July 2021 – Let’s Talk Bookish

Hey friends, welcome back to the blog! Today, we’ll be sharing the topics for July’s LTB posts. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

A huge thank you to our wonderful participants Fives, Rafaela, and M.T. Wilson for suggesting the topics we’ll be using this month. We really appreciate and love seeing your suggestions! If you’d like to suggest a topic, be sure to do so using this form. You can also share any feedback or general suggestions you have using this form.

And now, without further ado, let’s see the topics!

July 2: Prologues and Epilogues: Are they necessary? (suggested by Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole)

Prompts: What’s the difference between having something as a prologue vs. a chapter 1? Is it too much to have both a prologue and epilogue? How does having one (or both) affect how readers perceive the story? Do you think epilogues have more value because they might tie up loose ends? Do prologues have more value because they can set the scene? Do you prefer having neither?

July 9: Should Books have Content Ratings? (Dani)

Prompts: Movies, television, video games and most other forms of media have content ratings…but not books. Why do you think it is that books have no rating system to determine what is and isn’t appropriate? Should there be books that are kept out of the hands of children? Is it the responsibility of parents or should there be a standard book rating system to deem what’s appropriate? 

July 16: What are the best ways to get over reading slumps? (Rafaela @ The Portugese Bibliophile)

Prompts: Sometimes you just don’t want to read anymore, how do you get back into it? Do you give yourself a break? Watch booktube or read blogs? Read an old favourite book to reignite that spark? Do you just force yourself through it? Maybe you read a picture book or a graphic novel?

July 23: Does Having a Positive Message Automatically Make a Book Good? (Rukky)

Prompts: If you see good representation in a bad story, do you still consider it a good book? Are you more lenient with an ‘okay’ book if it has an important message? How do you deal with a book that you disliked/hated if you think it still has an important theme? Do you think we should actively recommend books with positive/important messages even if we personally didn’t like the book?

July 30: What makes a book a 5 star read? (suggested by M.T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left)

Prompts: How do you decide whether a book should get 5 stars? Do you try to keep 5 stars rating prestigious, or do you give them generously? Do you have a checklist of things a book must accomplish to be 5 stars? Are 5 star books perfect, or just very good? What are some of your favourite 5 star reads? What made them stand out?

Even if you don’t participate by writing LTB discussions, we’d still love to hear any suggestions you might have. We’re always accepting topics, so you can share your ideas using the google form below!

Tomorrow’s topic is going to be ‘Why Do People Lie About Reading Books?‘ which is a very fascinating question that I’m really really curious to see how everyone is going to respond to. I’m not even sure what my answer is just yet, so we’ll see.

Also, talk to me people: how is InLinkz working for you? Do you like this way of doing the linkup or did you prefer the old method where I linked them in my posts? I’d love to hear your feedback on that.

That’s it for today. I hope you’re all doing well and that you’re staying safe.

Until tomorrow,


45 thoughts on “July 2021 – Let’s Talk Bookish

  1. i’m so excited for all of these topics!! i’m especially excited to write about prologues and epilogues: they can be done so well, but it definitely depends!

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  2. A blogger I really enjoy (wren @ wingsandfables) has been doing these for a while, and these topics look so interesting, I might just have to join in on the fun :). Thanks for hosting this, it’ll be a great way to branch out from reviews!

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  3. So many good questions! For me prologues and epilogues depend. A good example of where I liked it is Harry Potter (both a prologue in the first book and epilogue in the last book). Saying that, so many books have prologues which I don’t think are necessary. Also, just because a book has a good message does not make it good. I’ve read books which have important messages, but because they aren’t woven into plot and instead bashed on your head in obvious and contrived scenes, it doesn’t fell meaningful.

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    1. I also find prologues to be sometimes unnecessary especially when they don’t seem to have a relevance to the main plot. Sometimes though they kind of forshadow what will happen later, which does spike my curiosity so I guess they can be useful. True, it has to be woven into the story correctly for it to be meaningful. Loved reading your thoughts ✨❤

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