Mid year check-in

We’re over half way through 2019! This is where I start getting excited because we’ve had the summer solstice which means the days only get longer from here and soon it will be autumn with the beautiful oranges and browns, and then Christmas! Okay I won’t get too excited just now but still, I’m buzzing we’re over the worst half of the year (spring and summer are my least favourite seasons – roll on autumn and winter!) but that also means half way through the goodreads challenge!

It’s been a weird six months so far. I finished rotations at uni, sat my exams but I’m still not done yet. I went on the Eurostar with my sister to visit the gorgeous Brussels in January, and finally travelled to the Lake District with a couple of my friends from uni which was beautiful and so much fun! I also got to see the opening night of the new musical that has come to London, Waitress, and Sara Bareilles was on stage! I’ve seen some amazing new film releases this year: How To Train Your DragonAvengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. But of course, I’ve also read some amazing book and I’ve been working hard on reducing my TBR and reading some backlist books but the odd 2019 release has of course snuck in there!

So my target for 2019 is 45 books and the total currently stands at 26 so I’m 3 ahead of schedule! But what have I read so far? I made it a personal goal of mine to read more of my TBR shelf rather than new releases this year and I have actually only read two 2019 releases!

Here’s what I’ve read in 2019 so far:

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • 12 Small Acts to Save the World by WWF ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Dark Vault by V E Schwab ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Springtime at Wildacre by Lucy Daniels ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • The Lost Lamb on Honeysuckle Lane by Lucy Daniels ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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I’m pleased to say I’ve read some amazing books so far as well as finally picking up those poor souls that have been sat on my bookshelf for months! My favourite reads so far would include: The Dark VaultLegendaryFinale and 12 Small Acts to Save the World. I’ve only had one book that I really didn’t enjoy even though I was sure I would so all in all, I think I’m doing pretty well with my reading challenge!

What about you guys? What reading goals have you set yourself this year? Now we’re over half way through the year, now is the time to reflect on your situation. I’m planning to keep on with my goal of reading those backlist books and I also want to finish off some more series like Strange the Dreamer and finally start some others I’ve been meaning to like The Kiss of Deception! Let me know your reading goals and how you’re getting on with them in the comments below!

Here’s to a great second half of 2019 filled with wonderful books and thrilling stories ♥

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Our Planet and the fight against Climate Change

I know this isn’t a book-related post but I have recently started watching Our Planet on Netflix, narrated by David Attenborough and while it is visually stunning and incredibly beautiful to see so many parts of our planet in such crisp detail, it highlights the devastating effects that we are inflicting upon our planet and the species that live here through climate change. It has really got me thinking and reconsidering my lifestyle.

I’m already vegetarian and I’ve switched to using soy milk which massively helps since 60% of mammals on Earth are livestock (and farming uses lots of land which causes loss of carbon-storing forests), but the programme has left me feeling helpless and desperate to do something more. The programme does offer a message of hope though, and we can do something right now by doing some simple changes and putting thought into how we live.

Watch this video where David Attenborough explains how clean energy can benefit the planet and the species that live here through reducing the melting sea ice and giving us cleaner air to breathe:

https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/how-to-save-our-frozen-worlds

“Our Planet” is an urgent plea for fighting climate change ...

1 in 6 species is at risk of extinction because of climate change if we don’t control it. This is absolutely spine-chilling and horrendous to realise just how we are affecting the world and other species that live here. We’ve become a plague on Earth and taken over by sheer selfishness and I say, no more.

I want a world where we use renewable energy, use virtually no plastic in everyday products and have more land for rainforests compared to palm oil and livestock. So if, like me, you want to do more to save our planet and lower your impact, there are things you can do about it.

