Thursday, May 26, 2016

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11 Jewelry Pieces for Every Hardcore Book Nerd

These days, going to the mall just won't cut it, seeing how most people lead busy, hectic lives. Fortunately, the internet holds many wonders, some of which are pieces of bookish jewelry. We've taken the time to go through several of the most popular accessories you might come across if you're looking to flaunt your reading habits and let your friends know that you're a hardcore book nerd. Most of the items we'll showcase can be found on Etsy, Amazon, and other online retailer websites that have gradually won the hearts of bookaholics all over the world.

Just in case you want to check out the store or the product per se, all you have to do is click the image.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Get Out of a Reading Slump With These Books

It's not you, book. It's me.

Long-term reading slumps can be dealt with as long as you stay on track and try to discover books that speak to you on that level. We, at Books for What, have gone through reading slumps that lasted weeks and even months. That's why we've decided to tackle the topic by putting together a comprehensive list of things that can assist you with getting rid of your laziness, and adding to it a selection of books anyone might enjoy, regardless of age and personal preferences.

Tips to get you back to reading

1. Check with your all-time favorite authors and see whether any publishing house has come out with a new title during the last year or so. This task can help you keep up with new releases; at the same time, it can trigger your interest and curiosity. It would be nice if you discovered a new book by the author of your choice every year, but since writing does take a lot of time and inspiration, this is close to impossible. One of our favorite writers is Jeffrey Eugenides, so we go out of our way to see what he's been up to recently and whether or not he's working on a new book.

2. Focus on short reads. If you're in the middle of a very long series (Game of Thrones, anyone?) and have little to no patience when it comes to waiting for the next book to show up, why not enjoy some short reads? There are several novels that can be read in as little as two hours. Some of the most famous examples include Guns by Stephen King, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Guns can be read in as little as 21 minutes, and The Glass Menagerie should take you a little more than an hour.

3. Visit your local library. Whenever you have the time, just go to the library and start noticing the books that are being returned or what other people are reading over there. There's nothing stopping you from trying out something new every day or from making use of your time during weekends and days when you have some time off. What's more, most libraries are free or require a minimum subscription, so you don't even have to pay for the books you check out.

Books to get you out of a reading slump

If nothing really seems to work, it won't hurt if you gave a shot to the following novels as we've noticed that they manage to gather a plethora of positive reviews on Goodreads and the websites of online retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon. What's more, we've read each and every one of them, and we can bet that they'll delight you in many ways.

1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

How about some teen love? We all want our share of that. The fun thing about Eleanor and Park is that it isn't in the least bit boring or cheesy. Both of the main characters are outside the box, in that they don't get along with too many people at school and can't even stand each other at the beginning of the book. Eleanor is a bit chubby and lives with her complexes thereof, and Park is a half Asian American who's trying to find his way in the world. These two make a lovely couple in an almost spotless way.

2. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Last year, we had the pleasure of reading Vampires in the Lemon Grove after seeing a video by Liz Loves Literature on YouTube. By the way, if you're looking to broaden your reading universe, we couldn't recommend Liz more as she's one of the most amazing booktubers out there. What's so special about this book? For one, it's not a novel. It's a collection of short stories. Secondly, you'll be left feeling enchanted by the funny and witty writing of Karen Russell's. While some short stories are somewhat creepy, others are very relatable with regards to our way of living in the present.

3. The Plague by Albert Camus

On the North African coast, there's a small town of people living by like any other community. When the plague hits, everything and everyone changes all of the sudden. This is a haunting story that will make you ask yourself a lot of questions about where the human race is headed and whether its principles are the right ones or not. Camus is a European classic, after all, but it shouldn't take you more than five hours to read The Plague seeing how it's only 320 pages long.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

If you're lucky enough to have been spared seeing the film, perhaps you'd like to have a shot at reading this book. In a way, it might deal with teenage angst, but it's beautifully written and will have you unable to put it down. Since this is around 200 pages long, it probably shouldn't take you more than three to four hours to go through. Just be careful, you might cry a little at the end.

5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

If what you live for are mysteries and thrillers, you're going to love Flynn's book. It's not one of her latest, but it's still possible the author's most famous work. Having been turned into a relatively poor movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, we urge you to read Gone Girl if you're having second thoughts about relationships that last forever. Nothing is what it seems in this book, and the characters will baffle you with their actions.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

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How To Get Free Books

I'm going to start this post by saying that I'm not necessarily referring to physical books. Instead, I'll mostly be focusing on websites and other resources that offer free e-books and audiobooks. I've recorded a video about this topic last year, and if you'd like to avoid wasting any time reading this article, perhaps you'd prefer a shorter and more interactive version of it: Where I Get Free Books.

1. The first way of getting free books is by creating a library card. I know this isn't an innovative idea or anything, but it had to be pointed out as I've seen that libraries are getting less and less popular with every minute that goes by, and it's a real shame. In fact, many of these services are closing down every year in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and so it wouldn't hurt if we all went down to our local library and paid a small subscription fee. After all, one of the neatest things about such a place is that its officials are able to order rather new titles and as such offer them to eager readers.

2. Get in touch with the author. This is something I've done in the past, particularly if I was on Twitter and couldn't help noticing that a new book by an author I was admiring had come out. I asked for an electronic copy, and I got it via email. Eventually, I discovered yet a better way of getting free books, particularly if you want your pick at some of the ones that have been released on the market rather recently.
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Spectacle, Angie McCullagh

I'll begin by saying that I downloaded this book for free while it was available for Amazon Kindle. I took great pleasure in reading Spectacle by Angie McCullagh, even though I'm not a particularly huge enthusiast of some Young Adult novels. I've developed a certain taste for the genre after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but I've been disappointed so many times by other books that I've learned to expect nothing from YA.

Spectacle is an enchanting novel about the things that adolescents nowadays face while growing up. The book deals with the story of two girlfriends, Emily, and Trix. They've been friends since they were in the 6th grade, but I can't figure out what made them stick together for such a long time. Trix is on the wild side of things, with a mother that's not in the least interested in the well-being of her daughter. On the other hand, Emily comes from a happy, wealthy environment composed of her natural father and her step-mother, Melissa. Melissa is doing pretty much anything she can in order to be friendly to Emily, but being a teen isn't easy, and so the relationship between the two is a bit complicated.

To sum up, the story isn't necessarily something I haven't seen in other YA novels. However, the writing was exceptional, and I was gripped all throughout the book, which is something that happens very rarely with me. Angie McCullagh did an excellent job at depicting the teenage angst some of us might suffer at some point or the other. She also managed to emphasize the struggles of keeping friendships intact, what with all the new temptations and experiences that come up around the ages of 16 or 17.

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 on Goodreads, and I regret nothing. It's probably the best free Kindle book that I've read this year.
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