Back and Better than Ever!

So, I’ve finished the Leaving Cert (the big final exams at the end of secondary school here in Ireland), and have gotten a place in university, which means I’ll have a lot more time now to dedicate to writing for Book Heaven! The show is back on the road. I’ve been reading a lot over the summer (especially the Septimus Heap series, and lots of stuff by David Levithan), and I have a few books in mind that I want to review, but I would also like some reading suggestions from you to kick start this reboot.

I hope that this new chapter for Bookheaven will be just as good as it was before my break from blogging. See you all with my first book review next week!

Also: I’ve really enjoyed listening to Welcome to Nightvale, the podcast, over the summer, and I’m looking for a similar-format fiction audio podcast. Does anyone have any suggestions? I love listening to fiction while exercising.

2012 in review (a little bit late)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Les Miserables Film Reaction

I don’t tend to cry at films; I’m not the tearful sort. However, today, in the midst of a sea of fellow students, I bawled my eyes out when the cast of Les Miserables sang their hearts out in a final rendition of “Can You Hear The People Sing?”. This has always been my favourite song from the stage musical version, and the first time they began to sing it on screen I felt a little bit teary. But I was not prepared for every character to climb up on the magnificent barricades that only really existed in the proud and loyal minds of the students who wanted freedom for the people, and to sing it with more fervour and pride than I thought was actually possible.
 
Other than that song, Javert placing his pin on little Gavroche’s jacket also hit a spot. I think the fact that only a few weeks ago I saw Éponine (Samantha Barks) and Gavroche (Daniel Huttlestone) onstage in Dublin playing Nancy and the Artful Dodger in a brilliant production of Oliver! made it all the more real then when they lived and suffered on the cinema screen, larger than life but still very realistic. The fact they sang everything live made it grittier and more lifelike again.
 
I initially thought that the fact they sing everything would be a bit jarring, but after about the first five minutes you stop thinking it’s ridiculous and just get into it. The fact the songs are amazing makes it all the easier.
 
Anyway, I’m going again tomorrow night, and will probably have more to say about; things I missed this time around. Go to see it on the big screen, it will make the final powerful scene all the more overwhelming. 
 
Maeve xx
 
Have you seen the film or the musical, or read the book? How do you think they compare to each other?

Plot V. Character

It sometimes feels like people look down on you slightly if you show preference for an action-packed adventure novel over a thought-provoking, metaphor-laced novel that investigates the many layers in a character’s personality. Sure, I love a good weird book every now and then that might not have a particularly block-blustery plot-line, but follows some great character arcs, such as Room by Emma Donoghue (well… it was interesting. And uncomfortable).

But personally, I usually like a good mix. Fabulous adventures with empty characters leave me feeling let-down (and make me think how I could have done it better), whereas solely character-driven books can get a little bit tedious. I love books where rounded characters get up to mischief and mayhem, so you both can’t put the book down with excitement, but would also care if someone was killed off.

Which is more important to you, plot or character? Also, in your favourite book, which is stronger? (look hard…the difference may only be slight)

If you write, which comes more naturally to you, delving into someone’s psyche or stitching together rip-roaring action?

Maeve x

Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Giveaway!

Oooh, I’m all excited, this is the first time I’ve held a giveaway… anyway, get your hands on a copy of one of my favourite books ever by telling us what your favourite book is. You can leave a comment too to bump up your chances, maybe tell us what would be a good giveaway prize in the future!

Anyway, the raffle starts at midnight tonight, and some of the entry options can be repeated every day to increase your chances.

Just click the link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

–Maeve ❤

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