Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn’t know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust (from Goodreads)
When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
But, of course, I couldn’t help myself and clicked on a few of my favourite blogs. Where I saw a book with such a great title I went straight to Goodreads to find out what it was about. Guess what I found?
Of course it won’t be completely my book. I know that. I know that every author brings their own experiences, style etc.
It has enough similarities to make me want to cry though, or throw something, or eat a large tub of ice cream.
I am not going to do any of those things. Although my general tendency is to think the glass is half full (and chipped) I am going to try and be a glass half full, with cute umbrella stuck in a lemon wedge, person today.
See about 20,000 words into The Book I had to decide whether to go Path A or Path B. I choose A, but I could go back and do B now.
Or I could work on the shiny new idea.
Or I could brain storm all the ideas I had on holiday.
Anyway I will not cry, or throw things* and I will NOT stop writing. I shall remember how much I learned writing the book, and how much fun it was, and I shall channel Churchill and Never, Never, Never Give Up!
* I reserve the right to eat that tub of ice cream.
Monday, 29 August 2011
Popular and smart, fifteen-year-old Rosie Moon is the quintessential good girl. She also wishes she could be someone else for a while, someone more interesting. Asher Fielding is the mysterious new boy at school who has dreadlocks and a love of Jim Morrison. On the first day of tenth grade, Rosie develops a crush on Asher, and when the two pair up for a poetry assignment they quickly form a bond. When Asher is falsely accused of stealing a wallet at school, he and Rosie decide to escape it all–their families, their school, their ordinary town–and hitchhike up the Australian coast. They know they shouldn’t, and that is exactly why they do. Part road story, part love story, Guitar Highway Rose is a thrilling ride for anyone who has ever dreamed about escaping everyday life, even just for a little while. (from Goodreads)
I inhaled this book, it’s so gorgeously told, so vibrant, and sensory. I could see the waves on the beach, smell the salt air, taste the pasta and porridge, and feel Rosie’s intense longing for something to happen. It made me want to pack everything up in a blue VW van and head for Australia, to road trip up and down the coast.
Guitar Highway Rose is a coming of age story and it really captures how it feels to be a teen. To have that longing for change and control over your life.
I loved Rosie and Asher the two main character, but this book also brims with wonderful secondary characters. The multiple points of view, which dart between characters (there are no chapters and sometimes no punctuation), lets you see a little of everyones’ thoughts and I really enjoyed that. The format feels so fresh and original and a perfect fit for the story.
I highly recommend Guitar Highway Rose, it’s definitely got a spot on my beloved bookshelf.
Here’s a taste
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
So now I’m asking you!
What would your Inheritance Book be?
It took me a while to decide, but I had to go with His Dark Material Trilogy by Phillip Pullman. I can’t imagine the baby not getting to visit Lyra’s world, and meet armored bears and witches and feel the chill of the Northern Lights, and imagine what his daemon would be, and of course meet the boy he’s kind of named after 🙂
(also I know Kim is totally going to save Harry Potter!)
Friday, 26 August 2011
I’m so glad she did, because it is a gem of a book.
There are many things to love here, but the main reason is Morgan. She is such an engaging narrotor with such a compelling voice. From the first few lines I just knew I was going to love her and I did.
She’s funny and fragile and strong and confused and honest and very real. She has a thing about words, wants to write the Great American Novel and fortune cookies. Plus she screams on hillsides. I completely get why quite a few other characters in this book were trying to kiss her – I think I have a crush myself.
The characters in The The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don’t Mind are dealing with a lot of things and yet this book has a quiet feel to it. It is could almost be a segment on This American Life, with Ira Glass narrating ~ I mean that as a huge compliment. It feel reals. It’s like we’ve dropped into Morgan’s life, it is at a critical moment, but the huge family secret (and it is huge) that gets revealed, never becomes overblown.
Although Morgan’s life is nothing like mine, now or when I was a teenager, I knew her and I understood her.
There are some outstanding secondary characters here too. Morgan’s next door neighbour, Tessa, with whom she shares a late night kiss, Rob the boy she works with and crushes on, and Morgan’s unconventional Grandmother.
If you like real, relatable, and funny contemporary fiction you should track down The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don’t Mind.
Kirstin Cronn-Mills blogs here
And here is the trailer for The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don’t Mind, which captures the tone of the novel perfectly.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Anyway I am back and have that new year feeling. September has always heralded new beginnings for me more than January. Hopefully I’ll return to regular blogging and write some reviews!
The holiday was amazing despite slightly dodgy weather and my son’s first bee sting (thank goodness for magic cream and ice cream!)
Books Read – 4 (seems low, but one was A Dance of Dragons which is like five books)
Movies Watched – 4
Flashes of inspiration on WIP – 1 (but a good one)
Shiny new Ideas – 3
Light Houses climbed, carrying child on back – 1 (that’s a work out)
Boat Trips taken – 0 (thwarted by bee sting, see above)
Cats adopted – 1
Croissants eaten – too many to count
Gmail inbox – 199
GoogleReader – 629 – but I will hopefully get it under control and catch up.
So happy I am back from holiday in time to enter this contest! The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is one of my most eagerly anticipated reads of 2011. Even more so after this trailer – I’m loving the music!
I may go crazy and order a signed copy from Fountain Bookstore
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
I’m also loving these posters of children’s classics by Christian Jackson, one image evokes the whole tale. Love the Alice In Wonderland image.
Finally Penguin are doing some great covers at the moment. My Mum sent me the cloth bound version of Pride and Prejudice ~ isn’t it gorgeous?
I also love there new classics deluxe ranger, which Abby of Abby’s Bookshelf blogged about here. The Jane Eyre one is fabulous and on my wish list!
Finally not especially bookish but so fun I love this site dearphotograph. People put a photo of the past in the same spot in the present ~ it’s very cool.
Monday, 1 August 2011
It’s the 1st August and the finish line is not crossed, but in sight! I managed to write nearly 35,000 words – woo-hoo, go me! I have about 8,000 to go (I think) which will take me to 52,000 total and a finished first draft!
Thank you so much to everyone who left a you can do it comment – it was lovely having so many lovely cheerleaders.
The internet break was interesting. I was more focused on writing. I barely missed Twitter and Facebook at all, but I REALLY missed blogging. I do love my little blog, and getting comments and visiting all my regular reads and adding to my TBR list.
I didn’t miss TV too much, but I missed reading. I was reading non-fiction, I can’t not read, but I missed my novels so much. I did actually crack three days ago when I won a copy of The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind. I had a quick peak at the first page and then had to keep reading, it’s such a great book.
Anyway once the 8,000 words are done, my rewards (aside from the pure satisfaction of finishing) are
A holiday in France! Where I shall be eating seafood (everyday single day!), building sandcastles, watching films and reading many, many books, but these are two I can’t wait to dive in to.