THE WRITING HABITS TAG

Hi, guys, it’s me at MeHeartBooks and I have a confession to make

I’ve read next to nothing this week!

😧*Gasp*😱

The reason being… I’ve been writing!! With that in mind, I will be doing…..

THE WRITING HABITS TAG!! HUZZAH!!

  1. Typed or Handwritten?typewriter-28701_1280

Typed, my handwriting looks like a spider got drunk and decided to walk across my page!

  1. Cursive or Printed?

Well, I use a printer to print off my story LOL! So, printed????

  1. Show us your favourite pen.

This isn’t relevant because as I said I type. So, I’m going to be a rebel and change the question *gasp*. What’s your favourite writing software? And the answer is… SCRIVENER. I L.O.V.E this software it is like the more talented cousin of Microsoft Word. I may or may not be using it to write this blog. *blushes*

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Scrivner logo

  1. Where do you like to write? (Location)

My room, my snug if I’m writing the first draft or at a desk if I’m editing!

  1. Who are your five favourite authors in terms of authorial style?

Khaled Hussaini, Scott Fitzgerald, C.S Lewis, Sophie Kinsella, Neil Gaiman,  Their writing is delicious!

  1. What are you your three favourite books on writing?

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResDon’t have three at the moment, I do watch a butt to tonne of YouTube videos on writing

7. Have you ever competed in NaNoWriMo?

Nope.

 

  1. Have you ever won NaNoWriMo?

Nah.

  1. Have you ever had anything published?spoiler

Yes, when I was 7 I was published in a primary school anthology of poems.

  1. What projects are you working on now

Spoilers. 😉

  1. What is your soundtrack to writing?

I don’t listen to soundtracks, I listen to one song on repeat: ‘Miss Potter’ (from the Miss Potter soundtrack) ‘Eraser’ (Ed Sheeran) Non-stop (Hamilton)i-pod-1750544_1280

  1. Do you have a writing pump-up song?

I usually listen to one of the songs up there on repeat. More often than not It’s ‘Miss Potter’, mainly because it reminds me that if she can do it, what’s stopping me?

Well, that’s that! I’m tagging SophieCountsClouds.  

Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone that’s followed me over the last few weeks!

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Take care & happy reading/writing. Until next week

Bye 🙂

Youtube & Books

 

SNOW BALLSHi, guys, it’s me at Meheartbooks, I know it’s the biggest return in 2000 years! I’m so sorry, but life has just been hectic recently, so the blog has just gone down hill sorry 😦  .  Any who this blog is either going to get me cremated or celebrated!

Any who this blog is either going to get me cremated or celebrated! 🎉🔥💀

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So, I was in Waterstones the other day, and outside the Young Adult section, there was a bookshelf. This bookshelf was called something along the lines of youTube’s books.This really concerns me. Now, let me start off by making something perfectly clear, I love YouTube, I mean come on, I’d be a hypocrite if  I didn’t I have a Booktube channel!

I suppose I should start and the only positive that I see from the situation: it’s getting children to read.  There is no denying the children are getting more interested in what PewDiePie has to say than what Charles Dickens had to say about 200 (odd)  years ago. Hurrah for children reading! 😀 📖Young boy pictured here was photographed while he was reading a
The issue I have with this idea though is also explored within this Guardian article. There is no way on earth that most these books would be published if it weren’t for the amount of money these would make. Take, for example, Zoella, we know for a fact that this book was ghost written.👻✍️

It’s like this…..

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CREDIT: PENGUIN/JAME SIMONDS

Zoella: Hey, I want to publish a book idea.

Ghostwriter: No problem! Give me your idea, I’ll write it up, and then you can take the credit!

So, therefore, we can draw from this conclusion that more than likely the only reason that some of these books are being published is for the money. I’m not daft, I know that publishers are a business. The issue is, however, not only are we robbing someone of credit by doing this but if we only focus on the books that make us money we risk the possibility commentof missing out on gems 💎 of literature because of popularity.

So, that’s my thoughts on the situation… what about you? Leave them in the comments bellow.

THE DEFINITION & ARTICLES

 

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Hi guys how are we all? I’m ill in bed at the moment woo hoo! But on the upside, it did give me the chance to re-read and, fall I love with  November 9th by Colleen hover woot!
Fists let’s start with the credentials:

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Genre: New adult contemporary

Age: 16+ (depending on parent or guardian’s wishes)

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ½

Okay now down to the good stuff.


Synopsis: 
Fallon (18) meets Ben(18),  and… they’re attracted to each other. The problem? Fallon wants to spend the next five years falling in love with herself before she falls in love with someone else. The solution: both agree to meet every year on the date they meet November 9th.  Each segment of the book takes place on each November 9th.

