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Wear The Hunger Games on your nails

China Glaze has launched a new range of nail colours to support the release of The Hunger Games in cinemas at the end of the month. I would like to recommend reading as a great way of letting nail varnish dry without risk of smudging, so I thought sharing this small beauty post would be a great book-blog tie-in.

I have just ordered the "Smoke and Ashes" district 12 colour as well as "Luxe and Lush", and cannot wait to try them out. What colours will you choose? Dont forget to order copies of The Hunger Games to busy yourself in the drying period too!


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My Favourite Book - Skallagrigg suggested by Fiona Jones

Welcome to the fifth installment of MabisMab's new series: My Favourite Book, in which you are invited to share your favourite read and tell us why you love it so much! If you would like to be featured, please fill out this form.


Next to share their favourite book is Fiona Jones, a self confessed bibliophile with over 3000 books in her collection (heaven?):

What is your favourite book?
Skallagrigg by William Horwood

What is it about?

This book is about two people with cerebral palsy and their different yet connecting lives. Arthur, born in the first half of the 20th century and Esther, born in the later half of the same century, both bound together by the myth of the Skallagrigg. Arthur has to deal with the stark conditions of a turn of the century hospital with its cruel ways and staff, in particular a character named Dilk. Esther, who seemingly has the benefit of modern caring and education, is a lost soul searching for recognition and meaning. Arthur manages to get through his ordeals in life by calling for the Skallagrigg, his belief that it will help him is unwavering. Esther who has her own ordeals and disappointments embarks on a quest to discover the source of the Skallagrigg stories, in the process she finds herself.

Why is this book your favourite?

It's a story of triumph and belief.

How did you discover your favourite book?

I found it in a second hand bookshop in Cambridge in 1988.

How has your favourite book impacted you, if at all?

This book made me take a long and hard look at myself and my attitudes towards life and people. It gave me a faith I can't name, a belief I can't define - when I first read this book, (I've now read it 7 times), it gave me the courage to carry on!

Here's your chance to encourage others to read your favourite book!
This is a harrowing yet beautiful story and I could gush about it to anyone prepared to listen. I've recommended it to countless people all of whom have further recommended it to friends and family. There are tears, laughter and pain within these beautifully written pages. William Horwood has managed to change the way I see the world and the people who live in it. I can’t make you read this book and I can’t promise that it will change your life, but I can promise you will never forget this story.


Thanks Fiona! This is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to find with this feature - a book I had never heard of that would take me places I hadn't even considered going. It's on my to-read list!


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Finding the "Read-time"

Hello! Sorry for the lack of posting over the past week. I have recently returned from a trip to Brussels, which you can read all about on my photography blog, Stardrought.

However, that's not my only excuse. I have also been terrible with finding time to read. I thought I could get lots of read-time in while relaxing on the trains over to Europe, but I ended up studying the whole way as I'm falling behind a little on my course (eek. I never realised how hard it was going to be to get back into studying. Especially with a full-time job, boyfriend, house and freelance work happening these days too!)

So, to still manage to do the things I love (ie. blog and read!) while fulfilling my commitments to my education and employment, I am on the hunt for some decent short stories. I've never really read any before, besides the GCSE anthology stories I had to write essays on yeeeears ago, so I don't really know what to look for. What makes a short story any good? Is it possible to have one with a complete narrative? (I hate "cliffhanger" endings and the afforementioned GCSE requirements were full of them...)  How long does a "short" story actually get?! I feel very naive. A short-story virgin! So, I'm asking for your help.

I've had a few suggestions so far, including Stephen King's most recent collection and the stories of Eva Luna, but would love some more! There must me many of you out there who are huge fans of short stories, and I'd like to tap into your knowledge. Please send any short stories you've loved over to me on a postcard! (or, yknow... comment).
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My Favourite book - Fear of Flying suggested by Dominika Karpowicz

Welcome to the fourth installment of MabisMab's new series: My Favourite Book, in which you are invited to share your favourite read and tell us why you love it so much! If you would like to be featured, please fill out this form.


