(This is another post from my University blog, I decided to post this because I thought it would give you an insight into my personality. I am a nerd, okay? And sometimes I just like to silently cry into a book. )
First thing you need to know about me is that I am a crier.
I can literally cry at anything; from emotional television adverts to powerful writing, grabbing at me from inside a book. I am also one of those people that although I know I will end up on the floor curled up and crying. I continue to both watch and read these heart wrenching narratives.
These tear jerking narratives pulling and pulling at my heart string, making me feel connected to the characters before the author aggressively pulls out my heart completely.
As I mentioned I am a sucker for an emotionally compelling book and within this post I am going to confess the two most recent,that truly broke me.
1.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
This book…ahh…this book shattered my heard into a trillion pieces, in the most beautiful way possible. I read this book in one sitting, completing it in four hours. I think the reason the ending of this book hurt me soo much, was the fact I felt connected to the characters and their unique attitudes to death struck me and gave me hope that everything would be okay. EVERYTHING WAS NOT OKAY. I remember once I finished this book; I led on the floor sobbing while contemplating life.If you have read this book, can you relate to this? If you have not read this, stop everything, go find a copy and read it. It truly is a beautifully heart-breaking novel that portrays the necessity of suffering through the eyes of its protagonist Hazel Grace.
2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
This book is the third instalment in the Divergent trilogy. Veronica Roth crushed my heart. She made me admire, fall in love and relate to the main protagonist Tris and then set me up to fall deep down into despair. When I read this book, I was naive in thinking that reader and author had an unspoken rule that never- under any circumstances was it okay to kill off a main character…BUT NO…it happens in this book and it will ruin you. The magical thing about these books is that they get people invested in the characters in such a wonderful and delicate way that you cannot resist falling for them. Once again, after I finished the final page I was left curled up and pondering ‘WHY?’ left sobbing and begging for answer.
I love these books because they left me thinking, reflecting and feeling deep emotions. It baffles and amazes me that words have the power to do this to someone and show them pieces of society that they have not witnessed themselves. I am always eager to learn, which makes me really proud to be an active reader because I felt like I travelled on their journeys alongside them; watching as both female protagonists grew and learnt new aspects of themselves. I admire and respect that way in which John Green opened my eyes to the suffering that goes hand in hand with cancer because it make me grateful for everyday that I am happy and healthy.
I think that both of these books changed the way I think and act today because although they are just books on the surface, when you read them they grasp you and force you to self-reflect.
I previously posted these on my University blog for one of my modules…
If you haven’t heard of Gillian Flynn, where have you been? Last year one of her books was made into a worldwide successful seller – this book/film is called Gone Girl. It quickly became a literary sensation; selling over 2 million copies. I find her writing compelling, frightening and extraordinary. Before I read Gone Girl I did not realise my passion and obsession for the genre crime thriller; how exciting and intriguing I found it.
To this date,she has written four books;
1.In 2006 she released her first book – Sharp Objectswhich contains themes of a dysfunctional family,self-harm and violence. As the narrative unravels the reader is forced to become active and keep guessing at who the serial killer is. This book will be made into a television series.
2. In 2009 she released her second book – Dark Places which tackles themes of sexual and alcoholic abuse, alongside the daunting grief of death. This book has been made into a film which will be released soon.
3. In 2012 she released her third book – Gone Girl which depicts the concerns between husband and wife and how the media can construct and story and build evidence against an innocent. Not only was this book at number one of the New York bestseller list for eight weeks but it was also made into a popular film.
4. In 2015 she released her forth book- The Grownup – “A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud” I recently read this one and absolutely loved it, although it was really short it still captivated me and made me want me.
I have read four out of four of the books above and the extraordinary aspect of Flynn’s writing is that each one ended completely different to how I expected it to, the way in which she manipulates the narrative through changing the point of view throughout is astounding and amazes me every time I read them. I am sure that her latest release will not disappoint, have any of you read it and want to encourage me further to pick it up? The way each of her stories is about a strong and opinionated female protagonists who takes control of the dark and twisted plots makes me proud and empowered as a women to see them at the front line of literature today.
If you haven’t guess yet, I adore Flynn!
If you haven’t read any of her books, go to a bookshop now and pick up one of her books or click the links below for Amazon.
I have yet to read Shatter Me, however Papertowns and Wither are two of my favourite books.
2. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?
I absolutely love this book! Sylvia Plath’s writing is just extraordinary.
3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.
I have gone with the obvious and chosen the Harry Potter series…
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.
