3 days, 3 quotes, tag! Day 1.

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Helllllo readers, there are actually going to be a couple more posts this week because I’ve been tagged in the Three Quotes Tag! I’ve been tagged in this before but I’ve actually never completed it and I thought it was time to. Thank you to Michaella at My Book Maniac Life  for tagging me and let’s get onto the post.

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Thank the person who nominated you
Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
Nominate three new bloggers each day

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I’ve decided to pick quotes that I think are just really special and that you might write really nicely in a fancy font and frame and pop on your wall because we all need those once in a while.

ANNNND because, now T and I are trying to do the whole living together thingy I NEED TO GET MORE OF THESE QUOTES EVERYWHERE. 

So there we go my first quote of the day post #wooo

Today I’m tagging Lauren Lola, from Lola By The Bay – look forward to a new quote tomorrow!

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

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Hellllo readers, going to whack a trigger warning in right here. This book details the abusive relationships throughout David Pelzer’s childhood. Just to be safe. I read this book back when I was at school, but recently when I was packing all my stuff to move (more on this soon) I found the third in the series and thought it might be nice to do a series of reviews – so the first is today! Enjoy (if that’s the right word?!)

A harrowing, yet inspiring true story of a young boy’s abusive childhood, from internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer.

Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother – a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an ‘it’.

His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and unwashed, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog’s bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive.

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A Child Called It written by Dave Pelzer shows the very darkest corners of child abuse, allowing readers a viewing into the terrifying life of a young boy cut off from society whilst being secretly continually abused by his alcoholic mother. Pelzer who lived through a  very difficult and unstable life in a town in California during the 70’s explains his tortuous years as a young child. Struggling to survive starvation, cuts, bruises and worse Dave kept himself alive by dreaming of a new family – one that would love and support him.

Throughout the book Dave tells of events where his Mother locked him in bathrooms filled with cleaning chemicals leaving him no option but inhale the poisonous fumes. Making him sleep in the basement with very little to sleep on, stabbing him and refusing to take him to hospital, eventually David’s mum refused to call him David and instead called him “it” – he really was nothing to her.

I found the book a really upsetting and a really terrible read emotionally – the problem was however that it was a little poorly written.. It is very repetitive and at times the structure is very sequenced. Almost like a shopping list – “she did this, and then she said this, I starved, but that didn’t matter she then did this.” The sentences are very short and to the point and Pelzer basically states what happens rather than describing it to us and it does purely revolve around the punishments, Dave and his mother. There are no subplots to distract or to lessen the blows – to a point I understand this but it does create a very samey, monotonous tale. (Although utterly devastating also.)

Since I read the book there’s been a lot of confusion around the improbability of David’s statements. When I read the book I was quite young and so I just kind of read and absorbed it all but recently a few things have come to light.

The father and the brother towards the beginning of the book seem to sympathise with Dave but later during the book they turn and treat him also like a slave. 

Many have commented on Dave’s ability to survive the attacks that are described – inhaling bleach, having his arm burnt on a stove, stabbed in the stomach and strangled are only a few of the terrifying attacks that are described. I don’t know about this one the next point also goes against this. 

Many articles have been written that dispute the claims and state quotes from the family who said Dave was a difficult child but many of the events were over-exaggerated.  

So what did I think?  I definitely enjoyed (if that’s the right word) this book, but I think there are wobbles there. It definitely opened my eyes to a different type of reading experience and genre and I did end up reading all three in the series. Have you read any of the books? Do you have any thoughts please let me know and I’ll review the second in the series soon!

LINNNNNKS 

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Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove

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Hellllllo readers, it’s the weekend and I’m currently in Loughborough watching the X Factor  whilst typing this and I haven’t seen anyone I like yet? Is this something everyone feels (just a note it’s the only thing I can find that is entertaining but not distracting) because I have a fantastic post to share with you. I’m here today with the brilliant William Hazelgrove and his brilliant book Madam President: The Secret Presidency.

After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson dedicated herself to managing the office of the President, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband.

Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time–one senator called her “the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man”–her legacy as “First Woman President” is now largely forgotten.

If you had to describe your book to an alien species what would you say?

I would say my book is about the real first woman President who ruled the country from 1919 to 1921. Her name was Edith Wilson and her husband had a stroke and the public was never told. She took over with only two years of school and having only been married to the president for four years.

Where do your ideas come from?

Reading about Historical events gives me a lot of my ideas.

Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?

I prefer just to let the ideas take me along. I keep an open notebook to sketch out the days next scene.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Finding the time

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

The Research – it’s a time consuming part of writing a historically based book.

Finally, where can me readers keep an eye on you and your work?

You can visit www.williamhazelgrove.com or follow me on twitter @rocketman46 

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So there you go a lovely little interview with a fantastic author – if you fancy getting a hold of the book you can click here. Otherwise have a fantastic weekend lovely readers. 

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

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Hellllllo readers, hope you’re having a lovely Friday. It’s been a long week but blogging honestly has been getting me through. I think when I took by blogging break I forgot how therapeutic writing about something, anything other than how you’re feeling really freaking works.

