The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag and there’s no time like the present! I wasn’t tagged to do this but the questions were fun so I decided to do it. I found this tag on The Bibliophile Girl’s blog, you can check it out here!

Do You Get Sick While Reading In The Car?

I have never read in the car so I don’t know… A magazine or something I can cope with but I think a novel would be too hard to endure.

Which Author’s Writing Style Is Completely Unique To You And Why?

Jaqueline Wilson, the British children’s author, really stands out to me. Her writing combines description and plot so well that I never notice it! I’ve not read one of her books, fully, for years. Yet now I look back I can see why I enjoyed her.

Harry Potter or Twilight? Give 3 Reasons Why.

Harry Potter has better writing, no love triangles (for the most part) and cute animals. I have problems with both series but I think Twilight is awful compared to Harry Potter. But somehow the cheesy, trashy romance is a fun book to reread?

Do You Carry A Book Bag? If So, What’s In It (Besides Books)?

No, but if I have a bag with me it will have a book in it.

Do You Smell Your Books?

Of course! The second-hand books are always best.

Books With or Without Illustrations?

Without please – I don’t like my imagination being restricted!

What Book Did You Love While Reading, But Discovered Later It Wasn’t Quality Writing?

Twilight and Shatter Me…

Do You Have Any Funny Stories Involving Books From Your Childhood?

I wrote fan-fiction for Hetty Feather all the damn time but made myself a character in the plot… When the author continued the series I was disappointed to not be the protagonist 😂

What Is The Thinnest Book On Your Shelf?

iCount – Your Step By Step Guide To Climate Bliss (only 80 pages!)

What Is the Thickest Book On Your Shelf?

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (863 pages!)

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Do You Write As Well As Read? Do You See Yourself Being An Author In the Future?

My friend and I are working on a children’s book at the moment! I’m doing most of it, but having someone to contribute ideas is always helpful.

What Is Your Favourite Classic Book?

Wuthering Heights or Great Expectations! I can’t get into classic novels, but these two were really enjoyable.

When Did You Get Into Reading?

I’ve always loved it, but I became labelled a bookworm about two years ago! Before then I was only reading 30-50 books a year.

What Was Your Best Subject In School?

I’m at an even level in every subject really, but English is the most intriguing and French is by far the easiest!

If You Were Given A Book As A Present That You Read Before And Hated, What Would You Do?

Accept it, then donate it to charity shop. If they cared enough to ask me my thoughts on it then of course I would be honest!

What Is A Lesser Known Series That You Know Of That Is Similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver is very similar to The Hunger Games, except there aren’t any Hunger Games!

Is Harry Potter comparable to anything? I don’t think I know of a series similar to it, but there are definitely stand-alones.

What Is A Bad Habit You Always Do (Besides Rambling) While Filming?

As many times as I have attempted YouTube, sadly I haven’t pulled through.

What Is Your Favorite Word?

Give me a word and it will become my favourite!

Are You A Nerd, Dork, or Dweeb?

I did have to search these terms up, so perhaps I’m a dummy 😆 I don’t think I am any of them, but dork fits me from the definition!

Vampires of Fairies? Why?

Vampires all the way! I have never enjoyed fantasy so my understanding of fairies isn’t great, that’s why I prefer vampires. And I don’t mean soft, Twilight vampires – more like brutal Dracula vampires!

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Probably shape-shifters, but I’ve not read many books on them.

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits can take all sorts of forms in a novel, and as the category is broader I much prefer them to werewolves!

Zombies or Vampires? Why?

I think vampires win on this one, purely because I have not read a single book about zombies!

Love Triangles or Forbidden Love?

Love triangles can be fun if they are written well (but in most cases they aren’t) and forbidden love can also be interesting. These two themes work especially well in dystopian fiction!

Full on Romance Books Or Action-Packed With A Few Love Scenes?

A good mix is healthy. Too much romance and your heart goes mushy, too much action and daily life becomes boring!

