TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. As the title suggests this week is all about favourite quotes I’ve read in books recently. Some of these I knew I wanted to feature straight away because they stuck with me, others I had to think about a bit. Also this could have quite easily been ten quotes from The Martian but I managed to restrain myself.

I can’t stand seeing girls hate on girls. There’s enough of that in the tabloids.
#scandal by Sarah Ockler

If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.
The Martian by Andy Weir (more…)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is Top Ten favourite Insiring quotes from books – now not all of these are inspiring per se but they might make you think or make you smile and I love them all for different reasons.

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
– The Twits by Roald Dahl

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
– Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling


REVIEW: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

FullSizeRender (69)Lucy has liked Cole ever since she first met him but unfortunately she never said anything and he’s been dating her best friend Ellie for years. On Prom night, Ellie is sick so Lucy says she’ll do the BFF thing and go with Cole. Things unravel when at the after party she and Cole kiss and the picture ends up on her Facebook. And not just that picture, but loads of pictures from that night of her classmates doing stupid things, being drunk, kissing people they shouldn’t end up on her Facebook. Lucy has no idea how it happened but now her best friend hates her and she’s public enemy number one at school.

#scandal is a great look at how we and especially young people use social media, it also looks at bulling and the different kinds of bullying and how it affects people even when they try their hardest not to let it. I did love the bit with the principal talked about how on her Facebook everyone’s constantly posting photos and videos of their babies and children doing things – I can certainly relate to that.

Lucy is a bit of a frustrating character as she doesn’t seem to realise the gravity of the situation that someone has put her in. Also she doesn’t trust easily (something which I can understand) but when the vast majority of the school population hates you and there’s just a few people who are standing by you then you’ve got to have a little faith in them.

The relationship between Cole, Ellie and Lucy is frustrating at times because while Lucy has a lot of problems going on due to the photos on Facebook, the drama between her, her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend could have been sorted out so quick and easily if they’d just communicate. Each of them had the moments where they could tell the truth and explain how they felt but they all kept messing it up. Miscommunication is one of my biggest pet peeves in novels and in life.

#scandal is a very fast-paced and quick read that’s got a fair few surprises (some I figured out and some I didn’t). There’s humour, romance, drama, some relatable characters and some annoying ones and it’s a very typical high school book with all the tropes you’d expect but they’re not boring. 4/5.