Emmy & Oliver – book review

Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver is a heartwarming and honest book, written by Robin Benway.

When Oliver was kidnapped by his father ten years ago, Emmy’s neighbourhood split wide open. Now her best friend has reappeared and Emmy is hoping to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

All Emmy wants to do it be in charge of her own life. She wants to stay out late and to surf at her favourite beach – to do anything without her parents’ relentless worrying. But her parents can’t seem to let her grow up – not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver had spent the last ten years thinking his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Upon discovery of this, he finds himself returning to his old hometown and all at once, his heart begins racing and his thoughts swirling. Their separation makes both of them rethink their relationship and consider whether they were ever meant to be together.

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This is one of those books that you hear about and immediately know you’ll fall in love with it, even before reading it. Thankfully, I wasn’t at all let down. This book was heartwarming and beautiful and intriguing – everything you could want in a book. I felt as though Robin Benway did an amazing job of depicting honest teenagers and their relationships and problems, and that’s part of the reason why this book really resonated with me. Emmy & Oliver also contained the right amount of romance. It definitely wasn’t all romance, as some may have guessed from the cover, but I think that’s good. I was very pleased to find that there wasn’t any instalove between Emmy and Oliver because I hate that type of unbelievable, cheesy excuse for ‘romance’. Instead, their relationship slowly grew and I absolutely love watching them turn from awkward acquaintances, to friends, and then something more.

Another part of this book that I found really interesting was learning more about Oliver’s ‘kidnapping’. It really helped me realise that there are always two sides to a story and a person who might be perceived to be the ‘bad guy’ may not be so evil after all. It showed me that everyone makes mistakes and we have to realise this before we can move forward. Quite a lot of scenes relating to Oliver’s kidnapping made me tear up. This was probably the most heartbreaking aspect of the book. Oliver, at his core, was just a boy who wanted his family back. It pained me to see him suffer and have people say things that were completely inconsiderate and ignorant. I even found myself sobbing at the end of this book. Emmy & Oliver is unsuspectingly emotional and it will take you on powerful journey of self-exploration and love.

Emmy was a cute main character but unfortunately, she wasn’t overly original or unique. She’s simply a nice girl and I liked getting to know her, but there was nothing about her that makes her completely memorable. I think that perhaps that was the author’s intention. Ever since Oliver was kidnapped, she was always ‘the friend of the missing boy’. But even so, I would have liked to see other characteristics to prove that these people were wrong about her and that she doesn’t need another person to define her. The only thing that set her apart from other characters in the novel was that she was a great surfer, and this wasn’t even a unique thing. I didn’t even fully understand why she loved surfing so much. Perhaps if her love for the ocean and the waves was properly explained, this would have meant more. Instead, I only got the overwhelming sense that she liked surfing because her parents didn’t know about it.

However, there are some aspects about Emmy that I really enjoyed seeing. I loved witnessing just how much she had grown up for the past 10 years because of Oliver’s disappearance. Her parents had kept a close watch on her ever since then and had restricted her freedom, but she still found ways to be independent. All she wanted to do was follow her dreams and make her own mind up about things. Her parent’s restrictions were suffocating her and I liked seeing her eventually help them realise that she is her own person and she must live her life. Emmy’s sarcastic and embarrassingly awkward personality made for a humorous and cringe-worthy ride – and one that I loved being taken on.

I feel as though I could have gotten to know Oliver better. He was a character that always felt elusive to me and I could never fully understand what he was thinking or feeling. I think this book could have benefited from dual points of view – Emmy’s and Oliver’s – however, perhaps it was the author’s intention to make Oliver a complex character that can’t be easily summarised. After all, this is how Emmy viewed Oliver in the beginning. This elusiveness highlighted how someone isn’t the same person they were ten years ago, and that people are always growing and changing. His actions also felt incredibly real. It felt normal for him to be unsure of how to act or what to do when he is back in his hometown. It was also incredibly touching for him to love his father so much, dispute what he had made Oliver go through. Oliver was a beautiful character because of his complexity and his capacity to love.

