The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am partaking in The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. I hope you all enjoy this quick little tag.

So without further ado, lets jump straight in:

POPULAR BOOKS OR SERIES I WASN’T FEELING

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Honorary mention:

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

BOOKS OR SERIES I ENJOYED MORE THAN THE MASSES

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Honorary mention: 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

A FAILED LOVE TRIANGLE / AN OTP I DIDN’T LIKE

Bella, Edward and Jacob – Twilight series

Honorary mention: 

Lara Jean, Peter and Josh – To All The Boys series

POPULAR GENRES I RARELY READ

Hard Fantasy

Honorary mention: 

Sci-Fi

BELOVED CHARACTERS I DON’T LIKE

Edward and Bella – Twilight

Honorary mention: 

Jacob – Twilight

POPULAR AUTHORS I CAN’T GET INTO

Stephanie Meyer

Honorary mention: 

Marissa Meyer

OVERUSED TROPES I’M TIRED OF SEEING

Love Triangles

Honorary mention: 

Make Overs

POPULAR BOOKS OR SERIES I WON’T READ

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Honorary mention: 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

MOVIE ADAPTATIONS I PREFER TO THE BOOKS

Wonder

Honorary mention:

The Greatest Showman


Well that’s it for me. I hope you guys enjoyed this tag. As usual, hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

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The Find-Outers: The Mystery Of The Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton

‘Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pep, Bets and Buster the dog turn detectives when a mysterious fire destroys a thatched cottage in Mr Hick’s garden in their village.

Calling themselves the ‘Five Find-Outers and Dog’ they set out to solve the mystery and discover the culprit. The final solution, however, surprises the Five Find-Outers almost as much as it surprises Mr Goon the village policeman.’

This book was wonderful.

I have been loving my re reads of Enid Blyton classic this year, so I was excited to read this one. After a few chapters I realised that I have never read this series before. I have no memory of this story or any of the characters. This made reading this book a wonderful experience.

Enid Blyton’s book are classics for a reason and this book really showed you why. The characters where amazing. I loved getting to see how they interacted with each other and seeing their individual personalities and strengths becoming important at different stages throughout the story.

The plot of this book was really fun. I love following the kids as they found clues and tried to identify suspects. It was fun to see how they went about their interactions with each suspect and the conclusions they made throughout their investigation.

As usual Enid Blyton’s writing was perfect. She captured each character and their personalities with such easy and normality. I loved the dialog between the children and how this dialog changed as the started investigating and communicating with adults.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book. I am so glad that I have found a new Enid Blyton series to devour and I am looking forward to reading more about these wonderful characters and their adventures.

The Find-Outers: The Mystery Of The Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton is a must have for all young readers.

First Winter Cold!

I Hate Winter.

With Winter comes cold and flu season and I am sorry to say that I have already had my first cold for the season.

This bloody stupid cold had a nice long visit at my house recently. Five off us went down, all for different amounts of time.

I don’t think I have ever seen more tissues, cough mixture and cough drops in one place; except maybe a chemist.

The worst part is, we will most likely be gong through this again soon. With so many people living in one house the chances of us only getting sick once this Winter is slim. The house is like an incubator.

Unless I can somehow spend the Winter in a germ free room or in hibernation, I am just going to have to resign myself to the fact that I am going get sick yet again.

With sore throat, running nose, blocked nose, coughing, sneezing and wheezing all expected in my near future all I have left to say is; I Hate Winter.

~>Gem<~

The Classic Adventures of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond

‘Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same… for things just seem to happen to Paddington. Wherever there is excitement to be found, a flooded bathroom, menacing dumplings, or a bear overboard, Paddington is never far from the scene…’

This complete Collection includes all 15 of the wonderful Paddington Bear stories.

A Bear Called Paddington

More About Paddington

Paddington Helps Out

Paddington Abroad

Paddington at Large

Paddington Marches On

Paddington at Work

Paddington Goes to Town

Paddington Takes the Air

Paddington on Top

Paddington Takes the Test

Paddington Here and Now

Paddington Races Ahead

Love From Paddington

Paddington’s Finest Hour

I absolutely adored this collection.

I honestly didn’t realize that there were so many Paddington Bear books, but once I did I was very excited to get my hands on them.

I genuinely loved these books. Paddington is a fabulous character to read about and his adventures and misadventures are both funny and heartwarming.

