April12014

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I couldn’t resist this book any longer. It was everywhere, the little fox on the cover was screaming at me to buy it. I caved. Fortunately it was only 99p on the Kindle Store so I didn’t have to spend much. I finished this treat on 27/03/14.

I started reading this book without any expectations. I had no idea what it was about, I only knew that it was the Novel that won the Costa award and the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2013 so it mustn’t be rubbish. I loved the cover, and that was one of the main reasons why I picked it up.

The storyline is really something. The main character is a woman (or girl depending on the section) named Ursula Beresford Todd. She was born on a snowy night in February 1910 with her cord wrapped around her neck and died. Then she was born and survived. The funny thing about Ursula is that every time she dies she is reborn. She doesn’t remember everything from her past lives but she gets a bit of a deja vu sensation when she thinks something important or dangerous is going to happen.

"What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?" 

Oh the irony. I don’t know how many times Ursula lives her life. Maybe its eternal? The only thing I know for sure is that every time she lived her life it was different, she learned from her mistakes without ever really knowing it. She married different people, she had different jobs, she lost different family members. Things were always changing and I think that’s a good representation of life. Sometimes she was in the right place at the right time and sometimes she wasn’t. I really loved the concept for this book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, although it was difficult to get into at first (hello time-jumping) it was a splendid read when you get further in and really understand what’s going on.

March222014

annemeier:

My FINALLLLLL THEEEEESIIIIIISSSS IMMMMAAAAGGGEE!!!!!!  Still without text though. Oh text…you are going to be my downfall *sigh*  Anywaaaay, this is a book jacket for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making.  It is the first book in a most excellent series by Catherine M. Valente in which the main character (a young girl named September) repeatedly travels into Fairyland where she has many nonsensical experiences and meets many nonsensical creatures.  Again, as with all the books I chose, I highly recommend it!! Now…time to go to sleeeeeepp!!! haha
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annemeier:

Here are some kinda blurry iphone pictures of all my senior thesis book covers hung up for the exhibition and wrapped around their books and what-not.  Its really excited to see them all finished and on display at last!! Hooray!!

Holy crap these are beautiful.

March152014

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book was 99p on the Kindle Store. I finished reading The Book Thief on the 11/03/14. It is the first book I’ve read by Markus Zusak and it is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. The main character is a young girl called Liesel Meminger, and as the title suggests, she steals books. I don’t want to spoil the plot too much so I’ll be as careful as I can. The narrator of the book is Death and the writing style is really something beautiful. It is set in Germany during WWII when Hitler was in power and contains a lot of death. Liesel is fostered by the Hubermanns of Himmel Street when her mother cannot look after her and her younger brother any more. Here she meets new friends and discovers how big her foster father’s heart is. The film adaptation is out now and I’m probably going to watch it at some point.

I have heard that Zusak’s other book I Am the Messenger is also amazing so that’s been put on my list of books to read.

March72014

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angelclark:

How To Read A 223-Page Novel In Just 77 Minutes 

Spritz is a company that makes a speed-reading technology which allows you to get through a mass of text, reading every word, in a fraction of the time it would take if you were turning the pages of a book or swiping through a Kindle.

The basis of Spritz concept is that much of the time spend reading is “wasted” on moving your eyes from side to side, from one word to the next. By flashing the words quickly, one after the other, all in the same place, eye movement is reduced almost to zero. All that’s left is the time you take to process the word before the next one appears.

The company is selling licenses for other companies who might want to use the technology in operating systems, applications, wearables, and websites. Obviously, the tiny screen of a smart watch instantly springs to mind.

But the real revelation of Spritz is in trying it yourself.

Dear God.

(Source: noarmycanstopanidea.com, via booksandquills)

March42014
“A library is never complete. That’s the joy of it. We are always seeking one more book to add to our collection.” Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. (via falling-inlove-with-books)

(via omfgbooks)

March32014
Books I read in February 2014
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

Books I read in February 2014

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

February272014
February262014

karinart:

(via An Epic Chart of 162 Young Adult Retellings | Blog | Epic Reads)

Click through for the entire list with titles and authors.

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I found The Book Thief on the Kindle store for 99p the other day and I couldn’t resist. I’m 27% through and loving every moment!

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The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

I read this short book on 20/02/14. It’s the prequel to Warm Bodies the zombie romance featuring R and Julie. In this book Isaac Marion shows us how life was for Julie and her parents, Nora and her little brother, and R before the events of WB. It was a nice read and a good insight to how the hunger takes control and drives you to do things you don’t really want to. Guest starring M the pervert who watches you sleep.

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February212014

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I finished reading this book on 18/02/14 on my kindle. The storyline is pretty sad, with the main character dying in the first few pages. The main character is sweet little Susie Salmon (like the fish) the unfortunate victim of rapist and serial killer George Harvey. I have actually watched the film adaptation of this book so I kinda knew what was coming, but it was still a difficult read. The book and the film are really different so of course the book was better. In the book when Susie dies she goes to her own Heaven, she explains everyone has their own, and then there’s a bigger Heaven which I’m assuming is ‘main Heaven’. Susie’s Heaven is fun and unique and she meets a lot of people there, she watches over her family, friends and Mr. Harvey in her Heaven until she’s ready to move on. I don’t know whether I’ve intentionally read so many books containing death in this year or what but it’s definitely a theme. This is the first Alice Sebold novel I have read but I would read more of her work in the future.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I finished reading this beautiful beast of a book on 16/02/14. It took me a little while to read because I couldn’t carry it around with me due to its girth. I really enjoyed the story of this one. Its a lot different to the film, as was expected, and I definitely preferred it. The book is huge so I can understand why they couldn’t fit a lot of the story into the film but I was a bit bummed they left so much out. Also, Dobby is a pretty huge part of the story but I can appreciate that it cost so much money to animate him that they couldn’t put him in more. Or Winky. Now that would have been an expensive film. The whole Rita Skeeter storyline and learning about Hagrid and Madame Maxine was really interesting and I’m guessing will be important in the plot. I feel like in this book things have become incredibly serious with the death of a student and the confirmed return of Voldemort. I’m excited to read the rest of the series.

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