Happy Birthday JRR Tolkien

I have to say I wish that JRR Tolkien was alive today…and not in a terrifying Zombie, completely full-formed.

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I love what JRR Tolkien honoured us with and sharing with us, his beautiful magical world. Do we deserve this beautiful world? Probably not, but he shared it with us anyway.

I am not really a Potterhead and I really only love Aslan in Narnia. I like both those series, but there is something just that little bit more to Tolkien’s world for me, personally.

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Do you all have a favourite “World”

 

 

A Blog Award!

I was actually nominated for a Blog!

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Thank you to Hot Shot Headlines for this nomination!

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The Rules: Liebster Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

The Questions I Was Asked:

  • Are you excited for any particular movie this fall / winter?

I cannot WAIT for the new Thor movie. I have seen all of the Marvel movies and I love how they’ve all interconnected. This one looks like it just full of awesome stuff the whole time. I can’t wait to see what Dr Strange does either. I didn’t expect to love the Dr Strange, but it’s probably one of my favourites and now I can’t wait to see what he does in this movie!

  • If you could go anywhere to see the fall foliage, where would you go, and why?

I would love to go England, I have been there during the Summer. However, I would love to see all of that green turn that beautiful yellow, brown and oranges. It would be fantastic.

  • Is there a new TV show that you are excited to watch?

I can’t wait to see the new Will and Grace series!

  • Do you have any Halloween traditions?

Since I live in Australia, we don’t really have Halloween here as a traditions, but it is definitely growing in popularity. The one that I really do love though is pretty much all of it honestly, haha! I just really love the whole spirit of Halloween. The themed parties, the costumes…I’m not really a scary movie type person though.

  • Who are your three favorite authors, and why?

Jodi Picoult – I love how she writes about topics that are now and relevant. What I love the most though is the twist that she always has.

I might just write about two that I’ve written below about. My other two favourite authors are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. I love the fantasy and how well written they are. One way that I can tell that I am enjoying the book is I make believe myself as a character in the book. I enjoy the book that much I wish to be apart of the book as well. A little embarrassing to admit but true.

  • Is there a particular author that you want to meet in person?

There is actually two authors that I would have loved to have met, but they are both dead now. I would have loved to have met C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. While there are modern authors that I would want to meet in persons. These two authors have taken my imagination to places of happiness I never thought possible. It would have been amazing to be a fly on the wall of these authors!

  • Design your perfect library / reading nook / reading spot.

Wow! This could be a whole post in itself.

  • Do you use your local library?

Not only do I use my local Library, but I am now working at it also.

  • Do you shop for books on Black Friday / Cyber Monday?

Once again, because I am not American we don’t really have in store Black Fridays and Cyber Monday. However, thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, we actually have now started to get Internet deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Which I always take advantage of!

  • When you celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., what book or books do you pack when you travel?

Oh this is a good question. I usually will take a favourite or two. I tend to not take many books, because not only is it kind of rude to read when you’re with your family. Especially at Christmas though I tend to always get a new book.

  • What is your favorite book to read during the holiday season?

I enjoy reading any favourites that I might have lying around. As mentioned above those as well, I tend too read any new books that I may have purchased or received as a present. So I don’t really have a set book that I’ll read. I am hoping though to purchase a tablets, I think it’d be great when I visit my partners family over the holidays. They all live out in the middle of nowhere and all pretty much go to bed early. Last year I got food poisoning, luckily though my partner had downloaded some movies to this little laptop he has.

The next steps:

  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.
  1. What is your favourite online bookstore to visit
  2. What is your favourite bookstore to physically visit?
  3. Please share with us what you are reading at the moment.
  4. Throw in a random question…If you could have any animal in the world, living or extinct…What animal would it be, and what name would you give it?
  5. Let us know about Bloggers that you like to watch on YouTube…or BookTube.
  6.  Who is your one of favourite “classic” author, and
  7. Who is a favourite “modern” author.
  8. Is there a series (book or tv) that everybody else loves that you just hate…Or just don’t get why people love it so much?
  9. Is there a character in a book you can relate to and why?
  10. If you could be in a character in any book or any movie or tv series, who and what would they be?
  11. Random Fact about yourself.

The 11 Nominations:

Now usually I don’t really nominate and suggest that is people want to do it, to please to do it and link back too me. Please free as usual, just linking back to myself. I have nominated some people though, because I’ve had an increase in both followers and following…and I would like to get to know you all better. As always as well, please do not feel obligated to do it.

