5 Books to Ignite Creativity

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Now I like to think of myself as a pretty creative person, but sometimes you just get stuck in some sort of rut and hit a wall and need to draw inspiration from somewhere. These are the books that kick start the creative juices when most needed.

5 Books to Ignite Creativity
5 Books to Ignite Creativity
1) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

It’s a slow burn of a book and it’s more world building and character driven than plot as it were. However the world that is built is one that inspires total wonder. It is one that you can see so vividly from the moment that you read the opening pages. It is one that is filled with splashes of colour that stick with you. One that you can almost smell around you as the food and the atmosphere is described in wondrous detail. One that you wish you were a part of and leaves a small part of you looking at open fields wondering if maybe, just maybe, the circus will arrive there.

2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling

I know this is just jumping straight into the middle of the series, but this is the one that sort of upped the game in the franchise. Even if you just go physically, it’s quite a difference, but it also ramps up the change in tone that was hinted at throughout Prisoner of Azkaban. It introduces new wizarding houses, it conjures up fantastical new challenges, it strengthens the friendships that have already been created. It brings back Voldemort and includes the first of what turns out to many character deaths. It’s the book that started treated its readers a bit more like adults and one that somehow managed to inject a bit more magic into an already magical world. (I didn’t have it in me to take the plastic off my beautiful box set yet, so they are all in that picture, I mean they would (do) all help, but Goblet gets a special shout out.)

3) Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

If you ever need a reminder that creativity, in whatever capacity suits you, best lies within then this is the book that will do that. It’s inspiring in a different way to Eat, Pray, Love and is a book that will provide a fascinating insight and take on the very notion of creativity and sometimes all it takes is a little patience before brilliance strikes.

4) Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Take London (a city that I know very well, given that it’s my home city) and then completely flip it on its head. Literally. The world that is created by Gaiman in this book is a London that I know, but in a way that I would never have dreamed possible. But it’s there. It exists. It gives you the Angel of Islington and Black Friars and puts markets in Harrods. It gives a sense of artistry to the Below of a city that a lot of people claim to know like the backs of their hands. It even paints rats in a new light. It’s rooted in a reality and then plays around with it, because that’s what creativity.

5) Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

A book that celebrates all things creative. Embraces them. Allows characters to be completely themselves. Validates fanfiction in a world that occasionally wants to write it off as something frivolous and pointless. Takes something so simple and writes about it beautifully whilst also remaining rooted in a version of a reality that any reader can identify with in some way. It takes things back to basics and sometimes that’s all you need to ignite something.

5 Books to Ignite Creativity
5 Books to Ignite Creativity

 

And they are my top 5. There are plenty others, but these are the ones that really seem to work for me.

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Bookworm Problems (v. 2)

Hello book-dragons!

I’m back with more common bookworm problems.  A few of these I was going to put in the first post, but I figured I’d just make a little series of these.  There are only so many problems we can handle discussing at one time, right?

So here we go with fifteen more common bookworm problems!

Bookworm Problems:
  1. Having unrealistic expectations for your own love life because of all the romance books you’ve read.
  2. Book hangovers.
  3. Wanting to finish a book quickly so you can read more books, but still wanting to take your time and enjoy the story.
  4. Character deaths.
  5. Not liking a book/book series that is really popular and feeling like you’re missing out on something amazing.
  6. Not realizing how good a book was until a few days after you finish it then feeling like you took the book for granted.
  7. Regretting not having a list of books you read when you were younger because you’ll never know exactly how many books you’ve read in your lifetime.
  8. When you finally get a description of what the characters look like and they’re nothing like you were imagining.
  9. Not being able to find a comfortable reading position.
  10. Rereading Harry Potter because you just can’t decide what book to read next (this might be just me though…)
  11. When a chapter ends with a cliff-hanger and you have to read the next one despite the fact it’s midnight and you have to be up at 5:30am.
  12. Never being able to experience reading a book for the first time again.
  13. When people say that you should read a book before bed because it’s relaxing… (HA!)
  14. When something intense happens so suddenly in the story that you have to go back and make sure you didn’t miss anything.
  15. Rather than feeling proud to have finished a book series, you just feel empty because there will never be another book with those characters.

Another fifteen problems down!  Again, this still isn’t covering them all… so this will pretty much be an ongoing series as I uncover more common bookworm problems.  There’s as many of these are there are books!

Which of these 15 problems bother you the most?

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Unfinished: A Court of Thorns and Roses

I will admit that the reason I first became interested in this book is due to the fact I saw it popping up everywhere on my Bookstagram account.  Everyone was posting about how much they loved the book so I decided to check it out for myself.  Of course, due to the book’s popularity I had to wait a while for it to come back to the library I was getting it from.

Last week I finally got it and well, it’s not a book for me.

I mean, I’ve read a few fantasy books before like Harry Potter, Twilight and a few other stragglers, but I’ve never delved into the Faerie type of fantasy.  The first chapter was okay for me, but as I read on I was bored and felt like I was wasting my time reading it.

So, I stopped reading it.