The relationship between Emmy and Oliver was definitely one that induced ‘the feels’. It made me squeal at the cuteness and smile uncontrollably. But the relationship between Emmy and Oliver was not the only one that I loved reading about. This book also highlighted the importance of friendships. The relationships Emmy had with Caro and Drew were ones to be envious of. They were all so close, tied not only by losing their friend ten years ago, but by the way they all supported each other since then. Some of the dialogues between this group of friend was the best moments of this book. These characters were all equally dynamic and complex and by the end, I felt like they were my best friends as well. Family relationships were also a really important aspect of this book. This book showed that your family is never going to be perfect and that every family is different, and that’s okay. Despite how dysfunctional or how much they fight, being a family means still caring for each other and loving each other no matter what. I loved how realistically this was portrayed.

This is definitely one of the most poignant and honest books I’ve read all year. The relationships between friends and family were realistic and heartwarming and the romance was adorable. I definitely recommend reading this touching and beautifully-written novel. I’d give Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway a score of 9 out of 10. So let’s talk! Do you like the cover of this book? Have you read Emmy & Oliver or does it seem like something you’d like to read? Do you have any other book recommendations? I’d love to know your thoughts! 🙂

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Laurinda – book review

Laurinda by Alice Pung

Laurinda is an enthralling and beautifully-written book by Alice Pung.

Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its hidden core is the power of The Cabinet – a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates and even some of their teachers.

Entering this world of wealth and secrecy is Lucy lam, a scholarship girl with sharp eyes and who isn’t really sure of where she belongs yet. As she watches The Cabinet in action and learns about their power, she finds herself in a battle for both her identity and integrity.

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Laurinda was definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I’ve never read any books by Alice Pung before but I had been hearing how amazing this book was ever since it came out. Coincidently, Alice was doing a talk at my local library, so I decided that it might be interesting to go to, and so I bought Laurinda so I could read it and perhaps she could sign it. I always love meeting authors and hearing them talk about their books and their tips on writing because I have a passion for writing as well. Also, getting them to sign my book to me personally is a huge bonus. For that moment in time, someone who has published a successful and just all-round awesome book, knows your name, and that’s a really special feeling.

When I first started reading Laurinda, I couldn’t put it down. This is definitely one of those books that just draw you into the world of the main characters. It was as though Alice was at an open door, beckoning me inside her world. I loved spending my time with Lucy and at Laurinda. This book was extremely well-written. Everything that happened, all the conversations, the looks that the girls gave one another, the quiet banter in the classrooms, all of that felt exceptionally real. It was like I had literally been transported into this world; that’s how well-written it was. This book was paced perfectly and flowed smoothly from beginning to end. Laurinda was one of those books that grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let me go until well after the last page.

One of the things that I loved most about this book was how intriguing the life of our main character, Lucy, was. She is the daughter of asian ‘boat’ immigrants who live in not a very wealthy area of suburban Australia. Her father works at a carpet factory while her mother, who speaks next to no English, sews in their garage, which isn’t technically legal, and also looks after Lucy’s baby brother. It was really interesting to get to know what Lucy’s family was like. I feel as though a lot of people don’t realise the lives that other people are living in different parts of the world, much less practically next door. I live in Melbourne, not all that far away from where Lucy would live. However, before reading this book, I really had no idea that people lived like Lucy did. I feel that we’re always so focussed on our own lives and we forget to open our eyes to the lives that other people are living around us. For me, this book really showed me the lives that people like Lucy are living.

This book really gets exciting when Lucy is granted an ‘Equal-Access’ scholarship to Laurinda – a school home to the wealthy and privileged. When Lucy goes to this school, it is really evident how much of an outsider she is compared to them. But Lucy wants to fit in and take advantage of the opportunity she has been given. Seeing Lucy first start at Laurinda was also an eye-opener to what people coming into this type of a school from not a very wealthy background would feel like. She was shocked by the uniform all the girls at this school had to wear, how the students treated the teachers, and even how the students treated each other. Lucy saw that it was really different to her old school, but she was confident that the people at Laurinda wouldn’t make her into someone she was not. Seeing Lucy become both fascinated and horrified at what was going on at Laurinda was one of the best parts of this book. I loved seeing what went on at Laurinda and I felt as though all the school scenes were really well written and they seemed completely realistic. Lucy was also a very relatable character in many ways.

