Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Confessions

My Top Ten Tuesday posts have been lacking for the last couple of months but I am going to get back on top of it and have made a start of the next months worth.

This weeks topic set by The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Bookish Confessions. I think this is a really good topic because we all have our little habits and will be interesting to see if people have to same ones and what people consider to been a bad when it comes to being a book and reading lover.

1. I think my worst crime to reading  is that I have never finished a Jane Austen book. I really want to love them and I own all her books but I just haven’t managed to get through a book right to the end.

2. Unlike most book lovers I hate when the spine of my book breaks. I know it is mostly inevitable but I am a little OCD and I love having them sitting perfectly on my shelves to look at. ( I have managed however to keep my Harry Potter books perfect)

3. I am a bit cheeky and read my friends copies of a books I own. This is related to the previous point as it means I can keep my perfect.

4. Carrying on from that I also find it hard to let other people bother my book. I love sharing stories and am always recommending books to others but I always feel nervous sharing my copies of books in case the bend the pages or it gets wet.

5. Going against the famous quote I am often guilty of judging a book by its cover. However I feel that when it comes to books it does help and good books often have good covers.

6. I don’t think this one is that bad but I can’t put a book down mid chapter. I feel wrong cause it’s too sudden and it takes longer for it to flow right when you start again.

7. I have loads of really pretty bookmarks but I only like to use flat ones. For present’s I often get really pretty metal ones but I hate that it makes a dent in the book so I only use ones that are paper-thin and at the moment using one I made myself.

8. If I could I would like to have both a paperback copy and a kindle copy of all my books. This ties in with my obsession of keeping my books looking perfect but it would also mean I could read what I felt like whenever I was out even if I don’t have that book with me.

9. Although I like perfect looking books I hate hardbacks. I don’t like the slip cover, or that the blurb is on the inside cover or the fact that they just aren’t good for reading when you are curled up in bed. I just don’t like hardback books.

10. Finally, I am also fussy about the size of the type in a book. I am really put off by type that is too big because I feel it isn’t a substantial read or type that is too small because I get distracted really easily and it concentrating on the type makes me tired quicker.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

After having not been for YEARS I finally got back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer.

Although there were many Authors over the festival I wanted to see I couldn’t afford to go over every day so after careful thought I decided to go see LA Weatherly, author of the Angel trilogy. When she came into the tent she looked exactly like her picture in the book, this may sounds daft to mention but often people don’t look their pictures. She also has her husband with her and he was in charge of the computer presentation she had along with her. I was really impressed by her talk. She didn’t read from a pre-prepared talk but talked naturally about the books so far. With her presentation to help she had picture of her dream cast including;

the ‘hot mexican actor’ she based Seth on, Amanda Seyfried as Willow

 and Peter Facinelli as Raziel.

She talked about where she got the inspiration for the book, where she writes and about the trips she got to take across America to help her research about the book. She talked about how the characters came to her and developed, how they got their names. One of my favourite bits was about the magic of how sometimes the book can teach you things about the characters you didn’t know, something she had never believed till it happened to her. She was really interesting to listen to and I enjoyed her talk but she gave no clues away to what is going to happen in the final book so we will just have to wait and see.

Whilst there I also decided to go and see S.D. Crockett and Caroline Green. I haven’t read either of their books but they have both written dystopian fiction and their talk was about this genre. They both read a bit from their books first. If I’m honest I still don’t think I will read either of the books, they are both written from a male point of view, one a 14 year old boy and one written the way he speaks and neither are my thing. The talk about dystopian was more interesting but I was the only one who asked a relevant question. I don’t think it was a bad idea to go to the talk, I liked Caroline Green but I have to admit I didn’t really like S.D. Crockett and it isn’t the most interesting thing I have seen at the festival.

Code Name Verity

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team

I picked up this book at the Edinburgh International Book festival. To be honest part of the attraction was the pretty front cover but I also enjoy books about the second world war and this seemed like it could be an interesting new take on it.

The book is in two parts. Queenie has been captured by the Germans during a mission in France and after being tortured has agreed to write down her story and share what she knows about the British war effort. On any bit of paper she is given she tells the story of her friend Maddie, a pilot and the one who flew her to France. In telling her story she also includes bits of information that may be useful for the Germans. Her relationship with her captor however is what I would describe as almost flirty and she likes to wind up the woman that watches over her and translates her story.

However she only has a few weeks till her story will be told and her fate after that is not a pleasant one.

In the second part of the book we discover something that we believed to be true through the rest of the book isn’t that way. Queenie’s fate might be about to change.

This book isn’t about action although the characters are part of the war effort and some action does come later on. The story is really about friendship. How two girls become the best of friends when they work together and how much they mean to one another during the hardest times of their lives. The characters are well developed and you learn about their lives from a young age. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book but I enjoyed it. I think that if you like books to be full of action and fast paced then I don’t think this is the book for you. However if you like to read about nice characters and their relationships in a historic and interesting setting I think you will enjoy this book.

Girl Parts

‘Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate’.
David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot to encourage healthy bonds and treat ‘dissociative disorder’, he can’t get enough of luscious red-headed Rose – and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal ‘companion’ is about to become her own best friend.

After seeing a suicide online David’s parents are worried about him and send him to the school councilor. Charlie has been seeing the council for suspected depression. Both are recommended a companion. Charlie’s father however think it is ridiculous. David’s however agree to it and so David is sent Rose.

At first he thinks she is great. The perfect women. But David is a popular kid and has a reputation and at a party one night he make a discovery about Rose that he just can’t live with.

The result? Rose ends up in Charlie’s arms. He finds out she is a companion and as a result is able to connect with her in a way he never could to real girls. However there is a problem, she is still programmed for David.

I’m not sure why but I had expected this to be more of a dystopian book. However it is not that way it all. It is about life and relationships. I think Cusick is trying to make a point about how technology is effecting the way we interact with one and other but really we all still desire a healthy relationship and human company. There is also a message in here, I think, about how we view one another, what we view is normal and how everyone just wants to be excepted as they are.

I can’t say I was really impressed with this book but writing about it now has made me appreciate it more. I don’t think it is a particularly great read but I am glad I have read it and I am sure some people will enjoy the story it is telling.

Before I Go To Sleep

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

When Christine wakes up she doesn’t remember who the man lying next to her is. When she looks at herself in the mirror she it isn’t what she expects. She has lost her memory. The man tells her his name is Ben and he is her husband.

However when he goes to work she receives a call from a man saying he is her doctor. She agrees to meet him and he gives her a journal telling her she has been writing in it for the past few weeks and had given it to him to read.

Christine is about to learn about her life. All the things that she has forgotten over the many years. How everyday she has been reading the journal and being reminded of the not just the pains of her past but also that everything as it is now might not be quite as it seems. A realisation that is about to completely change her life, again.

This book had been recommended to me from a view people but I wasn’t really fussed about reading it because I have read a few books about people loosing their memory and presumed it would be the same. However I must admit now that I was wrong. This book is not like any others I have read about a similar topic. As you read you are drawn in by the fact that everything just doesn’t seem quite right. As the story progresses and we learn more about Christine’s pass and the characters you start to come up with idea’s that might explain what is going on but you are always left with that little bit of doubt that makes you think you are wrong. I was really impressed by this book, it was a unique take on the idea and the story really had you gripped and guessing the whole way through.