The majority of people have a smart phone or tablet that has the capacity to download apps and there are many book related and reading apps that would be perfect for the avid reader. They can come in many forms for example, an e-reader or an app that keeps track of the books you read. Here are a few that you may be interested in;
When it comes to reading apps they are essentially e-readers on your phone/tablet. This is ideal for those who like to read throughout the day and like to keep all thier books on one device without having to buy a seperate e-reader. This can be cheaper as you can get published books at a better price without having to bu a seperate device. There are also loads of apps that share stories and books from individuals that are not published. Examples of reading apps are as follows;
Apple/Google Play books
And much more!
Audiobooks are a hugely popular way to read on the go. Whether your on your way to school/work or travelling. You can listen to a book and experience it through sound rather than physically having to have that book with you and reading it. You can listen to audiobooks whils you are doing something else such as painting, gardening or anything really! Some example of audio book apps are as follows;
Google Play books
There are a huge variety of book apps that can be anywhere from shops, to review sites to blogs. a few examples of some I like are as follows;
Litsy (Share and discover new books, create an online library to keep track of what you read.)
Scribd (like Netflix for books)
These are just a few of the many different apps you can get on your app store so take the time to explore and see what fits best for what you want/need.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment your favourite book apps or if you have anything different to the ones above)
Books clubs are often easy to join and can allow you to share your passion for books with like-minded people.
Not only can you share your passion but you can experience reading and discussing books with new people. You can be pushed into reading out of your comfort zone.
One benefit of joining a book club is that it gives your deadlines to meet and ensures that you finish the book instead of moving onto the next. It helps you to stay in time and on track to make sure you are making the most progress possible.
It can also allow you to see new perspective on things. If you ask a group of people about one aspect of a book more likely than not you will get a lot of different answers. People look and interpret information differently and you can explore and deepen your view with the help of others.
You can meet new people and can become apart of a community. You can create relationships that stem from a love of books and you can learn how to have good discussions.
I would highly recommend joining a book group and would love to hear of you are a part of one.
I would have to say physical book. There is something much more satisfying about seeing your progress and finishing a physical book.
Paperback or hardback?
Paperback. It easier to carry with you and cheaper!
Online or in store book shopping?
In store for sure. To physically browse and flick through books is much more enjoyable. To be able to be surrounded by books and the smell of new books is so much better.
Trilogies or series?
Either to be honest. If I had to choose I would say a series. More time to develop the characters and the plot.
Hero’s or villains?
Hero’s. considering I love to read police procedural and spy books I would have to say heroes. In these books the heroes are not like superman or batman but real people doing their bit for example detectives or doctors.
A book you want every one to read
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby. It’s a very inspirational and powerful read!
Recommend an underrated author
Jessi Kirby, Kayla Olsen, Claire Askew, Helen fields, Mick Herron… so many.
The last book I finished
All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew
Used book: yes or no?
Yes of course. At least I new someone had read and loved it before me. A way to recycle books that are no longer wanted.
Borrow or buy?
I tend to buy my books because I like to own them and have them on my bookshelf but I am not adverse to borrowing!
Character or plot?
If you have read my blogs before you will know that a vital part of a book for me is characters. If the characters are not well deserved or realistic for the book then I often don’t like it as much.
Where it comes to reading many would think that there isn’t more to read once you can successfully start and finish a book your done. I disagree with that however as there is so much to learn about reading.
You can you learn through the medium of books. There are an abundance of educational reading materials available to help broaden your skill set and knowledge.
You can also learn a lot about reading habits. How different people read and figure out what to read. You can see I’m different cultures that they read ‘backwards’ from right to left rather than the opposite which I know. I find it incredibly interesting to learn about these different reading habits and how that can influence me as a reader’s.
I can learn about a different way that someone picks a books and it influences me to do it in the same way to explore more authors and genres. For example I learned that some people go straight to the section of a bookstore that they wouldn’t typically go to and restrict themselves to only that are an this forces you to step out if your comfort zone and delve into something new.
I hope that you take the time to learn more about others reading habits and how that can influence you!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment any reading habits your would like to share )
I buy my books from lost of places and each have their own qualities so I thought I would share them.
Waterstones – I have to say this is where I buy most of my books. Perfect for getting a brand new book and there’s lots of choice! There is fiction, non fiction, educational books and more!
Book Depository – book depository is an international online bookstore with more books that you could ever dream of. There is also a bargain shop to find a book at a great price!
ABE books – abebooks is the perfect place to buy used books or books that are no longer in print for a reasonable price. Easy to use and a variety of options from well used to basically new.
Charity shop – I think that charity shops are a great place to get a new book. There isn’t often a huge amount of choice but sometimes that’s a good thing. Easier to make a decision! And is well priced majority of the time.
Amazon Kindle – I also have a Kindle eReader and buy my books from Amazon’s Kindle store. There are also a whole lot of free books, although they may not be your first choice it’s a great way to explore new genres and styles.
I hope this gives you a new place to buy your books!
Many thanks, Caitlin X
(PS please comment where you purchase your reading material)
When it comes to marking your page when your in the midst of reading a good book do you use a bookmark or fold the corners of the page?
Personally, I tend to fold the pages of my book as when starting a new book I walkways forget my bookmark or they fall out when I’m carrying it about. I used to always use a bookmark as I was quite picky about keeping my books in pristine condition however I feel it unnecessary these days. It shows that the book has been read.
I don’t mind borrowing a book where the pages have been folded over as I do it myself but I know some people who would hate to see that. If you ever get a book at your local library it is doubtful it’s going to be in the best condition so do be aware of this if you are picky about keeping your books at their best! Often when studying people bookmark multiple pages at time. This is often done with sticky notes or bookmarks however I have seen many with folded corners.
I have a large collection of bookmarks as well so it isn’t that I don’t have any! I understand why people use bookmarks and occasionally I still do. When you want to keep your book in good condition with no damaged pages then bookmarks are the way to go. I very rarely have a book that is in perfect condition!
So if your ever out and start a new book without a bookmark there’s a choice to made: it’s either carry a bookmark at all times in case you ever forget yours or sacrifice your perfect pages!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment which you prefer: bookmark or folded page.)
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 !
Continue to read something each day. Whether that’s a sentence,page or chapter.
Read more books from different genres. Explore genres I haven’t really read and give them a chance.
To write more reviews on the books I read.
Try to recommend more books to other people.
Inspire people to read through this blog
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)