  • Take the WWF carbon footprint calculator (takes about 2-3 minutes to do) which shows you your impact on the environment and areas to improve on: https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/
  • Switch to an energy supplier that uses renewable energy and paperless bills – if more of us use these sorts of energy suppliers, it pushes out the corporations on the grid that use fossil fuels and increases the expansion of more renewable energy sources. You can also save money by switching! Just check out https://bigcleanswitch.org/ to see how much you could save. Some green energy suppliers that are rated in the top 5 by Which include Octopus Energy and So Energy.
  • Check out some plastic-free shops online and make some simple switches of everyday products right now! From the much talked about bamboo toothbrush to reusable make-up pads and shampoo bars, these shops are chock-full of brilliant ideas to use less plastic. And once you’ve bought it, it lasts so much longer than the cheap options in supermarkets! I can personally recommend the Georganics dental floss and the OrganiCup menstrual cup. Here are some of the best plastic-free online shops I’ve come across so far:
  • Switch your default search engine to Ecosia! They use their profit to plant trees and help pull in that excessive carbon dioxide sitting in our atmosphere and replacing it with life-giving oxygen. You can help even from sitting at your desk or sofa!
  • Check if the products you buy use sustainable palm oil. Currently, Sainsbury’s uses 98% certified sustainable palm oil in their own brand products which will be 100% by 2020. 100% of UK Tesco products were RSPO certified in 2017 (but doesn’t state if this is still the case), and Co-op has been using 100% RSPO certified palm oil in their own brand products since 2005. Check out the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard to check out other supermarkets and retailers for their score out of 9 for how sustainable their palm oil is sourced. It is estimated that we are losing 100 orangutans a week due to human activity which involves the deforestation to make way for palm oil trees.
  • Find a nearby plastic free store where you take your own containers and weigh out the amount you want to buy and pay per weight. There’s a brilliant blog post by The Zero Waster on finding shops near you. The Clean Kilo is one such near me which happens to be the UK’s largest zero waste supermarket! It’s so much fun weighing out what you want and they also have some fresh locally-sourced fruit and veg too as well as plastic free alternatives to beauty/kitchen products.
  • Look at the range of zero waste, plastic free and eco conscious books there are out on the market! 12 Small Acts To Save Our World is one I personally recommend (see my review here) and I am definitely going to buy some more very soon. Check out the range of planet conscious books on Wordery here.
  • Eat more plant-based foods! You don’t have to go full on veggie or vegan to make a difference; most people are eating more protein than they actually need anyway so give meat a break a couple days of the week or even all animal-based products and try to have a veggie and a vegan day a week! Just look at the impact of different milks on the environment and compare plant-based ones to dairy.

Got Oats? – One Year, Zero Waste

 

I hope this post has inspired you all to make some changes just like Our Planet has made me. What with the climate change protests and Greta Thunberg’s visit to different parliaments, climate change is storming the news as it should be – it’s a real and ever-present threat to life on Earth and we have the power to change that. Let me know in the comments below what changes you’re making to combat climate change and help save the Earth and if anyone has any suggestions on blogs to follow or shops/books to check out, then let me know!

Don’t judge a book by its cover (but we do)

We all know the famous quote – something may not be that attractive on the outside but there’s a world of beauty inside. But the thing is, the cover of a book is the first thing you see and it needs to catch your eye. There are some truly stunning books out there with beautiful designs, and I admit that beautiful book covers have swayed my decision whether to buy a book or not (always buy it, am I right?) but I’d never soley base my decision on what it looks like!

The blurb/synopsis is always the thing that clinches the deal for me. If it sounds like a book I’ll enjoy, then I’m in. If the cover is pretty as well, then great! But frequently I’ve seen a book on instagram and then looked it up on goodreads, and thought it didn’t sound as good as it looked. The synopsis is key.

But let’s face it, we see a pretty book advertised and we’re instantly intrigued and want to find out more, which is what leads us to the synopsis where you discover for yourself if it sounds like a book you’ll enjoy reading or not. However, if the cover doesn’t catch your eye, then you never discover the synopsis and it could very well be something you would enjoy! It just emphasises the stress on how important the cover design is, as well as the synopsis. And like I said, there are some absolutely gorgeous covers out there that were part of the reason I looked further into a particular book.

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One thing that’s interesting with book covers in the YA fantasy genre is there seems to be a recurring theme of using a plain black or white background and having the title and possibly one object at the focus – I rather think Twilight set off this trend and a lot of YA books that followed adopted this approach to cover design, or perhaps releasing a whole set of books in that format.

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This isn’t so much the case recently but it was a trend for a while to release books in this simple minimalist format which works well, however the thing I hate with book covers is when they release multiple different cover designs of the same series (looking at you Harry Potter and The Hunger Games). I understand a new generation will discover these books and they need to be updated – just think of how many different covers there are for the classics out there! – but what annoys me is when they are released in quick succession and it makes it even more difficult to find the edition you’re looking for to match your series. I think I lost count with how many different covers there are for The Hunger Games and that series hasn’t even been out that long in comparison to other books! I understand it generates more sales, particularly with those bookworms that like to collect all of the designs for the same book, but sometimes it’s just a bit too much.

