Navigating the Emotional Resonance of Second-Hand Books

For book enthusiasts, the allure of second-hand bookstores is undeniable. The nostalgia, the hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, and the sense of connection to literary history are all part of the charm. Yet, for some of us, the world of used books carries a unique challenge—one that is often overlooked but deeply felt: the […]

Annotating Books: Do You Write In Books?

Today, we’re diving into a topic that can be both intriguing and mildly unsettling—the idea of annotating fiction books. Yes, you read that right. I want to explore the realm of adding notes, highlights, and scribbles to those pristine pages that have captured my imagination. Many of us hold the unblemished page as sacred, revering […]

Nemo Tries a PERSONALISED Book Box Service

I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw an ad for a personalised book box service called simply BookBox that would hand-pick a book to read based on your preferences, and provide some snacks and cute little gifts as well. It’s been a long time since I’ve subscribed to a book box service, and as […]

Divine Rivals (Letters of Enchantment #1) By Rebecca Ross

I had seen this book around and dismissed it, not because I didn’t like the author, because I do (I quite enjoyed her debut novel The Queen’s Rising), but because I have zero interest in stories set in World War I and II. It wasn’t until the book won the  Goodreads Choice Award Winner for […]

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

My first DNF of 2024. I find this novel incredibly unengaging. I like Schwab as a writer. I enjoyed both The Near Witch and The Invisible Life of Addie Larou. Schwab has a lyrical, whimsical, old-fashioned style of writing where every word is a masterpiece carefully woven together. The worldbuilding is lush and I feel […]

Vengeance of the Pirate Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #3) by Tricia Levenseller

I really enjoyed this tale, a revisit to Levenseller’s popular Pirate Queen series starring said queen’s misanthropic pirate assassin Sorinda accidentally unleashing a threat to the world while on a rescue mission. Sorinda’s characterisation was top tier. She was deadly without being one of those stuck up entitled fake assassins we see so often in […]

Are Positive Reviews Easier to Write than Negative Reviews?

Today, I wanted to discuss the struggle to write positive book reviews. It may seem counterintuitive, but expressing adoration for a book while maintaining an authentic and balanced perspective can be quite the challenge. Have you ever encountered a book that swept you off your feet, carried you to a realm of pure enchantment, and […]

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