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I don’t know about anyone else, but i personally find that it’s harder to make myself read a book now i have easy access to the internet, whether on my laptop or my phone.

I always loved reading since i was little, and even though i’ve gone through stages of reading lots and reading very little at all over the years, i always come back to  reading a book eventually.

However, since the Internet invaded my life and became a fact of everyday life, i find it harder to open a book and read. There are so many distractions online, from social networks and instant messaging, to addictive online games and blogs. I am easily distracted these days, as proved by my frequent bouts of procrastination when i was at university for 4 years. There were days when i knew i should have been studying, but found myself playing games into the small hours of the morning. Oops.

These days, i am working 5 days a week during the day, and as i finish about 3pm, i have a lot of free time leftover. I try to read and i try to write blog posts here, but lately i find myself playing Tetris instead, determined to beat my best time and beat other people to a higher level of skill. It’s a little bit sad!

I have a large pile of books on my shelf waiting to be read, yet sometimes i find myself scrolling through the book pages of Amazon looking for ebooks to download onto my Kindle instead of picking up a physical book! And this is the girl who said she would never accept the Kindle as book replacement!

I still like physical books, but my Kindle means i can take a dozen books on long train journeys and switch between them if i get bored of one. That said, i still find myself listening to music on trains or playing on the internet on my phone. There it is again: the Internet!

Sometimes i wonder what would happen if i got rid of my phone and my laptop (and my Kindle!), and forced myself to find other forms of entertainment. I guess i would pick up a paper book! I will always return to the physical book!

I have recently finished reading “Wild Talents Book One: The Gathering” by Scott Sherman.

Wild Talents Book One: The Gathering - Scott Sherman

Wild Talents Book One: The Gathering – Scott Sherman (via Amazon)

The blurb reads:

“You’d think the ability to read minds would be a gift, but, if it were, high-school student Angelica Jones would like an exchange. Being a sixteen-year-old girl is stressful enough without knowing your insecurities are justified. Thanks to her talent, she knows her mother thinks she’s a slacker, her principal has some highly inappropriate fantasies about her, and pretty much everyone thinks her football-hero boyfriend is way too hot for her. 

If not for her gay best friend, Carlos, who has a surprising talent of his own, she’d think she was going crazy. With all this pressure, it’s no wonder she has nightmares, so vivid and frightening she’s afraid to sleep. Things get worse, though, when she learns her nightmares are more than harmless dreams. Classmates become enemies, strangers become allies, and Angelica becomes the center of an ancient struggle that may determine the fate of the world. Kind of puts the SATs in perspective doesn’t it? 

Along with Carlos, Angelica joins forces with her totally hot classmate Giovanni, her mysterious and mystifying mother and some surprising others to fight the approaching doom.She doesn’t know the true nature what she’s about to face, but she knows one thing: she better figure it out quick. There’s only one thing standing in the Big Bad’s way and, heaven help us all, it may be Angelica, her improbable, awkward group of friends, and whatever wild talents they may have.”

This a great little book because the teens have fascinating powers which they are learning more about through this book. It’s interesting that the teens have so far managed to avoid being found as having these powers, because otherwise things could get unpleasant.

Angelica is a bit of an outsider and so is Carlos, but together they make a great team, keeping each other in check. They both attend a private school, with Angelica being rich and Carlos having a scholarship. Angelica seems to stay very grounded despite the wealth of her mother, who is determined to get Angelica to dress up more and act more like the rich girl she is. Angelica is happy the way she is, but all the while wonders why her mother is so protective of her(she has a house with security and a limo at their beck and call). We discover that an incident when Angelica was younger is the reason her mother is so obsessed with security, and it also turns out to be part of a bigger problem which ties in with Angelica’s powers.

Carlos has secrets of his own, and despite the two being good friends, Angelica doesn’t really know much about him. He is a fascinating character too, with his ability to talk to machines, bringing about the idea that machines have minds of their own.

They soon come into contact with another peer who has powers as well, and the three join together in friendship to work out what is causing strange things to happen, as they start to question the motives of their parents and others.

I love how they can communicate silently in their heads through a psychic connection provided by Angelica, so they can talk to each other privately. It is also interesting how one seemingly secondary character becomes the one who tells them about their purpose and the future roles they will play. We also discover that many more secondary characters suddenly reveal their own powers, and wonder just how many of these people there actually are!

I give this book 8/10 because it is a great start to the series, and gives a good background to the characters. I love the story with all its twists and the mystery underlying everything happening. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Note: I read this on Kindle.

 

 

 

I have just finished reading “The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life” by William Nicholson. I actually bought this ebook back in May and it’s taken me a while to get around to it, but now i decided that i fancied a less frantic paced book to my usual choices!

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life - William Nicholson

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life – William Nicholson (via Amazon)

It is somewhat different to my usual book choices, but it was easy to read and fascinating with the interconnecting stories of the characters.

The central story is of the sudden return of happily married Laura’s first love, Nick. We discover the intensity of their short relationship and its sudden ending, and see that neither party has forgotten that first love. Things are more complicated now, as Laura has grown older and has her own life with her husband and children. It is interesting to see how Nick’s return affects Laura, and also her husband, Henry.

We get an insight into Henry’s life at work and his feelings towards his wife and to the star of the show which he wrote.

We also see how Laura and Henry’s son, Jack, struggles with trying to fit in with the right boys at school, even though the decisions made are potentially damaging to him and to the boys’ hero, dubbed the “Dogman”. The boy’s point of view is a nice change from the angle of the adults, bringing in his naivety to the story.

We also discover what goes on behind closed doors. In the case of the young teacher, Alan, we discover his anguish towards the many rejections he receives because of his writing, and also his growing feelings for the single mother whose child he tries to help through bullying. We also find that Alan’s old lonely neighbour has secret desires for Alan, and she is sure he feels the same, although as the reader we unfortunately know better.

Other characters who are explored include: the single mother’s mother and her relationship with her dog, the village rector and his different approach to religion, and the so-called  “Dogman” and his little family.

I liked this book with all the facets which make up a satisfying whole. Themes covered include all kinds of love, death, grief, midlife crisis, identity, happiness, and so on.

I give this book a respectable 7 out of 10 because it is well written, with enough juicy bits to make you want to find out what happens to the characters. We get satisfactory closure on some of the characters’ stories, although a few are left unanswered. The main story with Laura and her feelings for Nick has a good ending, one which i actually hoped for because some things are better the way they are! Definitely a good read if you want something realistic and a quiet easy read.

Note: I read this on my Kindle.