Hello everyone, I knows it been ages since frequent blog posts but hopefully I am back now!! Yaaaaaaayyy. I have recently finished the teaching side to my MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes and I am coming to the end of my one month stint in London working at publishing houses. I am so grateful to Biteback Publishing and Icon Books for taking me in and teaching me so much. If you have any questions about publishing/an MA in publishing or internships – drop me a message in the comments.
Due to my daily commute into London for the last month I have had a lot of reading time. Check out the books I have read in May below –
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Read Peter by Peter Dudgeon
Equal Power by Jo Swinson
Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee
The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Post-Truth by James Ball
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Midnight Sun by Trish Cook
(and I am currently reading) Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
A not so secret fact about myself is that I am a sucker for emotional narratives. It feels like a good book when my heart is penetrated by emotion and I am 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.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
After You by Jojo Moyes
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Atonement by Ian Mcewan
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 9
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?
On Thursday last week I went to an event at my university called Philip Pullman in discussion. Basically Pullman discussed his new book Le Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One for a while and then he signed books.
AHHHHH HE SIGNED BOOKS!!
I stupidly left my copy of his new book at home so I purchased a different copy of Northern Lights.
Have you read any of Philip Pullman’s books? Have you read his latest one?
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.
What have you read recently?
Also don’t forget to go and check out my Instagram or ‘bookstagram’ over at book_captivation.
Hey everyone, I have recently been absent because I went to Reading Festival and I have been organising my life ready to move to Oxford in September.
So, for the last three years (2014 – 2017) I have been doing my undergrad degree in English Literature in Bristol. (Only 40-50 minutes down the road from my hometown Swindon) Upon reflection, those three years were incredible. Of course at times I got caught up in the anxiety, stress and depression but I have gone out on the other side smiling…and you know what-for the first time-EVER- I feel proud. Proud of myself for gaining a high 2:1 in my degree and I am super proud of all the blood,sweat and tears I put into it.
I F**KING DID IT. YAAAASSS.
As mentioned above, university was incredible. I absolutely love learning and I am always hungry and eager for new information. Not only did I get to read some fantastic books along my journey but I also met the most amazing people. I LOVE THEM AND TRULY APPRECIATE THEM. True friends for life. As cliche as it sounds, it is true…when you work so intensely with someone or live with someone you skip early stages of friendship and BAM you’re besties for life. Oh sometimes this can go wrong an people clash but that didn’t really happen to me, I am still friends now with two of the people I met on the first day and still really close to those who I lived with in years two and three.
Do you live in Oxford? Where would you recommend going, eating, drinking, exploring. Tell me, tell me, tell me. I have only ever been to Oxford for theatre trips so I don’t know a lot.
Also, how fricking cool is it that I am going to be starting my Publishing Masters?? Like me? Oh yaasss, learning all about the wonderful world of publishing…watch out future publishing houses…I am coming for you. (*fingers crossed* hopefully) They can just pile my desk up with books to edit and market and I won’t even complain, “BRING MORE” I’ll shout. Remember when I did my publishing work experience last year and LOVED IT, that would be my life!!!
Any of my lovely followers completed an MA/ MASTERS? If so, how did you cope money wise? Actually anyone with money advice help me out because I am struggling to comprehend how I am going to survive the next year.
How did you feel about this informal little chat up we just had? We became best friends right? But – seriously – I love interacting with you and would love to actually get to know you more, so drop a comment below…please.
I do judge a book by its cover. SORRY. I just appreciate a really nice cover and my eyes are drawn to them in shops etc. That being said, if I know what a book is about and I am well informed, I don’t mind what the cover looks like. I will give any book a chance but ascetically speaking, I judge book covers.
I HATE when characters have stupid names in book or names that are hard to pronounce. When this happens…I either ignore the names while reading completely or the name pronunciation changes constantly.
Sometimes I am awful at finishing series. I know I KNOW, I am sorry. I have the best intention…and I want to finish the series but sometimes life gets in the way and time flies past, thus resulting in me not reading them.
I become attached to characters very quickly, especially if they are relatable.
I sometimes talk to my books in act of desperation for answers. WHHHYYYY….WHYYY would an author write such a heartbreaking narrative.
I have a very active face when I read, if you see me reading youll be able to know if I am enjoying it or not.