Seasonal Reading

When it comes to reading different genres often suit different seasons and some people will only read at certain times of the year.

For me, I read all year round however in summer I can often find myself reading that tiny but more. Something about sitting outside in the sun with your book is so very appealing. I read more when I go on a relaxing holiday for example, sitting by the pool all day reading. I know people who only read in summer or on holiday as well and I think this is very common. Reading is relaxing and you can read without worrying about it overheating or having glare unlike devices such as phone’s or tablet. I also think audiobooks are more popular in the hotter months. If you are sitting sunbathing you can listen to a story and go into your own little world.

In summer more romantic books are read or comedic books as they tend to be more light hearted and perfect for relaxing. Call me by your name is an ideal summer read! This is not always the case as I don’t tend to read romantic books but it is a generalisation.

In winter I find reading quite cosy. Sitting in a warm room whilst it’s cold or rainy outside reading a new book is satisfying. I would think that this is when more crime novels and horrors are read as you are sitting inside whilst it is dark outside. Often people receive books for Christmas as well and I’d you are anything like me you can wait to read them. More time in spent indoors during the colder months so people can use this opportunity to catch up with their reading and finally read that book they have been meaning to for months.

Overall, it doesn’t matter when you read or what you read at certain time of the year but there is often a pattern with reading and the seasons.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your opinion on reading throughout the seasons or if you have any different habits)

The Book Blogger Tag

How Long Have You Been A Blogger?

I started blogging just under a year ago when I decided to finally start a blog dedicated to something I am passionate about.

When do you think you will stop?

I don’t plan on stopping ever to be honest as I love to write my thoughts and share them but that is unrealistic. At some point I imagine that I will stop or even blog less but I have no idea when. This summer I will be working abroad for the summer so my blogs may become more irregular however I hope to continue to blog throughout. (and after I finish I will definitely blog more again).

What is the best part?

For me the best part about blogging is being able to share my love and passion for reading. I am not bothered about how many people read and if its only one, I hope that they can take something from at least one of my posts. Whether that’s a recommendation or some tips i’m not too bothered as long as I can type my thoughts and press publish. I also love hearing feedback from those who do take the time to read my posts. (I do appreciate you). I have previously been able to publish Q&A with some of my favourite authors (and have more to be publishes) and I love being able to interact with authors and share their thoughts and tips with you.

What is the worst part?

In my opinion, the worst part about blogging is often thinking about blog posts. I love writing reviews and tbr posts however those in between posts I can sometimes struggle to find an idea that I like enough to post. On these occasions I allow myself time to research and take inspiration from other bloggers and authors.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

To be honest not that long, I tend to use book covers or posters that I create on Canva. I am not a very good photographer and I don’t think any of my photos are good enough to share! I am not too bothered though as the reason I blog is to share my thoughts not my photography skills. Although I do hope to put my own photos in my blogs as I keep blogging.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I have had the opportunity to have some of my favourite authors on my blog already and I am extremely grateful for this. I would love to have Kayla Olsen, Jessi Kirby and Linwood Barclay. I am lucky to also have a Q&A with Claire Askew (author of ‘All the hidden truths) coming out at the end of the month!

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

I think this is completely dependent on the type of post. For reviews it ca take anywhere between 30 mins and 2 hours. For this post it has taken me about hald an hour to write. (I also pride myself on being able to type fast which speeds up the process!) I couldn’t give you one answer for this question.

I Hope you enjoyed this post and if you are a book blogger yourself answer the same questions.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

Unpublished Writing

Unpublished writing can be a variety of things. People who write stories and post them online, those who write dedicated to their favourite programmes or those who wish to be a published author and share their journey are all different kinds of unpublished writing. Even having a blog post can be classed as it.

The reason I am saying this is because not everyone likes to read novels or long stories however would be interested in unpublished writing. I think that reading can be something that when people hear it they automatically think about a physical book. If people are more open and aware of how much reading material is available online and often for free then more people may read. Short stories about your favourite programme may be something that would make you read and that’s good because any reading is good reading.

