Questions I Frequently Get Asked as a Reader

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Hello fellow bookworms! I haven’t posted a Time for Tea in a while, and I’ve had this idea sitting in my drafts for a while, so I thought it was about time I actually posted it! How many times do family and friends comment on your reading habits? Are they awestruck by your commitment to literature, or annoyed by your devotion to something fictional? Either was, we all get those questions from people who just don’t understand what it’s like to be one of us, so I’d like to share some of those I frequently get asked…

How do you find time to read so much?

I don’t find time, I make time. Between university, part time job, and seeing family and friends, it is crucial I make time for myself. I have certain points in the day when I know I can get some reading time in, so I use them wisely!

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Why don’t you just watch TV?

I find it a lot more difficult to stay focused on what’s going on in a TV show than I do staying focused on a book. I am actively engaged in what I’m reading, whereas staring at a screen seems a bit mundane for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do watch TV, but it probably averages out to about 4-5 hours a week! This is also ties in with the next question…

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Why read the book when you can just watch the movie?

I like to have read a book before I see it as a movie, whether that’s before it’s even announced as a movie, or whizzing through it before a cinema showing. Reading a book beforehand allows me to use my own imagination for character appearances and setting, and seeing the movie definitely ruins this for me! Once I have my own image in my head, even if I then go and watch the movie, I still have my own imagined scenarios if I come to re-read the book.

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Why do you not get rid of your books?

I’m sorry, what? Shall I ask you why you don’t get rid of stamps from your stamp collection? Or a rubber duck from your rubber duck collection? I am a collector of books, and each book on my shelf, whether read or un-read, has a meaning to me. It might be where I got it from, or who gave it to me, or why I chose to pick it up in the first place. I am also a designer, so I have some books I picked up purely because I like the cover. There’s a reason behind each book on my shelf, and no, I won’t get rid of them! (I do occasionally unhaul books I know for a fact I won’t read, and I’m keeping for no particular reason, but my unhauls are few and far between!)

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It would be so much easier to use a Kindle, wouldn’t it?

I own a Kindle, I just don’t use it. I’ve had one for quite a few years now, in fact, I’ve two Kindles in my lifetime, and I did use them religiously at first. It was actually book blogging and bookstagram that took me away from eBooks and back to physical copies. I just love the feeling of a book in my hands, and looking at them all lined up neatly on my shelf. They smell amazing and they’re pretty. What more is there to say?

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Why do you keep re-reading [insert book title here]?

Re-reading my favourite books is so important to me! It gives me somewhere to go, somewhere I trust will make me feel better whatever mood I’m in. Reading new books is great, but you never know until you finish a book if it’s going to turn out the way you want, so it’s important to have those books you know and understand, the same as they know and understand you. For me, Harry Potter is an obvious choice, but I also turn to The Fault In Our Stars a lot as well (I’ve read this a total of 5 times now!) because there are messages within it that are quite comforting for me.

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You read how many books a year?!

Again, this comes back to the first question. Making time to read means I get through a lot more books than most people I know, but I also know there are people out there who read a lot more than I can manage! I am devoted to my Goodreads Reading Challenge cause, and particularly now, towards the end of the year, I am focused on cramming those books in to try my hardest to reach my goal (although it doesn’t look good for me at the moment!) My reading goal is important to me because it gives me something to accomplish and feel proud of at the end of the year, and also gives me an aim to beat the following year.

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Is it just me? Or does anyone else get used these questions so frequently you have an organised answer in your head for each? I’d love to know what questions you get asked as a reader, let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Unique Blogger Award

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Okay, not so much a tag post, but oh well…

Hello fellow bookworms! Thank you to Holly over on Nut Free Nerd for tagging to do this award, it always feels a little bit special when I get tagged to do these posts 🙂

Award Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

The Questions

Do you have a favorite book genre?

When someone asks what books I like to read, I feel a little bit pressured into thinking I can only like one certain type of book. However, like a lot of us here, I cannot pinpoint just one genre! I enjoy reading Young Adult fiction and crime thrillers, I’d say they are my main two, but I also love fantasy novels and general fiction, and the occasional memoir as well.

How do you feel about what is considered to be “classic” literature?

Good question! Firstly, I am not the kind of reader who will bend over backwards trying to understand a classic book. If I’m reading it and not understanding what is going on, I will probably put it down. That being said, there are some books that are considered classics that appear on my all time favourites list, such as To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m not ashamed to say that I haven’t got round to reading Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice, but they are books I hope to tackle some day. I think that classic books will constantly be changing. In 20 years, classic literature will have a completely different meaning to what we consider to be classic now.

