‘Everything Works Out in the End’-FFF 39

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Derived from an image that is © Nevit Dilmen

The Flash Fiction Foray is a weekly event run here at The Book Blogger.

This week’s edition will be on (drumroll please)… Kodaline’s Everything Works Out in the End. Feel free to base responses of anything to do with the song, I always enjoy any different takes! If you want to read previous challenges and responses, click here.

If you missed the previous challenge on Benjamin Wallfisch & Disa’s New World Coming, take a look at the responses here.

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Flash Fiction Foray-‘New World Coming’

Neon Music Sign
Derived from an image that is © Nevit Dilmen

It’s that time of week again, and this week there are six superb entries to take a look at, based on Benjamin Walllfisch & Disa’s New World Cominggo to the link for the song. Continue reading

Whoops…

I realised yesterday that it was, in fact, Saturday, and not Friday as I had thought. Given that Friday is my usual posting day, I thought there was no harm in saving the post for next week. I have reviews of Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross: The True Story of D-Day Spies and James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death lined up; along with something very special: I asked some of my favourite bloggers a few questions, and will amalgamate their responses into a post soon.

In other news, the Flash Fiction Foray round up on ‘Once Upon A Dream’ is coming tomorrow, there are currently six responses (with two newcomers!) – but it’s not too late to write your take…

3 New Year blogging resolutions

My first full year of blogging is thus completed, and I feel that the time is upon us for some blogging resolutions. Three seems a good number, not too many that I will not complete the majority, but also with some room for error-the only thing I need to do is think up three resolutions (or goals. I’m sure goals count). Oh, and I’ve got to keep them too. That may be a bit harder. As they are blogging resolutions, there’s nothing about life off of the interwebs (which would probably be quite exam focussed).

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Blogging year in review-part 2

My best post

Ironically I feel that I write my best when I’m not on the topic of a single book in particular. Instead, I feel lists such as this one on Harry Potter supporting characters, or this one on my favourite book covers, and even posts which are not about books are when my writing is at its strongest (such as my list of most hated words). The best work featured on my blog though without a shadow of doubt is all the Flash Fiction Foray entries, which are always interesting and enjoyable to read. I think the best edition so far has been on Adele’s Hello, where there were seven different responses.

My worst post

I am very scathing when I find spelling mistakes in the works of others, be it in print or online (loath though I am to admit it, I do sometimes silently judge…), so when I make the very mistakes I despise I do (rightly) feel a bit bad for my thoughts of others. Today alone going back over my posts, I found three typographical mistakes (shakes head in disgust). Aside from that, it is probably one of the ones that doesn’t focus on books or on readers, but on myself. Posts like that often manage to read like a plea for attention for rightly or wrongly (case in point), and I have made a mental note to avoid writing them in future. Alhough I always enjoy reading such posts of others, I strongly dislike my own such posts!

Next year?

I’ve got five reviews that have been lying around for months to use, and I keep meaning to write reviews on books I have read recently-A People’s History of BritainGhostThe Mission SongAmong the Thugs… I doubt I’ll do them all, maybe just one or two, but I am planning an increase in lists and other literary (and maybe not so literary!) posts, so stay tuned!

Thank you so much to you all for sticking with me, and I hope you all have a merry Christmas and a great 2016!

Blogging year in review-part 1

Given the abundance of such posts, I can only assume that posting a ‘year in review’ is some sort of hallowed tradition across all media to draw renewed attention to articles which have been buried under other pieces. Given also that I have only been blogging for just over a year, perhaps now is a good time to do a summary of my blogging year. A few books that I liked, one that I didn’t, and my favourite (and least favourite) posts, all written by yours truly. Except the books. The books weren’t written by me. The posts meanwhile, were all written by yours truly. So, if you will, join me for my blogging year in review-part 1 (second part to be posted tomorrow morning if all goes to plan)…

