Thursday, March 28, 2013

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss...

Title- The History of Love.
Author- Nicole Krauss.
Publish date- 2006.
Publisher- W. W. Norton. (US Edition.)

(Goodreads)

Review...


What I thought:
Oh my- where to begin? I finished this yesterday afternoon and am honestly still reeling. This is one of those books you remember, that you know are incredibly special and will be important during the course of your life- this is the kind of book that you know will change you, you know you will love, you are already lining up people to suggest it to. And how can one write a review about a book like this?
*First you start by getting a good soundtrack and writing in bursts of however the particular song lasts for.
*Second you fill up with sorrow and feelings you can't even handle and then you just go and write and it will be done before you know it.
Right?

The History of Love got me within the first few pages- it's been such a long time since I've just read a book and not cared how long it took me, not been worried about getting behind with other things, and unintentionally this book took those worries away from me. It took me seven says to read, despite being only 250 pages, and I relished the reading, the characters, the beauty of the writing and the story it told, which is in turns both highly amusing and sorrowful, heartbreaking.

I found characters, in this book, that I will never forget because they became a part of me as I got so invested in them, particularly Alma, one of the protagonists, of whom there are generally three.

It is beautiful, a little confusing perhaps, thought provoking- so many things, and a lot I wouldn't expect to see in one book, but overall I would call it beautiful in one of the most honest senses.

Rating- Big Explosion MIND BLOWN.
This is simply a book I can't recommend enough. It's quiet, with a life of it's own, and just one of the most inspiring and amazing books I have read in my life.
(Also, it contains a quote starting, "Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl..." and I had seen it previously, uncited, and was just so thrilled to stumble upon it unexpectedly.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Get to know a blogger {3} Lauren from Lauren's Loquacious Literateure.


{Get to know a blogger is a new feature I'm hosting on my blog during 2013- every fortnight, if I can, I will be posting a Q&A with a blogger, and together we can get to know just a little of the awesomeness that surrounds those in the blogging community. I think it's going to be fun.}

Today I am featuring Lauren from Lauren's Loquacious Literateure.


*Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Fluorescently coloured, crazy cat lady, spikey, readaholic, vocal, whimsical,


*Describe your blog in 5 words.
Awesomely full of polka dots.


*Has blogging changed anything about you?
I think it’s changed lots of things. I’ve tried different genres of books than I ordinarily wouldn’t have – contemporary YA for one. I’ve read more books based off of recommendations than I used to, I used to only select books based on the cover and ones that came to my attention on my own. Now, if lots of people I know have read it and liked it, then I’m more likely to give it a go. If I’d gone off my own assumptions, I would never have read Vampire Academy or Finnikin of the Rock, which I read because Kristin wanted me to. 
I’m reading a lot more books than I used to too. I’ve always been a big reader, but now, I feel like there’s SO many books out there and I won’t have lived properly if I hadn’t read them all, so I try to read as many as possible.
Stuff like the awesome Blogspiration meme were great because they started to make me feel a bit more daring and inspired about the world and it urged me to try new things. Sarah (Saz101) was blogging long before me, and she tried before to get me interested in it, but I was too chicken and also I wasn’t sure it was for me. But I’ve been really proud of myself for deciding to do and sticking to it for over a year. It’s made me make new friends with people and actually meet them in person, like Kristin (Growing Up YA), Mandee (Vegan YA Nerds), Alex (Alexander’s Scribblings) and Kim (Two Girls and a Novel). It’s certainly made me feel more courageous in the types of things I do though and made me set challenges for myself that are totally out of my comfort zone.


*Please describe the awesomeness of blogging in three words. (Hyphen’s may be used to cheat.)
Sharing-a-love-of-awesome-books-with-as-many-people-as-possible. (One word, BOOYAH!)


*What author/book/both have you found since you started to blog, that you can’t get enough of?
Hmm…that is a tough question. Like I said, I’m really glad I’ve found the Vampire Academy books. But I think that while I’ve found a couple of one off books that I’ve loved, I can’t think right now of a series that I’ve been desperate to follow ever since.


*What is one thing that people might not know about you?
That I’m full of awesome? But seriously. Possibly that I have an obsession with cheeky twins (aka the Weasley twins) or handsome twins (aka Gabriel Merrick), but there are a select few that DO know that. Um…I can’t sleep in the dark because I’m terrified of ninjas and raptors trying to assassinate me in my sleep. Also: I do NOT like being snuck up upon, Sarah can attest to that. I also hate germs. A LOT. But I love polka dots and cats, but if people don’t know that then I have failed in my life mission.


