my favourite films

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Today I thought I’d do something a little different. I have loved films my whole life, but I’ve only recently begun to appreciate what makes a film a great one. Here are a few of my absolute favourites – all six!!

Lala Land

I left the movie theatre in a trance, and ten minutes later was crying my eyes out. The editing, the acting, the music – everything about this movie was spot on! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop appreciating this movie.

I’ve watched it 5 and a half times now, and I’m so so ready for the next one!

The Sound of Music

Another musical?? Yep! I love musicals, and especially when they’re done right. The Sound of Music was my childhood. It was the movie I’d watch whenever I was sick, curled up on the couch with my blankie and a cup of tea, watching Julie Andrews (Queen!) singing to the hills with a big smile on my face.

Now that I’m a bit older and know more of the history of the setting and time, this film just impacts me greatly. I can’t get through Edelweiss without tearing up, and the last twenty minutes or so always make my heart break. This is a film that I’d recommend to anyone. Anyone, and everyone.

Rogue One

(Careful Emmi, your nerdiness is showing 😉 )

But it’s true! I’ve loved Star Wars for years, but I think Rogue One is an excellent film in its own right. It’s got a female main character who isn’t made of cardboard, a decent and realistic romance, and a simply brilliant end sequence. If you haven’t seen this movie, I would recommend it highly.

If it wasn’t absolute blasphemy, I would even go so far as to say that I prefer it to Episode IV, arguably the best of the franchise. I’m treading on thin ice here, but I just really love Rogue One, okay!!

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Cinderella (the 2015 live action)

I am flipping IN LOVE with this movie. The animated Cinderella was the first movie I owned, and having grown up on it, I can firmly say that the 2015 live action Cinderella is simply perfect in every way.

The story of Cinderella impacted me heavily as a child, and the remake fixed all the little niggles that I had with the story itself as I grew older. The theme of forgiveness that runs through the film was something that was entirely unexpected from a stereotypical Hollywood film.

I remember walking out of the movie theatre with my friends. They were all saying that the movie was okay, but not brilliant – and there I stood, struggling to hold back tears as Lily James’ haunting “I forgive you” danced around in my head! There’s just something so good and pure about this movie – and it never ceases to make my heart inexplicably joyous.

The Truman Show

The Truman Show – the one where the guy is unknowingly part of a reality tv show – is definitely one of my favourites. This was the first film I remember seeing that was made to make you think. I am haunted by this film, and I have nothing negative to say about it. Its representation of important themes, like free will and consumerism, were very relevant at the time and are even more so today.

One thing that I really love about this film is its nod to Plato’s The Republic. As Truman climbs the stairs, away from a life of deception, he decides to take the final step to a possession of free will. And nothing is ever quite the same when he returns, just like Plato pointed out in The Republic, and Peter Weir echoes in The Truman Show.

I seriously cannot recommend this film enough!!

Lord of the Rings

These movies are riddled with flaws (Tom Bombadil?? Aragorn’s character?? The sword?? The scouring of the Shire?? Saruman’s death??) BUT they introduced me to the books, okay!! The books are my favourite books of all time!! And if it wasn’t for me watching the movies, which are really quite impressive, I never would have opened up the books that my sister had been pesting me to read.

I certainly owe these movies a lot! And they do have their redeeming qualities – the soundtrack! The acting! The special effects! The amazing relationships between the characters! The fact that extended editions exist!

I’ll probably do a whole post on why I can appreciate the Lord of the Rings movies, but for now, it definitely deserves a spot on my list!


img_0581Those were all of my favourite films! I have heaps more which I love … The Princess Bride, ET, Shrek … but my top six are ones which have made me see the world a little differently.

What are your favourite movies?

Keep smiling!

emmi 🙂

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Beautiful Books 2017!

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As a celebration for finally coming up with an idea for NaNoWriMo, I decided to link up with the wonderful Cait and Sky to take part in their blogging meme, Beautiful Books!

I’ll jump right in:


What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I have had the basic idea of a spy novel floating around in the back of my head for a while! When I sat down to come up with ideas for Nanowrimo, I looked through the notes in my phone (where I often jot down obscure plot bunnies) and rediscovered a brain wave about a contemporary and fantasy mashup  from 2015. I simply combined that with the spy idea, and now I have a mess of an idea in my head!

