Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Imperial Love Algorithm

My next educational fanfiction is up!


The name is 'The Imperial Love Algorithm', because inside you will find Metric-Imperial conversions for commonly asked units. In this one-shot, Sheldon and Amy are drinking cocoa while talking about work. Amy then gets to the subject of cats... and the conversation never fully recovers. It sounds so strange, but you will understand it once you've read it.

This is the cover for it:



I don't really have any other news or important things to say, so just enjoy my writing!

The Book Critic x

Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Surd Manipulation - Educational Fanfictions

So, as some of you may or may not know, I posted my first fanfiction today.

It is a Big Bang Theory fic, called The Surd Manipulation. 

But this is a fanfiction with a difference.

I have various, rather important exams this year that pretty much decide my where I go for future education. And I want to get them right. However, I want to write as much as I can in that time, so these fanfictions incorporate both studying and being creative.

They are short one-shots, that last about two pages on a word document. But within them they tell an amusing story and give you lots of information at the same time.

My first one doesn't have that much in the way of information, but it has enough for the basics. The Surd Manipulation is about Pi and Surds - the second thing you may not have heard of but you will have once you've read it.

The story is set shortly after Howard's launch and Sheldon goes over to Penny's apartment looking to talk about the hand hold he had with Amy. Penny is looking to impress Leonard and feels like the least-achieved one of the group, so asks Sheldon for tutoring. 

You can view the whole thing HERE.

If you could read it and tell me what you think, great! Also, please feel free to tell me what you are struggling on at school and I could help you with a story - they don't take long to write and I would love to help you out!

Friday, 28 September 2012

NO MORE PAGE 3: Interview with Lucy Holmes

We all know what the biggest tabloids in the World are like. They post things that aren't true, twist other people's opinions and make the news more 'interesting' than it really is.

But there is something that some newspapers do that many years ago would have been extremely morally wrong, and that is having Page 3 without any writing. Pictures of naked ladies are now a regular occurrence and can be easily exposed to a child's view just by having a newspaper on the breakfast table.

Feminism's voice is growing stronger every single day, and with the power of the internet there are now many things that can be done to stop these pictures from being put where everyone can see them. Today, I have an interview with the leader of a campaign called 'No More Page 3', Lucy Holmes, who is going to tell us where your opinion can be heard about this subject if you feel as strongly as she does.


Hello Lucy! Thank you for answering my questions today.
"Hi, you are welcome! Thanks so much for showing interest in the campaign!"

1. Can you tell us what your campaign is about?

We are campaigning to the editor of The Sun newspaper, Dominic Mohan.  We are asking him very nicely to stop showing topless pictures of young women in Britain’s largest read paper and stop conditioning young people to view women as sex objects.  We are quite simply saying no more page 3!

2. Why do you feel so passionate about it?

I do feel very passionately about it.  I started the campaign during the Olympics.  The Olympics was a great time in Britain, it was a particularly great time for women. I bought a copy of The Sun after Jessica Ennis won her gold medal. I was reading the paper on a train, so proud of her and all of team GB. There were no breasts on Page 3 and I thought The Sun must have omitted Page 3 for the Olympics, possibly out of editorial space, perhaps as a mark of respect as Britain was entertaining so many other cultures at the time.  Anyway I got to page 13 and there she was; a beautiful young woman wearing just her pants. It made me feel incredibly sad. Hers was the largest female image in that issue, much bigger than any of the images of Jessica Ennis. This has been the case for over 40 years. I found I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that this large image of a young woman as a sexual object for a man was being repeated in a family newspaper day in day out. I would wake in the night thinking about why it was there and what this was saying about and to women.

3. Which newspapers/magazines would you say are the worst for publishing this type of thing?

Well we are appealing to the editor of The Sun newspaper as this is the widest read newspaper in the UK.  We are aware these pictures are published in other papers, and when the Sun takes the pictures out we would love them to follow suit. 


4. What is your goal? What do you intend to do with the campaign?

Our goal is simple.  To see Mr Mohan remove the pictures from the paper.  We have an online petition which we want to reach a million signatures.  So far we have mostly been doing this throw the amazing world of social media.  Twitter and facebook have enabled us to reach a large group of people quickly and spread the campaigns key messages.  We have been very lucky to have people like you who are helping spread the word through blogs and articles in online magazines.  We also have some other exciting things up oursleves such as from a song, to comedy, to a polite invitation for people to avoid The Sun’s major advertisers for a week from 29th Oct to 4th Nov, Tesco, Argos, Sainsbury’s, Morrison, DFS, and Asda.
 

