Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Perks of being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

This is a book that has always interested me, as has for others. It is always a book that is named, never written about or seems to be read - well for me anyway.
After a school friend reading it and then, hearing about Amy reading and enjoying it, it started to interest me more and more. It wasn't until I walked into my college library did I finally see this book in the flesh - in the Banned Book Week section that my library had created.
This book is in the Top 10 books in the world to be banned. And from reading it, I can see why with the casual references to drugs, sex, alcohol, suicide and wait for it - being gay. Although this may cause people to be clicking the return button already from this review, wait. I could name a few books that address these issues and are not as banned as this one book - it's merely because it is all contained in this one 200-page odd book that adults - sorry - run the other way in fright. However - maybe teenagers actually like it. So TAKE THAT (I so thought of the band then...)

Synopsis: Charlie is starting high school as a freshman - alone. His best and only friend has gone and he is thought weird, geeky and socially awkward by his peers. This is until he is befriended by some seniors who take him under their wing and introduce him to the life of a typical teenager: relationships, love, drugs, alcohol and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Review: This is quite an...unusual book. I don't quite know how to put this review really.
Charlie is an interesting character. We start by knowing nothing and end with knowing not everything. His narrative is told through one sided letters by Charlie to a person he reveals he heard people talking about at his high school and thought he looked like a nice guy who wouldn't mind him sending him letters. Annoyingly, we never find out who this guy is.
Charlie starts of by having a lot of short sentences, like basic Year 1 language. I did this, I did that etc. But by the end of the novel, I found he wrote more freely and I almost enjoyed his writing. This book is not one where you can admire the vivid descriptions or be amazed by the choice of words. It is like Chbosky is saying 'Here's the story with no added crap. Like it or not'. Very different approach, but I liked this way. There was no metaphors and stupid representations of things you have to think yourself. It was just simple a story that could happen to a teenager.

Now, after reading some reviews on Goodreads, this book is thrashed down with a stick a lot. I admit, this is like putting a teenager in a book and adding every possible thing that could happen to a them in these years at once, but seriously, you know who you are, that does happen. I know a few people who have experienced all these things. Just because it is in a book doesn't it mean everything is fictional.
   Charlie was a likeable character I guess, although I found his naivity a tad annoying after a while. He just let people do things! The other characters were also great especially Sam and Patrick, the two seniors that befriend Charlie. There is this interesting, different relationship with all of them and things happen that would never be looked at in other YA novels which I liked. The other characters added a unique spin to this novel, each very original and typical of any teenager. Charlie seemed much younger than he was, just 16, my age.

Any readers of the book will sympathise with Charlie, especially if you are around his age. I remember being socially awkward myself, not quite sure what was the right or wrong thing to say in reply, how to talk to guys in a more mature, less playful way and how to arrange events without insulting anyone.
This really is a novel that anyone going or have gone through teenage years will understand and relate to, as well and feeling bad for Charlie. His sister and brother are no help, so with only two people much older than you for help, I think I would be like Charlie in that situation.

This is just something about this book that made me not love it, but not hate it either. I liked the references to the various books, which have also been banned (ha! Like Chbosky knew!) and the characters developing relationships. These are the things that made me enjoy the book. I think the main thing that made me not like this was the fact we never know what is wrong with Charlie, or who this person the letters are being sent to. I mean, if I'm going to read your book, you need to tell me these things, and there's not going to be a sequel, so do it now!

This book is strictly a more advanced read. It is complicated and I can see why it is one of the most banned books for the content, so be warned, this isn't a real YA book although it deals with that age range. The book provides a unique portrayal of teenage life that although, may seem unrealistic, I can assure you it is quite well done. It was interesting reading about Charlie and how he was accepted. There are many things about this book that I didn't like, the ending, the writing, Charlie himself at points. This book which everyone has heard of is nothing like you expect and will surprise you I think too. Although a slightly disappointment, it was very original and does stand out and is for any fans of John Green.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5

This book is being made into a movie for release in 2012, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky himself starring Logan Lerman (Charlie), Emma Watson (Sam) and Ezra Miller (Patrick). See here for more details

Author's Website: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Stephen-Chbosky/1843916
Pages: 213
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Challenges: None

Some books that also contain the issues addressed in this book:
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher - suicide
Diving In - Kate Cann - sex
Pretty Things - Sara Manning - drugs, alcohol, sex

