Thursday, 29 September 2011

Books I've read.

I've seen this list around on a few blogs and got it from Janet Sumner Johnson blog post. I just thought it would be pretty cool for me to see which books I've read!

The Books I've read are in Green


1. Alex Finn – Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie – Matched
5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6)
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
18. Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1 , 2, 3)
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6, 7)
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1 , 2, 3)
29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1 , 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6)
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2 , 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
44. Lemony Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3 , 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1 , 2, 3)
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1 , 2)
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85. Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (1, 2)
86. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies (1, 2, 3, 4)
87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2,3)
97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

Yeah, I haven't read a lot but that may just be because I don't read many current books. I'm working my way through the ghastly classics right now. And yes, I did just call the classics ghastly because they are. I'll explain why in a future post. 

A list of books I'm reading right now:
Jodi Picoult - Second Glance
Michelle Zink - Prophecy of the Sisters
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice 
Pat Barker - Regeneration 
Pittacus Lore - I Am Number Four 
William Shakespeare - Hamlet 
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights. 

I know, I read too many books at one time. I'm focusing on Hamlet and Regeneration right now since they're assigned books for my Literature classes. 

Kamille

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The Teenage Fascination With The Paranormal


I was listening to some students in my college the other day. This is basically what the conversation went like:

Person 1: "(Insert name) had a premonition last week and it came true yesterday"
Person 2: "You're kidding! That's so creepy"
Person 1: "I know!"

Okay, I don't know what the premonition was but they talked about it for a few minutes and left.

I spent the rest of the day thinking about this and was reminded by something that happened last year. I mentioned to some people I'd used an Ouija board before and they were shocked and fascinated. They asked what it felt like? They wanted to know everything.

And think about another thing. Walk into a bookshop and count how many books (especially YA books) contain Paranormal elements. Teens love it.

These are the reasons why I think the Paranormal genre has taken off in YA literature:

1) Teens feel like outcasts. Many teenagers, like myself, feel like we're outcasts. And if' you've been keeping up to date with YA books, you'll know that outcasts tend to be the main characters. Harry Potter was an outcasts. Bella Swan made herself an outcast despite never being one since she was so ordinary. Teenagers can read these books and identify with the main character.

2) It provides them with an escape route. Being a teenager sucks. Going to college sucks. Growing up sucks. Sometimes, teenagers like reading these books because they just want to forget and I know I like escaping into a book and forget about my science report due in the next day.

3) It's fun. Would you rather do a chemistry experiment or go on a ghost hunt? I'm sure most teenagers would rather go on the ghost hunt. The point is simple, the paranormal is fun. Most don't believe it can happen but love the idea of meeting monsters.

4) Rebellion. Everyone wants to rebel but some are too scared to do it. Those teenagers can then rebel in their own way by pretending to be the main character. It's the perfect solution from them. While reading, they can be someone else and defeat an evil vampire but then they can put the book down and just be themselves.


I know why I love the Paranormal. My life is dull. If only I was a witch and could go demon hunting in the middle of the night. Actually, I'd rather just dream about it, in my comfortable bed!

So why do you like the Paranormal? And if you don't like the Paranormal, why? I'm interested to know! 

Kamille

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Choose my pen name for me?


Since I am so bad at choosing a pen name for myself, I am going to ask you to help me! The names I have so far are:

~ Natasha Elahi (a more of a Russian accent in the "Natasha" though)
~ Kamille Elahi

I quite like Kamille Elahi since it's the pen name I had for a while but I also love the name Natasha (that's what I'm going to name my daughter, if I have one. I'm 19 so I have time)
So let me know what you think. Thank you!

So. My pen name is Kamille Elahi. Thanks for the feedback guys!

Pen names

I know that posting regularly is one of the most important rules of keeping a blog. And I have broken it pretty badly. A mix of college, uni applications and being ill have kept me stupidly busy over the past month.

So here is a post on pen names. I've had many over the past few years and due to them being pure embarrassing, I won't be telling you what they were apart from my most recent: Kamille Elahi. I quite like this pen name but I've always fallen in love with others and I don't really know if I should stick to it. It's better than Ghostie Girl though, which sounds rather childish and since I'm now 19, I should think about something a bit more grown up.

It's very tempting to change my pseudonym every few weeks but I'm looking for something I'll still like in 3 years. I don't really like my name so I'll keep it hidden for now. I'll tell you my real name when I feel more confident to let people know. I'm always hated my name and I think everyone else does to. It's hard for people to pronounce if they're not from the Indian Subcontinent and even then, I've met people from the area who can't spell it right (there are a few different spellings).

If you want to be a writer, you kind of need a name which will help serve as an image of you. People will judge you before they see you if they know your name. If you're called "Bannigoolio Riverspickle" then you should probably think about either changing your name or coming up with a pen name. Nobody is going to take you seriously with that name. Although I think I should hope that nobody out there is actually called "Bannigoolio Riverspickle" because I would like to think parents aren't that mean. If that was my name then I probably would never be able to forgive my parents.

So, if you know any nice names, please could you leave them in the comments? Thanks.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

The World Doesn't Stop Changing

While you will often remain the same person you were five years ago, everyone else seems to have moved on or changed. I know this is the case with me. The people who I was best friends with a few years ago don't really talk to me anymore and I can't even remember what they sound like. And yes, that does sound sad.

We can't stop the world changing, we just have to be able to move along with it.

When I left secondary school to enter college, I was dumbstruck. I couldn't understand what was going on. I couldn't deal with such a huge change. I couldn't cope with my feelings and emotions. I couldn't change along with the times. And unfortunately, there was no one really there who could see what was happening. I got really bad grades that year and had to leave the college. Plus, my chances of becoming a doctor now are very slim.

I am now doing just slightly better now days. While I'm still having some problems (who doesn't struggle in life), I'm doing better than I was in my first year of college.

A piece of advice: identify the situation and note down how you need to cope with it. How can you cope with it? Do you have any strategies? A good idea is to look at other people and try and note down how they are coping and use it on yourself.

The most important piece of advice I'll probably ever give out: Don't let changes ever destroy you. The world will change. Your world will change. Don't like it? Just wait a while.

Note: it's my birthday which is why I wanted to write such a thoughtful mood. This is the last year of my teenage years. Lets hope it can be a good one!