Hello, I’m Back!

Hello fellow bookworms! I am pleased to say that, after a bit of a break from blogging, I have decided to fill the BookMuffin-shaped hole in my life and start posting again. I’m very excited to have more time now I am on summer break to start talking about books and my reading journey again, although I will be doing things slightly differently to how I was before.

I won’t be posting as regularly, but hopefully, when I do post, I will be able to deliver more exciting and discussion-worthy content for all my readers, rather than posting more frequently but rushing through what I have to say.

I will be doing one book review per month, roughly somewhere in the middle of the month, for my favourite, most thought-provoking, or least favourite book of the month. I will also be trying to post some discussion topics about the bookish word and leading a literature filled life, particularly problems and thought I am having in my reading journey at the time. I will possibly be doing a weekly recap, like continuing with my Weekly Wednesday Update, or make my round-ups a monthly thing.

Over the next month or so I will be trying to reflect on what I post and what my readers like, and adjust accordingly. I also hope to be able to brand my blog a bit better, with a new logo and post graphics for a more consistent and professional blogging experience.

I am super excited to be back in the blogging world and look forward to talking to you all about what I read in my time off, as well as plenty of plans for the future.

Have an amazing weekend!

Jade πŸ™‚

What Books Do You Read?

Hello fellow bookworms! I haven’t got my usual Thursday post for you because I have only just started reading a new book, so instead, I have decided to write a discussion post, yayyyy!!

Today’s topic is about what you prefer to read in terms of book format. As you know, there are a few ways you can read a book, I’m going to focus on the 4 main formats that are the most popular: Hardback, Paperback, eBook and Audiobook. There are many pros and cons with all of these, so let’s take a look…

Hardback

Hardbacks can be quite a controversial book format, because of publishing times and book weight, take a look at the pros and cons of hardback reading:

Pros-

  • Books are usually released in hardback first, so if you are excited for a new release and can’t wait to read it, a hardback is probably what you will end of reading
  • Hardbacks are the only format of book that come with book jacket (as far as I know) and book jackets are, more often than not, absolutely gorgeous!
  • Because of the material, hardbacks are a lot more hard-wearing, compared to paperbacks, where the covers are more easily bent and ruined quicker

Cons-

  • Hardbacks are so, so heavy! Especially trying to read them in the bath, or if you are tired in bed! (I own Order of the Phoenix in hardback, it is very difficult to hold, especially with one hand)
  • Hardbacks are also, because the materials used and their time of publishing, more expensive than paperbacks, which can make them a less popular choice among bookworms.

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Paperback

Paperbacks are quite possibly the most loved format of book, still beating technically advanced eBooks to a pulp, let’s see what’s really so good about them:

Pros-

  • Lighter than a hardback, making it easy to hold whilst reading.
  • A lot cheaper to buy compared to hardback books.
  • Less bulky; therefore take less room on the bookshelf (more room, more books)
  • Can also fit into your bag a lot easier!
  • More flexible, making the book easier to open (just try not to break the spine too much!)

Cons-

  • Often published later than hardbacks, so if you want a paperback, you’re gonna have to wait!
  • Paperbacks get damaged more easily, so you’ll probably end up with worn and torn covers before you know it if you don’t treat your poor paperback with a little respect!

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eBook

Why, in such a technologically advanced world, don’t we just digitiseΒ books instead of printing them? Yes, the idea was a stroke of genius at the time, but eBooks aren’t all they’re set out to be:

Pros-

  • eReaders are often extremely lightweight and thin, making them easier to carry around compared to a physical book
  • They can also contain thousands of books, which is easier for taking a lot of books on your travels
  • eBooks are generally heaps cheaper than a physical book because they don’t use any physical materials
  • No physical materials also means they are better for the environment (although a lot of book paper nowadays is recycled
  • Er, 24 bookstore! Who wouldn’t say yes to that?!

Cons-

  • As much as people argue, it really isn’t a proper book! Yes, you get the same story, the same words and characters and experience, but it’s not the same. It’s not the same as reading a proper book you can physically feel in your hands, you can smell the glorious pages and hear them as they turn. eBooks can’t engage with your senses like a physical book can!
  • There’s just something about going into a bookstore, smelling all of the new books and looking at their colourful, wonderfully designed covers. You don’t get that with an eBook store!
  • eReaders run out battery, and you can only purchase books if you have wifi (oh, the wifi dependant world strikes again!)
  • They’re practically toast if you drop them in the bath (unless you have a fancy waterproof cover
  • A kindle full of books is definitely not as impressive as a shelf full of books!

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Audiobooks

Last but to least, we have the audiobook, which has probably only within the last 10 years or so become popular with readers, but why might that be?

Pros-

  • It is a lot easier to multi-task while listening to a book, you can go for jog or do some knitting, and still keep up with the story.
  • Like eBooks, they tend to be cheaper than physical books.
  • This also accounts for the fact that, if you have a smartphone or tablet, you get a free app to listen on, so no special device is required.
  • They are available 24/7, and, again, like eBooks, can be easily transported.

Cons-

  • Sometimes more difficult to concentrate on, especially if you are falling asleep, and you could lose your place.
  • It’s more difficult to skip back and forth.
  • Some people say you don’t always get the same emotions as you do through reading words on a page.
  • Like eBooks, you don’t get the physical book in your hands, which is an important factor for a lot of bookworms!

