10 ways to overcome a book slump…

Recently I have been in a bit of a bookish slump, I  keep picking up books – reading a bit and then putting it down. Urg, I hate myself for doing this…come on Shannon – just read the darn book.

So, to motivate myself and you – I am going to reveal my top tips for getting out of a book slump.

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1. Stop reading the book you are currently reading:

This might sound like a strange thing to say but sometimes the book is just not right for you at this time in your life. It is stopping your progression, slowing you down and hindering your ability to move on – so put it down and pick another book.

2. Start a smaller book:

Size does matter! If you’re feeling the dread of a big book, do not rush your reading experience and force yourself to read it quickly. We all know there is no better feeling than finishing a book, so go and pick up a smaller book or an easy read because you will feel fab-u-lous once your read that last page. You will feel like your reading mo-jo is back, embrace it and let it motivate you.  Even if you just read one of the £1 penguin modern classics – reading is reading.

3. Switch genre:

You might not be feeling the genre anymore, so mix it up and try something else. This is also a good time to explore a completely new genre that is outside your comfort zone. Go for it!

4. Pick up an old friend:

This is where I would be whacking out one of the Harry Potter books for comfort (probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) or The Bell Jar. Sometimes you just have to return to an old favourite and remind yourself why you love reading so much. For me, in my hectic life – I just need to zone out sometimes and lose myself within books.

5. Start or join a bookclub:

I have failed at this more times than I should admit – I have the best intention of going and then I don’t or me and my friends organise our own , read the book and then never discuss it. But I will join a bookclub soon, I will!

6. Set your own goals:

If you are an introvert like me and not fond of the bookclub idea, set your own goals to motivate yourself. Easy or hard goals will act as a reminder to you – this is why I love the Goodreads Reading Challenge because I can track what I have read and achieved so far and how far I have to go.

7. Reorganise your bookshelf:

If you’re anything like me, this tip will help you live your most organised life while also familiarising yourself with books you have forgotten about. We have all been there haven’t we? Moved a book and discovered a forgotten hidden gem.

8. Go book shopping:

I love a good bookshop! They are cozy, warm, full of wonderful people and of course, books! What more could you want? Go and motivate yourself with some new reads and grab a cup of tea if they have a coffee shop.

9. Watch a book to film adaptation:

Sometimes you just want/need a break from reading…do not judge yourself too harshly and just relax with a good movie.

10. Listen to a bookish podcast or audiobook:

This may be a podcast by your favourite author or a podcast about books! Like tip number 9, be kind to yourself and seek comfort in other forms. Some people do not view audiobooks as reading but it is – do not be ashamed of listening.

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  • What are you book slump tips?
  • Do you agree with any of mine?

Guest Post: The Sheriff’s Catch by James Vella Bardon.

*Today’s post is by author James Vella Bardon. Thank you James for writing such a wonderful guest post for my blog. Readers, it would be fabulous if you could check the author out, watch his book trailer and ultimately – READ THE BOOK.  If you have read this book, let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you and I am sure James would also love to see your comments. *

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The Making Of The Sheriff’s Catch / Introducing James Vella-Bardon

I don’t think you can beat well-researched novels which are also fast-paced. It doesn’t matter if they’re in eBook format on your smart phone, leaving you to miss your train stop on your way home from work. Or if they’re paperbacks that you hide under your pillow with a small torch, so that you can read late past midnight long after the missus and kids are asleep.
There’s heaps of other people I know who love these breaknjeck page-turners which leave you too breathless to realise just how quickly you’ve read the story. Yet for some reason these sorts of books are so hard to find. I remember reading The Fellowship Of The Ring when I was ten and sick in bed. It was a magical week that I’ll never forget, in which my eyes were absolutely glued to the page while I read the chapter about the fellowship fleeing orcs and a flaming balrog in the Mines of Moria. Reading that chapter left me wondering: what if I could one day create the same levels of anticipation and exhilaration for other readers, all through written words on a page?
There have been other similar works which have also stirred great emotions inside me while also teaching me a lot about different periods in real human history. Henri Charriere’s Papillon was quite simply ‘crack on a page’ from cover to cover, not to mention the opening chapter of ‘Q’ by the band of Bologna-based writers who call themselves Luther Blissett (and subsequently Wu Ming). The first-person account of Gert from the well fleeing Catholic forces with the unconscious Anabaptist Thomas Muntzer was like something out of Mel Gibson’s Apocalytpo. Precious few novels have evoked the same exhilaration and burning curiousity, and in my case these have included Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Sharpe’s Tiger’, Perez-Reverte’s Captain Alatriste series and more recently Tim Willocks’ ‘The Twelve Children Of Paris’.