One thing I do love seeing on book covers are detail and bright colours like for example:

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I love books that stand out on my bookshelf with their bold colours and little intricate details you later realise are mentioned in the book – it adds to the reading experience! But then I do really like the minimalist design I mentioned earlier, particularly in book series. It’s nice to have a mixture on my bookshelf and they all stand out in their own way when stacked next to their respective sequels and companion novels.

A bug bear of mine however is when they change covers half way through the series, particularly to something that isn’t as good as the original! It makes for incomplete series and disgruntled bookworms. Some cover changes that still upset me to this day are:

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Why on earth they made Harry look like a 12 year old girl I’ll never know, or why they thought changing the beautiful and colourful collection of The Bone Season to this plain old boring white one! Baffled.

There’s no doubt that the cover design of a book influences the number of sales and so it’s paramount to the publishing of the book with how it looks. We don’t like to think we do, but we all judge a book by its cover whether that’s intentional or subconsciously, but we are all doing it and inadvertently adding/subtracting to the sales of a book based on our preferences and what we deem attractive or not. Covers really do influence our decision on whether to buy or read a book and it’s important to remember that they are reflecting the story inside and so it must represent the writing and do it justice.

What are your thoughts on book covers? What do you prefer to see on the shelf? Were there any cover changes that upset you? Let’s have a discussion in the comments!

How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World Film Review

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So I’m doing something a little different today and doing a review of How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World. The How To Train Your Dragon films are based off the children’s book series written by Cressida Cowell. In the third film, we see Berk threatened by a new enemy, the discovery of a Light Fury, and Toothless learn how to get a girlfriend. It’s heart-warming and heart-wrenching and concludes the story of How To Train Your Dragon by Dreamworks Animation.

I’m writing this as I’m listening to the How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World soundtrack so let me start off by saying how absolutely amazing and painfully beautiful the music is in this film. Composed by John Powell, the person who composed the soundtracks to Chicken RunShrekKung Fu Panda, and of course the previous two How To Train Your Dragon films, we are given some truly outstanding new pieces of music and reminded of some of our favourites from the first and second films. The introduction of the new Light Fury means there are some stunning scenes together with Toothless and the music matches it perfectly, pulling on all the heartstrings and filling you with joy and hope.

Here’s the beautiful Furies in Love piece below, along with a couple other of my favourite songs from the film:

We also get a new song performed by Jónsi who did a song in both of the previous films. It’s full of awe and matches a scene in the film perfectly making for an effortlessly captivating watch.

I absolutely adore the music in these films and this one had some breath-taking songs and I know I’ll be listening to the soundtrack for a long time in the next few months!

Another thing we got with this film was some incredible animation and scenes that were visually spectacular to behold. Two of the most gorgeous scenes to watch were Berk’s transformation with all the new dragons living there at the beginning, and the one where Hiccup and Astrid discover the hidden world. The animation in this film was truly phenomenal.

As I’ve mentioned already, there’s a new Light Fury in town and Toothless has his eye on her. There’s a really funny scene where he’s trying to ‘court’ her let’s say, and she isn’t too keen! I laughed out loud at this bit and though this third film is a bit darker than the previous two, this scene helped lighten it up (with a Light Fury, ironically) and reminded me of why I love this franchise so much.

The new enemy, Grimmel, is completely horrid and makes a brilliant yet awful villain. I hated him from the start with his ease and carefree manner. We learn he has a past to do with the Night Furies, and he’s stealthy as he plans to close in on Hiccup and Toothless.

One thing I was expecting with this film and thought I had prepared myself for was the ending to an era of humans and dragons. We all knew it was coming what with the fact that it’s based on a story already written, but I just did not expect such a bittersweet ending and I cried. I could have cried ugly tears if the cinema wasn’t full of people to see me. We see the end of a story of friendship between Hiccup and Toothless as the How To Train Your Dragon films come to an end and it’s tear-jerking and heart-wrenching to say the least.

The How To Train Your Dragon films are a total favourite of mine and will always have a special place in my heart, but this one saw the story come to an end and I always struggle with goodbyes. The end scene was particularly difficult to watch even though it wasn’t meant to be completely sad, but it tore my heart a little and there were more tears crawling down my face by the end credits.

But not to end on a sad note, I will say that we get some funny scenes with Ruffnut and Tuffnut who are hilarious as always, and we get another Toothless drawing scene!

It’s a poignant film about the relationship between humans and animals and about bringing peace to the world. It’s about friendship, love and loss. But most of all, it’s about Hiccup and Toothless as they find their way in the world as best friends, Together From Afar.