What has been your favorite experience blogging so far?

Blogging has been a winding road for me! Starting out was one of the best feelings, because I could finally express my feelings about books to people in the wide world that actually cared about what I had to say. Taking a break recently was also an important step in my blogging ‘career’, as I had so much to do in life that blogging seemed like a last priority. However, coming back into blogging earlier this year has been so much fun, and  I would have say my favourite experience about blogging is being able to talk to loads of other book loving people I never would have met otherwise! Discussing books and bookish things has become a part of my life I don’t ever want to be without!

Who’s Been Tagged?

My apologies in advance if the people I tag have already done this post. Please don’t feel like you have to do it, think of this more as an appreciation of your blogging supremeness…

Yes, you! I you like what you see and wanna I’ve this post a go, then go for it!

Your Questions

  1. What was the last 5 star book you read, and why was it a 5 star read?
  2. Do you have certain genres you like to read in different seasons?
  3. What was your favourite required reading book at school?

That’s it for today! I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts, and thanks again to Holly for the nomination! Do you have a favourite book genre, or are you a well-rounded reader? What’s your opinion on the classics, and do you have a favourite blogging experience? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

 

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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 🙂

Happy Birthday BookMuffin!

We’re celebrating here at BookMuffin HQ (aka me!) because it’s BookMuffin’s first birthday!! I cannot believe I have been blogging for a whole year, and I thought I would write a celebratory post summing up my blogging year, plus I will be revealing… The BookMuffin logo!! Da-da!! Firstly, I’m going to go through my year in blogging…

5 things I’ve learnt about book blogging…

  1. Don’t request/accept too many exchange books- as much as I was so excited about the prospect of authors and publishers sending me free books, I am currently drowning in exchange books and I have no time for personal reading!
  2. Keep to a posting schedule- I have to make sure I post frequently and make time for posts to keep my readers entertained
  3. Throw in an adhoc post- there’s nothing wrong with a surprise post once in a while if you have something you’re itching to discuss, or a blog tag you’ve been tagged to do
  4. Connect with social media- I find using Instagram, helps me to find new bloggers and connect with other people who may not necessarily write about books, but are still completely fanatic about them!
  5. Connect with other bloggers- Find other book bloggers and comment on their posts, make friends with other book lovers!

Top 5 books read in my blogging year…

I’ve read a total of 52 books in my blogging year (that’s a book a week!), and here are my top 5 books read from March 2015-March 2016:

  1. The Book Thief
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  3. Me Before You
  4. Gone Girl
  5. The Husband’s Secret

Statistics…

Since I started blogging I have:

  • posted 259 (this will be number 260!) posts
  • received 4,385 views
  • … and 1,737 visitors
  • received 132 WordPress followers

and my best day (statistically speaking) was April 3rd 2015, with a total of 52 views!

and finally…

The grand reveal of the BookMuffin logo!

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WOOHOO! I will be uploading it very shortly and it will be all guns blazing this year!!

Thank you to all of my lovely readers for helping me get this far and supporting me, and I hope you all have a fab end of the week!

Happy Wednesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Liebster Award

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I am so happy to say that I’ve been nominated to do the ‘Liebster Award’! This award has been designed to discover new blogs and get them some interest on their blog and help them to gain followers.

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the individual who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers (with under 200 followers) and come up with your own 11 questions. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform your nominee on being nominated.

Thank you Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts for nominating me to answer these questions, which are written in a very interesting and creative way 🙂

Questions

1. Dazed eyes open to warm rays of light welcoming another day of stories to be experienced. School? Work? Whatever. You pack your bag with the essentials: a Ziploc bag of snacks, the book you’re currently readingyour tech, the book that tops your list of favourites within the past three yearsmore food, and the book you’d give to your worst enemy. Just because.

The book I am currently reading: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (and it’s soon good!)

The book that tops your list of favourites within the past three years: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (hands down!)

The book you’d give to your worst enemy: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (I would tie them to a chair and force them to read it all to bore them out their tiny skull)

2. Putting on your favourite kicks, you open the door to see your best fictional friend greeting you with a beverage. It has your name on it. What’s your character name? (You can be an existing protagonist or create your own.)

Best fictional friend: Matilda by Roald Dahl (because of her love of books)

Character name: Beth

3. Grinning, you step onto your porch and reach for the screen door. As your finger traces the unlocking latch, you notice that you’re staring at a different door and a mat under your nose informing of your welcoming.click is heard as your hand moves away from the chiming doorbell, the aged wooden door opening to your ideal fictional significant otherYou hug the shit out of them.

