Mittwoch, 29. April 2015

Books I've read in March and April / Wrap-Up

Since I've only read 2 books in March, I'm gonna make a Wrap-Up for March and April!


In March I've read:


Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic
which was a really inspiring Memoir/Self-Help book.
I gave it 5 Stars


The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
which was a YA Contemporary novel about as you can guess by the title a Native American boy.
You can read my full thoughts here:
http://between-lines-and-life.blogspot.ch/2015/04/review-of-absolutely-true-diary-of-part.html
I gave this book 3.5 Stars




In April I've read:


A light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
which is a collection of poems mainly written for children, I really enjoyed it a lot and it gave me a new insight into poetry
I gave it 5 Stars


Stolen by Lucy Christopher
which is another YA Contemporary written as a letter from Gemma to her captor telling the story about her kidnapping. It was a very intense and touching journey.
I gave it 4.75 Stars


My Name is Mina by David Almond
which is a wonderful crafted Children's Novel about the extraordinary girl called Mina and her journey to find a place in this world.
I gave this book 4.75 Stars


Skellig by David Almond
which you can read as a Sequel or Prequel to My Name is Mina
I gave this book 4.5 Stars


Happyface by Stephen Emond
which includes some stunning illustrations.
I gave it 4.5 Stars


Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
which is a collection of amazing photographs including some really inspiring quotes from interviews.
I gave this book 5 Stars


Starting from Happy by Patricia Marx
which is a nearly absurd Contemporary Fiction lovestory with a Woody Allen Touch to it.
I gave it 5 Stars


The Museum of intangible Things by Wendy Wonder
which is a beautifully written YA Contemporary Road Trip book.
I gave it 5 Stars


Poetry Please - Love Poems
which is a great collection of Love Poems including some of my favorites.
I gave this book 4 Stars


After that, I've finished the Mr Gum children's series:
Mr Gum and the Goblins (Part 3; 4.25 Stars)
Mr Gum and the Power Crystals (Part 4; 4.5 Stars)
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear (Part 5; 4.5 Stars)
What's for Dinner, Mr Gum (Part 6; 4.75 Stars)
Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree (Part 7; 4.75 Stars)
Mr Gum and the Secret Hideout (Part 8; 4.5 Stars)


As you may noticed, April was, with 15 read books, a pretty successful month!


To my favorite shelf I could add:
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Starting from Happy by Patricia Marx
The Museum of intangible Things by Wendy Wonder

If you like to have a Review for any of the books, please let me know!









Donnerstag, 23. April 2015

We should do this together! - Original Tag

Don't you know that feeling when you scroll through you're subscription feed and you feel the urge to recommend these people to everyone and plan the most amazing things you could to with them?
Yeah, that's why I created this Tag.


Basically I thought of some activities or situations and the people I would like to share this moments with.
There are several people I mention probably all the time, but you know, they have a huge place in my heart.


Visiting an Art Museum with:
Ariel
https://www.youtube.com/user/ArielBissett
Sanne
https://www.youtube.com/user/booksandquills
Leena:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jsutkissmyfrog
Danielle:
https://www.youtube.com/user/OneSmallPaw
Claire:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ReadingBukowski
Zoey and Matthew:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpRWqQCnU-xHC5gd8jcn0Q
Holly:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsOXoEOhbO_dKWkZ948rCww




Eating in a fancy restaurant (and maybe not taking it too serious...) with
Wiebke:
https://www.youtube.com/user/1book1review
Connor:
https://www.youtube.com/user/NodinBookinIt
Emily:
https://www.youtube.com/user/EmilyJeanLives
Leena:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jsutkissmyfrog
Kylie:
https://www.youtube.com/user/watchmelivemylifekk
Erika:
https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19
Whitney:
https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels


Rocking a concert with:
Bunny:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBookishBunny
Billy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSJVqO1N_rsZerPqkGb3UkA
Leena:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jsutkissmyfrog
David:
https://www.youtube.com/user/LitJournal
Erika:
https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19


Having a picnic with
Emily:
https://www.youtube.com/user/EmilyJeanLives
Jean:
https://www.youtube.com/user/BookishThoughts
Jen:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jenvcampbell
Mercedes:
https://www.youtube.com/user/MercysBookishMusings
Claire:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ReadingBukowski
Erika:
https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19
Zoey and Matthew:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpRWqQCnU-xHC5gd8jcn0Q


Going on a road trip with:
Wiebke:
https://www.youtube.com/user/1book1review
April:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsaI0SG82I59jibp1eO-qg
Billy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSJVqO1N_rsZerPqkGb3UkA
Leena:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jsutkissmyfrog
Erika:
https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19
Zoey and Matthew:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpRWqQCnU-xHC5gd8jcn0Q
Whitney:
https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels


Crashing a wedding with:
April:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsaI0SG82I59jibp1eO-qg
Connor:
https://www.youtube.com/user/NodinBookinIt
Leena:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jsutkissmyfrog
Kylie:
https://www.youtube.com/user/watchmelivemylifekk
Erika:
https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19
Whitney:
https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels


Spend a summer with:
Bunny:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBookishBunny
Billy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSJVqO1N_rsZerPqkGb3UkA
Leena:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jsutkissmyfrog
Erika:
https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19
Zoey and Matthew:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpRWqQCnU-xHC5gd8jcn0Q
Whitney:
https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels




So, these are my choices!
I tag everyone I've mentioned above and everyone who wants to do this Tag!
Create your own situations, copy mine, feel free!


