My Birthday Gifts

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As it as my birthday recently I was lucky to receive a number of gifts, many book related so I thought I would share them. I got 3 books, two gift cards and a piece of artwork.

Warlord by Chris Ryan

warlordWarlord by Chris Ryan is the 5th instalment in the Danny Black thriller series and is based around the dangerous world of drugs and cartels. Set on the US-Mexico border it looks at how the CIA and SAS will combat the drug epidemic and the cartels that are running it. Whilst doing this however Danny realises that the drugs from these cartels can reach far and will discover that people close to him are affected by them also. I have yet to start reading this book however I am excited to as it seems like something I would be interested in.

 

TAG- You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton

tag youre deadTag- You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton is a book that surrounds the character of Dominic Queste who is a private investigator of sorts. As he is looking for a butcher by the name of Sam Price he realises that everything is much more dangerous that first tgought and he is brought into a killers game. A simple favour has turned into his nightmare very quickly and he must play by the killers rules or be killed himself.  I have began to read this book and so far I am enjoying it and love the way it is written. I like the main character as although he can be series there is a comedic aspect to him which is likeable.

 

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner follows the disappearance of a girl by the name of Edith Hind. It is written from the viewpoint of multiple characters which allows you further insight into what everyone is dealing with. With the lead detective aware of how critical the first 72 hours of a disappearance is she works to try to find Edith alive whilst facing the severe pressure from the press. I have also yet to read this book but I look forward to delving into it.

 

Gift cards

img_20180615_1253203695135610765223753.jpgAs part of my birthday I also received two gift cards, one for Waterstone’s and the other a national book tokens card. I loved these gifts as it allows you to enjoy whatever book you choose as you have the choice of the book shop. I will get the chance to go look and explore knowing that someone gave this to be as a gift. I think gift cards are always a good choice for any gift and for anywhere as it shows that you are thoughtful to buy a gift but allows them to choose something they would like and not something you think they will like.

Artwork by Stevie Spiers

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This image is part of his ‘My Little People’ series and is a photograph I immediately fell in love with. I believe it suits me very well as I love to read and my favourite books to read and murder mysteries and crime books. I was given this by my sister and I love it. I would highly recommend visiting www.steviespiersphotography.com to look at this series and it is both comedic and tasteful.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment what books related-gifts you have ever received)

Le Petit Prince

As part of my advanced higher French course I had to study Le Petit Prince which is a short novel written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was first published in 1943 and has since been translated and published into more than 250 languages and dialects. It is very well known all across the globe and it has become one of the bestselling books ever published.
It is a riveting story about a pilot stranded in the Sahara desert. After crashing, he meets a young boy from asteroid B-612, who tells him about his adventures. This story has captured the minds of all ages from all over the world with its inspiring messages and enchanting story. It deals with themes such as friendship and love and explores them throughout.

This book is said to have been based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s own experiences. The plane crash of the aviators at the beginning of the novel mirrors Saint-Exupéry own experience, as in1935 Saint-Exupéry crashed in the Sahara desert alongside his mechanic-navigator after 19 hours in the air. He quickly became severely dehydrated due to the heat and his lack of water and he was said to have hallucinated many things including a Fennec fox, which has many similarities with the illustrations of le renard in the book. The rose also is said to have links to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s own life. It is said to represent his wife, Consuelo Suncin, who wrote a memoir about their relationship, titled the Tale of the Rose published after Saint-Exupéry’s disappearance in 1944. It is believed that Saint-Exupéry drew inspiration for the prince off of his self when he was younger as his family would call him Le Roi-Soleil (the sun king) due to his golden curly hair, similar to the Prince’s.

It is a book that explored the themes of love and friendship throughout and often the words have deeper meaning than first thought. Due to this it can be enjoyed by people of all ages even although it is intended to be more of a children’s book. As part of the course I had to analyze the book and due to this I got to look into the deeper meanings of the book and see how powerful it really is.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has written a book that explored powerful themes whilst being a great story and has managed to create a children’s book that is actually suitable for all ages. He has written a story that seems regular on the surface but once you look deeper it is so much nore. I highly recommend taking the time to read this book and take the time to explore the themes as there is more than just love and friendship.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your opinion on this book or one similar)

Being a Bookworm

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I have always loved to read and I have always looked for new books to read like many people my age and older.

However, when I begun high school I did read a lot less and lost my interest a little bit. I think it was due to trying to come to terms with such a big change going from primary to secondary school. I also think that making new friends and suddenly having a ton of homework in comparison to primary was a contributor.

I don’t think I am the only one that feels as through high school or higher education has gotten in the way of reading and therefore people lose interest. I fortunately didn’t lose interest completely and I got back into it in my last few years of high school and now college. I also believe that when people go onto college or university a lot if things can get in the way and they have other priorities. Getting a huge workload and meeting up with new friends as well as often having a part time job. I personally always take the time to read something before I go to sleep. I go to college and have a part time job so there isn’t always time to read during the day and so I always read a little before I go to sleep. Even if it is a sentence, paragraph or chapter I have to read something otherwise I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. I must read a part of the book I am reading each day and then I feel like I have completed something that day if I hadn’t anywhere else in the day. It relaxes me and makes me feel less stressed.

I think that your social group can be a big influence on if you continue to read or not. It you are constantly going out or meeting up with friends it’s a great time but that often takes over from reading, which isn’t a bad thing. It allows you to grow as a person and enjoy life in that way. I personally have a group of friends who during my first few years of high school took up most of my time and I am greatly thankful for that however as we grew older everyone had more of their own things to do such as homework and family time. That allows you to take the time to read a little more and it did for me even although we would still meet up and see each other at school every day.

Overall , I would say that if I wasn’t reading I would feel a void in my life as I love exploring other worlds and becoming involved in the storylines. Not everyone feels like this and in my family it’s a great example. My big sister always loved to read and I think partly that’s why I do but on the other hand my twin sister could think of 1000 other things to do before picking a book up to read but I personally would recommend reading to everyone. I think it is just the case of finding the perfect genre or author or book that is powerful enough to get that individual into reading.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS feel free to comment your thoughts of being a bookworm or if you aren’t)