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WWW Wednesday – November 20th

“Even in death the boys were trouble.”

First line in The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Hi, guys. Wednesday means that my weekly update is coming right at you through WWW Wednesday. It’s a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What did you recently finish?

20 minutes before writing this I finished The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, the final book in the Winternight Trilogy. I think my rating will end on 4.5 because the only negative thing I have to say about it is that it dragged a little at some points. Overall, I’ve been so plesantly surprised by the last two books in this trilogy, which both were read this month. They are the kind of books that I keep thinking about even when I’m not reading them. Vasya and her bravery is defenitely something I will return to when I’ve convinced myself that I’m afraid to do something. How she overcomes her fears and insecurities is truly inspiring.

What are you currently reading?

I’m in the middle of 2 books at the moment. I’m still reading The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead but I only have 30 pages left. Somehow it feels like an impossible task to just read those few pages. I find it so boring and can barely read more than 10 pages at the time. It’s not a book that focuses a whole on the feelings of the characters. Instead it’s mainly just describing events in a sort of detached manner. I need more of an emotional connection to characters to be invested.

I’m also reading The Fever King by Victoria Lee, which I really didn’t intend to start this week. I was forced to start an ebook for the stupidest reason: there were no lights on the bus on my Friday morning commute. It’s not possible to read a physical book in pitch black darkness, so it was lucky enough that I had The Fever King on my phone. I’m only 11% into it but actually really loving it. It’s kind of dystopian and fantasy all mixed in one, so consider me intrigued.

(also that cover!)

What do you think you’ll read next?

I actually know the answer this week! I have Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ready as my new commute book now that I finished The Winter of the Witch. I’m so scared to read it, but my expectations are so low that it has all the opportunities to surprise me.

That’s how my week is looking. What are you reading right now?

Until next time,

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WWW Wednesday – November 13th

“A girl rode a bay horse through a forest late at night.”

First line in The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Hi, guys. It’s somehow Wednesday again so my weekly update is coming right at you through WWW Wednesday. It’s a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What did you recently finish?

Since last week I’ve finished 2 books. First was The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden and that is now a new favorite of mine. I loved this second book in the Winternight Trilogy so much more than the first, and that is mainly because Vasya is the best character ever in this one.

I also finished You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman, which I gave 3 stars. It kind of felt like a worse version of Radio Silence by Alice Oseman because the themes are so similar. I would probably have given this a higher rating had I not read Radio Silence first.

What are you currently reading?

After finishing The Girl in the Tower I picked up the next book in the series, The Winter of the Witch. Storywise, it picks up right where the previous book ended which sort of makes it feel like I’ve been reading one long book and not two. I don’t mind it though, because I’m still loving it.

I’ve also started The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I have to admit that literary fiction is a difficult genre for me. I can tell that the writing is great and all… I’m just so bored. Luckily, it’s a very short book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Why is this always so difficult for me to answer? I don’t know what I’ll read next. I hope the library will give at least one of the books I have on hold. Both Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson seem to realistic. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll probably just pick something at random at the library.

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Should readers read books outside their own age range?

“Your Noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt.”

First line in The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Welcome fellow readers. I hope you’re having a great day and thank you for stopping by. Today’s post is for the weekly meme Let’s Talk Bookish, which is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books. Each week we dicuss a different book related topic, and this week the topic is: Should readers read books that aren’t for their target age?

It’s a heavily debated topic we’re diving into today. Therefore, I’ll start with providing a light definition of these age ranges.

Middle Grade

  • Written for ages 8 to 12
  • No profanity or graphic violence
  • Romance is limited to crushes and innocent first kisses.
  • Themes often revolve around friendship, bullying and family.
  • The characters don’t do much self-reflection, but instead react to their immediate surroundings.

Young Adult

  • Written for ages 13 to 18
  • Romance and sexuality are prevalent themes although no graphic sexual content is allowed.
  • The characters are often put in new and difficult situations and the books deal with the struggles to find one’s place in the world.
  • Relies more on self-reflection than middle grade books.

