Fairytale news | The hard life of a reader (2)


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
My first ‘The hard life of a reader’ was quite successful. I got a lot of fun response and not long after posting it, some ideas popped up in my mind. The first edition was mainly about the fact that other people can make it a bit difficult for us, but there are other things that complicate our lives as readers. And I had so much fun trying to find the right gifs, that I decided to include them as well.
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sleepSleep? What is that? I think we all know that feeling. You are reading a book and you are so invested in the life of the characters, that you NEED to know how it’s all going to end. There have been many times where I kept reading, because I couldn’t put it down. You got to prioritize your important things, so who needs a good night rest when you can conquer the enemy with your bookish boyfriend? Who needs to do anything else besides reading?Naamloostumblr_inline_mll5k3m62c1qz4rgpAdmit it. We all judge books by their covers even if we try our hardest not to. Some are just too pretty to ignore and we all get grabby hands. We NEED them, but then there is that moment you start to read your pretty book and you end up hating it. I sometimes think it’s sometimes one big joke .Perhaps publishers conspire against us, to punish us for being so shallow. “You want a beautiful cover? Here you have it, but we publish a bullsh*t story in the inside. That will teach you.” Naamloostumblr_inline_mo8ltr2fVu1qz4rgpSo, I pick up a book and I look on Goodreads to see which genre it is, so I can label it on my blog. Most of the times I’m just confused. Other times, I just don’t get WHY there are so many (sub)genres. Think about it for a moment. We have a difference between Apocalyptic, post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Sci-Fi-ish books. Not to mention all the subgenres that exist when it comes to fantasy and they are completely different, two opposites I can think of are High fantasy and Urban fantasy. Sometimes I feel like shelving everything under “X genre” so you can pick whatever you like. Am I the only one with this problem?Naamloostumblr_inline_mi7gvpi8DP1qz4rgpThere are a lot of good books out there. Some are better than others (some not), but there are also these special books. The ones that are exceptional and you love them on that moment as you’ve never loved a book before. But then there is that moment you need to move on. You need to pick another book and you just can’t find one. Every other books isn’t good enough. Oh boy, how I hate these moments. I hardly have reading slumps, but whenever I read such a book, it’s like I can’t find another good book anymore.

So, what do you think? Should I make more of these, like several editions from ‘the hard life of a reader’? I do have some things in mind I’d like to share with you.

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  1. Aw, I so agree with this :D About pretty covers and shitty books. I thought Tumble & Fall was gorgeous, yet the book was so awful :\ love looking at pretty covers, though :) Ah. Special books. <3 Love. Thank you for sharing :D Love all the GIFs! They are awesome. I would love to see more posts like this from you :)

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    1. I've been hearing some negative things about Tumble & Fall.. such a shame :( I can't wait to post another edition then :D

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  2. Pretty covers and a horrible story doesn't work for me- I feel like throwing tantrums when that happens. Also, I love it when I go into book traumas! Dangerous Girls surely made me go nuts.

    Awesome post once again, Mel! <33

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    1. Me too. It's always such a shame when the cover is prettier than the inside..

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  3. The cover thing happened with Taken. I have been scarred for life.

    Hahahaha, recovering? What is recovering? I'm still in pieces after All Our Yesterdays, The Song of Achilles, and Pivot Point.

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  4. Haha yes. The misleading covers are huge for me. Yet no matter how many times I pick up a bad book with a beautiful cover, I don't learn my lesson. It's like I just hold on to that one time it worked and keep hoping things will stay that way.

    And Goodreads genres? I have no idea. I don't really pay attention to genre while reading (I pretty just aim for non-contemps) and so when it comes to categorizing them I'm always at a lost. So then I go to Goodreads and um... that's no help! I usually just try to go with whatever it has been categorized as the most.

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    1. I go for non-contemps most of the times too, but labeling is so hard.

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  5. Ugh. I've fallen victim to misleading covers many a times - also, pretty covers, shitty stories. Le sigh. My genres are too generalized and honestly? I just can't be bothered.

    This is awesome post, Mel.

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    1. I stick with generalized too. Everything is just Dystopian, instead of apocalyptic and whatever :p

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  6. I will never learn not to judge a book by its cover. Even though I've wasted a good amount of money buying books that look good but aren't good. Well, at least I can display them in my house right?

    And genres...ah, the bane of my existence! I can never categorize books confidently so I just stay away from them.

    My biggest pet peeve though are misleading blurbs. I hate it when you read the blurb and it makes the book seem like this but in reality, it's that. It's hard to explain without an example but I hope you get the jist of it?

    And YES, you should make more editions of 'The Hard Life of a Reader'! They're super fun!

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    1. Haha, at least they look good :) And yes, those misleading blurbs are horrible too!

