“I bet if you look at the average teenager and the average adult, the average teenager has read more books in the last year than the average adult. Now of course the adult would be all like, ‘I’m busy, I got a job, I got stuff to do.’ WHATEVER! READ! I mean, you’re watching CSI: Miami. Why would you be watching CSI: Miami, when you could be READING CSI: Miami, the novelization?”
― John Green
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I came across this quote a few weeks ago and just loved it, it made me Continue reading
I was chatting to a friend last night about my current obsessions – New Girl (it was love at first sight when Jess made a LOTR reference in the first episode) and Game of Thrones. We were discussing how awesome they are because no matter how many episodes we watch we are always desperate for the next one, especially Game of Thrones it’s been so intense this season! Of course, this left to me pondering about buying the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire books again. I have wanted to read them since the series began and I am a big fantasy fan so they have been difficult to resist. I mentioned this to my friend and the result was some texting with heavy use of Caps Lock, you have been warned.
Me: I REALLLY want the Game of Thrones books.
Friend: NO YOU DON’T, YOU HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS ALREADY.
Me: BUT I WANTS THEM. I WANT THEM SO BAD.
Friend: BE STRONG.
Once upon a time a young girl was sitting in the afternoon rays of the sun, occupying her little unassuming corner of the world. As she sat there avoiding her revision for an upcoming exam, she wondered why the world couldn’t simply run on love and books instead of statistics. It would be much more fun.
Then out of the corner of her eye a new blog comments popped into her inbox, they told her she had won two awards for doing what she loved. This made her little heart soar with joy, maybe the world did run on love and books after all.
She would like to thank Bound4Escape and Strung Out on Books for the nominations that brightened up her cloudy day.
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~ Ruley rule rules (because we live in a structured society people). :
Overall Impression: A leisurely walk through history with some strikingly memorable characters.
This is another book I never really planned to read because it seemed impossible that it could live up to the insane hype around it. Its chick-lit-esk cover also confused me somewhat, why was a book dealing with important issues masquerading around in such a way? It seemed like an odd mix. Although I felt this way, I thought it would appeal to a member of my family so I suggested it as a Christmas gift for her. She read it, enjoyed it and then passed it on to me due to my reputation as a woman who adopts all unwanted books to look after, lol!
With the positive comments from all of you echoing in my ear I with much trepidation opened the first page to discover a tale of courage and hardship in the deep south.
I also just realised that I can use this as my last book for the 2012 Eclectic Reader Challenge. Huzzar, it is complete – some 5 months late but COMPLETE. WOO!
Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…
There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell…
The Help switches between three main perspectives for its duration Aibileen, Minny and Miss Skeeter. Aibileen is a black maid who specializes in taking care of children, her current commitment is Mae Mobley, a child desperate for her mothers approval receiving only agitated looks and scolding in return. Continue reading
Overall Impression: Packed with heart and soul; an impressive portrayal of mental illness while remaining light and completely hilarious.
I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen this book to read myself, I thought the film looked fantastic but I was quite happy to just wait and watch it. However, my bud over at Escaping Reality with Books kindly bought the book for me as a belated birthday gift, and I’m so glad she did! This was such a fun and fascinating novel keeping me glued to the pages even during my sleep deprivation from the 24 Hour Readathon. Because of this, it could be argued my reactions to this book are not what they would normally be. I don’t make a habit of reading novels all at once, and I’m not sure if this impacted my thoughts for better or worse, but all things considered I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki.
Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out…
I’m not quite sure how to describe this book, but it begins with Pat’s release from ‘the bad place’ as he likes to call it and there is only one thing on his mind, reconciling with his wife Nikki. Pat believes in true love and silver linings. He insists his entire life is like a movie, the beginning up-part was when he met Nikki and he is currently experiencing the low section when he has lost her, but is quite ready for the swelling ending with smiles and rainbows thank you very much. Continue reading
‘To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, day and night to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.’
– E. E. Cummings.
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This is another one of my all time favourite quotes on a subject that is very close to my heart. In this world, if you don’t fit into the stereotypical mold you are going to come across people that will look down on you for it Continue reading
Well it’s 1pm here in grey old England and it’s time to kick off the readathon with the Introductory Questionaire!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? England, woop woop!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan, it has been a to-read for ages and is by one of my favourite authors!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I haven’t in all honestly planned out snacks, when I start reading I get so engrossed that I forget about food, lol. So I will just see what takes my fancy.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a University student studying Psychology, which is great but clashes with the creative side of my brain that loves fiction and fantasy!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Watching my own slow descent into insanity from lack of sleep.
Current Time: 1.12pm
Pages Read – 0
Books Finished – 0
Breaks – 0
Mini-Challenges – 1, Introductory Questionnaire.
Currently Reading – The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan