The Social Networks Tag

This tag was originally created by Youtuber Faultydevices and she took aspects of several social networks and created questions around them. Her video can be found here. Ariel Bissett however changed the questions slightly, you can watch her video here, and as I prefer her adaption of the tag it is her questions I am going to be doing.

Twitter: Your favourite shortest book.  The Cay by Theodore Taylor This book was read to us while I was in primary 7 and I never really forgot it. I was given it as a Christmas present two years ago and after rereading it I still felt the same. It is a really moving story particularly considering its only 118 pages.
Facebook: A book everyone pressured you into reading.  The Fault In Our Stars by John Green I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really fussed about reading this book. I have read a number of stories about people dying of terminal illness and this was just another to me, but a friend of mine got tickets to go and see John Green and I felt like I couldn’t go without having read it.
Tumblr: A book you read before it was cool.  Twilight by Stephenie Meyer I bought Twilight way back in 2006 with some birthday money I had and I picked it up purely because I liked the cover. Little did I know I was about to fall in love with the book and lend it to all my friends and endure the agonising wait for all the sequels. Before I knew it, it was a massively popular book and it was being turned into a movie and although I do love the book its hard not to feel like you’ve lost a bit of the magic of finding a great book.
Myspace: A book you don’t remember whether you liked or not.  When It Happens by Suzane Colasanti I have no idea what I thought of this book. I remember getting it in the mail from amazon. I remember reading it and it not taking very long but I have no idea if I liked it or not. I’ve currently got it rated 3 stars on Goodreads but it might be time to refresh my memory of this one.
Instagram: A book that was so beautiful that you and to instagram it.  I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith I hadn’t really been interested in this book, but when I seen this version of the book I finally picked it up and decided it was worth buying. I don’t actually have Instgram but if I did I would have shared this cover.  
Youtube: A book you wish would be turned into a movie.  Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway The whole way through reading the book I kept imagining how good it would be to see it as a film so it was an easy choice for this questionThe book is full of interesting description of devices and adventures that I think could be translated beautifully to screen.
Goodreads: A book you recommend to everyone.  All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque I found this question really hard because everyone has their own taste in reading and it’s quite challenging to find a book that covers everything. What I’ve gone for in the end is one I think everyone should read. This book is about the First World War. It tells the story of an ordinary soldier who fought like so many others, but what I think is most important is that it’s from the point of view of a German soldier and his story is no different from a British soldiers’.

What I’ve Been Reading in 2014

As I haven’t been blogging so far this year I wanted to catch up on the books I’ve been reading. So far I have managed to read 28 books and I feel like I am going slow however I am currently on track for Goodreads goal for the year of 60 books. Sadly I’ve not found anything this year that’s really blown me away, I have enjoyed some books, but most of them have just been OK. Currently I am reading The Fellowship of the Ring which isn’t helping me feel like I’m reading fast but I am getting through it and so far liking it so hopefully the second half of the year will be a better one for reading.

Rainbow Rowell   

My very first book of 2014 was Eleanor and Park which I enjoyed it a lot and have since read both her other published books; Fangirl and Attachments. I didn’t realise this former was an adult book till I got into it but it was just as good as her other work telling a really interesting story about three characters who’s lives are coming together. Fangirl is her other YA book and was a very easy read with a really enjoyable contemporary story that would make a perfect summer read.

Patrick Ness  

This year I have also got to sample some more of Patrick Ness’ work. Firstly I picked up A Monster Calls as they had it at a cheap book store. I was expecting it to be a creepy thriller type story but it turned out to be a very beautiful story about a child learning to deal with illness that definitely left me with wet eyes. More Than This on the other hand was more of a sci-fi story looking at the capabilities of the internet and a very different view of life after death.

War Books 

I also wanted to show some respect to the 100th anniversary of WW1 and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in a personal way by reading books set during the war. I’ve managed to read a few thanks to the library but the one that I enjoyed most was All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Unlike a lot of war books I have read it was set during World War 1 but what made it more interesting was it is from the point of view of a German solider and it very much put across the fact that in the end, it was just boys who have done nothing wrong but fight for their country.

Adult  

Another person goal of mine has been to branch out with me reading, particularly to stop being afraid of adult novels. The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs was one of the first books I read this year and I really enjoyed it. It’s a dark romance involving the paranormal and was an intoxicating read. My biggest surprise of the year was a book I picked up in the library purely for the name. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard turned out to be an exciting adventure with a touch of magic and I think will definitely be making me top reads of 2014.

