Reading Like a Writer – Different Points of View (POV)

A determining factor for the  story and tone in every book is the POV, or point of view. This is certainly no news to any reader. When you read like a writer, though, the POV can help you predict how the story will develop and with what pace. Being aware of the pros and cons of the different …

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Underrated Books To Read And Love

It's been a while since I have done a Top Ten Tuesday post. What luck that the topic for this week  - Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Goodreads Ratings - should be so fun and so different! (Also, tbh I love that I don't have to rattle my brains to figure out what books …

The Season of Love for Reading

Disclaimer: I will talk about the seasons today. Please, don't think we've come to a breaking point in our relationship, so much so that we have to talk weather. That is not everything I have to say to you, I promise!  Autumn. Can you think of a better time in the year to snuggle on the …

Liebster Love

I am very grateful to Hannah of lazy girl's beauty guide for nominating me for the Liebster Award for new bloggers. My little blog baby here definitely needs a boost and attention lately, with me busy with a new job and all that. I believe blogging is all about connecting. In days when I connect through my …

Book + Movie Review: Far From The Madding Crowd

I was certain Far from the Madding Crowd will be a 'love or hate' novel, but now I am swaying in the middle. The writing is brilliant but archaic; the story goes to daring extremes to bare the human soul but the pacing falters. The novel tells the story of an independent young woman torn between the suits of …

How To Fit In Non-Reader Crowds and LOVE IT

Do you sometimes find yourself blabbering about a book you read to your closest friends, only to face blank stares and seemingly patient nodding? Then someone would casually mention it was time to change the topic... Yeah, this happens to me, when I drop the guard and spill all that bookish excitement I know I should …

Book Review: The Swan Thieves

I read The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova a while ago and thought it was time for an improved version of my initial review. I like my books neatly stacked on the shelf and my book reviews - in one place. So I am stacking here. I have tried a couple of times to read Kostova’s other novel, The Historian, but …

Tuesday Top 10 – Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

I've been planning to do a Top 10 Tuesday post for ages - I love lists and more than lists I love bookish lists (more than bookish lists I think I love shopping lists I have the cash to cover, but this is really a useless observation, since those lists tend to get longer and the cash - to …

The Polygamous Reader – A Survival Guide (+ handout)

Do you read one book from start to finish and only start the next one when you have, in all honesty, marked it as 'Read' on Goodreads? No, I didn't think so. Polygamous reading is easy to slide into, sometimes just a package delivery away. Imagine this - you are enjoying a delicious macchiato with your Currently-Reading belle …

Memorable Writing: Drums of Autumn (Part 1)

When I picked up Outlander, I expected an enjoyable romance, where I had the legit right to imagine hunk Sam Heughan as protagonist. I did not expect a writing lesson or public bursts of laughter that made me look like a crazy person; but I got both. And thank God! (or rather - thank you, Diana Gabaldon!) …