July Bookclub title announcment!

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It’s that time of the month again, these book club months seem to just be zooming by! But July is up and coming and to let you have time to get a copy of our Book club It is time we announced it. Now this month is going to be a little special for two reasons.

First of all the book this month is tying into our July Summer event : 30 days of Confidence  ( If you have no idea what I am talking about you can check out the link by clicking on the picture bellow)

30 days of confidenceThis July is all about embracing Imperfections, Being yourself, discovering your Identity and all other kinds of self-love and positivity  so I am proud to announce that this months book club book ties very neatly into  this theme  so here it is  this months book

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“Here we are. And we are living. Isn’t that amazing? How we manage to be at all.”

grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at but they are used to it. They’re conjoined twins united in blood and bone.
what they want is to be looked at in turn, Like they truly are two people. they want friends. And what about love? But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for…

Join us in July and read this book along with us! Check in on July 1st for my first impressions of this book! ( and don’t forget to check out Wandering words who co-hosts this book club alongside me!)

And the Second reason July’s book club is special …. It will Word and geeks Book club’s First birthday – that’s right One year of book club – so you might want to look out for that post as I think a celebration will be in order

 

 

2 Years as The Geek undergraduate

Hello World,

those were my opening words in my first ever blog post, A lot has changed in those two years, and I would still consider myself finding my feet in the blogging world, but I think I am slowly working out what kind of content works for me.

The words and Geeks book club which I started with Wandering Words last summer ( It’s birthday is coming up soon too) has been one of my favourite projects that I have worked on even if life has been crazy and it has been Thanks to emma on her blog that we have managed to keep it running month by month, Thank you Emma  for all your hard work.

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Another Project that I am proud of which is still very new to this blog but will be updated over the next year or so is releasing my art work out to the world Via the Japan Diaries, the first few were a bit blocky due to not having my graphics tablet at uni, but I am now able to create much more fluid art and will be writing comics about my adventures in Japan. Thank you all to being supportive of my art.  I was worried about receiving hate but you have all been so accepting as a community

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The summer of waiting

If you haven’t checked this out yet – take a look at my Japan Diary Tag! there are only a few posts so far but this is going to change soon as things get updated and as it gets closer to the time for me to fly out to japan!

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Fangirl Rainbow Rowell

I don’t know why but last July, my review of fangirl was posted, and it has become my most popular post ever, ( you can check out the posts by clicking the Pictures above) I must have done something right, I just find it fascinating which posts do well and which ones sink, and sometimes ones you think will be popular just don’t fly. I have reviewed so many books since fan girl, but I do have my favourites Since this post though I have started Receiving Advance Readers copies of Books which has been a pretty exciting advancement for me since starting this blog . My favourite ARC that I have read so far has been Risuko which is due to be published at the end of this month ( June 30 2016 )

 

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Risuko by David Kudler

Of Course I made one of these posts a year ago to celebrate the birthday of my blog again with links to content from across the year, and it is fun to see just how much the content of the blog has changed in just one year. if you want to see some of my highlights from my first year you can check out that post here

But most importantly of all I want to thank you my viewers and subscribers for being here to read my blog, and to continue to support I hope that you are looking forwards to this new year of blogging as much as I am

I wonder where I will be in a years time ~

What has been your favourite post this year?

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I am A collector of sorts.

I have always been fascinated by collections, when I was a chid in the brownies ( that’s the girl scouts to those of you in America)  to our american friends I remember there being a badge for having a collection, and I used to sit in wonder of what I could collect

Beanie babies – no, only had three of those
Sea shells… again I had limited access to them
Stamps …at the age of 7 this seemed dull, mundane…

It seems that all this time I had clearly been overlooking my true passion, a collection which has grown from childhood without even realisation, because this collection was a collection for a hobbies, but an item for a hobbie in itself.

Reading.

My collection of books is vast and ever-growing and it wasn’t until today I truly realised that it was a collection until I started organising them – You know you have a lot of books when you can dedicate whole shelves to sections – I could open up my own library, but then I would have to put them in the Dewey decimal system – and that is just too much like hard work.

it was while stacking the shelves when an overly excited TBR pile toppled down and hit me on the head that I came to the thought  “I am a collector …of sorts”  Or maybe it was just the  concussion  talking.

~ I think i deserve that brownie badge now.  What do you think?

