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The Twelfth Day of July

Another book review! Did I mention that I’m on GoodReads by the way? Always looking for a friend – lifewithktkinnes as per usual.
As the title of this post suggests I was reading The Twelfth Day Of July by Joan Lingard. Mary actually recommended this to me and I’m glad she did.

Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic – and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare – kids fooling around – but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin’s life forever. But will the world change around them too?

The first page of this book had me laughing. It’s awful to say it but I can think back to people at school who must’ve been taught the exact same things: the good man’s King Billy and the bad man’s the Pope. Then again, I also know people who had it drilled into them the opposite way around. From this point of view, I was looking forward to reading the representations of each side of the invisible barricade that still lingers around some parts of Northern Ireland.
This was such an easy book to read, to the point I was half way through it in just an hour of reading. And I loved every minute of it! It wasn’t at all biased one way or another, the characters were easy to like, and the names were easy to pronounce when reading. Another pet hate of mine is the use of Gaelic names that I then need to google the pronunciation of, and it’s actually quite a common thing in books that try to show the difference between the Catholic and Protestant characters. So yes, major brownie points for that!
At one stage in the book, I did have to stop and think. I could imagine the location perfectly – Sadie’s street across the main road from Kevin’s, close enough to the city centre that she could walk in and out again relatively quickly, but also close enough that their Orange March was to the “field” at Finaghy. Anyone who knows Belfast, I was picturing them being just around Tate’s Avenue or The Falls. Then all of a sudden they were living close enough to Belfast Lough that they could hear a ship’s siren during the night? That did throw me a little! It wasn’t helped when, a few chapters later, its suggested that Kevin and his friends walk to the zoo. To be honest, I’d need a map of Belfast in front of me to figure all this out! But anyway, that’s not important in a book review sorry!

 

The story was nice and simple. Sadie’s from a Protestant background, Kevin from a Catholic one. They aren’t allowed to mix, mainly due to the tension between the two communities. Kevin decides to do something stupid (which is how the two meet) and so Sadie retaliates, and this is basically how to story progresses; tit for tat, them trying to get one up on each other, however as their messing around increases, so do the repercussions of each action, until an unexpected ending!

 

 

I simply adored reading this book and honestly didn’t want to stop reading it. I’m already looking for the next one in the series! Definitely go check it out if you can!

 

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Room

Hello again! Sorry for not being active the last few days, I’ve been working slowly but surely through maths and physics, trying to consolidate them in my head. How are you? Feels like a lot longer than just 3 days of not blogging!

The reason for no Sunday Review this week is that I really don’t feel I did anything worth noting for you all… Is that wrong of me? Let me know if you missed it! Then, last night, instead of Monday Musings (especially with missing the Twitter chats again), I read Room! I actually finished a book in advance of the end of the month! Have you read it yet?


Written by Emma Donoghue, Room is 5 year old Jack’s perspective of life with his Ma. The story opens on his 5th birthday and follows the events of the next few weeks of his life. Wikipedia describes room as

Jack lives with his Ma in Room, a secured single-room outbuilding containing a small kitchen, a bathtub, a wardrobe, a bed, and a TV set. Because it is all he has ever known, Jack believes that only Room and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are “real.” Ma, unwilling to disappoint Jack with a life she cannot give him, allows Jack to believe that the rest of the world exists only on television. Ma tries her best to keep Jack healthy and happy via both physical and mental exercises, keeping a healthy diet, limiting TV-watching time, and strict body and oral hygiene. The only other person Jack has ever seen is Old Nick, who visits Room at night while Jack sleeps hidden in a wardrobe. Old Nick brings them food and necessities. 

I don’t want to ruin the story for those of you who haven’t read it yet but it’s another must read in my opinion! How many is that now? I haven’t watched the film yet but I might get round to that tonight.

It took me a while to settle into Room, I found the style of writing difficult to follow for the first few pages. All the things in the room are personified as they are all Jack knows. As you might expect, as a 5 year old, Jack’s grammar isn’t perfect either which kind of threw me a little. However it was a fantastic read once I got used to it. In fact, I read the majority of it yesterday in one sitting! 

Now the real question is, what do I read next??
Ktkinnes xx

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That Sunday feeling…

Even though it’s Tuesday…

Last night we went out for a flat dinner and my brilliant flatmates had organised a belated surprise birthday party for when we got back! All our old flatmates came round and a few brought new friends for us to meet and it was brilliant. I hadn’t realised how much I missed everyone!

Yesterday was also quite productive. I had a meeting with my Advisor of Studies and finally got enrolled!!! Doesn’t my timetable look pretty?

  
Semester 2 is even less busy. However my darling mother still thinks I’m doing astronomy… Any advice on how to tell her I’m not?

I also made a to do list that I can change regularly! My favourite part is the turtle to be honest  

 
The plan for that is to stick my things to do on with post its and then once the list is complete I can see that I’m done! So as you can see, yesterday’s list was completely cleared.

Mission New Flat =New Beginnings has actually been okay so far. Fruit and water and green tea for breakfast, soup or a sandwich for lunch…. Can’t really say dinner has gone well but it’s not my fault that we went out last night! And although I didn’t get my yoga done, I ended up going for a few walks yesterday so that counts – right? And the solution to those afternoon cravings for crisps or chocolate or something? Coffee. Plain black filter coffee from my delightful coffee machine. However I don’t want to think about the calories consumed through alcohol last night…

Today I have no desire to get out of bed. Fresher’s Fayre is on so I can go sign up for all the clubs and societies I want to join! But it’s also on tomorrow so I might just hide in bed all day today…
How about you, any plans for today? Also, please please please send advice on how to tell my mum! Would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks again for reading and following!
Ktkinnes xxx

  

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I’m back

Sorry for leaving you all for so long, dad’s uncle died hours after my post “First day of summer”  and it hit harder than any of us expected to. The last week and a half have been hectic and to clear our heads we went away for a while.
Today is the GCSE results day and Rachel got her results – 5A*s and 5 As! Cheeky little madam did better than me… Although she did get a tutor… Should tutors be allowed? And should there be so many different boards for exams? I don’t know *sighs*
Her boyfriend got his A level results last week and is going to Newcastle University! So as Rachel’s birthday present I have bought her a weekend in Newcastle with him. Problem is I have no idea how to give it to her. I don’t want to have mum and dad just hand her card on her birthday because I know she likes having something to open. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! I had considered a jigsaw that said “you’re going to Newcastle” but if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate them.
Thanks!
Ktkinnes xx