Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt // Tag


Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag

To make amends for being absent this week I thought I would do a lovely long tag that I have been meaning to do for a while! The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt!

This tag was created by the Booktuber TheLibraryOfSarah so check out her channel for the original tag!

What the tag entails is that you follow a list of instructions asking you to find thing i.e. objects, illustrations and colours on your bookshelf! I must admit I had quite a fun time pulling apart my shelves in search of a book without an illustration on the front!

So here goes:

1.   Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it:

-      My answer is Marcus Zusak

 


2.   Find a classic:

-      Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

 
Dirty cover! I hate it - never use a book as a coaster!

3.   Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book:

-      This is a sign my mum sent to me in my first year of University telling me to hold onto my dreams. I keep this and a few another knick knacks on my shelf.

 

4.   Find the oldest book on your shelf:

-      This is a strange book but it is called the The Brigg and the Lugger and Hugh-Mulieneux Walmsley. I found it in a charity shop with the inscription: ‘Union Sunday School, Cheadle. Ernest Elkin, 1st prize, Feby, 1906.’ So I know that it is over 100 years old!

 
 


5.   Find a book with a girl on the cover:


-      I chose a book with a lot of girls on the cover: Little Women

 


6.   Find a book that has an animal in it:

-      Dragons are technically animals so I chose: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

 

7.  Find a book with a male protagonist:

-      The Hobbit there are a lot of male protagonists!

 

8.   Find a book with only words on it:

-      This was surprisingly difficult but I found this copy of: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

 


9.   Find a book with illustrations in:

-      I am currently making my way through these books and they are they Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

 
Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe

10.  Find a book with Gold lettering:

-      I had a pick of books with gold lettering since I have a collection of Reader’s Digest books that I am inheriting and they all have gold lettering, but I chose: Dracula by Bram Stoker

 


11. Find a diary (true or fictional):

-      I chose my favourite fictional diary and that is: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

 


12. Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)

-      Easy! Doesn’t get more common than: John Green.

 


13.  Find a book that has a close-up of something on it:

-      I chose the foot on the cover of: Cinder by Marissa Myer

 


14. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period:

-      I think that this is the oldest time period, and also counts, and that is: L’Morte D’Arthur the Graphic Novel

 

15. Find a hardcover book without a dust cover (Not a book with a dust jacket you just removed!)

-      I chose another of my reader digest classics and that is: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte.



16. Find a book with stars on it:

-      Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling

 


17.Find a Non-YA book:


-      Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

 

There we are. I believe there were three more questions which I have skipped, either because I didn’t have the book or because I couldn’t get a decent picture, so apologies. But 17 out of 20 isn’t bad!

If you fancy doing this tag then go for it either as a blogpost, video or spare-time fun, as it is quite fun! Please let me know if you I will happily read and watch what other people have found on their bookshelves! I am now going to re-vamp mine since they are in need of it!

Happy Reading!

 

 

Top Ten Classics // Listopia


Top 10 Classics

I want to read!

I wanted to do a general Top 10 Classics, and whilst I definitely have read ten classicsI want/need to read more, so I decided to write this post instead! As a list of the next top ten classics I want to read!

1.   Pride & Prejudice: This may come as a revelation to some, it definitely came as a revelation to my family who were shocked this Christmas when I revealed that I hadn’t read the arguably definitive Jane Austen novel! But I haven’t and I want to!

 
2.   The Great Gatsby: This may seem like a pathetic excuse as to why I have avoided this novel but I felt it was too American. It is like the American Novel! It was never on any of my School reading lists, no one in my English lit class ever recommended it and none of my friends have read it. But I think I need to.
 

3.   Frankenstein: I have read excerpts, seen movies and indeed the Danny Boyle play with the two Sherlock’s, but I have never picked up this book, even though I think it was written by a great young woman!


 
4.   The Picture of Dorian Gray: I attempted this book several years ago and didn’t get into it and I think that is down to my lack of understanding of vanity and also of Oscar Wilde. I would like to see if my understanding has matured a little by now!