Describe what your novel is about!
It’s about an unmotivated girl with self esteem issues, a small boy with too much motivation, and a dysfunctional family with many problems that they don’t want to fix. There are dragons, houses that fall down, and an unorganised spy agency. All in all, it’s a story about looking for your life purpose – only to discover that it changes all the damn time.

What is your book’s aesthetic?
I’m still working on the pinterest board, but here’s what I’ve got at the moment:

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It’s sort of black-and-white, and yet maybe quite impacting when you look closer?? Also do I overthink everything?? The answer is yes.

Introduce us to each of your characters!
There’s Lillian! She’s a Hufflepuff with a love for dancing and smiling at strangers, and  she has a hatred for donkeys and her thin lips. She wants to save the world, but doesn’t know how. She longs for a purpose.

There’s Caster! He’s a Slytherin with lots of motivation to do stuff, but rather lacking in the means to carry out his plans. He loves chocolate and dragons, and has a bad habit of accidentally hating people. His life is outside of his control.

There’s The-Person-Without-A-Name! He’s the absentminded head of the spy agency, and he’s very good at his job. He loves folk music and getting tattoos. He doesn’t have a name because I can’t find a decent name for him okay.

There’s the family! The father is firm and a little kind, but very distant. The mother is outwardly sweet, has undiagnosed anxiety, and is very manipulative. The brother is very extroverted and a little bit compulsive.

(I’m honestly considering calling the mother “The Mother” the whole book so I don’t have to find a name for her, help)

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How do you prepare to write?
There’s always a lot of planning involved! I like to have a very good idea of where my story is going before I start writing. I also like to do a good amount of world building – I want to have a good idea of the place and time in my head before I start writing.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
This book is set in a land called “Samaa”, which is a place I came up with my sister long ago when I was a small child. I haven’t written a full story set in it yet, and I’m really looking forward to developing the place and exploring the culture! I want to add in several things which I hadn’t come up with before about the land of Samaa, and I’m super excited to do so!

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  • It’s outwardly cheerful, inwardly broken.
  • There are tall wooden houses and winding streets with broken cobblestones.
  • Dragons.

What’s your character’s goal, and who/what stands in the way?
Lillian has two main goals throughout the story. Her internal goal is to find a life purpose. In the way stand her family, her own insecurities, and peer pressure to just live-and-let-live. Her external goal is help Caster, which is halted by the slave trade, donkeys, and Caster himself!

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
By the end, Lillian has realised what purposes are, and how to save Caster – from himself. She has (subconsciously) stopped listening to her friends and family as much, and realises that finding your purpose is a lifetime thing.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
The themes include, but are not limited to: purposes, growing up, abuse and neglect, freedom, and hufflepuff/slytherin friendship (if that’s a theme!).
I’m not planning to have any readers of this story, but if anyone actually reads it, I’d love them to know the fact that motivation is a finicky thing.


img_0581Thanks so much for Cait and Sky for creating this blogging meme! It was so much fun to do, and actually really helped me to get my scattered thoughts in order. I’m really pumped for Nanowrimo now!

Are you taking part in Nanowrimo?

Emmi 🙂

what I read – my favourite genres!

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I will be the first to admit that I am a little picky with the books I like to read. This is a quality that I have always had – from admitting that I didn’t like Beast Quest at eight, to being fourteen and admitting to my friend that I greatly disliked the Divergent series.

But what sort of books do I like reading?

The good sort.

This basically includes books that are well written. Books that contain good messages. Books that are wholesome and good for my soul. This collection includes, but is not limited to:

  • The Little Bookroom, by Eleanor Farjeon.
  • Anne of Green Gables series, by LM Montgomery.
  • The What Katy Did series, by Susan Coolidge.
  • Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne.
  • The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

These books make me smile, and giggle, and are full of innocence and love and general wholesome-ness.

Historical Fiction.

I’ve always, always loved this genre! A really well written historical fiction novel allows me to disappear into my favourite times in history, when I don’t have to bother about nuclear bombs and crooked politicians. My favourites include:

  • Pendragon’s Heir, by Suzannah Rowntree.
  • The Matilda series, by Jackie French.
  • Honestly anything by Jackie French, to be honest.
  • Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne.

