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April’s Top 7 Books of 2017

Hey readers!

So at the end of 2016, both Alice and I did “top 10 books of 2016” lists. This year, I decided to do it again, but only pick 5 books. Then of course I couldn’t narrow it down to just 5 books, so here’s my Top 7 Books of 2017!

Please note: these books are not in order of which I liked best, they’re in the order that I read them in over the course of the year.

Also, I’ve tried not to include any spoilers, the only information I’ve included are my personal opinions and as little information as possible about the plot of the book while still providing enough to interest you and persuade you to read them.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a real-life book about a girl named Starr Carter who is the sole witness to the unjust shooting of her best friend Khalil which becomes national news and a highly debated topic. The only person who knows the truth about Khalil’s death is Starr, but what she says could change her community and her life forever. I absolutely loved this book – it was a change from what I normally really, as my preferred genre is fantasy or dystopia, but I still loved it. I read this book a good few months ago so I can’t remember a lot about how I felt while reading it, but I would definitely recommend reading it, even if it isn’t the type of book you normally enjoy.

Perfect – Cecelia Ahern

Now this is a book that – pardon the pun – was absolutely perfect. It’s actually the sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s first teenage book, Flawed, which I read back around November of 2016. After finishing the book, I immediately texted Alice (who had leant me it) asking if I could borrow the second one and she replied with the terrible news that it hadn’t been released yet. Perfect was finally released in march this year and I have to say, I don’t think it could have been written better. I loved the storyline and what happened, and I especially loved that it had a nice, rounded-off ending. Sometimes authors try to drag series on for too long, wanting it to be a trilogy or longer, but I’m glad Cecelia Ahern decided that two books was long enough and provided us readers with a satisfying ending. I’m trying not to say any details about the book as it’s a sequel so it could ruin the first one for anyone planning to read it, but I’ll provide a quick summary of the first one. It’s about a girl called Celestine who lives in a dystopian world where everyone is expected to be perfect and people are punished for their flaws. It’s a great read and I’d definitely suggest it to anyone who enjoys dystopia and fantasy books like me!

Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

Now if you follow us on Instagram (sneaky plug – @writeaweek) the you’ll know that I really love this book. I picked it up cheap at a supermarket one day not realising it was quite a newly released book, then I read it and was hooked. I loved it! I also discovered that the colours of the cover mtched perfectly with some stationary I had, so it provided some nice bookstagram photos, which I posted and then the author commented – making my day to be honest. Anyway, enough about that, let me tell you about the book. It’s abot a boy called Matthew who spnds all his time locked in his bedroom due to his OCD, but one day has to step up and face his fears following the disappearance of one of his neighbours whre he’s the only one who can figure out what happened. While reading the book you really fall in love with Matthew, and when his neighbour disappears it really grabs you and draws you in, wanting to know what happened and find out the truth. Again, this is a real life book, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes this genre as well as anyone who doesn’t normally read this style of book

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is yet another real-life book (despite saying that dystopia is my favourite genre, I’m noticing a rather large amount of non-dystopian books on this list) about a girl called Madeline who is allergic to the outside world. She’s perfectly content with spending her entire life inside her house until she gets some new neighbours, and she wants to be able to speak to them not just through messages via the internet and paper stuck to the window. This is another book that Alice leant to me having read it a while ago (in our first blog post, there’s actually a quote from it that she put in at the end, that I didn’t get at the time!) and I’m really glad she did. I picked it up one morning to read and didn’t move for the next hour and a half until I had finished it – quite literally, I read it all in one sitting. So if that doesn’t give you an indication as to how good it was, I don’t know what will! The film of it also came out back in May 2017, so if you’re not a big fan of reading books but this has intrigued you, then you could check that out!

Bombs on Aunt Dainty – Judith Kerr

Where to start with this book, where to start. Bombs on Aunt Dainty is the sequel to one of my favourite books of all time – When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. It’s a partly autobiographical book, as it’s based off the events in Judith Kerr’s own life, but follows the story of a little girl called Anna. She was born in Germany and lived there for quite a lot of her childhood, but her family had to flee from Hitler as her dad was very vocal about his opinion of him – and it wasn’t good. The first book, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, follows her childhood moving around Europe and dealing with the struggles life throws at her, but this book picks up in her teenage years and follows her through to the end of the war. Honestly, this was a great read and I’m so glad I found it, and would definitely recommend it to everyone as I think everyone should read it, no matter what you normally like to read.

