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This week in Literature (6th-11th Aug)

Hi guyss!! I’m here with some really really exciting idea for a weekly post. So this isn’t going to be your usual weekly meme where we talk about top 10 things or Goodreads Monday, even though we all know those are my favourite kind of posts. But sometimes I just crave for a little something different, you know, and after a lot of thinking and brainstorming I have come up with this kickass idea of sharing news and gossips about literature and drama.

It’s supposed to be like a newspaper, except that it doesn’t include all the boring talks about electricity shortages, politics or some street crime. Its going to be solely literature where I will very briefly discuss what’s going on in the literary world; from authors to new book releases and book-turned-movie adaptations to just about anything literary. How about that??? I love to keep myself updated with literary news usually, so it would be awesome to share those little snippets with all of you as well!

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7-August-2018

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9-August-2018

Image result for not so nice guy  Oh boy, you have to read this synopsis because it is hilarious AF!

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As you all know the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Literary Prize is the UK’s only literary prize given to authors who have a flair for wit, sarcasm and laugh-out-loud moments in their books. Unfortunately this year, the Wodehouse prize was rolled over after the titles submitted for the prize failed to evoke the level of laughter that the Judges were expecting. It also should be noticed that in the past 18-years of the prize, the prize have been given to only 3 women.

“It is automatically assumed that men are superficially more funny and witty than women,” says Marian Keyes, the funny international best-seller who writes about modern women in the modern world, and yet has never been shortlisted for a Man Booker Prize or the Wodehouse Prize.

Pertaining to this issue, the English comedian, actress and the writer of the best-selling “Losing It”, Helen Lederer is launching her very own prize for funny female writers, the Comedy Women in Print Prize (CWIP).  This prize will longlist/shortlist and then eventually award the prize to the best, funniest female writer. The CWIP will offer two awards – a £2,000 prize for published female writers, and a £1,000 prize with a free place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in creative writing for an unpublished writer (the university where Lederer herself studied).

The prize will open for submissions on 24 August, with a longlist announced in March 2019, a shortlist in May and the winners unveiled next June.

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So apparently, this is the highlight event of the year in the United Kingdom. This year, it’s running from the 3rd-27th August, displaying a wide array of children and adult fiction. However, the gossip is that a lot of authors that wanted to attend this festival were detained at the airport, or were made to go through lengthy, humiliating checking processes. One of the author was told that he had too much money in his bank account, which looked suspicious for a short-time travelling to UK for a festival. (Huh???)

According to Nick Barley, the festival director, a dozen authors were asked to provide three years’ worth of bank statements to demonstrate financial independence, despite being paid to participate in the Edinburgh book festival, and having publishers and the festival guaranteeing to cover their costs while in the UK. Barley said any deposits that could not be easily explained were used as grounds to deny the authors’ visas; one had to reapply three times due to her bank statements.

A permit-free festival visitor visa is available to artists appearing at 45 approved cultural events, including Womad and the Edinburgh Fringe, which means they do not require a certificate of sponsorship and only have to show bank balances for three months. However, the book festival is not on the list. Barley said that while the festival could apply to be added to the permit-free list, he hoped other festivals across the UK would come together to campaign for a new system. (guardian)

For more details, read the article at The Guardian. 

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THERE IS A NATIONAL BOOK-LOVERS’ DAY?! WHAAAAT.

I sometimes feel like I’m truly a disgrace to this book community. I mean who doesn’t know about an event which revolves around the purpose of this blog and the bookosphere and something which I truly truly love! Omg now that I realise it, no wonder Book Outlet had a 24-hour sale on their entire stock. DAAMIT!

Anyway, now that i’ve missed the oppurtunity of enjoying the feeling (what was i even doing 2 days ago?!) how about you all share some funny, happening stories about YOUR day??? Another benefit of keeping myself updated with literary news: I get to learn new stuff haha!

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

This new Netflix movie is all about how books can bring people together even from miles apart and how a book club kept people safe and sane during the wake of World War II. It starrs the real life Cinderella Princess and Mamma Mia star, Lilly James as a London writer who is struggling to get ideas to write. She exchanges letters with a stranger over a book (how cool!!!) and decides that they should meet.

It’s a very cute movie, but nothing out-of-the-ordinary. The plot seemed to go tooo fast at times. Since I haven’t read the book, I can’t judge the movie too well, but it was more like 5/10 for me. If you all have read the book, as well as seen the movie, comment down your opinions!!

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I truly hope guys, that you all are appreciative of this little idea of mine.

If you want to contribute or write your own tid-bits of what’s going on in your part of the world, please feel free to!

Don’t forget to link back so that I equally have the chance to get to know morree. 

Until then,

Happy Reading!

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July Wrap-Up: it was definitely a good reading month!

Oh woah woah woah. July is already here, which means two months of vacations went by. WHAAAAAT? I swear time is flying by so quickly, i mean what even. I’m not done resting and being lazy, I don’t think I’m ready for a new semester just as yet.

