How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

GUYS THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK REVIEW.

HOW TO STOPE TIME

I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret.

He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him.

The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love. (Goodreads)

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.

Another day, another book review. Today’s review is of Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.

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Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. 

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? 

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.  (Goodreads)

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Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò.

Today’s book review is of  Stay with Me, a debut novel by Ayòbámi Adébáyò which was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant, which, finally, she does, but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Measks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of  family. (Goodreads)

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

‘All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time…’

On his eighty-third birthday, Eddie, a lonely war veteran, dies in a tragic accident trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. With his final breath, he feels two small hands in his – and then nothing. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden but a place where earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever. (Goodreads).

I enjoyed this book as the plot was extremely interesting to me. Afterlife is something that *almost* everyone is at least slightly intrigued about. The unknown is interesting and scary, and so I was intrigued by the idea of reliving your life through five people present in it. Through this concept we see moments and insights into Eddie’s history and the impact that his actions have had on other people throughout his life (some of which he does not know of until death). The figures he meets vary in the length of time present in his life or the impact they had on him, which I again found interesting. Every meeting seemingly has a moral to their part of the story, which I also enjoyed. It reaffirmed the idea that there is something to be learned from all experiences. It really made me consider my actions through life and who I would want to see or what stories those people could tell of my life.

I read this book the week after losing my grandfather, and in an odd way it comforted me. I can’t explain how, but I felt like I needed this read at this time.

“Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves.” 

The plot was both heartwarming in points, sad in others, and at times quite dark. I enjoyed the writing, and found myself writing down several quotes because they impacted me. I found the writing poetic and poignant at points, while not constant throughout.

“Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them – a mother’s approval, a father’s nod – are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.” 

I do not have a lot to say about this book, but I feel that it is definitely worth a read if you are interested in different perspectives or views regarding afterlife or what lies beyond death and what our lives mean to those around us and the consequences of our actions. I definitely feel that my perception of this book was altered by the circumstances under which I read it, however I would still recommend it to anyone!

 

My favourite rereads.

Life gets busy and things get stressful, and in those times I find it really hard to focus on reading new books and my enthusiasm tends to dip. At this time – while I still want to read – I find it really hard to immerse myself into new stories. To remedy this I love to reread some old favourites. Today I thought I’d share some of those favourites, and also include some books I haven’t reread in a while but that I am eager to reach for.

1/ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

to kill a mockingbirdI have said this several times on this blog, but To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most important books I have ever read and I absolutely adore it. I find it charming in its childhood innocence, and I find the story captivating and it touches my heart in a poignant way. I have reread this several times, and – as I associate it with a time in my life that was really difficult – it is the book I turn to when I need a bit an escape from my troubles.

 

 

2/ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou has been a role model of mine since I picked up Caged Bird in 2015. I recently reread it and was reminded of how much I adore Maya Angelou and I was maya angelouimmersed into her life in a way I can’t describe. Maya’s life and how she tells her story lead to me reading all of her autobiographies, and I would like to reread them all at some point. If you would like to know more about my love for Maya Angelou, I wrote an entire blog post about her that you can check out.

 

 

 

3/ Harry Potter

I think this is an extremely obvious one. Similar to a lot of readers, Harry Potter was integral to my life and has continued to be central to my reading ever since I first read the books. Most recently, I have been following the illustrated editions of the books (illustrated by Jim Kay)

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as they are released and have been rereading them this way, which has been a vibrant and new way to enjoy the magic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Above are some of my favourite rereads, and now I thought I’d share a few that I want to get to soon.

1/ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I adored this book when I first read it in the winter of 2013. I became sorely engrossed in the gothic, mysterious and swoon worthy story and I am looking forward to buying myself a stunning edition of this book (I read a copy from the library) and curling up by the fire on a cold, winter’s night and revisiting Jane at Thornfield.

2/ Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This book comes to mind whenever I don’t feel like myself or am struggling mentally and emotionally. Right now I feel I could really benefit from this book, and I am definitely picking it up as soon as I can. If you’d like to know my thoughts on this book, I have a blog post which you can read.

3/ Imperium by Robert Harris

This book is the first in a trilogy following the Roman politician and orator, Cicero. I adored this trilogy and devoured it last year. I would love to revisit it and pick up more of the references and history than I did upon the first read. If you would like to see my full thoughts (spoiler free) on this series, click here.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Until next time!

Why I love my Kindle.

PHYSICAL BOOK LOVERS, CALM DOWN. STAY CALM. DON’T GET MAD. HEAR ME OUT.

