King Henry The Sixth Part 1 by William Shakespeare

‘The play opens in the aftermath of the death of King Henry V. News reaches England of military setbacks in France, and the scene shifts to Orleans, where ‘La Pucelle’ (Joan of Arc) is encouraging the Dauphin to resist. She defeats an English army led by Talbot.

In England, Richard, Duke of York, quarrels with John Beaufort, 1 st Duke of Somerset about his claim on the throne. The lords select red or white roses, depending on whether they favour the House of Lancaster or that of York. Edmund Mortimer, a leading claimant to the throne, is a prisoner in the Tower of London and declares Richard his heir. The young Henry VI honours both Richard and Talbot.

Talbot dies bravely in his next battle against the French. In the meantime, King Henry is married off to a young French princess, Margaret of Anjou. Suffolk intends to control the king through Margaret. Ill feeling between him and the Duke of Gloucester continues to grow.’

I enjoyed this play.

Set around 14021403 in London and other locations around England, King Henry The 6th Part 1 is a historical and military Drama. The play alternates between series drama and comedy. While the drama is dark and grave, the comedy helps to lighten the play and is quite fast-paced.

King Henry The 6th Part 1 was written sometime between 1589-1597 in London, as such it deals a lot with conflict, honor and the legitimacy of rulership. These themes are handled well and are enhanced by the characters and their differing views.

I really enjoyed reading this play which actually surprised me. It has been a bit hit and miss for me with Shakespeare’s dramas recently, so I was pleasantly surprised by this play. I also found it quite easy to read, which is not something I usually say about Shakespeare. If you are looking to read one of Shakespeare’s Dramas, I definitely recommend King Henry The 6th Part 1.

King Henry The 6th Part 1 by William Shakespeare is a Historical Military Drama that will captivate a reader. This play is not to be missed.

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Sequel Wish List…

Welcome back to another Wacky Wednesday. Todays topic is Sequel Wish List. This is a pretty simple topic, I want a sequel for the following books. Some of these books may be getting a sequel in the near future but if it isn’t out yet I have included it on this list. So without further ado, lets jump in…

FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell: I loved this book and I need more. I got excited when I saw Carry On get released but as it wasnt a sequel I was very disappointed. I didn’t want this story to end and would absolutely love to catch up with Cath and Levi again.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: This is an interesting one. I would love a sequel to this book but I want it set before the books epilogue. This is one of the best books I have every read and I would do anything for a sequel. Please Please Please give me a sequel.

The Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse: This historical fiction was so perfectly crafted, and delivered. Hanneke was such an amazing character, add that to the haunting setting of World War 2, this book just took my breath away. I would love to see what happens to Hanneke and Co at the conclusion of and after the War. There is so many places this book could go and I for one would love to se a sequel.

The Secret Recipe For Second Chances by J.D. Barrett: Aww Lucy and Frankie. I miss these characters so much, I feel like there is a hole in my life and I need a sequel to fill that hole. This amazing book was so well written. I laughed, I cried and now I want more. I don’t think I will ever get enough of Lucy and Frankie, I need them in my life.

The Song Of Us by J.D. Barrett: Zoe was such a fantastic character to journey with, her life, her music and her relationships were fantastically explored in this amazing book, so is it any wonder I want a sequel. Zoe as a character has so much more to give, and I for one would do anything to get to catch up with her again.

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer: This is an a strange request but I want a sequel that takes place before the epilogue and after. I guess I kind of want two sequels. I loved getting an epilogue in this book but I really want to know what happened in the missing time. I of course also want to know what happens after the epilogue. I can’t help it, I loved this book and I want more.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion: This book was an absolute roller coaster read. I loved getting to fall in love with Ellen and Gerry and I would absolutely love to see where their lives went after the conclusion of this book. With so many characters to get to develop and so many relationships to explore I think there is definitely room for a sequel with this story.

Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry: This is one of my new favourite books. I absolutely fell in love with Braxton and I need more. The journey between Braxton and Jemma was so beautiful and made for a wonderful, emotional reading experience and I would love to see them again, either picking up from where we left off or maybe a few years in the future. I don’t really care as long as I get more Braxton and Jemma.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know if you agree with this list, or if you have any books you want to see a sequel for.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

February TBR…

It’s that time again… TBR…

I had a good reading month in January, reading 8 books (4 books from my TBR). I am aiming smaller this month hoping to read 4 or 5 books in February. I am also hoping to read at least 1 Shakespeare Play, and 10 fairy-tales from The Brother’s Grimm.

As usual this TBR is bound to change, so this is what my TBR looks like at the moment.

So without further ado here is my February TBR:

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

Smoky The Brave by Damien Lewis

Siren’s Wave by J.A. Hazel

Grind by Edward Vukovic

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Stranger Than FanFiction by Chris Colfer

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Everless by Sara Holland

Clean by Juno Dawson

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

I guess we will see how I did in my February Wrap up. I hope you all have a great reading month, As usual keep your eye out for reviews.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

January Wrap Up…

Welcome to my January Wrap Up. I had a good reading month, finishing 8 books (4 books off my TBR). I also received 4 ARC’s this month, and I continued my new goal of reading 1 Shakespeare play, as well as 10 Brother’s Grimm fairy-tales.

I have reviews up or coming up for these books so as usual this is just going to be a brief run down on each book I read.

Without further ado, let’s get into my January Wrap Up…

Harry Potter: Hogwarts A Movie Scrapbook by Jody Revenson: I loved this book. It was filled with awesome photographs and amazing behind the scenes information. Not to mention all of the removable treats that littered the pages of this book. This is a must have for all Harry Potter fans.

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass: This book is a collection of novellas and bonus content that accompanies The Selection series. I really enjoyed this book. As with most collections some stories were better than others but overall I found myself really getting into these stories. I am thinking I may need to re read the entire Selection series now. If you love the Selection series this book is a must read.

The Book Of Daniel by Jeff Apter: This book was amazing. As a fan of Daniel Johns I knew I was going to love this book. I didn’t expect to be so moved by it. With amazing insights, interviews with Daniel and his friends and family, as well as great photographs, this book is a must have for all Daniel Johns fans and all music fans.

Saving You by Charlotte Nash: This book was absolutly beautiful. The story was compelling, the characters were real and flawed, and it had a genuine emotional kick. I didn’t want this story to end. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this amazing book. If you are looking for a great Australian read, this is the book for you.

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley: This book was absolutely heartbreaking. This amazing memoir takes the reader on an emotional journey through conversion therapy and how this practice affected so many people’s lives. It was hard to read at times and even harder to come to terms with the fact that it is still happening today. This book was a real eye opener.

The Librarian Of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe: Based on the true story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. Translated by Litit Zekulin Thwaites. This book was absolutely mesmerising. It was heartbreaking and compelling. I didn’t want to put it down. It was an emotional journey reading this book but it was so worth it in the end. A must read for everybody.

The House Of Second Chances by Esther Campion: I absolutely adored this book. The writing was beautiful, the story was compelling and the characters were real, flawed and relatable. You don’t have to have read Leaving Ocean Road in order to love this book but if you have there are plenty of Easter eggs for you to enjoy. I am sad that I have finished this book. I want more.

Landscape With Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson: This was a strange book for me. It was a bit choppy in its flow and there were a lot of stop start moments yet I really enjoy it. I couldn’t get over how beautiful the writing is. The writing has a real lyrical feel and the descriptions, especially those of the art were absolutely breathtaking. I will definitely be reading this book again.

Shakespeare: I read 1 Shakespeare play in January. I read the following Shakespeare Play This Month:

The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

Brother’s Grimm: I am happy to say that I completed my goals of reading 10 Brother Grimm Fairy Tales in January. I read the following Tales this month:

The Tailor In Heaven

The Peasant In Heaven

The Moon

Eve’s Various Children

The Poor Boy In The Grave

Clever Grethel

Our Lady’s Child

Gambling Hansel

Hansel And Gretel

Master Pfriem

Iron John

That’s it for my January Wrap Up. I hope you all had a great reading month. Let me know what you guys read this month in the comments section.