I’m just going to mention some things that happened in the film now so there will be SPOILERS – look away now! Here’s a picture of Toothless to hide the spoilers from you:

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Okay so I’m just going to mention the things that upset me in this movie because while it was gorgeous and amazing, it was so utterly sad and bittersweet it was unreal.

Things that upset me:

  1. They evacuate Berk and never go back – they have to leave to save their dragons from Grimmel, WHICH THEN LEAVE THEM ANYWAY! But they have no way of getting back to Berk, so they’ve all left their home of generations and can’t even get back.
  2. Toothless is a bit of a flake and leaves his best friend for a girl – Toothless sees a female Night Fury and suddenly it’s bye Hiccup and off he goes to be with her. I can’t believe their friendship was so easily broken, especially considering Hiccup has Astrid and still makes time for his best friend. Hiccup gives Toothless a new tail and off he flies, away from his friend and he wouldn’t have returned if it weren’t for Hiccup and Astrid going to find the Hidden World.
  3. ‘You’ve always got my back’ – Hiccup says this to Toothless at the start of the film and it’s just so sad because then Toothless doesn’t ever has his back again at the end of the film.
  4. The dragons leave so quickly and easily – the dragons all go to the Hidden World and don’t even look back. Are they not bothered they’re leaving their friends? The people cried and said a quick goodbye, but I don’t even understand why the dragons had to leave because Grimmer had gone (I’m guessing he died) so why can’t they keep defending dragonkind and spreading the idea that humans and dragons can live in peace?
  5. The reverse hand scene – Hiccup places his hand on Toothless’s face and takes it off – the exact reverse compared to the first film. It’s mirroring at its most gut-wrenching sadness. There are tears down Hiccup’s face and mine.
  6. THE END SCENE – I CAN’T believe how they ended this film. They show Hiccup grown up (Astrid doesn’t seem to have aged) with kids, and they somehow just randomly find Toothless chilling on a rock somewhere and Toothless DOESN’T RECOGNISE Hiccup at first. It cut my heart in half, and when Toothless eventually does recognise Hiccup, they have a little fly around and that’s it. Do they ever meet again? Why is this the first time they’ve met up? How much time passed and how did they manage to arrange this meet up? Did Toothless never want to go and visit his buddy? How has Hiccup coped with his life without dragons when that’s all he’s ever known?
  7. There’s no ‘This is Berk’ sign off – it’s in both of the previous films but this one is where we don’t get the typical goodbye from Hiccup. We get a ‘Once there were dragons’ instead which just makes sure your heart is well and truly torn in half before the credits roll up. The ‘This is Berk’ sign off would have reaffirmed the new idea that Berk is the people and not the place, maybe mention that life was different after the dragons left, but we find out what the Berkians have been up to since.
  8. Hiccup failed in his mission to bring peace between humans and dragons – he was trying to show the world that they could live in harmony and train dragons, but they all go off into the wild again because humans will never stop hunting them and it showed that Hiccup failed. He couldn’t bring peace and the whole training a dragon thing just got dissolved so quickly – the film showed humans are awful and they’ll always be someone out there to ruin something beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the film but the ending just could have been done differently to make for a more satisfying end to this wonderful franchise. They could have had the Light Fury come live with them all on the new island since she saved Hiccup and came round to him in the end. They could have visited Toothless or him come visit them every year so we know they see each other regularly, but they had to choose the saddest ending possible. They are both off enjoying their lives, without the other. They’re ‘Together From Afar’.

How To Train Your Dragon will always have a special place in my heart, but not without the sting of the ending that I don’t think I’ll ever get over. But as Stoick said: with love, comes loss. But it’s worth it in the end. While I love How To Train Your Dragon and I’m devastated to see it end, it’s a loss that’s worth it because it really is some of the best films out there. With brilliant characters, beautiful music, fantastic animation, heart-warming friendships and very real and relevant messages, it’s one of the best stories you could discover.

The fury that comes with mismatched book sizes

It goes something like this:

You pick up a new book that sounds promising, the synopsis peeks your interest enough that you buy it and give it a go with that warm glow of just-bought-a-new-book feeling. You read it and discover it’s definitely going on your five star book list and waiting for that promised sequel seems like forever. But finally, the sequel comes out. FINALLY the day comes where the sequel is out in bookstores and online for you to buy.

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You frantically run to the shops and search for the book till your eyes spot it and OH MY GOD IT’S NOT THE SAME SIZE AS THE FIRST BOOK.

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WHAT IS THIS MADNESS??!!?!?!?!!

