Technologically Bookish

I was asked today whether I thought that, in the near future, all bookstores and libraries would close down to make way for the new age of technology. We all know that technology has already filtered into the book world in the form of the Kindle. To begin with, I was skeptical about the Kindle – there’s something about a book that technology really can’t grasp. The feel of having a weight of a book in your hands, turning each crisp page and even that new book smell; none of which can be found among the screens, no matter the resolution.

However, I am neither happy or sad to say, that I have converted. Now I’m not going to say that Kindle is the best thing in the world because I don’t know you so I can’t really advise you on these kind of things. BUT what I can say is that I absolutely adore my Kindle – not only do you get books a lot cheaper, but a whole new world of authors are suddenly accessible (some favourites include Jennifer L Armentrout, Samantha Young, Abbi Glines – warning, they’re what a teenage girl likes, so not necessarily your cup of tea). Not only that, but it sure saves a lot of packing space when going on holiday and a hell of a lot lighter. 

I think it’s inevitable that technology will take over most aspects of our lives, but I think for authors and readers alike that this is a good thing. I think it would inspire the new generation to get reading, which only means that authors will be even more rewarded for their work. There are so many authors who aren’t recognised and appreciated enough, so more readers just means better and brighter things for the authors that deserve it. 

I think that’s the end of my rant today – let me know your thoughts and what you want me to talk about next. 

~El

Inspiration

Writer’s block is incredibly annoying, but there are cures. For me, I find that all I need is some inspiration but, unfortunately, it can be really difficult to be so inspired. Some say that what you need to do is read something completely different or watch a film you’d never watch, go to places you have never visited before. I tried watching some films that I wouldn’t normally watch to cure my block, but I ended up just getting bored.

You never know when you will get really inspired, but I’ve found an unlikely source for inspiration: the norm. Ok, so it sounds stupid but for me I’ve found that my life has so many different opportunities for me to get inspired from, however, because it’s normal for me I completely overlook it. 

Take school for example: I go to an all-girls school and I’m about to start my final year. There are so many things that have happened at school that I just overlook, but when I mention them to other people suddenly my tales are enthralling. It’s the little things, like how when getting ready for a night out one girl’s bra was too big so we had to use duct tape to tighten it. I then think of the things my brother used to tell me when he was at an all-boys school and all of the differences. Even better, how when some boys are on our school’s territory suddenly everyone – and I mean everyone – is appraising them. Whether they like it or not, they will have all the girls discussing them in great, gruesome detail which I’d rather not elaborate on. 

I was feeling the effects of the block earlier today and even walking my dog down a different route didn’t help me. My inspiration came from somewhere that I didn’t expect whatsoever when my parents came home. 

My Mum is a professional flute player and tomorrow she has a concert, so some musicians who are also playing in the concert are staying the night. Somehow we ended up watching the saxophonist pouring a glass of wine WITH his saxophone WHILST he was playing. It was just so completely bizarre and so ridiculous, but everyone was laughing as we watched on. Little things like this is what helps my Writer’s block by being inspired. 

If you were to ask me now ‘how do you cure writer’s block?’, the honest answer is that you have to just wait for something to hit you. Instead of just sitting around, staring at a blank page, go out and do something or just spend time with family, friends, pets – whoever you can find. Go sit in a cafe and write down the characteristics of everyone sitting around you; make up life stories for them and a history, be it entertaining or not. 

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it, and please drop a comment on what you think as it really helps. I hope you find your inspiration!

Escaping Reality

OK so it’s no secret that I love books and I thought I’d talk about them some more with the very few people who actually take their time to read this. 

As a proud owner of a Kindle, I spend a lot of time looking up books on Amazon. I was skeptical of Kindles at first, being a lover of that old/new book smell and the feeling of turning each crisp page, but I absolutely adore it. In the long run, I think I -and my parents – have saved a lot of money with it. The most expensive book I’ve bought on my Kindle was at £4.99, but they usually range from 99p – £3 for me. I even have had a few freebies. 