 
5.   To Kill a Mockingbird: My English Lit class read ‘Macbeth’ instead of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and since none of the other class, which did read Harper Lee’s book, ever said a bad word about it I feel like I missed out! I haven’t been able to pick up and read this book although I have owned about three copies of it over the last two years! I even bought tickets to see the play to better understand it but was ill on the day of the showing! Something is stopping me, but it will not stop me forever!

 
6.   Catcher in the Rye: Another classic I cannot believe I haven’t read before! I have no idea what this is about, I don’t even know if the protagonist is male or female! How shameful is that??

 
I think I am literally writing a list of the Top Ten Classics Ever and I haven’t read any! I think everyone is starting to wonder what Classics I have read!

7.  Wuthering Heights: I am going to include this novel although I have gotten half way through it, twice, but never finished it. I adore the Bronte sisters, absolutely love them, but I cannot get through this book whether it is the language, the storyline that is fairly boring on paper in my eyes but amazing as a story overall, or simply because every character seems to have the same name! I cannot reach the end. But I will not stop trying!

 
8.   Les Miserables: After the movie came out I wanted to read the books straight away, but the fact they came in two volumes and were still each longer than the equivalent of Fangirl or Divergent I got scared off. But I want to see how the book differs from the play and film both of which I have seen and loved!

 
9.   Anne of Green Gables: When I was younger I used to spend the summer at my Great-Aunt’s house and every night she would read a few pages of this to me. But since I only ever stayed a week and was often so tired from a happy day out that she only read one or two I never finished the book even though she started it at least 4 times so, I will one day finish this book on principle that I began it so long ago!

 
10. War and Peace: This is an utter bonkers choiceI knowbut I want to read this novel one day in the very distant future! I always thought it was a non-fiction book, until recently, and since the BBC have commissioned a TV show with literally 3 of my favourite actors in it all of whom are gorgeous! I am suddenly interested in this book. Clearly it is not for the literary aspects, for which I apologise to Mr Tolstoy, but I can’t help it!

 
That is my Top Ten Classics to Read list and I hope you enjoyed it and weren’t too startled by my lack of upbringing with classic novels. I have read the child’s classics but not the adult can you see why I need to get on this! Let me know if there are any other Classics you think I should read and let me know what you think of any of these books if you have read them!

Happy Reading!

From Page to Screen // The Maze Runner


From Page to Screen

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Today’s Book to Film choice is:

By James Dashner

I relatively new release in the film world, having been released in September 2014. The book series is completed and even has a prequel so if you fancy a new dystopian series you’ll probably enjoy this.

Film Cast:

-      Dylan O’Brien

-      Thomas Brodie-Sangster

-      Will Poulter

-      Kaya Scodelario
Director: Wes Ball
Released: 2014


Book Review

I recently completed the Maze Runner series and I would recommend it. The first book ‘The Maze Runner’ is quite clearly the best. It is fast-paced, easy-to-read and enjoyably mysterious. The following two don’t disappoint exactly but they are not up to the standard of the first book and that is because the premise of the book changes. The Maze Runner is about a young boy called Thomas who wakes up one day in a lift that brings him up into a fenced off field a huge field  called the Glade with about 20 other boys. All of whom don’t know why they are there, who there are and why outside of the fence is there is a maze. Thomas wants to study the maze as a runner and it becomes his ambition to be a runner. Which is how the story begins and later revolves.

It is a good story, dark but comical in places to, the characters are likable and easy to visualise and there is even a hint of romance but not in the ‘lovey-dovey’ way, which I love! A girl called Teresa is sent up to the Glade and is able to talk to Thomas telepathically. But they’ve never met.

A lot of questions are asked throughout the book and the finale lets it down for some people as it leaves it on a cliff-hanger but I enjoyed the series and would give it 5 out of 5 stars the rest of the seriesnot so much.

 


Film Review

So I saw the film on the day it came out. I was reading the book at that point and I wanted to know how they were going to bring it to life and Iloved it. The movie was great, one of the best book to film adaptions in my opinion. The storylines were followed, the characters were great Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie- Sangster, Kaya Scodelario a great cast! Although I found it funny that it had a majority of British actors and they all, except one, spoke in American accents. Odd note.

