Bookish Discussion: Reactions to Unpopular Opinions

Hey everyone!


So today I’ve decided to do something a little different, and I’d really appreciate if you can give me some feedback if you read this and want to have more “bookish discussions!”


If any of you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, or read this post you’ll know that I’ve just recently started reading Harry Potter for the first time!


I’m someone who loves to read bad reviews of books before I read said book. I love knowing what people disliked about a book before I start reading it so compare my own feelings of certain situations or characters to theirs, and to see if I also dislike these things about the book as well.


Sometimes I’ll read bad reviews of books I love just after I read them, and of course sometimes I will get offended at these peoples opinions because I feel they are offending something that I love, however I understand that everyone has different opinions on different things and not everyone will love the same things as me.


This is why I get very very annoyed when I see people attacking other people for their opinions on books. Not everyone will love the same things we do, and they have every right to their opinion. There is a polite way to disagree with someone, and outright attacking them and belittling them online because they disagree with you is not the way to go.


If I’ve picked up on something in a book that someone else hasn’t, and because of that a person has instantly disliked a book, I may try to politely educate them on what I interpreted that thing to mean. In some recent reviews I’ve read, I’ve seen people be extremely condescending and belittling towards someone because they have understood something that someone else hasn’t, or they have understood something differently to someone else. And it annoys me so much! It also makes me a little worried whenever I have an unpopular opinion of a book.


No one has the right to belittle and condescend someone, no matter what. It doesn’t matter if you love a book and someone else hates it, and you feel as if you have to defend said book. You can be polite about it, and always try to remember that everyone will take something differently from each story, and everyone will interpret every story differently. I hate that people now feel like they shouldn’t post negative reviews in fear of being ridiculed and belittled by fans of the book.


What are your thoughts on this topic?


Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx



Harry Potter Christmas Marathon

Over on Instagram, I along with five other lovely girls are hosting a Harry Potter marathon! This will be our first time reading this series and we’re planning to try to read the whole series by Christmas. Don’t hesitate to join us! We’re using the hashtag #HPChristmasMarathon over on Instagram and we’d love if you’d like to read them for the first time with us, or even reread them!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Little Life Update

Hey everyone!

Ugh, I haven’t posted in so long! I graduated and finished school in the past couple months, I had my final exams and now I’ve been really busy with work! I’ve only read 2 books since my last review, so I’ll review those books ASAP!

Hope everyone is doing well.

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

One Lovely Blog Award


Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to Cherry from Read Forevermore for tagging me to do this! I love the ideas of these tags as they help bloggers get to know each other and make new friendships!


1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 5 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

So, here are 7 facts about me! 

  • I want to study criminology when I leave school (a passion I got from my mother)
  • I’m only 17 years old but so many people think I’m older than I am (I don’t know why!!)
  • I was going to be named Ethan if I was a boy
  • Ever since I read Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry I’ve LOVED the name Echo
  • I’m a super emotional person and I always blame myself for everything, even if it isn’t my fault
  • I have a hormone imbalance so I have to get a needle every 3 months (funnily, it’s also the contraceptive needle so win win for me I suppose)
  • I really want to travel the world when I’m older, preferably with a close friend or my other half!

I nominate: 

El (bookswithelaka my online bestie 😉

Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads

Ava (Bookishnessandtea

Ivy (Chronicles of a Blonde Fangirl

Nani (The Reader’s Compass)

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: Duo’s You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together


Hi all! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishEach week they provide a topic and you pick (generally 10) bookish things that fit this topic! This weeks topic is Top Ten Five Duo’s You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together!

1. Fantasy Duo- Sarah J. Maas and Laini Taylor

As I’m sure you all know, Sarah J. Maas is the author of the Throne of Glass series and Laini Taylor is the author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy! These are two of my absolute favourite fantasy series so it would be awesome if these two authors could do a collab!

2. Paranormal Duo- Jennifer L. Armentrout and Richelle Mead 

JLA is the author of the amazing Lux series (first book linked), and even though I’ve only read the first 2 in this series I can already tell she’s a queen of the paranormal! Richelle Mead is the author of one of my favourite series ever, Vampire Academy and I can say without a doubt they would create an awesome, kickass paranormal series if they ever wrote a book together!

