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Reading in Lockdown!

First of all, how is everyone doing in these uncertain times? I found a lot of comfort in books and films whilst in lock-down. I can happily say that I have read more books this year than I have done last year. I am very happy that I have taken part in the Goodreads challenge and targeted myself a goal of 20 books to read by the end of the year, I am already three books ahead, I consider this a huge accomplishment.

I have also noticed an increase in people’s statuses and photos that they are picking up that book that they have had on their shelves for years and never got round to it. It does seem that books are becoming rescuers to those who have grown tired of the usual things you see on TV. Especially, with us having had the amazing weather, the people were taking to their gardens, balconies, any bit of outside they can get to with their book and some music and enjoying the small benefits of being home.

Of course, there are several other things we could all be doing, such as spring cleaning, but I myself, get round to doing one room a day and then get bored. So, what better way than to pass the time (which seems to be going a hell of a lot faster than usual) than to take that book you have been meaning to read and cosy down for a few chapters.
Escape to a different world.
During lock-down I have been to Pemberly, Prythian, Los Angeles, a cliff in the south of England and a different world behind a door in a moving castle.
If you love books it is not hard to lose yourself in that world and forget for an hour or two that there is a lot of craziness in this one. It is a great way to pass the time as well. I can find myself sitting down to read and end up finishing five hours later. Utter bliss.

Now, I am back at work, but I am still making sure that I put a little time for myself at night and my days off to get some reading and writing done. It is bringing a really nice balance to my life right now which is sometimes exactly what you need. I do however, work in a bookshop so I do find that I am buying more books than I can read. Maybe it’s time for a book buying ban for a few months. Just until I can catch up on my self at least.

Don’t forget – You owe it to yourself, to take some time away from the real world and to do something that you love to do. It can be quite refreshing. You may end up feeling a lot better.

Let me know what you have been reading over lock-down? Have you managed to keep reading after going back to work?

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Music I Listen To When Writing!

Most people can only read or write while it is deathly silent, in a library or at home. Not me, I like noise. Not deafening heavy metal blasting at top volume, but nice quiet, peaceful music or the TV on a low volume. The best place is to be in a coffee shop, that has the gentle hum of people who had the same idea that morning. Ironically, there is something peaceful about a noisy area. The chance to watch the people around you, to get an idea of different peoples characters, maybe take some of their attributes and create new characters.

Now me, personally, I love going to my local coffee shop and popping some headphones on to play music around the hustle and bustle of the cafe. It’s strange I know, but I find that I can write a lot more in this environment rather than any other… and believe me, I have tried.
When writing or reading I can’t listen to songs that I have heard before. I love to sing to the ones I know which usually means I then start scrolling through Spotify to find songs I can sing and then belting them out, (I try not to break into song and dance in the middle of coffee shops no matter how much I want to.) I much rather listening to mellow music. My favourites are actually in the form of playlists created by Alexrainbird Music, they are amazing at creating Indie/folk playlists for every month, season and even for days when you just want a certain music to help clear your mind. The playlists are compiled of artists and groups that I wouldn’t generally listen to, due to not finding them in Spotify playlists, but the more I listen the more I absolutely love them. I can always guarantee that the songs completely chill me out and just allow my mind to release the words I want to write.

I hardly feel as relaxed as I do when I am writing. If I try to relax at home I always have the niggling itch at the back of my mind telling me I have other things to do. I love being in a neutral place, distraction free, doing the thing I love. I would highly recommend the playlists by Alexrainbird. I would also recommend music by artist such as Lucy May Walker, who two of my lovely friends introduced me too, she writes beautiful music and sings like a songbird, also The Cat Empire who my partner introduced me too, safe to say I have fallen in love with the ska band who we play to make ourselves happy again, among other artists with an indie or acoustic vibe. You can find quite a few on several Spotify playlists, if you know where to look.

I do have to stop myself sometimes as I tend to start swaying to music when I am concentrating. But hey, let people think you are crazy, because in the words of Lewis Carrol’s famous characters. ‘All the best people are.’

Do you listen to music while you write? Let me know who you like to listen to.


Disclaimer: All words are my own, this is not a collaboration. The links available are to the musicians respective Youtube channels. I do not own anything.  Just spreading the joy of music and books. 

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Mini Book Haul!

Knowing that with the impending lockdown of the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic that I would be very much inside for the foreseeable future, and having recently started a dream job at Waterstones (Gah! So happy.) I took advantage of being at work and acquired some reading material during my dinner break.

