Saturday, September 29

Books So Wholly Unique We Can't Think Of Any Like Them (but we WANT more!)

When I think of fiction, the first thing that pops into my mind is endless possibilities. Throughout the years, there have been an unthinkable amount of novels written - you could bring up any genre + topic, and there would be people able to recommend something to you within those limits. Basically, were you to point to a book, and say "I want more like that!" you'd be hit with a ton of recommendations. 

That being said, Clare and I could easy think up some titles that are so special that we could not think of any like them... but we'd love to hear your recommendations if you have them. Without further ado, let's get into these. 

Saturday, September 22

How To Read More Than Ever Before - Tips To Ace Your Reading Goals

Is your goal increase the amount you read? To read more than ever before? Fantastic, you came to the right place! Today, I'm going to share a couple of tips for reading more, hoping they'll be as helpful for you as they are for me. 

But before that, let me just clarify that the amount you read is entirely up to you - you can be an avid reader if you read 5, 10, 40, 100 or 300 books a year. The amount really does not matter as long as you're doing something that - hopefully - makes you happy, or benefits you in some way. SO, this post is in no way to make you guilty for not reading "enough" - what the fuck is enough anyway? - but to mention some tips that could help you in squeezing in some reading time. :)

Thursday, September 20

Books That Get Mental Illness Right

I have severe depression and anxiety, so reading books that cover mental illness can be a real mixed bag. Sometimes its super comforting and makes me feel like I'm not alone. Sometimes, its just straight up triggering. These are some of the books that made me feel so very seen and I want to promote the heck out of them! 

Saturday, September 15

Movie Adaptations Better Than Their Books

I'm so used to saying "the book was better" that this sounds wrong, but sometimes - the movie is just better than the book. It happens! And here are my favourite movies that are better than the original book! 

Thursday, September 13

{Royal Rantings} Do we judge female characters harsher than males?

There’s no question, female characters are held up to different standards than male characters

Take Wuthering Heights, which is one of the most outrageous and baffling example of this. Cathy, an unarguably spoiled and selfish brat, gets hated on a lot more than Heathcliff, who is verbally and physically abusive, controlling and manipulative, ready to destroy just about anyone for his “revenge”. It makes my stomach roil when the same readers who call Catchy horrible names actively romanticize Heathcliff. 

I have so many thoughts on Wuthering Heights, which we're not going to get into today, because this post was not meant to be on in-depth analysis of classics. Instead, I'll be concentrating on fiction from more recent years, with special emphasis on fantasy, and anti-heroines. 

Tuesday, September 11

{Mini Reviews} Fantastic Underhyped Novels

As a bookworm, it is one of the worst feelings in the world, I tell you, to love an author and their work so darn much... but not see much buzz around them. 

I'm passionate about getting these titles out there, and so I'm incredibly pleased with today's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topic - hidden gems. To make this post more special, I opted for sharing 3 mini reviews, plus a bunch of novels I've already reviewed.

Saturday, September 8

The Perfect Horror for the Fall: The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz

"How ironic would it be, he mused, if David were to go missing and the only record of his stay here was a breathless recording of his weird experience upstairs? He would become an even truer successor to John Weir: another skeptic claimed by the spirits he was attempting to debunk."

When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. 

But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed.

David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.

Thursday, September 6

The Best Story Apps Reviewed

For whatever reason I am addicted to those mobile story games. It's literally just reading with the occasional choice but I cannot stop. I've downloaded quite a few and I wanted to have a look at which of them is worth your time and which really, really aren't!

Tuesday, September 4

Bingeworthy TV Shows

Hello friends - due to some issues, today's post is going up late, but we're so excited for y'all to see it & chat with us about it, because it features an obsession we besides reading: tv shows

Following the topic of today's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), we've brought you 10 of our favorite tv shows that are screaming to be binged. So lay back, and enjoy the ride - from gruesome to humorous, you'll find all kinds of shows here. 

Saturday, September 1

Five Books That Will Help You Love Classic Novels

I did this all backward and was reading Classics as a kid (like seven/eightish) and then only discovered YA and MG when I was almost out of my teens. I've always excelled at bad timing. I grew up in a house where my love of reading was encouraged but we definitely had way more old books than new. Since I love these books still, I wanted to make a post talking about the best books to get you into an otherwise pretty daunting category of fiction!