Tag Archive | Books

Physical Book vs eBook

There’s always been this physical book vs eBook debate from the moment eBooks became a thing, and it is something I have wanted to express my opinion on for a while.

Firstly, I want to mention that I read both physical and eBooks semi-regularly (school has been making it harder for me to find time to read. Ugh) so have had a variety of experiences with both.

My thoughts on physical books. Well, I own a lot and they’re all beautiful to look at with a variety of sizes (height and width), fonts and formatting (paperback or hardcover) and I have definitely developed a preference. I love hardcover books a lot and generally I have more luck with the fonts with hardcover, but paperbacks are so much cheaper and more easy to store because they are smaller, yet there are inconsistencies with font sizes. I don’t have the best eyes ever, I do wear glasses but I also do find myself getting eye strain if I read a book with small font for too long, I much prefer slightly larger fonts, which is something a lot of books don’t have. I love being able to look at them and I love the smell and feel of a book, but also they can sometimes be a bit difficult to take around. I don’t particularly like carrying around a physical book for multiple reasons:

  1. I am scared it’ll get damaged. I am someone who looks after my books and as much as I’m not too fussed about the spine, I do not want the front cover or back cover or any of the pages bent up from being carried around.
  2. If I finish a book, I’m stuck. I don’t have anything else because I would have only brought that book with me. Whereas with a Kindle, I have so many books to pick and choose from.

Now, my thoughts on eBooks. Generally they can be cheaper and there is a wide variety of eBooks available for free. The text size can be however you want it and 5 physical books weighs a lot more than 5 eBooks. They’re so much easier to carry around. If I’m going to be travelling, I can just stick my Kindle Paperwhite in my bag and away I go, I have a case to protect it so I don’t have to worry about damage and I have a whole load of books readily available to me and it barely weighs anything. It’s fantastic.

Overall though, if I am staying at home, I much prefer to read physical books if I can help it, the only time I won’t when at home is because I struggle with the sizing. If I am out however, I much prefer eBooks because they are so much easier to carry around. Price wise, I’m not too fussed, you can get both eBooks and physical books for fairly cheap depending on where you get them. In general, there shouldn’t really be this debate of ones better than the other and I’ve also seen people be so mean to people who specifically only read eBooks. There shouldn’t be such a divide because at the end of the day, you’re still all getting to enjoy a beautiful piece of writing. I would love to know other peoples thoughts on this however, so please let me know by writing a comment!

-Laura

A Girl For All Time – Books

For anyone who does not know of the company ‘A Girl For All Time’, it’s a company that makes both dolls and books about a particular family tree throughout history. They have dolls from the Tudor era, Victorian era, Georgian era and World War 2, the 60’s, and they’re expanding their line even more, but it focuses in more on British history. I’ll admit I own 2 of the dolls, but I also own 3 books (the books are all by Sandra Goldbacher) and I love the company.

IMG_2211The 3 books I own are Matilda’s Secret, Amelia’s Inheritance and Clementine’s Winter and I have read them all. They’re short stories that are probably more aimed at children but they’re lovely little stories to go along with the dolls. They all link together in some way because of the family tree, and currently it starts off with the beautiful Tudor girl named Matilda, who has kinda started off a family heirloom and is related to Katherine Howard, the 5th wife of Henry VIII. It’s interesting to see how these sections of history have been portrayed, especially with the War and the Tudor era, which are two not particularly pleasant parts of history, especially when discussing Henry VIII, but they’re also made child-friendly.

 

Overall, if you love history, or own any of the dolls from the range, I highly recommend picking up the books to go along with it. I’ll definitely be getting more books as they become out. They are wonderful!

-Laura

Reading Slump

Reading slump. That thing no reader wants to go through but does occasionally find themselves experiencing. With me, this happens after I’ve had to take a break from reading because I’ve not had time (because of school) and it happens so much during the exam period. My exams start mid-June and pretty much any spare moment from school and revision is spent either eating, sleeping or spending time with my family or boyfriend. I’ve not had time to read and for me it is awful.

This year I got through 3 Carrie Fisher books really quickly and after that, my reading drifted. I read 1 book with my boyfriend and another book on my own (Star Wars: Bloodlines) and after that, nothing. I don’t even know what sorta book I’m in the mood for! I can’t even really remember what I usually do to get out of a slump, but I feel like what I need is a new-release or a new want to read a certain book that I own, but that epiphany of what to read hasn’t happened yet… Ugh.

