Bookish Musings: I’m Trying Audiobooks… and It’s Not Going Well

I posted a discussion some time ago in which I talked about why I don't like audiobooks, but I've started listening to them lately. Listening to books is a great way for me to rest my eyes (eye strain) and my arms (tennis elbow). I've also found that I enjoy listening while eating and while lying in bed at night before going to sleep. However. I'm having A LOT of issues, some of which I...
 

Bookish Musings: Why Readers Like Characters Who Have Done Awful Things (+ Some Thoughts on The Vampire Chronicles)

The creation of this post has been a curvy path. The original idea came about because of something in The Vampire Chronicles. It got me thinking, so I ended up writing a post about whether rape in books can ever be forgivable. But then I ended up on this whole tangent of why readers might still like a character who has done something bad or seemingly unforgivable. So I decided, instead of...
 

Bookish Musings: Top 5 Strangest Book Reviews I’ve Written

I like to think of this post as proof that a) you really don't need to write "professional" reviews to have a book blog, and b) positive reviews can in fact be fun! I also like finding ways to continue talking about great books that I totally recommend and think people should read, since oftentimes books just get forgotten after the review is posted, and this seemed like a good way to do...
 

Bookish Musings: Imagining Scenes from the POV of a Non-POV Character

Have you ever read a book that was written from the POV of one character, but you imagined what certain scenes or moments or even the whole book must've been like from the POV of another character? I guess we all must to a certain extent or we wouldn't ever empathize with or feel the emotions of other characters when things happen to them. But there was one specific situation in a book that got...
 

Bookish Lists: 3 Book & Song Match-Ups

Books and music just go together beautifully. Personally, I think it's because they both evoke emotions so well, and songs can very much enhance the emotions from a book for me. But, while I do enjoy making whole playlists, sometimes I just end up connecting one song in particular to a book, so here are three book and song match-ups that I think go together...
 

Bookish Musings: 10 Types of Characters Who Would Come in Handy If You Were Stranded On an Island

I was looking through old TTT topics on The Broke and the Bookish for inspiration one day, and I came across one about the top ten characters you'd want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island. First I started thinking things like, "Oh, I want people who could hunt and start fires and survive, maybe people who are knowledgeable enough to make some sort of communication device from the...
 

Bookish Musings: Separating the Author from the Book (Part 2)

A few months ago I had a discussion about whether or not it's possible to still enjoy a book even if you don't like the author as a person. Some of you mentioned the reverse---whether or not the content in a book indicates who an author is as a person. I actually did want to talk about that as well, but it seemed like too much for one post, so here is the second half of the...
 

Bookish Musings: How Much Do We Really Discuss Specific Books?

I'm having a bookish problem. And the problem is that I feel like I rarely ever get to actually discuss specific books. See, I read a book, I review the book, I get some comments (mostly from people who haven't read the book), I read some other reviews on Goodreads, maybe I mention or recommend the book in other types of posts... and that's it. There's no actual discussion going on in there!...
 

Bookish Musings: My 2018 Bookish Goals

Ok, so, I'm using the word "goals," but these aren't things I'm forcing myself to do out of some obligatory feeling; these are things I want to do, things that will make me happy if I do them. But I like to have these "goals" written down as a reminder since it's easy to be led astray by all the shinies out there! So, well, here they are...