SHOULD BOOK RATINGS INFLUENCE WHAT WE READ? // BOOKISH DISCUSSIONS

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new discussion and today I’m talking about whether or not we should let rating influence what we read! Because y’all know we let our blogger friends and Goodreads influence our tbr!

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If you are anywhere in the bookish community then you know, book ratings are everywhere! Even if you don’t go anywhere near bookish social media, your local bookstore probably has little staff reviews for books on their shelves which have been known to even steer my book buying at times.

So, should we let ratings or reviews influence our reading? Is it a good thing to take a book off our tbr because a few people said it was bad or are we saving ourselves from a dnf?

I’m kind of torn on this tbh. If a bunch of reviewers say a book is hella problematic and/or offensive to a particular group of people I will 110% take it off my tbr, but what if my favourite reviewers/bloggers say they just felt meh about a book? Honestly, that influences my thought on it too. Maybe next time I go to the bookstore I won’t bother to even look at the book, whereas, if I hadn’t read those reviewers I might have bought the book at the store.

SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS [ARE THE RATINGS HIGH?]

books booksStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)  Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)  Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Lost Boy

Rating: 4.02                  Rating: 3.87                  Rating: 3.94                  Rating: 3.87

So, contrary to my massive 2018 book haul (coming late December because I need Jesus), I don’t actually buy books that often, and I especially don’t buy full price physical books pretty much ever. So, I usually check Goodreads before I purchase a book I haven’t already read or I just get them out from the library.

I think for me, now that I check reviews and other opinions on blogs or Goodreads, I am definitely a lot more selective about what I read and even more selective about the books and comics that I buy.

WHERE THE RATINGS WENT WRONG FOR ME

books booksThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)  Carry On  Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)  The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

Rating: 4.23                  Rating: 4.21                  Rating: 4.13                  Rating: 4.08

So, what are the reasons for and against being influenced by the ratings others give to books?

FOR 

  • So many different/mixed opinions and different views on a book!
  • Easy access to #ownvoices reviews! + therefore, it’s easy to find out about problematic content.
  • So much variety of review types and experiences reading, also everyone describes a book differently.

AGAINST

  • A book could totally be up my alley, but what if I didn’t pick it up because a bunch of people didn’t like it???
  • I usually check Goodreads before purchasing a book I haven’t already read. Is there something really wrong with trusting ppl I don’t know over my own gut?
  • The whole what if situation

ON MY TBR

books booksThe Mermaid  Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3)  Girl Made of Stars  The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Rating: 3.78                  Rating: 4.6                  Rating: 4.26                  Rating: 4.14

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RAVENCLAW RECS! // I recommend books based off your Hogwarts house

Hey Guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new recommendations post. Last week I recommended some books based off the Hogwarts house, Hufflepuff, so I thought I would continue with that theme and make a series out of it. So, today I am recommending books based off the Ravenclaw house!

You can find my Hufflepuff recommendations here! and remember to click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages!

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Ravenclaws prize wit, learning, and wisdom. 

and books booksA Discovery of Witches (All Souls, #1)antsThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyantsMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

So, technically I’m already cheating so sorry about that but, I have read the first 420 pages (it’s 700 pages okay give me a break) of the book. So, I pretty much have a good grasp of this book by now.

Yes, this book is a  paranormal romance (and a good one at that) but it’s like a better and more grown-up version of Twilight, so if you’re looking for some nostalgia without the creepy sleep watching, this might be the book for you!!

So, why am I recommending this in a Ravenclaw recommendations post? Well, because the main character, Diana is actually a Historian. She’s really intelligent and because it’s all in her pov, you get to really see her perspective on the paper she is currently writing which I found REALLY INTERESTING. Honestly, if I didn’t have such a low interest in history, Diana would really push me into wanting to become a historian.

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

I mean, she travels all the way to meet a bunch of strangers on an island because she’s curious about them and then she writes a book about them. If that isn’t the most Ravenclaw thing then I don’t know what it. SHe goes because she’s curious and she wants to learn, so I’m 90% sure Juliet the main character is a Ravenclaw at heart, and that she would definitely love the library at Hogwarts.

MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR

I figured I should recommend at least one comic for you guys and honestly, this is the perfect series! This comic series revolves around a genius 12-year-old girl and her partner in crime – the Devil Dinosaur! Lunella Lafayette is an absolute genius and the ultimate Ravenclaw! Lunella is a really smart kid and absolutely brilliant at science so if you have any kind of interest in superhero comics or science, this is the comic for you (also, DINOSAURS!).

and books booksCaraval (Caraval, #1)antsWarcross (Warcross, #1)antsStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

CARAVAL

I don’t think the characters in this trilogy are necessary Ravenclaws (Legend might be though, or even a Slytherin) but, this book is more or a mystery. There are constant plot twists and always new plot elements being introduced throughout each book which makes you really think about what’s happening while you read. These books really make you pay attention and try to figure out what’s happening, and it’s really fun!

WARCROSS

I love this book, it’s so so much fun! The mc is a really cool hacker and she is definitely good at what she does! If you like virtual reality/ video games then this is the book for you. There is also a mystery element to this book, but it’s got more of a video game element to it, though I think book 2 will focus more on the mystery aspect from book 1.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

I mean, you could probably find a way to apply any kind of a mystery to this post, but I think this is the perfect recommendation for this one. Yes, this is a mystery so it has that Ravenclaw intelligence aspect to it because you are trying to figure out the mystery. But, I’ve included this for another reason – the two main characters Audrey Rose Wadsworth (the actual love of my life) & Thomas Wadsworth are both total Ravenclaws. They are both really intelligent Morticians. They solve crimes and rip open bodies at the same time and I love them both very much.

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I NEED AN EARLY HOGWARTS PREQUEL (ROWLING, PLEASE FEED MY FANDOM NEEDS) // BOOK CHATS!

Hey Guys! Today is a day… If you’ve been following my blog lately then you know I’ve been struggling a bit with life and school and family in general but that I’m trying to push through (you can read more here). So, because life is sucky right now, I thought I would try and get my mood up by talking about one of my favourite topics – Harry Potter, or more specifically why I would kill for some early Hogwarts era prequels (not Fantastic Beasts). 

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First of all, let me introduce you to my absolute favourite YouTube video of all time. You can find it here and I urge you to watch it before you finish reading this blog post. Anyway, now that you’ve me the SuperCarlinBrothers and your life has been completed (you’re welcome), you know all about one of my favourite theories of all time! ANd now I can finally start this post!

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I know that we all want to read about The Marauders (which I have talked about here & here) but let’s go back a little (a lot) further and think about how amazing it would be to read about The founders of Hogwarts and how Hogwarts was built. Following the video, if you watched it, wouldn’t it also be fantastic to also learn about the origin or objects like The Pensive, The Veil and The Mirror???

If it’s true that The Ministry was built around The Veil isn’t that kind of amazing?? Wouldn’t it be amazing to learn about the origins of these objects or even just Hogwarts in itself? Even if you don’t care about the theory, I still think learning about how Hogwarts came about and getting to know the Sorting Hat and the founders would be really cool! And, it would also give us some really cool insight into how Hogwarts and the houses have evolved from the very beginning to the Harry Potter Hogwarts years!

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HOW TO: COME UP WITH BLOGGING IDEAS!

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new blog post, and today I’ focusing on how I come up with blogging ideas! But, I’m not gonna be like, write down your ideas because that’s not my intention for this post. Today I want to actually brainstorm some ideas with you guys for how to actually come up with new ideas for things to write about on your blogger.

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WHERE TO BEGIN???

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Research! (aka. get your stalk on!)

Read a bunch of blog posts to try and find some inspiration for a blog post of your own. Or, you could always do a tag and maybe you’ll get some inspiration from one of the questions there??? You’ll notice how the keyword I’m using here is inspiration!

Or, you could always try branching out and talking about something different on your blog. Try discussing the latest movie you enjoyed, or why you didn’t like it compared to other reviewers who did.

