So there we have it everyone, here are some of my thoughts. I’m quite balanced as to my views on ARCs, I love them and I’m slightly concerned about them too. I think that’s okay though. I’m not put off requesting them, if anything they’ve opened so many doors for me as a blogger and someone who would someday love a job in publishing.
- A book with more than 500 pages- Killing Floor by Lee Child
- A classic romance- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- A book that became a movie- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (I will more than likely read the whole of the Mortal Instruments series)
- A book published this year- All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
- A book with a number in the title- 1984 by George Orwell
- A book written by someone under the age of 30- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- A book with nonhuman characters- need a recommendation!
- A funny book- Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life by David Mitchell (not funny to some but he has wonderful dry humour that I love!).
- A book by a female author- Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett
- A mystery or thriller- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- A book with a one-word title- Halo by Frankie Rose
- A book of short stories- need a recommendation!
- A book set in a different country- The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
- A nonfiction book- My Life: The Autobiography by David Jason
- A popular author’s first book- need a recommendation!
- A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet- The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling
- A book a friend recommended- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- A Pulitzer Prize winning book- need a recommendation!
- A book based on a true story- 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
- A book at the bottom of your to-be-read list- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- A book your mum loves- Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding
- A book that scares you- need a recommendation!
- A book more than 100 years old- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A book based entirely on its cover- The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes
- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- A memoir- need a recommendation!
- A book you can finish in a day- The Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki
- A book with antonyms in the title- need a recommendation!
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- A book that came out the year you were born- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
- A book with bad reviews- need a recommendation!
- A trilogy- The Infernal Devices; Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
- A book from your childhood- The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket
- A book with a love triangle- need a recommendation!
- A book set in the future- Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans
- A book set in high school- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- A book with a colour in the title- Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman
- A book that made you cry- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
- A book with magic- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling
- A graphic novel- need a recommendation!
- A book by an author you’ve never read before- Its Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- A book you own but have never read- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- A book that takes place in your hometown- (I don’t think I’ll find a book!)
- A book that was originally written in a different language- need a recommendation!
- A book set during Christmas- Mimi by Lucy Ellmann
- A book written by an author with your same initials- I couldn’t find any- anyone else can?!
- A play- Othello by William Shakespeare
- A banned book- need a recommendation!
- A book based on or turned into a TV show- Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin (re-read)
- A book you started but never finished- The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
A day of woes and somehow I ended up buying myself a Kindle, it was a spontaneous purchase and proudly I can say I actually like it- a lot!
Despite the rash decision I have found myself reading more frequently and for a longer period of time. I tend to read in the evening before I go to sleep because I like to enjoy a book in solitude so I can concentrate and fully appreciate the book, with my Kindle I can turn my lights out and adjust the light settings on it and settle down to read. Not only this, its also incredibly handy to just balance it against my pillow and read until sleep takes over. Lately I’ve found myself reading til’ 1am, perhaps not such a good idea but I was so into reading the book (The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K Rowling) I ended up finishing it.
Sure its easier to pick up a book because you simply press a button and its on the device and I can carry it around because its ridiculously light- I mean what’s not to love about it?
I wouldn’t say I’m completely converted to the Kindle, I still enjoy picking up physical books and I’ve decided that I will carry on buying them in a kind of a system I’ve thought of myself and perhaps others do this too. If I want a physical book it will either be of a) an author I already own books by b) a classic (mainly because they have the cutest covers and c) they could be given to me or I don’t have my Kindle on me and I need to purchase the book straight away!
So to conclude I am a very happy Kindle owner but I will still support my local book stores because there is nothing more wonderful than the smell and feel of new/old books!
Hello everyone, my name is Emma and I created this blog as a place where I can share with others my love for books.
I’ve always thought about writing book reviews and it was only until the start of 2014 that I decided to do something about it!
I’m most certainly not a professional by any means, but I feel that from experience and learning from others I can grow as a blogger and hopefully bring a means of education and encouragement to everyone who is inspired by books and those who wish to take more of an interest in them 🙂
This year I have set myself up a challenge of reading twenty books by the end of 2014- I know this may sound like such a low number but I don’t want to appear too ambitious and you never know I may exceed this number!
A wonderful and clever website known as goodreads.com is where I have set up my target and can monitor my progress throughout the year. Not only this, it recommends you books, gathers your ratings for books you have read in the past and it even allows you to write a review in the comments box and give star ratings which you can share with others within the site,
Additionally, book clubs have also been set up which give you the opportunity to discuss books with others who share the same interests as you. In my opinion this helped to open my eyes as to how others interpret books differently to how I do- its so much fun!