If I was to host some sort of short story competition, would any of you actually be interested and take part?
It would be something along the lines of setting a theme or topic maybe, and you having to write a short story on it. I’d probably give you a week or two, or a month (however long you think, let me know in the comments). You could post them on your blog under a certain tag, then I’d judge them once the time was up and post my favourite/the best one on my blog. It could be kind of fun!
What do you think?
Let me know in the comments if you’re interested. I’d want at least five people, if not more, so please show interest!
Love, Em x
P.S: Let me know if you have any ideas for a theme or topic – or if you’d…
What Are You Reading Wednesday is a weekly feature on It’s A Reading Thing. Just grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions: 1. What’s the name of your current read? 2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences. 3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Well, I’m reading three books right now, but the one I’m gonna talk about is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It’s the story of a boy called Nobody Owens (a.k.a. Bod) who’s grown up in a graveyard, with ghosts who have brought him up like family. And no, as horror-ish as that sounds, it’s really quite sweet a scenario (well, there was a murder in the beginning, but that’s about it). I’m almost to the end right now; guess I’ll have it finished by tonight.
Here’s a paragraph from pg 34:
The people kept asking Scarlett what had happenedto her, and she answered, as honestly as she could, told them about a boy called Nobody who took her deep inside a hill where a purple tattoo manappeared in the dark, but he was really a scarecrow. They gave her a chocolatebar and they wiped her face and asked if the tattooed man had ridden amotorbike, and Scarlett’s mother and father, now that they were relieved andnot afraid for her any longer, were angry with themselves and with her, and they told each other that it was the other one’s fault for letting their little girlplay in a cemetery, even if it was a nature reserve, and that the world was avery dangerous place these days, and if you didn’t keep your eyes on yourchildren every second you could not imagine what awful things they would beplunged into.
As for the last question, yes, I would totally love to live in this world! Growing up in a graveyard and learning cool tricks from your ghost-family… what’s not to love? Well, actually, there is something not to love: Bod lost his entire family right at the beginning of the book, and his life remains under constant threat. Hmmm… not cool. 😦 And I’m pretty sure I’d want to sneak out every now and then to see the living world outside. But then again, if Silas brought me enough books to read, I’m sure I could coaxed to stay inside. 😉 Overall, I’m thinking the answer is a YES.
Have you read The Graveyard Book? Did you like it? Hate it? What are you currently reading? Tell me in the comments below!
So I’ve finally gotten some free time to myself (after, like, forever…), and I wanted to post something here (after exactly a month. One. whole. month. How sad is that? 😦 ). And since I was (am) feeling reeeeal sleepy, this tag came to mind. I was tagged to do this book tag by the wonderful Tasha @ Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books and Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland. They’re both awesome people with awesome blogs, so you should totally go give them a visit!
Let’s move on with the tag now, shall we? 😀
1. A Book That Kept You Up All Night Reading
I actually read far more at night than during the day, so most of the books I’ve read will actually fit into this category. But one book comes to my mind that literally did not allow me to sleep, even after I’d finished it. I was tossing around in my bed, trying desperately not to reach for the sequel that was lying just beside me. Can anyone guess which book this was?
Well, the book was…
Kind of expected, no? 😉
2. A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep
Ha! I’ve grown up reading horror, so there’s rarely a book that gets me that scared. However, there is one book that seriously got me scared. Like, scared to go to sleep, scared to walk around in the daylight, scared to even step outside the safety of my home…
Yes, I am aware that I am mentioning this book for probably the fifty-seventh time on my blog, but Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott seriously gave me the chills. Go on, give it a read… but you have been warned.
3. A Book That Made You Go To Sleep
No offence, but I honestly felt that Allegiant had a lot of unnecessary things going on in it. It was like Veronica Roth had written the book just for the sake of writing it, not to bring out a story that was interesting enough to read. After Divergent, I just had very high expectations for the remaining two books; sadly, they seemed to go downhill from there. While Insurgent was still okay, Allegiant was just meh.
4. A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release
I remember I had SO many theories for this one book (one theory actually involved Sirius coming back to life… why, oh why, could that not happen? 😥 )
On a different note, HAS ANYONE SEEN THE NEW HP COVERS??!! They’re gorgeous!!!! ❤
(Seriously, when I saw them at the bookstore, I became a super-excited fangirl trying to jump around like a kangaroo. Even with my hands clamped tightly on my mouth, the squeals were loud enough that everyone in my vicinity turned around to give me odd stares. Except an old gentleman who was browsing through the non-fiction section. He just smiled and shook his head at me. I guess he understood my state of mind at that moment. 😛 )
5. A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend
Will Herondale, I’m all yours. ❤
6. A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In
Fighting in the Hunger Games for two consecutive years, and then (if I even survive, that is. Chances are about minus five.) fighting a war of that intensity… I can’t imagine anything that could possibly be scarier than that.