But, I do understand that not everyone likes to mish and mash what they talk about on their blog, so if you want to stick to books you could also try these:

Booktube (Bookish side of YouTube). This is a great place to find other types of bookish content and maybe you;l even get some fun ideas you can give a blogging twist to. Watching some bookish videos might even spark a discussion or you might end up creating your own book tag!

My last piece of advice, for this section, is to do what you love! If your blog focuses on reading then read! If you focus on film then watch a movie! It can be hard to find inspiration or motivation if you’re not actively doing what you love so crack open that spine or grab your remote because this is technically research, right???

WHAT NEXT?

Next, you should brainstorm! Write down a bunch of ideas and either do some tags on your own blog and get inspiration from that or, you should try writing down some ideas and then putting your own twist on them!

  • If you love bookshelf tours then put your own twist on that idea!
    If you love recommendations make a fun series out of it on your bog!
    If you love recommendations based on other medias, you should try that it yourself!
    Why not write some discussions?? – They don’t have to be about controversial topics!
    Interview a fellow blogger or Co-write a blog post!
    Talk about why you started your blog – maybe you’ll find some nostalgic motivation!
    Do a tag!
    Ask a fellow blogger to do a guest post on your blog
    Participate in a bookish meme (T5W, WWW Wednesday…etc.)
    Recommend some of your favourite bloggers!

NOW WRITE!

The only thing you can do now is write! You’ve researched, you’ve brainstormed and now you need to stir up that blogging mojo! You need to find a few topics you’re passionate about and then write about them until your fingers bleed (not literally but you get what I mean!). You might even find that you end up scheduling a few posts (which is definitely a great feeling!)

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LOYAL BUT DEADLY // I recommend books based off your Hogwarts house

Hey Guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new book recommendations post and today I’m recommending books off of the Hufflepuff house!

I have also done this before if you looking for more recommendations: Click here.

Remember to click on the book covers to go to the Goodreads pages!

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Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. 

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)  The Loneliest Girl in the Universe  Giant Days  The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)  The Complete Chi's Sweet Home, Part 1

MAGNUS CHASE

So, I might be totally biased because I love this series and when I love something it generally gives me a Puff feeling anyway, but I genuinely think Magnus Chase is a Hufflepuff. Yes, he rushes into situations but don’t pretty much all of Riordan’s characters do that anyway?

I love Magnus as a character and my favourite thing about him is how much he loves his friends. He’s a really loyal character and family & friendship are both really important to him. He’s a total Puff!

THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE

I think you could reasonably argue that the main character, Romy, is a Ravenclaw because of her crazy science background & upbringing but I think her personality is more Hufflepuff than anything else.

I really loved Romy as a character and really related to her addiction to tv shows and fanfiction, and in my opinion, there is nothing more Hufflpuffy than obsessions with these two things.

GIANT DAYS

Okay, so I still haven’t finished this but I am something like 20% of the way through my e-arc and so far I’m getting a really chill, Hufflepuff vibe from this book (I get a Gryffindor vibe from the comics if you’re curious). This is a fun book with a really fun cast of characters who have a fun time in the first year of College.

THE DIVINERS

This book is like one giant group hug with some horror and social commentary chucked in there for fun and I LOVE IT. I recently read the first 3 books in this series and thought they were all really really good. I loved each book in the series and love each character in the main group with my whole heart I’m serious guys, I would die for the love of my life, Theta Knight.

These books can get pretty dark at times but honestly, you won’t care because you’ll be too busy falling in love with all the characters.

CHI’S SWEET HOME

I mean, come on! This is literally a graphic novel about a kitten exploring the word (and his new home) with his new family for the first time and it is SO GOSH DARN CUTE! This graphic novel series is the absolute cutest thing in the world and he is the epitome of a Hufflepuff!

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A LITTLE PSA FOR YOU GUYS // A BLOGGING & LIFE UPDATE (Hint: I’m stressed)

Hey Guys, today I’m coming at you with a life update. I don’t think there will be many exclamation points in this post, and this will also be pretty short because I’m trying to write some other posts later tonight too.

