The books of my life in 2020

Two things.

  1. I am taking the books of my 2020 from my Goodreads account. However, I’m sure with a lot of you as well, who like to read. There were “others”. You know the ones, I mean. The ones who you reread for the 20th time, the ones that you don’t actually want to people to know about.
  2. I am just going to post a link to my Discord Book Channel again.

I wanted to start off with a statement as well. 2020, has been a pretty rotten year, let alone mentally draining. At the start of the year I wanted to get more involved and read more out of my safe space box, of books. As the year went on, it was becoming more obvious that I just wanted to stay in my safe space box.

Lauren’s Year in Books

The other great readings for me this year, has been the new authors that I have had the pleasure of getting to know. I had quiet a few! That has been mainly due to buying a lot of Book Box’s this year. While my wallet hasn’t appreciated it, my mind certainly has! And isn’t that what’s really important!

As I said above I have been introduce to quiet a few new authors this years, and I can’t actually think, who is probably my favourite author. Simply, I loved their books. I noticed that with the new authors, if I did like their book, I would end up reading at LEAST one more of their books this year.

There are three that really stand out:

  • Kiersten White – The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and the Camelot Rising series.
  • Renee Ahdieh – The Beautiful series
  • Kate Quinn – The Empress of Rome series

All different times and places, all taking me away to their world. Never have I needed to be taken away to different worlds, where the bad guy ALWAYS loses. You just know that the dream couple are going to get together. It’s predictable, but in the way you want it too be. 2020 hasn’t completely made you so cynical, you know what’s going to happen. That you’re not so completely lost yet, that you mind.

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!

Mark Twian

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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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

Goodreads 2019 and beyond…

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2020 Goodreads

I’ve decided to keep up with the same number of books that I had in 2019. I felt like it was a good amount of books. Enough to keep me going, but if I become disinterested, it didn’t really matter too much. Others have pledged, on average 57 books a month! That’s nearly more than two a day! I’m a fast reader, but unless I’m being paid. That’s not going to happen,lol.

Grab and Go…Go…

Nina Allan

I was debating or not whether to write this as a review of the book, or write about the “grab and go” concept. I decided to write about the grab and go concept. If you do want to see a review of the book, you can find it on my Goodreads account.

I’m hoping that by writing a bit about the Grab and Go, others will want to encourage their Libraries to do the same. I think that they are a fantastic idea!

The concept behind Grab and Go that you grab a book from a shelf that has highly recommend (normally new) books and you go with it.

What I love about it is that there is usually a really good selection of new books and they are out there. They’re just hidden within the shelves, despite being new. They are usually on a special shelf, rather than at the end of each ‘bay’. The other thing with Grab and Go books that I enjoy is that if you are stuck in a reading rut. There’s usually an interesting book for you to grab and get you out of your funk. Even if it’s just that the cover is pretty.

I admit that I’ve been lucky when it comes to Grab and Go books. I am sure there are books on the Grab and Go shelf, that may have a pretty cover page. But the inside is bland and unreadable.

The only real downfall with a Grab and Go book. You tend to not be able to have them as long. Usually a fiction book, you can have for a month and renew it at least twice more. With Grab and Go it’s about 10 days and you cannot renew.

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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!