Just be your awesome self

Hello people of the world. I finally got tumblr. yeah. i couldn’t resist. MOVING PICTURES ARE SO AWESOME. =D

http://juwithemad.tumblr.com/

Anyhew…

I MUST review:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray:

Yeah it is frickin AWESOME

My absolute FAVOURITE quote from this book is:

“In a world like this one, only the random makes sense.”

EPIC STUFF.

So last time I told you it’s about this boy (Cameron) who gets Mad Cow Disease for humans (it’s called Creutzfeldt-Jakob) and he sees this girl who might just be a punky angel and she tells him that he needs to find Dr. X (so original I KNOW) in order to save himself but also the UNIVERSE!!! dramatic I KNOW.

So he takes his OCD and slightly neurotic dwarf friend Gonzo and goes on an adventure to save the world. It’s an epic read i must say. I mean seriously- if you think i should be reading War and Peace or The Count of Monte Cristo then MAYBE ONE DAY I WILL READ THEM. but let me just read YA fiction for now and enjoy my life. I still learn stuff. Also- I HATE being forced to read books. I read what I WANT TO READ WHEN I WANT TO READ. so deal with it.

so back to Going Bovine- so the book can be rather confuzzling because you don’t know what’s real and what’s not (kinda like Keats’ poetry)- it’s all about LIMINALITY (between two places) and so it’s awesome for your imagination.

Anyhew- i just didn’t want to stop reading this book. and i teared up a few times. and smiled and laughed a lot. in PUBLIC. but oh well- maybe it would make them curious and want to read the book. or not. but still- I love reading books in public because I’m advertising the book and i get a lot of reading done and when i look up and see someone looking at me I smile t myself because I’m so wrapped up int he book and the fictional world while they’re just bored or daydreaming or listening to music and I’m having this frickin adventure IN MY HEAD while they’re…not. Well, maybe they are if they have an incredible imagination.

Okay so back to the book- if you like Libba Bray- READ IT

if you love books- READ IT

if you love YA BOOKS- READ IT

if you love adventurous books with mad narrators and gnomes then READ IT

Basically- if you want to know WHY you should be lucky to be alive and why you SHOULD take risks and smile lots and take time to smell the roses (though in my opinion, roses don’t smell that great- I mean when we get flowers i inhale the essence fo rose and t’s like…nothing special. but then you get the aromatherapy roses and I’m like I DON’T SMELL THAT WHEN I SNIFF ROSES. maybe it’s just me…)- just read the book okay. =)

Onto What Happened to Goodbye:

No- there's no question mark.

so this is Sarah Dessen’s NEWEST book. It took me about two days to read because i just devoured it. I really have missed reading her awesome books. So in this one Mclean, named after some basketball coach or something frequently moves due to her dads job but she CHOSE to live with her dad instead of  her mum. It’s not that she doesn’t love her mum it’s just that what she DID (fall in love with someone else) kind of ruined her family so yeah.

But when she moves tot his new town she loves it- sticks to her birth name and makes friends. she also kind of falls in love with Dave who is a weird freaky genius. Who of course I fell in love with too.

Boys in Books are Just Better

This is true but  think perhaps when I do eventually fall in love with a real human who live in the real world then I will love him wholly and forget about all the fictional guys because he’d be BETTER than all of them. Is that so unrealistic and far-fetched?! Better than Peeta…?! We’ll see.

But then of course her dad get’s offered another job and has to move and so it’s inevitable that she has to move as well.

There’s some good times and bad times.

I didn’t know about American quilts. they sound AWESOME. I’m going to watch the film and will let you know what i think. but yeah- apparently Americans love to make quilts- memories. I love the baby clothes idea- that’s just incredible.

A quote from the book:

“It’s impossible to fake anything if you’ve already seen the other person in a way they’d never choose for you too. You can’t go back from that.”

So I’m going to start reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa- I’VE heard many good things about this book. Also now that the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr is over and Tithe by Holly black i have missed faeries. =)

To not live in the US can be a good thing or a bad thing depending how you look at it. Sometime si especially hate not living there. Like the other day because there was this huge debate on the radio about YA and everyone was tweeting about it but I couldn’t listen to it. Until it was over and I went on the website. =D

http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2011/07/06/is-young-adult-fiction-to-dark/

So author Maureen Johnson argues with Meghan Cox who wrote the WSJ article. It was a serious YA SHOWDOWN.

