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So, as Zoe and I have been making videos this month, and we’ve done one everyday so far, I thought I would share a couple more with you here, so you are kept up to date.

(A Book (Graphic Novel) Review.)

This one is about FairyTales and their writers. Sort of, and my EPQ.

And lastly, this one is about my Favourite Female Literary Friendships, or some of them. :) I would recommend all of you guys making such lists. It’s fun and a nice feminist exercise.

Anna-Marie. xx

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Yo.

So. Recently I read a book called Blood Red Snow White, which was about the Russian Revolution of 1917. It reminded me how much I love Russia and all it’s brilliant tales, and words. Because Marcus Sedgwick, the writer has such a wonderful way of expressing himself it was a pleasure to read. I utterly loved it and REALLY want to learn the Russian language, for all it’s description and magic.

It was about the Children’s writer Arthur Ransome. And I think I would give it 4.5 stars. Yup. So everyone go and read it.

Here is what it looks like: (isn’t it pretty?!?)

Exams are fast drawing to a clos with me, I only have three left to go, so that’s GREAT! : )

Once summer starts I shall write more in my posts I promise….. : )

Hope your having lovely mondays!

Anna-Marie xx

P.S I’m 27 books done out of 55 : ) http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3782022-anna

And my youtube channel is up and running, if a leetle slowly… http://www.youtube.com/user/chocolaterockz/featured

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A while ago, I did a post on Howl’s Moving Castle the anime film, and I enjoyed it a lot. A little later I discovered that it was a book, written by Diana Wynne Jones- an author I had been wanting to read for a while, I asked for the book, and no surprises, read it.

The first things to know are that:

a.The book and film are different

b. The story could be seen as childish, but I don’t think that the book, or the writing should be labelled with ages. It can be read and enjoyed by young and old. s long as they all have enough imagination….. : )

So, onto the reveiw:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was fun, silly, imaginative and full of brilliant and creative ideas. It was my first Diana Wynne Jones and I will DEFINITELY be looking out for more of her work.

The plot was intricate and I felt like she had really allowed herself to experiment: play with characters, settings and plot. The writing seemed so free, in a childish way, which rather than seem annoying only added to the hilarity and detailedness (Shhhh…. it’s a word) of the story. I could not second guess anything.

My favourite character is hard to choose, I love Calcifer, Sophie, Howl, Michael and Percival; they are all such warm and vibrant characters, almost as vivid to me as if they were truly flesh and blood.

The world building was great- a mix of old ideas ad fashions with new ones, magic, witches, demons so forth.

After loving this book you will be happy to find out that there are two other Howl books:

  1. Castle in the Air
  2. House of Many Ways

The story is an intelligent potion of poetry, myth and invention. I recommend this to everyone.

Oh and I’ve decided not to rate books on my blog, because it’s too hard and each book should be taken by itself. Yeah.

Hope you enjoyed my reveiw  and here’s a synopsis (although, I don’t think it’s a good one..): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6294.Howl_s_Moving_Castle

Love Anna- Marie

P.S. I’m going MAD revising at home everyday!!!! AAAHHHH!

P.P.S

Here I am:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3782022-anna

http://www.youtube.com/user/chocolaterockz?feature=mhee

https://twitter.com/#!/_Lily_Luna_

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So recently, the Hunger Games came out and I went to see it on the day it came out, being a fan of the books.

I did not however enjoy the film, which is sad, but this post is not a review, I simply want to talk about the irritating film audience who totally missed the point of the Hunger Games and all it’s brilliance too!

They all seemed to only be there for either Peeta or Gale and although I have a preference for one of them (I wonder if you guys can guess?) I firmly beleive that the books are about more than just a silly relationship that wont last forever. It is about freedom and bravery, strength, loyalty. It’s about what’s wrong and right, what should be done, and what is normally done, it’s about dominance and power. The books are a struggle and their brutal and horrific, but at the same time, they create some wonderful people who we should be inspired by and think off when we beat something hard, a fear or a bully. It’s really important to remeber that the story is also one of survival. We constantly wonder whether Katniss will survive The Hunger Games (or any of the other books) and if you only take one thought or idea away from watching the film, the I hope it is this.

Fight. Fight for your family, for what you believe and for justice. Don’t live a fearful life full of cowardice and therefore unhappiness.

Life’s not solely about who you marry or love, so don’t make this book or film about that.

Anyway, hope this isn’t too dull or different to what I normally post about. And just in case here is a picture I found which I LOVE. I wish I could look exactly like this model and wear the same clothes…. Oh and on a side note, anyone heard of model Charlotte Free. She’s brilliant, a feminist, pink-hired, non shaving beautiful person. If you haven’t checked her out. Do.

 AAAAH. I just love everything about this picute, here boots, here legs, the colour of her hoodie/jacket. WANT!

