That's right I am continuing this in the new year! One slight change though, I will be doing this throughout the year every time I've read 5 books. This should make it less stressful for me then last year when I tried to cram 42 book reviews into one month (and failed miserably). It also shouldn't clog up my blog so much so it should be much more fun and interesting for all of us! With that in mind, it is already the 19th of February and I've already read 14 books so we are running a bit behind. So without further adieu, the first 5 books I read in January 2014!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
I started this book immediately after I got it for Christmas and I really enjoyed it. It's an easy read and despite the title it is hilarious, easily one of the funniest books I've read. I loved the fact that the characters seemed real, and have honest reactions to situations rather then the Halmark style you often find in these kind of novels. The characters aren't perfect, they struggle through life, they fail a lot but this makes them more interesting, and dam funny to boot.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss—her life—and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and feeling guilty for not being able to help save her.
This effected me deeply. It is not a happy story, and it deals with a lot of internal turmoil. I like these kinds of books as I am always more interested in characters rather then action. I have, in the past, lived with an eating disorder and it's still something I have to battle with everyday and as such I related to this book perhaps a little too much. I found some of the things she said and they way she spoke very triggering, it took my head into bad place and I had to be really careful with it, which just shows how well researched it is. Anything that has that deep an effect on me has to be marked highly.
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Alice could be anyone - she could be someone you know, or someone you love - and Alice is in trouble ... Being fifteen is hard, but Alice seems fine. She babysits the neighbour's kids. She is doing well at school. Someday she'd even like to get married and raise a family of her own. Then she is invited to a party, a special party where the drinks are spiked with LSD and Alice is never the same again. This tragic and extraordinary true-life story shows the devastating effect that drug-abuse can have. But the big difference between Alice and a lot of other kids on drugs is that Alice kept a diary . .
This was nothing more then a piece of anti-drugs proper-gander, and not even a good one. It's completely unrealistic, if this ever was a 'real' diary I will be very much surprised. Maybe when it was first released people could believe that this would happen if you ever went near drugs but I feel like these days people are much better informed which just leaves this looking ridiculous. Even if they were willing to admit that this was a work of fiction it wouldn't be a very interesting one. The moral of the story is, if you ever even look at drugs once, you will become hooked and die.
Fuck I'm in my Twenties by Emma Koenig
F*ck! Everyone has that moment—the realization that adulthood has arrived, like a runaway train, and there's no getting out of its way. In attempt to express the contradictions and anxieties that come with being over-educated, minimally employed, mostly single, and on your own, Emma Koenig turned to the blogosphere. In this collection of her most popular posts from her blog of the same name (along with over 50% new material) Emma harnesses the power of illustrations, graphs, checklists, and flowcharts to explore this twenty-something life. I got this as a gift for christmas from Amy and I was just being funny and a little silly. It was all of these things and more, relatable in way's I kind of wish it hadn't been at times, its defiantly an honest reflection of all the dumb stuff you'll do in your twenties!
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose
If you've been reading my blog for a while you will know that I am not one for romantic novels, I usually find them bland and boring, this however turned all that on it's head. I asked for it for Christmas as despite all my reservations, I had heard good things. I have to admit this took me by surprise, talk about a roller-coaster of emotions! I loved that the characters seemed real, not perfect by and means, and you really felt for them. It wasn't overly sweet or sentimental but good I did care for these characters, Park is such a sweet dork and Eleanor is such a strong character, standing out in her own way. I actually started to feel sick towards the end of reading it as I felt so upset but it was also really funny in places. It melted my steel heart.
It's been forever since I have done one of these! Let's add some music back into our lives!
So here I am.
I'm right back at it again.
Just like I've always said,
"If you're too cool for school
I ain't here to make no friends."
Right Back at it Again-A Day to Remember
I'm at that age where new music is pretty hard for me to come by, when your a teenager you take more risks and you are in an environment when it seems to just come at you from every angle. Back in the day I was a punk rock queen that quickly grew into metal. Now I barley listen to it other then the stuff that reminds me of my youth, however recently I've really gotten into A Day To Remember.
There music reminds me of how pop-punk used to be, fun, bouncy and full of energy with a 'fuck everyone else' attitude. I've heard a couple of their songs before in rock clubs and really enjoyed them but this one just really stood out to me. I hope it brings back memories for you as much as it does for me.
