Book Club Recommendations needed…

Hello lovelies,

I need some help. I need you to leave me some book recommendations in the comments below!!  Myself and my university friends are planing on starting a book club and I need some great book titles to suggest.

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What have you read recently?

Also don’t forget to go and check out my Instagram or ‘bookstagram’ over at book_captivation. 

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Book update- 

I have just finished reading my review copy of Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. OMG I LOVVVVVVVEEEEE IT!!!


I am currently reading Turtles All The Way Down by the one and only JOHN GREEN. I have been longing for this book since the moment I finish all of his other books.

What are you currently reading?

Ravenclaw Book Recommendations

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“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.

As a lot of you will know, I am a Ravenclaw – Pottermore confirmed it and I feel it in my heart.

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Traits

  • Intelligence
  • Wit
  • Wisdom
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Individuality
  • Acceptance

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With these traits in mind, I thought I would recommend some books for fellow Ravenclaws.

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.                                                                41YICvWiv4L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_
  •  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard                                                                                                          Red_Queen_book_cover
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion                                                Unknown
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan                                                       Atonement_(novel)
  • Emma by Jane Austen                                                  dea4b84617fbfb1cc211377e41ee195c--emma-book-jane-austen-books
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl                                                                          Unknown.jpgblog-dividers.png

 

  • So, what did you think of this post and my picks?
  • Would you like it if I did the other houses?
  • Shall I do a part two of this?

Bookstagram

I am becoming a frequent user of instragam, especially on my book page. I think you should go and check out my page and maybe give me a cheeky follow. Make sure you comment that you’ve come from my blog so I can follow you back! 😊 

My Instagram is – book_captivation    …here is a sneaky peak. 📚🤓💫🍂🍁👑📝


THESE BOOKS CHANGED MY LIFE

A not so secret fact about myself is that I am a sucker for an emotional narratives. It feels like a good book when my heart is penetrated by emotion and I left paralysed by long lasting thoughts. Anyone else feel this?

So I thought I would write a post today about the books that did just that and more… evidently I love a bit of sadness and romance.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. tumblr_nbqeo7YtmY1t0h4iro1_500.gif
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes tumblr_o2wzo4siN61tvwtbwo2_540.gif
  3. After You by Jojo Moyes 565460tumblrinlinen9lux5wo6V1si5usg.gif
  4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult tumblr_munj4dk3xT1skktn6o1_500.gif
  5. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher 1.gif
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak tumblr_n3qqikAkad1s51xako3_500.gif
  7. The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood 997d2901a513e94d5e60cfcb0d2d6fc3.gif
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 2.gif
  9. Atonement by Ian Mcewan tumblr_lmv3l9v2NR1qzeiyio1_500.gif
  10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 91220636d-cc0c-4f49-b8ba-bfaa5d71d317.gif

Lucky for me 9 out of 10 of these books are films (which also BROKE ME and my poor little heart). Come on After You I am here and waiting for a movie version. I need visual closure as well. Each one of these books absolutely ripped my heart out and made me cry pools and pools of tears. I probably could have filled a swimming pool of tear after these books.

  • Have you read these wonderful books or seen the films?
  • I live by the fact that you have to read the book first but it is okay if you have not…lets chat.
  • What books broke you?
  • Can you recommend any books for me based on these books?

Penguin Bloom: The odd little bird who saved a family.

*Thank you so much to Canongate for sending me this book to review.*

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-Book description –

Penguin Bloom is an extraordinary true story full of hope and courage, featuring Cameron Bloom’s exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.
Penguin the Magpie is a global social media sensation. People the world over have fallen in love with the stunning and deeply personal images of this rescued bird and her human family. But there is far more to Penguin’s story than meets the eye. It begins with a shocking accident, in which Cameron’s wife, Sam, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralysed and deeply depressed.

Into their lives comes Penguin, an injured magpie chick abandoned after she fell from her nest. Penguin’s rescue and the incredible joy and strength she gives Sam and all those who helped her survive demonstrates that, however bleak things seem, compassion, friendship and support can come from unexpected quarters, ensuring there are always better days ahead. This plucky little magpie reminds us all that, no matter how lost, fragile or damaged we feel, accepting the love of others and loving them in return will help to make us whole.

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Check out this book trailer for the book from Cameron Bloom himself. 

 

Are you intrigued now by the book? Do you feel the urge to rush to the bookshop and devour this heartbreaking story of love and loss? (the answer should definitely be yes)

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-Book Review- 

Warning this book has the power to break your heart but also leaves you with such a sense of overcoming and love. You will be paralysed by the contrast emotions…so much so, that you will be plunged into a deep thought process. IT IS PERFECT. I literally laughed, cried (cried a lot), gushed with love and cried some more at this book.

“She learnt to fly and she would move further afield and not come back for days. Then three days later, she’d come squawking at the front door and let herself in.”

Instantly when I saw this book, I know I would absolutely love it…AND…I did. It did not disappoint.  Not only is the story of this book beautifully woven with deep emotion and love but the pictures of the family leave you breathless.

Upon finishing this book, I places it delicately on my knee, lent back and took a deep breath. I awaited the deep emotions and I longed for more of the book to appear. ‘Oh, why did it have to end….whhhyyyy?’  

Cameron and Sam welcomed the injured baby bird into their home with their three children with welcoming arms. They even refer to her as their ‘baby girl’ and the boys’ ‘younger sister.’ How heart-warminingly beautiful is that? I have always had such an admiration and longing for animal-human connections because of their simple love and beauty.

Take these two passages for example – JUST INCREDIBLE.

“While all this was going on Sam was fighting her own battle to regain movement and her sense of self, after her terrible accident. Her overwhelming feeling of loss made it hard for her to face the world. She even avoided old friends whom she loved dearly as it was impossible to articulate her grief, frustration and anger at what had happened to her without falling apart.”

“Though both were extremely fragile when they met, Sam and Penguin found new strength in each other, and within themselves. Sam took up kayaking and eventually became a national champion. And Penguin finally started to stretch out her growing wings.”

Having such an active life and passionate dreams one day and then having all of that ripped away is of course incomprehensible for most us because it has not happened to us. After devouring this book, I am in awe of how this family handle the situation and loved the quirky element of Penguin helping them out.

Seriously, go check out this book…it is charming, engaging and inspiring.

It is also an easy read…apart from the break to cryI read this book so quickly.  If you want to read a quick book that will leave you feeling loved, shocked, happy, sad and inspired. GO GO GO.

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Have you read this book? If so, comment below.

 

 

2017 reading so far…

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Dissertation Books- 

  1. Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
  2. Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
  3. Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
  4. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
  5. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
  6. Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
  7. Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
  8. Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Tear

University Books- 

  1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  3. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  4. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  5. Close Range by Annie Proulx

Books I read for fun-  

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
  3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  4. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  8. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  9. My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger
  10. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  11. The Book of You by Claire Kendal
  12. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  13. Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon
  14. Twist Me by Anna Zaires
  15. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  16. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  17. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  18. Ordeal by Linda Lovelace
  19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  20. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  21. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

So, that is 34 books so far this year…not great but it was a challenging academic year.