 

Words and Geeks Book Club – June Half way check point

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It is the 15th of the month, which means it is check point time. How are you getting on with this months book club book ?  if you aren’t sure what I am talking about : this months book is The Girl Of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave you can check out my first impressions (here)

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Now I have been dipping in and out of this book so far this month, and am currently sitting at around chapter ten, and the action is just about to start all kicking off, I feel like this is the kind of book which needs to be read aloud, and as I read it, I do read it aloud imagining I am a teacher reading to her class at the end of the day ( as my teachers read books to our classes) I think the language style is aimed for younger readers, however this doesn’t detract from the over all story.

I think that although this story is good for its intended audience I feel that 10 chapters has passed and were only just getting into the story, everything else is foundation laying – however, I feel that the second half of the story is going to really pick up  and I am excited to see where the story goes with its themes

How are you getting along with this months book club book?

Leave a comment of your thoughts and opinions so far

Don’t forget you can check out what Emma’s thoughts on the book so far over at Wandering words

30 Days of Confidence is coming!

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30 days of Confidence is coming this July – Join The geek undergraduate (that’s me)  and Wandering words for 30 days of confidence building, positivity and happiness! we are packing in a mixture of challenges for ourselves ( I am going to attempt to do something new every day) , Book reviews ( to inspire and help along the way) , and just plain good times to make this July as positive as possible!

Why don’t you join in and push your comfort zone , try something new and have your own 30 days of confidence Tag your friends , and most importantly Have fun!

Here are 30 Ideas for 30 days of confidence that you could try too

Blog about your experiences and leave a comment to let us know how you get on

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And there is more! to tie into the theme of 30 days of confidence we have tied in the Words and Geeks book club with this idea, picking a book about identity friendship and Humanity Stay tuned it as the title will be announced on the 20th.

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I.D. – Emma Rios

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I.D. Emma Rios

I.D is a graphic novel with an interesting story line, If you had the opportunity to, would you want to be put into a different body. it is a dystopian story which is challenging what it means to have your identity.  The story follows three people who all want to go through with a body transplant, an experimental process to have their minds transplanted into another body, all have their own reasons, and all are seeking the solution to the problems in their lives, but is the body transplant what they really need and can changing bodies really solve their issues.

“Will we remain ourselves in another body?  Will we be able to become someone else?”  All thought-provoking questions that ID raises throughout the story.

The story itself is shorter than I thought it would be, but I think it is long enough when you truly look through the beautifully illustrated pages. It is illustrated in a much muted colour pallet of reds and white, which although beautiful and would look amazing in print, was difficult for me to read as a digital copy, (which as the copy I was reading was an ARC was the version that I had)

The story is thought-provoking, and addresses many issues of Identity which we face today, It feels that a story of this calibre could be extended over several volumes to really get into the minds of each of the characters as it feels that we weren’t given enough to really get to know who each of the three characters were I would have loved to discover more about their lives and pick apart why exactly it was that they wanted to change, It is said why in the story of course, I would just like more of an elaboration.

 

I.D will be going to print on the 28th of June 2016

I was able to read and review this ARC through net galley

Every Falling Star (The True Story Of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea) – Sungju Lee

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Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Every Falling Star, is the true story of how Sungju Lee has lived in and escaped North Korea. This is the first autobiographical book I have reviewed and have found the process very interesting, The way Sungju Lee tells his story, Is so well written often at points I would find myself forgetting, this is more than just a story in a book, these events actually happened they were Sungju Lee’s reality and that made the events of the story reach out to me that little bit more.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Korean history especially that of the north, the book starts of with a brief and easy to follow history from 1910 when Japan colonised Korea through 1945 when Korea was divided, to 1994 where this story really begins in the middle of Sungju Lee’s childhood.

The actual story Begins with an account of Sungju Lee’s childhood living in the Capital of North Korea ( Or Joseon as it is known in North Korea) and the events that followed that would change his life forever.  The story will bring tears to your eyes, and it is a reminder that we are all human, even those trapped in the closed off country of North Korea. It is a tale of love, and hope, and friendship. Names within the book have been changed due to laws in North Korea which if this book is discovered the people close to Sungju Lee who remain in North Korea could be punished. But as is written in the front of the book Sungju Lee hopes to one day be reunited with his friends and Family who remain in the most closed off country in the world.

There are Korean words that have been Romanised in the book and these terms are explained through the book, however there is a Glossary at the back should you need a reminder of what the words may mean.

This is a story of a lifetime that will have you holding your breath ( especially towards the end) The events which took place can be a grim reminder of what some people have to live through every day of their lives . I feel that books like this carry a powerful message, and I feel that the story of Every falling star will stay with me for some time.

 

 

Due to be Published September 13th 2016
I was able to read the ARC for this book thanks to net Galley.