Favourite books

It’s been a long old year, and I’ve lost count of the number of books I’ve read. The most recent book I’ve finished was Rebecca Fraser’s A People’s History of Britain (today no less!), but I have read an absolute ton of books. I’ve read probably the most thinly veiled character assassination in literature, in the form of Robert Harris’ Ghost-an incredibly strong attack on Tony and Cherie Blair (albeit with different names and slightly different circumstances). I’ve read incredibly popular books, books which should be extremely popular (but aren’t), and I’ve even read the odd non-fiction book (gasp!). Two books about life in Nazi Germany have particularly stood out for me this year, Fatherland and The Book ThiefFatherland, an alternative history story, is widely considered one of Robert Harris’ best books, and I have to agree-in my review at the time I said it was “quite simply brilliant”. The Book Thief, I thundered, was to be an “instant classic”, I was-and remain-full of admiration for it.

Book that’s grown on me most

Lord of the Flies. This is essentially a choice between all of the books I have studied at school. Whereas recreational reading I usually form an opinion and stick to my guns, what seems to happen with each and every text at school is I read the thing, don’t like it, get taught about it, then revel in the hidden depths. Books like Lord of the FliesOf Mice and MenThe Great GatsbyHamlet-they all need someone to point out the subtleties that lie within waiting to be discovered, the symbolism, the cynical comments on the American Dream and human nature. They may not have the most enjoyable plots, but these books are so clever, so intelligently written that they are fantastic to read. Reviews of all should come at some point soon…

Worst reads

This prize is some sort of warped cross between the wooden spoon and the Turnip Prize. There are two books I’d like to especially mention-Conspiracy 365- February which I found vastly cliched and immensely vexing, which I lambasted at the time as (having run out of adjectives), “poor” and the slightly more elaborate tricolon of “Overpriced, exploitative and irritating”. The other is The Medusa Project-Hostage, the review to which is one of several I have had for several months without posting. In that review, I gave the book a dismal one star and caustically called it “downright idiotic”.

Part 2 to come tomorrow with my best and worst posts; merry Christmas all!

First anniversary of blogging-the importance of friendship in the blogosphere

Friends are the most important things you will ever have. By Some dude on Flickr [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Doesn’t time fly. On the second of November 2014 I signed up to WordPress on a whim, with the sole intention of reviewing a few books. I had no intention to become a part of one of the internet’s most kind and caring communities, no thought of making good friends. But that is what I have done. I’ve learnt about tags, images, books, interests, but I still think the most important thing I have learnt on here is that you can be good friends with someone you’ve never met.

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Thank yous. A lot of thank yous

Some of my blogging friends. Image is in the public domain
Ten of my blogging friends. Image is in the public domain

Reflecting yesterday for my one hundredth post, I realised something. There are a lot of people to whom I owe a debt of gratitude to, people who have helped me, supported me, or just generally been a friendly member of the community. To name all is an impossible task, yet I will endeavour to name a few (go on, take a look at their blogs). In no particular order:

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Post 100-a celebration?

What to say, but thank you all for your support! Image from Wikimedia Commons and Jon Ashcroft reused under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
What to say, but thank you all for your support!
Image from Wikimedia Commons and Jon Ashcroft reused under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

This is my 100 hundredth post on this blog, and as such will focus a little more on what’s coming up and where we’ve got to rather than on literature. Oh. and some thank yous. A lot of thank yous.

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I’m back!

I'm back!
It’s good to be back. Image from http://pixabay.com/

I have now officially returned from my GCSEs! And I’ve got a whole load of exciting stuff planned. Here’s a taste of what’s coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Launch of a new creative writing (fan) fiction blog, called ‘Scenes I’d See’
  • Launch of a new free gift for followers, including:
    • Five things I wish I did when I started WordPress
    • How I write a book review
    • My favourite books which I have reviewed
    • How to win friends and influence bloggers (all current followers can claim here)
  • A new monthly post
  • Several planned guest posts
  • A revamp of the site, including a new ‘About‘ page
  • A continuation of book reviews every Friday
  • A continuation of Flash Fiction Foray every Monday and Tuesday
  • A continuation of daily quotes every Wednesday
  • All posts are to be published at 19:00 UTC
  • Lastly, thank you for to all those reading this; over my blogging absence I have got to nearly (198) 200 followers!