Posted in Discussion, Posts/Features

The bookish dream team 


If you had super magical powers, a great kidnapping team or an awesome conference panel organiser, which authors would you bring together? (or which characters?! If I’m gonna have magical skills then I can break the rules)

So the very brilliant Eventbrite inspired this awesome project, and how could I say no?! (Be warned I went totally overboard and this is mostly just rambling fangirling. I’ve been away for a while and it’s had no outlet… anyway you have been warned)

So my dream bookish panel… 💭

1. Robin Hobb – my current favourite so she must be there! I love her books so so much. I either want to fangirl so hard in her face that she becomes mildly terrified and refuses to attend a bookish panel ever again or somehow acquire the knowledge and articulate prowess to completely wow her with my awesomeness. Either way.

and can she please bring along;

Althea Vestrit (preferably along with Paragon, though that will cause some logistical nightmare for some poor soul), 

and

Kettricken (because damn do I love her, maybe she could come with young Fitz and Nighteyes posing as her page and his puppy?!)

I would love these two to meet (I haven’t read all her series yet so maybe they do! Who knows!) as I think they are two of the most kickass firecracker women Robin Hobbs has created and I want them to rant feminism and equality and just generally be awesome. Plus could the all wonderful Robin Hobb ask for a better honour guard?!

2. Brandon Sanderson (is there a fantasy theme going on here?!) – because oh man the world building skillz and the magic of this mans untamed mind!!!!! I just want to hear him talk, I want him to use my shopping list or my google search history or just a boring work email and to turn it into something magical with his beautiful beautiful mind. Have you read this guys books? Pure wizardry pure and simple. I cannot get enough. 

And can he please bring along; 

Kaladin – stormblessed… Anyone with a title like that surely deserves a place at my dream panel. Because oh what a beautiful man. He’s not perfect but every thing about his character I just love. He just cares and feels and yet is badass and awesome. It’s been far too long since I read the Stormlight Archives, definitely needs a reread, so I can profess my love to Kaladin fully when I meet him.

and

Shallan – another from the Stormlights archives (you’d think with so many books by Brandon that I love that I wouldn’t pick more than one from each) but oh this girl. She’s a kickass awesome scholar. She draws and she loves learning and I’m pretty sure she’s my soul sister.

and

Vin – because hell yeah! Vin you are my queen. Mistborn was the first series by Brandon that I read and so this girl will always hold a special place in my heart. 

I want them all to meet and I want to meet all of them and for them to become my best friends and we can go on weekend camping trips together and sigh. Also maybe Robin Hobb and Brandon Sanderson can swap notes and create some hybrid book between the two of them which would surely become the best book ever. (And since I brought them together in this imaginary panel, they will dedicate it to me.)

3. George RR Martin – I’m torn about inviting / kidnapping George, because one one hand, talk about the size of his mind and the imagination (who wouldn’t want to talk to him!) and all I’m sure I could learn from him, but on the other hand I’ve refused to watch series 6 of the TV adaption because I absolutely must read the next book first. And if he’s at my book panel listening to me rant then he’s not writing and if he’s not writing then I’m still waiting desperately! 

and George you absolutely must bring along with you (cause I’ve decided you are invited after all);

Tyrion Lannister- because obviously. Funny, clever, brave and kind (but also kind of badass and ruthless, he is a Lannister). He is a (half)man after my own heart, and one of my most quoted characters. He would get on with everyone else at the panel and would just bring us all together and we’d talk and learn and all come away wiser for it. My love for Tyrion knows no bounds. (Maybe bring Bron too Tyrion cause the banter is real.)

and 

Daenerys Targaryen – (obviously upon the back of her dragons) because girl you are my idol. Genuinely a good person but with fire and blood all mixed in. Damn girl. (If you haven’t read these books and / or watched the series then why the hell not?! Get on it immediately.)

and also

Arya- this girl. As you can tell I love a strong female character. Words like kickass, role model and strong come to mind for all my favourite characters. And Arya is all that and more. I still wear a necklace to this day that says “Not today“. 

I want them all to be the same room as me and I want George to meet these beautiful characters himself. And I seriously think if they sat and had a chat with Robin Hobb’s Kettricken then they could all learn a little about leadership and wouldn’t that be the most inspirational meeting ever?!

