‘Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.’
– Markus Zusak
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I found myself enthusiastically nodding my head when I came across this quote. I always thought carrying books around after I had finished them was one of my super weird bookworm quirks, but Zusak makes it sound much more socially acceptable, LOL. Continue reading
Hello wonderful WordPress people, hope you’re having an awesome Wednesday, one thing’s for sure, it must be going better than mine!
I spent seven hours of my life today staring at a screen full of statistics transferring, sorting and analysing data. Woohoo! Isn’t student life fun? Unfortunately a lot of the work didn’t go to plan so what should have been a tough three hours turned into a seven hour grueling and unrelenting slog. Luckily it was part of a group project so at least we were all in it together. I’m pretty sure every one of us left the room with an awful headache. You know it’s bad when the lecturer’s are having trouble working out why your statistics aren’t working, it’s the equivalent to that feeling when even spell check doesn’t understand what the heck you’re on about, AND SPELL CHECK KNOWS EVERYTHING.
Anyhooows, before I ramble on for too long and send you guys to sleep, believe it or not there is a purpose to the madness in this post! Continue reading
‘Have books ‘happened’ to you? Unless your answer to that question is ‘yes’, I’m unsure how to talk to you.’
- Haruki Murakami
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Ahaha, I got a really good LOL out of this quote when I first saw it! Yes, it is a little over dramatic, of course I am able to understand and talk to people about topics other than books, but to me there’s nothing more of a conversation stopper than someone who says they hate, dislike or don’t read. Having wonderful bloggers that have tagged along for my bookish ramblings has almost made me a bit spoilt. There is such a brilliant reading community on here that completely understand my hobby bordering on obsession that sometimes I forget just how clueless most people are about the wonders of reading.
Do you have one thing you always go out and buy when you’re feeling a little down, a bit meh, or slightly avoidey? Some people like to ‘eat their feelings’, others get a kick out of retail therapy. Me? I buy books. Lots and lots of books.
Pretty much any high or low in my life is dealt with by getting my hands on a shiny new novel. Feeling sad because you didn’t get that grade you wanted? Buy a book! Need a break from real life? A book will do just the trick! Super psyched you passed that tough assignment? Well done you clever clogs you worked so hard, you know what you deserve? Yepp you guessed it, a book.
Over the last month one thing has occupied my thoughts, the imminent return to university accompanied by a pang of back to real life anxiety and the imminent doom of my social life (Hello unrelenting assignments. Why did I choose a science degree again?). So, naturally I compensated by investing in some spellbinding stories. So without further ado, let me present you with reading my feelings! Or er…buying them. Continue reading
“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.”
- Anne Lamott
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The words in a book combined with a little imagination have Continue reading
Overall Impression: A book with plenty of potential held down by teenage angst and middle book syndrome.
(To read my review of the first book in the series, Divergent, click here.)
I…..well….this book was…. *balloon deflates* …disappointing. I’ve been avoiding writing this review, it seems each time I open the tab I instantly find something better to do like staring at the wall or scrolling though social networking sites. It’s even making my essay look more appealing. After reading Divergent I was so amped up for the second installment of this series. I couldn’t get Tris’s action packed story out of my head and was excited to see what obstacles she would encounter next. With such a spectacular first novel it is hardly surprising that the second installment seemed lackluster. This does not mean that Insurgent was a bad book, but I did feel that it was muddled and rough around the edges.
Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous book Divergent, skip the blurb and first paragraph as they contains BIG spoilers about previous plots and characters from that book. The rest of the review is spoiler free. Continue reading
“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.”
- Alan Cohen
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I am feeling incredibly thankful at the moment. I have been stressed lately, obsessing over obsolete things that are unimportant in the grand scheme of things and beating myself up about them. Sometimes it is easy Continue reading