Book Review | The Memory Book by Lara Avery

The Memory Book

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**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.

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Ramblings |On Reading

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.

The Apocalypse

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!!!!!!

Currently Reading | Here I Stand: Stories That Speak for Freedom

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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.

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Poetry Anthologies

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.

img_2982Rupi 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.

img_2985Lang 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!

Being a blogger //

Hello my lovely readers,

Lately I have been inspired to write. You know those moments where you want to become the writer rather than the reader?

I have always had those moments, ever time I read an article, a book, a poem or even another blogger’s blog post – I become inspired to write. Honestly, I have had so many ideas written down for the things I want to write on this blog, but I am always too scared of sharing them. They became something of a solace for me when I became far too stressed, angry, or the occasional bouts of depression.

Where reading is my companion, writing is my solace. I don’t know if I have written blog post before about why I run a blog about books, but one of the reason is because it’s one of my coping mechanisms. Sure, I’ve thought about doing this as a full time job and monetising my content – but, honestly if you’ve read the content of this blog it’s not worth monetising.

Nevertheless, I write in it because this blog has become a part of who I am, and it has become a part of my coping mechanism when times aren’t particularly peachy for me.

As I was saying, I have become inspired to write – so here I am. It’s a rambling mess, I know. I also know that only a handful of people will be reading this, but that’s okay. There is another purpose to this article however, and that is to let you guys know that I’m going to start a new series of posts on here.

I want to share some of the things that I have written in the past few months and in the future.

Well, that’s all I have to ramble about!

 

Currently Reading | Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Hello lovely readers,

It’s a rare occasion where I actually have had the time to read and even write a blog post – I hope that soon I will be able to do this a little bit more regularly in the following weeks. For now, it will be sporadic.

Anyhow, I have finally come out of my reading slump that has lasted me a third of the year – I just now realised I have been telling people that I have had a reading slump for a six months which is completely inaccurate, and the book the I am reading is Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavrial Savit.

Synopsis:

November the sixth, 1939 – Anna’s seventh year – and all Anna knew that morning was her father had to go away for a few hours. 

He left her in the care of Herr Doktor Fuchsmann shortly after eleven o’clock, and then he did not come back again. 

When the Germans take her father, Anna is suddenly alone.

Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, and like Anna’s missing father, he has a gift for languages.

With a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs, Krakow no longer feels like home. And so Anna and the Swallow Man travel together, dodging bombs, taming soldiers and even, in spite of their better judgement, making a friend.

But in a world gone mad
everything can prove dangerous…

I have been loving this book so far, albeit I have become a slow reader as of late, I have managed to read half of the book in three hours. In that span of time, the book has managed to pull at every single one of my heartstrings, and I have cried twice for Anna.

As you have read from the synopsis, this story is set during the Second World War and you can just imagine what this little girl must be going through. Although the novel is written in third person, you still see things through a child’s eye.

I find Gavriel Savit’s writing enticing and very engaging, and the truth behind his words just pulls you in to this world he has created.

This book has been on my wish list since last year, and when they released the paperback version I didn’t even hesitate to buy it. Of course, it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for quite sometime collecting dust, but I am so glad that I finally took the time to read this book!

What are you guys currently reading?