Book Review | Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (12/12 Book Club: January)

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TW: Rape.

Slut, liar, skank, bitch, whore. 

In a small town, where everyone knows everyone, Emma O’Donovan is different: she’s pretty, popular, “in”. She works hard to keep it that way. At least, she did – until that night. Now she’s an embarrassment, a slut, nothing to anyone and everyone knows it. And the pictures – the pictures – that everyone has seen means that she can never forget. 

Go into a crowded place, and look around. You’re probably in a group of strangers, not really knowing anyone. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Look around again. There are Emmas everywhere. There are Emmas who don’t know it yet; Emmas who are still denying it; Emmas who have gone through everything that can be thrown at them and still have nightmares; Emmas who are years and years older but still shy when an unfamiliar hand touches their shoulder; Emmas who are standing behind you, in front of you, next to you, and you might not even know it.  Continue reading

The Hardest Writing Task I’ve Ever Done

As I’m back at university now, I’m having a creative writing class every week and this week, I kid you not, I did the hardest writing task. Like, ever. I dare you to try it and let me know what you managed to do in the comments below!

We started out with a five minute free write. I love free writing (most recently, I wrote about it here) so this was a brilliant writing activity. We started off with the prompt:  Continue reading

Books to Netflix Adaptations (and some I want)

netflix-logoWell, that’s a thing I never thought I’d write. When people started to adapt books to films and even TV, I would imagine that no one thought “In the future, there’s going to be a solely subscription-based, internet program which is going to do awesome adaptations of really popular books”.

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Book Review | A Reading Diary by Alberto Manguel

4915288Alberto Manguel takes us on a journey through his reading. Keeping a journal to record his experiences with travel, friends, family, quotes, world events and his own thoughts, Manguel rereads one book a month, and now we are invited in to see a little of his world at this time and what happened on his reading journey. 

I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is a unique novel – there have been many books about books – but Alberto Manguel is a very unique person, and I think that is what makes this an interesting and different read, far different from what I was expecting.

He says himself in the novel that he “speaks in quotations” and that is very true in his writing, and is a reason why much of this review will consist of quotations.  Continue reading

The Bookstagramming Culture

‘Bookstagram’ is a term used to describe the bookish side of Instagram. It is, I guess, a type of community, where people post pretty and artistic photos of books. Well, it is now, at any rate. I joined the community in 2015 and I feel that it has changed a lot.

My own photography skills have gotten better over the years, although even now I find that sometimes I’m not happy with the pictures I post. But here’s the conundrum: is it about the quality of the pictures, the artistry, time, and often money put into them, or is it about the books that are shown?  Continue reading

Book Review | Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland – the infamous Queen of Hearts – she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Where I Buy My Books Part One: Online

 

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Aka my mailbox

I buy a lot of books. I buy books for me, mostly, but also for friends and family members. I buy for birthdays, Christmases, and sometimes ‘just because’. So I think I have quite a lot of book buying knowledge, and now I’m going to tell you some of my favourite places to buy books from!

 

But firstly, I’m just going to say: I am a student. I don’t have £10+ per book when I get a new one. The most expensive book I bought recently was Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and I only bought it for the Biannual Bibliothon. It cost £11 something, but I have to say that mostly I do manage to get books for £5 and under, and I tend to find quite good deals online.  Continue reading

Book Review | The History Boys by Alan Bennett

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool.

In Alan Bennett’s classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.

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Goodreads Challenges | Why Is There So Much Hate?

1482186969-1482186969_goodreads_miscIt’s 2017, and you know what that means in a book lover’s heart? GOODREADS CHALLENGE SETTING! Yay!

Very much yay for some, but not for others. I’ve seen a lot of people set their challenges at 1 book this year, because once that 1 books has been read people feel like they can relax more. Personally, I’ve generally finished a Goodreads challenge around June-August, so I’ve never experienced Goodreads challenge stress, but other people have. I think that this is a great idea for setting if it’s something that makes you feel more comfortable.  Continue reading