The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I am very new to the blogging world and it still baffles me that anyone would want to read my posts let alone like them or follow me! I cannot explain how incredibly excited I was to receive a nomination for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Alena, her blog alenaslife is well worth a look you definitely won’t be disappointed.  I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Alena not just for the nomination but for her support as one of my first followers it really means the world to me!

Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven random facts about me:

  1. I have an B.A honors degree in journalism and a diploma in criminal psychology and I would love to someday in the future complete an M.A in Publishing.
  2. I come from a typically large Irish family! I have four brothers and one sister and although that makes life in my house incredibly hectic at times I wouldn’t wish it any different.
  3. I have an idea for a novel that I have been toying with for a while and maybe someday it will become more.
  4. I am from a small village in Co. Wicklow Ireland. I consider myself extremely lucky for the simple reason that when I look out my window I have one of the most beautiful views of the countryside you can imagine.
  5. I have competed in the Flora Women’s 10k Mini Marathon in Dublin for the past two years, the atmosphere on the day is amazing and so much money is raised for charity that I hope to keep doing it for many years to come.
  6. I haven’t travelled very much in my life yet but I did have the opportunity to spend a week in Rome a few years ago and I completely fell in love with the city! I would love to go back again and hopefully one day I will get my wish.
  7. My birthday is February 15th so every year without fail someone will tell me that my name should have been some variation of Valentine!

And I’m nominating:

As I am so new to this I haven’t gotten around to following many blogs yet and many of those that I do follow have already taken part! So I’ll nominate the following and apologies if you have already participated!

The Perks of Being a Bookworm

A slice of chocolate cake, a cup of tea and a good book

Navigating the Stormy Shelves

Bits & Pieces

 

 

 

 

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Friday Finds: Literary Accessories

It appears that a love of books has spread to the fashion world and you can now proudly show off your favorite titles in everything from clothes, bags and pendants to phone cases or laptop covers! This week I’ve picked out a few very cute accessories but look back next week when I show off some literary inspired clothing that every bookaholic would be proud to be seen in!

Jane Eyre Quote

Jane Eyre Quote

Harry Potter Ring

Harry Potter Ring

Pride and Prejudice Pendant

Pride and Prejudice Pendant

Hunger Games Bracelet

Hunger Games Bracelet

Jane Eyre Pendant

Jane Eyre Pendant

Love this!

Love this!

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Review: The Help

the-helpTitle: The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Cover Copy: “Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…

There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own sons tragic death; Minny who’s cooking is nearly as sassy as her cooking; an white Miss Skeeter, home from college, ho wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeeter, Abileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell.”

My Thoughts: The Help is a novel narrated by three very different women, the respectful Aibileen with her dedication to raising her seventeenth white child little Mae Mobley, Minny who is unemployable due to her sassy mouth and Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan the white college graduate who wants to make it as a writer. The story jumps between these three characters to develop an interesting look at life in the South in the 1960’s, from the social and racial boundaries to dynamics within family and friendships. Kathryn Stockett has created three compelling main characters and along with  the general tone of the novel this makes for an easy read despite the underlying subject matter of racial injustice. The great thing about this novel is how authentic the subject matter remains, this stems from the fact that Stockett is a Southern white woman and her experiences lend an element of truth to this fictional story. She poses the thought that, as well as plain racism, there was an element of tradition and fear of reprisal that allowed for the segregation to continue to such lengths. She shows this on both sides from the spread in popularity of white employers supposed need for separate bathrooms to the maids teaching their daughters how to act in service. This novel is both charming and humorous and it is no wonder that it became a best-seller based on these attributes.

Favourite Quotes:

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”

“Wasn’t that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”

“Miss Skeeter, she frowning at Miss Hilly. She set her cards down face up and say real matter-a-fact, “Maybe we ought to just build you a bathroom outside, Hilly”

Final Thoughts:

Kathryn Stockett has managed to write a charming, witty and heart-warming novel while not neglecting the seriousness of the widespread racism of the time. It is a testament to her writing talent that she has produced a novel that has the ability to both entertain and highlight social injustice.

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

hp and the philosopher's stoneTitle: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: J.K Rowling

Cover Copy: “Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!”

My thoughts: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first book in a remarkably successful series written by J.K Rowling. It is incredibly rare to find anyone who doesn’t know the name Harry Potter such is the characters popularity. My first experience of this novel was way back when I was in primary school and I devoured it in a matter of days so I jumped at the excuse to read it again. Potter is a character which you cannot help but love and admire as his world is turned upside down. There is little that can be or needs to be said on this novel that hasn’t been said before, the characters have been picked to pieces and J.K Rowling has been rightfully praised for her exceptional talent. What can be said is this story exudes feelings of acceptance, warmth, friendship and belonging. These qualities are what made the world fall in love with a young wizard and his fiercely loyal friends, what made people queue up outside bookshops before the release of each subsequent book and what inspires such devotion from Harry Potter fans. Rowling’s flawless writing skill and expansive imagination created a world which allowed the reader to leave their lives behind and immerse themselves in something that was truly magical.

Favourite Quotes:

“But yeh must know about yer mum and dad,” he said. “I mean, they’re famous. You’re famous.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

“What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows”

“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled.”

“The truth.’ Dumbledore sighed. ‘It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.’

Final thoughts:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the perfect introduction to a world you’ll never forget. An imaginative tale of a brave orphan, his loyal companions and the magical world that they must now navigate. If you haven’t read it you should and if you have read it you must read it again.

 

Movie Magic – Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre movie

Director:

Cary Fukunaga

Screenplay:

Moira Buffini

Starring:

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre,

Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester

Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers

 

Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre has seen it’s fair share of film and t.v adaptations, some managed to capture the essence of Jane whilst others failed miserably in the attempt. When I first heard that it was to be remade for release in 2011 I was quietly optimistic that this version would succeed in bringing to life the world Bronte had so artfully created. I was not disappointed, the screenplay by Moira Buffini is so close to the original novel that under the direction of Cary Fukunaga this is undoubtedly the best adaptation of Bronte’s classic.

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Mia Wasikowska inhabits Jane’s essence so perfectly that she breaths new life into such a beloved character, her ability to portray the dignified stillness of Jane whilst allowing for flashes of emotion makes the story seem all the more personal. The decision to cast an actress closer in age to Jane than in any of the other adaptations worked incredibly well as Wasikowska masterly balanced the self-respect and restraint with the passion within the character.

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Every Jane needs a Mr. Rochester and Michael Fassbender exudes just the right blend of brooding, charisma and charm to give a performance that compliments the character in a way that has never been achieved before. Fassbender has a quality about him that demands screen presence and does a remarkable job at making the audience care for him even at his most unlovable. Both Wasikowska and Fassbender deliver such strong performances that they have truly cemented their status as the perfect embodiment of Jane and Rochester in my eyes.

Overall this movie is a resounding success as an homage to the classic novel and will certainly stand the test of time as it is so artfully crafted and beautifully told.