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Currently Reading — February 7, 2019

Currently Reading

While writing my Feb TBR I completely forgot to include this book so I’ll add a short post about it here:

As I now I have some time to spare I decided to work a bit more on my beta-reading skills and become more familiar with some more technical terms. In the process of searching for the perfect book to guide me through this I came across Self-Editing for Fiction Writers and I honestly think it’s the best book I could’ve picked. Whilst beta-reading the most challenging thing for me is how to deliver my critique to the writer in a way that doesn’t dictate to them how they should change their work to fit my taste but rather how to make their manuscript more accessible to different kinds of readers. Of course as readers we all have our preferences in terms of the characters we enjoy reading, writing style etc and it would be completely impossible for a writer to cater to every single reader.

This book is great in showing how you can make improvements/adjustments to your current work without losing your identity as a writer. This doesn’t mean changing your story/style and losing your voice but instead means writing in such a way that readers can understand your characters more deeply, become more invested in them and thus more invested in this whole word. I would HIGHHHLLYYY recommend any conflicted writers to pick this up! It gives you a fresh perspective and essentially allows you to see your work from a readers point of view (to some extent!).

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February TBR! — February 3, 2019

February TBR!

Last month I only managed to read one book…. The Name of the Wind. Considering I haven’t read a single book in the past 6 months I can still count this as a win right??? I’ve had the longessssssst reading slump and finally decided to read Name of the Wind which a friend recommend to me. Usually whilst in a slump I don’t tend to big up such heavy books but I’d been hearing only good things about it. I won’t delve into it too much but a review should be posted up next week!

I think I needed some immersive high fantasy to shake me from this prolonged reading slump, so as soon as I finished it I started reading the sequel The Wise Man’s Fear. Although I’m getting through it a bit slower than my usual pace I love the characters, setting and the world Patrick Rothfuss created, but my next read is definitely going to be shorter, two consecutive 700-900 page reads is a littttle too much for me.

So I decided to avoid falling back into any slump I’d post a Feb TBR as these seem to always work when I’m recovering! Here are my next reads for this month:

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Since I’m already immersed in this world I’ve already got my copy of the novella The Slow Regard of Silent Things. This follows the life of Auri giving the reader a deeper understanding of her and *hopefully* some proper character development because to me she was actually the character I was most interested in! (I’ve also noticed some animations insidee, so I’ll probably breeeeeze through this) If you’ve read the KingKiller Chronicle series belwhat you thought of this novella!

 

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Replica by Lauren Oliver. I’m still on my quest to finish reading all the books on my shelf so although this is not a recently published novel I remember there was quite a lot of hype when it was released!

Over the past 2 years I’ve also been self studying Korean, so each month I will TRYYY to read through a Korean book. The one I’ve picked this month is….

 

  • 빈치, 은희경 (Poor Man’s Wife by Eun Hee-Kyung)  I picked this up a few months ago at Foyles and this was the first book that I’d seen with Korean on one page and the English translation on the next page! Whilst studying Korean content the most frustrating part is having to keep referring back to the translator, so this should make studying much easier.

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