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!!!!!!

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

Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2016

Hello lovely readers,

I feel like I may have redeemed myself this month in terms of last month’s reading slump – I actually manage to read more than 2 books this month! In this post, I want to catch you guys up with what is happening with my life outside of my books, while also talking about the books that I have read this month (as well as the books that I have bought this month!)

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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 Haul | June 2016

Hello my lovely readers,

First week of July is already over and we have entered its second week… how crazy is that?! I still think that we are in March or April, but we are already more than halfway through the year, and time is flying by so fast!

Well, today I taught it would be the best time to do a post of my June book haul – because I bought a ridiculous amount of books in my opinion, I spent money that I did not have and I just did not care at all.

I haven’t uploaded much content either – and I have been on a reading slump – I mean I am almost half-way through a book and I just stopped reading it. Last month has been terrible in terms of the number of books I have read. So, I tried boosting my morale by buying books – but it didn’t really help. It just caused me to want to hit my head on the wall because now my TBR pile has increased again! ASDFGHJKL

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Oh well. I just hope that I will be able to get through every single book by the end of this year, and actually do a book review of every single one of them. Especially as I have finished with school and I am finally free from all of my school work… which is a lie, because I have a 3 week course that I applied to (which I kind of regret doing, but not at the same time as it is work experience) and… I am rambling. Moving on!

Let’s get on with the books I have bought this month, but most likely will not be reading until much, much later on in the year! I bought a mix of books from Children’s to YA, as well as some General Fiction and a book of philosophy. Continue reading

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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Book Review | Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

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Title: Fire Colour One
Author: Jenny Valentine
Published by: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Format: Paperback

Iris’ father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn’t even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world.

Everything she thought she knew is up in flames.
Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest’s priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas.

There are things he wants Iris t know after he’s gone. And the truth has more than one way of coming to light…

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