Classics  

Similarly reading more classics is on my list for the year and I recently read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This was one of those books that stays with you long after you close it. There isn’t a huge plot to the book but the society and the ideals presented in the book give you plenty to think about. Another more modern classic I’ve got through is Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. This was never on my To Read list and I hadn’t seen the film but when I over heard my friends talking about the twist in it I decided to give it a shot. It was certainly an interesting read and having now seen the film I am glad I read the book first.

Series    

There’s been a lot of good and bad series going about the last few years and I’ve not got many on the go at the moment but I did have Shattered by Teri Terry to look forward to. This was the final book in a dystopian series and this last book was quite a change from the first two. I enjoyed the change of setting for this book, however I feel there was maybe a little to much worry about the romance. A better balance of romance to action could be founf in The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey which I only recently finished. This book turned out to be another one that was different from what I was expecting but definitely in a good way. I can’t wait to see where this series will go. I finally also managed to pick up The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was a very quick read with some interesting ideas but it didn’t blow me away like I had expected.  A book I had never planned really on reading but picked this year was The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I have seen the start of the movie adaptation of this several times but never made it to the end so it is good to finally know what happens. I’m not going to carry on with these at the moment but I did find it a worth while read and certainly an entertaining one.

Booksplosion 

Lastly is We Were Liars by E Lockhart. This is being read by a group of booktubers I watch and being so short I figured I would just give it a go. It’s a book you need to go into not knowing anything about it however for me I was expecting a great story from all its hype and sadly it didn’t live up to that.

There have been more books this year but these are the ones I feel are worth noting about. I am looking forward to hopefully getting through so more noteworthy books soon and maybe getting some good review up soon!.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

 

This week we’ve been asked by The Broke and The Bookish for our Top Ten Book Turn-Offs. This is a great topic and I can’t wait to see what everyone else is going to put on their lists. For me however I can actually think of only a few things that really put me off a book;

  • Small Print – If there writing in the books is really small it often looks like the page is way too crowded and I just can’t concentrate on it.
  • Large Print – This is makes me sounds really fussy but size of print is important when reading a book for me and too big makes me feel like the books making up for something.
  • No Chapters – I like the natural breather you get from chapters and I hate putting a book down in the middle of one so if there is no chapter I just can’t stand it.
  • Lack of Punctuation – This is something that came up recently with a book I read and it just infuriated me, I couldn’t keep track with the speech and I missed the point and the enjoyment of the book.
  • Girly Covers – I’m not really into girly books and if the cover looks girly I wont go near it
  • Movie Covers – I appreciate for the author their book being made into a movie is a great thing but when I see a book I want to be able to pictures its events as the words inspire me not how someone else has seen them.
  • Vampires – I’ve had my fix of vampires and now I tend to stay away from them unless highly recommended
  • High Fantasy – This is a little vague but I just don’t like knights and fairies and magic and things like that.

What Are Your Book Turn-Offs?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Blogger Easier

Another good topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish, out Top Ten Things That Make Life As A Reader/Blogger Easier. I have to admit I don’t quite have 10 things again this week but I’ve a few things that make both loving reading and blogging just that bit more accessible. 

Reader

  • Goodreads – discovering this website has been amazing for my OCD about reading. I can now keep track of what I’ve read in a year, what I thought of books and discover new ones.
  • Kindle – for me the kindle is a good thing and that’s because I travel, so it saves me a lot of space and weight in my case. and it also saves me a little money but it will never replace a good old fashioned book.
  • Library – again this one is mainly for the money, I couldn’t have afforded to by half the books I’ve read but I also love that the library is full of great books that no-one else really knows about and discovering them is always a pleasure. 
  • Reviews – with so many books out there to choose from and a mind that would happily devour them all it’s good to be able to read others peoples opinions of them so can rule some out and stop the To-Read list reaching the moon. 
  • Friends Who Read – you need to have friends who read as a reader because sometimes when you finish a book you have to talk about it and if you’re friends don’t read the can’t understand that emotionally connection never mind run read the book too so you can feel the pain together.

Blogger

  • Scheduling – this is a vital tool for keeping on top of any weekly posts you like to do, particularly if you have a busy life or like to travel and I love that on a good day I can be on top of my blog for when those weeks come around and I have too much to do 
  • Other Blogs – I still don’t feel very confident in my blogging even though it’s been almost a year and a half so I like to check other blogs out to see how they do things
  • Book Memes – this kind of ties in to the last point as it gives me some content for those weeks I’ve not finished a book but I also enjoy getting involved in them, as it fuels and satisfies my passion for books
  • Comments – I’m not sure if this makes it easier as such but I love comments, reading although everyone does it alone is actually such a social thing because there is always discussion to be had and comments allow us to share out passion as well as feeling a little pleased people like our blogging. 