So today I’m going to write about blogging – and I found this on the fantastic ‘Read At Midnight,’ which is looked after by the equally wonderful Aentee. It’s a beautiful blog and one you should go take a look at. 

How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve been blogging since April 2013 – SAY WHA. I can’t believe how long it’s been honestly, it’s slightly terrifying. I think which means I’ve been blogging 3 and a half years? It feels a lot longer than that but in a good way. Totally.

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

Honestly, I don’t think there’s a time when I won’t be blogging or writing somewhere. I think over the past year my blog has really changed and I was really worried about it moving away from books but now I’ve taken a blogging break I think there’s definitely more I could be doing to take this down a more vibrant but definitely bookish path.

What is the best thing about blogging?

Really? That I get to share my personal opinions on books and getting to read more fantastic books than I ever could have imagined. I’ve met some pretty fantastic authors too who have always made me feel pretty wonderful.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it OK?

I can’t lie I’ve never been very social and or made a hella load of friends via this blog because it’s not the kind of person I am. I struggle enough to maintain friendships with the people I love offline. I’ve struggled at times with the blogging community and the negativity that does appear at time.

I’ve always been able to separate the two things but I’ve seen mean things said, I’ve seen things taken in a much more negative way than they should have been, I mean I was almost ‘named and shamed once’ because of something I wrote.

I think eventually I would like to contribute more and make more *friends* but for now I’m happy in my own little world.

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How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

It depends. I tend to rely on this type of image that doesn’t take too long ^. I do want to start taking my own new photographs but we’ll see.

Who is your book crush?

Amber from The Chocolate Run, she is almost everything that I’m not and almost everything that I want to be. She’s insecure but she has this air of self-confidence that helps her through those wobbles. She also is so good at being on her own – I FIND IT SO BLOODY HARD. 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Though she would intimidate the shit out of me and I would never be able to even look her in the eye, let alone ask questions, I would love to have Catherynne Valente and her beautiful mind featured on this blog. I love her books, I love her personal blog, I just love every single word that she produces.

What do you wear when you write your blog post?

PAJAMAS, or if I’m blogging on my lunch break some kind of legging/cardigan/top/necklace combo. I’m sure I probably look alright though.

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How long does it take you to prepare?

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what does that even mean?! I am a spontaneous kinda gal. We’ll see how it goes.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

It’s fantastic – BOOK BLOGGERS are bladdy fantastic. The rest of the blogging community can get a little stressful sometimes. I know we’re all bloggers but the book bloggers are just so much nicer.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Someone that blogs to share, to create and to be a nice human. That is all you need to do

So there you go – my thoughts on the whole blogging lark. Didn’t mean to get too grumpy because ya know not my kinda scene. Have a fantastic Friday lovelies and please tag me if you decide to do the tag!!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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Hellllllo readers, what do we think of the new fancy opening to the blog post? I’ve decided that instead of using my stereotypical ‘A review from My Little Book Blog,’ I’m going to make an image for every single review – cause ya know why not. Also interestingly I’ve actually got a couple of book box subscription reviews coming up so look forward to them – for now, LE REVIEW.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock.

Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

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Let’s try and ignore allll of the reviews that say this is a novel about Sheldon Cooper trying to Find a Wife – it kind of is, but it also isn’t.  Don Till man is a genetics professor in his late thirties who wants to find a spouse by creating a very in-depth questionnaire. See, Don leads a very fussy life and throughout the story there are allusions that Don has Aspergers. However, Rosie becomes part of his life and she completely goes across everything in Don’s list of attributes; but a beautiful friendship (kind of) blossoms.

Don and Rosie are fantastic characters – Don’s constant flow of thought processes, and a need to keep his life constant is a continually contrasted with Rosie’s slightly outlandish and unbalanced way of life. Don’s need for example to eat the same thing each night (to minimise waste and time) the time he gets refused from a club despite it being a very expensive, waterproof model and generally messing things up in social situations is delightfully wonderful to read and equally interesting.

The storyline revolves around Don’s wife project (which 250000% does not include Rosie,) and Rosie’s father project which revolves around her need to find her biological father and deal with the stress of her relationship with her adopted father. Throughout both learn a lot about the other and how the other interacts and lives. A particularly special moment is when they travel together to New York; their two personalities together in a new place creates a beautiful section of storytelling.

In terms of genre this is really a romantic comedy and I think if you are fan of either the romantic or comedy style genre you will enjoy this. The writing throughout the book is really clever, the pace moves quickly and will pace but still manages to squeeze in numerous story-lines and supporting characters. The author has created really brilliant contrasts between each of the character’s ways of speaking which really adds to the dialogue of the book. I also loved how the author included a number of social gaffes, but Don is incredibly resilient and almost practical in them. He understands his strengths, his memory, his ability to being smart and dedicated; for example…

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Overall this was a really lovely tale, that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t comment to throughly on the use of Aspergus because I just don’t have enough knowledge and I know there has been a little upset about how it’s portrayed. Overall I thought this was a fantastic book full of love romance and comedy and I can’t wait to read the second.