I feel like Historical Fiction also lets us learn about our past and broadens our perspective of the world. It gives us a bigger picture of our past, and makes it come to life!

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The classics.

Ahhh here we are, back to my old love! I grew up on this genre and adore old books in all their forms. If they are written in the nineteenth century or earlier, then they automatically have a place in my heart ❤ A compact list of my favourites:

  • Sherlock Holmes series, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood,  by Howard Pyle.
  • Le Morte D’arthur, by Malory Thomas.
  • The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius.
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

Sometimes old books show so much more of a perspective on the world than any new book can, you know??? ahhh I love classics very very much.

Fantasy.

Fantasy is something that I’ve only really gotten into over the last few years, but I feel like my love for it is growing and growing and growing and pretty soon it’ll overtake my life. I love how created worlds show us so much about our own world! A few of my favourites:

  • Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien. (of course!)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis.
  • The Illuminae Files, by Amie Kaufman.
  • The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • Harry Potter, by JK Rowling.

Creating fantasy worlds is one of the most enjoyable things to do, and I love reading about worlds that other people have created!

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YA books.

I have to admit that I am very picky with the YA books that I like – but I have come across a few that are absolutely gorgeous! These are the sort of books that get inside your head and sort of nestle there, changing your perception on the world.

Here are some of my favourites:

  • The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon.
  • Words in Deep Blue, by Cath Crowley.
  • Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell.
  • The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey.

The well written young adult book is actually incredibly powerful. I would claim that they can be more powerful and impacting (on my life at least) then some great classics, because of their accessibility and how relatable they are.


Of course all this is just my opinion, and a lot of it simply comes down to personal taste! I love fantasy, classics, and the well written YA. Others will love romance, contemporary, and mystery. In genres, at least, it all comes down to taste and what you like!

img_0581It was so so tricky to narrow down the list – I didn’t get to mention my love for mystery, suspense, apocalyptic books, and the occasional science fiction. But it sums up my taste at the moment pretty well, I think!

What sorts of books do you like reading?

Keep smiling, Em 🙂

beautiful people

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Today I’m doing something a leetle different – I’m joining in on the Beautiful People meme, created by the highly talented Sky and Cait! It’s a series of ten questions designed to help you know your character a little differently, only this month it’s all about the writer.


  1. How do you decide which project to work on?
    It’s pretty much a question of the which plot bunny takes my fancy. I’ll write a scene, or a whole chapter, and if I like it and ideas hit, I’ll keep going! This method also means that I have a heap of barely started stories, but ehhhh it works for me.
  2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
    Waaaaayyyyyy too long, or insanely fast. I wrote my first story in just over a month. The second isn’t finished yet, and has so far taken me 18 months. So basically as long as I have time, and energy, and ideas!
  3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
    Other than opening my laptop, and putting some music on, not really!
  4. What time of day do you write best?
    As a busy busy year eleven student who is also studying university, I write whenever possible. A smidgeon of time after lunch? Perfect. Five o’clock in the morning? Perfect! The only time I barely write is late at night; I find that my brain stops functioning after around nine 🙂
  5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
    I have only been writing consistently for about eighteen months, so it is hard to say what my style is. I’m definitely still discovering my style, and how I write. At the moment I’m writing a story very much in the style of Markus Zusak, with a twinge of John Green, and maybe a sprinkle of John Boyne.

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  6. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
    I started writing when I was eight, but I only really started writing consistently when I was fourteen. The reason for this – fanfiction! I read a really good fic and was instantly hooked, and was inspired to start writing my own work (and fic!). I keep writing because I want to improve my style, and because I learn so much about myself while doing so. Also, I just love it! There’s something so satisfying about putting characters through pain, and bringing them through in the end 😉
  7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
    I wrote a story exactly a year ago – a fantasy with prophecies and death and suffering and lots of fun stuff like that. It was immensely difficult to write, and in the end I decided to leave it until I’m a little older, and know more about humans. It’s definitely a story that I want to keep writing, and I’m so excited about it, but it’s just so darn hard to write!
  8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
    See the previous question 😉 Also, I do have a fantasy spy series in my head, based on worlds I made up as a small leetle one. I’m so excited for the both of these!
  9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
    I only made two firm writing goals this year. One of them was to finish a story which I maaaay have now abandoned (whoops!). The other was to continue writing no matter what happens in my life. I’ve kinda failed this one, but over the last month I’ve picked up my stories again and it’s been such a blessing 🙂
  10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
    “I don’t know” or, alternatively, “I-have-no-idea-what-I’m-doing Please Help!”

img_0581You should definitely go check out the creator’s of this meme, because the both of them are fabulous!

