Wonder | The Best Character Development I Have Seen In Middle Grade | Book Review

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Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Number Of Pages: 410

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis

You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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My Review

This book has been on my TBR for such a long time. A few days ago I was talking to a friend about how much I wanted to read it and she offered to give me her copy! Within the space of 24 hours I read this book from cover to cover. I must admit there were tears… but only of happiness! I didn’t look into the context much before reading. All I was aware of was that the main character was called August and he had a facial deformity. Throughout the book I did discover the different perspectives which was really interesting. It’s really odd how one-sided a book can get without having the perspective of the ‘so-called’ bad guy.

The overall book was a pleasure to read. The growth of the characters from the start to the finish was really beautiful. Though the book’s main focus was on character development, the plot was also interesting! It’s really hard to express my love for this book without giving spoilers. You really need to read it and then we can chat about it in the comments! The morals of this story are really important: even you don’t think that you need a reminder.

Have you read Wonder? What books have been on your TBR for a long time?

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Book Review: Rooftoppers By Katherine Rundell

Before we begin, I would like to thank the person that recommended this to me. Hopefully you are still looking at my blog every now and then. I miss you so much!

With that aside, on to the book review. I love doing my bookish rambles! I find them very comforting to write, and I love when you come back to me with your opinions on the book! Today I would like to review ‘Rooftoppers’. I read this book in about three days. It certainly hooked me!

“I do, I’m afraid, understand books far more readily than I understand people. Books are easy to get along with” – Charles, Rooftoppers

In the third page, I found this quote. It is very relatable for a bookworm and introvert like me!

The overall book is an easy read, with some really beautiful ideas implemented into it. I especially love the character of Sophie, she seems very strong and capable. It reminds me a lot of Hetty Feather, if you have ever read that series. What I really love about her is the way she ignores social normalities. With it being set back a while, there is no equality in gender and women are still perceived as housewives: incapable of persuing a career.

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Fish Tram Chips | Travel Diary & Review

Yes, another one! I did tell you in my previous post that we had many cafe pittstops. I couldn’t possibly go to the seaside without getting fish and chips. We can find them in land and across the country but there’s nothing better than when you are next to the sea!

This particular cafe is called Fish Tram Chips because it is next to the tram which takes you up to the Great Orme (I will talk about the Orme in a later blog post).

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I hope it doesn’t come as a surprise to you that I ordered fish and chips! There was a beefy menu but I wanted to go for the original.

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Café & Culture | Travel Diary & Review

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If you have been keeping up with my Instagram then you will be aware of my visit to Llandudno, Wales from the 15th-16th April 2019. I must admit, I have been very productive and have scheduled up until the middle of May (though it is only the 18th April). Sorry for the lateness of this post but I hope you enjoy it, all the same.

When we arrived in Llandudno this was the first place we went to. We had quite a few pitstops at cafés! It was very cosy and had a retro vibe which, of course, pleased me very much.

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I didn’t take the best photos due to my fear of being noticed, and weirdly stared at.

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Why You Should Start a Blog (2 Year Bloggiversary!)

Today I have a bonus post, to celebrate exactly 2 years of blogging. I would like to share with you my motivations that got me started on this blogging journey, and why you should start yours (if you haven’t already!).

April 23rd, 2017

Hello World!

I started my blog a few months after reading the Girl Online series and only a second after watching Zoella’s YouTube channel. I have always loved Zoe Sugg (or at least what she puts on the internet) and her blog inspired me to create my own! At the start of April 2017, I was reading blogs and getting ideas of what mine could be about. In the beginning it was all a mess of ‘wannabe lifestyle’ and weird extracts of unfinished novels. 2017 was the year of experiments and I luckily got the chance to collaborate with a range of bloggers, including Lorelei Joy’s magazine.

Why You Should Start A Blog

  1. To showcase your talent! Any hobby can be channelled through blogging. Whether that be DIY, gymnastics or YouTube. You will find that a blog can boost your internet career. 
  2. It’s free! Your blog can be free unless you want to start a business. However, if you start blogging with WordPress, a business account can be quite inexpensive (compared to self-hosted blogs).
  3. It’s better to be blogging than mindlessly scrolling. When I write a blog post, I feel productive! 
  4. Find internet friends. I have an internet friend, and, though our friendship didn’t start through blogging, it helped us find each other on Instagram and Snapchat. Now we can communicate daily, and fast, rather than through email!
  5. It pushes your mental strengths to the limits. It takes a lot to schedule and write posts for your audience every day, week or month. 2018 was a bit hit or miss with content. I’d have a block of motivation, then a block of demotivation. This is why scheduling helps a lot! You can spread out your ‘motivated’ content so that when it comes to that time when you don’t feel motivated, you are still putting out content for your viewers.

Things To Consider

Blogging isn’t just writing a post and publishing it:

1. Expect a couple of sleepless nights when you are full of motivation and need to write it down.

2. Also, be aware that people are going to find out. People that you know, people from school are going to find out about your blog. You may think: cool, I’ll get more readers, but that isn’t how it works. People are going to judge you, make mean comments and you have got to be prepared for it! Usually they do this because they are jealous. Don’t let it drag you down.

3. It takes a lot of time to perfect you web-design, write posts, schedule into the future and respond to other blogs. Be ready to give up your free time to work at your blog. In a future post maybe I’ll speak about my blogging routine, but make sure you create some time every day (or a block of time once a week) for you blog. Otherwise you will not grow, and that would be a shame 😊

4. You will not be certain of your audience straight away. Mess around with genres of writing and themes of posts. Soon you will find something you enjoy blogging about. Grow your audience from what you like writing, rather than writing what your audience wants! (it sounds quite controversial, but I hope you understand what I mean).

5. Don’t feel forced to break an anonymity barrier or to show your face. I like being anonymous. You know my name but I think I’ll leave it there! 😂 (my inner introvert is speaking)

Thanks for reading! This post may not be enough to get you to start blogging, but hopefully it will inspire you.

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