World, Copyright and talk Like Shakespeare Day

There is SO much going on today!

The first thing I am going to introduce you to today is: “The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults” I am going to try and commit them to memory.

The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults“, posted by “No Sweat Shakespeare

Who can talk about World Book Day without mentioning a few books that were then turned into famous musicals.

  • The Phantom of the Opera. by Gaston Leroux. …
  • The Color Purple. by Alice Walker. …
  • Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. by Gypsy Rose Lee. …
  • Ragtime. by E.L. Doctorow. …
  • Oliver Twist. by Charles Dickens. …
  • Wicked. by Gregory Maguire. …
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. by T.S. Eliot. …

My personal favourite musical of all time came from a book (well a lot of them do,lol)

I don’t think that I could even begin to make a list of books and comics that have been made into movies.

I am not 100% sure that Mark Twain actually said this. It’s 100% true though!

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World Book Day

April the 23rd is World Book Day … and I am really struggling to get enthused for it this year. Currently (and if you already follow me on Goodreads, you”ll already know this). I am currently reading two books and I am one book behind on my Goodreads Challenge. I am hoping to now catch up. Although the Libraries are closed, I haven’t read SO many of my book crate loot boxes, that now seems to be the most perfect time to read them!

World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. World Book Day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995, and continues to be recognised on that day. A related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed in March.

What are you reading, right now?

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Also just a little reminder that I still have Discord book club channel…Come and share as well, what books you’re reading with us! We’ll be chatting about it, we already are to be honest. I have a friend, who still has a job and he will be reading spreadsheets all day tomorrow =(

Remember you don’t have to give us your book, just let us know what you’re reading!

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I don’t even know what title to give this

As I wrote above, I have no idea what title to give this post. So I’m just going to be straight up and write it.

Where I work, I am very lucky in that it is a very multicultural society. I work in an adult education situation. Where we have different campuses around the city, all with their own specialisation. So one school/campus where I work, we mainly have new migrants, families who have escaped volatile countries and people who want to work on their English. We provide a creche on-site for them.

I work with the Library and also as Administration for students. As I was cleaning up the children’s area, I found this really beautiful book. It is obviously for POC children. As I was flipping through though, I loved the story and I loved the colours. My question is though because it is clearly not a book for white people. Would it still be appropriate for myself to buy, for my children in the future? It has such beautiful colouring and a great story, it’s one of our most popular children’s books.

It’s like with Coco, I loved that movie. I thought it was absolutely beautiful. But, can I teach my future children to do that? To have photos up of those have passed. Would it appropriate for me to teach my children the beauty in the Mexcian afterlife? Too teach the beauty and maybe even celebrate the beauty in the Day of the Dead?

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Discord Update

So I asked what you would like to see more on a Discord Book channel and you let me know! So I’ve added a channel called “Book Style“. While the original post was about style in general, I have found over the years. That there are lots of “bookish styles” both dressup and every day. I’ve added the channel and I’m hoping to have a bookish feel to it more.

Men and Women of course! Men read and have style too! I would actually really LOVE to see how bookish outfits you may have had over the years. They can be costumes, or something you wear every day. I got the ball rolling, pop over and have a look! I think it’d be a great place to swap style ideas as well. Myself, I love to thrift shop. You can find so many styles there! I might actually start taking pictures of any “book” styles I have,lol.

Let’s chat!

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Join Us!

So I decided to start a Discord International Book Club. It’s one of the things that I promised to myself. Too get more involved with my friends, but also to see what I can do about reaching out more to the Book community. Books and Friends…How can you lose! What better day to start than on Tolkiens Birthday!

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I have so many friend in my country and internationally, so why not try to bring it all together! I have so many friends and family who love books. I thought it’s be a nice idea to have a safe space for us book worms to talk all things books =D I don’t know what I’m expecting of this, but I’m hoping it’ll get a lot of us talking about books. Having something fun to concentrate on.

This is the link if you wish to join…Hope to see you there!

https://discord.gg/BepecB

The Vatican Princess

I actually had a few people who seemed to be interested in this particular book. So I have finally sat down and wrote about this book. It’s been great to be able about this book in more detail.

The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia:By C.W.Gortner

the vatican princess

*I just want to start this review off by writing that is purely based on my personal opinion. I have not been paid by anyone or any company to write this*

Too this day in modern History, Lucrezia Borgia, is one of the world’s most famous villainesses. Whether or not that’s completely justified, we will probably never be able to prove. Accused on incest, murder and poison vixen, luring men to their deaths. But what she just an unwilling pawn in her families games?

The biggest reason that I enjoyed this book was because, in the beginning at least. I really enjoyed the way that Gortner wrote Lucrezia, I absolutely believe that she was sweet and innocent. Someone who just wanted to love her family and their environment and just to basically be left alone. I felt like Gortner did Lucrezia Borgia a lot of justice with her character. She is written like a complete sweetheart. In other shows and books I’ve read of Lucrezia, they have written and given into the Myth of Miss Lucrezia Borgia.

