Wednesday, 29 March 2017

T5W- Future Classics





Hey guys! It's time for another Top 5 Wednesday. If you don't know what this is, it's a weekly meme where you choose your top 5 relating to a certain topic, usually bookish themed. I'll leave the link to the Goodreads page here as it can definitely explain it better than I can!

This weeks theme is: future classics- let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day.

I have a lot of books I can think of for this, and I'll explain the reasons why I've chosen each book below. I haven't actually read any of these books (I don't know if that's allowed but I don't think any of my usual reads are really classic topics) so I won't be able to talk about them in much detail. 



1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

This was an obvious choice for me. I really need to get around to reading this at some point soon because literally everyone else has read it. Set in World War 2, this is supposed to be a heart-breaking and eye-opening novel about humanity and how cruel it can be. It's supposed to be full of knowledge also and a brilliant, emotional outlook on war and everything it can do.

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Again, another book which provides you with such knowledge that you could not possibly understand without either reading this book, or living the events yourself. It just shows you how intense and devastating war can be. This is set in Afghanistan and is so relevant in today's society. It is widely considered a classic already.


3. The Life Of Pi by Yann Martel

All I really know about this book is that is focuses on spirituality, the importance of being brave and confident in yourself and religion. I've heard a lot of mixed things about this book but I still want to read it purely for the fact it is seen to be incredibly important in understanding the significance of spirituality.


4. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Such a diverse and important read. I own this one and plan on reading it very soon because it sounds incredibly unique and eye opening. This book is also set in World War 2 and seems like it shows a completely different aspect than is usually shown, as one of the main characters is part of Hitler Youth, and moves away as he realises the devastating consequences of his actions.


5. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Lastly, this book is one of the most well known books regarding mental illness. It's one of the first ones I heard being talked about and started the trend for mental health and other diverse topics becoming more popular and widely discussed in novels which is why I think it will become a classic one day.




Which books do you think will be future classics, and have you read any of these? If so, do you recommend them as I haven't read any?

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Optimists Die First by Susan Nielsen- Review

Image result for optimists die firstPublication Date:
February 21st 2017

Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books

Goodreads synopsis:
Life ahead: Proceed with caution.

Sixteen year old Petula De Wilde is anything but wild. A family tragedy has made her shut herself off from the world. Once a crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula now sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef. The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits, except that they all carry their own burden of guilt. When Jacob joins their ranks, he seems so normal and confident. Petula wants nothing to do with him, or his prosthetic arm. But when they're forced to collaborate on a school project, she slowly opens up, and he inspires her to face her fears. Until a hidden truth threatens to derail everything.

REVIEW:

*I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* 

Cover- I don't mind the cover but I don't love it either. I like the patterns around the border and how the title looks as though it's been sown on. It really stands out and is really bold but I think my main problem with it is the skulls across the middle, they sort of ruin it a bit although I understand why they are there and the cover would be a bit boring without them. It's an okay cover.

Plot- I absolutely adored this book. I'd heard a lot of hype surrounding it on the book blogging community but I'd also heard mixed reviews so I didn't go into it with very high expectations. I also went into this book quite blind as I hadn't even read the blurb or anything as I wanted to get the full experience without any prior knowledge but I was so pleasantly surprised! The ideas behind this book are so beautiful and the message it portrays is also. It's about dealing with grief and learning to be less pessimistic and cynical about the world. I read this so quickly because I just couldn't put it down. There are some honestly unpredictable plot twists that I was so shocked by and the whole story just kind of broke my heart but it was such a well developed and explained plot and I just can't rave about it enough.

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Characters- Every single character in this book had so much depth to them, even the side characters were so developed and had their own personality traits that were unique and individual and made you fall completely in love with them. You learn about all their back stories and get to know why they are all the way they are. The main character Petula was so witty and funny despite her grief and I loved her transformation throughout the book with Jacob's help to be less afraid of the world. Jacob was just adorable. He was so broken but stayed upbeat and tried to help everyone around him. I loved him so much and the connection he had with Petula made their relationships one of my favourites, they had so much chemistry! 

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Writing- Although you only hear from Petula's point of view in this book, it didn't feel as though I wasn't getting the only perspectives of the story, as the amazing writing allowed me to feel connected to all the characters and understand how they are feeling without hearing from them directly. I will read anything Susan writes purely because of how great the writing was.

Overall- I would definitely recommend this if you're looking to be amused but also heart-broken and connect with so many characters on so many different levels. I would warn however the content may be triggering for some so just be aware of this if you are easily affected by grief and OCD stories. 

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Hello Me, It's You by Hannah Todd and Anonymous- Review

Image result for hello me, it's youPublication date:
October 10th 2016

Publisher:
Hello Me, It's You

Goodreads synopsis:
Hello Me, It's You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-21 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16 year old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them. 


REVIEW:

*I received this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

As this is a non-fiction collection of letters, the review will be shorter and in a different format to usual but this book is so damn important. There is a trigger warning however due to the nature of the content and the stories within. We need more books like this because it was truly eye-opening and at times heartbreaking to read true stories about teenagers struggles with mental health. It is so motivating and inspirational and essentially lets you know that however you're feeling, you are not alone. There are so many people out there who have been through and are going through the same things as you, and so so many of them have made it and are okay again now. I feel like this collection would just be nice to have so whenever you're feeling down, you can just flick through to a certain letter you connected with and read it over and over again until you feel more positive about things. A lot of things were really relatable and it's just such an essential to know about topic that isn't widely discussed when it should be. Would definitely suggest reading if you need a bit of a pick-me-up or just if you want a quick inspirational read that will really make you think.


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