*What is the first book you truly loved. Like Darcy and Lizzie LOVE.
The first book I truly ever thought was the epicest thing ever was by Tamora Pierce. It’s the first of the Protector of the Small series: First Test. I read it over and over again. It was the first book with such a truly amazing main character. Keladry is kind, defends people from bullies even at the expense of her own physical safety, she has a strong sense of right and wrong and how the world should work. She’s practical and responsible, and has a lot of love in her heart for animals and people of all kinds. She adopts the grumpy old horse, Peachblossom, that won’t behave for anyone despite the fact that he’s far too big for her and far too misbehaving because A)she wants to save him from a junior fiction version of the glue factory and B) she’s determined to prove everyone wrong about her and her abilities and strive to be the best she possibly can. She wants to be a knight, the first girl ever to (openly) apply for knight school, because she wants to help people and protect whomever needs protecting.


*What fictional character do you think most resembles you?
This has surprisingly been a really hard question to answer. Possibly the closest would be Neve from You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning. I still think she’s a lot more determined and driven than me, but she has a lot of the same hang ups and insecurities and she’s totally awkward at talking to people, especially new people.

Generally when I’m reading, I will tend to pick characters that are completely opposite to me. I’m reading to escape, to try new things from the comfort of my quilt and experience incredible journeys. So instead, I like to read books about the kind of people I’d like to be. I want to be resourceful like Yelena, kind and generous like Keladry, knowledgeable and made of awesome like Hermione, fierce like Katsa and the Buffyest Buffster ever. I want to be courageous and go on adventures like Bilbo, save the world like Frodo, receive an education from ghosts like Nobody Owens, get up to all sorts of hijinks like Fred and George and quite possibly snog Gabriel Merrick (who am I kidding, I definitely want to snog Gabriel Merrick). 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Books for when you're... (4)


Each fortnight I will showcase 1-2 books that I think would be fantastic reading if you're going through a  certian emotion/stage in your life.

Books for when you're wanting to have a book-hangover.
So last time I posted books to get you out of the 'dreaded' book-hangover, and I only think it's right to share the books that got me into said book-hangovers, because they're so brilliant that you need to read them, but I think it necessary that you be warned.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
Why I chose this book:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Well. Well. Well. This book blew me away when I read it and I think of my reading experience as being a whirlwind - I didn't know what I was getting myself into and now I am irrevociably in love with this book that is gradually taking bits of my soul. It's like a    horcrux in the most honest sense and yet I still love it because it's not perfect and there were things I didn't like about it but it's just so good. And obviously it set expectations for other books which made getting back into reading extremely difficult. And then you know it's bad for you, that it's taking your life slowly but surely, but you can't do anything but forgive.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Why I chose this book:
So, after reading The Unbecoming I have given you the picture of myself- stranded, alone in a world where there are so many books that are so amazingly fantastic but none of them are clicking. Not so. That didn't happen quite yet. I was fortunate enough to put off my hangover for a small time by picking up a little book called The Hunger Games. I was so innocent.
It was my first reading of the book and I absolutely loved it- so many emotions went through me during the reading and I just got a feeling when reading it that I have only felt with the books in the series.
So I read two books that were amazing, in a row, and then came the onslaught of having to find something else. Now imagine me as desolate.


Stay tuned for some more bookish suggestions for the good times, and the bad.
So far I've covered-

Friday, March 15, 2013

Writing from the Writer.

I was talking to someone recently about my blog and for the first time I spoke aloud my (recent) feelings about the title- I started this blog in 2010 and had just begun to understand and cultivate my love for writing, and I called it Where the Writer Comes to Write.

I wanted to be a writer (and I still do).

I didn't plan to begin a book review blog, but rather someplace I could share my thoughts, writing experiances and plans to submit my work to different companies, competitions, maybe ocassionally share something apart from the actual words that are contained in the almost 400 posts on this part of my life which I almost wrote down as being a little one, whereas it is certainly small in no part.

I started reviewing books, ocassionally doing a more personal post about my writing, posts which slowed down more and more and eventually became a couple of updates throughout November during NaNo.

