30 Day Reading Challenge – Week 2

Hello!

Can you believe we’re on the second week of our challenge already? It seems to be flying by!

Ann:

This week I am experiencing the same things that Jess does. I enjoy reading the book and I understand all of the vocabulary there (which is simpler than I anticipated) but I can’t comprehend much of the themes on it (which I need to  for next week since I have to present them in class).

I didn’t read much which might be the reason for that. I only read 30 pages but at least I am thinking about reading more and I’m trying to prioritise it a bit more.

Currently reading: J. Galthsworthy “The Man of Property”

Jess:

My view on the book from last week remains unchanged. I’m enjoying reading it but it feels I’m reading for the sake of it. Again, I’m not sure if the point of the book is going way over my head, but so far it feels like any other book I’ve read recently – reading for reading’s sake. It’s hard to explain but I’m nearing the end of the book now so all being well I shall be on to my next book by the end of this week!

Pages read: Once again I haven’t been tracking the pages I’ve read very well but I think I’ve gone up another 30-40 pages!

Currently reading: The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

30 Day Reading Challenge – Week 1

Hello!

This is our first week of the challenge.

Ann:

I definitely have struggled. I have been reading for 2 days and I think I got only one chapter read through.

Luckily, I have to read two books for Brit Lit and they both sound pretty interesting so I think I’ll be able to fly through them. It also seems that it’s easier to read on schooldays because mostly I do bring a book which gives me a good reason to read it as much as I can.

All in all I hope I can read more next week.

Pages read: 10

Currently reading: The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Jess:

I haven’t been reading as much as I would like as I’ve been organising other things (otherwise read as procrastinating) but there has been some progress! I read a little and often and it seems to add up quite quickly.

I’m still not 100% sure of what the plot of the book I’m reading is. I don’t know if that’s because it goes way over my head or it’s just not something I’m interested in but I am enjoying reading it!

Pages read: I haven’t been tracking my pages accordingly so I don’t have an accurate page count, but I will guess it’s between 30-40 pages!

Currently reading: The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

– Ann and Jess

30 Day Reading Challenge

Hello!

We are not dead 😀 We have just not been active in the world of literature. We’ve been running low on our inspiration but we’re back now! We are hoping that this challenge we are about to face will bring us back to the mystical world of literature.

Our challenge is to read everyday for a month and hopefully read more than one book a month. It’s not like a readathon type of thing. It’s mostly just to get back the habit of reading and making time to read. We both have set our goals and we will tell you about our progress each week. If you want to join us on the challenge then you’re very welcome to. It would also be cool to see what you’re reading.

Jess:

I’m going to be reading “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger for this challenge. I have already started and I’m currently 90 pages in. I’m really enjoying reading it so hopefully it won’t take me too long to finish it!! If I end up finishing it before the end of this challenge then I will read “Peter Pan” by J.M Barrie.

I have a pile of books that I’m hoping to read this year so fingers crossed this challenge helps me to get through some of the books! I’m looking forward to doing this challenge and writing on this blog more when we’re documenting our adventures in reading.

Ann:

I have set quite an ambitious goal since I do have some books for school that I need to read. I want to finish one book a week, which will be achievable if I do end up reading every single day. Firstly I want to finish “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Then I want to read “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, “A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce and lastly I also want to visit “Metro 2033” by Dimitri Gluhhovski which I probably have to start over.

The reason why I’m so excited about this blog post is because I really have been missing my reading sessions and I hope I can bring them back with a chill challenge like this. I feel like my artistic features are slowly coming back to me and reading is and was a huge part of it.

So, there we have it! Both Ann and I are really looking forward to doing this challenge and bringing the blog back to life. This is a good place to start to ease us back into reading and writing so I hope you’ll join us!

– Ann and Jess

Eternal Book Club: The Wizard of Oz – Part Two

Hi there!

This is part two of our The Wizard of Oz review, as it were! You can read the first part here if you missed it. The general consensus was to be actively talking about the book and our progress. For our first foray into sorting out the book club I don’t think we did that bad of a job! Now onto our opinions of the book as we have both finished it.

Jess: I definitely found the book to be a bit of a slog. I enjoyed reading it, finishing it within a few days of starting it but there are quite a few parts that I just could not get into. I think the hardest part for me was the way it was written. It was a welcome break from a higher level of writing, as I mentioned in my first thoughts, but it did grow quite dull as I continued on with it. When it got to around chapter 15 I wanted it to be over. I’m not sure whether my age had any effect on reading it (I usually have no trouble reading children’s books) but the simplicity did grow tiresome towards the end. I was generous and rated it 3 stars but I’m in no hurry to read it again any time soon!

Ann: I actually want to bring out the same thing that Jess did, it seemed to be a bit too simple. For me it was a completely new experience and honestly I was extremely disappointed. I expected the level of Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the hidden messages and everything…. I honestly don’t understand all of the good words people give it.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t completely hate the book because I’m sure that if I was 10 years younger I’d enjoy and love the book but now it wasn’t really my cup of tea. I will definitely reread it and if I ever happen to have kids or something I will read it to them and maybe in 10 years time I’ll find something completely new, who knows but for now it got 2 out of 5 stars from me.