One of the things I liked most about Laurinda was experiencing the student dynamics, and in particular, finding out the power of the Cabinet. The Cabinet is a group of three young women at Laurinda who have massive power and influence within the school. The members of this group, Amber, Chelsea and Brodie, are all manipulative and cruel, despite wearing a sweet and innocent facade. Lucy saw that because of their level of influence, no one was willing to challenge their positions as students and therefore they could get away with almost anything. It was both shocking and amazing to see how people like this could get anything they wanted and do anything they desired because of their reputations as being ‘good students’. I feel as though seeing the Cabinet in action made me correlate some of their characteristics to some of the girls at my high school. I think that every school has a group of people who wield even a small amount of power over others, and it was so intriguing to see what these people could get away with and where they power stopped.

Another great thing about this book was its overall message. When Lucy starts at Laurinda, she feels as though she may begin to lose herself because she begins to get caught up in the goings-on of the school. Lucy undergoes a dramatic transformation throughout this book. She begins as a girl who thinks she knows where she belongs, but as the book progresses, she realises that she may not be completely certain of her place in the world. I think this represents high school because everyone starts knowing who they want to be, but they may lose sight of that as their time at a school progresses. When you’re thrust among two hundred strangers at the beginning of high school, I feel as though it can be immensely difficult to be you. There are so many people judging you and it’s often really hard to find people that you feel confident enough to be yourself around. Alice Pung wrote in Laurinda that ‘it’s so much easier to be a hero when you know where you belong’. I feel as though this is definitely true, and knowing where you belong can often be really hard in high school. But the overall message of this book is to not let people determine who you are and that you should make your own decisions in life and not be swayed by others.

As the end comes to an end, we see Lucy forging her own path and becoming her own person. She makes an inspiring speech about how it’s okay to look down every once and a while and that looking down won’t cause you to lose your place. This really hit me at an emotional level because it made me realise how focussed I had been on achieving my goals that I forgot to see what was happening around me. I feel as though we all need to look down from time to time to admire the ground we’re standing on and that looking down isn’t a bad thing. It’s often perceived in society that stopping and standing still isn’t a good thing because it means you don’t know where you’re going. But how can you know where you’re going when you don’t know where you are? This was another really inspirational message in Laurinda – look down to admire the flowers that grow through the cracks in the concrete at your feet. You won’t see the wonders that are around you if you don’t stop for a second to look.

Another thing I loved about this book was the way that it was written. This book is presented in the form of a series of letters addressed to ‘Linh’, who we aren’t really sure exactly who that is, but we presume that it’s Lucy’s friend from her old school. Because we never really knew who Linh was until the very end, this book was extremely intriguing. I loved that little bit of mystery and I’ve very happy with how that worked out in the end.

Overall, I loved reading Laurinda. This is honestly one of the best books I’ve read in a while and I recommend it to absolutely everyone. This entertaining and insightful novel is one that everyone must read. I’d give Laurinda by Alice Pung a score of 10 out of 10. If you’ve read this book, please let me know what you thought of it!

Versatile Blogger Award!

Firstly, I’d like to give a huge thank you to Addlepates and Book Nerds for nominating me for this award!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Write seven facts about yourself.
  2. Nominate 15 others to do the tag.
  3. Let them know you tagged them!

Okay, so I should probably tell you now, a few days ago I was asked to come up with one interesting fact about myself and I struggled, so seven might be pushing it a little, but I’ll do my best! Here goes…

1. I wrote a book over the summer, even though I’d never show it to anyone yet because it’s only my first draft! But I want to keep redrafting it and my dream is to one day get a book published. Dare to dream!

2. I’m a very emotional person and I’ll cry in almost every book I read. I really like that because it tells me that if I cried, I was connected and invested enough in a book to do so. If I cry in a book, I’ll generally love it.

3. I have done subjects at school purely because it might come in handy when writing a book one day. Those subjects are Legal Studies and Psychology. Maybe one day they’ll be useful.

