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 | Everything, Everything. A Study in Scarlet. The One Memory of Flora Banks.

Seasons greetings my lovely readers!

Tis the season to be jolly, and I am here with a new blog post! I have been away from this blog for far too long and I miss rambling and writing, and simply sharing my love for books.

Sooo…. here’s to you guys!

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Anyway, today I have decided to write a post about the books I am currently reading. Although I haven’t had the time to actually just relax and enjoy a book, I have been taking advantage of public transportation when I am going to and from work. The only silver lining of public transport, in my honest opinion.

So… Ordinarily I would only read one book at a time, but this time, I have been reading three books!

1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I have heard so many good things about this novel, especially when it first came out. I didn’t succumb to the pressure of everyone reading this novel. Instead, I ignored it for as much as I possibly could, until my curiosity got the best of me.

Anyway, as I am writing this article – I am near the end of the book. All I have to say is that… I definitely did not see that one coming – but definitely saw that one coming.

I also really enjoy looking at the illustrations!

A book review will be up soon!

2. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

What a frustrating read!

Me saying that, I think in the case of this book is a praise!

Flora Banks suffers from short term memory loss, where she is unable to recall anything she’s done for the past seven years – until the kiss that is.

So, this novel is in Flora’s P.O.V. obviously – and everything that she sees, and recalls and experiences is what you, as a reader experiences too. It’s very repetitive, and very frustrating – which I believe emulates the exact same feeling that Flora must be feeling.

So far, I am quite enjoying reading this book

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGallet in exchange of an honest review

So, look out for my book review of this novel!

3. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I have a confession to make…

Although I am a massive fan of Sherlock… I have never actually read any of the novels by Sir Conan Doyle. I am very much ashamed of this, and I wanted to come clean.

Hence, this is my first Sherlock Holmes novel!

Let me tell you completely biased I am, and how in-love I am with the book already!

I will not be posting a book review for this book… because all I will probably talk about is how lovely and wonderful it is – and, you know… biased opinions.


On a completely different note, I am not in the best of moods at this moment in time. I just got back from my practical riving test, and this is the second time I have failed the exam! It’s so frustrating! Hopefully, the third time will be the charm!

Love you guys, and I will see you in the next blog post!

P.S.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how Christmas-y my dining/living room is! Perks of having parents who has more Christmas spirit than I. Loving it to bits, especially with the hanging lights over the dining table! img_0946

As for my bedroom, this is as Christmas-y as it will get. And to tell you the truth, these are going to be staying up for the whole year round, because they do not even look like Christmas decorations at all!

img_0950This really is the end of this post!

BYE!!!

Jhan xx

 

(We) Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Greetings! Lovely readers,

It’s that time of year again, when everything is wrapped in tinsel and glitter and fairy lights! I don’t know whether I love this time of year, or whether I am beginning to dislike it just that bit.

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probable reaction of people when they read the bit where I say I am beginning to dislike the holiday season just that bit.

I haven’t been an active part of the book blogging community for quite some time now, and I feel anxious writing my first post in what seems to be like months. I just wanted to update the blog, and to keep my existence known – even for just a tiny moment.

This time of year, as you could probably imagine, is the busiest – and surely I would have a lot of things to say and write about. But truly, I am at work all day and I simply do not have the energy to write a post – but I do have a blog journal which I keep with me throughout the day and write things down that I want to post. But I am a coward, and sometimes the things that I come up with are simply not suitable for a book blog – or maybe, it is. But I am simply afraid of what other people might think.

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Anyway!

Happy Christmas everyone!

I have missed doing this, being able to just write whatever comes to mind and simply be… These last few weeks I have been very busy with helping out with our school nativity play, making a Christmas Post Box, making Christmas decorations for a Christmas tree festival (Which we won!) and everything is covered in glitter!

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how I feel like at the moment

Glitter is just everywhere, and children love glitter so I cannot escape from the stuff! Every time I walk down the corridor I am greeted with children holding their wonderful works – submerged in a mountain of glitter. Glitter in my clothes, on my desk, on my shoes and on my books!!

Christmas shopping, I feel like this year has been the worst! I simply do not know what to get anyone for their Christmas presents that I almost gave up… I just simply wanted them to come over and have a wonderful home-cooked meal cooked by my Mother and I – but, everyone is so busy that we simply do not have the time to do things the way we used to.

In terms of reading, I haven’t been an active reader as of late. What with the chaos that comes with the Christmas season. Hence, the reason why I haven’t been posting book reviews, or anything at all for that matter!