 

LETTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD – SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE

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So, this was the first book I grabbed. I spotted this book when it first came out a few months ago, I had been curious about it since then. It is an anthology of letters that had been written from various notable figures from Michelangelo to Charles Darwin. I find it all so interesting. Pieces of history brought to life through their own hands. The words that they had written to friends and family among other people. It’s just the perfect way to be nosy, without being nosy. The letter are handily sectioned in the contents into categories, such as love, war, friendship and family. I can’t wait to dig in and have a little history lesson every now and then.

 

THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN – A.J HACKWITH

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The next book was actually close by, I was having a look as the previous book was on a deal, so I needed another book to get it half price. Can’t beat a deal.  That is when I spotted this book. It had library written in the title, I wasn’t not going to buy it obviously. Even being one that I randomly picked, it sounded super interesting, and I honestly can’t wait to get my teeth into it.
In hell, there is a library full of unfinished books, that are watched over by Claire (a deathly name if I ever heard one) who stands guard and makes sure none of the characters escape (Excellent job!) When one does escape it will be catastrophic if Claire and a small team does not find them.
How cool does that sound. First of all, well done Claire for snagging that job. Secondly, imagine if that was read, that one of your characters could just pop up at you and start screaming at you to finish their story. I can’t wait.

 

AMERICAN DIRT – JEANINE CUMMINS 

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The last book that found it’s way into my bag (I paid for them everyone, don’t worry the books didn’t just jump into my bag when no one was watching.)
This book has literally blown up on my bookstagram feed. I feel like I see it everywhere and I am not one to follow the crowd when it comes to books, but I just had to on this occasion, as it just sounds so good.
The blurb is what really attracted me to it. It starts off so lovely. Culminating of only a few lines, the last three had me gripped and ready to read, without even looking at the first page. Quite frankly, I have to know more.

 

 

So, only three books this time. I still have so many books to read that are having a nice relaxing time in Casa de bookcase. I think I should start reading some of the ones I already have and put myself on another book ban for quite some time. Woe is me.

Have you read any of these or bought any books recently?


Related: Book Club

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The Coffee Book Tag

I had a look on Pinterest to give me some ideas on what to write as a blog post, I found so many of these book tags so I thought I would give it a bash… 

Black-  Name a series that’s tough to get into but has a hardcore following.
For me I think it would be the Game of Thrones series. I still haven’t read the first book, think I got to the third chapter. I am determined to get through them all as I want to see how different they are from the TV series. Apparently, there’s a lot more to know. So, I am excited to give them another go… soon.

Peppermint Mocha – Name a book that gets more popular during the Winter of a festive time of year. 
I could say so many books for this one, The Nutcracker, The Grinch who stole Christmas, but for me, the book that I constantly think about in the Autumn and Winter months is Little Women. Don’t ask me why! I just love the cosy feeling I get when I hold the book. It just reminds me of jumpers and sitting by the fire all nice a curled up in a blanket.

Hot Chocolate – What is you favourite children’s book?
There are so many! This is hard… I think it would have to be The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Oh how I loved that book! I still do, it was my go to library book when I was in primary school. It should definitely be on every recommended book list for all children.

Double shot of Espresso – Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Definitely has to be Empire of Storms. The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. My god! I was screaming by the end. I almost didn’t want to read Tower of Dawn because I just wanted to know what happened. (I did read Tower of Dawn, and I am glad I did)

Starbucks – Name a book that you see everywhere.
This is hard… As I now work in a bookshop (HOORAY!!) I would say the Harry Potter series, and rightly so, everyone should read them to just experience the world that we have longed for in the UK. It is everywhere, in book shop windows to having an entire bookcase in shops full of the different editions and merchandise.

That Hipster Coffee Shop – Give a book by an indie author a shout out.
I would like to shout out to one of my friends Stefan Mohammed who has several books out there. He is a gifted writer and performer. It’s always nice to see how he gets on and that he is still writing. We have to make time for all sorts of writers and all sorts of genres. It will be how we stay smart. 

Oops! I accidentally got Decaf – Name a book you were expecting more from.
I couldn’t say… I have yet to come across a book that I expected anything more from. 

The Perfect Blend – Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
I cannot say enough good things about the Throne of Glass series. I really cannot stop reading… I am three quarters of the way through the last book and I don’t know what I am going to do with myself. It’s stressful when I want to know the ending and yet I never want it to end. However, all good things come to an end… sadly. 