Your idea fictional significant other: Tobias from Divergent or Augustus Waters (it’s just really hard not to love them, but I am sure I will develop a lot more fictional crushes throughout my life…)

4. But the once affectionate embrace now feels cold, distant, and dirty. Your limbs are constricted and bound by something scratching your skin raw. A voice echoes in the dark, hollow room; followed by laughter, the amusement of your futile predicament. Who is this villainous captor (i.e. could be your most hated villain)? As they bring their head closer to yours, your headstrong protagonist-willpower tells you to do what you do best: use your head as a weapon. Quite literally.

Most hated villain: Okay, so I wouldn’t really call him a villain but my most despised character is probably Bob Ewell from To Kill A Mockingbird because his character was just so mean and inconsiderate to everyone Macomb County and if I ever met him I would probably punch him in the face 🙂

5. A squint-inducing lingering pain thumps in your skull as battle cries drum to the beat of the men and women marching toward tall, stone walls. Your heart races with excitement and you grip your weapon tighter, first igniting the roaring fire within and then giving hoots to cheer your invading comrades on. What book had a moment that got your heart racing? You grab hold of the battering ram and ramp it up you shall.

What book had a moment that got your heart racing: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson (no spoilers but OH MY GOD THE ENDING WAS JUST SO UNEXPECTED AND SHOCKING!)

6. Bang. A destructive boom resonates through the corridors. The castle gates are flooded with enemies. The war is lost; and they are coming. Your shelves are filled with hundreds of books. Of them are texts with secrets of war, of rebellion, of hope in a dimming world—books of true insight to leverage a victory—that you know must be burned immediately. Which book(s) do you destroy? If any.

What book would you destroy: Room by Emma Donoghue (really boring…)

7. The flames cackle as it dances before you, smoke rising and funneling into the open air. Clear to gray to tar; fumes seeping down deep into your lungs. You begin coughing hoarsely, suffocating from the toxicity. Releasing the door to the battle beyond your chambers or suffocate alone; all options are dreadful. What book was a painful experience to endure; whether it is personally or thematically powerful? Your eyes clamp shut.

What book was a painful experience to endure: The Way I See It by Nicole Dryburgh (I thought the book was really good but extremely upsetting and sometimes difficult to read to know that some people go through so much pain physically and mentally- and to know it was a true story!)

8. When you open them again, they flutter at the torrential rain being doused everywhere, soaking your body as it sways like a clock’s pendulum. “Ship’s bout’ to capsize, Cap’n!” a voice calls. The undulating sea smashes against the starboard and a crate scatters open various books and scriptures. You reach for your favourite book of all time and open to the page with a moment/quote that had changed your perspective. You rip the page out, and find a plastic bag, a Ziploc it tells you, and seal the passage, hoping that the ink doesn’t leak. You bring the clear plastic to your eyes and stare at the words trying to live in the moment once more.

Inspirational book quote from my favourite book: I’m going to use my recent favourite book and that is To Kill A Mockingbird and I’m going to say ‘Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.’ (This just says so much about how everybody has an idea about what society should be like or how they want it to be, and also shows how people should not favour race or gender, because people are people, and that’s just that!

9. The ink bleeds everywhere and as you lower the packaged piece of paper and look ahead, you’re now sitting in a room, amongst others, waiting for the moment of no return; of truths, of failures, of self-fulfilling prophecies. A moment passes and then your name is called. What trial, test, prophecy, or situation would you not want to undergo under any circumstances whatsoever? You proceed to the door; a ringing signals the start of your journey.

What trial, test , prophecy, or situation would you not want to undergo under any circumstances: I would not want to stand at the Reaping knowing that I could be picked to compete head to head with other teenagers and fight to the death because that would just scare the sh** out of me!

10. Your eyes open and hear the murmurs and static from the television. You tilt your head toward the noise, recognizing that the scene about to play out is one that was adapted; a book-to-film change you didn’t enjoy. What adapted scene is on the screen that you disliked (or thought was poorly executed)?

What adapted scene is on the screen that you disliked or that was poorly executed: It’s not necessarily a scene, but I really disagree with the way they completely changed the ending of My Sister’s Keeper from the book, because if you’re going to adapt a book to screen, at least keep the main plot points!

11. With a click of the remote, you silence any reservations. Sitting up, the windows radiating light emits a tone of difference than what you can remember. Approaching the window sill, the expanse beyond stretches increasingly far, where intrigue and uncertainty have become more than unsettling. What world have you woken up into (fictional or realistic) and what are your next steps?