What are you writing at the moment?

Love, Emmeline 🙂

Important News

Just popping in for a little update!

Very Very Important News:

DODIE CLARK IS WRITING A BOOK!! HELP!!

If you don’t know who this human is, Dodie Clark is a singer/songwriter who also does youtube. She is a very nice darling human and she’s writing a book and ahhhh I’m very excited!!

Facts about this book:

  • It is called Secrets for the Mad!
  • It comes out November 2nd!
  • Find it on goodreads here!
  • Preorder it here!

As you can probably tell, I am VERY VERY EXCITED and can I wait for November 2nd I THINK NOT. BUY THIS BOOK.

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emmeline 🙂

(also this is my fiftieth post which is also very very ridiculous.)

Top Ten Fandoms I’m In (yay!)

Today I’m bringing to you my Top Ten Fandoms. I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday, because it’s such a fab idea and I love it!

(and prepare yourself for some yelling & ranting, because I can get very enthusiastic about my fandoms. MY PRECIOUS.)

Without further ado, my top ten fandoms.

  1. Lord of the Rings. I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS SO MUCH. You have no idea. I’ll have to do a post one day about HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK because it’s actually ridiculous and I can go on about it for a while!!

    (also this includes pretty much everything Middle Earth related, because Tolkien is just all round amazing.)

  2. Harry PotterI read HP for the first time only 18 months ago now, though it feels like a lot longer. I was pretty much in love from the first page onwards. It’s such a wonderful fantasy adventure and I am quite honestly IN LOVE!!

    And who doesn’t love a good good vs. evil tale, anyway??!?

  3. Star WarsEXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY. Star Wars was my first fandom that I appreciated as a Fandom and it’s been with me for years – my ‘gateway’ fandom!! The fourth is my favourite, I have a heart for the prequels, number 7 made me cry, and everything about Rogue One makes me happy 🙂

    (except the ending, obviously.)

  4. Sherlock Holmes 

    This fandom is in two parts for me. One, my deep and sincere love of the books, which I first read when I was ten and have reread at least six times since so that I now know the entire plot of each mystery and each has an immense amount of nostalgia attached.And two – the BBC series, which is all the perfection, essentially. I just can’t. It’s perfect. I can’t fault it. It changes the books in a way that I am (unusually) okay with. This is ridiculous. BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH OKAY. xx

  5. The How To Train Your Dragon books

    Let me just emphasise that again. I LOVE THE BOOKS. The books were essentially MY CHILDHOOD. I borrowed them every single library visit and devoured them. The movies on the other hand – they’re COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. The movies change EVERYTHING. WHERE WAS CAMICAZI? ALVIN? THE SUITORS?? MY BRAIN IS CONFUSED??!?!?(clearly I’m going to have to do a post on this because I have a lot of built up rants prepared 🙂 )
  6. NarniaI have a very clear memory of my mother reading me The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was four. Ever since then it’s been kind of … there?? It’s been a part of my whole life, although I’m not obsessed with it. But it definitely deserves an honourable mention. The books are beautiful perfection. All movies except The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe make me cry because they changed too much.

    (The Horse and his Boy is definitely my fave, because of talking horses and watermelons)

  7. Disney/PixarI will be the first to admit that I’m not a crazy Disnerd. It’s not my favourite fandom. That said, I cried during Finding Dory purely because nostalgia??? Tangled and both Cinderellas are some of my favourite movies??? I still watch the old animated Cinderalla because I love it and the new one is pure and utter perfection??? I cried during the trailer for Beauty and the Beast???

    Clearly I like Disney more than I thought 😀

    (I think it’s actually a little like Narnia for me – it’s kind of always been there. So much beautiful. I wish I could sing. *sigh*)

  8. Doctor WhoI’m kind of a lowkey fan of DW. I know the story line, have watched up to season 7 I think (I’m still planning to finish it though, just hanging out for the holidays!!), and llloooooovvvve the concept/characters. But I don’t know – I watched it because of my friend and I feel like while I love it, it doesn’t have the same nostalgic value that some of my other fandoms have.

