Yes! In fact, I have bought books because of the cover caught my eye several times. But I don’t think this is an unusual thing. Nice things appeal to us humans and we are probably going to but the book with the cover we find pretty rather than the book with the cover we don’t like. Just like we rather eat food that looks nice than food that looks terrible.
The Shepherds Crown by Terry Pratchett. It is the final book in his Discworld universe and also the final book released before his death. It is such a bittersweet book because it was the end of a journey that you hoped would never come to a stop. Thankfully (depending on how you look at it) Pratchett was aware that this would be his final book. So he gave us and the characters the ending we deserved. It was brilliant, bittersweet and made me fall in love with this universe all over again.
One of my absolute favourite characters dies in this book and I cried for real when reading it. In comparison to other authors though, Pratchett treats all his characters with the utmost respect and does so even here. It is a sad moment in the book and all characters grieve and it is shown that it is ok. I loved that and it was relatable. I have felt those feelings when people in my life have passed away. It sucks but, in the end, you move on.
I closed this book and despite having more books in the Discworld universe to read (not reading them in order) it felt like finishing a chapter of my life. Might sound weird, but I finished the book and felt like I had grown just by reading it. Had I read all the books in order, I would be able to say that the journey I had started 41 books ago had reached its end. Now I get to go back and visit from time to time since I still have some books to read. However, I have reached the end of the journey of Tiffany Aching’s story. And that was sad. It’s like getting a best friend and then having to say goodbye forever. We know that we will always love each other but we might never see each other again.
So this book hurt, but it also filled me with great joy.
The book I pick for this is Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia. It just arrived in the post today and I picked it up immediately. I already love it and I hope I will love it all the way through.
Here is the plot if you are interested:
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
Reading slumps! Let’s talk about them. We all have them and we will all have them again. Sometimes they only last for days but sometimes they last for months. They are normal and they are annoying but it will pass.
I tend to get stressed when I have a reading slump, simply because I get so frustrated with the fact that I cannot read. Reading is such a huge part of my life and identity and not being able to read is super frustrating. How do I get over them then? I come to the realisation that I read fanfics like every single day, so even if I don’t read actual books I still read.
So what to do if you are in a reading slump?
- Don’t stress. It will only make it worse.
- Do other things you love. Don’t see it as not being able to read, but being able to do things you haven’t done because you’ve been reading.
- Read shorter fiction if you can. If you are into fanfic then it’s the perfect alternative.
- DON’T STRESS! I cannot stress this enough (pun intended).
- Re-read a book you have read before and really loved. My go to is the Harry Potter series or Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
- Start a new book but cut yourself some slack. If it takes you a week to read rather then a couple of days, then let it.
- Like seriously, do not stress. Give yourself time to get over the slump and don’t give yourself a hard time. Slumps happen to all of us for different reasons. Sometimes we need a break and although slumps are rough they are perfect excuses to not read for a while.
I do prefer physical books, mostly because I love having the books on my shelves. But I do read Ebooks and sometimes listen to audiobooks. However, I do find that I have a hard time concentrating when listening to audiobooks. I cant just sit down and listen, I have to do something at the same time, and if it’s not going for a walk or working, I have a tendency to focus more on what I am doing than what I am listening to.
Original Title: Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Number of Pages: 109
First Sentence: N/A
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Are you a special snowflake?
Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?
Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?
Ugh. Please go away.
This book is for the rest of us. These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.
I absolutely loved this graphic novel. It was absolutely hilarious and discussed several topics and situations that I definitely related too. There were many times where I laughed out loud and then went “yeah, that is exactly what it’s like”.
This is just one example of the relatable situations Andersen illustrates for us in this novel. Becoming an adult doesn’t automatically mean that life becomes structured, you become confident and that you are absolutely sure about what you are doing with your life. It’s a brilliant little collection of real-life situations presented in a humoristic way.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do!
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I mean, it wasn’t hyped, because it was released more than 10 years ago, but it was so popular and everybody told me I would love it and I couldn’t even make it halfway through.
I’ve read hyped books that I didn’t love as much as I thought I would but still enjoyed, but overall I do tend to enjoy the books I’ve read that were really hyped up.