#BookBlogWriMo Day 10: Memes you Meme

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It’s all about memes for Day 10 of #BookBlogWriMo hosted by Book Bumblings.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a meme thing for my blog, but I do occasionally partake in ‘meme-ing’ over on instagram. The two most used memes being #ManCrushMonday and #ThrowbackThursday

For example, a couple of weeks ago Chris Messina (aka Danny Castellano on The Mindy Project) was my #MCM:

Binge watching #TheMindyProject has highly influenced my #mcm choice.

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And of course a #MCM dedicated to Benedict Cumberbatch because no #MCM is complete without an homage to the Batch:

#mancrushmonday? #mancrushalways

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My last #TBT was actually from J.K. Rowling’s birthday so I thought it would be fitting to throwback to this particular photo:

A #tbt dedicated to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthday @morgainecraven

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But most of the time I just throw back to pictures of myself as a wee child:

#tbt cooler than you

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I think I should also step up my memes game; I’ll add that to the ever growing list of things I should be doing…

Next up, Day 11!

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 7 & 8: #FlashbackFriday Blog’s First Design & Your Blogging Toolkit

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I missed a day again…oops. I really am trying to have a strict posting schedule, but it was Friday…so..

Any who I will be doing day 7 and 8 of Book Bumblings BookBlogWriMo: blog’s first design and my blogging toolkit.

Blog’s First Design:

So, funny story…the WayBackMachine website doesn’t work for this website. YAY.

The good news though: my blog looks almost exactly the same – the only difference is the header photo. That used to be this photo:

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Maybe it is time for me to look for a new layout…

Blogging Toolkit:

I’m sorry to say this isn’t going to be the most interesting post either…I don’t think I have much of a ‘toolkit’ when it comes to blogging – I just do the thing.

All I really need is my laptop, Goodreads, and a cup of tea or coffee…..and YouTube for ample procrastination.

Wow that sounds boring. Reading all the posts from today is really going to help me out when it comes to upping my blogging game.

Until tomorrow!

#BookBlogWriMo Day 6: #TBT Favorite Childhood Books

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The prompt for day six in BookBlogWriMo – hosted by Book Bumblings – was one that I had been looking forward to since the beginning; favourite childhood books.

When I think of my childhood there are two books and one series hat come to mind: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

 

When I was younger I had two copies of Love You Forever, an original copy that is old and tattered and the special hardback edition you see above. It is one of those kids books that will stay on your bookshelf forever and will be passed on through the generations. The message of the book is so simple, but so powerful that it is tough to forget the infamous line: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” If I’m being honest with you, I’ve read the book so many times that I pretty much have it memorised.

Most of my early reading memories come from C.S. Lewis. Even before I could read my dad would read me The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe before bed every night…over and over again. It was the perfect adventure before to finish a day off and I would stay up – probably later than I should have – wanting to hear what happened next. I think it is safe to say that this illustrated copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the gateway into my love and passion for books.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Harry PotterWhat sort of childhood list of books would this be if I didn’t include good ol’ J.K. This book series shaped my life; it made me the person I am today. I’ve made friends through Potter; learned through Potter; experienced loss, love, courage, respect, power, revenge, and so much more through Potter. There is a reason these books are as popular as they are (sticking with present tense here). The number of times I reread this series throughout my childhood is insane, but I wouldn’t change it in a heartbeat. I was a Potterhead way back in the day, I’m a proud Potterhead today, and I will continue to be a Potterhead for many, many years to come.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 5: Where I Blog

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Another day, another prompt. Day 4 of BookBlogWriMo hosted by Book Bumblings is all about where I blog.

I really wish I could have some cool answer for this with an equally cool picture like so:

Alas, my life is not nearly cool enough (or organised) for that. The truth of the matter is that I am generally writing in most of the places I read; on the couch or in my bed…and sometimes at the dining room table. This is where I am currently writing this blog post:

Boring, I know. Maybe knowing that Jon Stewart is on in the background will make this writing space a little less boring though!

Until tomorrow *salutes*

#BookBlogWriMo Day One: Blog History

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Can you believe it is November already? I certainly can’t! But the start of November also means that it is the start of #BookBlogWriMo – started by Book Bumblings.

The theme for this first day is to write up the history of this blog, so here we go:

I originally started this blog up way back in 2012…or 2011… Okay, so I can’t remember the exact year, but I was in my third year of university and I was in a multimedia class where I had to create a blog. I, of course, knew that the only thing I was passionate enough about to write about constantly (hockey not included as I already had a blog on that going – again, for school) was books. And voila, Journey Through the Pages was born.