I think that it is also good for those who are writing these unpublished works as they are able to get there work out into the public without having the need to release a book. It can allow them to try different styles and genres and get real feedback to help them grow their writing skills and portfolio. This can help to build confidence in their writing and therefor the readers have more material to enjoy.

I just wanted to say that there are many ways that you can enjoy reading and become interested in reading as well as helping those who love to write.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(Please comment if you have any unpublished writing you want to share or any you love to read)

Bookish Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner so u thought I would share a list of possible bookish Christmas gifts.

  1. Comfy pyjamas to snuggle up in front of the fire in to read your favourite book.
  2. A new book bag to keep your treasured novels safe
  3. A candle to give your room some atmosphere whilst reading
  4. A new book or series to enjoy Iver the festive period
  5. A bookish subscription box so the gift keeps coming
  6. A personalised book to put the receiver if the gift into the story.

I hope this helps with any last minute gifts!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS Comment your favourite bookish gifts)

Book Perceptions

I think those who do not read books often view them as hard work. I’m not saying that it isn’t time consuming but so is film and TV. I am under no illusion that reading is for everyone but I feel that books shouldn’t least be understood for what they are.

Detailed- I feel as though books are often much more detailed than films or TV programmes (depending on the genre) which often adds another dimension to a story.

Imagination- I know this is a typical one however it is true. Although you are often given a description of a character it’s up to you to to actually create that image. Some people are better than others at that and that’s ok but it’s personal to the person who is reading . On a screen this has already been done for you which may make you less invested in the characters.

Development- books are a good way to help develop your language and literacy skills. If you are reading new books and coming across new vocabulary then you are learning whilst reading.

Enjoyment– books are fun! They allow you to enter another world that is written but also lets you add your own spin on it by creating the scenes in your head.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment on your perception of reading )

‘Would You Rather’ Book Tag

1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

I would rather only read series. I find that the characters are often more developed and the stories are more related to those character. I find that characters are one of the most important part of a book. 

 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

I wouldn’t really mind to be honest but as a female I like strong female leads. 

 3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?

Bookstores. Its much more enjoyable browsing the shelves and flicking through the pages of a book in a bookstore. It has an atmosphere as well as just buying books. 

 4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?

Also a difficult one, I think that movies often have the budget and ability to explore these books but a TV show is better for a series as it can show a series of events throughout the books in a way that’s not rushed. 

 5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?

I would rather read 5 pages per day. It would allow me to enjoy the book instead of racing through them. 

 6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?

I would love to be an author however I don’t feel as though they would be very good 🙂 I enjoy reviewing books however. 

 7.  Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?

That’s a difficult one! I would love to reread my favourite books however I think that being able to read a new one is exciting.

 8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?

I would rather own a bookstore I think. You would have more control over how and what you are selling and choose how to operate your business. 

9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

Favourite genre. I basically do this anyway! It would allow me to be able to read the different styles and structures of various authors.

 10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical books. I find it much more enjoyable when I’m able to physically flick through the pages and get that new book scent!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(please comment your ‘Would You Rather’ book tag !)

Book Organisation

When it comes to my bookshelf there is very little order to it ! I have often tried to organise it into chronological, alphabetical or genre based order however it never seems to last. As soon as I finish a book I dump it on the bookshelf and pick up my next read. Saying that however I do like to have my books in size order but only for aesthetics.

Many people find that having an organised bookshelf allows them to see exactly all they books they have read and are easy to find on these shelf’s and I agree however I find that the time spent organising could be spend reading.

However if you do wish to organise your bookshelf there are different ways you could do this;

  1. Separate your paperbacks and hardbacks
  2. In order of when you read them
  3. In alphabetical order
  4. By colour
  5. By genre or subject
  6. Based on how much you liked the book
  7. By author
  8. By height and size
  9. Seperate fiction and nonfiction
  10. Sperate your to be read books

These are all useful and one day my bookshelf will be completely organised !

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have any other tips or want to share how you organise your books)