Why I Read Different Genre’s

 

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Hello fellow bookworms,

In today’s post I’m talking about why I personally choose to read different genre’s. Now reading different genre’s isn’t for everyone, I get that and there is nothing wrong with sticking to one particular genre.

But for me personally, when I look back at my reading journal, I can see this is something I’ve always done. It’s also something I can’t imagine not doing to be honest. Don’t get me wrong there are certainly time’s when I have a binge on a particular genre; which I suppose all depends what kind of mood I in. For example if I’m having a hard time I like to read something light and not to heavy, if I’m feeling ok I don’t mind something like a crime thriller.

As a rule I quite enjoy mixing my reading up a bit, call it broadening my reading horizons if you will! I feel that I get so much from doing this in general like; learning new words (always love adding a new word to my vocabulary!!!!),  understanding different job role’s, encountering country’s all over the world or experiencing a wide range of emotions along with the characters and much more besides!

There are some genre’s that really don’t interest me, I mean you can’t like everything right?

Here’s a list of genre’s I tend to read:

*Romantic/Comedy/Chick Lit

*Contemporary Romance/Fiction

*Writing References

*Autobiography’s/Biography’s

*Non-Fiction

*Mental Health

*Classic’s

*Fantasy (at a push!)

Reading different genre’s has defiantly enriched my reading journey and I hope will continue to do so!

Do you stick to one genre? Or Do you mix it up a bit? What are you reasons? As always my lovely’s I adore reading your comments and interacting with you! 

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Bookish And Writing Gifts I got for my Birthday

 

birthdayHi lovely folk,

This week it was my birthday! I had the best day and got spoiled rotten by my loved ones. Some of my gifts range from yummy chocolate, sweets, pampering toiletries, books, stationary and much more. (People know me so well!!!!! ‘These are a few of my favourite things!’)

And as it’s a bookish blog I thought I would show you some of those goodies!!!!

IMG_3554As any booklover can testify book’s as gifts are the best! I got:

*Anatomy Of A Scandal by Sarah Vaughan (Which I’m currently reading, and boy is it gripping!)

and

*The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (will need a tissue or two when I’m reading, as it’s going to be an emotional read I think!)

Both of these books are on my wish list, I’ve been itching to get my hands on these because I’ve been reading so many good things about them.

IMG_3557 Now for the stationary side of my gifts: ( a blogger can never have enough notebooks and pen’s in my eye’s!!!!)

*A 2019 dairy; the cover is covered in silver glitter and covered in cactuses and cute little palm trees.

*An A4 size notebook which has dividers and each section has different paper in it.( lined, squared, dotted and plain paper) I love the quote on the front ‘Stay Focused and Never Give Up!’ which will keep me motivated I think!!!

*An A5 sided notebook which is covered in sequins, so when you brush your hand across it flips colour. I have to say there is something quite calming about doing this and have already wasted to much time making patterns on it! Such a child at heart!!!!!!!!!!!

*Another A5 sided journal; full of blank pages for me to fill and some of the pages have friendship quotes on them! How adorable is this! I did cry when I opened this thoughtful gift!

*And last but not least there are pen’s! Another thing any writer and blogger can’t do without! I’m always running out of pen’s probably because I write a lot hay?!?!?

So that’s all bookish and stationary gifts I got. I feel I have been extremely lucky and very loved by those around me, so a massive thank-you to those wonderful and kind people!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed having a gander at these goodies! And thank you for stopping by!

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Book Review On: The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations For Writing by Monica Wood

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

monica wood photoMonica Wood is the author of three novels, Any Bitter Thing (Chronicle, 2005), My Only Story (Chronicle, 2000; Ballantine, 2001) and Secret Language (Faber and Faber, 1993; Ballantine, 2002), and a book of connected short stories entitled Ernie’s Ark (Chronicle, 2002; Ballantine, 2003). She is also the author of Description, from the Writer’s Digest Elements of Fiction Series, and several guides to contemporary literature in the high school classroom. Her short stories have been widely published and anthologized.

Website: http://www.monicawood.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/80719.Monica_Wood

Publication date: 24th September 2004

Publisher: Writer’s Digest

http://www.writersdigest.com

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-58297-322-7

Pages: 224 pages

Genre: Writing Reference

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

The Pocket Muse is your key to finding inspiration when and where you want it. With hundreds of thought- provoking prompts, exercises, and illustrations, you’ll immediately:

*get started writing

*overcome writer’s BLOCK

*develop a writing habit

*think more creatively

*master style, revisions and other elements of the craft.