4. After reading a book – I honestly can’t remember which one – I’ve never said ‘too’ at the end of ‘I love you’. The character in that book pointed out how the ‘too’ made the sentence sound obligatory and from that moment on, I’ve never said ‘I love you, too’. Has anyone ever read that book? Please remind me which book that’s in!

5. Even though I’m willing to give pretty much every book a chance, I’m very quick to abandon ship with TV series. I’ll watch one episode and then decide it’s not for me. Sometimes I wish I could have more patience with them so I could decide if I really liked it before just picking up a book and never getting the chance to join a new TV fandom.

6. I would love to live in both London and Brooklyn sometime. London simply because I love everything British and Brooklyn because so many authors live there! I’ll just wander the streets of Brooklyn hoping to bump into the authors I love and then just happen to go to their local coffee shop every morning… I’m not creepy, I promise! Please love me, authors!

7. I have a part time job in my favourite book shop and – funny story – one time I was stamping the book shop logo onto brown paper bags when this man came up to me. He said, ‘Hello! Good morning, oh, afternoon!’ and I’m thinking, Why are you in such a good mood? Like, I love book shops too, but you’re so happy! Anyway, then the man said, ‘I’m here to sign some books.’ And I asked him, ‘What books?’ And he said like I should know, ‘The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect.’ Immediately, I got that kind of star-struck feeling I get when talking to famous people. At that moment, my colleges came to my rescue and handed him a massive pile of his books. I don’t think I would have been able to move because I was staring at the author of  The Rosie Project! Okay, I haven’t even read those books and I was still affected by his author-presence. Anyway, he was signing books and I may have been staring at him. He looked up at me and said seriously, ‘You know, it’s really frustrating having to flick four pages into the book instead of one to sign it because I’ve got all this praise for my books.’ I said back, equally as serious, ‘Yeah, it must be really hard being a bestselling author.’ And then he left and I was back to stamping my paper bags, dreaming of the day I have my first book published…

Well now you know seven things about me you probably didn’t already know, now it’s time to nominate 15 other worthy bloggers! Let’s get started…

1. Lauren’s Page Turners

2. The Book Trail

3. A Slight Obsession With Books

4. The Book Bandit

5. Triskele Reviews

6. Book Journey

7. The Roaming Librarian

8. The Last Reader

9. Lovely Books Blog

10. The Thoughts of a Nerd Girl

11. The Bookish Universe

12. Between the Pages

13. Read What I Like

14. Gwen and Kate’s Library

15. Chrissi Reads

The Flywheel – book review

The Flywheel

The Flywheel is a heart-warming and remarkable book, written by Erin Gough.

Seventeen year-old Delilah’s crazy life just got crazier when her father took off overseas and she’s been left to run the family cafe without him as well as survive high school. But after a misjudged crush on one of the cool girls at school turns Del into the school punchline, Del’s life became a whole lot worse. With everything going on in her life, she barely has time for her favourite distraction – spying on the beautiful Rosa, who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road.

Del has to ask herself some questions before she can figure out what exactly she must do. Is it okay to break the law to help a friend? How can a girl tell another girl she likes her without it ending in heartbreak and humiliation? And the most important one of all – is it ever truly possible to dance in public without falling over?

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I really enjoyed reading The Flywheel. This book captured me from the very beginning and I felt so involved in the storyline and in the lives of the characters. I loved every moment of reading it and I found that the pacing was perfect. Sometimes in contemporaries, the pacing can be a little slow in parts and it can feel like not a lot is happening. However, this was not the case in this book. I was unable to put this book down and I always wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.

The thing I loved the most about this book was the characters. Their voices were really natural and everything they did was very believable. Del was a really fun character to get to know. She is openly homosexual and she has a crush on a dancer who lives close-by named Rosa. It was really refreshing to read a book with a gay protagonist which isn’t about coming out, because I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this one. I’ve read lots of books with side characters who are gay, but I think this one is the first where our protagonist is gay. I really liked this because it shows diversity.

