Hey, book lovers.

You will notice, if you look on my blog, that for now I only have three reviews on my page. This is because I am trying my hardest to juggle University life (so, assessments mostly, and seeing and spending time with friends and often visiting family), my own writing, including the book I have finished and have edited and so am trying to get published by contacting agents about it, as well as the one I am about half way through writing as of now. I started this blog a little while before assessment week, which was, admittedly, a very bad idea.

But assessment week, for my last lot, is finished. In fact, I could tell you that I’m really very happy with these assessments. There were four modules, Writers Reading, which is where you had to write a piece that links to your reading in some way, this was my favourite one, there was Writing Practices which required a fully finished and completed short story with all of the normal conventions included, Composition 1, for this piece you could literally write anything creative, an essay, a short story, an extract of a novel/novel idea, a script. And then Creative Writing Theory and Practices meant you had to discuss or include the theory behind writing in some way, so I generally made references to Freud and the human behaviour through this piece. This piece actually turned out to be my best grade, even though I hadn’t really workshopped it and therefore my lecturer hadn’t seen it before. In Writers Reading I got 13 out of 16 marks, so a B+. I was really, really happy with this grade. For this piece I basically did a short story adaptation of a novel called The Book Thief by Markus Zusak about the world of a little girl called Liesel Meminger, a girl in Germany experiencing the second world war as it happens. For Writing Practices I wrote a Dystopian fiction short story about a female-led world with a dramatic ending and a very brutal kind of world. I got a C on this piece, 9 out of 16 marks, and have recently entered this story into the Bristol Prize Short Story competition for 2014, so I’m hoping they like it. For Composition 1, I also wrote a short story, one about a young man called Edward who meets a young woman after his Aunt’s funeral and falls in love with her. I also got a C on this piece. And for Creative Writing Theory and Practices, I wrote the first chapter of a novel idea about a girl who discovers that her parents have lied to her about who she really is when she recieves a letter from her birth mother. This grade was the one that surprised me the most. I got an A- ! I quite literally gasped when I saw it. I was in the classroom, with the rest of the group and when I recieved my work back, I looked through the front sheet (yes, through it, I was worried), and gasped so loud that they all stared at me like I was an idiot.

So yeah, back to books. Because of University, I have an Aspire card where I can spend £300 in the University bookshop, so I went out today and bought four new books. I buy books a lot, so I will have a lot of books to review as I go through the three years I’m here, and beyond, of course!

I’m a writer, and I just counted all of the books on my shelf. 68! I thought I would share some of the books that I will soon be reviewing for you! So here you go!

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
5. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman (Sequel to Noughts and Crosses)
6. Checkmate by Malorie Blackman (Sequel to Knife Edge)
7. Double Cross by Malorie Blackman (Sequel to Checkmate)
8. Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie (Sequel to Girl, Missing)
9. Missing Me by Sophie McKenzie (Sequel to Sister, Missing)
10. Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie
11. The Setup by Sophie McKenzie
12. Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie
13. Blood Ransom by Sophie McKenzie (Sequel to Blood Ties)
14. Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
15. Split Second by Sophie McKenzie
16. Viking Gold by V. Campbell
17. One Day by David Nicholls
18. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
19. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
20. Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart
21. Shift by Em Bailey
22. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
23. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Sequel to Suzanne Collins)
24. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Sequel to Catching Fire)
25. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
26. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
27. Ashes by Ilsa J.Bick
28. The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King
29. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
30. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
31. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tenessee Williams (Play)
32. City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
33. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
34. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
35. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
36. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
37. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
38. A Game of Thrones by George R. R Martin
39. The Book Of Summers by Emylia Hall
40. The Cuckoo Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling)
41. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
42. Shift by Hugh Howey
43. Life and Laughing by Michael McIntyre
44. Awakened by P.C and Kristin Cast
45. The Perfect World by Suzanne Bugler
46. Legacy by Danielle Steel
47. Othello by Shakespeare (Play)
48. Before The Poison by Peter Robinson
49. The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
50. The Killables by Gemma Malley
51. Property by Valerie Martin
52. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
53. Divergent by Veronica Roth
54. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Sequel to Divergent)
55. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Sequel to Insurgent)
56. Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
57. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
58. The Selection by Keira Cass
59. Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

These, of course, are not all of them. But there will be lots coming soon, so watch this space! Just need to find the time to write all of these, but I’m hoping to fill my blog with them very soon and I will update as much as I can!

Until then, happy reading.

April

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