The New World - Patrick Ness

As some of you know, I am a fan of Patrick Ness. He is one of my favourite authors and I even met him last summer at a book signing (See here).
For those of you who have NO IDEA who this man is. Well. He wrote the Chaos Walking trilogy, considering of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer & Monsters of Men, which are all pretty big over here in the UK. He also recently penned A Monster Calls which was based on a plot summary by the late YA author, Siobhan Dowd, who died of cancer a few years ago. This book is winning a lot of awards at the moment. Haven't read it yet, but it's supposed to be good. 
Anyway, this book is the prequel to the Chaos Walking trilogy which features Todd and Viola looking to help the future of Prentisstown and find out the truth. They are an amazing set of books and I would recommend anyone to read them, they're long but they are worth every word.

Synopsis: In this short story prequel to the Chaos Walking trilogy, this story details Viola's past life, of which readers know little about. It shows her journey to the New World and what events occurred just before she meets Todd in The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Review: My reason for getting this book was largely because...it was free. It is a free e-book available at all good online bookshops, such as Amazon and Waterstone's. Firstly, I would say you don't have to read the Chaos Walking series to understand it, it just means some of the events that happen are a surprise for you, as these events are mentioned in the trilogy. So, no spoilers really for the book series.

The story is told from Viola's point of view, about their descent to the New World with flashbacks over their long journey from the ship, her past life and how they were picked to go. The book is set before anything in the Chaos Walking series happened so it is a clean slate, for those (like me) who can't remember everything that happened in that series.
Being a prequel, having read the series before, you know what happens ultimately because we know from reading the series. But there are still surprises and a side to Viola I had never seen before or learnt of in the books. It is worth reading if you have read the series, it does show this other side to her relying on her parents and wanting desperately to get away from them.

This book is written in the style of typical Patrick Ness which I love. Those short sentences followed by a beautiful description where you just read and read and then. WHOA. Big shock that you're not expecting. As the ship is descending, I was so focused. I read this on an 11 hour flight from San Francisco to London so I was tired and supposed to be asleep but I woke up so much when reading the last 10 or so pages. I felt the fear, the excitement, the anticipation of Viola as the events happened with a sadness as I has knowledge of what happens when they do reach ground. Through this sequel, I could see the future Viola that Todd and I love mixed in with this unusual side to her.

My only problem was I would have liked it to be a big longer. Okay, so I'm bias as I have a love for Patrick Ness' books but I would have liked just a couple more pages. Just until she meets Todd perhaps, even end it on that. With all that excitement, sadness and anticipation, I, and Viola, felt throughout, the way it ending just kind of 'happened'. I pressed a button on my Kindle and it was the end. I think that was the point as I was left there, thinking of what happens afterwards. And it is sad but knowing the end of Viola's story, it is also happy and I appreciated her as a character more.

This book can be read by anyone but enjoyed differently. I think for non-Chaos-Walking-readers it will be surprising and perhaps these readers will enjoy and anticipate it more. For readers such as me, this is still enjoyable and you get incredibly involved in Viola and her situation and enjoy reading of her past life, but I think these readers will be expecting more than they get - if that makes sense. Patrick Ness has once again produced a short story that is so exciting and hides every secret until the last possible minute. Oh. I love Todd and Viola...I loved this insight into her life, while knowing her future. Very original.
Verdict: May be a disappointing ending for some, but it's worth every word you read.

I give it a 4.5 out of 5

The New World is available only in e-book form from all online book sellers. I got mine from Amazon.

Author's Website: http://www.patrickness.com/
Pages: 24
Publisher: Walker
Challenges: BBC

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Where She Went - Gayle Forman (#2)

When I found out, not long after reading the first book in this mini-series If I Stay, that there was going to be a sequel, I knew it was one of the books of 2011 that I WOULD be buying.
If I Stay is such a sad yet slightly uplifting and hopeful book. I ended it thinking that there are a world of possiblities out there and with the scary thought that truly, we never know what will happen in the future. It's a weird thought really.

