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Let’s Talk Bookish – Reviewing Books

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Reviewing Books? (Rachel @ A Bookworm in Paradise)

What makes you want to review or not review a book?

Since starting my Blog in June 2021, I have reviewed every single book that I have read. If it was a short book, then I have just done a mini review. I wouldn’t see the point of my blog if I didn’t!

Do you review every book you read?

As above.

When it comes to my son’s library books, I haven’t reviewed all of them. I need to start up again really. I include them in my stacking the shelves posts so really I should make more of an effort to review them!

Are some books harder to review than others?

Some books are definitely easier to review for example if there are more writing techniques used then I can talk about them all. If I have really enjoyed a book then I can also go on a bit longer! I find reviewing my son’s books very hard because there are so few words!

Do you review books you disliked?

Yes, but I try not to be too harsh because someone has taken the time to write it, plus someone else might enjoy it and I don’t want to discourage them from reading it too much!

If you’ve ever written a ranty review, have you regretted doing so afterwards?

I haven’t written a ranty review, and the reviews that I have written that aren’t full of compliments I don’t regret.

Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?

No. I like that the review is of it’s time. At the time that is what I thought. I always write a review straight after reading so the story is always fresh in my mind. To me any changes made later will be irrelevant because the story isn’t fresh.

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – ebooks

*I am currently away on holiday so will reply to any comments on my return*

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

All about Ebooks (Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole)

Are ebooks the future of books?

When they first came out I was worried that it would be the end for books. I do not think that this is the case. There are so many new physical books coming out and there are so many people out there who still seem to enjoy a physical book. With the rise of Bookstagram physical books are the stars of the show!

What are the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks?

The advantages of an ebook are that they are easier to transport and store. Also for someone like me who gets upset if a book gets damaged, this is not a problem for an ebook. I also have a toddler who gets a bit upset if he sees me get out a book, but he isn’t bothered if I sit there reading a book on my phone (which isn’t very often!).

The main disadvantage is that they aren’t a physical book. You don’t get the same joy. Also an ebook means more screen time which isn’t good for your eyes.

Are ebooks strictly better than physical books?

Not in my opinion. I like them both for different reasons (stated above!)

Do all avid readers prefer real, paper books?

I believe that they (I like to think that this includes me!) like a mix of mediums. There are different formats for different occasions.

Do you use an e-reader, or read on a phone/tablet?

I use my phone. It is easier to have everything in one place.

Do you ever find yourself missing one or the other?

Yes, I like to have an ebook and a physical book on the go at the same time. As I mentioned above I like a different format for different occasions!

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes A Great Book?

*I am currently away on holiday so I will catch up on comments on my return*

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Freebie week so I had a look in the archives and chose – What, in your opinion, makes a great book?

In my opinion I like a book that makes me smile, feel uplifted or is clever. Examples of books that fit into each of these categories are Book Review – Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto (made me laugh out loud), Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (uplifting) and Book Review – Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh (cleverly done).

A book ending can often change my view on the whole thing. If a book isn’t ended well then it leaves me feeling flat and more likely to rate it lower.

Since getting more into reading this last year I have also come to appreciate seeing two points of view, specifically if I am reading a rom com I want to know what both parties are thinking. I understand that it does keep the suspense if both you and one of the characters doesn’t know what the other is thinking, but sometimes it is nice to be informed!

Lastly I don’t like a books that drag. I like a fast paced book, with lots of things going on. If it is a rom com, I prefer it to be short because there is only so much toing and froing I can read about before I lost interest and get bored!

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Short or Long Book

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Big Books vs. Short Books: Which Do You Prefer? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Do you prefer to read longer books or shorter books?

When I see a long book, my heart sinks and I wonder how I will ever get the time to read it. My ideal length of book is around 300 pages. I feel confident in getting that read, yet at the same time it won’t skimp on the details. A shorter book needs to be well balanced so that you don’t feel short changed and that you get closure at the end!

Does it depend on the genre? Why is that?

If I am reading a romance I prefer it to be short. There is only so much you can do and if there is too much will they/won’t they my attention will be lost.

A thriller needs to be longer in my opinion because all the little details that are dropped in to make you wonder what is going on need to be tied up and that takes longer to do.

What are the pros and cons of long books?

The main pro for me of a long book is that you can get really involved in the characters and their lives, A Court of Thorns and Roses series comes to mind here! This only works though if the writing is gripping and interesting enough to make you want to get involved!

The main cons are that it is daunting to make a start on and if it is too large, then it can be heavy to hold for long periods of time and is hard to transport.

What about shorter books?

Basically the opposite of the larger book!

What long books do you love?

Anything that has 400 plus pages is long for me so that makes quite a list. At the top though has to be Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns and Roses series (click for my review) and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (click for my review).

What are some of your favorite short books?

So if I am looking at under 300 pages then some of my favourites include Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto (click for my review), Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto (click for my review), Persuasion by Jane Austen and Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds (click for my review).

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Favourite Reading Format

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

What’s your favourite reading format? Hardback, paperback, audiobook, ebook? (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

What’s your favourite reading format? Hardback? Paperback? Audiobook? Ebook?

I don’t have a favourite format as such, but if I had to narrow it down to two it would be Hardback and ebook.

What makes you prefer one over the other?