Generation One – Pittacus Lore

Generation One – the book nobody asked for, but everyone needed. If you’d read the I Am Number Four series then I would definitely recommend reading this. It’s the first in a new series by Pittacus Lore, about what happened after the war, and normal people developing legacies. It took me a while to get into but once I eventually did I raced through it. And the ending, oh, the ending. I’m not going to say anything more other than  I can’t wait for the next one to come out, I might implode from excitement if it’s too long. Aaaaaaaaa.

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

I was gifted John Green’s latest book this holiday, and after receiving it in the morning, I had finished it by the evening. The book follows the story of a girl called Aza who struggles with some mental health issues and a mysterious disappearance of a billionaire who just so happens to be the father of one of Aza’s childhood friends. I really enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the plot and the themes it explored, and I also really loved the origin of the title (you’ll have to read it to find out!). Again, a real life book (which five out of seven books on this list have been) I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys real life books, any of John Green’s other books, mystery stories and stories about friendship.

Anyway, that’s all for my Top 7 Books of 2017. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it, and that maybe you’re going to go and read some (if not all) of the books I’ve recommended. I really enjoyed reading all of them and would suggest you give them all a try as they’re all great books worthy of your time. Don’t forget you can contact us on our Instagram – @writeaweek – where we’re most active if you have any questions or suggestions or want to discuss anything. Again, thanks for reading,

Bye!

~April

 

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Blog Post #36 – New Years Resolutions

Hey readers!

April here, back again after quite a long time off… my last post was just under 3 months ago – oops, sorry about that. But here I am again, with yet another rambly blog post about, well, not much.

Now hopefully this should be the last rambly blog post like this for a while, perhaps even forever if I can be creative enough. That’s because one of my new years resolutions this year is to get better at blogging. That means get better at posting regularly, and get better at actually writing decent posts, rather than mumbo jumbo like this, and so many other blog posts I’ve written.

I’m not normally the type of person to make new years resolutions, simply because I don’t normally have any resolutions to make. That’s not because I’m perfect, not by any means, but because normally if I want to improve something about myself I don’t wait until the new year, I just start trying to improve it right away. There’s no point waiting till new year for self improvement, that’s just procrastinating and putting it off.

But this year, wanting to get better at something has coincided almost exactly with the new year, so I decided I might as well make it a resolution. The day I’m writing this, and the day I’ve decided I want to get better at blogging, is the 30th December, so I’m only 2 days off the 1st January. So this basically counts as a new years resolution, doesn’t it?

So, (hopefully) expect some better, regular content coming to writeaweek soon from me. I’m hoping to start posting on here every Sunday again, like I had been doing for about 2 months back in September and October (before dropping off the face of the planet until now), but I’m not going to set a specific time of day that the post should be out. Just that it’s going to be out on a Sunday.

I’ve also got a few ideas of things I want to do, but I’m not going to say them yet (just in case they don’t happen). I have, however, already written next weeks post so I can tell you what that is. Last year, me and Alice both wrote “Top 10 Books of 2016” lists, and I decided to do something like that again this year. I was just going to pick 5 books this year, but I couldn’t narrow it down to 5, so next weeks post is going to be April’s Top 7 Books of 2017.

If you have any suggestions or requests of things I could write about, please do let me know (as my blog ideas list is currently only 4 items long, and one is going to have to wait a few months before it can be done). You can easily contact me through the comments on this blog post, or any post on our site, or through Instagram – our username is @writeaweek. Speaking of (shameless plug), you should definitely check our Instagram out! We’re more active over there than we are on here (although hopefully activity levels are going to increase soon) and also post some cool stuff sometimes, such as a cool drawing of a book Alice did a couple of days ago.

Anyway, that’s all for todays post. I was going to entitle this “Rambly Rambles” but rather usually it’s actually had a topic, so instead I think I’m going to name it something to do with New Years Resolutions. Maybe this is the start of becoming a better blogger? If you’ve managed to read until here, thanks for reading and

Bye!

~ April

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Tips for being more positive

Hello, Alice here. I have simultaneously a lot to say and nothing at all, so here goes.

Neither of us have posted in about two months; sorry. I don’t have an excuse, other than mountains of work and stress, but I’m going to skip the apologies and carry on as normal.

It has been scientifically proven that a good routine has a positive mental effect, so I have decided that I am going to do a post at least once a week on here, and have a set time for me, everyday (I downloaded the app ‘headspace’ and believe it or not, after one use this morning of the most basic, free package, I felt more positive). As you’ll know if you have read some of my last few blogs, I haven’t been doing so great, and I want to change that, so hopefully this will help.. I’ll keep you updated.