But you pick it up anyway (maybe it’s not bigger and you just need to check it’s actually the sequel to your book even though you know it definitely is) and NO GOD NO the font is different too!

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I mean, surely I can’t be the only one who has experienced this? I could not wait for a sequel to come out in a book series I had just started and it was way bigger than the first. So I waited for the smaller version which got printed out a few months later and then the font was completely different too! Why don’t you just change all the characters name as well whilst you’re at it.

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It hurts. It hurts me emotionally to see this happen because I am such a wanting-everything-to-match-and-go-together type of book buyer. Why do they change fonts and formats with the next book? Just keep things the same! Whatever happened to continuity? Why would you think we want books that are different sizes with different fonts changing half way through the series?

The mismatching book sizes is just as awful. You can’t put them on the same shelf on your bookcase! And if you do it looks weird and oddly laid out. A well-known book series did this and I’m still waiting for the release of the fourth book in its smaller paperback version to match my set and it’s just so frustrating! Why change the size?

Just one of the many frustrations of a bookworm. Let me know your frustrations below in the comments – share the vexation!

Adult Fiction Books and Sex: is it featured too often?

Flicking through a cute Christmas book I’ve found to give as a Christmas present, I suddenly came across a sex scene and while yes, every now and then, it’s not exactly unwelcome to read, it doesn’t have to be in sooooo many adult books that I read and it got me thinking, why does it feature so frequently in adult books, compared to books for younger readers e.g. YA books (which are at least 16+ but don’t nearly have the same amount of representation of sex compared to books targeted for 30+)?

I mostly read YA books and it’s no wonder. I’ve discovered that so many books that are targeted towards adults have quite serious hard-hitting topics or are very thought-provoking in nature. Murder, crime, divorce and breakdowns seem to be some of the main topics in adult fiction and the ones that are supposed to be just a ‘light’ read or a nice romance often feature sex scenes. It’s almost as if romance novels can’t exist unless the guy and the girl (it’s always a man and a woman) get together and definitely have sex, because this means that they are in love.

Yes, sometimes it’s good to read and adds to the relationship between the characters and is a good addition to the story line, but often it is just an unnecessary scene slotted into a perfectly good book that isn’t needed and doesn’t do anything for the story.

YA frequently involves romance and relationships, sometimes bordering on sex and intimacy and it tends to be quite honest and forthcoming, compared to the perfect lies fed in films and other literature, giving an unrealistic expectation of sex and how it should be. (I.e. the man and the woman always have perfect sex first time round, nothing ever fails or anything awkward happens.)

It just seems to me that the difference between YA and NA/Adult books is the detail it goes into regarding relationships. If there are people above 20 and in a relationship, they’re probably going to be having sex at some point in that book. Whatever happened to it wasn’t the be all and end all? Why are we so concerned with sex being the ultimate factor of sealing one’s love for another? I don’t think Pride and Prejudice would have been nearly as good if there had been a sex scene slotted in halfway between Elizabeth resenting Mr Darcy and her sister getting engaged.

Yes, it wasn’t allowed to be written about then – it was improper to even discuss such a subject and we should keep a healthy channel open on the topic of relationships and sex in literature, but this doesn’t mean that every romance novel needs to feature a sex scene, and ones that are unrealistic and never go wrong.

I get so tired of enjoying a book, reading about two characters falling for one another but then a blatant sex scene crops up and I mentally sigh: was this really necessary? Is this man’s erection and this woman’s orgasm really confirming their love for the other, and something pivotal to the story line? It can be exasperating reading the same old thing. Sex isn’t something that confirms love, it’s something love confirms; the willingness to be intimate with another, to share yourself with them and complete and utterly trust that other person. And in this day and age, people have sex after having known the person for all of a few hours – it’s something that is taken lightly now and can be done anywhere and with anyone.

Being truly intimate and in love is falling for someone without the need for sex, for the mind and soul to connect. It’s easy to go in search of physicality, but it’s something rare and precious to find that one that you really bond with, romance develops and the physical elements aren’t even needed, but wanted between the two people.

Is this an old-fashioned view in a world where Tinder means you can find a ‘match’ within seconds and be having sex with later that night? It’s no longer a desire to find that person when it’s so easy to be temporarily satisfied thanks to the variety of dating apps and websites. Books have more of a relationship-building and getting-to-know the other person aspect, but it always builds up to sex, or it’s seen as the ultimate confirmation between two people.

