New year book resolutions

Every new year everyone makes a list of all their resolutions such as eat healthy or go to the gym. I have never been someone to make new year resolutions however this year I have decided to make a list of book related ones and I thought I would share !

  1. Continue to read something each day. Whether that’s a sentence,page or chapter.
  2. Read more books from different genres. Explore genres I haven’t really read and give them a chance.
  3. To write more reviews on the books I read.
  4. Try to recommend more books to other people.
  5. Inspire people to read through this blog
  6. Enjoy taking the time to read

I hope these may even inspire some of your resolutions!

May thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment any of your new year resolutions)

Graphic Novels: Pros and Cons

Graphic novels are something that I haven’t really read before. I know people love to read them and be able to have a story with great illustrations along side to help tell the story. I personally feel as though they take the imagination side of reading away although when it is based off of well known characters does it really make a difference?

Graphics novels are better for a quicker read. They are often easier and a lot quicker to comprehend and understand with the imagry allowing for a quicker understanding. You can also read the characters emotions and bodylanguage through the imagry and takes away the time to explain everything in detail. My sister would choose to read a graphic novel over a general book anyday as it allows her to be immersed in a story without having to spend the time investing in the words and descriptions. It is already there on the page through the images. It seems that it is more exciting with all the colours and vibrancy.

I personally still don’t think that graphic novels beat general books as there seems to be a lack of your own imagination being used. The characters are already designed and shown and there is no real descriptions so that you can create your own image in your head. I find graphic novels harder to understand personally as there is often so much going on with the multitude of images and speach bubbles everywhere. With colour and outline often showing who is speaking and in which tense. I find it much harder to keep up with the story and not just guess via the images.

Overall , I would say that it is completely personal preference as to whether you like graphic novels or a general book better as it depends on what you like. For example I love back and white books whereas my sister loves colourful, illustrated graphic novels. I will stick to my books for now but I see that graphic novels are just another way to express a story on pages.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel to comment your opinion on graphic novels )

Genres

genres

If you have read my previous blog posts you would know that I love to read crime and mystery books. I love to delve into the world of detective and spies and learn about the way in which each author portrays them. The investigation and excitement that goes along with these books engages me and hook me on to the storyline. I also love how after each detective or crime books their tends to be some sort of resolution and ending that isn’t necessarily always a cliff hanger and if there is a cliff hanger something explored within the story has been resolved. Even although this is my favourite genre of book I would say that I am trying to explore others a lot more.

I don’t tend to enjoy romance books as I find them to be based upon the same thing. Someone fall in love and they live happy ever after. I know that this isn’t always the case and I understand that I haven’t read an awful lot so my outlook on this genre is not necessarily accurate. Call me by your name by Andre Acimen is a recent book that I would say is within this genre that completely proved me wrong. It isn’t always about the happy ever after it is about watching a relationship find its way into the characters life and thanks to this book I would like to explore this genre more.

When it comes to Sci-fi or action/adventure books I read them less than crime novels however it is not that I don’t enjoy them. They are exciting and hold my attention and in a way I feel that the crime novels are also action/adventure based. I think these genres although different are also often dealt with in the same book with aspects of all being identified. Horror books are the same I think with a lot of crime or action books have aspects of horror within them. I have only read a totally horror book once and I don’t think I would again if I am honest (unless someone recommend a really good one). I think this is the case as I didn’t enjoy how focused it is on the horror. I like to explore characters and see them develop which I think you see less of in the horror genre.

Overall, I would say that I am starting o explore other genres more and more and finding books that change my outlook on these genres is exciting and I would recommend that everyone steps out of their reading comfort zones. To explore more genres that you wouldn’t typically choose because when you find one that proves your wrong it is exhilarating.

 

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS feel free to comment your favourite genres and how you fell about exploring new ones)