I was gifted a Kindle Keyboard, one of the earliest models in 2012 for my birthday, and later upgraded to a Kindle Paperwhite. Since then, my reading has been revolutionsed and my Kindle has really changed me as a reader in many ways; some big and some small. Here’s why:

1/ Space saver

When I got my 1st Kindle for my birthday, I was quickly running out of space on my tiny bookcase for all of the volumes I wanted and already had. I shared bookcases with my other family members as I couldn’t fit one into my room. There were always piles of books everywhere, and in the back of my mind I would always consider where I was going to fit any new books I bought.

It is undeniable that a Kindle is useful for this purpose, as one tiny device can have thousands of worlds and stories stored within. Instead of buying an entire series in hardback, I could read them on my Kindle.

This was also extremely useful when I would go away on holidays. I went to Tenerife for 2 weeks last year and read several books while I was away, and if I had taken physical books in my suitcase, I would have definitely exceeded my suitcases limit and would have had to ditch half of my clothes! Instead, I had a slim, small and light Kindle Paperwhite in my carry on which left me with my entire library at my fingertips while I was away.

2/ Curbing the book buying

When I walk into Waterstones to buy a book, I can never pick just one and I usually emerge with a £50 dent in my bank account and an armful of new books, while neglecting what I already have. However, I find that when I go to search the Kindle Store for my latest read, I normally spend less and buy less books, as I am (fairly) sure that those books will be there when I come back. I usually buy maybe one book at a time, saving me money!

3/ Samples

Amazon let you read a small sample of a book before purchasing it. And yes, while I will concede that you can do this in a bookshop also, I much prefer reading a sample of a book on my Kindle rather than awkwardly flicking through a few pages while sales assistants watch me, secretly praying I don’t damage the spine or put it back in the wrong place once I’m done. Samples mean I can read a chapter or two of a book before deciding if I like it, and this has saved me from wasting money many a time on books that I didn’t end up liking. First impressions count, people!

4/ Reading in bed

I don’t know about you, but I am NOTORIOUS for falling asleep with a book cradled in my arms and all of my bedroom lights on. I can’t help it. I always say I won’t do it but it is truly an inevitable reader problem. However, my Kindle Paperwhite means that I can read in the dark, as the light comes from the screen (without hurting or annoying my eyes), and the Kindle will shut off eventually if a page has not been turned. This means that I can turn off my lights, read in the dark and if I fall asleep, I’m not burning through electricity. On a side note, my Kindle would have been a blessing when I was younger as I wouldn’t have been caught staying up ridiculously late to read books. Ah, fond memories.

5/ Discovery

I have to admit that while I love to support authors and bookshops by buying physical copies of books, Amazon and the Kindle Store has led me to countless reads that I would not have found otherwise. While I rely on book blogs, Goodreads, Youtube reviews and books that appeal to me when I find them in bookshops, Amazon has helped me narrow down the genres and categories of books I like to read, presents me with books that relate to ones I have enjoyed previously, and shows me the bestsellers in the categories I enjoy. Because of this I am constantly finding titles I wouldn’t have know about otherwise, meaning I am reading widely and finding unexpected, hidden gems amongst the hundreds of thousands of books available on the Kindle.

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, and for those of you who are anti Kindle I hope I have helped you see the positives. I absolutely love my Kindle, however I will concede that there is NOTHING better (I repeat, NOTHING) than turning the pages of a real book.

2017 Part 1: a year reviewed.

How on earth are we halfway through the year already?!

2017 has been a whirlwind of a year so far, with so many life things going on. I thought I’d write a little review of the year so far, with some life updates and some info on some of my 2017 reads throughout!

January:

January brought a rocky start to 2017 for me. I was bogged under with a lot of university madness; exams, coursework, presentations, all of the fun (not fun) stuff. I spent some time with my lovely friends, feeding ducks at Haddo House and visiting the Cat Cafe. I ended the month in Edinburgh with my (then new) boyfriend, Liam. We went to the dungeons, the zoo and to the National Museum of Scotland, which was a great escape from everything. Despite the stress I felt during exam time, I managed to end the semester with 3 A’s and a B. Not bad going!

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February:

February was a quiet month for me. Third year continued into second semester, and I enjoyed getting back into my classes. I also enjoyed quality time with friends and my boyfriend; whether whipping up pancakes on pancake day, going for walks on the beach, or catching up over hot chocolate. I made sure to take plenty time for myself, reading books and binging on Netflix. Other than that, there’s not much to report!