The rich variety of exercises inside will help you to create stories, focus on your writing craft, and encourage you to think about how and why you write in new and surprising ways.

A truly unique book, The Pocket Muse is fun and effective. It will teach you, cheer you and inspire you to write as never before.

My Review

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This little book’s front cover reminds me of the old plain note book’s you used to get. With the thick black line covering the spine of the book. The rest of the cover is coloured in a darkish green. The title is in what look’s like those name tag’s on draws you used to get at the library years ago when looking for a book to find its location in the room. Then there is a photo with a guy facing forward holding up a card which has the rest of the title in it. You can see blurred out buildings in the background of the photo. I think books like these need simple covers because they are a reference and a practical book.

The pocket Muse by Monica Wood is a book that I acquired when I took a home creative writing course, I did a few years ago. And what a help it has been since then! It’s a book full to the brim with prompts, inspiration, pictures, quotes, tip’s and many exercises to really get your creative juices flowing. Monica has compiled this book wonderfully, in a very relaxed and easy to read manner; which is perfect for flicking through and pick out what the writer need’s at that time.

 

 

 

For me this little book has given me so much help in my writing and I found the exercises invaluable to really get my creative head on! This little book is one that never far away from me when I’m writing. It’s easy just to pick up whenever I find the need for that spark of inspiration. I have also found the illustrations helpful giving me ideas in which to work on and develop.

Would I recommend this book to budding writers? YES I would! It such a useful tool to have by your side!

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Book Review On: Inspiration and Motivation for Writers by Chloe Henderson

 

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About the author (as seen on Amazon)

Chloe Henderson has a life long obsession with books and all things literary. When she’s not busy reading she tends to her garden at home in West Sussex.

Publication date: 14th May 2015

Publisher: Summersdale

http://www.summersdale.com

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-84953-704-9

Also available in Ebook format

Pages: 128 pages

Genre: Writing Reference

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: this book was a gift

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

WRITE MORE- WRITE BETTER- WRITE NOW!

This colourful little book of uplifting quotes and tailored tips delivers motivational sparks and creative signposts for writers.

Read it, write on it, Put it in a frame on your desk- whatever you do with it, the aim is simple: to get you writing!

My Review

Insperation and motivation for writersThe front cover for this little book is perfectly simple. It reminds me of a notebook with the red block of colour  with a black edge round the spine. The title and author’s name is nice and clear.

So this little pocket-size little book was brought to me as a gift for my birthday a few years ago. I was so pleased when I opened it, and was eager to have a read.

This is a book that I keep very handy when ever I’m writing. It’s handy when you need a little motivation or inspiration and is something that has certainly helped me when I’m struggling.

Each page is simple but clear and easy to read, some have little illustrations on which is quite cute. The book is filled full of motivation and thing’s to inspire your writing mind. There are even quote from writers such as Andrew Motion, J.K.Rowling and Esther Freud to name but a few.

 

I adore this little book and I’m always using it to refer back too. I think this is a lovely little book for writers everywhere and highly recommend it!

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Book Review On: 204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber

 

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About the author (as seen on Amazon)

Debbie Macomber

Through both words and deeds, Debbie Macomber inspires women from all walks of life to realise their dreams.

She overcame the obstacles in her own life to become one of the world’s most popular writers. She encourages women to achieve the goals that burn in their hearts as fiercely as the desire to become a bestselling novelist did in her own.

When Debbie first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. She had only a high school degree and was dyslexic. She was also the very young mother of four active children. No one believed she had what it took to write a book–except Debbie. She eventually saved enough money to rent an old typewriter, and every night when the children were asleep, she would sit down to write.

She wrote–for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped “rejected.” As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up. Five long years and thousands of pages later, she received a letter in the afternoon mail. The letter was from Silhouette Books–and they wanted to buy her story. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published as a Silhouette in 1984, and it became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly.

Today, Debbie is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 novels and has sold over 60 millions copies. Popular around the globe, she receives approximately three thousand letters from readers every month. And she responds personally to each one.

In lectures around the country, Debbie encourages women to “exercise the success muscle.” She also offers advice on how to achieve success in seeking or changing a career, building family relationships, forming healthy relationships and more.

