| LET’S TALK | WRITING A REVIEW FOR EVERY BOOK YOU READ

Hello lovelies ! How are you ? Today I’m gonna talk about writing reviews. More precisely, about reviewing every book you’re reading.

Lately, I haven’t been as active as usual on my blog. It also includes the time I spent writing my reviews. So the books waiting for their review are stacked on my shelf, waiting for their turn. But, for some of the books, their turn hasn’t come. And I have forgotten what I wanted to say in my review. Which is a problem hahaha !

So I decided to select the books I wanted to talk about. It took me some time to admit I couldn’t reviews all the books I read, to be honest. I took it as a failure. But as I said in another discussion post, I don’t want to feel like I MUST write reviews, blogging is my hobby.

So yeah, I’m still very late with writing my reviews but I know there are books that won’t get theirs and I’m now okay with that. No more useless pressure.

| LET’S TALK | HOW TO FIND BALANCE BETWEEN BLOGGING AND THE OTHER PARTS OF YOUR LIFE

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Hello lovelies !! It has been a long time since I posted a discussion post ! Today I’m gonna talk about how difficult it is to have a balanced life. And by that I mean balanced between your blogging life, work and your social life.

Let’s be honest, blogging is like having a second job. It takes time. Writing reviews, finding ideas for original posts, making memes and challenges, it’s time consuming. And let’s not forget the most important part of the book blogging  : the reading time !

For the last 3 years, I wrote posts mainly the evenings, with my TV on. And I had a LOT of time left for reading. That is, until I moved into my own flat, with all the duties that came with it. Less reading time, more chores. But I managed to find a good blogging pace nonetheless. I wrote my reviews during my lunchbreaks.

But for the last 3 months, I’ve struggling to keep a good blogging schedule. My social life is taking more time (and I’m really happy about it), and I also started practicing crossfit. And it also takes a lot of time. To be honest, I felt a lot of pressure because my blogging situation. Seeing how spare my posts became, how my stats dropped, really it stressed me out. And I realized something. It shouldn’t. Blogging isn’t my job, it’s my hobby. It shouldn’t stress me. So, I’m trying a new approach. I try to write posts and schedule them whenever I can. But if I can’t find time to write a post, it’s okay. Because I’m happy with how my life is right now.

What about you ? How do you manage to balance everything ?

| LET’S TALK | REREADING BOOKS

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Hello lovelies ! it’s time for a discussion post. Today I want to talk about rereading books. It can be considered an aberration to reread a book when your TBR pile is as huge as mine is but I like to reread some of my books.

Why, you may ask ? Well, for many reasons.

First, I like to reread books that I loved. I don’t know why, but it feels like home, you know ? That feeling that you’re going back into a beloved world, with some of your favorite characters… Yeah I definitively find it appealing !

I also reread when I need a fresh reminder of the story. When I pick a sequel, sometimes the story is a little blurry in my mind. Rereading the previous books is then a necessity !

Have you ever suffered from a reading slump ? It’s every reader’s worst enemy ! Well, my way of fighting it is to pick one of my favorite books and reread it. Aaaand that’s how we go back to the first reason I mentionned earlier !  Reading a story I adore is somehow curing me from my slump !

That’s it ! Do you reread books ? If so, why ?

|LET’S TALK | UNHAULING BOOKS

let's talk about unhauling

Hello lovelies ! I’m here with a new discussion post ! It has been a while since I posted one of these !
Today I want to talk about unhauling books.

For a looong time, this idea never crossed my mind. My bookshelves have always been big enough to shelter both books I loved/enjoyed and books I didn’t really appreciate or DNF’d.
Having a bookshelves full of books was the more important than having a shelf with only books I could reread.

I still have some room left on my huge bookshelves, so for now it’s not a room issue. Moreover, I’m planning on adding wall shelves on my bedroom, for my French mass paperbacks.
But I realized something : I have some books, even some that I did enjoy when I read them, that will never reread. Which means, they’re wasting some shelf space, and they could make someone else happy.
So I started thinking about unhauling some of said books. Don’t worry, it only concerns very few books. And I stil haven’t made up my mind completely. Because let’s be honest, I’m very proud of how my bookshelf looks, with all these books I bought throughout these past years.

