3 Ways to Break a Reading Slump

I think that I can speak for a lot of readers when I say that when we love reading, we love reading. We can get lost for hours, taking in page after page and forgetting that the rest of the world is there. This is wonderful until you suddenly reach a point where you just don’t feel like reading. And then it feels weird. Sometimes it’s due to stress, sometimes a new routine, sometimes simply a run of uninteresting books. In any case, although it might take a while, you can break your reading slump and get back to your lovely reading routine! These are my tried and true tips to find yourself lost in a book again…

3 Ways to Break a Reading Slump

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A Book and A Beverage: May 2018

Do you ever have one of those books that you hem and haw about for months- “It looks good but I’ve never read anything by that author,” “should this be bumped up my to-read list,” and so on? Well, I do. All the time. Sometimes I never end up reading them, sometimes I end up regretting waiting so long in the first place. This month’s book is one of the regretting waiting type…

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A Book and A Beverage: April 2018 with fancypaper!

Welcome back to A Book and a Beverage everyone! Because I think that settling down with a good book and a good beverage, I wanted to open this monthly post up to other bloggers and guests to sharing what they are reading and sipping at the moment. This month I am joined by Orla of fancypaper, one of my favourite bloggers- she will make you feel like you are sitting with her, enjoying a cuppa and relaxing for an afternoon when you read her blog. (I’ll wait while you go and catch up…) She is sharing her book and beverage choices with us today, so let’s dig in!

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The Pros and Cons of a Library Card

If you are a reader of any sort, you probably have memories (be it from childhood or adulthood) of the library- either going there to find a new book, taking part in a program, or just spending a few hours (hopefully air-conditioned) getting lost in a good book! However, like anything else in life, there are pros and cons to a library card that may not suit a reader as much as they would like. This is a realistic look at what a library card can offer you, and what the drawbacks are!

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4 Entertaining Chick Lit Books

Although chick lit tends to get a bad rap from some reading communities, I am a big fan- while I love to jump into an in-depth historical study or biography, sometimes I just want to escape and don’t want to have to think too hard about anything. Chick lit can be anything from a humour book to a tale of overcoming a death or crisis to a trip- I tend to gravitate towards chick lit that is more on the entertaining side than anything else, usually someone in a physically different place and a new career, with a little bit of romance. These are four of my favourite fun and entertaining chick lit books!

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A Book and a Beverage: February 2018

I’ve decided to start a new series celebrating two of my favourite things: reading and tea. Once a month I am going to share one of my favourite books at the time, and one of my favourite beverages! No matter what is going on in my life, I can almost always sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, and I can read or listen to a book to escape for a few hours. I’ll try to vary it month to month (with both books and beverages), and if you are interested in guest-posting for A Book and A Beverage, please use the Contact Page or send me an email at anhistorianabouttown@gmail.com! Now, for the book and beverage….

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Kobo vs. Kindle vs. Google Play Books: A Guide to eBooks

The eBook and eReader market is a vast and somewhat overwhelming place these days; it seems like everyone has an eReader and an app and something that apparently sets them apart but probably doesn’t. Today I’m here to wade through the three main competitors in the eReading game: Kobo, Kindle, and Google Play Books. (I don’t own any Apple devices, and from what I can tell, Apple isn’t strong here, so iBooks isn’t included.) Whether you are looking for your first eReader to get yourself started, or you are trying to find the best deals on your favourite authors, or just trying to figure out what the difference is between them, I am here to help!

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New Year, New Books

Welcome to the new year- I hope that everyone had a lovely evening. I’m going to start 2018 with Monday and Friday posts. Fridays will still be Style File Friday, but for now I think that Mondays will be books/hobbies. Once I’m eating regularly and normally again, I am hoping to have some recipes to share again (hopefully by February). I may put up a snapshot type post on Wednesdays when I’m out and doing more, but at the moment I mostly stay within a 15 foot radius so nothing too exciting is happening. (Then again, my 3 am rambling thoughts may appeal to you…) Today I’m going to be sharing the books that I received during the holidays and my upcoming/future reading plans.

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2018 Reading Challenge

Now that we are coming to the end of the year, and with it the end of my 2017 Goodreads challenge (and the Goodreads awards, go Lucy Worsley!), and I’ve been spending time analysing my 2017 reading. In addition to looking back at what I’ve been reading, I’ve also started planning what my 2018 reading year is going to look like, and I’ve got to say, I’m truly, truly excited for what I’m planning. This post is for all of the book nerds out there who spend as much time thinking about their reading as they do reading- my 2018 Reading Challenge!

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My 5 Top Non-Fiction Book Recommendations

A lot of my book recommendation posts focus around a theme, because I find that people (myself included) aren’t just looking for any book but one in a certain genre or on a certain theme. Today’s recommendations are fairly broad but also focused: my top 5 non-fiction books! Although I’m open to most any genre, a lot of readers like to focus on non-fiction, and there are some truly gifted writers who aren’t working in fiction. History, humour, biography, there’s a good range in topics and styles for anyone to enjoy!

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