First Vlog – Answering Your Questions on my Cancer Book Experience

Cancer & Me, Writing & Blogging

So I have done my first vlog – I think it has come out OK, but I know that you will all be the judge of that so please let me know what you think.

I know that I didn’t answer all of the questions, I didn’t want to bore everyone to tears going on and on so attempted to keep it short and sweet but I think there is one question that I was sent after I finished that I feel deeply should be answered immediately and that is yes! ¬†Yes Jennie, I do like wine! ūüôā

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – Book Review

To Love To Read

Just before I started reading this book, I had a conversation with a friend about the romantic notion of letters. ¬†Letters of any sort have an enchantment that you just don’t get from emails or twitter. The thought of reading letters that were never intended to be read by the living amplifies that feeling even more. ¬†It was that thought that made this book a must read for me and on that account it didn’t disappoint.

Love Letters to the Dead is a coming of age book that puts you right back into teen moments of uncertainty, regret and trying to figure out where you fit in the world. ¬†As a teenager when you have no one you feel you can talk to, who better to speak to than the dead. ¬†I didn’t realise that it was a ‘Young Adult’ book when I bought it, but I think many of the topics in the novel are still relatable.

 

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A pet-hate I have when reading is the narrator saying something along the lines of ‘if only I knew what was about to come’. ¬†I love foreshadowing, but not when its just a statement which does happen a couple of times in Love Letters to the Dead.

I thought this book was a captivating read and would be especially enjoyed by young adults and as I mentioned, I loved the format of making the book a collection of letters.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 x

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom – Book Review

To Love To Read

This book was recommended to me by a couple of people, but I have no idea how I had never read this book before.  I had never even heard of it and I am now so thankful that I have it in my life.  It is the most profound book and I challenge anyone not to feel their perspective changed and improved as a result of reading this book -and to not fall in love with the wonderful Morrie.

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The book, the story, the words, everything about Tuesdays with Morrie is just beautiful. ¬† ¬†It was Morrie’s last wish that this story was put into the world and it is such a gift to everyone who reads it. ¬†I believe this is the sort of book people should read once every couple of years, just to remind us what’s important and enjoy these wonderful words.

I would have loved to hear a little more detail of their conversations and about Morrie specifically, his family.  Those things were quickly moved over and for such a short book, I think he could have given more detail here.  But that is probably just because I am in love with Morrie and want to know everything about him!

I could not recommend this book enough to everyone.

Enjoy.  A complete 4.5 out of 5

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher – Book Review

To Love To Read

I have been wanted to read this book for a while so it was great to finally get there.

I know that mind of a teenage girl is sporadic at best but in trying to imitate that, I felt there was to much¬†jumping around in the protagonists thoughts and unnecessary information. ¬†I found myself more than once thinking, get on with it, this isn’t relevant. ¬†To be fair this book is Young Adult so I’m not the intended audience but then again so was Twilight and Harry Potter is for kids‚Ķ I’m a fan of both?!

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The annoying thing is that the actual story itself is really good.  I love the way it unravelled, cleverly showing the plot unravelling as you see the characters unravelling. I enjoyed the narrative being letters written to a man on death-row.  It was a shame that it got lost in all the random thoughts she was having.

I wanted to like this book more than I truly did – sorry!

I’m rating this book 2.5 out of 5 xxx