I loved seeing the Brown’s and Mrs Bird and how their relationship with Paddington grows over the course of the series.

One of the best things about this series is that you really can read them in any order. They go together perfectly yet you can just pick one up and have a wonderful reading experience.

After completing this series I can see why these books are so loved around the world. Given how much I enjoyed them I can only imagine the joy they must bring to young readers and their families.

If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of Paddington Bear you should definitely get yourself one of these books now.

The Classic Adventures of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond is a much have collection for every book lover.

OMG That Song Book Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am partaking in the OMG That Song Book Tag.

The rules:

For each question I will give both song and book that go with the question. They don’t have to go together, but sometimes they might.

I hope you all enjoy this quick little tag.

So without further ado, lets jump straight in:

My Jam: A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book that you’ll never get sick of…

Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Throwback: A song that reminds you of the cringeiest time in your life and a book you read that you would wouldn’t like if you read it now…

Right Thurr by Chingy and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Replay: A recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favorite book…

ME by Taylor Swift and Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lance Black

Gets me: A song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form…

Penny & Me by Hanson and FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell

WUT: A weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason…

Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65 and Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Let’s Go: Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you…

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and After Bali by Jason McCartney

Chill: Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day…

The Greatest View by Silverchair and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Addicting: A guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love…

MmmBop by Hanson and The Selection by Kiera Cass

Nostalgia: A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young…

Mama by The Spice Girls and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Well that’s it for me. I hope you guys enjoyed this tag. As usual, hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

 

 

Allegra In Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel

‘Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn’t be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor.

Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women’s movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her ‘true essence’.

And then there’s Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He’s trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.

Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that’s created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.’

This book was wonderful.

I really loved this book. It was good from the first page and just got better as the story unfolded. I honestly didn’t want it to end.

The story itself was simple and relatable. The relationships were believable and the attitudes and experiences were authentic emotional.

The characters in this book were truly amazing. I feel in love with pretty much every character in this story and I wanted to know more about them and follow their journey’s. It’s not often that I love most of the characters. I was excited to see each of the characters change and develop as the story unfolded.

Suzanne Daniel did a fantastic job with this book. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about it. The story was great, the setting was fantastic and the characters were amazing. I haven’t stopped talking about this book since I finished it and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Allegra In Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel is a beautiful book that will give you a truly wonderful reading experience.

The Book Blogger Test Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am partaking in The Book Blogger Test Tag. I hope you all enjoy this quick little tag.

So without further ado, lets jump straight in:

What are your top three book pet hates?

Dog eared pages

Cover changes in the middle of a series

Size changes in the middle of a series

Describe your perfect reading spot

Curled up in bed with a blanket

Tell us three book confessions

I hate audio books

I don’t read ebooks

I don’t DNF books

When was the last time you cried at a book?

Reading Where Is Daniel by Bruce and Denise Morcombe a few years ago.

How many books are on your bedside table?

Two

What is your favorite snack whist you’re reading?

Chocolate and Pepsi Max or Hot Chocolate in Winter

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone

The Harry Potter series

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Write how much books mean to you in 3 words

They are everything

What’s your biggest reading secret?

Sometimes I skim the last few chapters to see what is going to happen before I actually read them.

Well that’s it for me. I hope you guys enjoyed this tag. As usual, hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

‘Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in with her classmates. She doesn’t want to go to parties at the weekend – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

That is until she moves to a new town where a book club, The Paper & Hearts Society, is recruiting. Tabby might just be in luck. Enough of her old “friends” who only talk to her when they need something. It’s time for Quidditch themed fancy dress parties, games like “shut up and Shakespeare” … and LOTS of chocolate.’

I adored this book.

As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to have it. I mean book lovers in a book club, discussing books, playing bookish games and going on a bookish road trip. What’s not to love.

I loved that I knew so many of the books that the characters were discussing in this book. They covered both classics and modern books which is unusual and I really loved it. As I was familiar with the books I felt like I was able to understand the characters and where they were coming from when discussing these books.

The characters in this book were amazing. They were different and diverse yet they found common ground in their love of books and developed wonderful friendship because of their common interests.

Lucy Powrie did a fantastic job with this story. It was fun and sweet while still covering some difficult topics. I though he did an amazing job in dealing with mental illness, grief and bullying. She didn’t gloss over the subjects and the characters dealt with these issues differently but in really normal ways.

