Monday, 30 April 2018

Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz by Lee Mendelson, in association with Charles M.Schulz (Book Review)

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Rating: 4 stars

Summary
Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz by Lee Mendelson, in association with Charles M. Schulz,  is a non-fiction book celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peanuts. 

It’s a brief biography on Charlie Schulz’s life, the creator of the popular Peanuts comics.  

It explores how Schulz faced many obstacles and how these life experiences inspired the character of Charlie Brown. 

It also looks at how the Peanuts characters and comics were created, and how they became a phenomenon.

Divided into sections, the book shows the evolution of the Peanuts characters and comics. 

Also included are some of his Schulz’s comic strips, and large black and white photographs. The book is a true treat for Peanuts fans.

Review
It was interesting reading about Charlie Schulz and how he got into writing comics. His story was touching and inspiring. 

It was fascinating learning about the evolution of the comics and characters, and the impact Peanuts had on people.  

I liked the inclusion of the comic strips, I thought they were cute and humorous.


Recommended for fans of the Peanuts characters, and aspiring cartoonists. It’s a great book for parents to read the comics aloud to younger children, and read both the comics and biography aloud to older children. 



Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Easter Book Tag


Happy Easter! I did some searching online and found an Easter book tag created by Rosie The Reader on Booktube. I've decided to do Pucks and Paperbacks' slightly altered version.


1. Rabbits - A book that you wish would multiply - So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn't have one)

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This is hard because most of my favourite books are my favourite because they leave me wanting that little bit more but it's the perfect ending. 

I think I'd have to say Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho. It'd be interesting to see and Althea and Oliver's lives one year later.



2. Egg - A book that surprised you


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The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey. It's a crime thriller with an unreliable narrator so it had plenty of twists and turns. I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was but I kept getting proved wrong.


3. Hunt - A book that was hard for you to get your hands on 


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whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin. I had to wait a long time to get it from the library because someone else had checked it out.


4. Lamb - A children's book that you still enjoy


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Penny Pollard's Diary by Robin Klein. I loved this series as a child. I recently reread this book, the first in the series, late last year and I still enjoyed it.


5. Spring - A book with a cover that makes you think of spring

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the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kair. Flowers always make me think of Spring, and the poems in this book are all about new beginnings which I think is quite symbolic of flowers.


6. Rising from the dead - A book from a deceased author


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The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter. I had to study this book last year for uni. I love poetry and crime thrillers so I loved how Porter combined the two genres in one book. It was an interesting read.



7. Baskets - A book that is in your Amazon cart or wish list right now


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The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. This book was written in such a unique format and left me wanting more. I want the hardcover copy so I can admire it on my shelf, and I want the paperback copy so I can put sticky notes on my favourite quotes (basically the whole book).


8. Candy - A book that is sweet


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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The romance in this book was so sweet and it wasn't overdone. I loved how there were positive family dynamics. It left me feeling warm and fuzzy after I finished reading it.


9. Peeps - Tag people
I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.



Friday, 23 March 2018

'Persephone' poem published on WORDLY

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I've recently had a poem published on WORDLY's blog.

WORDLY is my uni's student magazine. It publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Four issues, centered on different themes, are produced a year. They also publish pieces on their website.

My poem is entitled Persephone and was inspired by the Greek goddess, Persephone.

Above is the photo that was used to promote my poem on Twitter. I love how it perfectly captures the details of pomegranates, especially the colour.

You can read my poem here.


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions

Today I’m participating in the Top 5 Wednesday blogging meme. It was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. It’s currently hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group, with all the prompts, hereToday’s topic is ‘freebie.’ I’m doing the January 3rd topic ‘2018 Reading Resolutions.’ I thought by posting my reading resolutions it'd make me more inclined to do them. Better late than never!

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  1. Complete the 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge

Last year, I attempted the 2017 POPSUGAR reading challenge but gave up pretty quickly. I didn’t balance reading for class with reading for pleasure. I want to have a better balance this year and complete the challenge. 

  1. Attempt the advanced section of the 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge 
I think the challenge is an attainable goal, but the advanced section may be too much pressure. I want to attempt this section, but I won’t put the pressure on myself to do it. 

  1. Read books I own 
This year I want to make an effort to read most of the books I own. I always too distracted by library books, and then feel guilty for ignoring the books on my shelves. 

  1. Reread a favourite book 
Sometimes I get so caught up in reading new books for challenges that I don’t make time to reread my favourite books. I want to make time to return to a few books I love.