What Things Help You With A Life Of Reading/ Blogging?

Cover Reveal – A Shard of Ice

Title: A Shard of Ice
Series: Black Symphony Saga
Publisher: Red Alice Press
Release Date: April 14th, 2014
Synopsis:

THEIR SOULS, REAWAKENED

When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of
her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

THEIR POWER, UNMATCHED

A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start.

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored.

THEIR BATTLE, IS ONLY BEGINNING

With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?

To Find Out More About This Book,  Alivia Anders and Any Of Her Other Books Check Out The Links Below:

Facebook for Alivia Anders: http://www.facebook.com/aliviaanders

Twitter for Alivia Anders: https://twitter.com/AliviaAnders

Blogger for Alivia Anders: aliviaanders.blogspot.com

Official author website (still under construction): aliviaanders.com

A Shard of Ice on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17207178-a-shard-of-ice

The Fault In Our Stars Live – John and Hank Green at Glasgow Concert Hall

Last Friday evening I joined my friends at the Glasgow Concert Hall to go and see John Green at his last stop in The Fault In Our Stars Live Tour. I must admit that I have only read 2 of the handful of books that John Green has written and I wasn’t really aware of his online community but I had begun to find out things from him on Tumblr that I found amusing so I was looking forward to what I was sure was going to be an amusing evening. This of course it was.

He started off by talking a bit about how he had come up with idea of the story. Telling us about his past training to become a chaplain and how his experience in a ward with terminally ill children changed his dream to writing about them instead. It took him ten years to get to the story we love today though as he original idea’s were all really stories from his point of view. It wasn’t till he met  a terminally ill nerd fighter named Esther that he changed his idea and started the story from one of the ill patients point of view.

This of course was said with added in bits of humour and he did say on a number of occasions that this story was never meant to be sad, it was always intended as more humorous. One of my favourite things he said however was;

 “You can drop out and still achieve your dreams”

Which he said in context of course, talking of how at a previous event he had been talking to the audience from the pulpit of a church which was of course his old dream from his chaplaincy training.

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After reading from the first chapter of the book he then moved on to answer some of our questions which had been handed in before the show. The questions chosen were not the usual; “why did you start writing?” and “what was your inspiration?” but questions about his views on the importance of reading and why he explores the importance of fiction within his fiction. This was a really interesting question which he answered by saying that;

“We live in a world that is obsessed with non-fiction”

This is a brilliant quote I think and one that is very true. He talked about the TV shows we watched today that are scripted by shown like reality and told of us an extreme version in America called Amish Mafia.

After this he invited his brother Hank on to the stage to sing to us. I was aware of his brother but I will admit I had never heard any of his songs. They were of course great fun once we stopped cheering at him waving a little Scottish flag.

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When John returned to the stage he had with him a bottle of Irn-Bru and again we found this reason enough to cheer. It was a moment that concluded it an excellent quote where he shared with us his description of how it tasted;

“Irn-Bru tastes like the collective chewing gum spit of all of Scotland … And I like it!”

Hank rejoined him on stage soon after this and the two of them had a timed question off. Asking one another some more of our questions. Including which was John’s favourite books to write (The Fault In Our Stars) and Hanks favourite fish (The Angler Fish). When the timer went off however was still answering had to be slapped by the other and amusingly Hank got to Slap John(a video of which can be found here). They also posed for us to photoshop ourselves into as they wouldn’t be able to give us individual photo’s. Unfortunately my camera decided to fail for a bit at the exact time.

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To finish off the two brothers sang together for us and after much clapping returned for an encore of The Proclaimers. Who they have been told they are like for years and have now finally got to sing  their song in its home country. (Video can be found here).

The event was on for about an hour and a half and with our ticket we got a free signed copy of the book. We also bought very lovely blue t-shirts and I am definitely going to get my hands on the rest of his books for future reading.

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Happy Birthday! Emily’s Books for Breakfast is 1!

Unbelivable it is a year today since Emily’s Books For Breakfast started and I published my first post reviewing The Named by Marianne Curley.

I have to admit that I am so proud of myself for having kept going with my blog. I have tried several times before and it has never worked out. Clearly I just needed to find the right topic.

This will be my 178th post!. In the past year I have reviewed books, a few movies and shared some of my favourite bookish pictures. I have also discovered the world of meme’s getting involved in Top Ten Tuesday and Friday finds.

