Bookish Musings: Free vs. Paid – Are All Free Books Really Worse Than Paid Books? (Guest Post)

Everyone get excited because today I have my first guest post! We all know that myth that if something is more expensive, that means it's better. And while that might be true of some things, is it true of books? Cassie is a blogger at Culture Coverage, and today she'll be discussing free books as well giving suggestions for where you can find some potential great ones. Take it away,...
 

Bookish Musings: Have You Ever Enjoyed a Textbook?

Despite no longer being in school myself, the recent start of a new school year has inspired me. Textbooks are generally such dreaded things it seems, and sometimes for good reason. Especially when it's a required class that you have no interest in. It also seems that many people, especially in high school, never even bothered reading the textbooks at all. But I did. I was that person. I have...
 

Bookish Musings: Why I Don’t DNF Books

I was commenting on Aralyn's post over at Paper Addictions & Magic about why people might DNF books when I realized just how often it seems I find myself trying to explain why I don't DNF. And so I figured, why not just make a post about it? It seems I'm in the minority with this (nothing new there), so it might be good to have an explanation out there to explain to all the DNFers why us...
 

Bookish Musings: Do Spoilers Actually Ruin Books?

There are lots of discussions about spoilers out there, but I wanted to make my own statement about spoilers, one that I realized recently and that I've never seen anyone mention. And I guess I also maybe wanted to make a case for all the books out there that have been spoiled but don't deserve to be ditched for that reason alone. So here I go, about to play the devil's advocate, all for the sake...
 

Bookish Musings: Are Abandoned Series Still Worth It?

We all know the dreaded scenario: *turns off lights and holds flashlight underneath face* You get one, two, three, maybe even four or more books deep into a series when it stops, possibly on a cliffhanger, and then suddenly... *dramatic pause* There are no more books! That is just the worst. Except recently I actually read the first book in a series I knew was abandoned and am contemplating...
 

Bookish Musings: Consistency in Book Series

For anyone who doesn't already know this about me, I am a series girl. I absolutely adore series and much prefer them to standalone books. There are so many reasons that I love series, but that's not really what this post is about. Instead, I want to talk about consistency among series because, well, it's been a bit of a problem for me lately. And when I have a bookish problem, I bring it to you...
 

Bookish Musings: How Different Would Humans Be if We were Immortal Like Paranormal Creatures?

I say "we" as though I am one of you. Muahahahaha! Just kidding. Or am I...? Anyway, that was a long title, but I didn't know any other way to accurately portray what this discussion will be about. Actually I'm still not sure that's accurate, but close enough. You see, I read LOTS of paranormal and urban fantasy, so I end reading about creatures with immortality or extended lifespans quite often....
 

Bookish Musings: 3 Things Every Character Inexplicably Knows How to Do (But I Don’t)

There are certain things that seem to pop up in so many books, and even movies and TV shows, and every time they do, I find myself wondering, well, 1) why they pop up so often, but mostly 2) how the characters know how to do these things in the first place. So I decided it's high time I took to the internet and find out whether it's just me who lacks the worldly experience and unflinching...
 

Bookish Musings: Do 5 Star Books Really Need to Be Perfect?

Do you like my graphic? There was no literal way to represent the topic, so I went with a visual metaphor, which is pretty fitting considering my blog name ;-) but I digress. I admit that I am notoriously stingy when it comes to giving out 5 star ratings for books. Well, notorious may have been a bit of an exaggeration as I'm not exactly famous and most of you probably didn't even know that about...
 

Bookish Musings: Broad vs. Narrow Scope in Books

I am having a very genre-specific problem at the moment. It's getting harder and harder to find sci-fi or fantasy books anymore that aren't about saving the world. Whatever happened to just saving a loved one? Or pulling off a heist? Or escaping a kidnapper? Or completing a journey? Or finding something/someone? I mean, seriously, there are a million different goals a book can have, as proven by...