Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes a Good Villain?

Hey people and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by me & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: What Makes a Good Villain (courtesy of Dani!)

This is an awesome topic and I am super excited to talk about it, so let’s get started!!

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Favorite Way of Reading a Book

Hey lovely friends and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: What Is Your Favorite Way of Reading a Book? (Aria @ Book Nook Bits)

By now, you probably know what my favorite way of reading a book is, so today, I’ll share the why, and my thoughts on being a borrower.

My favorite way of reading a book is with an e-book. I can have several books on my phone, and carry it around with me and read wherever I am.

Physical books on the other hand can be a lot more cumbersome, anxiety inducing because I don’t want to ruin them, and not private enough for my liking.

What do I mean by it not being private enough? Well, I like to read books, without everyone around me peeking over my shoulder and reading it, or knowing what the book title is. Why? I don’t know. I just don’t like it.

With a physical book, it’s harder to achieve that because it’s bigger, more open, and the title is right. there. I can’t lay it flat because then it’s easy to read it over my shoulder and I can’t semi-close the book, because then the title is there for everyone to see.

And then there are those situations where I put the book down, go do something (like use the bathroom, or get food, or something) and somebody will come along, pick up the book, and start reading it.

I’m so embarrassed by having my family read the books I read?? Like, it’s just embarrassing and I try to avoid it as much as possible.

I know. I can be really ridiculous sometimes.

With an e-book, I can totally avoid all of these situations, because my phone’s smaller and I’ll be able to notice if someone’s hovering over my shoulder trying to read the tiny screen. And I have a password, so I don’t have to worry about someone picking it up behind me.

So those are the reasons why I love e-books. But why did I start reading them to start with? It’s because…*drum-roll*…I don’t go to the library often. i’m feeling a bit extra today ๐Ÿ˜‚ Nor do I buy books, so the only way for me to read is by borrowing books online.

I’m really thankful that my library has such a vast collection of amazing books that I can read.

Why do I borrow instead of buy e-books, especially when the wait list could be something ridiculous like me being number 1,273 on 63 copies (Where the Crawdads Sing…apparently it was super popular at the time)?

Because I feel like it’s a waste of money to buy it, read it once, and then leave it sitting on my digital shelf for forever. I’m not much of a re-reader, so to me, it’s pretty wasteful.

Books also aren’t necessarily cheap guys. Especially new and hyped books. And I’m not making any money, so you know, I’m content with waiting a couple of years to get a copy of whatever wonderful book it is. Or I might just give up and move on. It depends on how patient or desperate I am.

And that’s it for today’s tea.

This Week’s Participants:

Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Elizabeth @ Complex Chaos | Jane @ Blogger Books

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That’s it for today! I think we can officially agree that I’m pretty much on a hiatus right now. And that’s okay. I just need a moment to breathe ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, with the coronavirus going around, I just want to say, be careful and stay safe ๐Ÿ’–

What’s you favorite way of reading a book? Are you a buyer or a borrower? Am I the only one who just doesn’t want people to be reading the books I read? Chat with me in the comments below!

Let’s Talk Bookish – How many POVs is too many?

Good morning afternoon or evening and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: How many POVs is too many (suggested by Heran @ Be Frisky)

This is a really great question because I don’t think there is only one answer. It all depends on the kind of book that it is, how the characters fit into the story, and your personal preference.

First of all, POVs stands for point-of-views.

As a general rule, I think books shouldn’t have any more than 3 or 4 POVs. However, this can change, as long as each character has a distinct voice and it’s easy to tell who the character is.

One book that has several POVs that I loved, is Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom both by Leigh Bardugo. They both have 5 and 6 first-person POVs respectively, and that was fine. I loved each of the characters, and it’s easy to know who’s talking because it’s mentioned boldly at the start of the chapter. And anyways, each character has their own unique voice that differentiates them from the rest.

Other books that have multiple POVs, but not in first person, are also easy to follow because the name of the person that we are following is there. (ex. “Anna walked across the street, looking anxiously towards the store. | Walter watched Anna walk up to him, and smiled.”) i know this is absolutely horrible, but it’s just an example

What doesn’t work though, is having several POVs, with similar characters, and different timelines. That’s just a mess. An example of this is Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I had no idea what was going on in that book. There were way wayy waaaayyyyy too many POVs going on, and I had no idea who was talking. I would start reading the chapter, and then flip back to the beginning to see who the person was and when they were narrating.

Not cool.

It disrupts the flow of reading, and it’s also no fun trying to keep track of 6 or 7 seven different narrators from different years. The different years annoys me the most. It’s hard to keep track of so many at once. Now you’re going to jump back and forth between the years as well???