Ohhh I loved doing this book tag! Let me know what you would pick 😀

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Book Club!

***** May be some spoilers *****

I have always thought it would be nice for me to join a book club. I don’t have many people I speak frequently too, to be able to talk about books with. I usually just bore people as I go on and on and on. My partner is a good egg and he tries to listen and fair play to him he does very well in paying attention and he asks the right questions, but I thought I would be nice and give him an itty bitty break.
One of my friends who works at my local town library messaged me one afternoon and asked if I would be interested in joining a new book club she was organising (as she knew I was obviously fond of books.) Eager to be more sociable and meet new people I said of course! Then waited patiently for the first meeting. We all nervously sat around the large table and waited for Beth (the organiser) to start us off. We went around the table and introduced ourselves, you know the usual I am this person I work here and I like reading so and so. It felt very good to get out of the flat and be sociable, as at times I find that I do find reasons to stay inside. NOT ANYMORE!

After our third meeting I was surprised to see how different everyone’s opinion of the books were. Our first book was Stoner by John Williams. I have to admit that I did really like this book. Not for the events or the drama (because there wasn’t really any drama) but how real the characters were written. How relatable they were to me. It made me feel as if I wasn’t alone in some of the actions and decisions I have made in the past. However, half of the reading group thought otherwise. They couldn’t manage to get into the story (we have all been there.) They thought that the character of Stoner was weak and basically a fool. So, we argued, well debated, about the character of the protagonist and in the last few minutes I came to the conclusion that the novel was indeed a love story. They say you never forget your first love, Stoners first love was books, and books were the only constant thing in his life. It was a love story about a man and his books.

Our second book was The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. Now this was a completely different story (well in so many words.) I noticed that the people who enjoyed Stoner could not actually get through this latest novel, and the people who did not like Stoner had loved reading TSS. How strange! I thought to myself. The very minute part of me that always wanted to be a scientist immediately wanted to hook us all up to machines and see what our brains were thinking. The overall story wasn’t that much different yet we all had different views. Bar the 2% of the group who loved both books.
Safe to say I am enjoying Book Club a lot. It is broadening my literary horizons immensely. And even though I couldn’t finish TSS I am determined to finish it at a later date.

The next book is The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave which our founder Beth, actually won for us on a website that runs competitions to give out a certain number of books to book clubs around the country. I love that we are able to silently do something to help the library gain more books.
I am excited to read this one, but we shall find out within the next month whether it lives up to our expectations.

Are you a part of a book club? If so, what are you reading this month? Are you enjoying it? Let me know!

Happy reading everyone!

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Sapphire and Steel – Review!

As a reader, I love many genres one in particular is historical fantasy. I love the stories where good triumphs over evil, especially ones with a little twist to add suspense.
Sapphire and Steel written by Violet Froste was not a disappointment.

Following the young Aster, Captain of the Princess-guard, as she does all that she can to protect her best friend, the Princess Adrienna from any possible threats. Whilst delivering Adrienna to her future husband they are ambushed in the middle of the night. Passing herself off as the Princess, Aster is taken by the Jarl Svagner of the Vikingr the enemy to her King and home country.

Told from both Aster and Svagner’s perspective we follow their journey as both realise that they are not all they seem. Full of surprises that leaves you wanting more. It was very hard for me to say one more chapter when I was supposed to be asleep. Froste has taken the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and formed relatable characters and a plot that can be taken in many different directions.
I would have honestly liked to have seen more of both main characters history and how they became the people they turned into, as well as knowing more about the other relationships that are mentioned throughout the book. However, the novel in itself is quintessentially a love story first and foremost, a love of country, love that one as for their friends and for each other.

Readers are informed that this book is not for the faint hearted, with graphic depictions of sexual relations, strong language and violence.
If you are at all interested in having a read you can find it available on amazon here.

I would recommend this novel 100% to all of my friends who are wanting to try out up and coming writers. I am eager to read the next book in Violet Froste’s collection.
One more thing… How badass is that cover… I am in love.

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*All words and thoughts are my own. This is a collaboration with the author and Voracious Readers.

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Childhood Libraries

The summers of my childhood were usually spent in wild abandonment, spending every other night at a friends, or roaming the town looking for an adventure.
I never found a more adventurous place than the local library.
The best part of my day, would be the long winded pleading with my mum to take me, just to get a new book so that I wasn’t bored in the evening (even though I had an entire bookcase full of books to be read.)
The main reason would be the competition that the library would run every summer… The Reading Relay.

