WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO READ A BOOK?

One of the primary roles of the book blogger/reviewer is, of course, to influence others to read a certain book. We pride ourselves if we are successful in doing this but, at the end of the day, are we really the only reason behind that someone picking up that book? What other factors may influence someone to read it? Is it a single factor or a combination of a number of them? Is one factor more significant than another?Read More »

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STOP TELLING TEENAGERS WHAT THEY SHOULD BE READING

It’s really easy to pinpoint the blame for declining teenage literacy on a famous vlogger, but one of the underlying problems is this: adults try to dictate what teens should be reading, and in turn teenagers just don’t read at all.

We need to address the stigma that is attached to children’s books and young adult fiction. As a literature student who no longer belongs in the young adult age group, I feel pressured whenever I’m asked about my favourite book. Because a lit student’s favourite book should obviously be a classic. Surely it’s Wuthering Heights? Nope, I’ve never read it. Pride and Prejudice then? I haven’t read that one either. It has to be Great Expectations? Now that one I’ve read, but I don’t get along with Dickens.Read More »