BOOK HANGOVER?

Have you ever suffered from a book hangover? I know I sure have.

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I few things I do when I have finished a book:

  • Become soo obsessed with the beautiful writing that you have to order EVERY other book the author has written.
  • After seriously looking a book I roam the internet for hours trying to find fandom communities for that book.
  • Long for a movie adaptation of the book and hope it is perfect.
  • Having a countdown on my phone until the release date of the book.
  • Although I am grateful for the book, I wish I could return back time and read it again. I envy those who have yet to discover the brilliance of the authors and narratives.
  • I force my friends to read the books so we can ‘fangirl’ together or have a debate.
  • Get obsessed with the characters within the books and the actor/actresses playing them in the film adaptation.
  • I realise I cannot completely escape within the novel, which makes reality suck.
  • I realise I will never get a boyfriends with all the qualities of my favourite boy characters.
  • I panic that I will never find another book that will fill my life with such joy
  • I become Matilda
  • I start to use book slang such a ‘Muggles’
  • I ponder how I will use my new vocabulary I learnt while reading the book in everyday life.

Have you ever felt any of those feelings after reading a book? Or anything else … please let me know in the comments below.

The Elite by Kiera Cass

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THE ELITE DESCRIPTION 

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.

ce014-ilovethisbook 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.

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I am still infatuated with Maxon! TEAM MAXON.

The Liebster Award (s)

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THE RULES…

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog!
  2. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
  5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees!

I have been nominated for three Liebster awards so I thought I would just do them all together… I am just going to stick to 11 of each, except the questions. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THESE THREE LOVELY BLOGS!

https://jetweasleybookreviews.wordpress.com/

https://booksandfeathers.wordpress.com/

https://booknerdmind.wordpress.com/


11 FACTS ABOUT ME…

  1. I am a bit of a socially awkward person, meaning that I get super shy all the time. 

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2. I want to have a library in my house when I grew up.

library3. Thinking about growing up scares me quite a lot, for the last 13 years I have been in education and will be till 2017 when I hopefully will graduate.

4. I really miss working at the cinema, (I had to leave when I went to University).

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5.  I  do not know where I get passion for reading from, everyone in my family seems to think I am the shy, awkward and nerdy one that just likes to read.

6. I am in love with the Saccone Joly’s on Youtube, if you don’t know them please go check them out because they are so cute and funny. They upload daily vlogs so I feel like I know them haha. I just love youtubers to be fair.

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7. I love watching tv series, it allows me time to become emotionally invested in the characters. Warning do not become invested in Grey’s Anatomy characters because they do not last long…

8. My favourite colour is blue…woo to blue

9. I feel like I am a really boring person  because  I cannot seem to think of 11 facts about me.

10. I live in Bristol (for University), My mum, step dad and sister live in Swindon. While my dad lives in Denmark with my step mum and both of my Nan’s live in London.  Although it is difficult to not have your family right there, it makes me appreciate them more.

11. I really like history and when I was younger I wanted to become a history teacher, but then I discovered the beauty of English.


THE QUESTIONS I HAVE BEEN ASKED…

The Book Dectective…

1.What would your patronus be?     I love this question, I think I would be a Doe.

2. Who is your favourite Greek God? Apollo, god of the sun, truth, music and poetry. 

3.If you could write a story like Harry Potter, what would you name your main character? eg. Isla Inkwell and the Astronomer’s Stone.  I really like name Aria…so maybe Aria and the cave of happiness 

4. What is your favourite genre to read? Oh this is hard to answer, I like fantasy books I guess. 

5.Which would you rather be: Shadowhunter, Wizard at Hogwarts, Gallagher Girl, Alien from Lorien, Divergent in Dauntless, Tribute of the Hunger Games, Agent of Spectrum, Consulting Detective, Doctor’s Companion, or a Targaryen?  Can I be all of them? I want to be a Divergent in dauntless, taking refuge in Hogwarts before going off to become a tribute in the Hunger Games. 

6.What book got you hooked on reading?  Ummm The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory, it was the first book I properly read. 

thumb_95ae667216e2392a8bf302d55c1d26cc7.What inspired your blog name? I am going to talk about Captivated~By ~Fantasy, I choose this because it is my tumblr name but it also what happens with me because when I read, I allow myself to be captivated.

8. What element would you like to manipulate/bend; water, fire, earth, air, metal, or spirit?   water 

9.  What is your favourite read of this year? Probably Fight Club because it was incredible.

10. Who is your favourite character of all time?  Bella from Twilight

  1.  If you could date one fictional character, who would it be… and why?  Four from Divergent

Books ‘n’ Feathers blog asked me…

1.Would you ever set a book on fire just because it has upset/pissed you off?  noo never!

2.How many hours do you spend inside a bookstore? Way too many, I could live in there. 

3.What book reminds you of a phase in your life which you don’t want to ever be reminded of?  Twilight eclipse because it reminds me of the time I went to LA to interview the Twilight Cast, wooo 14 year old Shan. 

4.If there is just one last copy of your favourite book remaining in the world and your best friend’s kidnapper is after it, would you give up your fav book to save your best friend or not? I would definitely sacrifice my favourite book for my friend 😀 proving how much of a good friend I am. 

5.Do you keep a diary? yes 

6.What do you enjoy the most about writing? just being able to express myself because I am not that great at talking about my feelings. 

