Having a favourite genre…

Having a favourite genre…

As a reader, it is impossible not to have a certain genre or genres of books that you gravitate towards.

Maybe you love going on a thrilling chase through space, shooting lasers and meeting alien life forms. Maybe you love a wise old magician shooting fireballs from his staff, vanquishing the dragon that has plagued his country for eons. Or maybe you love crying alongside two characters who are so madly in love, but the world seems to be keeping them apart.

Either way, everyone has a genre that they like, and everyone has a genre that they don’t like.

What I want to talk about today is the genres that you don’t like, but first, let me tell you a little bit about me.

I can appreciate almost any genre of any form of art, music, books, or whatever you have in mind. I don’t necessarily like every genre, but I can appreciate and understand why people like those genres.

I have a favourite type of music — country — but I don’t limit myself to just country music. I listen to a bit of rap, a pinch of hip hop, some top 40, and just a dash of classical.

It’s the same thing with my reading habits and the genres that I like. Obviously my main genres would be historical and fantasy, but I don’t limit myself to those categories, and I think it is wrong if you do.

I don’t think you should limit yourself to a few genres just because you aren’t a “fan” of fantasy, or you can’t stand sci-fi, or romance books make you want to vomit.

If you don’t like a certain book, by all means don’t feel obligated to finish it, but if you’re not a fan of sci-fi, but you love romance…what about a sci-fi romance book.

Blend the love and the hate together and try it out. It’s got a bit of what you love, and a bit of what you hate, so maybe that’ll save it for you.

Maybe it will, or maybe you’ll think the romance aspect of the book was ruined because of the sci-fi part. That decision is yours to make.

What I really want to say is this.

Just because you hate a genre, or you hate a certain stereotype in a genre shouldn’t mean you shun it completely.

In today’s world, where reading is slowly becoming a dying passion, I don’t think us readers have the luxury of hating anything. I think we need to appreciate what we can about books, and do our best to keep them alive. Don’t hate on a certain genre because you don’t like it. Instead try to find a niche area of that genre that you do like.

Not only will it broaden your mind and understanding, I think it will also help you realize how much you love reading and make you fall in love with it all over again.

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Book Review: The Name of the Wind

Book Review: The Name of the Wind

I’ve written three different reviews for this book, and for some reason none of them are posting or saving in any way so I’m a bit annoyed and tired of the post, so I’ll keep the review short.

This book seems to have been gaining a bit of popularity since I read it a few years ago. I honestly can’t remember where I found it, or even where the book came from, but I’m glad it magically appeared on my shelves.

I liked the book a lot, especially seeing Kvothe grow up and discover the world, but I was not a fan of the time jumps that would happen every so often.

I wanted the time jumps to be more fleshed out, giving me a bit more of the main course of the story instead of making me upset that I wasn’t getting more story, but that might be my opinion.

Sorry again for the short post but I spent three hours today trying to make this post and it wasn’t working so I’m just going to admit defeat.

When and where do you like to read?

When and where do you like to read?

This is a bit of a weird topic to talk about, because it seems like such a simple part of life.

Everyone has their spot they like to read, and everyone has certain times of the day they like to/can find time to read.

Some are in bed, just before they go to sleep. Some people like to cozy up in a nice comfy chair after supper, and I’m sure others like to read in the bath, when they are absolutely relaxed.

There’s not really a wrong answer to this. Everyone has their preference of time and spot.

For me, I prefer reading on my couch. Legs up, in a nice comfy position and a good book on my lap, I could sit there for hours.

My problem, is that I don’t find the time often enough to read in my favorite spot.

I’m usually pretty busy, between work and friends and school and dogs, there’s a lot to do that keeps me from reading.

I don’t often get the chance to read while curled up on the couch, but I still find time to read.

The place I read the most is on the bus to work. It gives me about 20-40 minutes of quality reading time, depending on traffic and other bus occupants. I can channel out the noise for the most part, and I can usually snag a seat somewhere in the back corner which gives me a chance to whip out my book to read for a bit.

Other than that, I don’t get a lot of time to read. I try to read now and then, but with so much going on, I can hardly find time to sit and read a few pages even.