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When I was first researching this book I was told to go into this blind, and I TOTALLY AGREE, if I were to tell you anymore, it would spoil ‘ the feels’ and trust me there are a lot.  While I would recommend this to anyone to enjoys this type of book but especially if you have some sort of disability or have ever felt like an outsider.

So, go forth, read and then we shall discuss!
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We first talk about the whole ‘fake boyfriend/ thing. It was so freakin’ adorable, and the
banter between Fallon and Ben was just gorgeous Then, to top all of that Ben just completely owns her dad. I swear the imaginary in my head where like “go Ben, go Ben goooo Ben! WOOOOH”

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Speaking of support can we mention ambers Shoe incident. I was reading this at 01:30 in the morning and I was dying of laughter butt at the same time trying to control it because my parents are in the opposite room and I didn’t want to wake them up. I was the funniest thing!

This was so much better than Slammed in terms of the balance between the humorous and the melancholy just right with this one. Proving this point was the fire, were you expecting that? I was not expecting that. I was expecting Ben to be sleeping with Jordan behind Kyle’s back (which he kind of was at the end 😛 )  and I could not blame Fallon for the way that she reacted. Which is where the relatability comes in, This book was so relatable for me. I know what it is like to feel the same way she feels.

 

This is also why I disagree with the point of view that the romance was unbelievable and int-love because when you have that emotional baggage, you want so badly to be accepted that the romance.

I also relate to Ben on a level too, certainly not with regards to the whole suicide thing but most certainly with regards to the value of English Literature and want to be a successful writer. expanding on the ‘writing’ front did anyone else love the reference to the ‘TBR pile’ and all the references to romances. I book-nerd-ed, so hard.

Ordinarily, this would have been a four-star book just because of the amount that I related to this and the balance between the comedic and the melancholy. However, the things that irritated me was the whole ‘cancer situation’. Not only is Colleen Hoover 13706290_10209950020293300_1595736686_nrepeating the same theme that is featured in Slammed but I felt like she was expecting us to tear up because his mum died. Which I did not. I mean, it was sad but I don’t think you can be expected to have that emotional response to a character you’ve only just meant. It kinda made my eyes roll.

In conclusion:

I really enjoy the book and found it incredibly relatable but I did have an issue with some of the minor character development and repeated plot lines.

Until next Monday, bye guys.

 

Unpopular Opinions

Hi campers hope all is okay. Today I bring you the unpopular opinions tag (created by BheBookArcher). Here’s a link to the original.

On with the questions!

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like:lunar-chronicles-by-marissa-meyer

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. *ducks for cover* Don’t kill me. I read Cinder and really enjoyed it, I mean, it wasn’t the best, but it was still fun. Then I read Scarlet, and it was :/ I was not amused. But everyone raved about Cress, so, nīave me decided she’d give it a try TWICE and OMG what was I thinking? It was so poorly paced. I figured out the main plot twist half way through the damn book! And don’t get me started on the characters.

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2. A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love: 

Small Island by Angela Leavy, this is not a series but, I did this for my course and it got pretty mixed reviews within the cause but I loved it tackles racism in the 1940s, but it is scarily relevant for today’s society. Read it!

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The Percy Jackson and the Ollipyans series, of which Percy, Annabeth & Thalia are all characters.

 

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like: 

 Percybeth, I cannot stand this ship. Although I acknowledge the friendship between them, it just seemed to me that Rick Riordan just decided to pair the first male/female characters that we met, which for me just didn’t work. I much prefer Perthalia (Percy and Thalia) together.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for:

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The Road: an example of apocalyptic fiction.

Apocalyptic fiction. I hate the thing, especially since I do have mild depression and anxiety issues. I read to escape, to go into a better place (that is not heaven 😛 ) This society is not escape, and it certainly is not a better place lol.

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5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Dumbledore, I’m sorry this man is not the hero everybody makes him out to be. The man perpetrated child abuse, For crying out loud and was incredibly harsh to Snape at a time when he was in mourning. I’m not saying that he didn’t achieve some fantastic things, and he did learn from his mistakes, but he is by no means perfect.

 

john-green6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into. 

John Green, I read The Fault in our stars, and it was one of my favourite books of all time I loved it. I think that was the problem, nothing that he’s written can ever compare to that. I tried reading paper towns and just found it really unbelievable and really disliked the fact that it peddles the idea of obsessive love. I tried reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, but, it just seems that I’m biased aginst his work now. Having said the previous point, I did really enjoy the book I read by David Levithan – Everday, and as this was co-written, I might try it again.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

Romance in every single YA novel! I know that romance is a big part of being a teenager but not when the world that we’re in is crumbling around you it’s like: Oh no we’re in this flying-heart-iconreally corrupt society that I’m trying to dismantel,  but, oh no I wonder I whether this boy likes me? NO, JUST, NO! To quote Ron Weasly: ‘She needs to sort out her priorities.’
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading

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This award goes to The Heroes of Olympus series.  I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series a few years ago, and it was really fun. But, not only can I not remember half of what happened in that(which is kind of an issue if you want to read a follow on series) I also have not got the time to commit to this series right now, because studying for a degree is a thing. There have also been mixed reviews of the last book which puts me off, and I have also heard that it’s told from a different perspective which I’m not sure I’ll like. It may be that I’ll read it in the future but for now, it ain’t happenin’ :P.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book? 

mockingjay-part-1-image-6Mocking Jay part one and two! This could have also been my choice for the second question too. I really liked the book and thought the ‘rushed’ quality that people commented on, was the author trying to show Katniss’s insanity. However, because this was a film you were able to see this which made the point much cleaner. There is also the fact that the book was split over two films which avoided the ‘rushed’ feeling even further.

So that’s it If you want to do this tag, feel free and comment down bellow so that I can see. Let me know if you share any of my opinions in the comments.

 Until Monday,  bye 🙂

My Still Life With Tornado by A.S King

 

Hi guys, happy new year! Well technically, it’s not the new year for me because I’m writing this on Christmas eve, eve (AKA the 23rd of December) but what the heck! This is a review of the book that is mentioned in the title. Actually come to think of it, if you can read the title you also know this is a review because the word ‘review’ is in the damn title!

Note:

15822059_1379652252069420_248283662_nit is at this point that your blogger would like to apologise for her crazy head, she
has been doing something that resembles the bellow and is consequently knackered, In other news, here a review.

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Genre: New adult contemporary

Age: 16+ (depending on parent or guardian’s wishes

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Trigger Warning/ Spoiler: There are mentions of domestic violence in this one, so, if that makes you uncomfortable, then maybe don’t read this one.

Synopsis: So there’s this girl called Sarah, she’s 16, and she loves art. Like: ‘Sarah and art kissing in a tree’, loves art. And then she can’t draw. Just like that.  Her hands like, nope, actually,  I don’t particularly want to draw anymore, thank you very much, good night Viena. This then leads Sarah to have a bit of a pre-midlife crisis, dropping out of school, 15822330_1379660348735277_1953354908_nyou get the idea.  Until one day she’s at the bus stop, and she bumps into ’23-year-old Sarah’, That is herself at 23. Weird I know.  Then she meets ’10-year-old Sarah who has a filthy mouth and just might help her remember something about her past which may or may not have contributed to her current or past, or future (depending on which Sarah you talk to) crisis.

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Thoughts and feelings
Okay, I don’t know how to feel about this. I Love the topics that were explored (Ok, clarification needed: I don’t love the topics, but I Love that this was one of the few novels that explored it) 😀  . Some of the scenes with Bruce and  1 16-year-old Sarah were ADORABLE, the phone scene omg!!!!!

The pace of this book after I hit 50% was like ridiculous, so addictive. I read through the last have in one sitting (as this baby is trying to demonstrate 😛 .

The magic, magical realism is also so realistic that. You’re never really sure whether  Sarah or any of the other protagonists from her books are going mad or whether it is, actually magical realism. I love the way that through this confusion AS King through deals with the subject of mental Illness.

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Zoella gif showing how I felt after reading at the end of this book.

The issue I had with this book was that there was no click here )  so
even though I really enjoyed this, it’s complicated. #weirdbookfeels. I could put the non-aftershock- ness down to the ending It. Just. Stops. THAT’S NOT AN END A.S King, no!

So there we go,  a review! Let me know what you thought of this book down in the comments below.

Until next Monday, bye lovelies 😀

 

 

Book Faves

Hi, guys happy new year To you lovelies, how art thou?  Let the ghost of Xmas past bring you my bookish favourites:

In reverse order for tied sixth (because I didn’t want to do a 7, mainly because I hate that number.

6) Mr. Stink by David Walliams & The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.

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I can’t choose between these two, don’t make me! Were such fun and sometimes you just need a book that’s fun. Sophie Kinsella’s books are always about someone having an existential crisis, which is always fun and entertaining!  Mr. Stink is about children’s’ book about a homeless man’s story of, well, how he became homeless and they are soooo gooooood !! (Ok, now I sound like a sociopath who enjoys other people’s misery)

#Moving on

5) Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis.

51iyq5vr20l-_sx319_bo1204203200_I think it was fairly obvious after my ‘mind connection rant’ that this was going to make it onto the list for this year. If you are now thinking  ‘what the hell is she on about, click here to see my review of this little morsel. Seeing as I did not provide you with a cover for the review, I shall now rectify the situation. 🙂

4) Just One Day by Gail Formanjust-one-day

I read this before I started I this blog and, what can I say, it’s not that this book was fantastic or anything, but read it at the perfect point in my life for it to make an impact.