5. Can you tell the readers why they should sign the petition?

Oh there is so many reasons!  As one of our change.org petition signatures says, ‘Boobs aren’t news’. No, so why are they in the newspaper? Well, they are in the newspaper because in 1970 a group of men, in a male managed media, in a male run country decided to put them there. Possibly they didn’t think how women would feel about being represented like this, or it didn’t occur to them that women read newspapers. The thought process must have been ‘men like boobs, let’s put them in.’ It is quite incredible now that this happened really. But it did. And even more incredibly it still does.
The page 3 girl image is there for no other reason than the sexual gratification of men. She’s a sex object. But when figures range from 300,000 women being sexually assaulted and 60,000 raped each year (Home Office) to 1 in 4, who have been sexually assaulted, which I was told, is it wise to be repeatedly perpetuating a notion that women are sexual objects?.
Also what saddens me also is how complicated these images and this ‘women as a sexual object culture’ have on young people. The Sun is our most widely read newspaper. Men across the land buy it, it lays on breakfast tables, it sits in living rooms for the TV guide, it’s found on trains and buses. Our sons and daughters see it. For the sons, they learn that it’s ‘normal’ to say ‘cor, look at the tits on that’ (THAT!)  and for the daughters, they see this as something to aim for or something that they fall short of. I have nothing against these beautiful glamour models. Nor do I believe that people will stop buying the Sun if these images are removed. But I firmly believe that these images shouldn’t be in a ‘news’paper, and to quote another of our signatures, that ‘Page 3 is the biggest thing normalizing sexual objectification in our country.’ Now, you might not agree with me, but I hope you agree that it’s time we looked at this decision that was made in 1970, a far more sexist era, and whether it should still stand today. All I am asking is that women be treated, and represented, with respect. Like men are.



That's it! If you want to sign the petition, then follow this link at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/dominic-mohan-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3 and get involved.



Thursday, 27 September 2012

The day I finally watched The Emmys (or started to)

It seems as though the person who uploaded the FULL Emmy Awards on youtube has gone and deleted their account, so I had to go searching for another (more reliable) user that could deliver Jim and Mayim (and I am liking Jimmy Kimmel at the moment) to me in high definition.

It just so happens that I found a guy who can make that happen, and I am currently enjoying every bit of it. The Modern Family sketch nearer the beginning of the show was HILARIOUS. I have never seen a little girl act so professionally before, and Aubrey makes me laugh!

I couldn't contain my feelings on some parts, so I screenshot my feels for you:


The look of suspense on Mayim's face... she really wanted him to win.

LIZZY FREAKIN' BANKS

Mayim in her dress... FAB U LOUS

This is called 'MA PEEPS' on my laptop *facepalm*

This one has a worse title on my laptop... 'Ma bby at the Emmyz' and I can't even say I'm embarrassed about it. I thought I would go for the colloquial touch.

"Jim Parsons - elegant and smart."


The funniest thing I heard so far was "And smooth. Smooth like a baby Jim. That's what you are." I honestly couldn't contain my tears of laughter.

I will be watching more, and screenshotting A LOT more if it carries on like it has been doing. But seriously, I'm just glad I am finally watching it because I have been busy with school and now I can relax for a couple of days.

The Book Critic x

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Waiting on CareerCon (I will explain...)

I had to attend a meeting tonight at my school alongside my parents about THE FUTURE.

Scary stuff.

They wanted to talk about work experience, sixth forms and colleges, and loads more. And to be honest, it sounds terrifying, but the speeches the career people at my school gave made it seem far less scary than it had to be.

First of all, this one woman stood up and said to us "People know me as the Chandler Bing of the school, because they never really understand what I do."

THAT was a shocker. But she had a point, because I still don't know what she does.

I took that message as "I am implying that you all should strive to be like me. Become Chandler Bing." And I plan on following it up.


Then we were forced to watch a video on youtube that had only gained 26 views. It was an interview with this woman who is successful in fashion journalism and she said this:

"People can definitely develop the skills, but I believe that I was born with this amazing fashion sense. It was almost like my mum had it implanted into my DNA."

*Facepalm*

To top it all off, the video kept buffering and it managed to stick on a time when she had a really funny facial expression. Me and my friend couldn't stop laughing.

