New Books!

Posted on 30 September, 2011 by Faye - No Comments

So here is a picture of all the twelve books that I got yesterday at the book quiz! Doesn’t it look glorious? =D

Anyway, in all honesty, I don’t know much about any of them and so I am posting them here to see if you guys have heard of or read any of them and have any thoughts on them or any suggestions on which ones I should read first!

Won From Rounds
Devoted – Hilary Duff (This is the sequeal to Elixir which I also haven’t read so will probably have to read that first mind!)
Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon
Girl With A Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
John Keats (This one is one I have heard of but I haven’t read much of his poetry so that’s a must do!)

Won for Participating
The Dream House – Rachel Hore
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
Broken Prey – John Sanford
Free Agent – Jeremy Duns
Bridesmaids – Jane Costello
Milo and the Restart Button – Alan Silberberg (This looks like a children’s book but I still may give it a go =])
The Badness of Ballydog – Garrett Carr (Same as above)
Consent to Kill – Vince Flynn

So, what are your thoughts?

Posted on 30 September, 2011 by Faye - No Comments


Book Quiz

Posted on 29 September, 2011 by Faye - No Comments

So, this evening I went along to a book quiz with a camp nanowrimo buddy and out of six rounds, we won three (the most out of everyone that won rounds) but, unfortunately, we didn’t win the quiz as we were just two points behind but it was a good night out all the same!

It made me realise I still have a lot to read in life and once I finish Uni, it will be my mission to just read non-stop all the time. I cannot wait to have all the time in the world to be able to do it. Not only reading classics like ‘Catcher in the Rye’ but reading more contemporary books as well. I just want to read, read, and read some more :-)

And, if you have any suggestions for me, feel free to comment and I’ll add them to my ever-growing list!

Anyway, despite not winning the competition and the £50 prize, I did walk away from the quiz with a goody bag of twelve new books and although I have no space on my shelf for them all and no time to read them all. I am excited to get my hooks into them! In a little while I’ll post and tell you what I’ve got with some lovely photos and then if you’ve read any, let me know what your thoughts were! :D

Checking out for the night now, hopefully I’ll finish another book soon and a review will be up in a little while!

Faye

Posted on 29 September, 2011 by Faye - No Comments


One Day by David Nicholls

Posted on 15 September, 2011 by Faye - 2 Comments

This book, recently adapted into a film, is one that has taken people’s hearts by a storm. The story is that of two people who meet for the first time on their graduation night. It follows their lives over the next two decades, only ever giving the reader an insight on what happened on the 15th July of every year. It is unique in it’s style and perhaps it is for this reason that the novel is so very popular for it is one of those stories that keeps you gripped and wanting to come back for more.

Emma Morley, played by Anne Hathaway, is an intelligent woman who wants to change the world by simply changing the area around her. This is something she hoped to achieve but as we travel through the years with her, we wait with abaited breath for her to finally achieve something in her life. And then, one fateful day, it all happens for her and everything seems to be going right. By the end of the story, she does manage to change the world, just not in the way she wanted. Or rather, not the world she thought she wanted but changing Dexter’s life, ultimately changed hers.

Dexter Mayhew, played by Jim Sturgess, is a party animal whose goal in life is to live life to it’s fullest. This he believes he does while he gets a presenting gig on television and spends his times in clubs getting drunk and high. It is a side of Dex that Emma finally can’t deal with and so their strong friendship eventually shatters. However, as the story continues, one may soon realise that what Dexter really wants in life is to matter to someone and to make somone else’s life worth living and this he does eventually achieve, even if he’s not fully aware of it himself.

The story is full of bumps and crashes, happy moments and tear-jerking moments that allow the reader to be pulled face first into a believable and enticing world. One Day is a book that shows how a simple incident could change your entire life and many different incidents intertwined together are what makes life interesting. It is a story that, when placed upon screen still brings forward amazing messages of friendship, love and life. An interesting read and one that is definitely recommened.

The film of the novel, unlike many adaptations, is extremely true to the book but this may, in large part, be due to the fact that David Nicholls wrote the screenplay for it. However, Anne Hathaway plays Emma Morely extremely well and really brings her into a truly believable character and the on-screen chemistry between her and Jim Sturgiss is simply beautiful to see. Jim Sturgiss also played Dexter Mayhew extremely well and really brings the character to life with his many flaws but also with his incredible strengths that hide beneath the surface. It is a film that will bring the audience to tears as the moments from the book appear on screen for everyone to see.

All in all, One Day is a book and a film that should definitely be read and watched as it’s not something you’ll ever want to miss.

Posted on 15 September, 2011 by Faye - 2 Comments


Welcome!

Posted on 15 September, 2011 by Faye - No Comments

Oh hello! Welcome to my little corner of the world!

I know it may not look like much right now, but I’m hoping in a few months it’ll be a lovely little cornocopia of reviews and articles, information and thoughts, just for you to get inspired by!

Feel free to comment on anything and everything and just get involved! All of your opinions are welcome and debates over things are always fun and interesting so let’s get this party started, shall we?

I hope that you like this little blog but if you don’t, well, that’s no worries to me because it’s my blog and you can simply go somewhere else, can’t you? This is my corner of the internet and essentially, it’s for me and if it just so happens that it attracts other people, then that’s lovely, isn’t it?

Anyway, I think you’ve heard enough from me now, don’t you? Best get started with some healthy opinions on things!

Faye.

Posted on 15 September, 2011 by Faye - No Comments