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The Goblin Emperor Discussion, Ch.27-End

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As part of the Wyrd and Wonder reading month, Lisa is running a readalong for The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Since it’s one of my favourite books, I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while and this is the perfect opportunity. Each week Lisa will be posing questions regarding the chapters we’ve read and I’m going to (try to) post my responses.

 

SPOILER NOTE: This is a reread for me so while there are definitely spoilers for the weeks chapters, there might also be some for the rest of the book too.

 

Check out the Goodreads group here.

 

Week 1: Wednesday 6th May, Chapters 1 through 9
Week 2: Wednesday 13th May, Chapters 10 through 17 (end of part 2)
Week 3: Wednesday 20th May, Chapters 18 through 26 (part 3)
Week 4: Wednesday 27th May, Chapters 27 to End (part 4 & 5)

 

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The Goblin Emperor Discussion, Ch.18-26

goblin emperor readalong discussion

 

As part of the Wyrd and Wonder reading month, Lisa is running a readalong for The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Since it’s one of my favourite books, I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while and this is the perfect opportunity. Each week Lisa will be posing questions regarding the chapters we’ve read and I’m going to (try to) post my responses.

 

SPOILER NOTE: This is a reread for me so while there are definitely spoilers for the weeks chapters, there might also be some for the rest of the book too.

 

Check out the Goodreads group here.

 

Week 1: Wednesday 6th May, Chapters 1 through 9
Week 2: Wednesday 13th May, Chapters 10 through 17 (end of part 2)
Week 3: Wednesday 20th May, Chapters 18 through 26 (part 3)
Week 4: Wednesday 27th May, Chapters 27 to End (part 4 & 5)

 

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The Goblin Emperor Discussion, Ch.10-17

goblin emperor readalong discussion

 

As part of the Wyrd and Wonder reading month, Lisa is running a readalong for The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Since it’s one of my favourite books, I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while and this is the perfect opportunity. Each week Lisa will be posing questions regarding the chapters we’ve read and I’m going to (try to) post my responses.

 

SPOILER NOTE: This is a reread for me so while there are definitely spoilers for the weeks chapters, there might also be some for the rest of the book too.

 

Check out the Goodreads group here.

 

Week 1: Wednesday 6th May, Chapters 1 through 9
Week 2: Wednesday 13th May, Chapters 10 through 17 (end of part 2)
Week 3: Wednesday 20th May, Chapters 18 through 26 (part 3)
Week 4: Wednesday 27th May, Chapters 27 to End (part 4 & 5)

 

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The Goblin Emperor Discussion, Ch.01-09

goblin emperor readalong discussion

 

As part of the Wyrd and Wonder reading month, Lisa is running a readalong for The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Since it’s one of my favourite books, I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while and this is the perfect opportunity. Each week Lisa will be posing questions regarding the chapters we’ve read and I’m going to (try to) post my responses.

 

SPOILER NOTE: This is a reread for me so while there are definitely spoilers for the weeks chapters, there might also be some for the rest of the book too.

 

Check out the Goodreads group here.

 

Week 1: Wednesday 6th May, Chapters 1 through 9
Week 2: Wednesday 13th May, Chapters 10 through 17 (end of part 2)
Week 3: Wednesday 20th May, Chapters 18 through 26 (part 3)
Week 4: Wednesday 27th May, Chapters 27 to End (part 4 & 5)

 

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UK or US: Who wore it better? #2

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In March I looked at seven books, comparing the U.K. and U.S. covers. You can check it out here. In that I said:

I’m not ashamed to say that I often find myself drawn to a particular book because of it’s cover. I mean, I always check the synopsis afterwards, but often it’s the cover art which first grabs my eye. And, why not? That’s what it’s there for right? And a lot of covers feature the work of incredibly talented and hard-working artists, shouldn’t they get attention too?

What I do find funny, however, is how different covers can be for the same books. I’m sure there’s some market research involved in which type of design is most likely to appeal to audiences in different countries but, just for fun, I thought I’d take a look at some of my favourite/ most anticipated books an decide whether the UK (where I am) or US design appealed to me more.

Will the UK targeted designs be my favourites?

Here’s seven more sets!

Which set do you prefer? Do you think there’s a reason any of these are directed at a particular side of the pond? Let me know any redesigns you’ve loved or hated.

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How to Get the Best Charity Shop Book Haul

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I love charity shops.

