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.

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2019 Reading Resolutions

2019 Reading Resolutions | karina reads, booksNow I need to open with a disclaimer – this is not, as such, a list of resolutions. It would be more accurate to describe this as ‘a list of books/series I would like to get to this year’, but I won’t cry if I don’t manage them all nor will I be revolutionising/changing the way I do my reading. But that doesn’t make for a catchy title, does it?

I am a lover of lists. I even recently found a list of lists I need to make in one of my notebooks, but my problem is that I don’t keep them in one place, nor do I regularly go back to check if I’ve completed the tasks. I use them more for a kind of brain dump for what’s bothering me/floating in my head at the time. Which is all very well and good, but doesn’t help me in relation to remembering which books I want to read/what new releases are upcoming. I find it tricky to remember which series I’m waiting for a new book in, which ones I just need to buy the sequels for, and which new releases I have my eye on. So my plan is to type up a central list of books/series I would like to read so that I can come back to it over the year and remember.

Are you ready for my ultimate list? Are you sure? It’s pretty long… Here we go: Continue reading “2019 Reading Resolutions”

6 Reasons to Reread

Karina ReadsOn these cold days and dark nights I’m tempted to curl up with some of my favourite novels, candles and blankets and indulge my desire to reread, yet weirdly, I’m filled with guilt at the mere thought. That’s not right, is it? Over the past few months I’ve done quite a bit of rereading, because a new book in a series has been released or because I have fond memories of reading it the first time round and I want to experience that joy again. Surely that’s acceptable, isn’t it? In the back of my mind I’m aware that there are so many books in the world that I want to read but I will never get the chance to, you know, the age old ‘too many books, too little time’. My to-be-read lists and shelves get bigger with every second I browse Goodreads/Instagram/Waterstones, every time I read a book by a new-to-me author and decide I need their backlist and with every juicy new release by well-loved and debut authors alike. But this should not prevent me from enjoying a good old reread. It can be rare to find an author/series/stand alone book that resonates so deep you want to read it again and again, so why stop myself? Easy. I shouldn’t and I won’t. Here are 6 reasons you should embrace the reread. Continue reading “6 Reasons to Reread”

Reading Different Genres – The Story of my Book Slump

So for the first time in an age, I’m in a bit of a reading slump. I’m very much a mood reader and normally, once I’ve started a series I will binge read all the available sequels in a row but at the moment, I’m really struggling to commit to anything. In the past, if I’ve ever had a slump I just change genre and I get all excited about reading again. This isn’t really working for me this time and it’s making me feel a bit lost. I love to have a book on the go so I can just turn off, escape into a different world and forget reality for a while, and the knowledge that I have that escape at the end of my fingertips is calming. So it’s weirdly uncomfortable not knowing where to go next.  Continue reading “Reading Different Genres – The Story of my Book Slump”

Rating Books: Yay or Nay? 


I’m suffering some inner turmoil about how I’ve been rating books. Flicking through my Goodreads Reading Challenge the other day I noticed that I’ve given a lot of 5 star ratings this year. In fact, I have rarely given anything under 4. I am either exceedingly fortunate to only be reading the best books in the world or my system for rating a book is flawed. Or is it?  Continue reading “Rating Books: Yay or Nay? “

Hardback vs. Paperback

There’s nothing prettier than a hardback. They often have special, gorgeous covers and shows the world that you bought it as soon as it was published. As presents, they show that thought and care has gone into the purchase. However, I can’t help but feel the current release system for new books would serve the public better if it were reversed. Usually, hardbacks are released first and then the paperback is released months later. Hardbacks tend have a smaller print run compared to their paperback counterpart, but as their prices are higher, publishers make more money per unit than they do with the paperback. Hardbacks make good review copies, excellent library editions as they are more durable and are appealing to literary collectors, yet are they practical or even preferable to the common reader? Continue reading “Hardback vs. Paperback”

Start The Year Organised

Hello Monday, it’s been a while…

The first day back at work after the Christmas break is always a hard one, some of you may have even had to work in between the holidays! Whether you’ve already been back a few days or like me, today is the first, it always helps to be organised.

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