4. Darren Shan – because this man is my childhood. I know that he’s a great guy and his books were some of the very first to spark my love of reading. So obviously an automatic invite for you Darren. His saga of Darren Shan series and Demonata series are books that, even though I first read them as a child, I still love to reread to this day. 

and can you bring along; 

Grubbs Grady- because obviously. I reread these books so many times I feel like I grew up with him. 

and 

Darren Shan- the character that is. Though if you believe the tale then is he even fictional? Another book brother that I grew up with. 

I want to meet them all so much. It’ll be like reliving that childhood joy all over again. And like meeting my fictional siblings. I’m sure they’ll be as amazed to meet all the other attendees as I am.

Final thoughts 💭 

This is such an awesome idea Cara and I thank you for thinking of me to participate. 

There are so many more I’d love to meet aswell. And so many topics to discuss. 

Topics;

  • How did you come up with your ideas, your worlds and your characters? Were they born separately?
  • Do you characters take on a life of their own when you write? Do they take the story places you never planned? Or do you have godlike control? 
  • What do you do when the writing blues find you? How do you combat writers block? 
  • Do you enjoy fan art / fanfiction and all the rest? 
  • Do you write with an agenda in mind? Do your stories send a message? Do you consider using your books as a platform to tackle issues like race, gender and equality?

Other invitees; 

  • Jk Rowling along with Harry and Draco. 
  • Michelle Paver along with Torak, Renn and wolf.
  • Dean Koontz (I’m not sure which characters of his I’d invite but I’d love to meet him, I’ll leave it up to you Dean which character to bring along)
  • Patrick Ness along with Todd and Manchee. 

Im going to stop here because otherwise I’ll go on and on. 

💭Have I accidentally forgotten the worlds best author? Who would you invite? Do you agree / disagree with any of my choices? Would you like to request a specific fangirl rant about any of the books I have mentioned? Let me know! 

💭If you do want to host your own event you could always check the (actually quite spectacular) conference management tools offered by Eventbrite!

💭Also checkout some of the other bloggers Dream Bookish Panel posts below. 

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💭And if your missing me you can also find me at one of my other blogs (I’m usually posting somewhere) 

Emily Florence 

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Posted in Discussion, Mental Health, Posts/Features, Rambling with Em, Topical Issues., Uncategorized

The importance of Mental Health in YA fiction 


I haven’t posted in a while, that’s true. And my previous posts have been squealy fangirling book reviews.

I don’t want to stop my joyful rambling about books and I won’t. But there are other things I need and want to talk about.

1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class (1).

Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm (2).

There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68% (3).

More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time (4).

A lot of us here in the blogosphere call for more diversity in YA fiction, tired of the unnaturally beautiful white girl who has everything together. And we have come so far. In my time I’m seen huge twitter conversations and hundreds of blog posts from bloggers and authors alike saying what they want to see and what changes they’re going to make. And we’re getting there, slowly but surely we as readers are starting to see our own selves, messy and imperfect, refelected back at us from the books we are reading.

But why is it important to talk about mental health?

Because mental health issues so often begin in childhood and when we are young adults. Because we need to remove the stigma and the fear surrounding mental health, so that those young people aren’t afraid to speak out about their problems.

We need to educate the ignorant. To teach people, young or old, that anyone can face a mental health crisis, at any age. To show people, through stories, that it’s not just ‘a phase’ or puberty, that depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis and all the rest do not discriminate.

Young people in a survey conducted by time to change reported stigma coming from those around them: 70% had had negative reactions from friends, over half (57%) from parents and 45% from boyfriends and girlfriends.

The professionals that young people come into contact with were also reported as a source of stigma and discrimination: 40% said that they had experienced negative reactions from teachers and 47% from doctors and other medical professionals.

Our attitudes and beliefs are largely formed when we are young and are influenced by a ton of factors; what we are taught in school, by family members and books we read to name a few. That’s not to say we can’t change our beliefs as we grow, because we constantly do. However if the kids in your class make jokes about ‘crazy’ people or the news you see blames atrocities on a persons mental health and you never see positive portrayals of ordinary people with mental health issues then how are you supposed to understand what you or someone else is going through and to react in a healthy, positive way?

It’s important to represent real people in literature.

…and in all media. Showing that women can be powerful and strong; that men can show their emotions without being ‘weak’ and that people with mental health problems are just ordinary people who need our compassion not our ignorance. (I could go on…)

Seeing ourselves and honest representations in the media help people feel accepted and give them back that sense of I’m normal. This gives them back much needed confidence to open conversations and seek help.