I think this reading slump will fix itself once all of my exams are done, as I would have left school and would have had a bit more relaxing time. But any relaxing time, I’ve found myself drifting further towards video games instead of books. Currently, if I want to relax, I’ll either watch YouTube or play on my 3DS or PS Vita. And although I want to do these things, I do feel a little bit guilty that I’m not reading… I really can’t think of anything to do, so I guess this post is a little bit of me asking for help.

Does anyone know ways to cure a reading slump? I will try anything after exams (end of June). Thank you guys in advance!

-Laura

Best Places to Buy Books (UK)

As someone who loves books and has been a book buying addict in the past, I’ve purchased books in various places both online and in shops and I now just want to give my honest opinion of places and where I think the best places to buy books are.

With online shopping, there are 2 places I tend to buy from most, and that’s Book Depository and Amazon. Both websites have amazing deals. The Book Depository sells books brand new and ship to anywhere in the world and come with a free bookmark and they have some great prices. I managed to get Carrie Fisher’s book The Princess Diarist for £8 hardcover! Amazon is also great because of the variety of sellers, and there’s both new and used books available. A lot of used books are 1p with £2.80 shipping but still, £2.81 for a used book is a really good price.

With shops, I tend to buy from 4 places. The best in my opinion being from charity shops. The books are used (obviously) and a lot in great condition and there are always good prices and the money goes to charity, which is great! But, with retail shops, I buy from Waterstones, W H Smith and Asda. Waterstones and W H Smith being full book shops which the majority of the time sell books full RRP but they usually do good deals like 3 for 2 or buy one get one half price. Asda is a shop like Walmart (they’re actually part of the same family!), but they always do good deals. They tend to do 2 for £7 deals, or they’re like £3-£4 each (paperback), but I also remember I got The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (danisnotonfire and amazingphil on YouTube) for £8 just after it came out (hardcover).

If you look around both in shops and online you’ll find great deals. I just wanted to make this post as a recommendation for any UK book lovers.

-Laura

Review – Kindle Paperwhite 2

I own the Kindle Paperwhite 2 and have for a good couple of years now. I’ve had it probably since around 2014 and since then I have used it a fair bit. It’s something I keep going back to because of how portable it is. I own a lot of physical copies of books, and sometimes I find it much easier to have copies of these books on my Kindle so it is easier for me to carry them around. I take it on long journeys, to school and I use it at home a lot, just recently I finished Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray and I found it much easier to read on my Kindle than on the physical copy because I’m able to change the font size to something my eyes can handle easier. I will also mention now that my Kindle has a magnetic case on it and I highly recommend these. Not only are they protective for both the front and back of the Kindle, but when you open the case, it automatically turns on the Kindle, saving a little bit of time and effort for you.

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The reason I got the Kindle Paperwhite is because of the light feature. I had an older Kindle but I couldn’t see it very well in certain lighting, so the fact that the Paperwhite had this light feature so I could read books both in the dark and in sunlight was amazing, and so useful to me.  I remember a trip I went on a good couple of years ago and I wanted to read a book to pass the time during the journey, but I wasn’t able to read anything on my old kindle because it was so dark, so the fact that the Paperwhite has a light built into it has really benefited me and allowed me to read in multiple situations.

Something else I completely and utterly adore about Kindles in general is that Amazon has such a wide variety of eBooks available, and quite a lot of them from various genres are free. As someone who loves classics, I adored that Amazon had so many classics from authors such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens available for free, and I have most definitely reached into reading classics more often because of this. I also love that if you have downloaded eBooks from elsewhere or even have a PDF file, you can send them to your Kindle wirelessly. I own a Chromebook, so I only have simple features available to me on a laptop, so having the ability to convert eBooks and send them wirelessly was amazing to me and something I have found very useful.

Overall, would I recommend a Kindle Paperwhite? Absolutely! Not only is it so good for reading in various different lighting situations, but they’re so easy to use and the battery is absolutely fantastic. I tend to use my Kindle a fair bit and use it from full to empty without a charge in between and the battery lasts for absolutely ages, but this may be shorter or longer depending on how heavily you use it and what else you do with it. I obviously do not know much about other features on it such as Goodreads, or even how easy it is to purchase eBooks straight from the Kindle, as I tend to use my phone or the Amazon website to do that, but as a basic eReader with a light built into it, it is absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend one of these to someone who either is a heavy book reader, or even someone who doesn’t read as often, but would like the portability of the Kindle.

