Katina – Roald Dahl (1/27)

This is the first short story in Volume One of Roald Dahlia Complete Short Stories. This book has twenty-seven short stories and I want to post a review for each individual one, that way I can give each one their due credit.

Katina is the first story in this collection, that have been put together in one place for fans of the amazing Roald Dahl. Katina was first published in Ladies’ Home Journal in March 1944, and it’s nice to see these little facts included.

Katina is the name of the little girl that is found alive among the rumble and dead bodies of 1944 war time (I’m guessing by the date this was written). She seems so out of place and she doesn’t speak English or the language of the soldiers. The little girl in the story resembles, for me, a little bit of light, or a distraction to the story and for the soldiers, among all the darkness, cruelty, death and bitterness that comes with war. She’s found amount such brutality and seems so out of place. So innocent.

I am not somebody who likes reading war stories, but knowing that Roald Dahl spent time in the war, you can really feel the truth in his words from his own vivid experiences in the words you’re reading. The descriptions and the writing is so vivid and expressive, you can imagine it all and feel it all. Then when the ending comes, you feel every word of it. It hits you and it’s so real, with no punches held back, just like war. You don’t get to decide the perfect ending, who lives or dies, you have to accept what happens, no matter how it makes you feel.

For a brief short story, it was unexpected, especially coming from Roald Dahl, when you’re used to reading about Everlasting Gobstoppers and made up fun children stories.

I am excited to read the rest of his short stories in this collection. . .

25 Bookish Facts About Me…

Hey everyone!!
I came across a little post and I really liked the idea behind it, so I thought that I would do one about myself. The idea is to come up with 25 Bookish Facts about yourself and share it, so here are some little facts about me and hopefully this will be a good way for you all to get to know
me a little bit better. So, lets begin..

1) I am a slow reader and envy all those fast readers out there.
2) I am more of a night time reader, staying up until the early hours in the morning. This can be so peaceful.
3) I totally judge books by their covers.
4) I suffer with chronic migraines which sucks as a reader, as it can really damping the whole reading process. The joy can sometimes turn into misery.
5) I never read the Harry Potter series in the correct order the first time I read the books.
6) My least favourite genre is most probably Sci-fi.
7) I can’t read in a moving vehicle, especially a car, because I’ll either get carsick or a migraine. This doesn’t stop me from trying though!
8) I HATE lending out ANY of my books! I’ve had a bad history with this.
9) My favourite books when I was younger (the earliest I can remember) are; ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’.
10) I love going through second hand bookshops and discovering little hidden gems.
11) My entire Roald Dahl collection was the first books I bought myself, setting up my very own account. I sadly don’t own those books any more.
12) My mother, a non-reader, once gave ALL of my books to a charity shop while I was at school, claiming I had too many books. I was FUMING!!
13) I 100% prefer physical books over eBooks or audiobooks, although I do read and listening to them all.
14) I can’t and won’t ever dog-ear, write or do anything that may damage my books.
15) I own so many books and I haven’t read about half of them. That doesn’t stop me continually buying more books.
16) Following on from *no15, that means that my current TBR list on books I already own is high. This is before including or thinking about any new TBR books I discover, or may have been released.
17) I will choose to read the book before watching the films adaptation, so there’s several films I still haven’t seen because I haven’t read the book yet.
18) I always have at least one book on me at all times!
19) I have a tub/box that’s just for bookmarkers and it’s almost full and sits on my bookshelf (one of them). But I still often use random things, eg. remote, my phone, another book as a bookmarker.
20) I love it when a book takes me by surprise.
21) My Amazon wish-list is a godsend. I can just add all the books I want or take my fancy, then when I think I deserve a new book, they’re all there in one place.
22) Sometimes I find it hard or it takes me longer to get into fantasy and dystopian books, simply because of their worlds.
23) I am bad when it comes to reading a book, to be constantly thinking and wondering about possible endings and twists, especially when reading a mystery, or a suspense. 9 out of 10 times I’m usually right, which can be good, but can spoil the ending of the book for me. Stupid overthinking brain.
24) There is no such thing as too many books. NEVER!
25) My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 is 60 books. Fingers Crossed!

So there are just 25 little bookish facts about me and I hope you’ve gotten to know me a little bit better :). What are some 25 bookish facts about you?