Sorry about that, hope you all had alovely Easter,

Anna-Marie xx

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Hi,

So keeping the fact that I want this to get more bookish, here is my School Newspaper’s reveiw of The Fault in Our Stars. I wrote, in case you didn’t realise that.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Whilst reading the Fault in Our Stars I felt a mixture of interesting and conflicting emotions. The characters and writing are able to pull such strong feelings and thoughts from you, like sadness, pity and at some points prompted real laughter. Although it was written by a thirty-seven year old man who has created the voice of Hazel Grace in an incredibly honest and at moments in a heart-breaking way.

The characters, namely Augustus Waters are believable, and with Gus, likable, cool and sweetly goofy. The language is also wonderful, with a great array of different quotes and sayings. The characters go from swearing unseeingly, to thinking complex and existentially fraught thoughts, with this mix the book is thought-provoking and made me re-examine how I should and want to live my life.

Two particular quotes within the book capture my attention, one is this:

“Say your life broke down. The last good kiss

You had was years ago”

I like this quote because I feel it represents the whole basis or ethos if you will of the book and I think it’s the most important idea to take away from the book.

The second quote is from Shakespeare and was the inspiration for the title.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves!”

The book is full of vibrant life in spite of and partially due to death which only adds to its charm and brilliance. It examines the realistic side of cancer and “dying of” as Gus says.

My only problem was, unlike the readers before me who assured me that I would cry, I did not. I felt that the portrayal of grief and unhappiness was insufficient and therefore did not induce my tear ducts to take action. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that a good book is one that makes you cry, but I felt I should cry, and by not doing so I was then detached from the characters.

Nevertheless a great read and one that I would recommend to any teenager, particularly one living with cancer.

Hope that was okay, See you later,

Anna-Marie xx

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Hey,

So as off lately, I’ve re-fallen in love with books again, so I thought I would try to incorporate some of my love of them here.

Introducing, To Be Read segments. This will be a monthly post where I update what I am going to be reading in the next month or so.

So without further adeu,

1. On Solitude by Michel De Montaigne

2. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf

3.Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2) by Amanda Hocking

4. The White King by Gyorgy Dragoman

5. The Beautiful and the Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald

6. Of Mice and Men  by John Steinbeck

So. That’s all from me today, what are you guys planning on reading soon?

P.S here’s my Goodreads profile:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3782022-anna

and my newishly activated Youtube account:

http://www.youtube.com/user/chocolaterockz?feature=mhee

where I am currently doing a Hunger Games themed week of videos.

Have lovely weeks! Cheerio!

Anna Marie xx

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Hello, so this is my first post like this, so bear with me.

Okay so on a book blog, I saw a post entitled with this title (I can’t be bothered to type it out again) and I thought it would be both fun and interesting to partake in the “trend”. Oh, and by the way this isn’t in the right order.

  1. My battered Oxfamed copy of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte– I love not only the book but the tea-stained, old version, with a lovely drawing of an 18? year old Jane on the cover. It’s got folded pages and creased spine, but it’s mine and it has stories. I wonder where it was read before I bought it.
  2. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Seriously, AMAZING. Full of life and hope, even when there is so much sadness. If you aren’t happy with your life, then read this and you’ll feel a lot better. ?If you don’t know what this is, then check it out, set in Ireland in the around the forties, it follows Frank and his family as they struggle to survive, is dad often drinks the money away and leaves them hungry at night.
  3. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – full of inspirational femenism and ideas and utterly hilarious. Seriously everyone should read this.
  4. Running For the Hills by Horatio Clare Lovely autobiography about a boy growing up in Wales, which is my favourite place in the world. 
  5. The Wind Singer– I’ve never actually read it, but it was my favourite tape in my childhood and I used to love listening to the story, altough some bits gave me nightmares….
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Brilliant, thrilling and engaging with realistic characters, all of whom you can relate to somewhat. Even Effie Trinket.
  7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare. “Alas poor Yorrick I knew him, Horatio” The play is just full of such wonderful beautiful language.
  8. Narnia Chronicles: The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  9. The Diary of a Nobody by Weedon and George Grossmith
  10. And finally, Harry potter and the ….. Can I take all of them? Please! It’s impossible to choose….. Maybe I’d bring the third (Prisoner of Azkaban) the fifth (Order of the Phoenix) and the seventh (The Deathly Hallows) just because it holds all the answers, well almost.. oh and if you live under a LARGE rock then, Harry Potter was written by J.K. Rowling…. And she has written another book! : )

That’s it from me for now, if you decide to create a list like mine tell me in the comments so I can see your favourite books. : )

Oh and on a side note, found this lovely fashion blog called K is for Kani , check it: http://www.kisforkani.com/

Here’s a recent outfit of hers:

www.kisforkani.com

Have lovely weeks! : )

Anna-Marie xx

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