I had gained a decent sized following while I was posting a lot of different things for school; you could see not only reviews on the blog but audio clips, videos, polls, and interactive maps on the site….which makes sense since the class was about multimedia platforms. Unfortunately, due to my horrible organizational skills, lack of time, and just general laziness I slacked off on this blog once the course was over and I didn’t need to post to get grades anymore.

In late August/early September of last year I was getting ready to leave for my year abroad in Scotland to get my Master’s in Publishing. Silly me thought this would be a great opportunity to rebrand my blog a bit and use it as a way to keep my family and friends up to date on my life overseas…well, that failed miserably.

It wasn’t until June of this year that I realized if I wanted to get into the marketing side of publishing I was going to need to do something to prove my passion for books and reading as well as to showcase the skills I learned at school…it also became a fantastic distraction from my dissertation.

And here we are today; still not organized and with no definite posting schedule (I have commitment issues) I’m continuing Journey Through the Pages and loving every minute of it. It is almost like it has reawakened my passion for books and writing all in one go. Things are a little different this time around as I am actually aware of and trying to become part of the book blogging community and making connections with other book bloggers.

I’m currently back in Scotland, and it is 2 am as I finish up this long, probably ramble-y, post but I wanted to make sure I got this up on November 1st (EST). Stay tuned for day two tomorrow with a (much shorter) post about how I read!

Liebster Award Nomination

I want to thank BTBPD Reader for nominating me for the Liebster Award – it feels awesome to be nominated especially after such a horrible August! I’m so honoured to be nominated by a blog that I love to read! 

I was tagged to answer 11 questions and at the end I will come up with another 11 questions to ask whomever I will nominate, so let’s do this!

1. What is your favourite book that you’ve read for school?

Considering I studied English Literature in university and most of my high school classes were in the English field I have read a LOT of great books over my looooong educational career. Is it okay if I separate between different levels of schooling? Well I’m going to do it regardless so…
In elementary school I think my favourite book has to be a three way tie between Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and The Giver by Lois Lowry. My favourite book from high school is hands down The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and my favourite book from university was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
I think I cheated a bit with this one, but rules are just a guideline…

2. Which book would you recommend that I read?

Some of my favourite books to recommend are:
White Oleander by Janet Finch and She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
I’m not sure if you have read them, but even if you have you can totally reread them because they are beautiful.

3. If you could go on a date with any one literary character, who would it be and why?

How can you make me choose between one fictional boyfriend? That’s just mean :P. I think at this point in time, since I read it not too long ago, I would have to choose Levi from Fangirl because he is actually perfect – plus he works at Starbucks, so free coffee.

4. What is your favorite opening line?

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number 4, Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” –Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” – The Bell Jar

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticising any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – The Great Gatsby

5. Where do you like best to read?

I’m not super picky about where I read, but I do get the most reading done in my bed, on a couch, or on a bus/train/subway etc.

6. What is your favourite book that you’ve read this year?

My favouite book that I have read this year so far would have to be American Gods by Neil Gaiman

7. What is your favourite genre to read and why?

I used to to think it was any genre in the YA bracket (dystopian, contemporary, fantasy, etc), but I think it is definitely more adult contemporary novels and historical fiction. I’m not entirely sure why, I just find that they are the books that am drawn to – it could be because a lot of the novels I read are recommendations from family who read those genres.

8. Favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

I think, at this moment in time, I would have to say either The Fault in Our Stars, Perks of Being a Wallflower or Catching Fire because they just kept so true to the book. Can I pick a book-to-TV adaptation because then it is 100% Game of Thrones.

9. If you could live in any fictional world, which one would you choose and why?

Either the magical world in Harry Potter or Narnia because you could escape for as long as you want and when you come back to reality no time has actually passed so it doesn’t allow you to lose out on real life. Also Aslan.

10. Which Harry Potter house would you want to be in, and which house do you think you’d be in (if they’re not the same)?

I’d want to be Gryffindor because I think everyone secretly wants to be part of the ‘cool’ house, but I’m a Hufflepuff through and through.

11. What is your favourite book with a red cover?

Probably Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone because it started it all and Catching Fire because it is my favourite in the series.

