Top 5 books.

Getting really into this whole book thing at the moment, probably because i’m still reeling from a fault in our stars. 

Also, I finished that. It was fabulous and Lovely and I cried and just wow. Thats when I decided I’d make a top 5 List (The top 10 would be boring I doubt you care that much.) and oh my golly it was difficult. Not only choosing the top 5 books, because I had a strong top three but then putting them in order, too. DIFF-I-CULT.

Anyway, If you only read 5 books in your lifetime (or even one.) make it these. (or one of these.) 

i’ll try and let you know why:

 

5. (ooh, A countdown. How exciting.) 

‘Midnight’ By Jacqueline Wilson.

Im not sure WHY I loved this book so much – maybe the story line, Its involvement with fairies ( I expecially liked that part.) or just the fact that Jacqueline Wilson is just an outstanding writer, even as a teenager I enjoy her books. I remember I read and reread this so many times when I was about eleven. Over and over again. Then i’d leave it for a week or so and start again. Im pretty sure my nanna paid quite a bit to the Library when i’d kept it so long. Then I found a cheap one in the charity shop and bought that to read again. I kinda want to reread it now..

I knew Mum longed for a proper girly daughter to confide in. But I never knew what to say to Mum. We didn’t have a thing in common. It was almost as if I was the one who was adopted.

4. Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging by Louise Rennison

Actually, The whole series of books in this ( I think there’s ten) are amazing. I started reading these when I was maybe ten..maybe a bit older. I found it so naughty and utterly hilarious that she labelled a boy as a ‘sex god’ and even though I’ve read each one a thousand times they’re still so laugh out loud funny. 

“Through my curtains I can see a big yellow moon. I’m thinking of all the people in the world who will be looking at that same moon.

I wonder how many of them haven’t got any eyebrows?” 

3. ( We get a little more serious here.) ‘Watch over me.’ By Daniela Sacerdoti

You know yesterday I mentioned books that have an impact on you for a couple of days after reading them? This was without a doubt one of those. This book was a top read one on the Amazon store of my kindle and I remember reading the blurb that really just drew me in. Then the book was just.. SO good. Literally, I just wanted to keep on reading. Realistic and yet pretty romantic. One of those stories that you never want to end, you just want to follow the character’s life forever. Also, there was a paragraph in it that I don’t think was intended to make the reader cry but man, did I howl. It was about her Nanna being special to her and having the love a mother didn’t and I could just relate so much. (only to that part. I havent moved to scotland due to a failed marriage and difficulty to conceive…yet. You never know.) BONUS: I tweeted Daniela Sacerdoti once I’d finished the book and she FOLLOWED ME BACK ON TWITTER. My mindless tweets probably annoy the hell out of her but I’m so happy about the fact she follows me. 🙂

When you are a child, no pain is so harsh that the ones you love, the ones who care about you, can’t ease it.Even the worst days look up when someone tucks you in, brings you a cup of warm milk and a biscuit and sits at the edge of your bed to read you a story. You look at their well known faces, breathe in their familiar scent, listen to the voice you’ve heard since you can remember, and somthing inside you just unknots. For some of us, the person to do this was their mum. For me, it was my gran. 

2. A fault in our stars by John Green.

Wow, this book was good. It had me crying from laughter in the college library and earned me some very concerning looks. I was laughing one minute and a couple of pages later Green had me crying again. The fact that two cancer patients could fall in love, be so ill and yet still be as funny as they were made me very happy. Another book that has made big impact. I love it and would definitely recommend to anyone..anywhere. Please just read this book. please. oh, and the second the film is out I will be in that cinema before you can say ‘An Imperial Affliction.’ (Inside book thing. 😉 ) 

“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.

“Augustus,” I said.

“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

 

1. Okay, here comes the big guns..

Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

Why this book has not been made into a film yet, I do not know.

Its so… Original. but its not original, if that makes any kind of distorted sense.

Romeo and Juliet meets segregation meets terrorism meets… I dont know what else.. Perfection?

Where Whites are almost powerless and Blacks are supreme, OF COURSE two of them will fall in love. AND ITS JUST SO PERFECT AND SO SAD I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW AMAZING I FIND THIS BOOK.

I don’t want to give anything away in case people are thinking of reading it (good choice.) 

its amazing. Another one I’ve reread a thousand times and seemingly it never looses its magic which is what I find when you re-read books. I cried an awful lot and the Books following it are just as great.

theres alot of chapters. Like Im pretty sure it goes into the hundreds and I read It in a day. I hid it behind my books in classes, didnt talk at breaks and didnt move when I got home until it was finished. I literally cannot comprehend how amazing this book is.

