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

A Happy Update!

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, and I hope you will have a  very enjoyable Sunday. I have a few updates which I am personally very happy about, so here goes.

First of all, I have reached 100 followers on the blog Fighting Books! I am very appreciative of everyone who has read, liked and enjoyed the posts I have written – and I am of course very thankful to the followers!

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As I hadn’t imagined ever getting 100 followers, I sure hadn’t expected that I would have already finished my 2015 Reading Challenge in the month of September! I mean, I still have three months left of the challenge, haha.

2015 book challenge

Last year I only just made it before New Year, but this year, I have totally up’ed my game apparently. Then again, I still have to fulfull my reading challenge, where I have to read at least two books per month.

How is it going with your reading challenge?

Shia

Pretty Book Cover: Simple Whites

Hi!

Time for another Pretty Book Covers post!

Simple Whites:

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I’m in love with colors, but sometimes a simple white color can fit a book cover so much better – it is more sophisticated, and fits a more serious theme of a book. Therefore today’s post shows five book covers, which are white and simple, but have interesting black or red details.

Shia

Review: Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal

”We live in a world full of games.

More than 31 million people in the UK are gamers.

The average young person will spend 10,000 hours gaming by the age of twenty-one.

In this ground-breaking book, visionary game designer Jane McGonigal challenges conventional thinking and shows that games – far from being simply escapist entertainment – have the potential not only to radically improve our own lives but to change the world.”

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Reality is Broken – Why Games Makes Us Better and How They Can Change the World is a non-fiction piece written by Jane McGonigal, who is one of my role models and someone I respect a lot. Jane McGonigal is a game designer, known for making alternate reality games, where reality becomes a big part of the game.

In Reality is Broken Jane McGonigal focuses on how we can use games to brighten our everyday lives and to change the world in a bigger perspective.

Let me start by saying that I could agree with almost everything, McGonigal envisioned and discussed in the book, and I find her ideas and perspectives very interesting and useful.

I also personally loved how much I could relate to the theory she spoke of, and how everything she said fit some sort of game I have played myself. For a gamer, the book was very relatable.

As for the structure of the book, I was not very happy though. McGonigal build her book up like an academic paper, where theory comes first, then analysis and discussion, whereas it would have been nice, if she had put her discussed examples straight after mentioning the fitting theory. I have never been fond of this structure, but of course, this is a personal opinion which differs a lot for different people.

Also for the writing, Jane McGonigal gets very repetitive as she keeps rephrasing the same thing many times. Unfortunately, if all the repetitive content was cut away, the book would be much thinner than it is now.

Looking away from the style of the writing, I really enjoyed the book, and I learned many new ways to use games in the real world. The book also introduced me to many alternate reality game that I had not known before, and I love alternate reality games, so I appreciate that a lot.

Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal (English), 396 pages, Vintage Books

Teaser Tuesdays #5

Current read: Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal

Teaser:

 “Whenever I walk through the front door of my apartment, I enter an alternate reality. It looks and works just like regular reality, with one major exception: when I want to clean the bathroom, I have to be really sneaky about it.” p. 119

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Rules can be found here.