Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Guest Post: Emma Louise

Hello to all of Jennifer’s reader,
 

I’m Emma Louise from www.emmaiswriting.wordpress.com

and I’m honoured to be guest posting on Jennifer’s blog today. Since I was little, I’ve always had a passion for reading, but then again, so have all the other book bloggers in the world.

So, who exactly am I?
 
Well, I’m Emma Louise. But you can call me Emma, Em or the future Mrs. Daniel Radcliffe. Whatever takes your fancy...

I’m twenty-two years old

I have a Bachelor Honours Degree In Creative Writing and Film Studies, and I also have a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. I’ve been called a smarty pants in the past, but honestly, I’m not! I can’t add up for toffee, nor do I know anything about Geography. I just know how to use my imagination.

I collect key rings and I have done for a couple of years now.

I’m a book blogger over at www.emmaiswriting.wordpress.com

I’m a survivor of panic attacks and anxiety

I fancy the pants off Daniel Radcliffe and I’ll always believe in the magic that is Harry Potter

Oh, and I love a good cup of tea!

Today, I will be sharing my Top Ten Books:
 
1. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
- I realise that there are seven Harry Potter books, but I love them all. When I was seven years old, the first book was released. I was only in Primary School at the time of the first release and nobody had any idea of who J.K Rowling or who this magical boy was. When I turned eleven years old, I entered High School. Harry Potter saved me from the bullies. I would shut myself away and read about Hogwarts. I was jealous of the friendship that Harry, Ron and Hermione all had. I wanted friends like that! When the films were released, my Grandad took me to the cinema and we watched every single one together. It truly was a magical experience. When The Order Of The Phoenix went into production, I found out about the director David Yates and it turns out, he’s from my home town! For me, I’ll always love Harry Potter. The story saved my life.
 
2. Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
- Without Lennie and George, I wouldn’t have got a B in my English Literature GCSE. I highly recommend this book to anyone! It’s one which you can read over and over and over again. From the themes, to the characters, to the heart breaking ending, I couldn’t have chosen a better book to study.
 
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Just like Of Mice And Men, I studied this during my education. This time it was for my A Level in English Literature. At first, I didn’t like it. I thought Nick was too quiet, too in his own skin and I wanted a character that popped up on the page. Then, we met Gatsby. Since seeing the 2013 film adaptation, every time I type Gatsby or think of him, the very handsome Leonardo DiCaprio struts his cheeky backside into my mind. So why do I love the book so much? Two words: Timeless Classic. I keep meaning to read it again, but I never seem to get the chance anymore.
 
4. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
- This is my favourite Nicholas Sparks novel out of them all. Before you ask, yes, I have read them all and I also own all the film adaptations. Sparks Fan for life! This genius of an author is genius! I know its bad literature to use the same word in the same sentence, but sod it, I just did. He is a genius in my eyes and I will never tire of his beautiful work. The Choice is my favourite because it’s fresh, it’s brand new, it’s beautiful, it’s realistic and most of all, I fell in love with the love story.
 
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- I can’t quite remember how I came across The Help, but I’m glad I did. Wow. This is by far, the most powerful novel I have ever read. I’m very picky when it comes to historical fiction, but this, well, I’m glad I read it. The racism, the literature, the friendships all spoke out. My mum read this novel shortly after I did and she couldn’t believe how powerful it was. It’s one that every book blogger should have in their book shelf.
 
6. The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon
- Paige Toon is my favourite British romance author. I came across her novel whilst browsing in Tesco one afternoon. I bought it because the blurb and the front cover spoke to me. You know when you’re looking at books in Waterstones or a supermarket? And there are certain ones which just seem to speak to you? Well, this was one of those! I love Paige, she’s one of my writing idols and I had the pleasure of meeting her in June 2013 at a Manchester book signing of hers. She’s such a warm hearted person and she takes care in knowing all of her readers. The Longest Holiday is her latest novel and it was the first of hers which I read and I couldn’t wait to read the rest of her work. Guess what I did? I bought the rest of her books! All romance book lovers should read Paige Toon. In this particular novel, I fell head over heels in love with Leo. I can’t say anything more, you have to read it to understand who I’m talking about and why I love him.
 
7. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
- I seem to read a lot of novels which have a film adaptation; it may have something to do with the fact that I did a Creative Writing and Film Studies degree. I’m not sure... I honestly don’t know what to say about this novel apart from the obvious: I love it. It wasn’t an easy read, at times I began quite emotional and very attached to the main character Pat, but I ploughed through and I didn’t want it to end. The narrative unravelled at the right moments and I was shocked by the turn of events. It was a very powerful novel.
 
8. The Naughty Girls Book Club by Sophie Hart
- Sophie is a friend of mine who I speak to quite often on Twitter, so when I heard that she had published a novel, which I kept seeing everywhere, I knew I had to purchase it and read it. If you’re looking for a light hearted romance novel, this is one for you. It’s made me want to join a book club!
 
9. It’s Raining Men by Milly Johnson
- This was the first novel of Milly’s which I read and I can’t believe I haven’t read her work before. Where have I been? Walking round with my eyes and ears closed? Milly is a superb writer who knows her characters inside out and that was certainly shown in the narrative. All I wanted to do was go out and dance in the rain in my leotard. Yes, I do have one. I was a ballerina back in the day!
 
10. Shipwrecked by Siobham Curham
- Siobhan just happens to be a good friend of mine! When we were talking one day on Twitter, I asked her about her new novel, Shipwrecked. She sent me a signed copy along with a cute little card. I was honest with her, it didn’t sound like my type of novel, but I read it anyway. All I have to say is that I can’t wait for books two and three! It’s a trilogy you see and I’m aching for more! Siobhan was very cheeky and she text me the title of the second novel which made me sequel in the middle of the town centre (oops!). I’ve also read the prologue which has just made me even more excited to read the second one! I can’t wait for the release date!
 
Well, that’s my top ten. I’ve read some truly amazing books in my twenty-two years, but so far, those are my top ten favourites. If you’re a fan of romance or chick-lit books, hop over to my book blog:

www.emmaiswriting.wordpress.com where you can find reviews, author interviews, guest blogs, a very long TBR list, recommendations, my 2013 schedule and a list of more book blogs. Or if you just fancy a chat, I can be found on Twitter @EmmaIsWriting
 
Many thanks to the wonderful Jennifer for having me on her blog today! 
Emma Louise xx

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