I asked some friends why they think it’s important and this is what they said;

Characters can sometimesi be more relatable than real humans, I think its a starting point for the discussion for mental health –Hannah

“I just think it’s another good way to get people talking about mental health. To have realistic representations in creative works helps to de-stigmatise mental illnesses. Also, for me, it was a way of feeling like I wasn’t alone – Girl, Interrupted, although a memoir, was a very powerful read for me, it was upsetting for me as I’d been diagnosed with BPD, but it resonated with me deeply.” –Sophie

I think it’s important if done in a way that isn’t likely to add to the stigma. I’ve just read the gift and sisters both by louise jenson. In both books the characters suffer from anxiety, and it often describes their panic attacks. To me (as a severe sufferer) this is a good thing, as it might help people understand what happens to someone having an attack.

However I also think mental health in books can be bad, as it’s often used as a reason why a character is the way they are, in a bad way. In that case I think it adds to the stigma that anyone who suffers from mental illness are a crazed axe welding maniac. I understand it’s all to make a good story and it won’t necessarily be at the forefront of a readers mind, but I can’t help thinking that it might put that thought about mental illness into someone’s sub conscious. –Laura Caunce 

What books are already out there?

Buzzfeed did a post on the 29 Best YA Books About Mental Health

I’m going to make it my mission to pay abit more attention to wether books are portraying mental health issues and if they are, are they doing it well? 

Let me know your thoughts and please do throw any recommendations my way (good or bad examples!) xxx

Posted in meme, Posts/Features, Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves (8) -I’m back and ooh look dragons

  

“Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!”

All my love to Tygna’s Reviews for keeping this going. All the love and pizza to you 

  
Oh I do love this meme. It’s like a free pass to brag about all my books (all the book buying!) but to people who actually care (I hope) and I don’t feel so bad cause everyone’s doing the same thing!

I won’t stack up all the books I’ve received since I last did this post because it would be insanely long due to my super long hiatus (and my inability to exercise self control in waterstones) . I will just do some of the more recent / my favourites.

The first thing I need to mention is that I have been reading on my kindle! (Well the app on my phone). This is kind of a big deal as I’m very on the side of physical books in The Great Debate. But I can’t sneakily ready Robin Hobb at my desk at work with the physical copy (huuuuge beast of a book, not subtle) but with my phone buried amongst the paper on the deal (lots of paper) I can get away with reading lots. (Work, I’m sorry not sorry. Robin Hobb is fab).

So I bought and downloaded the liveship traders trilogy  

 
Which is amazing! Because pirates and sea serpents and dragons and magic and oooooh.

Then I may have accidentally finished those and bought the Rain Wild Chronicles series. Because ahhhh more dragons.

  
And the cover lust is intense.

While Robin Hobb has been my fantasy fix for the beginning of 2016, in the winter of 2015 it was all about Brandon Sanderson.

Starting with th Mistborn series…

  
(Which I cannot even put into words how much I loved. So so brilliant.)

And then onto the Stormlight Archives series (still not finished come on Brandon!)

   
 
Which is just so amazing, even with drawings throughout that are just so beautiful. 

  
And also Warbreaker and Elantris!

So as you’ve guessed I’m in love with Robin Hobb and Brandon Sanderson’s books. And I’m thoroughly into a fantasy phase right now.

Unfortunately I am pretty new to this genre, so any recommendations would be more than appreciated!

Have you read any of these? Who else do you think I’d enjoy? (There’s virtual cake for anyone who recommends me someone I end up loving as much as these). 

Comment and let me know and feel free to leave a link back to your blog if you have one, I’m feeling abit disconnected! x x

Posted in Events, Posts/Features, Uncategorized

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Guys and gals! ITS HALLOWEEN YAAAAAAAY. My favourite bloggy holiday!

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BOO!

muhahahhhahahahahaaaaa. (I’m blatantly the most terrifying thing ever)

I’m not doing anything for Halloween this year, even though it’s my first Halloween being 18 *plays small violin*. Instead I’m sitting in watching scary films and eating snacks with my pal (even tho she doesn’t like scary films, muahahah I’m evil). So not all bad! 😀

So for my Halloween post this year I’m doing a witchy brew of Halloween favourites.

First into the bloggy cauldron is…

(BOO)KS

Give me witches, give me werewolves and vampires, give me demons and ghosts… ALL THE SPOOKS!

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So, what are some great halloweeny books??

For witches, Id have to say Heir of Fire! It’s not exactly a scary book but the witches in it are FRIGGIN FANTASTIC! Yay for you Sarah J. Maas! Yay for you! Also there’s the fabulous Harry Potter books! Witches and wizards galore! And also a book I’ve read recently is The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin! It’s been described as Harry Potter meets Narnia, it’s adorable and a great read (review here, an the second book review is coming soon promise!)
(I haven’t read many witchy books! Let me know anymore in the comments and I’ll add them!)

