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

Discussion: The Case for Winter Contemporaries

In general, I am more of a fantasy reader than I am a contemporary one. I have to be in a very particular mood to read contemporaries and more often enough I get the urge to read contemporaries in the summer. That is because I find that the majority of contemporary books take place during the summer. Now, I get why author’s often go for the summer romance route; the school year is done, the sun has come out and it’s the perfect time to build up a relationship. However, with all these summer contemporaries, sometimes the story gets a bit too familiar and predictable.

The lack of winter contemporary books baffles me. Throughout my reading experiences, I’ve only ever come across and read three winter contemporary books; two of those books were an anthology of short stories. Continue reading

Discussion: The Benefits of Re-reading

re-readOne question I often get asked by my family and friends is; why do you re-read a book? You already know what happens so why bother? I love to re-read books and this past month I’ve been re-reading a lot so I thought I’d break down some of the reasons why I love it so much.

1. The little things. When you first read a book it’s always the big, dramatic, plot twisting, out of the blue moments that usually stick with you. When you’re reading a book for the first time you’re introduced to a new character or a new world and you get so swept up in these big moments that you forget about the smaller, quieter moments. This is where the re-read comes into play because when you go to read the book again you already know what you’re facing in these big, loud moments. Therefore, when you read a book for the second time, you pick up on the smaller details that either foreshadows what’s to come, or reveals something new about a character. Sometimes it is these small moments that prove to be more impactful and carry more substance than the big moments do. I often find these moments during a re-read and it only makes the story and character that much more interesting and memorable. Continue reading

Bookish Pet Peeves: Book Covers

In general, the book synopsis is the make or break moment for me when buying new books. However, I’m not going 11808950to lie and more often enough I do gravitate towards books that have awesome covers.

Let’s be real. When you’re looking for a new book in a bookshop the book cover is the first thing we see and our initial reaction usually derives from the book cover. So when I’m looking for a book, I don’t particularly like covers that feature a book model that’s dramatically looking at the camera. Example A – The Sweet Trilogy covers.

There are several reasons why I don’t like this trend. First of all, when I’m reading I like being able to create my own perception and image of the characters; that’s why I don’t fancast because I have already created an image of my own. So when I look at a cover that features the broody looking cover model my perception is immediately being influenced and I don’t get the chance to create a complete image of my own because all I see is the cover model. It’s not fun.
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