Bookish Musings: I Want Reading to Stop Being Stressful and Start Being Fun Again

Bookish Musings: I Want Reading to Stop Being Stressful and Start Being Fun Again

When you get involved in the online book community, it's easy to get mired in this feeling of competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency. Not only are you made aware of so many more books that sound amazing, there's so much focus on reading more, reading faster, reading everything. There are goals and challenges and, on occasion, people being shamed for reading a certain way. I don't know...
 
Bookish Musings: 3 Book & Song Match-Ups (2)

Bookish Musings: 3 Book & Song Match-Ups (2)

I've said before that I love pairing books and music because they just go so well together. The right song can really enhance the reading experience, and sometimes you find a song that just perfectly embodies the feeling or vibe of a book, scene, or character. Also, books and songs are both just great, and I love recommending the good ones I find. So here are three more book and song...
 
Bookish Musings: How Much Do You “See” and “Hear” in Your Head While Reading?

Bookish Musings: How Much Do You “See” and “Hear” in Your Head While Reading?

If you've been on Twitter lately, you've probably seen some tweets going around about the different ways different people's brains work. Some people have a constant inner monologue, while others don't hear any words in their mind. Some people can visualize images vividly, some see nothing in their minds, and some see things in varying ways in-between the two extremes. As a reader, I can't help...
 
Bookish Musings: 5 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2020

Bookish Musings: 5 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2020

I had really wanted to do a post with 20 books I'm looking forward to in 2020 because, you know, all those 20s seemed fun. Unfortunately, my body couldn't quite handle all that as these types of posts are a lot of work, but I can at least talk about a few books! So I chose five books I'm excited for right now that are either standalones or the first book in a new series. Some of them may already...
 
Bookish Musings: Character Names I’ve Mispronounced

Bookish Musings: Character Names I’ve Mispronounced

This is just a quick, fun post because I haven't done any fun posts or discussions in a while. I had really wanted to get something else posted today, to be honest, because I have a couple posts that really ought to be posted at the beginning of the year, but oh well. My headaches have been too much of a problem lately, and those posts require too much staring at the computer screen, so hopefully...
 
Bookish Musings: Top Ten Books/Series I Read in 2019 + Some Non-Bookish Things

Bookish Musings: Top Ten Books/Series I Read in 2019 + Some Non-Bookish Things

I know I say this every year, but this really is one of my favorite posts of the year. What book blogger doesn't love talking about their favorite books??? I was afraid I might not find as many great books as usual this year since I wasn't able to read as many, but it turns out I went for quality over quantity because I still found so many amazing ones. So here are my top ten top eleven favorites...
 
Bookish Musings: Top Ten Characters from Books I Read in 2019

Bookish Musings: Top Ten Characters from Books I Read in 2019

Characters are the heart of books for me, so, as usual at this time every year, it's time for me to talk about my favorites! The way authors can create entirely new people and make them feel real is always incredible, but there are some characters that stand out more than others, whether it's because they're so relatable or unique or interesting or sweet, and these are my favorites (which may...
 
Bookish Musings: I Want More Books about… Vampires without the Tropes & Cliches

Bookish Musings: I Want More Books about… Vampires without the Tropes & Cliches

Since I love vampire books, it makes sense that I do, in fact, enjoy some of the vampire tropes out there. If I didn't, I probably wouldn't be a fan. And some of my absolute favorite books are about pretty typical gorgeous, brooding vampires. So I'm not complaining that books with the tropes exist. But all tropes all the time can get repetitive and boring. That's why I also happen to love when...
 
Bookish Musings: Opening Lines

Bookish Musings: Opening Lines

I don't think the first line of a book has to be the absolute best. Truthfully, how many people are reading ONLY the first line and then giving up on a book? I do think a great first line can hook a reader who might've been on the fence though. And regardless, I just thought it'd be a fun idea to look at the opening lines of some different books... and have a fight to the death! Just kidding...
 
Bookish Musings: I Want More Books about… Different Hobbies & Interests in the SFF Genre

Bookish Musings: I Want More Books about… Different Hobbies & Interests in the SFF Genre

Gosh I'm bad at writing post titles sometimes. But that's ok, hopefully the post itself will make up for it! So here's a thing I've noticed in sci-fi/fantasy books. The characters and the stories usually don't have a lot going on outside of the sci-fi/fantasy aspects and, usually, the romance. No hobbies or passions or interests or pasttimes. Occasionally they'll have some interest, but it...