Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Top 5 Books to Read This Winter

The cold weather is settling in, I'm almost permanently in my cat onesie (not ashamed) and caffeine addicts are fangirling over their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Although, as my Starbucks-obsessed friend just helpfully pointed out, they're not available anymore. I didn't know that. I'm so out of the loop.

But you get my point: it's officially winter, and therefore it's time to sit in front of the fire and read, read, read.

If you're like me and you don't have a fire, consider this an early Christmas present from me to you:

You're very welcome.

To celebrate the fact it's nearly my favourite day of the year, I thought I'd share with you the top 5 books you need to read this winter, starting with...

1) My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kiersten White // My review // Buy the Book

This is at the top of the list because, as I said in my review, this book is Christmas. It's so wintry, festive, and gorgeous, and with twelve short stories to pick from, you don't have to read the entire thing at once. It's like a lucky dip of wonderful bookish goodness. ❤

2) Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan // Buy the Book

I have yet to finish this but I love it a lot. I mean, two people find love on a bookshelf. What could be better than that? Put your feet up, grab a hot chocolate, and let yourself be transported to winter in New York. To be honest, though, you don't even have to read the book to do that... just look at that beautiful cover.

3) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein // My review // Buy the Book

This isn't festive, and it's not exactly a happy book, but it's so well written and I was enthralled for days, even when I wasn't actually sat there reading it. Wein is such an incredible author and this is the perfect book to lose yourself in during the cold months.

4) A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson // My review // Buy the Book

A Boy Called Hope will tug at your heartstrings and probably make your eyes all leaky, but it's such a great book for huddling under a blanket with. After reading this book, you might want to go and tell everyone closest to you how much you appreciate them.

5) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis // Buy the Book

The festive season is the perfect time for childhood rereads, isn't it? And, knowing how predictable British TV can be, I bet the film will be playing on Christmas day so you might want to have a read beforehand. Featuring a land of snow and an actual Snow Queen, how could I not put this on the list? This book has been loved for generations, and will be loved for more generations to come.

What are your favourite wintry books?

Friday, 14 November 2014

DISCUSSION: Should Bloggers Review Everything They're Sent?

It's no secret that book bloggers get a lot of books, whether they're sent for review or if they were bought as part of an extreme bookish shopping spree. I'm not exempt from that, but the thing is, when I go into a reading slump, it goes on for months, not just days. Needless to say, the TBR pile is infinite, and it actually scares me a little bit, because I know I'll never get to the bottom of it.

There have been times where it has stressed me out so much I've considered stopping blogging (I could never bring myself to do that, though. I love blogging far too much.) Truthfully, getting books to review from publishers is an honour, and I'm so grateful to receive them. I'll never be able to thank them enough. But that doesn't stop bloggers getting stressed about it from time to time!

Back in March, I decided to go on Twitter (I say "go" - I'm always on there) and ask if anyone actually reviews all of the books they get, whether they're from publishers or if they've bought them. I've included the responses in this post because they made me feel a lot better and I thought they might reassure others who are in the same situation.

Hopefully they'll help reassure anyone else struggling with an infinite TBR realise that it's okay - you don't have to read and review everything! That would be impossible... I wish it was possible, though. We're doing publishers and authors a favour, but we're not obliged to read everything we're sent - this is not our job, after all. I'd particularly like to point out Debbie's tweet about how even just including a book in your haul gets it publicity, whether you end up reviewing it or not. That's better than nothing, right?

What about you? Do you try to read all of your review books? How do you cope?

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: 12 Books to Read Before You Die

I'm not good at designing infographics, and that's something you'll already know if you've read this post. But that didn't deter me from trying again, and that's exactly what I did a couple of months ago. My topic was '20 books to read before you die' and, to be honest, it was pretty awful... but then, a couple of weeks ago, I was offered a similar infographic as a guest post. That's the one I'm letting you see - trust me, I'm saving your eyeballs - and this one is pretty awesome!

Not only am I seriously terrible when it comes to making infographics, I can also count the classics I've read in my entire life on one hand. That's where this infographic comes in. Next year my goal is to read lots of classics, and I'll be using this as a guide. They seem like good ones to start with - if you've read them, what are your thoughts?

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Do you have any to add to the list?

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