“I pulled him closer to me, wrapping my arms around him, kissing him just as desperately as he was kissing me. Like if we could just love long enough and hard enough and deep enough, then the world outside would never, could never hurt us.” 

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A good book

Oh my days, I was desperate to write a post and I thought i’d do it from my computer to be faster than doing it on my phone – turns out that wasn’t the case. I had to wait F-O-R-E-V-E-R for Internet explorer to load, only when It had loaded did I realize that my mum’s office computer isn’t as ancient as my little laptop and actually had Google Chrome Installed. Then as the page was loading There was this big red Flashy thing informing me I had won an iPad. Nice try, Internet Explorer. The only thing I gained from that Alert box was a headache.

Anyway, back to the post..

I love it when it gets colder nights and It goes darker earlier each night. I don’t appreciate the rain though, all cold and makes you jeans stick uncomfortably and makes your hair look greasy and hang all limp and POO.

However, The cold, dark nights make me all cosy, that was the point.

This morning, during first period, I started to read ‘The fault in our stars.’ Its got a very good reputation as an incredibly tragic and romantic book so I thought I’d give it a go. Safe to say if I haven’t read it all by first period tomorrow i’ll be surprised. Amazing, amazing book already and I’m only 3/5 of the way through it. I’ve laughed and I’ve cried and I cant wait to do more of that in the very near future.

Back to feeling cosy, (oh my god red zigzag lines. NO, AMERICAN SPELL CHECK, I AM NOT INCAPABLE OF SPELLING.)

I was reading this book tonight at the train station, again on the 3 minute train ride and then i even read it as I did the 4 minute walk back to my house. Granted, I stepped in quite a few puddles and may have reared off into the road a couple of times. The pages got all spotty because of the rain so i’m hoping the library woman will have her fit about that AFTER I’ve returned it and walked safely out of the college premises. All totally worth it.

I got home, walked up the front steps, opened the front door, said hello to my mum and dad, dodged the pool table ( do not forget I live in a pub,) and got upstairs into my room, kicked off my shoes, pulled off my jeans and crawled under my duvet all without looking up. Then I lay there, all cosy and warm in my bed both laughing and crying at this book which will definitely be a new favourite of mine. I cannot tell you how nice it was to just get lost for an hour without my phone buzzing. I’m pretty sure its one of those books that has one of those huge impacts on you for a couple of days afterwards, where you wish with all your heart that the book would never end or that you could just live in the world of those pages but you can never reread it because it just wont be as magical and enigmatic and i’m rambling shush Michaela.

Its put me into the mood where I just want to write and write and write, I get so much inspiration! I CANNOT go back to away with the fairies though, because I know that once I do It’ll consume me and I wont want to stop and to be honest I’m struggling  to find time for friends, family, college work, a job, a boyfriend, a blog, a diet, the internet, a criminal minds addiction AND a book (both writing and reading) . Not gonna happen, my brain is not clever enough to comprehend that much activity. However I do have a long, long list of books I want to read thanks to A-Level Literature introducing me to so many authors I’ve never met.

Congratulations, You just wasted approximately 4 minutes reading this post about what is going on in Michaela’s little brain. But thanks, anyways. Always open to new authors to add to my forever growing list.

Love from me.x

Bucket list update!

So even though my life has recently somehow become unsociable and rather uneventful, I’ve managed to tick off quite a few things from my bucket list!

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I’ve read a really interesting book on psychology.
On my birthday, I wore red lipstick for the party.

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I’m really getting into bring me the horizon music, too. ‘Can you feel my heart’ is definitely my favourite. I got a library card, too! This allowed me to take out the psycology book, aha!

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I got the criminal minds boxset Fromm parents for my birthday – best thing ever.

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And finally, I’ve seen the vamps live TWICE and I’ve met them!

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However, I still have a lot to complete and not much time before I start college. I’m still to try a cosmopolitan – I think this is because it’s in the movies a lot. I will find out tomorrow if I have got the grades to get into college (VERY nervous!) I’m going to write letters to everyone I’m close to as soon as I finish writing this blog. I still want to sleep under the stars but I think if I moved that to the ‘before I die’ bucket list it will be easily completed. I was stupid to think I’d lose a stone in the summer ahah. I don’t think I’ll be ticking that off. I’m halfway through a Harry potter marathon. Not doing to bad I think!

Big News.