In case you are unaware, being gay in russia is not fun. In fact, it's one of the most dangerous places in the world to be homosexual. They are harassed, beaten, can loose their jobs and children, all for being born gay. What makes it worse is that the law seems to back these people up, turning a blind eye to the violence and stopping even neutral references to being gay by law, so there is no way for people to speak up without threat of arrest (at the least). This is one of the reasons this years Winter Olympic Games is one of the most controversial of recent times. However with the negativity spreading far and wide I thought I would be nice to take some time out to appreciate some of the good guys.
Channel 4 Channel 4 produced the controversial documentary Hunted last week, about the Russian gangs who actively hunt down gay people to attack and humiliate them. Following this they changed there logo to a rainbow:
They also created this fabulous (all be it very strange) commercial for gay athletes at the Olympics.
The German Olympic Team
The German Olympic team arrived in some interestingly coloured outfits (I'd love to know if this was intentional). The Greeks were thought to have some something similar with there rainbow gloves but it turned out these were just the official gloves of the winter games (a strange choice)
Google Google are a big company so it's always good when they do something like this as it reaches a large audience, a great choice of quote too.
Finally Canada, who have stolen the crown of awsomeisity with this fantastic video.
Have you seen any more contributions? I'd love to see them. If you want to learn more or help the cause in anyway I really suggest you check out Stonewall's page. Stonewall are a fantastic charity so anything you can do to help them is fantastic, even if it's just educating yourself
I know, I know, there's late to the party and then there's this blog post....Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales are pretty new here in the UK, just starting to filter through from the US. As we don't have a thanksgiving it doesn't seem a natural time for a sale but who is going to complain! The sales seem to be online rather then in stores (even the one labelled black friday) and a few websites caught my eye. Here are the things I was lucky enough to pick up.
You might recall a few months back I made a post about my Sugarpill wish list, well browsing through twitter I saw that they had the mother of all sales on! Everything in store had between 20%-60% off, with that in mind I took full advantage and stocked up with my first ever order, and then had to deal with the toucher of waiting for delivery from the US! Here is what I managed to pick up:
Hysteric RRP $12.99 bought for $8.40, Decora RRP $12.99 bought for $8.40, Darling RRP $12.99 bought for $8.40, Starling RRP $12.00 bought for $7.20 and Birthday Girl $12.99 bought for $6.00
I've left the prices in dollers as thats how I bought them. The only thing I had to compete with was ordering them before they went out of stock! I managed to get 4 of the picks from my wishlist plus one extra, I think this was my best sale find. Now I just need to learn how to create some cool looks with eyeshadow! It's never been something I am great at
I have ordered from Kate's Clothing before a few years ago and I remember being pretty impressed, the service was good and the delivery was crazy quick. I look on there from time to time and dream of what to buy when I've been paid. However I discovered they were having a winter warmers sale with a selection of items with 25% off, so I picked up these goodies:
Restyle Fake Fur Stole RRP £14.99, bought for £11.24
I have wanted one of these shawls for ages but never managed to find one I liked enough in my price range. I think there perfect for adding a bit of vintage glamour to a winter outfit, great for a 50s look. This however is perfect!
2 X Signature mock suspender rights, RRP £4.99 each bought for £3.74
I love these tights, me and my friends wear them on every night out, so any chance to stock up is never a bad thing, so I made sure i picked up 2 pairs! There pretty good quality so they should last a while, even through the drunken dancing!
Cyberdog I Love Cyberdog, however its generally very tight and very short, not flattering for a pear shaped figure like me! Until now the only Cyberdog I owned was a really funky t shirt. Now with a cyber Monday 25% off code I could find something new
Cyberdog Bow Shrug in Purple RRP24.99
Just look at it! Seriously, how beautiful! Absolutely perfect for my industrial nights, adds some detail and colour to my very black outfits. Its cyber bit also really girly. I think this is going to get worn to death!
2 X Manic Panic Amplified hair dye in Cotton Candy Pink, RRP £12.00 each, bought for £9.74
I also picked up some hair dye, this is what I use to get my hair the colour it is incase you were wondering. It isn't the cheapest thing in the world but I love it, its easy to apply and doesn't stain and comes out a lovely colour. So anytime I can buy it even slightly cheaper I jump at the chance.
So do you like any of my purchases? Did you pick up any bargains this year?