Changing Opinions: Five Years in the Making

Guys, Book Heaven is five years old. It’s like a time capsule, looking back to my thoughts during my early teens (God help me, please don’t look too far back in the archive, it’s embarrassing). It’s interesting to see the different fads I went through, and how my opinions on certain topics have changed, but some have stayed constant.

For example:

  • I still LOVE the Septimus Heap series (and yes, I know I’ve mentioned them twice in as many posts, but I’m rereading them all before reading the final book, super excited!)
  • I still consider reading the best pastime ever
  • Pirates are cool (4eva)
  • I still believe books create a community

I love the fact that I still love (some of) the same books, as it really shows the staying power of some beautifully woven tales. In the words of the fabulous Carl Sagan,

Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

However, in counter balance to that, there are also quite a few things I now shudder at the thought of loving. Not really because they are now considered “uncool”, but more because on rereading I have found that either the style is severely lacking, or that there are worrying messages/ideals that permeate the text. One example for me would be the Twilight Series. I really, really liked these books when I was younger, and I still might pick one up if stuck, but I can’t shake off an uncomfortable feeling when thinking about how controlling and almost abusive Edward is towards Bella.

Similarly, certain science fiction holds less appeal for me than it once did, because I have spent the last five years learning a lot more about physics, so some stuff just seems implausible. When authors get their science mixed up, it ruins the magic of the story for me.

So I’m planning on doing a full blown discussion on why some fiction has staying power, and some doesn’t, and since I think books (and blogging) belong in a community setting, I want your input. What books have you loved long-term? Are there any books you were fanatical about but have now lost interest in? Please leave a comment below.

P.S. I’m also looking for some book-themed blogs to read and add to my blogroll, so please comment with a URL if you know of one/write for one. Also, any input on possible format changes would be appreciated: would you like more book reviews, more theme discussions, less of anything? I’m excited to be publishing on Bookheaven again!

Back and Better than Ever!

So, I’ve finished the Leaving Cert (the big final exams at the end of secondary school here in Ireland), and have gotten a place in university, which means I’ll have a lot more time now to dedicate to writing for Book Heaven! The show is back on the road. I’ve been reading a lot over the summer (especially the Septimus Heap series, and lots of stuff by David Levithan), and I have a few books in mind that I want to review, but I would also like some reading suggestions from you to kick start this reboot.

I hope that this new chapter for Bookheaven will be just as good as it was before my break from blogging. See you all with my first book review next week!

Also: I’ve really enjoyed listening to Welcome to Nightvale, the podcast, over the summer, and I’m looking for a similar-format fiction audio podcast. Does anyone have any suggestions? I love listening to fiction while exercising.

Closing Time

I’ve written posts about new beginnings, changes in direction, and fresh starts many times on this blog. This is the first time I’ve written about an ending.

I think it’s time to close the doors on Book Heaven.

I started this blog years ago, with the simple intention of  sharing my rather obsessive love of books and stories. I posted a mixture of reviews, creative writing, and literature-based arguments. I got a pleasant surprise when I realised how many people also loved books, and built up a loyal readership, and even made friends.

When I started it, it was all about children’s fiction, and then also started encompassing teenage fiction. I still think children’s fiction is one of the most important things in the world, but unfortunately I don’t have time with school and study to read both children’s fiction and adult novels, so for the moment I’ll have to let the kids’ stuff go. Also,  I think reviewing books for people not in your own age group is a little bit patronising, and unfortunately not many people see the importance and attraction of children’s fiction, so I think that area is better left to kids.

So thanks everyone for reading, I’ll be posting book reviews over on every now and then.

For the last time, I’ll see ya round,


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