Let’s Talk (#8) – Favourite Book Genres

Today I’m talking favourite book genres. I’m going to take you through my top three.

#1: Young Adult.

I’m trying really hard to pinpoint one exact reason why love Y/A but it’s a bit more complex than that. Characters in Y/A are at the starting point in their life where anything is possible, I think it’s the journey that these characters go on (no matter what their story is) that really appeals to me. Another reason is that as a teenager I always wanted to experience going to an American high school, for some reason I’m fascinated by them, so reading Y/A novels that are set there full fills that. I also like the huge verity of subjects that Y/A can cover.

My top 3 Y/A Novels:

 


#2: New Adult.

In particular, New Adult Romance. I do love a good romance novel and I usually find the best ones in this category. The romance in this category are usually a lot more intense (and let’s be honest steamy) than Y/A because the characters are that much older.

My Top 3 New Adult Books:

 


#3: Fantasy

It’s only been in the last year and a half that I have really gotten into fantasy. I’ve dabbled before but I never used to actively seek them out.  Now though I can’t get enough, I love emerging myself into a world that is vastly different to ours. Places where all types of magical things can happen.

My top 3 Fantasy books:

 


That’s all from me, I’d love to hear what your favorite genres are so please feel free leave a comment.

Until next time! 🤓

Let’s Talk (#7) – Rating Systems

When I write a review, I liked to give each book a rating out of 5. I like to think that this system is straight forward and easy to understand.

I have a brief explanation for each rating on my Review policy but I thought I’d take you through each one a little bit more in depth, with a little help from Dean Winchester! 


🌟 1 STAR  – This is the lowest mark  I give a book. Although there are times where I have wanted to give a 0 I try not to. So, what does 1/5 really mean? Well to put it simply: I didn’t like your book. It wasn’t to my taste, it made me roll my eyes and it just wasn’t for me, I wouldn’t recommend! Yadda, yadda, yadda I think you get me point.

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🌟🌟 2 STARS – Only slightly better than then a 1/5. Usually, means that I didn’t completely hate the story, but there was probably something that ticked me off.

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🌟🌟🌟 3 STARS – This is what I was when a book was just OK. It’s probably an entertaining and enjoyable read but nothing to really shout about.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 STARS – This is awarded to books that I have enjoyed a lot. Books that get these marks because although I’ve enjoyed 95% of the story something about them doesn’t make the 5/5 mark. For example, if the story is really good but the writing style is a bit meh or if the ending of a book was a bit wtf but the rest of it was amazing then yeah I’ll usually give it this rating. Some of these books also make my recommended reading list

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 STARS – DING DING DING!! JACKPOT BABY!! If I give a book 5/5 it’s because its blown my mind with it’s epicenes!!

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5 Star rating books don’t happen that much, but when the do it’s the best. I will usually promote and rave on social media too, as well as adding to my recommended reading list. I usually recommend these books on the many Facebook groups that I’m member of.

 

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And there you have it a low down on my rating system. Hopefully this has been somewhat of an entertain reading.


See you on the flipside!

Let’s​ Talk (#6) – Bookish Problems

This week I thought it would be fun to look my top 10 bookish problems. These are in no particular order:

  1. The feeling when you can’t wait to read a book but at the same time never want it to end
  2. When your minding your own business reading and you are interrupted
  3. Book hangovers
  4. When someone asks you what your favorite book is
  5. When your reading a book series and you have to wait a year for the next book
  6. Having a huge TBR list and not being able to find anything to read
  7. Having to resist the temptation of slapping someone when they say it’s just a book
  8. That empty feeling when you finish a book series
  9. When your favorite book is made into a movie/tv series and it absolutely butchered
  10. When the author kills off an important character

And that’s it. Let me know you have any different ones!

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Let’s Talk (#5) – Benefits of Reading

Happy Thursday! Although it’s been a short week I’m feeling exhausted already. So this week I’m going to cheat a little bit for this post and use an infographic that I found on The Expert Editor which I think just about sums up all the Mind and Body benefits of reading:

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Personally, I find that reading helps my concentration and focus on other things that I’m doing during the day. I would atribute my good memory to reading too.

I agree with the reducing stress part, I only have to walk into a book shop and I immidiatly feel calmer. I used to do this a lot when I was at college.

That’s all from me, if you feel there is anything missing feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

Let’s Talk (#4) – Tamlin the Man Behind​ the Mask

For this week’s post, I’m taking a look at of Tamlin from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series.

I have been toying with the idea of writing this post of a couple of weeks, and I almost didn’t write it, but after seeing so many comments on social media that are supportive of Tamlin, it’s compelled me to do this.

I realize he is just a fictional character but it’s important to recognize his character portrays very real life abusive behaviors. I’m staggered by the sheer number of people who fail to see this. The worst of which are that he acts this way out of love which is simply not true. There even some people who blame Feyre for his behavior!

This book series has huge fandom and most of the people I have spoken to agree that Tamlin is abusive. So this post is for all the Tamlin Lovers out there who think his behavior is ok.

