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My First Post and a Book Haul!!

This is my first ever post on wordpress! I’m Laura, and my two favourite things in the world are reading and writing, so I thought I’d start a blog about them both. I spend way too much money on books and even though I’m broke, I just can’t stop. I’m a bookaholic!

Having said that, I haven’t brought a few books together for a long time (A long time is about a month for me!) and so when I clicked on to amazon last week, the inevitable happened. I brought books.

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The first book I brought was  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (first published 1889) by Lewis Carrol. The Goodreads synopsis is as follows:

‘Weary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginitive[sic] Alice follows a hasty hare underground — to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature. The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat — each more eccentric than the last — could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll. In penning this brilliant burlesque of children’s literature, this farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, this arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up, Carroll was one of the few adult writers to enter successfully the children’s world of make-believe, where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal, real, and where the heights of adventure are limited only by the depths of imagination’

 I have wanted this book for ages. It’s a classic, and I am actually suprised that I haven’t read it yet. I was obsessed with the disney movie when I was little and I am so excited to read about the weird and wonderful going’s on in Wonderland. I cannot wait to read this!

Book numero deuce was Insurgent by Veronica Roth (published 2012) and here is the synopsis

‘One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
“New York Times” bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian “Divergent” series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature’ 

To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Divergent (the first book in Roth’s series) , which I read about a month ago was one of the best books I have read so far this year. Tris is such an exciting character, her voice is so clear and true to herself and I have a GIGANTIC book crush on Four. I can’t wait to see whats in store for Tris and the Dauntless and how being Divergent is affecting her life.  I also recently discovered that Veronica Roth has a blog http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ and she’s so cool and funny and I want to be her best friend. She also has a tonne of helpful tips about writing.

The third book I got was Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (published 2012). Its the second installment in the Delirium Trilogy and the synopsis is this:

‘I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.’

If you haven’t read Delirium, go read it now. Its amazing. I read it after reading Liesl and Po, Lauren Oliver’s middle grade novel and her style of writing was just so sophisticated and beautiful that I wanted more. Its a dystopian series, set in a world where love is thought of as a disease and people are ‘cured’ of this disease in their teens. The first book ended on a pretty big cliffhanger so I’m excited to see where it picks off and how Lena is doing.

The Fourth and final book(s) haven’t actually arrived yet (hurry up Amazon!!) but it is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien and heres the synopsis:

‘A fantastic starter set for new Tolkien fans or readers interested in rediscovering the magic of Middle-earth, this three-volume box set features paperback editions of the complete trilogy — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King — each with art from the New Line Productions feature film on the cover. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring — created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier — is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron’s lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well..’

Now, because I don’t live under a rock I’ve read LOTR but my tatty old paperback is falling apart and I’d thought I’d treat myself to a brand spanking new copy! Its the classic tale of hobbits, elves, dwarfs, men and the occasional wizard from the father of fantasy and I cannot wait to re-immerse myself in middle earth!

That’s all the books I have got. I’ll be sure to post some reviews when I get round to reading them I hope you enjoyed my first post.

-Laura 🙂

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