  1. Read books for book club
I just got a ticket to go to The YA Room’s The Belles book meet. I'm looking forward to meeting up with other book lovers and having a discussion with them. I want to try and make it a regular thing. 


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Prompt #38: A book with an ugly cover (2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge)



whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin

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I wanted to read a book on my TBR list. I looked at all of the books on my shelf and on my Goodreads TBR list, and this is the closest book I could find with an 'ugly' cover.

At first, I was a little confused at what the picture on the front cover was supposed to be. I soon figured out the picture is of a compass. I don't think the font is spaced out evenly.

I really wanted to read this book and this is the closest prompt I could find.


Saturday, 10 February 2018

whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin (Book Review)

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Rating: 3 stars

Summary
whiskey words & a shovel I by r.h. Sin is a collection of free verse poetry. 

It’s a revised edition of the original collection, which was published in 2015. This edition contains revised poems, an added foreword, and more poems. 

The poems centre on Sin’s past relationship troubles, and his present relationship with Samantha, his muse, who has helped him find happiness. 

The poems vary in length, some extremely short, and some a little longer. They’re straight to the point and written in a simple manner, easy to understand. 

Some of the poems are about the author’s heartache, which may finally bring peace to readers who have experienced similar suffering. Others are optimistic and inspiring, encouraging readers to love themselves.

This is the first book in his whiskey words & a shovel poetry trilogy.


Review
I'm conflicted about my overall feelings of this book, since there were some really good poems, and there were some really cliche poems. 

I found some of the poems really relatable, and loved how they were expressed in a clear and honest manner. I liked how a number of inspirational poems were included among the heartache.

I didn’t like how some of the poems were a bit repetitive, and blatantly cliche. 

The poems were easy to read, since they were straight-to-the point and written in a simplistic manner.


Recommended for: anyone who's 14 years and older, and is a beginning poetry reader, or anyone who wants to read straightforward poetry. 


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR List The Longest




I'm participating in my first Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. This week’s topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read. 

  1. Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins 
I picked this book up at my school library a few years ago because it was a YA contemporary romance novel set in Paris (all things I love, especially Paris). I started reading it and I was really enjoying it. I got distracted and I had to return it to my school library. I've heard amazing things about this book (and the other books in the series) on Booktube. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up again.

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  1. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
This book is a really popular YA book so I added it to my TBR a few years ago. The release of the movie prompted me to pick it up. I started reading it, got distracted by uni work and then I had to return it to the library. I need to get around to reading it so I can watch the movie. 

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  1. Room - Emma Donoghue 
I've heard good things about this book and I think it’s interesting how it’s told in the point of view of a five year old child. The movie was released not long ago so I thought it would prompt me to read it, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. 

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  1. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty 
I've heard really good things about this book, and I like how it’s set in Australia. I bought a copy and got it signed by Liane Moriarty at the Melbourne Writers Festival. I thought the recent release of the TV series would prompt me to read the book, but for some reason I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. 

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  1. Dancing in the Dark - Robyn Bavati
I borrowed this book from my school library, I started reading it and was really enjoying it. I got distracted and I had to take it back to the library. I bought it at a secondhand bookshop, and I find ballet really interesting, so I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up again.

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  1. Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson
I found the concept of this book really interesting, it's a dark retelling of Peter Pan in Tiger Lily’s point of view. I borrowed it from the library, along with a heap of other books. I got distracted with school work and reading other books and I had to return it. I don’t know why I haven’t borrowed it again. 

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  1. What Happens Next - Colleen Clayton
I saw this book on Goodreads ages ago and I was attracted to it because of its gorgeous cover. Then I read the plot and knew I had to add it to my TBR list. It's so far down on my list I'd forgotten about it until I made this post.
 
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  1. The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
I started reading this book a few years ago, I think it was sometime in 2014. I read a fair chunk of it, but I got distracted and I haven’t gone back to it. It’s still listed as ‘Currently reading’ on Goodreads. I think I'm embarrassed to go back to it because it’s been so long. I listed it on my 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge TBR, so this will be the year (hopefully)! 

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  1. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern 
This is another book I’ve heard a lot of hype about on Booktube. The circus aspect sounds so interesting. I think I’m afraid of reading it and thinking it doesn’t live up to the hype.

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  1. Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson 
I watched this movie numerous times as a child and I loved it. I don’t know why I never got around to reading it, especially when my sister owns the book. 

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