Announcements and Giveaways

Hello lovely readers,

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for quite some time now – but I just didn’t know how to write it and share this new chapter in my life. But, after months of planning, I have finally cracked and decided to tell you guys about a “project” I have been working on behind the scenes.

As some of you may (or may not) know, I love making art – for me art has always been something that I enjoyed, even before books. And for this project,  I have decided to combine both of these things that I love so much into something that I want to share with you guys.

Therefore, I would like to announce the opening of my Etsy shop…

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To celebrate the opening of my shop I am offering a 20% discount on all purchases with the coupon code BOOKMARKT20

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Book Review | A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


A Little Life | Get The Book Here (Amazon) | Goodreads

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel painter pursuing fame in the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented lawyer yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by a degree of trauma that he fears he will not only be unable to overcome – but that will define his life forever.

  • Pages: 720
  • Published: August 2015
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

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Tips: How to Get out of a Reading Slump

Hello my lovelies,

I have ran out of ideas as to what I can blog about – and I haven’t read many books, as far as the year is going.

Although, I may have something that I can talk to you guys about and maybe an idea/advice I could give you when it comes to tackling a reading slump – even though you have an impressive TBR list.

We all have had those times when we can’t just seem to focus on just reading our books – sometimes we feel even more pressured when just thinking about the long list of books you have yet to read.

Therefore, in today’s blog I will be (hopefully) helping you with your reading slumps! Continue reading

Currenlty Reading: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Hello my lovelies,

I feel good with myself as I have been posting so much for the past week, and that hasn’t happened before I don’t think.

It has become a habit of mine now to write at least one post everyday or every other day so that I could interact more with people – I have been looking at all the different book blogs out there – and I must say I am a little bit envious of the beautiful and amazing bookblogs out there. Of course there is no malicious intent in this – more like a benign envy – like “Oh, how I wish I have a blog like this. I will work hard to make mine as good as this blog – or I can just enjoy the way things are and be content with it” kind of envy.

Today, I would like to talk to you about my recent book purchase and am currently reading, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. A Little Life

Waterstones had a Half Price Sale on some of the books that they have, and A Little Life was one of them – I wasn’t going to buy any books, I just went there to get myself some bookmarks, because I kept of losing the bookmarks that I use… thinking that with me buying a bookmark I won’t have to worry about losing it because I would be too careful as to where I’ll be leaving the bookmark.

But, in the end I bought this book and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

 I have heard so many good things about this book, and all of the things I hear about it is always positive. I’ve only just started reading it and I’ve only managed to read the first chapter – but already I can tell that this book is going to break me and I will be reduced to tears and my heart into tiny litte smithereens and there is no one stopping me from reading this book.

It is a humongous book and no doubt it may take me a while to read it. Granted that it has nearly 800 pages – But I am determined to finish reading it within this week, and hope that when I am reading it in public I will not cry, although I think I was at the verge of letting out a pained sound while reading the book earlier on the bus, but I managed to keep my discomfort to myself – but I did have to stop reading for a couple minutes though.

I already adore the writing style, and it is easy to read and it flows so well. Therefore, I am hoping that with this type of writing style I will be able to whisk through the book and be absorbed in the lives of Willem, Jude, Malcolm and JB in no time at all.

Now I want to ask you guys whether you have read this book – and if so, how did you find it? Was it good? Bad? I want to hear from you.
If you have not read it however, are you planning to?

Well, that is all I have to say for now!

See you guys on the next post,

Nielle xx

Favourite Childhood Book/Character

When I was a child, I wasn’t very fond of reading. I wasn’t too keen on staring at words then – I was too much in-love with my cartoons and Disney Channel shows (I mean who wasn’t).

But there was one book in my childhood that I really loved – and that was Winnie-the-Pooh, this is of course the actual book and not the Disney version – unlike the Peter Pan book that I had, I consider Winnie-the-Pooh to be my favourite childhood book.

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I haven’t thought about it in such a long while – until I joined a giveaway on Instagram which asked “your favourite childhood book/toy/character”, and instantly the first thing that popped to my mind was Tigger – of course he isn’t the “silly old bear” , but I did truly love Tigger’s character, he was the opposite of who I was – someone who is very energetic and very out there and social.

Whereas, I am who I am now – quiet and introverted.

But nonetheless, I really did love the book – it was my favourite. Although, I think my mum would disagree, and say that y favourite books were their university textbooks – especially the ones about how babies develop in the womb (my parents studied Nursing at University). I was such a peculiar child – much too curious for my own good.

So why is it my favourite book?

I think it’s just the adventures Pooh went to, and all of these characters who are all so different from each other but got along very well. I liked looking at the illustrations and attempting to copy them – then there is also the fact that I also used to watch the Disney version of the books and quite enjoyed how Pooh talked – and how much Tigger bounced about everywhere – and Piglet’s shyness and loyalty.

Well, that’s all I am going to be writing for now.

What about you? What was you favourite book as a child, or your favourite toy or character?

It’s great to be able to post again,

Hope you all have a very nice weekend!

 

Rambling about my Bookworm Problems

As you all may know already, I am a massive fan of books and that almost every post that I write is about books. Yes, well – this post is not so different from the other posts that I have created in the past 4 months that I have been blogging. Yes, it is going to be about books.

But! Not only about books, but about a self-proclaimed bookworm and her problems of being her self-made title.

The thing is, being someone who loves books the way I love books, you can’t control the urge to keep on buying books – even though you probably have a ridiculous amount of books in your TBR list that haven’t been touched since the day you bought them eons ago!

Therefore, in this post I will be writing about my experiences as a bookworm – or a book addict or a bibliophile – call e whatever you want, and the problems that comes with it all.