Until my February Wrap Up…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Australian Reads…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. With Australia Day coming up on Saturday, I thought Today I would go through my Favourite Australian Reads. All of these book are by Australian Authors, even though some of them aren’t actually set in Australia.

So without further ado, lets jump into my Australian Reads:

Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry: This book took my breath away. A truly beautiful, tender story with an amazing plot. This book was warm and intimate, whilst still containing funny scenes and witty banter. This book is one of my favourite reads of the year. If you havent read it yet, do it now.

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer: I loved this book. The story was amazing, the characters were relatable and well-defined and the writing was superb. This book is the perfect summer read. I honestly can’t stop raving about this book.

Nevermore by Jessica Townsend: If you’re looking for a wacky, magical story then this is the book for you. With amazing characters, and fantastic story and wonderful descriptions, Nevermore will take you on a journey that you wont want to end. Thankfully this is the first book in a new series, so there will be plenty more awesomeness to come.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion: This book was amazing. Esther Campion did a fantastic job with this book. I laughed and I cried and I laughed again. This book was so relatable and had such real characters, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book.

The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon: This beautiful book is set in modern times, with current events being intertwined into a beautiful plot. With family the core of this book, I just fell in love. With amazing characters and cinematic writing I felt like I was apart of this story. I can’t think of another book like this one. In my opinion its one of a kind.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This series blew my mind. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this book. The answer, expect the unexpected. This entire series is mind-blowing. I couldn’t get over how creative and artistic this book was. On top of its unique layout, the story is absolutely fantastic. A must read series.

The Turners series by Mick Elliott: I loved this series. This fantastic series follows Leo Lennox and Co. Leo is a newly discovered ‘turner’ who unintentionally finds himself caught up in a world-wide, murderous conspiracy. This series was action packed, fast paced and utterly brilliant. I can’t speak highly enough of this series.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I love this book. An all time favourite of mine that change the way I look at the world. I have read many books about war and conflict but I never stopped to think about these situations through the eyes of a child. This book really opened my eyes to the children affected by war. This is something that I still think about today when reading about or seeing something about conflict.

Love Your Sister by Connie and Sam Johnson: This beautiful book is an open and honest  account of a families journey with cancer. This book was so well written and had me crying from both tears of joy and tears of sadness. This amazing book will touch your heart and stay with you long after the final page.

The Heart Of The City series by C.J. Duggan: I absolutely love this series. All the books are stand alone they just have to same theme. And I have loved each and every one of them. I get a thrill every time a new book comes out. These amazing books have great characters, awesome stories and breathtaking locations. I am so glad I decided to read these books, they are just a joy to read.

Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman: I loved this book. An amazingly haunting story, by a fantastic author. I couldn’t put this book down, and I havent stopped talking about it since I finished it. This book is so relevent for the climate we live in, and I think everyone should read it.

A Letter From Italy by Pamela Hart: I absolutely loved love this book. A fictional story based on Australia’s first female war correspondent. This book had great characters, a fantastic story and an intriguing setting. I couldn’t put this book down, and I can’t stop raving about it. A must read.

The Song Of Us by J.D. Barrett:  I absolutely adored this book. Zoe is a harpist who spends her days playing for the dying. After losing a client Zoe decides its time for her to start living. Filled with love, happiness and truly tender moments, This is definitely a book that I am going to read many times in the future. I don’t have a bad word to say about J.D. Barrett’s The Song Of Us. This book is a must read, I promise It will stay with you long after the final page.

The Secret Recipe For Second Chances by J.D. Barrett: Another awesome book by J.D. Barrett. This amazing book was funny yet completely heartwarming. Filled with mouth-watering recipes and witty dialog, this book was the perfect read. J.D. Barrett did an amazing job with this book and I for one would love to see it get more attention.

