My Life in Books

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I saw the 'my life in songs' tag, but as I have a book blog, I'm going to do the My Life in Books Tag. I won't be tagging anyone as I wasn't tagged, but if you want to do it, go ahead!

1) Find a book for each letter of your name 
Han - 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K Rowling 
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne 
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Nope - apparently I haven't read any books with at title that starts with n. 


2) Count your age along your bookshelf, what book is it? 
Dracula - Bram Stoker

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3) Pick a book set in your city/country 
Lost for Words - Elizabeth Lutzeier

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4) Pick a book that's your favourite colour/ has your favourite colour in the title 
The Black Cat - Edgar Allan Poe

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5) Pick a book set in a place you want to go 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
What? There's no harm in trying 

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6) What book do you have fond memories of? 
The Highwayman - Alfred Noyes
Technically a poem, but takes me back to primary school nonetheless 

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7) What book did you have the most difficulty reading?
Zombicorns - John Green

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8) What book in your TBR will you give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when read? 
IT by Stephen King or The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 

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"What's coming will come and we'll meet it when it does" - Hagrid

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Recommended Reads for Summer!

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Summer is nearing, well the season is but not the weather. I looked like a wet dog this morning. Anyway, these books should either get you in the summer spirit or get you through summer! 


Paper Towns - John Green
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Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
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Heidi - Johanna Spyri
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Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
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Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
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The Cat Who Went to Paris - Peter Gethers
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Violet Wings - Victoria Hanley
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What are your favourite summer reads? 

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"It's never too late to be what you might have been" - George Eliot






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Bookish Things I Want in my Home

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I was browsing through Buzzfeed and found this article and I was totally in awe with some of the things listed. But then it spiralled out of control, I closed Buzzfeed and trawled the internet looking for even more bookish things I want in my home. This is the result.

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The library style bookshelf with sliding ladder is a classic, but it doesn't make it any less desirable. I think this is my one goal in life. 

source: abeautifulmess(dot)typepad(dot)comMy friend actually has this and to be honest this is one of the most genius storage solutions I have seen! 

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I might start making proper, brewed tea if I get this

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And of course, to top it all off, a book themed house would be nice!


What would you like in your house?

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"The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action" - Felix Adler


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Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne) BOOK REVIEW

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So, I read this book by combining reading and audiobooks to try and help me out of my reading slump. 

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In a Nutshell:
Eccentric Londoner Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout go on a world trip for money

The Actual Review: 

This book is, undeniably, one of the best geography and history books you will ever read! From who owned what and when, I feel like I came away from this book with new knowledge. 

That aside, I loved the characters as they possessed something that is all too often a problem for me - they had character, both Mr. Fogg and Mr. Passparteout (our main characters) were unique, had their own quirks and thoughts. They were believable. 

But I think most importantly, this book is a witty (and at times silly) classic read. Go ahead, enjoy this book. Hopefully it should take you less than eighty days!


Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

In Conclusion:

- Good character development
- An enjoyable read 
- Surprisingly informative!

Does this book support We Need Diverse Books?

Sort of as there are - of course- many people of different races. From Indians to Native Americans (although the Native Americans were presented as savages :( ) 

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"Anything a men can imagine can be created by other men" - Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days 

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Build Me Up Bookercup (Positive Books!)

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Here's a few books that should hopefully make you happier on a bad day which - hopefully - won't let you down! 

I hope everyone understands the reference. If not, here's a link to jog your memory\! (Here)


1) The Pig of Happiness - Edward Monkton
I recently found out that is has been animated, which makes me very happy :) 



2) Wow, I'm a Genieous! -Mike Haskins
Laugh at the stupidity of others. I guess.


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3) Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Relations - Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
Although a children's book, I haven't laugh as much because of a book since Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging!

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4) Anything by Dr. Seuss
You cannot go wrong. Like, it is impossible.

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5) Or if all else fails, just go for a book that you know brings you joy! 


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What books bring you joy? 

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"Happiness is a journey, not a destination" - Ben Sweetland







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Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green and David Levithan) BOOK REVIEW

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In a Nutshell:
Two Will Graysons meet and their lives are changed.

The Actual Review:

First off, I think the notion is interesting: two people with the same name set by happen-chance and end up helping each other through their respective situations. But, once again I was let down by Mr Green.

In this review I'll be using straight-Will Grayson and gay-Will Grayson. A pretty shallow approach but it was how I ended up referring to them in real life. 

I think, perhaps that two characters with the same name was just too confusing. The only way I could immediately differentiate between straight-Will Grayson and gay-Will Grayson was the intentionally poor grammar of gay-Will Grayson. So, yes, Green and Levithan did make it work, but it was still pretty confusing when it came to other characters referring to Will Grayson.

Secondly, whilst gay-Will Grayson was full of character and had a narrative that allowed for realism, straight-Will Grayson was a shallow, two dimensional character that - even though a main character - came across as Tiny's manic pixie dream boy. I hate the manic pixie trope, but this one was even weirder. Not just that, but straight-Will Grayson remains the same as all of Green's other characters. Now I'm not complaining, it's just an observation. 

In conclusion:
▫️ Confusing characters 
▫️Nice idea
▫️ Ahem, the manic pixie trope 😒

Rating:
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 
Does this book support We Need Diverse Books? (See sidebar for more info!)

Yes, LGBTQIA+ and mental health 


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"Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you" - Toto, Africa


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