LandLine – Rainbow Rowell

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Landline Rainbow Rowell

The first book that I read by the acclaimed Rainbow Rowell was Fangirl last summer (here)  and since then I have been meaning to read more of Rainbow Rowell’s books. At last I have finally picked up Landline, I might be a little late to the game with picking up these books but I am still enjoying reading them. Landline actually came out after Fangirl, so I thought it would be interesting to see how Rainbow Rowell’s writing has developed since Fangirl.

Tagline “If you got a second chance at Love would you make the same call”

When I picked up this book at first, I was expecting it to be a stereotypical YA novel about love and romance (which don’t get me wrong is something that I enjoy to read) But Landline surprised me, Looking at what I would consider to be slightly more of an adult theme of making love and Marriage work, and an ever so slightly sci-fi, paranormal element to it or maybe the character is just going crazy – we will never know.

The story begins with the main character Georgie is a writer for TV shows, and is hoping to make it big, this means missing out on family time over Christmas, so her Husband takes the kids to his parents’ house after a dispute, and Georgie is left to do her work. But has she made the biggest mistake of her life, is her work really worth more than her family? When she tries to call her husband’s parents’ house from a landline in her mother’s house, she gets through to the past. Is she going crazy? Or is she really working through all her problems with a past version of her boyfriend? after all Her Husband isn’t answering her other calls via the mobile, and her mother is convinced that he has left her – what is really going on?

Landline has a quirky concept which has really worked in its favour in this book, I love that the main narrative of the story revolves around the conversations that happen on the landline and everything else just slots into place. I actually enjoyed this book more than Fangirl, even though it wasn’t as dramatically or as full of suspense, Just like Fangirl the reading community seems to be divided on opinions of this book. I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t say it was something that would stand out as one of my favourite books, but it was a fun read something that would be nice to sit down to on the beach or by the pool.

I would give Landline a 3 star rating

What did you think of Landline?

If you had a magical phone which could connect to people of your past would you use it? Who would you call and why?

Leave a comment :)

 

 

Cibele – An Interactive Story

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Cibele Is a video game that I got in the Narrative humble bundle, I hadn’t heard of the title before so when I stated playing i didn’t know exactly what to expect, rather than a game as such, it is more an interactive story, in the same kind of way that visual novels are, but with a difference.

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Cibele Video Game

this game integrates, a point and click element of finding your way around the main characters computer, you can look at files, photos, email and even open the online game where she goes by the name of Cibele, this opens up the next element of this game. You play as Cibele online with a Guy called Ichi – their chat narrates the background of the game while you can also click-through Instant messages and other things that are happening while you are playing. There are also cut scenes in the story, made from video clips of Cibele. It is a very cleverly put together story, as they player you don’t get any choices into where the story is going however – The story of Cibele is based on a true one of the author. It is a story that reflects the modern age. Of meeting and falling in love online.

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At first the game made me feel uncomfortable and I wasn’t sure why, then I realised it was a distorted reflection of my own previous experiences online, the way the characters talked reminded me of the way I talked when I was younger, Am I really just that much of a cliché? As some reviews have called the way that the characters interact predictable. Or is it just a telling of people of our age’s youth? Cibele is less a game and more a story, one that many of us may have faced of Meeting and falling in love online.

Overall, I enjoyed the Game, although I think I would have enjoyed it more if there were choices for the player and maybe multiple endings but then this wouldn’t be a story anymore would it?

Have you Played Cibele? Or a game in a similar format?

What do you think of this kind of story telling?

What about the use of real life actors? (Which is very different from the previous game I played with real life actors Her Story)

Leave a comment :)

 

Her Story (A Narrative PC Game)

Who would want to play a video game made up solely of searching for things and video clips? Well after playing  Her story, this is exactly what I am looking for. Her story is a narrative game in which you acquire information in a police case by searching the police database.

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The game is addictive and you soon find you have a note pad, ideas and leads wanting to know where the case is going to go. The lay out of the game is very simple the screen is set to look like a computer screen

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You are able to search for terms in the database, there are Readme files on the screen which give you instructions on how to work the game the first word imputed is Murder searching this will bring up some of the first videos and first leads for you to work with

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you can keep tabs on video clips you find important and even tag them with things that you think might help you, as you can see faintly in this screenshot there is a reflection of a face in the screen, this is a first person game, you are playing as this person who is searching through this old case, looking for clues, leads into what happened, who, what where and why is important in this game.

The game is well structured, you will find yourself composing your own theories wanting to share them with others connecting with people over what you think is the truth

But the real question of this game is

What do you really know what is going on?

I am not going to give any spoilers, but the way that the game was finished up – was so simple and really well thought out. I hope that you enjoy this game as much as I have.