What world would you like to wake up in: So I never actually finished the series (I know, slap my wrists!) but I just wanna go to Hogwarts! (I promise I will finish the series eventually :P)

What are your next steps: Visit the Hogwarts library 🙂

So thanks Joey for those awesome questions and making it into a story was a great idea!

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Émilie @ The Smell Of Books

April @ Bookishly Speaking

Jennifer @ Jennifer’s Reading Nook

Rebecca @ Bookish Beck

Sarah @ I Would Rather Read

Danee & Samantha @ Fiction Function

Amy @ Wanderlust

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Josh @ Been There, Read That

TJ @ TJ’s New Book Blog

And here are my questions:

  1. Your favourite author and why?
  2. Would you ever read a book based on your favourite soap/TV show?
  3. Do you prefer to read in complete silence or can you read in front of the TV/listening to music/in a public place, etc.?
  4. What’s your favourite book from you childhood?
  5. What fictional place would you like to live in?
  6. If you had the choice, would choose to have magic or stay being muggle?
  7. What would your Petronas (from Harry Potter) be if you had one?
  8. If you were to write a book, would you write under a pen name?
  9. If you were Peter Van Houten from The Fault In Your Stars and chose to move to a different country to escape your original nationality, were would you go?
  10. When is your favourite time to read a book?
  11. And last but not least, eBooks or paperback/hardback books?

I’m really sorry if you’ve done a Liebster Award post before but I hope you enjoy answering my questions.

Happy Weekend and Happy Blogging

Jade 🙂

Bloggiesta Update

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So I have been updating my original Bloggiesta post with strike-throughs, but I thought I should do a quick review post. I have managed to accomplish quite a lot on my to-do list today, which I am pleased with!

This is what I have managed so far…:

  • Update my About page- Yay, now you know a bit more about me 🙂
  • Comment- I’ve commented on a few posts, hopefully my comments will grow as the weeks go on.
  • Mini Challenge- I did a mini challenge! I signed up for Trello and will now be using it to organise my book reviews, so I am really happy that I chose to take part in the challenge (there is also a giveaway, so if you wanna be in with the chance of winning, take a look at the mini challenges board on Bloggiesta)

The things I still need to do are…:

  • Make some friends- I still wanna have a proper discussion, introduce each other and such, so if anyone wants to say hi to me, comment on this post or use the contact form on the ‘Want A Book Review?’ and just make up the required information (make it something funny so I can have a laugh!)
  • Write some book reviews- There is one coming tomorrow, and some more coming later in the week!
  • Buy a book- Erm, yeah, about this, I might have to hold off… Or maybe not, I don’t know, I’ll keep you posted on this one!

Bloggiesta March 2015

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Ok, so I know I have only been at this blogging thing for a week now, but I’m already really enjoying it, and want to get stuck in, which is why I have chosen to try and partake in Bloggiesta! I have researched what this event is all about so I am going to use this coming week to get to grips with it, hopefully get more people interested in my site and get some fresh ideas for some posts, and most of all, develop my blog from the simple stages.

So, as far as I understand, each participant makes a to-dp list for their blog that they have been meaning to do, but haven’t quite got round to doing yet, or are to scared to do. As I have only just started my blog, I still have quite a lot of things to polish off, so I will try and get them up to date during this Bloggiesta event. My to do list is as follows:

  • Make some friends- I wanna actually talk to people and have conversations with other bloggers and connect over similar interests so I can…
  • Write a few more reviews- There are so many good books I have recently read but haven’t had the chance to review yet, so I want to put them out to the world and let them know all of the weird and wonderful books I have been able to find.
  • Update my About blog page- It’s looking a little blank at the moment, so I want to add a little bit more about me, what I am doing at the moment, what I would like to do in the future, and all about my books and the books I enjoy reading.
  • Comment- I wanna find some other blogs participating in Bloggiesta and say hello in the comments. Whether I end up commenting on two or twenty, I don’t know, but this is all in my search for new blogs to follow and connect with.
  • Try and do some mini-challenges- I’m not fully understanding these mini-challenges, but I’m hoping if I can take part in one or two it might give me a better idea about what Bloggiesta is really all about.

*UPDATE:*

One more thing I want to add to my to-do list, although it has nothing to do with blogging, but it has got something to do with books, and that is…

  • Buy myself a new book- I get paid this week, so I want to treat myself (again) to another book on my TBR list!
  • I have also seen a mini challenge I would like to try, and that is to connect with Trello (link to be updated soon) and enter the giveaway!