Next to share their favourite book is Dominika Karpowicz, a multi-talented marketeer, photographer and blogger (oh, and secret feminist!):

What is your favourite book?

Fear Of Flying by Erica Jong
 
What is it about?

Written in 1973, against the backdrop of second-wave feminism, this book became highly controversial at the time because of the protagonist Isadora Wing's accounts of her sexual encounters and attitudes towards female sexuality.

Why is this book your favourite?

I wouldn't exactly call myself a feminist, but as soon as I started reading I felt I could instantly relate to the narrator's thoughts and feelings, not necessarily on sexual issues but more on relationship issues - as if they were almost universal for women. This was hugely refreshing and made me want to read on! The narrator's sarcastic, conversational tone and comical descriptions also made the read more enjoyable, as if I was reading a friend's diary.

How did you discover your favourite book?

I actually discovered the book in a cute bookshop in South Kensington - I was intrigued by the cover and liked the feel of it. It also rang a bell as my mum had recommended it to me a few months before.

How has your favourite book impacted you, if at all?

It made me realise I was not alone in the way I thought about life experiences and relationships. I was also going through a difficult period in my life at the time and it helped me regain my confidence and sense of self again.

Here's your chance to encourage others to read your favourite book!

For a brutally honest yet accurate and witty insight into a woman's mind, read this book! Women - you will come away inspired, men - you will think twice about whether what we say reflects what we think ;)


Thanks Dominika! I think this is definitly going on my "to read" pile. I love it when a character speak to you from the pages as if they know you!

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My Favourite Book - The Hunger Games suggested by Kim Thomas

Welcome to the third installment of MabisMab's new series: My Favourite Book, in which you are invited to share your favourite read and tell us why you love it so much! If you would like to be featured, please fill out this form.


Next to share their favourite book is Kim Thomas, a fitness enthusiast and marathon runner sharing a love of books with her sisters:

What is your favourite book?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
What is it about?

An annual event in which one boy and one girl from each of 12 districts must compete in a fight to the death. This is to remind the districts to not start another revolution against the ruling Capitol.

Why is this book your favourite?
The book follows the story of a young girl who volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games. I drew parallels from the main character, Katniss, and found the story very enticing. This was one book that I could not put down and I ended up finishing the trilogy in less than two weeks.

How did you discover your favourite book?

I read online that the series was going to be made into a movie and set about finding reviews for the books and found a review on Mab is Mab no less! I set about buying the trilogy book set and have not looked back!

How has your favourite book impacted you, if at all?

It has ignited a desire to read more and I have even set about re-reading the series again. I got so enthused about them that I even managed to get my younger sister to read the first book too.

Here's your chance to encourage others to read your favourite book!

This book will keep you engaged from start to finish. It's exciting and I highly recommend it!


Thanks Kim! It's great to hear that MabisMab is encouraging others to find new books. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!



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It's World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day, where lucky school children up to the age of eighteen get a £1 voucher towards a book of their choice.

It doesn't sound like much, but World Book Day, and the week surrounding it, was always a highlight of my school year. I'd try to get more than my fair share of vouchers because I knew I'd be buying more than just one book a month, and I would stock up on the range of "£1 special offers" arranged by the organisers.

It was World Book Day that introduced me to Jacqueline Wilson's "girls" series (Girls Under Pressure especially), Roald Dahl's non-fiction, and various poems I can still remember by heart. While it simply introduced the idea of reading to some people, it was like a little "thankyou" to those who already did read. I loved it.

I especially loved the "World Book Day Anthology" and I'm a little sad not to be able to find out whether these are still produced. It included one or two chapter snippets from popular children's and Young Adult's' books available through the year. It was, I guess, a bit like Kindle Samples released annually.

Now that I'm an adult, the reading world has changed greatly, with the introduction of ereaders, the growing popularity of indie publishing, and the internet offering competitive pricing. I'm glad to see that World Book Day has remained, though. I can only wish adults were given vouchers too!

images from worldbookday.com

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