Over at MNBernardBooks a lot of monsters have taken over the blog. Today it was I who sent some creatures from the forests of my home over there, to remind people the trolls of old are still walking around in some areas of the world…
So, I filmed a bookshelf reorganisation video, and it went really well (at least at 12 minutes the clock was till ticking. But when I finished and checked, nothing was saved! *crying inside* This means that the wonderful reorganisation cannot be shown. But I am very happy with how my bookshelves turned out 🙂
Now I have to think of something else to write a blog post about. And what better than to do a tag that went around everywhere quite a while ago? I wasn’t tagged, but no one cares about that, so here we go – The Rip it or Ship it Book Tag!
This is a tricky one… It might work, but I do think hey both are a bit too headstrong to be a good fit. I could see them having an on-off relationship though. Hm… It seems like I do ship them a little bit 😉
Yass! This I can see! This would be a awesome fit. They would rule the Queendom and no enemies could threaten them. Both are strong, powerful women that respect others while still telling you straight out what they want.
It seems to be “in fashion” to read books from different genres and quite a few of the youtubers I follow branch out more and more. Diverse books has become something to strive to read. Don’t misunderstand me, these are good things. There is only the issue of me usually not liking the books I read that aren’t in my genre.
So, I read fantasy. That is what I’ve read since I started reading. I’ve never really read anything else. This means I am very familiar with the classical fantasy setting and stereotypical characters – I love them. This also means that branching out makes me feel like a book often is missing something. Where is the grand battle between good and evil? Where is the unlikely friendship between an elf and a dwarf?
Am I just very blind to everything else out there that is good? Should I force myself to read books outside my comfort zone even if I usually end up not liking them? Am I giving them a fair or unfair rating?
It all comes down to why we read. Is it to educate ourselves or for enjoyment? For me, the answer is enjoyment. I’ve always read because it gives me an escape and lets me join an adventure. I love to read about the fight of good and evil. Reading about people struggling to overcome the wrath of a god (or slay a dragon) is where I find what I’m searching for in books.
This however does not mean I don’t want to read diverse books. What this mean is that there should be more fantasy books that are classified as diverse. I want amazingly written fantasy books filled with genuine characters and a magical story. The theme shouldn’t be that the book is diverse, it should just be part of the book. The same way that diversity is part of our world and not forced upon it. Give me a diverse fantasy book with a fantastic story and wonderful characters.
I’ve come to notice that book blogging can put and keep you in a box. Tell me what you think about that.
Look around, there’s a bunch of book bloggers on WordPress alone. There’s clearly a standard most of us think when we come into the blogging community whether it be doing book hauls or book reviews or needing to get ARCs – it’s all a standard misconception.
How many of the book bloggers are entirely unique. Very, very few. Some stick to book reviews, some don’t do book reviews, some only do giveaways – it doesn’t really matter what certain bloggers do, most are traditional in every sense.
My first reaction was complete fangirling with everything that includes. Then I went to sleep and now I checked them out on the British Library Shop, and when reading the descriptions I am not as sure anymore. Are they just some sort of companions to an exhibition or will there be actual new facts from J.K. Rowling’ Wizarding World? I don’t want a book that is the overall history of magic, I want the Harry Potter history of magic.
After having read the descriptions I don’t feel at all as strongly about these two books. It feels like something not relevant to the world of Harry Potter. So what are your thoughts on them? Are they anything you’d like to get your hands on?