Also, did you know PSA means public service update because up until 5 minutes ago, I didn’t!

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A LIFE UPDATE

So, as of lately I have started Uni for the first time and I am also currently five weeks into my first Trimester.  So far, I am going pretty well with classes and attendance. But, lately, I have had some pretty intense family drama, including one of my brothers being hospitalised and a lot of parental problems.

I’ve been having a lot of issues concentrating lately and the only thing keeping me going is my anxiety and Uni. I know I’m going to collapse soon but, I don’t know when hence this post.

A BLOG UPDATE

Because I’ve been feeling so anxious lately and my life is such a mess, I feel like my life is also a mess by default. I haven’t replied to comments from some of last month’s blog posts and my stats have completely gone out the window.

If I’m being honest with you guys, I would kill to go on a blogging hiatus right now, but I’m actually really excited to get to all of the blog posts I have scheduled for this month. I have a bunch of big recommendations posts, some fun How To advice posts and some interesting discussions too. I am really excited for all of these and I really want to write them for all of you guys, but realistically I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it. I know I need to take a break but in terms of posts, I already have scheduled I don’t want to have to re-route them into drafts because I really want to write them! Ugh!  don’t know if any of that made sense, but please tell me you sort of understood that??

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So, basically what this whole post comes down to is this. I am super stressed and anxious right now and all I want to do is go to Uni and work on my blog. But, I go to write a post and I just freeze up, it’s not working for me.

I might end up taking a hiatus but, I’m really not sure how this month is going to turn out because as we all know, anxiety is unpredictable af.

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HOW TO: COMICS (NO, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ONLY READ ABOUT SUPERHEROES) // a quick guide for beginners + some recs

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post, this time featuring comics. I know that some of you guys are interested in starting to read comics so I thought this post might help in some way, especially since I don’t talk about them enough on my blog!

I hope you guys enjoy this and find it somewhat helpful! Let me know if you love reading comics too!

(Remember to click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages!)

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books booksLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy  The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward  Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy  The Complete Chi's Sweet Home, Part 1  I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

I started reading comics quite a few years ago so I’m slightly qualified to give advice on this post! I do read a lot of superhero comics but not always, and so I will be recommending some of my favourite non-hero comics later in the post if you want to skip to that!

So, for this section of this post, I’m going to try and recommend (^^comics shown above^^) some comics that are handy for people trying to get into comics. These are all good for all ages, this way they’re too complex & there’s no crazy lore or background where you have to know about a whole previous universe if ya get my meaning.

If you’re trying to get into comics I recommend starting with something you might have already read the novelisation of (Percy Jackson, Alex Rider etc.) or a comic without a crazy plot. For example, try something like Lumberjanes or a comic with a superhero character you’re familiar with. I also recommend getting them out from the library if you can because comics can be quite expensive, especially if you don’t know what you like yet!

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books booksAmazing X-Men, Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler  Nova Volume 1: Origin  Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More  I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF

I thought I show you guys some of my favourite comic next because I’ve already shown you some of the comics I have read and recommend for beginners. These comics are all pretty great for beginners too, but the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series does require a tiny bit of background knowledge on the newer Marvel universe (you might also like Ms Marvel if you’re looking for more info on newer Marvel stuff).

The above comics are some of my absolute favourites and I own most of them physically, which definitely shows how much I love them.

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Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1) Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine In Real Life

I thought to end his post I would also talk about whether or not I only read superhero stories and then recommend you guys some comics without supers! Don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes in comics and I do read a lot of superhero comics but, they’re not all of what I read.

A lot of the time I enjoy reading fun comics like Lumberjanes or more satire comics like Bitch Planet because I also find them interesting. I’ve linked a bunch of comics above that I recommend. They’re all good places to start and at least four of them are PG13 (Obviously not Sex Criminals or Bitch Planet).

If you want any other comic recommendations you can find my Goodreads shelf here or you can ask me in the comments!

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HOW TO STAY ORGANISED | HOW TO READ ON A BUDGET

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