Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Want books that are cheaper? CHARITY SHOP TIME!

So while I should be doing some looovely Statistics coursework (Dear god. Someone help me. I think it has something against me). Seriously, you should see me right now surrounded by Maths book, numerous sheets of paper, pens, drink, calculator....urgh, I'm slightly further than I was.
So before I bore you with my wonderful description of spreadsheets and medians, I shall get to the point.

Today, I was in Oxfam tidying the books (I work there for anyone that didn't know) and I noticed a copy of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. £1.99! Normal price, £6.99! So of course, I grabbed it and got it. But that isn't the first time, I got a copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go by the amazing Patrick Ness for just £1.99. I've seen lots of great books in there that I would buy if a) I hadn't read them yet or b) I wanted.
That's not it. I've seen lovely clothes in there. And I even bought a vintage style belt in there once for £2.99.

Looks gooood :) (UK Verson)
 Some people think that charity shops are smelly and have crap stuff in that were other peoples. But to be honest, from my experience in working in charity shops, they wouldn't take things that were like that. Got a stain on it? Throw it away. Needs steaming? Let me get the steamer and iron out. It's just that people don't realise these kind of things.

So. Moral of this post? If you're passing a charity shop that has a big selection of books in and have a bit of time and money, go in and have a look because I'm sure there might be something that might interest you. :)

Friday, 24 September 2010

Joey.

I realised that if you look through the posts, there is the phantom *Joey* creeping up on and filling in some of my only post comments like here and here. Oh and her rather 'laugh out loud' comment here.

Before you all judge, hear me out. She isn't some stalker who seems to know a lot about me and seem a tad strange but she is my friend that I've known for about...phew....four years now (?). I see her everyday starting from 8:30am in the morning when I sit in her form room with her before our other friends get there till about 3pm in the afternoon. And at weekends. So a lot of 'Joey-ness'

She is a such a good friend of mine. She makes me laugh, she's lovely to talk to and I love being with her. AND. She is the most fashionable person I know in the world. Seriously. She is so stylish and I envy some of her clothes. And her artwork. But that's a whole different post.
So. Check out her blog. It's mostly about clothes, fashion and saving a few pennies on things she's done herself. That stachel she shows. I'm married to it.
You heard it. She's married to my 1940's style coat. I'm married to that bag. It's absolutely beautiful, you should see it.
Her sister also has a book blog, like me, Check It Out Here :)

Me and Joey. Don't ask about why we're on the floor. Long Story.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

The Sky Is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson


 I have been waiting for this book since the beginning of August. For a reminder of wanting-ness, click here :) So. You can imagine my excitiment when I finally got my hands on this frankly amazing book. I must have looking so stupid on the bus clutching this book to me:
Me (drops book): Oh no. Come back! Don't leave me pleeeeease!
Enough said.

First Sentence: Gram is worried about me

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. (From Goodreads - kind of)
That's all I'm saying about the book. I was thinking about how to put it on here and I thought. You can't explain what happens without ruining some of the novel. And that is why the blurb on the back is a load of questions.

I absolutely loved this book. If there is only one book you should read this year, it should be this one. And I don't say that often. This book was meant to be a verse book but turned into a novel. Jandy Nelson is a published poet and it comes out in the book a lot. The book is so beautifully written, it made me want to read it even more. There are some 'moments', you may know what I mean...though unlike many people think it really doesn't bother me. I mean it will happen to me eventually won't it?
This may seem like such a short review for a book I seem to absolutely love (WHICH I DO!) but I'm seriously trying not to ruin it for anyone out there.
One piece of advice though: Read it. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. My favourite thing of the novel was that at most chapters there are Lennie's poems. It's just such a different and original book. The fact the actual book is different, the way it's written and the poems added in. Ah. LOVE IT.
Also. She's been compared to Sarah Dessen. Another AMAZING AUTHOR. Sorry. Just read it. You'll see what I mean. :)

Author's Website: http://www.jandynelson.com/
There's also a really good trailer. I love the song!  Click here :)

Monday, 20 September 2010

2010 Debut Challenge


This is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by The Story Siren. Now I know, like usual I find out about these kind of things when it's nearly the end of year (well. 3 months left) but I can do the research from books I've already read from my 100+ Reading Challenge. These kind of challenges are the reason I love blogging about books. :)
You can have whatever amount of books you want but as long as they are debut novels from that author and completed between 1st January and 31st December.
So here's mon liste:

1. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
2. Lifted by Hilary Freeman
3. This Summer bt Sarah Dessen
4. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
5. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
6. Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata
7. The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
8. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
9. The Declaration by Gemma Malley
10. Star-Crossed by Rachael Wing
11. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

My aim, I think is 15...hopefully :)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Other Countess - Eve Edwards

So, anyone that follows this blog or has read the About Me section (I don't know how many people actually read that but you know), anyway, get to the point Rebecca, anyone who follows this blog will know I LOVE (yes the caps was necessary) historical and romance genres, and put together makes me want to pick it up and eat it desperately. So you can imagine me excitement when I saw this gorgeous book and at 3 for 2 in Waterstones, I HAD to.

