**Disclaimer// I would like to thank NetGalley, Quercus Children’s Books and the author, Lara Avery for providing me an electronic review copy of the novel The Memory Book for review purposes.
Hello lovely readers,
Two blog posts in a week, what a rare occurrence. I just thought I would start a new kind of posts on my blog. As the title suggest, I want to talk about writing poetry.
Recently, I’ve started writing my own poetry. I mean I have been doing so for years, but I have never had the courage to post them online – until last month. I have started an Instagram page where I upload poetry online at least once a day. Please check it out, it’s @j_s.poetry – thank you 😊.
Anyway, I’m going to add a few on here just to kind of give you guys a preview of what I have been writing, and would really much appreciate your feedbacks!
thank you for reading my blog!
It has been more than a year since I have put this site on hiatus, thinking that keeping up with blog posts and reading/reviewing will just add to the stress of being a university student. However, as of late I have been missing the creative freedom of simply writing, which blogging gave me.
I still haven’t picked up a novel and finished it to the end, a shame really. I have picked up books and started reading them, but a quarter of the way through i just seem to forget that I have even picked them up.
Hence, recently I’ve started reading poetry anthologies. I may list a few of them in a following blog post, and perhaps write mini reviews about them. Saying that, I have read quite a few anthologies and they have inspired me to write my own! So, if anyone is still reading this, follow me @j_s.poetry on Instagram 🙈☺️.
Anyway, I will be happy to receive book review requests again, however me accepting to read a novel may be a rare occasion due to other commitments. But I will make a conscious effort to do as much as I can in a reasonable manner. Along with books I have bought myself. If you guys remember, I still have over 50 unread books in my shelf and they’ve collected some dust over the year.
So best tackle those now. Hope everyone is doing well!
Are there still people reading this blog at all?
Well, if there are still followers to this blog, then I would like to explain why I have been AWOL for the past eight months. So here are my reasons/excuses;
Last April I started going to university and have since been plagued with deadlines and clinical placements, and I simply couldn’t keep up with blogging anymore. Since starting, I haven’t had any free time to actually just sit down and enjoy writing about the books I have read or even keep up to date with the bookish community. I am pretty sure I have missed major events and book releases!
But, I have missed this – just writing about books and perhaps add a new annex to this blog and write about my experiences as a University student? But that’s just me being optimistic.
Anyhow, I am going to try and periodically write a blog post on here.
Speaking of books, I have been reading IT by Stephen King – which is the first ever book I have ever read from him – now I can understand all the hype around King as an author. He is a really good story teller, and he just drags you into this world he has created and once you start it seems like you can’t stop.
Hopefully, I will soon write a full book review within the next couple of weeks. I am a bit rusty when it comes to reading a great amount of books. Seems like 8 months of not reading books that aren’t assigned reading, has cost me a bit.
Anyway – I don’t really know what else to say!
I wish everyone a happy day 🙂
We all have a little bit of an adventurer inside. There are only so many adventures a person could go to in a lifetime. But more often than not, we are not brave enough to do the things we want to do in life. There is always something holding us back. There are so many things we would like to experience. But how?
That’s where books come in.
Books are the gateway that makes the impossible, possible. They are there to provide us with the things we are unable to do in the constraints imposed on us by time.
Reading is never at all boring, it is only boring to the unimaginative mind.
They give us adventures we could never imagine, we live lives we could never imagine for ourselves. We go on journeys to save a whole country, a whole race, a whole universe. We travel to places where real life can never take us.
Places where giants exist, where dragons and all these fantastical creatures roam the earth so freely causing awe to those who behold them.
I am in-love with the worlds I got to experience when I am reading. I have lived a hundred different lives in my 20 years of existence.
Hello my lovely readers,
It has been a while, as for how things go around here.
For today’s post, I thought we could talk about the Apocalypse. Basically, I wanted to see what your answers would be if asked the question:
In the event of an apocalypse, you can only read one book or one author, what or who will it be?
I am going to answer this question too, of course.
If I was only allowed to read one book in case of an apocalypse, I would probably choose the Bible. Not for religious purposes. It’s more towards the fact that it’s basically a massive collection of stories, it can be interpreted as fiction or non-fiction. It all depends on how you see it, as a reader.
It would also be great to actually read the Bible in context. I mean we always see passages out of their context, it’d be great to actually see where they are coming from. But, yes. I would choose the Bible.
I bet, you thought I was gonna choose Harry Potter. As much as I love Harry Potter… exactly how am I supposed to choose which book to read?!
As for the author. It’s a little bit harder than choosing a single book. I want to pick an author who I am familiar with, but also know that their works aren’t repetitive, nor do they stay in the same genre. Basically, I am looking for an author who is quite diverse in the way they write.
At present, I don’t really have anyone in mind. I could pick JK Rowling, especially with her numerous works in the HP universe, as well as the novels she made under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Which shows how she can attract audiences from different niches. However, I haven’t really read any of her other novels – so I can’t say that I am going to be picking her.
By this point, Patrick Ness keeps popping up in my head. For no absolute reason, apart from the fact that I do adore his writing style. Especially the way he writes his characters and his story lines. So I guess, that’s the author.
I have been wanting to write this post for a while now, and it has been sitting in my draft box for months. So today, it is the day that I finally publish this article!!!
Leave a comment down below of what your answer to the question above – because I am a curious person!!!!!!
Everyday in the news we see freedoms we enjoy in
our own lives being denied to others. Every day sees us
moving closer to losing some of those freedoms ourselves.
We should all have the right to protest, to follow any religion,
to speak out without fear, dress as we want and have same-sex
relationshps. But we don’t. In some parts of the worls, any one
of these actions can be punished by imprisonment or even death.
Wherever we live, we mustn’t take our rights for granted.
All of them have been fought for.
We must fight to keep them.
Hello lovely people,
Remember that time eons ago when I talked about trying out a different genre/format of books? Yeah, well now I am back with another one of those posts, this time instead of graphic novels, I am going to be talking about Poetry Anthologies.
If I am being honest, the last time I actually read poetry before this month is probably 4 or 5 years ago, when I did my English GCSEs and I wasn't exactly fond of assigned reading in those days and only ever read the poems when I was in school or when revising.
However, since I challenged myself to try a different genres of books I've taken the plunged and bought two books of Poetry collection by Rupi Kaur and Lang Leav.
Rupi Kaur's milk and honey has been at the back of my mind since it dominated bookstagram for what seemed like years. But I wasn't interested in reading poetry at all until I've decided to widen my horizon a little bit more.
Upon reading Kaur's work, I don't think I have ever felt such raw emotions and the truth within her words definitely shook me. I was affected and I was definitely left speechless and unable to do anything but stare blankly at the page reading the words over and over again, just to see if the ache in my heart would go away.
Kaur is a very talented writer, and I am glad that I bought her poetry collection. She writes about things that are relevant, about things that men and women experience within a relationship (mainly in a woman's perspective). Her words struck me and I am still in awe.
Lang Leav's Lullabies is more of an impulse purchase. I have yet to read any of the poems, but I remember one of my friends have recommended it. I will write more about these two books in a separated book review.
Maybe next time I'll be spending half of my impulse purchases on poetry books and graphic novels.
Hence if you guys have any recommendations with regards to poetry collections and/or graphic novels – leave them in the comments!