But this month has been comparitively really good and productive, reading-wise. With me, i’ve always blogged more than I read and usually try to finish books faster so I could review them. But this time, I finished around 2 books a week and actually had NO time at alllll for reviewing. I’m so faaaarrr behind on my reviews, it’s crazy. But i did keep updating my progress on Goodreads, so maybe check that out?!

Anyway, let’s get to it:

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I worked at a Bookstore – and have found heaven on Earth.

Hello from an over-caffeinated, crazy bookworm!

So guys, I’ll get right to the point and tell ya’ll you can totally have a super-cool, kickass summer even if you’re not travelling for vacations. I mean it’s super sad when all your friends have flown out and you’re left grappling with boredom, right? But my friends,  that’s when bookstores in towns come to help!!!

Naa-ah not for book-buying or reading, but for doing a summer internship! Yupp, that’s right. I did a summer internship at every book-lover’s favorite place, Liberty Books! (For my Pakistani readers) I mean, who wouldn’t love to do that, man. In terms of retail jobs, I’m pretty sure everyone can see the immediate appeal: literary conversations, smart, relaxed customers, being surrounded with books! After spending hours amongst shelves full of Hemingway’s and Bronte’s and Murakami’s and Orhan Pamuks, I used to forget all about the throbbing pain in my head from the air-conditioning or the aching pain in my heels for standing all day long. Because who wouldn’t, after coming out of a literary bliss! So I’m just going to highlight a few tips that I would like to share with ya’ll:

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Well, this was an interesting read. Can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. It was as fun and intriguing to read as the Sorceror’s Stone and it definitely had two of my favourite scenes ever.

I LOVE THE WORLD-BUILDING. I mean, the whole wizards stuff, Hogwarts, Quidditch…everything I loveeee. LOVE. I just can’t believe I never read these books as a child. Moreover, I’m glad I don’t remember much from the movies either…think that’s why reading these is such a fun-filled ride for me.

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All About Reading Book Tag

FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY I FOUND A BOOK-TAG TO DO.

If you guys have been following me for a while, you must know that my love for booktags and answering questions is crazy great! I enjoy them so much, but for the past month I have been doing more book reviews than book tags. Actually, shit I haven’t done a booktag in ages. To my delight, I found the perfect book tag to do! As always, my inspiration and half of the tags done here have been taken from Kristin. She has such an amazing set tags, guys. You need a list? Go on to her blog!!

Here, this is her original post for this tag.  

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Fat Books I want to get done with by the end of the year!

This time, since my summer vacations have started, I’ve been on a major reading roll. Like I swear I’ve never read this much in my life. I’m usually a slow reader and get bored easily by doing one thing, but this time I am reading around 5 books at a time (check my goodreads!) and it’s actually been going good.

Just last week, I got this new edition for Anna Karenina and I was thinking to give it a go.

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Book Review: Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

 

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My Rating: 4/5

Am I on a roll here or what? Seriously, this is my fourth book review of the month and the third review in a week. WHAT THE……. I have never ever in my reading life been so efficient and since I’ve been reading my whole life, that kind of sluggishness suffices my entire life.

Jeez, I’m making serious progress here. All too shocked and proud?!

So I’ll quit babbling about my efficiency and before this turns out to be a “me post” , let us get into the reviewing part. Let me start with telling ya’ll THAT OH MY THIS BOOK IS SUPER AMAZING! I LOVE IT. From broken families and nice functional foster families, to

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Book Review: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga – another unpopular opinion

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My Rating: 1/5

Synopsis:

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

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Sorting into my Hogwarts House + Wand

So I have read Harry Potter finally, and I seem to love it. A LOT. IT’S CRAZY.  I’ve read about the 4 infamous houses, the sorting ceremony, the wands, the spells…..and so of-course begins the dilemma about my Hogwarts house. Lmao.

(Remember the days when I didn’t care about HP or Hogwarts or which house i belonged to? (I didn’t even know all the names!!!) ) And look at me nowww!!! Going obsessive over finding out my wand and house. Huh, time changes.

So, I decided to share my Pottermore sorting experience with all you guyssss YAYY!

Here’s my profile.

I am going to screenshot each question and answer that I select.

Let’s start!

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The Gilded Cage by Vic James

HEY EVERYONEE!

I *finally* finished Gilded Cage which was actually supposed to be a buddy-read with Victoria during the spring break! (haha yeah which was like 3 months back. Look at me keeping up with my plans)

I don’t even know how Victoria @ Be Careful of Books kept up with me, but seriously she’s the sweetest to do a buddy-read with. It was a lot of fun because we decided to send each other videos whenever something sad or shocking happened. So it was really cool watching each other’s initial reactions! I’m glad to say, that we agreed on a lot of things (YAYY!)

My Review

Rating: 2/5

Attractive cover.
Instant cover buy.

Interesting as hell synopsis.

In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. 