They’re a great way to spend an afternoon rummaging, to come out with a massive haul while spending basically pocket change, and to feel like you’re helping out a good cause while you do it.

I especially love book shopping in charity shops. I think because the books are so much cheaper (and again, the good cause thing) I feel so much more willing to take chances and pick up something I’d otherwise leave on the shelf. My friends and I can sometimes spend a whole afternoon on a charity shop marathon (some streets practically feel designed for charity shop hopping).

I’m not sure if there’s a U.S. (or otherwise international) equivalent of charity shops or if they’re more of a U.K. thing? They’re pretty similar to thrift stores I think, except that all the money raised goes to whichever charity the shop supports.

All the tips below are my own opinions and if you’re outside of the U.K. might not all apply. Let me know what you think, or share your own experiences, in the comments!

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5 Apps Every Blogger Should Try

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This post is a part of the Bookending Spring 2019 blogger event (created by Fictionally Sam and Book Dragons. 

The prompt for Saturday 13th April (hosted by Charvi @ Not Just Fiction Reader) was Unorganisation: The Bane of Existence. Or not… which inspired this post.

“Successful people usually tend to be well-planned organised and that’s why it is assumed that people who are messy and unorganized are moving towards failure. But are these really traits that should be looked down upon? What are your views on this topic?”

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My first “real life” bookclub experience

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I’ve been interested in joining a real-life book club for a while, but trouble finding one and my own nervousness has gotten in my way.

For 2019, I decided to bite the bullet and took the plunge. I thought I’d share my experience for anyone else considering it, or for anyone who experiences social anxiety (or is just really shy) and wants a little information about what to expect. Obviously, where you live and luck is going to play an enormous part in this so YMMV.

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Does the Goodreads Challenge Stress Us Out?

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It’s that time of year again: resolutions, new goals and reading challenges.

Personally, I love reading challenges, readalongs and readathons of all types. They motivate me to read more, meet new fellow readers, dig the depths of my TBR, and try books I otherwise wouldn’t.

Last year I took part in (at least) a readathon of some sort almost every month. This year I’ve already signed up for several year-long challenges (Beat the Backlist, Retelling Bingo, A Daye A Month and PopSugar) along with setting some solo targets of my own (check them all out here). I’ve also got my eye on plenty of week/month long events such as the Magical Readathon and the two I’ll be hosting: Hamilthon (March) and Mythothon #2 (September).

But seeing so many “2019 Goals” posts go up this month has got me thinking: are we putting too much pressure on ourselves?

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I think the Goodreads Challenge is the most obvious offender for this. I saw loads of tweets in December looking for short reads, or fanatically trying to cram in a few more books. I hit my Goodreads goal comfortably last year, and I’ve lowered it even further for 2019 to an even 100 books. But to be honest, it’s not Goodreads which gets to me. With all my readathons etc. I clocked up enough books this year that I didn’t even really pay attention to it.

It’s the shorter challenges where my personal problems lie. I love them, but I also really like ticking things off and marking them as done. It’s why I love bullet journaling so much! And, instead of being selective and setting reasonable goals within a challenge I just want to read all the things! To be honest, there were a few times last year when I was so keen to squeeze more books in, I don’t think I really appreciated what I was reading. And, while I hit my yearly numerical target, I think I played things too safe on a monthly basis: avoiding longer, or more challenging books — even those I’m desperate to read — because I knew they’d slow me down.

So, this year I’ve lowered my Goodreads goal. I’ve also decided to be a lot more selective about the challenges I take part in, and to use them to guide my TBRs instead of controlling them. I’m focusing on the longer challenges and some ‘one a month’ groups to space things out more.

Hopefully this way I’ll be able to pick up what I’m in the mood for a bit more often, remove some completely unnecessary stress and have a really enjoyable reading year.

 

What do you think about setting yourself reading goals?

Do you do it, and if so what are they?

Do you ever feel pressure to meet your targets?

Let me know.

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Should we write negative reviews?

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I’ve been having a think recently about why we review books we don’t enjoy.

I think I saw this discussion a little while ago on Twitter, and recently a few people I follow have decided to make the move to only post positive reviews. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to lie about whether or not they enjoyed something, or that they’re magically going to love every book they read (I wish this was an option!), just that they’re going to choose not to write a review if they can’t find something positive to say.

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