So, even though I’m not decided yet, I started considering it. Which is a good start, right ?!

What about you ? Do you unhaul books you know you won’t reread ?

 

| LET’S TALK | BOOK RATING

let's talk about book rating

Hello lovelies ! It has been such a long time since I posted a discussion post ! It was than time to change that !
Today I want to talk about how difficult it is to rate a book. As book bloggers, or more generally reviewer, we often make it.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s almost an automatism. I don’t think a lot while rating a book. You might ask why. Most of the time, my rating is either a 4 or a 5. It’s not because I’m always reading amazing books.

So, obviously, I take the plot, the characters, their developments and the writing style into consideration. It’s the basics ! But the way I felt while reading the book can change my rate by half a star. Sometimes, the book is simple, with a used and reused plot, and cliché characters. But if I had a great time reading it, wanting to stay home to finish it, well it will raise my rating. My final rating depends on my feels !
I know for other bloggers, their rating is way more serious than mine.

Anyway, I find it very tricky to be honest. It’s difficult to decide what makes a book a 3 stars instead of a 4 stars, you know ? Knowing people are reading reviews before buying a book, that your review can influence them… I don’t know,it feels important to rate a book with care !

So, how do you rate the books you’re reading ? I wanna know how you’re doing it !

| LET’S TALK | CHANGES OF MAIN CHARACTER(S) IN A SERIES

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Hello lovelies ! It has been a long time since I made a discussion post. Today I wanna talk about the change of main character in a series.

I am currently reading Dark Triumph by Robin Lafevers. It’s the second book in His Fair Assassin. The first book, Grave Mercy was taking place around Ismae. The book follows her on a very important mission regarding Gavriel Duval. But the second book follows Sybella, another girl trained at the convent. She crossed path with Ismae in the previous book, though. It’s the first time I read a fantasy series with a change of main character !

I am used to this change of MC in contemporary/romance series. Usually I don’t mind it, in the contemporary or romance books. It allows the writer to publish a whole series, to stay in a world they have built. Because let’s be honest, a whole romance series around the same MC, it’s pretty rare. I only have the After series in mind. Or maybe it happens when there are a lot of MC, such as in The Islanders series.

But to be honest, I find it rather disturbing in a fantasy series. I get it, His Fair Assassin is not a trilogy but rather companion novels. But I feel like we don’t get to really get attached to the characters. It’s easier when it’s a contemporary series because it’s easier to identify yourself to said character or to a situation. Moreover, we always know a lot about their feelings haha !
So I really prefer it the old fashioned way : a fantasy series with the same MC posse !

What about you, what’s your opinion on the matter ?

 

| LET’S TALK | PAPERBACKS, HARDBACKS & E BOOKS

Let's talkHello everyone ! It has been a long time since I posted a discussion post, I know ! And here I come back, with a way too seen topic. I know, I know. But lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of the different forms of a book.

Let’s start with the ones I own the most : the paperbacks. I love them because they’re pretty, not too heavy and they’re cheaper than their big brothers. But they get damaged pretty easily… And that’s an issue.

The hardbacks now. I really love my hardbacks. They are so gorgeous on my shelves ! They’re a bit pricey but they’re worth it ! It’s just that they’re really heavy so it can’t be difficult to read them, you know ? You’ve got to find a suitable position so your arms are not hurting from holding it.

Now for the e books. I own a kindle but I’m not a huge fan of e books. The reason is simple : I’m a book hoarder and I can’t put my e books on my shelves and that’s SO frustrating ! But  have to admit that it can be practical : when traveling you don’t have to suffer from a back pain because you’re bringing too many books ! (or, other case, you don’t have to bring an extra suitcase JUST for your books !). And they’re way cheaper ! Let’s be honest, I bought some e books I wasn’t sure I would like. And, most of the time, when I love an e book, I always end up buying a physical copy of it !

In the end, I find all these different kind of books convenient in their own ways ! What about you, are you more hardbacks, paperbacks or e books ?