My June Goal

I am doing something I have always wanted to do during the month of June. A reading goal of mine that I have had for a while now. So, I have dedicated the entirety of June to do it, which give me some time and hopefully I will be able to accomplish this little goal. So what is it? I am going to be finally reading IT by Stephen King. 
I am so excited about doing this and I so excited about what I am going to uncover and discover in this mad world. This is the book that inspired the two part film adaptation that created my fear of clowns. So how is the book going to stand up. Is it going to be scarier? Because of the size, there is definitely going to be more in the book, more details, more descriptions of everything that gives me the impression and the hope for so much creepiness and hope for such amazingness. For not only a fantastic horror story but for a great story in general. But because the book is so huge, is it going to be too much? Too much to take away from everything. From the main story, from the plot. Too much for you to remember and you get distracted and you just give up reading it. And because there’s too much, will it take away from the horror? 

As this is a book with over 1100 pages, depending on certain editions, I have also bought and downloaded the audio book of IT from audible for times when I want a little break fro, reading but I don’t want a break from the story. Because the writing in my edition is also really tiny and I suffer with migraines, I did this as a precaution. So wish me luck ☺ and hopefully this will be the month I will finally read and finish this book! 

What book/s have you always wanted to read that may have always intimidated you? 

April Wrap Up – 2017

Hello my fellow booknerds 😀

I am so happy with the amount of books I was able to read during April, not only physical, but ebooks and audio books included. I was able to not only read all the books I had wanted to in my AprilTBR, but I was able to get through several others. So what books have I read during April? Let’s dive right in. . .

The Judas Game (The Shepherd Series, 4) – Ethan Cross

I have been wanting to read this book for so long and I have finially gotten around to reading it and I couldn’t be happier. This is the fourth book in The Shepherd Series which is a series I looovveeee and definitely needs more attention towards it!! This book did not disappoint. It has some twisted elements, with comedy and my favourite book character, EVER! I was not disappointed. I haven’t posted my review for this book yet, but it will be posted soon, as well as the other books in the series.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews 

This is a book that’s been on my shelves for a while, which I have always wanted to read, hearing reviews and reviews constantly. So I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book. I had seen the film so I knew roughly what to expect, but of course like always, there was so much more. I loved how this book was written, the style and how the entire book was made to appear as though the character had written it, I think that was amazing. 

For my full review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, click here.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, #3 – J.K. Rowling

I am making my way through rereading the Harry Potter series and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I will gladly and openly admit that I am enjoying the series a lot more now as an adult, than when I was a child. I am understanding the simplest of things and am connecting everything together so much better now as an adult, things that I never thought about when I first read them. 

For my full review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, click here.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, #4 – J.K. Rowling 

This was the first ever Harry Potter book I ever read! And now after rereading it again, in the correct order, I got to appreciate it so much more. I got to understand it, to feel for everyone and I got even more emotional reading this book this time around. 

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

I did a lot of rereading this month and was already feeling emotional, but I was in the mood to re-read Of Mice and Men for some reason. This has been, without a question of a doubt, one of the books that have stayed with me the most that I read in school, becoming a favourite, even encouraging me to purchase a copy. But a few books make me sad to my core and stay with me for a while, and this is one of them. Reading this as a 14 year old, I always hated George, I never understood why he did what he did, but omg reading it now, but heart broke not only for Lennie, but for George. I could see what it was all leading up to, the writing and the story was all pre-warning you and I emphasized so much with George. I realised the adult content, because I had such an innocent mind, and the racism. Plus, this is the only book (or film or anything) that got me upset when an animal died.

I was also able to read two ebooks during April, which were Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice, Through The Looking Glass both by Lewis Carroll and I plan to read the next two (the final two) books in the Alice In Wonderland series during May. I also listened to a several audio books during April, although two of them were short stories. I listened to If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and the two short stories were Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins and The Window Man by Louise Millar. 

That’s a total of 11 books!! Wow! :O 😀 I’m so proud of myself. I’ve really become a fan of audiobooks recently, which is so funny coming from me, as I have always been a major hater on them. 

What books did you read during April? 📖😃

Welcome

Hello fellow book bloggers and welcome to my blog CaughtWithABook. If you didn’t get it from the title, this blog is going to be about all things bookish. I have always had a great love of reading and being able to dive into a book and be transported into another world and I guess I can also do that with this blog, whilst also sharing my love, my thoughts and so on about everything.

Some of the things I will be hopefully including in this blog, now and in the future, are going to be; Book Reviews, Book Hauls, Tags, Discussions and so on. If these are things that you think you’ll be interested in, then please follow me and let me know if there is anything else you think I should be doing on my blog that I haven’t mentioned. I have included in more details a page “About Me” if you click on About on the Home page, which also includes contact information, if you need it.

This is just a short little welcome and introduction post and to say thank you for hopefully welcoming me once again into the wonderful world of the Book Blogging Community. Thank you and I hope to be posting more soon 🙂