Dual Review: Rowling and Harper Lee!

Overall Impression: A slow-paced slog about village politics with a killer, heart-wrenching ending.The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy is a hard book to review, hard because while I was bored for about 80% of it, the story emotionally and politically impacted me more than anything I have read in a long time. The Casual Vacancy  tells the story of a small provincial UK village that has an ongoing class battle between the typical country village Pagford and a tacked on much despised council estate full of socially undesirable individuals. When a man on the Parish Council dies unexpectedly, his seat is up for grabs, and the book follows several characters’ fight for the seat which will decide the fate of the town. Continue reading

Guilt Free Book Haul (In Which My Relatives Feed Me Pretty Books)

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There’s a lot of things I like about Christmas – the food, spending time with family, chilling out and watching lots of movies, but I have to say one of the biggest perks of all is being able to add a few more unexpected books to my shelves. And better yet – I don’t have to feel guilty about buying books when I have so many unread ones because other people have done it for me. Double win! I always tend to have a book wish list on the go so that if any of my relatives are stuck for present ideas, they can randomly pick something off it. This way, it’s always a surprise and I never have any clue which books I’m going to get. And I have to say, this year I was ecstatic with some of their choices! So, without further ado, allow me to present you with lots of bookish pictures and nerdy goodness, mwuhuhuuuu. 🙂 Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #23

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‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.’

 – J.K. Rowling (The Harry Potter Series)

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I’m not 100% sure if this is the book or film phrasing, but it remains one of my all time favourite Harry Potter quotes.  Continue reading

DAY 18: A Book You Wish You Could Live In.

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Ok, there’s no way I’m going to be able to pick just ONE book I wish I could live in, there are far too many fantastic ones! For the most part though my choices lean heavily to the fantasy genre for obvious reasons. I mean, who wouldn’t want to escape to a place where fairies, trolls, unicorns, and magic exist? That is just too greater opportunity to pass up. 😀

The first book I would love to live in is  Continue reading

DAY 2: Favourite Side Character.

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I’ve had trouble with this question and have spent much time racking my brains. There are so many characters I love, and that includes side characters. How does anyone pick their favourites? I find it especially hard when someone or something asks you on the spot, you can’t immediately recall every book you have ever read, all its characters and the reasons you love them. No doubt, after I have written this post I will think of many I should have included and be annoyed, but for now I have settled on one that came to me first off the top of my head. 🙂

This character is from a little book series called Harry Potter, perhaps you’ve heard of it? 😛 Continue reading

The Psychology of Book Abandonment

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There is only one thing book readers like myself enjoy as much as reading…and that’s reading statistics about reading! *Looks incredibly nerdy*.
I was participating in my regular skim of the Huffington Post books section when I came across an article on ‘The Psychology of Abandonment’. As a reader and aspiring psychologist I couldn’t let that title go. I clicked and discovered a beautiful infographic created by Goodreads (click here to view it and the article) that was a culmination of statistics attempting to explain when readers decide to give up on a book.

The findings show the top five novels Goodreads users have labeled as unfinished:
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. (Not necessarily in that order.)

The first thing I noticed was that they were all incredibly well known or popular titles. It’s always interesting to see that just because something is a bestseller doesn’t mean everybody likes it! In fact, I think that is half the problem.  Continue reading