Bookish Question of the Week

Do you buy a book based on the reviews or on the rating? Or neither for that matter?

Recently I have been more aware that I have been buying books that have no less than 4 stars on goodreads…and I’m starting to feel hella guilty.

I find that I’m not picking up books because I like the sound of them, I’m actually getting my phone out and checking the rating on goodreads to make sure it’s worth my time reading.

It’s totally unintentional and I have only just realised I’m doing it. Maybe because I hardly ever have enough money so when I buy a book I want to make sure it’s worth it? Regardless, it’s not fair on all the other books that are going unread by me because of the rating on goodreads.

It was over the past few weeks where I read a great review about a book that I personally would never have read because I didn’t like another book by the same author, but it’s called The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

I’m aware now that it does have over 4 stars on goodreads, but what I didn’t do is look at the rating first before the review. Then I thought…why I haven’t I been doing this all along?! No need for judgemental stars, but honest words and opinions by those that have experienced the books themselves.

Do you find rating a book difficult? Because I don’t understand the rating system that much; I tend to rate books high (5 stars) or not rate them at all if I’m not sure. And if I’m not the only one that doesn’t full understand, then is buying a book based on ratings unreliable??? 😱

The epiphany is real, and I’m definitely going to be more conscious about buying a book due to their rating.

It would be great to hear your answers to my questions, so I look forward to your lovely comments 😍

That Bookish Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got plenty of books to start reading in 2020!! I received The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett from my brother, and it’s in the Barnes and Nobles Leatherbound collection; it is truly gorgeous!! It’s full of illustrations, and it’s embossed with gold 😍😍 (pic below of the edition I have)

I am eagerly awaiting my first ever FairyLoot Book Box for January! I can’t wait to see what’s inside😍 FairyLoot is a monthly subscription service that send you a box full of bookish goodies! It is for lovers of YA fiction/fantasy, and is based around a monthly theme. January’s theme is Moon and Stars and has bookish items inspired by our night sky. I purchased this box as a one-off purchase and not a monthly subscription (because I can’t afford that sadly 😫😅), but it was my birthday treat to myself and I will be sure to share with you the items I receive on a blog post, as well as on my instagram, @youaremynewbook.

I was meant to post weeks ago with the pictures from my trip to London and ‘Booksellers Row’ but me being super unorganised, didn’t get round to posting it! So, please see below the pictures of Cecil Court in London!

This shop was mainly made up of different editions of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ – it was magical.
This is a picture of the front of the bookshop filled with the children’s fiction and Alice in Wonderland collection!

I held a book worth £500.00, so I soon realised I couldn’t afford anything from this place but I was enchanted and just in constant awe of how many gorgeous books there were.

A few weeks ago, I went to watch Last Christmas at the cinema, and realised that it was mostly filmed in Cecil Court! So it felt even more special to have visited such a famous street!!

If you’re ever in London, I would definitely recommend the trip, because I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. It was just floor to ceiling of first edition, limited edition and super expensive books – and although I couldn’t afford any, I just fully appreciated being in such a wonderful place and surrounded by such art as I’m sure you all would too!

On another note, you may have noticed that I have started a blog post called ‘Bookish Question of the Week’ (BQW). If you haven’t checked it out please see here for the first post, but basically, as I’ve been writing stuff for this blog, there have been many questions that have arisen (from my momentary bouts of imagination that is), that has made me stop and think about what other peoples’ opinions are on the topic. They are posts that allow you to get involved and share your own perspective/ideas/experience with myself and others, so I do hope some of you will participate 😍☺️

My first post was the question ‘Is a reading goal restrictive or a little intimidating?’ And as I’ve been reading over the Christmas period, I have decided to NOT set a target of books to read in 2020 on Goodreads (I’m a rebel!). You’ll understand why once you have given the first BQW a little read.

Well, I hope you have a smashing New Years Eve, and all the best to everyone for 2020! I can’t wait for another whole year of reading books and visiting new book shops around the world!

What are your New Years Resolutions, if you have any? 🍾🎊🎆

Autumn Book Tag

I saw this tag on Reading at Teatime blog, and because of how much I love Autumn, I thought I would get involved!

What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

When the leaves all change colour and start falling 🍁 The picture below is when I was walking to work last year and it was so sunny and the path was just covered in crispy leaves.

What book reminds you of your school days?

There are so many books, but just to name a few, Matilda by Ronald Dahl, and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. As a teen, I was a twi-hard (guilty as charged), and so far, the twilight books are the only books I have ever reread 🙈

What cover reminds you of Autumn?

Paulo Coelho’s By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept reminds me of autumn because of the orange/yellow colours and the trees without their leaves 🍁

What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

I really don’t like horror films and I hate anything that makes me jump 🙈🙈 but if I were to choose a Halloween film it would have to be Casper!

What fall book release are you looking forward to?

I have had a fall book release that I was looking forward too…and which I purchased a signed edition of….

Laura Purcell’s Bone China!

I will for sure, be doing a review on this. Gosh, I’ve missed her writing, and I’m only 80 pages in and it’s so eery, and the character is brilliant!!! Perfect Halloween book 🎃

What Autumn movie releases are you anticipating?