Del was a really interesting character. Her father owned the cafe called The Flywheel in Sydney and Del’s mother is in Melbourne after her parents split up. When Del’s father decides to go on a trip and leave Del in Sydney to attend school and work in the shop a little, Del thinks everything will be fine. However, everything’s not fine. Del tried her best to handle the situations at hand and I really liked how mature she was about it for the most part. She was also really determined not to make her father come home to a disaster and kept on talking about her father wanting to make this trip for ages and she didn’t want to cut it short. I admired her perseverance and how she handled difficult situations. I also really liked Del because she was flawed – she wasn’t a great dancer and she often didn’t make the best choices and acted irrationally. These flaws made her really relatable and I was able to connect with her really easily.

Another character I loved getting to know was Del’s friend, Charlie. He was a really funny person to be around and I loved all the scenes between him and Del. Him and Del were both really different when it came to falling in love with people. Charlie would say he’s fallen in love with someone he has just met and he would also never like this person for more than a week. Del, on the other hand, had a crush on Rosa for ages. Their often contrasting personalities made it a really fun reading experience because they were both so different in so many ways, yet they were still such great friends. The friendship between these two characters was really lovely to see and one of my favourite parts was seeing how they both dealt with the court case in the later part of the book.

One of the other themes in this book is bullying. Del was bullied by lots of people at her school for being gay. It was quite confronting at times to see how these people, particularly the girls, treat her just because she differed from the ‘norm’. It was often frustrating to watch those people do that because they didn’t realise that it really doesn’t matter which gender you like or if you don’t like anyone, and you should have the right to be with whoever you want. It made me angry that these people didn’t understand that. In my life, I’ve never seen anyone being bullied about being gay. I have friends who are gay and I’ve never heard anything bad said about them. Maybe I’m just lucky to hang around with a nice group of people or maybe times are changing. But it definitely shocked me to see just how awful people could be to someone for not being heterosexual. I think this book was a real eye-opener for me to see how some people are treated, but at the same time, it made me realise how much I would support someone like Del, someone who has no right to be bullied. And there’s never any right for bullying.

This book was really uplifting in the end. I liked how a lot of the problems were solved, but a few of them were left open so the reader could interpret what was going to happen. I finished this book with a smile on my face and I was definitely happy with what happened. I felt like I grew so close to the characters while reading this book and it was slightly disappointing to end this book just because I loved reading it so much. This is definitely a book I’ll be reading again soon. I’d give The Flywheel by Erin Gough a score of 9 out of 10. I recommend this book for everyone looking to read a unique and enthralling YA contemporary!

Thank you to Hardie Grant Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Liebster Blog Award!

Liebster Blog Award

I was thrilled to see that I had been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! Okay. I have to admit something. I was nominated for this award almost a week ago by https://geekandbooknerdsite.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-liebster-blog-award/. A week! I know, I must be a terrible person. I know, I should feel ashamed of myself. The thing is, I’ve been completely flat out this week and have literally had no time spare until now. I’m sorry, Geek and Book Nerdsite. I wasn’t ignoring you. I’m so happy to be nominated for this award and I would like to thank you so much!

Anyway, here goes!

The rules…

  1. Write 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions that have been asked by whoever nominated you.
  3. Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers with less than 300 followers – you cannot re-nominate the person who nominated you.
  4. Go to their blog and tell them they have been nominated!

11 Facts About Me…

Oh no. Am I interesting enough to have 11 facts about myself? I guess both you and I are about to find out…

