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 my lovely readers,
TBR pile are all the rave these days. How can they not be? When all we do all year long is buy books even though we have millions of unread ones sitting on our bookshelves. It’s a love-hate relationship really.
For the past several months, I have refrained from buying books until I have sorted out my TBR pile into a manageable and reasonable size. However, today I am going to be talking about the books I really want to re-read after all this TBR malarkey’s all sorted out.
- The Harry Potter Series
I bet you didn’t see this one coming. Who would have thought, right? I don’t think this one needs any form of explanation, because it’s just a classic not amongst readers like me to re-read the books countless times.
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
This was definitely one of the best books I have ever read! It’s one of those books that I wish I had taken the time to really read and appreciate. There’s so many things about this book that I have missed because of my tunnel vision (not literally, more like figuratively). The plot twists and the overall amazing writing style.
- We Were Liars
I read this book in one night, literally started it at 9 and finished it at 2 in the morning. It was an intriguing read, and since it is the first novel I have read by Lockhart, I was surprised by how intricate the writing was. How the plot-twist avoided detection. I definitely want to re-read this again.
- Peter Pan
My favourite Disney movie, and childhood book. I simply cannot skip on re-reading this one.
- Night Circus
I have raved about this book so much, that I don’t think I have to explain why I want to re-read it!
- Shock of the Fall
It’s such a great novel about mental health, that I think it should be read by everyone even at least ones. I loved this book, of course I had my reservations when I started reading it, but ones I got into the rhythm of the story – I just fell in love with it.
These are only 6 of the books that I want to re-read, but I have decided that I will only make this like an annual thing for me. To get my TBR pile under-control and then re-read books I have missed. Next year, I will make another list!
Thank you for dropping by and reading my blog!
Hello, and welcome to my blog,
Growing-up in a household of music lovers, I have grown to be one myself. For as long as I can remember, music has been a massive part of my life. And I can’t imagine otherwise. The only difference between my family and I, is that I also love to read. Where my family finds reading a tedious and time consuming activity, and maybe a little unproductive. I find it the best form of entertainment and stimulation for my brain.
For my first ever proper attempt at a discussion blog post here, I have decided to do a little bit of a discussion post. So please feel free to drop a comment! I would love to hear your say in the matter of…
Music + Reading = Yay! or Nay!
As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, and avid music lover… I would have to say YAY! for this one. However, it has to be a certain kind of music. I can’t just listen to any old music when I am reading. I found that it gives my brain too much stimulation and I end up not being able to focus on one or the other at all.
For me, when I am reading, I have to listen to classical music. Ones that you can’t sing to. Of course I have read with music with lyrics in them – but, I just ended up singing along with the song and not really taking in what I was reading.
Where I listened to classical music, I found that I was able to concentrate more on the text. It has this calming effect on me, and I am just able to focus on the book that I have in front of me. My younger brother is quite the improvisation pianist, and I love listening to the music he makes while I read my books.
In fact, right at this moment he is playing the piano!
Do you like listening to music while you read? If so, what kind of music?
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?
Hello my lovely readers,
It has been a great start to the year!
It’s that time of the month again, where I try to sum up everything that happened in my life in a single post! Of course, I am talking about our Monthly Wrap-Up. I won’t be faffing around, and ranting… so I’ll just get on with it! Continue reading