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Themed by Monique Tendencia.

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Question

Does anyone ever put off finishing a book / series because they don’t want it to end?


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booksdirect:

At the bookstore - Big Green Bookshop, Wood Green, London, UK.

I still haven’t visited Big Green Bookshop. I am a part of the book club though! I get a new book from them every month, it’s so much fun opening up the package and seeing which book Simon has picked for me :)

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I’m going to attempt this bookshop crawl on 5th July in London. Anyone else on tumblr going to be participating?

I’m going to attempt this bookshop crawl on 5th July in London. Anyone else on tumblr going to be participating?


Book Review: The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

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Genre: Fiction

My rating: 4.5* (don’t think I could read this again - TRAUMATISED [in a good way if that’s possible])

Book Blurb:

What if, on your sister’s wedding day, you were given to her - as her slave?

 When wealthy plantation owner Cornelius Allen marries off his daughter Clarissa, he presents her with a wedding gift: a young slave woman called Sarah.  

The two girls have grown up together but their lives could not have been more different. Clarissa is white and is used to a life of privilege and ease. Sarah is black and is used to a life of slavery and hard work.  

Forbidden by law to leave the plantation, Sarah longs to be free - in mind and in body. 

But when she decides her future lies away from Clarissa, she sets in motion a series of events that will have devastating consequences for them both.

I was lucky enough to receive this book  at Novel Nerds from Najma Finlay so thank you Najma!

I haven’t read a book like The Wedding Gift in a very long time. It brought back memories of my History classes in year nine or ten when we studied slavery in the United Kingdom. Needless to say, this was an emotional read.

I have to commend Bodden for writing this novel. It isn’t easy to write about suffering in such a way. And though slavery was abolished here in 1833, I think it is important we remember so we don’t let anything similar happen again. Unfortunately, it is all over the world but raising awareness is still important! See, this is why I love literature: it keeps memories alive.

The novel is told through Sarah Campbell- a slave- and Theodora Allen’s- wife of a rich plantation owner- point of view. This was a great choice in emphasising the equality between each and every human being as everybody suffers, endures, smiles and cries etc. I loved Sarah’s courage throughout this novel; one, truthfully, to lead by example. You have to fight for what you want for, regardless of the barriers and the consequences.

There were a few horrific scenes in here that I genuinely couldn’t bear to read. Whats’s worst is that these atrocities actually happened in real life hundreds of years ago and are still happening. It’s beyond me how human beings can cause pain and suffering on one another when you wouldn’t wish it on yourself.

Every human is capable of acting inhumanely but its novels like these that bring home suffering and emphasise the importance of compassion, respect and humanity. We may all look different, talk different and think different but at the end of the day, we’re all flesh and bones. The Wedding Gift will step on your heart a and show you just how fragile the lines of difference between nations and people are.

Highly recommend this book for women and men wishing to read a novel about courage, hope and a look at life under slavery in the USA.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore : ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

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This is also my last book review on Novel Nerds so yeah *sniff* Farewell brethren. I will be doing a goodbye post later to explain for that 1 person who cares (my mother).


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Book Review: Learn Love in a Week by Andrew Clover

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Polly has been married to Arthur for ten years when she meets James Hammond. He’s her Road Not Taken. The One That Got Away. He’s also rich, and in one week he’s inviting her to his hotel in the country to give her the job she’s always wanted. He also wants her.

Polly is so tempted. Arthur is gorgeous, but he’s grumpy. He insists he can change, but can he? After ten years, can you learn to love? And if you could, would you still choose your partner?

I was sent Learn Love in a Week to review by Random House. I am so glad I got a chance to read this book, it’s a perfect summer read, very light, easy and hilarious.

Learn Love in a Week is a contemporary fiction novel, based in London about a married couple their marital problems, their fantasy man/woman, their best friends and children. 

The main characters Polly and Arthur are extremely loveable characters. Of course they have their flaws and faults but doesn’t everybody? Truthfully that just makes you like them all the more. They have real problems with child care, money and fighting over who has to take the garbage out. Even the secondary characters such as Emma who is a self centred modern journalist and Malcolm a friendly builder were lovely. 

The writing style was brilliant, Andrew really has a way of bringing the characters to life. I felt as if I was actually listening to these characters speak to me rather than reading. The pace was easy going, I didn’t find myself getting bored half way through like I do with other books.  

The main reason I liked this book was because of the contemporary setting; the characters felt like real people with real problems that you come across in life. Heck, if I were the same age as these characters I’d love to be friends with them. 

I particularly enjoyed the ending of the book as all the action is at the end. Fights, proclamations of love, near death experiences. It’s all there.

I was actually reading this on my break at work and my colleague asked me about it. After I gave her a brief overview she asked to borrow it. I was almost finished so I gave it to her the same day. I can’t recommend this book enough if you enjoy light hearted contemporary books. 