I’m going to start by listing the 7 typical personalities of the Abuser:

  1. The Bully
  2. The Headworker
  3. The Badfather
  4. The Jailer
  5. The King of the Castle
  6. The Sexual Controller
  7. The Persuader

Tamlin exhibits the traits 1, 5 & 6. These are the ones I’m going to look at in more detail:

 The Bully 

Uses intimidation to control us, eg glares, shouts, smashes things, sulks

 Examples of this;

We see this behavior right from beginning in ACOTAR, when Feyre begins to spend time with Lucian:

 Whatever tentative truce we built that afternoon vanished at the dinner table. Tamlin was lounging in his usual seat, a long claw out and circling his goblet. It paused on the lip as soon as I entered, Lucien on my heels. His green eyes pinned me to the spot. Right. I’d brushed him off that morning, claiming I wanted to be alone. Tamlin slowly looked at Lucien, whose face had turned grave. “We went on a hunt,” Lucien said. “I heard,” Tamlin said roughly, glancing between us as we took our seats. “And did you have fun?” Slowly, his claw sank back into his flesh. Lucien didn’t answer, leaving it to me. Coward. I cleared my throat. “Sort of,” I said. “Did you catch anything?” Every word was clipped out. “No.” Lucien gave me a pointed cough, as if urging me to say more. But I had nothing to say. Tamlin stared at me for a long moment, then dug into his food, not all that interested in talking to me, either.

Not only is he sulking here he is also acting jealous. Jealousy has nothing to do with love; it’s a sign of possessiveness and lack of trust.

“You don’t get to speak to me like that. You promised you wouldn’t act this way.” “You have no idea what’s at risk—” “Don’t you talk down to me. Not after what I went through to get back here, to you. To our people. You think any of us are happy to be working with Hybern? You think I don’t see it in their faces? The question of whether I am worth the dishonor of it?” His breathing turned ragged again. Good, I wanted to urge him. Good. “You sold us out to get me back,” I said, low and cold. “You whored us out to Hybern. Forgive me if I am now trying to regain some of what we lost.” Claws slid free. A feral growl rippled out of him. “They hunted down and butchered those humans for sport,” I went on. “You might be willing to get on your knees for Hybern, but I certainly am not.” He exploded. Furniture splintered and went flying, windows cracked and shattered. And this time, I did not shield myself. The worktable slammed into me, throwing me against the bookshelf, and every place where flesh and bone met wood barked and ached. My knees slammed into the carpeted floor, and Tamlin was instantly in front of me, hands shaking

Here in a fit if rage her physical assaults her!

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Let’s Talk (#3) –  Top 5 book Turn On’s

Last week I talked about all the things that put me off reading a book. To balance this out I thought it would be good to list the things I enjoy the most.

  1. If the story is written in the first person. This is my preferred narrative because I feel like I can connect to the story better when it’s written this way and, I just get find more enjoyment reading from this perspective.
  2. Retellings of Fairytales – I adore these, the more creative the better!
  3. Slow building romance, when this is done well it’s a joy to read!
  4. Stories that take place in space or on another planet hugely fascinate me.
  5. A strong female lead – I love nothing more when reading than having the lead female character be strong independent women who don’t need a man to save the day!

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment

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Let’s Talk (#2) –  Top 5 book turn offs!

This is something that I have been thinking about a lot this week, generally, there isn’t much that puts me off reading a book, but here are 5 things that annoy me the most from least annoying to the most:

  1. Repetitive use of the same word over and over again – I mean just why? When I come across this my first thought is “who the heck edited this?” so yeah it really annoys me when the same words or phrases are used to describe a multitude of things.
  2. Really really really slow intros – I find it really off-putting when it feels like nothing is happening fast enough but at the same time I’ve read half a book.
  3. Little or no character development – I find it so frustrating when you come to the end of the book and the main character is still the same whiny brat that they were at the beginning.
  4. Insta-Love!! – seriously it’s so unrealistic, insta- attraction yeah I get that but loving someone after like 10 secs of knowing them….. Nah I don’t think so!
  5. Unhealthy relationships that are portrayed as normal – this is at the top of my list because it’s the thing that really makes my blood boil when I’m reading. It usually goes something like this: male love interest treats the female main character like utter shit, she thinks it’s normal and her friends go along with as it’s seen as him just loving her. I’ve read a few books where this is the case i.e. Beautiful Disaster and Belong to You and each time I’m left dumbfounded.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment 😊

Lets Talk (#1) – How to recover from a book hangover.

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We’ve all been there, the gut-wrenching moment when you finish an amazing book and suddenly you no longer know what to do with yourself. Every book you try to start sucks in comparison. Nothing is catching your attention and all you want to do is crawl back into that world that just so brutally spat you out.

Sound familiar?

So what do you next? Well for me there are a few different ways that usually gets me over this:

  1. Prepare – this one is kind of difficult but if I know or suspect that I have a book that is going to do this me, then I like to have another book that I’m excited about waiting for me to start next.
  2. Talk about it – This week after finishing ACOWAR I felt like I’d lost a limb, so I logged onto facebook, went to my favorite fan group and started to commiserate with other people who were also feeling like me. Just being able to have an outlet for the emotional trauma helped loads.
  3. Write about/post a review – I find that writing about what I have just read helps clear my head. Which is why I like reviewing so much 😊
  4. Read something completely different – This is probably my number one thing that almost always works for me. Reading a completely different genre refocuses my attention so that I’m no longer thinking about what I have previously read.

And there you have it. I’d love to hear what you all do the recover from a book hangovers.