The Library of the Unwritten | A.J. Hackwith | a review

The Library of the Unwritten | AJ Hackwith | KarinaReadsWith blurbs by two of my all-time favourite authors, Juliet Marillier & Seanan McGuire, I had very high hopes for The Library of the Unwritten. The synopsis also caught my attention; there is a library in Hell where all the unwritten books live and when one of these novels manifests as one of its own characters, the head librarian, a muse and a nervous demon messenger must venture to Earth (as well as other afterlife realms) and trouble ensues. Magic, books, muses, demons, angels, mythology, Heaven & Hell and a tonne of sass and snark – this book is certainly good fun. Continue reading “The Library of the Unwritten | A.J. Hackwith | a review”

March 2020 TBR | bookends #020

March 2020 tbr | Karina ReadsIt’s finally March! Spring is on the way and will hopefully bring with it lots of beautiful bright flowers & a little more sunshine. And maybe some more greenery… Anyway, I have the last week of the month as holiday so I’m hoping I will have lots of time to read in between redecorating our bedroom. I’ve pulled together some of the books I’d like to get to in the next few weeks. Continue reading “March 2020 TBR | bookends #020”

Why Women Read Fiction | Helen Taylor | a review

Why Women Read Fiction | KarinaReads reviewWhy Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives by Emeritus Professor Helen Taylor seeks to understand why women are the primary readers of fiction, their relationship with novels and how that affects their everyday lives. The answer to these questions is something I would love to learn more about and thus was the impetus for me to pick this up. Unfortunately,  it did not meet my expectations. Before I go into why this wasn’t for me, I’d like to say that this review is very much my own opinion and wouldn’t dream of  stopping others from picking this up for themselves. If you would like to go in blind, don’t read this review. If you would like to know why this didn’t work for me, read on. Just know, this is not a book I would recommend, especially not to keen readers looking for an insightful and balanced look at the reading habits of women. Continue reading “Why Women Read Fiction | Helen Taylor | a review”

She Said | Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey | a review

She Said - Jodi Kantor & Megan TwoheyShe Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement by New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey probably needs no introduction. However for those who aren’t in the know, She Said recounts in real-time how the reporters came to work on, write and publish their expose on Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.

It feels wrong to say that I ‘enjoyed’ reading this memoir as the accounts of so many women’s experience of sexual harassment from such a powerful figure are extremely repugnant. Although the content is shocking, the reading experience was enjoyable as the Continue reading “She Said | Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey | a review”

Female Fantasy Authors | a few of my favourite things

I see so many booklovers writing that they would like to read more fantasy novels by female authors but they struggle to find the books. I am here to help! Over the past couple of years my female to male authors ratio has been essentially 99:1 so I thought I’d share as many as I can to help those looking for inspiration. I haven’t loved all of these, but reviewing/ranking these women is not the intention of this post. The first section I have loosely divided into sub-genres and are all books by female authors that I have read/started reading and want to continue. Then I have listed some ‘Honourable Mentions’ which are books by female authors I have on my radar either on my Goodreads tbr shelf or on my physical bookshelves. Continue reading “Female Fantasy Authors | a few of my favourite things”

DNFing Books | a discussion

DNFing books, karina readsDespite all my hopes of reading more books this year and setting a ridiculously high goodreads challenge as encouragement, I am not having the best start to the year reading-wise. I have ‘DNF’d’ four, that’s right four, books already this year and the time I wasted pushing through to at least half way of those four, was time I could have spent reading other, more fabulous books.

The fact that I am even Continue reading “DNFing Books | a discussion”

New Year Book Tag

Let’s kick 2019 off with a fun tag. I saw this over on Drew’s blog and thought I’d give it a go. The original was posted on the booktube channel Bookables. If you fancy doing it too, consider yourself tagged!

How many books are you planning to read in 2019?

Well…last year I set my Goodreads target at 12 because I didn’t want to pressure myself & ended up reading 160 books… So this year I’ve gone for 150 but I already feel like I’m falling behind! I’m going to try and forget about it and just read like I normally would and see what happens. I’d like to hit 200 one year but that feels a way off yet.

Name five books you didn’t get to read last year but want to make a priority in 2019?

1. Bloody Rose – Nicholas Eames
2. Fire & Blood – GRR Martin
3. In the Region of the Summer Stars – Stephen Lawhead
4. Child of a Mad God – RA Salvatore
5. Tombland – CJ Sansom

Name a genre you want to read more of?

Not really a genre, but I’d like to read more non-fiction this year. Fiction-wise I’m happy sticking to fantasy and its various sub-genres

Three non-book related goals for 2019

1. settle into my new job
2. plan our wedding
3. travel more in the UK

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan

One word that you’re hoping 2019 will be?

Productive
(not a very exciting word, granted, but I have lots I want to get done this year so here’s hoping I manage it 😀 )