One Week In!

How’s everyone’s progress on the Practical Magic so far?

I haven’t managed to get through as much of it as I’d hoped to be able to so far this month. But it’s been quite intriguing what I’ve read so far! I’m not entirely sure what to expect yet, as I feel like it’s a book that could surprise me.

How are you guys finding it?

Don’t forget you can suggest our book for next month here!

June Suggestions!

Is there a book you’ve been itching to read, but never gotten around to?

Now’s your chance to get your suggestions in!

The genre can be anything you want, from historical nonfiction to high fantasy.

Have you written your own book? Suggest it!

Suggestions will be put in a poll towards the middle of the month.

If by some trick of fate we get more than 10 suggestions, I will take the first ten. Unless more than one suggestion is put forward by one person, then it’ll go to the first ten people.

May 1st!

And here begins the start of the month!

I hope everyone has enjoyed the start of the novel (I shamefully haven’t had a chance to sit down and read yet, it’s been super crazy today for me typically!).

I just wanted to go over a few things that we can expect for the month of May, as I like to be super organised (for some things!)

Tomorrow we’ll start taking suggestions for next months book, so if there’s something you’re itching to read, make sure to drop it in the post tomorrow!

On the 18th I’m hoping to get the poll up for next month, so we can vote on the book we want to read. So, you’ll have a few weeks to get your suggestions in!

If you would like to post your discussion, please email me by the 30th of the Month and I’ll post them all on the 31st and we can all discuss our thoughts and findings on the book!

In the mean time, I’m going to be posting some general book-ish things that I find interesting, and they’ll be going up sporadically over the month, too.

Let’s have an exciting month, and happy reading!

This month we’re reading Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic!

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.