7.Do you talk to random strangers about a book which you see them holding? I have to admit I do try and talk to people, if they are holding a book I love and they look approachable.  I love seeing people reading. 

8.Do you think people should slow down on tweeting about books every minute of the day when they can actually spend that time reading? I have  never thought about it, but sometimes when I get  really  excited I just need to write about it rather than read more. 

9.Which place would you love to visit in winter?  New York 

10.Are you a coffee/tea drinker? both!!! I love hot drinks so much. 

11.Would you stop using that lipstick you apply everyday if you know that whales are being killed everyday because of you? yes

Book Nerd blog asked me… 

1.Where do you want to go that you read about in a book?  HOGWARTS!!!

2. What is your favorite genre? like to read anything and everything. 

 3.Have you always liked to read, or is it something you just started to like randomly one day…  I went on holiday once and went to the resorts book section (where people left their books) and picked up a book to read by the pool and I liked the way I could escape within it so from that moment I continued to read. 

4.What is your favorite book that got turned into a movie? The Fault in Our Stars

5.What is your favorite snack to eat while reading? crisps 

6.What was the worst book you’ve ever read? Umm this is really hard, I cannot think of anything right now. 

7.Do you use the same bookmark every time you read a book, or do you just grab the closest thing and use it has a marker? I grab the closest thing I can

8. Is there a certain book or series that you have read over and over and over again? Harry Potter, Divergent and Twilight

9. What’s the longest book you’ve ever read? I don’t know 

10. Favorite subject in school? English 

11.If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be?  I think I would get along really well with Hermione. 

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MY NOMINEES…

  1. https://whatdoesonedowiththat.wordpress.com/
  2. https://inspiredbyabook.wordpress.com/
  3. https://acrossthebooks.wordpress.com/
  4. https://beccaandbooks.wordpress.com/
  5. http://bookishroyalty.wordpress.com/
  6. https://abritishgirlsblog.wordpress.com/
  7. http://thebookwormhole.com/
  8. https://blanketsbooksandcoffeecups.wordpress.com/

I know I am meant to nominate 11 but I see that quick a few of the people I wanted to nominate have already had this award a few times and I did not want to annoy them or the people nominated me.


MY QUESTIONS…

  1. What was your favourite book as a kid?
  2. What is your favourite classic (if you read them) 
  3. What are you currently reading?
  4. Why did you start a book blog?
  5. What is your favourite contemporary authors?
  6. How long is your “to-read” pile?
  7. Which book have you re-read more than 3 times? If any?
  8. What is your favourite genre ? 
  9. Who is your ultimate favourite author?
  10.  If you could be friends with a fictional character who would it be? 
  11. If you had to choose a fictional partner (boyfriend or girlfriend) who would it be?

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I WISH I COULD LIVE IN WATERSTONES…

images (3)  I got lose myself within Waterstones, I went in there today and just wanted to run around like a crazy lady and grab all the books I wanted to buy. If I won the lottery, one of the first things I would do would be go to Waterstones and buy all the books me heart desires.

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Reason why I love books so much…

  • I love escaping into the different worlds.
  • I gain so much knowledge and love from a book.
  • There is a book to match every mood for example; when I am sad I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. (EXCELLENT BOOK…GO READ)
  • I discover more about myself in books. 
  • Gain friends through fangirling through books.
  • I fall in love with fictional characters.
  • I become best friends with relatable protagonists.
  • I get to obsess about books, books and books.
  • I can force my friends to read a book I love with my tantalizing passion for the book.
  • I get to explore so many genres.
  • I get hit with the brutal book hangover after reading a mesmerizing book.
  • I can relate to Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
  • …and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.” — Franz Kafka

Today my best friend and I were walking around waterstones for ages like…

  • ‘OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING’
  • ‘AHH THIS BOOK THOUGH’
  • ‘HAVE YOU READ THIS?’
  • ‘THIS IS MY FAVOURITE!’
  • ‘I LOVE THIS BOOK!’
  • ‘YOU SHOULD READ THIS, IT IS INCREDIBLE’
  • THE CLASSICS SECTION, AHHHH!
  • READ THIS…NOW!

Could you live in waterstones? You would just have to take food and a blanket but come on, you have alllll the books there.

The Fault in Our Stars

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Let me just rewind back to when I first discovered the captivating and overwhelming book that is THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. While reading it I could feel my perspective on life shift and I found myself questioning my purpose of life. “What did I want to achieve?”, “Am I making the most out of my life?” and most importantly I pondered “What can I personally do to make other happy?” I read the spectacular book within four hours because I just could not stop reading; I was completely hooked and wanted to finish reading in order to know if Hazel Grace was okay as I fully lost myself within her character.

My mum later laughed at me because for four hours I did not move from my space on the sofa, all I did was sit there reading, crying, laughing and shouting “NOOOOOOOO this cannot happen”, “NOOOO John Green you cannot do this.”

Once I had finished the book, I truly could not form a coherent thought so I led on my dull grey floor and procrastinated for hours before my family started to worry where I was. The time allowed all of the miss placed jigsaw pieces that I should call my thought battle it out in order to be the most prominent.  “Why is life so unfair for some people?” “Why can’t I help?” The reality of life and death really hit me, it may sound completely ridiculous but I felt as if I had personally lost someone important in my life and I just could not break free from the hypnotizing emptiness caused by the loss of a fictional character. I know I crazy but like I said in my previous post I have a tendency to get overly attached to fictional character due to the fact I use books as an escapism.