RedHeadedBookLover

Bookwitch

Miss Abigail 

Victorious Pages

Quirky and Peculiar

Life Lessons from around the dinner table

Tea and Tales

Musings from a tangled mind

Transempowerment 

Praying for Eyebrowz

Thoughts on Fantasy

An Interesting Perspective

I saw this article over the weekend and I thought that it was definitely an interesting perspective and kind of one I agree with (please read it first) and then discuss it.

Why I love J.K. Rowling (and wish she’d stop writing sequels)

I can completely understand how the writer has this point of view. It’s like the way that I feel with JRR Tolkien and his son writing books, and trying to continue the series. JRR Tolkien’s son books just do not have the same appeal too me as the ones that Tolkien wrote himself.

For me more personally as well I don’t like when she randomly comes out with “Oh no, the character is this, or the this character is that” Then the Potterheads gets on anyone’s case who doesn’t think of a character like that. That’s the thing that’s supposed to be about books and people’s imaginations, it’s all a very personal thing. I do respect that Rowling will speak out on important matters.

This or That? #92

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This or That? #92

This week Bookmark Chronicles (and myself) would like to know:

If you’re in the bookstore looking for a new book to read, which of these would play the biggest role in whether or not you purchase a book:

Cover ~ Description ~ Author

(must choose just one)

Too be honest what would bring me over would probably be the author or the cover and if it catches my eyes…BUT…saying that, it would be the description for me whether or not I would purchase a book. A book can be pretty and the author might possibly be a favourite of mine, but if the description doesn’t catch me or bores me for one reason or another, I am probably not going to buy it.

This or That? #91

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This or That? #91

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

If your favorite author released a surprise novel today, how likely are you to buy it?

Buying it for sure ~ Very likely ~ Somewhat likely ~ Not likely – Not buying it

I am totally buying it!

Especially at the moment, I was sooooooo lucky this Christmas and my brother bought me a Dymocks $100 gift certificate. I’ve already bought a couple of books with it, and I couldn’t definitely afford another one. Since it’s already been my birthday and it’s not close enough to ask for it for Christmas, I would definitely be getting it when it comes out. I don’t think that I could not buy it to be honest,lol

The Makeup Book Tag

I found this awesome tag on Hot Shot Headlines (and you should definitely check them out) and considering how little I wear makeup, I thought that this would be great!lol…I usually wear make up if I have a lot of “things” on my face and I want to cover them, or if I’m going out.

Primer – Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you.

Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park.

Concealer – Pick a character you wish didn’t exist.

I don’t have a good answer for this one – I think most characters, if written well, should exist!

*While I agree with the above statement there is actually a character from a Jodi Picoult book, that I just don’t like. It’s also probably my least favourite Jodi Picoult and he is a big reason for that*. 

Nicholas from Harvesting the Heart – Jodi Picoult

Foundation – A favourite first book in a series.

Clockwork Angel/Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

Powder – Pick your favourite last book in a series.

Clockwork Princess/Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

Eyebrows – Pick a book you think everyone should read.

Any ancient classical reading, for example, The Odyssey, Art of War, .

Eye Shadow – Pick a book with your favourite colours on the front.

A Faery Guide by  – It probably sounds a little childish, I’ve had this book for years and the cover is just gorgeous.

Eyeliner – Pick a dark and mysterious book.

I have a book I swear! I have been trying to find it all weekend. It’s based on the premise on Andy Warhols “15 minute of Fame” and the lengths some people will go to get that fame and that kind of “being noticed”. 

Mascara – Pick a long book.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien … It’s just one book, it’s not split up like LotR, those are long even so,lol

Blush – Pick a book with a cringe-worthy romance.

I don’t really read romance  type books, I kind of find them all cringe-worth. 

Highlighter – Pick a book that brightens your day.

Not really a “book” but whenever I read “Archie Comics” I enjoy them a lot. #TeamVeronica =P

Lipstick – Your favourite book kiss.

As mentioned above one of my favourite series is Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, and one of the reasons for that is the love between Tessa Gray and Will. (I still hate the ending of that series though).

This or That? #73

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This or That? #73

This week Bookmark Chronicles (please check them out) would like to know:

Are there any authors that you strongly dislike? Who are they and why?

(This could be overall, maybe you can’t get into their writing, don’t like the characters/world they create, or any other reason that has turned you away)

Shall I do it? Yes I shall…The author I probably dislike the most is E.L. James…The author of the famous book series “50 Shades of Grey”.

The reason for my dislike has nothing to do with the overall theme of the books. I have no problem with BDSM, I don’t do it myself, but I really honestly don’t care if you do. I also have a few acquaintances, that do work in the field. From what they told me the books are such a bad misrepresentation of the field. It makes me wonder if EL James actually even bothered to do any research.