It follows a first-year uni student who spontaneously decides to go to a Paris with a random stranger (perfectly safe) 😛  but sometimes you just have to go for it. That’s what this book taught me.

3) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

This book is on my list for no other reason than it was  EPIIIIIIC. The world mistbornbuilding was, and is phenomenal, and the story OOOMMMGGGG!!!! It is just GAAAAAAAH (It’s that good that I can’t speak in decent English!!!) If you’re looking for a read that is just good!! Without being thought provoking then, this one’s your guy!

2) The Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetez

Plot synosttspsis from Auntie Amazon:

In the cruel winter of 1945, four very different young people narrate their stories. Joana, Emilia and Florian are part of a desperate group of refugees trekking across Germany, bound together only by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Alfred is a German soldier stationed on that ship.

Omg, this book! And people thought Titanic was bad this was fantastic all though it is a bit of a slow burner, you kind of have to wade through the first half, which makes an unwelcome change from Between Shades of Grey which had me on the first page. Still, this book sticks to you like the PVA glue did to your fingers in art lessons when you were a kid.

AND NUMERO UNO…DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
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The Number one book of the year is…

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

images2Plot from Auntie Amazon:

The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son’s brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.

As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.

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Where do I begin?

  • Beautifully written; the words weave together like strings of candy floss (cotton candy)  and if words were edible it they probably taste that nice as well!
  • Beautiful plot, this book explores the bond between mother and son which is just perfect
  • Mind-changing impact- although this book humanises all the characters (Jesus icluded) this book gave me such a respect for Mary as a person

So that was my pick for the year of 2016 what are yours and why? Let me know, down in the comments below.

As this was the post for this week, the next post will be up on Monday 9th

Have a fantastic New Year!

Bye 😀

Mere Christianity – A Bookish Break-Up

 

Hi, guys I cannot believe that Christmas has been and gone! It is unacceptable! Today, this blogger is going where no blogger’s gone before, well maybe some have, but I haven’t.

RELIGION, PEOPLE!!

 

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#people’sreaction

 I am going to be reviewing Mere Christianity by CS Lewis, as you could all probably tell by the header,  so read at own risk! If you don’t  like that sort of thing scroll down to the hearts!

Ok, now I’ve got that out of my system we can get on with the review! This book does exactly what it says on the tin. It explains the basics of Christianity, in terms of who Jesus was and the moral law as well as Lewis’s arguments for God, blah blah blah… 🙂

Everyone knows we all have authors which we just feel a ‘brain connection’ with, where we all just are like: yeeeeeeeeessssss!!!! This person and I just connected in the thought realm,  it was amazing!  Well, that was
me reading the preface. The PREFACE, guys,  what the heck?! CS Lewis just has a way of explaining things, so they just stick in my head and make absolute total sense it was fantastic particularly, the idea of atonement!. That is not to say that I agreed with him on everything, but, for the most part, it was fantastic.15644643_1370362562998389_637264355_n

The problem with this book is something that I can’t really critique- the time that it was written. Let’s just say there is a reason why the person who wrote the forward (who’s name I can’t remember) :/ says that the book ‘begs to be taken in context’, because let me tell ya ladies and gents, views were very different in the 1940’s to what they are in the present day.  As a result, I did not finish this book mainly because the gender discrimination and the homophobia drove me a bit crazy, but I  think it would be a little unfair to mark it down for that because that kind of attitude was founded by the time that the book was written. That being said,  from what I read (Omg that rhymes
yaaaaay 😀 )  I would give this book:

  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Those of you who have been hiding can come out now!!

The fact that I didn’t finish this book poses a question. Should you stop a book if you feel that you have gotten all you can
from it? Obviously, with fiction, this doesn’t work, but with non- fiction what’d’ya think? I would be inclined to say yes.
I stopped reading this because it was 15645623_1370365049664807_1509836875_nmaking me angry and   I felt that I had learned all I can from it and because of that I think I shall be adding it to my Goodreads reading challenge. I understand
this is controversial but,  Surly I am better
off saying: ‘Book I really loved the time I”ve spent with you but I’m afraid we’re going to break it off. It’s not you, it’s me, but you have still been an experience of my year, and I shall document you as I see fit’,  on my 2016 reading challenge ( which I’ve somehow managed to do again despite earlier me claiming that she wasn’t going to do).  :/  What do you think about a bookish breakup? Let me know in, the comments below (eek that rhymes again, #peoet #notreally)  😥  .

Happy Holidays and or Christmas to you!! Next week will be my top 6  of 2016 to round off the year, wooot, this will be posted on Saturday instead of Monday because you can’t post your favs for 2016 in 2017,  that’s weird 😛 . But then we’ll be back to Monday again!

Bye!!! 😀