Noelle with Anna Kendrick in. I love Christmas, so a Christmas movie released in November…perfection!

What are the 3 books you plan to read this Autumn?

– Bone China by Laura Purcell

– The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

– Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I would like to tag anyone that loves the sound of this autumn tag to join in and give it a go ☺️💖

That Bookish Monday

Hello to all of you on this lovely Monday evening.

I thought I would do a weekly update for you all with my chosen book of the week and any updates in regard to upcoming posts/book reviews.

So, I’ve not long got back from holidaying in Tenerife, and if you follow my instagram you’ll see some scenic bookish pics. Whilst lounging by the pool drinking cocktails, I binge read Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy and it was an epic series! I am currently working on a review of the trilogy, so keep an eye out for my review if you have been interested in reading this series.

After finishing the trilogy, I have found it super difficult to move on because of how engrossed I was into the world of Prythian.

But I have finally decided on my next read…

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

SYNOPSIS:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

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It sounds so dreamyyyy….

But the reason I have chosen this book is because so many people have recommended it to me before. I wanted to stick with the fantasy genre I thought this would be a great book to move on to. Have you read this book? If so, please pop in the comments your thoughts (but with no spoilers please!)

GOALS FOR THE WEEK:

Each week I’ll be setting myself 3 lifestyle, or book related goals – feel free to join in and share in the comments what 3 goals you will set yourself.

I’ve made sure that all of my goals are small but achievable. I’ve tried not to pick goals that are too overwhelming and not out of reach. Keep that in mind when setting your own goals because you’ll only feel more accomplished at the end of the week.

Here goes…

1) To wake up 15 mins earlier and read in bed instead of scroll through FB to start my day.

I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but starting your day off scrolling through FB isn’t very productive and doesn’t make me want to get out of bed. But I had this debate on instagram about morning routine and I thought that perhaps not staring at a screen but taking my time to wake up in the morning with a gentle read might be beneficial?? Or perhaps you already do this, if so, please share your thoughts in the comments!!

2) Post a book review.

I’m working on my book review for the ACOTAR trilogy, and I am hoping to complete this and post it for you all to read this week. I am slowly getting used to blogging and I really enjoyed writing my first ever book review on The Corset by Laura Purcell.

3) To play piano for 15 mins a day.

If you have read my About Me post, I discussed my passion for playing the piano during school/sixth form. During university, I slowly lost that passion and now I feel incredibly guilty when I see a piano and I can just about remember how to play half of a song. So I am hoping by just playing for 15 mins a day won’t be too much pressure and will help me to ease my way back into practicing regularly.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Once Upon a Time…

was a student – for 18 years in fact. And the day came when I completed my last ever university exam, and I felt relief.

I would say something cliche, like “I had so many plans for the future”, and that I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Well, if you knew what you wanted to do in life after uni or otherwise – that’s fab, good for you – but I hadn’t got a scooby; a clue…and all the other words you can think of for NO FRICKIN’ IDEA.

I started university as a musician (I still am), but I was studying Popular Music Performance and after a few weeks on the course, I knew I didn’t fit in.

But this was difficult for me.

Music was all I ever knew. I poured my heart and soul into it; all my spare time was filled with singing, playing piano, practicing, exams…etc. So to make the life changing decision to change course was shocking, even for me. I might have even said that it was a really hard decision to make, but surprisingly, it wasn’t. It was the easiest choice I ever made. I realised I wanted a book in my hand to read; criticise; analyse, and discuss.

I mean, I shall always be a musician – that’s my hobby, but I knew that it was time for me to choose a different path. 

I had a rocky first year, not quite sure what I was doing and my grades were all over the place, but nevertheless, I persisted. I went to all my lecturers for feedback and guidance so I could go start second year with a BANG. Which surprisingly, I did. 

No one said that I wasn’t confident enough like they drilled into me at school. No one told me I wasn’t capable of getting my English Literature degree despite being late onto the course and not having a clue on how to write an essay. But just like learning how to ride a bike, I learned how to write. I learned how to convince people that my argument was right (or that they should at least hear me out). 

The reason why I’m sharing this with you is because education/university and the journey it took me on was all I knew. I’m still struggling with a life that is without lectures or deadlines, without essays and seminars. It sounds silly, I know, but learning was my hobby. I didn’t realise just how much it meant to me until I moved back home from university.

I miss doing an all-nighter in the library because I only worked well at night with no distractions. I miss all the rants with family, friends and lecturers when I had a writer’s block and needed inspiration.

I even wrote this blog post at 10:30pm because my brain is still wired to my university body clock…a year later. You know, the first time I ever wrote a book review for this blog and my bookstagram, I wrote a full blown 1,500 word essay on language, structure (and also chucked in a few theorists for fun).

Just writing this really cheesy ‘About Me’ section, and preparing book reviews and posts for this blog has been a learning curve. To be able to write in a completely informal style has been scary; there’s so much freedom in it which I didn’t know existed! 

I am excited to be sharing this all with you and I am hoping this blog will be a platform for all of you to share your opinions, start a conversation and be as nerdy as I – please don’t hold back!

Speak soon xoxo