Author – Laura
It’s hard to believe, but we could be considered an odd bunch here at The Bookspa. Fortunately we know each other pretty well, and aside from a knowing wink or two when Yasmin starts talking about the Black Dagger Brotherhood :), we could spend hours talking about our favourite book characters.
If you’re a kindred spirit, and you’re happy while away hour after hour discussing the not insignificant virtues of heroes and heroines like Akiva and Karou, then you’re welcome at The Bookspa any time!
You heard it here first – books are making a comeback. Personally I’m not fussy when it comes to reading. Whether it’s my Kindle, a paperback or even (in desperate times) on my smartphone I’m happy as long as I can read. There is something to be said for a physical book though, especially a second hand one. I’m a sucker for floppy pages and worn spines – it feels like the book has been enjoyed and I think thats a good thing. There are others that prefer to keep their books pristine and beautiful, and that’s ok too!
Here in Swindon we have an abundance of libraries, from the very small to the very grand tea-and-toast-serving multicoloured mothership in the centre of town. The beauty of a library is that you can try genres and authors you wouldn’t normally pick up, with no real commitment. If you don’t like it, you can take it back without worrying that you’ve spent a whole £7.99 that could have been spent on wine. I tend to go armed with my ‘To Be Read’ list from Goodreads, then competely ignore it for a pretty cover.
I would encourage everyone, whether you’re a casual reader or a serial book devourer, to join your local library. They often have great kids clubs (perfect for 5 minutes peace perusing the YA shelves) and many also provide tea and cake for a lot less than the local coffee shop. All this and free books? Sounds like a winner to me…
When people say they don’t read it makes me feel sad. They are missing out on so much. Films and TV are great, but there is nothing quite like having your own input into the story. Inventing the characters, the world and relationships. It’s a wonderful thing!
This week I have been trying to read Linger, the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve been really busy, so I’ve been catching a moment here and there; before dinner, after dinner, on my lunchbreak at work…
I finally finished it today, sat on a bench in the beautiful sunshine, surrounded by ducks and flowers. It sounds idyllic, but actually it was a short 30 minute break in which I also had to eat my lunch and buy some tights. Oh the glamorous life I lead.
It led me to think how wonderful life would be if there was a whole day in the week that we could spend just sitting, reading and daydreaming. It seems Lena Dunham feels the same way.
Whatever you’re doing this week, make sure you save some time to get lost in a good book. You won’t regret it!
This is what I think a book hangover is. Not being able to start another book/series because you can’t get the last one you read out of your head.
I don’t often finish a book in one sitting, but when I do this is how I feel!
Author – Kiera.
You might have noticed a pattern with the books I choose to review. I always write about books I loved or at least really enjoyed, and I think there are two reasons for this. The first reason is that I pick books that I’m fairly sure I will enjoy, which is normally determined by it’s genre, author, by recommendations or more importantly my mood. I can’t read Contemporary if I’m in the mood for Dystopian. It just won’t stick. Is anyone else like this?
The second reason is that I have a hard time writing negatively about something that someone has poured their heart and soul into. Reading is so subjective and personal, and while everyone is entitled to their opinion I just don’t feel comfortable with publicly bashing someone’s work. We were talking about this earlier and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was the example. I don’t like thrillers/crime/anything gory/anything scary. I have nothing against any of these things, I’m just a bit of a marshmallow. So I didn’t particularly enjoy Gone Girl. I thought it was well written, and excellently structured so I no idea what was going to happen, but it just didn’t float my boat. So my reading experience was tainted by my own personal traits and preferences and that in turn was reflected in my rating of the book. I guess that’s why being part of a book club is good. It diversifies your reading habits in ways you couldn’t do on your own, and I’m grateful for that. It also means I have to learn how to voice an opinion about certain books that might not be as positive as if I’d picked the book myself.
We all have opinions, and they might be right and they might not, but I think as long as they are discussed respectfully then it’s not a bad thing. Plus chances are you’ll probably learn something new along the way.
It’s been a bit of a rubbish week for us girls to be honest, but fortunately we’ve had our trusty bookshelves (and each other) for support.
There’s something very healing about picking up a fabulous book, getting snuggled in a blanket and switching off the world for a little while.
Let us know your ‘go-to’ book when you’re feeling low!
And now for something a little different…..
Cold days, cold nights, comfy pj’s and candle lights.
A book, some tea, in my chair, upon my knee.
There is a story, to take me away, to a rich world, for me to play.
As a Princess, as a pirate, as a witch or a pilot.
Whatever I become, in the snow or in the sun, I’ll escape to a place, for a little while to have some fun.
And when the story has finished, and my tea cup empty, I’ll be full to the brim, with wonders aplenty.
With glorious imagination, swimming around in my head, from that simple, yet wonderful book, that I have read.
This has happened to us on many occasions – the last time I had ‘that moment’ was after reading Half Bad, by Sally Green. It wasnt until I’d put the book down that I realised how emotional I actually felt! New Moon, The Deathly Hallows and The Green Mile all created a bit of a sobfest as well.
You really do have to have a little quiet time after reading something emotional, just to find your way back into reality. By the time you’ve finished a book you’ve invested so much in the characters that it’s like you’ve made the journey with them. I find a little nap and some chocolate helps!
We’d love to hear which book made you have ‘that moment’.