Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the start of our first book club month! I hope you’re all as excited as I am! It’s certainly going to be an adventure!

If you don’t know what book we’re reading, you can find the link to the post here.

Just as a small post, if you would like to have your discussion posted, you can send your discussion to me on longreadersbookclub@gmail.com

You’re discussion should be about 100-300 words, so it doesn’t have to be lengthy, but if you have a lot to talk about, then please go ahead!

Remember to include your social media pages, too!

Happy Reading, everyone! I hope everyone enjoys the book, and we have a nice discussion around it.

How Do You Read?

In this day and age, accessing a book is getting easier and easier. Accessibility in books is also getting better. We now have e-readers such as Kindle and Kobo, we have the paperback, the hardback, the audiobook.

The different mediums of reading is so interesting to me. For example, growing up, and with the introduction of e-readers, I hated them. I always thought the paperback book was better.

I still do, but I have also discovered how useful my Kindle is. Gone are the nights where I’d be forced the turn my light off early, bring on the nights of reading under the bed covers with my kindle.

The hardback book is also fun, you get the soft feel of the dust jacket. The smell of a new book. The enduring strength of a hardback book is not one to beat.

The paperback is a long enduring favourite. The covers, the ability a paperback has to pull another into a conversation. A book cover speaks volumes, and, for me, nothing beats the ache in your hand when you’ve been holding onto a book for too long!

Then there’s the audiobook. Ever wanted to lulled into a fantastical world with soothing voices? The audiobook is definitely one for you. Recently, I’ve found there’s been a boom almost in people listening to audiobooks, and it’s probably due to the increased availability of the audiobook. You no longer need to buy them on CD/Cassette, it’s available at the touch of a button.

With so many different ways of enjoying literature, which one do you prefer? There are so many now, and I find it harder and harder to choose!

[Halfway Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I’m officially now over half way through the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and so far I’m finding the book really intriguing.

At first I was reading and comparing the book to the TV series that was released last year, but once I’ve gotten past the similarities and differences, I’m finding I’m enjoying a lot a more.

Margaret Atwood has a rather unusual style of writing, which is seen in this novel, in particular with the sections where characters are talking, but there is no markings in the writing to indicate that they are talking. This is interesting to me, as from a narratological perspective, and the idea of the narrator being a storyteller, it plays more with the sense of the subconscious speech. It’s people speaking, but they are speaking through her.

So far it’s rather interesting!

Have you read the Handmaid’s Tale? What’s your views on the first half of the novel?

 

Don’t forget you can vote in our poll for next month! Currently, Practical Magic is winning with two votes! You can find the poll here.

Happy World Book Night!

The 23rd of April marks World Book Night!

I always enjoy World Book Night, it’s an excuse for me to sit down all evening and read books. I love browsing the choices of books and seeing which books would interest me, which ones I’ve read.

It’s also a great opportunity to get talking to people about books. The power of books is amazing. <any people read, and it brings out an interesting debate between readers on what they enjoy reading, and how differently everyone perceives a book.

To find out more about World Book Night, you can get information from their link here.

Have you read any of the books on the list? I shockingly have not read all that many, but it just means more books to try out!

 

Have you voted in our poll for May? No? You can vote here!

Your Favourite Novel

It’s possible to believe that everyone has a favourite novel, or at least a novel they look back and think, ‘I adored that’. It doesn’t matter what kind of novel it is, it’s a novel that makes you happy.

Throughout my life, there’s always been one novel (Technically!) that stands out for me, and a novel that I’ve always thought back to with a smile because that novel has taken me through a lot of places.

That novel for me is Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved that novel to the point of writing my undergrad dissertation on it. It opened up a new world of folklore, myths, legends, and things I would be studying further into my education. It inspired me to look at the folklore of my own country, and since then inspired my Masters dissertation (on the Welsh stories ‘The Mabinogion’).

What’s your favourite novel(s)?

Don’t forget to vote in our May book poll here!

Vote For Our May Book!

Hello, and welcome to our first poll for our first book of the month!

Gathering suggestions did not go so well, but hopefully, people don’t mind the suggestions I have put forward myself.

This first book is exciting to me, and hopefully everyone feels just as excited as I do.

The poll should hopefully be at the bottom of the post! (I edited this section, as it was not appearing!)

For synopses of all the books, I will include the links to their Goodreads pages.

Stay With Me

The Hobbit

Practical Magic

Manhattan Beach

The Leavers