About

Are you looking for a site that provides you with book reviews and writing rants? Then Reading Through the Night is for you.

That was cheesy, I’m sorry.

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My name is Emma and I feel awkward showing my face online so I’m not going to do it. I am a student, reader and writer from Sydney, Australia. I am currently in my last year of high school which is why I am a bit busier than usual and why my blogging is more sporadic. Once I graduate I plan to study science at university, probably majoring in genetics or biotechnology… but then again that plan might change. We’ll see.

Apart from reading, I spend my time watching tv shows (honestly I have watched so many tv shows) and attempting to write stories of my own. I’m not very good, and I struggle a lot so prepare to hear a lot of complaining. I try to share my thoughts and tips on writing fiction as well as my journey through the process of writing. I also review a wide variety of novels although I primarily read YA fantasy, dystopian or science fiction.

Some of my favorites:

  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (absolute queen, this series is now my life)
  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody (my fav series for years)
  • The Seven Realms Quartet by Cinda Williams Chima
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

I aim to educate people about new books out, along with old books that shouldn’t be forgotten. Hopefully this will help all of you book lovers out there to never run out of books to read next.

I also want to connect with the book lover community and make some life long friends, so don’t be afraid to reach out to me on one of my social media (linked above). I started this blog as a way to connect with other readers and writers, and to keep my motivation for writing up. I’d love it if you got involved in my blog community by letting me know what you thought of my posts or the books I speak about. If you’re also a blogger feel free to drop me a link to your blog, I’d love to check it out.

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My Rating System

Everyone rates books differently so this is a short explanation of how I do it. My ratings take into considerations aspects such as plot, pacing, character and world building, however the most important aspect for me is how much I want to keep reading. This does sometimes mean that my ratings on books change over time or depending on my emotions.

My ratings tend to skew higher, partly because I know which sorts of books I enjoy and don’t pick up ones I don’t enjoy and partly because I can usually find something in a book to enjoy. In 2017 2/3 of my ratings were 4 or 5 stars, so for 2018 I am redoing my rating system a bit to hopefully lower this percentage.

1 star – I wanted to stop reading this book multiple times

2 stars – This book was a struggle to get through, I wish I hadn’t wasted my time with it

3 stars – This book was fine, but had nothing special or interesting about it

4 stars –  This book was good, it stood out from the crowd

5 stars – This book was amazing, I loved every second of it and wouldn’t change a thing

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, I am the Story Sponge, nice to meet you! (across the wide and wobbly web I cannot see you but I know you are there. *squints uncertainly* )
    Anyway, I love what you said here about old books that should not be forgotten! It can sometimes be easy to get caught up in the hype of the next release, but I appreciate it when people remember that there are older books that are just as exciting. :)

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    1. Hey! Nice to meet you too. It’s good to hear that there are other people who are just as excited about older books, the hype in the book community for new releases can be a bit much. Plus if we wait we can read the whole series at once haha.

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      1. Exactly my thoughts! I hate having to wait for a series book by book because first of all I am impatient, and second of all I have no memory so who are these characters and what are they doing??? It can be terrible. So “only read series’ that have all come out” is kind of a rule for me. (Not one that I always follow, but hush.)

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