I am going to have to go with Harry Potter again because ‘Ahhh HOGWARTS’
5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.
I choose this book because the ‘feels’ are still there, I read this a few years ago and it broke me. Even now when I read it, I get trapped in the vicious circle of fallen madly in love with the characters and then getting my heart shattered. Blue is also my favourite colour so this cover automatically sprang to mind.
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
I choose this book because not only is it my favourite book within the Twilight Saga but it is also has a lot of meaning to me. This book really altered me as a teenager and removing all of the negatively surround the protagonist, Bella made me feel normal because I was awkward and shy. This book also allowed me (fourteen year old Shan) to met the three main characters and interview them in Los Angeles because I won a competition. So, yeah that is why it is associated with fond memories.
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I only choose this book because it is the one I am currently reading for my course and right now it is quite difficult to get into. I am sure it is an amazing book…anyone read it and want to motivate me?
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?
Clarissa! I will finish this, I WILL. I just want to be able to say ‘woo, I have read the longest book in English’.
What Would Life be Like if You Knew You Were an Immortal Spiritual Being?
“It is my viewpoint that each man has his own unique magnificence regardless of race, religion, nation, tribe, station in life, customs and beliefs…,” so writes poet, Louis Alan Swartz.
Constructed of Magic and Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit is a refreshing collection of poems that explore the beauty of who we are as spiritual beings. Our ability to love, dream, create futures, even die with dignity are all part of who we are and why we are here. These poems don’t pretend to give final answers to any of the big questions about life, but they do help us to look and come to our own understanding.
“This book is a testament to the poet’s vision-an understanding and appreciation for the spiritual and aesthetic nature of mankind….There is a peaceful calmness that cascades over me when I read the joy that Louis Swartz communicates in these poems. I invite you to share that experience with me.” Bernard Percy Educator, Speaker, Author.
We invite you to discover the magic in these poems that are infused throughout with a terrific appreciation of humankind. As Swartz concludes in his introduction, “If by reading them, one individual is able to get an inkling of the actual length and breadth of his ability to do good, my purpose in writing them will be achieved.”
Due to the fact I am an English Literature student I am no stranger to poetry and this certain collection of poems did not disappoint. Many of them were interesting, compelling and left me pondering perplexing thoughts and some definitely pulled on my heartstrings.
This collection of poetry was split into eleven different topics…
This made the poems really easy to read and digest. The book was also scattered with drawings throughout, which I absolutely loved! It added extra meaning to the poems and forced my imagination to explore the beauty of the words. At some points while reading the poetry I truly lost myself, fully immersed in the eloquence of the words.
I would recommend reading these poems because they are full of exquisite imagery and magnify the the importance life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Louis Alan Swartz has dedicated his life to helping others find their ability as immortal spiritual beings. He has traveled extensively in Africa, India, Europe, and the Middle East. He lives in Los Angeles with Connie, his wife of twenty-eight years.
I want to try something new and put myself out there because I really want my passion for books, life and happiness to shine through and although I hope my blog already emphasizes these qualities. I want to push myself further and perhaps try and video blog on YouTube.
I am just super worried about being overly awkward and shy, if I posted a video about my August ‘to be read books’ or ‘my top five favourite books’ (or something along those lines) would you lovely follows watch it and give me criticism?
My fear level at the moment is Ron + spiders.
I would love for you to get to know me more and I believe this will help my confidence and allow me to prove (to myself) that I can do anything I desire with determination.
Want to help me achieve getting over my fear?
Support me and lets go on this adventure together…
The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Iléa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice…and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
I read all of ‘The Selection’ books in three days but work life has taken over, forcing me to abandon my blog. I have miss it! First of all throughout this book I was still shipping Maxon and America hard.
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.” “Shhh,” I urged. “I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don’t want to die without you knowing that.” “Please don’t,” I choked.
I like how within this book America really wanted to be with Maxon, I felt like it was just them against the world. Especially when they would go against the King’s orders and just live within the moment, in their own little bubble. I am a hopeless romantic okay! I sort of wish I was America because I personally would not mind living in a castle, wearing extravagant dresses and fighting to be a Princess. What I really appreciated about America was that she stayed true to herself, she did not get lost within all the drama and became submissive to the King, she stood up for herself. I was literally screaming at the book like ‘YES America! You go girl.’
Just like the other two books, this book was easy and enjoyable to read. America’s strong and stubborn inner monologue once again compelled me to keep reading and relate to her, it also created a comedic element to the writing. This book answered the questions that The Selection triggered…’who are these rebels?’, ‘what do they want?’ etc every character within this series such as Maxon, Aspen and America evolved throughout this book which make love them even more.
