Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

On my blog this year, I want to do more tags and challenges. They’re great fun and can be a way to be a little bit more social. This week I’m starting myself off with a meme, and that’s Top Ten Tuesday which is run by That Artsy Reader Girl. I couldn’t resist doing this week’s challenge as I want to talk about some authors.

So this list is a list of authors who already had books out when I finally picked them up. I’ll mostly be talking about the books I read by them, but some of them I’m definitely going to read more of.

I spent plenty of time going over my spreadsheet from last year to narrow this down. Many of the authors I hadn’t read before were debuts, and I didn’t want to include them. Something interesting I noticed was that a lot of these are contemporary or romance authors. That makes sense, as I did really get into reading those genres in 2021. I do kinda wish there had been a little more fantasy, so hopefully, that’ll change in 2022.

For now, though, let’s get on with the list.

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What Makes A Good Retelling?

What Makes A Good Retelling?

First things first, this post is obviously subjective. But I’ve been reading a few retellings recently, and I’ve had some thoughts. We all love retellings but some tend to work better than others. Comparing the retellings I’ve liked and those I haven’t, there is definitely an aspect that they all share.

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Books I Want To Read Before the End of 2021

Books I Want To Read Before the End of 2021

We’re in the final month of the year. I can’t believe we’re so close to the end of 2021! I’ve not yet completed my GoodReads challenge, and I’m not sure I’m going to, but that’s okay. I’ll just read what I can and see if I can manage it.

Today I want to list a few of the books that I plan on reading before the end of the year. I have another ARC to read, and I plan on reading a few Christmas books too, but I won’t be listing those today. These are just a few books from my physical TBR that I want to get to.

I’m not going to be listing them in any particular order. All of these books are in series. In fact, two of them are sequels, so I won’t be going into too much detail. But if anyone would be interested in a buddy read, let me know.

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Should I Request Every ARC I’m Interested In?

Should I Request Every ARC I’m Interested In?

I’ve been at this book blogging gig for a few years now. I’ve written a guide for new book bloggers looking for ARCs. I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already! But I also know that once you start requesting books…it can be very tempting to request every single one that looks good. Later, when people start contacting you offering you books to review? It becomes even more tempting to accept everything, especially if you’re offered a physical copy.

You can’t do that.

You shouldn’t even request every book you’re interested in.

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Light Novels and Translated Fiction

Light Novels and Translated Fiction

So, I wrote something on light novels a while back. I basically explained what they were and gave some examples. But I’ve been thinking a little more about it. I responded to a friend’s question about translated books and said the last thing I read was a manga book. At the time, it was, but I’ve since read a light novel.

Whenever I see people talking about translated fiction, I always wonder why light novels are never on people’s lists. We all already class manga, manhwa, manhua as translated books. We also talk about more literary translated fiction like Murakami. I see a lot of translated crime fiction too. I’d love to see more translated romances and fantasy from all countries. But I’m going to focus on Japanese and light novels today.
So, a light novel, as I’ve said before, is a small illustrated novel. They usually have a very manga style story. Sometimes they’re spin-offs of manga series. Sometimes they get manga or dramas based off of the novels. You’ll usually find them in the manga section of the book shop, but these are mostly text with the odd illustration.

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May 2021 Reading Recap

May 2021 Reading Recap

Oh man, I can’t believe that it’s been another month. The end of month posts are a little late this month as I’ve had a couple of blog tours, but I’ve finally gotten time to schedule them in. My reading this month has been terrible. I’ve had a lot going on, and I’ve been super distracted. I still read plenty of books, and I’m not disappointed in myself. Like hell, I can’t help not being able to read properly. But it’s definitely a lot less than other months.

So let’s get into those numbers!

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Where I Listen to Audiobooks

Where I Listen to Audiobooks

I’ve been thinking about writing about audiobooks for a bit. Now I’m in a slump, and they’re helping me get through it. I thought now might be the ideal time. But there are so many audiobooks sites out there and so many places to buy them. I didn’t want to be claiming to write a general recommendations list, as I know I’d be missing a lot.

So instead, I’m going to tell you about where I get my audiobooks from and why I like them. This isn’t going to be a massively long post. Most of my audiobooks come from three different places, with a fourth being one I keep saying I should use. And then don’t, for reasons I will outline below. But it’s a great, possibly free, resource that I had to suggest too.

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The Teenage Reader

Hi, my name is Rosina. I’m 28, and I’ve been reading pretty much all my life. But it seriously helped me survive through my teen years.

This post might seem random and out of the blue. But I just finished What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. And after reading it and some of the reviews? I just have some things I want to say.

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How To Read More

How To Read More

If you wanna point out the irony of this post, following on after a post about being in a reading slump? Feel free. I can make it worse by telling you both of these posts have been written on the same day as I wanted more content.

But there is an actual reason for this post.

Generally, I read a lot. In January and February, I managed to read 20 books each month. In March, I read 29. This is a lot more books per month than I was reading this time last year, and it also doesn’t include DNF’s. I’ve learned a lot about myself and reading over the last year or so. So I wanted to share some of my tips to help out those people who wish they could read a little more.

I want to first say that it doesn’t actually matter how much you read per month. Doesn’t matter if you read 5 or 20 books. As long as you enjoyed them and are happy about what you read. But if you want to read a little more just so you can be enjoying more content per month? Then these tips are for you.

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