I hope you enjoyed my Tag as much as I did!

Sonntag, 19. April 2015

I am words project explanation

In my discussion about reading diversely (find it here: http://between-lines-and-life.blogspot.ch/2015/04/diversity-in-booksdiscussion-of-reading.html) I mentioned I don't want to be defined by categories or stereotypes based on my appearance or my origins.


So that's why I created the "I am words" project.
And that's my contribution:
http://between-lines-and-life.blogspot.ch/2015/04/i-am-words.html


Now it's your turn!


Your task:


- Write a blogpost/ film a video with the title "I am words"
- Start this with: "I am"
- Find as many expressions as possible to end your "I am" sentence.
- End your post with " I am more than this."
- Share it with me and the world!


Let's be more than this!!

I am words.

I am
a jumping-into-new-worlds-escaping-the-reality-learning-new-things reader.
a obsessive book hoarder.
lost.
constantly searching for uniqueness.
a summer person
a flower-wearing-around-the-campfire dancer.
an owl-unicorn-flamingo lover.
a poetry-play-nonsense writer.
a proud Christian.
a dreamer.
a traveler.
a hugger.
a  philanthropist.
scared of humans.
ready.
a night person.
scared of the night.
a person with too many thoughts.
a mess.
a history lover.
a weird eater.
a fighter for equality.
a former ballet dancer.
writing a play.
a person who still believes in a better future.
living in a fairytale.
living in a nightmare.
on my way to find myself.
scared of the darkness inside me.
fighting my demons.
a family person.
a friend person.
blessed with perfect friends.
on Twitter, way too much.
obsessed with Snow White's apple.
about to change the world.
in love with nature.
a childish teenager.
glad to have a voice.
haunted.
a rain cloud.
a rainbow.
an awful in-the-shower-singer.
a searcher.
a finder.
waiting.
split up in hundreds of different parts.
like one of those expressionistic portraits.
color.
overwhelmed.
blessed.
weak.
fearful.
a quiet person.
a screamer.
not ordinary.
not extraordinary.
an exhibition-visitor.
a lullaby-listener.
filling my soul with words.
finding my story in every book.
a mirror.
a part of a wonderful journey of a wonderful person.
calm.
stressed.
a hockey fan.
sleepless
not a fan of time difference.
friends with the moon.
an art lover.
obsessed with the Great Gatsby movie.
the mad hatter.
a poetry reader.
socially awkward.
searching for the last missing puzzle piece.
not good at this love thing.


I am more than this.

















Dienstag, 14. April 2015

Diversity in books/Discussion of Reading diversely - My opinion/ Response to Danielle

You may roll your eyes now and be completely annoyed by only reading the title. See, there we already have a problem.
This topic was highly discussed on BookTube. The Reading Diversely Tags were really popular and reading diversely was one of the big reading goals for 2015 for a lot of people, if not the biggest!
Now. Don't get me wrong! I also did a Reading Diversely Tag (you will find links to everything I'm refering at the end). But if you read it you may realized that I had quite a lot of problems answering the questions. So, this post may be also an explanation why that was so hard for me.


I mentioned in this post that for me reading diversely "is everything which isn't about the same lifestyle I have.." Because, honestly that's exactly what it is for me.
At the end of the tag I also added this:
"Reading diversely and character diversity is a very personal thing. For another person diversity means something totally different than for me."
This statement kind of addressed this whole "movement" which was going on at that moment which brought up this quite strict definition of what diversity means.
But have you ever thought that what you consider as your normal reading comfort zone might be pretty diverse for another person?
You can't just define reading diversely like, in my opinion, it happend on BookTube.


This leads me to the topic which made me write this blog post.
Just recently I discovered this amazing Tumblr blog post by Danielle over OneSmallPaw.
She was talking about the usage of graphs and the term "People of Color". Also that you "care" about the LGBTQ+ community but not mentioning them in your graph about the gender of the authors  (just mention female/male). So, she was talking about putting someone in one single category.
(You will find her blog post linked at the end! Please read it!)