This review contains SPOILERS for those who have not read IF I STAY

Synopsis: It's been three years since Mia's accident. And three years since she walked out of Adam's life. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other. (Goodreads.com)

Review: This review is going to be hard to write, hence my lack of reviews in the last week (Sorry!). So I'm just kind of going to write all my thoughts about it in the hope that it makes sense.
This book is now set around Manhattan, New York where Adam is visiting and Mia lives after following her dream at Julliard. Mia is now a professional cellist player, about to embark on a world tour. And Adam, now in one of the most successful rock bands in history and living in Hollywood with his famous actress girlfriend.
So a little bit different from when we last met this couple in If I Stay.

If I Stay was beautiful, it really is and reading that kind of literature can make people feel emotions that they wouldn't necessarily have in reality. So, of course, Where She Went is going to have to live up to the last book. And, well, for me, it did not succeed the greatness that is If I Stay.

Differently from its predecessor, Where She Went is all from Adam's point of view and is mainly set around his feelings, thoughts and emotions. Adam was a nice guy in the last book, cute, good looking - the perfect boyfriend. The one that MANY women have loved and wanted to be real, so much.
I knew before reading, that Adam was going to take a bit getting used to. And I was right.
He starts off narrating so whiny. So much. Everything is wrong. This didn't start off on a great note, because he started to frickin' annoy me. Look, Adam, I know she was the love of your life, the one you loved for the first time and she walked out in a very horrible way, BUT SERIOUSLY? THAT MUCH WHINING AND IT'S 3 YEARS LATER?! urgh.

On that note, don't think that this book is awful compared to If I Stay. I liked the thought of finding out the aftermath of such a horrific accident, the straits on their relationship and how Mia felt after waking up, the only family member left. All of this you get from this novel. It is like a bridge telling readers that yeah, they're not together but their lives are doing alright. UNTIL.
The moment they meet each other is probably the most awkward situation you will ever think of. I know I'm glad I'm not Mia or Adam, a lot. I liked the way that after they met, it was like their relationship was kind of starting over with new people, I think it would be like that a lot for people in a situation like this.

Learning about the past three years is done through Gayle Forman's technique of flashbacks which we heavily featured in If I Stay. Where She Went seems like a completely different book and feel to the previous, but ultimately, it is exactly the same with something putting a strain on their relationship, the flashbacks, the characters and the writing.
AH. The writing. Gayle Forman is up there in the chart of best writer writers. Like you have writers that are good because of the plot and characters but Forman is a true writer. She makes you feel everything that Mia and Adam are feeling. I felt awkward, sad, annoyed, heart broken all within 200-odd pages! This book is  heart wrenching, and Forman is the only writer to make me have tears while reading a book. This one included. It is just such lyrical, contemporary, beautiful writing.

This book is not perfect. It has flaws and I like not all fans of If I Stay will enjoy it as much as others. I know it is very different from what I expected.When you first start to read, you think the lovely characters of Adam and Mia have done, but really, deeply, they are still there and blossom out again throughout.
The writing again makes this book and makes you feel these impossible things.
The ending is just...I could not have put the ending better myself. It is a perfect ending to a delightful series and although, it may be obvious now, it is still beautiful and surprising. It does just suddenly happen. Although, there is sadness of the events that have happened, the book is full of optimism and anticipation which might leave readers shouting at the book for a certain thing to happen, you can sense the atmosphere and thoughts without it even being narrated to you.
   The book has flaws but it also has some of the most delightful characters, plot, emotions and writing you will ever experience and Adam's whiny tone (urgh) is kind of overshadowed. For some reason, I do feel disappointed but overall, it is a worthwhile read. Go on - read it!
Verdict: Read If I Stay first, otherwise you will have be ultra confused.

I give it a 4 out of 5

My Review for If I Stay
Note: There have been rumours for the past year about an adaptation of this series but it is classes as 'in development' by IMDb

Author's Website: http://www.gayleforman.com/
Pages: 260
Publisher: Doubleday
Challenges: None


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Quick Post: Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to any American readers in the blogosphere right now.
I hope you have/had a great day :)


Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette - Carolly Erickson

The cover opposite is not the same as the copy I have but I prefer this one, especially the dress. This book...I have never seen it before in shops. Merely, I'm not looking in the right place or they don't sell it in England as my copy is a US edition.
In May, my best friend gave me a paper bag full of five books in return for three of my own to read. She finished mine very quickly but I, being the book blogger of the pair of us, haven't finished her selection. Yet. This is the second to last one and after being confused about what book to pick from my to-reads, I chose this because...I feel bad I haven't read it yet for her.
I have always been interested in the French Revolution knowing few details behind the event. Most of what I learn was from Sally Garner's series that featured The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade that was set at this time. So apart from the basics and loosely knowing who Marie Antoinette was (I mean, who hasn't heard of her?!), I had completely no idea.