But enough about me. What about you? Where do you like to read, and when do you find the time to read your book? Do you sit down for hours, or do you steal a few moments now and then?

Book Review: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A century before A GAME OF THRONES, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros…

Rating: ★★★★☆

Author: George R.R. Martin

Continueing with the Game of Thrones theme that has been so popular lately, for whatever reason, this week I decided I’d review A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a prequel “series” to the main storyline.

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Having read the main series before I got a hold of this, I had a basic understanding of some of the characters in the book.

What I really enjoy about the supplementary Game of Thrones books is that there is usually some really nice artwork to look at while you read. There is some artwork in this one, but not as much as I would prefer, and msot of it is sketches.

I read it probably three years ago now, and I still remember some of the moments in the book because of how cool they are. I remember tjere was one about Duncan, or Dunc, who is the main character of the book, and he is tried for a crime, which causes a trial by combat.

After the combat, which his team had one, multiple royal family members and Kingsguard members were left dead, all because they defended the innocence of some random guy, who was really a sorry excuse for a knight. His main feature was just finding Egg, and guiding him around the world and keeping him out of trouble.

Dunc and Egg make a wonderful pair, and become life-long friends because of the events in this book. Ser Duncan is not only a knight in name, but also one in deed. This is something increasingly rare in the seven kingdoms. There are few true knights and even fewer when the events of A Song of Ice and Fire take place.

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Dunc is a strong and honorable knight, but isn’t all that smart. They call him “thick as a castle wall,” but that’s where Egg comes into play.

Egg is still a boy, though he has a fully developed mind that even the Maesters shall envy. He tempers Ser Duncan’s wrath, guiding him to choose the best course of action. Indeed he has the mind that Duncan lacks. However, for all his intelligence, he still has a whole world to see and understand; he still needs to develop his wisdom.

By being Duncan’s squire, he gets to see honour and decency; he begins to understand how people work, and how best to defeat them; he learns that it can be achieved through words as well as deeds.

The two embark on some interesting adventures. Their first (The Hedge Knight ) is by far my favourite. It depicts the pair’s first meeting, and they discover how important them coming together was. Dunc changes the fate of the Seven Kingdoms. The two only met by chance. Their actions lead to the altercation of who is to be the next King. So, it’s all rather far reaching stuff. The second story ( The Sworn Sword) didn’t quite work for me and felt a little flat in all. The third ( The Mystery Knight) made up for it, though, with its character defining moments.

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Overall they are all a short read, but nontheless are fun to read, and if you are a Game of Thrones fan, they are a necessity.

Book Review: Where We Feel Human by Sam Cortes

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

Rating: ★★★★☆

Author/Photographer: Sam Cortes

As many parts of the world become increasingly urban and indoors, Where We Feel Human prompts a necessary dialogue about why it’s more important than ever to recognize the powerful positive effects nature has on our mental health

I don’t know what to say about this book other than you need to read it. Whether you’re 60 or 16, this book is one you need to pick up. It’s inspiring and thoughtful, and a quick read at only 43 pages long.

I’m sure everyone above the age of 10 has felt stress that only modern society can bring. Cell phones, videos, social media, and what problems might come with them are all things people in today’s society experience.

When we are so consumed by the beeps and whistles and dings that technology is so often sending our way, when do we have time to be ourselves? To be a human being?

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Well that’s what Sam talks about in her book, and I think she hits the nail right on the head.

Sam takes a look at what today’s society is doing to us. Whether its psychological or physiological, she says you can’t deny that society has affected your well-being, and it’s true.

But that’s the world we live in. It would be hard to avoid society as it is now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a quick break back to where Sam says we feel most human…nature.

Sam talks about this type of medicine called Forest Bathing, where someone goes into nature and just soaks it in. Hear the sounds, see the beauty, embrace the wonder. I had never really thought about it until I read the book, but I think it is absolutely a real thing.

I remember dozens of times in my life where I had a stressful week at work, or school, or whatever it is that I was doing, and taking my dog for a walk, or heading to the beach at my lake, or even laying outside in the sun made me feel like all my problems went away.

