Five Reasons Why: I Love These Book Related Websites

Hello!

Throughout the years of having this book blog, I have come to know a few great websites related to books and the like, which i would love to share here on Fighting Books for people who may not know them.

Also – if you know a great website that wasn’t mentioned here, please make sure to write it in the comments, because I really want to get to know even more book related websites!

Therefore I will list four great book related websites (in random order), and tell what they are about and why I love these websites.

  • GoodReads
    1. GoodReads is a website which has all the information that you would need to know about a book.
    2. Most books, even the much unknown ones, can be found on GoodReads.
    3. You can make many book lists, and add books to your To Be Read-list or Currently Reading-list.
    4. GoodReads is probably one of my favorite book related websites, just because it is as effective and functional as it is.
    5. The best function of GoodReads is the reading challenge function which keeps track of how many books, you have read, how many words you have read, etc – every time you have finished a book, you can mark it as read on the website.
  • NaNoWriMo
    1. NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month) is a website, most active in November, which challenges the users to write a 50,000 words novel in the month of November.
    2. It accepts any participant and challenges people in a positive way to practice their writing skills.
    3. The website offers many guidelines and helpful advice – given both during the event and throughout the rest of the year.
    4. You don’t need to feel nervous or intimidated, because no one needs to read your story – you only update your word count on NaNoWriMo.
    5. To keep you writing, the website has added achivements/badges as you reach certain word count marks.
  • The Book Depository
    1. The Book Depository is where I always order books online.
    2. They have free shipping and ships worldwide to most countries.
    3. They sell most books – I don’t think I have tried looking for a book I needed that they don’t sell.
    4. I am a bookmark lover, and The Book Depository are so very nice to often add free bookmarks to their packages.
    5. The interface of the website is very inspiring, and can easily be a good platform to use, when you are looking for new books to buy.
  • Wattpad
    1. Wattpad is an online reading platform, where it is possible to read all kinds of stories: fanfiction, original stories, poetry, etc.
    2. It is possible for everyone to add their story to the website, and you can update your book as often as you want to.
    3. Feedback from fans and other writers is a great and easy feature.
    4. It is possible to find all kinds of genres.
    5. Wattpad has a writing prompt called #justwriteit, which they are updating every month, and it is pretty inspiring.

Shia

Five Reasons Why: I love horror stories

If I have to point out my favorite genre, it would definitely be the horror genre. This doesn’t mean that I always buy horror novels – honestly it is the opposite. I am very picky with horror novels and find it hard to find ones that I like, but when I do find a good one, it always affects me so much more than a book in another genre would.

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Here’s Five Reasons Why I love horror stories:

  1. My number one reason for liking horror more than any other genre in the world is this: Reading a horror story or watching a horror movie pulls you in with its atmosphere and jump scares which makes you frightened, paranoid or at least uneasy. Horror stories lets you feel the protagonist’s feeling, so you are just as scared as he or she is. Romantic stories doesn’t make you fall in love when the protagonist falls in love, but horror stories definitely makes you scared when the protagonist is (if it is a well written story, of course). Horror stories let me feel, and even though it is the feeling of being afraid or paranoid, I still enjoy it so very much.

  2. If a horror story is well written and full of creepy and eerie moments, you will not be forgetting it very soon. I like how horror stories stay with me far longer than others stories do.

  3. The good thing about horror stories is that they tend to constantly have a huge amount of suspense, which also keeps the story interesting, and therefore is much easier to read.

  4. I have always been fascinated with the darker sides of the human mind, and it is often horror movies that introduce me to all kinds of interesting psychological topics, which broaden my knowledge.

  5. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a horror movie with a friend and be able to laugh together because of how terrified you both are?

Shia

Five Reasons Why: I won’t buy the book

When scanning through the books in the bookstore or on the internet, I often come by books that I, simply put, would never buy, unless I had heard an amazing review about it. Sometimes it is for random reasons that I choose not to buy a book, like my current mood or my economy, but other times the book contains elements that just makes me want to throw the book away.

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So here’s Five Reasons Why I won’t buy the book:

  1. Starting from the first impressions of a book, I must admit that I am a sucker for pretty and interesting book covers. If I don’t know a book and it has a terribly ugly cover, I won’t buy it. I know that I shouldn’t think like this, because a lot of books have amazing plots hidden behind an ugly cover, but sadly that is the truth of the effect a cover gives to a book.

  2. Opening up and quickly looking through the pages of a book is a normal act, when trying to figure out whether to buy a book or not. This method also easily shows whether the story is told by one or more character perspectives. If I notice that a book is told by more than one character, I won’t buy it. I have huge issues with reading books with many perspectives, because it ruins the flow of the story and honestly it is just annoying.

  3. If the summary on the back of a book mentions love and romance as the main theme, I probably won’t buy the book. I can accept love as a smaller theme of a book, but I am terrible at reading plain and cliché romance novels, because they make me cringe.

  4. If the book is more than 500 pages long, with tiny fonts and no space between every line, I will probably get tired of the book easily, because I’m not very good at staying with one story for too long at a time. Usually long books also have more moments where my interest falters, which means more chances of me giving up on the book.

  5. Also if the book is part of a long series with more than three books, I won’t buy it. Actually I’m not very fond of book series at all. They make me feel obligated to read the whole series, even when I don’t like the first book, and I usually find that books which are part of a series are often either too slow or too rushed.

Shia