Synopsis: On the night before she dies, one famous lady leaves an old diary that charts her years from youth in Vienna, being mistress of Versailles and Queen of France, and then, her downfall of the bloody, humiliating French Revolution. This book the events that led to Marie Antoinette's death from being an innocent, young girl.

Truth: The book is all around the life of Marie Antoinette who was the last Queen of France. She was renowned for her over spending on clothes, furnishings and jewels, as well as her many lovers. In 1789, the French people started to rise up against the aristocracy in France for this over spending while doing nothing for the country. Soon the Crown has no money and Marie Antoinette and her family were living in poverty themselves. In 1793, the Parisians had had enough and abolished the role of King, forming a new council to run the country, much like Parliament in England. This led to thousands of aristocrats being killed and latterly, the King himself and Marie Antoinette. She was killed via the guillotine on 16th October 1793, two weeks away from her 38th birthday.


Review: Any reader of this book will feel a variety of emotions when reading. It is heartbreaking, funny, enjoyable, disgusting and disturbing within a few hundred pages - but that's just the start of this book.

When I was forced told to read this by my friend, I was a little bit wary. It looked like it would be one of those boring, lecturing books which drone on and on about a newly discovered diary by a group of professors. WRONG.
This book is a personal, imaginative account of the life of Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France from her teenage years to her death. It's quite amazing really how the book covers so much time within just under 400 pages. This is due to the fact that, blimey, she didn't keep a continuous, daily diary and this annoyed me. We would be going along, her apparently pregnant and then suddenly, its 6 months later and she's rattling on about something that to me HAS NOT HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK. I understand that you need to cover the whole time but I think it would have been better to maybe cover the last 15 years of her life maybe or the period of the French Revolution.

As it is in diary form, this book feels quite intimate and I did feel like I was getting to know another version of the Marie Antoinette I had learnt about. We always see her as this horrible, selfish, spoilt figure but this book showed me that, yes she is all these things in some sense, but also she has to be because she is the Queen. I saw this more innocent side to her where she is forced for seven years to try and have a child. We see the utter love she has for her children, two of which died before herself. We see the desperation she has when the heir to the throne is seriously ill and her complete devastation when she finds out her miscarriage was a boy. It really does show another, realistic side to this women, one I think I believe more.
The French Revolution, at least here in England, is seen as a good thing, although bloody - it was needed to save France itself. But again, this book turns that conception on its head, showing that they were literally doing all they could to save their people.

Carolly Erickson describes this novel as 'historical entertainment' which is exactly that. I remember in the acknowledgements at the end of 'I was Jane Austen's Best Friend', Cora Harrison said that she always wonders if a historical book based on real people is entirely true. This was my thought in this one. Sadly, a fair chuck of the events we read about in this book are made up - the author's imagination, as well as some of the characters - obviously the main ones were real people. This is a shame really, this could be a brilliant different interpretation of Marie Antoinette's life but it makes me think that the things that I deem her not as bad as she is mostly perceived, such as giving out bread at the gates of Versailles, weren't real actions. They may be but this has cast doubt in my mind. For me, if you're writing about someone like Marie Antoinette, you need to keep to the truth for the whole time, mostly, especially if they're the protagonist!

The writing was fluent and easy to read. I did enjoy her writing and the vivid descriptions of what was happening around her, this book does make that ultimate connection with the reader and Marie Antoinette, I did get to learn a lot about her, whether it is true. The lady herself was an interesting voice and her views and thoughts changed interestingly throughout the book, especially when she turned into  a 'woman' once she was married. I really got a feel for the life she was living.
The characters themselves showed a lot and I can see why the monarchy failed to help the French - they literally had no idea what their life was like. There is always that character you want to hit with a fish. That is Amelie in this book. I do not get this woman. One minute she is all over the Queen and then the next trying to get her killed - all because she was friends with Amelie's husband?! She just started to annoy me so much, especially with Marie Antoinette whining on about her yet not doing anything about it. What do you expect?

