50-day bookish challenge – Day 31: How do you think you would be described if you were in a book?

Medium height. Blue/purple shoulder length hair. Hazel eyes, freckles, dimples. Wears glasses. Strong legs, muffin top, strong arms and shoulders. Laughing and talking a lot around people.

Yeah, I’m happy with that 🙂

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50-day bookish challenge – Day 30: Can you leave a series unfinished or do you have to own all the books and try them all?

I usually must at least own all the books in series if I plan to read it. Mostly because I like having all the books on my shelf. It has happened though, that I bought all the books in a series then read the first book and disliked it. Then I feel like I have to read the other books just because I otherwise would have wasted money on them. But I can leave a series unfinished for a long time without feeling the need to read all the books one after another.

For instance, I have been reading the second Percy Jackson series for over a year now and have only gotten through three of the five books. Not because they are difficult to read but because I have not felt the need to read them all at once.

50-day bookish challenge – Day 28: The first book that comes to mind, tell us about it. Rant

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.

50-day bookish challenge – Day 27. Name a book that you own starting with (pick a letter). Have you read it? Did you like it? If you haven’t read it, are you looking forward to it?

E.

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.

50-day bookish challenge – Day 26: Free space (Ask any question you want)

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.

50-day bookish challenge – Day 25: Do you prefer physical books, Ebooks or audiobooks? (there is no wrong answer)

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.