I am an 19 years old heterosexual, white, Christian, Swiss, young woman.
Do I want that I'm defined by that? No. Because I'm way more than just that. I do not fit in one "category".
Putting someone in a category brings up a lot of stereotypes and ideas of how a person is.
When I tell someone I'm from Switzerland, the answer is usually: "Oh, that's lovely. How is it to live in the mountains?" 99% of the people who gave me this answer were not joking and seriously thinking all Swiss people live in the mountains and when I told them that I don't live in the mountains they were like: "So, you're not really Swiss" And this really upset me.


So, if it upsets me when I'm confronted with stereotypes and being put in a category, why should I do this for others?


For me it's even really, really difficult to put a book into a specific genre and I'm seriously thinking of not doing this anymore, because a book is often way more than just part of a specific genre.
So, why should I do this with people?


I'm in no way privileged just because I'm white, Christian, heterosexual and Swiss to put anyone in any category!

Let's not try to fit people into categories and let us see them as a wonderful individual with their own personality, which will never fit into any category at all.
Every single one of us is unique and shouldn't be caged with stereotypes and categories.
Don't let us reduce the wonderful art and the hard work an author puts in a piece of literature by putting them into a category.
It may be fun for you but not really for the ones who were put into this categories.


I will continue to read diversely. BUT! By reading diversely, I mean accepting everyone's beautiful individuality and not boiling down someones character based on color of their skin or based on their gender.




Links:
My Reading Diversely Tag:
http://between-lines-and-life.blogspot.ch/2015/01/character-diversity-tag.html
Danielle's amazing Tumblr post:
http://onesmallpaw.tumblr.com/post/116063550178/booktube-stats-and-the-denial-of-intersections
Another great post by Courtney of Pickles Reads:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkEdy31EyhI&feature=youtu.be&a=





Montag, 13. April 2015

Writing/Taking notes in Books - My opinion and experience- A discussion

Today I would like to discuss with you a topic which isn't really popular but has been on my mind for the last few days.


When I've read Stolen by Lucy Christopher I already felt this urge to write my comments in the book and take some notes in it.


We all know that when we have to read a book in school.


But.
You often do that to sum up what was going on or to make a remark about something.
It's not huge fun and it's not in addition to your reading experience.


I'm currently reading Happyface by Stephen Emond which includes some wonderful illustrations. I really felt like I needed to mark them in some way. So I took a pen and painted some crosses and circles to mark them.
Then I started to mark some lines and mainly in this book also references from other pieces of art and literature.


Why do I do this?
Of course I do it for myself. So, if I browse through the book after reading it, I can read my notes and when I'm re-reading the book I can see my thoughts and feelings when I first read it and maybe add some new ones.
But also because of my future kids. This may sound a little weird but as part of my legacy for my beloved ones I want to give them my books. Since I've read The Fault in our Stars I'm kind of obsessed with this "Leave a real mark", so this is part of it...


I'm very curious about your opinion! Is writing in a book for you a No-Go or do you do it too?



Donnerstag, 2. April 2015

Review of "The absolutely true Diary of a part-time Indian"

I was quite interested in this book for a long time, but I wasn't always  sure whether I should buy it or not. So, I was happy when I saw it at my school library!


First, to give you my general opinion, I gave this book 3.5 stars.
It was quite alright, but could catch up on my expectations.


But I would like to start with the things I liked!
The idea and the concept of the book really intrigued me! Also the book contains great illustrations! And it was really fast paced and easy to read!
Of course, there were some really good parts in the book, for example the conversation between Junior and one of his teachers.
Also, I want to mention that I read the book with Markus Zusaks foreword. And this was amazing!


But, unfortunately, all these good parts were completely ruined for me, because I didn't like Junior at all! He annoyed the crap out of me! Every time I started to like him, he had to ruin it with something very stupid.
I really liked all of the side-characters more than I liked Junior...
He was such a  cliché teen boy and I mean a really annoying teenage boy. For example, he just fell in love with a girl, because she's beautiful.
Also, the whole book was, in my opinion really cliché and sometimes even pretty unrealistic.
Junior wasn't really popular. He wasn't popular at all. Than he went to another school, suddenly fell in love with this girl, because she's beautiful and than completely unexpected they were in a relationship. Well you can't really call it a relationship, Junior was happy because she's beautiful and he's popular now because of her. By the end of the book I didn't really know something of her, except that she's soo beautiful!


And something really surprised me. The author itself, Sherman Alexie, is a Native American.
So, I don't really understand why, during the whole book, he used the cliché of the drunk, aggressive
Native American. The picture I got from Native Americans wasn't really a positive one!




Spoiler!
This is a spoiler, if you want to read the book, you probably should not read this.
Another part which really annoyed me was that there were three deaths in this book.
And for me they had no purpose at all. His grandmother died, the best friend of his father died and even his sister died. And it really felt like they were only dying because, you know, bring the theme of death into the book too.


Also character development was like zero.




So, I only gave this book 3.5 stars because I kind of liked the writing style, the idea and some parts of the book