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365 Challenge : Judgement Day

If you were to judge your favourite book by its cover, would you still read it?


Well I’ve been out all day so I think its nice that I get a nice easy question to easily answer and get this over with.

Yes I would.

In fact the Discworld books my mum owned when I was a kid had such strange covers that it was the reason I stole them and read them in the first place! I always loved the covers, they were jam packed with strange and funny looking things. When I was young I had no idea what any of it meant but the older I got, the more I read them and the more I look I appreciate them even more.

I’ll never judge a book by the cover.

I mean a book, I judge people all the time.

365 Challenge : Bedtime Story

When I was a kid I think the bedtime story that I was in love with was possibly Funny Bones! I can’t remember any others before that but I would have already been quite old by then!

I don’t think Funny Bones did anything to my life.

If we’re going by books I think possibly changed my life it would probably be the Secret Garden. It opened my eyes a lot in a certain way, not to look at things from the outside and to always look through the eyes of amazement of everything I see. Look for the beauty in things.

It also made me fall in love with gardening. The thought of seeing things growing and having to look after them. It made me want a secret garden all of my own.

For someone who reads a lot though I do struggle to remember books I read when I was a child!

Diary #6 : Fantastical Books and the Impression they leave

I will start with a question.

Is there a universe out there that you’ve read about in a book that just seems so real and alive to you that it upsets you deep inside that it isn’t real and you aren’t there? Are there characters that touch your heart so tenderly that you don’t care if people think you are stupid but as far as you are concerned you know them? You are more emotionally attached to them and their plight then you are of real life people right in front of you?

If you have I’d love to know which ones so leave me a message in the comments. If not then why not?

Let me tell you about some of mine…

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

By now we all know the story of Dorothy Gale and her wonderful adventure in Oz. Oz is one of those places that people lose themselves too. The movies, the books, the plays, the TV short movies… EVERYTHING Oz is magical.

Danielle Paige asks the question, What if Dorothy returned? What happens then?

The first book I really have read in 2016 answers that question.

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365 Challenge : This is your life

Give me the chance to read the story of my life and I possibly would have to turn you away.

The thing is I’d be interested in reading it. I’d love to read my past. Memory is a horrible thing and even if you remember something your perception of the event changes with time. Something that was once a lovely memory could be tainted by a more cynical viewpoint later in life. So I’d love to be able to sit back and read quite plainly everything that ever happened.

Remember that time that you got a award you completely forgot about? Or that time you made a awesome piece of art? Or that friend who is but a mere memory?

Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Why I’d give it back though is because as much as I’d love to remember my past I don’t want my future spoilt for me.

I guess some people would like forewarning. Some people might like to think they’d be able to change what came next. Some just don’t mind spoilers.

For me it would remove all the magic of life. Yes I go through hard times but its the amazing moments that make life worth living! I might like to be told that at some point something amazing would happen to me or be able to prepare myself for something awful but it would take the whole point of living through these moments away from me. If I knew that this amazing, wonderful thing was going to happen tomorrow why would I be happy to see it happen? I knew it was going to happen so its more then just seeing how it plays out. If I knew something terrible was going to happen the day after I’m not going to enjoy the day before any more then I would have if I didn’t know the bad thing was going to happen, forcing myself to enjoy the good thing because the bad thing is happening too is just letting the bad thing take control of my life.

Maybe on my death bed I’d like to read it sure.

Then again technically we are already reading our own story from cover to cover just by being alive.

Would you really want to spoil the rest of your life by already knowing the good and the bad that happens?

365 Challenge : Call me Ishmel

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Yes my favourite book series of all time is the magical world of Harry Potter and the first book, The Philosophers Stone, will forever be my favourite book in the world.

There are so many things I love and hate about the world JK Rowling created and so many characters that I fell in love with. I remember waiting up till midnight to go get the books, dragging everyone I could to go see the movies three or four times, always dreaming about what house I’d be put into if I went to Hogwarts and fancying the pants off of Neville in the books AND Matthew Lewis in the movies.

Like most people of my age it was a giant part of our up bringing. The books made reading cool once more, the films became what we lived to see and everyone knew everything about it even if they didn’t want to.

They came at a time in my life when I’d stopped reading because kids books were too childish and my school didn’t really care whether you read or not. If it wasn’t for these books I would never have really carried on reading so they mean the world to me.

Whats the first line of your favourite book? I think one of the funniest things is looking at lines out of context and trying to figure out what the book is about! I mean with this line you’d never actually know the magic that came afterwards so I’m interested in knowing what the first line of everyone else’s favourite books are! Let me know in the comments! It would be even more fun if you didn’t tell us where the line came from and we had to guess what book it is or what its about! Even if I’ve read it I probably will never guess!!!

Kid Scares : Are You Afraid of the Dark vs Goosebumps

We all grew up with both shows. For us in the UK “Are You Afraid of the Dark” was one of those shows that got forgotten about because no everyone had Nickelodeon whilst everyone knew of “Goosebumps” thanks to it being a spin off of a book series.

Both were aimed at scaring kids but was one better at it then the other?

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Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

We have found the meaning of The Question, we have travelled far and wide, seen the end of Earth, heard Vogon poetry and even seen the end of the Universe itself at a Restaurant.

Arthur Dent is still trudging through the universe in his dressing gown asking the most simplistic and important question there is.


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The Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Starting with The Hitchhikers Guide we very obviously are going to come next to The Restaurant at the end of the Universe. The second book in the Trilogy told in Five Books.

The first book ended with the crew of the Heart of Gold learning that the answer to the meaning of everything is 42 and that Earth was a complex computer that was working out what the question actually was. The question of Life, the Universe and Everything.

Unfortunately the Earth was blown up by Vogons 5 minutes before completion of the calculations and now there are only two humans (as far as we know) still alive. Trillian, who left Earth a while before it was blow up and was travelling with then president Zaphod Bebblebrox, and Arthur, who left Earth just as it was being destroyed with his best friend Ford Prefect who just so happened to be a alien hitchhiker.

It was decided at the end of the book to visit the restaurant at the end of the universe but who knows were we’ll end up?

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. A old classic and one I have not read in years.

In fact its been so long that I read the books that the only thing I really remember about it is the film that starred Martin Freeman. So it’ll nearly be like reading it all over again for the first time.

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