The writing in this book was absolutely beautiful. It was perfectly paced and had an emotional cinematic quality about it. This made for a truly wonderful reading experience.

The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie is a must read for everyone.

The Benefits of Young Driver Restrictions!

Did you know that only 13% of all licensed drivers in New South Wales are young drivers; aged between 17 and 25. Yet these young drivers are involved in more than a quarter of all fatal accidents on New South Wales roads.

Almost 1 in 5 or 18% of all speeding drivers involved in fatal car accidents in New South Wales between 2005 and 2009 were aged between 17 and 20 years of age, and 19% were aged 21 to 25 years old. Those numbers combined show us that 37% of all fatal car accidents in New South Wales involving speed between 2005 and 2009 involved young drivers. That means 37% of fatal speed related accidents involved a group of drivers that only make up 13% of all licensed drivers in the state.

Young drivers are most at risk in the first six months after gaining their Provisional 1 or Red P licences as they are more commonly known.

With such astonishing numbers is it at all surprising that measures have been put into place to help lower these numbers. The following restrictions have been put into place to protect young drivers, their passengers and all other road users.

Restrictions such as a zero blood alcohol level for all Provisional drivers. A total ban on all mobile phone use by Provisional drivers. Provisional drivers must display their L and P plates on the outside of their vehicles at all times. As well as passenger laws such as Provisional 1 drivers under the age of 25 only being legally allowed to carry one passenger under the age of 21 between the hours of 11pm and 5 am.

These young driver restrictions have been implemented on top of all of the current road rules in place to protect drivers in New South Wales.

With this presentation I aim to show you the impact that these young driver restrictions have had on New South Wales road safety.

Comparing the statistics from the period of 2008-2010 with the most recent statistic from the period of 2014-2016.  This data shows that the number of fatalities of young drivers on New South Wales roads was 25% less in the years of 2014-2016 then in was in the years of 2008-2010. These numbers also show that all involvements of young drivers  in fatal car accidents on New South Wales roads was 23% less in 2014-2016 then they were in 2008-2010.

Comparing the data from 2008-10 with that of 2014-16 in relation to young male drivers in particular the numbers of young male drivers in fatal car accidents was reduced from 18% to 15%.

In the data collected from 2014-2016 the number of illegal blood alcohol concentration in young drivers (not including motorcycle riders) involved in fatal car accidents was 52% lower than the number from the 2008-2010 data.

A snap shot of these statistics shows that of the 82 young drink drivers involved in fatal car accidents in 2008-2010, 10 of the drivers were female, while in the 2014-16 data 5 of the 39 young drivers involved in fatal accidents were female.

While these statistic only represent the fatalities, the number of young drivers; 17 to 25 years old, with an illegal blood alcohol concentration involved in non fatal accidents decreased by 37% from the 2008-2010 data to the 2014-2016 data.

Another major cause of road accidents in Australia is speeding. Australian Provisional drivers are given their own maximum speed limits depending on their level of provision. With L Plater’s only allowed to drive the maximum speed of 80kms/ph, Provisional P1 or Red P Plate drivers only allowed to drive a maximum speed of 90kms/ph, and Provisional 2 or Green P Plate drivers only allowed to drive a maximum speed of 100kms/ph.

The current data shows that the number of young drivers involved in fatal car accidents in the 2014-2016 data was 34% less than the number of young drivers involved in fatal car accidents in the 2008-2010 data.

The 2008-10 data shows that 147 young drivers were involved in fatal accidents in that time, with 25 of these drivers being female that is 17% of the drivers. The number of young drivers involved in fatal accidents where speed was a factor decreased to 97 in the data from the 2014-2016. Whilst the number of young driver fatalities as a result of speed decreased from 147 in 2008-2010 to 97 in the 2014-2016 data, female drivers still represented 25 of those drivers or 26% in total.

While the number of fatalities on our roads is more known, not all high speed accidents are fatal. The number of serious injuries has also decreased. The data shows that the number of speeding 17 to 25 year old’s involved in serious yet non fatal car accidents decreased by 8% from the 2008-2010 data to the 2014-2016 data. The numbers also show a decrease when highlighting just the sexes.  In the 2008-10 data, 31% of the young speeding drivers involved in non fatal accidents were female while the number of female’s involved in non fatal car accidents in the 2014-16 data was down to 30%.