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  7. Love this post!
    I just finished a book that I liked but didn't love, and the whole time I kept wondering if that was because I was still in awe over Of Beast and Beauty. So I definitely know what you mean about recovering!

    And yes, not only are there so many subgenres, but genres are getting crossed!

    As for covers, I totally own up to being a sucker for a gorgeous cover. And it's funny, I had almost the same thought last night. You have to wonder if publishers purposefully give the best covers to books they think might not be as good just to get us all swoony and buy it solely on the cover art! (Anyone remember Tris & Izzie? LOL)

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    1. Yes, sometimes you keep comparing your last book with the new one. I haven't read Tris & Izzie, but I know what you mean. I've read some reviews, haha.

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  8. Not just needing to know the ending and staying up all night. Sometimes it's needing to know and er... flipping to the end o.O.

    The conspiracy of the publishers!! With regard to covers, it's really sad to see the flip side sometimes, when a really great story has such a shitty cover that you would pass over it if not for the recommendation of your friends.

    I don't get really in depth with labels about sub-genres on the blog. Fantasy has both high and urban fantasy. I kind of just figured that if the person were interested, they'd read the summary and know which is which. And same goes for me, when I'd look back at labels. But I get where you're coming from - I actually had to explain to a friend what the difference was between those two sub-genres because no one else but hardcore readers really knows about them.

    Oh yes. Recovering from a favorite <3. I was in that mood after recently reading Angelfall. Dog-eared passages and kept looking back through it. And felt a little sting when I loaned it to a friend, wondering when I would see it next and if the next read would be as good. *sigh*

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    1. That happens a lot too. Sometimes, covers are just.. horrible, but I'm always afraid I might skip on a fantastic story. I recently explained labeling to my boyfriend and he was surprised by all the different genres. I think it's even more confusing for non-readers.

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  9. “You want a beautiful cover? Here you have it, but we publish a bullsh*t story in the inside. That will teach you.”

    HA!! I could so see this being a real thing. I often decide that I MUST have a book just because of the cover. A lot of the time, I don't even bother finding out what the book is about. And yes, in most occasions, the story inside ends up being absolute rubbish.

    And I can totally relate to the genre issue. On Goodreads about two years ago, I had a single shelf labelled 'fantasy or paranormal' and the one other labelled 'other genres'. That was it. :D Now I'm forever trying to work out if a book is more dystopian than it is post-apocalyptic, or if it's cyberpunk or steampunk or just good old science fiction. Or whether or not fantasy can include something that isn't entirely removed from the real world. I suppose it doesn't matter a great deal, but it's sort of become an obsession for me now. :D

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    1. I'm starting to be more careful when it comes to buying books based on covers. Space and money are playing a role now :p

      Credits for that. I get confused all the time and I'm now in the 'I don't care' mood. I just generalize them. Fantasy is fantasy, etc, haha.

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  10. Bahaha LOVE this post! So true, and so funny! I think I have permanent dark circles under my eyes because of all the late nights I've had staying up to finish a book. Oh well-it's worth it! I really hate that feeling when you read an awesome book then try to start a new book but can't :(

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    1. Thanks Alise! It's great that bloggers recognize themselves :D

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  11. Oh, I can relate completely to the first two and the last one!! I have such a habit of pulling one-nighters when it comes to books I've been waiting too long for or I'm just enjoying them too much. I can go without sleep for a long time, so it doesn't bother me. But the misleading covers thing is such a pain - I've read so many books with pretty covers that are just BLEGH... it's actually ridiculous! I don't care much for genre... except that I don't read much Historical Fiction, religious stuff or Erotica.

    Oh... but having a book hangover? With all my favorite books, even some that were a few steps away from being favorites. I do get invested in characters I love a lot and it's hard to do anything else but think how their story is going to end. *sigh* It's so hard to do regular things when there are so many books waiting to be read.

    Aaand since you have more ideas, I think you should absolutely do more of these!!

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    1. I can't go long without sleep, so for me, it's a problem. Haha. I can't wait to make more of these :)

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  12. You don't know how I've been so frustrated with genre for books on Goodreads. Sometimes, there's nothing written, and at other times, I have no idea what it means. I sometimes feel like screaming, "X is X, right? So why do you have to add some confusing little sub-genre too?"

    Great post, Mel.

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  13. If it was only about sleep. When I get invested in a story I don't eat, I don't sleep, I don't pee (yeah I went there).
    Misleading covers are the worst thing ever not only if the cover is pretty and the story not so much, but also when the cover is really bad and the story is great and IT DESERVES MOOORE.
    When it comes to recovering after good books I don't exeprience it that much actually. Only sometimes when reading a book I can't help myself comparing characters from one book to the other that I enjoyed and I'm like "Uhh, Valek really reminds me of Raffe" and then I just keep confusing them it's so annoying!

