Friday, 25 November 2016

Rain Season is Book Season

Hello my darlings! 
Over the span of a year, I've read so many amazing books that for some reason, I've actually never shared with you. I've done the odd book review here and there but never have I actually told you which books I've been reading and what I think of them. So for a change, today I have decided to do a book 'wrap up' if you will. 

The first book is Miss Peregrine by Ransom Riggs. Unlike the rest of the books here, I've actually done an indepth review on my blog before. I'd say that I read this book quite slowly over the span of about two weeks but I think that if I read it any faster, I'd have missed details. I really enjoyed this book and therefore rated it a four out of five stars. 

 The next book is Macbeth by well.. I'm sure you know who. We studied this at school for English Lit and I actually really really enjoyed it! I'm absolutely positive that most of you will know how the story goes but in a summary, it's a story of power, love and most importantly, MURDER. A really great read for anybody who is (semi) comfortable with reading Shakespeare.
The third book I've read is Charlotte's Web. This is a timeless classic and a book I absolutely loved to reread. If there is anybody out there who has not read this book, you should definitely be asking why and getting your hands on a copy. It's one of those books that take no effort to read and make it simple to immerse yourself in the story line. Spolier alert- there will be tears.

At number four is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Honestly, when I first heard of this book, I shamefully overlooked it as 'another Diary of a Wimpy Kid kind of word vomit' but truthfully, I have not connected with characters so much in one single book before. It's such a beautifully told story which unlike many diary style stories, holds a profound level of honesty. 

Oh R.L.Stine, you never cease to entertain me. The next book on here is a rather guilty pleasure of mine that not an awful lot of people know about aha. Yes, you got it! I'm still an avid Goosebumps reader, guilty as charged. This one in particular is truly rather hair raising.   
And finally, these last three books are all ones that have touched me in different ways. Made me appreciate the world for what it is. Made me think about how one person can be two different people, and made me look at the war through a German perspective rather than the English which so many other books are written under.

Firstly is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. This is another book I read for English Lit but somehow managed to finish way ahead of time (oops!). A classic, and a real eye opener in terms of duality.

That moves me on to The Book Thief. I could make a million TBT references here but if you haven't read the book, I'm going to look mighty silly haha. It tells the story of Lisel Meminger in Nazi Germany and her story of a boy with hair the colour of lemons, a Jewish fist fighter, and a book thief. I absolutely loved this book and I feel as though it will always hold a certain place in my heart.
And finally, FINALLY, that can only leave The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I must have read this book over the shortest span of time becuase in all honesty, I could not put it down. A tale of injustice and a fence, what more is there to say?
Tell me what you've been reading over this rainy season! Also, be sure to leave your Goodreads names below if you have it so we can be book buds, yay!

Forever health and happiness,
Marti xx

Friday, 18 November 2016

Death is Nothing at All

Death is nothing at all. 
It does not count. 
I have only slipped away into the next room. 
Nothing has happened. 

Everything remains exactly as it was. 
I am I, and you are you, 
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. 
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. 

Call me by the old familiar name. 
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. 
Put no difference into your tone. 
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. 

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. 
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. 
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. 

Life means all that it ever meant. 
It is the same as it ever was. 
There is absolute and unbroken continuity. 
What is this death but a negligible accident? 

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? 
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, 
somewhere very near, 
just round the corner. 

All is well. 
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. 
One brief moment and all will be as it was before. 
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

By Henry Scott-Holland 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Oooh for October!

Today I decided that I was going to write a favourites post for October and it wasn't until I sat down to write the post that I realised that this was going to be tricky. You see, there have been so many great things (and a few not so great!) that have happened recently but the difficult part is trying to remember each and every one of these things. It wasn't until I decided to log into Pinterest and see if any inspiration struck me that I realised that subconsciously, everything that I have loved this month is reflected on my boards. 

So there we go! I chose a few of my most recent boards to share with you. If you'd like to me to follow you on Pinterest, make sure to leave your name in the comments.
Health and happiness,
Marti xx