New Reads

So following my recent post about trying to start or join a book club, I ended up joining Blind Date With A Book. It’s a simple concept. You go on their website and have the choice on genres or having them completely random – then for six months they send you one book a month to read. So far I have no complaints on the choices that have been sent to me – I did my order to come ASAP, so at the start of the month I received two of my six.

The company themselves are genuinely lovely people. You get a note with each book and a few bookmarks in the inserts. The note says effectively that if you have already met your ‘date’ to drop them an email and they will try to sort it out for you. Knowing my luck the first book I received was one I have already. One I have the whole series for. I dropped them a quick email to explain the situation and they were so sweet about getting it sorted. They sent me a new book first class and I received it the next evening. Also the person who dealt with me made me giggle over email because they were just sweet. They told me they were worried the same would happen, and if that was the case they would go on a mission to find me something niche.

Enough of my rambling and let’s get back on subject; New reads I have.

So it’s not a long list because I find when you make the list excessively long, it doesn’t get done.

  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

 

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When I received this book I was unsure what it would be about – The clues given to me about the book were as follows: Pet Dodos, Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy and Funny. I do love fantasy books that have humour. And who doesn’t love Dodos. My dad says it’s a good read and thinks I’ll enjoy it. So I will keep you updated on how that goes.

 

  • Night At The Circus – Angela Carter

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Having read Angela Carter during my college classes, I am no stranger to her works! I love her writing style and the creativity she brought to her stories. The Bloody Chamber, although a staple read for my exams, was super interesting and something I have considered picking up again. Let’s see how this one goes!

  •  What If This Were Enough – Heather Havrilesky

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I bought this book at 2am whilst listening to a podcast that I binge religiously. They were speaking about this book and I just had to buy it! Although it’s not a fiction book with plot, I glanced through the index of essay titles and I am super interested in starting this.

I know this post is long by my standards but I will end it on one thing. So I’m ‘supposed’ to be paying off my credit cards and saving some money for a new tattoo but I was cheeky and I bought myself something. If my cousin is reading this, I may have skipped this purchase out of our honestly conversation earlier. Sorry, still love you! But I bought myself a Moleskine passion journal for books I have read. I know some people will say, ‘why not use a normal notebook?’ or ‘why specifically Moleskine?’ But let me tell you it is just an aesthetically pleasing journal. The information you can record. The organisation of the whole thing. I think I’m having a moment. There may be a tear in my eye.

I’ll stop being silly now and go back to reading fan fiction. Because I set myself up to procrastinate.

P.S. this isn’t a sponsored post. My sorry excuse of a blogger doesn’t have enough dedication and reach for that kind of thing. I just really like the company haha. Please check them out! https://blinddatewithabook.com/

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Some books in my reading pile

So following on from my ‘Reading list and Motivation’ post ( link – https://elizalilysmiles.blog/2017/03/02/reading-list-and-motivation/ ) whereby I talk about how I choose which book to read next. I only realised now I didn’t mention anywhere which books were apart of that method. So, clears throat, here I am with just a few titles in my reading list to date.

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Reading list and motivation

Hi guys!

Today we are going to talk about my way of picking books to read and my motivation for reading. Now I read a hell of a lot of books in my spare time. I just really love reading. I read on my phone, on my computer, on my way to work on my kindle, and just good ol’ paperbacks. Reading for me is such a great escape – I could be sat on the packed Victoria line in reality, but in my mind I’m investigating ‘The Maze’ or escaping the law because I’m a halfskin. Both of these references are from books by Tony Bertauski, one of my current favourite authors – but he will have his own dedicated post.

I have a really bad habit of buying books every time I walk into a bookshop and I end up with piles and piles of things I want to read but don’t have the time too or can’t decide on what to read next. And it’s not as if I read one solid genre – I jump between genres, from YA to hard hitting thrillers. I feel like it broadens my creative mindset and allows me to see different perspectives in works. I’m tangenting. 

So I’ve devised a really awesome way of picking what I read next. 

It all starts with a pack of post it notes and a pen. I start by writing all the books I’m interested in reading and write each title on a post it – I write it in the side where the adhesive is on the top. Once I’ve written them all out I flip them over and shuffle them about. Once shuffled I number all of them randomly and then place them in a pile – I try not to look at what order they have ended up in because i like surprises haha! I then place them on a large piece of card. It kind of looks like a book advent calendar by the end of it, but this means whenever I finish a book I just go the the next number on the list. This works for me as I never have the option to overthink a choice. But sometimes I forget what books I’ve bought and then I flip over a post it and see a title I’d completely forgotten and get excited all over again.

This method sometimes fails me if I have a whole series of books and the number I pick is the sequel to a book I’m still yet to read. Then I’m left to decide if I just grab book one or pick the next number along.

I follow a blog on here, https://bluchickenninja.com/ and she has this really awesome method on picking books to read next called a TBR jar. She writes all the names on little bits of paper and randomly picks them out of a jar. I really like this method as you are completely unaware of what could be next. Plus if done creatively you could have them in a really cute jar that’s you’ve decorated.

I feel like my motivation for reading comes from my little cousins. Their imagination is something else and they are always intrigued by even the smallest of things. When my cousin or myself read them books, the wonder in their eyes really pushes me to find myself like that when I’m reading a book. It might be their oblivious view on the world but we all need a bit of wonder.

I’ll add some visuals to this post a bit later but I’m going to post this now – I’m behind on my schedule already because I was sidetracked by my knitting yesterday. I never learn do I. 

I’ll also be adding a link to my good reads account once I remember the logins for it so you guy can keep up to date with what I’m reading and how I’m finding each book.

Hope you enjoy guys and find some really nifty ways to pick what you’re reading next! 

See you next post guys whereby I tell you how I decide my workout routine for my exercise sessions.

Eli