Another good topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish, out Top Ten Things That Make Life As A Reader/Blogger Easier. I have to admit I don’t quite have 10 things again this week but I’ve a few things that make both loving reading and blogging just that bit more accessible.
Goodreads – discovering this website has been amazing for my OCD about reading. I can now keep track of what I’ve read in a year, what I thought of books and discover new ones.
Kindle – for me the kindle is a good thing and that’s because I travel, so it saves me a lot of space and weight in my case. and it also saves me a little money but it will never replace a good old fashioned book.
Library – again this one is mainly for the money, I couldn’t have afforded to by half the books I’ve read but I also love that the library is full of great books that no-one else really knows about and discovering them is always a pleasure.
Reviews – with so many books out there to choose from and a mind that would happily devour them all it’s good to be able to read others peoples opinions of them so can rule some out and stop the To-Read list reaching the moon.
Friends Who Read – you need to have friends who read as a reader because sometimes when you finish a book you have to talk about it and if you’re friends don’t read the can’t understand that emotionally connection never mind run read the book too so you can feel the pain together.
Scheduling – this is a vital tool for keeping on top of any weekly posts you like to do, particularly if you have a busy life or like to travel and I love that on a good day I can be on top of my blog for when those weeks come around and I have too much to do
Other Blogs – I still don’t feel very confident in my blogging even though it’s been almost a year and a half so I like to check other blogs out to see how they do things
Book Memes – this kind of ties in to the last point as it gives me some content for those weeks I’ve not finished a book but I also enjoy getting involved in them, as it fuels and satisfies my passion for books
Comments – I’m not sure if this makes it easier as such but I love comments, reading although everyone does it alone is actually such a social thing because there is always discussion to be had and comments allow us to share out passion as well as feeling a little pleased people like our blogging.
What Things Help You With A Life Of Reading/ Blogging?
The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.
But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted…
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
I was excited about reading this book to find out how the series was going to end but I wish I had taken a break between 2 and 3. The book isn’t that long but it has taken me over 2 weeks to read it because I lost my buzz for the story. This book isn’t as good as the first two in the trilogy but it is still good and there is enough to keep you turning the pages. I love the short chapters that help you feel like you have read lots and the book did build up a better picture of the rest of the world. For me though there was too much almost pointless running about. I wanted answers about the issue raised in the first two books and a resolution for Tommy and Teresa but I didn’t feel like I got enough of that. On the other hand though one of the things I really like about the series is that although there is a love triangle there it doesn’t take over the story in anyway possible and the balance for me is almost perfect. The ending was the best bit in my opinion. We are left feeling like the best outcome has been achieved and although we can are left with a little mystery to plot about one of the real identity of one of the now main characters it feels right for a little peace to have been achieved,
Usually I don’t like when The Broke and The Bookish give us topics about genres or settings but this week we have Top Ten Books With X Setting and I managed to think of a good one for a change. I have decided on books set during war or conflict. I have read quite a few books set during real conflicts around the world particularly the Second World War so there was enough to pick out 9 of the best. (I couldn’t decide between the other ones which I would put 10th and I wanted to stick with ones turned to fiction so didn’t include Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank)
Germany – Nazi – Hitler
Annexed by Sharon Doger
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
Lithuania – Soviets – Stalin
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Set during conflict in Afghanistan
Over A Thousand Hills I walk With You by Hannah Jansen – Set During the conflict in Rwanda
What Are Your Favourite Books Set During War/Conflict?