Like her heartwarming novels, Debbie’s inspirational speeches are always filled with laughter and love. She cares deeply about the women she touches with her writing, and she continues to mentor people around the country. She also volunteers her considerable talents to help raise much-needed funds for battered-women’s shelters, literacy and medical research.

She lives with her husband in Port Orchard, Washington. Their children are grown and she is a proud grandmother.

Website: http://www.debbiemacomber.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DebbieMacomberWorld

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/debbiemacomber

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/debbiemacomber

Publication date: 1st January 2011

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

ISBN: Paperback: 978-0-7783-0481-4

Hardback: 978-0739427491

Also available in Ebook, Audiobook and Audio CD

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Welcome to Cedar Cove- a small town with a big heart!

Grace Sherman was happy and untroubled- until her husband just disappeared. What could be so awful that a devoted husband and father would go without a note or a warning?

But life can- and does- go on. Cedar Cove is a buzz with gossip. Grace’s daughter Kelly just had a baby. And it looks like her eldest daughter Maryellen is seeing someone new, someone she’s keeping a secret…

Then there’s Jack, who’s been pursuing a romance with Olivia, and Zach and Rosemary Cox, who are having a few problems. And Grace’s own mystery- will she ever find out what happened to her husband?

Find out the truth in Cedar Cove.

My Review

204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber

The front cover for 204 Rosewood Lane is made to make the reader feel they are standing on the veranda looking down. There are wicker chair’s; which are adorn with cushions. There are blooming flowers every where you look around the veranda from the trailing roses to planted pots. You can see some other houses on the street in the distance. Debbie’s name is in a deep plum colour which tie’s in with the lilac colour of the veranda. The title is in a bluey greeny colour  which tie’s in with the greenery. I really like this cover a lot!

As you will be aware I’m a massive fan of Debbie’s books ever since I discovered them earlier this year. You can check out my review’s for the one’s I’ve read and reviewed here: Thursdays at Eight Old Boyfriends  

and  Summertime Dreams

Grace Sherman married to Dan and has two grown-up daughters; Maryellen and Kelly.  Grace is happy with her life and thought her husband was too. However he disappears without any word of warning or an explanation. Now at the end of her tether and wanting to move on with her life she starts divorce proceedings to end their 36 years of marriage. But Grace is struggling very much as to the reason why Dan left in the first place and so she hire’s a private investigator to see if he can find out anything to give her the answers she so desperately wants.

When she tells her daughters about the divorce Maryellen is fine with it and thinks she needs to do this to move on with her life, but Kelly still believes their father will return home. Kelly is happily married with a new baby and Maryellen is divorced from a rushed marriage and has sworn off relationships; until her head is turned by a wonderfully handsome photographer; which she hides from everyone else. Will Grace be able to find out where and what her husband has been up to all this time? Will she then be able to move on with her life? What will Maryellen and Kelly think? Will Maryellen let her secret out? Will she be happy or will she push him away? What else happens at Rosewood Lane?

204 Rosewood Lane is a book full of mystery, new beginnings, family, romance, moving on from the past. For me I was a bit disappointed after I finished this book because I felt there were so many characters in the story, I just couldn’t gel with them. I also found that the setting didn’t really excite me while I read all ought I did manage to finish it. These points that I’ve just described really pains me to say; because I’m such a fan of Debbie’s book’s I’ve read so far. This book certainly hasn’t deterred me from seeking out more of her books in the future.

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Book To Movie Or Movie To Book

 

Hi fellow bookworms!

Hope your all well! Today’s blog post, I’m discussing my thoughts on whether it’s better to read the book before you watch the movie or to watch the movie before you read the book!

At the beginning of this year I borrowed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel DVD from one of my friends; as I had never seen it before. I had the book there waiting to be read, however I decided to watch the movie first. I really enjoyed the film so much so,  that I couldn’t wait to read the actual book.

When I finished the book I was really quite disappointed to be totally honest. You can check out my full review Here but basically I just didn’t feel connected to the characters, setting or the story it’s self, I also found that there were some differences from the movie; which I suppose might have thrown me off. Maybe it was because I was trying to visualise the actors and actress’s as I read or maybe it was because I knew what what’s going to happen, I’m not quit sure.

I do feel that watching the film first really spoiled my reading experience of the book. So I think if I ever do this again then I would defiantly read the book first and watch the movie after!