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March: 

March was a pretty happy month! I joined a group of my amazing friends at my university’s applicants day and spent the afternoon dancing to the Cha Cha Slide in front of complete strangers. I celebrated International Women’s Day, caught up with friends, stroked dogs, did some pottery painting, went on my first night out in months (for someone who is slightly terrified of nights out in bars and clubs this was a special night)  and ended the month travelling to Durham for a conference. A fairly good month!

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April:

April is a contender for the best month of the year so far, and it will be hard to find a month that was as good as it was. I started the month in Durham with some great people. I attended a fancy pants event which was a hop away from Durham Cathedral and had many a drunken laugh with my best friend, Tom. Once home, I headed to Glasgow with Liam for a few days of peace and quiet together. We took a boat trip on Loch Lomond, ate out (a lot), wandered round shops, watched movies and went to the transport museum. It was so nice to get away in the middle of semester and to have some quality time with my boyfriend. Once back in Aberdeen, I went bowling with some colleagues, caught up with old friends, did some reading at the pub, went to the theatre, solved a murder (at a murder mystery party) and went to a ball! I attended the RGU Student Achievement Awards at the end of the month and was incredibly honoured to receive a Half Scarlett award for 450 hours of volunteering in the past year. All in all, April was pretty perfect.

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May:

May had so many ups and downs. I started the month with a lot of family stuff going on, which made my impending university deadlines and exams much harder to get through. I was incredibly stressed and felt the lowest I had felt in a long time. I was working in overdrive to try and do well at university despite what was going on, but I had lost all faith in my ability. Once my deadlines were complete, I was able to breathe a bit, and catch up with friends, before celebrating my 21st birthday!

I turned 21 on the 18th of May, and had a truly fantastic birthday. My best friend, Lauren and her beautiful daughter Demi, my boyfriend, Liam, my parents, brother and grandma spent the evening together and I was incredibly lucky to receive not just one…but two very literary birthday cakes! The celebrations continued when a group of my friends and I went bowling and for a meal, and it meant so much having some of my absolute favourite people all together. The birthday celebrations ended with a trip to the theatre to see Wonderland with Lauren, which was a fantastic show, I loved it!

Unfortunately, after the madness of my birthday, my Granda passed away three days later, after a long deterioration. It was an incredibly hard couple of weeks, knowing what was coming and I struggled very hard. The weeks after my birthday blended together somewhat and I needed a lot of support, which I got from some of my favourite people. Particularly; my friends Becca and Eilís rallied to my side. Becca took me to the theatre to see Sister Act, and she, Eilís and I went for a lovely walk along Newburgh beach as a distraction from everything that was going on. I felt very lucky to have my friends and boyfriend around me during May.

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June:

June was a bit more gentle to me than May and was jam packed with adventure! While I was still grieving for my loss I had some really fantastic moments which helped me get through. Becca, Eilís and I took a short but sweet trip to Edinburgh, one of my favourite places in Scotland. We went to Camera Obscura, had a spot of lunch and took a trip to the Scottish parliament building, and we managed to fit in some Swedish meatballs at IKEA!

I was home for a few days, which I used to catch up with two of my best friends; Hannah and Lauren, and I did a spot of drawing with my little buddy, Demi.

This was before jetting off on another adventure with Becca and Eilís, this time my boyfriend, Liam also joined us. We went to the Isle of Lewis and spent 5 days exploring the beautiful scenery, walking, climbing up various stone formations, standing on many a cliff edge, playing cards and visiting beaches. We went to one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches, Luskentyre beach, we went to the Callanish standing stones, and had a Starbucks in a castle! This week did a tremendous amount for my mental health and made me feel myself again. I really couldn’t have asked for a better trip to take my mind  off of things.

When I came back I ended up catching a cold, but that didn’t stop me from catching up with my university girls (we haven’t all been together in over a year), celebrating my 6 month anniversary with Liam, and getting some cuddles from some very cute dogs! I also was thrilled to discover that after all of the struggles of May, I managed to get 4 A’S in my second semester of third year, meaning I ended the year with 7 A’s and a B, my best grades yet. Achieving those grades despite the madness and sadness going on in my life at that time meant so much to me, and really made the month.

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And now July is upon us, and I am both nervous and excited for the next 6 months of 2017. I will enter my 4th and final year of my undergraduate degree, I will continue to spend time with my amazing friends and boyfriend, I will (hopefully) read more and do more fun things. But mainly I just want to maintain as strong and as positive of a mental state as possible, despite any setbacks that may come my way.

