Five Totally Easy & Helpful Tips On How To Read More {Discussion}

How To Read More

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Hi everybody and welcome to a new post!

When I tell people that I love to read and even blog about reading, one of the first things they always ask me (somewhat skeptically, sometimes even a little condescendingly but that’s  rant for another day) is “How do you read so much?”

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Well, I’m here to spill the deets. And shockingly as it may be, the secret is not one of the following:

  • I do not have superpowers. I can’t read super quickly or stop time to read whenever I want (though how cool would that be?)
  • I am not in possession of a timeturner or any other device that helps me control time.
  • I am not able to stay up all night and read (quite the opposite, I need my 9 hours of sleep just to be a decent human being, so really I’m at a disadvantage here.)
  • I do not lack what is called ‘a life’, as is perhaps the most common misconception. I actually do have stuff to do and places to be, just like anyone else.

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Honestly, I don’t think I read a lot. I think I fall pretty much around the average point on the spectrum. I’ve met people who read WAY MORE than me. And people who read less than me. So please take this post with a grain of salt. I am in no way an expert and reading this post will not grant you sudden superpowers to read at superspeed. But I do like to read, and I do have a few little tips on how to read more, so I figured I might as well share them. Here we go!

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6 Ways To Celebrate International Women’s Day (feat. Body Positivity, Badass Women in History & Fighting Against Romanticised Abuse)

International Women's Day

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Hi everybody! Today is March 8, which means it’s International Women’s Day, a yearly celebration that focuses on celebrating women and their economic, political and social achievements throughout history.

(In case you were wondering or thinking about saying the words “But when is International Men’s Day?”, it’s November 19th. Now can we get back to this post?)

Let’s focus on ways to celebrate International Women’s Day, and a few ways I think are great to celebrate this day. How about some intersectional feminism, celebrating women, body positivity and fighting against romanticised abuse?

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On Online Friendships & The Blogging Community {Discussion}

On Online Friendships

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HI everybody! As you may know I recently read Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (check out my review if you want more info). It’s an amazing story about Eliza, a web comic creator who prefers her life spent online to the real world and whose friendships are purely online. She often gets criticism about this and has to defend her online friends as ‘real friendships’ constantly.

It got me thinking a lot about the concept of friendship and the differences and similarities between online friendships and ‘real-life’ friendships. Especially in relationship to something close to my life and heart, the book blogging community. Because, even though not everybody may think of this the same way, I do consider you my friends. If I comment regularly on your blog, you comment on mine or we chat now and then through social media – I consider us friends.

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The Dark Side Of Blogging — On Blogging Doubts, Insecurities & Frustrations {Discussion}

The Dark Side of Blogging

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Hi everybody!

I’ve been a book blogger for almost two years now. (Blogoversary’s coming up in January woop!) And it’s been a blast. I couldn’t imagine my life without blogging anymore. I’ve learned so many new things, both regarding to the act of blogging itself, as to just in general. I love talking about things I love. I love the bookish community. Every comment makes my day. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

But. Despite all the positives, there is also a dark side to blogging. There are days when it’s a little hard to think about all the positives and it’s just so tempting to focus on those few negatives. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. So why not talk about it with the people who would best understand, fellow bloggers? Let’s get into some of the most common book blogging issues!

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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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