Scott Westerfeld explains it wonderfully-

http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/2011/07/lets-talk-about-ya/

So with me- I buy whatever books I want but I do talk to my mum about the plot or sometimes she reads the blurbs.

She knows that a lot of what i read is dark but she herself read many dark books when she as a child. I think the main thing for her is that she knows I’m reading and learning. =)

So yeah- YA fiction is getting dark but it;s a dark world. But there’s light and hope and love. People experience tough things like eating disorders, suicide, divorce, death, drugs, abuse etc and I think reading about experiences helps you to feel you’re not alone or to understand how someone might be feeling and what they might be going through.

Books- nom nom nom

Freaky Fact- I once bit a book in anger. It was Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. You can still see the bite mark. My friends still read it though. =P

So some TV stuff:

Chord Overstreet who plays Sam in Glee is not going to be a regular…I’m not so sad about that because Darren Chris (BLAINE) will be a regular on the show. YAYNESS. =D

Pretty Little Liars- OMG THAT WAS A BLATANT REFERENCE TO THE GREAT GATSBY- ‘someone is always watching you’ advertisement.also…I really think Hannah should be with Caleb.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King– I finally got the three book sin one. yay. But I’m loving Alec and Brian. and I think Chloe’s friends needed to hear that- it’s not easy finding out you have cat superpowers and people are trying to kill you.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager- i actually want to kill Ben. he is so annoying. and Adrianne is too desperate. i mean- i hate it when people pretend they are pregnant or actually get pregnant just to make people stay- that’s not LOVE- it’s DUTY. also…it could so totally backfire- like in GLEE. Amy and Ricky were kind of stupid for not realising John didn’t like them raising their voices and arguing.

Teen Wolf– saucy stuff. haha. but Scott is so cute- I love her…awwww. I’m sure sometime soon someone is going to discover he is a werewolf.

I’ve been obsessively Listening to Tourist History- Two Door Cinema Club’s album. it is just WOW.

Taylor Swift is releasing Sparks Fly as her summer song. yay. =)

Only recently did I discover the true awesomeness of Kings of Leon. sigh.

SO- There’s going to be a NEW COUNTRY with even more problems than the existing ones. South Sudan great- because we really need more segregation and war. Sigh.

I mean they fought for independence but their government spends 3 TIMES MORE ON THE MILITARY THAN ON EDUCATION AND HEALTH. Because we really don’t need to educate the people because education is NOT power and the health of the people isn’t important so it’s fine if they are sick and can’t work and have no food and whatever- the development of the country isn’t really important. as long as we have guns it’s all good.

Also- the drought in Northern Africa.

My geography teacher was saying how it’s not their fault because a lot of people have been forced to move to areas where there’s less rain due to tourism amongst other factors. They’re destroying the habitats of animals such as the Gorilla because they need wood to survive. There’s a drought and they’re starving because they’re been kicked out from where they once lived where drought wasn’t as common or severe.

Of course the UK has promised about £38billion of AID. but it’s not long-term is it?! there’s going to be MORE droughts what with global warming and everything so what then?! you think you can just give money and move on?! OF COURSE NOT.

I don’t know- you like to interfere when you want to *cough* Saddam Hussein…but when you don’t then you’re like nah- let them kill the nation, let them ‘govern’ the way they want to otherwise they’ll think we’re imposing on them…*cough* Robert Mugabe.

I hate politics partly because i don’t understand it and party because a lot of it is crap. it’s absolute Bull****. I mean governments are corrupt. there’s no JUSTICE.

The UN really really frustrate me. they are SUPPOSED TO HELP but all they do is say ‘humanitarian crisis’ OKAY SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. if the UN consists of many EU countries then um…LOOK AT YOUR OWN COUNTRY WHERE THERE’S HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND DRUG TRAFFICKING…I mean…UN PEACEKEEPERS…yeah sure…just shoot innocent people while I stand there with my gun trying to ‘keep the peace’.

