Inspired by Fiction | Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read. It’s all about increasing followers and making new friends! If you want to take part just answer the question and add your post to the link, follow the hosts and featured blogs, and hop from blog to blog!

This Week’s Question:

Have you ever been inspired by a book character to do something? Who was the character and what was it?
I thought long and hard about this question, and I suppose I have.
I had toyed with the idea of creating a blog for a couple of months, and then when I was on holiday I read The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting. I loved that book, so much (you can find my review here). Bree sets out on a quest to become interesting and started a blog to write all about it. It was then, while in sunny Cyprus, reading The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, that I just knew that I had to do it. So I did, as soon as I got home I created a Blogger account and Alexandra Florence Books was born. It’s been six months and the blog’s still going strong, in fact it just keeps on developing. 
So thank you Bree, I love my little piece of the internet that is Alexandra Florence Books, and I wouldn’t be where I am right now without you.
Have you been inspired by a fictional character? Let me know in the comments!


That’s A Wrap | 2014

I can’t believe 2014 is over! It barely seems like yesterday I was preparing for New Years Eve last year. 2014 has been a great year, I finished my first year at uni and started this blog. It’s been up and running for four months now and I’m really happy and proud of it. 
I’ve done a lot of reading this year, I beat my first ever Goodreads reading challenge, which I’m pretty happy about. It’s definitely something I’ll be doing again in 2015, upping the ante and setting myself the challenge of 150 books this time. It would be an incredibly long post if I were to feature every book that I’ve read this year, so I’ll be featuring my 2014 favourites. 
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I made no secret of how much I loved this book in this post and this post, it very quickly became one of my favourite books of the summer, if not year. I’ve recommended it to so many people, I really can’t contain my love for The Winner’s Curse! I am so ridiculously excited for the sequel, I can’t wait for more Arin and Kestrel.

The One by Kiera Kass

In my opinion this was the perfect end to the trilogy, I got the ending I wanted, even if it took a while to get there.

Taking Names by Michelle Onuorah

I loved Type N, I thought it was really clever and interesting, and lucky for me Taking Names didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend this series.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness blew me away with More Than This, I sat in awe for a very long time after reading it. It takes YA dystopia to a whole new level. I read this book before I started blogging, so I never reviewed it, but I urge you to read it!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Do I really need to say anything for this one? The Maze Runner is incredible and I can’t wait to start reading the second soon.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

This book drained me emotionally. This was my first experience of Nicholas Sparks, but it won’t be my last.

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

This book started off my summer holiday, it was fun and hilarious. Not only did I love the book I also discovered an author that I really like!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My sister and I actually fangirled over this book, and now we both can’t wait to read Rainbow Rowell because if she can create such incredible characters in this book, then surely the rest will be no exception.

They’re the books that I loved in 2014, there’s probably more that I can’t remember, but these are the books that stood out to me. What books made your 2014? Let me know what your 2014 favourites are! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Books That Need To Be Films | Books and Films #3

This is the final part of my Books and Films Feature, which is actually quite sad. I’ve had so much fun creating these three posts, and I’d love to know what you thought of them! In this post I’ll be sharing the books that I think NEED to become films. There’s always a book that you finish reading, knowing that it would transfer perfectly onto the big screen. Here are my picks of books that would make great films!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I ADORE this book. I genuinely think it’s my favourite book of the year (I’ve read it three times already). The more I read it the more convinced I am that it would be an incredible film. Could you imagine the costumes? The dresses sound so spectacular and decadent, I can imagine them on film. And really, who wouldn’t want to see Arin and Kestrel falling in love on the big screen? The Winner’s Curse is one of those stories that I would LOVE to be in the film adaptation of! 

I really enjoyed this book (check out my review here) there’s definitely a similarity to Mean Girls, but who didn’t love that film? So wouldn’t The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting translate into film really well? I’d love to see the transformation Bree undertakes in her mission to become cool and interesting. I think that this book would make a really interesting and enjoyable film, a modern twist on Mean Girls.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Described as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, I was instantly hooked. It’s a dystopian twist on Cinderella, what more could a girl want? There seem to be more and more dystopian books making their way onto the silver screen, so why hasn’t The Selection! All three books are fantastic and take you through a world wind of emotions! I’d love to The Selection as a film, Warner Brothers I’m waiting.

