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How to know if you should trust their recommendations

I don’t know about you, but when people I know find out I like reading, they often like to give me recommendations, even if they don’t read that much (which is fine!). But I obviously don’t have the time to read every book recommended to me, or the energy to seek all the books that are recommended to me out. So here is a definitive guide to responding to book recommendations. Continue reading “How to know if you should trust their recommendations”

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Non-Fiction Fiction Pairings

I am growing to love non-fiction. I know that not everyone reads non-fiction, which is fine, but if you don’t have much idea where to start, I thought I’d do a post pairing books popular in the blogosphere with some non-fiction books I love. If you recognise these books, or think you’d enjoy them, then definitely see if you can pick a copy up. I’ve tried to group books that are similar in content and tone, even if they come at it from totally different angles.

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talking to other bookish people

You are on a bus, and you see that someone a few seats ahead of you is reading a book. You peer around, looking for the cover. It’s a book you’ve read! Someone else is discovering words you love right now, and you’re witnessing it. What a glorious sight. But then the question comes: should you talk to them? what do you say?

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Why you will like Lirael

I’ve noticed that most blogs have a few books or series that they talk about constantly, no matter how obscure the book might be. For Virtually Read, one of those series is The Old Kingdom Chronicles by Garth Nix, but until recently, they were Shanti’s fandom. Once she spent a whole week blogging only about Garth Nix. She fangirls about them all the time. But I gave this series a second chance, and I’m so glad I did. This is the second Old Kingdom book, and here is a list of reasons to love it. Continue reading “Why you will like Lirael”

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How to blog when you have a busy life

Hey Virtually readers! I feel like I haven’t written a post about blogging for a while, and I’m about to start my first official week of university, so this post is about how you can blog (a time consuming thing), and still, like, have a life. This week, now I’m not quite on holiday, I’ve been ridiculously busy and have had very little time to write posts, but I’m still doing ~okay~, although I guess we’ll have to see if I can take my own advice for the rest of the semester. Continue reading “How to blog when you have a busy life”

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things I love about emma mills books

Hi Virtually Readers! In February, I reread all of Emma Mills oeuvre. She writes simply excellent contemporary novels (and I do go on a bit about her, but IT IS DESERVED okay?) and you should read all of them: First & Then, This Adventure Ends, and Foolish Hearts. So I thought I’d write a list of reasons why she should be one of the books you pick up next. And because I’m extra, all the reasons begin with ‘f’.

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YA books set after high school

YA books are generally said to be directed at teenagers. But when it comes down to it, there’s very few (YA, not NA) books set in the last 2/7ths of teenagedom, ie after teenagers typically finish school. Having entered this stage myself, I’m finding that these books increasingly appeal to me, and I know plenty of other bloggers in this same stage of life. This post is a list of a few books that do take place after school. Covers link to goodreads/our review if we have one. Also, this is more of a list that can be perused or skimmed through rather than a post, so feel free to just look for certain titles or whatever. 

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#SettinginStone tbr

It’s a new year which means a lot of people are posting tbr’s. I was reading blog posts this morning and was thinking oh yeah, reading challenges, they’re not my thing….and then I remembered that I’m actually hosting the chillest, coolest reading challenge for the first two months of the year, aka Setting in Stone, and if you participate, I would be delighted (and surprised but I’m trying not to betray my low expectations). Anyway, I thought I’d share some books that I want to read for this challenge–and if you add recommendations in the comments, I’ll add them to the post!

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2017 round-up with Shanti and Shar

Hi Virtually Readers! It’s the end of another year–a somewhat tiring and also exciting year–where, among other things, we read a lot of books. This year, our reading tastes evolved a little–we read a lot more adult books and non-fiction (this growing up thing, it’s terrifying). Anyway, we’re linking up with The Perpetual Page Turners end of year survey to tell you about it. Shanti is italics, Shar is normal, questions are in bold. Let’s go! Continue reading “2017 round-up with Shanti and Shar”