There’s NO SUCH THING AS ‘UNITED NATIONS’ everyone cares about themselves and you’d THINK THEY’D CARE ABOUT THEIR OWN COUNTRY but they don’t. they just want money. because money isn’t made from trees or gold or silver or TANGIBLE.

It  seems that I am very PESSIMISTIC AND CYNICAL and lack optimism. oh I have faith. I have faith that if MORE people cared and wanted to CHANGE the world for the better then we can SAVE THE WORLD. We only have one planet to live on. Earth. I suggest we act fast before you die and look back on your life and when God asks ‘what did you do?’ and you’re just like ‘umm…welll….’ yeah…it’s not going to be pretty so make someone smile, give to charity (and don’t brag about it), do a random act of kindness- appreciate the beauty of the world and pray for a better world.

‘Heal the world

Make it a better place

For you and for me

And the entire human race

There are people dying

If you care enough for the living

Make a better place

For you and for me’

Don’t act like you’ve never heard that before.

So I went on another Tater course to the university of my DREAMS-SOAS- School of Oriental and African Studies

IT IS AMAZING!

It’s a very small university- only 5000 people BUT it’s part of University of London so i can use the facilities of LSE and UCL so it’s all good. Plus it has a very homely atmosphere and the library is massive and just full of BOOKS of course. and computers.

I can totally see myself there.

So we had three lectures. Anthropology wasn’t as captivating as I hoped and the history one was terribly boring but the art history was rather intriguing. it really does depend on the lecturer and their presentation.

To be honest, the LSE taster course was WAY better but I do love SOAS and it is still my first choice. I just need to get 3 As and have an exemplary personal statement.

So- 15th July is the day…I can’t say Harry Potter was with me from day one because I only read the book a few years ago but I did watch the films. It’s the end of an era but the start of a LEGEND. I am probably going to cry in the movie.  I’m going to MAKE my children read Harry Potter. No…I’ll read it to them and see if they like it then let them read it themselves. =P

Movies:

So I’ve been watching lots of movies- the latest being Don Juan DeMarco the greatest lover of all time.

Johnny Depp in one FINE specimen. =P

“There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”

It’s such a wonderfully romantic movie. =)

Two Weeks Notice:

I LOVE SANDRA BULLOCK

I find this quite a funny movie- the character Lucy reminds me a lot of myself…

“What is wrong with you? Are you incapable of talking about anything to do with your own life?

Let me remind you- you came to the hotel, I was with June, we were unusually dressed…you must have some feelings.

You ARE a cause- you make Ghandi look like  a used car salesman.

But you know what- I’m human and i think you’ll find that a lot of people are!

Well are you because you’re too perfect! You’re too wonderful, none of us can keep up with you.

That’s probably why all those other guys bolted as fast as their socks could carry them. You’re intolerable and no one wants to be preached to. No one wants to live with a saint. Saints are boring.”

Now I’m not saying I’m a saint or perfect but I do preach a lot- GLOBAL WARMING, SAVE THE OCEANS, POVERTY, INJUSTICE etc and people are probably sick of it. so when I do eventually meet my future husband he might find me intolerable. THEN WHAT?! I’m pretty crazy and have my fair share of issues but i guess he’ll have to love me ‘warts and all’ (I don’t have any warts just so you know!).

=)

So in the mean time check out my tumblr and follow me on twitter @juwithemad

Have a wonderful weekend and week.

The summer Holidays are ALMOST here for me! YAYNESS.

Happy Reading.

Don’t forget to SMILE and tell someone how awesome they are! =P

I'm a Book Nerd and Proud. =P

Don't settle for mediocrity

Because Killing makes EVERYTHING better right?! =(

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend." Robert Louis Stevenson

Love passionately. =)

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." Douglas Adams

Read This and Implement it in your Life. =)

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” Emily Dickinson

“Maybe that’s what real friendship is- getting so used to people that you need to be annoyed by them.” Libba Bray

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” Anaïs Nin

“Laughter is the language of the soul.” Pablo Neruda

“It’s surprising how memories built around  things unnoticed at the time.” Barbara Kingsolver

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, i bet they’d live a lot differently.” Bill Watterson

“Truth exists, only lies have to be invented.” L. M. Montgomery

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” J.K. Rowling

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

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