Type N by Michelle N. Onuorah

I first saw this book listed on a Goodread’s Giveaway, and after reading the premise I was smitten. Nicolette discovers that her blood does not fit into any known blood group, and when given to her sickly brother it not only heals him, but also cures him of his cancer. Research begins and it’s soon discovered that Nic’s blood is the cure to all known diseases, putting her in the spotlight to become the most sought-after citizen. I adored this book, the idea is so unique and fascinating, plus the man hunt that begins really ups the suspense and tension. After loving this book so much it’s no surprise that I think it would be great as a film!

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor was the first dystopian book that I ever read, and I adored it. Oscar lives in a town created by his father, a town that transforms teenagers into respectful and compliant model citizens through subliminal messages. Oscar meets Nia and must decide between saving her, or keeping her in Candor. It’s Big Brother on steroids. This book was just SO GOOD! On top of the incredibleness that is this novel, there was a huge twist which made me love it even more! Candor needs to be a film purely because I love it so much!

The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
If Candor was my first dystopian book, then Wither, Fever and Sever were the next first three, so they hold a special place in my heart. These books are filled with tension and suspense and then some. With only fours left to live Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, vowing to escape. There’a deadly disease that kills all females at twenty, and all males at twenty-five. A father-in-law that’s hoarding corpses in the basement, and a blossoming romance. This trilogy has all you could ever want from the dystopian genre and more. I’d love to see this book on the big screen as I love the characters so much!

They’re all of my list of books that I want to see as films, but I’m sure that the more I read, the more this list will grow! What books would you love to see on the silver screen? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Mean Girls Goes Blogging | The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting Review

Recently I’ve found myself reading lots of books that I tell my sister all about when I finish.

Take The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting for example. A book I loved. At first, I was reluctant to purchase Soulmates, insta-love is not something I particularly find enticing or believable. But I went for it, and to really show my determination, I got Holly Bourne’s second book as well. The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting appealed to me more. A book about blogging, how could it not? So I began reading. And, immediately, I liked Bree. I felt sorry for Holdo. And I disliked Hugo and Logan. (Why are the attractive ones always such jerks?) It resonated with me. I got it. I was reading, all the while thinking ‘I know these kind of people’. And I don’t always feel that way about books. It was good, hell, it was beyond good. The writing was on point. The story enthralling.

Bree was fascinating her quest to be ‘interesting’ and popular highlighted the split in secondary school society, based on what? Something so mediocre and pathetic as makeup and being a bitch. Do we not all have Jassmines and Gemma’s and Jessica’s and Emily’s? Well, I agree with Bree, the greatest way to be really interesting, “stop caring”.

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting is really, laugh-out-loud good. Okay, it’s not the most original book on the planet, but it’s good, and I liked it. The idea is very similar to MeanGirls, the iconic film. Social outcast decides to infiltrate the populars and TAKE THEM DOWN. Bree works alone, while Cady has support. But that’s not the main difference, Bree’s rise to popularity is an experiment, an investigation into the inner workings of popularity and social status. Bree blogs about the whole experience, and has a little extra fun on the side. The Manifesto On How To Be Interestingis different from Mean Girls, some may find the similarity too much, but I really didn’t care, I found it more a passing observation than an annoyance.
Not only does Holly Bourne cover popularity and materialism, she whacks in student-teacher relationships and self-harming. Clearly not a shallow read. Student-teacher relationships are very taboo. Why would a grown man (or woman) entertain the idea of having a relationship with an emotionally immature student? The fact that it is illegal is enough to warn off most. But some teachers still persist, just like Logan. And I think Bree’s right, he was unpopular at school, so feels validated by obtaining the affections of a popular student. I understand the theory, but I don’t agree.

Bree self-harms, she locks her self in her bathroom and cuts the top of her thighs. It took me a moment to realise that the ‘scabs’ were self-inflicted. Once I did Bree’s character made so much more sense. Holly Bourne handles Bree’s self-harming perfectly, there is no romanticisation or over the top gory detail.

Overall I cannot praise Bourne and The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting enough. I honestly loved this book, and would highly recommend it. The only thing left to say? Read it. If you’ve read this book I’d love to know what you thought of it.
‘The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting’ by Holly Bourne
5 Stars