I am looking forward to another year of blogging. I have plenty of books that I have discovered that I hope to get a hold of this year and I’m taking part in some new challenges too. Discovering the world of blogging has been great fun and ‘I am just as enthusiastic as when I started to improve my blog and discover so much more.

Here’s to another year!.

Project: Fairy Tale – It’s Here

Project: Fairy Tale is a great project being hosted by The Cheap Reader for February 2013. It a month devoted to fairy tales and their retelling’s with 38 bloggers signed up to read and review a different fairy tale and it’s retelling’s or spin off’s.

The idea of the project is;

  • Have a month devoted to Fairy Tales. February 2013. That will give us adequate time to read and schedule our posts.
  • Each blogger chooses a fairy tale. They must read the original fairy tale and at least 3 retellings/spin offs of the story. They write a review of each book and post them during the month of Project: Fairy Tale.  It’d be awesome if you could compile a list of other retellings  of your fairy tale as well. (Preferably the retellings will be Young Adult books or younger.) That’s it!
  • Other optional fun things to do: You can make a whole month of it on your blog if you’d like. More reviews,  read the fairy tale from another culture, movie reviews, integrate your fairy tale with any features/memes you do, discussion posts, list posts (favorite retelling, most creative retelling, etc), comparing and contrasting the retellings with the original story, anything you can imagine involving your fairy tale! Do as much or as little as you’d like.
  • You don’t have to devote the entire month to the event. Just the reviews are required. :)
  • It’s not required but after I ‘clear’ your fairy tale I would love for you to do a sign up post on your blog. Nothing too fancy.  Just tell your readers about this project, the fairy tale you chose, and maybe brainstorm your ideas. Plus it’s a great, central place for us to suggest or recommend books about your fairy tale.
  • There is a master post for the month and add people’s posts to it as they’re posted.

My Fairy Tale is The Elves and The Shoemaker by Brother Grimm. I picked this tale because it was something a little bit different however one of this issues I have discovered is there isn’t a lot of spin-off’s of it and all of the re-telling’s are very similar.

I do thankfully have three online sources of different versions of the story to start me off though.

I also have a couple of other idea’s for related posts and I’m going to read

  • The ASBO Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Asbosen 
  • and The Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling (cause fairy tales aren’t just for muggles :))

Please let me know if you know of any other adaptations of The Elves and The Shoemaker and I hope you enjoy Fairy Tale February.

John Green (and Me) on Likeable Character’s

  

My Tumblr dashboard page is often presenting to me new quotes by John Green and almost all are worth reading. This one in particular has caught my attention today however as last night I was writing my Top Ten Tuesday post about frustrating characters.

I understand that a book is suppose to be about the story, books were created to allow people to pass on stories to one another, but for me the characters are just as important if not more. I find that if I can’t connect to the main character I struggle to connect to the story, even if I love the idea of the plot. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series is an example of this as I thought the idea of a totally vain society is something we could easily become but his main character Tally was just awful and so I couldn’t enjoy reading the book because I was to busy being frustrated at how she behaved. Of course all books need to have a ‘bad guy’ in them so the main characters has someone to over come and I am not saying you have to like every character you read but although I appreciate the point John Green is trying to make I think what makes a good book is at least a likeable main character.

Are Likeable Character’s Important To You In Making A Book Good?  

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

This week The Broke and The Bookish have continued the New Year theme and given us the topic of Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013. I have to admit I have struggled to decided on an angle for this post. I wasn’t sure if it should be almost like resolutions, to just put up my challenges I’m signed up for or to include my blogging goals. However I think I am just going to include a bit of them all and it might not be quite ten this week.

Reading Goals

Read more Classics – I think I am going to aim for 6 as I have lots of other reading challenges to get through this year.

Re-Read Harry Potter – Every time I watch the films I want to re-read the books so I plan to do it this year.

Blogging Goals

Set up a rating system – I feel after a year of blogging some work needs to be done to improve my reviews and this is the first step.

Keep notes while reading – I have found that this helps me blog because I have almost a list of things I want to include.

Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2o13 – this year I have upped my goal to 80 books

Project: Fairy Tale –  The Cheap Reader is hosting this event for February and it is a month all about Fairy Talee, mine is The Elves and the Shoemaker

Dystopian Reading Challenge – Getting my teeth stuck into what I think is my favourite genre and set myself a goal of 24 books for this event hosted by  Blog of Erised

Off The Shelf 2013 – I am only going for the first level of this which is to read 5 books on my TBR pile that I already own because I know that I am planning re-reads and new reads for my other challenges.

What Are Your Goals for 2013?