Some Bookish Cakes

I recently found some delicious looking book cakes online and though I would share some with you. It might give you inspiration to get baking or just make you want cake by either way you will get to see these beautiful decorated cakes. ( None of these cakes are my own but I may try and attempt them !)

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Source : a very bookish cake, Frankie Magazine

Many Thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your opinion on these cakes !)

Talking with Female Serial Killers – Mini Review

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Talking with Female Serial Killers’ is a book written by Christopher Berry-Dee, released in May 2018, which looks at the most chilling female serial killers in the world. Christopher Berry-Dee is a criminologist and author who has previously released books on true crime including ‘Talking with Female Serial Killers’ and ‘Monster’. The book looks at those women who not only kill but kill again and again.

In this book, Berry-Dee looks at the female killers who are the masterminds behind the murders as well those who kill under the influence of a partner such as Myra Hindley and Rosemary West. He looks at the motives behind their crimes as well as looking at those killers who were influences by being victims themselves or a witness to crime.

I enjoyed reading this book as I find learning why people kill fascinating however I felt that the book was confusing at times skipping between stories and events. The information given was necessary in explaining the crimes but I think it could have been written in a smoother structure as at times I felt lost and was insure what part I was reading.  I also think this book’s title was misleading as there were no real interviews with any serial killers. There were quotes from previous interviews conducted by Berry-Dee and others however which helped to understand where the convicted females stand.

I have read a lot of reviews on this book and feel that a lot of them were unfair. The book is an interesting read and I did enjoy reading it even after what I said above. A lot of reviews stated that it was badly written and full of too many adjectives and metaphors however I do feel that this was the case due to the writer trying to get people more engaged as well as adding a little bit of humour to a dark book.

Overall, I would say that if you are interested in reading about female serial killers then it is a good book however do not expect for there to be lengthy interviews with them. I personally quite liked this book but do be aware than many people didn’t enjoy this book.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your opinion on this book or if you have read another book about female serial killers)

Audio Books

 

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Audio books have become much more popular now thanks to them being quick and easy to access and with more and more books being released in this format alongside the traditional paper there is much more choice. Audio books are often seen as a way to enjoy books whilst having a busy lifestyle without having to physically read something. I personally feel that audio books are a great way to experience a book however I still think that reading a paper copy is much more engaging and you become more invested in the book.

Although I feel as though listening to audio books doesn’t engage you as much as reading the book, it can often introduce people into the world of literature as it seems much more attainable to listen to something on your phone instead of carrying a book with you. You can listen to an audio book whilst travelling to school or work, whilst in bed going to sleep, whilst you are doing or working on another thing and can therefore be a great way to enjoy literature. It is much easier to multi task whilst listening to the story. I think that audio books are best when listening to an autobiography or memoir as it adds a bit of personality to the stories and experiences of the author. This is especially the case when the author themselves reads the book for the audio version. This can be seen in comedian/actress  Amy Poehler’s book ‘Yes, Please’ where she reads her book out and adds more of her personality and shares more of her experiences through her tone and anecdotes. In her book there are also sections written by others such as Seth Meyers and her parents who get the chance to read their own parts and add their personality into their sections. It makes you feel as though she is telling you personally and that you are a part of this secret club. I think Amy Poehler’s audio version of her book is a great example of how to do an audio book and autobiography very well and makes a great book. It is a whole new experience to reading and can often introduce people to new genres and books they wouldn’t choose to read.

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I think that reading the books allow you to engage more as you have your full attention on the book and the characters where as you don’t always have your full attention listening to an audio book. People often choose to listen to an audio book whilst doing something else and therefore they are not totally invested into it and often miss parts of the story. I believe this is the case for fictional books more that non-fiction as there are often sub-plots that need attention to understand. You also need to have technology that supports audio books as well as having power in that technology. You don’t need to have charge or power to read a book but you do to listen to an audio book. This leaves audio books less accessible to all.

Overall, I would say that audio books have more positives than negatives but it is completely personal whether you like to listen to them yourself. I personally enjoy listening to an audio book whilst travelling somewhere or as I fall asleep as it allows me to enjoy a book that I wouldn’t necessary choose to read. I think I will always prefer to read a physical book but I also appreciate listening to an audio book.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you enjoy listening to audio books or have any audio books that you would recommend)

What would make me give a book a 5/5 rating?

  1. Well-developed characters. To me this is the most important part of a book. If a character is not well-developed then they can often be unrealistic or hinders the intended storyline. You may be more focused on trying to understand the character rather than exploring the storyline and events.
  2. It has to be well structured. This can mean different things to different people so it is completely personal. I prefer having shorter and a larger number of chapters rather than one continuous prose or large sections as it allows me to see progress much easier and provide myself with reading targets. For example to read a chapter before I go to sleep. Even although this is preferred I have read book that are more of a continuous prose and enjoyed it however it has to be written in an engaging way to keep me reading.
  3. It stimulates your brain. A good book has to engage your thoughts and allow you to regularly form your own opinions and feelings for the book and its characters. You must be fully invested into the book and want to continue reading in order to fully enjoy the storyline.
  4. Well-written. The book has to be well-written in an engaging way. This completely depend on the genre and target audience but if, for example, your boo is aimed at a younger audience or children then you have to write it in a way that engages them. Easy to understand language and quick sentences. Whereas crime novels may focus on the correct terminology and language. A book that I have read that was extremely well-written was ‘Call Me by Your Name’ by Andre Aciman. It is written in a beautiful manner that is almost like poetry in the way it flows throughout the pages.

These are a few important factors that I judge a book off of but this isn’t what everyone would prioritise. I personally prioritise character development whereas others may choose the structure. This is my opinions and I hope it helps you to find yours.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment what makes you rate a book 5/5)