Even with her rumoured romantic relationship with her brother, Cesare. A lot of other shows and books write like she enjoyed the incestuous relationship. Whereas with this book it’s written like Lucrezia, although not 100% without feelings, she has issues with it. This becomes even more apparent after Lucrezia begins to realise that Cesare is probably more obsessed with her, rather than in love with her. She does really her adore and treasure her husband in this book, Alfonso of Aragon. Which is probably a reason behind his murder by her brother.

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This is where my happy part of the review ends.

As soon as the book gets to about halfway through, it just seems to get real dark really quickly and seems to be purely for shock value. Rather than based on anything factual, and it really disturbed me. I think because I have a basic understanding of what the Borgia’s did. There was just one part that sincerely shocked me and then it put me off of the rest of the book.

I don’t mind a shock in a book, when it’s necessary, but I felt like the shock in this book was completely unnecessary. There was no proof of what was written even took place. Which I get to some extent that a lot on the Borgias are based on other people’s perspective, rather than actual fact. But I feel like, at least try. Don’t just write something completely horrible and shocking, just for the sake of it. Especially even when no one has heard this “myth” before.

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DNF

What does DNF stand for?

Did Not Finish – In relations to books, it means, for whatever reasons, you did not finish the reading the book.

I am actually in that predicament right now, and I have been before, but not for such a popular book. Like, I am really struggling! I bought the book instead of borrowing it from the Library, like I normally would and I am just struggling.

 

World Book Day!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!

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So to start this post off with, let’s talk about how well we are all doing with your Goodreads reading goals and profiles…Find me here If you don’t want too click the link, I’ll break it down for you:

  • Read 6 out of 24 books
  • Currently 1 book behind schedule. I have really been struggling to read.
  • Currently reading 2 books
  • The books I most far ahead with at the moment “The Lady of the Rivers” Phillipa Gregory…Currently on page 204.
  • Book I am currently rereading – The Hobbit by Jrr Tolkien.

Would you like to leave your Goodreads profile in the comments? Please feel free to do so!

How does one even celebrate book day, other than reading a book?Haha

Truly though, isn’t every day world book day!

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Maybe take the next week a time to put aside the others and just read a book that makes you happy. Nothings wrong on World book day! Even when it goes for a week!

What Alice Forgot Review

I have not done a review for such a long time! I don’t think I’m going to be doing it the way I usually do either. I just really want to write what I thought, my likes and dislikes. I guess, in that way this isn’t really a review, it’s just some of my thoughts.

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Book Breakdown:

Imagine finding yourself, flat on the floor, in the middle of gym, complete strangers around you. Completely terrified you ask for someone to ring your loving, newly married, husband… Just too find out that you are getting divorced, have three children and have completely forgotten the last 10 years.

This is what has happened to Alice.

Positive Personal Perspective:

I thought that with a book that was about forgetting, I thought that I might become confused with the constant coming and back forth as (I thought) she might remember. I didn’t feel like I was getting confused at all. It’s one of those books written from the perspective of a couple of characters, and those can usually get quiet confusing, but I didn’t feel like that (until the ending).

Negative Personal Perspective:

I have to say I really did enjoy this book. The ending, I have to be honest, I got really confused  It almost felt like “Gotta finish this somehow” and then…I just became confused, I had to go back and reread what I had already read. I thought that somehow that there was just a huge tonne of characters being mixed up, or that I had somehow missed out an entire chapter. Turns out, it wasn’t, it was just the ending.
In hindsight, what lead up to the ending of the book, made the ending, make sense. I just don’t really read books going “I hope to have to reread this in case something doesn’t make sense, straight away”. It might be me being fussy, I like being able to understand straight away.

The End

However, apart from that one complaint, the rest of it was absolutely fantastic! It was a book that made me think, if something similar happened to you, would you want to even remember the last 10 years of your life? Despite everything you might miss, would it make you much more less bitter? Would it help you give a new lease to your life? Would it make you look at your current life a little different, and would you change just, a little on the inside. Would you decide to live your dreams from years ago? Every time I’d finish reading it a bit more, I would have all these questions in my mind, about my own life

Bookish Problems…with Gifs

I don’t know whether to keep calling this post “Bookish Problems” or “First world Book problems?”

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  • Staying up until 4am reading. When you are supposed to go out the next day (or that same day) and not necessarily for work.

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  • When your Library books that you’ve placed on hold all come in together, at once.

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  • When you “lend” books out to people and they just never seem to be returned.

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  • If you do get it back, and it’s full of dog ears and scribbles!

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  • You buy the book, instead of getting it from the Library, like you usually do and you hate the book. Maybe ‘hate’ is a strong word, but you are really annoyed with yourself that you bought it.

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  • When you can’t get quite into the right position to read

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  • When you aren’t quite finish with a book and you go to renew it from your Library and you can’t renew it because there are others Holds on it. You are really enjoying the book, you just happen to be reading three at the same time.

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