I enjoyed the visualisation of the Glade and even the maze, the previously un-imagined ‘grievers’ (the creatures who live in the maze) were terrifying don’t take your 10 old brother who still has nightmares to this movie unless he has a pillow to hide behind! But I loved the scary factor, with a book-film with this kind of plot ‘we don’t know who we are, what we’re doing, or what’s happening’ there needs to be fear. Imagine if you couldn’t remember anything but your name and were being kept in a boxed of maze.terrifying.

Overall the adaption was a great, the cast were phenomenal it was just the slightly sudden, with no energy, ending that let it down but it was exactly as it happened in the book so I’ve got to give them props for that!


In my opinionI think this is a tie! I loved the first book of this series and I really enjoyed the movie so I am going to tie this, as the book to film adaption was great, and everything I hoped would happen did, it is definitely one of my favourite Page to Screen adaptions! So: Check it out!

Happy Reading!

Moonchild // Review


Moonchild by Ewa Zwonarz

Review

Author: Ewa Zwonarz is a polish-american writer with and interest in myths, mysteries and unified sciences with an interest in discovering the truth of origins of humans. Moonchild is her first novel. She requested that I review her book.

Rating: ****

Review:

I enjoyed Moonchild and that is pleasantly surprising, not because I expected to hate it far from it but it is about a subject I have never broached before unless you compare it to Cassandra Clare’s ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and I think that is almost an insult to Ewa’s research.

The story is set in Poland in 1995, a fact that I had to keep reminding myself of whenever the protagonist, Evelina (Eve) listened to cassette tapes of bands no one’s heard of. Eve is not a typical protagonist, she is the younger sister of two in a family that is collapsing in on itself due to her abusive father and a mother who is harbouring a dark secret.

An issue with the story are the characters, they are numerous and some appear heavily at the beginning and then never again, and some are merely mentioned and then appear with importance at the end. It got confusing remembering who was who and also broke away from my expectations at the end but there is still enough story to follow but it feels almost Ewa began writing it in January and then completed it 6 months later, not with a clear picture of what she wanted to happen but this is just from my reading and there is still a solid story within in.

The language, although beautiful and incredibly atmospheric, involves a lot of references to Nephilim and fallen angels, with some mentions that I didn’t understand, but that is just due to my lack of knowledge of that kind of world. It didn’t hinder the book as much as I thought it would and by the end I knew what was happening and had learnt a few things.

The best thing about the story, in my opinion, was the family dynamic. Evelina’s family and the secrets that are revealed, which are revealed early, are well developed and feel real which as a writer is a difficult and a highly praise-worthy thing.

If you are interested in reading more books with a supernatural qualities and have a little knowledge of angels, and by little I mean anything from minor, I think this will be a good book for you. If you are looking for something completely new, that doesn’t really have a category, I also recommend this book. I wouldn’t know where to fit this book it’s slightly YA, with adult tones, there is also some fantastical elements to it. It’s good.

It surprised me, I enjoyed it, and sometimes I couldn’t even put it down. I recommend it.

Where you can purchase it:


Happy Reading!

 

We Were Liars by e. Lockhart // Review


We Were Liars by e. Lockhart

Review

Author: e. Lockhart is the pen name for the authoress Emily Jenkins who’s other work includes: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boyfriend List.

Rating: ****

Review:

So I read this book with mixed anticipations, I knew that it was some peoples favourite book of 2014 and I know others did not enjoy it at all. Being so short, at only 225 pages long (with large font) it is an easy read for Young Adults, I wouldn’t recommend any younger that 13 as the details in the book, whilst not immensely graphic they are very powerful with a lot of near-adult storyline involving grief and neurological disorders.

The main issue people had, I found, with the story post-reviews was predictability, and whilst I knew that something along the lines of what did, had happened, I was surprised by the overall ending. Parts of the ending are done really well but this is not the kind of book I would read over a happy summer, not unless you want a slap-in-the-face kind of book. But, because it was so slap-in-the-face I felt it was a good book!

I enjoyed the characters, however frustrating, and the overall plot. The structure of the story was sometimes confusing as the tales jump back and forth a bit but you tune in eventually.

In conclusion I’ve given it 4 stars as I felt that whilst powerful, haunting and enjoyable to some respects, I didn’t think it was utterly amazing, as some people felt. But I would recommend to the more serious of YA readers.