Friday Finds 30/11

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

As always Top Ten Tuesday has meant that what was just a couple of additions to me to-read list is now quite a list. However as the topic this week was books we are looking forward to for 2013 I don’t feel quite so guilty.

Annabel Pitcher

  • Ketchup Clouds

Lois Lowry

  • Number the Stars

Bary Lyga

  • I Hunt Killers

Kirsty Moseley

  • The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window

2013 Releases 

Brenna Yovanoff

  • Paper Valentine

Jennifer Rush

  • Altered

Suzanne Young

  • The Program

Mary Gray

  • The Dollhouse Asylum

Rainbow Rowell

  • Eleanor & Park

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature from The Broke and The Bookish that allows us to write a list each week on a topic they have set. This week it’s our Top Ten Most Anticipated Book for 2013.

1. Angel Fever by LA Weatherly When I went to see her at the book festival she said the book would be out early next year but amazon says November. Hopefully its before then.

2. Fracture by Teri Terry Due 4th April 

3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver Due 5th March 

4. Next Divergent Book by Veronica Roth Due 26th September

5. Rumoured; Gallagher Girl’s Book 6 by Ally Carter

6. Pivot Point by Kasie West Due 12th February

7. Hidden by Marianne Curley Due March

8. The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson Due 12th February 

9. Imposter by Suzanne Winnacker Due 11th July

10. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire Due 16th April

Movie Review: The Twilight Saga- Breaking Dawn Part Two – OMG!

Having finally calmed down enough to work a laptop I feel I need to blog about seeing the final film of The Twilight Saga while I am still at this immense emotional level.

Today I had a few friends over to have a Twilight-a-thon. It all sounds a bit cheesy but whilst a lot of people around my age see Harry Potter as the book of their childhood I didn’t read them till recently and it was the Twilight books I waiter eager for the next book to be published. When the first film was released I went to see it was at least 6 other friends that had read the books (bar 1) and working out we would be at uni by the last film we said we would get together for it. Sadly things didn’t stay as they were but 4 of our original group plus a great new friend got together to enjoy reliving a little part of our childhood and feel relief at the last film being over.

The film was intense right from the very beginning. Before the opening titles even began I had butterflies in my stomach and I think I was shaking through the entire movie. It began with a very different opening sequence to what we have seen on the previous films. A lot more picturesque like a nature show. What I did like though was that it began exactly at the end of the previous film, with Bella’s open eyes. Of course there were errors right from the beginning. Simple things like Bella not feeling nervous about jumping the river and her dress not ripping. However other things like her reacting to Jacob imprinting on Renesmee and Bella and Emmet having their arm wrestle made up for that.

The actors of the other vampires that came to be witness to Renesmee were also good. I particularly liked Benjamin and Alistair was really creepy. Of the original characters Emmet was really good in this film again, with some well placed comic lines. I also felt that Kristin Stewart final made a bit more sense as Bella. Having seen them all now it almost makes sense that as her character didn’t feel right as a human but did as a vampire her acting would similar but it has taken this long to appreciate that this may be the case. Also I final felt that Bella and Edward had a little more chemistry. (Joey from the Friends TV who once said that people on stage only have chemistry when they are not together for real so I think that’s why they didn’t in the other films and as she was cheating on him for a bit recently so that’s why they do in this one).

If you haven’t seen the film yet but have read the book and seen the movie trailer you are probably wondering how and why they have put in a fight scene. I don’t want to give anything away here because you will only get to feel the true power of the experience this film for the first time once so all I am saying is the best decision was made to make the second half of this book into a movie.

It may sound extreme but before going in I really wasn’t expecting too like this movie and I was surprised at other people’s reviews. Now however I understand them. I really think they best decisions were made to turn this book into a film other wise it would have been a bit boring and the mistakes and changes would have annoyed me and made it an awful film. However I think this film will only being so good the first time you see it, as long as you don’t know what going to happen, as it is the decisions made the are unexpected that made it such a good show and you will only get that once.

If you have read the book I really think you should go see this film. I think you will appreciate it.

Please let me know what you think? I would love to chat about it more.

Friday Finds 23/12

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

I have a modest list this week. A couple were added after reading a review on my reader, another after seeing a friend added it on Goodreads and the last I piked  up at Waterstones. This week is the first week I have a book that I didn’t just find online.

Mary E Pearson

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Nova Ren Suma

  • Imaginary Girls

David Levithan 

  • Every Day

Markus Zusak

  • The Book Theif

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?

WOW! – Flowers In The Attic

Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

‘Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive….

I don’t even know where to begin describing this book. It is the traggic story of how 4 children living a perfect life are thrust into a horrific situation that will change everything. Stuck up in one room with just the attic to play in Cathy and Chris become substitute parents to their twin siblings trying to hold onto whatever hope they can to get them throw each day. With a terrying Grandmother devoted to religion and a mother who is trying to win back her father effection they are left to bring themselves up. However being locked up alone isn’t how children should live and somehow they have to stay strong and try and escape.

This book felt really intense to me. What happened in it still seems uncomprehensible and I can’t believe someone could imagine the things that written in this book. Throughout the first part of the book I felt a lot of suspicion. Mostly for the mother as how could she put her children through it but also for Chris because he acts as if he trust his mother but how can he? He must be hiding his feelings as I suppose most teenage boys do.