First Sentence: The first time Ellie met William Lacey, she thought him terrifying.

It's 1582 and eighteen-year-old Will Lacey's family is in trouble. After years of wasteful spending, his late father has run Lacey Hall to near ruin. Tasked with marrying his family back into fortune, the new Earl of Dorset is all set for a season at court to woo not just the Queen but potential brides with his jousting skills. But when Ellie – a strong-willed girl with nothing to her name but a worthless Spanish title – catches Will's eye, he faces a bigger battle than he could ever have anticipated.
(from Goodreads.com)

I think from my introduction and my 'I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FAR' that used to live undearneath the 'Currently Reading' bit that I enjoyed this book a lot. I read it within about a week which is pretty good for me. I'm a bit of a romantic at heart. I love being given flowers and chocolates, though it never happens much and I just love a classic love tale or love match. It DOES make me feel a little tearful.
The difference about this book is that the love-ness starts early on. They meet each other and fall in love on Page 15 but unlike other novels, doesn't realise who she is until a couple of chapters later, which I really liked. On the plane coming back from my holiday, I was sitting there, slightly excited because I knew who she was in relation to the story and I couldn't wait to find out when he did. Sad, I know...
I love Elizabethan times, let's face it, who in the blogosphere doesn't? Though I maybe a bit bias with my slight obsession for all matters history. Edwards got it spot on and I felt like I was being transported there and wished I was Ellie. She even added some of the language at that time. Okay, sorry Shakespeare by whenever I read your plays, it just goes straight over my head but in this book, I understood what they were saying.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It is one of my favourite books now and I'm so glad I bought it. I would read it if you don't mind a bit of romance that leaves you smiling happily like a lovesick idiot. (*cough* me *cough*) Or likes history.

Author's Website: http://eve-edwards.com/

Related Posts:
Book #2: The Queen's Lady
Book #3: The Rogue's Princess

Sunday, 12 September 2010

9/11

Yesterday evening, I was watching TV with my parents and we decided to watch 9/11: State of Emergency which is a documentary about 9/11 as it was of course 9 years since 9/11 yesterday. As I was watching it, it did make me feel not only a bit emotional but a bit scared. I mean, I travel a lot. I go on a plane as least 3 times every year and I've never had something like that happen to me, fortunatly. But what about those who did? It would have been terrible for those who were in the Twin Towers at the time and those on the aeroplane and those at the Pentagon.
   I don't remember 9/11. It was 9 years ago and I had just started Year 2 and I was a 6 year old girl who loved Barbies. So for me, it wasn't a big thing as I live in the UK. It would have been different if I lived in the US. But my mum said as we watched the documentary last night, that the first plane hit around 2:10pm in England. She said that she found out when her collegue at work had had an e-mail from his son saying he was okay and had flown the night before to Canada from New York. I mean, talk about luck.

Last year, I went to New York. It was a place I've always wanted to go to and one of the places we went to was Ground Zero. You don't realise the sheer size of the place until you go there. It's actually pretty amazing. I remember saying to my mum as we went up the Empire State Building and on the Staten Island Ferry that goes past the Statue of Liberty that, imagine being up the Empire State Building or on that ferry looking at the Twin Towers and seeing a plane just crash into it. It would have been an amazing and terrifing sight.
So. I wanted to write this because I forgot to add something in my post yesterday and about my thoughts from watching that programme.
Again. Thanks for reading if you got this far. Leave a comment about your experiences that day. :)


The gap where the Twin Towers were
Found in the rubble mostly intact. It used to be in the foyer of
one of the Towers.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Why I love books so much...

So for me, I've just finished my first week in Year 11. For whose who have no idea what I'm rattling on about, Year 11 is my last year of secondary school and then I move onto college.
At the moment, I have Blogger open with a Word document with lots of pictures of different films and actors for my drama homework: Cover your books with pictures which show what drama means to you and why you love it. Well, the fact that I love drama because I love the buzz on stage and the feeling when you do a piece and everyone is blown away by it, but you can't put that in pictures. Cue, posters of films and theatre performances
Which got me thinking. Why do I love books so much?

I remember at my local library, where they know me by name now, that they used, and still do, a reading challenge where you had to read six books within your summer holidays. Even thought I would read all mine in half the time, my Nan still entered me for it every year. It was just a tradition. Then I hit 12 and couldn't do it anymore which left me slightly upset.
    The thing is, I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading books, so I would say that I've always liked them. In all my short 15 years. One of my favourite places are bookshops especially small ones like the Waterstones in Twickenham. I just love to sit on the floor and flick through a potential book that I would either buy or get from the library later on. You can't not sit on the floor in Waterstones, it's like suddenly the invisible rules about looking like a tramp or a freak by sitting on the floor (however, I still don't care even if I'm not in a bookshop) just don't exist and people give you a weird look but no-one does anything about it.
  