What if I could write a whole novel with the same first-hand intensity? Something which you couldn’t put down, like ‘The Da Vinci Code’? But without the dryness of an airport read and without all the sagging, flouncy, hellishly boring bits usually contained in a Booker Prize-winning novel? And even better still: what if I could produce a series of books like that, with a story arc akin to those created by fantasy writers like Tolkien, David Eddings and Stephen Donaldson?

At the age of 25 I finished university and with my tertiary studies off my back, I instantly knew what I had to do. I was working in Brussels when I decided to try my hand at writing a fantasy epic, but I knew that the Dark Lord vs the forces of good theme had been done to death and was wearing a bit thin. Rehashing former fantasy series just wasn’t a stimulating enough venture for me. It was during that period of deliberation that I received a book called ‘Romegas’ by Carmel Testa as a birthday gift from my uncle Klaus in Malta. I was instantly drawn towards the stark differences in customs and traditions between the people of the 16th Century, and immediately decided that this world would be the canvas for my novel. But what sort of story should I write?

The key spark of inspiration occurred a couple of years later, shortly after I had emigrated to Sydney, Australia. I walked into a second hand bookstore and picked up a small historical nonfiction book by the Irish journalist T. P. Kilfeather, called ‘Ireland: Graveyard Of The Spanish Armada’. Spanish Armada in Ireland? What was this about? Yet I hardly started to read the first page, that I did not put the book down until I’d read it all. I bought it for three bucks and staggered out of the shop, feeling like I’d just been on the wildest rollercoaster ride I’d ever been on. Moria? Orcs? Papillon? The stories of the Spanish Armada castaways in Ireland ate all that up for breakfast!

I locked myself away in my studio flat, typing out my first twelve-chapter draft in less than a week, subsequently realising that the first draft required further rewriting and editing. I stuck to this project like a hound on the scent, editing and rewriting it again and again for years on end until I developed my voice. Extensive research was also carried out on this period of history, which was nearly as addictive as the writing itself!

And how couldn’t it be? The Spanish Armada shipwrecks in Ireland were a juncture at which three starkly different cultures met: counter-reformist Spaniards, reformist English and the late medieval Irish. There were just too many dramatic episodes to cover, from the preparation and voyage of the Spanish Armada itself, to the dramatic slaughter of Spanish castaways along the Irish beaches, with desperate ‘man on the run’ stories of those Spaniards who managed to elude the great bloodbath along the beaches.

As if this story was not amazing enough, nothing prepared me for the wonder and complexity of 16th Century Gaelic culture. We all too often forget that Ireland was the last European country to be influenced by Rome, so that a sophisticated Gaelic culture of law and bardic tradition had blossomed there, with women having the exact same rights of men and there being no concept of a bonus paterfamilias. I was also taken aback by the sheer beauty of the countryside when I visited Sligo Town and surrounds in Western Ireland to undertake further research on the novel back in October 2012. This was just too much mind-blowing material to be left untouched by fiction, and before I knew it I had penned a staggeringly long novel in five parts. I subsequently divided this into a five-part series called The Sassana Stone Pentalogy.

The first instalment is called ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’ and was published by leading British crowdfunding publisher Unbound on 15 March 2018. The required crowdfunding figure of 4000 pounds was raised in less than six days, even though the campaign was expected to last three months! A number of other highs were to follow. My publisher Unbound got me to work on the manuscript with structural editor and talented novelist CM Taylor, as well as experienced copy-editor Andrew Chapman. There followed work with award-winning cover designer Mark Ecob, before the novel was serialised on international online book club The Pigeonhole. To my disbelief, this book club was previously used by Ken Follett to promote his sequel to ‘The Pillars Of The Earth’, called ‘A Column Of Fire.’

