Genres

genres

If you have read my previous blog posts you would know that I love to read crime and mystery books. I love to delve into the world of detective and spies and learn about the way in which each author portrays them. The investigation and excitement that goes along with these books engages me and hook me on to the storyline. I also love how after each detective or crime books their tends to be some sort of resolution and ending that isn’t necessarily always a cliff hanger and if there is a cliff hanger something explored within the story has been resolved. Even although this is my favourite genre of book I would say that I am trying to explore others a lot more.

I don’t tend to enjoy romance books as I find them to be based upon the same thing. Someone fall in love and they live happy ever after. I know that this isn’t always the case and I understand that I haven’t read an awful lot so my outlook on this genre is not necessarily accurate. Call me by your name by Andre Acimen is a recent book that I would say is within this genre that completely proved me wrong. It isn’t always about the happy ever after it is about watching a relationship find its way into the characters life and thanks to this book I would like to explore this genre more.

When it comes to Sci-fi or action/adventure books I read them less than crime novels however it is not that I don’t enjoy them. They are exciting and hold my attention and in a way I feel that the crime novels are also action/adventure based. I think these genres although different are also often dealt with in the same book with aspects of all being identified. Horror books are the same I think with a lot of crime or action books have aspects of horror within them. I have only read a totally horror book once and I don’t think I would again if I am honest (unless someone recommend a really good one). I think this is the case as I didn’t enjoy how focused it is on the horror. I like to explore characters and see them develop which I think you see less of in the horror genre.

Overall, I would say that I am starting o explore other genres more and more and finding books that change my outlook on these genres is exciting and I would recommend that everyone steps out of their reading comfort zones. To explore more genres that you wouldn’t typically choose because when you find one that proves your wrong it is exhilarating.

 

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS feel free to comment your favourite genres and how you fell about exploring new ones)

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Call me by your name by Andre Aciman is a book unlike anything I had ever read before. I read it due to the recent film release and decided to read the book rather than watch the film. The book is a beautifully written book that explores the feelings of love and exploration. I wouldn’t usually chose to read a book about a summer romance or any sort of love story however this appealed to me as I had heard such good review about how different and well written it was. The structure of the book is also unlike anything I had read before as it is not chapter based. It is almost one continuous prose with four parts. I enjoyed this structure as it looked at their romance in a different way, it interprets their flourishing romance and friendship as a continuous event. It happens and develops throughout the summer as they find themselves and their love for each other. I think that this book is something I would recommend based purely on the style of writing and the story that is put to that structure is beautiful yet sad.

I find that this book is almost like a book of poetry as it is filled with metaphors and symbols that mean so much to the characters. It explores their stories in a symbolic and understanding way. There is no judgement at any point throughout the book and it is told in a completely unbiased way. It tells the story it wants to tell and allows you, as the reader, to decide what you think and feel about this book. There is a sort of repetition within the book that I think adds another dimension to the book which is unusual. I would normally get bored of a repetitive book but in this case is isn’t a bad thing. It shows their daily routine and how they spend their days throughout the summer. It gives you an insight into how the book progresses and how their relationship grows. It gives you further insight into the characters mind-sets and why they feel the way they do.

This book is not only about a flourishing relationship but the feelings of desire. At time it can be slightly explicit and have sexual experiences but they are not written in a crude way. It is written as an experience of the characters and isn’t anything more than important to them. I think that this also adds another dimension to the book as it adds a bit of realism and isn’t based upon a typical summer romance. It is more about desire, friendship and love.

I would highly recommend this book so that everyone can experience what it offers. Not only to explore the story but to enjoy the writing style and structure. I haven’t yet seen the film however I would suggest reading the book before or after watching it to enjoy the prose and poetry of the book on the page and it enjoy it as it was originally intended.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your opinions on this book or the film adaptation)

BOOK TAG

For today’s blog post I chose to do another book tag to allow a bit more insight into me and why i write these blog posts. I hope you enjoy!

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  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
    No
  2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Andre Aciman, I haven’t read a lot of book in that genre itself and the way he write is so engaging and exciting.

  1. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
    Harry Potter. There is magic, friendship and action.
  1. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I tend to carry my kindle more than a book unless I am currently reading a book I love.

  1. Do you smell your books?
    Not really, I tend to focus on reading them 🙂
  1. Books with or without little illustrations?
    Either to be honest. For books without I prefer having loads of small chapters.
  1. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

My Hannah Montana books

  1. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
    Not really other than I read a lot
  1. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
    Most of my childhood books
  1. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
    Alice in Wonderland and other stories
  1. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
    No, I have a good imagination and can think of loads to write about but lack the ability to do so successfully.
  1. What is your favorite classic book?
    Alice in Wonderland
  1. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
    Nope, I wasn’t very good at English I preferred French or music
  1. Do you prefer serious of books or individual novels?

I prefer series of books I would say as you get the chance to explore a story and the characters much more in depth.

  1. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
    Action for sure. I love to read about the adventure and excitement of an action story.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your answers to these questions!)

‘For All Our Sins’ by T.M.E Walsh

For all our sins TME Walsh
Source; http://www.goodreads.com

This book is the first in a series by TME Walsh that centres on DCI Claire Winters. The book begins with the brutal murder of a priest and dives into the investigation alongside the story of who is committing these crimes and why. It is a story that features a strong female detective and her determination to solve the case. This book isn’t a case of waiting to find out the culprit and the motive as it is explained throughout via flashbacks which add another layer to the book. You see two sides to a story; one based on the past and one the future. As other bodies turn up with the same MO it looks as though it is by the same killer and DCI Winters works alongside her team to solve this case.