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Unexpected: Short Stories from Around the World by P.F. Citizen One

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Hello readers, hope you’re well and having a fantastic Wednesday. I’ve got a hella load of news to share with you this week and I’m excited to get to it, but today I’ve also got a really brilliant interview with a new author friend of mine. I know there have been a lot of these recently – it’s a new thing I’m trying out and if it doesn’t work we’ll go back to the before but for now I’ll let the author introduce this wonderful set of short stories.

A series of short, true life stories, which are the product of the travels and observations of one man. The stories are a miscellaneous collection of the funny and sad, of tragedy, love and friendship. And they are all, in a way, unexpected.  

Unexpected takes you on a journey from a Brazilian working on the oil rigs of Venezuela, who gets the shock of his life, to the uplifting story of a Chinese beggar living on the streets, entertaining passers-by with his songs and surviving through the mercy and kindness of others.  

There is a story for each of us in this book. Each one is subtly different and each carries either a message of hope for lost, or of caution for the unwary.
Unexpected is just that. Just as life is and just as the course of our lives run, at times unexpectedly.

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 If you had to describe your book as a whole in three sentences (they can be long sentences) what would they be? 

Unexpected is a collection of true life short stories my travels around the world and the people I have met. The book features seven thought-provoking, humorous and engaging stories that end with the most unlikely twist.

What was the inspiration for the selection of short stories? Why did you decide this instead of one continuous novel?

I have learned a lot about life from listening and being kind to people, as well as from stories others have shared with me. I actively listen, and often feel like I’ve heard these stories many times before, until I realize that each story is unexpected and instructive. These experiences have inspired me to write.

I wanted to write the type of stories that I would enjoy reading: true life stories. Short stories. At first, you feel like you’ve heard these stories many times before, until you read the ending. This is true life—unexpected.

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Can you tell us more about one story?

In one of the stories, The Wedding Contract, a man who was forced to sign a pre-nuptial agreement simply because his wife was wealthy and he was considered poor. As time went on, fortunes changed and the man became far wealthier than his wife. His wife and friends dreaded the worst from him because of his new financial position but what he did next was shocking.

Finally where can my readers keep up with you and your writing? 

You can keep up with me through my website or my Facebook page:

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Facebook page: Unexpected by Citizen ONE

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So there we go, a fantastic set of exciting and interest stories all with a different twist or turn to keep you intrigued. Thank you so much to this fantastic author for letting me share a little more about his book and have a fantastic middle of week break readers!

Innocent Crook by D. E Rodgers

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Hello readers, fantastic post today for you from the brilliant D.E Rodgers, and his new book The Innocent Crook! Sounds like a little bit of an oxymoron but let’s go with it! I will let Rodgers introduce the book and let you know a little more about it – so let’s get stuck in.

“Innocent Crook” is an exciting story of about Jupiter, a teenage black kid caught between his mother and aunt, and the struggle to control their drug dealing business. Jupiter’s journey, from a scared teen looking out for his younger sister to a successful high school graduate with a Harvard scholarship, will inspire and move you.

“Innocent Crook” is about overcoming your circumstances, learning that family alone doesn’t define you and that the power to succeed is in all of us. A story about love, regret, determination, forgiveness and revenge that will keep you turning the pages for an exciting and unexpected conclusion.

“Innocent Crook” was named winner at the San Francisco Book Festival and Paris Book Festival for Best Unpublished Book.

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book.

This book was a passion project. Over a long period of talking to a woman on the train to San Francisco I learned about her life in foster care. Some of her experiences were good and some were bad. Her story led me to have the same discussion with others that I knew who grew up in foster care and from those stories “Innocent Crook” was born. Though fictional “Innocent Crook” is a powerful story about a young man struggling to achieve more out of life than being a criminal.

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How do you get inspired to write? Interacting with people and hearing about the lives of others. Plus seeing movies and reading books get my creative juices flowing.

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What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Freedom of expression and freedom to be creative. I love being imaginative, thinking outside the box, and creating characters.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

If you are truly a writer never let someone else kill your writing dreams.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Good question. What I do is typically stop trying to write and do something else to take my mine off of what I’m writing about. Go exercise or go play with my kids. Have fun. When the time to write again hits you return and knockout that masterpiece.

So there we go a fantastic book and a fantastic author – if you want to know more here are all the links to all of his platforms for you to take a closer look! Have a fantastic day readers!

 LINNNNNNKS 

Top Ten of the most vile bad guys (or gals) in books

Hellllllo readers , it’s Tuesday so it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesdaaaay and today we’re talking about BAD GUYS.  I, like any good reader, know that every story needs a bad guy even if it’s a very tame one. Today, however, I’m going to bring out the super bad guys – enjoy.

Nils Bjurman (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Nils Bjurman is a sexual sadist who manipulates and plays with the beloved Lisbeth only allowing access to her funds when she performs sexual acts. There is a terrifying rape scene and although Lisbeth does get her own back he is a utterly loathsome villain.

Napoleon (Animal Farm)

Napoeon is a proper bully isn’t he – not only does he oust the leader Snowball but he becomes the tyrannical dictator of Animal Farm. He begins to order the deaths of certain animals and ruins the tranquility that once ruled. What a nightmare.