Station Eleven

Station Eleven- Review (& Bout of Books Rap up)

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel is in it’s most very basic form a group of Shakespeare actors who are performing King Lear and then… The End of The World happens! Truly though while the Shakespearean actors are one set of characters in this novel the book is about a group of characters including the actors -all linked by a character who dies in the beginning of the novel (don’t freak guys this is sooo not a spoiler).

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No doubt this is a great book BUT I personally have my issues with it. It’s brilliant and original no question but the narrative structure is such that it is really hard to fall in love with, root for, or hate/dislike a particular character. This being so I did sort of lose interest about 3/4 of the way though, but this is just my personal preference – I enjoy having a character to root for.

I would still recommend this book to a friend but the right friend. From afar I could appreciate this book for what it was (a superb piece of writing), up close I was just looking forward to my next read.

Over all I gave it a Goodreads rating of 3/5 stars.

While reading Station Eleven I was participating in bout of books 13.0 I think my reading list was a bit ambitious as I have had a busy week but I managed to get though Station Eleven and Saga Volume one which was brilliant! It was my first ever graphic novel and I was, before reading a bit unsure about the whole medium but I was so wrong. The art was fantastic, the story was so great, I was torn between flipping through the pages as fast as I could to find out what happened next and gazing at the amazing art work for as long as possible.                                                                                                                      515jeiadAzL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

I gave it a Goodreads rating of 5/5 stars! (Would definitely recommend to graphic novel newbies! But be aware of adult content.)

Overall I didn’t get though as much as I wanted too in bout of books 13.0 but there’s always the next read-a-thon :-)

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Top 5 Wednesday – Summery Book Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. The Goodreads group is run by Lainey and Mindy @mindyreads. There are a lot of people (including booktubers and bloggers) that participate weekly.

Here are my Top 5 Summer book covers!

1. Summer covers 1 There is No Light in the Darkness by Claire Contreras

2.Summer covers 2 Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Madson

3.16143347 We Were Liars by E.Lockhart – My We Were Liars Review –  https://goo.gl/lGkWwv

4.Summer 4 Alienated by Melissa Landers

5.Summer covers 5 On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (I constantly recommend this book to people it’s a must read!)

Happy reading x

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Bout of Books Day 2 Recap

Day two for the  Bout Of Books 13 read- a-thon turned out to be pretty poor… My first book for the read-a-thon (still a-hem un-finished is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandal. I like to blame my slow reading status on a full time job and not enough hours in the day but come what may I will finish Station Eleven tonight (GMT).

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Books on My Bout of Books Reading list

Station Eleven by Emily St. John

Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling #Ambitious

Happy Reading everyone x

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Bout of Books 13!

Hi Guys,

I am participating in the Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon so I hope I can tempt you to sign up and have fun with me.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Happy reading! X

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Tuck Everlasting – Book Review

Having seen the film many times over the years it seemed only right that I finally picked this book up, as I am from the U.K Tuck Everlasting was not something that I studied in school and only realised it was a book quite recently which thrilled me as the film is a childhood favourite.

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The book which is middle grade centers around Winifred ‘Winnie’ Forester a ten year old girl who,in the opening passages of the book is feeling disgruntled, stifled and wishes for freedom, although all she really wants is to step outside her garden gates so, Winnie makes a promise to herself (and to a toad) that she will run away into her families woods. When a strange man  talks to Winnie through her fortress like gates that evening everything changes for Winnie, the man and probably the toad. Keeping her promise Winnie ventures to the woods the next morning where she stumbles upon a seventeen year old boy called Jesse Tuck who is drinking from a spring- Jesse and his family claim to be immortal thanks to the springs magical properties. In a bid to keep Winnie from telling the world about the spring the Tucks (in the nicest way possible) kidnap Winnie trying to buy them selves enough time to convince ten year old Winnie to keep their secret.

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Tuck Everlasting is a very sophisticated children’s book, taking on topics such as mortality, life, love and what it means to be human in just under two hundred wonderfully metaphorical pages. Tuck Everlasting for me at least hit home the importance of mortality, that life has a beginning and an end for a reason, life is not limitless, we die we make room for new life and that is the way it should be- what is important is not how long we live just that we live.

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I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who fancies a short melancholy read.

3/5 Stars

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” – Tuck Everlasting 

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The Tessa Grey/Will Herondale Reading Challenge (All books mentioned in The Internal Devices By Cassandra Clare

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1.Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

2.The Wide, Wide World by Elizabeth Wetherell

3.Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4.Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

5.A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

6.Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

7.The Trail of the Serpent by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

8.The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

9.Armadale by Wilkie Collins

10.The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

11.The Lamplighter by Maria Susanna Cummins

12.The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

13.Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

14.Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

15.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

16.Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

17.The Thousand and One Nights

18.The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth

19.Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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20.The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

21.Vathek by William Beckford

22.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

23.Sermons to Young Women by Dr. James Fordyce

24.David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

25.The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

26.Hansel and Gretel by Brothers Grimm

How many have you read?

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Review

So Mocking Jay Part 1 is out… I am so completely behind when it comes to this series, therefore I have banned myself from seeing the movie until I have read the books. The fact I have seen The Hunger Games and Catching Fire before reading them is just unnatural!

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Although I feel that I have a sort of warped sense of the story because I know the films so well, I really enjoyed this book. If you don’t know what this is about (and if you don’t where have you been living?)

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature.

This is such an easy book to fly through at the same time forming such an emotional attachment to the Characters – in my case particularly Peeta. I found that I didn’t like book Katniss as much as I liked film Katniss I guess it was because we hear the story from her perspective and sometimes hearing someones inner most thoughts cab be a bit off putting. (This is why I like to read the book first, seeing the film first just confuses things).

Other than that it was a love for me, I have moved straight on to Catching Fire book two in the trilogy, I can’t wait for Mocking Jay.

4/5 stars!