Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Perks of Having Bookish Friends

Bookish Friends Are the Best!

Ever since I was little, I have been absolutely blessed to have friends who love to read as much as I do. In fact some of my friendships were made because of our mutual love for books.

Pretty much everyone of my friends loves to read. My best friend since kindergarten is possibly the exception- but with the right book she does love it. She posted the TFIOS trailer on my wall suggesting that we go see it together (we like to have movie dates) and I agreed but only if she read the book first. Conveniently I got her the book a week later for her birthday. Later we started making plans to get tickets and I reminded her that she needed to read the book first and she told me that she had read it in EIGHT HOURS!! I was so excited that she loved it enough to read it so fast! 

Another one of my long time friends is a huge book lover and we share our favourite authors (JK Rowling and Tamora Pierce). We oftentimes get in arguments about who introduced who to which author. (She thinks that she introduced me to Tamora Pierce but I think that I had already read her books when I met her). Either way, we decided to stop hating each other and instead become friends. We both went through a phase where we absolutely loved the Sisters Grimm books and we used to obsess over the latest book. 

The best thing way to make a bookish friend is to start talking about books. You'll discover which most loved books in common, and then you'll talk about your favourite quotes and when you both love the same quote, you pretty much know that a friendship is destined to happen. (This is how I met one of my friends in junior high- we both loved Harry Potter and our favourite quote was "I'm going to bed before either of you think of another clever idea to get us killed-or worst- expelled")

In high school I moved to a new school system, which was super scary, so for the first few weeks books were my only friends. But then I met some amazing girls in band, and what do you know- they loved to read! At lunch times we would talk about our favourite books, and share the latest book that we had read. For Christmas and birthdays we would get each other books. (We would even swap lists of books that we already owned so that we didn't buy each other a book we already had). We recently started putting little notes in the books we give each other so that we can keep track of them (ie. Merry Christmas! 2013 from ____) 

Then in university, I made a friend, and after talking we discovered that we both loved to read and shared similar book interests. Pretty much from that moment on, I knew that we would have to be friends! We shared books that we loved, and gave each other recommendations. I lent her a book and later in the week my friend admitted that she had finished it in a day. 
I read a quote once (in a Tamora Pierce book) about how mutual love of books can create amazing friendships and that is so true. It always gives you something to talk about, whether its a book you've all read or a book you want your friends to read. Plus then you can all get together and just have reading parties! 

My bookish friends have always been the best of friends, and I honestly don't know what I would do without them. Books cemented our friendships and then they become so much more. So go out and talk to someone about books- you never know what might happen!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

TTT- Book Friendships

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books About Friendship

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they host a different top ten topic. 

I chose to take this topic a little differently so I am going to look at my Top Ten Book Friendships (and friend groups). Because I think that the heroes friends are the people who support them through their journey but are oftentimes less noticed than the 'main hero'. In their own way, these friend pairings are all heroes! Plus I'm only going to do 5 because I'm already two days late!

In no particular order (except number one- it is my favourite friendship until I die, also number two is tied. But the others are all tied below those two)

1. Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Will and Jem are parabati- which is Shadowhunter word for two warriors who have been joined together. Their souls are entwined forever until one of the partner dies. Jem and Will have an unusually strong bond and I just love them togther so much. Each provides exactly what the other needs, and they always know, better than anyone else, just what to do. (I would share one of my favourite Will/Jem quotes but its a tad bit spoilery- so read the book instead!)

2. Harry, Ron and Hermione from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Oh the Golden Trio... 
As a child (and now an adult) the Golden Trio means a lot to me. It is an example of true friendship, all three characters have their moments of weakness and struggle but then the other two will offer a helping hand. None of them would have survived, if they didn't have the others to lean on. (Also the boys would not have lasted long without Hermione! But they help keep her grounded)

3. Augustus Waters and Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A lot of the fovus in TFIOS is on the love story between Hazel and Gus. But I think there is another love story in this book- the love that Gus and Isaac share as best friends. *SPOILERS* At Gus' mock funeral (yes he is pretentious) in Isaac's eulogy he says that when the top scientist come to him in the future with robot eyes so he can see, he'll turn them down because he doesn't want to see a world without Augustus Waters... how's that for ultimate friendship?

4. Anne of Green Gables and Diana Barry from The Anne of Green Gables Series by LM Montgomery

These two characters are the dearest of bosom friends. When I was little I always wanted what Anne called a bosom friend (and now I have more than one!) but these two remain friends even though they take such different paths. That is something I love about their friendship- they aren't exactly the same but they make it work soooo well

5. Sam and Stef from the Incarnate Series by Jodi Meadows

These two boys (and sometimes girls) are born into new bodies when they die. But they have maintained their friendship through a thousand years of reincarnation, where one may be born as the other is about to die. Talk about devotion to a friend! They are cute and sassy and always know what the other needs, although sometimes they can be a little bit blind when it comes to things about the two of them...

Hope you enjoyed my post two days late! I wasn't organized and started writing it on Tuesday but then I had to work so it just didn't happen! 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Blog Tour: A Life, Redefined

A Life, Redefined

By: Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Published: June 21st, 2013
Publisher: Cerulean Publishing
Genre: New Adult
Source: given to review for blog tour
My Rating: 5 out of 5


Book One in the Rowan Slone series

Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.

When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?

My Thoughts

The blurb of this book definitely intrigued me and I was super excited to read it. A lot of the time the constant romance/romance as the sole plotline in contemporary books really throws me off. While A Life, Redefined does have a little bit of romance to it, there is also so much more to Rowan's story. Plus Meyer has a writing style that is gritty, full of twists and turns, but still believable and heart-breaking.

This book does deal with many difficult issues that could be triggering to people but I also feel like its important to increase awareness- these things do happen and we as a society are responsible for fixing that and helping people in these situations

Rowan is a fabulous main character, having recently got out of high school myself, I really appreciate the raw realness to her character. Her story is incredibly tough, but its also the story of many kids in the world today. And I think that it can give hope to these people- that things can get better. I appreciate how Rowan is tough but at the same time she is very sensitive and hurting inside, which I think is the persona that a lot of teenagers put out there. The rest of the cast is also incredbily well written- I don't think that I could point out one time where a character acted differently than a person of their age/gender in real life would!

I absolutely could not put this book down- I read it in 2 days instead of the week I'd originally planned to read it in! So I would recommend this book to people who enjoy books on tough subjects, are looking for a gentler start to the New Adult genre, contemporary novels or stories where romance is not the main plot.

*I am currently reading A Life, Forward (Book 2) and loving it just as much!