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Random Ramble: Book Buying Decisions


I made the decision to put myself out there a little bit more rather than focusing on the positive aspects of reading. I’m not talking about attacking the books, the writing style of the author personally just the decision to stop purchasing certain books for a variety of reasons.
Well kind of – urghh I don’t think my brain is fully functioning on a Monday monring :)

I wanted to talk about  making the decision to stop buying books by particular authors. This maybe for a number of reasons:

  • Not engaging with their particular writing style – which is fair – not everyone can like everything
  • Not agreeing with the direction the author has taken – again a good reason to stop purchasing the books
  • Feeling taken advantage of as a reader

It is the last one that I want to focus on – Feeling taken advantage of as a reader.

I have a particular author in mind, whom I am not going to name obviously. What I will say is I actually really love this particular authors writing, the characterisations and the feelings portrayed in the  books. However, for every new book released there were subsequent novellas (some completely unecessary to the development of the main story for the characters) and I’m not just talking one, but three possible four. Followed by a sequel or 2 which lead in to spin-off books for the peripheral characters, leading to the inevitable novellas; and thus the circle continues.

Being a fully fledged member of the working poor, the amount I spend on books is limited and I have to choose carefully how to spend my money. As much as I love this particular author the fact is the novellas could probably be combined into a full length novel. Instead of costing approximately £1:99 each (four novellas would be the equivalent of £8) cutting the cost to £3:99. A huge difference to someone who has to watch every penny.

I know authors need to earn a living also and I’m not begrudging that in the slightest. However, personally it makes me feel as if I’m being taken advantage of as a reader. If I love an author and their stories I tend to read anything and everything they write, so to make the decision to cut ties with an author I enjoy is not one I make lightly. Especially when I see beautiful new books that I would love to read but will not purchase for the reasons stated.

How do you feel when faced with this situation – are you happy to continue to purchase the stream of novellas and spin-offs even when they are painfully short??

Random Ramble: Book Trailers


Book Trailers and how important they are in promoting reading for pleasure.

I don’t know whether it is just me but I have noticed a vast decline in the number of book trailers being made to coincide with the release of new publications. Not only is the sharing of trailers a great promotional tool to use within social media and blogs it is a great resource in aiding the promotion for reading for pleasure.

 I run library lesson for KS3 in school where I will show a presentation of approximately six books fitting into a specific reading theme, anything from Comedy to Identity in YA and everything in between depending on the Year group.

I have got to be honest and say I am more likely to include a book fitting the reading theme if it has a good book trailer to accompany it. WHY you may ask. Well there are a number of reasons:

  • It provides an excellent visual aid to the presentation. Helping cover the need to provide differentiation based on learning style – Visual, Audio and Kinesthetic.
  • It is more likely to capture the attention of the students than just discussing the book.
  • We live in a very visual age where images are constantly bombarding us – unfortunately I have noticed this does make it harder for younger people to be able to visualise characters and settings without being given some sort of aid.

I constantly update my books lists and check for book trailers to go alongside any new releases. You can see my large number of reading theme playlists HERE

Lastly, Publishers, Authors and Publicists please help promote not only the books themselves but reading for pleasure by creating a book trailer to go alongside the publication.


Library Lesson Help Request PLEASE

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Google Images

I’ve been running lessons for Year 9 discussing Reviews, the types of reviews you can find alongside the pros and cons of each format. Moving onto looking at all formats for a specific item of their choosing, comparing the way in which a follwer is hooked, the good points and the bad points of the particular review.

I would like to be able to discuss with them as the final lesson before they write their own just how reviews are used whether for advertising or sales rankings.

Your quotes would be greatly appreicated in order to validate the points I would like to make and provide further insight for my students.


Please find my presentation for hte lessons so far – it is a continual work in progress :)

Looking at REVIEWS


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Image from Google

Only those people who work in schools can truly appreciate the excitement and need for the following six weeks.

With the constant pressure and ever-changing expectations within the education system. Summer holidays are necessary in order to refresh and prepare for the challenges the next school year are sure to bring.

Here is hoping for nice weather for me to be able to do the FREE things with my girls.

The next six weeks are going to be full of books, book lists ready for September and a training course to provide me with the certificate to back up the work I already do :) As well as a few extra exercise classes in order to maintain my sanity 😉

What do you have planned?

Mental Health Day

This is how I feel today – the things I had planned just aren’t going to happen. I need to take Serendipty Viv’s advice and schedule my posts for the week on one day :) reducing the stress load.

There are a number of changes taking place at school that are affecting my stress levels. I don’t cope well with stress anyway so additional factors beyond my control leave me reeling. I will say hindsight is a wonderful thing, I just want to promote books and get people to read :)

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Source – Google Images

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Source – Google Images