Paperback Pals – Jemma

Paperback Pals

Hey lovelies! Its time for another paperback pals post, where I introduce you to some of my favourite bookish people! This time we have a lovely Aussie friend of mine: Jemma! Be sure to show her all the love and support!

Name: Jemma

Country: Australia

Instagram Handle: @thegingerpageturner

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Check out Jemma’s original post here.

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Q: What made you start your bookstagram?

A: My friend told me about these Instagram pages that had photos of books when I first got Instagram last year and I started following a few. Then I realised there was a whole community of people on Instagram that loved books as much as I do. From there I decided to start my own bookstagram and here I am 😊

My response: I am so glad you joined the community Jem you are such a kind person and have great energy!

Q: Since starting what has come to be your favourite thing about bookstagram?

A: I love all the people I have met and the conversations I have had with them all about books and other things in life. I also love all of the many book recommendations I get from everyone.

My Response: The connection and conversations are one of my favourite things too! Some people I have never met are some of the most supportive in my life! ❤

Q: What book, series or author started your obsession with reading and all things bookish?

A: I think I would have to say Harry Potter, it is one of my earliest memories of reading and is one of my favourite series.

My response: Ah yes such a magical series so important to so many of our community!

Q: I love TV and movies do you have any recommendations?

A: Ooooh there are so many that I love, some of the TV shows I currently love are Supernatural, Lucifer, Brooklyn 99 and Arrow. As for movies there is also many of them haha I love a good action and adventure movie though like Die Hard and Indiana Jones.

My response: I live for supernatural and Lucifer!! Some of my most favourite characters are from these shows!!

Q: Who is your favourite character bookish or non-bookish?

A: I don’t like trying to pick one favourite thing as I have so many favourites haha my favourite from Harry Potter though is Luna Lovegood and from Throne of Glass my favourites are Aelin and Manon. I could talk forever about some of my favourite characters.

My response: I know I am evil it is so hard to pick just one, I adore Luna and Manon as well such awesome unique characters.

Q: What is your biggest bookish pet peeve? Why?

A: I think my biggest bookish pet peeve is when books aren’t the same height in a series. I like to have a series all the same height as it is satisfying to look at.

My response: This is actually the devils work I am sure of it! haha

Q: To finish off what is your most anticipated upcoming release?

A: I think my most anticipated upcoming release is Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. I am super excited to see how the series ends.

My response: Well this goes to show how slack I have been with this little series on my blog! So sorry it took so long Jem! I hope you loved this one and it didn’t destroy you to much. I am still yet to get to it! Let's Chat!

Thank you all for stopping by and I hope you show Jem some love! Start a discussion in the comments below and tell me what your answers would be to some of these! Until next time happy watching and reading!

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Discussion: The importance of trigger warnings

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I wanted to discuss the idea of trigger warnings after my latest book review. I reviewed the book It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. You can see the review here for reference. The Goodreads synopsis for this book has a very basic warning about the content which reads “This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter”. However, my paperback version of the book has no content or trigger warnings what so ever.

I mention in my review that I had no clue what to expect going into the book and based on the blurb I had assumed the book would be a love triangle. Was there romance? Yes, but just as the Goodreads synopsis suggests the book mainly revolved around much heavier subject matter of domestic abuse and homelessness. Neither of which are directly mentioned in any way in the blurb. And this is essentially what has prompted this discussion for me. As even I a person who fortunately has no personal experience with either issue was left emotionally raw at the end of the book. Which lead me to contemplate how much worse I would feel and what I would need to try to deal with if I had experienced either of those things in my past.

These thoughts were further pushed on when a reader Jillian (who I am unable to link to at this time) commented on my review. She mentioned that Hoover has actually received backlash multiple times over the years for not putting trigger warnings on many of her books. This was not something I was aware of and it shocked me. It makes me wonder how many other books and authors have had similar issues. Why is this something that is allowed to happen? Especially on matters that could severely emotionally hurt someone, or event mentally hurt a person. Is it a fear of ruining the experience of the story for others? As in, is it treated by some as a spoiler if there is a warning for certain content?

Which leads me to ask, in which case is a blanket warning like the one Goodreads has used enough or a happy medium? As this essentially warns people of potentially difficult subject matter without spoiling anything in my opinion. It gives people with triggers an opportunity to think twice and even look up what the difficult or sensitive subject matter could be, in order to make and educated decision on whether or not to read the novel in question. I think this should be something to be considered for all books that deal with triggering issues. However, some people may not think that this is enough. Should we have more specific warnings? And if so where do we draw the line?

