Discussion: Why I Should Read More Historical Fiction

History – the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

There’s no doubt that contemporary and fantasy are my go-to book. I never want to limit myself to one particular genre so I’ll read anything and everything that interests me. I’ve not read many historic fiction books but the ones I have read have all been hits. As always, I have to be in the right mood to read historical fiction, but every time I’ve immersed myself in that genre I’ve always enjoyed it. So here are the reasons I should take the time to read more historical fiction titles.

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Discussion: Why I Read Contemporary

Contemporary – living or occurring at the same time.

Contemporary books have always been a go-to of mine. I can find a contemporary book to fit any occasion. From the fluffy romances, to the exploration of our complex world, contemporary books have a lot to offer us. Here are the qualities I love most in a contemporary novel.

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Discussion: Why I Read Fantasy

Fantasy the faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things.

Today is all about fantasy, one of my go to genres. The rise of fantasy is not surprising. From the Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, people have always gravitated towards books that make the impossible possible. There are a lot of reasons people gravitate towards fantasy novels and today I want to highlight the qualities I love the most in a fantasy.

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Dream Book Conference Panel

Happy Monday to you all. We all have a list of authors we would love to meet. Fortunately in this day and age conferences and conventions are a regular occurrence in certain areas. The idea of this post is to share my ideal panel for a book conference.  For this dream panel, I’ve divided the authors into categories by genre and explain why they make up my dream panel. 

Fantasy

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Discussion: How to get over a reading slump.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a discussion post but the dreaded book slump is something we’ve all experience. I think I speak on behalf of most people when I say, it sucks. The question is; how do we get out of it? Do we just stumble along until it magically disappears, or can we take some steps to get us out of it sooner? Here are my 5 tips to get out of a reading slump.

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Character Spotlight: Peeta Mellark

character spotlight 2When I read a book I always find that there are one or two specific characters that stand out for me. Characters are often the subject of numerous discussions because through them we can essentially explore human nature. Some characters are defined by their actions, thought and the part they play in the story. So, I thought why not shine a light on these characters and open up these discussions.

With the release of Mockingjay Part 2 I thought Peeta Mellark would be the perfect candidate for this feature. Personally, Peeta is my favourite character in this franchise and I think the reason behind this is because of his outlook on life. Here we have a character that has endured so much, even from before the games, and instead of succumbing to this bleak, pessimistic view of the world, he chooses to hope and believe that a better future awaits them. Continue reading

Discussion: The Perception of Strength

One of the most prominent features people seem to focus on is character strength. What makes a character strong? As a concept I think strength is quite a complex one in terms of discerning the characteristics that makes someone strong.

However, before looking at specific character strengths, I think it’s important to question the meaning of strength.

Strength
noun: the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigour
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In simple terms, strength related to the sense of being physically strong. However, we all know that there’s more to it than that. Strength does not solely relate to the physical strength of a person. Strength can also be found in ones emotional and mental health. Continue reading