I do miss my days in Waterstones, searching for a summer read, but I have to admit that using Amazon is so much easier even though I do feel a bit lazy. As I want to publish my own books some day, I’ve realised some pretty important ‘musts’ if i want to publish. As you can now self-publish on amazon for kindle, it’s vital you hook anyone browsing. First of all, a nice title goes a long way and also the picture! Today I was looking at some books and, for some, I spent so long trying to figure out what the picture was all about that I grew uninterested. For goodness sake, if you have a romance novel I don’t want a picture of a girl dramatically crying and screaming, looking more as if she’s giving birth then losing the love of her life. 

I admit, I am guilty of spending a lot of time in the romance department with fantasy a close second. At this point, I think I am safe to say that I am an expert in the typical romance books out these days. They either feature a love triangle (usually with one good boy and one bad boy), or they feature someone who is ‘unattainable’ OR it’s about a bad boy who suddenly falls head over heels in love for a quiet, shy good girl who is smart. 

Don’t get me wrong – I like the message that it isn’t just the beautiful, vain people that end up with other beautiful people and the rest of us normal people have a shot, but come on. So what if he’s good looking and is a rock star in a band – I want something a bit more than ‘each look he gave me made me swoon’. If there’s some guy who is known to be a bit of a sleaze and is looking at me, I don’t care how good looking he is – tell him to bugger off already. The whole ‘wounded’ part of the lead guy who is just really understood isn’t always realistic in some situations. I’ve found some authors just throw in a death in the family of the guy just to give him that emotional edge, but it isn’t enough to just have that. Death is such a devastating topic that you can’t just brush over – you have to explore it and actually talk about it instead of just having the female character think ‘Ohmygosh he’s so deep so now I love him’. 

Right, so what was I talking about again? Actually, to be honest, I’m not sure I know exactly where I’m going with this. But ou know how in romance novels everything centres on one guy and you just know that the girl will get him in the end or that he will abandon everything because he loves her? Well why can’t real life be like that? Why can’t you have a spotlight that suddenly shines on the one that you’ll end up with so that you don’t just look past them on your search for the one

On a side note, I’m trying to branch out to some other genres and have read a couple of science fiction books. I have got through a few action and adventure novels as well, but can’t find anything really gripping. If you have any suggestions, I’d love them ^_^

Anyway, thanks again for reading and drop a comment below to let me know your thoughts. ~El

Book reviews!

Ahh Book reviews, so original.

BUT STILL I will do this and if you want to see me live in action, please go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdvwVwxMgqI 

(^^Due to some grief, I’ve taken the video down. SIGH)

So in the video I talk about several books:

Looking for Alaska + Paper Towns – John Green
Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Claire
Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Looking for Alaska by John Green is a book all about how this one boy moves to a new school. He meets new friends, develops a crush and basically tries to find where he fits in. This beautiful book is written wittily and I especially love how the protagonist has a love for first words, along with the concept of the maze. If you want to read something that will make you laugh, cry and question everything – then this is the book for you.

The Book Thief – another fantastic book. From the point of view of Death, we discover the tale of a girl who, you guessed it, is a book thief. Admittedly she doesn’t steal more than a few and it’s not like she is robbing a bookstore, but set in Nazi Germany this tale really paints a picture that I would never have even thought of. No matter who you are, you should really give this book a go.

Mortal Instruments. Oh, how I love you. Ever since I started reading the first page of City of Bones, I have been hooked on this series and i have both rejoiced and cursed the author every time I find out that the book I spent all night reading still has another sequel. She leaves you on cliffhangers SO MANY TIMES that you can’t stop reading. When the next part hasn’t been published yet, you will cry (as I have) with the unfairness of life. SO about the books – they centre around a girl called Clary who finds out that the world has a darker side to it with vampires, werewolves, demon hunters and more. This isn’t your standard Twilight novel though; this is filled with action, adventure and a little bit of romance that we all secretly love (trust me, with the character of Jace all you girls will be swooning).

That’s all for today I’m afraid, but I will say a few more words. If you are looking for some books and your taste is similar to mine, I HIGHLY recommend checking out these authors: Jennifer L Armentrout (MY FAVOURITE – The Lux series), Samantha Young (I LOVE HER TOO), Julie Kagawa (THE IRON FEY IS AMAZING), Abbi Glines (EVERYTHING SHE WRITES IS BRILLIANT).

Let me know what you think of this post as always and I’ll do my best to deliver whatever you like! But please, PLEASE leave a comment on what you want and your thoughts because I always need help in knowing what you lot want to see!

~Eleanor