Friday, 25 September 2015

Books

Hello!

Today I’m going to be doing a post about one of my favourite things: books.
Being a teenager in today’s society, loving books is often classed as weird. Around my school the term ‘keen’ was used to describe anyone who was smart, eager in lessons or who took a certain interest in a subject. It suddenly became bad to be clever and people started to dumb themselves down so as not to be called names. Obviously this is wrong and people should be proud of their ability, no matter what. Today I thought I would share a few of my recent reads.

Enjoy!


PAPER TOWNS-JOHN GREEN
I actually preferred this to The Fault in Our Stars, which is also by John Green, as it had a sense of suspense and the characters were much more complex. For me, it was really thought provoking and opened my eyes up to the fact that everyone has their own secrets they hide away, and everyone chooses what side they show and what side they keep hidden away.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD-HARPER LEE
Now one of my favourite books, To Kill a Mockingbird is a real eye opener to issues that still arise today (although not set in the modern day), and that lots of people are oblivious too. As well as being a really gripping story, it allows the reader to use their own imagination to interpret some of the more thought stimulating topics. Although a bit confusing to start with, the book soon begins to unravel and the story starts to unfold.

THE TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE-AUDREY NIFFENEGGER
The Time Travellers Wife is a really interesting book. It has a great story line and portrays the relationship of Claire and Henry, who meet at different times within Henry’s life, with both of them being different ages. It does present a slight challenge to the reader at first, but once you remember to look at the ages of the two in the beginning of the chapter, it becomes clearer to follow.

THE SHOPAHOLIC SERIES-SOPHIE KINSELLA
The Shopaholic series is one I would definitely recommend. It has a crazily gripping story line and is a really light hearted, funny book that will keep you turning page after page. Following the life of Becky Bloomwood as she struggles through adulthood, this is now always on my recommend list as it never failed to make me smile.

GO SET A WATCHMAN-HARPER LEE
The follow up to To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman (which was actually written before) features a grown up Scout, who returns to Maycomb. A definite must if you enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird. This book, which is still a fairly new release, was lost until recently, and found by a friend of Harper Lee.

I really hope this helped you, if you have any book recommendations I would love to hear them.
Thank you so much for reading this,
Lauren x


Sunday, 20 September 2015

Hello!

Hello.

My name is Lauren and I'm a student living near London.


I have been thinking of starting a blog for about 8 months now, and finally, with a little push in the right direction, here it is!


Blue Marble is going to be about everything I think is worth sharing, there is no specific topic or issue I will be addressing, just my own opinions, thoughts and experiences as I (slowly) make my way through the life of a teenage girl. Why Blue Marble? You might ask, well a famous photograph was taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft of our Earth, that was nicknamed the blue marble, and therefore, my blue marble is my world, and one I am hoping to share with you. 


Taking a step into an unknown world (whatever it may be), is hard. Little things like auditioning for a play, going to a job interview, or even just trying a new activity presents its own set of challenges we have to face. Some people may breeze through these without batting an eye, whereas others may struggle for a long time. For me writing a blog had been a big step into something I was unsure of. Small issues like thinking of a name, topic, design and what I would do if I received hate or unkind comments from people (school or on-line), had a big impact on me and I nearly decided not to start one. Fortunately, I took a deep breath and plunged into my little unknown.


Well, I think that is all for now, I really hope that we can have our own little blue marble (see what I did there) and I am so thankful that you took the time to read this. I'm always up for a chat so if you ever need to talk, you can.

Lauren x