Let’s Talk: Your opinion on romance in books…do you love it?Does it make you cringe? Is it necessary?

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Here’s one of those discussions that’s entirely subjective. There’s no right or wrong answer, there’s no “popular opinion”. It’s just a thing to chat about really.

Romance.

Near enough every single book to exist has a romance in it somewhere.

So I’m asking you today…

What’s your opinion of romance in books?

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Let’s Talk: Book adaptations – Do we want them? Are there too many?

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So for this week’s discussion I’ve decided to make it a pretty easy topic.

Book to movie / TV adaptations. They’re everywhere aren’t they? And while they’re great things, there’s also that hesitant side in most bookworms.

So I’m asking TWO questions today – Do we actually want adaptations most of the time? And is there too many of them?

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | A futuristic story full of drama and money, distrust and crime

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Oh, how the premise of thing book intrigued me so. I mean, it’s described as a SciFi novel with a Gossip Girl feel to it – how could I not wonder about that?

I actually didn’t think I’d be able to get this book for a very long while, since I’m on a book buying ban basically until Christmas (pray for me), but then the lovely people at SocialBookCo contacted me through their review programme, asking if I would like to review this for them. So of course, I said yes!

This is the 2nd book I’ve reviewed for them, so you’d think I’d have come up with a better way of explaining the site by now – but basically This is a site that compares all the different prices of books from different retailers, showing you where you can buy each book for the cheapest price. And then there’s the reviewing side – If you join their programme, there are opportunities for you to be sent books for free in exchange for an honest review by a given date. So check it out if you’re interested!

But enough with the rambling…

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Let’s talk about The Thousandth Floor!

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Title: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Publisher: Harper Collins

Series Status: The 1st book in a series

Genre: Young Adult, SciFi,

Number of Pages:  437

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Let’s Talk: Is the average book size getting bigger, or am I imagining things?

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Much like last week’s discussion, this is a thought that has always been lurking in the back of my mind.

I’ve been reading books ever since I COULD read books. And when being around something that long, it’s hard not to notice when things change.

Not that it changed quickly. But still, I’m sure it’s there. Unless I’m imagining things again.

So have books gradually gotten bigger over the years?

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Blogger Tips: Helping you frolic through your blogging life [Design Edition]

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After that little break from the blogging tips last Sunday, here we are back again!

We’ve had personal tips. We’ve had writing tips. Well this time, I’m here to bring you a few design tips

Again, the disclaimer of all disclaimers – I am in NO way saying this is the right way to do blogging. I’m not saying I’m particularly great at blogging. I’m just sharing tips that have been helpful to me over my year of blogging so far.

So let’s get on with the design tips!

Now I do have to admit, design isn’t my strong suit. It took me months to get my blog the way it is, purely because I’m so incapable of understanding technology. But I figured I might as well share what I’ve discovered through my hours of Googling and experimenting. So here we go.

Sidenote: All of these tips are entirely optional, of course.

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Let’s Talk: Can a synopsis spoil the book for readers?

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This is something that always in the back of my mind when I’m reading the synopsis of a book.

Will it spoil me? Do I really want to know this before opening the book?

But writing a synopsis must be hard. How do you explain what a book is about without actually explaining anything that happens? A synopsis is a vague summary… And yet sometimes they might not be vague enough. But what one person considers a spoiler might not be seen as a spoiler to the people who write synopsis’.

So can a synopsis spoil the book for readers?

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Naming The Stars by Susan Koefod | A really quick read about a girl who never existed…or did she?

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When planning my reading schedule for the next few weeks (yes I had to actually plan my reading because I have about 2786874 books I need to read in the upcoming weeks), I gave myself an entire week to read this book. Then I realised it was literally just over 100 pages long. And it took me 2 hours at most.

So YAY for quick reads!

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Let’s talk about Naming the Stars!

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Title: Naming The Stars

Author: Susan Koefod

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  144

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Blue Sun by Tracy Abrey | The story of a stubborn science girl being forced to believe in folklore

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A folklore story set in the Isle of Man? Count me in!

And that was probably about as far as my thoughts went when considering whether to accept this review or not. And here we are today 🙂

You know the drill by now…

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Let’s talk about Blue Sun!

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Title: Blue Sun

Author: Tracy Abrey

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status: The 1st in a series

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Number of Pages:  360

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Let’s Talk: Which do you prefer – booktube or book blogs?

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The bookish community has taken over social media. WE WILL RIIIIISSSEEEE. We’re everywhere.

But where is it most people go? Well, usually it’s either book blogs or booktube. If a bookworm wants to start their own little bookish corner on the internet, it’s usually one or the other – or both.

Aimee over at lovelybookloves inspired this discussion, when she ran this poll on twitter:

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Because when I went to vote, I actually had to stop and think for a moment. Think about what I love about each, compare them to each other, and how often I spend on each. So here’s the discussion!

Do you prefer book blogs or booktube more?

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A slow but enjoyable trundle through Anne Elliot’s life in…Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Another classic!

I don’t know why I said that as if it were surprising. I’m part of a Jane Austen book club. I’ll be reading a classic every month 😆

But yes! This was the September book for the Austentatious Book Club. I’m actually so thrilled I managed to finish this on Friday night, considering the movie night for the TV film adaptation was on Saturday – I didn’t want to be spoiled! But I did it! *throws confetti*

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So let’s talk about Persuasion!

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Title: Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Wordsworth Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Classic

Number of Pages:  199

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