The Apocalypse

Hello my lovely readers,

It has been a while, as for how things go around here.
For today’s post, I thought we could talk about the Apocalypse. Basically, I wanted to see what your answers would be if asked the question:

In the event of an apocalypse, you can only read one book or one author, what or who will it be?

I am going to answer this question too, of course.

If I was only allowed to read one book in case of an apocalypse, I would probably choose the Bible. Not for religious purposes. It’s more towards the fact that it’s basically a massive collection of stories, it can be interpreted as fiction or non-fiction. It all depends on how you see it, as a reader.

It would also be great to actually read the Bible in context. I mean we always see passages out of their context, it’d be great to actually see where they are coming from. But, yes. I would choose the Bible.

I bet, you thought I was gonna choose Harry Potter. As much as I love Harry Potter… exactly how am I supposed to choose which book to read?!

As for the author. It’s a little bit harder than choosing a single book. I want to pick an author who I am familiar with, but also know that their works aren’t repetitive, nor do they stay in the same genre. Basically, I am looking for an author who is quite diverse in the way they write.

At present, I don’t really have anyone in mind. I could pick JK Rowling, especially with her numerous works in the HP universe, as well as the novels she made under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Which shows how she can attract audiences from different niches. However, I haven’t really read any of her other novels – so I can’t say that I am going to be picking her.

By this point, Patrick Ness keeps popping up in my head. For no absolute reason, apart from the fact that I do adore his writing style. Especially the way he writes his characters and his story lines. So I guess, that’s the author.

I have been wanting to write this post for a while now, and it has been sitting in my draft box for months. So today, it is the day that I finally publish this article!!!

Leave a comment down below of what your answer to the question above – because I am a curious person!!!!!!

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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?

 

Book Review | We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan couldn’t have been published in a better time than now. This book touches on so many social issues that is very much relevant and parallel to what is happening in our society today, and I cannot express how much this book captures the reality that is our society today – no matter how we say it isn’t. From domestic abuse to racism – this book covers it all. Continue reading

Book Review | Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – spoilers

Wayfarer

Texas, 1905

Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveller until the day she found herself not just miles, but years from home. Now, Etta is stranded in time and separated from the boy she loves. At the mercy of a family she once thought her enemy, Etta learns of a new Ironwood plot, more dangerous than she could have imagined: to destroy the future she longs to return to.

The Bahamas, 1776

Devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas enlists the help of Sophia Ironwood. But after a deadly mistake derails their search, an ancient power emerges, more frightening than the Ironwood’s plot – a power that threatens to eradicate time altogether.

Into the Unknown

From New York City to San Francisco, Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, Etta and Nicholas must desperately fight to read each other…

Disclaimer// I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher, Quercus for providing me an e-Book review copy of Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, in exchange of an honest review.

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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?

Author Interview | Wendy Brant

Hello my lovely readers!

Today, I am doing something I have never done before in this site… and that is an AUTHOR INTERVIEW! I am lucky enough to be able to interview Wendy Brant the wonderful author of one of the best debut novels this year, Zenn Diagram!! Continue reading