Personally, I prefer having one or two POVs and I don’t mind if one of them goes back in time. It’s easy to follow, and it helps me get more attached to the characters. And in mysteries/thrillers, I think having a handful of different non-first person POVs is okay, as long as it makes sense and it is done right. It can add a lot of mystery to the story, and it helps to see things from multiple perspectives.

And that’s my two cents for today.

This Week’s Participants:

Aimee @ My Addiction to Fiction | Aria @ Book Nook Bits | Jane @ Blogger Books | Dani @ Literary Lion

That’s it! I had a horrible migraine on Wednesday that left me useless all day, and then I had to catch up on work Thursday. So my wrap-up post didn’t come as planned. But hopefully you’ll be getting it this weekend, or next week Monday.

What do you think? How many POVs should a book have? What’s your favorite book with multiple POVs? Do you think the amount of POVs should differ based on the type of book it is? Chat with me in the comments below!

Let’s Talk Bookish – Required Reading

Hey there and welcome back to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Required Reading: A punishment or a blessing in disguise?

Surprisingly, my feelings toward required reading have changed. It doesn’t seem so bad now, but maybe it’s because I’m taking American Literature this year, and the books we’ve had to read so far aren’t too bad.

A few months ago, if you’d asked me this question, I would have told you that required reading was more of a punishment.

I despised having to read centuries-old texts written by authors from long ago, when there were more current and interesting books being published everyday.

This semester in High School, I’m studying American Literature, and to my surprise, I actually don’t mind the books/poetry that we have been asked to read so far. Some of them were even interesting. We read parts of The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, the play Trifles, The Yellow Wallpaper and many other texts.

And maybe I don’t mind it because of what we have been asked to read this year. We haven’t read any Shakespeare or Jane Eyre or anything like that. It could also be because we don’t always finish the whole book, and only read certain parts of it. It’s easier to bear and even enjoy because I don’t have to worry about reading the whole book.

In a more general sense, required reading creates some resentment, because we don’t have a choice about what we’re reading. Most of the time, these books are old, and as part of the newer generation, we can’t always connect or relate to characters from the 15th century. Being forced to read these books might make some students hate reading which is so much worse.

Learning about the history of Literature is important, and reading books from history can help us see how it evolved and understand what was important to people in those times. I get that, and I appreciate learning about it. However, required reading should also include more recent books, or a study of contemporary novels from today.

Of course, there are some kids that love the books that they are required to read. And that’s okay! This semester has taught me that these books aren’t always bad, and I’m glad that some people enjoy reading them. But for those who don’t, maybe schools should include some contemporary books in their curriculum as well.

This Week’s Participants:

Jane @ Blogger Books | Heran @ Be Frisky | Dani @ Literary Lion | Aria @ Book Nook Bits

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That’s it! Today is so dreary and this post seems very lackluster sorry!, so I’m going to blame the rainy weather. I hope you have sunny and dry weather wherever you are!!

What do you think? Is required reading important? Do you think they should be limited to classics or books that are pretty old? Did you like required reading in school? What’s your favorite classic? Chat with me in the comments below!

Let’s Talk Bookish | Audio-books

Good morning and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Audio-books: Reading or Not? (Aria @ Book Nook Bits)

Many thanks to Aria for suggesting this topic! Audio-books and whether they count as reading has been a huge debate through-out the reader community for a long time, and I’m curious to see what everyone thinks about this one.

In a word: yes. Audio-books do count as reading.

Now for the long version.

When I say reading, I don’t mean the actual physical act of using your eyes to read a book. I mean the general way that you absorb/understand the information from the book, be it in audio-format, an e-book, braille, etc.

Obviously, in it’s literal definition, audio-books don’t count as reading, because you are listening to the words, rather than reading them with your eyes.

But that doesn’t make audio-books any less of a way to read and enjoy a book.

For many people, that’s the only way for them to even read a book.

Just because the way you get the information is different, doesn’t mean it’s not reading or that it’s less than it. If someone was blind, or had poor eyesight, and audio-books were the only way for them to read a book, would you tell them that they aren’t a reader? That, by listening to audio-books, they aren’t really reading?

It all really depends on how you view the word “read”. I think of it to mean any way to understand, or know what the words are saying. Of course it also has a literal definition, of using your eyes to read the words, but I think it’s used a lot more figuratively to mean any way of, well, reading the words. There’s really no other word to use.

This Week’s Participants:

Ashlee @ Books Are 42 | Jane @ Blogger Books | Dani @ Literary Lion | Aria @ Book Nook Bits | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads

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This post was rather short, but there isn’t much for me to say. I think that listening to audio-books counts as reading, just as much as reading a physical book does. What do you think? Do you listen to audio-books? Is listening to audio-books the same as reading a physical one? Chat with me in the comments below!