Well, I have a few things to say with regards to Christmas and the books I am currently reading, but that’s for another post!

I’m sorry that the Title of this post, is completely irrelevant to the actual post!

 

Currently Reading | Ballet Shoes, The Gift Knight’s Quest and The BFG

Hello lovely readers and bibliophiles,

As you can probably deduce from the title of this post, I am going to be talking about the books I am currently reading. It has been a while since the last time actually sat down and just told you about the books I am currently reading, and not have already read. So, I just wanted to ramble at you!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

I am currently loving everything about this book, and I simply cannot put it down.

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It is a story of three sisters who are all adopted by an eccentric and rich explorer who left them in the care of his great niece, as he disappeared on a voyage to explore the world. The girls grow up in wealth and comfort, but what was essentially their trust-fund was gone. So the sisters have decided to work the moment they turn 12 to help their Garnie (their nickname for their guardian) – it is simply an adorable story and I am in-love with the witty little girls!

The Gift Knight’s Quest by Dylan Madeley

It has been long overdue for me to read this novel by Dylan Madeley – a fantasy novel set in a well imagined world. I was asked to give this book an honest review, and hopefully by the end of this month I would have made that review!

So far, it is taking me a bit long to really get on with the story – it is simply the case of me getting used to the setting and the first chapters of the book is about world building (as well as character introductions) at the moment, there are so many characters to remember as it kind of goes back and forth between narratives.

I am enjoying the story thus far though, I mean someone’s already dead! What happened there?!

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So I am really looking forward to finishing this book!

The BFG by Roald Dahl

I feel like everyone has already read The BFG and have watched the film – but, I have done neither and have only started reading The BFG the other day – and it is quite an odd book.

I say odd, as the book has so many words that has been invented by Roald Dahl himself – and it is interesting reading words that I have never encountered before.


 

Overall I am really looking forward to finishing these books – and it is also looking that I have finally gotten over my horrible reading slump last month.

See you in the next post !

YALC

Hey guys!

I don’t really know where to start with this blog post, it has been so long since the last time I wrote anything down on this blog and I am feeling quite nervous doing this again. But, I do want to give blogging another try and hopefully be able to do it full-time this time around.

YALC

Saturday 30 July, 2016 – It was the first time that I have ever gone to London on my own without parental supervision, this time around I was the adult chaperoning two minors (my brother and his girlfriend – both attended the LFCC) and it was scary and daunting, but it was also amazing and wonderful and exciting!

I got to meet wonderful authors and was able to see that there are a lot of people out there who are as in love with books as I am. I couldn’t bring myself to speak to anyone, which was sad, but it was also amazing being around hundreds of people who share the same passion as I do.

It was a dream come true for me to be able to meet one of my favourite authors of all time – Holly Bourne, and she was so lovely and amazing! Not only that but I got to speak to her even for a couple of minutes. I also got to me Alwyn Hamilton, Lauren James and Alice Oseman and they were all so awesome and wonderful people!

There were any stalls to go to, and so many books to buy – so many panels that I didn’t get to attend and workshops that I missed. Authors that I didn’t get to meet and people whom I didn’t had the courage to speak to. I was anxious and scared, but excited and thrilled all at the same time.

I wasn’t fully prepared for the event, but hopefully next year I will be able to be more sociable and that I am going to be able to attend all of the days! It was so amazing being there and I would say that it has been the highlight of my Summer.

One regret that I have is that I didn’t get to meet all of the author’s that I wanted to meet, which is my fault as I was poorly organised, and I was all over the place. I also wish that I took a lot of photos for you guys to see, but I didn’t really take photos and it’s ridiculous. But, next year – I will try

Tips

  1. Bring someone with you, because when you are in there and you are like me who is afraid to make friends with people, you may feel a little lost. Also, it’s useful to have someone to help you carry all the books that you will be buying.
  2. Carry cash with you, although there are card machines in the stalls, especially in the Waterstone’s pop-up shop, it’s useful to have cash in hand so that you can just hand it over to the people in charge.
  3. Be prepared to stand in line, the lines for popular authors are ridiculously long – and I have to tell you that one of the reasons that I only managed to meet 4 authors is due to the fact that I wasn’t prepared for the massive lines.
  4. If you really want to meet authors, you’re best bet is to sit at their line as soon as possible, even if it means missing their panels.
  5. Bring food with you, I made the mistake of leaving buying food until lunch time – because although there are places where you can buy food on the venue, they are crazy expensive (IMO) and the Tesco across the road literally didn’t have any food left!
  6. Plan ahead

 

 

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