For Werewolves, It’s have to be Darren Shans Demonata series. Oh my life do I just LOVE his books! And that series is AWESOME. It’s kind of Demons and Magicians but also WEREWOLVES, especially the first book. It’s intense and scary and just all around SPOOKTASTIC. (Actually I’ve excited myself too much and I’m gonna go read it now). And ofc if your after less scary, more romance, there is the awesome trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater: Shiver, Linger and Forever.
(Again, please tell me more as my list is pretty short aha!)

For Vampires, I’m thinking The Vampire Academy series (which I haven’t started yet but everyone seems to LOVE). Ooh, and The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda, it’s a little different to the usual vampire books, it took me a while to get into it but it’s actually really enjoyable. Also Darren Shan’s ‘The Saga of Darren Shan’ is vampires and its soooooo good!

For Zombies, I just loved The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson, ooooh its so good! Then theres’ Darren Shan’s Zom-B series (which I haven’t gotten around to yet! Bad Emily!). I think The Girl with all the Gifts is a zombie book, and supposedly really really good aswell! And ooh! A favourite of mine The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan! READ IT READ IT NOW.

Other creepiness, such as The Chronicles of Anceint Darkness by Michelle Paver. Creepy demon bears in an ancient forest. Such an imaginative series, loved it loved it loved it. My dad recommended The Stand by Stephen King sounds super scary, as you would expect from Stephen King.
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Next into the bloggy cauldron would have to be

Spooktacular Filmssssss

I love love love horror films, they’re my absolute favourite. I love being scared. Zombies are the best, and I love abit of gore. Here’s some of my favourites;

28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later (zombies zombies zombies)

The Happening (just plain creepy)

Silent Hill (creepy ghost town, and fantastic monsters)

Darkness Falls (creepy toothfairy)

Nightmare on Elm Street (LOVE ‘EM)

Underworld (vampires, werewolves, kick-ass)

The third must into the bloggy cauldron issssss

Halloween parties/costumes/and foooooood

and you know general excitement

My friend made creepy cakes 😀 how great are they, nom nom nom nom,
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Here’s some other awesome haloween food ideas
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And creep-tastic decorations, costumes and fun?
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ALL THE WONDERFUL BLOGGY EXCITEMENT AND POSTS

here’s some of my favourite posts,,

Publikworks: Boooooooooo

The Girl in Question: The Halloween opt-out

Brin’s Book Blog: Vintage YA Book Recommendations

Anibundel: Tardis Pumpkin

That’s all I have time for! If you have anything you thinks should be added let me know and I’ll add it!

HAPPY HALLOWEEEN, have a great day/night!

BOO.

Posted in Posts/Features

Is there a blogger naughty step?

(Sorry!)
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and I’m sorry that I haven’t posted at all the last few days (or e-mailed). I’m having some health issues at the moment and I’m just in no state to be updating the blog. I’m currently in a little reprieve hence I’m writing this post, and I promise if I get another soon I’ll schedule some posts even if it’s just one or two a week.

And I’m really sorry to the couple of people who I said I’d post certain things this week, I hope you understand and I pinky promise to get them up asap.

So basically I’ve been an awful blogger for not posting, and especially for not having some scheduled posts ready for times like this. What I need is the super-nanny of the blogosphere to put me on a virtual naughty step until I learn my lesson about scheduling.

But until then, I’m keeping it low-key and trying not to make myself worse by stressing over posts when I already feel awful.

I’m really upset about not being able to put all my scattered Halloween drafts into actual posts. Halloween is such a great time in the blogosphere, I love how excited everyone gets and all the brilliant posts and features that pop up.

I’ll post as an when I can, see you soon!   x x

Posted in meme, Posts/Features, Sunday Say-Again

Sunday Say-Again, (2)

Sunday Say-AgainSunday Say-Again is a wrap-up post hosted here at bookw0rmtales. Its a chance to recap the weeks posts, share news and upcoming content, shout about other bloggers great posts and fangirl/boy over everything!

So what’s been happening this week? I’ve been reading some fantastic books so glowing review this week and next week aswell, YAY. I also watched Sherlock FINALLY, took me long enough. And yes I loved it. Of course I did.
200_sKPTBJIHI anigif_enhanced-22463-1409855074-6He’s so sassy and smart, I totally ship him with John Watson though.