I do not listen to audiobooks because I do not have the concentration for them (see my Book Blogger Hop of today!) and paperbacks I find quite stressful as I like to make sure that the spine doesn’t crack and the book doesn’t get damaged in any other way. Hardbacks are harder to damage so they get my vote for physical books. I like ebooks because I can get them out at a moments notice. I have the Library app and Kindle app on my phone and often have my phone near me! Also my toddler doesn’t get as upset if I sit reading my phone as he does if I sit reading a book. He has got better, but it is still safer to read on my phone in his presence!

NOTE: I don’t get to read in his presence often on my phone or otherwise. My reading is done in the evening when my partner is putting him to bed!

Which do you read the most?

I actually read paperbacks the most. I do a lot of Blog Tours and the majority of them are paperbacks. I also will buy paperbacks or ask for paperbacks as presents over hardbacks as they are cheaper.

What are the pros and cons of these different formats?

ebook – Easier to transport and to borrow from the library, however you only have a small screen to read them on and they aren’t as nice as having a physical book.

Hardback – Harder to damage, but more expensive to buy and harder to store.

Paperback – Cheaper than a hardback and easier to store and carry around, however they are easily damaged.

Audiobook – You can do other things whilst listening to a story, however it is harder to review (in my opinion) and you need to concentrate so that you don’t miss out on anything.

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Happily Ever Afters

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Should all Romances have Happily Ever Afters (HEAs)? (Dedra @ A Book Wanderer)

Do you like romances with happy endings?

I do like romances with happy endings. I don’t like books that make me cry so I need that uplifting happy ending!

Do you think that all romances should have happy endings? Why or why not?

Romances are a lot of toing and froing so I think that a happy ending is necessary to finish it off nicely. I would feel cheated if there wasn’t a happy ending after reading what the characters have gone through.

What are some of your favorite romances with Happily Ever Afters?

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

I was kept guessing until the end as to who she would have her happy ending with.

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

I liked these two characters and enjoyed their ending

What do you think?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Reading Goals

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

How are you doing on your reading goals so far this year? (Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages)

Did you set any reading goals for yourself at the beginning of the year? If so, how are you doing with them?

I set myself a Goodreads Reading Challenge at the beginning of the year and each month I set myself Genre Goals.

I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself so my Goodreads Challenge is only a modest 97 which equates to just under 2 books a week. Maybe next year I will set it at 100, but only if I can manage this one!

Each month I set myself Genre Goals rather than number goals so that a) I am not worrying that I haven’t read enough during a month and b) it means that I get to try genres that I wouldn’t usually go for.

Any you’ve already met?

I have met my monthly Genre Goals each month so far. Sometimes I only read one book in that genre, but as long as I read one I count that as a win!

Are there any goals you want to add?

I try my best to read at least one library book a month, but I would like to set a proper goal for it next year. There is a library book challenge that I want to get involved with, so we shall see if it is still around next year!

Did you set any blogging goals? If so, how are you doing with those?

My main blogging goal is to do at least 3 posts a day, but sometimes I only do 2. I love taking part in all the memes, so it isn’t too hard to achieve this! My main goal though is to have fun and so far I am achieving that!

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Book to Film Adaptations

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Book to Film Adaptations

What are your favourite book to film adaptations?

I love Harry Potter, Bridget Jones Diary, Twilight, the list could go on! I will say though that the books are far superior to the films except with Bridget Jones Diary. In this very rare case I actually prefer the film to the book!

What are your least favourite ones?

Despite Harry Potter being my favourite, the later films fall into this category. The books get longer, so there isn’t the time to get everything in and the bits that did go in didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Do you think that books translate better to films or shows?

I would have to say shows as there is more time for things to be explored and improved upon. One example of this is the first season of Bridgerton. I loved the Netflix version of the book. I read the book afterwards and was actually quite disappointed by it (however I read the second book after the first and absolutely loved it and when season 2 came out that actually let me down!).

The reason behind shows generally being better in my opinion is that films have time constraints and therefore have to lose bits, whereas a show can be broken up and have longer episodes with which to explore everything that happens in the book.

Would you rather see a standalone or a book series adapted?

I don’t have a preference. A series means that there are films to look forward to in the future, but if a standalone is done well then I am ok with that!

What do you think is important for a successful book to film adaptation?

As not everything can be included in the film, it needs to at least be hinted at in the film, even if it is only brief. When something is completely left out I notice it and it gets on my nerves!

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – First or Third Person Narration?

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Do you prefer first or third person narration? (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

I try to read a range of books and I have to say that I have started to appreciate first person narration more. I like the way that it makes you feel more involved in the story. I also like it when a character directs questions and thoughts at the reader.

What about you?

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Freebie week so I have chosen a previous question – What Makes You Pick Up a Book? (suggested by Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile)

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! This is the last one hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. From next week it will be hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits. This meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Freebie week so I have chosen a previous question – What Makes You Pick Up a Book? (suggested by Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile)

These days I spend a lot of time on Bookstagram and so I get to see what everyone else is reading. If I like it I then read it myself. If I just went into a bookshop then it would be the cover that would initially draw me in. After I pick up the book, it would then be the blub that would make my final decision.

With regards to Blog Tours, I receive an email which contains the basic details about the book, with the cover as an attachment. I read what the book is about then make a decision based on that. Sometimes I will look at the cover, but if the description is strong enough then I am not bothered what the cover looks like.

How do you choose a book?

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