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It was simple enough, you go to the library and choose a book, with that book you get a foldout card where the librarian would write the title of the book you have chosen, and the date. You then take the book and read it (obviously.) When you were finished, you would take the book back with a little description of whether you enjoyed it or not. The librarian would stamp the relevant page and off you go… to get the next one. Six books over six weeks and at the end there would be a small ceremony where everyone who had reached the goal would receive a certificate and a medal (my favourite bit.) It felt like my greatest achievement at that age. I would spend the rest of the year trying to persuade my friends to do the same and join the challenge, always using the fact of winning a medal as a little sweetener.

I recently, went to visit my hometown local library, not in it’s usual place at the top of town, but now relocated into the swanky, newly decorated community centre at the bottom of town. My friend Holly and I went to check it out before the summer just to be nosy, we were sad at the fact that it had moved and it wasn’t the library of our childhood.
I went back alone and spoke to the current librarian there, who was lovely enough to tell me everything that had been going on, that they get a good amount of volunteers from the schools in the surrounding area. Hearing this made me incredibly jealous, as this would have been something that I would have jumped at the chance. Hearing all of this made me realise that this is now the library of a younger generation, and that they still enjoy all of things I had when I was younger.

I spoke to two of the volunteers, age only just fourteen, who said that they were passionate about reading and helping at the library as they felt it was important to keep things like this going for younger children, to build a safe environment for book lovers. I asked them if they thought there was a way to get more children their age to read more, they were unsure of how to do this, but would keep thinking as they continued to volunteer. In all honesty, I was surprised to hear how many teenagers were asking to volunteer, I had thought that reading had gone out of style for a lot of children that age.

It was lovely to see so many people young and old enjoying the facilities, such as the computer room. It is handy to have a place that people who don’t have access or the knowledge to use the technology let alone the maze that is the internet. They can enjoy a short walk to the hub of the town and learn without fear of ridicule.
Along with having the use of numerous amounts of books in all different sections such as Travel, Science, Fiction, Non-fiction, Audio books and a wonderfully colourful Children’s section and the computer room. As you go through the main doors you are met with two noticeboards, full of posters of events going on not just in the town, but in the surrounding area. For young and older people. Some of them include, a wildlife group for nursery children and their parents, a fitness class at the leisure centre, the popular Karate classes, Yoga classes and the popular pop up cinema.

The best part of visiting again, was learning that all these years later, (and it is MANY years) they still have the reading challenges for young children. It was a cherry on the top to see the new library still carrying out the competition that I had such fun joining when I was a child. I was even happier to hear that last year they had a record breaking amount of participants totalling to eighty children, wanting to read over their summer.

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Seeing all of this was just fantastic, however much I love buying new books, I couldn’t help but want to borrow several books. Then I remembered that I might not be in the town for a long time, the late fines would definitely rack up. I would not be prepared for that at all.
It just reminds us that we have to do our best to help keep the libraries open. Not only do they impart knowledge in the form of books, they bring together a community that is miles from the nearest city or ‘bigger’ town. We must do everything in our power to make sure that the next generation grows up knowing that they have places like this to escape to if they need it. A place where they don’t have to speak to anyone if they don’t want to, a place where they can find a passion, essentially shaping their future.

Do you still visit your childhood library? Tell me about them in the comments, I would love to hear about them.

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All words are my own. 
Thank you to the Branch Librarian Hannah Isaacson for talking to me, and the two volunteers who will not be named, as they are underage. 

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Top Five Heroines

I love reading all different types of books, with all different types of characters, but most of all, I love to read books with a strong female heroine. One, that I can mould in my minds eye to see as myself.

Here are just a few that really stand out to me and have become some of the most inspirational women in my life…

Jo March

The character created by Louisa May Alcott has always been a huge inspiration to me. I love her passion for the writing that she produces even though she get’s knocked down almost every time, the encouragement she receives from her family is incredible, to go through ups and downs and still have the passion, the need to tell people her stories. Her wonderful, wild spirit that never gives up. In a society that expected her to marry well, due to her station, she wanted to branch out and do things on her own terms, the sign of a true heroine. If I can be half the person she was and write like she did I would be a very lucky person.

