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-Turtles All The Way Down

 

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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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Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.

– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

 

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Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.

– Jeanette Winterson

 

Armchair Reading… Furniture in Bookish Spaces

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… a sneak peak into where we acquire our books and what makes us keep going back!

Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives. This month, I will be trying to dig deeper into why we choose to buy our books from certain places, and what, besides the books(!) makes us keep going back. Today’s post will look at how furniture is used in full-price and second-hand bookstores and libraries, and why it might make a difference as to whether we visit again…

Waterstones

I’m using Waterstones as my representative for full-price bookstores because it is the one I am the most familiar with, but you can always imagine this as your local Barnes and Noble, or local independent bookstore. When I walk into Waterstones, besides being awed by the number of books available to me, I also see the comfort of a squishy armchair or sofa. This is great (because we can all agree that book shopping can hard work and heavy lifting!) as it allows customers to relax and makes for a more comfortable and homely atmosphere. Also, a lot of Waterstones shops have the addition of a cafe, so, after making a purchase, or if you’ve bought your own book along with you, you can sit back and enjoy your book with a nice cup of tea, while still being surrounded by all of those wonderful books. It it also a great chance to socialise with other book lovers (and perfect for book club meetings)!

Second-hand Bookstores

If you go to a charity shop in hope of a book bargain, you may see a lack of seating. It is, like many second-hand stores, just like a regular shop. You wouldn’t expect many places to have somewhere you can just sit down and have a cuppa, like Waterstones. Just like thrift stores dedicated to books, it is unusual to find places with adequate seating, because they are usually s crammed with books! This can be a good thing, because come on, loads of books, but after you’ve spent hours upon hours rooting through the jumble, there’s no where to have a perch! It comes across as a less relaxed style of shopping, and a more hectic, bargain hunting process. You’ve come to find cheap books, not to spend hours at your leisure browsing the beautiful bookshelves. Of course, I’m not saying that this applies to every second-hand bookstore, but this is just my experience with them. And don’t get me wrong, I do love a good rummage through the old stacks!

The Library

And finally, the place we all adored as young bookworms, and still have a fondness for today (because, hello, free books)! The library is not there to attract book buyers, but rather a relaxed browser who can be set to spend the whole day there (I have lost count of how many times I have spent the entire day in the library). And the reason this can be the case is because of the furniture and why it is there. The library offers a wide range of books, fiction and non fiction alike. They are free for you to browse at will and take home for a few weeks with the presentation of your library card. However, sometimes it’s nice to not have to take books home. With beanbags for the children, chairs for the adults, and desks for the students, anyone can set themselves up for a day at the library. As long as I have everything I need, I am more than happy to sit and work while surrounded by books!

So there you have it, an examination of furniture is bookish places. I bet you’ve never really thought about it much, but here it is in writing, and you may think of it every time you visit the bookstore or the library from now on. I’d love to know what you thought about this post, and if you think the soft furnishings of your local bookstore impact your decision to go back (besides the books, of course!) Also, if you’ve come across any second-hand bookstores with an ample amount of armchairs, I’d love to hear about them!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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We all change the world, with every day of living in it,” Magnus said. “You just have to decide HOW you want to change the world.

– Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

 

Where on Earth Did You Get All Those Books?

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… a sneak peak into where we acquire our books and what makes us keep going back!

Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives. Here we are again, at the beginning of a new month, bringing you a new topic for my September discussions. For the next few weeks, I will be trying to dig deeper into why we choose to buy our books from certain places, and what, besides the books(!) makes us keep going back. Today’s post will look at the four main places I, and many others, tend to acquire books, and the pros and cons for each!

‘Full-Priced’ Bookstores

So I’m talking about your local Waterstones or Barnes and Noble, but also the indie bookstores that are scattered about as well.

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Pros

  • Staff that know what they are talking about
  • Books perfectly organised into categories
  • Gorgeous smell of new books!
  • Almost always have the book you are looking for

Cons

  • Full-priced books are expensive
  • You will probably be tempted into buying one anyway
  • The bigger ones you can easily spend hours in and lose track of time
  • They’re just so damn expensive

Second-hand Bookstores

I love a good second hand store, especially the ones that are entirely dedicated to books, but also the ones that give back and raise money for charity! However, there are some issues…

Pros

  • Your purchase tends to go to a good cause
  • You can usually donate books you unhaul as well as buying them
  • Books are cheaper
  • You can come across some gems and hidden treasures sometimes!
  • Old book smell!

Cons

  • The books aren’t brand new (usually)
  • There isn’t a wide selection, it’s just what’s been donated
  • It’s less organised and you have to really rummage sometimes
  • Can be crammed and packed-full, making it difficult to move

Online Stores

Amazon, Book Depository, the websites we love and know our way around too well, the ones that are bookmarked on our browsers! Online is such a convenient way to shop without having to leave the house (big hooray for introverts like me!)

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Pros

  • Books are usually cheaper than the recommended retail price
  • They are still brand new, despite being cheaper
  • There seems to be an endless supply
  • You don’t have to leave the house
  • Finding a book is easier than ever!
  • You can eBooks and Audiobooks if that’s your thing

Cons

  • No book smell at all!
  • You have to wait for the book to be delivered (even with Amazon Prime, the wait can be excruciating!)
  • No staff to talk about books
  • It’s easy to get carried away with online shopping…

The Library

Ah yes, the library! The place where books of all shapes, sizes and genres, are free! I can’t think of anything better than a free book (or 5…)

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Pros

  • You don’t have to pay for the books
  • Depending on the size of the library, there is a wide range to choose from
  • Organised so well it makes me want to marry the Dewey Decimal System!
  • Librarians are so helpful
  • You can access more than just books (many libraries now offer online audiobook and eBook services, as well as DVDs and CDs)

Cons

  • You can only borrow books for a limited amount of time
  • LATE FEES!
  • Your local library might be small and not have everything you want 😦

So that’s it for the start of this month’s bookish discussion! Please feel free to add to my pros and cons list as you wish, there are probably plenty that I have missed! Next week I’ll be talking about how furniture is used in the 3 physical stores mentioned here and why it might tempt you back again and again…

Until next time…

Jade 🙂