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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 ūüėā

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 ūüôā 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

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Blog Post #30 – Chasing The Stars

Hey readers!

Oooh, blog post 30, haven’t we come far?! Not really, considering we’ve been doing this ‘regularly’ for almost a year and have had the blog for another year on top of that, but I’ve already apologised multiple times for being inactive so you probably don’t want to hear it again.

Anyway, this blog post is just a short one, about a book I mentioned in my last one – Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman. Beware, there are spoilers below, so if you haven’t read it then stop here!

All in all, I thought this was a good book and would recommend it to anyone who likes that kind of genre of books. However, I was dissatisfied with how the book ended, more specifically, how Vee and Nathan’s relationship ended.

The turning point for me not being satisfied with how their relationship went was how the whole “take your clothes off and I’ll forgive you” bit was addressed – or rather, how it wasn’t. I would have liked for them to have at least discussed it the ending to have gone from there. The way I would have taken it would have been one of these two:

  1. Nathan apologised, admitted he was wrong, and they made up with it resolved. Following this, I would have liked Nathan to have come aboard the ship with the others as Vee was leaving (although I see why Malorie Blackman did not do this and accept that it was probably a good thing)
  2. They discussed it, but Nathan refused to apologise or admit he was in the wrong for saying that. Vee exposed him for the terrible person he was, the broke up and went their separate ways, with Nathan not coming aboard the ship on the end.

Admittedly, had the book ended in either of these ways I would have probably been irked. I would have thought number one was too clichéd, and number two I would have been upset that they broke up that way ad Nathan turned out to be like that (as yes, I did ship them). But I was just generally dissatisfied with how it ended really, all due to that one scene.

However, other than that I very much enjoyed the book. The one other quibble I had was I don’t believe it was ever explained why the Doctor was exiled to Callisto in the first place – but that might have just been me missing out the details because I tend to get excited when reading tense moments and sometimes accidentally skip things. But even if it wasn’t explained, that’s not such a major thing.

However, that’s all for this post! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, and if you want to discuss this book feel free to message us! (also if you know why the doctor was exiled please tell me as I’d borrowed the book and have given it back so can’t go back and check).

Thanks for reading – bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #29 – Book update!

Hey readers!

Sorry there hasn’t been¬†a blog post in a while, but there have been a couple of other things up (a short story and a miscellaneous post about writing games), so go check them out! However, they were both posted roughly a month ago, so I guess this is my apology for not posting in a¬† while? I seem to do this a lot, but sadly, I just lack time, motivation and ideas sometimes, so nothing happens here.

This post is just a quick book update really, but there are some more interesting ones to come. Since my last post about books, I’ve read 5 more – Echo Boy (Matt Haig), Born Scared (Kevin Brooks), Bombs on Aunt Dainty (Judith Kerr), Sorta Like A Rockstar (Matthew Quick) and Chasing The Stars (Malorie Blackman). All of these books I would recommend reading, although there are some more detailed reviews below (no spoilers included!)

Echo Boy – This book was certainly an interesting read. It’s set in the future, in a society where Echoes (human-like robots) do all the work and technology is slowly taking over. I’m trying to do my best to not spoil anything, but basically something bad happens which in turn causes an ‘adventure’ (using the term adventure loosely) for the main character, Audrey. It’s an exciting story, also a love story, but it also has quite a deep message about ethics/morality and what it takes to make someone truly human. If that sounds interesting to you, definitely give it a read!

Born Scared – I said in my last blog post that after reading iBoy (another of Kevin Brooks’ books) that I wanted to give some of his other books a try, and this was the result! It’s about a young boy called Elliot, who suffers from an illness which makes him scared of everything, all the time. The only thing that prevents the fear is the medication he takes. However, the book takes place when there’s a mix up at the pharmacy meaning he runs out of his medication, and when his mum goes to collect some more she doesn’t come back. I found this book interesting in the way it was written, which I wont explain because I don’t want to spoil it, but I promise it’s good!

Bombs On Aunt Dainty – The sequel to one of my favourite ever books, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, this semi-autobiographical book follows the story of the girl Anna during her time in England. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was about her flee from Germany, her stay in several different countries until she finally arrives in England, and this one picks up a few years later when she’s settled in this new country and goes until the end of the war. It’s a very interesting and exciting book, and is also quite informative if you don’t know much about World War II and the lives of German refugees during this time. Even if it doesn’t sound like your type of book, I implore you to give it a go, and tell your friends too! Honestly, I just want everyone to read these books, so please do.

Sorta Like A Rockstar – This book is about a girl called Amber Appleton, whose life isn’t exactly perfect, but she’s happy. Sure, things do go wrong, like having to sleep on the school-bus that her mum drives, but she copes with it and all is fine. That is, until a big tragedy occurs, that sends her life spiralling downhill. All of a sudden she doesn’t want to do anything she did before or live her life like she used to. The main part of the book, which I’ll say now I don’t think is the longest part of the book, is about how she recovers and what happens with her life afterwards. It as definitely a good book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Chasing The Stars – To be honest, I only picked this book up because I loved some of the other books that Malorie Blackman has written – mainly the Noughts and Crosses series, which I’d also recommend! I’d never heard of this book before, I don’t know whether it’s new or old, but I do know that I enjoyed it lots! What I want to say about it though will include spoilers, so I’m going to write a separate post for that, so keep your eyes open for that coming soon!

Now I’ve finished those books, I’m currently reading… a lot more. I’ve never been the type of person to read more than one book at once, but recently I appeared to have picked up more and more until now I have a whole pile of them with bookmarks halfway through. So, here is my list: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (JK Rowling – rereading with my new house copy hehe), Spies (Michael Frayn), Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Cassandra Clare + various others), Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan), The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick), Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder) and… I’m sure there’s some more I’ve forogtten. So I guess I’ll let you know how those are in my next blog post!

So for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this book update. Again, I’m sorry there hasn’t been much activity for a while, but I promise I’ll do my best to get better at posting regularly! Don’t forget that if you want to contact us our messages are always open, so don’t be shy.

Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #28a – Everything, Everything, Unwind & iBoy (spoiler free)

Hey readers!

So I wrote two versions of this post Рone with spoilers and one without. Continue reading for no spoilers, or click here for the version including spoilers!

So over the past couple of¬†days I have read 3 books: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Unwind by¬†Neal Shusterman¬†and iBoy by Kevin Brooks. Alice leant them all to me – and I’m very glad she did! Just a quick note: all of these reviews are very positive, as they’re all good books, but also because the more negative parts of the reviews are in the spoiler-version.

Everything, Everything is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I’d heard of it before, but had never really shown any interest in it, I didn’t know anything about or what it was about. But then I saw the trailer for the film they’re making for it and my immediate reactions was “that looks really good”. Since then it’s been on my¬†TBR list, but as it’s quite a long list, it’s not a priority at the moment. However, when I was at Alce’s house the other day I saw she had it and asked if I could borrow it (as it saved me spending money aha). The next morning I woke up quite early so decided to start it, and then ‘accidentally’ didn’t move fo the next two hours and read it all in one sitting. Oops. But honestly, it was great! If you’re a fan of YA¬†fiction (not¬†really sure what you’d call the genre… just real-life¬†perhaps? Not fantasy or dystopia or sci-fi basically) I would definitely recommend reading it. It’s about a girl called Maddy who hasn’t left her house in 17 years, and what happens when she meets a boy called Olly. I loved this book lots, would definitely recommend you read it, and also, it’s very impressive for a first book!

Unwind is the second book I read; one that Alice was reading a while ago and told me I should read, but I never did. Although I don’t like to admit it, I was judging the book by it’s cover, and I didn’t really like the look of the cover, so I never even bothered reading the blurb. What a mistake that was! It’s a great book, and I certainly enjoyed it lots. Set in the future, about a society where unwanted teens are ‘unwound’ and their body parts recycled, I’d class it as dystopia (my favourite genre) with some sci-fi-ish elements, so if that sound interesting to you I’d definitely give it a read!