All in all, I give Learn Love in a Week 4/5 and I would definitely read another book by Andrew Clover. 

Disclaimer: This book is definitely for adults as there are quite a few sexual references.


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World Book Night Giveaway!

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World Book Night is all about spreading the love of books to people who don’t usually read. Thousands all over the UK are taking to the streets today to hand out books to strangers that normally do not read. So here at NovelNerds, we just had to do a giveaway.

Simply reblog this post and follow our blog here *for a chance* to win!

Note: UK residents only. We will be paying for P&P. The winner will be contacted at midnight! :)


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Happy World Book Night!

May your eyes be strained by words,
Your mind filled with a kaleidoscope of images,
Your sanity challenged and your heart melted and broken
By all the glorious books we are blessed to hold!

World Book Night/April 23rd in the UK is all about encouraging people who don’t normally read to…well…read! People all over the world go and give books [usually their favourites or those listed on the link below] to try and widen the brethren-ship amongst us bookworms. 
People who give away books for free? THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE.


Click on this World Book Night link to find out more about what April 23rd 2013 means and for events happening near you! 

HAPPY READING :D

Oh, and stay tuned for our World Book Night giveaway!


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Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. S Fitzgerald

Genre: Fiction, Romance

My rating: 5*

Book blurb:

‘He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy.’

The Great Gatsby (1925),  F.Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, is one of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century. Jay Gatsby’s lavish lifestyle in a mansion on Long Island’s gold coast encapsulates the spirit, excitement, and violence of the era Fitzgerald named ‘the Jazz Age’. Impelled by his love for Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby seeks nothing less than to recapture the moment five years earlier when his best and brightest dreams- his ‘unutterable visions’-seemed to be incarnated in her kiss…

A book is always read slightly different when you have to study it. When you look into a book like The Great Gatsby in a lot of detail, you’ll realise just how much of a genius Fitzgerald is. With the film coming up, the cast is definitely going to draw a lot of people who’ve never read the book to the film so if you haven’t, you should definitely read the book beforehand!

The frailty of dreams and their becoming a reality is a dangerous thing in this novel. Incarnating dreams into people is even more dangerous. The way this novel is structured is genuinely a masterpiece. I remember this moment when I was studying time in the novel and thinking “Holy shit, this guy is awesome.”

The way the past, present and future feed into one another and collide makes you wonder, can one create the past? Nope. Should one try to create the past? Probably not; the past is past for a reason but Gatsby does everything to re-live this one moment in time where, for him, life was at its best.

This novel shows how problematic it is to have fulfilled your dreams too early; especially when those dreams lie in wealth. What do you do when you’ve made your millions? What do you do when you’ve already done everything you wanted? The Great Gatsby is full of dried up, young souls with nothing better to do. And so, love and hope in The Great Gatsby are destructive. Relationships and love are misplaced and mismatched into disasters. This book really shows how corruptible desire can be and the extremities unrequited love can create.

Read for an insight into The Jazz Age, life after a generation of lost souls to the Great War and a good old story about broken hearts and broken dreams.

Oh and I hate Daisy Buchanan with a passion.


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Something awesome this way comes

So I created this back in May/June last year. We had big plans which ultimately failed but I’ve decided to start again with this and hopefully our followers will like it.

Question: If we were to start creating videos of book reviews, book events etc. Would you watch?


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just bought both for £5 hehehe


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Why did you start reading?

For me, books were my companions growing up. I wasn’t really allowed to play out a lot like my brothers. So I read to escape. I read books to travel the world, meet new people and to just have fun. What about you guys?!


Flashback Friday #4

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^How cool is this? Hands together for Farhana; the Novel Nerds site would be rather ugly without her tbh!

Memory lane is such a nice place when you’re walking with books. Today I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Firstly, I absolutely LOVE these Brontë sisters. Secondly, Jane Eyre is so inspiring. I couldn’t possibly choose what exactly it is that I love so much about this book but Jane’s independence and perseverance is inspiring. Jane Eyre is the kind of role model we need in today’s world imo!

I love the way she eventually got her happily ever after… it didn’t come easily; it came through sacrifice but that made it all the more worth having. Had Rochester and Jane not gone through what they did, I don’t know whether their love would have been as strong. And she doesn’t just swoon helplessly at his feet and let him suck her blood dry [supernatural writers, take note] Instead, she stands her ground and holds fast to her values. INSPIRATIONAL. 

Some favourite quotes:

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” 

 “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” 

“Rochester: “Jane, be still; don’t struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.”

Jane: “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.” 

J: “I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.” 

R: “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.” 

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"Strangers," the Blue Man said, "are just family you have yet to come to know."
The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

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