Overall, this book is unique and provides another viewpoint on an important, historical figure that has been known for centries. This book made me appreciate her more and the monarchy in general. I understand the reasons for the French Revolutation and while few true events are included, it was refreshing to have this major historical event from the monarchy's eyes. This book is very graphic in places on gore and blood and a horrible description latterly of one of Marie's trusted friends being killed - I felt very sick afterwards. This book is not for the faint hearted or those who are obsessed with historical accuracy. This is a good book - just not amazing.
Verdict: For older readers who have an interest in this period of history and want to find out more. This is not a critical look at her life but a finally positive portrayal of this interesting lady.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5

Author's Website: http://us.macmillan.com/author/carollyerickson
Pages: 341
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffen
Challenges: Historical Fiction

Try also for details on the French Revolution:
- The French Revolution Series by Sally Gardner (The Red Necklace, The Silver Blade)
- Book #3, Den of Thieves, in the Cat Royal series by Julia Golding

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Tuesday Top Ten: Books on my bookshelf that are collecting some lovely dust

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.


This week's theme is Books that are STILL on my bookshelf, unread, crying, weeping and collecting rather a lot of dust...


I would say Hunger Games but I don't have a copy...NEED to read the next two...


1. The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han - I know I know...I BOUGHT THIS OVER A YEAR AGO. Why have I not read it? I aimed to do it over summer from the title, but NO?! Right, NEXT YEAR I SHALL.


2. What Happened to Goodbye - Sarah Dessen - First one to buy it in Waterstone's...why Rebecca? *walks way in shame.*


3. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro - Believe me, the contiuous reviews I see on the blogosphere and slowly eating away at my bookcase and myself. This shall appear soon I promise...


4. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - Bought for the GCSE's? REBECCA THAT WAS 6 MONTHS AGO. Enough said. URGH. 


5. The King's Speech - Mark Logue - For this one, I am trying to find the right time...which was going on holiday...which didn't happen. Sorry 'bout that....


6. Wither - Lauren DeStafano - New addition to my bookcase but it is getting some dust on it...


7. The Welsh Girl - Peter Ho Davies - SEVEN YEARS TO FIND A COPY OF THIS BOOK and I shall haven't read it...again I promise I shall but it's taking time at the moment. 


Sorry, doing this quickly on the way to my coursework...

Monday, 14 November 2011

HUNGER GAMES OFFICIAL TRAILER.

HUNGER GAMES HAS HOOKED ME. I found out about the first airing of the official trailer for the movie adaptation being aired on Good Morning America today, but I forgot about it!

Anyway, here it is. AMAZING. I cannot wait until next March.
Enjoy and tell me what you think :)


Sunday, 13 November 2011

On My Bookshelf (11)

This meme is inspired by the similar meme, 'In My Mailbox' created by The Story Siren  (I don't have a Mailbox...)


- Sorry about my negativity from the post earlier...




Bought for the Kindle:
- Hazel by Julie Hearn - sounds so interesting, and I hope I enjoy it. I've heard this is the best out of her books out at the moment, and the fact I bought it for £1.99 - worth it.
- The Mediator: Love you to Death by Meg Cabot - come on, this is Meg Cabot who has never failed to disappoint me. And it was 99p in the Kindle Rainy Day Reads Sale. BARGAIN.


And this was the view out of my window when I went upstairs to take the photos above. So pretty, you can just about see the sun on the horizon. This photo really reminds me of winter.

Blogging and just a general musing on life.

It's the 13th November and I feel like blogging is taking a huge back step in my life. For the first time, ever. Even through my GCSE exams in May/June, blogging was always present and I never left it alone even for a couple of days. Okay, so maybe it affected my grades but boy, (not boasting...) I still did well. Three A*'s and seven A's. That cannot be too bad.
I'm in my third month of college and loving it, I feel rather free to do what I want, whenever I want. The teachers don't press you but have the attitude that if you listen, you pass, if you don't - not their problem. It is so refreshing not having to sit in a class where you know that someone will be naughty. Someone will swear loudly. Someone will be sent out - or worse. SO nice.

