A Year In Books 2014


So it looks like 2014 has been a pretty good year, lots of four and five star books! I’m also writing this ten days before the end of the year, so it’s entirely possible that there may be even more of them. So what happened in 2014?

At the beginning of the year, I moved to BookHost.

I don’t regret that one bit. Ashley has been wonderful and always responses to queries really quickly. Any issues are resolved as fast as possible, and I honestly have no complaints about the service.

I came up with quite a few new features.

And I really need to post more of them again… Museum of Literary Wonders, Notes From The Netherlands, Prose & Pixels and Snapshots.

I met lots of my fellow bloggers.

Various events mean I’ve now met many of my fellow bloggers, most recently Amber (again!), Mel and Judith in Amsterdam. We somehow visited all the bookshops and didn’t buy A THING. Now that’s willpower (or an empty bank account…).

I started my Masters degree, and moved to the Netherlands in August.

Obviously a HUGE change. Less time for reading and blogging, a lot less blog activity. I’m hoping to get some posts scheduled whilst I’m home for Christmas, and maybe at least get January covered. It’s not been as easy to balance it all as I expected – but I’m trying to just forget about that and post when I can and want to – I need to make the most of my year abroad after all, and not panic about my blog.

Sci-Fi Month happened again.

And I was the worst host ever. I really can’t think Asti and Kelley enough for co-hosting and pretty much doing everything (I’m going to be thanking them forever). November just went by in a blur and I had so much work, so little time. My blog was pretty much at the back of the backburner…

I’m getting more used to reading on my Kindle.

I still much, MUCH prefer physical copies. But if it means I can read more whilst I’m in the Netherlands, then it’s all good. It hasn’t stopped me taking some books with me though…

I, er… kept my Netgalley ratio where it is.

Yeah. It’s still 54% or something. BUT I requested quite a few books, which means I’ve been keeping up with the reviews – obviously just not enough to raise that ratio yet…

I would say that overall, it’s been a great year. My only regret is that I haven’t been able to keep up with comments, on my own blog or other peoples’. I’m slowly replying to those on my own blog, but it’s taking me a while. I bet I’ll get used to this blogging and studying thing in, ooooh, June? 😉 Just when I finish my thesis and wrap up the academic year!

Thank you to all my loyal readers, who have stuck with me even when I've been rubbish.
Thank you to all my loyal readers, who have stuck with me even when I’ve been rubbish.

How was 2014 for you?


Thoughts #21: Ebooks


I’ve expressed several times in the past that I much prefer reading a physical copy of a book than an ebook. I know I’m not alone on this, but I also know that some people actually prefer an ebook. Since I’m only going to have my Kindle to read from soon, I’ve been thinking about this topic quite a bit. I’m listing the pros of both, since I feel if I did a pros and cons I’d end up repeating myself!

The pros of ‘physical’ copies:
  • New book smell. Old book smell. Book smell. Whatever, I love it.
  • There’s something really satisfying about just holding an actual book. It makes me happy.
  • So many different pretty covers to choose from.
  • To me, rooms devoid of books feel wrong. When I go to people’s houses and there are no books in sight, I DON’T LIKE IT.
  • Browsing a bookshop is always exciting – even if I don’t intend to buy anything (HA.), I still love browsing.
  • People being able to see what you’re reading can open up many different conversations that might not happen otherwise.


The pros of ebooks:
  • Easy to take around with you if you’re travelling, or even if you’re just out shopping and stop for a coffee. This is especially appealing for me because some of my favourite genres are epic fantasy and science fiction – many of which are HUUUUGE volumes.
  • No-one can see what you’re reading, so if you want to read something embarrassing or if you feel people will look at your with their judgy eyes then you’re safe!
  • Ebooks are generally cheaper and there are lots of great deals, plus all the classics are free.
  • You can read in the dark! My Kindle Paperwhite has a handy backlight, which is great when we get powercuts (we get them a lot…)
  • You can browse for new books WHILST reading. Or maybe that’s a bad thing…?
  • And of course, you can carry thousands of books at once on an e-reader. Not really possible with physical copies… unless you have superhuman strength.

I don’t know what it is, but when I read an ebook I constantly find myself checking ‘Time left in book’. Even if I’m really enjoying the book and am in no hurry to finish, I keep checking. Maybe I should turn that option off… Even though I can also roughly guess how much longer I have in a physical copy, I just don’t seem as obsessive over it as with an ebook. Does anyone else get this?

What are your thoughts on ebooks vs. physical copies? What is your preferred format?