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    1. I also hate the other side of the covers too. Sometimes, I'm afraid that I leave many great books unread because I don't like the cover..

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  14. I sooooo agree. Frankly, it has been a while since I came across a sleep depriving book, and I kind of miss it! but the misleading covers? the book hangovers? YESS, YESS! The last books hangover I got was finnkin of the rock. It was soooooo hard to get over. I ended up disliking the book I read afterwards because I kept comparing the two. Ugh, our lives are so hard, aren't they??

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  15. Haha agree agree agree! I feel the urge to know the ending whenever I find a good book I might even procrastinate my sleep. I am definitely NOT a "cheater" though -- I don't need to find out it's a happy ending or sad ending before I read the book. I disagree with my friend in this term. Whenever I finish an awesome book and she hasn't read it and I am like totally recommending it to her, she always asks "how's the ending?" first. Well, I don't wanna spoil anything but she then said once when I last recommend Shadow and Bone to her: "If the ending is good, then I will pick it up later after the series is over." *sigh*

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    1. Oh no, cheating is not my thing. I'd rather fall asleep on school than flipping to the end. I don't like to spoiler myself. I don't ever tell the ending to other people either.

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  16. If you need to know the ending, just peek at the ending! ;D
    Ha ha, just kidding. Sort of. I know what you mean when you say that you NEED to know how the book ends. If I don't peek at the ending of a particular book, I'm like that too. I read like crazy just to get to the ending and as a result, I'm dead tired.

    YES YES YES. Beautiful covers usually have not-so-pretty insides. Why you lie to us beautiful covers, why?! D:

    Awesome post Mel! :D

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    1. I don't understand how people can do that. Already knowing the ending spoils all the fun for me.

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  17. YES! All of these.
    Ughhh, I'm the absolute worst about needing to know the ending. My brother just about beheaded me last week when I skipped to the last page of The Shining LOL. I try not to, but sometimes it's just so tempting!
    I can usually keep myself away from the last pages, but I'm awful about scanning ahead a few paragraphs/pages just to see what's going to happen if things are starting to get crazy!

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    1. I think I would feel like beheading someone too. Peaking at the end is bad, haha.

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  18. Oh, the woes! Fortunately for me, sleep eventually wins so I end up going to bed around three - or four, if the book is exceptionally good - because I'm just lazy like that! And misleading covers - they trap me ALL the time. Even gorgeous ones with blurbs that don't make sense half the time. That's actually a pretty sound theory...

    I thought I was the only one who got annoyed seeing so many genres on Goodreads! I agree. A book definitely doesn't need so many genres and sub-genres. GR really needs to clean up its genre library sometime.

    Haha, I loved this post, Mel!

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    1. I really need my sleep, so I end up falling asleep with the book in my hand most of the times :p

      I wish books had just one genre, or with fantasy too. The fantasy like Harry Potter and the kick ass fantasy.

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  19. Haha, I like sleeping way too much, so no matter how great the book is it will have to wait :D
    Yes! Misleading covers/blurbs are the worst. I also hate when they "waste" beautiful covers on meh books. I used to buy books for their pretty-pretty covers and then suffered disappointment after disappointment. I'm still a cover whore, but now I think twice before buying a pretty looking book.
    I just started adding 'genre' to my reviews, but I just list all the genres that apply. I actually like genre crossing books.
    Book hangovers!!! I quite "enjoy" them, even if I have to wait before picking up my next book.

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    1. That is also a way to deal with genres, but having too many labels on my reviews annoy me.

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  20. The genre thing is so annoying though I tend to be more annoyed by confusing MG vs YA labels-which is it??? Of course, sometimes it is difficult to pick as it's more older MG/younger YA but still!

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    1. The line between MG and YA is sometimes very thin, I agree!

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  21. I really hate when they put a beautiful cover on a horrible book because I'm a shallow person and will read it because it's shiny...
    And I have major book hangover after books hat are just life-changingly good! I just know that the next one I'll read will get a low rating.

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    1. I think we are all shallow when it comes to covers. Sometimes they are just so pretty.

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  22. hahah yeah this is another brilliant discussion post :D Needing to know the ending is a big one and after that usually comes to book hangover - which can be painful o_O I'd been having a pretty crappy streak there but I finally read Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight (which I LOVED) but now I'm suffering LOL

    And I agree, we all judge book by their covers even though some of us try really hard not too >.< and like you, I think that publishers know this and sometimes try to cover up a sucky book with a pretty cover! D'oh! Fantastic points Mel ^^

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    1. Thanks! :D Ohhh, crown of midnight is waiting for me ^^

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