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash:  I loved this book. The Paris Wedding transported me from an Australian Farm to the city of love and back. This book had it all. Amazing story, great characters and breathtaking descriptions. This book is not to be missed.

Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green: This book is a masterpiece. With so many interconnected stories and characters, this book just flowed. With truly heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, this book will stay with you long after the last page.

Well that’s it from me. I hope you all enjoyed this list. Let me no in the comments if you have read any of these book, or if you have a recommendation for me.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Summer In Australia!

I am an Aussie born and raised yet every Summer the heat knocks me for six.

Unless you have lived through a Summer in Australia you really can’t understand what it is like. The heat, the humidity, the flies and other bugs, and the extreme fire dangers and fires.

Most of these things people already know about Australian Summer. But there are so many other little things that you only know if you experience it, so that’s what I am going to talk about today.

Everyone knows about the heat and humidity in Summer in Australia but we also get some bad storms and strong wind. Sometimes the wind is a bonus if it is coming off the coast but if it isn’t it is just hell. The wind is also horrific for the fire dangers.

We also have really dramatic drops in the weather. You may have a week of 40 degree days followed directly by a few days of 20 degrees then back up again. The cooler days are great at the time but make the following hot day seem so much hotter.

The hotter the days the more things you have to remember. Sunscreen is a must everyday, as well as sunglasses and lots of fluids. Another thing that really helps in your car is a sunshade. If you don’t remember to put you sun shade up when yo get out of the car the seat will be so hot you wont want to sit in it, you wont be able to touch the steering wheel without getting burnt and the metal of your seatbelt will leave you branded and scalded.

Summer in Australia is a time when the ground gets so hot it can melt the soles of your shoes. The eat can make it hard to breath and no matter how good your air conditioner is you can never get cool.

The thing I hate most about Summer in Australia is the bugs. You have never seen flies like the size and amount you see in Summer in Australia. Cockroaches run wild, mosquitos are the enemy and you new best friends are named aerogaurd and bug spray. While all of these things are horrible the worst thing is the spiders.

For someone like me who has a fear of spiders, summer is not kind to me. Not only are there more spiders out and about due to the weather, the heat is so bad that they come out during the day and just hang around. I can walk out my back door in summer and see 10 or more spiders just sitting around on my back deck, and it is terrible.

Now this all sound yuck and at times it is, but Summer In Australia is also a time of trips to the beach, pools and water parks. Catch up picnics with friends and families on the weekend. Barbeques for dinner, and lots of salads.

A lot of areas in Australia have twilight markets and concerts, musical festivals and carnivals, and water parks set up for people to enjoy in Summer.

Summer In Australia is a one of a kind experience. Even for someone like me who was born and raised in Australia, every Summer is different.

I am hoping that this Summer is a mild one, maybe with some rain for the drought effected areas.

If you are spending Summer In Australia remember to play safe, be sun smart and have fun.

~>GEM<~

Opposites Book Tag…

Welcome one and all to another Wacky Wednesday post. Today I am going to be doing the Opposites Book Tag. With two answers per question I have decided to not go into these book, just list them.

So without further ado, lets jump into the Opposites Book Tag:

First book in your collection/Last book you brought?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

A cheap book/An expensive book?

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – The Complete Works of The Brother’s Grimm.

Pretty Cover/Ugly cover?

Nevermore by Jessica Townsend – The Stinky Street Stories 2 Stinky by Alex Ratt.

A book with a male protagonist/A book with a female protagonist?

Kingdom Of Scars by Eoin Macken – Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

A national book/An international book?

Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase by Peter Helliar – Bad Dad by David Walliams.

A book you read fast/A book that took you a long time to read?

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

A thin book/A thick book?

Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf – Under The Dome by Stephen King.

Fiction Book/A non-fiction book?

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Love Your Sister by Connie and Sam Johnson.

A romantic book/An action book?

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks – The Victors by Stephen E. Ambrose.

A book that made you happy/A book that made you sad?

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

Well that’s it from me. I hope you all enjoyed todays post. As usual hit me up with your answers in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

A New One Just Begun!