Now I’ve had my little geek-out, I can get onto whats been going round my bloggy world this week.

On the blog this week 🙂

Monday~ Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Tuesday~ Poetry Corner: Chelsea’s Poetry
Wednesday~ Waiting on Wednesday: Spiders
Thursday~ A Day in the Life of a Blogger: Scents and catch up
Friday~ Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Saturday~ Stacking the Shelves: StS [7]

Favourite Finds 🙂

Midnight Page Turners: Reasons Why You NEED to read The Grisha Trilogy
Notebook Sisters (this blog is brilliant, such fun to read)
Georgina’s Musing (She’s all new to blogging but her witing is brill and she’s already made me laugh)
Sound Bites with Tycobbsteeth: Late Night Bites!
James Patrick Casey: That Bloody Light String

What am I Reading?

Just Finished ~ Lies We Tell Ourselves
Currently Reading ~ The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Up Next ~ Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

Why am I Excited?

Well firstly because I’m FINALLY getting around to reading the Grisha Trilogy after hearing everyone rave about it for agessssss. (and I’m loving it so far).

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Don’t forget to add your link! It doesn’t have to be a Sunday Say-Again, you can link whatever Wrap up post you posted! (If you post a Sunday Say-Again please link back to this page on your post! Thanks!)

Posted in Poetry Corner, Posts/Features

Poetry Corner: Chelsea’s Poetry.

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Poetry Corner is a little feature I do, where I share a bit of poetry that I have enjoyed recently. (Yes shock horror! I read more than just swoony YA novels full of feels) Sometimes its a whole poem, sometimes just an extract. And sometimes it’s a poem from a non published / famous poet (it took me a while then do think of what a person who writes poetry is called– I was thinking poeteer, like musketeer but poems…. don’t ask.) Most often from my pal Chelsea, her poems are just my taste so I like to share with you guyssss!

The Demons.

“I feel lost alone and cold
I no longer feel that I have you to hold
I feel powerless and neglected, tired and meek
And each day is more and more bleak”

“You still have me” came a soft reply.
“I’ll be here until the day you die,
You’re not alone, let me teach you to see,
Things aren’t as they used to be”

“I’m not what you need. You need to be free,
And I hope you’ll understand that you do not want me.
The day that I pass, the day that I’m gone
I pray to the lord, that you no longer hold on”

The next sound that escapes, is a solemn whimper.
And the last glimpse of hope, dies in a flicker,
“Y­ou can’t just leave this way, you’re what I need, what I want,
I can not survive, if you’re not who I’ve got”

“You can and you will, you must and you shall,
I can not condemn you to a lifetime in my hell.
These demons are mine and I can not flee,
It’s not you they want, it’s only me”

The admiration for me was gone, and fury replaced,
And this was no longer the adoring face.
It was twisted and cold and so filled with hate,
“You always told me this was forever, this was fate.”

“The thoughts in my mind are forming a dark haze,
And I’m being directed in so many ways.
You have to trust me, you have to leave,
There is no longer anything that you can achieve”

Blood was boiling, skin was crawling,
All I could see was the rest of the world falling.
­”Just you and me, forever and ever” the mocking tone retorted
“all the things you said were lies, the truth distorted.”

“I’ve never meant to hurt you, that wasn’t my plan,
I loved you since my life began.
I can not expect you to understand what I feel,
But me and the demons, we have a deal.”

“I understand.” A silence lingered, dropped and settled,
No one could understand, I was lost with all the levels.
“I know the demons have put you through a lot,
But what can they give you, that I can not?”

“The deals we’ve made are in my mind,
They’ll leave me alone if to myself I am less kind.
My soul yearns for affection, yearns for love,
But this is what they don’t like me to speak of.”

“I can protect you, I can chase them away,
Just trust me always and allow me to stay.
I can drown them in poison, the poison of trust
And we can watch them scatter, like the wind and the dust.”

“I need you so strongly, but I’m nothing short of weak,
You are everything that I need, but the love I daren’t seek.
They will not allow it, I can not love you so,
It pains me so strongly to say, but please, just go?”

The reply I received was simple, short and sweet,
And I swear in that moment my heart skipped a beat.
All my feelings rushed to show,
The single word that echoed, was simply “No.”

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She writes all her lovely (mostly creepy) poems up on the site Hello Poetry, as well as occasionally in little notebooks for me 🙂 You can find her page here if its something you like!

Let me know your thoughts, I know Chelsea would love to know what you think! x x