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The Weight Of Water | Poetry, Power & Perfection | Book Review

Sarah Crossan is a recently discovered author for me and every book I’ve read of her’s so far has been really enjoyable! The Weight Of Water was short and powerful. It covered dilemmas that come with immigration and family splits. The main character, Kasienka, was a very complex character and I became very attached to her even though it was only 230 pages long! I enjoy how Crossan uses poetry to create a story and with the lack of detail it allows you to create images of your own and I thought that was really clever. It was full of imagery and many of the lines inspired my own six word stories.

Title: The Weight Of Water

Author: Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number Of Pages: 270

My Rating: 5/5 stars

“They are like waxwork statues: recognisable but lifeless.” – Sarah Crossan, The Weight Of Water

Synopsis

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

You can see my review on Goodreads here:The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Have you read any poetry books recently? Do you have any on your TBR?

erin x

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Orphan Monster Spy | Book Review

Okay, so we’ve encountered a five star read. It’s the first one in a while, which is what really excites me! Historical fiction has got to be my favourite genre and this book has everything in it that I love about the genre. There were elements in it that were  unique, such as including the dreams/nightmares of Sarah. They weaved into the plot slightly and gave it a lot more depth.

Synopsis

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah–blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish–finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can’t attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she’s ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined.

The style of writing wasn’t too ‘heavy’ yet it did have a good few metaphors! I wish I had written them down to how you examples but I’m not a literal critic and this is just meant to be a casual post. Sometimes I really get carried away with myself and start thinking it’s a language exam 😂

It doesn’t have much hype as it was only released in 2018, but I think it deserves more. There isn’t anything romantic or overly ‘YA’ about it other than a bit of bloody description. Similar to The Book Thief it is a book for all ages. I would press my mum to read this if she could before it was due back in the library! I don’t know if it’s for everyone, but as it isn’t spoken about much on bookstagram I don’t know many other opinions. If you have read this then I would really appreciate a chat in the comments!

Have you read any five-star reads this year? Do you like historical fiction?

erin x

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First Line Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Rules (just in case you want to try this out for yourself)

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. I’d been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clanger, and wrought fairy-tale sense of doom.

And the book is…

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt!

Synopsis

“It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

“As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.”

This book has been on my TBR ever since one of my friends was reading it. As you can see from the first lines, it really does ramble on. All the same I would love to read this book at some point! Fortunately there is a film and I may do the devil’s act of watching the film before reading the book, just so I can get a good idea of the storyline. I found my copy in a charity shop when I went out the other day! So far this year I haven’t bought any new books… I’m kind of proud.

Have you ever read The Goldfinch? Has it been on your TBR for a long time?

erin x

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Nowhere On Earth | Nick Lake | Unexpected Twists & Unlike Any YA I’ve Read Before

Though it hasn’t been long since I last published a book review, it feels like ages since I have sat down to write one. I picked up ‘Nowhere On Earth’ from the library because I really wanted to read light contemporary. We shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but my first impressions of this book was that it would be a standard YA. It did start off like that but in the middle there was an important, and unexpected announcement (or at least near the middle as I remember it) but I can’t give spoilers! I can only recommend that you should read it.

Title: Nowhere On Earth

Author: Nick Lake

Publisher: Hodder

Number Of Pages: 340

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Throughout the book I was enjoying Nick Lake’s style of writing. There was description present but it was cleverly masked by the intriguing plot. When I book has heavy description it tends to take me a very long time to read it. Whereas I flicked through the novel in a couple of days! The plot wasn’t hard to follow, and you don’t need to read this book my any means. However it is a good book to get you out of a slump, and it’s different to anything I’ve read before in the YA section!

The main message in this book is shown through the brother-sister relationship. Other than the obvious To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series, it is rare to find such prominent sibling affection in a young adult book. For those of you that do like a bit of romance, I’m sorry but this book doesn’t have it. I quite liked that element of it though! 

Synopsis

It starts with a plane crash.

There are survivors: a teenage girl and her little brother. They are running from something. But what?

Then the men arrive. They are hunting the girl and boy. And-

And that’s all we can tell you…

Overall, Nowhere On Earth is an easy read. It has interesting themes and is very unlike anything I’ve read before! 

Have you heard of this book before? What book will always get you out of a reading slump?

erin x

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