It’s not going to solve all your stresses. Your job won’t magically get better, school won’t stop being challenging, but Forest Bathing helps you physically and mentally be able to deal with them.

Sometimes it’s as simple as that. Put your phone away and just enjoy the beauty of nature.

That’s another thing that Sam brings up. Phones. People have become so dependant on their phones, and kids are experiencing it earlier and earlier too. The more we become dependant on our phones, the less we will seek our the beauty of nature.

Sam had one quote that I really enjoyed that I’ll throw in below:

“Humans protect what they love, but love only what they know. So, what happens if we don’t know nature? How do we love it, and consequently protect it?”

Honestly, after reading this book I don’t think I’ve never felt so at peace. Sam has thrown in quite a few beautiful photographs (taken herself) to fill up the book, and give viewers a sense of the wonder she is writing about.

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Sam even says that sometimes, if we can’t physically be in nature, looking at photos of it can help too, and after reading this book I 100% agree.

On a final note, this book’s overall message is one I will support till I am dead. I always have been, and always will be an advocate for putting away the phone, or the game, or the computer and enjoying nature. I know that’s probably a bit hypocritical since you’re reading my post that I wrote on a computer, but it’s all about finding a balance between nature and today’s technology-focused society.

I’d love to hear about your favourite nature based activity? What do you do to help yourself relax? Go camping? Fishing? Let me know in the comments.

If you or somebody you know might be interested in buying D’Arnold finds a home, whether it’s for your kids, or maybe a daycare your kids go to, feel free to reach out to me, I would be more than happy to pass her info along to you. 

Weekly Recap

I know you didn’t miss any of my posts this week, but on the odd chance someone you know did, here they are:

Book Review: D’Arnold finds a home by Teah Lytywn

Type it Out Tuesday: February 12

Wednesday News: February 13

Why Reading Together Can Be A Good Valentine’s Day Date

Quote of the Day: Great Gatsby

Why Reading Together Can Be A Good Valentine’s Day Date

So as I’m sure all of you know, today is Valentine’s Day, which can make a lot of people happy, or very upset. Some of you might have a date and are celebrating, some have a date and don’t feel the need to celebrate.

Some people may have no date and aren’t too happy about it, while other still might have no date and couldn’t be happier about that. If anything, it’s more romantic to have that perfect date any other day of the year, because you won’t be societally obligated to go through with it.

If you are happy about what you are doing on Valentine’s Day, then I am happy for you, there’s no pressure to find that perfect date.

I have been thinking about this idea a lot recently, and I was wondering if sitting with your significant other and just enjoying books together can be an awesome gift to eachother today.

Yeah, some people wan’t some crazy gifts; boxes of chocolates, flowers, food, jewellery, but I think a lot of people are happy just spending time with the person they love.

That’s why I believe my idea could be a great present to eachother. The only problem for this idea is that both people need to be interested in books.

Let’s examine the idea a little more.

If you and your parnter are both big readers, but don’t really like eachother’s favourite genres, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Personally, my girlfriend isn’t a big reader, but when she does read it tends to be on the darker side of the spectrum, where I prefer more epic fantasy books.

I think a nice romantic gesture like swapping books with eachother and putting the time in to reading a book that your partner has chosen for you can be a good date idea, and also help your relationship. Maybe you don’t like the book in the end, but maybe you do.

I think the key part is putting in the effort for your parnter and showing some interest in something that they are interested in.

To spice things up a bit, you two can get some comfy sweats on, make a nice warm cup of tea (or whatever your reading drink of choice is) and curl up under a nice warm blanket together and enjoy eachother’s company while you both read a good book.

This works if you and your partner like the same books too. It might be easier because this way you don’t have to swap books with eachother, you can just take whichever book you are reading at the time and enjoy it in the presence of the person you love.

I’m not saying this is the perfect date idea, and I’m not saying your partner will even enjoy it if you would. I just think that it could be a nice alternative to watching Netflix together (which also isn’t a bad idea)

I’d love to hear what everyone’s doing for Valentine’s Day. Let me know in the comments section.

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