    BUT I STILL LOVE IT OKAY.

  9. Classics 

    This fandom is basically a combination of all the books that were written before 1899. Jane Austen, John Buchan, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc etc etc. Jane Austen was the best writer of ever, John Buchan is down to earth, Dickens makes me nice and depressed, and Doyle is perfect for a good adventure. Then there’re the books like Swiss Family Robinson, Little House on the Prairie (yes i know that was 1935 okay sssshhhh), Coral Island, and so so many more.(and then there’s Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Winne the Pooh … excuse me while I cry from nostalgia.)

  10. Anne of Green Gables 

    I love these books to pieces – every single one of them (there are 8). I always say I love the first and the last – Anne of Green Gables is perfection, and Rilla of Ingleside is the best WWI book I’ve ever read. Seriously, the movies don’t do them justice (don’t get me started on the third one ……. urghhhh).

 

img_0581So those were my ten favourite fandoms! I’m absolutely in love with all of them and I just can’t get over their brilliance.

What’s your favourite fandom?? (if you can choose haha)

Keep smiling!!

–Emmeline 🙂

my notebooks – chit chat 2

A slightly un-book related post, but it still has to do with words and pages! I’m going to be showing you all the notebooks I use almost daily, because whhhyyyever not.

Notebooks are some of my favourite things ever. Traditionally as a family we’ve always made wishlists for our birthdays, and without fail from age five ‘notebooks’ have been present on mine.

As such, I have accumulated perhaps too many notebooks over the course of my life. Yet I use them – at least, most of them – almost every day.

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This is my journal. I’ve consistently written in one since age five (this is number six), and it’s honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done. I write all sorts of things in there – hopes, dreams, fears, experience, rants – and no we’re not going to look inside.

Moving right along!

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This is my quotes book. (I did an instagram post on this agesss ago) When I read and come across a particularly gorgeous sentence, or a particularly relatable piece of dialogue, then I’ll write it down in this little book.

I’ve so far collected quite an array of lovely quotes to look back on 🙂

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AHA. Here we have the most exciting of all the notebooks … my story ideas. Inside, it has absolutely no rhyme, reason, order, or any variation of neat handwriting, but it makes sense to me.

Kind of.

I’ve used this to *loosely* draft two of my stories, and I’ve found it much easier than doing it on the computer – there’s more room for scribbles and explanation marks and heavy underlining. That said, there’s no doubt that it’s faster on the laptop.

Now onto the next one …

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This is where I plan my insta posts (tags etc. and when will I ever be organised with this who can know) and my blog posts. I’m planning on using this notebook more for its intended purpose over the next year!

^^^^ explanation: This notebook started out as a whole bunch of random notes that didn’t fit anywhere else. Over a few months it finally evolved to the Social Media book. Hopefully it stays that way!

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I use this notebook for my bible studies – writing down any particular verses that I love, or that stood out to me that day. It’s half full of verses now, and I can’t wait to fill it up completely! I find that writing down the verses helps me to retain them better.

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AND LOOK!!! The previous three notebooks are all the same size, and I bought/wasgiventhem over a three year period!! (I love it when these things work out like that??? A gazillion yeses.)

Now for the final one …..

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My diary. I’ve gone through many over the years, but this has been the best one yet. It has a page for each day, and it’s actually perfect. It’s thick without being too heavy, large without being too large, and I’m in love with the cover. It even has a little pocket for stickers.

I also find that I’ve been using it almost every day, and it’s really helped me to be more productive and stay on top of my due dates (to a certain extent). As seen on the right, I’ve put in sticky notes for each due date and because it’s got a page to a day, it really helps me to keep track of assignments and events and things-that-I-can’t-miss.

I love it I love it I love it!!



img_0581So those are the six notebook that I’m currently using almost every day.

What notebooks do you use??

Keep smiling,

–Emmeline 🙂

 

what is a good book? – chit chat 1

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Here I am, starting a new blog series, chit chats! I’m hoping to number them so as to keep track.