I think (hope) that the cause of at least some of my stress and stuff has been from school pressure. This year is the first properly important stage, and there is a lot of work and exams to get through. We have the first lot coming up in the next few weeks, and stupidly, to try to avoid the panic and stress, I have hardly done any work (with ten days to go until my first exam, there are eight subjects for which I have done nothing at all, and two others, one of which I have completed notes, and the other, I have done about half of). Not good. Alice of the present moment is pretty annoyed with Alice of the past few weeks. Anyway, there’s not a lot I can do about hat now, other than work really hard for the remaining days.

On a slightly more serious note, there is actually some stuff that has been helping with my general mental stability that could maybe help someone, if they happen to read this and take my advice:

• Bach (original flower remedies) rescue pastilles – I don’t know, they taste nice and are satisfying to chew, plus the fact that they help me relax and stop stressing, even if it is just for a while.

• Water – as stupid as it sounds, Water Is Really Really Important. Not only is water good for your skin and your body, it makes you more focused, and puts you in a better mindset. I nearly never drink enough water, but can really tell the difference when I do.

• Time for you – take some time, everyday, even if it is just for a couple of minutes, to sit and reflect. Concentrate on the things you never pay attention to: your breathing, how the ground beneath you feels etc. It might sound pointless, but really, a few minutes for you to relax and concentrate on you and you alone will have a positive impact, especially if you do it regularly.

• ‘Scentered’ aromatherapy balm – there are quite a few different scents that do different things. I have only used mine a couple of times, but putting a little onto your wrists and temples and then taking a few deep breaths is great to achieve the desired effect of whichever scent you have. Also, the size is really useful as it will easily fit in a pocket or bag. Examples of what they do are: be happy, de-stress, sleep well and focus, though there are more, also available in different forms to the balm.

• A tidy and well-organised environment – again, another seemingly obvious one, but if you’re looking for a sign to have a sort out, here it is. A tidy space really does equal a tidy mind, or at least offers a welcoming place where you can work or relax. De-cluttering your work environment allows you to focus better on the task in hand, and can lead to a better quality of writing, or more accurate answers.

• Animals – this one is only really for people with their own pets, or access to somewhere you can spend time with animals. Science has told us that the simple act of stroking a dog releases a number of hormones, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin, which are all ‘happy’ hormones. This is a great way to be more positive, as your brain is literally releasing the hormones which will help to make you feel good.

• Trusting relationships – perhaps this is another obvious one, though I feel it is somewhat underrated. Having somebody to talk to, whether it be a friend, a family member, a therapist, or even a tiny blog on the internet (though you should always be careful with what you share), is such an important thing. Somewhere or someone who you can confide in, talk things through with, and just have be there for you when you’re in a tough spot is maybe the most important thing to help you change things for the better.

• Be open to change – one of the most common human traits is opposition to change. Nothing would ever happen if nothing ever changed, so trying to embrace new things, rather than pushing them away is crucial. If things aren’t going well, the only way to make them better is to make changes. They don’t have to be huge differences; even drinking enough water has a positive impact, as I explained earlier. This one is difficult, and is something I know I need to work on, but I’m sure that if I stick at it, get into a positive routine and make sure I take care of myself, things will look up.

I set out for this to be a random, apologetic blog post where I perhaps talked about Christmas and holidays, but this post is something I feel strangely proud of, and I am going to try my hardest to improve my outlook, so hopefully my mishmash of tips will help somebody else to become more positive too. Let me know if it does, as it would mean the world.

Thanks for reading; I’d better do some studying

~ Alice

 

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What I think

Hey Readers, it’s Alice here for another blog.

So, if you’ve read my last post you’ll know I’ve been feeling quite down, especially recently. Anyway, that isn’t what this post is about, it’s about ‘what I think’, and if you like it, maybe I’ll make it into a little series??

On with the blog:

My thoughts and moods recently have led to me being withdrawn, quiet and less sociable than usual (which, let’s be real, isn’t very sociable anyway). This has meant I’ve spent a lot of time in my head, almost unable to get away from my thoughts.

And yeah, some of the thoughts haven’t been so great, but like I said, that’s not what this is about. Those thoughts have made me realise some things, and that is good.