And CareerCon you ask?

That is the name I have given to the Career Convention we will be having, where employers from the local area speak to us about possible job opportunities. 

Don't judge. It's not my fault I can't go to ComicCon this year.

At the end, they were telling us to keep thinking about having a career path in mind. 

I don't know what I want to do, but I hope I have enough money to fund my book-buying habit.

Monday, 24 September 2012

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Gerry Fostaty

Today, like every other Monday recently, I have an author interview. My third, to be exact. Today, I am posting an interview I had with Gerry Fostaty about his book, As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier.

This is a non-fiction book, and what happened isn't for the faint-hearted. But it is suitable for young adults who love history and you may just learn something very valuable in the book.

On with the interview!


1. Can you tell me about the Tragedy at Valcartier?

'As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier is a true story. I have to 
mention that off the top, because some people find it impossible to 
believe. Six fourteen and fifteen year-old cadets were killed, and 
fifty four were seriously injured when a grenade accidentally exploded 
at a Canadian Forces army base in 1974. The cadets were attending an 
explosives safety course. They were being shown inactive explosives, 
which are sometimes called dummies, so that they were aware of what 
explosives looked like. The idea was that in the unlikely event that 
they might find an explosive, they would know not to touch it, but 
report it to a superior. Somehow, a live grenade got mixed up with the 
dummies and exploded in the lecture. Ironically, this was a lecture to 
keep them safe from what actually happened.  There were one hundred 
and thirty eight people in the room when the explosion occurred. I was 
on my way into the room when it happened.'



 2. What sort of emotions were you feeling at the time?



'In the immediate few minutes after the explosion there was no time to 
think. All of us just immediately reacted to the emergency. There were 
about eight or nine of us who were able to react. A surge of 
adrenaline fueled us and kept us focused on what had to be done, which 
was to get the injured boys out of the room before another explosion 
could happen. We had no idea what had caused the first blast, and we 
were sure that another one would take place at any second. It was only 
later, that I began to realize how deeply this was affecting me.  We 
all like to think that we are immune to the effects of trauma, how we 
are so much stronger emotionally 
than everyone else, but the fact is, 
we are all terribly vulnerable. I was in shock for a good portion of 
the day, and sometimes in a state of confusion. I was eighteen and 
responsible for about fifty of those boys; I had tasks to perform to 
make sure they were accounted for and safe. Sadly over thirty were 
missing, and that created a feeling of panic in me until I could 
account for my whole group. I would be repeatedly thrown into 
situations throughout the rest of that day that I had never before 
encountered, nor even thought possible. The body and mind have very 
sophisticated systems for dealing with acute stress of this kind. 
These systems depend on a large surge of adrenaline.  We've all 
experienced some type of adrenaline rush, like when we ride a 
roller-coaster, or when someone jumps out from behind a door to scare 
you, but the type of massive surge I am talking about focuses the mind 
on the threat, and allows us to decide in one twelve-thousanth of a 
second, how we will deal with the danger.  This helps you to deal with 
the immediate danger, and helps you to get to safety, or get those you 
are responsible for to safety. But once the panic is over, and the 
situation has returned to normal, it may take some time for the mind 
to realize that the danger is gone. In many cases, the effects can 
last up to a month. In some cases, it can last years.'

 3. What made you want to write a book about it?



'I wanted to let my family know what had happened to me so many years 
ago: what had changed my life. It was impossible for me to speak about 
it. It was a very complex day, and there were so many questions that 
arose when telling the story.  The answers to the questions became 
their own stories and I realised that the only way to tell the story 
was to write it down. I realised, too, that If I was having such a 
difficult time telling the story, the other boys who were with me 
would undoubtedly be having a similar challenge. So, I wrote it for 
them, too: so they could pass it on to their families.'

 4. Did you always want to be an author?



'No, I always wanted to be an actor. And that's what I did for twenty 
years, doing stage, television, commercials and some film. I had a bit 
of luck with some playwriting, too, so when I began writing As You 
Were, I realised that I was still engaged in storytelling, only now I 
was telling my own stories. It seemed to be a natural progression for 
me.'

 5. How did you feel when your work was passed for publication?



'I was thrilled of course.  There are scads of people who will tell you 
that writing the book is the easy part; getting published is the hard 
bit. So, I was over the moon when the publisher contacted me to say 
they wanted to publish As You Were. But I was nervous, too.  I 
suddenly became aware that this story I had been keeping under wraps 
for so many years would be public.  It would no longer be my secret 
identity.'