I was walking on air as the comments from 250 readers about my debut novel came through on The Pigeonhole, with a few of them kindly also posting reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. My nine years of backbreaking rewriting and research had already paid off, with a large number of readers greatly warming to my anti-hero protagonist and deadly marksman Abel de Santiago, also known as ‘The Lynx of Haarlem’, not to mention the gutsy tragic heroines Elsien Van Der Molen and Muireann Mac An Bhaird. And as if that wasn’t enough, I received a call from Tim Willocks’ (and Ken Follett’s former) literary agent Mr Albert Zuckerman last month which was the absolute cherry on the cake! Mr Zuckerman kindly invited me to his hotel to discuss my novel for close to an hour, which was quite simply unbelievable. Yet more unbelievable news was to follow earlier this month, when a novel trailer I created was nominated in the ‘best trailer for a novel or book’ category at the Golden Trailer Awards to be held in Los Angeles on 31 May 2018!

Watch the trailer below:

The product of a long lonely nine-year slog has so far met with a really good reception, and I cannot wait for what’s next around the corner. And for those readers who have loved ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’ (and you only need to check my Goodreads and Amazon pages to discover what the feedback has been to date), the good news for my growing following of readers is that the draft manuscripts for four other sequels have already been penned, which altogether will make up ‘The Sassana Stone Pentalogy’. I can’t wait to get stuck into the editing of the next instalment: ‘A REBEL NORTH’.

 So what are you waiting for?

Jump on Goodreads and have a look at the reader reviews, then hop on Amazon and read the ‘Look Inside’ free excerpt of The Sheriff’s Catch, and find out for yourself just how hard it is to put down! And if you love it, well, then strap on your seatbelt and buy the whole thing, as you embark upon one of the literary thrills of your life!

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James Vella-Bardon

James was born and raised in Malta, an island nation steeped in the millennia of history. As a boy he often caught a rickety old bus to the capital of Valletta, where he would hover around the English bookshops to check out the latest titles in fiction.

Growing up he was an avid reader and a relentless day-dreamer, with his standout subject at school being English composition. He also won a couple of national essay competitions. Although he spent seven years studying and obtaining a doctor of laws degree, this did not cure him of his urge to write stories. So after emigrating to Sydney in 2007 he resolved to have a proper stab at writing his first novel.

The result of this decision is an epic, sprawling five-part historical fiction series called The Sassana Stone Pentalogy. It is the product of nine years of intense rewriting and research, and tells the story of a Spanish Armada survivor who is shipwrecked in Ireland.

The first instalment in the series is a rip-roaring, myth-busting page-turner called The Sheriff’s Catch. Its anti-hero protagonist Abel de Santiago is an Armada survivor who finds himself on the run across Connacht, whilst being pursued by English troopers who want him tortured and killed.

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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?

A little obsessed? 

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One of my obsession and has been for many years now is Harry Potter. In my defence who isn’t obsessed with Harry Potter? 🤔😏 When I was little (I can’t write that anymore without thinking of Louisa Clarke from Me Before You‘) I had Harry Potter everythannngg- bike, cloack, Nimbus 2000, figurines, towels….you name it, I had it. Evidently my Harry Potter transport was on point haha…

But you know, as I got older the merch started going to car boot sales and charity shops.. *Why mum…why???*  In hindsight I should have kept it all but I didn’t.

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But let’s not let that get us down because recently my sister went to Florida and got me a wand. Harry’s wand in particular…yaaaaaayyy! When I visit I am going to buy another one or two – cough cough- probabally all of them because I have no self control.

Behold – Harry’s wand. Am I the chosen one now because I feel like it?

  • Do you love Harry Potter? Is so, why?
  • Which house are you in?
  • Who’s your favourite character?

Flower delivery…

The incredible flower company that is Prestige Flowers (click here)  were generous enough to send me a bouquet from their luxury range in exchange for an honest review.

Not only did I receive the wonderful flowers BUT I also got a free vase…oh yeah, you heard right…a free vase. Another amazing feature about this company is that the prices are not extorsionate like some of the others, you can purchase a beautiful bouquet  from £19.99. That is soo good! I always think that buying flowers for someone is such kind and lovely idea, so I am always on the lookout for a reliable company. Especially because I am at University and live here (in Bristol)  instead of at home. It is always nice to have flower delivery as an option for birthday presents, sympathy, celebrations and perhaps an act of love.

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Personally, nothing for me can beat the feeling of receiving flowers from someone. The warmth of love that surrounds me, fills my heart with love and appreciation.

They also do some A-MAZ-ING CHRISTMAS FLOWERS.  Check them out here Christmas Flowers.  I know I will definitely placing an order with them soon! They are fast, reliable and you receive such beautiful flower…ready to put on display.

If you have any questions about the company or need more convincing – comment below!!

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Summer reads… 

My top 5 summer books-

1.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- 

I read this book back school, I am guessing year 9 (2010) my favourite English teacher recommended it to me and all I have to say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I remember it filling me with such a love and appreciation for a good book, that I spent all summer furiously searching for another to fill the void but nothing was having the same affect on me. 

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2.  Landline by Rainbow Rowell –

 The cover of this book makes me think of summer, it’s soo bright and lovely. I can just picture myself sat on the beach, chilling in the sun reading it. 

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 3. Papertowns by John Green 

This book makes me want to go out and seek an adventure, I love it. 

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“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on colour instead of taste.”

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

I am still not over this book and I read it years ago and for that reason, I read it every summer. 

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5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I recently read this and absolutely loved, this book will definitely stay with me all summer.  

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This is basically a list of my favourite books. 

What are your favourite summer reads, can you suggest any for me read this summer?

Nearly half way…

I am nearly half way through my Goodread reading challenge of 100 books for this year. Some of the books I’ve read are not on my yearly reading list, (I know it’s naughty but I cannot help myself 😜) 

So far I have read – 

  1. You before Me by JoJo Moyes 
  2. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner 
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 
  4. Paradise Lost by John Milton 
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab 
  6. Grief Is Thing with Feathers by Max Porter 
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabovok 
  8. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  10. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg 
  11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again) 
  12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
  13. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
  14. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 
  15. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!) 
  16. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again) 
  17. Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer 
  18. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire 
  19. The Lovely Bones (read again) 
  20. The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
  21. Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald 
  22. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  23. The Jugle by Upton Sinclair 
  24. Anthem by Ayn Rand 
  25. The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien 
  26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
  27. Room by Emma Donoghue 
  28. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy 
  29. Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭) 
  30. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff 
  31. After You by Jo Jo Moyes
  32. Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again) 
  33. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  34. The bees by Carol Anne Duffy 
  35. Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
  36. A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg 
  37. The Widow by Fiona Barton 
  38. The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt 
  39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again) 
  40. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 
  41. F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way

I didn’t realise that I was reading so many again, I just sometimes cannot resist picking up a beloved book of mine. 

If you follow me on Goodreads you will know this already and if you don’t and would like to go and follow me on – 

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I want to read more and post more but my second year at University is getting on top of me-  I promise I will after my exams in May!!! 

  
(How I feel when I look at my books – them waiting for me to start reading them)  

Comment below if you have read any of them and your thoughts and even better-recommend books to me ☺️

MY 2016 READING LIST

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  4. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  6. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
  8. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  9. The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling
  10.  The Fallen and Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski
  11. Gone by Micheal Grant
  12. Fear by Michael Grant
  13. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  14. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  15. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  16. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  17. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  18. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  19. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  20. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  21. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  22. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
  23. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  24. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  25. Love Letter to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  26. Anne and the French Kiss by S.Perkins
  27. Lola and the Boy Next Door by S.Perkins
  28. Isla and the Happily Ever After by S.Perkins
  29. Hunger by Micheal Grant
  30. Plague by Micheal Grant
  31. To All the Boys I’ve loved by Jenny Han
  32. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  33. Massive by Julia Bell
  34. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
  35. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  36. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
  37. Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
  38. You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
  39. We Are Completely Besides by Karen Joy FowleI
  40. it’s Not Me It’s You by Delia Moss
  41. The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  42. Between by Jessica Warman
  43. Evermore by Alyson Noel
  44. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
  45. Shadow Land by Alyson Noel
  46. Dark Flame by Alyson Noel
  47. Night Star by Alyson Noel
  48. Everlasting by Alyson Noel
  49. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King
  50. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  51. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  52. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  53. Extra by Scott Westerfeld
  54. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  55. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  56. The Kill Order by James Dashner
  57. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  58. Just One Year  by Gayle Forman
  59. Just One Night by Gayle Forman
  60. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  61. Catch 22 Joseph Heller
  62. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  63. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  64. A Game of Thrones by George R.R.Martin
  65. A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  66. The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett
  67. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L.Armentrout
  68. The Impossible Knife of Memory by L Halse Anderson
  69. Fever 1973 by L Halse Anderson
  70. Wintergirls by L Halse Anderson
  71. Better of Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
  72. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  73. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  74. Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
  75. Beautiful Monster by Kate McCaffrey
  76. Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey
  77. Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught
  78. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  79. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  80. Trust me, I’m Lying’ by Mary Elizabeth Summer

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.