The final book I read was iBoy, by Kevin Brooks.¬† It was great! This was a cross between real life and sci-fi (and perhaps a bit of fantasy/dystopia?) I think… basically, it’s about a boy who has parts of an iPhone embedded in his brain and some difficult decisions to make. There are some sensitive topics within it so if you’re likely to be upset or triggered by anything I’d recommend perhaps googling it first and checking it’s okay for you to read, but if it is then definitely¬†try it out!¬†It’s very exciting and interesting and¬†I certainly had a lot of fun reading it. It was the first book by Kevin Brooks I’ve actually read, but after finishing it I think I’m going to give some of his others a try, as they sound quite interesting.

In summary, all of them were great and I’d recommend all of them. They also cover a few different genres, so if you’re not into one type, then try out the others! As with¬†most books, there¬†were a few elements I’d perhaps change or do differently, or think that they should have¬†not gone as they did, but those are all outlined in the spoiler version of this post¬†(link at the top of this post).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review/recommendation post. If there are any books you’d like us to read and share our opinion on, then do let us know! You can contact us via email, instagram, tumblr and the comments on this site. Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #28b – Everything, Everything, Unwind & iBoy (spoiler version!)

Hey readers!

WARNING: This post contains a lot of spoilers about the three books. For a version containing no spoilers, click here ūüôā

So, over the last couple of days, I’ve read three books: Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon), Unwind (Neal Shusterman) and iBoy (Kevin Brooks). In short, I loved them all and recommend you read all of them (but if you haven’t then you shouldn’t be reading this post because SPOILERS) but my more detailed opinions are below (most of the things below are the negative things I have to say, but basically everything I haven’t mentioned is positive!)

Everything, Everything, was a great book. I love the concept, how it’s written, and the ending. However, there’s just one thing I think could have been done differently: the running-away part of the book, where Maddy and Olly fly to Hawaii. Why did Olly not ask to see the pills? Surely, if she’s relying on some experimental and non-approved pills to make sure she doesn’t die, then he’d want to see them. And also, why did Maddy not realise that she wasn’t allergic to the world, or at least have suspicions? After all, she had been exposed to the air for a very long time, had eaten lots of different food, flown to a different country and swum in the sea among other things, surely if it was that serious that she’d been living inside for the last 17 years then something would have set it off along the way? I just think that perhaps somewhere along the way she might have thought “it’s strange I haven’t got ill yet’ or something like that.

Unwind was also a great book. There honestly wasn’t much I thought could be different with it. My main problem was that a few things weren’t explained very well and the reader was left to figure out quite a lot of stuff by themselves before it was revealed, such as what Lev’s tithing party was about, what clappers were/what they did, etc. I do realise that this was deliberately done to make the reader speculate and was a good thing to do, but I, personally,¬†like to have answers. So it’s not really a criticism, more of a “I’m-impatient-ism”. The other thing I’d criticize was Chapter 16 (teacher). I just think that it was unlikely she’d think about whether or not she should help Connor and Risa to escape and not be caught without thinking about the network of underground unwind helpers that she’s part of. Again, I understand it was done so it wasn’t revealed too early, but still, it’s unlikely.

Finally, iBoy. My biggest problem with this was the ending. “What?”, I hear you ask, “it had a nice ending though?” Yes, it did have a nice ending, with Tom and Lucy sitting on the roof together, finally both happy, but I wanted answers. I wanted to know how so many bits were resolved, but I was never told. To demonstrate, here is the message I sent to Alice almost immediately after finishing: “ALICE IT CANT JUST END LIKE THAT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WHAT HAPPENS TO IBOY TO HIM AND LUCY STAY TOGETHER IS HE ARRESTED I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS”. I think that probably gives you a clue as to how I felt.

And that’s my including-spoilers review done with! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading – and if anyone has any disagreements with anything I’ve said or wanted to discuss these three books, please do contact us! I would be more than happen to do so. Bye!

~ April