Pretty soon, April and I have some big decisions to make, that will potentially determine what we end up doing for the rest of our lives (logical, to make teenagers decide these things, I know). People have tried to help, and they’ve said how the choices really aren’t super important and I should choose what I enjoy, that I don’t need to worry about the future for now. I believe them, and understand the points they are making, but it’s still a hugely important decision for here and now, and it will influence what I do for the foreseeable future.

I don’t know what I’m going to choose (these are subject choices by the way for exams that will determine careers / university) and that terrifies me, as I have around a month, maybe even less, to make up my mind. And, on top of that stress, this year is also an important exam year, so there’s more pressure from that too.

Anyway, there’s the context, and here’s what I think:

All the time I’ve spent getting stressed and emotional and withdrawn and the like, has made me realise that I cannot do something just for the sake of it. The next years of my education will be for the most part, self driven and self motivated, so it’s important that I do things I want to do, and things I’ll enjoy. I’ve had no time to do the things I enjoy, and hardly done anything other than work. This is not good, and it is not healthy.

Sometimes, you have to know when to stop, and you have to leave things for the night, because if you just keep pushing and pushing, eventually you’ll fall over the edge and make things so, so much worse for yourself.

It might seem impossible, but if you’re anything like me and literally drowning in the sheer amount of stuff you have to do, too awkward, stressed and scared to miss a deadline or ask for help, please do. Just talk to someone, a teacher, a friend, a parent. If you can’t do the work, for goodness sake, ask for help instead of sitting at your desk and crying.

Yes, this first half term back at school has been as emotional, stressful, tiring and trying as it possibly could have been, and I didn’t deal with it in the right way at all, but I still got through. You need to make time for yourself, give yourself time to relax and actually enjoy your childhood (teenhood?) for once. This constant standing on the edge of disaster is not who I am, it’s not who I want to be, plus I can’t imagine it’s who you would want to be either.

So, what I think is that you shouldn’t let stress define you. You shouldn’t let work take over, and you should do things that you enjoy! I still have no idea who I am, who I want to be, or what decisions I will make when the time comes, but I know that I can’t keep going on the way I am without everything giving way beneath me. I’m going to make changes; I need to make changes. Yes, this time of my life is important for school, but it’s also important for spending time with friends and family and making memories. I don’t want to look back on my life and see myself as someone who never stepped out of their comfort zone, always put work ahead of happiness and only focused on school. No. I want to look back on this time as amazing. I am a teenager, and there is so much out there that I have yet to experience, and I’m not going to let my thoughts get in the way of that.

~ Alice

(thank you so much for reading, literally each and every view on here makes my day a little brighter. i’m always here to talk, as a friend or whatever, just send a dm to writeaweek on Instagram and one of us will reply as soon as we see the message (address it to one of us in particular if you want) hope you’re all doing okay and feeling good, bye!)

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Blog from Alice

Hello Readers, Alice here

Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve published something on here (thank you to April for being a reliable poster).

So, what’s new with me? Not a lot really; I do almost exactly the same thing every day: wake up, go to school, come home, do work, sit with my family for a little while, then sleep and repeat. I’m a person who likes routine, believe me when I tell you that, but recently, I’ve been getting really bogged down in everything – little things and big things. I can’t even think of an example as I’m writing this, which is annoying, but hopefully you will get what I mean.

Anyway, I’ve been feeling really strange. I can’t exactly put it into words, however it’s almost like I’m seperate from everything I’m doing. That doesn’t really properly explain it, but maybe my meaning will still come through. I don’t know. I kind of feel distanced from everything that’s happening and am either super emotional, or just completely devoid of any care. I’m probably just tired, and am incredibly ready for the coming up break from school (only a week to go!).

This year is an important time at school for April and I, and so the workload is just getting more and more, which is probably one of the reasons I’ve been feeling the way I have. I just feel completely exhausted, but when it’s time to sleep, there are always a million things I’d rather do instead? I don’t understand it, so I doubt anybody reading this will either 😂

Okay, sorry about that, I just had to try and put my thoughts into words in an attempt to get them out of my head..

I’ll write something more positive now..

I have lots of books I can’t wait to start reading (when I get time, hopefully over the school break) such as ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), ‘Indigo Donut’ by Patrick Lawrence (he wrote ‘Orangeboy’ which is also an amazing book), and ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ by Karen M McManus, which was featured in a picture I posted on Instagram earlier today (our username is writeaweek if you want to check it out).

I am happy with the wattpad story I’ve been writing (when I’ve had time and motivation), which I posted the first part of on here a couple of weeks ago, and if you’re interested, you can continue reading that on my wattpad account (its-only-me).