It’s good that we are at a stage where subjects that used to be taboo (menstruation, sex, masturbation) can all be talked about and there are realms of books and websites which discuss these topics at length, but is it becoming too easy to forget what actually matters: feeling? Can’t the book build up to the two main characters falling for the other without the need for sex, or is this what adult readers want?

Does having sex mean you really ‘feel’ for a person or is it something far more vulnerable like sharing your insecurities and beliefs with another who accepts and loves you for it?

Why is YA such a massive market in a world that’s obsessed with sex and relationships, and so hop from one to another in a matter of days? It’s because most YA books show the honest truth that relationships are flawed and it takes something more than sex to create love. And having sex doesn’t make you ‘an adult’, it’s not something that differentiates the young from the old – it’s a common misconception that having sex means that you are finally grown up, and so this is why it features in so many adult books, because only adults can read about it.

It’s crazy how commonplace it is to include sex scenes in adult books now, or casually mention sex like it’s something completely ordinary. It is and should be seen as something perfectly acceptable to talk about, but is there a danger of it becoming too regular in fiction – something not seen as that special any more? If it adds to the story and the characters, then it’s brilliant and totally warranted; if it’s just included for the sake of either the author wanted to write a sex scene or to market it as an adult book and make it more appealing to the target market, it’s pointless and boring.

 

What are your thoughts on what I’ve discussed? Do you think adult fiction books feature sex too often when it’s unnecessary or do you think it’s always welcome and there’s no harm in adding it in, even if it doesn’t particularly add to the story?

Everyone’s opinions are welcome!

Bookworm Thoughts: Thoughts in a Bookstore

         Outside the bookstore

  1. Okay I’m just going to have a look. I am not buying anything, I’m just seeing what is new out – research for what I can buy when I have money next. I’ve already bought some books recently so I don’t need to buy anything today. I’m just looking.
  2. I mean I can have a look at the half-price section, right? There might be some good deals. It won’t hurt to have a look and I don’t have to buy anything. I’m just looking.
  3. I wonder if that book is out yet. I do need that sequel… But I’ve got plenty to read at home, my TBR pile is getting dangerously out of hand.
  4. I’ll just pop in for a quick look.
  5. *sees bookstore* Ahh there it is! Omg I can’t wait to get inside and see what books are out and-

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  6. Oh. No.
  7. THERE ARE SO MANY
  8. Ah I feel like I’m home, ah hello *strokes books as walks past* ah they’re so beautiful. This is so much better than looking online. I can actually see and pick up the books and be surrounded by so many books!
  9. One day my house will look like this. I vow I will have a library in my house.
  10. It will be mighty and beautiful. I will have a comfy chair to sit in and read in my library.
  11. I’ll be living the dream.

    Arrives at favourite go-to section
  12. Oh I love that book! Ah that’s a great series. See I thought that was going to be good but it actually wasn’t as good as I thought. Oh everyone loves this series but I just didn’t see it. Now this is an amazing series right here! I can’t wait for the sequel. Oh I haven’t read this yet! I own this one but haven’t read it yet. I’ll read it next, well, after the one I’m currently reading then the other two I’ve got planned to read… I will get round to reading it. I will!
  13. *sees signed book* SIGNED! IT’S SIGNED! Okay I have to get this one I mean, how often do you see a signed book in the store? It’s a golden opportunity and one that might not come again. And the author hardly ever does signings here so it would be stupid not to get it. Ah the signature is so pretty! Okay I have to get this one.
  14. Okay so one book and that’s all. I’ve done pretty good actually. Yeah I feel so proud of myself for just getting one-
  15. AND THERE IT IS – THE HALF-PRICE TABLE. Oh god stop looking at it – but how can I not? Damn! I need that one but there’s nothing else on the offer that I want- THAT IS OUT ALREADY?! Oh no. Oh yes! I can get these two so I’m getting it on the buy one get one half price offer, so I’m basically saving money. I could get these cheaper online but then I wouldn’t get the little stamp on my card which will get me £10 to spend when I get ten stamps…
  16. No stop looking at me books! I can only get these three – I’m already buying three more than I should! I’ll look online and see if I can these other ones cheaper later.
  17. I’ll be back.
  18. *paying for books* I feel so happy I love life this is brilliant take all my money why yes I will have a good day thank you so much, and you! *smiles incessantly at assistant*
  19. They have the best job in the world. I should totally become an assistant here. That would be living the dream. And I’d get to see all the new releases early! I could grab the signed books before anyone else – they’re so lucky to work here. *gets books handed back* Thank you, angels in disguise. I love this store so much.

    Walking out of bookstore
  20. Oh crap what have I done…