July Book Suggestions!

What book has been gripping you to read? That dark mysterious thriller? That historical autobiography? A superhero story? Romance?

July suggestions is officially open!

Write your suggestion in the comments, and the first five (providing we receive five!) will be placed to a poll for everyone to decide!

Happy reading everyone!

What Do You Think Makes A Successful Novel?

What do you think makes a successful novel?

What does a successful novel mean to you? Is it how well it does sales wise, or is a successful novel because you enjoy it?

There are two ways to look at success in a novel, and for me they are both just as important as the other.

Sometimes successful novels that sell well are not always successful novels in other ways. For example, there’s sometimes always the negative connotation that successful popular literature is not successful in the writing department. This is not always necessarily true, but for some, it is not a successful novel to them.

In another sense, a successful novel might not be as popular as some, but is successful in drawing in a reader and is written successfully.

Success within writing is always a matter of personal opinion, and how you understand an authors writing. It’s how you relate to the way the author writes. For example, I personally, really enjoy Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, but when I’ve recommended it to people, they have not enjoyed it as much as I have due to the writing style of the book. For me, the novel was a success, for others, they might not agree.

What is your interpretation of success? How do you value a successful novel?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a well reviewed and well received novel already. First published in 1985, Atwood’s novel has continued to be at the forefront of fiction and feminism since it’s release.

The novel has gained a new interest with the release of the television series with the same name, and it’s readership and understanding continues to grow.

I am one of the readers who’d heard so much about the novel, but had never sat down to read it. I saw the television series and wanted to read it, and I have now finally managed to complete it.

The Handmaid’s Tale was everything I thought it was going to be. The narrative of the story is interesting, it’s written as if the narrator is talking to you through the story. She guides you through the story with an eloquence one can only achieve through the subconscious.

I personally enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale, it brought up a lot to think about. The tale talks of love, loss, grief, rebellion and many others. The novel is open-ended and doesn’t really draw to any conclusion and only briefly mentions how things came to be the way they were. For me, this was both a positive and a negative, as I so badly wanted to know how this dystopian future even came about, but it also made it feel real. The narrator spoke to you as if you knew how these events happened, and maybe how they ended.

That was both infuriating (in an I really need to know kind of way), and pleasant.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel. The writing flowed well, and talked about some really interesting things that relate scarily to what is happening in our modern times, despite being over thirty years old, and in a dystopian setting.

Would I recommend the book? Yes. Definitely. It would be interesting to discuss with people what they thought of the novel, and what they thought as I know that opinions on this novel vary greatly.

Your Favourite Place to Read

Do you have a favourite place to read?

I’d like to think that everyone has a favourite place they like to sit down and relax when they read. Reading for me is therapeutic, and there’s no point being uncomfortable as I read.

For example, do you enjoy reading in bed? With a cup of tea? At the library? By the beach?

Over the course of the years, I’ve changed the ways I read, and the ways I enjoy reading.

Personally, I enjoy sitting on the sofa with a book. I can usually fit myself in the corner of the sofa with my book and I can sit there for hours lost in a book. I don’t usually tend to eat or drink anything, because I’m usually too lost in my book.

Do you have a favourite place to read? I’d love to hear them!

Our June Book Poll!

Hello!

It’s time for our June Book Poll. I hope everyone’s as excited about this list as I am! Thank you to everyone who made suggestions, even my mum who probably won’t read this post!

The poll should hopefully appear at the bottom of the page!

This months suggestions include:

The Midwife’s Here by Linda Fairley

Into the Magic Shop by James Doty

Elidor by Alan Garner

Whistle In The Dark by Emma Healey

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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!