So, in summary, hopefully after the break I’ll be feeling better [sidenote: I got my very own kitten (partially to help deal with stressfulness) and she is curled up asleep now as I am writing this] and will get to spend some quality time with my kitten! Hope you’re all feeling good and are not too tired or stressed,

thank you for reading; bye.

~ Alice

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Blog Post #35 – Update

Hey readers!

So it’s been a little under a month since my last blog post, so I thought today I’d write this quick update post letting you know what’s been going on.

My last blog post was Blog Post #34 – Life is short and hard sometimes, in which I complained about being busier and going back to school. Since then, life has got even busier, so that’s great. Hooray for tests, amirite?

Anyway, even though it’s been a month since my last blog, it’s not like nothing has been happening. We’ve finally been managing to stick to our name and actually post something weekly. There’s been a post entitled “Doumo Arigatou” dedicated to someone important to me, a joint post about two awesome YouTubers, Dan and Phil, and then a collection of Bookstagram Photos which were never posted on Instagram because we moved onto a new theme. If any of them take your fancy, please do check them out! There’s not been much proper writing recently, but before my last blog post Alice posted the first part of a new story on here (the rest of which can be found on wattpad). The last piece of writing before that was a gothic horror short posted a looooong time ago. (oops)

And now for the rambly book update part of the blog post (I’ll try to keep it short). This week, I’ve been reading two books. The first is Generation One by Pittacus Lore, and the second is The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Generation One is a recent instalment in the Lorien Legacies series & collection of books that go along with them. Without giving too much away, it’s about what happens after the war. So far I’m enjoying it, however I’ve been reading it quite slowly, which is normally a sign that I don’t like the book. I guess I’m just finding it a bit hard to get into. I’ll keep reading and let you know my final judgment! The Sky is Everywhere is about a girl called Lennie who likes to play the clarinet and whose sister recently passed away. I picked this book up because the author also wrote one of my absolute favourite books of all time – I’ll Give You The Sun. So far I’m also enjoying this book, and I’m finding this one easier to get into too, although I will say between all those poems littered everywhere Lennie isn’t exactly helping to save the environment!

Sadly that’s all I have for this post today, as I have to go and write yet another essay then revise for yet another test, but there’ll be a new post coming next week and until then, you can always check our Instagram (where we’re most active). Recently we’ve begun using the polls feature on our story to ask what you guys want to see on our site and in or posts so we’re getting more feedback and (hopefully) adapting what we post to your wants! Our username is @writeaweek if you want to look us up 🙂 Thanks for reading

Bye!

~ April

 

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Blog Post #34 – Life is short and hard sometimes

Hey readers!

Just a short post today because I don’t really have much time to write anything lengthy, but I guess that emphasizes the point of this post? In a way. Kind of. If you can be bothered to try and figure out what I mean, read on.

Basically, Alice and I have recently gone back to school, and now we don’t have much time. Over the summer I’d been enjoying myself doing what I want when I want, having lots of fun and not many time constraints. Now it’s the exact opposite. I have deadlines and limited amount of sleep, and writing this blog post is probably the only voluntary thing I’ve done all week. That’s not great, is it?

This year I’ve been trying to establish some good habits, such as making my bed in the morning, rather than leaving it in a crumbled mess as I try to get ready to leave last minute like I normally do, and getting enough sleep –  which I’ve got better at! – (also post semi-regularly on here) and I’ve realised how hard it is. I’ve written myself a short list of things I have to try and do every day and have been writing down when I do and don’t do them, and it sure is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Like I said, this is just down to the lack of time to do anything I actually want to do, which is great. So I guess what I’m saying is life is short and hard and not fun sometimes? Haha.

Anyway, longer post should be coming soon, but for now this is it as I have work I need to do yay. Thanks for reading, don’t forget you can contact us through a variety of social medias and stuff (here I am complaining about my lack of time, yet if you message us I’m sure we’ll both make time to get back to you – who needs sleep anyway?)

Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #33 – One Year.

So – a year of writeaweek! Well, technically it’s more than that, as our first post was made in December of 2015, but it’s been a year since we’ve begun posting ‘regularly’, so I’m going to count this as one year. Is that fair enough?

Over this one year, I don’t think we’ve really been true to our name – writeaweek implies there will be some sort of writing – whether that be blog post or a story – weekly, doesn’t it? And the fact that we’re on blog post 33, and the fact that there’s 52 weeks in a year, seems to say otherwise.

Ah well.

