Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.

This week while browsing the wonderful site that is Goodreads, I stumbled upon A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

8621462The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

 

How can somebody read that synopsis and not be interested in this novel? I’ve heard so many great things about Patrick Ness, so it was the name and the cover that first drew my eye. Then I read that brilliantly worded synopsis and this book was on my wish list in a second. It sounds almost like a philosophical novel, which makes me even more excited of course. If you could make a career out of philosophy that would be my major in a heartbeat but it seems like no there’s no job markets for it out there.

Have you heard of this novel? Did you read it? What did you think about it?

What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Share it below and happy reading!

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.

This week while browsing the wonderful site that is Goodreads I discovered Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.

44652For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite … Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.

If you have been reading my blog for a while now then you should be able to predict just how quickly I added this book to my wish list. I couldn’t help myself. The moment I read “among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps and jealous fairies” it was a done deal. I can’t resist a good fantasy novel and this one particularly drives my interest with the mystery that seems to be involved. I know it’s a children’s novel BUT I DON”T CARE. I’m going to wish for it regardless of any judgement I might receive! So there.

What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Share it below and happy reading!

Dreaming Novel Things: Converting People to the Bookworm Religion

dreamingnovelthingsDreaming Novel Things is a feature in which I discuss book related subjects, but in a creative way. I’ll use interviews, narratives and lists to talk about book trends, book opinion and bookish matters. If you have any book related subjects you’d like to see me discuss just leave me a comment below!

 

 

BeFunky_Picture1.jpgBelieve or not but there is a process one must undertake before they can wear the Official Bookworm Badge. This process is officially converting a non-book lover into a bookworm. Once you have achieved this, you can officially wear your official badge as it will be official. If you don’t know the process (which you don’t) I have an easy step by step guide that any could follow. Yes, I made this process up and yes, it is complete and utter nonsense. Shall we move on?

1. First one must approach the topic with the non reader.  This is THE most important step as if you do it wrong you RUIN ALL CHANCES OF ENLIGHTENING THIS PERSON. You must try to engage in a casual way for example: “I got no sleep last night because I ended up reading this book all night that I couldn’t put down.” Remember to be welcoming and smile as the non reader could easily feel attacked or criticized.

2. Ask the non reader why they don’t enjoy reading. It is important to hear out their ideas without interrupting. Nod in the appropriate places and smile as if their nonsense makes sense to you. If the person feels as if you actually listened to what they said, they in turn will be more willing to listen to you. So try to look like you’re focusing on what they are saying even though every word is going in one ear and out the other. (Be sure to notice when they have stopped talking as staring at them in a dazed like way will be their biggest indicator that you weren’t listening).

3. Provide your counter arguments to their points. BUT REMEMBER, in a polite way. If you use a condescending tone or put them down for feeling the way they do you might as well write FAILURE on your forehead because you will never convert this non reader. Also, remember to use valid arguments. Simply saying, “Reading is good,” or “That’s stupid,” will do nothing to win your case. Keep smiling and make sure they are comprehending what you are saying in fact use small words (they are non readers after all)! 😉

4. Tell a personal story to make this relatable. If it’s a funny story than all the better. Nothing bonds people better than laughter try to work your best jokes into the story. Don’t discount the importance of this step! It’s important for a non reader to know its possible for someone like them, as far as they are on the other side of the fence, can cross that bridge into the world of reading. Tell them about the moment you fell in love with reading, about encountering the book that changed your life forever. Your story should have heart-warming, Hallmark quality to it.

5. Present the book/movie trick. Unless you’re a whizz with words (which if you are then why on earth are you reading this?) the non reader is still hesitant at this point but definitely more open-minded. This is the perfect time to sneak in the old book/movie trick. Find out their favorite movie by doing a quick search on Facebook, (bonus points if you already know what it is) and share the fact that their favorite movie was actually based off a book. (They all are these days). This will peak their interest and give them a sense of comfort of starting with something familiar. Now you can point out there’s a whole slew of books in the same genre as the book that was adapted into their favorite movie. Show them the many options that lie in their preferred category to get them started. (Goodreads would be the best way to do this but you may choose another site if you prefer).

6. Go in for the kill. Produce the perfect book for them that you had picked out before your meeting (yes I expect you to have known which book as any OFFICIAL bookworm would). Put it in their hands so they can physically hold it. Tell them how this could be the book that changes their life. This could be the book that opens their eyes. Say in a soft voice (for you don’t want to interrupt their thoughts) that all they have to do is give it a try. If they accept this book then you can say that you just converted a non reader to the bookworm religion.