So, the name Where the Writer Comes to Write often seemed a little problematic, awkward- oh why don't I just say it- CRINGEWORTHY*.
It may not be classy, easy to remember, and it is definitely a mouthful, but...
I don't care, because for me it is important. I like having this name, remembering the person I was when I started it and remembering the reasons I did are incredibly important to me, more important then maybe I can even conceive right now.
They make me remember, especially right now as I write this, that the whole point of this was to share my writing and the things I was doing with it to get me where I want to do, and though I am awed and delighted beyone my wildest imaginings with the way things have turned out, I still want to share that writing. I ocassionally remember that fact, but am often so busy, either with keeping up to date with reviewing, or my writing itself, that I do nothing about it.

BUT THAT IS NO LONGER GOOD ENOUGH AND I NEED THIS IN CAPS SO I CAN'T GO BACK ON IT, OKAY? OKAY.

I have, since sometime in late January, been transcribing the sequel to my first NaNo novel, which I wrote in 2011 and shall thus call 11 (the sequel is going to be 12 for now) on to the very computer I write this on.
That is going really well, and I am super pleased with it. Hopefully that will all be done by June.
I am also ocassionally revising, writing new scenes and thinking about what I want/need to change in 11.
I have started two new stories this year, and one late last year- the late last year one is definitely one I seriously want to work more on, but it's been on hold since soon after I began it. The other two I haven't been working on too much or for too long (the revising-editing process distracts me from new writing), but I am planning on doing Camp NaNo this April (?) and am working on one of those newer ones during that (Camp NaNo novel is being called, currently, Peacocks and Ostentation).
Not writing new things as much as I would like, but I am very happy with things as they are currently going, because I know I'm not going to give up on these on-hold projects.

I have entered 2 short story competitions that end at the end of this month- The Moth Short Story Prize and the Brideport Short Story Prize (both British) and am planning on entering a few more next month. They're some of the first writing competitions I have entered of their type, and the first for this year, and I am incredibly excited and, perhaps this isn't something people are supposed to say about themselves but I do not care much for convention, so I am incredibly proud of myself. And I love that.

This is a long post- I enjoyed writing it. If you don't read it, that's okay. If you read part/s of it, that's okay, too. If you read it all, I'm impressed. Over all three ways and all others, I like it and am glad I wrote it. Procrastination seems to be leaving my system.

*Bloggy, I am sorry I said that. I do believe I may have offended you, and if you didn't realise throughout your pain as you read the rest of my words, I love you. I love you just the way you are, and I love the changes you allow me to make. x

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Get to know a blogger {2} Lisa from Badass Bookie.


{Get to know a blogger is a new feature I'm hosting on my blog during 2013- every fortnight, if I can, I will be posting a Q&A with a blogger, and together we can get to know just a little of the awesomeness that surrounds those in the blogging community. I think it's going to be fun.}

Today I am featuring Lisa from Badass Bookie.

Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Beautiful, Out-going, Funny, Loud, Slightly Narcissistic and Totally Badass.  :P 


Describe your blog in 5 words.
Better than yours. (Just Kidding)  


Has blogging changed anything about you?
Yes and no! I'm still the same girl but since I've start blogging , I've meet so many wonderful and like minded readers and I've met so many authors! I've discovered books I might never have discovered if I hadn't! It has taken up a whole chunk of my time but I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. And it's so nifty that I can socialise without moving! :D


Please describe the awesomeness of blogging in three words. (Hyphen’s may be used to cheat.)
It's pretty badass. 


What author/book/both have you found since you started to blog, that you can’t get enough of?
Richelle Mead - Legend. 
Stephanie Perkins - *fangirling*
John Green and his "TFIOS" - I don't think I've ever cried so much
Leigh Bardugo - A new favourite but a favourite of epic proportions!


What is one thing that people might not know about you?
I let the dogs out. It was me okay? 


What is the first book you truly loved. Like Darcy and Lizzie LOVE.
To pick one book is just so cruel! I don't think you can a reader to pick just one favourite, that's like saying look at the buffet dessert bar, now you're only allowed to eat one! :OOOOOO However The Gathering Dark was like rediscovering reading. It was like " this is what reading and love should be like' 


What fictional character do you think most resembles you?
Probably Adrian Ivashkov, as much as I want to pick some badass fighter chick with incredibly good looks. I think I'm more like Adrian, perfection in homo sapien form and probably more than a little delusional and narcissistic. :)


Thank you so much, Lisa, for taking part- lets hope the dog owner doesn't read them, otherwise you'll be in for it.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Unspoken (or the MYGOSHWHAT book) by Sarah Rees Brennan...

Title- Unspoken.
Author- Sarah Rees Brennan.
Publish date- 2012.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

(Goodreads)

Review...


