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– Let’s Talk Bookish – #2 Book Embargo

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.




DO BOOK BUYING BANS WORK FOR YOU? 


JILLIAN @ JILLIAN THE BOOKISH BUTTERFLY

Prompts: The book community is full of consumerism. People want to not just read their favourite books, but own them as well. Sometimes this can get…a little out of hand. How do you control your spending/buying books you don’t have time to read? Does setting a book buying ban work for you? How long do you usually ban yourself for?

When I first read the title I at first thought of censorship! Then I read the prompts and realised it was about controlling one’s spending habits 😂. The TL;DR answer is yes, overall they do work for me.

I’ve always bought, borrowed and read books since being a small child, the library was virtually my second home. My own books always lived in boxes underneath my bed, as there was no way on God’s green earth that my mother would consider covering the very pretty and very expensive wallpaper in my bedroom with bookshelves. Then I went to University, where my books continued to live in boxes, followed by living in shared rented accommodation when I got my first job. So the books remained in their boxes.

Which all in all is a very long-winded way of saying that I’ve never had bookshelves with lots of books on, so I don’t feel that pull to own a physical copy of a book, In fact, the only paper books I’ve bought in years – other than those for my children – have been for book signings.

That doesn’t preclude me from being easily lured by an e-book on sale and because my lovely little kindle (and the cloud) can store thousands of books I do have an obscene number of unread purchases on there. So last year I pledged to only buy the published e-books of arcs I had read (because author’s need to be paid for their work) or for books, I intended to read immediately. So far I have bought three books that I haven’t read, one was for a group read on Goodreads that I just didn’t have time to join in with, the other two were both less than a pound each.

I ignored many more sales by reminding myself not only of all the unread books I’ve bought because they were on sale but also that the books will go on sale again sometime in the future. When that didn’t work I looked at the loooooong list of books I already need to read. Whilst I didn’t quite manage to hit “net-zero” (purchased books = read books) it was a massive reduction on the previous year where I ended up with 25 books I’d bought but not read. So I would say that, in the main, my book buying ban is working. It’s a permanent ban, but only for books I don’t have time to read right now. The book is highly unlikely to disappear from sale, so it will still be there if I do end up with some free reading time. (Lol – like that will ever happen when I have a Netgalley account)



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– Let’s Talk Bookish – #1 Reading Goals

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.




2022 READING GOALS 

by DANI

I try not to set too many goals, just because if I don’t hit those self-imposed targets it messes with my reading and blogging mo-jo. It’s silly really because I am the only one making it into unnecessary pressure, but that’s how it is. I end up feeling very negative if/when I stray from my original plans, even if they clearly aren’t right for me. Much like my plan to read 3 or 4 Non-Fiction books this year. Blogging wise I’m just hoping to maintain posting several times a week, along with visiting other blogs regularly and commenting when I can.


This year I set a target of 150 books on Goodreads, I’m a couple of books off that so might reduce it to 140 next year. Much of what I read is around 200 pages long and takes anywhere between 2 and 4 days, depending on how much time I have, how motivated to read I am and whether the book is gripping or not. I used to read many more books each year. At the time I was so proud of having a stupidly high number until I realised I couldn’t remember 99% of those books – not even when I re-read my reviews for them. It was the result of belonging to too many author/PR company arc teams. Unlike Netgalley these arcs would need to be read and reviewed by a specific date and would often only appear on my kindle a few days before that said date. There were times when I had to read three arc books in three days – no one got a fair deal with that situation.


Generally, I try to think less in terms of “resolutions” and more of “hopes” – it feels less like a failure than if I don’t achieve/keep them up. I will carry over last years plan of reading books from my TBR list. In a bid to do this I’m joining in a monthly challenge so am hoping to clear at least 12 books from the list. It’s a start 🤣! There are also a couple of book series I would like to finish, though this means buying more books, so that decision is still being mulled over.


Something else I’m considering is re-reading several book series, though to have time for that I need to limit how many arcs I apply for. And therein lies the crux of my problems – an inability to say no to arc books. Whilst I HAVE reduced how many I read each year, it still dominates my reading time – around 80% this year. I would love to reduce this to under 50% in 2022.


The last plan I have for 2022 is to read at least one library e-book each month. The success of this will depend on being able to find books I want to read, as there isn’t a great deal of choice on Borrowbox.



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– Let’s Talk Bookish – 2021 in review

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.




REFLECTING ON YOUR 2021 READING/BLOGGING YEAR 

Rukky @ Eternity Books

What did you accomplish reading and blogging wise in 2021? What are you most proud of? What are you most disappointed by? If there’s something new you tried in 2021 with your reading or blogging, what was it and how did that turn out? How do you think you’ve grown as a reader/blogger? What would you advise yourself as we look to 2022?