 6. Have you got any plans to write another book?



'I already have one written. I am in the process of editing it right 
now, before I sending it to a publisher. This one is fiction and is a 
complete departure from As You Were. It is not autobiographical, but I 
did draw on my experiences in the theatre to create the story and the
characters. A third book is also in the works.'

 7. What type of books do you like to read?



'I read everything.  Ok — not everything. I can't quite read romance 
novels, although I have tried. I have tried to read something from 
every genre, although the lines of the genres are getting blurrier.  I 
have a friend (Howard Shrier) who is a mystery writer, so I am reading
his books right now.  I like the way his plots move like a freight 
train.  I like to read some non-fiction, too, like Margaret Visser's 
Much Depends on Dinner, where she disassembles — no, 
reverse-engineers, a simple meal in a way that's fascinating.'

 8. What was the last book you read?



'That is tricky. I like to read books that I have read before, to 
cleanse the palate between new books.  I know it sounds kooky, but 
I've always done that. The last new book was The Bishop's Man by 
Linden MacIntyre. It is a great book.  The in-between book was a few 
chapters of The Mists of Avalon.'

 9. Did you enjoy it?



'I loved the Bishop's Man.  It is about a priest who does the Bishop's 
difficult work of resolving potential Church scandals quickly and 
quietly. To give him a low profile, the Church assigns him to a remote 
parish, where we see him struggle with the effects of his work, and 
see the man beneath the Roman collar.'

 10. What advice do you have for any aspiring authors reading this?



'Read everything you can, in as many genres as possible.  Then write, 
and keep on writing.  The most important thing, though, once you have 
decided to publish, is to have an editor: not just a friend who likes 
to read, or someone with a degree in English, but an editor.  Nothing 
can substitute for the critical eye of an experienced editor.'



Sounds fantastic!

If you want to contact Gerry of learn more about the book, his website is linked here: http://www.gerryfostaty.com and you can find him on Twitter @gfostaty.

Have a great evening!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Review: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins


We all know about The Hunger Games, right?

And we all know how fabulous it is!

But are we head over heels for the books, or the movie?

This is what I'm going to discuss, however cautiously, in the review of Catching Fire. At the end of the first in the trilogy (if you don't already know), Katniss and Peeta have successfully tricked The Capitol with their love, intelligence, and a lot of Nightlock! But after winning the 74th Hunger Games, President Snow has his eyes on them and knows something isn't right. So, he goes to The Victor's Village armed with a rose to make a deal with Katniss.

And time is ticking.

With the 75th annual Hunger Games on the horizon, Katniss thought she was safe from another reaping. But this year is the Quarter Quell - a special year in which the Gamemakers can do whatever they want to put on a good show.

Now here's for the honest opinion.

The first few pages had me HOOKED. Because I really admire Suzanne's work, I was expecting that throughout the rest of the book. And I did get it, until the very end. 

For everyone else who has read it... I have a question. Did the ending seem a little too fast for you? Because it did for me, and I have to tell you it kind of killed my mood after getting through the other amazing 400 and something pages. I felt like the ending wasn't explained as well as it should have been, and it left both the reader and Katniss on a cliff-hanger as she too had no idea what was going on. 

I don't really get that. Why would you spend all of that time on a book, just to rush the ending and cut out all description? I have never understood this as a reader because I know that most authors struggle to hit their word target for each manuscript, and even I try to add as much detail as possible to make the reader understand what I feel as I'm writing it. 

Suzanne Collins obviously had no problem hitting her target, but a few more pages couldn't have hurt.

So if you have started the trilogy, then I would advise you to keep reading it. They are incredible books, but sometimes I think that people get more obsessed with the movies and overlook the novel because everyone is too busy going crazy over the actors.

And I'm not complaining with those people, because the cast is perfect. But the common error of loving a fandom is comparing the books to the movie version.

That's my opinion, and hey - I'm not called The Book Critic for nothing.

Have a great night, and try not to hate me too much Tributes,
The Book Critic x 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Review: Perks of being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

"I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day... or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why."

For any of you who are planning on skipping this book and just watching the movie because Emma Watson is in it, DON'T. I read this book less than a month ago and after reading others afterwards, no book has impressed me as much. 