7. A Book That Reminds You of Night-time
Night-time, did you say? 😀
8. A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger
Let’s just say that Rick Riordan takes ‘cliffhangers’ way too literally…
9. A Book That You Actually Dreamed About
I don’t remember what exactly the dream was about, but I do remember that it had Jace in it. (*does an mental swoon*)
10. A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed
The Basilisk, without a doubt. Or Medusa. I mean, all I’d have to do is look… and I’d be dead.
So that’s the bedtime book-tag, guys. Like I said, I’m waaay too sleepy to tag anyone right now, but feel free to have a go at it if you like! Don’t forget to link back, coz I’d definitely be checking out all your answers!
Oh god, this is horrible. Three of my blogger friends have experienced this so far, and it really needs to stop. Please spread the word, guys. The kind of sick people that live on this planet… it makes me shudder. 😦
If you are offended by pictures of penises and vaginas, DO NOT go on to the teen tag.
A blogger who is unfortunately well known to me, and to a lot of us, has returned once more from being banned, several times. He has gone under names such as malenude, 11inchhung and alwaysnaked – and now, hugemonstercock. There is also a site by the name of Adultville who has posted a picture of a vagina, on the teen tag.
If you look on these sites and are negatively affected, I’m very sorry. You shouldn’t ever have to feel like that.
I am naming these sites because this needs to stop.
This needs to stop because this nearly reduced my friend to tears.
This needs to stop because people are being affected by this, in ways that the sick, twisted creators of these…
The Friday 56 is a weekly meme by Freda’s Voice. Here’s what you have to do to join:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (if you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence(s) (just don’t spoil it).
*Add the link (of your post, not your blog) in the Linky of the original post.
This is going to be from Cosmic by Fank Cottrell Boyce, one of the books that I am currently reading.
‘A Chinese desert. In China. You said it was down south.’
‘It is down south.’
‘I thought you meant London.’
‘But we were on a plane for hours. If you’re on a plane for hours and hours, obviously you’re going to go further than London.’
‘I thought it was a slow plane.’
A slow plane.
–Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (improvisation: pg 95)
This quote just totally cracked me up! XD Florida is simply ridiculous! ‘A slow plane’, seriously?
Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme by Broke and the Bookish, in which bloggers from all around the world respond to their weekly prompts. This week’s topic was: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From.
Agatha Christie: This is the first name that came to my mind for this list. I’ve read most of her books. I don’t care much for Miss Marple (you could go so far as to say that I hate her) but I absolutely love Poirot. I have only seven unread Poirot books and I intend to get them read as soon as possible.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Well, talking about Agatha Christie almost inevitably leads me to Sherlock Holmes. I have the complete big fat collection and I’m proud to say that I finished the whole of it in less than four days. I just kept reading, you know?
After that ended, though, I kept suspecting everything around me (don’t even get me started on the details on that). For a really long time.
Roald Dahl: I’ve read ALL of his books (as I’m sure most of you have). They defined my childhood, after all. I’m pretty sure I can still chatter about Matilda or the Twits or Mr. Willy Wonka like it was yesterday…
Enid Blyton: Speaking of childhood… how can I forget the author whose books started it all? Those countless bedtime books, and then… Famous Five. Enid Blyton will always hold a special place in my heart (I read Secret Seven too, but never got around to liking it much.)
Stephen King: I’ve read most of his books, and it’s basically my life’s goal to finish the ones I haven’t yet. No really, I’m not kidding.
Neil Gaiman: Same as above, except that I probably love Neil Gaiman a tiny bit more. I mean, you might even find me reading his grocery lists someday. Go on and call me a stalker, I don’t care. 😛
Rick Riordan: Another person whom I’d absolutely love to stalk. 😈
So I’ve read the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series. I’ve read Kane Chronicles. I’ve read the supplementary ones like Demigod Files and Demigod Diaries. I’ve also read Son of Sobek and Staff of Serapis, and I’m still hunting for Singer of Apollo, Staff of Serapis and Sword of Summer.
Does that kind of explain what I’m trying to say? 😛
William Shakespeare: It feels weird to include him in a list like this, but… who am I kidding? I’ve read all his works except the Histories (I don’t want anything to do with that word) and some of the poems (because how many poems did he write again?) and I’m actually quite proud of it. Unlike most other people, I don’t find Shakespeare that hard to understand. Believe it or not, I read The Tempest (the original version) when I was only eight.
Eva Ibbotson: This woman… if you asked me to define ‘home’ in terms of books, it’s her books that I’ll name. Everything about those stories… I don’t care if they’re utterly predictable and without intricately-woven plots, no other book can soothe my heart the way they can. ❤
Cassandra Clare: Because when a person writes books about Shadowhunters like Will and Jace… well, anyone is bound to read whatever she writes, right? 😉
Some other authors that I’ll die if I don’t mention: J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, Cecelia Ahern, Anne Rice
And of course… my go-to horror writers: Dean Koontz, J.S. Le Fanu, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell (I strongly wanted to mention them all right along with Stephen King, but that would be cheating, right?)
Well, that’s about it, I guess (although I have a feeling I’m still missing out on many others )… anyways, be sure to tell me your thoughts in the comments!