The benefits of reviewing

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I’ve read that reviews are some of the least liked posts in the book-blogosphere. I’m not terribly surprised, after all, I’m following a few blogs and the reviews are, statistically, the posts I skip the most, but it’s not because I don’t like them, it’s simply because I’m less interested in reading a review of a book I don’t know, or a book I have no intention of reading. So, maybe that’s what people mean when they say they don’t like reviews. In the end, which reviews do I read ? Reviews of books I’ve already read to know what the blogger thought about it (and how their views may differ from my own) and reviews of books I plan on reading (although I generally skim through the review to avoid spoilers).

But despite this general consensus, I still think reviews are really important.

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TTT : Authors with the most books on my bookshelf

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Even Simon Cowell couldn’t resist.

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This week, it’s all about authors !

Sometimes, you love an author so much that you just have to buy everything they could ever write, sometimes you end up with tons of books from the same author without really understanding why, and other times it just so happens that a series you’re reading is just very loooong. No matter which case, some authors definitely take up more space on my bookshelf, and it was really fun to make this little tally. It’s like all these authors are competing for Britain’s (or any country of your choosing) Got Talent, only it’d be more like My Bookshelf’s Got Some Pretty Cool Authors. First prize is my endless love and gratitude.

Here are the results !

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TTT : Fairytale & Mythology retellings on my TBR

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“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” CS Lewis

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I love fairytales, mythologies and folklore, so I’m just delighted with this week’s theme !

I don’t know if it’s nostalgia, or because there always something to take out of those stories, but it always feels good to come back to fairytales. I’m still doing Disney marathons, I still have in mind the first time I read the story of Bluebeard (I didn’t know I would end up scarred for life) and, no matter what, I’ll keep watching Once Upon A Time.

So, here is my list of fairytale-inspired books that I want to read.

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Review : Pride & Prejudice

1885Title : Pride & Prejudice
Author : Jane Austen
Published : 1813 (first edition)

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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TAKE THESE FEELINGS AWAY FROM ME, I’M A PILE OF GOO ON THE FLOOR

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Sunday Post – July 2015

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Blogging beginner, summer vacation and French musicals.

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I’m really happy to introduce this new feature ! Sunday Post is sort of a monthly digest/recap where I’ll remind you of everything that happened during the month on Book Poisoning, but also what’s to come, and what interested me on the blogosphere during that time. I could have done a regular recap, but the idea of a sort of monthly letter was too good to pass up.

Every Sunday Posts can be found on the ‘Features’ page.

So, what happened this month ? Let’s check it out !

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OTP meme : Harry Potter

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Should I stop with the memes ? But this one was so tempting ! It’s a bi-monthly feature, every 1st and 15th of the month, and I don’t know if I’ll participate everytime, but I’m really glad someone thought about that.

Why is it important to me ? Because I was a shipper before I even knew what shipping was, because rooting for fictional couples is both fun and painful, because at this point I have a whole fleet, and it’s getting bigger with each new book, new movie or new TV show. I need to let some of it out.

This episode : your OTP in Harry Potter.

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Review : Pretty Dancer

24964637Title : Pretty Dancer
Author : Cora Graham
Published : February 17th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

A story about a girl who pours everything she has into her dancing. Her dream? To get accepted into The Elite Academy of Dance, and spend the rest of her life dancing on stage. To her, that’s easier than dealing with the demons from her past and the scars they left on the person she has become today. A smart mouthed, take no shit, tough girl who’s also scared, lonely, and closed off to accepting anyone new into her heart.
But in the process of wearing a hole in her ballet slippers, and the help of an ever faithful best friend, her bull headed and overprotective twin brother, and a certain boy who knows how to push her buttons, leaves her wanting for things she never thought she’d want, and just does it for her, she starts to think that maybe, just maybe, there is something more worth fighting her demons for.

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It manageD to hook me

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Expending on the social media front

I'm on Twitter now !

Okay, so I’m sort of a social media junkie. Back in the day, I had several MySpace accounts, and several personal blogs (all on a very famous – at the time – French platform), and Merlin knows what I was doing with all of them (why did I need so many ?!!). I’m on Tumblr, I’m on Goodreads, and I’ve had a personal Twitter account since 2009 that I haven’t used it at all (same goes for Instagram and Pinterest). And now that I have a blog, I thought it might cool/fun/useful to make another account. Yes, I have a problem. But this one is for my blog, you see !

From now on, you can also find me @BookPoisoning. I’ll be posting blog updates, probably quotes and pictures – I’ll probably be retweeting a lot too – anything remotely bookish that may happen to me, and generally try to get the hang of Twitter. Lots of fun, yeah !

(Okay, but the real reason is that I wanted to put the Twitter icon in my sidebar. Look how cute it is ! It also makes a perfect line and I find that aesthetically pleasing …)

TTT : TEN BOOK-NERDS !

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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies” – George R.R. Martin.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favourite fictional bookworms !

It’s not because they’re fictional that they can’t be bookish, and it’s not because they already live inside a story that they can’t be hungry for more. It’s the circle of life !

If we’re reading their stories and these characters are reading other stories, who’s reading ours ?

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