  1. Apart from reading and book blogging, another one of my hobbies is buying books. But I don’t just mean buying books when I want to read them. I mean buying books either for their pretty cover or buying books that I won’t end up reading for at least half a year. Why? Firstly, I get a ton of my books from a library. I read them, and then if I like them, I will buy a physical copy of the book from a bookstore so I can have it on my shelf. Then I can always go back to it and read my favourite parts. Another reason why is because some books just have amazing covers. Sometimes I don’t actually like the book itself, but I like the cover, so naturally, I want it on my shelf. Bad habit. I have almost 250 books in my room and I probably haven’t read 100 of them yet!
  2. My favourite food to snack on in frozen peas. Yep. The peas are still frozen. It’s not that there isn’t anything else to eat in the house, it’s that I actually like to eat them. I eat them when I’m reading… I eat them when I’m watching TV… Just whenever. No wonder my friends think I’m weird…
  3. I love Troye Sivan. He’s amazing. I completely love his YouTube videos and have probably seen each one at least 20 times. I may be a little obsessed. He’s so good at singing and my favourite song is currently The Fault in Our Stars by Troye Sivan. Oh, and I just bought a Troye t-shirt.
  4. Half of the fun about going to the cinema to watch a movie for me isn’t seeing the movie itself, it’s seeing the trailers. I absolutely love trailers. I love watching what movies are coming up and I especially love watching trailers for movies that I know are coming up, like TFIOS. I’m so excited!
  5. Every book that I own that has been made into a movie I own on DVD. This includes: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Safe Haven, Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Host, Warm Bodies, Now is Good (Before I Die) and all the Twilight movies. And I’ve already pre-ordered Vampire Academy and Divergent from my local DVD shop.
  6. I’m Team Gale. Not Team Peeta. And everyone I know is Team Peeta. Except this one guy, who’s Team Finnick. Is that even a thing? My friends ask me, Have you even read the books? Of course I have! Okay, Peeta is sweet and funny and all, but after what happened in the last book, I just can’t get over that. I love Gale and he and Katniss are just such good friends. They’ve known each other forever and I just wished that would turn into something more than just friendship.
  7. I love horror and thriller movies. Absolutely love them. Just something about being so scared that I have to curl up into a ball with a blanket around me is so fun! I’m not joking. My favourite horror/thriller movies are The Call and The House at the End of the Street.
  8. Out of all the books I’ve read, if I were to get married to one of the male characters from a book, it would be Jace. Jace is hilarious and witty and there would never be a dull moment with him around. Plus, he’s a Shadowhunter, which is pretty awesome!
  9. I love writing. I’d absolutely love to be an author someday. I’d write Young Adult Fiction books. I love to enter short story competitions and some of my stories are on my ‘Short Stories’ page. I’d love it if you could check them out and comment!!
  10. I cry very easily. I cry when I’m sad, angry, happy, frustrated… basically all the time! Which means, I often cry when I’m reading books in public. Which happens to be a lot of the time. One time, this lady came up to me and asked me if I was okay. I told her that I was just so sad and angry and frustrated that this person had died. She said: Aww, sweetie. Were you close? I sobbed: She was my favourite character! After that, the lady just said ‘You’ll live’ and walked off. Talk about compassionate!
  11. If I was going to become any female character out of any book, I would choose to become Nora from Hush Hush. That’s because 1. Patch would be so good-looking and kind and absolutely amazing to be with. And 2. Vee would be an awesome best friend. I know that tons of bad stuff happens to Nora, but that happens in every book. At least I’d have Patch by my side!!

The questions I was asked…

1. What inspired you to start a blog?
When I was in Year 9 at school, we had to choose to do a project for the whole year. It was compulsory that we spend at least 40 hours on whatever we decided to do. I was thinking of either doing book reviewing on YouTube, learning sign language or learning to speak Welsh. Then I discovered book blogging, which is what I decided to do. Ever since starting that project, I’ve continued book reviewing on my blog and I love it!

2. What’s your favourite book series?
Hmmm. That’s a really hard question. Series. I’m going to have to say the Shatter Me series. I completely love those books and most importantly, it has a perfect ending to the series! And Ignite Me is the only book that I’ve given a perfect score of 10/10 to. If you haven’t read Shatter Me, you must!

3. Who is your favourite author?
Ooh. Another hard question. It’s between Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, John Green and Richelle Mead. I think it would probably be Richelle Mead. She is the person who has made me laugh out load and cry the most whilst reading her books. I completely love both the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series. I can’t wait for the release of Silver Shadows!

4. If you could have a meal, with three people dead or alive, who would it be?
Steven Moffat. For those of you who don’t know, Steven Moffat is the genius who currently writes most of the stories for Doctor Who and Sherlock. I love British TV! The second person would be Veronica Roth. I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read Allegiant or haven’t already been spoiled, but I would like to ask Veronica what was going through her mind when she decided to do the evil thing she does in Allegiant?! I was depressed for a week afterwards!! The third person I would like to have a meal with would be Troye Sivan. He’s just so funny and seems like a genuinely kind and nice person. After arguing with Veronica Roth about how she ended Allegiant, I will need someone to cheer me up, and Troye would be that person.