This particular post is all about how I personally rate books – what I think a good book should contain. And if you think about it, books are so objective! Someone will love a book, and someone else will hate it. It purely depends on the reader.

So then we have to wonder, are there actually any bad books?? How do we know if a book is actually good?

I personally believe that yes, there are bad books, and yes, there are many of them. It’s taken years of thought to come to this conclusion, but if we don’t have bad books, then we can’t have good books, and so all our rants on how good our favourite books are are then deemed pointless.

What I think makes a book bad.

  • poor writing. There is a bad use of description, either too much or too little. The dialogue is poorly handled; too much, too little, too descriptive, not natural, not enough context. Weak verbs are used, such as ‘grabbed’, when something more specific would suffice (though I am a fan of ‘said’). Too many adverbs. Sentences that are too short; sentences that are too long. When the writing does not have a good poetic flow.

 

  • when the characters are one dimensional. Characters that are stereotypes. Characters that are predictable. Characters with no personality. Characters that don’t change throughout the story. Characters that are simply words on a page, not springing to life at any point.
    • (note) sometimes it’s okay to have supporting characters that are one dimensional, depending on the book and the style. However, the main characters should always be 3D.

 

  • when the plot is all over the place (or nowhere to be found). While books do not necessarily have to be tightly plotted, it is important to have some sort of problem, that then has some sort of resolution.
    • (note) sometimes books don’t have much of a resolution, and often that is okay. But I think that as long as the problem is dealt with in some way, then it’s fine.

 

  • when the story endorses immorality. When main characters rape each other, and the plot doesn’t tell it’s bad in some subtle way (to use an extreme example). When people swear and slap each other and the plot tells them it’s fine.
    • (note 1) it’s a whole new topic when you start thinking about what IS scriptural morality and why are some Christians okay with things in books while others aren’t! That’s a topic for another time, though I think that the endorsement of basic immorality (lying, stealing, murdering, etc.) really degrades the book’s quality.
    • (note 2) I personally think that it is okay for the main character of a book to be a murderer (for example), as long as there is some sort of resolution that includes the consequences of murder. However, this should not be done in a predictable, ‘murdering is bad’ happy ending, where all is forgiven. Does that make sense? The ending of this particular story should be realistic, and poignant, and thoughtful.

 

Those are just some scattered thoughts, but I think that it’s certainly interesting to think about. This topic has been debated for centuries, but it’s something that I’m very interested in.

Do you have any thoughts on this topic? Chit chat with me down below!

Keep smiling,

Emmeline 🙂

Favourite books of 2016

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Top Ten Faves of this year

Today I present to you … the best books I read this year. At time of writing I’ve read 70 books, and out of those, I’ve had some clear favourites 🙂

  1. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

    I read this one towards the beginning of the year, and I am so glad I did! It’s such an important and thought provoking tale, that made me both cry and laugh. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Find my review for it here.

  2. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

    I read this one just after War and Peace, and while I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much, I was able to greatly appreciate the depth and beauty of this book.

  3. City of God – Saint Augustine

    I technically read this for school, but I think it deserves a place on my list just because of its great complexity. The thought that went into this book is absolutely incredible … I’ve tried to start a review for this many times and have failed epically. I can’t even begin to write about the ideas that this book contains, perhaps because it contains so many. It definitely gave me a lot to think about.

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  4. Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas

    This is one that I had been eyeing off for a while before I finally took the plunge. I’m so glad I did. Like City of God, it contains a well of ideas and knowledge, as well as being more modern and a biography. Very, very glad I read this one.

  5. The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon

    This is now one of my favourite books, no joke. It’s a tale of Asylum Seekers in Australia, and how they are treated in our camps. It also made me cry.

  6. She is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

    I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I think it’s one of those books that you either love or hate. I personally love it.

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  7. The Little Bookroom – Eleanor Farjeon

    This one is a collection of fairy tales and bedtime stories – except you won’t have heard of any of them before, because the author made them up. As a great lover of all things Fairy Tale, I absolutely loved this book. (also I grew up on it, so that helped too.)

  8. A Rose for the Anzac Boys – Jackie French

    I absolutely LOVE historical fiction, and this author never fails to produce a good sound book. This is one of her better ones, I think – and I absolutely adored it.