Thanks again for the nomination. My 11 questions are as follows:

  1. What is a book that you were surprised you enjoyed?
  2. What book would you love to see turned into a film?
  3. Which adaptation format do you prefer (movie, tv, theatre, etc)?
  4. What is your favourite book cover?
  5. If you could go back in time and relive the experience of a first reading again, what book would it be for?
  6. What is your guilty pleasure book, author, or genre?
  7. Is there a book that you pretend you’ve read even though you haven’t? If yes, which book?
  8. What is your favourite quote about books or reading?
  9. If you had to pick one, which dystopian world would you live in?
  10. E-book or physical book?
  11. Be honest…do you judge books by their cover?

I nominate Caught Read Handed, thebookiemonsters, The Reading Shelf, and Reeder Reads.

Can’t wait to see your answers!

I think I can, I think I can…I can’t: five books left unfinished

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We’ve all been there. Reading a book you just can’t get into for a multitude of reasons. It’s boring, the narrator is a little shit, the book itself is shit, the story doesn’t work, you can’t relate, the writing style doesn’t sit well, the list goes on and on.

I have always been the type of who hates leaving books unread. Once I have started a book I feel 100% committed to finishing it, but when I dislike the book my little book OCD becomes an issue. I get put off reading (‘why read this book I’m not enjoying when I can binge watch Scandal?’), I don’t touch the book for ages – I will avoid reading at all costs.

When it gets to the point of no return and I really miss reading, but I do not want to read something I don’t like I finally give it up, move on to the next one and – usually – finish it within a couple of days. There haven’t been many books that have forced me to move on, but there definitely are a few. So here we go:

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

I tried liking this book, I really did. I loved the musical so much that I really wanted to like the book…I just didn’t. The same issue arose when I was younger and reading A Christmas Carol – I love the story, I love watching the story, but reading it was a drag. In this instance the only thing I can think of is that I just don’t enjoy Dickens’ writing style – which is totally plausible. As someone who has, more often than not, found herself drawn to more contemporary pieces of work maybe Dickens is too old school? Too Victorian? Too..something. I honestly am not sure what it is about Dickens that I find so difficult to read, but I can sure tell you that I definitely did not want some more.
Will I ever attempt again: I remain hopeful though as it is still listed on my Goodreads account as currently reading, but I seriously doubt that is going to happen.

The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray

I think the most I read of this book was 20 pages before I gave up – it might be a record on how fast I’ve given up reading a book. I hated the main character. HATED HIM SO MUCH. You are definitely supposed to hate this character – he is supposed to be vile – but his narrator voice is one that I could never get behind. Arrogant, definitely not trustworthy, and just so egotistical. I think Barry Lyndon is my least favourite character ever…after Professor Umbridge.
Will I ever attempt again: No. Not even in movie form. Never.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

It physically pained me to put this book on the list, but if I’m being truthful the only part I liked in the book was Elphaba’s relationship with Fiyero – I flew through that part. The rest was just kind of blah…for me anyway. It sucks because I really did want to like the book, especially because I love the music from the musical (I haven’t seen it yet, unfortunately) but the book just wasn’t what I expected it to be.
Will I ever attempt again: Yes, I probably will. I think I only had a quarter of the book left to read, so maybe after I finally watch the musical – whenever that may be – I will pick up my copy and try again.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

There is only one reason why I never finished this book: it was SO BORING. Hello snoozefest. There are some bits that are better than others, but I’ve definitely read better. I do commend the fact that it is one of the earliest examples of science fiction AND it was written by a woman in Mary Shelley, but I think I might actually stick to the movies for this one.
Will I ever attempt again: Hard to tell, I may pick it up randomly and try to finish it as I was more than half way through…but the doubt is real.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I was honestly shocked at this one. It fits with YA series that I generally enjoy, and yet I felt nothing. No attachment to the characters, no need to find out what happens to them, nothing. I was also annoyed with the main character Clary because she just didn’t seem like a real person, and I know that it is YA fantasy but if a character who is supposed to be human (ish) doesn’t have any human qualities I have issues (also when they act about 3x their actual age. Just no). I think I only got about 30% through this book before I finally came to terms with the fact that I wasn’t enjoying it and didn’t care enough to continue. And as a side note: the book cover is just not good, so not good.
Will I ever attempt again: Probably. Just because it is going to annoy me so much that I couldn’t get through such an easy read. Also the fact that so many people are obsessed and love it will probably make me give it another chance. I doubt my feelings will change though to be honest.

Well those are five books I have not finished (there are probably more, but I can’t think of them at the moment). What about you? What books have you just had to put down? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (follow me here).

Ta ta for now!