In the second part of this book the suspision is overtaken by more a feeling of horror. They way the children become more and more abbandoned andthe extreme actions of the Grandmother blow me away and at times I could feel myself welling up. Despite this thought there were a few moments that showed of the beauty of life. There is one chapter where they experience a little bit of freedom and it shows how important the simple things about life are. The other thing that I felt was powerful was the stregnth they had mentally to carry on when they were physically weak.  They knew they had to carry on for the twins as week as for themselves.

There is so much I will take away from this book but thing I feel I took most is the different age experiences. The characters in the book are all at different stages in their lives and so are effected differently by what is happening. The Grandmother as an older person has strong religious morals she feels must be upheld. The mother is trying to move on but being back with her parents is changed her with the selfishness having lots of money again brings. The twins are just starting their lives but their freedom and a loving structured family life it has been taken from them so they are unable to develop properly mentally and physically. Chris and Cathy I can sympathise more with as they are teenagers growing into young adults. They are struggling with sexuality and wanting to gain the futures they desire. I particularly felt for Cathy when she first learns about periods and her frustration that men don’t get a similar pain.

As you might be able to tell this book has had a bit impact on me. I don’t know how to talk about it without giving to much away but I hope I have managed. I think this is a good book, it was written in an approachable way and I was taken in by it to carry on reading. The story will stay with my for a long time I think I am interested to see what is going to happen in the next book.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For

This week the lovely people of at The Broke and The Bookish have given us the topic of Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For. This wasn’t the easiest of topics I think. Mostly because I didn’t want to repeat all my favourite books that I have posted about so much already. So I have decided just to go for authors that I think have influenced my reading in various ways.

The Author that got me into reading

1. Roald Dahl. Although I have memories of reading before this it is his books that I remember being the first books that I really read on my own. We read them a lot at school and they were so good I always wanted to read them myself. 

Author Of My Pre-Teen Years

2. Michael Morpurgo Like Roald Dhal Michael Morpurgo was another author my teachers introduced me too and I got addicted to. I read quite a few of his books and I think enjoyed them all. 

Author Of My Early Teen Years

3. Catherine MacPahil Once I got to High school I moved on to Catherine MacPhail books. In my first year I went on a writing course with her and that was me hooked. I looked how her books seemed so much more grown up to me and they were always an interesting topic as well as a good read.

 Author Of  My First Adult Novels

4. Jodi Picoult I picked up my first Jodi Picoult book because one of the main characters had the same name as me and luckily for me it was also an amazing book. After this I felt more able to start reading adult books so that’s why she is on my list. 

 Authors That Got Me Into Reading Series 

5. Stephenie Meyer The Twilight series was the first series of books that I ever finished and my reading habbits have been totally changed ever since. 

6. Darren Shan I read his vampire series along side the Twilight series as I had to wait on Twilight books coming out while I think this series was finished or just about to be. I feel Darren Shan plays just as important a part for me becoming a series lover.

 Authors That Changed The Style Of Books I Read

7. Eleanor Updale I read her Montmorency series about a criminal who becomes a gentlemen to hide his crimes when I was just starting high school and it was the first time I had read anything like this. I tended to read more girly books and ones set in the present so this was a total change. 

8. Sophie McKenzie Once I got a bit older I started reading Sophie McKenzie. I read two of her series, one starting with Girl, Missing and the other Blood Ties and I was surprised to find that even though it was more action I really enjoyed it. I think she opened up my mind to more action based books and possibly the start of my love for dystopian. 

Authors Whose Writing Makes Me Think 

9. Malorie Blackman When I read her Noughts & Crosses series my mind was totally blown. I think it was the first time a book had made me really look at our society and I love her for that.

10. Tabitha Suzuma Although I have only read two of her books so far there are more on my to be read list because the topics of her work are always controversial. I love that she picks such interesting topics that really make you think about a variety of different things in life.

Beautiful Creatures; THE MOVIE

I genuinely cannot believe they are making this books into a film.

This is a book I read recently and although it is not one of my favourite reads I really don’t want to see this book made into a movie.

I have watched the trailer three times now and I am really not impressed. I don’t like anything about it. They cast seem way to grown up and when I was reading it I didn’t picture them as that old fashioned.

Despite this, I will want to go see the film, although I may just wait till it is out on DVD and rent it as it is cheaper.

Have you read this book? What do you think of making it into a film? Do you like the trailer?

Reading Posturology

This picture popped up on my reader today reblogged from TheObsessiveBookWorm by Bridget’sBooks

It’s a great way of expressing how a good book physically engages us and defiantly provides a good guide for other on how safe it is to disturb us.  As a rule of thumb though I would say always say unless in the first position it’s safe to wait till we put the book down, not just closed, as we may still be deeply lost in another world and unable to effectively communicate.

Friday Finds 16/11

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

I thought I didn’t have any books this week, I couldn’t remember adding any but when I went onto Goodreads I did have two new books at the bottom of my To-Read List.

John Connolly

  • The Book of Lost Things

 

Julia Lawrinson

  • Losing It

What new books have you discovered this week?