As I have mentioned before, I have had a lot of work. In the half term when I went to Las Vegas for the week, I had:
- Classics exam questions
- Media Coursework - write three essays analysing magazines
- English Lit essay on Death of a Salesman (one of the most boring plays I have read. Disappointed in Arthur Miller...)
- Write a newspaper article on Banned Book Week
- History essay on War of the Roses

I'm not complaining. I don't mind getting homework and I understand that it has to be done, it's just...I am so bad at writing well and formally. I sit back and read over my essay for History and cringe. What has happened to me over the summer? I have two A*'s in English - how the hell did I get them? Okay, so I may be being hard on myself, but I honestly think I cannot write as well as I would like. I want to be a journalist, but that career seems to be seeming more unlikely at the moment. I don't want sympathy, that is not what this post is for. It is to get this all of my mind and just sort myself out.

I just feel that I have nothing to blog about and it is taking me much longer to read books. I don't know what to think really.

It's not only academically. Some of my friends do not like me - I know that. They all meet without me. Yes this sounds petty for a sixteen-year-old but I don't think people quite understand the effect it has. There was this girl at my old school who everyone thought was so weird. But I was friendly with her until she started to blame me for the comments and rumours about her. I didn't want to be seen with her, true, but I still cared about her as a friend should. We're not that good friends any more and she has said and done things I shall never forget because it hurt me.
But that's not the point. She was excluded from a lot of things, even things I organised, without a second thought. She'll never find out, she won't care. We can make up an excuse if she does ask. But I never quite realised how much it would hurt her because of course, she would find out - I didn't know the hurt because it had never happened to me.
It's such an awful feeling, always like the odd one out. And I do the majority of the time. I can name only about maybe a dozen people where I never feel this. A dozen seems a lot, but really, it's not enough to rely one all the time. I know I'm not the prettiest flower in the bed, I know I come across very intelligent and perhaps pretentious. But I also know people walk all over me to get what they want and that I find it hard to talk to people I'm not that friendly with. I'm not popular and I don't particularly want to be but I would at least like people just to like me, like anyone would.
All I'm saying is that next time you don't invite someone you're quite close to because they're weird, no-one likes them, they're a party-pooper. Think again. You might be hurting someone very badly. VERY very badly. Because you only experience this unique feeling when it happens to you. And it's not nice at all.
Maybe it's a teenage thing, or perhaps it's just human nature. Oh well, I'll get over it.
Thanks if you read this far.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tuesday Top Ten: Book I read that were outside my Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.


This week's theme is Books that were outside my comfort zone while reading (whether I liked them or not)

1. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen - this book is incredibly hard to read for anyone I would say. I know that people mostly choose books such as Twilight and Hunger Games but...this. I didn't quite know what it was about, but well...it is a sad book basically. And quite harrowing. 


2. A Child called 'It' - Dave Pelzer - I read this in Year 8 and although I never finished it, I think it has stayed with me since.


3. The Declaration - Gemma Malley - this was my first dystopian so I did not quite know what to expect. The violence, sadness and just all the deception that goes on in the background was interesting and had me rooting for Anna. So glad I read this though.


4. Dreamland - Sarah Dessen -this book addresses the issue of domestic violence. It's hard watching it on TV or even in reality but it's also hard to read about it and know exactly what victim is thinking emotionally. This book is different to Sarah Dessen's usual writing, but I still loved it. 

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Another Quicky one.

Just a quick post on the way to Microsoft Word for Media again.

I have guest posted on Amy's blog, I Love Smilies and Books, about why I love reading so much. Amy is a great blogging friend of mine, so it would be great if you checked it out.
This is kind of a return favour after she guest posted on here in August on the Summer themed week with her Favourite Summer Reads, which I hoped you all enjoyed.

Check it out here.

I love guest posting you know. One of my favourite things about blogging.
So, a reminder, that if you want a guest poster for your own blog, then letta me know either by Twitter or email :)

Over and Out
*hovers over Word icon*

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Quick Update and thoughts on Banned Book Week!

Sorry quick update.

I have this BIG Media essay/coursework thing due in on FRIDAY, so I won't be posting for the next couple of days, hence my lack of posting this week too. So, leave, track me down, run away - do whatever but you want me to fail coursework for this blog? Sorry, my school work comes first and foremost...some of the time.

Also, I'm writing an article for the newspaper on Banned Book Week which I know was prominent in the blogosphere, so let me know for your thoughts on censorship, banned books, any examples of banned books and what generally you think about the whole issue. Muchly appreciated.

Over and out.