What have been the highlights and lowlights of your year? Do you have any? I’m sorry that this post was extremely self indulgent. But I can’t wait to look back on it in 6 months time and see what my life is like, let’s hope it is as good as I’m aiming for!

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Book review time!

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. (Goodreads)

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This is another piece of young adult fiction, which when I read the synopsis I could not resist reading. I was not disappointed.

This book is an exact example of why I love reading. Reading is an opportunity to learn about life and life experiences from varying perspectives, and without this opportunity life can be incredibly singular. I am a person who lives a relatively privileged lifestyle and I have never experienced atrocities such as institutional racism and class conflicts, which is what this book focuses on.

I found this book enlightening, frustrating, upsetting and extremely emotive. It follows Starr’s experiences in the aftermath of her friend’s death and the implications on her psychologically and on her family and community. What I found really interesting and important about this book is the stages and the ways in which Starr grieves. While she refrains from talking about Khalil’s death with certain people and she has many a breakdown, she also exhibits the way in which life goes on, as she continues to do all of the things teenagers do; such as going to prom, playing basketball and more. This aspect in itself shows that while her friend’s death is a tragedy, it is something that her community is familiar with and has become adapted to, which I find extremely sad.

This book does an excellent job of describing the community that Starr lives in; through gang culture, violence, lack of public funding and security and through her own family. Starr’s family, while close knit have experienced a variety of problems in their past which illustrate the difficulty of living in a ghetto type of area. This book does an excellent job of emphasising how difficult it is for individual’s to succeed and break away from these types of environments and living situations and the lack of help they receive to do so.

The hardest part of reading this book for me was that it is fictional, but it is based on very real events that have – in many cases – divided the United States. Police brutality and racism amongst the police is real. While Khalil was not a real person, he is a representation of all of the defenceless  victims who were penalised through race. There are so many aspects in this book which I have seen in reality; such as the reaction to police shootings on social media and the focus on blaming the victim rather than the culprit (the police officer). In this book, Starr attends a private school which is comprised of mostly white students, and I found this to be an extremely interesting choice, as you see the difference in how Starr’s all black community reacts to Khalil’s death, and the way in which her schoolmates react. At her school, the main point of discussion are points which make Khalil look worse or seem deserving of what happened to him, which highlights the contrast in attitudes. Witnessing this form Starr’s perspective broke my heart and frustrated me and made me feel guilty for any time that I may have behaved similarly.

I found the fact that Starr attended a predominantly white high school even more interesting when you see just how much Starr censors herself when she is around her peers. Starr tends to keep a lot of her life private as she knows it would be greeted with distaste from her classmates. She has to contend with cultural appropriation and being the ‘black girl’ and various other struggles. I found it so interesting how Starr describes herself as having two personas; her school persona and her real self. While I found this really upsetting, I acknowledge that this is – annoyingly – a reality for a lot of people.

In addition to being an excellent look at institutional racism and culture in America, this book also does a great job of depicting the struggles of a teenage girl. Despite everything going on in Starr’s life, she is still contending with other issues; such as relationships, exploring sex, toxic friendships and more. I found that this book not only made me think, but it was also quite enjoyable and positive in parts, which is a hard balance to achieve.

In summary, this book is a great read, and I am glad that it exists. As long as these sort of issues present themselves in our society, books like this are necessary. I also am extremely pleased that this book is being marketed towards young adults, who are the future of society and who can facilitate changes in attitude across the world. Keep this circulating.

I hope you guys enjoyed this book review!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Book review time! Are you ready?!

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. (Goodreads)

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Guys…I loved this book.

This book is such an endearing depiction of the struggles that teenagers go through when discovering who they are. This book is written from Aristotle’s perspective; an angry and sad teenage boy who is trying hard to process his feelings about himself, his family, Dante, and ultimately his life.

I loved this book for so many reasons, mainly the friendship between Dante and Aristotle. At the beginning of the book they seem like polar opposites but as the book goes on Aristotle becomes more and more aware of their similarities. Their relationship is so honest and raw and meaningful and is undoubtedly complex.  That being said, I really enjoyed the depiction of all the relationships in this book, particularly the familial relationships. In a lot of young adult fiction, there are some common tropes which usually appear; such as single parent families, problematic relationships between parents or parent and child etc. However, in these book both Aristotle and Dante have fairly positive relationships with their families, and where there are problems they continue to develop over the course of the story.

