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!

A Compilation of Books to Re-read

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Peter Pan

    My favourite Disney movie, and childhood book. I simply cannot skip on re-reading this one.
  5. 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!

  6. 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!

Nielle

Yay or Nay |Music + Reading

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?

Thanks for reading!

-Jhan

2017 TBR Book List

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…

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  1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  2. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  4. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  5. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  6. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  7. Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly
  8. The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  9. Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
  10. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
  11. One by Sarah Crossan
  12. The BFG
  13. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
  14. Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
  15. In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
  16. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  17. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  18. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  19. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
  20. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
  21. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  22. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  23. A Game of Thrones by George Martin
  24. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  25. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  26. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  27. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  28. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  29. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  30. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  31. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  32. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  33. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  34. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  35. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  36. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  37. The Special Ones by Em Bailey
  38. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  39. A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
  40. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  41. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  42. The Muse by Jessie Burton
  43. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman
  44. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  45. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  46. Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
  47. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  48. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  49. The Memory Book
  50. We Come Apart
  51. Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
  52. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  53. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
  54. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  55. How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan
  56. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  57. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
  58. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
  59. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
  60. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguto
  61. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  62. The Vorrh by B Catling
  63. 1984 by George Orwell
  64. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
  65. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
  66. Notes On Being Teenage by Rosalind Jana
  67. Socrates’ Defence by Plato
  68. Aphorisms of Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche
  69. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing by Michel de Montaigne
  70. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kirkegaard
  71. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner
  72. The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  73. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  74. Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi
  75. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  76. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  77. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  78. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  79. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  80. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  81. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  82. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  83. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  84. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  85. 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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review | The Special Ones by Em Bailey

Esther is one of the four Special Ones, chosen to live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. They are not allowed to leave, and they must always be ready to broadcast their lives to eager followers on the outside.

But on renewal day when he decides that a new Esther, Harry, Lucille or Felicity must take their place, the old ones disappear – forever. The new ones don’t always want to come, but soon they… realise. Until one day Esther has a realisation of her own, and it changes everything.

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Monthly Wrap-Up | January 2017

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