This time there will be now live discussion about it but the next time we definitely will. I hope you all enjoyed our post and opinion on this classic children story.

Ann & Jess

Eternal Book Club: The Wizard of Oz – part 1

Hey there!

We are coming back with Eternal Book Club but now in a slightly different format. Each post will be about a specific book and we shall do updates about it as we read more and more. Jess and I have arranged reading times with each other where we read to each other or  just read in general. We’ll also discuss about the book and we’re planning to make live book discussions on Google Hangouts.

The First Book we’re reading is The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.


Our first reading session was on the first 2 chapters.

Ann: Before I say anything about the content I’d like to adress that the copy I have is amazing.

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I love the book and the papers. It gives it a magical and old feel. I also like the size and the spacing of the font. It’s just right for me. I do like the illustrations and it feels so good to have a book with illustrations after such a long time. I think the last time I read a book with illustrations was in 4th grade and it feels so good to enjoy some art between the pages.

Now for the content of first two chapters. I thought that there will be more older adjectives so I’d have trouble understanding the book but I didn’t and I was pretty surprised. I also liked the cute writing style, I don’t know why I thought it was cute but it was probably because of the fact that it is a children’s book.

I’d also like to talk about my expectations for the book because this is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. My expectations are pretty high I guess. When I read children’s books I want to see some hidden messages, something you don’t see as you read it as a child. I know that it might be pretty hard because I’m reading this book the first time but I still hope to see something that is hidden. I also hope to see more vocabulary. I hope that there are a few words that I don’t understand. When I read a book I want to see a few new words just because I don’t want my experience of the book to suffer, if there are too many of them I usually throw the book back on the shelf so I could pick it up in a few years in the hopes of having a bigger vocabulary.

Jess: I don’t have as much to say about my expectations of the book as Ann did as I listened to the audiobook of the story when I was quite unwell so it’s been ingrained in my memory! I have always wanted to read the book, though, just to say that I have read the physical copy. I really enjoyed the first two chapters, even though they were shorter than I remembered them to be. Like with what Ann said, I sort of expected there to be harder words (as is usual with some classic books) but the simplicity is a nice break from reading higher level books! All in all I’m liking how quick a read it is so far. Perfect for putting down when you need a little break!

– Ann and Jess

Eternal Book Club: September

Hello there!

It’s that time again where we’re writing up the new book club! 😀 So this month we’ve decided on books from 2009 onwards. We’re going to recommend you our picks, so here we go!

Jess: I’m picking Night School by CJ Daugherty for mine. I really love this series and think that Allie is such a great character. My mum got it for me when it had come out (she thought it seemed like something I’d be interested in) and I was soon hooked. I’ve loved watching the characters develop and the storylines have gripped me, so I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s got the perfect mixture of fighting, romance, self-discovery and intrigue that I sometimes feel is missing from Young Adult stories these days.

Ann: It was really hard for me to pick anything because all of the books I’ve been reading lately have been published on the 90s but I picked “This Is Gonna Hurt” by Nikki Sixx. I just think I have a lot to say about this book. I think this book is a piece of art and I think it’s very well-balanced. The photos in this book support the storyline and you always learn new stuff while reading it. This isn’t this kind of book you finish and could start all over again just because it being so good. This book is extremely good but there needs to be some time between readings so you could process it all and understand everything he wants to say in it.
I read it for a while, not because I didn’t like it but just because I took notes and took some time to think about some of the things he brought out in this book.

We’ve set up a Goodreads account, so here is the link and it’s also on the side of the blog for you to see! We hope to add books we’ve read there so that you can see more of what we’re reading and what we thought of them.

Comment down below your books for 2009 onwards and we’ll be sure to check them out!
Until next time!
Ann & Jess

Eternal Book Club: August

Hi there!

My name is James and I’m here to tell you about a project me and my friends are running. It’s a book club that we all invite you to join.

Steven, Luna and I will be speaking to you each month with a new book to share with you. You may have read some of these before (as quite a few are popular) but it should be fun all the same to re-read them. As part of this club, it’d be very helpful if you wrote a post on your blog (or in a comment to this and future posts) leaving an answer to the questions we ask and whether or not you enjoyed the book and why. Here are some examples, of course you can do it your own way.

For this month we’d like you to introduce your favourite book. You don’t need to write much about it, just a few sentences of why you love it and – if it has an adaptation – what you thought of it.
My favourite book is the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. You may have heard of it, as it is quite popular. I do find it quite amusing how the humans are obsessed with all things magic and supernatural. They do their best at writing those genres. This one was quite well written and I do love to re-read them from time to time. It does have a successful film adaptation, which I also enjoyed, even if they weren’t exactly true to the books. Proving you should read the books first, if you enjoy more details, in my opinion.

 

Well, that is all. I hope you enjoy this project, I look forward to your responses.
James