5 Great Books as Recommended by You

At the beginning of this campaign I decided to run a survey, asking you all about the last truly great book you read. The aim of this was to demonstrate that there are so many books and genres out there, and that there is literally something for everyone, with any kind of taste – whether you’re into fantasy, romance, magic, psychology, scouting, there is always something to suit you.

A secondary aim of this was to remind the respondents why they loved these books and to hopefully inspire them to either read them again, or to go in search of similar material to experience the same sensations they’d felt whilst reading their recommended book.

To encourage those of us who do not read regularly to take up the activity on a regular basis, we need to demonstrate that it’s going to be enjoyable for them, no matter what their interests.

Here are 5 of my favourite responses from the survey:

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The Great Debate: E-Books vs Paper Books

In the battle for ultimate reading-format supremacy, which side will you choose?

I took the time to interview 4 students at the University of New South Wales, Bethany, Isobel, Victoria and Vesna, each of whom gave similar responses – that they prefer paper books, but can see a number of benefits of e-books and e-readers. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of e-books and paper books!

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Why You Should NEVER Feel Ashamed Of What You Read

While I was sitting by the pool in Hawaii, I took the cover off my hardcover copy of The Heart of Betrayal because I didn’t want anyone to see me reading fiction aimed at 12-17 year olds. My godmother has special book covers made out of patterned-fabric to put her books inside – she says it’s to protect them, but on another level, I’d say it’s because she doesn’t want anyone to know she’s reading Harlequin romance novels. When was the last time you told someone about what you were reading? When was the last time somebody even cared? We ask each other what TV shows we’re watching all the time – but books hardly ever come up in conversation.

Why?

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A Book is More than Just Its Cover Art

To my readers: I am a hypocrite.

I must confess, a lot of the time, I do judge a book by its cover. In the literal sense, not the proverbial sense. I don’t mean to, but I feel like it’s something a lot of us do, and perhaps don’t even realise we do it.

My genre of choice is Young Adult, and YA covers can, unfortunately, be a bit hit and miss sometimes…

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The A-Z Bookish Survey

This one is for all you avid readers out there! Share a little bit about your reading habits and recount your most loved books by taking this little A-Z survey. Originally posted by The Perpetual Page-Turner in 2013, the survey appears to once again be making the rounds on Twitter. It’s a bit of fun, why not give it a go?

Behold! This author’s responses!

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Dozens of Genres to Choose From

In the world of literature, there is something for everyone. There is a book genre suited to anyone’s interests, whether it be politics or history, science fiction or fantasy, romance or drama, satire or comedy, gardening or cooking – the list goes on and on. If you think there is nothing out there for you – you are mistaken.

Goodreads provides an extensive list of different literary genres. Here are some of the most popular ones:

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