First of all, the pacing, for me, is slow due to the fact that Fayre’s narration drifts off during the events happening in the chapter.  Sure, the past events she trails off to talk about might be relevant to what is currently happening, but I feel that she stays on it for too long.  It got to the point where I skimmed to what was currently happening to just get on with the story.

Another problem I had was I just didn’t like any of the characters.  It’s hard to read a book where you don’t like even one character because you don’t really care about what is happening to them.  I want to be able to relate to them on some level or at least care about them like a family member or friend.  If I can’t do that, then there’s just no point in continuing the story.

I’m not saying that this is a bad book; it’s just not a book for me.  

Just because the book is popular doesn’t mean everyone will love it (unless it’s Harry Potter, duh).  Personally, I’m a little embarrassed of the fact that I let the popularity of this book drive me into reading it.  While I do want to expand the types of books I read, I should do it with books that really hook me in from the get-go.  Life is too short to waste time reading books that I don’t enjoy.

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. –Haruki Murakami

Have you ever read a book because it was popular?

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Let me start off by saying that it is completely obvious that J.K. Rowling did not write this book.  Sure, she had some creative input on the story since they were dealing with her characters and all, but this felt nothing like reading any of the seven Harry Potter books.

The most obvious reason this did not live up to my expectations is that it’s a play format.  Yes, it makes for an easy read because you are just following the dialogue, but there is really no depth to the story or characters.  Typically in novels you are able to get inside the characters’ heads through the narration and the scenery is well described so you can imagine actually being there.  I want to get lost in the world of Harry Potter when reading one of the books… not just jumping from scene to scene with a few words exchanged between characters.

The time jumping in the very beginning threw me off more than once.  One moment Albus is in his first year meeting Scorpius for the first time, then suddenly they’re fourteen and messing up/saving the wizarding world as we know it.  At least once we got to their fourth year, it stayed there.

Once Albus and Scorpius used the Time-Turner and began to mess up events in the past the plot got a little interesting for me.  I personally love the time-travel theme in books and movies and how even one tiny action can change the entire course of time as we know it.  So seeing the boys going back again and again to change a certain event of Harry’s past, while trying to fix mistakes they made previously, was entertaining for me.

However, there was one part of the plot that bugged me.

(Warning: those who have not read this yet and do not want spoilers… do not read the next line)

Voldemort has a daughter?!?  Seriously?

Just… why?

And while it was somewhat nostalgic to see the old characters – Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and Draco – it wasn’t all that satisfying because they just didn’t seem the same as the characters I came to love in the series.  Though there were a few good quips between Ron and Ginny, so there was a bit of nostalgia there.  

Overall, I’m going to say that I actually wish they didn’t take the script and put it into a book.  If they were going to do that, they should’ve had J.K. Rowling officially novelize the play and make it a real Harry Potter book.  Otherwise, they should have left it as a play and only a play.

The only part of this book that I actually enjoyed was Scorpius Malfoy – he was a little ball of sunshine that I was not expecting, but loved entirely.  Where can I get one of him?

All I’m going to say is that it’s up to each Potter fan whether or not they liked Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  Me?  I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.  

I’m just going to stick to the Harry Potter section on fanfiction.net and call it a day.

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All Classic’s Book Haul

Hello everyone! 2 weeks ago I decided I wanted to order some books through the Indigo website and i realized they all happen to be classic novels. Although two books have not come in yet (which I am really bummed about because it’s my favourite story in two different editions and I just want it on my shelf!)

One. I had been eyeing the Jane Austin Penguin Vintage Covers for a while and I was so happy that the one’s I wanted where in stock online. The covers look amazing on the shelf even my sister said “wow that boring old book looks really pretty like that” *she called it boring after I explained the storyline of all the books I had gotten*

Although they have all of her books in these beautiful covers, I had to force myself to choose because the bill was getting a bit too high for my liking :(. I chose Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey. 

 Synopsis *Click the links for a summary
Mansfield Park
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Northanger Abbey 

Two. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn is a book a lot of schools in America read, Unfortunately it is at the bottom of the list for schools in Canada to read. So I realized I probably will never read it in school but that won’t stop me from reading it at home.IMG_6579

 Synopsis
Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne’s concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale, trapped by the rules of society, stands as a classic study of a self divided.

Three. This book had a long time coming for it to end up on my shelf and that is the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When I saw it come up on my recommended for you page I thought to myself “well if I have it on my shelf I will have to read it”. Ohhh the things I tell myself when I want to buy a bookIMG_6576

Synopsis                                                                                                                                              This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Four.  My english teacher loves Macbeth so considering I have to read it next year so why not be an amazing student and read it over the summer! I decided to kill two birds with one stone and get the No Fear Shakespeare Edition for when I have to write a paper about it next year, I can have it all at my finger tips in class instead of using all the websites that the teachers hate us using. (it’s odd because my english teacher told me to to get the student guide book….hmmmm)IMG_6580

It’s Macbeth….it doesn’t need a synopsis.

I hope you all enjoyed this book haul and please let me know if you would like to request a review for any of these books. If you like bookish updates here but want to see what else I write click the link to my blog . What book is next on your must buy list

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