STILL ALICE !!!!!!!!!

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IMDB- 7.5 OUT OF 10

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ROTTEN TOMATOES – 83%

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Cast
  • Julianne Moore
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Kate Bosworth
  • Hunter Parrish
  • Alec Baldwin
based on Novel by lisa genova                                                                       GENRE: DRAMA                                                                                                     RUNNING TIME: 101 MINUTES                                                                               summary of film:    A vibrant and accomplished college professor (Julianne Moore) disappears in front of her friends, family and herself as Alzheimer’s disease slowly destroys her mind.

Review 

I just finished watching this film and wow… I feel broken! Send help, I need a hug! If you have read any of my other reviews you will be aware that I am a crier, if not you lovely people who are reading this; I cry at pretty much everything.  When I can tell people are going through pain, I cry…fictional or real.   This film tackles the taboo subject that is Alzheimer’s and the fact that Alice is only fifty makes it even more heartbreaking.

Being an English Student I liked that apart from memory loss, the film focuses on words. Alice was a linguistic professor (although I do Literature, I am still fascinated by the language side of English). The film focuses on there meaning and what they do. Words are a powerful thing and when they are taken away, it makes one feel helpless. The protagonist starts to forget words which juxtaposes with the extremely intelligent Alice at the beginning of the movie; not only does this reinforce how quickly someone can lose themselves due to a disease but it also forces the audience to connect with Alice because they are right by her side before her diagnosis and after…long after.

Julianne Moore is mesmerizing. I just wanted to jump into my laptop and give her hug, the films family dynamic really hit me. It was so real and raw that I felt pulled into it, I too felt on edge of my seat worried about what she would do next and if she would be okay. I felt like the characters were really cleverly developed within this story because they manage to broadcast so many different emotions which I guarantee  everyone will be able to relate to. However they all come to together with the audience to witness Alice’s battle with her disease, her destruction, her happiness and most of all how inspiring she is.

To be honest Kristen Stewart is one of my idols so I never feel like I can give her a bad review…not that it ever crossed my mind throughout this film because her role was also captivating.  She plays one of Alice’s children named Lydia who to seemed to be a bit of an outsider to the family (maybe I am wrong) unlike her brother and sister she didn’t go to university or want to because she wanted to be an actress. I know a lot people hate Kristen Stewart but I always feel like they are just judging her on Twilight (I love Twilight). People who read the book know Bella is quite a introvert and sullen character so Kristen was just portraying the character honesty. I have seen every single Kristen Stewart film to date and can honestly say quite a few times her portrayal of characters has blown me away. In Speak she was absolutely astonishing, especially for how young she was.  I think she is pretty awesome and am so so glad she finally seems to be getting some appreciation she deserves. tumblr_m278wkRvYf1qcezh0o4_r1_250

spoiler- One of the most upsetting scenes for me was when Alice went to watch Lydia perform in her play and after the show she was questioning her about her life and what it like to be part of the show because Alice cannot remember that it is her daughter.

Even typing about it now makes me choke up so I am dreading what it is going to be like when I read the book. I feel like books like this are so important to read because they make you feel so grateful and want to appreciate life.  This film definitely wont be leaving my thoughts for a while and I will read the book as soon as possible. I can already feel that it will be life changing.

I am glad that this film portrays a realistic and truthful representation because the subject is really close to some people’s hearts.

GO READ THIS BOOK OR A LEAST GO AND WATCH THE FILM!  It is an intense, tear-jerking, captivating and heartbreaking story that will capture your heart while inspiring you to live life to the max.  Alice’s internal battle really will stay with me forever because of how well Julianne Moore played her. tumblr_mhh1sofeGV1rfgw3eo1_500