Now who wouldn’t want to read something like this, yeah? The first two chapters were grrrrrreat. Good plot-line. I wanted to read more and know more about the characters’ plight. What I found, however, was the introduction of more and more characters as chapters progressed, pointless POV’s which were literally contributing no substance to the story; whatsoever, and a mesh of 10000 conflicts all of which were left unresolved or just abruptly and stupidly solved. 60% of the book was senseless pov’s, i repeat. A LOT OF repetition, and I kid you not, around 50 characters of whom 3 were the only important ones.

Even the main characters all lacked personality except maybe, Silyen, one of the Jardine brother. He was a cruel, heartless Equal but atleast it was clear what he wanted, what his goals were and who he liked or hated. The other people were merely pawns in the story just carrying the plot line forward with no mind or thinking ability of their own. I couldn’t connect to them at alllllll.

The only person I felt a tiny bit of pain for, was Luke, one of the kids in the Hadleys family who was separated from the rest of the family. He was THE ONLY ONE who actually suffered, and see the difference in lives between the Equals and the Normals. His story had action. Unfortunately, we don’t read much of him either.

What we read about, is the annoying slave-girl, Abigail. God!! I wanted to shoot her in the head!!!!
This girl’s family was torn apart, bound to the Equals to serve them, her brother in war-torn conditions in a land far away, and you know what troubles her the most??????

Ugh, Would it be a spoiler if I say so? (Hint: a very very very very forced kick-in-your-crotch-spit-on-your-neck kinda stupid romance)

This girl was crazy.
Idk what thought process Vic James was going through, but there were major contradictions in all of characters’ personality.

The ending was very abrupt. Suddenly wrapped up. And it was very very evident that it ended the way it did, only because the writer wanted to write a sequel. The reason it gets 2 stars, instead of 1 is, bec the start was good, and the last chapter also had some read-able substance. Everything in the middle? *eye-roll*

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My Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts: The world building of this book was really interesting. I loved the mix of fantasy and alternative history. The Equals are essentially a super hero class of people, they have ‘skill’ which are essentially magical powers and therefore are the ruling class. The ordinary people owe the Elites ten years of slavery known as the ‘slave days’ and everyone can chose to serve out their slave days whenever they want, as long as they do them. They say in the book that if you do your slave days too old, you won’t survive them, and if you do them too young you won’t recover from them. They’re pretty damn brutal. The novel starts with the Hadley family parents telling their children that they have signed them all up for their slave days, the parents thought it would be best to do the days all together as a family (I’ll get into that a bit more soon), but when they arrive their son is taken from them to work in Millmoor (one of the most notorious slave camps in the country).

What a cool premise!

The problem I have with it is that despite the fact that the world building was really cool, this is a character driven story and… the characters were a mess.

To start with, there were a lot of them. It became tricky to keep track.

Secondly, they all kind of made stupid choices, all the time. Lets start with the Hadley parents. They signed their kids up for slavery without consulting them!? They talked to their oldest daughter about it, but not the other two kids. It seems like a really terrible thing to spring on them. They’re also really emotionally flat. When their son is taken away they’re just like ‘oh I hope he’s okay and I guess we’ll see him in ten years then’. THIS IS YOUR CHILD. Have an emotion people! And when anything traumatic happens its almost like they don’t notice. Its weird.

Abi is the oldest daughter. She is meant to be the smart one. And holy shit is she an idiot. Before leaving for the slave days she is obsessed with reading romance novels featuring normal people who fall in love with and have an affair with Equals during their slave days. She says ‘oh I would never be stupid enough to expect that’ and then any time an Equal so much as breathes in her direction she’s thinking ‘is this it?’ ‘is he into me?’ ‘oh are we going to fall in love?’. Even when she should be afraid of them she runs TOWARDS Equal men to protect her, totally forgetting that they have her enslaved. It makes no sense! Even when she is repeatedly slapped in the face with the fact that legally, slaves aren’t considered fully human, she insists on believing she is the exception. She does have a bit of a romantic story arc with one of the Equals but I kind of hope it comes to bite her in the ass later in the series.

Luke was my favourite character, he seems to be the most realistic in this family. He sees the slave days as…. slavery and thinks that’s wrong. He’s in Millmoor for most of the book, working in a terrible slave camp where he is pretty brutalised. He is the hero of this story from my view, and though we are meant to be sympathetic to the entire Hadley family, I really only found myself invested in Luke.

The youngest child, Daisy, is only ten. The minimum age requirement for slave days. She ends up a babysitter to an Equal baby and… its real gross. She ends up being really defensive of the Equals and thinks they’re all really good people or misunderstood or something. But I guess she is a little kid. She was the least developed Hadley.

Around their story is the story of a massive political conflict around slave days and Equals and all of it.

I have such mixed feeling about this book.

The whole arc of Equals, Skill, and the politics that is happening in the background is fascinating. Its just these characters…

Its difficult.

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So there’s that, guys! Have you guys read this story?? What did you think of it?

Until then,

Happy Reading!