Category Archives: Reading

“Up-Lit” – What is it? and why do we like it?

‘Up Lit’ is the new literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels … Continue reading

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Reading makes you healthy! (an infographic)

We love reading books, and we’re guessing you do too. However, did you know that reading helps us live longer, stay sharper, be happier, as well as have more friends too? Reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and … Continue reading

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The Fiction Gender Gap

A fiction gender gap? Yes there is one! Surveys taken in Canada, the United States and England suggest that men account for only about 20% of the fiction market!  Why is this so? Warren Adler writes: “There is ample statistical … Continue reading

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Are you an ‘avid’ reader?

With just slightly over 100 titles read in 2017, I consider myself to be an avid reader.  I know that some book bloggers read WAY more books than that, but still… I consider myself an avid reader. My husband thinks … Continue reading

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America’s reading habits: an infographic

Wondering What Everyone Else Is Reading? The Most Popular Book Across the US Is… Are you the type who’s used to craning your neck so you can make out the cover titles of your fellow subway commuters’ books?  Can’t wait … Continue reading

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Blogger vs. Reader – Books I REALLY want to read!

The above 10 novels are the books that I want to read right now! They are calling my name and their voices are very LOUD! The problem you ask? Well… NONE of these are on my ‘for review’ TBR – … Continue reading

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A bookworm’s lament (#bookwormproblems)

Book bloggers read a LOT of books. That stands to reason.  There is one question that is asked of book bloggers that is very difficult to answer. “What is your favorite book?” Some people say it is like trying to … Continue reading

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I love to read – but I’m in a slump

There I’ve admitted it.  This is the first time since I began blogging that I find myself in a terrible reading slump.  I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw this today on Goodreads: GULP!!!! I find that … Continue reading

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Objectivity in book reviews: can you be honest AND objective?

These past few weeks I have read some rather unpleasant comments about book reviewers. Blogger ‘bashing’ seems popular just now. An example of this blogger bashing: https://prettymessreading.wordpress.com/…/dear-book-blogge…/ When someone – anyone – calls me or my fellow book bloggers dishonest – then steam starts … Continue reading

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“Unlocking worlds: a reading companion for book lovers” by Sally Allen

The name of my blog sort of gives it away.  I read mostly FICTION.  However, the exception that proves the rule is that I read non-fiction if the subject matter is books. With “Unlocking worlds” I felt that I met … Continue reading

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2017 and I’m challenging myself – Want to join me?

Last year I pledged to read 100 books for my Goodreads Reading Challenge.  I exceeded that number (but only barely).  Again this year, I’ve pledged to read 100 titles. In addition to the Goodreads reading challenge, I’ve decided to take … Continue reading

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August ALREADY!

The summer is speeding by.  It is August already and I’m keeping up with my #20booksofsummer challenge.  At present I’m reading number 13 of 20:  “The Beauty of the End” by Debbie Howells.  I received it from NetGalley when Kensington … Continue reading

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Books in a series

As a lover of mystery and crime thrillers, I find myself following myriad ‘series’.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the aspect of following a set of characters over numerous books.  When I was ‘just’ a reader, I would religiously … Continue reading

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“Fog on her glasses” (poem about reading)

I have no idea of the provenence of this little poem, but I think it is great! I found it on Pinterest….  If anyone can tell me the author I will add the credit on this post. I’m hoping that some … Continue reading

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The top of my TBR pile… (or, laments of a book blogger)

I’ve read 27 novels since January 1st, 2016 – so… I’m on track for my target of 100 books this year.  I’ve read some excellent novels – and some that didn’t live up to the hype. Now, with various new … Continue reading

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