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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Currently Reading | Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Hello lovely readers,

It’s a rare occasion where I actually have had the time to read and even write a blog post – I hope that soon I will be able to do this a little bit more regularly in the following weeks. For now, it will be sporadic.

Anyhow, I have finally come out of my reading slump that has lasted me a third of the year – I just now realised I have been telling people that I have had a reading slump for a six months which is completely inaccurate, and the book the I am reading is Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavrial Savit.

Synopsis:

November the sixth, 1939 – Anna’s seventh year – and all Anna knew that morning was her father had to go away for a few hours. 

He left her in the care of Herr Doktor Fuchsmann shortly after eleven o’clock, and then he did not come back again. 

When the Germans take her father, Anna is suddenly alone.

Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, and like Anna’s missing father, he has a gift for languages.

With a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs, Krakow no longer feels like home. And so Anna and the Swallow Man travel together, dodging bombs, taming soldiers and even, in spite of their better judgement, making a friend.

But in a world gone mad
everything can prove dangerous…

I have been loving this book so far, albeit I have become a slow reader as of late, I have managed to read half of the book in three hours. In that span of time, the book has managed to pull at every single one of my heartstrings, and I have cried twice for Anna.

As you have read from the synopsis, this story is set during the Second World War and you can just imagine what this little girl must be going through. Although the novel is written in third person, you still see things through a child’s eye.

I find Gavriel Savit’s writing enticing and very engaging, and the truth behind his words just pulls you in to this world he has created.

This book has been on my wish list since last year, and when they released the paperback version I didn’t even hesitate to buy it. Of course, it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for quite sometime collecting dust, but I am so glad that I finally took the time to read this book!

What are you guys currently reading?

 

Friday Reads |Under Rose-Tainted Skies + Zenn Diagram + The Symposium

Hello lovely readers,

Things are going to change around here. From now on, this blog is going to be updated twice (possibly thrice) a week! I have neglected this blog for a lot of the time last year, and for this year – I have decided that, that will not happen again.

Literally the morning of the New Year, I whipped out my notebooks and planners and started planning blog posts. Organized my review pile, and reading pile. I have everything all planned out! For the first month, at least.

Upon scrounging around the book blogging universe, I have seen a number of bloggers doing the Friday Reads post. So, I have decided to join the band-wagon.

This week, I have been reading three books:

The Symposium.jpgThe Symposium by Plato

This looks like a pretentious read for a pretentious teenager… but I have been intrigued by Plato’s work for a couple of years now since I started studying Philosophy and Ethics as an A-Level. So, I thought I would read up on some of his works. And, I just happened to come across The Symposium when I was browsing around my local Waterstones, so I bought it.

I haven’t gotten farther than a couple pages of this book yet, and I think it’s going to be a slow read for me even though it is a really small book. I won’t be making a book review for this one. This is simply for research purposes!

under-rose-tainted-skiesUnder Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I started reading this book a last week. However, I took a break from it and just set it aside for a couple of days.

All I can say is that, it is quite a funny novel – and I couldn’t stop from giggling at Norah’s antics.

I look forward to finishing this novel!

 

Zenn Diagram.jpgZenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

I think I have finally found my OTP! Like… Wow!

I started reading this at 2 am on the 2nd of January, and finished it just before the clock struck 12 midnight the 3rd of January.

I was so focused reading the story and looking forward to what was happening that I almost didn’t sleep that night! You know when you just want to finish the story, to figure out what is going to happen – to get a real sense of what’s the story is about.? I was in that sort of mood

cover100467-mediumThe One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks is my first read of the year. And, let me tell you how amazing this novel is!

Emily Barr is clearly an amazing author, who has unique and wonderful ideas that she would like to share to the world of bookworms!

A book I highly recommend!

 

 

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

 

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 !

Blog Challenge | Currently Reading

Day #3

It’s the third day, and I think I am doing quite well that I am on time doing all of these posts in a timely manner… a laughable matter, because most of the time it takes me like a whole day to figure out what to write about!

I am currently reading:

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I have heard many great things about this book from the bookstagram community, and I have been curious as to what the novel is about – 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Passage n. 

i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.

ii. A journey by water; a voyage.

iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now. Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods – a powerful family in the colonies – and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them – whether she wants to or not. Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilious journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

This book has such an interesting concept, time travel is always a great story prompt and I am hoping that this book will utilise it well. I have only started reading Passenger and it’sgoing slow for me at the moment, but I do hope that I will get into the story once I am further into the book.

If you have read this book, why don’t you leave a comment below on what you thought about the book!

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson (with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt)

“Have you noticed how it’s easier to talk about some medical problems than others?”

Perhaps the hardest of all to talk about are mental illnesses – but we’ve all got a mind, so we’ve all got mental health. Can any of us say we haven’t been stressed, sad, anxious, angry, tired and emotional?

In this clear and supportive guide to young people’s mental health, Juno Dawson, author of This Book is Gay, and clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt discuss a range of issues – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them.

With witty illustrations from Gemma Correll, Juno and Dr Olivia cover topics from anxiety and depressions to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, with dozens of life stories from people just like you, who are living with mental illness.

I’m the type of person who like reading anything that is related to science, and I have always been interested in how the brain works. So, the first thought that I had when I saw the book on the WHSmith bookshelf, was “I need to get this book” and I did.

It is quite informative, and I wouldn’t really call it a self-help book – it is simply a book giving you information and advice on mental health issues. So far, I am enjoying reading the book because it’s giving me an insight to people’s experiences, and the many places you can get help from etc.


I think that is all I have for now, I shall see you guys in tomorrow’s post!

Nielle xxx


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Currently Reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Hello, People of the Internet!

It has been three days since my last post, and that was on New Years Day! How has everyone been?

I can tell you for sure that my year was off to a good start, when I received the news that I am going to be a permanent part-time worker at the retail store that I worked at over the Christmas holiday! Then, I made new friends and have been more sociable than I was before – so I hope that this carries on!

I am here today to talk to you about what I am currently reading – and write a mini review as well while I am on it.

At the moment, I started reading Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – I have been meaning to read this book for so long, and I am so happy that my mother got it for me for Christmas!

 

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

I was intrigued by the book when I first walked in to Waterstones with the aim to look for a book in a genre I wasn’t as familiar with – unlike YA fiction, dystopian and romance – horror (or generally creepy genres) isn’t something that I am too keen on because of my overly imaginative mind.

But, when I held the book in my hands and read the synopsis and flicked through the pages – I knew then and there that I wanted to read it. That it was time for me to stop avoiding certain book genres and read a more diverse range of books.

So, here I am now writing about my current read.

As of this moment, I am enjoying the story and the pictures – I guess it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words.

I can also say that reading the book at night isn’t such a good idea for me – especially since I have quite an active imagination – and can easily imagine someone (or something) is in the room with me even though I am all alone.

In a few days’ time, I will be posting a review of the book – so look out for that if you want to know my overall opinion of the book after reading it!

Bye!