Thursday, 5 March 2015

My #Shelfie For World Book Day

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'Down and Dusky Blonde' - Emily Browning ♫♪

GONE by Michael Grant - The first in the action series, and boy, is it intense! Imagine a world where people above the age of 15 have all disappeared. Young kids now rule the streets... and it's bloody chaos!
I really love the plot and the main characters are written really well.
Geology For Dummies - I'm a 3rd Year Geology student who still finds this book really helpful!
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill - The best book I've read in about 5 years. Seriously, it's such an interesting story about a world where women (or 'eves') are created, programmed and then chosen to be companions (wives), concubines (mistresses) or chastities (spinster teachers) for men. Some of the content is really shocking, but in a good way, as it makes you think about why you think it's shocking.
I really can't rave about this book enough!!!!!!!!!!
Lobsters by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen - As I only got this book as a birthday gift (I sent round a birthday book wishlist, lol), I'm only on page 80, but it's great so far. It's about two friends, who have just finished their A Levels, so are looking to tackle the next big 'obstacle' in their way, losing their virginity. It's a really sweet, funny and awkward book so far and kind of feels nostalgic in a way.
I Heart... by Lindsey Kelk - Ahh yes, the famous series that every girl will read on holiday at least once in her life. The four that I've read have great plots and I can't wait to get my hands on the others. I read them a bit out of sync, but I got the jist of it in the end!
Another book I read a while ago, that isn't on this list is 'The Night Circus' by Erin Mortensen. Holy mackerel, it's a great read and I'm sure you've seen load of bloggers raving about it over the past three years. Honestly, buy, borrow, steal a copy, because it's one of those reads that you won't be forgetting in a hurry. If you like to vividly imagine scenes, characters and their world around you, then this is the book for you. It's like you can see their world in front of you. Truly amazing stuff.
There's been a buzz about it being turned into a film, and if that's true, I'll be the first in  line.
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There is a strong Young Adult/Chick-Lit theme to my current shelf of books and there's a reason behind it.
As a child, I was only really allowed to read 'Classic' novels like Lorna Doone, Treasure Island, The Chronicles of Narnia and every book Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl book ever written.
Whilst I enjoyed some of them, I longed to read books that weren't always about a physical adventure, with a male lead.
I wanted to read about little girls in their own crazy world, doing things that mattered to them.
Enter my childhood literary heroine, Jacqueline Wilson.
Everything about her was amazing, in my eyes. From her books, to her amazing costume jewellery (which is still my main source of jewellery inspiration), she was the one writer who understood what I liked in a book. Some were fluffy and sweet, like 'Sleepover' and others had more hard-hitting tales like 'Dustbin Baby' and the 'Girls In Love' series (the TV series was also a favourite!).
I read every single one of her book (up until 'Candyfloss', I think.) and I didn't see anything wrong with that. Her words, along with Nick Sharratt's illustrations brought my revived my love for reading and I used to buy a book and finish it within just a few hours.
Sure, my parents and teachers were getting concerned because Wilson's books were practically the only books I read. But they were the only books that really struck a chord with me. There were only so many books about a poor boy with no family who ends up saving the word/living with mystical creatures I could take at that age.
Although I'm too old for Jacqueline Wilson's target age group, I can never thank her enough for showing me that I don't just have to read the longest, oldest books in order to feel something. It will always be about the words, not the cover.

As a teen, I moved onto action/thrillers/crime and spy novels. Something about that really excited me, because all the main teen characters, like Alex Rider and James from C.H.E.R.U.B were incredibly flawed. But they still managed to get shit done and save the day, which was incredible.
These books were partly what inspired me to write my first novel, S.H.A.D.E.S, as it's got those action/thriller vibes. But my protagonist is female and her issues really affect how she deals with certain obstacles thrown at her. I can't wait for you all to read it soon (if you want).
So happy World Book Day! It really is worth celebrating.
Are there any books you are loving right now? I'm always keen to find some new ones! :)
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