Welcome to my blog!
Let me start by introducing myself. This is a blog about books, so naturally I love to read. I started reading at a very young age and in primary school, I would read 6 to 10 books a week (I spent a lot of evenings/nights reading in bed secretly). By the time I went to secondary school, I had switched to the adult section of the library and I devoured mostly sci-fi and fantasy.
Because I started reading fantasy and sci-fi and such an early age, it stuck with me. I have a rather extensive imagination and those types of books provided a lot of stimuli for me growing up. To this day, I still prefer to read fantasy and sci-fi. I especially enjoy books built around the legends of Merlin, Avalon, King Arthur and Camelot. In that respect, I’d like to recommend Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Avalon-series. They are truly sublime!
On this blog, I will review the books and let you know what I like and don’t like. And yes, there will be spoilers … but I will make it clear when they’re coming so you can quickly look away if you plan on reading the book and don’t want to know ;). I will also show you some lovely pictures about books and libraries and a few quotes here and there.
So, here is my first tip for all of you:
One thing every avid reader should do, is build a profile on Goodreads. You can see my profile with all the books I’ve read since starting on this site (August 2012) here. Basically, Goodreads lets you look up and save all the books you’ve read and/or own and review and rate them. Based on your reviews and ratings, the site will recommend books to you that they think you’ll like. There are also several communities and groups you can join, for people with similar interests. That way you can exchange information and books you think others will like as well.
So it’s kind of like Facebook for books. You can not only add all the books you’ve read and the ones you own but also what you want to read and what you are currently reading. Obviously, like any self-respecting social network, you can also add friends and talk about books and recommend some to them. Last but not least, you can document your favorite quotes from what you’ve read. And to top everything off, you can take part in giveaways and win all sorts of free (!!!!) books.
If you haven’t got a profile on this site already, go make one now!
(Image: Moyan Brenn – Flickr)