Although Chbosky writes about delicate subjects and at times somewhat inappropriate ones, I don't think any book had made me feel that emotional. At first, I thought he was a teenage author because of the accuracy he gave to each setting and emotion, but it turns out he is a grown man and just brilliant at what he does. 

I don't cry when reading books. Ever. But this one made me consider shedding a tear for the main character, Charlie. He isn't popular, but insanely intelligent, and this book is about him finding himself and of course, that perfect song on a perfect drive. He is therefore classed as a Wallflower: caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

WARNING: This book deals with the issues of alcohol, drugs, and has some sexual content. But if you are a sensible young adult, then please buy this book and let it capture your heart like it did for me.

I suppose I need some sort of a rating system for you all. I will sort that out accordingly. For now, I will give it a fantastic 5 stars/things.

I can't actually stress enough how much I loved this book. It was so insightful in to many teenager's lives now and although I couldn't relate to the inappropriate content I knew exactly how Charlie felt about life. He appreciates it, but doesn't quite understand it. He is socially awkward, but knows what he is talking about when he speaks. 

Just so you know, I am fully planning on seeing the movie. But if you don't read the book first, you are definitely missing out.

I would recommend this for every teenager out there. It is a story about life and once you have read it, Charlie will stay with you forever.


Sunday, 16 September 2012

394 problems and a word ain't one

Today, I have officially started what will hopefully become a novel.

Or three. I quite like the idea of this becoming a Trilogy.

I was really sceptical about me starting it at first, because I can't imagine myself having a full plan for the plot. My writing reactions are just WRITE, not plan everything out carefully until its perfect. Of course I want to make sure it is perfect in the end (or most likely as I go along) but if I try and plan it out now then it will never get done.

I won't tell you what its about, because I have the settings but not the storyline.

But I stopped to write this post, because I am on this many words:




And being a Potterhead I kind of Fangirled at my own work. I could just imagine Snape telling me to 'turn to word 394' and I want to dedicate that precious word to him.




I haven't even figured out what I am going to call my main character, who by the way I am writing in for first-person format. However, that obstacle is about to be crossed, because someone is going to call her by her first name in about two word's time.

I won't be writing everyday, because to be honest I can't imagine making a schedule for that either. But when I do I will inform you what word count I am up to. For your information, I am aiming for around 90,000 words. Which seems a lot, but it is only around 300 pages.

And I am receiving a copy of an author's new book that will arrive in the post in a couple of days. I will more than likely be out when it arrives, so I have A LOT of explaining to do to my mum when she questions me about it. 

But then, I couldn't really keep the blog from her forever. I don't think she will be mad, just more concerned that I am spending time focusing on this along with my GCSE's. Which actually, I am doing well in despite the blog being my full-time job. 

So a free book can be both a blessing and a curse.

Off to do homework/write my official manuscript,
The Book Critic x

P.S. I think you can safely say that I am an official writer now...


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Reading songs! (Again)



Here is another great song, for putting on when you don't feel like reading in complete silence. It is called 'If I die young' by The Band Perry and yes, you could say it is old. 

If by old you mean recorded in 2010.

Just turn down the music, and on with your reading you go.

I love this song, because although it is sad, there is a lovely little meaning behind it. You will notice when the lyrics read:

"Funny when you're dead how people start listening."

And it's actually true in some situations. You never get taken seriously until something more serious happens to change the situation.

Have fun, and maybe when listening/reading, it inspires you.
The Book Critic x

Monday, 10 September 2012

AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Daniel M. Fife

It is a pleasure for me to introduce new author Daniel M Fife, whose new book 'Light and Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight' is out now! 


This is a young adult fantasy fiction which I think could become really popular soon, so if you like the sound of it then get buying on Amazon or other online book stores. It is about a thirteen year old boy called Danny Firoth who struggles with teenage life - whether the problems are down to his mother or bullies in eighth-grade. Then, a girl comes on to the scene, and his life changes forever.

Basically, it is all about knights and squires, my guilty pleasure in the book world! Here is the interview I had with him:


1. Would you say your book is aimed at boys or girls (or both)?  

Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight is aimed at both boys as well as girls.  The novel supports a male lead character and a strong willed supporting character that is female.  It has both sword wielding action for the boys and a touch of romance for the girls.

2. Why did you choose to write YA?  

Initially I did not.  I eventually chose YA because I feel like it has one of the most dedicated fan base.

