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.

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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!

Book Review | The Memory Book by Lara Avery

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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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Why I Read Young Adult Fiction

Reading is a skill we are taught at a young age. Most see it as a necessity or a bore, but some people find pleasure in reading for fun. There are many different reasons why people read, and definitely more reasons as to why a person read a certain genre.

That’s what we’re going to be talking, or I’m going to be talking about today.

Why do I read my chosen genreYA?

Reading wasn’t a favourite past time in my household when I was growing up, it still isn’t. I am on my own when it comes to the consuming of novels and works of literature, occasionally my younger brother would join the team. However, the one thing that I haven’t really thought about when it comes to reading is the reason why I read a particular genre, that is Young Adult novels… apart from the fact that it is technically the most popular genre of novels amongst the book community, as far as I am aware.

Often times, I just follow the crowd and see where they are heading at. That’s how most things happen for me anyway, go with the flow and see where it leads me, if I like it. Well, I stay. If I don’t? Then I have to follow a different stream. Easy as.

But, that’s the easy answer to the question. The kind of answer I’ll give someone who asks me why I read YA novels. It isn’t, however, the full reason why I read this particular genre of fiction.

Firs of all, Young Adult novels are generally easier for me to read, there aren’t as much complicated language involved, with words I don’t normally use in my everyday vocabulary (of course, there are some authors who likes to add big words – I’m looking at you John Green). Which makes the novel easier to understand and helps with the flow of the story. I tend to find in adult fiction novels that I don’t really understand the story as well as I normally would, and would have to read a dictionary alongside it. So, there’s that.

Secondly, I just find the characters to be more relatable at the moment, especially as I still see myself as a teenager even though I won’t be considered as such in a few weeks’ time. Young Adult novels tend to target teenage experience, and all have very similar themes within them – which makes them easier to read.

But most of all, I believe that YA novels are becoming a bit more out there with their messages. It’s kind of evolving to become more relatable to the real world, and although the situations may be fictional many authors are using these novels as mediums in a way to educate teenagers about what’s happening in the real world. It’s no longer exclusive to teenage angst and romance, as now it kind of also focuses on the political/philosophical aspects of life.

These are just my views however.

I do want to know why you guys read a certain genre of novels/books?

Script Review |Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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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.

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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

 

 

Book Review | The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy
Format: Paperback

NOT everyone HAS TO BE THE chosen ONE

What if you’re not an indie kid, fighting zombies or whatever this new thing is with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate before someone blows up the high school. Again.

Sometimes you just have to discover how even an ordinary life can be extraordinary.

I think this is an appropriate time to do a book review on The Rest of Us Just Live Here!

The main highlight of this novel is the fact that it looks at the lives of people who are not the chosen ones – it is brilliant to see how different people have different experiences all at the same time. While the chosen ones were out saving the world from The Immortals, the rest of the world is clueless about what’s happening (apart from teenagers).

Overall, I think it’s a brilliant book in the sense that it shows us the other side of the story – how not everyone gets to live the life of a chosen one. How everything may be going wrong for the ‘main protagonists’ in this case the indie kids – the rest of the world just keeps on going like it normally does. But this story also higlights the different experiences of different groups of people – it shows you teenage problems that are relatable, about your identity as an individual, sexuality and even mental health issues and how it can affect you relationship with those around you.

I also liked how the book also included in every chapter what was going on with the chosen ones, and how their decisions affect the wider society and not just themselves.

There are a lot of things that I really liked about this novel, and I couldn’t recommend it enough! 


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