3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag! Day Threee

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It is daaaay three and I think I left the best till last because it’s from a book that I read recently – THE ROSIE PROJECT.  I absolutely adored this book and reviewed this week which was actually a really exciting and interesting review to write.

What I adored during the book was the speech of Don and how he communicates with different characters throughout the book. This quote below is one of my favourites from the book.

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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. However he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. 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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So there we go – the end of the three day quote challenge and it’s been a hella load of fun to be honest with you. I now tag for the last post Lindsey from A Rambling Reviewer. Thank you so much if you decide to take part in any of the quote posts and I hope you enjoyed the ones I picked! Have a fantastic day readers. 

 

3 days, 3 quotes, tag! Day 2.

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Hellllllo and welcome back to the THREE DAYS THREE QUOTES TAAAAAAGGG. After being tagged in this many a time I’ve decided to finally to complete it and share some fantastic quotes with you.

I want to do a life update soon because there’s quite a few things I have to share with you and I want to write a post about it, but I really want to cover wherever I live with hella bookish quotes. Not just these ones but a selection – maybe some of these will make it because I tend to prefer less well known quotes but we’ll see.

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I’ve chosen this quote because, I feel like this is a bit of a book that has been forgotten. The noughts and crosses series was the first YA book/series that I really, really read. I adored this series of books and yet I don’t this it’s got the recognition it deserved. I also adore Malorie Blackma’s writing just generally and I really need to read more.

If you haven’t read/heard of the Nought’s and Crosses book here’s the blurb, although I hope you have! It’s a fantastic series.

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Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

^ this book broke me and the series even more.

SO, today I’m tagging M from M Read’s Books so complete this tag and come back tomorrow for another quote! 

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!

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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!!

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!