Adult

  • Written for ages 18 and older
  • Anything goes.
  • A more complex story and setting is allowed although not required.

Disclaimer: these aren’t definitive explanations because those don’t really exist. They are just to give you an idea of what I’m referring to when I mention the age ranges.

Now, when discussing the topic of reading outside of one’s age range there are two sides: to read books meant for someone older and to read books meant for someone younger. Let’s start with the first one.

Reading books written for older readers

In my opinion, this is where we run into most problems. As you might have noticed when reading the definitions above, MG and YA are mainly defined by what isn’t allowed in those books. These restrictions are there for a reason, and that is mainly to protect children and teens from content they aren’t mature enough for. I’m not an expert on the minds of children, so I’m going to go much more into that here.

However, I’m also all for breaking the rules. For a middle grade reader that means the parents can allow a book meant for someone older, if they deem it appropriate for their child. They know the child best, and in such cases I don’t think age ranges should be looked at too rigidly.

With teens, I’m fairly certain they can make these decisions themselves. Also, if you tell a 15-year-old they aren’t allowed to do something, you can be certain that’s exactly what they’ll do. Instead, I think it’s more important that teens figure out their own reading tastes and that include reading something they don’t like. I highly doubt they’ll be scarred for life.

To sum up, I don’t think anyone should feel forced to read books meant for someone older, but I do believe it can very educational in terms of figuring out what one likes as a reader.

Reading books written for younger readers

As you can probably tell, I have far less issues with ‘reading down’. There’s no more worrying about not being emotionally ready for certain topics. You can just read what you want.

To more specifically answer the question of the week: should readers read books that are written for younger readers? I think you should at least give it a shot. Reading books meant for children or teens can give you a great insight into the mind workings of these age groups. We’ve all been that age, but we tend to forget what actually mattered at that point in our life. Reading MG and YA can therefore be quite benefitial if you in your day to day life surround yourself with children or teens.

However, if you’ve tried MG and YA and didn’t like it, then of course, you shouldn’t read it. Just don’t look down on other readers who do enjoy it. We’re past that, aren’t we?

To just elaborate on that – I think it’s perfectly fine for adults to read MG and YA as long as you review the book with that in mind. What is deemed great in an adult novel, isn’t necessarily deemed great in a YA novel and vice versa. The result can be a too low rating for a MG or YA novel and that might discourage someone from the target age from reading it.

This section summed up: read what you want but be aware of what you’re reading.

That was a bit of a long one, so thank you if you read all of it. I hope it made you think just a little bit. What are your thoughts on these age ranges? Do you read books that technically aren’t meant for you? Let me know in the comments.

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WWW Wednesday – November 6th

“It was midday and the passageway quiet and cool.”

First line in Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Hi, guys and welcome to another WWW Wednesday. It’s a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What did you recently finish?

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner which is book 5 in The Queen’s Thief series. It’s also the last published book in the series which means that I’m finally caught up. I loved the book so much however! I meant to take my time with it but it completely took over my entire Sunday. I read it as an ebook and the last 60% was just over in a flash. So now I wait for the sixth and final book in the series.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading two books as usual. My commute book is still The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, which I started last week. I have about 110 pages left. My feelings about it haven’t changed – I still can’t get enough of it. Everyday I’m hoping my 45 minute bus ride will be longer because I just want to keep reading. Yes, I’m actually wishing for more time on public transportation. That’s how much I love it.

Just last night I started You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman, so I’m only a single chapter into that. The first impression isn’t that great though. That first chapter felt incredibly rushed. I feel like I’ve already been introduced to every single character and all the plot points – both big and small. I didn’t have time to grab onto any of it, but that can change of course so crossing my fingers.

What do you think you’ll read next?

As soon as I finish The Girl in the Tower, I’m going to pick up the final book in the trilogy The Winter of the Witch (see me being good and finishing series). I’ve already picked it up from the library so it’s for sure happening.

How is your week going? Also, let me know if you’ve read The Winternight Trilogy and what you thought of it.