I am have trouble believing that it is 2019.

These last few years have absolutely flown by. I mean next year is 2020. I can remember thinking how far away 2020 was and now it’s rapidly approaching.

I want you all to know that this isn’t going to be a post about my goals for 2019 just some thoughts about the year to come and some ideas about how I want to live the year.

I know a lot of people make New Years Resolutions. I use to do it but in recent years I just havent bothered. So many resolutions don’t get kept and people put so must pressure on themselves to try to keep them and I just find it all a bit pointless.

If you are someone who wants to lose weight, drink less or quit smoking, you don’t need a New Years resolution in order to do it. While these are great goals to set yourself in order to better your health and life, I think we should be making easier and more meaningful resolutions.

So this year I have decided to mak a list of easy to do tasks that I hope to continue throughout the year. Now I don’t have to do them on any specific time line, or daily or even monthly. I just hope that by doing them, even if it is only once I will make my self and someone elses day a little better.

Smile at a stranger

Make eye contact when out and about

Tell my friends and family how mush they mean to me

Ask someone how their day is going

If using social media don’t just like, leave a comment

Now I know this sounds simple, that’s because it is. I could do all of these things on January 1st and say I completed my New years resolutions. But that is not the point of this. I hope to live by these five tasks. If im having a bad day and want to a void making eye contact then so be it. I do hope that by living by these ideas I will not only have a better, friendlier year, but maybe even help to brighten someones day.

What could be a more meaningful than to try to live the year by just being a little nicer to people. I don’t think it will kill me, or anyone else to try to live like this. Though if I don’t post again then you know I was wrong and it has killed me. In which case feel free to comment on this post and point out my stupidity.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2019, and if you feel like following these five simple ideas, please do. We may end up smiling at each other on the street like weirdos. Now that would be awesome.

~>GEM<~

 

 

Another Year Over!

Were on earth did 2018 go?

The older I get the fast the years seem to be passing.

2018 saw a lot of milestones for my family and friends. The strangest being my baby sister graduating from High School. I can still remember her first day of School so it is hard to believe that she has Graduated.

Overall 2018 was a pretty good year. I have gotten to the age where I determine a good year from a bad one by illness, death and family tragedies. 2018 year has had none of those so I guess I have nothing to complain about.

One of the highlights of 2018 was my 30th birthday. I finally got to have my Harry Potter Costume Party and it was fantastic. If you want to know more about it, I did an entire post about it in August.

Even though this year has been a good one on the personal front, there has definitely been a dark cloud over the world. It gets hard watching the news everyday and seeing so much death and darkness.

I spent a lot of time in 2018 thinking about the world. The suffering and heartbreak that seems never-ending. I think as I get older I am more aware of how easy life can end and that scares me.

I feel like there was so much more anger and outrage in 2018 and I can only hope that 2019 brings brighter days.

I am proud to say that I accomplished all of my blog and reading goals in 2018. I met some wonderful people, had magical experience and felt the love and happiness of having amazing family and friends.

I hope to leave 2018 behind and step into a new year with a new outlook on life. With that being said, it is time to farewell 2018 and welcome 2019.

I hope you all had a great 2018 but I really hope 2019 brings you joy, happiness, health and love.

~>GEM<~

January TBR…

It’s that time again… TBR…

I had a great reading month in December, reading 12 books (4 books from my TBR). As I am on holidays for most of the month I am aiming for at least 10 books in January. I am also hoping to read at least 1 Shakespeare Play, and 10 fairy-tales from The Brother’s Grimm.

As usual this TBR is bound to change, so this is what my TBR looks like at the moment.

So without further ado here is my January TBR:

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

The Book Of Daniel by Jeff Apter

The Librarian Of Auschwitz by Antoni Iturbe

Harry Potter Hogwarts Movie Scrapbook by Jody Revenson

A Keeper by Graham Norton

All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I guess we will see how I did in my January Wrap up. I hope you all have a great reading month, As usual keep your eye out for reviews.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem