Do you ever find yourself reading in weird places? Are you someone who carefully decides where they like to read, or someone who will just read at every opportunity? Well, today I’m going to introduce you to BookAdvisor – a place where you can rate your reading locations and provide feedback for other book lovers! How exciting! How revolutionary!
JUST KIDDING. This isn’t a real thing… yet. But I totally think it should be! Share your reading places. Rate your favourites. Leave comments and feedback to better the bookish community. Check it out!
I went to my bedroom to read a book I just bought and was shocked to find it wasn’t as pretty as Pinterest had led me to believe. Where were all the fairy lights? Where was a hot cup of tea waiting for me? I don’t know how I’m expected to curl up on my bed and read a book when my room is so MESSY. Pinterest is a LIAR, I tell you. ALL THE PROMISES OF PRETTY BEDROOMS ARE LIES.
“A nice location, but too sandy.”
I was looking forward to going to the beach and reading a book for class… but when I went there, THERE WAS TOO MUCH SAND. It immediately got in my shoes, and when I put my book down to dust off my sandals, SAND WENT IN MY BOOK. Not to mention, when I eventually sat down, IT GOT WINDY AND SAND WENT IN MY EYES. Now I think I’m going to have to go to the doctor’s to get the sand out. I couldn’t even appreciate the pretty scenery because I’m blind now. I’ll never know how that books ends now.
“WHY IS IT SO QUIET IN HERE.”
The library would have been the perfect reading location, but it was just so DARN QUIET. I couldn’t even concentrate on the words because I COULD HEAR EVERYONE BREATHING. And then when I went to turn the page I felt like the entire neighbourhood could hear that scratch of paper on paper. It was just TOO STRESSFUL. I went to the library to destress and left a nervous wreck. Good place to pick up new books though.
“Nice environment, had to spend money? Pass.”
After many people I know on Twitter telling me I should try reading in a nice cafe, I thought I’d give it a go. So I went to my local cafe and sat down to read, only to find I was being HOUNDED after I’d been there for an hour and still not ordered anything. I DIDN’T REALISE I HAD TO PAY TO SIT HERE AND READ. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO TREATING PEOLPE WITH RESPECT? I eventually ordered a coffee because I felt bad, but those cafe workers should be ashamed in themselves. Making a person like me PAY to sit on their furniture. I could do that for free at Fantastic Furniture. Do not recommend.
“Disappointed by the lack of friendly animals. I was promised Bambi.”
The whole reason I went to the park in the first place was because I’m LONELY. I don’t have any pets… or friends… so I thought I could go to the park to meet some friendly animals. BUT I HAVE BEEN MISLED BY DISNEY ALL THIS TIME. The birds flew away from me, there was no deer or hedgehogs, and it left me feeling sad that my only friends are the characters in the book I’m reading. It was a nice day though, even if I was forced to sit on the grass in the sun alone.
I’m absolutely DISGUSTED by the way people act on public transport. There was a woman chewing REALLY LOUDLY next to me, someone was clipping their fingernails, and the person next to me was MAN-SPREADING SO WIDE I HAD TO MOVE SEATS. I don’t know how I’m meant to get some reading done on my morning commute when there are gross slobs like this lurking in the city loop. I AM SHOCKED AND APPALLED.
Weird places the people of Twitter have read at…
“I once wagged school by hanging out on the oval reading…” – Casey
This honestly sounds like THE DREAM. Reading instead of attending class? That sounds like something I can get behind. When I was in high school, I used to skip assemblies and chapel services to read in the bathrooms, so I can DEFINITELY RELATE TO THIS. The oval would be much nicer though, I must admit.
“In line to the airport toilet…” – Sofia
WOW. Okay… this is taking being addicted to a book to a new extreme. AND I LOVE IT. I know I’ve been guilty of reading books on my phone in weird places, but if we’re talking about a PHYSICAL book here – that’s dedication. I LOVE IT.
“In the bookstore. When I was a kid, my parents would leave me in the bookstore…” – Carynn
I wish my childhood was a little more like this. WHO CARES ABOUT THE FEAR OF BEING ABANDONED IN A MALL WHEN YOU’RE IN A BOOKSTORE!? I’d be happy to be left there for a week, to be honest. But now, because I’ve unfortunately reached adulthood, I can take MYSELF to the bookstore and sit there for hours. It’s one of the many perks of being 19.
“I used to read under the piano when I had music practice… Also, put the book on the music stand…” – Shanti
I’ve done both of these things, and I highly recommend these methods of getting a bit more reading it. I used to have an iPad on my music stand at school that I’d quickly place music in front of when the conductor walked by – foolproof. Gotta love those attempts to get out of music practice!
“I read while walking…” – Ally
Yep, I’ve been guilty of this one. Just a few days ago, I was reading off my phone and LITERALLY walked into a pole. My friends fear for my life – and I don’t blame them. Reading while walking should be considered a DANGER SPORT. I commend you, Ally.
“While I was riding my horse…” – Ali
There’s no doubt that if I tried to do this, I’d 100% fall off the horse. I can’t even sit on a chair without falling off ON A GOOD DAY. Do you know how clumsy I am? I’m honestly in awe with your ability to be sitting on a LIVING CREATURE THAT COULD THROW YOU OFF AT ANY MINUTE, let alone carrying a book with you and opening it up when you’re not in motion. Please don’t die.
Some mini book reviews!
I was excited to pick up this book because I’d heard such amazing things about The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, even if I hadn’t had a chance to pick it up yet. But this book was just so SLOW. I wanted to love it, I really did. But the only thing I found myself really loving about this book was the writing style. It was whimsical and beautifully written, but sometimes… that just isn’t enough. Although I really liked seeing the mental illness representation and there was a diverse array of characters — which is always great to see — but I just wanted MORE. I wanted more of the action we only started to see in the last third of the narrative. I wanted MORE of the witchy, supernatural elements we were promised in the synopsis. The Price Guide to the Occult doesn’t shy away from the darker, grittier topics, but I was ultimately left feeling underwhelmed.
Trigger warnings: self-harm
I really wanted to like this book but I just… didn’t. I recognise the importance of seeing characters with cerebral palsy and I love how so many teens are finally going to see themselves in what they read, but I just didn’t enjoy this book PLOT-WISE. It talks about this character starting college, but this book was just told in such a juvenile way. I really disliked Fab in the beginning and I felt like he was more of a caricature of a foreign exchange student rather than being an actual PERSON. Fab’s attempts to get Annie to go out with him were cringe-worthy and made me want to throw the book across the room. I appreciated this book for its representation of disability, but honestly nothing else. It just wasn’t for me.
Let me tell you this — I SERIOUSLY didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I really struggled to get into the flow of the narration initially because of how it’s unlike any book I’ve ever read. This book is literally what it says in the title: a DICTIONARY. The novel is written in entries to words that mean something specific to the protagonist’s life and journey. And that gave me so much insight into Macy’s life and her situation. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary is about poverty, incarceration, and tough family situations — but it’s also so much more than that. It’s about Macy, a fierce and headstrong girl who’s been faced with so many difficult circumstances but still refuses to give up. Although it took me a while to fall in love with this book, it ended up being one of my favourites of this month.
This book was NOT for me. I went into it hoping for a sensitive and heartfelt story about a girl living with mental illness and struggling with self-harm, but instead, her demons turns out to be her ENTIRE CHARACTER. I’ve read so many books where characters are nothing more than their mental illness. I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about her because that was ALL THAT WAS EMPHASISED ABOUT HER. I just… can’t. While I don’t think this book was harmful in any way, I just wanted so much more from it. I guess if you’re wanting to read a book about self-harm, this is one that will do the job. However I want books about self-harm and mental health to be more holistic and powerful, like Girl in Pieces or Under Rose-Tinted Skies. Drowning just didn’t do it for me.
Trigger warnings: self-harm
This was such an adorable novel! I always love reading books where the protagonist is passionate about writing, but at the same time, it makes me feel GUILTY for reading this book instead of WORKING ON MY MANUSCRIPT. So… yep. I’m the worst. But it was really cool seeing the protagonist’s work and how her writing was such a major part of her life. I was also pleased to see that her writing wasn’t ALL that defined her. This was also a book about friendship and confidence, as well as grief and mental health. It was just everything I could have wanted right now. Although it felt a little self-serving at times, like the author was directly placing her own authorial insecurities into the narrative, but I can forgive her for that because the novel itself was still so enjoyable. Perfect for the readers among us who are also writers!
WOW. This has just become one of my favourite books of 2018. It’s about sexual assault, sexuality, and friendship, and it was just PHENOMENAL. It’s been a while since I had a solid five-star read, so Girl Made of Stars was made even more incredible because of how long it’s been since I’ve loved a book that much. One of the things I loved most about it was the conversations surrounding sexual assault, and the family conflicts and tensions that arose because of that. This book was just so bittersweet and so moving, and I know I’ll be recommending it for quite some time to come. I honestly can’t put into words how much I adored this novel. PLEASE PICK IT UP. It was incredibly well-written and almost lyrical, and I just… My heart. I can’t even.
Trigger warnings: sexual assault and rape
Where’s your favourite place to read? What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever read at? Have you read any of the books I reviewed? I’d love to chat with you!