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How Books Have Become Such a Large Part of my Life

When I was a child I loved doing book reviews for school, it was so fun talking about a book and designing the pages of my workbook. However, one day when I was slightly older, I was reading a Sabrina the Teenage Witch book (one of my favourite television programmes) and my teacher said that it was rubbish and that I should not be reading it. Instead, I was given The Railway Children which as a child, I did not enjoy. This put me off reading for a long time (and is why I am an advocate for letting children read what they want to read because they are still reading). I ended up not enjoying reading books for class and missing years of reading so many books. I remember picking up Twilight, I think because everyone was reading it. Then my friends introduced me to manga which I really enjoyed and then I progressed on to reading more young adult and adult fiction. During this time, I was writing. I had written a poem in class and got the bug for it. I think I loved poetry because I was wri…

Winnie the Pooh Book Review

As a child, Winnie the Pooh was one of my favourite characters. I watched his television programmes, films and even had an interactive book. However, I never read the entirety of the original tales. I picked up an old copy of Pooh in a charity shop and decided that I would read it this week. Here is what I thought of the source material: What I liked:

The illustrations were beautifully done and very sweet.

Some parts of the stories were full of heart.

What I did not like: There were quite a few times that I did not think this book was suitable for children. Here are some examples:

Christopher Robin has a gun in the first story: I was shocked to find that a young boy was stated to take a gun with him everywhere and even used it to shoot Pooh’s balloon down. I wondered why A. A. Milne did not introduce Owl to grab Pooh (Tigger was not in this book).
They starved Pooh for a week to get him out of the rabbit hole!  A lot of the characters did not seem to be very nice to Eeyore and Pooh was the ob…

24 in 48 Readathon TBR

The 24 in 48 Readathon is where you attempt to read up to 24 hours between two days and for this round that is between the 27th and 28th January. You do not have to read for 24 hours, any reading counts. You can sign up at 24in48.com to be put into a prize draw and there are challenges and check ins to be entered for more. I am very excited for this readathon. Here are a list of the books I may pick up:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Manga Classics I have never read Jane Eyre but I have had the intention to read it one day as it is a classic that many people seem to love. I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of the manga adaptation of this book! I think that I may really enjoy an illustrated take on a classic as I love manga and I do love some classics (Pride and Prejudice is my favourite which I listened to the audiobook for). I will let you know what I think of this book!
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne, illustrated by E. H. Shepard
A children’s classic. I watched the televisio…

How Anxiety and Depression Can Affect Reading and Writing

(Notebook quote by Alexandra Bracken, notebook from a subscription box) This is just from personal experience.
You become even better at procrastinating. You avoid the things that bring you joy because they require mental power: energy that your brain just wants to use on thinking about anything else but your, or anyone else’s book world.
You find it difficult to concentrate for very long, your brain wanting to go back to worrying and obsessing. If a book isn’t a quick, intriguing read, it takes a very long time to get through and you will be tempted to abandon it and start something new. Goals make you feel stressed but if you don’t have them then you can easily not write for a long time, you spend this time thinking about writing, rather than actually doing it because the fear of starting is too great. You find it difficult to spend free time thinking about your book world because your mind wants to focus on anxiety instead. I find there is a lack of articles out there on writing and readi…

Turtles All the Way Down Review

Trigger warnings for this book: OCD, anxiety, self harm Turtles All the Way Down follows Aza, a teenager with OCD who gets pulled into investigating the disappearance of a corrupt businessman, who happens to be the father of a boy she was friends with when she was a child. This book follows her mental illness, friendship, family and romantic relationships. It is proving very hard for me to review this book so lets discuss the things I did and did not like.

What I liked:

John Green’s writing was beautiful, there were deep and meaningful passages about life and suffering with mental illness that I unwrapped and attempted to memorise. The portrayal of living with OCD: there is a lack of books that discuss mental illness, especially OCD. For anyone who suffers with OCD, this book is likely to strike a chord and for those that do not, perhaps it may help them to understand the chaos that mental illness can be. However, the fact that this book goes in depth in to Aza’s thought process and action…

Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR

I’m a little late to the game but after watching Emma’s day 1 reading vlog (emmmabooks on YouTube), I decided that I wanted to join in with the Winter Biannual Bibliothon! This is a readathon that takes place between the 20th-26th January 2018. There are seven reading challenges: you pick a book that fits each challenge and try to read that during the week. You can read a book for two challenges and you can do as many challenges as you like. So, here are my challenges:


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

This is my book club’spick for the month. I have already started this book but plan on using this readathon to read more of it. This is for the challenge of reading a book that you have never heard of before.

You can find it here
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This is another book that I had already started but I have not picked it up in a while. It follows a teenage girl with OCD who ends up being pulled into investigating the disappearance of the father of a b…

Four things you should know before writing a novel: tips from a writer

1.It requires a ton of discipline

I have never struggled so much to get myself to actually just sit down and write. When you are studying, you have to work each day because you have impending deadlines, if you are just starting to write your first novel and do not have an agent, you do not have set deadlines. You can try setting deadlines for yourself but I have found that I do not always write the same number of words in each setting and to push myself to meet word counts may mean that the quality of writing is not as good and I just scrap what I have written anyway. Instead, I now set myself to write on certain days and have a minimum word goal I would like to achieve in mind.
2.It can be very lonely
Writing a novel is a solo job. Sure, you can talk to other writers online and speak to your family and friends but when it comes down to it, it is just you, your keyboard and your characters wading your way through. The majority of my writing time is spent thinking and typing, alone. Somet…

I joined a book club and why you should too

Book clubs are certainly not new, in fact the one that I joined has been running for a very long time indeed but I had never been a member of one before. I had thought about it but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Book clubs can be physical or virtual. I have a Goodreads account and there are book clubs in the groups section but I had never found it motivating enough to actually read the group read, there simply was not enough accountability. I have anxiety and it was suggested that I try some things outside of my comfort zone, such as joining a book club! So again, I looked into book clubs and decided that I was going to go to just one meeting and see what I find. Here are the positives that I have found: 1.You get to read outside of your comfort zone:

I love books, I love reading and I love writing. To improve your writing skills it is always recommended to read more, and not just in one genre but across different genres and different topics. In joining a book club, I have found that the…