CONGRATULATIONS! Grab your badge (by grab I mean copy and paste) and display it with pride my friend! You can officially say that you are an Official Bookworm deemed official! Go celebrate, you deserve it and you made the world a better place so be proud!

(While the narrator wishes you to celebrate in true form she feels obligated to remind you that it is never safe to read and drive).

Have you ever encountered someone who simply did not like reading and try to talk them into it? How did it go or what would you say if you were in that predicament? Share it below and happy reading!

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.

This week while browsing on the wonderful site that is Goodreads I discovered In the Woods by Tana French

237209As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

I simply don’t read enough thrillers and I don’t know why. Well, actually I do know why, it’s because I always go for fantasy novels and turn away from everything else. Not today. While on Goodreads I saw the cover and it captured my attention. I read the synopsis and was on the edge of my seat.

What happened in the woods in the summer of 1984? Isn’t that question driving all of you mad? I’m already brainstorming theories but I haven’t read enough thrillers for any to sound plausible. This story sounds like it will grip me from the beginning and hold me hostage until I finish it. Yes, I’m definitely looking at an all nighter here.

The only other thriller novels I’ve read are the Millenium trilogy and The Lincoln Lawyer. Both were well executed (though the Millenium trilogy could have done without the word IKEA repeated a million times) and both opened my eyes to a whole new genre. I don’t generally watch detective shows because I find them SO predictable that it takes all the fun out of watching. I thought the same would be with books but I was so incredibly wrong.

This genre, though eerie, is fascinating. It takes you inside the mind of cold-blooded killers and keeps you there in horror. I have no doubt In the Woods will cause me to check the lock on my door twice but I know the read will be worth it.

Does this book look good to you or are thrillers not really your thing? What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Share it below and happy reading!

What kind of Book Shelf Person Are You?

I’ve recently been looking for a new book shelf as I’m in great need of a place for my books. They are piling up everywhere and slowly taking over my room. I’m slightly worried that they will be the death of me by causing a tripping accident, but isn’t that the book lover’s dream to die a death at the hands of a book? No? Guess that’s just me then.

Anyway, book shelves! I was looking on Pinterest (the mother of all sites with the exception of Goodreads) and discovered there are so many kinds. There’s traditional, whimsical, practical, themed, big, small you name it. So I wanted to ask all of you, what kind of book shelf person are you?

Here’s a guide to help you decide:

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Unique: You like the different, you like the intriguing. You want something that’s going to steal the focal point in the room. Your book shelf gets comments like: “I’ve never seen anything like that before”, “That’s one of a kind!” and “Did you get that from a dump?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whimsical: You like something fun, something that represents your creative side. This book shelf tends to say that you believe in the impossible. Your book shelf gets comments like: “What a fun way to display books”, “It makes me think of Alice and Wonderland” and “It feels magical”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traditional: You tend to go for a more classic look, a familiarity if you will. This book shelf does justice to the old-time libraries when gargoyles were rampant in the height of the gothic era. Your book shelf gets comments like: “What a majestic book shelf”, “It’s so elegant” and “Is that the first edition of Wuthering Heights on the top shelf?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Practical: You tend to think reasonably, you want something easy to reach and well-organized and probably go as far to organize your books according to genre, author and color. Your book shelf gets comments like: “It looks very organized”, “I love the step stool you provided for convenience” and “Do you have OCD?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Themed: You want to represent yourself in a more literal form. You want everyone to know what you love and you tend to be extremely passionate. Your book shelf gets comments like: “Wow, I can see you’re a big fan of ____”, “You must really like ____” and “You’re a bit obsessed with ____, aren’t you?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homemade: Forget spending your money, you’re a doer. You appreciate the value of things you build far more than things you buy. You like that warm look. Your book shelf gets comments like: “I wish I was as crafty as you”, “Wow, you can’t even tell its homemade” and “Awww, how sweet of you to display your son’s school project”.

 

 

 

 

 

I like to think I’m whimsical but knowing me I’d probably actually go for something practical.

So what kind of book shelf person are you? Share it below and happy reading!

This post has been added to Oh, Chrys and The Fiction Conniption‘s Let Discuss! meme. Check out other discussions that have been linked up this week here.