Big news, this is my 60th post on this here blog that few visit and even fewer care about.
That isnt my big news, infact, the news Im about to report isnt even that big – maybe for me, but probably not for you.
This evening, I decided to take it upon myself to contact a range of publishers and editors regarding my book. the email went something like this:

Hello,
My name Is Michaela Garnett. I am 15 years old and recently self published my book ‘Away with the fairies.’ with an american organisation ‘Author House.’
However, I feel that my book could benefit more from the likes of an organisation such as yours.
Away with the fairies is a children’s fantasy. The protaganist, Poppy finds herself orphaned after her grandmothers death, and so goes in search of the fairy land her grandmother told her stories about. Naturally, once she finds this fairy world, she falls in love with it’s prince whom is already engaged, yet his fiancee is power hungry and this consumes her, resulting in her being unable to have compassion for anything but wealth and power.
I feel my story is GOOD and has alot of depth to it that most modern books need to succeed. However, my narrative skills aren’t what they need to be for my book to succeed.The depth I know could be there is either too obvious or goes unnoticed. It is like an unfinished manuscript and I regret deeply rushing into the publishing process.
I feel that with the help of a professional, my book can be great.

I didnt even finish the email. This is because I found myself already imagining the response.

Michaela,
No novel is to be expected of a girl of just fifteen, especially as you were younger still when you wrote the book.
Your book will only benefit from your own hard work and persistance, not ours.
The book sounds interesting, and if you’re not happy with it, do something about it. You’re narrative skills will come with practice and so that is what you should do.
you’re right to regret the rush – but it doesnt mean its over.
dont ask for help when you havent tried helping yourself.

so that’s that. I will use what Author house have given me as tools to develop as an author and I will re-write Away with the fairies and perhaps create a novel rather than a childrens book.
I wont self publish my perfected novel, because if it’s not good enough to be picked up by a big company who believes my novel will do well enough for them to work for free, it isnt good enough.
hopefully, if it takes off,my original published book will be worth more than £10.00 per book, because they will be officially ‘ORIGINAL.’
I think me and my parents are the only one’s excited about this.
Due to this desicion, I will be removing the chapters previously posted on this website. I didnt post any chapters for a while because I was waiting for somebody to ask me to, because they WANTED to read it. so if you did, you’ll have to purchase a book or suffer a couple of years.
Love from me x

Its been ages..

Its been ages since I wrote properly last, I suppose i’ve been busy with exams and plans and all that, that I haven’t had any motivation to write. 

When I’m bored my mind goes off and creates all sorts of stories and things that I can’t wait to write down, but seeing as i’ve been busy my mind is busy with exams and work and school that  it hasn’t had chance to wonder off. 

But now im getting huge urges to read a really good book or write more on the one im writing at the moment, but I cant afford to get distracted with all the things I have going on so will have to blog instead, which is always fun. 

Its also hard for me to go back to the book im writing. My Nanna was always the first one to read anything I wrote.She was the first one to read ‘Away with the fairies’ and was the first one to have a copy before it was published. So I named the character in this story ‘Veronica’ to surprise her when she read this one. Yet she didn’t live to let me finish it. 😦 now I don’t like writing about a woman named Veronica when MY veronica isnt here anymore. But at the same time, I dont want to have to go back through it and change the name of the character all the way through my writing. I’ll do something when I get to it I suppose.

I’ll definitely write sometime soon though, when exams are over and my charity event has been and gone, i’ll be more than ready to fly away somewhere new.

My instagram is @kaylaagarnett if you’d like to give me a follo. wink wink nudge nudge. You can find my twitter details on my blog’s homepage. But if not, its @michaelagarnett 

Love from me x

ADVENTURE.

adventuresIt just hit me, literally as I was logging in, it hit me.
Why I wrote the book!
Whenever I was asked, it was hard to answer WHY I wrote Away with the fairies and just like that, I knew why.
EXCITEMENT!
I crave excitement in my life, and because I have little, I wrote excitement into someone elses.
No matter how stupid and pathetic it is, I am Poppy Garner. I’ve run away to Dreamland and married a prince and I’m in my own little fantasy. That’s why I wrote it. Escape from the boredom and endless routine of life.
Wake up, go to school, come home, wish I was thinner or more clever or had less spots or the energy to clean my room, do my homework and go to bed.
Parties, work, school and home aren’t exciting enough for me. They are short bursts of excitement that just aren’t enough! I want an ADVENTURE! I want to travel to new places and discover new people. I want a fairytale!
I know I sound deluded and stupid, but I’m so passionate about this! I want to be like someone out of the movies, or the books that I read.
I’m not saying I’m unhappy with my life, because I’m not, I’ve got a family, a boyfriend, amazing friends, but I don’t wake up in the morning wondering what today will bring, because I already know, boredom, forcing myself to stay awake through endless lessons and then going home and preparing to do it all again.
I’m officially counting down the days until I am old enough to travel, with anyone that wants to come along. To explore, to discover!
I know when I’m getting bored, because I have an overwhelming urge to read, or to write. Its because I want to escape into another world.
I cant remember the last time I felt my stomach churn in excitement or legs shake with nerves and heart flutter.
I want so much more than Goostrey, than England, than this!