When I was in high school, it was nearly impossible for me to dislike a book enough to stop reading it. I could read almost anything and semi-enjoy it; I didn't have high standards. In college, my expectations rose, which means so did the number of books I wanted to give up on. But while in college and even for a couple years after, I was . . .
I like to think I've always been a reader. I remember my parents reading to me; I remember Scholastic book fairs and designated reading time in elementary school; I remember walking to and from the library every single weekend; I remember always being a reader. And thinking about my history of reading also got me thinking about the people who inspired . . .
Listen---we all do it. There's no reason to be ashamed. And yet, I am. Quitting a series is really hard for me. And disappointing. The reason I quit a series isn't always because I don't like it. That can be the case, but sometimes it's not. Sometimes, there are other reasons . . .
Do you consume the book or the movie adaptation first? And what factors contribute to your decision? This has always been a matter of importance to me, though I've found other people (my girlfriend, for instance) aren't necessarily concerned with the decision. To most people, especially those that don't read, it's not important. If one . . .
It's hard to believe we're already on the third month of 2019. How are your reading challenges going? I've read 8 books so far, which isn't exactly impressive, but at least I'm on track! I may not read as much as my other fellow book lovers (seriously---I follow some people who manage to read 200+ books a year...), but I do have some tips if . . .
Since joining in 2014, I added a crazy number of books to my TBR. Like, 600+ books. And many of them were really crappy-looking books that only had, like, 50 ratings. I'm not saying you should only read megahits... Personally, I usually don't find independently-published books very good. I've read quite a few of them, and to be frank, they are . . .
As I was sitting around this evening reading The Night Circus, I was reminded of how extremely annoyed I am with the cover. Not the art or anything, but the physical design of the cover itself. Like, first of all, why the giant hole in the middle? Not necessary. And second (and even worse), why is the cover a millimeter shorter than the . . .
The answer, my dear readers, is yes: it is. I've been blogging about books for over 4 years now and instagramming about books (or bookstagramming) for about 2. In all time that, I never really sat down to think about or appreciate what technology has done for the literary world. That is, not until I read ...
Back in January, I wrote about how I was thinking about trying audiobooks and bookish podcasts. Well, I'm here to tell you that I did try both of these. In fact, it quickly became the best part about my job. I did listen to the So Many Damn Books podcast for a while, but then Goodreads kept throwing my stupid reading challenge in my . . .
I remember the days before going to college. The days of being stuck at my mom's house with nothing to do and pretty much being miserable 24/7. I don't really want to go into all those details, but my point is, I had infinite time and desire to read. One summer I read all of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Another year I read 90+ books. Back then, books were . . .