books.

Readathons are events organised by book lovers (all around the globe too!) where you may have to pick books to fulfil certain challenges (eg, a book with yellow on the cover, a book by an author older than you, a book written in the year you were born) and you aim to read a set number of books in a week. Some readathons, like the booktubeathon, maybe be accompanied by other challenges (in this case, video challenges on YouTube/booktube), some are just reading. Most are great for social (media) interaction!  Continue reading