So, as I’m looking back on this last year, I’m thinking that I really don’t want to say anything soppy or cheesy.  So I’m not going to. What I am going to say though, is what I say at the end of most of my posts, but never seems to happen. Please please please please please, if you have any requests/ideas for blog posts or stories or anything else on our site really, please do send them to us! We’d love some input (and some affirmation that someone is reading these) and we’d be more than happy to hear your suggestions. You can contact us in the comments of any of our posts, via our email (writeaweek@gmail.com), instagram (@writeaweek) or tumblr (www.write-a-week-wordpress.com).

So that’s all for this post! It’s just been a short one today, but you can check out our last post here, or you can click here for a masterlist of all our blog post and here for a masterlist of all the writing we’ve put up.

So, if you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! And here’s to another year of semi-regular posting and lots of fun stuff! (man, I said I didn’t want to be cheesy, but here I am doing it now)

Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #32 – Hugo

(quick note: this contains no spoilers, so it’s safe for all to read!)

Hey readers!

So recently I’ve finished reading a book called “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick, which is a fairly big book of approximately 530 pages, but was quite a quick read due to the format of it, which I’ll talk about in more detail in a few of paragraph’s time.

I actually watched the film adaptation of this book before reading it, a couple of months ago. At the time, I didn’t even know that it was based on a book, that was a surprise that came recently. The film – which is just called “Hugo” – is a very good one, which I really enjoyed watching. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese and has a multitude of awards for lots of different categories. If you enjoy films then you should definitely consider watching it!

Becuase I loved the film so much it was a very exciting moment for me when I caught sight of the spine of the book in my local library. The name “Hugo Cabret” rung a bell in my head, but I couldn’t quite remember where it came from, so I pulled it off the shelf, read the blurb, and realised it was the same plot. It did take me a moment to realise what film it was the same as, but once  had done there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to borrow it and read it.

Although it can often be problematic, I do enjoy both reading and watching the book and film of the same story. I tend to prefer to read the book first – as in many films lots is left out and you don’t gain the full experience – but this is one of the two adaptations where I’ve had a very good experience with watching the film first, the other being Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (which is a very different genre, I must say).

So, onto the format of the book. It is a very long book – over 500 pages, like I mentioned previously – but it’s not over 500 pages of writing. The book is actually a combination of writing and drawings, and it’s probably about a 50/50 split between the two of them. All the drawings are in black and white (and grey – I think they’re pencil drawings), although there are a few black and white photos mixed in too. To be honest, it’s quite cool! Before reading this book I’d never have thought that I would have enjoyed reading a book in this format, but it’s surprised me.

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I was lucky with this book-film adaptation in that the storyline stayed verily similar throughout the film (although, as always, there were minor differences), and it was a good one too. I said at the start there would be no spoilers and I’m staying true to my word so I won’t mention any specific details, but I really do love the story and I especially liked the ending. So, if you’re looking for a book to read or a film to watch, try this one!

Anyway, that’s this blog post finished. Don’t forget you can contact us in a variety of different ways, including Instagram and Tumblr (full details can be found in the “About” page – check the bar at the top to find that!) Our messages are always open, so if there’s anything you’d like to say then we’d love it if you let us know!

Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #31 – Struggling to Read

Hey readers!

So normally my blog posts are book updates, with the odd few with an actual theme scattered here and there along the way. This post, I suppose, is more of an explanation as to why it’s not a book update.

Recently I have been struggling to read books, but I do actually have a legitimate reason. That reason? I’ve been given a very boring book to read for school.

I cannot emphasise to you how boring and difficult to read I am finding this book. Nothing is happening – and we’ve been told by our teacher that nothing is going to happen either, as it’s more of a ‘reading between the lines’ and ‘thought provoking’ book.

Ugh.

Anyway, because it’s so boring and I really don’t want to read it, I’ve been procrastinating doing that. Fair enough, right? We all do it. The problem with this stems from the fact that whenever I sit down to read a different book I feel guilty for not reading the school book, so I’m avoiding reading all together.

Oops.

I feel as though this post should now continue in the form of “and this is what I did to combat this problem”, but sadly it can’t, as I am currently writing this blog to  procrastinate reading the book, soo……

Anyway, that’s all I have for this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, even if it is a bit short and pointless.. Check out our previous posts here and here (in which the second one is an answer to the first!) and be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming posts on the site. Also don’t forget you can contact us via comments and Instagram, as well as a few other internetty things that right not I can’t really be bothered to list – sorry!

Bye!

~ April