This book got serious quick…America made up her mind, people died, America was injured, the power of the King was a dominant feature and the selection itself got intense.
This book was also emotional! One of my favorite characters died within this book which absolutely broke me, however I understand that it allowed the story to swiftly move on. One death I was really happy that it happened because the character angered me throughout the book, which made me want to jump into the book and slap them.
I do not want to riddle this review with spoilers so if you have reads this book please comment below because I would absolutely love to discuss this book further.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, she is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
As this book proceeded to grasps my attention and heart I fell deeper and deeper in love with Kiera Cass’s world she wonderfully created through impeccable writing. (Do not get me wrong, this book will not join the literary cannon and be respected by all but for a quick, enjoyable read it is really good) .
I could feel America’s feisty and stubborn personality oozing from the page, which intrigued me to the point where I could not move, eat, drink or sleep until the book was finished and I could start the next one. I absolutely love reading series because they allow me to fully invest into the characters and become emotionally attached, which furthers my enjoyment.
This book once again follows the protagonist America Singer as she goes on a journey of self discovery while taking part in ‘the selection’. This time there are only six girls continuing to fight for Maxon’s heart, in order to become a One, lead the country and become a Queen. Within this book the reader gets glimpses into Maxon’s relationships with the other girls through the perspective of America due to the fact the book is written from her perspective. This device once again allowed me, as a reader to get closer to the protagonist due to the dramatic irony which allowed me to know more about America than any of the other characters, especially Maxon with regards to Aspen. Although this perspective limited my opinion of the other girls because my judgement was clouded by America’s strong opinions, I really liked her internal monologue.
Although I do prefer dystopian novels such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Divergent Series’ I did enjoy reading these books they were; easy, fast pace and captivating. The only thing I wish that was different was the tension and importance of the rebel attacks, I wanted more.
WAYS THAT THIS BOOK IS SIMILAR TO THE HUNGER GAMES
The story contains a love triangle. One girl and two boys; one boy from original life and the other one someone new.
There is a competition where people are eliminated in order to win and become richer etc.
Both books include an uprising in which the people are inspired by the fearless and strong female protagonists.
The selection has a caste while The Hunger Games has different districts and the characters within the books are judged based on their district/caste.
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review (and to take part in the book tour) and I honestly can say that I really enjoyed. It was not too long or super short, it was captivating and passionate.
As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications.Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and I are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.
Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.
So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.
I guess I should start with the basics. The back story. I was born and raised in California. At this point I’m usually asked what it was like to grow up near the beach, but sadly, I don’t know. I grew up in the “other” part of California. Perfect for an aspiring writer, if you ask me. You learn a lot about keeping yourself busy when the nearest house is a mile away…and it belongs to your grandparents.
By the time I went to high school, I started writing romance. Why? Because I met my very own prince charming. I wrote love poems in my journal about the green eyed boy that stole my heart. He promised, the way all storybook hero’s do, to sweep me away and take me on a grand adventure. And he did.
We picked up and moved to the Lone Star State, and began the story of us. The best stories begin without a road map or a compass. Veering off course makes the journey so much more interesting.
True to form, just when I thought my life was set, we started the next adventure. I traded in my cowboy boots and followed my green eyed boy to Las Vegas. My home will always be in Texas, but my heart is anywhere that he is.
Writing is what I love. I might stray from the romance every now and then if that is what moves me…but I always come back. Some of the stories don’t seem romantic at all. They are gritty stories about flawed characters that find each other and hold on tight. Those are the stories that speak to me. Because that’s life. I believe that every story should have a happy ending- even the difficult ones.
I really liked this book, it was captivating and easy to read. I absolutely loved how this book was written in Cameron’s point of view because his witty and sarcastic tone really helped to draw into the narrative, while making it easy to connect with him. This connection between protagonist and reader is further encouraged through Cameron’s internal dialogue, which gives the reader a glimpse into the raw and emotional Cameron who hides behind the rock star facade.
I also really liked the fact that Lily is a complex character and not just another pretty face who becomes infatuated with a popular band member. She is feisty and represents a very modern working women who can stand her ground, which I absolutely loved and respected. Their relationship together was really intense, passionate and intriguing due to the two main characters personalities and chemistry.
I am so happy that this is the first book within the Sixth Street Series because I am definitely ready to read more! Frost’s writing is humorous, easy to read and engaging. If you are looking for a quick, fast pace book to read you should definitely check this out because I hope that just like me, you will enjoy it.