What I thought:
So, I have titled this review "Unspoken (or the MYGOSHWHAT book)..." and I think that it probably says a lot about how I felt about this book.

I don't even have the words to comprehend.

I had very high expectations, despite my abhorance for those things, when I had been really wanting to read this for a while, but they lowered slightly around the time it was released here, and I personally dislike the Australian cover quite a lot, so I was worried I would end up not liking it even though it sounded so fantastic and I had read so many incredible reviews of it- there was still that frustrating unsure-ness within me. Which was shattered within a few pages.
Shattered.

So I actually make a coherent review, I'm breaking it down into three sections in which I will gush.

The characters-
Oh Kami Glass, how I adore you. She is one of the most fantastic protagonists that I have read in recent years and I find it a little difficult to imagine her being surpassed by anyone for my favourite heroine in 2013- Kami has sense, she can be a little headstrong but she isn't unthinking or one to make constant stupid choices. There were a few moments when I was hoping she would just open up to the people she cared about and trust them, but I also understood her hesitation. I love, love, love the fact that she is a lifelike character, I can relate to her really well and I can imagine her being a person I would know- she's very real and unafraid and confident- so many qualities that I adore.
And her clothing choices... they are incredible. Check out this post to see some of her choice outfits.

(The other characters were wonderful, too, if one particular one was super annoying at the end, but I feel like Kami needs all my focus)

The plot-
The plot is nothing like my expectations- I was constantly being surprised by the twists and surprises and situations the characters were put into. I really enjoyed it, there were a few things that I did not see coming in five hundred years and that took me a little while to accept/get used to, but overall I think it worked really well and certainly exceeded my expectations, even when I was at my most excited to read it.

The everything else-
The everything else about this book is practically perfect in every way, just like Jane Bennet- the other characters (I suppose I ought to mention them, if only briefly) were as intricately woven as Kami and some I immediately loved, especially Angela and Holly, and some I wasn't sure about, just like Kami- they could be good or bad and I wasn't sure how to react to the switching personalities, which I think is great because it keeps for surprise and suspense. I'm not a fan of this cover, as mentioned, and don't think it works for the book at all (I was uncomfortable at times reading it because I really didn't like the cover so much) so I'm definitely going to be buying myself a copy with the UK cover, because it's glorious, like this book.
Also, the ending. What even.

Rating- Excellent/Big Explosion MIND BLOWN-
Wow... this book is just incredible and wowowowowow- I highly recommend it for a book with suspense and intrigue and murder and mystery and an incredible heroine. By the end of it... oh my WHAT!? Tumblr save me from these feelings I don't know how to handle.



Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Books for when you're... (3)



Each fortnight I will showcase 1-2 books that I think would be fantastic reading if you're going through a  certian emotion/stage in your life.

Books for when you're in a book-hangover.
I dread book-hangovers and now have come to the assumption that I get one every year, since it's happened suring November and stretched to December for the past two years (something to do with NaNo, I think) and the feeling of finding the book that gets you back into reading is such an amazing feeling that it is what I'm covering this week.



Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Kidnapped was the book that got me out of my first book hangover- I think I began it mid-december of that year and just relished it; it's not a book that I can't get enough of, that I found the plot to be the best thing I'd ever read and that it changed my life and now sits on a silver and gold stand in my bedroom, always there and forever cherished. That is not the reality. The honest truth is that I can't actually see it clearly in my bookshelf and it was a book I had been given as a gift and hadn't read when I came to the book-hangover. I had started what felt like dozens of books and they'd all let me down, and then I opened this and everything just changed- I have no idea what it was, if it was going back to a classic or a novel written long ago instead of sticking with the current line of literateure, but something about Kidnapped got me and broke me out of that reading slump, and I do cherish it for that.


Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil.

Why I chose this book:
My second hangover novel- I read this late December 2012, by which time I had spent over three weeks reading another novel and was absolutely sick to death of not getting captivated by anything enough to be able to finish it in the time I usually would have. (2-4 days) And then this little ARC came along and I was back to the reading I remembered. It wasn't an immediate transition, but I felt it happening and love this book so much for it.



My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.

Why I chose this book:
I'm adding a third book to the list this time, because I think it goes without saying that I believe this book can fix any problem. My favourite book of all time is not fiction. It is not YA. It is My Family and Other Animals, a book that goes against so many of the genres that I'm not a huge fan of and yet and yet and yet- see the result. This book is magic, so whatever you need, just read this one.

Stay tuned for some more bookish suggestions for the good times, and the bad.
So far I've covered-