I really enjoyed the themes in this book and I found it to be such a beautifully written examination of identity. Aristotle and Dante both struggle in many aspects with identity; regarding family, sexuality, nationality and more. In particular I enjoyed the ongoing discussion between Aristotle and Dante of being a Mexican teen living in America and about ‘feeling like a true Mexican’ and such. I loved the exploration of sexuality and of puberty that the boys go; the experimentation and the discussion on things like masturbation. It all felt very honest and realistic to the teenage condition and how uncertain teenagers are when changes are happening in their lives.

I found this book so engrossing and different from a lot of young adult fiction that I have read in the past. I felt it was extremely descriptive and analytical and that the story managed to cover a lot of different events and plot points without feeling too fast paced. In short, I bloody loved it!

If you are a lover of contemporary fiction, books about coming of age or ‘finding yourself’, family, friendship and sexuality, then this book is for you. I really would recommend it to you, whether you read young adult or not!

 

Mystery Blogger Award.

Hey guys!

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I’ve been nominated by the lovely Athena of @ pricelessbooks  for the Mystery Blogger Award, which aims to try and bring bloggers together! Thank you, Athena! Also, thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this award.

The Rules:

1/ Put the award logo/image on your blog

2/ List the rules

3/ Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

4/ Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog

5/ Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6/ You nominate 10-20 people

7/ Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8/ Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9/ Share a link to your best post(s)

About Me:

1/  I am in my third year  of  studying Applied Social Sciences at Robert Gordon University and I absolutely love my degree. I have one year left and I know I’m going to miss it so much!

2/ I have loved art since I was a kid and I particularly love portrait art  and I often do drawings as commissions for other people. Here’s some of my favourites!

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3/ I live next to the sea and the mouth of a river, and it is my favourite place to go when I want to clear my head.

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Answering questions:

1/ What is one book you have read that you think is underrated? Why do you think it’s underrated?

-While JK Rowling is an extremely famous and popular author, I would have to say that The Casual Vacancy is underrated. I think a lot of people read this with excitement and were sorely disappointed that it was nothing like Harry Potter, however if you strip the expectations away, this is actually a really fantastic book with extremely 3 dimensional and flawed characters, and which addresses a lot of different issues. I found it addicting when I read it, however it took me a few different attempts to get into it.

2/ If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three books what would you bring?

-Hmmm…To Kill a Mockingbird is my favourite book of all time, so that is a given. I would probably take one of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies (she wrote 7) however I don’t know which one. Lastly, as much as I’d love to take every single Harry Potter book, I’d probably take one of the bigger ones…maybe Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince or Deathly Hallows. This is a bloody hard question!

3/ Which would you prefer: coffee, tea, or neither? Why?

-AH! Another hard one. I love both. However, I think tea is probably my preference as -while I go through phases of drinking coffee- I never get sick of tea, I’m even drinking a cup right now!

4/ Do you keep the artist separate from the art? Or do you think they should go together? What I mean is, say an artist creates something that you absolutely love, but you find out they are a terrible person, would you still enjoy their art or would you boycott it?

-I love this question! It is extremely interesting. While rationally I can acknowledge that art is fantastic or touches me in a certain way, I feel that the artist and their character would undoubtedly effect my judgement. So while I can conclude that a piece of artwork or a book or a movie is fantastic, I would still be influenced by the creator.

5/ The weird question: If you had to do cartwheels or somersaults for the rest of your life which one would you choose?

-Cartwheels…because I wouldn’t really be leaving the ground, and it’d make travelling anywhere extremely fun!

Questions for the nominees:

1/ If you could redo a book to movie adaptation, which one would you redo and why?

2/ What is your opinion on the increase in YouTubers publishing books?

3/ If you could choose one genre of books to read for the rest of your days, what would it be and why?

4/ If you could possess any talent, what would you pick?

5/ What’s the closest thing (in your opinion) to real magic?

Nominations: 

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pricelessbooks

nerdytalksbookblog

nannygrannie

thatbookwyrmlife

baffybasics

jadecranwell

katedoublebooked

lovebooked

vanessamule

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My best post(s):

The last rule in this tag asks you to link your best post. I am quite proud of the posts I have written so I thought I’d put 3 instead. Here’s to being indecisive!

Kim Kardashian and what it means to be a feminist.

-Funnily enough this isn’t a bookish post, but one I am really proud of. It is about the misunderstanding of the word feminism and why it is important to use it!

Fit Like, Yer Majesty?

-This is a blog post about a book of poetry that is written in Doric, a dialect from the North East of Scotland, which is where I’m from.

Kendall Jenner, The Daily Mail and beauty standards.

-This is a reaction to an article I read which I thought was a really negative message regarding beauty standards, and so I decided to rant about it!

The end:

And that’s the Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you so much for reading and thank you again to Athena for nominating me!