Thanks For The Nomination!

Hey everyone 🙂

So I just got a big surprise! smalltowncitygirls has nominated me for the Liebster award (in which new blogs are nominated by other bloggers)! It’s a surprise to me because I’m a very new blogger and I see myself, so far, as quite a slacker. Especially if you compare me to other blogs nominated  and the amount of posts/followers they have. They’re just completely on another wavelength to me. It’s really nice to stand beside them. Thanks smalltowncitygirls  🙂

Check out her blog and the blogs she nominated here (please do!): http://smalltowncitygirls.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/thanks-for-the-nomination/#more-999

leibster award

The Rules:

  • Link and thank the person who nominated your blog.
  • Answer the questions they asked you.
  • Pick eleven bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate.
  • Ask them eleven questions.
  • Let them know by commenting on one of their posts.

Here are the questions I was asked:

1. When did you first realize that you loved reading?

In my primary school, like many do, we had reading time in the afternoons. Our teacher read us Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and I loved it. I guess that peaked my interests. My Mum read me Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets after that, but then I decided I wanted to read them myself. So I started from the beginning, and that was when I started loving to read. I was 9.

2. Have you ever read a book that made you so distraught that you couldn’t even think about reading again for a while? If so what is it?

The Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah is one of my favourite books and it upset me a lot when I read it. It didn’t really make me want to stop reading, though. I don’t think any book could ever do that.

3. Favourite Genre to read?

YA Contemporary Literature, I think.

4. What book have you read the most?

Harry Potter, so many times I’ve lost count. Other books I’ve at least re-read twice or three times are The Tomorroe Series, The Sky is Everywhere, Paper Towns, Anna and the French Kiss (my comfort read) and I’d definitely read Watership Down and the Chaos Walking Trilogy again.

5. Favourite character in a book that was not the main character?

Does Ron Weasley count? He’s probably my favourite character of all time, so I hope he does. If he doesn’t then… damn I can’t think of any right now. Ron Weasley. Take it or leave it.

6. A book that made you laugh?

Um…

Harry Potter.

Dammit. All my answers are pretty much all Harry Potter man.

Also, Jasper Fforde’s Shade of Grey. I think I remember laughing a fair bit.

7. Do you prefer reading a book or reading an e-book?

A book!! Give me the real thing any day.

8. The author you would most like to meet and why?

I would say J.K Rowling…

But I’ll say John Marsden instead. I mean, he’s a pretty cool dude. And a wonderful writer :).

9. What is your favourite pet from a book?

Do the wild rabbits in Watership Down count? If so, Fiver.

If not, Manchee (Chaos Walking).

10. Name a book that you have read because you watched the movie or tv show.

The Hunger Games.

Yep, sorry. I saw the film first. Was a little slow getting on that wagon.

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My questions for you (some are a bit dumb, sorry!):

1. What is your favourite novel?

2. Do you read poetry? If so, who is your most admired poet?

3. What makes you do the thing you love the most, be it writing or anything else?

4. What song lyrics mean the most to you?

5. Books or films?

6. Who is your favourite Harry Potter character? (assuming you have one…If you don’t, just your favourite fictional character, or even historical hero, etc).

7. What’s your favourite book cover?

8. Have you ever read manga? If not, will you ever?

9. What is something you always take everywhere with you?

10. What is your favourite adaptation of a book?

11. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?

 

And…

Here are the blogs I nominate! Apologies for there not being 11. Unfortunately, the majority of blogs I was following have more than 200 followers, so I had to dig around for newbies (though none of them are as new as me!). Please have a look at these blogs, they are all amazing :).

bubblewrappedblog

anditfeelslike

wandrealust

friendlyairwaves

chillymilly

angusandpretty

amzlove

alwayscurving

areadingwritr

 

What’s been happening…

Hi followers 🙂

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been caught up lately with work, study, my 23rd birthday, fitness regimes and my many attempts at trying to write a good enough story to submit to Voiceworks #99 ‘Plastic.’ 

I submitted my best short story Hold Your Breath to the John Marsden Young Writers Competition. Crossing my fingers! Seems unlikely I’ll place though. But I should try and be optimistic  🙂

Right now I’m working on a short story, currently untitled, about the most popular girl at school and her stalker. It’s from the stalker, Josh’s, point of view, as he watches her walk home from partying/nightclubbing early every morning. They’ve both just finished high school. One night Josh sees her crying and goes out to console her.

Based on that premise, what do you guys think of the story? It’s only going to be 2,000 words in length. 

I’m also planning on submitting a poem of some kind that fits the theme. 

Hoping it will all work out. Sometimes it’s hard to to be a productive writer!

Best wishes to you all. Hope all your writing projects are going well. 

Jasmine

50 amazing novels/series. Read them :)

1. Harry Potter – J.K Rowling
2. Watership Down – Richard Adams
3. The Tomorrow Series – John Marsden
4. Paper Towns – John Green
5.The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
6. The Messenger – Markus Zusak
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
8. Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness
9. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
10. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
11. Dreams of Speaking – Gail Jones
12. 1984 – George Orwell
13. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
15. Carrie – Stephen King
16. Vurt – Jeff Noon
17. A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
18. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
19. Looking For Alaska – John Green
20. The Outsiders – S.E Hilton
21. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
22. Every Day – David Levithan
23. Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde
24. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
25. Five Bells – Gail Jones
26. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
27. The Collector – John Fowles
28. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
29. Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy – Stephanie Perkins
30. So Much To Tell You – John Marsden
31. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
32. It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini
33. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
34. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
35. The Maze Runner Series – James Dashner
36. More Than This – Patrick Ness
37. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
38. Finding Cassie Crazy – Jaclyn Moriarty
39. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S Lewis
40. The Fault in our Stars – John Green
41. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
42. Just One Day/Just One Year/Just One Night – Gayle Forman
43. Flipped – Wendelin Van Draanen
44. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
45. White Noise – Don Delillo
46. A Certain Slant of Light – Laura Whitcomb
47. Love Is The Higher Law – David Levithan
48. Sweethearts – Sara Zarr
49. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series – Maggie Stiefvater
50. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

S.E Hinton’s The Outsiders

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I have just started reading S. E Hinton’s classic novel The Outsiders, surprisingly for the first time! I only heard about it a few months ago when my boyfriend recommended it to me. And have only recently, in between trying to read Ulysses, Tender Buttons and Rose Michael’s The Asking Game. If you haven’t read The Outsiders you should. Hinton’s way with words is really quite interesting and moving. Often pretty internal, as told from Ponyboy’s point of view. Sometimes the plot feels like it’s progressing too fast, and other times it feels like it’s moving at a slower pace, almost like stopping to watch the sunset. Something you’ll understand when you read it. It’s a very clever and insightful novel about the social and class distinctions between the Greasers and the Socs, and I am in awe about how Hinton wrote it when she was still in high school. Brilliant. Just brilliant. 

I plan on adding to this post once I’ve actually finished the novel. I’m a bit slack at writing reviews, but I think I definitely should start doing it. 

Keen to watch the movie version as well! 

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The skin glued to soles of shoes

A whisper of gnarled white hair in the wind

The fingers wrinkled, washing away the dirt

From the bodies of youth

In a white bath tub, the claws glinted –

The glare of shifting day.

 

She spun the yarn, and it snagged

Like a scab caught, it tore.

The sunbeam of red dribbled

Over the rotting boards,

And a winged creature, short lived,

Flew into the howl.

 

A monster lives in the attic,

They said.

It lives on fear and death,

The cry of the end.

The day was alive.

But the people were not.