I think this is a matter that really needs to be considered by authors, the publishing industry and readers alike. I mean things that are aired on TV and in the movies are required to firstly give a maturity rating. Which essentially books also do by placing the reads into children’s, MG, YA, NA and Adult. But TV and films also need to mention what makes the content possibly troubling e.g. coarse language, violence, sex scenes and drug use. Which lets the viewer decide if they are comfortable watching something that may involve these things. This clearly is something that books are not required to have. Although I do know that some do. The back of some of Sarah J. Maas books for example include a warning about content that is of a sexual nature. So, it is clearly possible to give some kind of a warning for those that may need it. So why isn’t this required? This is potentially an issue that will have many varying opinions and may be multi-faceted, but I personally believe that it is something that needs to be discussed and looked into further. Let's Chat!What are your opinions on trigger warnings? Do you think at the least books should be required to have content warnings like TV and movies? Is a blanket statement about heavy content enough? Or do the warnings need to be more specific? Discuss with me below! 

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THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL TAG!

Hello lovely people! Today I bring you a cute, quick tag. I was tagged by the absolutely incredible Orangutan Librarian. If you are not following this blog already what are you even doing with your life?!

I could not find the original creator of the tag! 😦 So, if you know please let me know so I can credit them! All covers are either from Goodreads or photos taken by me.

So even though we are finishing up spring and heading into summer here in Australia, here are my answers to the mid-Autumn festival tag.

REUNION OF FAMILY

NAME A BOOK WITH FAMILY GOALS

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I love the dynamics between Pearl and her brother and sister in Valentine by Jodi McAlister. You can tell they love each other dearly but their dynamic is very different from the average family.

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NAME A BOOK WITH A WEREWOLF

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The very first book I read with Werewolf’s in the story. Although I like Jacob I was team Edward and team vampire all the way. I have read many other books featuring werewolf’s but this book started it all for me. 🙂

MOONCAKES

NAME A KIND OF FOOD IN A BOOK THAT YOU WISH WAS REAL

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Chocolate frogs from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I am the biggest sweet tooth and these sound like they would be my favourite snack for the train ride to Hogwarts!

RABBIT

NAME YOUR FAVOURITE CREATURE FROM A BOOK

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Abraxos my sweet baby!! He is the creature to rule all creatures! He is EVERYTHING!!!!!! Just in case you didn’t know Abraxos is a wryven from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. And I have still NOT read Kingdom of Ash yet so please no spoilers!!!

CHANGE

A CHARACTER THAT MAKES A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO THE PLOT SINCE HE/SHE DID SOMETHING TOO MANY TIMES

So, I don’t really get this question. Like a character that makes mistakes all the time? Or an annoying character so they ruined the book? Or a scheming character that just kept trying to make their plans come to life??

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I am going to go with the last one and say Leigh Bardugo’s The Darkling. He is one determined character and his actions push the plot on in more than one occasion.

LANTERNS

NAME A TOY OR GAME IN A BOOK THAT YOU LIKED TO READ ABOUT

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Wizards Chess in the Harry potter books by J. K. Rowling. I find the Muggle version pretty boring and not for me. But The magical version sounds much more action packed and interesting!

AUTUMN

NAME A BOOK WHICH YOU FEEL IS THE BEST TO READ IN AUTUMN

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I don’t really match my reads to the seasons. I am more of a mood reader and just read whatever I feel like despite the time of year. However, this book and in fact the entire series gives off very Autumn/ Halloweeny type vibes. Maggie Stiefvater made a really magical world in The Rave Cycle series.

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NAME YOUR FAVOURITE FESTIVAL IN A BOOK

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I have to go with Winter Solstice in ACOFAS by Sarah J. Maas as well. It was just so magical and sounds like it would be a beautiful time full of love, family and friends. In fact, I like many of the celebrations in this world, seems like there is a different party every week! ❤

Tag you’re it!

Tay from Aussie book lover Tay / KD from rattlethestars_books / Michaela from Journey into books. Let's Chat!

What is your favourite thing about Autumn? What is your favourite fictional food? I struggled with this question the most! Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Book Tag: 20 Questions

Hi there blogging world! Today I have another tag for you all! I was tagged by the lovely girls (Ash & Lo) at Windowsill books to do the 20 questions books tag. The original creator of this tag was not mentioned so if you know, please let me know!

So this tag works basically like the 20 questions game I am sure we have all played at some point. But this is the bookish version! So without further ado here are my answers:

HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?

For me this depends on how much I like said world and characters. If I love something I can’t get enough of it and I want to spend as much time as possible with that world and characters! However I do own a book series that is about 15 books long and no matter how much I love the story I have not been able to finish it yet. So maybe anything longer than 8 books would be too long for me.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I have a love hate relationship with them. I think they are great at making you feel all the feels and propelling the story onwards. But if I don’t have the next book available the wait to see if my babies are ok is torture!

HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?

Although hardbacks look better. They are way more expensive and actually harder to get in Australia. I also think they are more cumbersome to read. So paperback all the way (I mean have you seen my blog name? haha).

FAVOURITE BOOK?

I can not choose and you will not make me!! But seriously how do people actually choose just one?!

LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

This one is also really hard as most of the books I own I really enjoyed at some point in my life. So I just picked the one on my shelf that I have read and remember the least about!  The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong, something about kids with powers? Bringing the dead to life? I do remember enjoying it when I read it I just can’t remember much about it and have no desire to reread it soon. :/

LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Mainly yes. If they are done well. Although I am not going to lie I do get sucked into them picking a team and hoping to hell that the other ‘love’ interest just leaves already! 😉

THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

I very rarely DNF books. So I don’t think I have had a book I couldn’t finish recently. 🙂

A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

I am still actually finishing up my re-read of ACOWAR as I have been in a bit of a slump. I have no idea what to read next! 😦

LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

I can’t remember! I know I have said that The Cruel prince by Holly Black was great a number of times recently! And I am always telling people to give ACOTAR a go.

OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*

Probably The great Gatsby or the Bible although I have not actually ever finished either cover to cover. I do intend to one day finish Gatsby though!

NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*

I don’t have the money for new books at the moment so I think the most recent one I purchased and finished was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

I love so many Authors for so many different reasons! But two of my favourites who are pretty much auto buy authors for me are Sarah J Maas and Jay Kristoff. ❤

BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

Buying!! When I have money to do so! That way they are mine, part of my collection and if I don’t want to I don’t ever have to give them back! Plus some borrowing books are just gross like where has that book been?!

A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEM TO LOVE?

Not that I necessarily disliked it, like I did enjoy most of it just nowhere near as much as the rest of Cassie’s books. But Lady Midnight. Please don’t hate me! It just took me 3 shots to finish and although I enjoyed the ending I still haven’t picked up the next book.

BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?

Bookmarks 110% of the time! I don’t like to damage my books in any way. Plus bookmarks are just so pretty! I will only dog ear magazines and books that are already damaged beyond repair.

A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

Any book I loved/ liked? I am a big re-reader! New book in a series coming out? Reread! No money for new books? Reread! Want to feel all the nostalgic emotions? Reread! In a slump? Reread!

CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

No, if I notice that it’s on while I am reading it’s like my brain short circuits and can’t do anything else but hear the words of the song!

ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S?

I enjoy both! One is good if you love that main character but if you do not multiple is good to get away from them.

DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

I am compared to what seems like most people in the book community a pretty slow reader. So I can almost never finish a book in one sitting. But there has been times where I have done basically nothing but read for days to get through a book as I can’t put it down!

A BOOK YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?

The amount of cover buys I have had over the years is astounding! Off the top of my head the only one I can think of right now is The raven boys. I brought originally because of the cover! They are just stunning though so can you blame me?! ❤


I Tag:

Bookish Brooklyn / This is one for the books / Journey into books / A book. A thought.

As always no pressure and apologies if this is like the 8th time you have been tagged in this! Let's Chat!So what did you think of my answers? Are any of yours the same as mine? Or do we have completely different tastes/ opinions? Happy reading and watching, 

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Discussion: Where are all the Aussie bloggers?

Hi guy’s! I hope you all are doing well and that your current reads etc. are not treating you too badly. So it’s entirely possible heaps of you have read the title of this post and are thinking what the hell does she mean? Where are the Aussie bloggers? They are over here! I follow heaps of them.

However I was going through the list of blogs I follow the other day. You know catching up on missed posts, unfollowing those that no longer speak to me or are no longer of interest. And during this I noticed that out of the approximately 150 blogs that I follow barley any of them are fellow Australian bloggers.  Almost all of the blogs I follow are from the UK or USA. Now before anyone gets there knickers in a twist or thinks I am trying to say this is a bad thing. I am not. I love the blogs I follow and the ones that interact with me regularly, I have come to know as great, supportive, talented people.

But this got me thinking is it just that there are many more book, TV and or Movie blogs from the USA and UK, hence why most of the blogs I follow are from there? Or could it be that somehow Aussie blogs don’t have as big a reach? Does it have to do with the major time differences and therefore posting schedule causing them to not come up in searches? Or is it simply just in my case I have been unlucky and not stumbled across the many that I am sure are out there?

After having all of these thoughts I then wondered if maybe it’s not just me? As majority of my followers also seemed to be from the UK and USA. Is it possible that Aussie bloggers are just having trouble finding other Aussie bloggers to communicate with? This lead me to wonder if other people find that majority of their followers and the people they themselves follow are not from the same country as them? Are you from a country outside of Australia and do you find that most of your followers/ people you follow do not come from that country?

What was just an observation has turned into this big rambley thought process of a post. And I worry I have come across as some paranoid conspiracy theorist. I hope this isn’t the case and that I have expressed myself somewhat clearly enough for a discussion. But I guess we will see!Let's Chat!

Do you find this pattern in your blogging world to? Where are you from and where do most of your followers/ people you follow tend to come from? Do you follow any amazing Aussie bloggers? Tag them down below so I can show a little Aussie love and diversify my feed. Happy reading and watching, 

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