What does a good book need to include?

I was shocked when, in my top set English class, more than a half of the people in it said that they didn’t enjoy reading and didn’t do it often. So that got me thinking: what does a good book need to include to interest people and keep them reading?Here is my list of things:-A good beginning- I like to be straight in on the action. If I’m not hooked on the first chapter, I doubt I will be…

Review- The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.”Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of “them.” The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked–and given the ultimate…

Review- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end…

Review- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.There is.She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.She’s wrong.-From GoodreadsThis review is going to be so hard to write. I don’t know how I’m going to make this book…

Interview with Kyra from Blog of a Bookaholic

Aren’t you all lucky today? We’ve got an interview with Kyra from Blog of a Bookaholic!1. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview! First of all, what gave you the idea to create a book blog?Its a pleasure, I’m happy to be here! I decided to create a book blog because my friends and family were sick to death of hearing me ramble on about books that I had recently bought and read, so one day I decided…

Waiting on Wednesday- Shaman of Stonewylde by Kit Berry

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where book bloggers write about that particular book that they are waiting to come out.I’m mad for the Stonewylde series, I really am. I’ve met the author and have read the books about one hundred times! This is the fifth and final book in the series, published on 18th October.**DO NOT READ BELOW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE REST OF THE SERIES! COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS!**In the…

Author In View- Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden CBE was born on 19th January 1925 in Ilford, Essex. Her mother was a teacher and her father a member of the Royal Marines. During World War II she was evacuated to Aberdare in Wales aged fourteen. Maybe this was where she got the inspiration for her novel, Carrie’s War (review coming soon). She attended Somerville College in Oxford where she gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.From 1946 to 1954 she was married to Harry…

I need some advice!

Okay, I’m really wanting to look in to publishers sending me books to review as I get more serious in to this reviewing and I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on how to go about this. I don’t really know much about it so please excuse me if I ask any questions.I’m planning two more reviews soon and I’ll post them up as soon as I can. I’m also planning to write more posts about writing…