-Laura

My Top 10 Books of All Time

As someone who loves reading, I love being recommended amazing books and I love giving my opinions on books and telling people about books I’ve loved. Now that I have and use this blog, I felt inspired to tell you all about my favourite books of all time. They’re from a variety of genres and I hope you guys are interested enough to read some of them, or if you have, let me know what you thought! The only order of this is that the last one is my favourite book of all time. So here we go…

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I love this book because it is such a beautiful story and so well written. It really did make me emotional and I loved it to pieces and enjoyed it so much I had to watch the film (which I also loved) and had to read the sequel to it.
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is such a cute little book filled with relatable characters and it’s just thoroughly enjoyable, and I’m pretty sure anyone who reads into the YA genre will have read this book as it’s very popular.
  3. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I adore Carrie Fisher and managed to get hold of this book (after wanting it for a little while) just after she died, and if anything it made me enjoy it more. It focuses more on her life and affair with Harrison Ford during the first Star Wars film and focuses in on a lot of Carrie’s poetry. It’s absolutely beautiful and written by an amazing woman who definitely impacted my life when I was little (all because of Princess Leia <3) who will most definitely be missed in this world.
  4. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. I read this a couple of years ago and it was a lovely book filled with such emotion and I think the way the book is written and the strong, emotional story behind it just made it so beautiful.
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This is a lovely book by Jane Austen and is a very well loved classic. I love classics and I just found this to be beautiful. I don’t think much explanation is needed.
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A beautiful book of a difficult topic of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. It’s handled very well and is different being from the perspective of death. The film as well is fantastic but you really can’t beat the book. It’s amazing and it’s something I believe everyone should read.
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This is something more recent and is the first book of a trilogy which absolutely is amazing. It’s just really interesting and mixes the real world with angels and other creatures and it’s amazing.
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Again, another classic which I found beautiful, I don’t think it needs much explanation.
  9. Skellig by David Almond. This may seem like a strange one to people who have read it, but this book is great. I read it at primary school with my teacher at the time (who even to this day probably about 10 years later is still my absolute favourite teacher ever!) and to me that just made it more interesting. The way he read it made it really exciting and it’s basically my childhood favourites and will always have a special place in my heart. The book basically helped me get into reading.
  10. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Another classic and my all time most favourite book ever. I loved the story of this and it’s been a part of me since I was little. I was also completely obsessed with the Oliver musical film from 1968. In general, I love the story and love Charles Dickens.

So, those are my favourite books and why. Please let me know your favourite books as a comment 🙂

-Laura

An Introduction

Hi everyone,

I thought I’d write a little introduction to this blog, and give you an opportunity to get to know the person behind it, and what sorts of things will be posted on here. I want to use this blog as something that gives me a chance to put down my thoughts on things such as technology, books and photography, and even maybe give some helpful hints into things.

I really really love photography, reading and techy stuff, so these will be the 3 main things that get mentioned on here. I may do reviews on bits of technology that have had an impact on my life, or things that may be useful for other things that I own, which could benefit other people. With books, I will most likely post my thoughts about certain books that have really gotten to me in one way or another and with photography, I’m not sure what I would post but it’ll most definitely get incorporated into this blog.

Anyway, getting to know me. I’ll most likely publish an ‘about’ page on here, but my here’s a few things about me. My name is Laura and I’m 18 and from Kent. I’m a September baby and as of right now, I’m doing 3 A-Levels and an EPQ (extended project qualification). My 3 A-Levels are Religious Studies, English Literature and Film Studies, so as you can tell, I do enjoy writing things, as these are 3 essay subjects. My favourite things are photography, reading, casual games, technology and animals, and more recently I have just loved going outside on walks, and that’s thanks to my boyfriend. I’m not the sort of girl who is really into makeup, as honestly, even though I own some, I never wear any, and the only time I do is on special occasions. I tend to only wear lipstick or tinted lip balms semi-regularly, so that’ll be something that will most likely never appear on here.

Considering that I love writing things, I sometimes do not know what to say or how to end things. So, if anyone is reading this, thank you so much for reading and I look forward to posting more on here in the future 🙂

-Laura