What did you accomplish reading and blogging wise in 2021?
Well, I kept reading and blogging, which at times was an amazing accomplishment! I joined in this meme regularly as well as establishing a network of fellow bloggers to read and share ideas with.


What are you most proud of?
Moving out of my reading comfort zone by trying new genres and new-to-me authors. It has led to a slight Netgalley addiction but it’s also led me back to using the library too. I also only bought three books this year that I haven’t read and even though the plan was for this to be zero books it was still a huge improvement on 2020!


What are you most disappointed by?
There were two things I really wanted to achieve this year. One was to clear at least some of my TBR of books I’ve bought but not read. I began the year really well and by summer had read 14 (go me!)… I’ve still only read 14 and am annoyed with myself for having made no headway in the second half of the year.


If there’s something new you tried in 2021 with your reading or blogging, what was it and how did that turn out?
Well, the other reading challenge I set myself was to read several non-fiction books, In the end, I read several chapters of one book before grinding to a halt – I guess non-fiction really isn’t for me! I also took chances on other genres I don’t normally read and found some great books.


What would you advise yourself as we look to 2022?
The same as the last few years – read more of your TBR list, sign up for fewer arcs and it’s OK to say NO when someone offers you an arc – along with a new one of try to read one book a month from the library.


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– Let’s Talk Bookish – To Read or Not To Read?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.



WHY DON’T PEOPLE READ? 

Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads
What do you think puts people off reading? If you had to recommend a book to someone that you think would turn them into a reader, what would it be? Have you every been a non-reader and then been converted??

Whilst I like this topic I have to admit that I do have some concerns too. If we are talking about someone who would like to read more but has yet to find their reading muse, then I have lots of advice and support. Where I draw the line is in trying to convert the inveterate non-reader.


I get it, I do. We bookworms enjoy nothing more than sharing our love of all things reading, but we need to accept that it isn’t for everybody. Being able to read AND understand what you have read is a fairly vital life skill, it might also be a necessary part of your job. However, reading for pleasure is a HOBBY and as such should NOT be foisted on everyone else on the misguided assumption that their life will be somehow improved by the experience. There are plenty of pastimes I would never choose to do as a hobby, including singing, contact sports and cliff-diving. And I really wouldn’t appreciate someone repeatedly trying to engage me in those activities.


This is a long-winded way of saying I wouldn’t WANT to try and “convert” a non-reader. I also don’t believe that there is one single book that can miraculously inspire all hitherto unwilling readers to metamorphose into avid bookworms. Honestly, as someone who hated both Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince (boring with an incredibly stupidly stupid heroine) and Jennifer L Armentrout’s Blood & Ash series (seriously the books are 80% pointless filler) why would I assume everyone loves the same books that I do? Particularly when I also don’t enjoy YA books, horror or a lot of thrillers.


That said I do try and encourage the young people I work with to read as a means of expanding their vocabulary and improving their essay writing skills. Both are important abilities required for good exam performance. What I do suggest to them is that they try a variety of genres, including non-fiction and graphic novels, before deciding that reading for pleasure isn’t for them.



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– Let’s Talk Bookish – Illustrations

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.



ILLUSTRATIONS IN BOOKS 

by Rayna @ Ray’s Realm



Prompts – Do you read books with illustrations in them? Do you think illustrations are only for children’s books or graphic novels? Can illustrations work well in adult literature? What are some of your favourite illustrated books?

Most of the books I read don’t have illustrations in them. There may be the occasional map or image of a handwritten note, but they are few and far between. I really struggle to form images in my mind, so you might think I would love any extra help, and back in the day of reading physical books, I did appreciate them. I only read e-books now and have found illustrations to be less engaging in those but just because they are not for me does not mean others won’t enjoy them.


I have read parts of a graphic novel with students at my place of work, they are a great way to engage teenagers who “don’t read books”. Whilst they aren’t a style of book that appeals to me I love that they open reading up to a new audience. An illustration doesn’t prevent me from enjoying a book, after all, I can easily skip past it if it holds no interest. Others clearly enjoy images being included in a book so they definitely can have a place in adult literature.


Some genres perhaps lend themselves to illustrations more than others – fantasy, steampunk and horror are just a few that spring to mind though I am sure others will hold different views! My favourite illustrated books would be ones from my childhood – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and my Thumbelina pop-up book all spring to mind. Oh, the joy I got from exploring those images and finding all the tiny details and hidden delights! I remember how my Dad would turn the book around so that my siblings and I could see those glorious images, and that is definitely where my love of books and reading came from. So on that note “All Hail The Illustration!”

What are your thoughts?