How To Make Reading A Less Expensive Hobby

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We’re all readers here. We’ve all watched with dread as, over the years, book prices have slowly been creeping up. There’s no denying it: books are expensive, and I know that in areas outside the UK they can be even more so. And reading can be a very active hobby, with all the book conventions and merch. It’s almost a sort of lifestyle. A lifestyle I am very invested in emotionally.

Before I start, I think it’s important to note that I understand how great it is to be able to support the authors you love. However, there are other ways that you can show your love for a book, for example if you’re a blogger, writing a nice review is not only good publicity, but also really lovely for the author! So if you are looking for some ways to make reading a less expensive hobby, here are some suggestions for both readers and bloggers.

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Scholastic Bloggers’ Book Feast 2017

This weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited along to Scholastic’s Bloggers Book Feast! I had an absolutely brilliant time, and got to find out so many interesting things about upcoming releases as well as chat to lots of other lovely bloggers!

Upon arrival, we were placed in tables named after creatures from Fantastic Beasts (I was a Bowtruckle!). After everyone was armed with a cup of tea, we sat down and heard all about the 2017 releases from Scholastic. I quite literally died a little with each new slide, as every single book sounded so fantastic, yet we still have to wait months for some of them! If you wish to read more about these releases and become just as excited as me, the links are at the bottom of this blog post. Another thing I think I should mention is that on all the walls inside Scholastic, there are quotes from lots of different books, which I found absolutely delightful and commented on multiple times throughout the day. I didn’t get a picture, so you will just have to trust me when I say it is gorgeous.

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Reordering, Restacking, Reshelving

I think I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but what tends to happen is that I bring books that I’ve read before to my bed, reread different parts for a couple of nights, then place it on my bedside table once I’m finished. This means that books begin to accumulate all around my bed until I have literally no space left. Very occasionally, I feel motivated to sort all these books out, and this time I thought hey, why not blog about it?

There is very little space in my bedroom, so I actually keep very few of my newer books in my room. Although I do have a bookcase, a lot of the books on it are quite old, so I will probably have to sort through that at one point too.

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Review – The One Memory of Flora Banks

coverTitle: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author:  Emily Barr
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 12th January 2017
Pages: 303, paperback
Genre: young adult

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

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The One Memory of Flora Banks is a book that has been anticipated by the YA community for months. I couldn’t wait to read it, and once I’d read it I couldn’t wait to review it. As this is such a recent release and so many may not have had the chance to read it yet, I’m going to try and avoid any massive spoilers.

I read this book expecting a love story, and I think that it would have been a brilliant romance. Honestly, midway through the book I found myself wondering why the story was still focused on Flora’s journey, rather than her heartfelt reunion with Drake. However, once I understood the direction the story was going in, I was delighted. The plot was absolutely captivating, and I soon found myself completely forgetting Drake and becoming entirely absorbed in Flora’s adventures.

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Beat the Backlist Challenge 2017

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Hello everybody – 2017 is here, and it’s time to start some reading challenges! I know it’s halfway through January already, but I have been very busy, and so over the next few weeks I will be sorting out which reading challenges I want to do this year.

The first challenge I have signed up for is the Beat the Backlist Challenge. This challenge is essentially to get as many books off of your TBR list as possible – the list of books of want to read just gets longer and longer, so this is perfect!

I have decided to set my goal to read 15 books this year that were printed before 2017. I hope I read more than this, seeing as I’m generally not great at keeping up with new releases anyway. I haven’t fully solidified which will be the 15 I read, but here are a few I will be starting with:

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Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

cursed-childTitle: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author:  J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Published by: Little, Brown
Publication date: 31st July 2016
Pages: 343, hardback
Genre: fiction, fantasy

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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(NOTE: this review does contain spoilers)

In this blog post I thought I’d look back on one of the better things to come out of 2016: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It’s pretty obvious that I am not alone in my enthusiasm for this book (or rather, screenplay), not least because it smashed the records for the most pre-orders on multiple websites before its release. I started the Harry Potter series aged 5, and so have been invested in these books for many years. The last time there was ever this much Harry Potter anticipation was in 2011, with the release of the final movie, and suddenly this year there was an explosion of activity from the HP universe.

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