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Hermionie Granger

This character is probably the reason I wanted to do well in school and my higher education, I wanted to be her, to be as smart and intuitive (I really wasn’t, but hey ho) She stood out as someone who wasn’t going to be thrown down by prejudice from her peers, she knew she was smart, so she acted like it. She wasn’t going to let something as little as being born by two non magical parents stop her.
She is a fierce and loyal friend, who would never abandon them when the going got tough. Her heart is just a big as her brain. Truly is the brightest witch of her age.

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Celeana Sardothien

I am only a few books into the Throne of Glass series, yet from the start I knew I liked Celeana Sardothien. She is such a feisty character, the type that you wish you could be. We see the wall that she had to build up, break down as she meets people who change her outlook on the world that she has grown to know, reminding her of the person she used to be. Eventually, she combine the person that she used to be with the person that the years have made her. The perfect hero, who doesn’t wish to be the hero of her own story. Loving this character right now.

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Maid Marian

I have always had a soft spot for the legends of Britain, most of all the tales of Robin Hood have stayed with me since I was a child. I loved the romance between Robin Hood and Maid Marion, the never ending relationship of the low born male and the high born female, forbidden and long-lasting. In every version of Maid Marian we see her as a strong woman who continues to fight and oppose the tyranny of King John. For me, she is a real hero, not someone who acts with action and fighting, but someone who acts with kindness to the people who need it, who can benefit from it. Just a legend… literally.

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There we go, these women in literature are fundamental for our reading culture, they teach us that in a man’s world, women can still be amazing and strong women who could easily take over the world. I think it’s important for young girls to be reading books featuring characters such as these so they can learn that passion, knowledge, attitude and kindness, are all fantastic features that women can possess.

Who are your favourite heroines? I want to know… let me know in the comments below.

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Books I would like to see as Feature Films!

Books are usually the foundation for any screenplay that will cross the desk of a producer. There are some books that I read which I know should be and would be amazing on the big screen. But unfortunately, they may never be known to most of the population who may not read many books. Which is sad, there are many books out there which would be perfect for the big screen. Here are a few that I have come across:

ELIJAH’S MERMAID – ESSIE FOX

I have said it before and I will say it again, if you love Victorian crime, then please read the books of Essie Fox. I do feel like the books, especially Elijah’s Mermaid would be great with an Indie directer and up and coming actors that could have a chance to break into the big business. It would be just incredible to work on something like this to watch the process, not only recreate some of the wonderful scenes that Fox writes about. Also, the costumes would be beautiful.

QUEEN OF THE TEARLING – ERIKA JOHANSEN

Now this could be a fantastic film, with lots of opportunities for incredible special effects, and CGI. You could create some beautiful scenes that have been shown in the book. I just love it. The change to dystopian novel, from what could be perceived as a fantasy novel with one turn of a the page. It’s a novel that you can see on your television as a maybe three to four part drama. Fingers crossed we may see it soon.

THRONE OF GLASS SERIES – SARAH J. MAAS

I seem to be going for a lot of fantasy books for what I would like to see on the big screen. But can you imagine the stunt scenes that would take place in this series. That in itself would make me want to watch it all. It is an action but also quite fantastical the further you get into the novels. There is a lot that you could do with it and that is what is exciting. Imagine the trailer.

BITTER SIXTEEN – STEFAN MOHAMED

Now this book is the first in a series, it gives me all the feels for the Percy Jackson series. Once again, this would be a great film for the special effects that could be created. I especially love this book because it starts off with memories of the school I went to and the town I grew up in, it would be lovely to recreate my childhood haunts. A super exciting, quite scary (well scary to me anyway) and thrilling series of novels that could show how the supernatural can be reality.

There we go… I would love to see any of these books and more on the big screen, spreading the word about these wonderful authors who have taken me on blissful journey’s into my imagination. Quite tempted to start writing the screenplays myself.

Do you have any favourites that you wish more people knew about through film?

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Review – Whale Rider

Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera is a novel about a Maori tribe who used to hunt whales until an ancestor of the tribe experienced something that made him change the tribes ways to protect the giants of the sea instead.

The story is told by the son of the current leader following his niece Kahu from birth and through her childhood, being rejected by her grandfather due to the now broken lineage of his Maori tribe, who he believes should be led by a male.
It’s about the change in a child from the perspective of her family members. It’s about the undying love and adoration she had for a man who tried not to care, and the gift that she has been given to communicate with the whales she was destined to protect.

