Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Best Bookish Memories

 The Broke and The Bookish have given us another really good topic this week, out Top Ten Best Bookish Memories. This is  a really interesting topic because there are certainly a few things to consider. I’m including writing courses, festivals, visits and cinema trips in my list too because for me they are still bookish.

  • Arvon Writing Course at Moniack Mhor – When I was in my first year of high I went for a 4 day writing course in a cottage in the middle of nowhere and spent the week writing with teen author Catherine MacPhail and poet Gerry Cambridge. It was great fun and learnt a lot about writing but it also rekindled my love for reading. 
  • Dad reading to me when I was little – I have really fond memories of my dad reading to me when I was very young. My favourite was The Owl and The Pussycat which he knew off by heart and made some great voices to go along with it.
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival – I have been going to this for quite a few years now and I love it. We started going as school trips with the English department and got to see authors such as Catherine MacPahil, Elizabeth Laird, Catherine Forde and Kevin Brooks. However since then I have continued to go with my friends to see Darren Shan and LA Weatherly. It’s so cool to actually see the authors and talk to them about their books as well as getting your them signed.
  • Getting Breaking Dawn – It looks really sad when you see that but this was the first series of books I ever completed. I was the first one of my friends to read them and so I had to wait on each book getting published so as I loved the books I couldn’t wait to find out how it all ended. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this one coming because he pre-ordered it and it came the day I was going to the Edinburgh book festival and I had to start it and then leave it while I went out, it was torture. However once I got back home I stayed up all night to read it.
  • Going to see the Twilight Movie (Twice) – This sounds just as sad as the last one but my friends and I were pretty excited about the film coming out. (It was before I realised how awful book movies are). It came out on the last day of school before Christmas so we all went after lunch and took our copies of the book with us. We all agreed that it wasn’t nearly as good as the book but that didn’t stop us going straight back in to see it again after. It’s an afternoon I wont forget.
  • Fife Book Festival –  A few years ago Fife had it’s on book festival and as members of the library book club I got to take part. It was a really fun afternoon where we dressed up as characters from books to go on a wee parade, listen to authors talk about their books and meet some cool animals. It’s not really bookish but one of the best bits was getting a free shot of the Aquaballs as we were staff.
  • Anne Frank House – Going to see the Anne Frank House was really something memorable. Reading her diary is really powerful but it was hard for me to really imagine the space they had. I found it really interesting going to see the building and I read an information book about it before I went so I really got to just imagine how small it must have been for them.
  • Seeing Now is Good – I know that in most cases they books are better than the films, and of course the book Before I Die is still better than the film but I did find this a very good film. I thought they stuck to the story really well and it brought about the same emotions for me, which my poor boyfriend had to deal with as I totally broke down in tears at the end of it.
  • Seeing Great Expectation’s performed at Adam Smith Theatre – This one is a bit cheeky because it isn’t really the re-telling of Great Expectations that makes it memorable. It was a school trip we went on and for me it’s a good memory as it was the first time I really paid attention to the boy I am now dating.
  • Loosing my copy of The BFG – This isn’t a happy memory but it is something that sticks very much in my mind. When I was about 7 we went on holiday and I left my copy of The BFG on top of the pull out bunks in our hotel room. When we went back before we left however it had gone. We have still no idea what happened to it, if it fell down somewhere or the cleaners took it but mum had to buy me a new one on the way home. I’ll always remember it.

It’s weird thinking about all these things again, but it makes me smile. 🙂

What Are Your Best Bookish Memories?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet

So this week The Broke and the Bookish have set us the topic of the Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Me. I didn’t find this one very easy if I am honest but after some thought I have come up with my ten.

Most of my list is authors;

1. Malorie Blackman Malorie Blackman’s is one of the author’s whose work continues to arouse emotion in my longs after reading her stories and I would love to meet her and talk to her about the Noughts & Crosses series. 

2. Anne Frank I know this one is totally impossible but I really would love to meet her and let her know that her dream of being a famous writer came true. 

3. Stephenie Meyer As cliché as it is I do love the Twilight saga and I would love to meet Stephenie Meyer. She changed my reading habits as I am now hooked to reading series. 

4. JK Rowling I can’t imagine many people wouldn’t want to meet JK Rowling. 

5. Sophie McKenzie I think Sophie has a unique way of writing and I would really like to talk to her about why she writes the way she  does and where she gets her inspiration from. 

6. Carol Anne Duffy Although I love to read I really, really didn’t enjoy English class at school. In higher my teacher loved Carol Ann Duffy and I found something I could finally like. I would just really like to thank her for getting my through my higher. 

7. Melvin Burgess The book Junk is actually the only book of his I have read but I know how controversial it was at the time and it would be interesting to hear his thoughts about why he wrote it. 

8. Tabitha Suzuma Tabitha writes about a lot of controversial topics and I would love to know what makes her do this. Particularly why she wrote Forbidden. 

However I would also like to meet;

9. the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival This must be an awesome job and it would great to see everything involved and find out if its as fun a job as it seems

and of course

10. The Team at The Broke and The Bookish! This blog has been vital in my introduction to the blogging world. The Top Ten Tuesday meme helps me communicate with other book blogger and I would love to here their inspiration for their blog. 

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.

Slated

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

 

 

Slated is the debute novel by author Teri Tery and is up for the Anobii First Book Award.

Is is the story of 16 year old Kyla who is just leaving hospital to join her new family after having been slated. This is the process carried out on criminals to allow them to become useful members of society. However it can only be carried out on people under the age of 16. As Kyla settles into her new life she learns how to deal with her emotions, which are monitored by a bracelet that can knock her out, or even kill her if she gets to angry or upset. At first she finds drawing and stroking the cat to be useful but as she starts going to group and school she makes friends with a runner named Ben who gets her interested in running to.

Soon into her new life Kyla begins to realise that she isn’t a normal slated. She seems to have a better understanding than most and isn’t happy as expected. In fact she seems to be able to be angry without her levo (the name for her bracelet) realising. She is also more aware and curious about the things going on about her and they soon become very strange. Her doctor seems to be allowing her do things she shouldn’t be and she starts to wonder why things are the way they are and who she was.

Kyla’s world seems to become very dangerous and it is very interesting to read about. Set in the future, post 2020, it is easy to see how our society could have become how Teri has imagined it. The idea or wiping the minds of criminals is one that is interesting to think about and she has managed to challenge what may seem like a very good idea. The book was very easy to read and I felt taken in by the different parts of the plot. She has created a whole dystopian world to be interested in not just a good character and I can’t wait to read more in the next two books.

Teri Terry will also be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the first time this year. Talking with other authors about writing dystopian fiction and books for teenagers. I hope by next year however she may have her own talk about her series.