The Pros & Cons Of Telling People About Your Blog {Discussion}

Pros and Cons of Telling People About Your Blog

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So you’re a blogger. Now what about your real life friends and family? Do you keep it a secret from everybody? Do you only tell a select group of people? Or do you announce it to the world? Any of these scenarios is possible and is completely dependant on the blogger in question.

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Nine Advantages of eBooks {Discussion}

Nine Advantages of eBooks

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Hi guys! Today I’d like to talk a bit about how and why I learned to love eBooks.

Story time: I used to be rather anti eBooks. In my mind, nothing could beat actual physical books. And what’s not to love about them? They feel good in your hands. They look good on a book shelf. They smell good. They are more photogenic than people and perfect for bookstagram. Opening book mail feels like a party. They make a perfect gift. They make perfect heavy self-defence weapons. I mean, the advantages of physical books are plenty, while an eBook is just… bleh.

At least, that’s what I USED to think. Lately, my eyes have been opening to the wonder of eBooks. They definitely deserve a lot more credit. So why not share my new-found knowledge and list some of the reasons why eBooks are actually quite rad too?

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Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

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What is it?

The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon is hosted by Aentee @ Read At Midnight. It’s a Harry Potter themed readathon that will run from January 1st to January 15th and the focus is to read diverse books. There is also a point system where you can score points for your Hogwarts House. All details can be find in Aentee’s post here. If you’d like to participate, you can sign up here as well. If you’d like to follow along, you can also check out the #DAReadAThon hashtag on Instagram and Twitter.

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Series I Still Want To Finish / Catch Up With Before The End Of The Year

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Let’s celebrate! Last week I officially reached my Goodreads goal of reading 70 books in 2016. Yay! So, with that challenge complete and still a whole month to go before the end of the year, I figured I’d set myself another challenge. Why don’t I try to finally finish and/or catch up with some series that have been on my TBR for too long already?

Also, I actually wanted to read some of these books already for the Tome Topple Readathon, but that readathon started November 19th and I haven’t started any book yet so I kind of failed  big time there. But hey, I figure that if I still read them before the end of the year, it’s still ok-ish…

So without further ado, this is my rather ambitious TBR list for the rest of the year:

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Love is Love – LGBTQ Book Recommendations

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“Love is love is love is love is love, and love cannot be killed or swept aside. Fill the world with music, love and pride.” Lin-Manuel Miranda

I’m a big romantic at heart. I love love. And I don’t see any difference at all whether it’s love between man and woman, man and man or woman and woman. It’s all equally beautiful and normal to me. And since it’s so normal to me, I sometimes wrongfully assume that it’s just as normal and beautiful to the rest of the world. So when I realise that there are still people out there today that do not feel that way at all, it still manages to catch me by surprise. The fact that there are still people out there that look at that love, that is natural and beautiful to me, and feel hate instead, is just completely unbelievable and painful.

Though there is still so much pain, hate and intolerance in the world, at the very least I do think we can say that the book world has slowly been catching up. The selection of LGBTQ books and just the overall diversity in books has been growing steadily. Which I think is a positive thing. After all, aren’t books a good way for people to learn about others, to learn empathy and to broaden your views on the world? Not that books alone will solve everything, far from it, but I do believe they are a good vessel to spread love instead of hate and build awareness.

With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment today to talk about some of my favorite LGBTQ books out there. Some I’ve already read and loved and some are still on my TBR list. I know this is only a small selection, so please let me know in the comments if you have any other book recommendations for me! I’d love to hear about them and check them out.

Note: I personally don’t consider the fact that a book is LGBTQ as a spoiler. However, if you do, please don’t continue. I also talk a bit about books where a secondary character is LGBTQ. I don’t mention any names or give any spoilers as to the story, but again: if you consider this a spoiler in itself, please don’t continue.

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Reader Rambles: On Classics and Reading Slumps

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“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”
Mark Twain

I’ve always loved reading. Ever since I was a little girl, the only present I wanted for birthdays or holidays was a new book. I loved spending time at the library. I loved spending time in imaginary worlds. My love of reading was pretty much a constant in my life.

Of course reading slumps happened every now and then. But usually after a month or so at the most I was back in the game. Until high school…

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Reader Rambles: Ain’t No Hangover Like A Book Hangover

Honestly, I don’t drink so I’m not one to judge if a book hangover is actually worse than an alcohol-induced hangover. However, I COMPLETELY BELIEVE IT IS!

The reason for this post is that I’m currently having my biggest book hangover in months. I finished the amazing A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas over 3 weeks ago. And I am still not completely recovered, guys! I loved it so, so much. Ever since reading that book, I’ve basically been thinking about it all the time. I read it again immediately after finishing and I am contemplating reading it again for the third time. My time is spent browsing the web for ACOMAF reviews and ACOMAF fanart. I only listen to Sarah’s ACOMAF playlist on Spotify, while I imagine book scenes taking place with certain songs as the soundtrack. It’s crazy. I’m going crazy.

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Reader Rambles: I’m So Not Too Old For That (Or Why It’s Still A-Okay To Read YA)

I’m 30 years old and I like reading YA.

Glad that’s out of the way. Just to be clear, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But the truth is that YA books are under discussion a lot. Especially during the last few years when YA has grown so much in popularity thanks to books and succesful movie adaptations such as The Hunger Games, Divergent or The Fault in our Stars.

Why is YA in discussion, you ask? Because people are judgy little things. And the reply of “Oh, you still read young adult books? My tastes are a little more literary” is unfortunately one that is said (or at least thought) often. It’s not always said with bad intentions, but it does come across as a bit degrading. It makes people feel bad about reading YA and it shouldn’t! Because YA books can be just as literary as adult fiction.

And even though a lot has already been said on the topic, I thought I’d just give my two cents on it here.

First of all, what exactly is YA?

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YA stands for Young Adult and is a way of marketing books. In it’s essence, it only means that the main characters are between 16-19 years old. The term refers to the age of the main character. That’s it.

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Reader Rambles: Ratings and All-Time Favourites

Reader Rambles: Ratings and all-time favourites

“So how would you rate this book?”

One of the most loved and hated questions for a bookworm. Loved, because it gives us the opportunity to talk about a book we read and share the love. Hated, because it’s just a very difficult question. People may expect a simple answer like “Oh yeah this was so good, definitely a 5 star book. You should definitely read it!” or “I did not like it at all, I would not recommend it to anyone”. But the answer is almost never that simple, so if you ask the question you should be prepared for a longer (and probably more confusing) answer than that.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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These are the 10 books I’ve added to my TBR list lately. I think an alternative title for this top 10 for me could be the ‘TOP 10 TBR LIST OF SHAME’ as these are all highly popular and recommended books that I have not read yet. I hereby vow to fix that this year though!

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