3. YA Contemporary Duo- Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson

Stephanie Perkins is the author of the Anna and the French Kiss companion series, and Morgan Matson is the author of Since You’ve Been Gone, just to name one of her books. Perkins and Matson are honestly the queens of contemporary and I just KNOW if they ever had a collab it would be so so so good.

4. Fantasy Duo- Leigh Bardugo and Morgan Rhodes

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite fantasy authors, having wrote one of my favourite fantasy series’ of last year, The Grisha trilogy and Morgan Rhodes is the author of my favourite series so far this year, Falling Kingdoms. These authors both create complex worlds and characters and write intriguing plots and I think it would be awesome to see these two put their brains together and come up with an amazing fantasy series.

5. NA Contemporary Duo– Colleen Hoover and Katja Millay 

Colleen Hoover is the author of many great New Adult books, such as Slammed and Katja Millay wrote my favourite book of last year The Sea of Tranquility! I believe these two authors would create an amazing NA Contemporary novel with complex, relatable characters and a compelling story.

Let me know which authors YOU’D love to see write a book together!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

How To: Bookstagram

Hey everyone! Over on Instagram I post photos of books; what I’m reading, what I hope to read, books I think are pretty, that kind of thing. I’ve had my bookstagram account for a little over a year and in that time I’ve accumulated some tips and tricks on how to be a successful bookstagrammer, or even how to make your account more known! I don’t have the most followers, hell one of my good friends has 20,000+, but I thought some of you out there might want to know how to better your account, or get it started! (NOTE: this is just what works for me, you don’t have to follow each of these steps to the dot! With a little bit of fiddling, you’ll work out what works best for you!)

1. Choose a background 

I’m currently using my wooden table as the background for my photos, but I’ve used multiple bed sheets as covers in the past. Try to choose something that won’t clash with books you’re trying to take photos of! This can be hard sometimes, as some backgrounds will look better with some books than they do with others. I tend to stick to one background, but one of my absolute favourite bookstagrammers @annreads changes up her background to suit whichever book she’s photographing. Just work out what works for you!

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2. Take photos with natural light 

I ALWAYS take my photos with natural light. I find the quality of the photos comes out better and the overall product ends up looking better. Try to also take your photos at the same time everyday so that you have around about the same amount of natural light in your photos! I find this makes your feed look nicer and cleaner.

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3. Choose a filter

Choosing a filter is always hard. I don’t even know how many times I’ve changed mine to be honest. I tend to go with filters that make the books colours stand out, or that compliment the book well and doesn’t make it look weird. The current filter I’m using is “Ruby” on RookieCam but I’ve previously used C2, F2 & HB1 on VSCOcam. There are other apps to get filters on, such as Afterlight, but I prefer the free apps.

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4. Interact with other bookstagrammers and stay active

I’ve made some really great friends over the past few months because I started interacting more with my followers/people I follow. People love knowing that their followers aren’t just ghost followers, or people who just scroll through and like all the photos they come across on their dashboard. It takes only a minute out of your time to make a quick comment on someone’s photo, even if it’s just to tell them you think it’s a nice picture. You never know, that kindness could go a long way. People also like when you regularly upload photos. It doesn’t have to be every single day, even one ever 2 days is great, but try not to leave weeks between your uploads. (If you have important things going on then obviously that’s fine! Some people also only have time to upload every few weeks, but I know most people I know prefer when the people their following are active).

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5. Caption your photos

I love reading people’s captions because I feel like I get to know the person a lot more. I tend to use emoji’s a lot to express my feelings the way words sometimes can’t. You might also want to try asking questions in your captions to get the flow of talking going! I know I find it easier to comment on peoples photos when they’re asking a specific question. Captioning photos is a great way for you to get to know your followers a little more and for your followers to get to know the type of person you are!

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I hope this has helped some of you, and I hope if you’re thinking of joining bookstagram you do! There’s a whole amazing community out there, and I promise we’ll make you welcome!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Blogger Award: The Encouraging Thunder Award

Firstly, I’d like to thank Lia so much for nominating me for this award! I’m relatively new to the blogsphere and you’re the first person to nominate me for one of these; thank you so much!!

The rules for The Encouraging Thunder Award are simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post the encouraging thunder logo
  • Mention your purpose in blogging
  • Nominate others for the award


My purpose in blogging

I’m a fairly new blogger; my blog has only been up for a few weeks. I started blogging because I want to share my love of books with everyone, and connect with people who share this love. I’m sure over time my purpose will change, or maybe not, only time will tell. I want to be able to promote books, whether I liked them or not. I want to be able to discuss with other bloggers, and I want to know that my opinion of a book may sway someone to buy it. I want to know that my opinion matters to someone whether it be another blogger or an author. But mostly, as I first stated, I want to be able to share my love of books with everyone and hopefully connect with some other wonderful bloggers who share this love. I’ve already made a few friends through this book community, whether I knew them through Instagram prior to starting this blog or not. I just blog because I love to share my thoughts and opinions on books and I blog because I like it.

I’m going to tag a few of my friends, and some people I don’t know very well but wish to get to know in the future!

Alyssa {Alyssaisreading}

Ava {Bookishnessandtea}

Cherry {Read Forevermore}

Cintia {Reflection of the Books}

Cristina {My Tiny Obsessions}

Erika {Librostagram}

Giovanna {Bookcoma}

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Habits I Want To Quit


Hi all! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishEach week they provide a topic and you pick (generally 10) bookish things that fit this topic! For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish posted multiple variations of this topic and I chose Bookish Habits I Want To Quit 

1. Buying more books than I read 

One of my biggest problems that I need to stop doing is buying so many books and reading so many less. Book buying bans generally don’t work for me, so something I’m thinking about doing in the future is allowing myself a “read 3 books buy 1 book” kinda ban. Hopefully this will bring down my TBR!

2. Sticking to genres in my comfort zone

I’ve recently started a book club with 12 other lovely ladies over on Instagram, The Reading Rebels in which we’re trying to choose a myriad of genres to read from so we can challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zones. I’m so bad when it comes to genres; I generally stick to YA, which is a habit I want to kick. I really want to start reading some Adult novels (I have read a few) and some other genres I generally stay away from, like non-fiction and horror.

3. Buying the whole series before reading the first book

I have honestly lost count on how many times I’ve done this! However, generally when I do this I end up liking the series…. but anyway. This is definitely a habit I want to quit before I buy an expensive series that I end up hating!

4. Avoiding classics

I’ve never read a classic! I don’t know what it is, I have a couple of them, I’ve just never read them! I think its because I always relate classics to school, and I’ve never read a book for school that I’ve actually enjoyed.

5. Reading reviews of a book I KNOW will spoil me 

I have a really bad habit of spoiling myself when it comes to books. I don’t like surprises. I just want to know what I’m in for. But ugh, this is something I need to stop doing! It doesn’t necessarily ruin a book for me, because I don’t know the events that happened around the spoiler, but still. (NOTE: even though I sometimes spoil myself for books, I do hate when people don’t put spoiler warnings on reviews they post because there are some books out there I don’t want to be spoiled on!)

6. Avoiding Harry Potter 

Okay, you got me. I haven’t read HP! When I was younger I started reading the first book, but my sister was reading the book ahead of me and was a slower reader than I so I stopped reading them and kind of… never went back to them. Turns out, we actually lost the first book, so I went out to buy it and still haven’t read it. I’m sure I’ll get to it soon!

7. Buying a series to match when I already have the other books 

This is mostly in reference to HP actually. As aforementioned, we lost the first HP book and I went out to buy it again. However, it was a different edition to all the other books I had in the series, and I liked this new edition much better so I then bought the 2nd and 3rd to match. I haven’t gone out to buy the rest yet and I’m not sure I will, but I need to not buy books I already have because I see a better cover!

8. Reading books <600 pages

I have a bad habit of avoiding books if they’re more than 600 pages! They intimidate me, and I find myself procrastinating them for months! I hope to read Outlander, Game of Thrones (just the first book) and Mistborn by the end of this year though!

9. Not finishing series where I enjoyed the first book

This is a very bad habit of mine! I have quite a few series (Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, Lux series by JLA, Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer to name a few) that I’ve read the first one or two books of the series and loved them, and never got around to reading the other books, when I own them! One of my 2015 Bookish Resolutions was to finish the series’ I started last year… But that didn’t really happen

10. Reading books I’ve just bought over books I’ve owned for months 

I always tend to set myself a monthly TBR of books I’ve had on my shelf for months I’ve been wanting to read, and then I accumulate new ones and read those first! I just know if I keep reading the new books over the old books, I’m just never going to get to the old books, and my TBR will just keep growing.

Let me know in the comments some of YOUR bookish habits you want to quit!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx