Spoilers and Why I Dislike Them | #readerproblems

If there’s one thing I keep reiterating on this blog, it’s how much I hate being spoiled by anyone or anything for any new releases of books, TV shows/anime (because yes, the only TV “shows” I actively watch are all Japanese cartoons). I’ve actually tried to write variations on this topic before, but my drafts just end up being drafts and never published because I could never figure out exactly how I wanted to discuss spoilers. So today, I thought I’d explain my own reason for disliking them with an immense passion, considering I have told many of my friends that if they dare spoil anything to me, I will literally murder them.

I enjoy being surprised by plot twists. I like reading and then turning the page and see something majorly unexpected happen, then screaming ‘WHYYY” into my pillow at 3am in the morning (true story), leaving me emotionally drained and empty. It’s something I’ve come to love and enjoy about good storytelling as good storytelling will drop hints everywhere and then come surprising you when you least expect it. It’s a craft that takes time and effort to perfect, mastered only by brilliant writers and artists. Continue reading

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Being a Mood Reader | #readerproblems

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So, I’m a mood reader.

Basically, I only ever read books that I’m in the mood for. It might be a particular genre or author that I might be interested in, but either way, my mind becomes so fixated on reading that one book or type of book. If this happens, I literally cannot read anything else until I’ve read that. Pretty self-explanatory.

While this may mean I might just binge read a whole bunch of contemporary romance books, or plow through several books by the same author, this system of reading does have its setbacks when it comes to reading such as:

Only Wanting to Binge Read One Series/Author/Book

This is an issue that I have where I literally cannot read anything until I have that one book in my hands, and I sole focus on reading this series. If you look at my goodreads, the last ten or so books have all been the same genre (contemporary romance). The reason is because that’s the only thing I’ve been wanting to read, and so that’s all I’ve read for the past two months. Continue reading

Why I’m Reluctant to Read the Harry Potter Script

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There’s been so much hype around the new Harry Potter play and rightly so – it is a fantastic series that transcends audiences. While the script is wildly popular, I’ve been reluctant to actually read it, and I have several reasons why.

Firstly, the Cursed Child is a dramatic script – it’s intended form is not to be read, but acted out on a stage. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years of studying literature (and Shakespeare), it is that scripts are meant to be acted out. In addition to the dialogue, there’s stage directions, there’s physical gestures used to convey the story; heck, even the tone used my actors to convey the lines can change the meaning of words on a page. There’s lighting, which highlights and shadows different areas of the stage, and used to emphasise different parts of the story. All these dramatic techniques are obviously meant to be seen, and not read in a book. Continue reading

A Fresh [inter]Face

Hey guys! I’m sure if you’ve clicked on this post you would’ve noticed that I have changed my theme!

I’ve always been a been a picky person when it comes to blogs and themes. As an avid tumblr using free wordpress, I get really frustrated at the limitations of wordpress themes and the customisation of them. There’s a massive handicap that really gets to me, especially since I’m so used to tumblr where you can just edit free user made themes to your heart’s content.

Anyway.

Themes are an important factor in any website. The layout and the overall aesthetic must be nice to look at. It’s always nice to have good quality content on a nice looking page. This also applies for anything physical – any notebook which has multi-coloured notes will always be easier to look at as opposed to plain, black notes. For me, at least, it’s a deciding factor on how much I enjoy a blog post, or even browsing someone else’s blog.

I’ve had my previous theme since I started this blog, back in July. While I did love it at the time, I got bored of having the same theme.In the seven months that this blog has been live, my personal tastes have changed, too. I’ve started preferring a more minimalistic, white layout, and my old header was starting to look a little tacky. There were things I wanted to add to my sidebar such as a Goodreads icon (which is pretty much non-existent in most blog presets), but I couldn’t alter the html code. Continue reading

In Retrospect: Study Series by Maria V. Snyder

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In retrospect is a topic that I use to discuss books I’ve recently re-read, and have not necessarily written a review on. I wrote a blog post a while back about Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (which you can check out here) where I talked about aspects of the books that I really enjoyed.

In this post, if you haven’t already guessed from the title, I’ll be talking about the Study Series by Maria V. Snyder!

Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors out there: I’ve read all her books except one, and considering she has 4 series out, that’s a lot of books. However, my favourite remain the original Study trilogy which are Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study. Continue reading

In Retrospect: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I don’t usually post today, just because I don’t like posting two days in a row, but I’m making an exception just for now. There’s something very important coming up, and it’s the premiere for the Shadowhunters TV show!

Although I’m still sceptical about the changes that have been made to the TV show, I still have faith. Anyway, this isn’t the point.

In preparation for the TV show, I reread the original three Mortal Instrument books! Honestly, it was so good diving back into the Shadowhunter world, with just the original cast of characters. It was really refreshing, and also satisfied my need for more Shadowhunters. There was so much I picked up on just rereading, whether it was about the plot, world or characters. It really reminded me of just how much I love this series, and why it’s one of my favourite series of all time.

I’m just going to say right now, that there will be spoilers in the section below for all of the books. If you haven’t read it and don’t want to be spoiled (I don’t know why you wouldn’t have read this amazing series), then I suggest you go read the books first, then come back so we can discuss this series.


Book 1: City of Bones

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