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WWW Wednesday – October 30th

“Jarred stood unnoticed in the crowd thronging the great hall of the palace.”

First line in The Forests of Silence by Emily Rodda

Hi, guys and welcome to another WWW Wednesday. It’s a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

2 books (techically 3 when I’m writing this). This weekend I started Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner, which is book 5 in The Queen’s Thief series. It is one of my favorite series ever, and this is the last book that is currently out. Even though we’re following a new character, I only had to read from his POV for 5 minutes before I was in love with him. In other words, I’m enjoying myself.

The second book I’m currently reading is The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, which is book 2 in the Winternight trilogy. I’m 50 pages in but I’m already feeling the cold. Like literally, it’s freezing here in Denmark.

Technically, I’m still reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill, but I only have 25 pages left and should finish that today.

What did you recently finish?

I actually finished The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson after I’ve been reading that since August. And then I actually finished it a week earlier that I planned to simply because I couldn’t stop myself. It was so good! Amazing fantasy and I need more.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly, I don’t have a clue. I just started two new books so it will be at least a week before I pick up something new again. I think I might just go down to the library this weekend and see what’s available. Maybe the last book in the Winternight Trilogy to tick that series off my list.

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Are TBR’s necessary to be a book blogger?

“Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.”

First line in Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Hi, guys and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books. Each week we discuss a new book related topic and this week we’re on the topic of TBR’s. The specific question is whether TBR’s are necessary to be considered a book blogger or a reader.

I will start off by saying that the only thing necessary to be considered a book blogger is that you talk about books. Nothing else. In what way or how much you do it are solely your own choices. Therefore, no, TBR’s are not necessary to be a book blogger, but they can still be convenient.

If you’re able to stick to your monthly TBR (more or less), I think it’s a great way to let your followers know what to expect on your blog. Personally, I like to look forward to a review on a book I love because I’ve seen it on someone’s TBR. That also means, of course, that it can be frustrating for your followers if you post a TBR and then don’t stick to it at all. I know that I don’t like reading monthly TBR’s that include 20 or 30 books, because I know they’re not going to read all of them anyway.

I don’t post monthly TBR’s myself because I never know what I’m reading, and it would stress me out too much to try and stick to it. For me, seasonal or maybe even yearly TBR’s work better.

Posting about your TBR (not necessarily monthly) could also just generate some buzz around those books. Through your comments you can find out what other people think of them and find out which ones your followers look forward to your review of the most. It could help you pick out which books to read first if you care about that sort of thing.

That was it for me this time around. Do you think TBR’s are necessary? Or do you find them too restricting? If you’re someone who do monthly TBR’s, let me know why.

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WWW Wednesday – October 23rd

“The Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands had sixteen rituals to observe from the moment of waking to when she broke her fast.”

First line in Dragonfly by Julia Golding

Hi, guys and welcome to another WWW Wednesday. It’s a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading 2 books and they are repeats from last week’s post. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which I have about 210 pages left of. I’m also still reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill, which I have about 190 pages left of. A part of me is hoping to finish this one today actually. I’m on vacation from work this week, which means I’m able to spend 3 hours on a train to visit a friend. Will I be able to read 190 pages in 3 hours? Stay tuned for next week’s post to see how this cliffhanger turns out.

What did you recently finish?

I finish 2 books within the last two days and my enjoyment of them is at each end of the spectrum. Bad one first: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski. Last week I talked about how I wanted to DNF it but I managed to pull through. Not that that made it any better though. 1 star.

The perfect one: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. That feeling when one of your most anticipated releases turns out to be just as good as you expected it to be. I read it in 2 days and that was me trying to read it slowly. I’ll have a review up for it soon so that you can all see me gush about this book. My rating of it is 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5).

What do you think you’ll read next?

I just picked up The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden at the library so probably that.

That was my weekly update. I’m so happy to have time off from work. I’m definitely using it to catch up on some reading. How is your reading going this week? If you have a WWW Wednesday post yourself, feel free to link it in the comments so that I can check it out.