5. Whose your favourite book boy?
Jace. Jace, Jace, Jace! I can’t express how much I love Jace! I completely love his personality and everything else about him!

6. What was the first book that inspired you to continue reading?
Hush Hush. I read this book I think four years ago? Anyway, I have this friend who is completely obsessed with reading. Like I am now. Anyway, she introduced me to Hush Hush and told me to read it. Once I’d read it, I simply had to read the next books in the series! After that, Martine introduced me to many other great series. Hush Hush was the book that really got me into reading and I’ve been obsessed ever since!

7. Favourite book to movie adaptation?
Catching Fire. The Hunger Games movie was good, but I think we can all agree that Catching Fire was so much better. I don’t even need to explain it. All I will say is, if you haven’t seen Catching Fire, where have you been? Go and watch it right now!

8. What’s the one piece of advice that a book has given you?
Be thankful for the little infinity you’re given. I learnt that from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. From that book, I learnt that I should make the most of everything we’ve got because none of us know how long we have to live, so we have to be happy now.

9. Favourite classical author?
I actually don’t know. I hardly read classics. My favourite genre is Young Adult, so I tend to stick to that. I know, I should read different genres, blah blah blah. I read some Adult books, some New Adult. Does that count? I haven’t read many classics at all. I read To Kill A Mockingbird in Year 10 and I own A Tale Of Two Cities (mainly because I wrote in what Will wrote to Tessa from The Infernal Devices in the front of my copy!). Hold on. Does The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyal count as a classic? Well my favourite classical author is Sir Arthur Conan Doyal.

10. If you had to live the life of an author for a week, who would you choose?
I would choose to live as John Green. Actually, it might be a bit weird to be a man… I would choose to live as Rainbow Rowell. It must be so nice to be her. She writes such lovely books, so she must live a lovely life. I don’t actually know that much about her, but it’d be cool to be her for a week.

11. Vampires…: Do you fight them? Join them? Or fall in love with them?
Fall in love with them. 100%. Have all of you read the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series? Not to mention that a certain someone in The Mortal Instruments is a vampire! I love them completely. ADRIAN!!! ❤

The blogs I nominate… Sorry to those blogs who have more than 300 followers!

  1. http://willasramblings.wordpress.com/
  2. http://belleofthelibrary.wordpress.com/
  3. http://seriesousbookreviews.wordpress.com/
  4. http://paperbackheart.com/
  5. http://suchanovelidea.com/
  6. http://readingbookswithcoffee.com/
  7. http://yadultreview.com/
  8. http://islandgeekgirl.wordpress.com/
  9. http://youngadultbookreviews.com/

My questions for those who I nominated:

  1. If you were stranded on a desert island with one book character, who would it be?
  2. What is your favourite book genre?
  3. Who is your book boy?
  4. If you were trapped in a dystopian future, which one would it be?
  5. Do you watch book reviews on YouTube? If so, what channel?
  6. Would you rather be a tribute for the Hunger Games, go through Dauntless initiation or live the life of a Shadowhunter?
  7. What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  8. What is the book that has taken you the most time to read?
  9. What is the book that has taken you the least time to read?
  10. Who is your favourite author?
  11. Have you ever met any famous authors? If so, who?

Good luck!

Book Genres

Walking into a bookstore and not knowing where to start looking for the new book that could possibly change your life. Lets face it, this is how all readers find their personal favorites. There’s something satisfying about picking out a book that you know nothing about, reading it, loving it, and then recommending it to your friends. What genres do you usually read? Do you have a favourite?

Where to begin?

Have you ever been told so many good books to read by your friends that you don’t know where to begin? Trust me, sometimes I feel like I’m never going to be able to start on that many books. So many different worlds to explore… so many different characters to meet… so many different lives to live. Reading makes life feel as if you’ve been living ten or twenty different lives, not just one. Personally, I love the feeling of achieving so many more things that one could only hope to achieve in a life-time. Reading, for me, is a place to escape to, somewhere where I don’t have to worry about the stress of everyday life. Reading is life. But like life, sometimes we don’t know where to begin…