Hello lovely readers,
It has been quite some time [yet again] since the last time I have posted anything on here, which I am sure is no longer a surprise these days. But, I have recently gotten back into reading novels, I meant listening to books, and thought I would share with you what book I am currently listening to. Continue reading
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!
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!
Hello lovely readers,
It’s Monday, and we all know how we feel about Mondays. Since, I haven’t been the best at keeping up with my schedule I have decided to make a random post listing the books I have decided to read this year.
With my Goodreads challenge stating I am aiming to read 75 books this year. I kind of want to bump it up to at least 80 books, just so that I could read the majority of the things in my bookshelf. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking when I kept on buying books, upon books, when I have a full library of them in my own home.
Mind you, it is a pretty big list. These includes books I have had on my bookshelf for roughly two years now. So you could probably imagine how many I have to read.
Without further ado…
- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
- The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Messenger by Lois Lowry
- The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly
- The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
- Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
- A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
- One by Sarah Crossan
- The BFG
- Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
- Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
- In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
- The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
- Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
- Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
- A Game of Thrones by George Martin
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
- City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
- City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- The Special Ones by Em Bailey
- Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
- A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Muse by Jessie Burton
- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
- The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
- Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
- Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
- Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
- The Memory Book
- We Come Apart
- Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
- The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
- How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
- The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
- The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
- Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguto
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- The Vorrh by B Catling
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
- Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
- Notes On Being Teenage by Rosalind Jana
- Socrates’ Defence by Plato
- Aphorisms of Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche
- How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing by Michel de Montaigne
- Fear and Trembling by Soren Kirkegaard
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner
- The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
As you can see, in total I have more than 80 books that I want to read this year. I am hoping that this will be possible, otherwise I wont be able to buy anymore books unless I have managed to get this reading pile into a reasonable size.
How many of these books do you have on your TBR pile?
Title | No Virgin
Author | Anne Cassidy
Genre | Teens & YA, Contemporary
Publisher | Hot Key Books (November, 2016)
Edition | eARC
I would like to thank Net Galley and the publisher, Hot Key Books, for providing me an eARC of the novel, No Virgin by Anne Cassidy.
From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.
A raw, powerful, moving tale about a girl attempting to deal with the aftermath of a sexual attack.
My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.
Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.
A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.
Hello lovely people,
I have been out of action for quite some time now, and since I do not have any book reviews yet to write (I have like a 10 books lined up needing to be read) I have been scrounging my fellow book bloggers’ blogs, and came across this book tag on Emma’s book blog – The Book Crunch Blog. So, I thought I would do it just for fun!
And since, school started like 3 or 4 weeks ago – it’s kind of fitting. Continue reading