Bookends | 27.07.18

nonfiction, karinareads, misogynation, a history of women in a 100 objects, notes on a nervous planet

Another week, another Bookends! Happy reading.

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This year I’m really enjoying picking up nonfiction. I studied history at university so after reading it non-stop for three years, I went the opposite way and only read fiction for a long time after I graduated. It’s slowly been seeping back into my normal reading life and Continue reading “Bookends | 27.07.18”

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Bookends | 20.07.18

I started the year with such good intentions to write a post every week summing up what I’ve read/started reading in that week . I’m quite proud with how long I managed to keep up that madness (16 weeks!) but it became tricky to find the time to write up all my opinions, especially when I’d read more than 3 books that week. So, going forward I’m going to try a new format: voila! Each week I’m going to write about what I’m currently reading, watching, listening to and loving. Hopefully it’ll be a lovely blend of weekly books and favourites – & will most often be completely bookish as that is just how I roll – because if you really want to know every book I’ve read, you can check out my reading list, or be my friend on Goodreads. We’ll see how it goes…

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Twelve Kings | Bradley P Beaulieu | a review

Twelve Kings by Bradley P BeaulieuTwelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu is the first book in a six book epic fantasy series set in the great city of Sharakai, deep in the heart of an oppressive desert landscape. This is the kind of fantasy I’ve been searching for. A world of sand dunes, fighting pits & kings; tribes, waking gods & monsters. Sex, lies, betrayals: determination, ruthlessness, skill all together makes Twelve Kings one of my favourite reads.

It is wonderful. and I’ll tell you why.

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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”

To Be Read Book Tag

The lovely Pippa over at thelittlebookowl posted this tag the other day and I enjoyed her answers so much that I thought I’d share mine as well.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Most of the books I want to read are listed in my Goodreads To Read shelf but I tend to only Continue reading “To Be Read Book Tag”

My 2016 Reading Round Up

2016 has been a great reading year for me. I’ve always been a reader but this has been the first year since leaving full time education that I’ve found my groove. I now know that fantasy fiction is my genre but that I also enjoy historical fiction, crime and YA. I’ve found it much easier to find new books to read since actively using Goodreads  and following more blogs/bookstagrams that enjoy reading similar works. I managed to read a total of 141 books this year which smashed my target of 52  and discovered several new series that I know I’ll reread and love for a very long time. Highlights include Continue reading “My 2016 Reading Round Up”

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? “