I immediately fell in love with this book. Admittedly, I had seen the film first years ago, I just knew that I had to give the book a go. WOW! Whales are one of my favourite animals and to read about the heritage as well as the Maori legend of how whales came to be known to humans. I was enthralled, finding the narrative which was not by the main character but by a secondary character. I found it to be different and wonderful.
It is a short novel, yet all of the action was well spaced out, fitting a lifetime into the story.
The story and words of the Maori tribes legends are also spaced out through the novel to keep reminding the reader of what Kahu is destined to do. She is to lead her people just like her ancestor had done.

This is a beautiful book, a true homage to the Maori and life in New Zealand. The perfect book for all ages, for children in school it is a chance to learn about different cultures, which in this day and age, it is important for us to be aware of other cultures and way of life more so than our own. Only then will our own culture grow with time.

Highly recommendable to anyone who loves to read about legends, myths and family relations. A fantastic way to explain a culture.

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Books VS Kindle

Like a lot of other readers i’m sure, I love a good book. I like to hold something physical in my hands and to watch the bookmark make its way further and further until it reaches the satisfying end. It is one of the best feelings to see it, the feeling of accomplishment.

Kindle’s, however, are admittedly much better for the environment as we are not cutting down the trees for the paper. Now, when I eventually finish my novels and hopefully get them published, I would love to have the printers use recycled paper, if that is possible at all. Or, I would attempt to plant as many new trees as I possibly could (not that I think my books will be in such demand to require a forest load of trees.)
Then on the other hand, with kindles, we have to charge them, using electricity which hardly helps our carbon footprints. I don’t think that we can when in this day and age when we are trying to help earth fight against the global warming epidemic. Unless, companies start making solar powered kindles (would mean that several countries, including Wales would be screwed during the winter months, and some of our summer days too.

The question is: As books lovers, are we really helping ourselves for the future. I have put myself on a book buying ban for the moment, so that I can finish the books that I already have on my bookshelf at the moment. It seems that I love buying books faster than I can read them. It’s about time that I show the love to all of the my other books.
I do think that kindles are super handy when travelling, it is probable the biggest reason why I bought my kindle from amazon, I wanted to be able to take a book or two travelling with me fro about five weeks, but I also did not want the weight of maybe two to three books. It was great to have so many books at just a touch of a screen.

What would you say are your thoughts on this topic? Have you given it much thought? Do you prefer using a kindle because it is convenient and in a way better than a physical form?
I feel as if we can make a difference with this, however, whether it will all come into fruition is unknown to us until it happens. What we can do is just do our best, to make sure that we are giving back to nature as best as we can while we take away something that we need for our environment to survive.

So… basically, I like both.  I would love to know what you think about this subject.

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Books I would like to read – JUNE!

Unread books are an epidemic in my house. I would like to maybe get my teeth into them and then I can feels a sense of accomplishment when they are finally finished. Here are some of them:

HEIR OF FIRE –

This is the book that is currently on my bedside table and the book I take everywhere. I am loving the story of Celaena Sardothien and her friends. I was worried at the beginning of this book that I wouldn’t see Chaol Westfall in the rest of the series, but thank god. He has to be my new fictional crush. (Guessing I like the soldier type) Each book just gets better and I am finally staying up later so I can ‘finish one more chapter!’ It’s always just one more chapter.

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES –

I have become quite addicted with the TV series of Matthew and Diana’s budding relationship. (What can I say, Theresa Palmer and Matthew Goode are amazing) Now, I want to be addicted to the book, however, the chapters area little long for my liking. I will persevere because the story, the plot and the characters are just too brilliant. I want to know more.

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE –

After I went to Europe to travel for a few weeks, I became obsessed with travel books. I wanted to know more of the places that I could add to my bucket list, but I didn’t want to read boring versions of someone else’s travels. I had heard good things about Bill Bryson and I wanted to give him a go. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this book again. It’s nice to hear about different experiences in the same places that I went to only just a few years ago.

GONE WITH THE WIND –

Now, everyone knows that this is an iconic film, but it is also an iconic book which is a favourite for many. I have always loved strong female characters which is probably why I write female characters more than male, and with the backdrop of the American civil war it’s interesting. I love history, so what a perfect book to read. It is on my bookshelf so it will be read.

Knowing me and my sometimes crazy schedules I most likely will not get through half of these, but we shall see, I may surprise myself.
Do you have any book you want to read for the month of June. Those who read more than four in a month I salute you.

TTFN

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