8 Tips For Reading More Books

Reading more

This post is for my friend Lisette who commented ‘how?!’ on my completed Goodreads challenge in July. It took some time to finish this post, soz.

There are quite a few guides to help you read more out there, but I’m going to add my two cents. Here are 8 tips for reading more books: Continue reading “8 Tips For Reading More Books”

Book | Halfway Into Vanity Fair (And A Bit Stuck)

Vanity FairA few months ago I felt a sudden urge to read a classic. (My taste for them was quelled for a while, but apparently it does return some two years or so after completing one’s English degree.) Fortunately, my love for books and my very well-read grandfather have supplied me with a decent collection (see below) so I only needed to take the two steps to my book cupboard and pick a volume off the shelf. Having heard it praised quite often throughout my studies, decided to read Vanity Fair by W.M. Thackeray. Continue reading “Book | Halfway Into Vanity Fair (And A Bit Stuck)”

Current Reading Favourites

This morning, as I was eating my breakfast and musing about the delights of reading, I decided that it might be fun to make a short list of my favourite book-related things every half-year or so to see how my tastes develop (or not). Here is instalment number one.

Favourite recent read: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. A review is in the making, to be published whenever I can get my thoughts together about it.

Favourite book of all time: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I recently wrote a blog post on how much I adore this novel and why. You can find it here. Continue reading “Current Reading Favourites”

Stories Are Treasures, Books Are Things

When I enjoy a book or feel a lot of feelings about it, I like to interact with the text. I look up the words I don’t know, highlight my favourite quotes (initially in pencil; I return to the quotes when I’ve finished the book and highlight the very best with a marker) and comment on the story: from “I love this” and “yay” to “so dramatic” and “uuugh”.

Similarly, I delight in reading what other people have written in the margins of their books. My grandfather always puts a little pencil mark in front of passages he enjoys. As a result, whenever I borrow a book from him I feel like it comes with an extra dimension: I’m both reading the book and simultaneously following his reading of it. Continue reading “Stories Are Treasures, Books Are Things”

February Reads

I read seven books in February, hurray! I know there are many book bloggers out there who manage more than this, but for me it is quite a lot so I’m happy about it :). I will probably never get round to writing a full review for each of them (see my previous post) so I figured I would write some short paragraphs to recap what I’ve read this month. Depending on how many books I read next month I might do another one of these or play around with the format a bit, we’ll see… Continue reading “February Reads”