I felt like the writing was just kind of bad as well. It seems to have odd descriptions and I guess what you might call a lot of “lazy descriptions”. I did actually try reading it, even though I actually just don’t enjoy the Genre of romance in books at all. I just barely got through the first chapter. I just felt the book could have been more. I get that the Grey books are supposed to be “naughty” for us more “delicate” types, but that doesn’t mean it has to be badly written.

This or that? #70

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This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Do you  have a favorite classic? If so, what is it and do you remember when you first read it?

Now I don’t know if you’d call this a “classic” since it was written in 1980. Too me it is a classic book, it’s won numerous awards and in Australia we don’t have too many well known books, or authors and Australia is a fairly well young Country. In fact quiet a few of our books/authors. The author of the book I consider to be my favourite classic book has been called the “Sydney’s Dickens”.

My favourite classic is “Playing Beatie Bow” by the Australian/New Zealand born author, Ruth Park. This book was first published in 1980 and over the years has won different awards.

To simply break the book down, the book is placed in time in the 1980’s, Australia, Sydney and has a time slip in it. Beatie’s Bow’s family believe Abigail is the promised ‘Stranger’ who will arrive to save ‘The Gift’ for future generations of Bows. Within the story a lot of changes happen to Abigail.Which means it’s a book that goes from the present (or at least 1980’s present) back in time to the colonial Sydney 1873. The setting is around the real life location in historical Sydney rocks district. This was a location where a lot of ships were coming in and out, docking for various reasons.

A movie was actually made in 1986 and I haven’t seen it, but by all accounts it’s not as good as the book.

This or That? #69

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This or That? #69

So, this week I want to know……

Do you have a favorite author? If so, who are they? Which of their books would you recommend to someone who has never read their work before?

Well I’m sure if you are a regular reader of mine, you will probably notice that I write a lot about Jodi Picoult and out of all the books I have. I have the most books, written by her, at the moment I have roughly about 22-23 out of her 26 books. I don’t have it, but I have read her book/comic about Wonder Woman. I am sort of anticipating getting her newest book for Christmas as well, Small Great Things

If I had to recommend a book for a first time reader. I would probably recommend Second Glance. Breaking it down it’s about love transcending time and space,  looking at mental illness, looking at Native American culture and rituals, and also taking a look back at a time when people were exploring Eugenics. For those who don’t know what Eugenics is, Eugenics represents a time were some people, roughly from the 1820’s, thought that you could irradiate things like, mental illnesses and what they considered to be “faults” by  selective breeding and sterilisation. Things like not being able to speak or write English, if you stole, if you tried to commit suicide etc.

Second Glance asks if truth is always something that can be measured… and if what can be measured is indeed always true.

It might sound a bit horrific, but one of the reasons I love Jodi Picoult, is because she has found a way to write her books with each characters point of view, without it being confusing. That’s what I love, you get to see the point of view of the character that you would consider to be a “villain”. You don’t necessarily feel sorry for the villains, but you understand better. This is one of the reasons I would choose this book for a first time reader. It has a lot of issues and you never get bored while reading it, but you don’t become confused either…I also had lot of “I didn’t see that coming” with this book as well.

I DID IT!!!

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Keeping Faith – Jodi Picoult

Sometimes there comes along a book and when you start to read it, you realise that you are just never going to be able to finish. Now before I start this I just want to say that if you start reading a book, even by your favourite author, and you realise you cannot read it, then by all means PLEASE put it down. Never force yourself to read a book that you are just not going to enjoy.

I have literally had this book for years and have not finished it until this year, well, this weekend. It was one of the first books that I bought by Jodi Picoult, I had become a fan of hers. Keeping Faith first came out in 1999 (can you believe it!).

I still had my personal issues, but Jodi Picoult is such a fantastic writer! I can’t really fault her, she does a lot of research, to make sure she gets it all correct. I love how she tells things from different points of view.

To break the “story down” so to speak. The story is about Faith, literally, the theme of the story, and the name of the main character. Faith is a 7 year old girl, the daughter of a recent broken home and after an accident, she starts seeing “her guard”. An invisible friend who starts to help Faith perform “miracles”. The little girl is suddenly thrown into the spotlight, with a custody battle ensuing. The story is about those who do believe and those who don’t, and those who listen to our children, and those who don’t.

I would give this book a 4 out of 5 books. The main reason I went with this is because I felt like the guy who I’m assuming (you know that saying) is supposed to be the non-believer kind. I felt like he wasn’t very strong in his “non-believing”. Not too say that he just fell to his knees and started to believe, he didn’t start Believing. I think it comes from having a few very strong willed Atheist friends, they wouldn’t just fall over for a pretty face so quickly. Not that there’s anything wrong with being an Atheist. They just wouldn’t,lol