So that’s my thought’s and feelings on book to movie or movie to book, how do you feel about this? Which way round do you tend to do it? As always you know I love to hear your thoughts! So feel free to add your comments!

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Book Review On: Broken Pieces of Tomorrow by Soulla Christodoulou

 

About the author (as seen in the book)

Soulla ChristodoulouBorn in London to Greek Cypriot parents Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to University and studied BA Hotel& Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business studies and an MA in Education.

Soulla is a fiction author and wrote her first novel roken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full-time in secondary education. The novel has been nominated for the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. She is a mother of three boys.

She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and children’s Creative Writing Classes.

Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters is featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’, released on Amazon in September 2017.

She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and is releasing her second novel, The Summer Will Come in March 2018 which has received an endorsement from William Mallinson, Author and Historian. Her current work I progress is titled Trust is a Big Word and will be her third fiction novel.

When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and cover tea!

Website: soulla-author.com

Blog: soulla-author.com/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soullabookauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/schristodoulou2

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/soullasays

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/asceducational

Publication date: 7th November 2017

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: Paperback 978-1549917042

Also available in Ebook format.

Pages: Paperback 492pages and Ebook 494pages

Genre: Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: The author

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Georgia, a second generation Greek Cypriot woman, marries her first love and settles in Finchley, London. But as her life progresses she finds herself swallowed up by her husband’s expectations and those of her family.

Ten years on she breaks away from the routine of being a wife and mother and secures a job in a local school as a secretary. It is here that she thrives and rekindles her passion for work and starts to think about a new career, despite her husband’s quiet protestation.

However, she soon faces an uncertain future after her marriage breaks down leaving her with three young sons and a life of broken pieces. Thrown into turmoil, her life becomes one of tears and heartache. But with laughter, courage and determination, Georgia and her best friend, Thalia, who has troubles of her own, adapt to a new, different path.

My Review

Broken pieces of tomorrow front coverFirstly before I start my review, I would just like to thank Soulla very much for kindly asking me to read, review and sending me a singed copy no less!!! In return to give my honest thought’s and feeling’s on my reading experience of her work.

I had the pleasure of reading her second book  The Summer Will Come and really enjoyed reading and learnt quite a bit too.

This front cover is so very striking! The blue backing that gradually gets darker and a heart-shaped mirror; with cracks coming off it, made me feel intrigued in a way. As you know I’m a fan of the swirly writing of the title and Soulla’s name because I think it gives off a more personal touch.

Georgia marries her very first love Nicolas; their wedding is full of love and Greek Cypriot traditions; surrounded by their family and friends. Nicolas work’s hard while Georgia stays at home to rise their three son’s and run the house. Now the boy’s are all at school and with her husband disappearing or late home, Georgia want’s a bit more from life than just being a mother and wife and decides to get a part-time job. Nicolas makes his concern’s heard and agrees as long as she can still cope with the boy’s and their commitments and the house. She knows she can do this and applies for a secretary for a secondary school’s music department. When Georgia get’s the job, she juggles her home life and work life, the only problem is Nicolas and his snide comments and often turning up at home late with some excuse or other. Her suspicion of her husbands where about’s grow’s more and more. On the other hand her work life is great and it gives her the confidence to what more from her work and considers studying to be a teacher. But with her marriage on a rocky path her world is about to turn upside down as she discovers what her husband has been up too! But what has he done? what does this mean for the family? Can Georgia manage what is about to happen to her?

Georgia has a best friend Thalia who has fallen out of love with her controlling  husband Tony and decides to end her marriage to him. These two women show great strength for each other providing much-needed support through good and bad times.

Broken Pieces of Tomorrow had me hooked from the very first page, it was really an exceptional read indeed. I really found it hard to put down as Georgia’s story unfolded before my very eye’s. I also found that I was visualising the characters while I was reading which is always a good sing in my eye’s ( excuse the pun!) I think my most favourite thing about this book is Georgia and Thalia’s friendship. They support each other through all the up’s and down’s, and give each other much-needed advice. I found their friendship really beautiful and every woman should have a best friend like that!!!! Another thing I really stick’s out to me is Georgia’s determination because boy does she have a bumpy ride through this book!!!!!

Soulla has written such a well thought out story; which is gripping,  intriguing and above all a dam good read! She has a wonderful writing style which I enjoy immensely I will definitely be returning to re-read both of her book’s without a doughty!

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