  9. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

    I didn’t actually give this one five stars, because I disagreed with the morals and beliefs presented as right in this book. But the characters? YESSSS. Writing? YESSS. Plot? YESSS. (i liked this one)

  10. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

    This year’s reread was thoroughly enjoyable. Also, as my FAVOURITE BOOK EVER, I feel like it deserves a place on my list. In addition, it’s amazing and practically perfect in every way.

 

 

pagesAnd that’s a wrap! I’ve branched out a lot in my reading this year, and yet my list still contains mainly classics. I think that’s because a) once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler, and b) people knew grammar once, and I greatly enjoy books with correct grammar.

What was your favourite book this year?

Chat soon!

–Emmeline 🙂

Top Ten BOOKISH Characters (help)

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So today I wanted to let you know my TEN BEST BOOKISH CHARACTERS. (seriously though, where do I start. Help.)

Let’s jump right in!

(this is no way in order. Except maybe the first three. The other seven are in a jumble of no-particular-order, because if I tried to put them in order of favourites then there would be a fight, and somehow I really don’t want to make Eowyn and Camicazi angry. Because there would be blood shed all over my nice clean blog, and we couldn’t have that, could we??)

  1. Frodo Baggins – Lord of the Rings

    I absolutely LOVE Frodo. He is just amazing. This humanly real hobbit who travels across endlessness to save the world… ahhhh he’s perfect.

  2. Lucy Pevensie – Narnia

    Sometimes I relate more to Susan, when I’m in a bossy older sister mood. Sometimes I relate more to Lucy, when I’m in a heroinic-awesome-adorable mood. But today I relate to Lucy. (maybe it’s because I’m bashing out assignments and am therefore a dagger bearing Queen with healing powers.)

  3. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice

    Don’t even get me started on how amazingly wonderful this woman is. Because she’s awesome. (though a little proud. DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE.)

  4. Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables

    I absolutely LOVE Anne. I also think these books are pretty near perfect. I will fight anyone who thinks that Anne-with-an-e is a Mary-Sue.
    (some people think that. I just don’t get it.)

  5. Richard Gansey III – Raven Boys

    Okay, I have only read the first book of this series, but I just think that Gansey is such a unique and well developed character that he deserves a place on my list. Full stop. Hopefully he stays awesome in the other books too, which I will (also) hopefully read soon!

  6. Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter

    Luna is amazing. Fullstop. She is most definitely my favourite character in the series, and I relate to her so much that it’s ridiculous. (I’m also a Ravenclaw, so there’s that.)

  7. Susan Walker – Swallows and Amazons

    Ship’s mate, cook, domestic organizer (as Wikipedia puts it), ship’s doctor … and just ten years old? Oh yes! Susan was my ultimate idol when I was ten, and I couldn’t cook to save my life. If you haven’t read these brilliant books by Arthur Ransome, then, well, you should. Because of Susan, mainly. And also because of independent children camping on islands by themselves. (I’m so envious of them though.)

  8. Eowyn – Lord of the Rings

    Eowyn is awesome. And, by the way, 100% relatable.  (she also said the most quotable line in the history of literature: I AM NO MAN. *whips off helmet and charges at assignments with renewed courage*)

  9. Camicazi – How to Train Your Dragon

    THERE ARE BOOKS? YES THERE ARE!! And they’re amazing, by the way. (better than the movies in my opinion – way more dragons.) Camicazi is who Astrid is *loosely* based off. (and is a gazillion times better.) She is the eternal optimist, the dragon stealer, the defier of stereotypes, the disobedient daughter… yeah, I love Camicazi. When I was ten I would have given anything for a mood-dragon and a long sword so I could be Camicazi, heir to the throne of the Bog-Burglars.
    (I still would.)

  10. Harry Potter – Harry Potter

    Is it just me, or is Harry a little underestimated? I mean, the series is literally about him. I really love him, though he is a little angsty and moody occasionally, and won’t stop thinking about girls. (though to be honest, that just adds to the realness of him – he is a teenage guy.) He’s literally awesome.

 

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So that’s that, my list! (which by the way was practically impossible to put together) I hope you enjoyed, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish chitchat!

Who would you have added??

Keep smiling, and until next time, fellow bookdragons!

–Emmeline 🙂

 

This post was based on a list I created in an Instagram caption, which you can find here.