With books you can just go into this world where anything could happen and nothing that's actually happening in reality matters. For example, when this blog was made, I had a boyfriend. I'd known him for a couple of years and suddenly, we became good friends and then, better friends and eventually he asked me out. So anyway, this blog was created in February. In March, broke up with me and left to go to Australia for 2/3 years. Imagine that. A guy that you really like and is practically your best friend goes halfway across the world making you realise you liked him even more than you thought. I'm not looking for sympathy but what I'm saying it that books helped me. That's why around that time I had some huge Sarah Dessen and Luxe fest and read and read because it helped me not only forget for a little while but to help me get over the whole thing. With a little help from my friends :)
So, I think I love books for the variety, the smell, the characters, the romance, the mystery, the way I put myself in their shoes, and something else that I can't quite put my finger on. But I know for sure, that whatever happens, I will always love and read books....
Thanks for reading if anyone managed this far. :)

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Auslander - Paul Dowswell

It's been pretty busy since I got back on Sunday, so sorry anyone that has been waiting for this. I am now pretty happy too as I have 8 followers and when I was looking at the stats, I've had 584 visitors since May from 10 different countries. So thank you if you are apart of that. I appreciate it :)
ANYWAY. Onto I would say THE most amazing book I have read in a long time. I know I say that about every book mostly but I really loved this one.

When Peter becomes parent less, he is sent to an orphanage. But when the Nazis invade his home in Poland, his life changes completely. He maybe Polish but is Aryan (blonde hair, blue eyes) and of German blood. He is taken in by Professor Kaltenbach, a scientist looking at the purification of Jews, and his family and starts to be brought up in Nazi Germany. But as he joins the Hitler Youth and becomes a perfect 'German Youth', he is starting to form ideas of his own. He doesn't want to be a Nazi follower and believes in things that could have him killed. So he does the most dangerous thing he could do in Berlin in 1943 because his life depends on it...Is he really a perfect German or truly an Auslander (foreigner in German)?

Okay. I've said it before. If you saw me on the bus reading this and you knew me pretty well, you would think 'Rebecca wouldn't read that kind of thing!' And it's true, I probably wouldn't but it's history. Which I L.O.V.E. Yes, it needed the dots. When I loved about this book, is that it is like your perfect guide to History GCSE. Everything I've covered in the Rise of the Nazis was in this book. The book is great to show you the Rise of the Nazis. The Depression before Hitler is mentioned, Hitler Youth, the SS, the Gestapo and the terror of being caught by them; some opposers of Hitler, Swing Jazz, the treatment of the Jews...it's all in there if you like it or not.
It's a fast paced novel that will have you on the edge of your seat at times and smiling at others. I loved Anna, Peter's girlfriend. She is just such a nice character, I guess she makes it appeal more to girl AND boys too. She is a great free-willed character who, with all her innocence, made me gasp at what you eventually find out.
  What I found SO clever, like Sarah Dessen clever (Whoa guys. Big compliment), was that at first Peter was spelt Polish: Piotr. And there was me sitting there thinking 'What? Who on earth is he? It's spelt Peter, isn't it?' but then when he goes to Berlin and Kaltenbach changes his name so it's more German, it changes to Peter. It was so subtle that I didn't realise until a few chapters afterwards.
I would recommend this book to anyone that's interested in Nazi Germany or studing it or just history really. And that loves an action packed, surprised full book that has something different on every page. Seriously. Read it. Now. Just go....out the room, put on your jacket and go and buy it....Good. :)

Author's Website: http://www.pauldowswell.co.uk/

Sunday, 5 September 2010

I'm BACK!

Guys. Don't get too excited but I'm back from me hols in Spaaain!
I had a lovely time. We went to Valencia first for a couple of days which is...erm...I don't know. Not that amazing a visit, especially in their air conditioning department, hmph.
   Anyway. So we drive down to Alicante, eat in at one of the most amazing, tastiest cafe ON THIS PLANET. That BLT was pretty amazing, I must say.
Stayed in a house, sunny *YES!*, lovely, I can read to my heart's content. Then.

Okay. If someone out of 10 people including me was going to get ill, it would be me right. It just HAS to be with my luck. Oh, don't worry. IT WAS!
I had what the weird Spanish doctor said was 'Spanish Stomach Cramps.'
And for those who go a bit faint at the sight of blood or sick, scroll down.

Yeah. I had terrible stomach cramps, was sick (in public of course. Just made more of an idiot of myself.) and me and my big appetite, couldn't eat which is like a disaster for me. HUGE.
So anyway. I'm better now, for all of you. Anyone that comments on this will make me feel more better and make me love them for eternity. Thanks! :)
Hope you enjoyed. :)

Now. I have to go and pack my bag for school tomorrow. *Grumbles.*