Your Bookish Questions Answered

Saturday, 24 May 2014
I've started doing a lot more blog posts about books which has lead to me getting a lot of tweets/comments asking me about my reading patterns etc. I thought I'd clear everything up in this post just in case anyone else was also curious.

Do you have a lot of books or do you take them out from the library?

I don't know how many books I have exactly but I estimate that it's between 100 and 150. I used to take a lot of books out of the library but now that I'm not longer able to use my high school's library I don't know what I'll do about it. My local library is now about a 45 minute walk each way and I don't really fancy that walk when they don't really have a great selection of books any way.

Where do you buy your books from? Where has the cheapest prices?

If I'm buying my books online then I'll either buy them from Amazon or The Book Depository. The prices vary sometimes Amazon is cheaper sometimes The Book Depository is. I have an affiliate link for The Book Depository so if I buy from there I can earn commission off my own sales which is handy. Also if a book is less than £3 I'll probably just buy it for my Kindle. There are also a lot of free Kindle books which is handy. I think I've going to do a post about my favourite free kindle books soon.

If I'm buying them in person then I'll probably buy them from a charity shop or from The Works. The Works is a great place to get cheap books. They often have deals on like 3 for £10 and have a section where all the books are £1/£2. If you have one near you I really recommend checking it out. I very rarely buy books from Waterstones but if I do then I'll use my points card and try and take advantage of some sort of buy one get one half price deal.

How do you find the time to read?

I get in bed at 10 o'clock and I read until 11 before going to sleep. Or at least I try to as often as I can. I'll also always have a book in my bag so if I have a spare five minutes I'll read whilst waiting on the bus/train etc. It's the little things that add up. I've written two posts about reading more books which you can read here and here.

What books would you recommend for new readers?
Wonder by RJ Palacio, Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

You've said you don't like classics, why is this?
I guess just because a lot of the time the story line isn't something that I'm interested in. I also really don't like the portrayal  of women in classics and the way that romances/relationships are described.

Who are your favourite authors?
Patrick Ness, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Markus Zusak and Khaled Hosseini.

What are your favourite genres?
I really like contemporary novels ie. novels that are set in the present day with no fantasy elements. I also really like dystopian novels like Divergent etc and young adult novels. I do like some fantasy worlds but often find that there's too much to take in all at once and I struggle to keep up. I really disliked the Lord Of The Rings series because there were too many new words and names to learn and I couldn't really take it all in.

I hope that's answered any questions you might have had but if you have anymore then feel free to ask in the comments and I'll get back to you! Also I rearranged my bookshelves. What do you think?

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