Fatigue and driver distraction also make up a large number of young driver fatalities on our roads. The total number of young drivers involved in fatal car accidents caused by fatigue or driver distraction actually increased by 6% from the 2008-2010 data to the 2014-2016 data.

In the 2008-2010 data, 6 of the 34 young fatigued or distracted drivers were female whilst in the 2014-2016; 3 of the 36 young fatigued or distracted drivers were female.

So while the number on a whole has increased by 6% the number of females in this statistic dropped from 33% to 32%.

With so many different facets to take into account when looking into fatigue and driver distractions it is almost impossible to determine why the number on a whole has increased. Young driver fatigue and distraction is something that still needs a lot of investigation into in order to better understand the individual statistical breakdowns.

If we want to see the number of young driver fatalities caused by fatigue or driver distraction decrease like we have seen with numbers of speeding and drink driving, we need to look into this element of young driver safety more comprehensively.

As the statistic into other facets of young driver safety has shown, young driver fatalities were 25% less across the board in the 2014-2016 data compared to the 2008-2010 data. With a 52% decrease in drink driving fatalities and a 34% decrease in speed related fatalities.

On the non fatal side of the coin the numbers show a 23% decrease across the board from the 2008-2010 data and the 2014-2016 data. With a decrease of 37% of young driver involvement in drink driving related non fatal accidents and an 8% decrease in young driver involvement in speed related non fatal car accidents.

As we know, young drivers are most at risk during their first six months of driving with inexperience, distracted driving, peer pressure and deliberate risk taking behaviours adding to the dangers they face on our roads.

With accident numbers reduced when a young driver has an adult in the car with them instead of a peer and with the data showing that we now have 25% less young driver fatalities and 23% less young drivers involved in fatal accidents, we are able to see the benefits of young driver restrictions on our road safety statistics in New South Wales.

While these restrictions may seem harsh; especially to the young drivers, the data clearly shows that they are working and isn’t that what we want. Safer roads, safer drivers and no more families torn apart by fatal car accidents, or lives forever changed by non fatal accidents.

Young Driver Restrictions may not be perfect, and we will probably never see a zero fatality road toll, but we have to do whatever we can to protect our young drivers. If one life is saved by these restrictions then I can’t see how they can be anything but a good thing.

If these restrictions mean one less cross on the side of the road or one less bunch of flowers tied to a telegraph poll then doesn’t that mean they are working?

All we can do is our best and the best we have right now is young driver restrictions and as you have seen today they are already reducing the number of young driver fatalities and that’s all we can hope for.

~>GEM<~

The Bookshop On The Shore by Jenny Colgan

‘Desperate to escape from London, single mother Zoe wants to build a new life for herself and her son Hari. She can barely afford the crammed studio apartment on a busy street where honking horns and shouting football fans keep them awake all night. If she doesn’t find a way out soon, Zoe knows it’s just a matter of time before she has a complete meltdown. On a whim, she answers an ad for a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands, which is about as far away from the urban crush of London as possible. It sounds heavenly!

The job description asks for someone capable of caring for three “gifted children”, two of which behave feral wolverines. The children’s widowed father is a wreck, and the kids run wild in a huge tumbledown castle on the heather-strewn banks of Loch Ness. Still, the peaceful, picturesque location is everything London is not—and Zoe rises to the challenges of the job.

With the help of Nina, the friendly local bookseller, Zoe begins to put down roots in the community. Are books, fresh air, and kindness enough to heal this broken family—and her own…?’

This book was beautiful.

As soon as I saw this book I knew it would be my kind of book and I wasn’t wrong. I pretty much devoured this book. I was hooked from the first page and completely engrossed until the final page.

Jenny Colgan did a fantastic job with this book. The writing was amazing, the characters were real, the story was wonderful and the setting was beautiful.

I loved the characters in this book. The were so human and flawed and that made it so much easier to get behind them and follow their journey’s.

As I said as soon as I saw this book I wanted it. Any book that contains a book shop is the book for me. The book shop or van was just the start of amazing plot points in this story. I think the way Jenny Colgan tied all of these pieces together was truly magical.

Jenny Colgan’s writing has a real cinematic quality to it that made this story come to life. The characters and emotions just radiated off the pages and as for the setting and her descriptions; they just completely captivated me.

This book is easily one of the best books I have read this year. If you are looking for a book to escape into then look no further.

The Bookshop On The Shore by Jenny Colgan is a must read for anyone who wants to fall into a book and lose themselves completely.