3. Have you written in any other genre?  

I have and I will.  I originally wrote a High Fantasy novel entitled The God of Nothing. However, it is currently gathering dust in rough draft form.

4. What interested you in the idea of writing about magic and sorcery? 

suppose the question would be, what wouldn't entice me about writing about magic and sorcery.  For one, writing in a world in which nearly anything is possible is both extremely easy and rewarding. I believe we all need a break from life now and again, and who wants to write about that which happens in everyday life.  Not me.

5. How long have you had a passion for writing? 

 For really as long as I could remember, from an early age of writing short stories to dedicating my time to writing longer and longer tales to entertain  my friends.

6. Have you always wanted to be an author?  

I do not think my boyhood intent was to become and author.  Honestly, when I look back and read over what I have written, I find it almost astounding by what I have accomplished.

7. What gave you the inspiration for this book?  

My friends and family have always served as my inspiration as well as my support. Without their near unlimited range of personalities, I could have never inserted the true the depth I was striving for in my characters.

8. What advice would you give aspiring authors reading this?  

Simply to never give up.  Take advice, utilize critiques, and adhere to sound criticism, but never give up on your own work or yourself.

9. What genre of books do you like to read? 

I have always been partial to High Fantasy and some Sci-Fi.

10. Have you read a book recently? If so, what?  

The last book I read was Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.  And I must say that the world he has created is quite breathtaking.

Thank you to Daniel for taking part! You can find him on Twitter if you type in @DanielMFife and  I'm sure he would love to hear from you if (or when) you decide to check his book out! 

I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did,
The Book Critic x


Sunday, 9 September 2012

My First Blog Award!

See this little thing right here? It is my first blog award! I want to say a HUGE thank you to Sarah over at Inklined!

I was given five questions to answer, so here they are:

1. What was your favourite part of blogging?

I hope you mean 'is' because I plan to carry on for a long time! I just love the fact that you can share what YOU like with an audience, and not what everyone else expects you to like. You can also be anonymous when you blog, so no annoying people from school can find you and try to put you down!

2. What are some of your favourite blogs?

I am going to give my favourite blogs the awards (apart from the one blog that gave me the award, because I love that one too). I don't think I follow as many as some people do, but even the ones I do follow I'm actually really interested in only a few. So, the ones that really grab my attention are my chosen few and my favourite.

3. Are there any blogs you follow that have really huge followings?

I had to check on this one, because as long as the blog is good I never judge people on their follower numbers. The one that has the most is 'I am a reader not a writer' and you can find their blog here. I only started to follow it today and it has like over 8000 followers plus another 300 on a different follower counter. But there is no-one else really close to that number.

4. What's your favourite subject to read in? Write in?

I'm guessing that by 'subject' you mean genre, and in that case I would have to say that the books which really grab my attention are paranormal-type fiction (obviously fiction haha) and books about spies. I'm a sucker for spies.

I don't really write in any particular genre, but I could never really write non-fiction unless I was part of those cgp revision books with the little science jokes at the end of the page. Apart from that, I am not dismissing any genre to write in as of yet.

5. If you could interview one author on your blog, who would you pick?

Gah, don't make me choose! If I had to think on the spot, I would choose Jacqueline Wilson even though she technically doesn't do young adult (her books are close to it). I got my real love of books from her and I always aspired to write like her when I was younger. I actually still have her books on my shelf because I can't bear to part with them.

Q+A done! This award means a lot to me, and I can't wait to award my five people. The winners I have chosen are:

  1. UrbanNerd at One Crazy Little Thing Called LIFE
  2. Emily at Blog of a (Maybe) Teen Author
  3. Riya at The Teen Book Guru
  4. I am a reader not a writer at I am a reader not a writer
  5. Angela at Reading Angel

Congratulations! Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award in a post and tag them (check you have done that)
2. Ask the next people five questions and answer the five someone gives you
3. Award 5 people
4. Always post the rules


Here are the five questions for my winners:

  1. What was the last book you read? Was it good?
  2. What was the last blog you read? What do you think of it?
  3. What are your favourite tv shows?
  4. What is your favourite genre of book to read?
  5. Did you like reading in primary/elementary school?

There's the questions! Make sure you tell me what you write your post because I want to see your answers.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and thanks again for the award Sarah!
The Book Critic x

P.S. I am guest posting on Sarah's blog tomorrow! Make sure you check it out :)