Alongside the main storyline we get to have a little insight into DCI Winters personal life and her relationship with her father. They remain not speaking to each other most of the book however DCI Winters receives a text from her father asking to get in contact. This is left as this and isn’t revisited in this book which adds another dimension and reason to read the second book, in order to find a resolution of sorts.

To begin with I found this book a little un-engaging for me. I had read quite a few chapters and felt as though it took me longer to read than what I usually do and that I wasn’t all that eager to read on. I felt as though if I wasn’t determined to finish the book like I was I would have given up. Saying this, I am glad that I did continue to read as the twists and turns that begin to unfold in the later chapters make up for a slower beginning. I believe that it could have been a little faster pace in the beginning however there was a sort of balance to it. The latter chapters are engaging and exciting with new discoveries within the investigation being made and the pieces of the puzzle coming together. I would recommend that anyone who reads this and feel the same as I do to stick at it and give it a chance as the ending is something that makes you want to continue on. The book ends with a resolution of sorts and that does effect if I wanted to read on to the next. I think the reason I will read the second book in the series is to see how the characters develop after the brutality and effect of the first one.

Overall, I would say this book features a complex storyline however well written so feels almost effortless to read. I would say that if you feel as though it is a slow start, give it a chance and you will love it. I would also recommend this book as it is an intriguing story many twists and turns. It is a unique story which features a strong, female detective as the lead character and I am excited to read the second in the series.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment on your opinion of this book or any similar)

My Life in Books Tag

Pick a book for each of your initials…

C- Charlie and the chocolate factory

charlie and the chocoloate factory

M- Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus

miles to go

D- Dead Lions by Mick Herron

dead lions

Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

noughtsandcrosses

Pick a book set in your city/country.

DI Callanach Series by Helen Fields (Scotland)

DI CALLANACH

Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to..

Peter Pan by JM Barrie (Neverland)

peter pan

Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

The Abduction by Jonathan Holt (Gold)

the abduction jonathon holt

Which book do you have fondest memories of?

A personalised copy of Beauty and the Beast

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar (I was younger and it was too complex at the time)

the lost island of tamarind

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

All of the Harry Potter books because I have wanted to read them for ages

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

  1. Find and author name or title with a Z in it.

I don’t think I have one

2. Find a classic.

alice in wonderland 

 

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol

 

3. Find a book with a key on it.

13treasures

 

 

The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.

A tin of teabags

5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.

secret garden

 

A 1970s edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

6. Find a book with a girl on it.

Girl stolen

 

 

Girl, Stolen  by April Henry

7. Find a book that has an animal in it.

An_elephant_in_the_garden

 

 

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

8. Find a book with a male protagonist.

othello

 

 

Othello by William Shakespeare

9. Find a book with only words on the cover.

The Killing Lessons Saul Black (google books)

 

 

The killing Lessons by Saul Black?

10. Find a book with illustrations in it.

All my Roald Dahl Books

11. Find a book with gold lettering.

alice and others

 

 

Alice in Wonderland & other stories by Lewis Carol

 

12. Find a diary, true or fictional.

I don’t think I have any diaries

 

13. Find a book written by an author with a common name (like Smith).

paper towns

 

 

Paper Towns  by John Green

14. Find a book with a close up of something on it.

the escape

 

 

The Escape by David Baldacci (close up of handcuffs)

15. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period.

othello

 

 

Othello by William Shakespeare

16. Find a hardcover book without a jacket.

a visual journey

 

 

A Visual Journey by Ed Sheeran

17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.

rise of the isle of the lost

 

Rise of the Isle of the Lost by De la Cruz

18. Find a book with stars on it.

fairy dust

 

 

Fairy Dust by Gwyneth Rees

 

 

  1. Find a non YA book.

all quiet on the western frontAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

 

 

 

 

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment your book tag)

Books I would like to see adapted for film/TV

I often think whilst reading a book that it might be great for film and television and it would be something I want to happen but then I think that it would possible ruin it for me.

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Gallagher Girls

One of the books that I read and thought it would be great for adaption is Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter as it is a series that is full of exiting storylines that would engage a young audience immediately. It is full of exciting adventures but also shares the stories of friendship and learning how to grow as a teenager whilst living the life of a spy. I think that it would adapt well as long as it was cast with actors that we don’t recognise or are not fully aware of so that we don’t fit the stories to the actor.

Jackson Lamb Series by Mick Herron

Jackson Lamb series

Jackson Lamb Series as it is full of drama and intense storyline but still has comedy embedded into it. Although I would love to see this adapted and think it could if it was done well I think it would be difficult as it is a series that it so well represented on paper. I think the hardest part would be finding actors to fit the characters as they are all so unique. I would say that this wouldn’t be a quick adaptation and it would take a long time to get it right and to allow it to represent the books.

The Carnivia trilogy by Jonathon Holt

The carnvia trilogy

I think this series would be a great choice as an adaptation as long as it was done well and with near enough the same detail as found in the book. I think that although it can be a little complex it would transfer onto screen really well. I think it has the right amount of mystery and excitement that it would be a great adaptation to TV as it would be full of suspense and extremely engaging.

Overall, I would say that a good adaptation relies on a well thought out plan but most importantly the actors chosen as it has a huge impact on the way you watch it as a film versus how you read it as a book.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please feel free to comment what books you would like to see adapted.)