My Personal Preference

With every book lover comes a different set of preferences regarding book formats. For me, paperbacks are my go to, because I love the feeling of having a physical book, and my bookshelf looks way more impressive! However, if I’m desperate to read a new release, or if I’m buying a book second hand and it happens to be in hardback, I’m not going to complain! I also own a Kindle, which is primarily for books sent to me to review for this blog as I know it is cheaper for publishers and authors to send them in this format, and I’m always up for a bargain if there is a 99p sale on Kindle books, but I generally tend to opt for the physical books. The only format I never engage in is audiobooks. I’m not against people using them as a form of reading, in fact, I think it’s a great idea, but I’m unable to keep concentration as well when I am listening to something as apposed to reading the words (not so handy in uni lectures)!

What’s you’re opinion on the pros and cons listed here? Do you have any to add? What about your format preferences? Are you a hardback fanatic or more of an eBook lover? At the end of the day, a book is a book, right, no matter what form it comes in!

Happy Thursday and Happy Blogging!

Jade πŸ™‚

A Bookish 2016- Plans, Resolutions and Schedules

Happy New Year everyone!! Thank you all for making my first (almost) year of blogging a fantastic one; for all of the likes and comments you left me and all of my amazing readers! This post is designed to let you all know my bookish plans of 2016, including what I want to read, what I may want to try and read, resolutions I have made to myself (both bookish and personal) and new and exciting overall blog look!

What Do I Plan On Reading in 2016?

So one of my resolutions, which will be mentioned later in the post, is to start the year off reading all of my exchange copies on my kindle, of which there are 8:

  • Soul Reapers
  • What Milo Saw
  • Pretty Is
  • Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
  • Katherine Carlyle
  • The Last Days of Summer
  • Red Queen
  • Beside Myself

I also have books that I want to read so desperately that I didn’t get round to last year:

  • A Little Life
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Rosie Project

And books that have been sitting on my Kindle for a while that I should get round to reading:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  • You
  • The Book of You

And many more that I hope to read, although I will probably get distracted with many new and upcoming releases in 2016! My reading goal for this year is to get through 50 books which I hope I manage, judging on my count of 43 (and a half) last year.

Resolutions

I haven’t really made resolutions this year, I called them more ‘goals’ for the pure fact that they are not what I vow to do, but what I endeavour and hope I manage to do, that way I feel less tied to complete them. I have both book released and personal goalsΒ that I would like to challenge myself to in 2016:

Personal

  • Worry Less/Combat some anxiety
  • Work hard on my uni projects/Pass my first year
  • Earn some money (get a job, get my Etsy shop up and running?)
  • Snack less
  • Start Art Journaling
  • Do something every day to make myself smile

Bookish

  • Read a total of 50 (or more) books
  • Read all exchange books first, and within 3 weeks of receiving new ones
  • Tackle at least 2 more classics
  • Try not to re-read any books (with the exception of finishing Deathly Hallows)
  • Add at least a book a week to my TBR

New (and exciting!) Blog Changes

My thoughts on this is that I needed to set a firm blog schedule that allowed me to keep everyone updated on all bookish things in my life, and some personal stuff too, including my previously mentioned resolutions. Starting from January 4th my blog schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday- Reserved for Reviews
  • Tuesday- Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday- Weekly Wednesday Update
  • Thursday- What Am I Currently Reading?
  • Friday- No post
  • Saturday- Quote for The Weekend
  • Sunday- No post (I will be writing my reviews on this day

I have tried to pad my posts out a bit and give you, as my readers, more content. What Am I Currently Reading? is a new feature, which will expand on my Weekly Wednesday Update, where I briefly mention what I am reading. Thursday’s post will hopefully go into more detail, including what I think of the books so far, favourite characters and quotes and what Β think the outcome of the book will be. This may give my readers an opportunity to find their next favourite book, or even recommend books based on the one in discussion. I am very excited about this and I hope my readers enjoy it!

One last thing I will mention is over the next week I hope to update my theme and the overall look of blog, and this year will hopefully see some more organisation to the pages as well, now that I have built up a healthier amount of reviews. I will also be designing a blog logo, which I’m excited about, so keep an eye out for those changes.

I hope you all have good and prosperous 2016 filled with plenty of fun and plenty of books!

Jade πŸ™‚

 

Beautiful Blogger Award!

I can’t remember if I have done this award or not, but thank you Jordan @ I Will Never Own Enough Books for the nomination, I will spew out some wacky facts about myself for a bit of fun on a Sunday morning πŸ™‚

For people who don’t know what this blog award is, here’s what you need to do:

Rules

1. Link to the blogger who nominated you.

2. List seven random facts about you.

3. Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers, and notify them.

OK, so now for the random facts about me

  1. I like scarves with pockets
  2. I cannot go anywhere in the winter without earmuffs
  3. I’m a very big fan of cinnamon spiced Chai Tea Lattes
  4. I have a stuffed toy of Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon that meows because he reminds me of a cat
  5. I like to watch Singing’ In The Rain when I’m nervous or scared
  6. I am a vegetarian
  7. I have an unhealthy and very expensive obsession with stationary.

My Nominees

The Writing Hufflepuff

Addlepates and Book Nerds

Nut Free Nerd

Book Snacks

Bookish

Thoughts and Afterthoughts

thebookbrief

Good luck everyone!

Happy Sunday and happy Blogging!

Jade πŸ™‚