No. 1 You buy too many books

This is my number one problem. As I said, being a bookworm is great because you get to read all of the books there is in the world and you can enjoy quality entertainment without the adverts and commercials that are always popping up when watching a TV show, and being able to ignite your imagination with the words right in front of you (sometimes I doubt I make any sense when writing things down, and I am too lazy to correct myself or explain myself).

But the thing is, there is the problem of wanting to buy every single book there is in the existence of human records! I certainly have this problem because not only three-weeks ago I banned myself from buying anymore books because of the fact that I seem to be buying a new one every week even though I haven’t even started with the book that I bought like three months ago because of the amount that I have in a pile.

With buying so many books at a short amount of time, you are bound to run out of space – and this is what infuriates my parents as I basically have books everywhere in the house, and well they make a cluttered mess and are (apparently) unsightly if they’re just in a pile in one corner of the living room.

No. 2 There is no space to place every book

As I mentioned above, I have too many books and too little space to put them in. So I have like one side of my bed room filled with books, piles of them and there is nothing I can do about it, since I have such a tiny bedroom, and I am not allowed to place nay of my books in any of the shelves in the living room because they too are filled with my family’s books, DVDs and games. As well as the fact that there is a massive keyboard in the middle of the room, and it’s not like the flat is big.

No. 3 There is just too many books to choose from

Being a bookworm means there are so many books you can choose from, especially if you’re like me who isn’t fussed about the genre as long as it is a great book to read – then you have a problem in your hands, because there is just so much choice, so much books to buy and to read – but so little money and so little space and so little time to read all of them.

You may say that – there is the library or you could buy the e-book version – but I like having my own paper/hardback copy of the book – my very own. I don’t want to have to give it back after two weeks, I want to keep it in my shelves or piles of books so I can admire it and then re-read again and again and again, without the hassle of having to go to the library only to find that it is actually on loan so I have to wait for weeks on end before I can finally read it again. And I believe that I’ve already established that I am not a very big fan of e-books.

Now the following two on the list isn’t really a problem – but I think that it is a problem, because I find it as a problem and I dislike it and I am going to go an a rant about these two on the list.

No. 4 Movie adaptations of books you’ve read

Now, this is something that infuriates me every time a book is adapted into a movie and the adaptation is just so overly wrong and just no!

If you’re going to create a movie adaptation of a book, then stick to what happens to the book and don’t add new things that doesn’t add anything to the story line or remove the important bits that is vital to the story!

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No. 5 Lending books – either you get it back in horrible condition or say goodbye to that book forever

I dislike lending my books to anyone! I mean it.

I will recommend people books, and if they ask whether they can borrow it I always, always refuse – and I will tell them that “I’m recommending it, but I recommend you buy your own copy”

Traumatized I was when a girl from my class when I was like in year 7 borrowed a book from me and I’ve never seen that book ever again – I think it was my copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and I cried and I never talked to that girl ever again and I seriously am still angry that I never got that book back – because it was my favourite book!

Then there’s also the fact that you lend someone a book that is in pristine condition, by this I mean like no stains of the spine is still looking like you just bought it from the book store – yes well, other people seem to forget that that isn’t their book and decide to bend the spine as far as they could, or read the book that you lent them in the bath and then – oopsie-daisy it fell in the bath and now it’s water-damaged and you’re seething in anger and you just want to asdfghjkl

 

 

How I would spend $1 Billion Dollars

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “You’re a Winner!.”

If I ever actually won $1 Billion dollars, I know it may sound boring or stupid since I have all that money but, I would go to university and pay for all of my tuition, That wouldn’t even put a dent into the money that I would have. So, why not spend the money on my education. Then, I will also help my little brother with his education.

Then I would buy more books because books are everything to me. To some people, they may be boring and not that great, but to me they serve as an adventure to a world that only ever exists in books. They inspire me, they give me knowledge, an insight to different aspects of living. Stories teach us morals and lessons – although I think some are just rubbish and I wouldn’t even pay any mind to them.

I would then build a house for my parents, because they deserve it, as well as giving them at least $5 million. I would also probably install a library in there, with bookshelves that reach the ceiling and that’s where my books will be.

Then I would invest some of the money, maybe build a shelter for the homeless or a studio for artists and musicians, buy apartments which I could then rent out to people. I would donate some of my money to charities like Cancer Research UK and Book Trust, also charities to help the less fortunate in other countries like Africa.

I wouldn’t really waste my money on stuff that I don’t particularly need. One thing that I wouldn’t do would probably buy all the latest gadget there is… I mean, sure it would be cool to own the lastest stuff, but what would I need it for, if my phone and my laptop are still working and they still get the job done, then I will stick with them until they’re on their last legs, then would I only buy new gadgets.

If I still have any money left after all of this, I would put the money in a saving account – just in case, I would need it in the future. I think, even with all that money, I would still be frugal about it… only spending what is necessary and never really going on full out in a shopping spree. So yeah, I will spend my money on the things that matter most to me, I won’t be that person who, since they have money, would spend it aimlessly and not looking far enough to the future to consider the way they’re spending it.

I wouldn’t quite a job just because I have this amount of money, I would still work hard and keep my job. Just because by chance that I won the local lottery and have this money I would quit my job. I mean, wouldn’t it be a waste just quitting a job that you worked so hard on to get. It’s a silly notion how people say “I have this money so I’ll quit my job!” That money that you’ve won, I don’t think it can sustain you for the rest of your life unless you’ve made a plan on how you will be spending it.

So there you go, that is how I will be spending $1 billion dollars.

_ _ _ _nielle xx